Period
to 24 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK > Wales
6 months to
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 89 69 71
Rank change year-on-year -20 +2 +13
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 15 27 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.00% 2.07% 2.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.04% 5.63% 8.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 24 30
Wales median daily rate £388 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% +16.67% +55.84%
10th Percentile £325 £170 £190
90th Percentile £488 £493 £389
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £331
% change year-on-year - +5.74% +1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Wales median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -61.43% - +107.90%

ISTQB is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Wales
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 493 480 347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 32.98% 36.73% 28.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 368 235
Wales median daily rate £400 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +21.43% -7.89%
10th Percentile £199 £190 £189
90th Percentile £575 £539 £475
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 15 15
Wales median hourly rate £23.46 £20.00 £47.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.28% -57.45% +224.14%
10th Percentile £10.83 £11.65 £20.58
90th Percentile £50.09 £56.10 £54.03
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -20.83% +3.45% +45.00%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Wales.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Wales

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Wales

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Wales over the 6 months to 24 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Wales

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Wales region over the 6 months to 24 April 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South Wales -11 14 £375 +15.38%
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 24 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Wales region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 8 (53.33%) Software Testing
1 8 (53.33%) Test Scripting
2 6 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (40.00%) C#
2 6 (40.00%) HTML
2 6 (40.00%) Java
2 6 (40.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (40.00%) PHP
2 6 (40.00%) CSS
2 6 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (40.00%) Project Management
2 6 (40.00%) DevOps
3 5 (33.33%) Microservices
3 5 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
3 5 (33.33%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (33.33%) Web Services
3 5 (33.33%) Git (software)
3 5 (33.33%) RESTful
3 5 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 4 (26.67%) JIRA
4 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
5 3 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
5 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
5 3 (20.00%) Enterprise Architecture
5 3 (20.00%) Requirements Management
5 3 (20.00%) Validation
5 3 (20.00%) Unix
5 3 (20.00%) Windows

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (13.33%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 6 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (20.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) Big Data
1 2 (13.33%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (33.33%) Git (software)
2 4 (26.67%) JIRA
3 3 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (13.33%) JMeter
4 2 (13.33%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (13.33%) Law
1 2 (13.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Analyst
1 6 (40.00%) Software Test Engineer
1 6 (40.00%) Test Analyst
1 6 (40.00%) Test Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Verification Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Data Warehouse Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Lead Test Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Senior Verification Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Test Data Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (40.00%) CSS
1 6 (40.00%) HTML
2 5 (33.33%) RESTful
2 5 (33.33%) Web Services
3 2 (13.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (33.33%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (20.00%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (6.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Unix
1 3 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) Software Testing
1 8 (53.33%) Test Scripting
2 6 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) DevOps
2 6 (40.00%) Project Management
2 6 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 5 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
3 5 (33.33%) Microservices
3 5 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Acceptance Criteria
4 3 (20.00%) Customer Requirements
4 3 (20.00%) Data Development
4 3 (20.00%) Enterprise Architecture
4 3 (20.00%) ETL
4 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Requirements Management
4 3 (20.00%) Validation
5 2 (13.33%) Decision-Making
5 2 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (13.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 6 (40.00%) C#
1 6 (40.00%) Java
1 6 (40.00%) JavaScript
1 6 (40.00%) PHP
2 3 (20.00%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (20.00%) CCNA
2 3 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (13.33%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (13.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (13.33%) SC Cleared
Vendors
1 6 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (20.00%) EMC
3 2 (13.33%) Informatica
3 2 (13.33%) MicroStrategy
3 2 (13.33%) Oracle
3 2 (13.33%) Teradata