Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 92 69 76
Rank change year-on-year -23 +7 +16
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 21 18 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.36% 1.56% 1.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.67% 5.71% 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 17 7
Wales median daily rate £370 £350 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +17.65% +60.81%
10th Percentile £318 £310 £248
90th Percentile £450 £393 £423
UK median daily rate £365 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +4.29% +2.94% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Wales median hourly rate £25.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £45.00 £14.93
% change year-on-year -44.44% +201.51% -51.85%

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 450 315 340
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 29.20% 27.25% 29.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 289 216 219
Wales median daily rate £425 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £169 £220
90th Percentile £575 £556 £555
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.36% +1.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 23 9
Wales median hourly rate £18.87 £35.00 £70.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.09% -50.00% +382.76%
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.84 £17.55
90th Percentile £42.00 £58.75 £80.90
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -15.52% +5.45% +22.22%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -21 20 £365 +4.29% 1
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 12 (57.14%) Software Testing
2 10 (47.62%) Test Automation
2 10 (47.62%) Project Management
3 8 (38.10%) Security Cleared
3 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (38.10%) Test Strategy
4 7 (33.33%) DevOps
4 7 (33.33%) Requirements Management
4 7 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 7 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 7 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 7 (33.33%) Microsoft
4 7 (33.33%) Java
4 7 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 7 (33.33%) PHP
4 7 (33.33%) C#
5 6 (28.57%) HTML
5 6 (28.57%) CSS
5 6 (28.57%) Web Services
5 6 (28.57%) Unix
5 6 (28.57%) Windows
5 6 (28.57%) Git (software)
5 6 (28.57%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (28.57%) RESTful
5 6 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (28.57%) Defect Management
6 5 (23.81%) Microservices
6 5 (23.81%) Data Development
6 5 (23.81%) Rational DOORS
6 5 (23.81%) Validation

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:

Cloud Services
1 6 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (23.81%) TCP/IP
2 1 (4.76%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (28.57%) Git (software)
2 5 (23.81%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (9.52%) Selenium
4 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio
5 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
5 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (38.10%) Test Engineer
2 6 (28.57%) Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) Software Test Engineer
2 6 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Senior Verification Engineer
3 4 (19.05%) Verification Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) SAP Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) SAP Test Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Lead Test Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) QA Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) QA Leader
5 1 (4.76%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (28.57%) CSS
1 6 (28.57%) HTML
1 6 (28.57%) RESTful
1 6 (28.57%) Web Services
2 1 (4.76%) SOAP
2 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) Cyber Defence
1 4 (19.05%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (9.52%) PKI
3 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.76%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 6 (28.57%) Unix
1 6 (28.57%) Windows
2 1 (4.76%) Linux
2 1 (4.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (57.14%) Software Testing
2 10 (47.62%) Project Management
2 10 (47.62%) Test Automation
3 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (38.10%) Test Strategy
4 7 (33.33%) DevOps
4 7 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 7 (33.33%) Requirements Management
4 7 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 6 (28.57%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (28.57%) Defect Management
6 5 (23.81%) Data Development
6 5 (23.81%) Microservices
6 5 (23.81%) Validation
7 4 (19.05%) Acceptance Criteria
7 4 (19.05%) Customer Requirements
8 3 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
8 3 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (14.29%) PRINCE2
8 3 (14.29%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (33.33%) C#
1 7 (33.33%) Java
1 7 (33.33%) JavaScript
1 7 (33.33%) PHP
2 4 (19.05%) C
3 3 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (38.10%) Security Cleared
2 7 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 5 (23.81%) CCNA
3 5 (23.81%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (19.05%) Degree
5 2 (9.52%) ISEB
5 2 (9.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (19.05%) HP ALM
2 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (23.81%) EMC
3 4 (19.05%) HP
4 2 (9.52%) SAP
5 1 (4.76%) Oracle