Period
to 24 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 91 95 91
Rank change year-on-year +4 -4 -10
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 16 8 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 0.94% 0.62% 1.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.58% 1.81% 4.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 4 16
Wales median daily rate £375 £388 £449
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -13.60% +63.09%
10th Percentile £240 £336 £165
90th Percentile £448 £400 £498
UK median daily rate £375 £336 £344
% change year-on-year +11.52% -2.11% +5.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Wales median hourly rate £25.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £13.50 £34.25
% change year-on-year +188.89% -60.58% +0.74%

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 447 443 489
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 26.34% 34.21% 33.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 279 358
Wales median daily rate £450 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +21.43%
10th Percentile £255 £162 £200
90th Percentile £613 £576 £560
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 24 11
Wales median hourly rate £17.50 £33.20 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.28% -27.84% +100.00%
10th Percentile £10.04 £12.82 £14.13
90th Percentile £35.00 £50.65 £61.25
UK median hourly rate £28.53 £24.98 £26.00
% change year-on-year +14.21% -3.92% -5.45%

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019. 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 -8 15 £375 -3.23% 6
West Wales 0 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 24 January 2019, 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 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 7 (43.75%) Test Scripting
3 7 (43.75%) Software Testing
3 7 (43.75%) Degree
3 7 (43.75%) Test Strategy
4 6 (37.50%) Defect Management
5 5 (31.25%) Scrum
5 5 (31.25%) Finance
5 5 (31.25%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (31.25%) Performance Testing
5 5 (31.25%) SQL
5 5 (31.25%) PRINCE2
6 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Project Management
6 4 (25.00%) Selenium
6 4 (25.00%) Test Management
6 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
6 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 4 (25.00%) Requirements Management
6 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (18.75%) Waterfall
7 3 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (18.75%) Technical Leadership
7 3 (18.75%) PKI
7 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (18.75%) Integration Testing
7 3 (18.75%) NHS

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 1 (6.25%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) ISDN
1 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Selenium
2 3 (18.75%) JMeter
2 3 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (18.75%) Visual Studio
3 2 (12.50%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (12.50%) SoapUI
4 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
4 1 (6.25%) JIRA
4 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
4 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio Coded UI
4 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (31.25%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Analyst
1 8 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Test Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Test Manager
3 1 (6.25%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Lead Test Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Manual Test Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Selenium Test Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
1 1 (6.25%) SOAP
1 1 (6.25%) Web Services
1 1 (6.25%) XML
1 1 (6.25%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) NHS
1 3 (18.75%) PKI
2 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (6.25%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (6.25%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (18.75%) Unix
1 3 (18.75%) Windows
2 1 (6.25%) Linux
2 1 (6.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 7 (43.75%) Software Testing
3 7 (43.75%) Test Scripting
3 7 (43.75%) Test Strategy
4 6 (37.50%) Defect Management
5 5 (31.25%) Performance Testing
5 5 (31.25%) PRINCE2
5 5 (31.25%) Scrum
5 5 (31.25%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Project Management
6 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Requirements Management
6 4 (25.00%) Test Management
7 3 (18.75%) Integration Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Technical Leadership
7 3 (18.75%) Waterfall
8 2 (12.50%) System Integration Testing
8 2 (12.50%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 2 (12.50%) C
3 1 (6.25%) Java
3 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 7 (43.75%) Degree
2 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 2 (12.50%) CCNA
4 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (12.50%) ISEB
5 1 (6.25%) Master's Degree
5 1 (6.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (12.50%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
2 2 (12.50%) EMC
2 2 (12.50%) HP
2 2 (12.50%) Oracle