The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 17 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank - 58 53
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 0 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham - 0.30% 0.88%
As % of the Qualifications category - 1.96% 6.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
Average daily rate
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- £315 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.38 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-58.75% -
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West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Qualifications Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
144 102 98
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 19.05% 15.48% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 53 55
Average daily rate £330 £345 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.34% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £507 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 1
Average hourly rate £17.25 £31.25 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.80% +38.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISTQB across the Birmingham region.

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing ISTQB also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB.

1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (75.00%) Finance
2 3 (75.00%) QA
3 2 (50.00%) Quality Management
3 2 (50.00%) Project Management
3 2 (50.00%) Oracle
3 2 (50.00%) MS Office
3 2 (50.00%) Cognos
3 2 (50.00%) Waterfall
3 2 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (50.00%) Test Strategy
3 2 (50.00%) Relational Database
3 2 (50.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (50.00%) Degree
4 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (25.00%) Coaching
4 1 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
4 1 (25.00%) Test Management
4 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
4 1 (25.00%) Cucumber
4 1 (25.00%) Project Governance
4 1 (25.00%) Selenium
4 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (25.00%) Banking
4 1 (25.00%) Investment Banking
4 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (25.00%) SharePoint

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing ISTQB also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISTQB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (50.00%) MS Office
2 1 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
General
1 3 (75.00%) Finance
2 1 (25.00%) Banking
2 1 (25.00%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Test Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Testing Manager
2 1 (25.00%) QA Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Quality Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) CSS
1 1 (25.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
1 1 (25.00%) Client/Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Quality Management
2 2 (50.00%) Project Management
2 2 (50.00%) Waterfall
2 2 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (25.00%) Coaching
3 1 (25.00%) Test Management
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Project Governance
3 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
1 2 (50.00%) Degree
2 1 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (25.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (75.00%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Oracle
1 2 (50.00%) Cognos