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 24 August 2016 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.

3 months to
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 70 52 -
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 1 8 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.13% 1.10% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.59% 5.80% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 0
Median daily rate £280 £525 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-46.66% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £30.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+11.66% +122.22%
ISTQB
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
169 138 163
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 21.89% 18.93% 22.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 74 82
Median daily rate £400 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £378 £355
% change year-on-year
-0.66% +6.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 4
Median hourly rate £22.00 £36.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.88% +111.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £12.50 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £42.50 £145.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +18.42%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Birmingham region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (100.00%) ISEB
2 6 (60.00%) SQL
3 5 (50.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 4 (40.00%) V-Model
4 4 (40.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (30.00%) Pega
5 3 (30.00%) Use Case
5 3 (30.00%) Waterfall
5 3 (30.00%) Retail
5 3 (30.00%) SQL Server
5 3 (30.00%) HP
5 3 (30.00%) Migration
6 2 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (20.00%) Finance
6 2 (20.00%) CRM
6 2 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (20.00%) Client/Server
6 2 (20.00%) ETL
6 2 (20.00%) Banking
6 2 (20.00%) Compatibility Testing
6 2 (20.00%) Security Testing
6 2 (20.00%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (20.00%) Application Packaging
6 2 (20.00%) Data Migration
6 2 (20.00%) Information Assurance

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham 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:

Applications
1 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (30.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (10.00%) Selenium
1 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (30.00%) Retail
2 2 (20.00%) Banking
2 2 (20.00%) Corporate Banking
2 2 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (100.00%) Analyst
1 10 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Banking Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) CRM Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Desktop Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Financial Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Manual Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Migration Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Software Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Software Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) UAT Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) UAT Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 10
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
2 4 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (40.00%) V-Model
3 3 (30.00%) Migration
3 3 (30.00%) Use Case
3 3 (30.00%) Waterfall
4 2 (20.00%) Application Packaging
4 2 (20.00%) Compatibility Testing
4 2 (20.00%) CRM
4 2 (20.00%) Data Migration
4 2 (20.00%) ETL
4 2 (20.00%) Information Assurance
4 2 (20.00%) Security Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Automated Testing
5 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
5 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Regression Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) ISEB
2 4 (40.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (10.00%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) HP
1 3 (30.00%) Pega