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 29 May 2015 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 60 55 42
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -13
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 7 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.89% 0.78% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.65% 3.91% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 2
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £243 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £435 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £315 £330
% change year-on-year
+0.23% -4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £13.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+129.62% -50.90%
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
192 128 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 24.33% 19.88% 14.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 82 29
Average daily rate £340 £400 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% +12.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £178 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 3
Average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.12% -4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £31.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.00 £175.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 11 (73.33%) Finance
2 9 (60.00%) Banking
3 8 (53.33%) ISEB
4 7 (46.67%) Retail
4 7 (46.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (46.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (40.00%) HP
6 5 (33.33%) QA
7 4 (26.67%) FATCA
7 4 (26.67%) Software Testing
8 3 (20.00%) Security Testing
8 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
8 3 (20.00%) Information Assurance
9 2 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (13.33%) Data Protection
9 2 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (13.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (13.33%) Six Sigma
10 1 (6.67%) C#
10 1 (6.67%) SQL
10 1 (6.67%) .NET
10 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET
10 1 (6.67%) NUnit
10 1 (6.67%) Automated Testing
10 1 (6.67%) Selenium
10 1 (6.67%) Integration Testing
10 1 (6.67%) Web Testing
10 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
10 1 (6.67%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (6.67%) SpecFlow

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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.

Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) NUnit
1 1 (6.67%) Selenium
1 1 (6.67%) SpecFlow
1 1 (6.67%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (73.33%) Finance
2 9 (60.00%) Banking
3 7 (46.67%) Retail
4 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
4 1 (6.67%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Analyst
1 8 (53.33%) Test Analyst
2 5 (33.33%) Test Leader
3 1 (6.67%) Coordinator
3 1 (6.67%) Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Developer
3 1 (6.67%) Test Coordinator
3 1 (6.67%) UAT Test Analyst
3 1 (6.67%) UAT Analyst
3 1 (6.67%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (46.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (26.67%) Software Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Security Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (20.00%) Information Assurance
4 2 (13.33%) Data Protection
4 2 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (13.33%) Six Sigma
5 1 (6.67%) Automated Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Integration Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Web Testing
5 1 (6.67%) E-Discovery
5 1 (6.67%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.67%) C#
1 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (53.33%) ISEB
2 7 (46.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (33.33%) QA
2 4 (26.67%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (13.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 6 (40.00%) HP