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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 61 - 49
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 5 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.68% - 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.89% - 3.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 2
Average daily rate
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£300 - £368
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £323 £334
% change year-on-year
+0.77% -3.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+122.22% -46.00%
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
173 146 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 23.70% 21.92% 17.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 89 42
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 £279 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 4
Average hourly rate £28.00 £31.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% -4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £31.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.00 £175.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -9.09%

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 30 June 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 (64.71%) Finance
2 9 (52.94%) Banking
3 8 (47.06%) ISEB
4 7 (41.18%) Retail
4 7 (41.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (35.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (29.41%) HP
7 4 (23.53%) Test Scripting
7 4 (23.53%) FATCA
7 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (23.53%) Software Testing
7 4 (23.53%) QA
8 3 (17.65%) Security Testing
8 3 (17.65%) Information Assurance
9 2 (11.76%) Data Protection
9 2 (11.76%) WebDriver
9 2 (11.76%) Waterfall
9 2 (11.76%) BDD
9 2 (11.76%) SpecFlow
9 2 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (11.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (11.76%) Integration Testing
9 2 (11.76%) Selenium
9 2 (11.76%) Automated Testing
9 2 (11.76%) NUnit
9 2 (11.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (11.76%) Six Sigma
9 2 (11.76%) C#
9 2 (11.76%) .NET
9 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 2 (11.76%) NUnit
1 2 (11.76%) Selenium
1 2 (11.76%) WebDriver
1 2 (11.76%) SpecFlow
General
1 11 (64.71%) Finance
2 9 (52.94%) Banking
3 7 (41.18%) Retail
4 1 (5.88%) Retail Banking
4 1 (5.88%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (47.06%) Analyst
1 8 (47.06%) Test Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Test Leader
3 2 (11.76%) Selenium Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Test Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Test Coordinator
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) .NET
1 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.88%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (35.29%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (23.53%) Software Testing
2 4 (23.53%) Test Scripting
3 3 (17.65%) Information Assurance
3 3 (17.65%) Security Testing
4 2 (11.76%) Integration Testing
4 2 (11.76%) Automated Testing
4 2 (11.76%) Six Sigma
4 2 (11.76%) Waterfall
4 2 (11.76%) BDD
4 2 (11.76%) Data Protection
5 1 (5.88%) V-Model
5 1 (5.88%) Risk Analysis
5 1 (5.88%) Test Planning
5 1 (5.88%) E-Discovery
5 1 (5.88%) RUP
5 1 (5.88%) Web Testing
5 1 (5.88%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) C#
2 1 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (47.06%) ISEB
2 7 (41.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (11.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (23.53%) QA
1 4 (23.53%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
1 2 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) HP