The table below looks at the statistics for ISTQB in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISTQB over the 3 months to 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 98 92 88
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 13 19 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.60% 0.91% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.28% 6.88% 4.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 11 9
Average daily rate
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£310 £340 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.82% +7.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £268 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £383 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £300 £314
% change year-on-year
+12.91% -4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 £11.75 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+26.38% -59.13%
ISTQB
England

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

Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
396 276 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.27% 13.24% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 151 120
Average daily rate £345 £335 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.98% -0.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 2 34
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.69 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.04% -31.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £15.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £22.69 £34.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £22.70
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -22.90%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

ISTQB Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

ISTQB
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

ISTQB Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

ISTQB
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB across the West Midlands region.

ISTQB Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Coventry +2 4 £275 -21.42% 1
Birmingham +1 4 £388 - 2
Solihull - - - - 1
Wolverhampton - - - -
Shropshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 23 (76.67%) ISEB
2 15 (50.00%) SQL
3 13 (43.33%) Test Scripting
4 12 (40.00%) System Testing
4 12 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (36.67%) MS Excel
5 11 (36.67%) Finance
6 10 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
8 7 (23.33%) Test Automation
8 7 (23.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (20.00%) Visual Studio
9 6 (20.00%) T-SQL
9 6 (20.00%) SQL Server
10 5 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (16.67%) HP
10 5 (16.67%) ETL
10 5 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
11 4 (13.33%) Software Testing
11 4 (13.33%) Test Management
11 4 (13.33%) SOA
11 4 (13.33%) Web Services
12 3 (10.00%) CRM
12 3 (10.00%) C#
12 3 (10.00%) .NET
12 3 (10.00%) Oracle
12 3 (10.00%) Release Management

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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.

Applications
1 11 (36.67%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.33%) Simulink
2 1 (3.33%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 5 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.33%) JIRA
2 1 (3.33%) Selenium
2 1 (3.33%) SoapUI
General
1 11 (36.67%) Finance
2 3 (10.00%) Banking
2 3 (10.00%) Retail
3 1 (3.33%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 22 (73.33%) Analyst
1 22 (73.33%) Test Analyst
2 5 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
2 5 (16.67%) Senior Test Analyst
2 5 (16.67%) Agile Test Analyst
3 3 (10.00%) Test Leader
3 3 (10.00%) Technical Analyst
3 3 (10.00%) Technical Test Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) UAT Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Tester
4 2 (6.67%) UAT Test Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Validation Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Software Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Test Manager
5 1 (3.33%) Test Coordinator
5 1 (3.33%) Systems Tester
5 1 (3.33%) Test Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) UAT Tester
5 1 (3.33%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) Web Services
2 3 (10.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.33%) Mechatronics
1 1 (3.33%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.67%) UNIX
2 1 (3.33%) Solaris
2 1 (3.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) Test Scripting
2 12 (40.00%) System Testing
2 12 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (23.33%) Test Automation
5 5 (16.67%) ETL
5 5 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (13.33%) SOA
6 4 (13.33%) Software Testing
6 4 (13.33%) Test Management
7 3 (10.00%) Release Management
7 3 (10.00%) Scrum
7 3 (10.00%) CRM
7 3 (10.00%) Waterfall
7 3 (10.00%) Functional Testing
7 3 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (10.00%) Mentoring
8 2 (6.67%) Test Planning
8 2 (6.67%) Security Testing
8 2 (6.67%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (50.00%) SQL
2 6 (20.00%) T-SQL
3 3 (10.00%) C#
4 1 (3.33%) Java
4 1 (3.33%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 23 (76.67%) ISEB
2 7 (23.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (6.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) QA
1 3 (10.00%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 5 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 5 (16.67%) HP
3 3 (10.00%) Oracle
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Salary
Posted: 6 days ago