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 20 February 2017 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England / West Midlands
Rank 94 93 99
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 27 32 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.12% 1.24% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.72% 6.25% 3.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 11 8
Median daily rate £330 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £265 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £400 £379
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £170.00 £15.92
% change year-on-year
-74.70% +968.00%

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
472 512 394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.61% 19.77% 17.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 274 210
Median daily rate £375 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 20 55
Median hourly rate £20.88 £17.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.79% -41.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.00 £42.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

ISTQB
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 20 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Staffordshire +5 6 - -
Birmingham -1 4 £306 -16.66% 2
Coventry -11 3 £288 -11.53%
Worcestershire - 3 £350 - 1
Shropshire +18 1 - - 3
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 47 (85.45%) ISEB
2 32 (58.18%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (41.82%) Test Scripting
4 19 (34.55%) QA
4 19 (34.55%) SQL
5 18 (32.73%) Microsoft
5 18 (32.73%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (25.45%) Selenium
6 14 (25.45%) BDD
7 12 (21.82%) Test Automation
8 11 (20.00%) Cucumber
9 10 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (16.36%) System Testing
10 9 (16.36%) Data Migration
10 9 (16.36%) JIRA
10 9 (16.36%) Integration Testing
10 9 (16.36%) Migration
10 9 (16.36%) Java
11 8 (14.55%) Scrum
12 7 (12.73%) TDD
12 7 (12.73%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (12.73%) Oracle
12 7 (12.73%) Windows
13 6 (10.91%) SDLC
13 6 (10.91%) Defect Management
13 6 (10.91%) MS Excel
13 6 (10.91%) CRM
13 6 (10.91%) Unix
13 6 (10.91%) User Acceptance Testing
13 6 (10.91%) Performance Testing

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (7.27%) WebLogic
2 3 (5.45%) SharePoint
3 2 (3.64%) CMS
4 1 (1.82%) Confluence
4 1 (1.82%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (10.91%) MS Excel
2 3 (5.45%) MS Office
3 2 (3.64%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.82%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (25.45%) Selenium
2 11 (20.00%) Cucumber
3 9 (16.36%) JIRA
4 7 (12.73%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (7.27%) Toad
5 4 (7.27%) Visual Studio
6 3 (5.45%) HP UFT
6 3 (5.45%) JMeter
6 3 (5.45%) SoapUI
6 3 (5.45%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (3.64%) Appium
7 2 (3.64%) Gatling
7 2 (3.64%) Git (software)
7 2 (3.64%) YouTrack
8 1 (1.82%) Bugzilla
8 1 (1.82%) FogBugz
8 1 (1.82%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.82%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (1.82%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.82%) StarTeam
General
1 3 (5.45%) Finance
2 1 (1.82%) Games
Job Titles
1 30 (54.55%) Analyst
2 28 (50.91%) Test Analyst
3 14 (25.45%) Tester
4 12 (21.82%) Test Leader
5 11 (20.00%) Agile Test Analyst
6 8 (14.55%) Software Analyst
6 8 (14.55%) Software Test Analyst
6 8 (14.55%) Software Tester
7 7 (12.73%) Automation Test Lead
7 7 (12.73%) QA Analyst
7 7 (12.73%) QA Test Analyst
8 6 (10.91%) QA Engineer
8 6 (10.91%) QA Test Engineer
8 6 (10.91%) QA Tester
8 6 (10.91%) Software QA Engineer
8 6 (10.91%) Software QA Tester
8 6 (10.91%) Software Test Engineer
8 6 (10.91%) Test Engineer
8 6 (10.91%) Test Manager
9 5 (9.09%) CRM Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.09%) .NET
1 5 (9.09%) Gherkin
1 5 (9.09%) XML
2 3 (5.45%) SOAP
3 2 (3.64%) CSS
3 2 (3.64%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.64%) Mainframe
2 1 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.82%) Clustering
2 1 (1.82%) iPad
2 1 (1.82%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.82%) Online Games
2 1 (1.82%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.73%) Windows
2 6 (10.91%) Unix
3 2 (3.64%) Windows 10
3 2 (3.64%) Windows 7
3 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.82%) AIX
4 1 (1.82%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.82%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (58.18%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (41.82%) Test Scripting
3 18 (32.73%) Continuous Integration
4 14 (25.45%) BDD
5 12 (21.82%) Test Automation
6 9 (16.36%) Data Migration
6 9 (16.36%) Integration Testing
6 9 (16.36%) Migration
6 9 (16.36%) System Testing
7 8 (14.55%) Scrum
8 7 (12.73%) TDD
9 6 (10.91%) CRM
9 6 (10.91%) Defect Management
9 6 (10.91%) Performance Testing
9 6 (10.91%) SDLC
9 6 (10.91%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (9.09%) Functional Testing
10 5 (9.09%) Kanban
10 5 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (9.09%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (34.55%) SQL
2 9 (16.36%) Java
3 3 (5.45%) COBOL
3 3 (5.45%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.82%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 47 (85.45%) ISEB
2 10 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (7.27%) Security Cleared
4 3 (5.45%) SC Cleared
5 2 (3.64%) Degree
6 1 (1.82%) MCITP
6 1 (1.82%) MCSA
6 1 (1.82%) MCSE
6 1 (1.82%) MCTS
6 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (34.55%) QA
2 1 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.82%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.82%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (5.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.82%) Netcool
Vendors
1 18 (32.73%) Microsoft
2 7 (12.73%) Oracle
3 4 (7.27%) webMethods
4 2 (3.64%) Remedy
5 1 (1.82%) Citrix
5 1 (1.82%) CODA
5 1 (1.82%) Intel Security
5 1 (1.82%) SAP
5 1 (1.82%) Veritas