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 18 December 2014 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 101 100 86
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -14
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 12 9 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.52% 0.42% 0.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.68% 3.28% 5.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 7
Average daily rate
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£310 £361 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.18% +20.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £333 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £372 £395 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £278 £320
% change year-on-year
+18.91% -13.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £33.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.85 - £21.00
ISTQB
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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
447 274 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.22% 12.81% 16.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 156 144
Average daily rate £350 £345 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% -5.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £210 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 8 27
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.05 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £22.69 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 18 December 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 - 3 £280 -
Birmingham -5 1 £388 - 1
Shropshire - 1 - -
Staffordshire - - - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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 28 (87.50%) ISEB
2 19 (59.38%) SQL
3 17 (53.13%) Test Scripting
4 16 (50.00%) System Testing
5 14 (43.75%) MS Excel
6 12 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (31.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (31.25%) T-SQL
7 10 (31.25%) Test Automation
8 9 (28.13%) SQL Server
8 9 (28.13%) Microsoft
9 8 (25.00%) ETL
9 8 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
9 8 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (25.00%) Integration Testing
9 8 (25.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (18.75%) Visual Studio
10 6 (18.75%) Finance
11 5 (15.63%) Oracle
11 5 (15.63%) Functional Testing
12 4 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 4 (12.50%) Software Testing
12 4 (12.50%) Web Services
12 4 (12.50%) SOA
12 4 (12.50%) UNIX
13 3 (9.38%) CRM
13 3 (9.38%) .NET
13 3 (9.38%) C#
13 3 (9.38%) HP

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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 14 (43.75%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.13%) MS Office
2 1 (3.13%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) TRIRIGA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (28.13%) SQL Server
2 8 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (25.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 8 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (18.75%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.13%) JIRA
2 1 (3.13%) Selenium
2 1 (3.13%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (18.75%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 27 (84.38%) Analyst
1 27 (84.38%) Test Analyst
2 6 (18.75%) Senior Analyst
2 6 (18.75%) Senior Test Analyst
3 5 (15.63%) Agile Test Analyst
4 3 (9.38%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (9.38%) Technical Test Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Tester
6 1 (3.13%) Software Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Test Manager
6 1 (3.13%) Coordinator
6 1 (3.13%) Software Test Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Test Coordinator
6 1 (3.13%) Systems Tester
6 1 (3.13%) Test Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) UAT Tester
6 1 (3.13%) Financial Analyst
6 1 (3.13%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.50%) Web Services
2 3 (9.38%) .NET
3 2 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.13%) Mechatronics
1 1 (3.13%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.50%) UNIX
2 1 (3.13%) Solaris
2 1 (3.13%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (53.13%) Test Scripting
2 16 (50.00%) System Testing
3 12 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (31.25%) User Acceptance Testing
4 10 (31.25%) Test Automation
5 8 (25.00%) ETL
5 8 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
5 8 (25.00%) Integration Testing
6 5 (15.63%) Functional Testing
7 4 (12.50%) Software Testing
7 4 (12.50%) SOA
8 3 (9.38%) CRM
8 3 (9.38%) Scrum
8 3 (9.38%) Release Management
8 3 (9.38%) Waterfall
8 3 (9.38%) Mentoring
8 3 (9.38%) Non-Functional Testing
9 2 (6.25%) Test Planning
9 2 (6.25%) Usability Testing
9 2 (6.25%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (59.38%) SQL
2 10 (31.25%) T-SQL
3 3 (9.38%) C#
4 1 (3.13%) Java
4 1 (3.13%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 28 (87.50%) ISEB
2 4 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (6.25%) Degree
4 1 (3.13%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.38%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (28.13%) Microsoft
2 5 (15.63%) Oracle
3 3 (9.38%) HP
4 2 (6.25%) Pega
5 1 (3.13%) IBM