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 September 2016 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
26 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 113 78 105
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +27
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 37 44 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.14% 1.76% 0.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.25% 9.65% 4.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 34 2
Median daily rate £345 £300 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -12.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £280 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £381 £369
UK excluding London median daily rate £333 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.20% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.18 £34.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-28.89% +151.85%
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
705 456 481
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 21.66% 18.28% 18.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 394 229 236
Median daily rate £390 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £200 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £517 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 49 34
Median hourly rate £25.00 £29.26 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.54% +36.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £42.50 £38.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISTQB across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 September 2016.

ISTQB Daily Rate Histogram 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 26 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Shropshire -18 12 £380 - 1
Coventry -29 10 £345 +15.00% 1
Staffordshire - 3 - -
Warwickshire -5 2 £333 -11.33% 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 September 2016, 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 50 (79.37%) ISEB
2 30 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (42.86%) SQL
4 20 (31.75%) Test Scripting
5 18 (28.57%) Test Automation
6 17 (26.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 16 (25.40%) Continuous Integration
7 16 (25.40%) Microsoft
8 15 (23.81%) Java
9 13 (20.63%) Selenium
10 12 (19.05%) System Testing
10 12 (19.05%) Integration Testing
10 12 (19.05%) Oracle
10 12 (19.05%) Visual Studio
10 12 (19.05%) Exploratory Testing
10 12 (19.05%) Test Strategy
11 11 (17.46%) MS Excel
11 11 (17.46%) Regression Testing
11 11 (17.46%) HP
11 11 (17.46%) User Acceptance Testing
11 11 (17.46%) JIRA
11 11 (17.46%) Software Testing
12 10 (15.87%) BDD
13 9 (14.29%) Windows
14 8 (12.70%) SharePoint
14 8 (12.70%) MS Office
14 8 (12.70%) Unix
14 8 (12.70%) .NET
14 8 (12.70%) TDD
14 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure

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 8 (12.70%) SharePoint
2 5 (7.94%) WebLogic
3 3 (4.76%) CMS
4 1 (1.59%) Confluence
4 1 (1.59%) Documentum
4 1 (1.59%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (17.46%) MS Excel
2 8 (12.70%) MS Office
3 7 (11.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (4.76%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.59%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (4.76%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (1.59%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.17%) Internet
1 2 (3.17%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.94%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.17%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.59%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 13 (20.63%) Selenium
2 12 (19.05%) Visual Studio
3 11 (17.46%) JIRA
4 8 (12.70%) Cucumber
5 5 (7.94%) Toad
6 4 (6.35%) HP UFT
6 4 (6.35%) SpecFlow
7 3 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (3.17%) Appium
8 2 (3.17%) Git (software)
9 1 (1.59%) Bugzilla
9 1 (1.59%) FogBugz
9 1 (1.59%) Gatling
9 1 (1.59%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.59%) StarTeam
General
1 6 (9.52%) Finance
2 3 (4.76%) Automotive
2 3 (4.76%) Banking
2 3 (4.76%) Retail
3 2 (3.17%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (1.59%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.59%) Games
Job Titles
1 42 (66.67%) Analyst
2 37 (58.73%) Test Analyst
3 10 (15.87%) Test Leader
4 6 (9.52%) Agile Test Analyst
5 5 (7.94%) Business Analyst
6 4 (6.35%) Automation Test Lead
6 4 (6.35%) HR Analyst
6 4 (6.35%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 4 (6.35%) Test Manager
6 4 (6.35%) Tester
7 3 (4.76%) Agile Tester
7 3 (4.76%) Financial Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) HR Business Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) Senior Agile Tester
7 3 (4.76%) Senior Tester
8 2 (3.17%) Manual Test Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) SAP Test Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.70%) .NET
2 7 (11.11%) XML
3 5 (7.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.11%) CMDB
2 4 (6.35%) Data Integration
3 3 (4.76%) e-Learning
4 2 (3.17%) Client/Server
4 2 (3.17%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.59%) Clustering
5 1 (1.59%) EPoS
5 1 (1.59%) iPad
5 1 (1.59%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.59%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.59%) NHS
5 1 (1.59%) Online Games
5 1 (1.59%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 9 (14.29%) Windows
2 8 (12.70%) Unix
3 2 (3.17%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.59%) AIX
4 1 (1.59%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.59%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (31.75%) Test Scripting
3 18 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 16 (25.40%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (19.05%) Exploratory Testing
5 12 (19.05%) Integration Testing
5 12 (19.05%) System Testing
5 12 (19.05%) Test Strategy
6 11 (17.46%) Regression Testing
6 11 (17.46%) Software Testing
6 11 (17.46%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (15.87%) BDD
8 8 (12.70%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (12.70%) TDD
9 7 (11.11%) Stress Testing
9 7 (11.11%) Unit Testing
10 6 (9.52%) Automated Testing
10 6 (9.52%) Defect Management
10 6 (9.52%) Waterfall
11 5 (7.94%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (42.86%) SQL
2 15 (23.81%) Java
3 7 (11.11%) PHP
4 3 (4.76%) COBOL
4 3 (4.76%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.59%) C#
5 1 (1.59%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 50 (79.37%) ISEB
2 17 (26.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (7.94%) Security Cleared
4 4 (6.35%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.59%) Degree
5 1 (1.59%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.59%) MCITP
5 1 (1.59%) MCSA
5 1 (1.59%) MCSE
5 1 (1.59%) MCTS
5 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.52%) QA
2 2 (3.17%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (4.76%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (3.17%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.59%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (12.70%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (11.11%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (11.11%) Puppet
3 1 (1.59%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (1.59%) Netcool
Vendors
1 16 (25.40%) Microsoft
2 12 (19.05%) Oracle
3 11 (17.46%) HP
4 6 (9.52%) webMethods
5 4 (6.35%) Pega
6 3 (4.76%) IBM
7 2 (3.17%) SAP
8 1 (1.59%) Citrix
8 1 (1.59%) Cognos
8 1 (1.59%) Intel Security
8 1 (1.59%) Unisys
8 1 (1.59%) Veritas