The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the West Midlands region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 103 94 76
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -18
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 15 9 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.61% 0.45% 1.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.55% 2.93% 10.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 8
Average daily rate
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£306 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £260 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £408 £330
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £344 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.45% +14.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-46.00% -25.37%
Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
423 307 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.27% 15.42% 14.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 153 174
Average daily rate £330 £325 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +7.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 27 18
Average hourly rate £21.50 £14.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.57% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.25 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £34.45 £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
ISTQB
England

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 30 July 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 £288 - 2
Solihull - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 4
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 37 (92.50%) ISEB
2 19 (47.50%) Test Scripting
3 15 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (32.50%) Integration Testing
5 10 (25.00%) SQL
6 9 (22.50%) MS Excel
6 9 (22.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (20.00%) Test Automation
7 8 (20.00%) Test Strategy
7 8 (20.00%) System Testing
7 8 (20.00%) QA
7 8 (20.00%) Selenium
7 8 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
8 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
8 7 (17.50%) Oracle
9 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
9 6 (15.00%) SAP
9 6 (15.00%) T-SQL
9 6 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (15.00%) HP
9 6 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (12.50%) MS Office
10 5 (12.50%) UNIX
10 5 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (12.50%) ETL
10 5 (12.50%) Test Management
10 5 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (12.50%) TRIRIGA

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.50%) WebLogic Integration
1 1 (2.50%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.50%) Apache
1 1 (2.50%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.50%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (22.50%) MS Excel
2 5 (12.50%) MS Office
3 2 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (12.50%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (5.00%) SAP HR
3 1 (2.50%) Retail-J
3 1 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.50%) SAP HCM
3 1 (2.50%) SAP BPC
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.50%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (5.00%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.50%) MS Access
5 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (20.00%) Selenium
2 3 (7.50%) WebDriver
3 2 (5.00%) Cucumber
3 2 (5.00%) JIRA
4 1 (2.50%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.50%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (10.00%) Finance
2 1 (2.50%) Banking
2 1 (2.50%) Retail
2 1 (2.50%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 22 (55.00%) Analyst
2 20 (50.00%) Test Analyst
3 6 (15.00%) Test Manager
4 4 (10.00%) Test Leader
5 3 (7.50%) Tester
5 3 (7.50%) QA Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) SAP Test Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) SAP Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Lead Test Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Quality Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) SAP Tester
6 2 (5.00%) QA Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) QA Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Software Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Technical Test Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Implementation Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Financial Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.50%) XML
2 2 (5.00%) HTML
2 2 (5.00%) .NET
2 2 (5.00%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (2.50%) EPoS
2 1 (2.50%) N-Tier
2 1 (2.50%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.50%) UNIX
2 3 (7.50%) Linux
3 2 (5.00%) Windows
4 1 (2.50%) SUSE
4 1 (2.50%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (47.50%) Test Scripting
2 15 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 13 (32.50%) Integration Testing
4 8 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 8 (20.00%) Test Strategy
4 8 (20.00%) System Testing
4 8 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 6 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (12.50%) ETL
6 5 (12.50%) Test Management
7 4 (10.00%) Business Analysis
7 4 (10.00%) Time Management
7 4 (10.00%) Performance Testing
7 4 (10.00%) ERP
7 4 (10.00%) Change Management
8 3 (7.50%) Scrum
8 3 (7.50%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (7.50%) Data Modelling
8 3 (7.50%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.00%) SQL
2 6 (15.00%) T-SQL
3 3 (7.50%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.00%) Java
4 2 (5.00%) VB
5 1 (2.50%) FoxPro (VFP)
5 1 (2.50%) VBScript
5 1 (2.50%) C#
Qualifications
1 37 (92.50%) ISEB
2 9 (22.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
3 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
4 4 (10.00%) Degree
5 3 (7.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (2.50%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (20.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (17.50%) Oracle
2 6 (15.00%) SAP
2 6 (15.00%) HP
3 4 (10.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (7.50%) Pega
5 2 (5.00%) Cognos
5 2 (5.00%) IBM
6 1 (2.50%) JD Edwards
6 1 (2.50%) TIBCO
6 1 (2.50%) Siebel