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 30 April 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
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 99 115 96
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -19
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 36 14 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.24% 0.52% 1.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.89% 2.77% 6.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 15
Average daily rate £280 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £253 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £315
% change year-on-year
+11.16% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £10.38
% change year-on-year
+133.33% +44.57%
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
611 506 434
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 21.13% 18.86% 18.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 269 201
Average daily rate £375 £350 £327
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 44 34
Average hourly rate £18.28 £29.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.98% +81.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.65 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £39.85 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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
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 30 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Birmingham -1 8 £280 -25.33% 5
Shropshire -26 7 £380 - 1
Coventry -7 5 £280 - 2
Smethwick - 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 £500 -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 64 (88.89%) ISEB
2 40 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (37.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 23 (31.94%) SQL
5 21 (29.17%) Test Scripting
6 20 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
7 16 (22.22%) Finance
8 15 (20.83%) Unix
8 15 (20.83%) QA
9 13 (18.06%) Software Testing
9 13 (18.06%) Oracle
10 12 (16.67%) System Testing
11 11 (15.28%) Microsoft
11 11 (15.28%) Migration
11 11 (15.28%) Scrum
11 11 (15.28%) Cucumber
12 9 (12.50%) Waterfall
12 9 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
13 8 (11.11%) Kanban
13 8 (11.11%) Pega
13 8 (11.11%) Test Automation
13 8 (11.11%) TDD
13 8 (11.11%) Retail
13 8 (11.11%) Java
13 8 (11.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 8 (11.11%) Test Strategy
14 7 (9.72%) Gherkin
14 7 (9.72%) Manual Testing
14 7 (9.72%) CRM
14 7 (9.72%) Selenium

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 4 (5.56%) Confluence
2 1 (1.39%) Node.js
2 1 (1.39%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (4.17%) MS Office
2 1 (1.39%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.94%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.39%) DSL
1 1 (1.39%) HTTP
1 1 (1.39%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (5.56%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (5.56%) Hadoop
2 4 (5.56%) Pentaho
3 2 (2.78%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 11 (15.28%) Cucumber
2 7 (9.72%) Selenium
3 4 (5.56%) JIRA
4 3 (4.17%) SpecFlow
4 3 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (2.78%) Gatling
5 2 (2.78%) HP UFT
5 2 (2.78%) LoadRunner
5 2 (2.78%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.39%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.39%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.39%) LabVIEW
6 1 (1.39%) Toad
6 1 (1.39%) WebDriver
General
1 16 (22.22%) Finance
2 8 (11.11%) Retail
3 3 (4.17%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.78%) Back Office
4 2 (2.78%) Banking
4 2 (2.78%) Corporate Banking
4 2 (2.78%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.39%) Legal
5 1 (1.39%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 54 (75.00%) Analyst
2 53 (73.61%) Test Analyst
3 11 (15.28%) Tester
4 7 (9.72%) Agile Test Analyst
5 6 (8.33%) CRM Analyst
6 5 (6.94%) Test Manager
7 4 (5.56%) Software Analyst
7 4 (5.56%) Software Test Analyst
7 4 (5.56%) Test Leader
8 3 (4.17%) Automation Tester
8 3 (4.17%) Financial Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) Manual Test Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) QA Tester
8 3 (4.17%) UAT Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) UAT Test Analyst
9 2 (2.78%) Banking Analyst
9 2 (2.78%) QA Analyst
9 2 (2.78%) Test Engineer
9 2 (2.78%) Test Specialist
9 2 (2.78%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.72%) Gherkin
2 3 (4.17%) XML
3 2 (2.78%) EDI
3 2 (2.78%) HTML
3 2 (2.78%) XBRL
4 1 (1.39%) .NET
4 1 (1.39%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.94%) Client/Server
2 4 (5.56%) EPoS
3 3 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.39%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.39%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.39%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (20.83%) Unix
2 3 (4.17%) Windows
3 1 (1.39%) AIX
3 1 (1.39%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.39%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (29.17%) Test Scripting
3 20 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (18.06%) Software Testing
5 12 (16.67%) System Testing
6 11 (15.28%) Migration
6 11 (15.28%) Scrum
7 9 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (12.50%) Waterfall
8 8 (11.11%) Kanban
8 8 (11.11%) TDD
8 8 (11.11%) Test Automation
8 8 (11.11%) Test Strategy
9 7 (9.72%) CRM
9 7 (9.72%) Manual Testing
10 6 (8.33%) BDD
10 6 (8.33%) V-Model
11 5 (6.94%) Data Migration
11 5 (6.94%) Information Assurance
11 5 (6.94%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (31.94%) SQL
2 8 (11.11%) Java
3 4 (5.56%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.78%) C#
4 2 (2.78%) VB
5 1 (1.39%) C
5 1 (1.39%) Groovy
5 1 (1.39%) Scala
Qualifications
1 64 (88.89%) ISEB
2 27 (37.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (11.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 5 (6.94%) Security Cleared
5 4 (5.56%) SC Cleared
6 3 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.39%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (20.83%) QA
System Software
1 5 (6.94%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.39%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.39%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (18.06%) Oracle
2 11 (15.28%) Microsoft
3 8 (11.11%) Pega
4 6 (8.33%) HP
5 4 (5.56%) Cloudera
5 4 (5.56%) Red Hat
6 3 (4.17%) Unisys
7 2 (2.78%) Cognos
8 1 (1.39%) ATG
8 1 (1.39%) Intel Security
8 1 (1.39%) VMware
8 1 (1.39%) webMethods
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