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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 108 76 108
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +32
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 35 37 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.07% 1.51% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.30% 8.37% 3.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 30 2
Median daily rate £340 £300 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -12.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £273 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £413 £369
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £30.00 £12.38
% change year-on-year
+11.66% +142.42%
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
660 442 474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.12% 17.98% 18.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 248 225
Median daily rate £400 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £547 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £377 £353
% change year-on-year
-0.53% +6.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 34 28
Median hourly rate £36.00 £33.78 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.58% +57.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £13.06 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £42.50 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.71
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +14.18%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -9 11 £390 - 1
Coventry -28 7 £340 +13.33%
Warwickshire -8 5 £300 -20.00% 3
Birmingham -19 1 £280 -47.90% 3
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 56 (82.35%) ISEB
2 33 (48.53%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (38.24%) SQL
4 23 (33.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 20 (29.41%) Test Scripting
6 17 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 17 (25.00%) Java
6 17 (25.00%) Oracle
7 16 (23.53%) Test Automation
8 13 (19.12%) HP
9 12 (17.65%) Microsoft
9 12 (17.65%) Unix
9 12 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (17.65%) Software Testing
9 12 (17.65%) JIRA
10 11 (16.18%) Selenium
10 11 (16.18%) System Testing
10 11 (16.18%) Finance
10 11 (16.18%) Waterfall
11 10 (14.71%) Test Strategy
12 9 (13.24%) MS Excel
12 9 (13.24%) Visual Studio
12 9 (13.24%) XML
12 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Azure
13 8 (11.76%) Integration Testing
13 8 (11.76%) TDD
13 8 (11.76%) Windows
13 8 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
13 8 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
14 7 (10.29%) Defect Management

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 5 (7.35%) SharePoint
1 5 (7.35%) WebLogic
2 4 (5.88%) Confluence
3 2 (2.94%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.47%) CMS
4 1 (1.47%) Documentum
Applications
1 9 (13.24%) MS Excel
2 5 (7.35%) MS Office
2 5 (7.35%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (4.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.47%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (10.29%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (4.41%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.94%) Internet
1 2 (2.94%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.82%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (7.35%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.88%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (5.88%) Hadoop
3 4 (5.88%) Pentaho
4 2 (2.94%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.47%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (1.47%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (17.65%) JIRA
2 11 (16.18%) Selenium
3 9 (13.24%) Visual Studio
4 7 (10.29%) Cucumber
5 5 (7.35%) HP UFT
5 5 (7.35%) Toad
6 4 (5.88%) SpecFlow
7 2 (2.94%) Gatling
7 2 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (16.18%) Finance
2 6 (8.82%) Retail
3 3 (4.41%) Automotive
3 3 (4.41%) Banking
4 2 (2.94%) Corporate Banking
4 2 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.47%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 50 (73.53%) Analyst
2 45 (66.18%) Test Analyst
3 10 (14.71%) Test Leader
4 6 (8.82%) Agile Test Analyst
5 5 (7.35%) Business Analyst
5 5 (7.35%) Test Manager
6 4 (5.88%) HR Analyst
6 4 (5.88%) Manual Test Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Automation Test Lead
7 3 (4.41%) Financial Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) HR Business Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Selenium Test Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Software Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Software Test Analyst
8 2 (2.94%) CRM Analyst
8 2 (2.94%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 2 (2.94%) SAP Test Analyst
8 2 (2.94%) UAT Analyst
8 2 (2.94%) UAT Manager
8 2 (2.94%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.24%) XML
2 5 (7.35%) .NET
2 5 (7.35%) Web Services
3 2 (2.94%) XBRL
4 1 (1.47%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.29%) CMDB
2 4 (5.88%) Data Integration
3 3 (4.41%) Client/Server
3 3 (4.41%) e-Learning
3 3 (4.41%) EPoS
4 2 (2.94%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.47%) NHS
5 1 (1.47%) Smartcard
5 1 (1.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (17.65%) Unix
2 8 (11.76%) Windows
3 2 (2.94%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (48.53%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (29.41%) Test Scripting
3 17 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (23.53%) Test Automation
5 12 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (17.65%) Software Testing
6 11 (16.18%) System Testing
6 11 (16.18%) Waterfall
7 10 (14.71%) Test Strategy
8 8 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
8 8 (11.76%) Integration Testing
8 8 (11.76%) TDD
9 7 (10.29%) BDD
9 7 (10.29%) Defect Management
9 7 (10.29%) Regression Testing
10 6 (8.82%) Automated Testing
10 6 (8.82%) Non-Functional Testing
11 5 (7.35%) Functional Testing
11 5 (7.35%) Migration
11 5 (7.35%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 26 (38.24%) SQL
2 17 (25.00%) Java
3 7 (10.29%) PHP
4 4 (5.88%) PL/SQL
5 3 (4.41%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.94%) COBOL
7 1 (1.47%) C#
Qualifications
1 56 (82.35%) ISEB
2 23 (33.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 6 (8.82%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.82%) Security Cleared
4 2 (2.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.47%) Degree
5 1 (1.47%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.35%) QA
2 1 (1.47%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (4.41%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (4.41%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (10.29%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (10.29%) Puppet
Vendors
1 17 (25.00%) Oracle
2 13 (19.12%) HP
3 12 (17.65%) Microsoft
4 6 (8.82%) webMethods
5 4 (5.88%) Cloudera
5 4 (5.88%) Pega
5 4 (5.88%) Red Hat
6 3 (4.41%) IBM
6 3 (4.41%) Unisys
7 2 (2.94%) SAP
8 1 (1.47%) ATG
8 1 (1.47%) Cognos