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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 80 99 101
Rank change year-on-year
+19 +2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 37 18 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.49% 0.71% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.41% 4.00% 2.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 2 4
Average daily rate
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£300 £344 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% +16.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £319 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £369 £368
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+142.42% -58.75%
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
440 450 290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.69% 17.77% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 212 150
Average daily rate £350 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £175 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 26 25
Average hourly rate £32.50 £26.42 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.01% +32.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £10.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £30.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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 - 20 £300 - 5
Birmingham - 7 £538 - 1
Warwickshire +5 4 £375 +20.00% 1
Shropshire - 3 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £150 - 1
Worcestershire - 1 £250 -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 43 (87.76%) ISEB
2 34 (69.39%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (61.22%) Test Scripting
4 28 (57.14%) SQL
5 27 (55.10%) Waterfall
6 24 (48.98%) V-Model
7 22 (44.90%) HP Quality Center
8 18 (36.73%) Integration Testing
9 17 (34.69%) XML
10 16 (32.65%) BizTalk Server
10 16 (32.65%) XML Messaging
11 15 (30.61%) Finance
12 13 (26.53%) User Acceptance Testing
13 11 (22.45%) Data Migration
13 11 (22.45%) Migration
14 8 (16.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 7 (14.29%) ETL
15 7 (14.29%) T-SQL
15 7 (14.29%) Software Testing
16 6 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
16 6 (12.24%) Data Warehouse
16 6 (12.24%) Mentoring
17 5 (10.20%) MS Excel
17 5 (10.20%) Retail
17 5 (10.20%) QA
17 5 (10.20%) System Testing
18 4 (8.16%) Talend Open Studio
18 4 (8.16%) Data Protection
18 4 (8.16%) Banking
18 4 (8.16%) Resource Management

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 16 (32.65%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 5 (10.20%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.04%) Simulink
2 1 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (2.04%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.24%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (6.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (6.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (6.12%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (8.16%) Talend Open Studio
2 3 (6.12%) Selenium
3 2 (4.08%) NUnit
3 2 (4.08%) WebDriver
3 2 (4.08%) SpecFlow
4 1 (2.04%) Cucumber
General
1 15 (30.61%) Finance
2 5 (10.20%) Retail
3 4 (8.16%) Banking
4 1 (2.04%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.04%) Automotive
4 1 (2.04%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.04%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (65.31%) Test Analyst
1 32 (65.31%) Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Tester
2 7 (14.29%) Integration Test Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Integration Analyst
3 6 (12.24%) Test Manager
4 5 (10.20%) UAT Test Analyst
4 5 (10.20%) UAT Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) Financial Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) Data Migration Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) Data Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Systems Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Systems Test Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Systems Integration Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Architect
7 2 (4.08%) Enterprise Architect
7 2 (4.08%) Developer
7 2 (4.08%) Selenium Tester
8 1 (2.04%) QA Test Analyst
8 1 (2.04%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (34.69%) XML
2 16 (32.65%) XML Messaging
3 2 (4.08%) .NET
3 2 (4.08%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.04%) CSS
4 1 (2.04%) XSD
4 1 (2.04%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.12%) EPoS
2 2 (4.08%) Data Integration
3 1 (2.04%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.04%) User Experience
3 1 (2.04%) Mechatronics
3 1 (2.04%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.16%) UNIX
2 1 (2.04%) Windows
2 1 (2.04%) Solaris
2 1 (2.04%) Linux
2 1 (2.04%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (69.39%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (61.22%) Test Scripting
3 27 (55.10%) Waterfall
4 24 (48.98%) V-Model
5 18 (36.73%) Integration Testing
6 13 (26.53%) User Acceptance Testing
7 11 (22.45%) Migration
7 11 (22.45%) Data Migration
8 7 (14.29%) ETL
8 7 (14.29%) Software Testing
9 6 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (12.24%) Mentoring
10 5 (10.20%) System Testing
11 4 (8.16%) Resource Management
11 4 (8.16%) Validation
11 4 (8.16%) Data Protection
12 3 (6.12%) Data Cleansing
12 3 (6.12%) Data Validation
12 3 (6.12%) Coaching
12 3 (6.12%) UML
Programming Languages
1 28 (57.14%) SQL
2 7 (14.29%) T-SQL
3 2 (4.08%) C#
4 1 (2.04%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.04%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 43 (87.76%) ISEB
2 8 (16.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (8.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 4 (8.16%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (6.12%) SC Cleared
4 3 (6.12%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.04%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.20%) QA
2 2 (4.08%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (44.90%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.08%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 4 (8.16%) HP
1 4 (8.16%) Oracle
1 4 (8.16%) Talend
2 1 (2.04%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.04%) Apple
2 1 (2.04%) VMware
2 1 (2.04%) Pega