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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 108 101 81
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -20
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 20 10 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.78% 0.47% 1.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.35% 3.51% 9.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 11
Average daily rate
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£344 £295 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.52% -1.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £258 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £369 £368 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-55.00% -
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
460 285 362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.89% 13.50% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 156 189
Average daily rate £334 £330 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.13% +6.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £165 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 16 25
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.69 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.24% -17.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £13.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.78 £30.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 September 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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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 - - - -
Coventry - - - - 3
Solihull - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 36 (90.00%) ISEB
2 18 (45.00%) Test Scripting
3 17 (42.50%) SQL
4 14 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (32.50%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (30.00%) Integration Testing
6 12 (30.00%) System Testing
6 12 (30.00%) MS Excel
7 10 (25.00%) T-SQL
7 10 (25.00%) Test Automation
8 9 (22.50%) SQL Server
9 8 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (20.00%) ETL
9 8 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
9 8 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (17.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (17.50%) Microsoft
10 7 (17.50%) Oracle
10 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
10 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
10 7 (17.50%) QA
10 7 (17.50%) Selenium
11 6 (15.00%) Test Management
11 6 (15.00%) Test Strategy
11 6 (15.00%) Test Planning
11 6 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
11 6 (15.00%) UNIX
12 5 (12.50%) Software Testing
12 5 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 5 (12.50%) TRIRIGA

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (30.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (10.00%) MS Office
3 1 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (12.50%) TRIRIGA
2 1 (2.50%) SAP HR
2 1 (2.50%) Retail-J
2 1 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (22.50%) SQL Server
2 8 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (17.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (5.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (17.50%) Selenium
2 3 (7.50%) Visual Studio
2 3 (7.50%) WebDriver
3 2 (5.00%) JIRA
4 1 (2.50%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.50%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.50%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (10.00%) Finance
2 1 (2.50%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
2 1 (2.50%) Banking
2 1 (2.50%) Retail
Job Titles
1 26 (65.00%) Analyst
2 25 (62.50%) Test Analyst
3 6 (15.00%) Test Manager
4 3 (7.50%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (7.50%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (7.50%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (7.50%) QA Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) Technical Test Analyst
5 2 (5.00%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (5.00%) Test Leader
6 1 (2.50%) QA Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Tester
6 1 (2.50%) Software Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Financial Analyst
6 1 (2.50%) Quality Analyst
6 1 (2.50%) QA Analyst
6 1 (2.50%) UAT Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Defect Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Testing Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Head of Testing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) .NET
2 3 (7.50%) XML
3 1 (2.50%) CSS
3 1 (2.50%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.50%) Client/Server
2 1 (2.50%) EPoS
2 1 (2.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.00%) UNIX
2 2 (5.00%) Windows
2 2 (5.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (45.00%) Test Scripting
2 14 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (32.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (30.00%) Integration Testing
4 12 (30.00%) System Testing
5 10 (25.00%) Test Automation
6 8 (20.00%) ETL
6 8 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (15.00%) Test Management
7 6 (15.00%) Test Strategy
7 6 (15.00%) Test Planning
8 5 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 4 (10.00%) Time Management
10 3 (7.50%) SOA
10 3 (7.50%) Scrum
10 3 (7.50%) Performance Testing
10 3 (7.50%) Functional Testing
10 3 (7.50%) Release Management
10 3 (7.50%) Waterfall
11 2 (5.00%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (42.50%) SQL
2 10 (25.00%) T-SQL
3 3 (7.50%) C#
4 2 (5.00%) Java
4 2 (5.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.50%) VBScript
5 1 (2.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 36 (90.00%) ISEB
2 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
2 7 (17.50%) Security Cleared
3 5 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (7.50%) Degree
5 2 (5.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (17.50%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (17.50%) Microsoft
1 7 (17.50%) Oracle
2 3 (7.50%) Pega
3 2 (5.00%) IBM
3 2 (5.00%) Cognos
3 2 (5.00%) SAP
4 1 (2.50%) Siebel
4 1 (2.50%) JD Edwards
4 1 (2.50%) HP