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 June 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 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 116 104 100
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -4
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 27 14 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.90% 0.59% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.55% 3.06% 4.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 8 6
Median daily rate £290 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £250 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £377 £500 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £324 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
-0.38% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+20.00% +122.22%
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
593 458 396
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.79% 19.32% 17.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 335 286 180
Median daily rate £380 £345 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.14% -6.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £490 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 33 42
Median hourly rate £18.28 £29.00 £26.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.98% +9.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.60 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £44.75 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.75% +20.00%

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 June 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 June 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
Warwickshire -2 7 £300 -7.69% 1
Birmingham -8 6 £280 -30.00% 3
Shropshire -31 2 £380 -
Coventry - 2 £368 - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 61 (87.14%) ISEB
2 35 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (38.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 22 (31.43%) SQL
5 21 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 18 (25.71%) Oracle
7 16 (22.86%) Test Scripting
8 15 (21.43%) Software Testing
9 14 (20.00%) Finance
10 13 (18.57%) Unix
10 13 (18.57%) Waterfall
11 12 (17.14%) Migration
11 12 (17.14%) HP
12 11 (15.71%) QA
13 10 (14.29%) Test Strategy
13 10 (14.29%) Pega
14 9 (12.86%) Test Automation
14 9 (12.86%) Selenium
14 9 (12.86%) System Testing
15 8 (11.43%) Retail
15 8 (11.43%) Java
16 7 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
16 7 (10.00%) TDD
16 7 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
16 7 (10.00%) V-Model
16 7 (10.00%) BDD
16 7 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
16 7 (10.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 7 (10.00%) Defect Management
17 6 (8.57%) Cucumber

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 4 (5.71%) Confluence
2 2 (2.86%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (4.29%) MS Visio
2 2 (2.86%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.43%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.86%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.43%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (1.43%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.43%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (4.29%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.86%) Internet
2 1 (1.43%) DSL
2 1 (1.43%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (7.14%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.71%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (5.71%) Hadoop
3 4 (5.71%) Pentaho
4 2 (2.86%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.43%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 9 (12.86%) Selenium
2 6 (8.57%) Cucumber
3 5 (7.14%) HP UFT
4 4 (5.71%) JIRA
4 4 (5.71%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.86%) Gatling
5 2 (2.86%) LoadRunner
5 2 (2.86%) SpecFlow
5 2 (2.86%) Toad
6 1 (1.43%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.43%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.43%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.43%) WebDriver
General
1 14 (20.00%) Finance
2 8 (11.43%) Retail
3 3 (4.29%) Banking
3 3 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.86%) Automotive
4 2 (2.86%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (1.43%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 52 (74.29%) Analyst
2 47 (67.14%) Test Analyst
3 7 (10.00%) Tester
4 6 (8.57%) Test Leader
5 4 (5.71%) Business Analyst
5 4 (5.71%) Manual Test Analyst
5 4 (5.71%) Software Analyst
5 4 (5.71%) Software Test Analyst
5 4 (5.71%) Test Manager
6 3 (4.29%) Automation Test Lead
6 3 (4.29%) CRM Analyst
6 3 (4.29%) Financial Analyst
6 3 (4.29%) HR Analyst
6 3 (4.29%) QA Tester
6 3 (4.29%) Test Specialist
6 3 (4.29%) UAT Manager
6 3 (4.29%) UAT Test Manager
7 2 (2.86%) EPoS Tester
7 2 (2.86%) HR Business Analyst
7 2 (2.86%) Migration Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.71%) XML
2 3 (4.29%) Gherkin
3 2 (2.86%) EDI
3 2 (2.86%) HTML
3 2 (2.86%) XBRL
4 1 (1.43%) CSS
4 1 (1.43%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.14%) Client/Server
2 4 (5.71%) EPoS
3 3 (4.29%) Data Integration
3 3 (4.29%) e-Learning
4 1 (1.43%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.43%) NHS
4 1 (1.43%) Smartcard
4 1 (1.43%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 13 (18.57%) Unix
2 6 (8.57%) Windows
3 2 (2.86%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.43%) AIX
4 1 (1.43%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.43%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 16 (22.86%) Test Scripting
4 15 (21.43%) Software Testing
5 13 (18.57%) Waterfall
6 12 (17.14%) Migration
7 10 (14.29%) Test Strategy
8 9 (12.86%) System Testing
8 9 (12.86%) Test Automation
9 7 (10.00%) BDD
9 7 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (10.00%) Defect Management
9 7 (10.00%) TDD
9 7 (10.00%) V-Model
10 6 (8.57%) Data Migration
10 6 (8.57%) Scrum
11 5 (7.14%) Information Assurance
11 5 (7.14%) Manual Testing
11 5 (7.14%) Regression Testing
11 5 (7.14%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (31.43%) SQL
2 8 (11.43%) Java
3 4 (5.71%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.86%) VB
5 1 (1.43%) C
5 1 (1.43%) Groovy
5 1 (1.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 61 (87.14%) ISEB
2 27 (38.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (10.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 6 (8.57%) SC Cleared
4 6 (8.57%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.43%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (15.71%) QA
System Software
1 5 (7.14%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.43%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (25.71%) Oracle
2 12 (17.14%) HP
3 10 (14.29%) Pega
4 6 (8.57%) Microsoft
5 4 (5.71%) Cloudera
5 4 (5.71%) Red Hat
6 3 (4.29%) IBM
6 3 (4.29%) Unisys
7 2 (2.86%) webMethods
8 1 (1.43%) ATG
8 1 (1.43%) Cognos
8 1 (1.43%) Intel Security
8 1 (1.43%) SAP