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 9 February 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.

Location
3 months to
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 85 93 87
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 36 16 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.42% 0.72% 0.85%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.06% 4.10% 6.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 8 12
Average daily rate £325 £320 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -5.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £261 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £379 £395
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £340 £310
% change year-on-year
-8.08% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £107.50 £15.00 £11.75
% change year-on-year
+616.66% +27.65%
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
510 390 299
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.09% 17.64% 14.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 206 151
Average daily rate £400 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £185 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 58 8
Average hourly rate £17.00 £23.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.08% +53.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.90 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.65 £32.00 £22.69
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 9 February 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 9 February 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
Shropshire -7 11 £338 - 1
Warwickshire - 4 £328 -
Birmingham -8 3 £368 +4.25% 4
Coventry -8 3 £325 +18.18%
Staffordshire - 2 £300 - 1
Solihull - 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 9 February 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 70 (86.42%) ISEB
2 55 (67.90%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (41.98%) Test Scripting
4 32 (39.51%) SQL
5 22 (27.16%) Waterfall
6 21 (25.93%) HP Quality Center
7 20 (24.69%) Integration Testing
7 20 (24.69%) V-Model
8 19 (23.46%) QA
8 19 (23.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 17 (20.99%) Finance
10 16 (19.75%) Microsoft
10 16 (19.75%) System Testing
11 15 (18.52%) XML
11 15 (18.52%) XML Messaging
11 15 (18.52%) Scrum
11 15 (18.52%) BizTalk Server
12 14 (17.28%) Unix
12 14 (17.28%) User Acceptance Testing
12 14 (17.28%) Software Testing
13 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
14 11 (13.58%) Oracle
14 11 (13.58%) Migration
15 10 (12.35%) Data Migration
15 10 (12.35%) Non-Functional Testing
15 10 (12.35%) Automation Testing
16 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing
16 8 (9.88%) Selenium
16 8 (9.88%) ITIL
17 7 (8.64%) Visual Studio

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 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 15 (18.52%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.23%) Confluence
2 1 (1.23%) Node.js
Applications
1 4 (4.94%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (7.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.47%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.23%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.23%) DSL
1 1 (1.23%) HTTP
1 1 (1.23%) ZigBee
Development Applications
1 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
2 8 (9.88%) Selenium
3 7 (8.64%) Visual Studio
4 6 (7.41%) SpecFlow
5 4 (4.94%) Talend Open Studio
6 3 (3.70%) HP UFT
7 2 (2.47%) LoadRunner
7 2 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.23%) Gatling
8 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.23%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.23%) JIRA
8 1 (1.23%) LabVIEW
8 1 (1.23%) WebDriver
General
1 17 (20.99%) Finance
2 5 (6.17%) Retail
3 3 (3.70%) Back Office
4 2 (2.47%) General Ledger
4 2 (2.47%) Legal
5 1 (1.23%) Banking
5 1 (1.23%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (1.23%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 61 (75.31%) Analyst
2 60 (74.07%) Test Analyst
3 14 (17.28%) Tester
4 13 (16.05%) Agile Test Analyst
5 11 (13.58%) SQL Analyst
6 10 (12.35%) Integration Analyst
6 10 (12.35%) Integration Test Analyst
7 8 (9.88%) Financial Analyst
7 8 (9.88%) XML Analyst
8 7 (8.64%) Senior Analyst
8 7 (8.64%) Senior Test Analyst
8 7 (8.64%) UAT Analyst
8 7 (8.64%) UAT Test Analyst
9 6 (7.41%) Performance Analyst
9 6 (7.41%) Performance Test Analyst
10 5 (6.17%) CRM Analyst
10 5 (6.17%) Migration Analyst
10 5 (6.17%) Senior Performance Analyst
10 5 (6.17%) Senior Performance Test Analyst
11 4 (4.94%) QC Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (18.52%) XML
1 15 (18.52%) XML Messaging
2 5 (6.17%) Gherkin
3 4 (4.94%) EDI
4 2 (2.47%) .NET
4 2 (2.47%) HTML
5 1 (1.23%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.23%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.94%) EPoS
3 2 (2.47%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.23%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 14 (17.28%) Unix
2 4 (4.94%) Windows
3 1 (1.23%) AIX
3 1 (1.23%) Android
3 1 (1.23%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (67.90%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (41.98%) Test Scripting
3 22 (27.16%) Waterfall
4 20 (24.69%) Integration Testing
4 20 (24.69%) V-Model
5 16 (19.75%) System Testing
6 15 (18.52%) Scrum
7 14 (17.28%) Software Testing
7 14 (17.28%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (13.58%) Migration
9 10 (12.35%) Automation Testing
9 10 (12.35%) Data Migration
9 10 (12.35%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing
10 8 (9.88%) ITIL
11 7 (8.64%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (8.64%) Performance Testing
11 7 (8.64%) Test Strategy
12 6 (7.41%) CRM
12 6 (7.41%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 32 (39.51%) SQL
2 4 (4.94%) Java
3 3 (3.70%) C#
3 3 (3.70%) T-SQL
4 2 (2.47%) VB
5 1 (1.23%) C
5 1 (1.23%) Groovy
5 1 (1.23%) Scala
Qualifications
1 70 (86.42%) ISEB
2 19 (23.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 6 (7.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 6 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (3.70%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.23%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (23.46%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 21 (25.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (19.75%) Microsoft
2 11 (13.58%) Oracle
3 6 (7.41%) Pega
4 5 (6.17%) Cognos
5 4 (4.94%) HP
5 4 (4.94%) Talend
6 2 (2.47%) VMware
7 1 (1.23%) Capita
7 1 (1.23%) SAP