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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 109 86 88
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +2
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 15 27 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.56% 1.13% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.07% 6.22% 4.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 15 3
Average daily rate
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£353 £350 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.71% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £205 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £327
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £10.38 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+44.57% -65.41%
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
488 434 252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.11% 18.16% 13.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 192 124
Average daily rate £348 £328 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.10% +0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £468 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 33 23
Average hourly rate £30.00 £16.00 £24.15
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% -33.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £11.38 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £65.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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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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 +3 9 £353 -11.87% 3
Coventry -1 2 - -
Shropshire -11 1 - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 20 (68.97%) ISEB
2 15 (51.72%) Finance
3 12 (41.38%) SQL
3 12 (41.38%) User Acceptance Testing
3 12 (41.38%) Test Scripting
4 10 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (31.03%) Banking
5 9 (31.03%) HP
5 9 (31.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (27.59%) MS Excel
7 7 (24.14%) Retail
7 7 (24.14%) Software Testing
7 7 (24.14%) System Testing
8 6 (20.69%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (20.69%) QA
9 5 (17.24%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (13.79%) Oracle
10 4 (13.79%) Web Services
10 4 (13.79%) Validation
10 4 (13.79%) Security Testing
10 4 (13.79%) FATCA
11 3 (10.34%) Non-Functional Testing
11 3 (10.34%) Information Assurance
11 3 (10.34%) Test Automation
11 3 (10.34%) Mentoring
11 3 (10.34%) Test Management
11 3 (10.34%) Performance Testing
11 3 (10.34%) Data Cleansing
11 3 (10.34%) Data Validation
11 3 (10.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

Applications
1 8 (27.59%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.90%) MS Office
3 1 (3.45%) Simulink
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (10.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (10.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (10.34%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.45%) SoapUI
2 1 (3.45%) Selenium
2 1 (3.45%) JIRA
General
1 15 (51.72%) Finance
2 9 (31.03%) Banking
3 7 (24.14%) Retail
4 2 (6.90%) Telecoms
5 1 (3.45%) Retail Banking
5 1 (3.45%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (3.45%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 19 (65.52%) Analyst
1 19 (65.52%) Test Analyst
2 5 (17.24%) Test Leader
3 4 (13.79%) Tester
4 3 (10.34%) UAT Test Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Agile Test Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) UAT Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Test Coordinator
5 2 (6.90%) Software Tester
5 2 (6.90%) Coordinator
6 1 (3.45%) Validation Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) UAT Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Software Test Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Software Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Systems Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.79%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) Mathematics
2 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.45%) User Experience
2 1 (3.45%) Mechatronics
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.45%) UNIX
1 1 (3.45%) Solaris
1 1 (3.45%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (41.38%) User Acceptance Testing
1 12 (41.38%) Test Scripting
2 10 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (24.14%) Software Testing
3 7 (24.14%) System Testing
4 4 (13.79%) Validation
4 4 (13.79%) Security Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Information Assurance
5 3 (10.34%) Test Automation
5 3 (10.34%) Mentoring
5 3 (10.34%) Test Management
5 3 (10.34%) Performance Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Data Cleansing
5 3 (10.34%) Data Validation
5 3 (10.34%) Scrum
5 3 (10.34%) ETL
5 3 (10.34%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (10.34%) CRM
6 2 (6.90%) Six Sigma
Programming Languages
1 12 (41.38%) SQL
2 3 (10.34%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.45%) MATLAB
3 1 (3.45%) Java
Qualifications
1 20 (68.97%) ISEB
2 9 (31.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (6.90%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.69%) QA
2 4 (13.79%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 6 (20.69%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.90%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 9 (31.03%) HP
2 4 (13.79%) Oracle
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.45%) Pega