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 5 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
5 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 90 104 98
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -6
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 25 14 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.03% 0.56% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.95% 3.28% 2.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 4 5
Average daily rate
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£300 £306 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £283 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £356 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+122.22% -46.00%
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
420 427 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.28% 17.05% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 194 160
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 £230 £176 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 31 28
Average hourly rate £31.97 £21.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.69% +53.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £7.95 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.63 £36.75 £33.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+18.42% -9.52%

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 5 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 5 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
Birmingham - 8 £525 - 1
Coventry +10 7 £300 +4.34%
Warwickshire +10 4 £375 +20.00%
Shropshire - 2 - -
Solihull - 1 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £150 -
Worcestershire - 1 £250 - 1
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 5 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 31 (83.78%) ISEB
2 21 (56.76%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (45.95%) Test Scripting
4 15 (40.54%) SQL
5 14 (37.84%) Waterfall
6 13 (35.14%) Finance
7 11 (29.73%) V-Model
7 11 (29.73%) User Acceptance Testing
8 9 (24.32%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (21.62%) Integration Testing
9 8 (21.62%) Software Testing
9 8 (21.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (18.92%) XML
10 7 (18.92%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (16.22%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (16.22%) BizTalk Server
11 6 (16.22%) XML Messaging
11 6 (16.22%) QA
11 6 (16.22%) Mentoring
12 5 (13.51%) Retail
12 5 (13.51%) System Testing
12 5 (13.51%) Data Migration
12 5 (13.51%) Migration
12 5 (13.51%) HP
12 5 (13.51%) MS Excel
12 5 (13.51%) Oracle
13 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
13 4 (10.81%) ETL
13 4 (10.81%) Validation
13 4 (10.81%) Data Protection

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 5 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 6 (16.22%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 5 (13.51%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.70%) Simulink
2 1 (2.70%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (2.70%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (18.92%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Selenium
2 2 (5.41%) WebDriver
2 2 (5.41%) NUnit
2 2 (5.41%) SpecFlow
3 1 (2.70%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.70%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 13 (35.14%) Finance
2 5 (13.51%) Retail
3 4 (10.81%) Banking
4 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.70%) Automotive
5 1 (2.70%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.70%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 23 (62.16%) Test Analyst
1 23 (62.16%) Analyst
2 7 (18.92%) Tester
3 6 (16.22%) Test Manager
4 3 (8.11%) Integration Test Analyst
4 3 (8.11%) Integration Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) UAT Test Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Systems Integration Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Developer
5 2 (5.41%) Selenium Tester
5 2 (5.41%) UAT Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Systems Test Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Architect
5 2 (5.41%) Systems Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Software Tester
5 2 (5.41%) Enterprise Architect
6 1 (2.70%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (2.70%) Data Migration Analyst
6 1 (2.70%) IT Architect
6 1 (2.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (18.92%) XML
2 6 (16.22%) XML Messaging
3 2 (5.41%) .NET
3 2 (5.41%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.70%) CSS
4 1 (2.70%) XSD
4 1 (2.70%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.11%) EPoS
2 2 (5.41%) Mathematics
2 2 (5.41%) Data Integration
3 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.70%) User Experience
3 1 (2.70%) Mechatronics
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.11%) UNIX
2 1 (2.70%) Windows
2 1 (2.70%) Solaris
2 1 (2.70%) Linux
2 1 (2.70%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (56.76%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (45.95%) Test Scripting
3 14 (37.84%) Waterfall
4 11 (29.73%) V-Model
4 11 (29.73%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (21.62%) Integration Testing
5 8 (21.62%) Software Testing
6 6 (16.22%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (16.22%) Mentoring
7 5 (13.51%) Data Migration
7 5 (13.51%) System Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Migration
8 4 (10.81%) Validation
8 4 (10.81%) ETL
8 4 (10.81%) Resource Management
8 4 (10.81%) Data Protection
9 3 (8.11%) Data Cleansing
9 3 (8.11%) Data Validation
9 3 (8.11%) Coaching
9 3 (8.11%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (40.54%) SQL
2 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
3 2 (5.41%) C#
4 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.70%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 31 (83.78%) ISEB
2 8 (21.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (10.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 4 (10.81%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (8.11%) SC Cleared
4 3 (8.11%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.70%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.22%) QA
2 2 (5.41%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (24.32%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 5 (13.51%) HP
1 5 (13.51%) Oracle
2 1 (2.70%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.70%) Apple
2 1 (2.70%) VMware
2 1 (2.70%) Pega
2 1 (2.70%) Talend