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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 100 101 87
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -14
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 16 15 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.69% 0.64% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.87% 3.85% 2.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 4
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £353
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -0.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £285 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £553 £420 £411
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £23.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+27.65% -6.00%
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
413 390 311
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.85% 16.67% 17.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 178 148
Average daily rate £350 £360 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £500 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 40 30
Average hourly rate £30.00 £26.42 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.57% -1.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.30 £12.15 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £61.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -6.97%

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 6 July 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 6 July 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 - 7 £400 - 2
Warwickshire - 4 £375 - 1
Worcestershire - 1 £250 - 1
Solihull - 1 - - 1
Shropshire - 1 - - 4
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 23 (65.71%) ISEB
2 16 (45.71%) Finance
3 13 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (37.14%) Test Scripting
3 13 (37.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 10 (28.57%) Retail
4 10 (28.57%) SQL
5 9 (25.71%) Banking
6 8 (22.86%) Software Testing
7 7 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (20.00%) HP
8 6 (17.14%) MS Excel
8 6 (17.14%) Waterfall
9 5 (14.29%) Mentoring
9 5 (14.29%) System Testing
9 5 (14.29%) Oracle
9 5 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
10 4 (11.43%) Validation
10 4 (11.43%) V-Model
10 4 (11.43%) Information Assurance
10 4 (11.43%) Security Testing
10 4 (11.43%) QA
10 4 (11.43%) Coaching
10 4 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (11.43%) FATCA
11 3 (8.57%) Test Management
11 3 (8.57%) Resource Management
11 3 (8.57%) Data Cleansing
11 3 (8.57%) Data Validation

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 6 (17.14%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.71%) MS Office
3 1 (2.86%) Simulink
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (8.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (8.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (8.57%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (5.71%) NUnit
1 2 (5.71%) Selenium
1 2 (5.71%) WebDriver
1 2 (5.71%) SpecFlow
General
1 16 (45.71%) Finance
2 10 (28.57%) Retail
3 9 (25.71%) Banking
4 2 (5.71%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.86%) Automotive
5 1 (2.86%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.86%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (57.14%) Analyst
1 20 (57.14%) Test Analyst
2 5 (14.29%) Tester
2 5 (14.29%) Test Leader
3 4 (11.43%) Test Manager
4 3 (8.57%) UAT Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) UAT Test Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Architect
5 2 (5.71%) Software Tester
5 2 (5.71%) Architect
5 2 (5.71%) Developer
5 2 (5.71%) Selenium Tester
6 1 (2.86%) Validation Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Coordinator
6 1 (2.86%) Software Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (2.86%) Test Coordinator
6 1 (2.86%) Test Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (2.86%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) .NET
1 2 (5.71%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.57%) EPoS
2 2 (5.71%) Mathematics
2 2 (5.71%) Data Integration
3 1 (2.86%) User Experience
3 1 (2.86%) Mechatronics
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.57%) UNIX
2 1 (2.86%) Windows
2 1 (2.86%) Solaris
2 1 (2.86%) Linux
2 1 (2.86%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (37.14%) Test Scripting
2 10 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (22.86%) Software Testing
4 6 (17.14%) Waterfall
5 5 (14.29%) Mentoring
5 5 (14.29%) System Testing
5 5 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (11.43%) Validation
6 4 (11.43%) Security Testing
6 4 (11.43%) Coaching
6 4 (11.43%) V-Model
6 4 (11.43%) Information Assurance
7 3 (8.57%) Data Cleansing
7 3 (8.57%) Data Validation
7 3 (8.57%) Test Management
7 3 (8.57%) Resource Management
7 3 (8.57%) ETL
7 3 (8.57%) UML
8 2 (5.71%) EAI
Programming Languages
1 10 (28.57%) SQL
2 3 (8.57%) T-SQL
3 2 (5.71%) C#
4 1 (2.86%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 23 (65.71%) ISEB
2 13 (37.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (8.57%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (5.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.86%) Degree
5 1 (2.86%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.86%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.43%) QA
1 4 (11.43%) FATCA
2 2 (5.71%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (2.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.71%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 7 (20.00%) HP
2 5 (14.29%) Oracle
3 2 (5.71%) Pega
4 1 (2.86%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.86%) Apple
4 1 (2.86%) VMware