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 20 August 2014 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
Rank 105 102 72
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -30
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 17 8 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.68% 0.37% 1.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.85% 2.71% 10.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 12
Average daily rate
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£344 £295 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.52% -1.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £258 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £369 £368 £348
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
-55.00% -
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
442 295 374
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.73% 13.75% 16.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 156 196
Average daily rate £330 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £185 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £480 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 24 23
Average hourly rate £26.42 £16.69 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+58.26% -14.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £12.00 £13.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.65 £30.50 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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
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 20 August 2014. 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 - - - - 1
Coventry - - - - 2
Solihull - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
ISTQB
England

ISTQB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 41 (93.18%) ISEB
2 20 (45.45%) Test Scripting
3 17 (38.64%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (29.55%) Integration Testing
4 13 (29.55%) SQL
5 9 (20.45%) System Testing
5 9 (20.45%) Test Strategy
6 8 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (18.18%) Software Testing
6 8 (18.18%) MS Excel
7 7 (15.91%) T-SQL
7 7 (15.91%) Oracle
7 7 (15.91%) SQL Server
7 7 (15.91%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (15.91%) SC Cleared
7 7 (15.91%) Security Cleared
7 7 (15.91%) QA
7 7 (15.91%) Selenium
7 7 (15.91%) Test Automation
8 6 (13.64%) Test Management
8 6 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (13.64%) Microsoft
8 6 (13.64%) HP
9 5 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (11.36%) SAP
9 5 (11.36%) UNIX
9 5 (11.36%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (11.36%) ETL
9 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 5 (11.36%) HP Quality Center

ISTQB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 1 (2.27%) WebLogic
1 1 (2.27%) Apache
1 1 (2.27%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.27%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.27%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 8 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 4 (9.09%) MS Office
3 1 (2.27%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (11.36%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (4.55%) SAP HR
3 1 (2.27%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.27%) Retail-J
3 1 (2.27%) SAP HCM
3 1 (2.27%) SAP BPC
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (15.91%) SQL Server
2 5 (11.36%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (4.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.27%) Oracle Database
5 1 (2.27%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Selenium
2 3 (6.82%) WebDriver
2 3 (6.82%) Visual Studio
3 2 (4.55%) JIRA
4 1 (2.27%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.27%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.27%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (9.09%) Finance
2 1 (2.27%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.27%) Banking
2 1 (2.27%) Retail
2 1 (2.27%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 25 (56.82%) Analyst
2 24 (54.55%) Test Analyst
3 7 (15.91%) Test Manager
4 3 (6.82%) Tester
4 3 (6.82%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) QA Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) Technical Test Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) Test Leader
5 2 (4.55%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (4.55%) SAP Tester
6 1 (2.27%) SAP Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) QA Manager
6 1 (2.27%) QA Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) Lead Test Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) Quality Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) Financial Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) SAP Test Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) Implementation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.09%) .NET
2 3 (6.82%) XML
3 1 (2.27%) HTML
3 1 (2.27%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
1 1 (2.27%) N-Tier
1 1 (2.27%) EPoS
1 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.36%) UNIX
2 3 (6.82%) Linux
3 2 (4.55%) Windows
4 1 (2.27%) HPUX
4 1 (2.27%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (45.45%) Test Scripting
2 17 (38.64%) User Acceptance Testing
3 13 (29.55%) Integration Testing
4 9 (20.45%) System Testing
4 9 (20.45%) Test Strategy
5 8 (18.18%) Software Testing
6 7 (15.91%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (15.91%) Test Automation
7 6 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (13.64%) Test Management
8 5 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (11.36%) ETL
9 4 (9.09%) Change Management
9 4 (9.09%) ERP
9 4 (9.09%) SOA
9 4 (9.09%) Performance Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Time Management
9 4 (9.09%) Release Management
9 4 (9.09%) Business Analysis
10 3 (6.82%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 13 (29.55%) SQL
2 7 (15.91%) T-SQL
3 3 (6.82%) C#
4 2 (4.55%) Java
4 2 (4.55%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.55%) VB
5 1 (2.27%) FoxPro (VFP)
5 1 (2.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 41 (93.18%) ISEB
2 8 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (15.91%) SC Cleared
3 7 (15.91%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (6.82%) Degree
5 1 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (15.91%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (11.36%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (15.91%) Oracle
2 6 (13.64%) Microsoft
2 6 (13.64%) HP
3 5 (11.36%) SAP
4 3 (6.82%) Pega
5 2 (4.55%) IBM
5 2 (4.55%) Cognos
6 1 (2.27%) Siebel
6 1 (2.27%) JD Edwards
6 1 (2.27%) TIBCO