Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 84 101
Rank change year-on-year -2 +17 -20
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 13 15 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.91% 1.00% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.87% 6.36% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 10 3
Birmingham median daily rate £325 £423 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.08% +50.89% -30.00%
10th Percentile £264 £296 £159
90th Percentile £418 £488 £320
West Midlands median daily rate £378 £400 £340
% change year-on-year -5.63% +17.65% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -

ISTQB is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Birmingham
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 267 236 330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 18.65% 15.69% 21.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 171 219
Birmingham median daily rate £388 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £180 £263 £250
90th Percentile £527 £500 £538
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 7
Birmingham median hourly rate £22.00 £26.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.19% +5.00% -1.96%
10th Percentile £14.95 £14.18 £16.30
90th Percentile £35.50 £37.63 £37.85
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £28.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year -42.86% +14.29% -18.33%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Birmingham

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in Birmingham

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in Birmingham over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (76.92%) ISEB
2 9 (69.23%) SQL
3 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (53.85%) JIRA
4 7 (53.85%) Test Automation
5 6 (46.15%) SoapUI
5 6 (46.15%) Selenium
5 6 (46.15%) Web Services
6 5 (38.46%) QA
6 5 (38.46%) Manual Testing
6 5 (38.46%) RESTful
6 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
6 5 (38.46%) Cucumber
6 5 (38.46%) BDD
6 5 (38.46%) Jenkins
6 5 (38.46%) API Testing
7 4 (30.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (30.77%) SOAP
7 4 (30.77%) TDD
7 4 (30.77%) XML
8 3 (23.08%) HP UFT
8 3 (23.08%) Java
8 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
8 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
8 3 (23.08%) Finance
8 3 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (23.08%) SDLC
8 3 (23.08%) Protractor
9 2 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (15.38%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 2 (15.38%) SAP FI-CA
1 2 (15.38%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (7.69%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (7.69%) BrowserStack
1 1 (7.69%) GitHub
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (53.85%) JIRA
2 6 (46.15%) Selenium
2 6 (46.15%) SoapUI
3 5 (38.46%) Cucumber
3 5 (38.46%) Jenkins
4 3 (23.08%) HP UFT
4 3 (23.08%) Protractor
5 2 (15.38%) Sahi
5 2 (15.38%) WATIR
5 2 (15.38%) WebDriver
6 1 (7.69%) GitLab
6 1 (7.69%) JMeter
6 1 (7.69%) LoadRunner
6 1 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (23.08%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
1 5 (38.46%) Test Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Tester
3 2 (15.38%) SAP Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) SAP Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) UAT Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Developer in Test
4 1 (7.69%) QA Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) QA Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (46.15%) Web Services
2 5 (38.46%) RESTful
3 4 (30.77%) SOAP
3 4 (30.77%) XML
4 2 (15.38%) .NET
4 2 (15.38%) .NET Framework
5 1 (7.69%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Unix
1 2 (15.38%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (53.85%) Test Automation
3 5 (38.46%) API Testing
3 5 (38.46%) BDD
3 5 (38.46%) Manual Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
4 4 (30.77%) TDD
5 3 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (23.08%) SDLC
5 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (15.38%) Defect Management
6 2 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Functional Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Kanban
6 2 (15.38%) Open Source
6 2 (15.38%) Scrum
6 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Workflow
7 1 (7.69%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 9 (69.23%) SQL
2 3 (23.08%) Java
3 2 (15.38%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (76.92%) ISEB
2 4 (30.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (15.38%) Degree
4 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
4 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (38.46%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Kibana
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 2 (15.38%) Oracle
2 2 (15.38%) SAP
3 1 (7.69%) Atlassian
3 1 (7.69%) HP
3 1 (7.69%) Splunk