Period
to 6 July 2020

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 6 July 2020 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
6 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 54 83 91
Rank change year-on-year +29 +8 -13
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 3 10 14
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.52% 0.72% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.42% 4.41% 4.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 13
Median daily rate £200 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -52.94% +13.33% +20.00%
West Midlands median daily rate £360 £350 £400
% change year-on-year +2.86% -12.50% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
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 124 227 325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 21.31% 16.34% 20.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 151 199
Median daily rate £475 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £192 £250 £212
90th Percentile £675 £588 £550
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 1 8
Median hourly rate £15.50 £11.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.91% -71.05% +153.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.00
90th Percentile £21.13 £11.00 £57.73
Median hourly rate £15.85 £16.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -0.94% -15.79% +5.56%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in Birmingham

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in Birmingham.

Daily rate trend for ISTQB in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 6 July 2020, 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 3 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (66.67%) Test Management
2 2 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 2 (66.67%) HP
2 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) Software Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Use Case
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) ISEB
3 1 (33.33%) LoadRunner
3 1 (33.33%) JMeter
3 1 (33.33%) Rational Performance Tester
3 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (33.33%) Open Source
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Improvement
3 1 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 1 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Test Planning
3 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 1 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
3 1 (33.33%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (33.33%) Python
3 1 (33.33%) IBM

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:

Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) JMeter
1 1 (33.33%) LoadRunner
1 1 (33.33%) Rational Performance Tester
General
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Junior
1 1 (33.33%) Junior Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Junior Test Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Performance Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Performance Test Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Test Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Test Leader
1 1 (33.33%) Test Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (33.33%) Self-Motivation
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Software Testing
1 2 (66.67%) Test Management
1 2 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Defect Management
2 1 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Open Source
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Improvement
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Test Planning
2 1 (33.33%) Test Strategy
2 1 (33.33%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (33.33%) ISEB
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) HP
2 1 (33.33%) IBM