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 3 months to 27 June 2017 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 56 64 60
Rank change year-on-year +8 -4  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 4 8 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.63% 0.97% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.35% 4.49% 3.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 5
Median daily rate £400 £280 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.85% -30.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £177 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £373 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +4.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £14.93 £30.00
% change year-on-year +191.45% -50.25%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham.

Academic & Professional Certification
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 92 178 177
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 14.49% 21.52% 24.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 129 121
Median daily rate £400 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 7
Median hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.00% -3.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £37.50 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing ISTQB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 10 (90.91%) ISEB
2 5 (45.45%) SQL
2 5 (45.45%) Software Testing
2 5 (45.45%) JIRA
2 5 (45.45%) QA
2 5 (45.45%) Test Automation
3 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
3 4 (36.36%) Selenium
3 4 (36.36%) JavaScript
3 4 (36.36%) Scenario Testing
4 3 (27.27%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (27.27%) QA Automation
4 3 (27.27%) HTML
4 3 (27.27%) .NET
4 3 (27.27%) Remedy
4 3 (27.27%) CSS
4 3 (27.27%) Scrum
4 3 (27.27%) YouTrack
4 3 (27.27%) Logistics
4 3 (27.27%) Defect Management
5 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (18.18%) Test Planning
5 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
5 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
5 2 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (18.18%) Banking
5 2 (18.18%) Retail

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:

Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) MySQL
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) JIRA
2 4 (36.36%) Selenium
3 3 (27.27%) YouTrack
4 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (18.18%) Banking
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
1 2 (18.18%) Retail
1 2 (18.18%) Retail Banking
1 2 (18.18%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Test Leader
2 4 (36.36%) Test Manager
3 3 (27.27%) Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Test Analyst
4 2 (18.18%) Automation Test Lead
4 2 (18.18%) Scrum Master
4 2 (18.18%) Tester
5 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Manual Tester
5 1 (9.09%) QA Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) QA Automation Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Software Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Software Test Manager
5 1 (9.09%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) .NET
1 3 (27.27%) CSS
1 3 (27.27%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
1 1 (9.09%) Windows 10
1 1 (9.09%) Windows 7
1 1 (9.09%) Windows 8
1 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Software Testing
1 5 (45.45%) Test Automation
2 4 (36.36%) Scenario Testing
2 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
3 3 (27.27%) Defect Management
3 3 (27.27%) Logistics
3 3 (27.27%) QA Automation
3 3 (27.27%) Scrum
4 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (18.18%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (18.18%) Mentoring
4 2 (18.18%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (18.18%) Test Planning
4 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
4 2 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Functional Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (9.09%) SDLC
5 1 (9.09%) User Stories
5 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (45.45%) SQL
2 4 (36.36%) JavaScript
3 1 (9.09%) Java
3 1 (9.09%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (90.91%) ISEB
2 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (45.45%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (27.27%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (9.09%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Remedy
2 2 (18.18%) Microsoft
3 1 (9.09%) Oracle