Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 93 75 89
Rank change year-on-year -18 +14 -11
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 15 10 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.01% 0.75% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.84% 5.03% 2.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 10 4
Birmingham median daily rate £388 £313 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.00% +11.61% -30.00%
10th Percentile £287 £190 £174
90th Percentile £425 £488 £377
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +23.08% -1.52% +10.00%
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 310 199 363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 20.97% 14.97% 23.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 137 249
Birmingham median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £231 £225
90th Percentile £550 £500 £540
West Midlands median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 13
Birmingham median hourly rate £20.00 £26.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.81% +5.00% -3.85%
10th Percentile £10.00 £13.13 £11.30
90th Percentile £27.80 £37.63 £37.45
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £25.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -36.00% +31.58% -36.67%

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 17 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 14 (93.33%) ISEB
2 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (46.67%) Finance
3 7 (46.67%) Selenium
3 7 (46.67%) Test Automation
3 7 (46.67%) BDD
4 6 (40.00%) JIRA
4 6 (40.00%) Defect Management
5 5 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (33.33%) API Testing
5 5 (33.33%) QA
5 5 (33.33%) TDD
5 5 (33.33%) Software Testing
5 5 (33.33%) Web Services
5 5 (33.33%) SQL
5 5 (33.33%) RESTful
5 5 (33.33%) Manual Testing
5 5 (33.33%) SoapUI
5 5 (33.33%) Test Strategy
5 5 (33.33%) Waterfall
5 5 (33.33%) Cucumber
5 5 (33.33%) Jenkins
6 4 (26.67%) .NET
7 3 (20.00%) SOAP
7 3 (20.00%) Java
7 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
7 3 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
7 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (20.00%) SDLC
7 3 (20.00%) Protractor

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 (13.33%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (6.67%) BrowserStack
1 1 (6.67%) GitHub
1 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Selenium
2 6 (40.00%) JIRA
3 5 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 5 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 5 (33.33%) SoapUI
4 3 (20.00%) Protractor
5 2 (13.33%) HP UFT
5 2 (13.33%) Sahi
5 2 (13.33%) SpecFlow
5 2 (13.33%) WATIR
5 2 (13.33%) WebDriver
6 1 (6.67%) GitLab
6 1 (6.67%) JMeter
6 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
General
1 7 (46.67%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Test Leader
2 3 (20.00%) Tester
3 2 (13.33%) Developer
3 2 (13.33%) Developer in Test
3 2 (13.33%) Software Developer
3 2 (13.33%) UAT Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Automation Test Lead
4 1 (6.67%) C# Developer
4 1 (6.67%) C# Software Developer
4 1 (6.67%) QA Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) QA Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Senior C# Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior C# Software Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Software Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (33.33%) RESTful
1 5 (33.33%) Web Services
2 4 (26.67%) .NET
3 3 (20.00%) SOAP
4 2 (13.33%) .NET Framework
4 2 (13.33%) XML
5 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.67%) Blog
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (46.67%) BDD
2 7 (46.67%) Test Automation
3 6 (40.00%) Defect Management
4 5 (33.33%) API Testing
4 5 (33.33%) Manual Testing
4 5 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 5 (33.33%) TDD
4 5 (33.33%) Test Strategy
4 5 (33.33%) Waterfall
5 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
5 3 (20.00%) SDLC
6 2 (13.33%) Kanban
6 2 (13.33%) Open Source
6 2 (13.33%) Scrum
6 2 (13.33%) SDET
6 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
6 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) SQL
2 3 (20.00%) Java
3 2 (13.33%) C#
3 2 (13.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 14 (93.33%) ISEB
2 5 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (13.33%) Degree
4 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (6.67%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) Kibana
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (6.67%) Atlassian
2 1 (6.67%) Splunk