Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 71 99 73
Rank change year-on-year +28 -26 -
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 24 6 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.53% 0.40% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.20% 1.97% 4.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 5 8
Birmingham median daily rate £393 £395 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.63% +1.94% -
10th Percentile £269 £292 £300
90th Percentile £463 £435 £586
West Midlands median daily rate £380 £340 £300
% change year-on-year +11.76% +13.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £35.00

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 261 304 274
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 16.65% 20.24% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 183 159
Birmingham median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -
10th Percentile £235 £250 £179
90th Percentile £500 £525 £526
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £395 £350
% change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 16
Birmingham median hourly rate £17.50 £22.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.45% -43.95% +112.16%
10th Percentile £13.85 £18.15 £9.91
90th Percentile £37.25 £25.00 £49.50
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.50 £24.50 £31.44
% change year-on-year +24.49% -22.07% +44.55%

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 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 22 (91.67%) ISEB
2 17 (70.83%) Test Scripting
3 16 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 15 (62.50%) Scrum
4 15 (62.50%) Banking
5 13 (54.17%) Test Planning
6 6 (25.00%) Finance
7 5 (20.83%) Retail Banking
8 3 (12.50%) CRM
9 2 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
9 2 (8.33%) SQL
9 2 (8.33%) Migration
9 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (8.33%) Spanish Language
9 2 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
9 2 (8.33%) Waterfall
9 2 (8.33%) SoapUI
9 2 (8.33%) Test Strategy
9 2 (8.33%) Test Management
9 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (8.33%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (4.17%) V-Model
10 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
10 1 (4.17%) Security Cleared
10 1 (4.17%) Line Management
10 1 (4.17%) Mentoring
10 1 (4.17%) Coaching
10 1 (4.17%) People Management

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:

Business Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 2 (8.33%) SoapUI
1 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (8.33%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (4.17%) JIRA
2 1 (4.17%) JMeter
2 1 (4.17%) LoadUI
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Forms
General
1 15 (62.50%) Banking
2 6 (25.00%) Finance
3 5 (20.83%) Retail Banking
4 2 (8.33%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Test Manager
2 7 (29.17%) Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Test Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Test Leader
3 4 (16.67%) Payments Test Manager
3 4 (16.67%) Scrum Master
4 2 (8.33%) Banking Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) CRM Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Payments Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Performance Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Performance Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Service Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Test Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) Web Services
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (70.83%) Test Scripting
2 16 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 15 (62.50%) Scrum
4 13 (54.17%) Test Planning
5 3 (12.50%) CRM
6 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (8.33%) Migration
6 2 (8.33%) Test Management
6 2 (8.33%) Test Strategy
6 2 (8.33%) Waterfall
7 1 (4.17%) Coaching
7 1 (4.17%) Line Management
7 1 (4.17%) Mentoring
7 1 (4.17%) People Management
7 1 (4.17%) Performance Testing
7 1 (4.17%) Programme Delivery
7 1 (4.17%) Scenario Testing
7 1 (4.17%) Stress Testing
7 1 (4.17%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (91.67%) ISEB
2 1 (4.17%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
2 1 (4.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) PMO
1 1 (4.17%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) HP
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle
2 1 (4.17%) Serena