Period
to 16 December 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 16 December 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 84 81 91
Rank change year-on-year -3 +10 -16
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 11 22 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.78% 1.36% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.51% 8.27% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 14 4
Birmingham median daily rate £325 £361 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.03% -10.80% -4.71%
10th Percentile £281 £266 £329
90th Percentile £420 £438 £436
West Midlands median daily rate £378 £356 £340
% change year-on-year +5.96% +4.78% +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 244 266 304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 17.33% 16.48% 21.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 173 174
Birmingham median daily rate £415 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +0.63% +12.45%
10th Percentile £230 £225 £250
90th Percentile £550 £510 £510
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £386
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.63% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 4
Birmingham median hourly rate £22.00 £16.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.50% -13.51% -52.87%
10th Percentile £16.79 £9.61 £14.15
90th Percentile £28.80 £66.25 £23.35
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.03 £30.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -40.89% +32.61% -26.84%

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 16 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 16 December 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 (90.91%) SQL
2 6 (54.55%) Test Scripting
3 5 (45.45%) Test Automation
3 5 (45.45%) SoapUI
3 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (45.45%) JIRA
3 5 (45.45%) ISEB
3 5 (45.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (36.36%) Oracle
4 4 (36.36%) Software Testing
4 4 (36.36%) Selenium
5 3 (27.27%) QA
5 3 (27.27%) SDLC
5 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
5 3 (27.27%) Web Services
5 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
6 2 (18.18%) SAP
6 2 (18.18%) SOAP
6 2 (18.18%) XML
6 2 (18.18%) Unix
6 2 (18.18%) Windows
6 2 (18.18%) Linux
6 2 (18.18%) SCADA
6 2 (18.18%) Finance
6 2 (18.18%) Scrum
6 2 (18.18%) API Testing
6 2 (18.18%) Functional Testing
6 2 (18.18%) Cucumber
6 2 (18.18%) BDD
6 2 (18.18%) RESTful

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 1 (9.09%) Confluence
1 1 (9.09%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (18.18%) SAP FI-CA
1 2 (18.18%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (9.09%) BrowserStack
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) JIRA
1 5 (45.45%) SoapUI
2 4 (36.36%) Selenium
3 2 (18.18%) Cucumber
3 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 1 (9.09%) HP UFT
4 1 (9.09%) JMeter
4 1 (9.09%) LoadRunner
4 1 (9.09%) Protractor
4 1 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (9.09%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) Analyst
1 6 (54.55%) Test Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) SAP Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) SAP Test Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) SCADA Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Test Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Developer in Test
3 1 (9.09%) QA Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Software Developer
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) Web Services
2 2 (18.18%) RESTful
2 2 (18.18%) SOAP
2 2 (18.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) SCADA
2 1 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) Linux
1 2 (18.18%) Unix
1 2 (18.18%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Test Scripting
2 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (45.45%) Test Automation
3 4 (36.36%) Software Testing
4 3 (27.27%) SDLC
5 2 (18.18%) API Testing
5 2 (18.18%) BDD
5 2 (18.18%) Budgeting and Forecasting
5 2 (18.18%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (18.18%) Functional Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Scrum
5 2 (18.18%) Test Management
5 2 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
6 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (9.09%) Kanban
6 1 (9.09%) Load Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Manual Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Security Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 10 (90.91%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (45.45%) ISEB
1 5 (45.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (9.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (27.27%) QA
2 1 (9.09%) GDPR
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Oracle
2 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
3 2 (18.18%) SAP
4 1 (9.09%) Atlassian
4 1 (9.09%) HP