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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 52 52
Rank change year-on-year +2 0  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 7 4 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.13% 0.60% 1.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.07% 2.61% 7.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 1 6
Median daily rate £300 £413 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +38.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £413 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £413 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.17% +80.00%  

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 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 99 153 135
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 15.94% 22.80% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 97 74
Median daily rate £363 £388 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.45% +16.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £205 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £461
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 5
Median hourly rate £40.00 £15.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +166.66% -34.78%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

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 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in Birmingham

ISTQB
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 11 (91.67%) ISEB
2 8 (66.67%) QA
3 6 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (41.67%) Automated Testing
4 5 (41.67%) Software Testing
4 5 (41.67%) SQL
4 5 (41.67%) Test Scripting
4 5 (41.67%) Selenium
4 5 (41.67%) Functional Testing
5 4 (33.33%) Waterfall
5 4 (33.33%) Manual Testing
5 4 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 4 (33.33%) JIRA
6 3 (25.00%) Logistics
6 3 (25.00%) .NET
6 3 (25.00%) CSS
6 3 (25.00%) HTML
6 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
6 3 (25.00%) Remedy
6 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (25.00%) Automation Testing
6 3 (25.00%) YouTrack
6 3 (25.00%) SDLC
6 3 (25.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (25.00%) QA Automation
6 3 (25.00%) Test Planning
7 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
7 2 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Capacity Planning

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 2 (16.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (41.67%) Selenium
2 4 (33.33%) JIRA
3 3 (25.00%) YouTrack
4 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (16.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Test Manager
2 3 (25.00%) Test Leader
3 2 (16.67%) Automation Test Lead
3 2 (16.67%) Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Test Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) CRM Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Implementation Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Manual Tester
4 1 (8.33%) QA Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) QA Automation Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Software Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Software Test Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) .NET
1 3 (25.00%) CSS
1 3 (25.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Windows
1 1 (8.33%) Windows 10
1 1 (8.33%) Windows 7
1 1 (8.33%) Windows 8
1 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (41.67%) Automated Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Functional Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Software Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Test Scripting
3 4 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 4 (33.33%) Waterfall
4 3 (25.00%) Automation Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Defect Management
4 3 (25.00%) Logistics
4 3 (25.00%) QA Automation
4 3 (25.00%) SDLC
4 3 (25.00%) Test Planning
5 2 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
5 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 2 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Performance Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (16.67%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) SQL
2 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (8.33%) Java
3 1 (8.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (91.67%) ISEB
2 2 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (66.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (8.33%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (8.33%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (25.00%) Remedy
2 2 (16.67%) Microsoft