The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 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)
England / Midlands
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 24 -
Rank change year-on-year +7 -  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 2 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.00% 2.67% -
As % of the Qualifications category 10.53% 12.82% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Median daily rate £300 £338 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
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 the Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19 39 19
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 19.00% 20.86% 11.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 26 11
Median daily rate £400 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.78% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £125.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the Midlands 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 the Midlands

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISTQB in the Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 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 Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 7 (100.00%) ISEB
2 6 (85.71%) Internet
2 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (85.71%) V-Model
2 6 (85.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 6 (85.71%) Waterfall
2 6 (85.71%) Cybersecurity
2 6 (85.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (14.29%) Defect Management
3 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
3 1 (14.29%) SAP
3 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (14.29%) SAP PM

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 1 (14.29%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (85.71%) Internet
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
Job Titles
1 6 (85.71%) Analyst
1 6 (85.71%) Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Test Leader
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (85.71%) Cybersecurity
1 6 (85.71%) V-Model
1 6 (85.71%) Waterfall
2 1 (14.29%) Defect Management
2 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 7 (100.00%) ISEB
2 6 (85.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) SAP