Period
to 17 November 2017

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 6 months to 17 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)
England > Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 176 198 144
Rank change year-on-year +22 -54 +35
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 73 78 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.89% 0.79% 1.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.82% 4.08% 5.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 40 58
Midlands median daily rate £350 £340 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33% -1.35%
10th Percentile £263 £274 £250
90th Percentile £438 £418 £422
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Midlands median hourly rate - £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +6.06%
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +37.93% -12.12%

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 the Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1513 1910 1597
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 18.52% 19.39% 18.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 921 1128 855
Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +6.16% +4.29%
10th Percentile £213 £231 £213
90th Percentile £540 £550 £524
England median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 72 104
Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.38 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.05% -18.33% +21.62%
10th Percentile £12.10 £12.01 £11.08
90th Percentile £52.50 £42.25 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year +0.75% +10.87% +21.05%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Midlands.

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

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the Midlands

ISTQB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB in the Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the Midlands

ISTQB
Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
West Midlands +9 50 £380 +11.76% 4
East Midlands +16 23 £300 -18.64% 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 17 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 Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 62 (84.93%) ISEB
2 31 (42.47%) Test Automation
3 25 (34.25%) Test Scripting
4 24 (32.88%) User Acceptance Testing
4 24 (32.88%) Agile Software Development
5 23 (31.51%) BDD
6 21 (28.77%) Scrum
7 19 (26.03%) Test Planning
8 16 (21.92%) Finance
8 16 (21.92%) Selenium
9 15 (20.55%) Banking
10 14 (19.18%) Java
11 13 (17.81%) WebDriver
12 12 (16.44%) TDD
13 11 (15.07%) Retail
13 11 (15.07%) Defect Management
14 10 (13.70%) Continuous Integration
15 9 (12.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 8 (10.96%) Functional Testing
16 8 (10.96%) HP Quality Center
16 8 (10.96%) QA
16 8 (10.96%) SQL
17 7 (9.59%) Microsoft
17 7 (9.59%) HP
17 7 (9.59%) Software Testing
17 7 (9.59%) SoapUI
17 7 (9.59%) Test Strategy
18 6 (8.22%) SDLC
18 6 (8.22%) Scenario Testing
19 5 (6.85%) Manual Testing

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.37%) Confluence
1 1 (1.37%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (4.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.74%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.11%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 16 (21.92%) Selenium
2 13 (17.81%) WebDriver
3 7 (9.59%) SoapUI
4 4 (5.48%) JIRA
4 4 (5.48%) LoadUI
5 3 (4.11%) JMeter
5 3 (4.11%) SpecFlow
5 3 (4.11%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (2.74%) HP UFT
6 2 (2.74%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (1.37%) Ant
7 1 (1.37%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.37%) Maven
7 1 (1.37%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (1.37%) TestComplete
7 1 (1.37%) Toad
General
1 16 (21.92%) Finance
2 15 (20.55%) Banking
3 11 (15.07%) Retail
4 5 (6.85%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.74%) Spanish Language
6 1 (1.37%) Automotive
6 1 (1.37%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.37%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 40 (54.79%) Analyst
2 38 (52.05%) Test Analyst
3 16 (21.92%) Test Leader
4 14 (19.18%) Automation Test Analyst
5 11 (15.07%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 11 (15.07%) Senior Analyst
5 11 (15.07%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
5 11 (15.07%) Senior Test Analyst
5 11 (15.07%) Test Manager
6 9 (12.33%) Automation Test Lead
7 4 (5.48%) Payments Test Manager
7 4 (5.48%) Scrum Master
8 3 (4.11%) Performance Analyst
8 3 (4.11%) Performance Test Analyst
8 3 (4.11%) QA Engineer
8 3 (4.11%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.11%) UAT Analyst
8 3 (4.11%) UAT Test Analyst
9 2 (2.74%) Banking Analyst
9 2 (2.74%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.11%) SOAP
2 2 (2.74%) Web Services
3 1 (1.37%) .NET
3 1 (1.37%) JDBC
3 1 (1.37%) RESTful
3 1 (1.37%) WPF
3 1 (1.37%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.37%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.37%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.37%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.48%) Windows
2 3 (4.11%) Unix
3 2 (2.74%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.37%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (42.47%) Test Automation
2 25 (34.25%) Test Scripting
3 24 (32.88%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (32.88%) User Acceptance Testing
4 23 (31.51%) BDD
5 21 (28.77%) Scrum
6 19 (26.03%) Test Planning
7 12 (16.44%) TDD
8 11 (15.07%) Defect Management
9 10 (13.70%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (10.96%) Functional Testing
11 7 (9.59%) Software Testing
11 7 (9.59%) Test Strategy
12 6 (8.22%) Scenario Testing
12 6 (8.22%) SDLC
13 5 (6.85%) CRM
13 5 (6.85%) Integration Testing
13 5 (6.85%) Manual Testing
13 5 (6.85%) Migration
14 4 (5.48%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (19.18%) Java
2 8 (10.96%) SQL
3 3 (4.11%) C#
4 1 (1.37%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 62 (84.93%) ISEB
2 9 (12.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (5.48%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.48%) Security Cleared
4 3 (4.11%) Degree
5 1 (1.37%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.37%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.37%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.96%) QA
2 1 (1.37%) PMO
Systems Management
1 8 (10.96%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (9.59%) HP
1 7 (9.59%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.48%) Oracle
3 2 (2.74%) SAP
4 1 (1.37%) hybris
4 1 (1.37%) Serena
4 1 (1.37%) webMethods