Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 October 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 136 181 193
Rank change year-on-year +45 +12 -23
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 66 5 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.31% 0.11% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.80% 0.62% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 5 11
West Midlands median daily rate £394 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.15% +8.33% +20.00%
10th Percentile £310 £291 £280
90th Percentile £427 £441 £400
England median daily rate £363 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +11.54% +8.33% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £29.00 £43.25 £33.50
% change year-on-year -32.95% +29.10% +13.56%

ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 West Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
West Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 971 807 1,306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.23% 17.43% 21.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 456 716
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £389
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.89% +11.07%
10th Percentile £203 £223 £250
90th Percentile £538 £525 £542
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 45 44
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £27.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.82% +12.24% -20.25%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.45 £12.83
90th Percentile £30.54 £50.00 £42.63
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £25.31
% change year-on-year -3.85% +2.73% +11.25%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the West Midlands

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the West Midlands

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the West Midlands

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the West Midlands

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 October 2018. 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
Shropshire +9 57 £400 -6.98% 1
Birmingham +6 4 £369 +31.79% 3
Staffordshire - 1 £388 - 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 64 (96.97%) ISTQB
2 57 (86.36%) Oracle
3 56 (84.85%) ISEB
4 53 (80.30%) XML
4 53 (80.30%) SQL
5 51 (77.27%) Test Scripting
6 50 (75.76%) Unix
6 50 (75.76%) Windows
7 49 (74.24%) Customer Requirements
8 44 (66.67%) Java
9 35 (53.03%) WebLogic
9 35 (53.03%) webMethods
10 30 (45.45%) Toad
11 17 (25.76%) SAP
12 12 (18.18%) Test Automation
12 12 (18.18%) SoapUI
13 11 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
14 10 (15.15%) Microservices
15 9 (13.64%) MongoDB
15 9 (13.64%) RabbitMQ
15 9 (13.64%) SAP PSCD
15 9 (13.64%) SAP FI-CA
15 9 (13.64%) SOAP
16 8 (12.12%) Web Services
16 8 (12.12%) Integration Testing
16 8 (12.12%) System Integration Testing
17 7 (10.61%) DevOps
17 7 (10.61%) Non-Functional Testing
17 7 (10.61%) Data Analytics
17 7 (10.61%) Analytics

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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 35 (53.03%) WebLogic
2 6 (9.09%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (7.58%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (6.06%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (13.64%) SAP FI-CA
1 9 (13.64%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (1.52%) Infor M3
2 1 (1.52%) Lawson
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.64%) MongoDB
2 6 (9.09%) MySQL
2 6 (9.09%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.03%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.52%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.52%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.52%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 30 (45.45%) Toad
2 12 (18.18%) SoapUI
3 5 (7.58%) JIRA
3 5 (7.58%) Selenium
4 3 (4.55%) Cucumber
4 3 (4.55%) Gatling
5 1 (1.52%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.52%) HP UFT
5 1 (1.52%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (6.06%) Finance
Job Titles
1 49 (74.24%) Analyst
2 48 (72.73%) Test Analyst
3 8 (12.12%) SAP Analyst
3 8 (12.12%) SAP Test Analyst
4 7 (10.61%) Tester
5 4 (6.06%) Test Leader
6 3 (4.55%) Mainframe Analyst
6 3 (4.55%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 3 (4.55%) Non-Functional Tester
6 3 (4.55%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 3 (4.55%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.03%) Data Analytics Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) Oracle Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) QA Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) SQL Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) Test Data Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) Test Manager
7 2 (3.03%) Unix Analyst
8 1 (1.52%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (1.52%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (80.30%) XML
2 9 (13.64%) RabbitMQ
2 9 (13.64%) SOAP
3 8 (12.12%) Web Services
4 3 (4.55%) XSLT
5 1 (1.52%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.52%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.61%) Mainframe
2 2 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.52%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 50 (75.76%) Unix
1 50 (75.76%) Windows
2 5 (7.58%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (77.27%) Test Scripting
2 49 (74.24%) Customer Requirements
3 12 (18.18%) Test Automation
4 11 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (15.15%) Microservices
6 8 (12.12%) Integration Testing
6 8 (12.12%) System Integration Testing
7 7 (10.61%) Analytics
7 7 (10.61%) Data Analytics
7 7 (10.61%) DevOps
7 7 (10.61%) Non-Functional Testing
8 6 (9.09%) API Testing
9 5 (7.58%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (7.58%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 4 (6.06%) Scrum
10 4 (6.06%) Test Management
10 4 (6.06%) Test Strategy
11 3 (4.55%) Functional Testing
11 3 (4.55%) Open Source
11 3 (4.55%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 53 (80.30%) SQL
2 44 (66.67%) Java
3 3 (4.55%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.52%) Groovy
4 1 (1.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 64 (96.97%) ISTQB
2 56 (84.85%) ISEB
3 6 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 6 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.09%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.52%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 6 (9.09%) logstash
Vendors
1 57 (86.36%) Oracle
2 35 (53.03%) webMethods
3 17 (25.76%) SAP
4 6 (9.09%) AppDynamics
4 6 (9.09%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.52%) Fujitsu
5 1 (1.52%) HP
5 1 (1.52%) IBM
5 1 (1.52%) IBM Sterling
5 1 (1.52%) ICL