Period
to 18 December 2017

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 18 December 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.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 170 184 155
Rank change year-on-year +14 -29 +20
Contract jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 9 17 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.19% 0.29% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 1.37% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 16
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £380 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.47% +26.67% -9.09%
10th Percentile £250 £274 £233
90th Percentile £440 £443 £413
England median daily rate £325 £300 £350
% change year-on-year +8.33% -14.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £33.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year - +6.35% -

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 820 1242 976
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.92% 21.30% 19.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 452 692 505
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £386 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.76% +6.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £195 £230 £179
90th Percentile £523 £541 £530
England median daily rate £437 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.76% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 36 69
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.50 £22.25 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.08% -29.23% +53.37%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £43.25 £43.92
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +10.87% +21.05%

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 18 December 2017.

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 18 December 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
Shropshire +13 6 £338 -13.46%
Coventry +16 1 £315 -
Warwickshire -2 1 £325 -2.26%
Birmingham -4 1 £338 +35.00% 1
ISTQB Foundation Certification
England

For the 6 months to 18 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 8 (88.89%) ISEB
1 8 (88.89%) ISTQB
2 5 (55.56%) Test Scripting
3 4 (44.44%) webMethods
3 4 (44.44%) Toad
3 4 (44.44%) Java
3 4 (44.44%) SQL
3 4 (44.44%) Oracle
3 4 (44.44%) WebLogic
3 4 (44.44%) XML
3 4 (44.44%) Unix
3 4 (44.44%) Windows
4 3 (33.33%) Scrum
4 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (33.33%) User Stories
4 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 3 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
5 2 (22.22%) Collaborative Working
5 2 (22.22%) Analytical Thinking
5 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (22.22%) Defect Management
5 2 (22.22%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (22.22%) Business Analysis
5 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
6 1 (11.11%) Project Management
6 1 (11.11%) Data Analysis
6 1 (11.11%) System Testing
6 1 (11.11%) Data Migration
6 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure

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 4 (44.44%) WebLogic
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics 365
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) Skype
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Toad
General
1 1 (11.11%) Back Office
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (100.00%) Analyst
2 7 (77.78%) Test Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Business Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Digital Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Digital Business Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Financial Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Service Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (44.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (44.44%) Unix
1 4 (44.44%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Test Scripting
2 3 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Scrum
2 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 3 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (33.33%) User Stories
3 2 (22.22%) Analytical Thinking
3 2 (22.22%) Business Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) Collaborative Working
3 2 (22.22%) Customer Requirements
3 2 (22.22%) Defect Management
4 1 (11.11%) Data Migration
4 1 (11.11%) Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) IT Strategy
4 1 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
4 1 (11.11%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) System Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (88.89%) ISEB
1 8 (88.89%) ISTQB
2 1 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Oracle
1 4 (44.44%) webMethods
2 2 (22.22%) Microsoft