The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 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 / West Midlands
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 97 114 107
Rank change year-on-year +17 -7  
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 19 26 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.95% 0.87% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.88% 4.43% 2.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 7
Median daily rate £400 £290 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.93% -27.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £260 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £408 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
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 West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 389 587 463
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.38% 19.68% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 326 286
Median daily rate £413 £380 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.55% +10.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £528 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 23 34
Median hourly rate £16.75 £18.28 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.34% -36.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.95 £39.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

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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 in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISTQB in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISTQB in the West Midlands

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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 in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISTQB in the West Midlands

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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 within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +12 4 £400 +42.85% 6
Warwickshire +6 2 £400 +33.33% 2
Coventry +14 1 £275 -25.17% 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 36 (83.72%) ISEB
2 25 (58.14%) Test Automation
3 18 (41.86%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (30.23%) BDD
4 13 (30.23%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (27.91%) QA
6 11 (25.58%) Defect Management
7 9 (20.93%) Scenario Testing
7 9 (20.93%) TDD
8 8 (18.60%) Software Testing
8 8 (18.60%) JIRA
8 8 (18.60%) Scrum
8 8 (18.60%) SQL
9 7 (16.28%) Test Scripting
9 7 (16.28%) SDLC
9 7 (16.28%) Microsoft
9 7 (16.28%) Finance
9 7 (16.28%) HP UFT
10 6 (13.95%) Selenium
10 6 (13.95%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (13.95%) Migration
10 6 (13.95%) HP Quality Center
10 6 (13.95%) Data Migration
10 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
10 6 (13.95%) Security Cleared
10 6 (13.95%) Test Strategy
11 5 (11.63%) Manual Testing
11 5 (11.63%) SoapUI
11 5 (11.63%) Test Planning
11 5 (11.63%) JMeter

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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:

Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.65%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.33%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.30%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.33%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (18.60%) JIRA
2 7 (16.28%) HP UFT
3 6 (13.95%) Selenium
4 5 (11.63%) JMeter
4 5 (11.63%) SoapUI
5 4 (9.30%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (6.98%) Cucumber
6 3 (6.98%) LoadUI
6 3 (6.98%) SpecFlow
6 3 (6.98%) Visual Studio
6 3 (6.98%) YouTrack
General
1 7 (16.28%) Finance
2 4 (9.30%) Retail
3 2 (4.65%) Banking
3 2 (4.65%) Retail Banking
3 2 (4.65%) Spanish Language
4 1 (2.33%) Automotive
4 1 (2.33%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 23 (53.49%) Analyst
1 23 (53.49%) Test Analyst
2 16 (37.21%) Test Leader
3 8 (18.60%) Agile Test Analyst
3 8 (18.60%) Automation Test Analyst
3 8 (18.60%) Automation Test Lead
4 6 (13.95%) Tester
5 4 (9.30%) Performance Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) Performance Test Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) QA Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) QA Tester
5 4 (9.30%) Software Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) Software Test Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) Test Manager
6 3 (6.98%) QA Engineer
6 3 (6.98%) QA Test Engineer
6 3 (6.98%) Software Test Engineer
6 3 (6.98%) Software Tester
6 3 (6.98%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.98%) .NET
1 3 (6.98%) CSS
1 3 (6.98%) Gherkin
1 3 (6.98%) HTML
1 3 (6.98%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.65%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.33%) CMDB
2 1 (2.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.98%) Windows
1 3 (6.98%) Windows 10
2 1 (2.33%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.33%) Windows 8
2 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (58.14%) Test Automation
2 18 (41.86%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (30.23%) BDD
3 13 (30.23%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (25.58%) Defect Management
5 9 (20.93%) Scenario Testing
5 9 (20.93%) TDD
6 8 (18.60%) Scrum
6 8 (18.60%) Software Testing
7 7 (16.28%) SDLC
7 7 (16.28%) Test Scripting
8 6 (13.95%) Data Migration
8 6 (13.95%) Migration
8 6 (13.95%) Test Strategy
8 6 (13.95%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (11.63%) Manual Testing
9 5 (11.63%) Test Planning
10 4 (9.30%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 4 (9.30%) QA Automation
10 4 (9.30%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (18.60%) SQL
2 4 (9.30%) Java
2 4 (9.30%) JavaScript
3 2 (4.65%) C#
4 1 (2.33%) PHP
4 1 (2.33%) Scala
4 1 (2.33%) VB
4 1 (2.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 36 (83.72%) ISEB
2 6 (13.95%) SC Cleared
2 6 (13.95%) Security Cleared
3 2 (4.65%) Degree
3 2 (4.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (27.91%) QA
2 1 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 6 (13.95%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (2.33%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (16.28%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.98%) HP
2 3 (6.98%) Remedy
3 1 (2.33%) CODA
3 1 (2.33%) Oracle
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
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