Period
to 17 November 2018

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 6 months to 17 November 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.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 110 136 150
Rank change year-on-year +26 +14 -46
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 100 50 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.96% 1.04% 1.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.96% 5.83% 4.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 23 35
West Midlands median daily rate £378 £380 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.66% +11.76% +13.33%
10th Percentile £297 £263 £275
90th Percentile £435 £442 £416
England median daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.94% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £39.50 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -12.22% +12.50% +37.93%

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 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 1,004 858 1,289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.65% 17.83% 20.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 564 478 704
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.27% +12.86%
10th Percentile £210 £207 £241
90th Percentile £538 £525 £545
England median daily rate £450 £426 £425
% change year-on-year +5.76% +0.24% +6.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 51 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.03 £30.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.89% +24.49% -22.07%
10th Percentile £12.36 £11.75 £12.78
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £43.38
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.69 £25.50
% change year-on-year -2.69% +0.75% +10.87%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the West Midlands

ISTQB
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

ISTQB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2018.

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

ISTQB
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 6 months to 17 November 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 +16 71 £400 -6.98% 2
Birmingham -3 15 £325 -17.20% 7
Warwickshire +13 4 £375 +39.53% 1
Halesowen - 1 £325 - 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 81 (81.00%) ISEB
2 73 (73.00%) SQL
2 73 (73.00%) Oracle
3 71 (71.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 63 (63.00%) Java
4 63 (63.00%) XML
5 61 (61.00%) Unix
6 60 (60.00%) Test Scripting
7 59 (59.00%) Windows
8 55 (55.00%) Customer Requirements
9 42 (42.00%) WebLogic
9 42 (42.00%) webMethods
10 37 (37.00%) Agile Software Development
11 33 (33.00%) Test Automation
12 32 (32.00%) Toad
13 23 (23.00%) SoapUI
14 20 (20.00%) SAP
15 18 (18.00%) Web Services
15 18 (18.00%) Selenium
16 17 (17.00%) QA
17 16 (16.00%) JIRA
18 14 (14.00%) Cucumber
18 14 (14.00%) SOAP
18 14 (14.00%) Test Strategy
19 13 (13.00%) Microsoft
20 12 (12.00%) API Testing
21 11 (11.00%) DevOps
22 10 (10.00%) Integration Testing
22 10 (10.00%) Scrum
22 10 (10.00%) Microservices

ISTQB
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 42 (42.00%) WebLogic
2 9 (9.00%) Confluence
3 6 (6.00%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (2.00%) Documentum
4 2 (2.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (8.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.00%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (9.00%) SAP FI-CA
1 9 (9.00%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.00%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.00%) BlazeMeter
3 2 (2.00%) Office 365
4 1 (1.00%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.00%) GitHub
4 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.00%) MongoDB
2 6 (6.00%) MySQL
2 6 (6.00%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.00%) Oracle OWB
3 3 (3.00%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (2.00%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.00%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.00%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 32 (32.00%) Toad
2 23 (23.00%) SoapUI
3 18 (18.00%) Selenium
4 16 (16.00%) JIRA
5 14 (14.00%) Cucumber
6 9 (9.00%) Jenkins
7 6 (6.00%) WebDriver
8 5 (5.00%) JMeter
9 4 (4.00%) Gatling
9 4 (4.00%) HP UFT
9 4 (4.00%) LoadRunner
9 4 (4.00%) Protractor
10 3 (3.00%) Sahi
10 3 (3.00%) WATIR
11 2 (2.00%) Visual Studio
12 1 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 1 (1.00%) Git (software)
12 1 (1.00%) Maven
12 1 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (1.00%) TestNG
General
1 7 (7.00%) Finance
2 2 (2.00%) Banking
3 1 (1.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 58 (58.00%) Analyst
2 56 (56.00%) Test Analyst
3 14 (14.00%) Tester
4 11 (11.00%) Test Engineer
5 9 (9.00%) Test Manager
6 8 (8.00%) SAP Analyst
6 8 (8.00%) SAP Test Analyst
7 4 (4.00%) Stakeholder Manager
8 3 (3.00%) Automation Test Analyst
8 3 (3.00%) Mainframe Analyst
8 3 (3.00%) Mainframe Test Analyst
8 3 (3.00%) Non-Functional Tester
8 3 (3.00%) Performance Tester
8 3 (3.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 3 (3.00%) Senior Test Engineer
8 3 (3.00%) SQL Analyst
9 2 (2.00%) SCADA Engineer
9 2 (2.00%) Test Automation Engineer
9 2 (2.00%) Test Data Analyst
9 2 (2.00%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (63.00%) XML
2 18 (18.00%) Web Services
3 14 (14.00%) SOAP
4 9 (9.00%) RabbitMQ
5 7 (7.00%) RESTful
6 6 (6.00%) .NET
7 4 (4.00%) XSLT
8 3 (3.00%) .NET Framework
9 2 (2.00%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.00%) Mainframe
3 3 (3.00%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.00%) SCADA
5 1 (1.00%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 61 (61.00%) Unix
2 59 (59.00%) Windows
3 5 (5.00%) VME
4 2 (2.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 55 (55.00%) Customer Requirements
3 37 (37.00%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (33.00%) Test Automation
5 14 (14.00%) Test Strategy
6 12 (12.00%) API Testing
7 11 (11.00%) DevOps
8 10 (10.00%) Integration Testing
8 10 (10.00%) Microservices
8 10 (10.00%) Scrum
9 9 (9.00%) Non-Functional Testing
9 9 (9.00%) Open Source
9 9 (9.00%) SDLC
9 9 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (9.00%) Test Management
9 9 (9.00%) Waterfall
10 8 (8.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
11 7 (7.00%) Coaching
11 7 (7.00%) Mentoring
11 7 (7.00%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 73 (73.00%) SQL
2 63 (63.00%) Java
3 3 (3.00%) JavaScript
3 3 (3.00%) Ruby
4 1 (1.00%) Groovy
4 1 (1.00%) PHP
4 1 (1.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 81 (81.00%) ISEB
2 71 (71.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (8.00%) SC Cleared
3 8 (8.00%) Security Cleared
4 7 (7.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 3 (3.00%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (2.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (17.00%) QA
2 1 (1.00%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (1.00%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 6 (6.00%) logstash
2 2 (2.00%) HP SiteScope
2 2 (2.00%) Puppet
3 1 (1.00%) Kibana
Vendors
1 73 (73.00%) Oracle
2 42 (42.00%) webMethods
3 20 (20.00%) SAP
4 13 (13.00%) Microsoft
5 8 (8.00%) AppDynamics
6 3 (3.00%) CheckPoint
6 3 (3.00%) IBM
7 2 (2.00%) Atlassian
7 2 (2.00%) New Relic
7 2 (2.00%) Pega
8 1 (1.00%) Fujitsu
8 1 (1.00%) HP
8 1 (1.00%) ICL
8 1 (1.00%) Splunk