Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 118 140 139
Rank change year-on-year +22 -1 -5
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 83 37 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.64% 0.86% 1.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.32% 4.64% 5.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 24 33
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £318 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.98% -3.79% +10.00%
10th Percentile £301 £206 £270
90th Percentile £449 £424 £410
England median daily rate £388 £350 £343
% change year-on-year +10.71% +2.19% -2.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £39.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -13.33% +5.88% +32.81%

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 998 797 1,273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.69% 18.50% 20.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 524 447 733
West Midlands median daily rate £423 £413 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.61% +8.55% +8.57%
10th Percentile £213 £213 £225
90th Percentile £550 £536 £538
England median daily rate £450 £426 £415
% change year-on-year +5.76% +2.53% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 36 44
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.34 £25.00 £18.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.66% +35.96% -38.71%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.50 £12.23
90th Percentile £30.82 £37.66 £42.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year -22.41% +9.43% +17.78%

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

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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 6 months to 14 August 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 14 August 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 - 54 £400 -
Birmingham -14 15 £388 +29.17% 3
Warwickshire +1 4 £425 +17.24% 3
Coventry -18 1 - - 1
Solihull - 1 - - 1
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 63 (75.90%) ISEB
2 52 (62.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 46 (55.42%) SQL
3 46 (55.42%) Oracle
4 42 (50.60%) Java
5 40 (48.19%) XML
6 39 (46.99%) Unix
6 39 (46.99%) Windows
6 39 (46.99%) Test Scripting
7 36 (43.37%) Agile Software Development
8 33 (39.76%) Customer Requirements
9 29 (34.94%) WebLogic
9 29 (34.94%) webMethods
10 27 (32.53%) Toad
11 26 (31.33%) Test Automation
12 21 (25.30%) Selenium
13 18 (21.69%) QA
14 16 (19.28%) Cucumber
14 16 (19.28%) SoapUI
15 15 (18.07%) Web Services
16 13 (15.66%) Scrum
16 13 (15.66%) Test Strategy
16 13 (15.66%) DevOps
17 12 (14.46%) BDD
17 12 (14.46%) WebDriver
17 12 (14.46%) Software Testing
18 11 (13.25%) JIRA
19 10 (12.05%) Finance
19 10 (12.05%) TDD
19 10 (12.05%) Mentoring

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 29 (34.94%) WebLogic
2 6 (7.23%) Confluence
2 6 (7.23%) Documentum
2 6 (7.23%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.41%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.20%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.41%) SAP FI-CA
1 2 (2.41%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.43%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.41%) Office 365
3 1 (1.20%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.20%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.20%) GitHub
3 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.20%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (9.64%) MongoDB
2 6 (7.23%) MySQL
2 6 (7.23%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.41%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.20%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.20%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 27 (32.53%) Toad
2 21 (25.30%) Selenium
3 16 (19.28%) Cucumber
3 16 (19.28%) SoapUI
4 12 (14.46%) WebDriver
5 11 (13.25%) JIRA
6 8 (9.64%) Jenkins
7 4 (4.82%) Protractor
7 4 (4.82%) SpecFlow
8 3 (3.61%) Gatling
8 3 (3.61%) HP UFT
8 3 (3.61%) JMeter
8 3 (3.61%) Sahi
8 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio
8 3 (3.61%) WATIR
9 2 (2.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (2.41%) Maven
9 2 (2.41%) TestNG
10 1 (1.20%) GitLab
10 1 (1.20%) LoadRunner
General
1 10 (12.05%) Finance
2 2 (2.41%) Banking
Job Titles
1 44 (53.01%) Analyst
2 42 (50.60%) Test Analyst
3 11 (13.25%) Test Leader
4 8 (9.64%) Tester
5 7 (8.43%) Test Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) Test Manager
7 4 (4.82%) Senior Test Engineer
7 4 (4.82%) Test Automation Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Mainframe Analyst
8 3 (3.61%) Mainframe Test Analyst
8 3 (3.61%) Non-Functional Tester
8 3 (3.61%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 3 (3.61%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
9 2 (2.41%) Automation Test Analyst
9 2 (2.41%) Developer
9 2 (2.41%) Oracle Analyst
9 2 (2.41%) SAP Test Analyst
9 2 (2.41%) Software Developer
9 2 (2.41%) Stakeholder Manager
9 2 (2.41%) UAT Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (48.19%) XML
2 15 (18.07%) Web Services
3 8 (9.64%) RabbitMQ
4 7 (8.43%) RESTful
5 5 (6.02%) .NET
5 5 (6.02%) SOAP
6 3 (3.61%) .NET Framework
7 2 (2.41%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.64%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.43%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.20%) Blog
3 1 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 39 (46.99%) Unix
1 39 (46.99%) Windows
2 5 (6.02%) VME
3 1 (1.20%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.20%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.20%) Windows Vista
3 1 (1.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (46.99%) Test Scripting
2 36 (43.37%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (39.76%) Customer Requirements
4 26 (31.33%) Test Automation
5 13 (15.66%) DevOps
5 13 (15.66%) Scrum
5 13 (15.66%) Test Strategy
6 12 (14.46%) BDD
6 12 (14.46%) Software Testing
7 10 (12.05%) Mentoring
7 10 (12.05%) TDD
8 9 (10.84%) Coaching
8 9 (10.84%) Kanban
8 9 (10.84%) Microservices
8 9 (10.84%) Non-Functional Testing
9 8 (9.64%) Defect Management
9 8 (9.64%) Waterfall
10 7 (8.43%) Analytics
10 7 (8.43%) API Testing
10 7 (8.43%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 46 (55.42%) SQL
2 42 (50.60%) Java
3 4 (4.82%) C#
4 3 (3.61%) Ruby
5 1 (1.20%) Groovy
5 1 (1.20%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.20%) Scala
5 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 63 (75.90%) ISEB
2 52 (62.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (10.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 9 (10.84%) Security Cleared
4 8 (9.64%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.41%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (21.69%) QA
2 1 (1.20%) GDPR
2 1 (1.20%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.20%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.20%) HDFS
1 1 (1.20%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 6 (7.23%) logstash
2 2 (2.41%) Puppet
3 1 (1.20%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.20%) Kibana
3 1 (1.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 46 (55.42%) Oracle
2 29 (34.94%) webMethods
3 9 (10.84%) Microsoft
4 6 (7.23%) AppDynamics
4 6 (7.23%) Pega
4 6 (7.23%) SAP
5 3 (3.61%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.20%) Capita
6 1 (1.20%) Fujitsu
6 1 (1.20%) HP
6 1 (1.20%) ICL
6 1 (1.20%) Splunk