Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 136 142 111
Rank change year-on-year +6 -31 +34
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 52 55 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.09% 1.05% 1.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.11% 5.09% 6.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 25 27
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £340 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £265 £275 £261
90th Percentile £485 £424 £430
England median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.25 £34.00
% change year-on-year +11.80% +18.38% +44.68%

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 851 1,080 1,009
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.92% 20.64% 19.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 573 527
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £395 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +1.28% +11.43%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £200
90th Percentile £538 £540 £539
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 36 54
West Midlands median hourly rate £28.50 £24.50 £25.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.33% -4.52% +12.79%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.88 £9.52
90th Percentile £50.15 £43.75 £44.85
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.93
% change year-on-year -9.09% +2.14% +41.71%

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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 19 February 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

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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 6 months to 19 February 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
Birmingham +8 21 £385 +15.79% 4
Warwickshire +9 6 £475 +30.14% 2
Shropshire -5 6 £338 +22.73%
Worcestershire +1 1 £300 -14.29% 4
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 45 (86.54%) ISEB
2 24 (46.15%) Test Scripting
3 20 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (36.54%) User Acceptance Testing
5 16 (30.77%) Scrum
6 14 (26.92%) BDD
6 14 (26.92%) Test Automation
6 14 (26.92%) Banking
7 13 (25.00%) TDD
8 12 (23.08%) Finance
9 11 (21.15%) Test Planning
10 9 (17.31%) Selenium
11 7 (13.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 7 (13.46%) Defect Management
11 7 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (13.46%) C#
12 6 (11.54%) SQL
12 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
12 6 (11.54%) Migration
12 6 (11.54%) Test Management
13 5 (9.62%) Oracle
13 5 (9.62%) Visual Studio
13 5 (9.62%) Windows
14 4 (7.69%) Unix
14 4 (7.69%) XML
14 4 (7.69%) WebLogic
14 4 (7.69%) Java
14 4 (7.69%) Toad
14 4 (7.69%) webMethods
14 4 (7.69%) Retail Banking

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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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (7.69%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.92%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.92%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.77%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.92%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (17.31%) Selenium
2 5 (9.62%) Visual Studio
3 4 (7.69%) Toad
4 2 (3.85%) SoapUI
4 2 (3.85%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.92%) JIRA
5 1 (1.92%) Oracle Forms
General
1 14 (26.92%) Banking
2 12 (23.08%) Finance
3 4 (7.69%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.92%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 22 (42.31%) Analyst
2 19 (36.54%) Test Analyst
3 15 (28.85%) Test Leader
4 10 (19.23%) Test Manager
5 8 (15.38%) Automation Test Lead
6 5 (9.62%) Automation Test Analyst
6 5 (9.62%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 5 (9.62%) UAT Analyst
7 4 (7.69%) Payments Test Manager
7 4 (7.69%) UAT Test Analyst
8 3 (5.77%) Banking Analyst
8 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Manager
8 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Test Manager
9 2 (3.85%) Business Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) CRM Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) Digital Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) Digital Business Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) Scrum Master
9 2 (3.85%) Stakeholder Analyst
10 1 (1.92%) Network Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.69%) XML
2 2 (3.85%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.62%) Windows
2 4 (7.69%) Unix
3 1 (1.92%) Linux
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Vista
3 1 (1.92%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 20 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (36.54%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (30.77%) Scrum
5 14 (26.92%) BDD
5 14 (26.92%) Test Automation
6 13 (25.00%) TDD
7 11 (21.15%) Test Planning
8 7 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (13.46%) Defect Management
9 6 (11.54%) Migration
9 6 (11.54%) Test Management
10 3 (5.77%) Acceptance Criteria
10 3 (5.77%) CRM
10 3 (5.77%) Software Testing
10 3 (5.77%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (5.77%) System Integration Testing
10 3 (5.77%) Test Strategy
10 3 (5.77%) User Stories
10 3 (5.77%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.46%) C#
2 6 (11.54%) SQL
3 4 (7.69%) Java
Qualifications
1 45 (86.54%) ISEB
2 7 (13.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (5.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (1.92%) Degree
4 1 (1.92%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.85%) ISO 9000
1 2 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 20000
1 2 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.92%) PMO
2 1 (1.92%) QA
2 1 (1.92%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.92%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.92%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
2 5 (9.62%) Oracle
3 4 (7.69%) webMethods
4 3 (5.77%) HP
5 1 (1.92%) Serena