Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 134 143 98
Rank change year-on-year +9 -45 +53
Contract jobs citing ISTQB 50 63 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.03% 1.02% 1.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.77% 4.96% 8.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 34 47
West Midlands median daily rate £380 £340 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +13.33% -4.00%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £261
90th Percentile £442 £416 £415
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +4.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £35.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +26.98% -4.55%

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 866 1271 932
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.89% 20.62% 18.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 480 703 498
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% -
10th Percentile £206 £250 £200
90th Percentile £525 £544 £525
England median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 42 67
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.75 £24.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.51% -22.07% +46.23%
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.53 £10.80
90th Percentile £50.00 £43.38 £43.76
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%

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 21 November 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

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 21 November 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
Birmingham +25 24 £393 -0.63% 3
Warwickshire +1 4 £269 -10.42%
Shropshire +5 3 £430 +33.33% 1
Coventry +7 2 £328 -5.07% 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 46 (92.00%) ISEB
2 21 (42.00%) Test Scripting
3 19 (38.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 19 (38.00%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (36.00%) Scrum
4 18 (36.00%) Test Planning
5 16 (32.00%) Test Automation
6 15 (30.00%) Banking
7 14 (28.00%) Finance
8 11 (22.00%) TDD
8 11 (22.00%) BDD
9 9 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (14.00%) Defect Management
10 7 (14.00%) Microsoft
11 6 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
11 6 (12.00%) SoapUI
12 5 (10.00%) Test Strategy
12 5 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 5 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
12 5 (10.00%) CRM
12 5 (10.00%) Migration
12 5 (10.00%) Software Testing
12 5 (10.00%) Retail Banking
13 4 (8.00%) SQL
13 4 (8.00%) HP
13 4 (8.00%) Integration Testing
13 4 (8.00%) SDLC
14 3 (6.00%) Mentoring
14 3 (6.00%) Coaching
14 3 (6.00%) Analytical Skills

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 1 (2.00%) Confluence
1 1 (2.00%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (6.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.00%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.00%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (12.00%) SoapUI
2 3 (6.00%) JMeter
2 3 (6.00%) LoadUI
2 3 (6.00%) Selenium
2 3 (6.00%) SpecFlow
2 3 (6.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.00%) HP UFT
3 2 (4.00%) JIRA
3 2 (4.00%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (2.00%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (2.00%) Toad
General
1 15 (30.00%) Banking
2 14 (28.00%) Finance
3 5 (10.00%) Retail Banking
4 2 (4.00%) Spanish Language
5 1 (2.00%) Automotive
5 1 (2.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 23 (46.00%) Analyst
2 21 (42.00%) Test Analyst
3 16 (32.00%) Test Leader
4 10 (20.00%) Test Manager
5 9 (18.00%) Automation Test Lead
6 4 (8.00%) Payments Test Manager
6 4 (8.00%) Scrum Master
7 3 (6.00%) Automation Test Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Performance Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Performance Test Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) UAT Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) UAT Test Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Agile Test Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Banking Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Business Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) CRM Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Digital Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Digital Business Analyst
8 2 (4.00%) Test Engineer
9 1 (2.00%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.00%) SOAP
2 1 (2.00%) Web Services
2 1 (2.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.00%) Windows
2 2 (4.00%) Windows 10
3 1 (2.00%) Linux
3 1 (2.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (42.00%) Test Scripting
2 19 (38.00%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (38.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 18 (36.00%) Scrum
3 18 (36.00%) Test Planning
4 16 (32.00%) Test Automation
5 11 (22.00%) BDD
5 11 (22.00%) TDD
6 9 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (14.00%) Defect Management
8 6 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
9 5 (10.00%) CRM
9 5 (10.00%) Migration
9 5 (10.00%) Software Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Test Strategy
10 4 (8.00%) Integration Testing
10 4 (8.00%) SDLC
11 3 (6.00%) Coaching
11 3 (6.00%) Mentoring
11 3 (6.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.00%) SQL
2 3 (6.00%) C#
3 2 (4.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 46 (92.00%) ISEB
2 5 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (6.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.00%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.00%) QA
2 1 (2.00%) PMO
Systems Management
1 5 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (14.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.00%) HP
3 2 (4.00%) Oracle
4 1 (2.00%) hybris
4 1 (2.00%) Serena
4 1 (2.00%) webMethods