Period
to 16 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 16 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 164 192 192
Rank change year-on-year +28 0 +15
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 89 95 124
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.37% 1.21% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.80% 4.10% 5.33%
Number of salaries quoted 74 75 119
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £32,500 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +23.08% -9.72% -2.04%
10th Percentile £31,500 £25,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £48,375 £48,000 £65,500
England median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year - +7.59% -1.25%

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 permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,534 2,315 2,328
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 23.67% 29.41% 23.53%
Number of salaries quoted 1,172 1,517 1,623
West Midlands median annual salary £47,750 £43,250 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.40% +8.13% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £23,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £67,500 £67,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing ISTQB in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for ISTQB in the West Midlands

ISTQB
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the West Midlands

ISTQB
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 16 February 2020. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +76 46 £40,000 +45.45% 4
Warwickshire -16 11 £40,000 -13.04%
Walsall - 10 £45,000 -
Coventry +1 8 £41,500 +27.69% 1
Staffordshire -3 7 £34,000 +33.33% 1
Worcestershire -4 5 £37,500 +36.36%
Solihull -8 4 £44,500 +36.92% 1
Shropshire +16 1 - - 3
West Bromwich - 1 £36,500 - 2
ISTQB
England

For the 6 months to 16 February 2020, IT 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 permanent job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 70 (78.65%) Test Automation
2 58 (65.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 46 (51.69%) QA
4 42 (47.19%) Regression Testing
5 37 (41.57%) Test Scripting
6 36 (40.45%) Software Testing
7 35 (39.33%) SQL
8 34 (38.20%) User Acceptance Testing
9 32 (35.96%) Selenium
10 30 (33.71%) ISEB
11 27 (30.34%) Agile Software Development
11 27 (30.34%) Functional Testing
12 26 (29.21%) SDLC
12 26 (29.21%) Performance Testing
13 25 (28.09%) User Experience
14 22 (24.72%) Scrum
15 21 (23.60%) VBScript
15 21 (23.60%) Problem-Solving
16 20 (22.47%) User Stories
16 20 (22.47%) Test Strategy
16 20 (22.47%) Microsoft
16 20 (22.47%) Finance
17 19 (21.35%) HP UFT
17 19 (21.35%) JIRA
17 19 (21.35%) Analytical Skills
18 18 (20.22%) Postman
18 18 (20.22%) Business Intelligence
18 18 (20.22%) Java
18 18 (20.22%) SQL Server
19 17 (19.10%) 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 8 (8.99%) Confluence
1 8 (8.99%) SAS
Business Applications
1 4 (4.49%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (1.12%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.12%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.11%) Azure
2 4 (4.49%) GitHub
2 4 (4.49%) Heroku
3 1 (1.12%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (11.24%) PuTTY
2 9 (10.11%) LTE
2 9 (10.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (20.22%) SQL Server
2 16 (17.98%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (14.61%) MongoDB
4 10 (11.24%) SQLPlus
5 8 (8.99%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (8.99%) BusinessObjects XI
5 8 (8.99%) Cognos Query Studio
5 8 (8.99%) IBM InfoSphere
5 8 (8.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (8.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (3.37%) SAP BW
7 1 (1.12%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 32 (35.96%) Selenium
2 19 (21.35%) HP UFT
2 19 (21.35%) JIRA
3 18 (20.22%) Postman
4 13 (14.61%) Visual Studio
5 12 (13.48%) SoapUI
6 11 (12.36%) JMeter
7 10 (11.24%) Appium
7 10 (11.24%) Cucumber
7 10 (11.24%) Toad
7 10 (11.24%) Visual Studio Coded UI
8 9 (10.11%) Rational DOORS
8 9 (10.11%) Rational Quality Manager
8 9 (10.11%) WebDriver
9 3 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (2.25%) Bitbucket
10 2 (2.25%) Calabash
10 2 (2.25%) Jenkins
10 2 (2.25%) Maven
10 2 (2.25%) TestNG
General
1 20 (22.47%) Finance
2 10 (11.24%) Banking
3 9 (10.11%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.49%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (3.37%) Retail
6 2 (2.25%) Games
7 1 (1.12%) Back Office
7 1 (1.12%) Law
7 1 (1.12%) Marketing
7 1 (1.12%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 28 (31.46%) Analyst
2 21 (23.60%) Test Analyst
3 20 (22.47%) Tester
4 16 (17.98%) Test Leader
5 12 (13.48%) QA Tester
6 11 (12.36%) Automation Test Analyst
7 10 (11.24%) Test Engineer
8 9 (10.11%) QA Analyst
9 8 (8.99%) Manual Tester
9 8 (8.99%) QA Engineer
9 8 (8.99%) QA Manual Tester
9 8 (8.99%) Test Manager
10 7 (7.87%) Quality Analyst
11 5 (5.62%) Lead Tester
12 4 (4.49%) Applications Engineer
12 4 (4.49%) QA Leader
13 3 (3.37%) Automation Tester
13 3 (3.37%) QA Manager
13 3 (3.37%) QA Test Manager
13 3 (3.37%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (15.73%) SOAP
2 11 (12.36%) Web Services
3 10 (11.24%) DHTML
3 10 (11.24%) HTML
3 10 (11.24%) WCF
3 10 (11.24%) XML
4 5 (5.62%) .NET
4 5 (5.62%) SAP Fiori
5 2 (2.25%) REST
5 2 (2.25%) Spring
6 1 (1.12%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.12%) Nightwatchjs
Miscellaneous
1 25 (28.09%) User Experience
2 19 (21.35%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (10.11%) CCTV
4 6 (6.74%) Mobile App
5 4 (4.49%) Management Information System
5 4 (4.49%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (78.65%) Test Automation
2 42 (47.19%) Regression Testing
3 37 (41.57%) Test Scripting
4 36 (40.45%) Software Testing
5 34 (38.20%) User Acceptance Testing
6 27 (30.34%) Agile Software Development
6 27 (30.34%) Functional Testing
7 26 (29.21%) Performance Testing
7 26 (29.21%) SDLC
8 22 (24.72%) Scrum
9 21 (23.60%) Problem-Solving
10 20 (22.47%) Test Strategy
10 20 (22.47%) User Stories
11 18 (20.22%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (19.10%) Mentoring
12 17 (19.10%) Test Management
13 16 (17.98%) ETL
14 15 (16.85%) Manual Testing
15 14 (15.73%) Non-Functional Testing
16 13 (14.61%) Re-Platforming
Programming Languages
1 35 (39.33%) SQL
2 21 (23.60%) VBScript
3 18 (20.22%) Java
4 15 (16.85%) C#
5 10 (11.24%) PL/SQL
5 10 (11.24%) T-SQL
6 6 (6.74%) Python
6 6 (6.74%) Ruby
7 4 (4.49%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 58 (65.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 30 (33.71%) ISEB
3 9 (10.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 6 (6.74%) Degree
5 5 (5.62%) HNC
5 5 (5.62%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (51.69%) QA
2 17 (19.10%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 9 (10.11%) Netcool
1 9 (10.11%) TeMIP
2 7 (7.87%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.25%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 20 (22.47%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.11%) OpenText
2 9 (10.11%) Remedy
2 9 (10.11%) SolarWinds
3 8 (8.99%) Ab Initio
3 8 (8.99%) Cognos
3 8 (8.99%) HP
3 8 (8.99%) IBM
3 8 (8.99%) Informatica
3 8 (8.99%) Netezza
3 8 (8.99%) Oracle
4 6 (6.74%) SAP
5 2 (2.25%) Xamarin
6 1 (1.12%) Facebook
6 1 (1.12%) Instagram
6 1 (1.12%) Micro Focus
6 1 (1.12%) Twitter