Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Test Lead
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 84 103 78
Rank change year-on-year +19 -25 -
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 15 3 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.95% 0.20% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 0.21% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 5
Birmingham median daily rate £463 £315 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +46.83% -10.00% -
10th Percentile £299 £315 £290
90th Percentile £500 £315 £388
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £340 £340
% change year-on-year +21.32% - -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Birmingham
Contract vacancies in Birmingham with a recognized job title 1501 1458 1305
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 96.30% 95.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1063 935 815
Birmingham median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £216 £225 £211
90th Percentile £525 £550 £516
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 52 65
Birmingham median hourly rate £14.22 £14.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.63% -1.67% +7.64%
10th Percentile £8.39 £10.29 £10.73
90th Percentile £39.50 £27.42 £42.25
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.25 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +15.00% -11.76% +5.72%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings that featured Test Leader in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in Birmingham

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Leader in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in Birmingham

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in Birmingham over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in Birmingham

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Test Leader contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 13 (86.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 8 (53.33%) Banking
4 7 (46.67%) Scrum
4 7 (46.67%) ISTQB
4 7 (46.67%) ISEB
4 7 (46.67%) Test Planning
5 4 (26.67%) System Integration Testing
5 4 (26.67%) Finance
5 4 (26.67%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (26.67%) ERP
5 4 (26.67%) Retail
6 3 (20.00%) Retail Banking
6 3 (20.00%) JIRA
6 3 (20.00%) Test Automation
6 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Analytics
7 2 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (13.33%) Test Strategy
7 2 (13.33%) Scenario Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Task Automation
7 2 (13.33%) Mentoring
7 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Integration Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Spanish Language
7 2 (13.33%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (13.33%) CRM

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (20.00%) JIRA
2 1 (6.67%) Cucumber
2 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
2 1 (6.67%) Selenium
2 1 (6.67%) SpecFlow
2 1 (6.67%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (53.33%) Banking
2 4 (26.67%) Finance
2 4 (26.67%) Retail
3 3 (20.00%) Retail Banking
4 2 (13.33%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
1 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (13.33%) EPoS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (86.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 7 (46.67%) Scrum
3 7 (46.67%) Test Planning
4 4 (26.67%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (26.67%) ERP
4 4 (26.67%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
5 3 (20.00%) Test Automation
6 2 (13.33%) Analytics
6 2 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Integration Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Mentoring
6 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Project Management
6 2 (13.33%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Task Automation
6 2 (13.33%) Test Strategy
6 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.67%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (46.67%) ISEB
1 7 (46.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) GxP
1 1 (6.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle
1 2 (13.33%) SAP
2 1 (6.67%) Salesforce.com