The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 3 months to 30 March 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 Manager
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 55 63
Rank change year-on-year +13 +8  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 13 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.09% 0.73% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.17% 0.77% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 3
Median daily rate £438 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.77% -10.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 - £60.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 599 650 710
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 96.30% 95.03% 93.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 409 460
Median daily rate £400 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 21 25
Median hourly rate £14.00 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £35.00 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Test Manager
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham that featured Test Manager in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Manager in Birmingham

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Manager in Birmingham

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Manager in Birmingham over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Manager in Birmingham

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Test Manager 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 Manager in the job title.

1 12 (48.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (44.00%) Test Strategy
3 9 (36.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (32.00%) ISEB
4 8 (32.00%) Functional Testing
5 7 (28.00%) Test Management
5 7 (28.00%) QA
5 7 (28.00%) Automated Testing
5 7 (28.00%) ISTQB
6 6 (24.00%) Test Scripting
6 6 (24.00%) Manual Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Waterfall
7 5 (20.00%) Test Planning
8 4 (16.00%) SDLC
8 4 (16.00%) Defect Management
8 4 (16.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (16.00%) JIRA
8 4 (16.00%) Banking
8 4 (16.00%) Retail
8 4 (16.00%) Scrum
8 4 (16.00%) Migration
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (12.00%) MS Office
9 3 (12.00%) Logistics
9 3 (12.00%) Retail Banking
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 3 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (12.00%) Data Migration
9 3 (12.00%) Capacity Planning
9 3 (12.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing

Test Manager 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (4.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (12.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (16.00%) JIRA
2 2 (8.00%) Selenium
3 1 (4.00%) YouTrack
General
1 4 (16.00%) Banking
1 4 (16.00%) Retail
2 3 (12.00%) Retail Banking
3 2 (8.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.00%) .NET
1 1 (4.00%) CSS
1 1 (4.00%) HTML
1 1 (4.00%) Oracle Fusion
1 1 (4.00%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.00%) CMDB
1 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
1 1 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
1 1 (4.00%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) Android
1 1 (4.00%) Windows
1 1 (4.00%) Windows 10
1 1 (4.00%) Windows Server
1 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (48.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (44.00%) Test Strategy
3 9 (36.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (32.00%) Functional Testing
5 7 (28.00%) Automated Testing
5 7 (28.00%) Test Management
6 6 (24.00%) Manual Testing
6 6 (24.00%) Test Scripting
7 5 (20.00%) Test Planning
7 5 (20.00%) Waterfall
8 4 (16.00%) Defect Management
8 4 (16.00%) Migration
8 4 (16.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Scrum
8 4 (16.00%) SDLC
9 3 (12.00%) Capacity Planning
9 3 (12.00%) Data Migration
9 3 (12.00%) Logistics
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.00%) SQL
2 1 (4.00%) Java
2 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 8 (32.00%) ISEB
2 7 (28.00%) ISTQB
3 2 (8.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (8.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (4.00%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (28.00%) QA
2 1 (4.00%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.00%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (4.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (8.00%) HP
1 2 (8.00%) Oracle
2 1 (4.00%) Micro Focus
2 1 (4.00%) Pega
2 1 (4.00%) Remedy