Period
to 23 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in the Midlands during the 6 months to 23 April 2018.

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
England > Midlands
6 months to
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 175 188 202
Rank change year-on-year +13 +14 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 72 51 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.91% 0.64% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% 0.67% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 27 22
Midlands median daily rate £413 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £325 £271 £260
90th Percentile £600 £490 £418
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Midlands median hourly rate - - £48.50
England median hourly rate - £27.50 £49.25
% change year-on-year - -44.16% +40.71%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands. 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
Midlands
Contract vacancies in the Midlands with a recognized job title 7,533 7,566 8,268
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.19% 95.06% 95.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,663 4,595 4,676
Midlands median daily rate £400 £390 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £225 £213 £225
90th Percentile £563 £538 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 342 302
Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.31 £10.63 £10.04
90th Percentile £47.50 £38.75 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.58% - +11.76%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the Midlands

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the Midlands

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the Midlands over the 6 months to 23 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the Midlands

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Leader in the Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the Midlands

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Leader within the Midlands region over the 6 months to 23 April 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
West Midlands +36 56 £425 +23.19% 4
East Midlands -10 16 £400 -3.03%
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 2018, Test Leader contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Midlands region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 40 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 38 (52.78%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (37.50%) Selenium
4 25 (34.72%) Test Strategy
5 22 (30.56%) TDD
6 20 (27.78%) BDD
7 18 (25.00%) Cucumber
8 14 (19.44%) DevOps
8 14 (19.44%) ISTQB
8 14 (19.44%) Scrum
8 14 (19.44%) Java
8 14 (19.44%) ISEB
9 13 (18.06%) Finance
10 12 (16.67%) Waterfall
11 11 (15.28%) WebDriver
11 11 (15.28%) Software Testing
12 10 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (12.50%) SoapUI
13 9 (12.50%) Regression Testing
14 8 (11.11%) Salesforce.com
14 8 (11.11%) Test Management
15 7 (9.72%) SaaS
15 7 (9.72%) JIRA
15 7 (9.72%) QA
16 6 (8.33%) Matrix Management
16 6 (8.33%) CRM
16 6 (8.33%) ITIL
16 6 (8.33%) E-Commerce
16 6 (8.33%) Defect Management
16 6 (8.33%) Matrix Organization

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the 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 3 (4.17%) Documentum
2 1 (1.39%) Apache
2 1 (1.39%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Infor M3
1 1 (1.39%) Primavera
1 1 (1.39%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 7 (9.72%) SaaS
2 2 (2.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.78%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 27 (37.50%) Selenium
2 18 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 11 (15.28%) WebDriver
4 9 (12.50%) SoapUI
5 7 (9.72%) JIRA
6 2 (2.78%) Git (software)
6 2 (2.78%) git-flow
6 2 (2.78%) JMeter
6 2 (2.78%) SpecFlow
6 2 (2.78%) TestPartner
6 2 (2.78%) TestRail
6 2 (2.78%) Toad
7 1 (1.39%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.39%) TestDirector
General
1 13 (18.06%) Finance
2 4 (5.56%) Retail
3 2 (2.78%) Banking
4 1 (1.39%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.39%) General Ledger
4 1 (1.39%) Retail Finance
4 1 (1.39%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.56%) SOAP
2 3 (4.17%) Web Services
2 3 (4.17%) XML
3 2 (2.78%) JSON
3 2 (2.78%) Mason
3 2 (2.78%) RESTful
4 1 (1.39%) .NET
4 1 (1.39%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (4.17%) Fat Client
2 3 (4.17%) Thin Client
3 2 (2.78%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.39%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.39%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.39%) Unix
1 1 (1.39%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 38 (52.78%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (34.72%) Test Strategy
4 22 (30.56%) TDD
5 20 (27.78%) BDD
6 14 (19.44%) DevOps
6 14 (19.44%) Scrum
7 12 (16.67%) Waterfall
8 11 (15.28%) Software Testing
9 10 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (12.50%) Regression Testing
11 8 (11.11%) Test Management
12 6 (8.33%) CRM
12 6 (8.33%) Defect Management
12 6 (8.33%) E-Commerce
12 6 (8.33%) ITIL
12 6 (8.33%) Matrix Management
12 6 (8.33%) Matrix Organization
12 6 (8.33%) Mentoring
12 6 (8.33%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (19.44%) Java
2 3 (4.17%) C#
2 3 (4.17%) SQL
3 2 (2.78%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (19.44%) ISEB
1 14 (19.44%) ISTQB
2 6 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.39%) Degree
3 1 (1.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.72%) QA
2 3 (4.17%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.39%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 2 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (11.11%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (5.56%) Citrix
3 3 (4.17%) Pega
4 1 (1.39%) HP
4 1 (1.39%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle
4 1 (1.39%) SAP