Period
to 17 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the Midlands during the 6 months to 17 October 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
England > Midlands
6 months to
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 171 197 170
Rank change year-on-year +26 -27 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 63 73 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.80% 0.75% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.78% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 28 38
Midlands median daily rate £425 £343 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.09% +14.17% -14.29%
10th Percentile £307 £253 £260
90th Percentile £500 £426 £411
England median daily rate £425 £398 £360
% change year-on-year +6.92% +10.42% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £36.25 £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -14.71% +21.43% -14.63%

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 7420 9324 7966
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.70% 95.28% 95.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4609 5673 4648
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £219 £244 £213
90th Percentile £543 £558 £526
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 363 341 455
Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £14.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% -1.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £10.02 £10.00 £10.07
90th Percentile £46.69 £38.75 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +1.08% +4.11% +7.70%

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 17 October 2017.

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 17 October 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
West Midlands +28 37 £450 +31.39% 1
East Midlands -5 26 £425 +30.77% 4
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 Midlands region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 28 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
1 28 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 20 (31.75%) User Acceptance Testing
3 19 (30.16%) BDD
4 18 (28.57%) TDD
5 16 (25.40%) Selenium
6 15 (23.81%) Test Scripting
6 15 (23.81%) ISTQB
6 15 (23.81%) ISEB
7 12 (19.05%) Scrum
7 12 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (17.46%) Finance
9 10 (15.87%) Banking
9 10 (15.87%) Java
10 9 (14.29%) Retail
10 9 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 9 (14.29%) Test Planning
11 8 (12.70%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (12.70%) C#
12 7 (11.11%) SpecFlow
12 7 (11.11%) Manual Testing
13 6 (9.52%) Performance Testing
13 6 (9.52%) Integration Testing
13 6 (9.52%) Cucumber
13 6 (9.52%) Oracle
13 6 (9.52%) ERP
13 6 (9.52%) Project Management
13 6 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
14 5 (7.94%) Salesforce.com
14 5 (7.94%) Open Source

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 2 (3.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (3.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle ERP
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.59%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.59%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle Database
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.59%) PowerCenter
2 1 (1.59%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (25.40%) Selenium
2 7 (11.11%) SpecFlow
3 6 (9.52%) Cucumber
4 4 (6.35%) JIRA
4 4 (6.35%) Visual Studio
4 4 (6.35%) WebDriver
5 3 (4.76%) Git (software)
6 2 (3.17%) FitNesse
6 2 (3.17%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (1.59%) Gatling
7 1 (1.59%) git-flow
7 1 (1.59%) Karma Test Runner
7 1 (1.59%) Mercurial
7 1 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (1.59%) Protractor
7 1 (1.59%) RSpec
7 1 (1.59%) TeamCity
7 1 (1.59%) TestRail
7 1 (1.59%) Toad
General
1 11 (17.46%) Finance
2 10 (15.87%) Banking
3 9 (14.29%) Retail
4 3 (4.76%) Retail Banking
4 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
5 2 (3.17%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.76%) Gherkin
2 2 (3.17%) .NET
2 2 (3.17%) HTML
3 1 (1.59%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.59%) D3.js
3 1 (1.59%) jQuery
3 1 (1.59%) SVG
3 1 (1.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (1.59%) Web Services
3 1 (1.59%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.17%) EPoS
3 1 (1.59%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.59%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.35%) Windows
2 3 (4.76%) Windows 10
3 2 (3.17%) Unix
4 1 (1.59%) Android
4 1 (1.59%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.59%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
1 28 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 20 (31.75%) User Acceptance Testing
3 19 (30.16%) BDD
4 18 (28.57%) TDD
5 15 (23.81%) Test Scripting
6 12 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (19.05%) Scrum
7 9 (14.29%) Test Planning
7 9 (14.29%) Test Strategy
8 8 (12.70%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (11.11%) Manual Testing
10 6 (9.52%) ERP
10 6 (9.52%) Integration Testing
10 6 (9.52%) Performance Testing
10 6 (9.52%) Project Management
10 6 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
11 5 (7.94%) Mentoring
11 5 (7.94%) Open Source
12 4 (6.35%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (15.87%) Java
2 8 (12.70%) C#
3 3 (4.76%) JavaScript
3 3 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (23.81%) ISEB
1 15 (23.81%) ISTQB
2 1 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (1.59%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.35%) GxP
1 4 (6.35%) QA
2 2 (3.17%) GAMP
Systems Management
1 2 (3.17%) Ganglia
1 2 (3.17%) nmon
2 1 (1.59%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.59%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.59%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 6 (9.52%) Oracle
2 5 (7.94%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (4.76%) SAP
4 2 (3.17%) AppDynamics
4 2 (3.17%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.59%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.59%) Cognos
5 1 (1.59%) HP
5 1 (1.59%) IBM
5 1 (1.59%) Informatica