Period
to 20 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the Midlands during the 6 months to 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 175 188 179
Rank change year-on-year +13 -9 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 71 64 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.91% 0.72% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% 0.76% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 28
Midlands median daily rate £425 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.16% +3.64% -
10th Percentile £302 £240 £260
90th Percentile £488 £494 £448
England median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £37.50 - £50.00

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 7,400 8,460 7,948
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.88% 95.02% 95.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,625 5,143 4,530
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £215 £225
90th Percentile £550 £550 £534
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 366 364 408
Midlands median hourly rate £15.78 £15.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.17% -1.64% -3.17%
10th Percentile £9.83 £10.00 £10.24
90th Percentile £45.00 £39.63 £36.63
England median hourly rate £18.38 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.68% - +12.12%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 +33 39 £381 +12.13% 2
East Midlands -1 32 £425 +13.33% 2
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 40 (56.34%) Test Automation
2 38 (53.52%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (36.62%) Selenium
4 21 (29.58%) Test Strategy
5 18 (25.35%) BDD
6 17 (23.94%) TDD
6 17 (23.94%) Scrum
6 17 (23.94%) Finance
6 17 (23.94%) Java
7 16 (22.54%) Stakeholder Management
8 15 (21.13%) User Acceptance Testing
9 13 (18.31%) Continuous Integration
9 13 (18.31%) Regression Testing
9 13 (18.31%) ISTQB
9 13 (18.31%) ISEB
10 11 (15.49%) Cucumber
11 10 (14.08%) Test Management
11 10 (14.08%) Test Scripting
12 9 (12.68%) JIRA
12 9 (12.68%) Retail
13 7 (9.86%) Banking
13 7 (9.86%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (9.86%) CRM
13 7 (9.86%) C#
13 7 (9.86%) Manual Testing
13 7 (9.86%) WebDriver
13 7 (9.86%) Open Source
13 7 (9.86%) Git (software)
13 7 (9.86%) Functional Testing
14 6 (8.45%) Test Planning

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 1 (1.41%) SAS
Business Applications
1 2 (2.82%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.23%) WAN
2 1 (1.41%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.23%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.82%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.82%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 26 (36.62%) Selenium
2 11 (15.49%) Cucumber
3 9 (12.68%) JIRA
4 7 (9.86%) Git (software)
4 7 (9.86%) WebDriver
5 5 (7.04%) git-flow
5 5 (7.04%) SpecFlow
5 5 (7.04%) Toad
6 4 (5.63%) TestRail
7 3 (4.23%) FitNesse
8 2 (2.82%) Jenkins
8 2 (2.82%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.41%) Gatling
9 1 (1.41%) Karma Test Runner
9 1 (1.41%) Mercurial
9 1 (1.41%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (1.41%) Protractor
9 1 (1.41%) RSpec
9 1 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.41%) TeamCity
General
1 17 (23.94%) Finance
2 9 (12.68%) Retail
3 7 (9.86%) Banking
4 3 (4.23%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.41%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.41%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.41%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.63%) Gherkin
2 3 (4.23%) Web Services
2 3 (4.23%) XML
3 2 (2.82%) .NET
3 2 (2.82%) JSON
3 2 (2.82%) Mason
3 2 (2.82%) RESTful
3 2 (2.82%) SOAP
4 1 (1.41%) HTML
4 1 (1.41%) jQuery
4 1 (1.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.23%) Fat Client
2 3 (4.23%) Thin Client
3 2 (2.82%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.82%) EPoS
4 1 (1.41%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.41%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.82%) Windows
2 1 (1.41%) Android
2 1 (1.41%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.41%) Windows 10
2 1 (1.41%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (56.34%) Test Automation
2 38 (53.52%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (29.58%) Test Strategy
4 18 (25.35%) BDD
5 17 (23.94%) Scrum
5 17 (23.94%) TDD
6 16 (22.54%) Stakeholder Management
7 15 (21.13%) User Acceptance Testing
8 13 (18.31%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (18.31%) Regression Testing
9 10 (14.08%) Test Management
9 10 (14.08%) Test Scripting
10 7 (9.86%) CRM
10 7 (9.86%) Functional Testing
10 7 (9.86%) Manual Testing
10 7 (9.86%) Open Source
11 6 (8.45%) Migration
11 6 (8.45%) Project Management
11 6 (8.45%) Test Planning
11 6 (8.45%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 17 (23.94%) Java
2 7 (9.86%) C#
3 5 (7.04%) SQL
4 4 (5.63%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 13 (18.31%) ISEB
1 13 (18.31%) ISTQB
2 1 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (1.41%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.04%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (2.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (9.86%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (5.63%) Citrix
3 3 (4.23%) SAP
4 2 (2.82%) Oracle
5 1 (1.41%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.41%) HP