Period
to 18 November 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 18 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
England > Midlands
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 171 196 163
Rank change year-on-year +25 -33 +45
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 72 72 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.89% 0.73% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 0.77% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 27 36
Midlands median daily rate £425 £351 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.26% +16.83% -14.89%
10th Percentile £302 £278 £261
90th Percentile £495 £488 £443
England median daily rate £415 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +5.06% +5.33% -
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% -

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 7709 9360 8108
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 95.32% 95.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4815 5684 4688
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £217 £231 £215
90th Percentile £550 £550 £530
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 365 370 454
Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.18 £10.00 £10.20
90th Percentile £45.00 £39.50 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%

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 18 November 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 18 November 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 +44 42 £413 +21.32%
East Midlands -1 29 £425 +15.65% 1
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 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 Midlands region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 35 (48.61%) Agile Software Development
1 35 (48.61%) Test Automation
2 23 (31.94%) Selenium
3 21 (29.17%) User Acceptance Testing
3 21 (29.17%) BDD
4 20 (27.78%) TDD
5 17 (23.61%) Scrum
6 16 (22.22%) ISTQB
6 16 (22.22%) ISEB
6 16 (22.22%) Test Scripting
7 15 (20.83%) Finance
8 14 (19.44%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (19.44%) Test Strategy
9 13 (18.06%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (18.06%) Java
10 11 (15.28%) Cucumber
11 9 (12.50%) Manual Testing
12 8 (11.11%) Test Planning
12 8 (11.11%) C#
12 8 (11.11%) Banking
12 8 (11.11%) Retail
12 8 (11.11%) Regression Testing
13 7 (9.72%) SQL
13 7 (9.72%) SpecFlow
13 7 (9.72%) Git (software)
14 6 (8.33%) Open Source
14 6 (8.33%) Integration Testing
14 6 (8.33%) Functional Testing
14 6 (8.33%) ERP
14 6 (8.33%) Migration

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 (2.78%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (2.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Oracle ERP
1 2 (2.78%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.39%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.39%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (2.78%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.39%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 23 (31.94%) Selenium
2 11 (15.28%) Cucumber
3 7 (9.72%) Git (software)
3 7 (9.72%) SpecFlow
4 5 (6.94%) git-flow
4 5 (6.94%) Toad
5 4 (5.56%) JIRA
5 4 (5.56%) TestRail
5 4 (5.56%) Visual Studio
5 4 (5.56%) WebDriver
6 3 (4.17%) FitNesse
7 2 (2.78%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (1.39%) HP UFT
8 1 (1.39%) Karma Test Runner
8 1 (1.39%) Mercurial
8 1 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (1.39%) Protractor
8 1 (1.39%) RSpec
8 1 (1.39%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (20.83%) Finance
2 8 (11.11%) Banking
2 8 (11.11%) Retail
3 3 (4.17%) Retail Banking
4 2 (2.78%) Spanish Language
4 2 (2.78%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.39%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.56%) Gherkin
2 2 (2.78%) .NET
2 2 (2.78%) HTML
2 2 (2.78%) Mason
3 1 (1.39%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.39%) D3.js
3 1 (1.39%) jQuery
3 1 (1.39%) SVG
3 1 (1.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (1.39%) Web Services
3 1 (1.39%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.78%) Data Centre
2 2 (2.78%) EPoS
3 1 (1.39%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.56%) Windows
2 3 (4.17%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.39%) Android
3 1 (1.39%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.39%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (48.61%) Agile Software Development
1 35 (48.61%) Test Automation
2 21 (29.17%) BDD
2 21 (29.17%) User Acceptance Testing
3 20 (27.78%) TDD
4 17 (23.61%) Scrum
5 16 (22.22%) Test Scripting
6 14 (19.44%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (19.44%) Test Strategy
7 13 (18.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (12.50%) Manual Testing
9 8 (11.11%) Regression Testing
9 8 (11.11%) Test Planning
10 6 (8.33%) ERP
10 6 (8.33%) Functional Testing
10 6 (8.33%) Integration Testing
10 6 (8.33%) Migration
10 6 (8.33%) Open Source
10 6 (8.33%) Project Management
10 6 (8.33%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (18.06%) Java
2 8 (11.11%) C#
3 7 (9.72%) SQL
4 3 (4.17%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 16 (22.22%) ISEB
1 16 (22.22%) ISTQB
2 1 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (1.39%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.56%) QA
2 3 (4.17%) GxP
3 2 (2.78%) GAMP
Systems Management
1 2 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (6.94%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (5.56%) Oracle
3 3 (4.17%) SAP
4 2 (2.78%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.39%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.39%) Cognos
5 1 (1.39%) HP