Period
to 21 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £368 per day in advertised job vacancies in the Midlands during the 6 months to 21 August 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
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 202 196 215
Rank change year-on-year -6 +19 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 47 39 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.59% 0.51% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.54% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 14 26
Midlands median daily rate £368 £413 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.91% +20.44% +15.13%
10th Percentile £321 £297 £280
90th Percentile £533 £488 £413
England median daily rate £425 £413 £390
% change year-on-year +3.03% +5.77% +11.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Midlands median hourly rate - - £48.50
England median hourly rate - £35.00 £45.50
% change year-on-year - -23.08% +30.00%

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 7,574 7,231 9,151
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.32% 94.97% 95.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,601 4,512 5,433
Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £238 £228 £225
90th Percentile £563 £538 £555
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 371 313 318
Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -14.75%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.35 £10.00
90th Percentile £35.75 £42.85 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.92%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 -24 31 £400 -1.54% 6
East Midlands -3 15 £363 -13.43% 1
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 18 (38.30%) Test Automation
2 16 (34.04%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (29.79%) Software Testing
3 14 (29.79%) Test Strategy
4 10 (21.28%) ISEB
4 10 (21.28%) ISTQB
4 10 (21.28%) Selenium
5 9 (19.15%) Retail
5 9 (19.15%) Finance
6 8 (17.02%) TDD
6 8 (17.02%) QA
6 8 (17.02%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (17.02%) SAP
6 8 (17.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (17.02%) Cucumber
7 7 (14.89%) BDD
7 7 (14.89%) Waterfall
7 7 (14.89%) Java
7 7 (14.89%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (12.77%) Defect Management
9 5 (10.64%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (10.64%) E-Commerce
10 4 (8.51%) Windows
10 4 (8.51%) SQL
10 4 (8.51%) Oracle
10 4 (8.51%) Strategic Planning
10 4 (8.51%) Mentoring
10 4 (8.51%) PCI DSS
10 4 (8.51%) DevOps
11 3 (6.38%) SoapUI

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 (4.26%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.13%) Apache
2 1 (2.13%) Documentum
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Infor M3
1 1 (2.13%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.26%) Office 365
1 2 (4.26%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (21.28%) Selenium
2 8 (17.02%) Cucumber
3 3 (6.38%) SoapUI
4 2 (4.26%) JIRA
4 2 (4.26%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (4.26%) TeamCity
4 2 (4.26%) Toad
4 2 (4.26%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.13%) JMeter
5 1 (2.13%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.13%) TestDirector
5 1 (2.13%) TestPartner
General
1 9 (19.15%) Finance
1 9 (19.15%) Retail
2 2 (4.26%) Automotive
3 1 (2.13%) Aerospace
3 1 (2.13%) Banking
3 1 (2.13%) Billing
3 1 (2.13%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.38%) XML
2 2 (4.26%) .NET
2 2 (4.26%) .NET Framework
2 2 (4.26%) ASP.NET Web API
2 2 (4.26%) Gherkin
2 2 (4.26%) SOAP
3 1 (2.13%) REST
3 1 (2.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (4.26%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (4.26%) User Experience
3 1 (2.13%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.13%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.51%) Windows
2 3 (6.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (38.30%) Test Automation
2 16 (34.04%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (29.79%) Software Testing
3 14 (29.79%) Test Strategy
4 8 (17.02%) TDD
4 8 (17.02%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (14.89%) BDD
5 7 (14.89%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (14.89%) Waterfall
6 6 (12.77%) Defect Management
7 5 (10.64%) E-Commerce
8 4 (8.51%) DevOps
8 4 (8.51%) Mentoring
8 4 (8.51%) Strategic Planning
9 3 (6.38%) Customer Requirements
9 3 (6.38%) Scenario Testing
9 3 (6.38%) Scrum
9 3 (6.38%) System Integration Testing
9 3 (6.38%) Test Management
10 2 (4.26%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (14.89%) Java
2 4 (8.51%) SQL
3 2 (4.26%) C#
3 2 (4.26%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (21.28%) ISEB
1 10 (21.28%) ISTQB
2 8 (17.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (17.02%) QA
2 4 (8.51%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.13%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 1 (2.13%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.13%) MOM
Vendors
1 8 (17.02%) SAP
2 4 (8.51%) Oracle
3 2 (4.26%) webMethods
4 1 (2.13%) HP
4 1 (2.13%) Pega
4 1 (2.13%) Salesforce.com