Period
to 24 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 24 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 127 157 181
Rank change year-on-year +30 +24 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 56 23 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.17% 0.50% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.23% 0.53% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 12 7
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £345 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.19% -1.43% -1.75%
10th Percentile £316 £283 £335
90th Percentile £600 £447 £365
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
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 West 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
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,570 4,339 5,001
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.21% 94.70% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,840 2,666 2,790
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £235 £213 £222
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 174 206 170
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.75 £16.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +11.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £36.25 £37.60
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 West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the West Midlands

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the West Midlands

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 24 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the West Midlands

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the West Midlands

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in the West 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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 24 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
Birmingham -14 18 £450 +35.34% 2
Shropshire - 8 £441 -
Staffordshire - 8 £358 - 3
Warwickshire - 6 - -
Coventry -5 3 £325 +4.84% 2
West Bromwich - 1 £425 -
Wolverhampton - 1 £413 -
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Midlands region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 33 (58.93%) Test Automation
2 32 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (41.07%) Selenium
4 19 (33.93%) BDD
4 19 (33.93%) TDD
4 19 (33.93%) Test Strategy
5 15 (26.79%) Cucumber
6 14 (25.00%) ISTQB
7 13 (23.21%) ISEB
7 13 (23.21%) DevOps
8 12 (21.43%) Waterfall
9 11 (19.64%) Finance
9 11 (19.64%) Software Testing
10 10 (17.86%) Scrum
10 10 (17.86%) WebDriver
11 9 (16.07%) SoapUI
11 9 (16.07%) Java
12 8 (14.29%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (12.50%) Regression Testing
13 7 (12.50%) Test Management
14 6 (10.71%) SaaS
14 6 (10.71%) JIRA
14 6 (10.71%) Matrix Management
14 6 (10.71%) ITIL
14 6 (10.71%) CRM
14 6 (10.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 6 (10.71%) Mentoring
14 6 (10.71%) Defect Management
14 6 (10.71%) Matrix Organization
15 5 (8.93%) Coaching

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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 (5.36%) Documentum
2 1 (1.79%) Apache
2 1 (1.79%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.79%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.71%) SaaS
2 2 (3.57%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.57%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 23 (41.07%) Selenium
2 15 (26.79%) Cucumber
3 10 (17.86%) WebDriver
4 9 (16.07%) SoapUI
5 6 (10.71%) JIRA
6 2 (3.57%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.79%) JMeter
General
1 11 (19.64%) Finance
2 2 (3.57%) Banking
2 2 (3.57%) Retail
3 1 (1.79%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.14%) SOAP
2 3 (5.36%) XML
3 2 (3.57%) JSON
3 2 (3.57%) Mason
3 2 (3.57%) RESTful
3 2 (3.57%) Web Services
4 1 (1.79%) .NET
4 1 (1.79%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.14%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (1.79%) Credit Risk
2 1 (1.79%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.79%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (58.93%) Test Automation
2 32 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (33.93%) BDD
3 19 (33.93%) TDD
3 19 (33.93%) Test Strategy
4 13 (23.21%) DevOps
5 12 (21.43%) Waterfall
6 11 (19.64%) Software Testing
7 10 (17.86%) Scrum
8 7 (12.50%) Regression Testing
8 7 (12.50%) Test Management
9 6 (10.71%) CRM
9 6 (10.71%) Defect Management
9 6 (10.71%) ITIL
9 6 (10.71%) Matrix Management
9 6 (10.71%) Matrix Organization
9 6 (10.71%) Mentoring
10 5 (8.93%) Coaching
11 4 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
11 4 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (16.07%) Java
2 2 (3.57%) C#
2 2 (3.57%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.79%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 13 (23.21%) ISEB
3 6 (10.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.36%) PCI DSS
1 3 (5.36%) QA
Vendors
1 8 (14.29%) Salesforce.com
2 3 (5.36%) Pega
3 1 (1.79%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.79%) Oracle