Period
to 18 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 18 December 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 173 148
Rank change year-on-year +35 -25 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 41 28 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.85% 0.48% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.51% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 12 21
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -2.86% -3.45%
10th Percentile £284 £316 £275
90th Percentile £500 £466 £450
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £36.25 £42.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year -14.71% -10.53% -

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 4596 5534 4740
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.91% 94.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2929 3333 2689
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £226 £215
90th Percentile £540 £541 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 227 261
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -11.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.00 £10.33
90th Percentile £46.38 £37.85 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

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 18 December 2017.

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 18 December 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
Birmingham +6 13 £450 +42.86% 1
Warwickshire +1 4 £350 +41.41%
Shropshire +15 3 £525 +24.26%
Coventry +10 2 £325 -4.41%
West Bromwich - 1 £425 -
Staffordshire - 1 £300 -
Test Leader
England

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

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

1 23 (56.10%) Test Automation
2 17 (41.46%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (34.15%) ISTQB
3 14 (34.15%) ISEB
3 14 (34.15%) BDD
4 13 (31.71%) TDD
5 12 (29.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (26.83%) Test Scripting
6 11 (26.83%) Finance
7 10 (24.39%) Test Strategy
8 9 (21.95%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (14.63%) Selenium
9 6 (14.63%) Banking
9 6 (14.63%) JIRA
9 6 (14.63%) Regression Testing
9 6 (14.63%) C#
9 6 (14.63%) SpecFlow
10 5 (12.20%) Test Planning
10 5 (12.20%) ITIL
10 5 (12.20%) CRM
10 5 (12.20%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (12.20%) Scrum
10 5 (12.20%) Retail
10 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (12.20%) Manual Testing
11 4 (9.76%) ERP
11 4 (9.76%) Visual Studio
11 4 (9.76%) System Integration Testing
11 4 (9.76%) Functional Testing
11 4 (9.76%) Scenario Testing

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 2 (4.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (2.44%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.32%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.32%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (4.88%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (14.63%) JIRA
1 6 (14.63%) Selenium
1 6 (14.63%) SpecFlow
2 4 (9.76%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.44%) Cucumber
3 1 (2.44%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.44%) JMeter
3 1 (2.44%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (26.83%) Finance
2 6 (14.63%) Banking
3 5 (12.20%) Retail
4 1 (2.44%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.88%) Mason
2 1 (2.44%) .NET
2 1 (2.44%) Gherkin
2 1 (2.44%) Web Services
2 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.88%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.88%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.44%) Windows
1 1 (2.44%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (56.10%) Test Automation
2 17 (41.46%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (34.15%) BDD
4 13 (31.71%) TDD
5 12 (29.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (26.83%) Test Scripting
7 10 (24.39%) Test Strategy
8 9 (21.95%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (14.63%) Regression Testing
10 5 (12.20%) CRM
10 5 (12.20%) ITIL
10 5 (12.20%) Manual Testing
10 5 (12.20%) Scrum
10 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (12.20%) Test Planning
11 4 (9.76%) ERP
11 4 (9.76%) Functional Testing
11 4 (9.76%) Scenario Testing
11 4 (9.76%) System Integration Testing
12 3 (7.32%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (14.63%) C#
Qualifications
1 14 (34.15%) ISEB
1 14 (34.15%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (12.20%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (4.88%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.88%) Oracle
2 2 (4.88%) SAP
3 1 (2.44%) Cognos