The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £331 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 23 April 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
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 101 129 119
Rank change year-on-year +28 -10  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 15 9 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.67% 0.31% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.71% 0.33% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 9
Median daily rate £331 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.35% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £330 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £369 £370 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £375 £330
% change year-on-year -1.66% +13.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £48.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -43.29% +38.57%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2111 2724 2545
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.28% 95.21% 93.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1321 1550 1473
Median daily rate £400 £395 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.26% +8.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 74 173
Median hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -17.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.29 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.28 £16.70
% change year-on-year -4.24% +9.43%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured Test Leader in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 April 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 3 months to 23 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +14 4 £288 -11.53%
Worcestershire - 3 £350 -
Coventry +10 2 £310 -
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 14 (60.87%) ISEB
2 13 (56.52%) ISTQB
3 10 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (30.43%) Defect Management
4 7 (30.43%) Test Automation
4 7 (30.43%) JIRA
5 6 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (26.09%) Automation Testing
6 5 (21.74%) BDD
6 5 (21.74%) Performance Testing
6 5 (21.74%) Selenium
6 5 (21.74%) Security Cleared
6 5 (21.74%) Software Testing
6 5 (21.74%) TDD
6 5 (21.74%) Finance
7 4 (17.39%) Migration
7 4 (17.39%) Test Scripting
7 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
7 4 (17.39%) Test Strategy
8 3 (13.04%) Data Migration
8 3 (13.04%) QA
8 3 (13.04%) Test Management
8 3 (13.04%) Logistics
9 2 (8.70%) Retail
9 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
9 2 (8.70%) Degree
9 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
9 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
9 2 (8.70%) Scrum

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 1 (4.35%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 7 (30.43%) JIRA
2 5 (21.74%) Selenium
3 2 (8.70%) YouTrack
4 1 (4.35%) Cucumber
4 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
4 1 (4.35%) IntelliJ
4 1 (4.35%) JUnit
4 1 (4.35%) LoadRunner
4 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
4 1 (4.35%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (21.74%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
2 2 (8.70%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Advertising
3 1 (4.35%) Automotive
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.70%) .NET
1 2 (8.70%) CSS
1 2 (8.70%) HTML
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (4.35%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
1 1 (4.35%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (30.43%) Defect Management
2 7 (30.43%) Test Automation
3 6 (26.09%) Automation Testing
3 6 (26.09%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (21.74%) BDD
4 5 (21.74%) Performance Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Software Testing
4 5 (21.74%) TDD
5 4 (17.39%) Migration
5 4 (17.39%) Test Scripting
5 4 (17.39%) Test Strategy
6 3 (13.04%) Data Migration
6 3 (13.04%) Logistics
6 3 (13.04%) Test Management
7 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
7 2 (8.70%) SDLC
7 2 (8.70%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.70%) JavaScript
1 2 (8.70%) SQL
2 1 (4.35%) Java
Qualifications
1 14 (60.87%) ISEB
2 13 (56.52%) ISTQB
3 5 (21.74%) Security Cleared
4 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
5 2 (8.70%) Degree
6 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (8.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.70%) Remedy
2 1 (4.35%) CODA
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle