Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £423 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 145 182
Rank change year-on-year -9 +37 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 46 30 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.89% 0.68% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.94% 0.71% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 13 10
West Midlands median daily rate £423 £350 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.71% +2.19% -2.14%
10th Percentile £325 £284 £307
90th Percentile £600 £488 £394
England median daily rate £413 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +1.85% +1.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £27.50 £45.50
% change year-on-year - -39.56% +30.00%

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 4,882 4,202 5,714
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.75% 95.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,960 2,642 3,333
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +9.59%
10th Percentile £235 £225 £225
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 211 182 182
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.88 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.15% +12.50% -11.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £35.75 £43.18 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.14 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.09% -4.53% +8.57%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 14 £513 +18.84% 1
Shropshire -15 10 £425 -22.73%
Staffordshire - 10 £365 -
Coventry -12 4 £325 +4.84%
Warwickshire -1 1 - - 2
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 25 (54.35%) Test Automation
2 24 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (41.30%) Selenium
4 17 (36.96%) BDD
4 17 (36.96%) TDD
5 15 (32.61%) Cucumber
6 14 (30.43%) Software Testing
7 13 (28.26%) DevOps
8 12 (26.09%) ISTQB
9 11 (23.91%) ISEB
10 10 (21.74%) Java
10 10 (21.74%) Test Strategy
11 9 (19.57%) SoapUI
12 8 (17.39%) WebDriver
12 8 (17.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 8 (17.39%) Scrum
13 7 (15.22%) Waterfall
14 6 (13.04%) Finance
14 6 (13.04%) Mentoring
14 6 (13.04%) Defect Management
15 5 (10.87%) Coaching
15 5 (10.87%) Self-Motivation
16 4 (8.70%) SQL
16 4 (8.70%) Oracle
16 4 (8.70%) PCI DSS
17 3 (6.52%) Pega
17 3 (6.52%) User Acceptance Testing
17 3 (6.52%) Test Management
17 3 (6.52%) QA
17 3 (6.52%) XML

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 (6.52%) Documentum
2 2 (4.35%) WebLogic
3 1 (2.17%) Apache
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.35%) Office 365
2 1 (2.17%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 19 (41.30%) Selenium
2 15 (32.61%) Cucumber
3 9 (19.57%) SoapUI
4 8 (17.39%) WebDriver
5 2 (4.35%) SpecFlow
5 2 (4.35%) Toad
6 1 (2.17%) JIRA
6 1 (2.17%) JMeter
General
1 6 (13.04%) Finance
2 1 (2.17%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.52%) XML
2 2 (4.35%) SOAP
3 1 (2.17%) .NET
3 1 (2.17%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.87%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.52%) Unix
2 2 (4.35%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (54.35%) Test Automation
2 24 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (36.96%) BDD
3 17 (36.96%) TDD
4 14 (30.43%) Software Testing
5 13 (28.26%) DevOps
6 10 (21.74%) Test Strategy
7 8 (17.39%) Scrum
8 7 (15.22%) Waterfall
9 6 (13.04%) Defect Management
9 6 (13.04%) Mentoring
10 5 (10.87%) Coaching
11 3 (6.52%) Customer Requirements
11 3 (6.52%) Line Management
11 3 (6.52%) Scenario Testing
11 3 (6.52%) Test Management
11 3 (6.52%) User Acceptance Testing
12 2 (4.35%) Regression Testing
12 2 (4.35%) Risk Management
12 2 (4.35%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 10 (21.74%) Java
2 4 (8.70%) SQL
3 2 (4.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (26.09%) ISTQB
2 11 (23.91%) ISEB
3 8 (17.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.70%) PCI DSS
2 3 (6.52%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.17%) MOM
Vendors
1 4 (8.70%) Oracle
2 3 (6.52%) Pega
3 2 (4.35%) webMethods
4 1 (2.17%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.17%) Salesforce.com