Period
to 16 February 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 16 February 2019.

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 Manager
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 172 157 148
Rank change year-on-year -15 -9 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 34 38 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.69% 0.79% 0.96%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.72% 0.83% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 15 38
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.94% +1.19% -1.18%
10th Percentile £413 £313 £329
90th Percentile £500 £498 £529
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £55.00 - £27.50

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 4,731 4,556 5,045
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.40% 95.13% 94.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,945 2,833 3,045
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £213 £219
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 196 224
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £18.58 £16.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.89% +11.76% +3.91%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £39.63
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year - +1.08% -

Test Manager
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Manager in the West Midlands

Test Manager
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 Manager in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Manager in the West Midlands

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Manager in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 16 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Manager in the West Midlands

Test Manager
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 Manager in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Manager in the West Midlands

Test Manager
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 Manager within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 16 February 2019. 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
Warwickshire +10 12 £500 +15.94% 2
Birmingham +12 8 £439 +3.24% 4
Shropshire -47 7 £450 -16.67%
Coventry -17 2 £500 - 1
Test Manager
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, Test Manager 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 Manager in the job title.

1 20 (58.82%) Test Strategy
2 13 (38.24%) Test Automation
3 12 (35.29%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (35.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (32.35%) Microsoft
4 11 (32.35%) Waterfall
4 11 (32.35%) Test Management
5 9 (26.47%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (26.47%) ISEB
5 9 (26.47%) Java
5 9 (26.47%) SQL
5 9 (26.47%) Oracle
6 8 (23.53%) Windows
6 8 (23.53%) Active Directory
6 8 (23.53%) ISTQB
6 8 (23.53%) Defect Management
7 7 (20.59%) Mentoring
7 7 (20.59%) Coaching
7 7 (20.59%) Planning and Forecasting
7 7 (20.59%) SDLC
7 7 (20.59%) Unix
7 7 (20.59%) CheckPoint
7 7 (20.59%) webMethods
7 7 (20.59%) XML
7 7 (20.59%) WebLogic
7 7 (20.59%) Microsoft Project
8 6 (17.65%) Risk Management
8 6 (17.65%) QA
8 6 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
9 5 (14.71%) JIRA

Test Manager 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 7 (20.59%) WebLogic
2 3 (8.82%) Confluence
3 1 (2.94%) SAS
3 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (20.59%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.82%) SaaS
2 2 (5.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.94%) Firewall
1 1 (2.94%) Internet
1 1 (2.94%) SNMP
1 1 (2.94%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.71%) Oracle OWB
2 1 (2.94%) Base SAS
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (14.71%) HP UFT
1 5 (14.71%) JIRA
1 5 (14.71%) LoadRunner
2 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.94%) Selenium
3 1 (2.94%) TestPartner
3 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (11.76%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Banking
2 1 (2.94%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.59%) XML
2 2 (5.88%) Web Services
Operating Systems
1 8 (23.53%) Windows
2 7 (20.59%) Unix
3 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (58.82%) Test Strategy
2 13 (38.24%) Test Automation
3 12 (35.29%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (35.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (32.35%) Test Management
4 11 (32.35%) Waterfall
5 9 (26.47%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (23.53%) Defect Management
7 7 (20.59%) Coaching
7 7 (20.59%) Mentoring
7 7 (20.59%) Planning and Forecasting
7 7 (20.59%) SDLC
8 6 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
8 6 (17.65%) Risk Management
9 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
10 4 (11.76%) CRM
10 4 (11.76%) Functional Testing
11 3 (8.82%) FMEA
11 3 (8.82%) Matrix Organization
11 3 (8.82%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 9 (26.47%) Java
1 9 (26.47%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (26.47%) ISEB
2 8 (23.53%) ISTQB
3 5 (14.71%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (8.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (5.88%) Degree
5 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.65%) QA
2 1 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (23.53%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 11 (32.35%) Microsoft
2 9 (26.47%) Oracle
3 7 (20.59%) CheckPoint
3 7 (20.59%) webMethods
4 5 (14.71%) HP
5 3 (8.82%) IBM
5 3 (8.82%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (5.88%) SAP