Period
to 15 November 2018

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 15 November 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 Manager
England > West Midlands
6 months to
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 169 147 156
Rank change year-on-year -22 +9 -46
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 41 42 65
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.80% 0.87% 1.04%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.84% 0.92% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 23 46
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -5.33%
10th Percentile £379 £305 £315
90th Percentile £489 £488 £594
England median daily rate £463 £438 £450
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.78% +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £61.25 £35.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +75.00% -17.65% -2.30%

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 4,894 4,556 5,931
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.96% 94.66% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,017 2,872 3,537
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £233 £213 £237
90th Percentile £575 £544 £547
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 196 237
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.94% +6.67% -9.64%
10th Percentile £10.89 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £38.63 £43.75 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.06
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.54% +1.46%

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 15 November 2018.

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 15 November 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
Shropshire -37 13 £440 - 1
Warwickshire +15 8 £469 +17.19% 1
Birmingham -13 7 £428 -2.29% 4
Coventry -8 5 £396 - 1
Wolverhampton -1 1 £500 -
Test Manager
England

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

For the 6 months to 15 November 2018, 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 28 (68.29%) Test Strategy
2 23 (56.10%) Test Management
3 20 (48.78%) Stakeholder Management
4 16 (39.02%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (34.15%) Test Automation
5 14 (34.15%) Oracle
5 14 (34.15%) Java
6 12 (29.27%) SQL
6 12 (29.27%) Windows
7 11 (26.83%) XML
7 11 (26.83%) Unix
7 11 (26.83%) WebLogic
7 11 (26.83%) ISEB
7 11 (26.83%) webMethods
8 10 (24.39%) Microsoft
8 10 (24.39%) Waterfall
8 10 (24.39%) SDLC
8 10 (24.39%) Planning and Forecasting
9 9 (21.95%) ISTQB
10 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (19.51%) CheckPoint
10 8 (19.51%) Finance
10 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Project
10 8 (19.51%) Mentoring
10 8 (19.51%) Coaching
11 7 (17.07%) ISEB Practitioner
12 6 (14.63%) Risk Management
12 6 (14.63%) Oracle OWB
13 4 (9.76%) Active Directory
13 4 (9.76%) IBM

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 11 (26.83%) WebLogic
2 3 (7.32%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.32%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) DWDM
1 2 (4.88%) MPLS
1 2 (4.88%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (14.63%) Oracle OWB
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (9.76%) JIRA
2 1 (2.44%) Selenium
2 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 8 (19.51%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.44%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (26.83%) XML
2 3 (7.32%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.32%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.88%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 12 (29.27%) Windows
2 11 (26.83%) Unix
3 1 (2.44%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (68.29%) Test Strategy
2 23 (56.10%) Test Management
3 20 (48.78%) Stakeholder Management
4 16 (39.02%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (34.15%) Test Automation
6 10 (24.39%) Planning and Forecasting
6 10 (24.39%) SDLC
6 10 (24.39%) Waterfall
7 8 (19.51%) Coaching
7 8 (19.51%) Mentoring
7 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (14.63%) Risk Management
9 4 (9.76%) CRM
9 4 (9.76%) Integration Testing
9 4 (9.76%) ITIL
9 4 (9.76%) Non-Functional Testing
9 4 (9.76%) Regression Testing
10 3 (7.32%) Defect Management
10 3 (7.32%) Functional Testing
10 3 (7.32%) People Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (34.15%) Java
2 12 (29.27%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (26.83%) ISEB
2 9 (21.95%) ISTQB
3 7 (17.07%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (7.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (4.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) QA
System Software
1 4 (9.76%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 14 (34.15%) Oracle
2 11 (26.83%) webMethods
3 10 (24.39%) Microsoft
4 8 (19.51%) CheckPoint
5 4 (9.76%) IBM
6 3 (7.32%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (7.32%) SAP