Period
to 16 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 16 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 Manager
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 158 128 160
Rank change year-on-year -30 +32 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 37 50 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.72% 1.14% 0.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 1.20% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 32 35
West Midlands median daily rate £463 £438 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +6.71% +4.46%
10th Percentile £373 £301 £303
90th Percentile £500 £499 £555
England median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £54.00 £27.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +96.36% -35.29% -7.61%

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 4,878 4,158 5,714
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.70% 94.78% 95.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,959 2,591 3,337
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +10.34%
10th Percentile £235 £225 £225
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 207 183 172
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.43% +16.67% -11.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.57 £10.25
90th Percentile £35.30 £43.10 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% +8.57%

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 July 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 16 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
Shropshire -17 11 £470 +44.62%
Warwickshire +8 10 £481 +4.05% 1
Birmingham -40 4 £450 - 1
Staffordshire - 4 £395 -
Coventry -24 2 - -
Wolverhampton - 2 £500 -
Worcestershire - 1 - -
Test Manager
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 July 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 21 (56.76%) Test Strategy
2 19 (51.35%) Test Management
3 12 (32.43%) Windows
3 12 (32.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (29.73%) Coaching
5 10 (27.03%) Mentoring
5 10 (27.03%) XML
5 10 (27.03%) Java
5 10 (27.03%) SQL
5 10 (27.03%) Oracle
5 10 (27.03%) WebLogic
5 10 (27.03%) Unix
5 10 (27.03%) webMethods
6 9 (24.32%) Microsoft
6 9 (24.32%) SDLC
6 9 (24.32%) Planning and Forecasting
7 8 (21.62%) ISEB
8 7 (18.92%) CheckPoint
8 7 (18.92%) Finance
9 6 (16.22%) Oracle OWB
9 6 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (16.22%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (16.22%) Software Testing
9 6 (16.22%) Microsoft Project
9 6 (16.22%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (16.22%) Test Automation
10 5 (13.51%) Integration Testing
10 5 (13.51%) Defect Management
10 5 (13.51%) System Integration Testing
10 5 (13.51%) Active Directory

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 10 (27.03%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.70%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (16.22%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.70%) Dynamics 365
1 1 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) DWDM
1 2 (5.41%) MPLS
1 2 (5.41%) SNMP
2 1 (2.70%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (16.22%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.70%) JIRA
2 1 (2.70%) TestRail
2 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (18.92%) Finance
2 4 (10.81%) Automotive
3 3 (8.11%) Manufacturing
4 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.70%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (27.03%) XML
2 1 (2.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.22%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.11%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.41%) CCTV
4 1 (2.70%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.70%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 12 (32.43%) Windows
2 10 (27.03%) Unix
3 2 (5.41%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
4 1 (2.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (56.76%) Test Strategy
2 19 (51.35%) Test Management
3 12 (32.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 11 (29.73%) Coaching
5 10 (27.03%) Mentoring
6 9 (24.32%) Planning and Forecasting
6 9 (24.32%) SDLC
7 6 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (16.22%) Software Testing
7 6 (16.22%) Test Automation
8 5 (13.51%) Defect Management
8 5 (13.51%) Integration Testing
8 5 (13.51%) System Integration Testing
9 4 (10.81%) Waterfall
10 3 (8.11%) Line Management
11 2 (5.41%) Collaborative Working
11 2 (5.41%) Functional Testing
11 2 (5.41%) Network Management
11 2 (5.41%) Problem-Solving
11 2 (5.41%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (27.03%) Java
1 10 (27.03%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (21.62%) ISEB
2 6 (16.22%) ISEB Practitioner
3 5 (13.51%) ISTQB
4 2 (5.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.41%) ISO 9000
1 2 (5.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
1 2 (5.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (5.41%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (13.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.70%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 1 (2.70%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (27.03%) Oracle
1 10 (27.03%) webMethods
2 9 (24.32%) Microsoft
3 7 (18.92%) CheckPoint
4 3 (8.11%) IBM
5 1 (2.70%) HP
5 1 (2.70%) Kofax
5 1 (2.70%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.70%) SAP