Period
to 16 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Test Planning skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Planning over the 6 months to 16 December 2017 with a comparison to the 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 Planning
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 154 184 173
Rank change year-on-year +30 -11 -8
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 34 27 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.71% 0.46% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 0.55% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 20 3
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -5.88% +36.55%
10th Percentile £338 £324 £403
90th Percentile £438 £453 £438
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £20.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -21.25% +26.76%

Test Planning is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 3988 4871 4025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.88% 82.76% 79.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2569 2921 2278
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £246 £250 £244
90th Percentile £550 £550 £544
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 130 178
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.06 £18.67 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.26% -6.68% -
10th Percentile £11.74 £10.86 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £42.50 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.47 £22.00
% change year-on-year +2.17% +11.23% +15.79%

Test Planning
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Test Planning as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Test Planning in the West Midlands

Test Planning
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 Planning in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Planning in the West Midlands

Test Planning
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 Planning in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Planning in the West Midlands

Test Planning
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 Planning within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 16 December 2017. 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 -1 14 £425 +13.33%
Warwickshire - 13 £369 -
Solihull - 3 £403 -
Coventry +1 1 £380 -10.38%
Test Planning
England

For the 6 months to 16 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Planning also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Planning.

1 23 (67.65%) User Acceptance Testing
2 21 (61.76%) Test Scripting
3 15 (44.12%) ISEB
3 15 (44.12%) ISTQB
3 15 (44.12%) Scenario Testing
4 12 (35.29%) Banking
5 11 (32.35%) Scrum
6 9 (26.47%) Migration
6 9 (26.47%) System Testing
6 9 (26.47%) HP Quality Center
7 7 (20.59%) Defect Management
7 7 (20.59%) Finance
8 6 (17.65%) HP
8 6 (17.65%) Risk Analysis
8 6 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
8 6 (17.65%) Functional Testing
9 5 (14.71%) JIRA
9 5 (14.71%) Change Management
10 4 (11.76%) XML
10 4 (11.76%) Incident Management
10 4 (11.76%) Data Analysis
10 4 (11.76%) Data Migration
11 3 (8.82%) SDLC
11 3 (8.82%) Security Cleared
11 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
11 3 (8.82%) Defect Tracking
11 3 (8.82%) XML Messaging
11 3 (8.82%) Requirements Analysis
11 3 (8.82%) Management Information System

Test Planning
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:

Business Applications
1 2 (5.88%) SAP CRM
1 2 (5.88%) TRIRIGA
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) VoIP
2 1 (2.94%) DSL
2 1 (2.94%) Firewall
2 1 (2.94%) HTTP
2 1 (2.94%) HTTPS
2 1 (2.94%) LAN
2 1 (2.94%) Megaco
2 1 (2.94%) RTCP
2 1 (2.94%) RTP
2 1 (2.94%) SDH
Development Applications
1 5 (14.71%) JIRA
2 2 (5.88%) HP UFT
2 2 (5.88%) LoadUI
2 2 (5.88%) SoapUI
3 1 (2.94%) JMeter
3 1 (2.94%) Selenium
General
1 12 (35.29%) Banking
2 7 (20.59%) Finance
3 2 (5.88%) Automotive
3 2 (5.88%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Billing
4 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.94%) Marketing
4 1 (2.94%) Retail
4 1 (2.94%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (52.94%) Analyst
1 18 (52.94%) Test Analyst
2 7 (20.59%) Test Manager
3 5 (14.71%) Test Leader
4 4 (11.76%) Payments Test Manager
4 4 (11.76%) Systems Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) Systems Test Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) OAT Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) OAT Test Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Performance Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Performance Test Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Scrum Master
5 2 (5.88%) UAT Manager
6 1 (2.94%) Architect
6 1 (2.94%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (2.94%) Operations Analyst
6 1 (2.94%) Solutions Architect
6 1 (2.94%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.76%) XML
2 3 (8.82%) XML Messaging
3 1 (2.94%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.82%) Management Information System
3 2 (5.88%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.94%) Linux
1 1 (2.94%) Unix
1 1 (2.94%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (67.65%) User Acceptance Testing
2 21 (61.76%) Test Scripting
3 15 (44.12%) Scenario Testing
4 11 (32.35%) Scrum
5 9 (26.47%) Migration
5 9 (26.47%) System Testing
6 7 (20.59%) Defect Management
7 6 (17.65%) Functional Testing
7 6 (17.65%) Risk Analysis
7 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
8 5 (14.71%) Change Management
9 4 (11.76%) Data Analysis
9 4 (11.76%) Data Migration
9 4 (11.76%) Incident Management
10 3 (8.82%) Defect Tracking
10 3 (8.82%) Requirements Analysis
10 3 (8.82%) SDLC
10 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
11 2 (5.88%) Knowledge Management
11 2 (5.88%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.88%) SQL
2 1 (2.94%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (44.12%) ISEB
1 15 (44.12%) ISTQB
2 3 (8.82%) Security Cleared
3 2 (5.88%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.94%) HNC
4 1 (2.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) Data Quality
1 1 (2.94%) QA
Systems Management
1 9 (26.47%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (17.65%) HP
2 2 (5.88%) SAP
3 1 (2.94%) Cisco
3 1 (2.94%) Juniper
3 1 (2.94%) Mitel
3 1 (2.94%) VMware