Period
to 19 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Lead
England > West Midlands
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 289 295 277
Rank change year-on-year +6 -18 +13
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 36 47 44
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.36% 0.41% 0.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.37% 0.43% 0.42%
Number of salaries quoted 36 40 36
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £39,250 £46,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.28% -15.14% +15.63%
10th Percentile £36,875 £32,975 £31,250
90th Percentile £60,500 £48,875 £52,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 9662 11010 10558
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.39% 96.17% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 7945 8725 8776
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%

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
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Leader in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for Test Leader in the West Midlands

Test Leader
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Test Leader in the West Midlands

Test Leader
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Leader within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 19 November 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +19 18 £40,000 +6.67%
Staffordshire +17 6 £46,250 +14.20%
Worcestershire -6 6 £51,750 +36.18%
Shropshire - 3 £62,500 -
Walsall +7 2 - -
Solihull -7 1 £40,000 +14.29%
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, Test Leader job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 21 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (50.00%) ISTQB
3 17 (47.22%) Test Automation
3 17 (47.22%) Test Strategy
4 15 (41.67%) ISEB
5 14 (38.89%) Software Testing
5 14 (38.89%) Waterfall
6 13 (36.11%) Test Scripting
7 12 (33.33%) QA
8 11 (30.56%) Finance
9 10 (27.78%) Selenium
10 9 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 8 (22.22%) Manual Testing
12 7 (19.44%) Cucumber
13 6 (16.67%) BDD
14 5 (13.89%) TDD
14 5 (13.89%) Project Management
15 4 (11.11%) Java
15 4 (11.11%) Windows
15 4 (11.11%) RUP
15 4 (11.11%) Scrum
15 4 (11.11%) SC Cleared
15 4 (11.11%) Security Cleared
15 4 (11.11%) Defect Management
15 4 (11.11%) SoapUI
15 4 (11.11%) WebDriver
15 4 (11.11%) Mentoring
16 3 (8.33%) Pega
16 3 (8.33%) DevOps
16 3 (8.33%) Collaborative Working

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 1 (2.78%) Apache
1 1 (2.78%) Documentum
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (27.78%) Selenium
2 7 (19.44%) Cucumber
3 4 (11.11%) SoapUI
3 4 (11.11%) WebDriver
4 3 (8.33%) HP UFT
5 2 (5.56%) JIRA
5 2 (5.56%) JMeter
5 2 (5.56%) LoadRunner
5 2 (5.56%) SpecFlow
5 2 (5.56%) WinRunner
5 2 (5.56%) Zephyr
6 1 (2.78%) Appium
6 1 (2.78%) Jenkins
6 1 (2.78%) JUnit
6 1 (2.78%) Protractor
6 1 (2.78%) Ranorex
6 1 (2.78%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (2.78%) TestLink
6 1 (2.78%) TestRail
General
1 11 (30.56%) Finance
2 3 (8.33%) Retail
3 1 (2.78%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.56%) Web Services
2 1 (2.78%) Gherkin
2 1 (2.78%) REST
2 1 (2.78%) SOAP
2 1 (2.78%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.78%) BYOD
2 1 (2.78%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.11%) Windows
2 3 (8.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (47.22%) Test Automation
2 17 (47.22%) Test Strategy
3 14 (38.89%) Software Testing
3 14 (38.89%) Waterfall
4 13 (36.11%) Test Scripting
5 8 (22.22%) Manual Testing
6 6 (16.67%) BDD
7 5 (13.89%) Project Management
7 5 (13.89%) TDD
8 4 (11.11%) Defect Management
8 4 (11.11%) Mentoring
8 4 (11.11%) RUP
8 4 (11.11%) Scrum
9 3 (8.33%) Business Analysis
9 3 (8.33%) Case Management
9 3 (8.33%) Collaborative Working
9 3 (8.33%) DevOps
9 3 (8.33%) Risk Assessment
9 3 (8.33%) UML
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.11%) Java
2 3 (8.33%) C#
3 2 (5.56%) SQL
4 1 (2.78%) Bash Shell
4 1 (2.78%) Bourne shell
4 1 (2.78%) Groovy
4 1 (2.78%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.78%) Python
4 1 (2.78%) Scala
Qualifications
1 18 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 15 (41.67%) ISEB
3 9 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (11.11%) SC Cleared
4 4 (11.11%) Security Cleared
5 3 (8.33%) Degree
6 2 (5.56%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (5.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (2.78%) CITP
7 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (33.33%) QA
2 2 (5.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (8.33%) Pega
1 3 (8.33%) VMware
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.78%) Xamarin