The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Leader role in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Leader in their job title over the 3 months to 1 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Lead
Rank 128 130 130
Rank change year-on-year
+2 0
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 35 13 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.80% 0.42% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.45% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 5 2
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£350 £340 £316
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £227 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £436 £329
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -9.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 - £42.00
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England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
4112 2879 2647
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.54% 92.13% 92.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2469 1604 1316
Average daily rate £400 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £218 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 182 204
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.93 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

Test Leader
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Leader in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Leader Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Leader
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Leader across the North West region.

Test Leader Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Leader
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Leader across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

Test Leader Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Leader
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Leader across the North West region.

Test Leader Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Leader within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +10 24 £350 +11.11% 3
Lancashire -7 5 £369 - 1
Cheshire -13 3 £350 +2.94% 1
Cumbria - 1 - -
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England

Test Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Test Leader in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Leader in their job title.

1 27 (39.13%) ISEB
2 21 (30.43%) Test Strategy
3 18 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (24.64%) Test Scripting
5 15 (21.74%) ISTQB
5 15 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
6 14 (20.29%) Security Cleared
7 13 (18.84%) Non-Functional Testing
7 13 (18.84%) Finance
8 11 (15.94%) Scrum
8 11 (15.94%) Oracle
8 11 (15.94%) Test Automation
8 11 (15.94%) QA
8 11 (15.94%) Performance Testing
9 10 (14.49%) HP Quality Center
10 9 (13.04%) Waterfall
10 9 (13.04%) Integration Testing
10 9 (13.04%) HP
10 9 (13.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 9 (13.04%) System Integration Testing
11 8 (11.59%) Project Management
11 8 (11.59%) SAP
11 8 (11.59%) Test Management
11 8 (11.59%) Release Management
11 8 (11.59%) Supplier Management
11 8 (11.59%) ISEB Practitioner
12 7 (10.14%) Automated Testing
12 7 (10.14%) Security Testing
12 7 (10.14%) Windows
12 7 (10.14%) Stakeholder Management

Test Leader
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Test Leader in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Leader in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.90%) SAS
2 1 (1.45%) CICS
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (1.45%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.45%) JBoss
Applications
1 5 (7.25%) MS Office
2 3 (4.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (5.80%) Oracle General Ledger
2 3 (4.35%) HFM
3 1 (1.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.45%) SAP PLM
3 1 (1.45%) SAP HR
3 1 (1.45%) Primavera
3 1 (1.45%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.45%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.90%) Office 365
2 1 (1.45%) SuccessFactors
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.80%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.45%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.45%) SAS Data Integration Studio
2 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.45%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (1.45%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 3 (4.35%) SoapUI
2 2 (2.90%) LoadRunner
2 2 (2.90%) Selenium
2 2 (2.90%) Rational Performance Tester
2 2 (2.90%) Rational Functional Tester
3 1 (1.45%) JBehave
3 1 (1.45%) WebDriver
3 1 (1.45%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.45%) ERwin
3 1 (1.45%) ProC
3 1 (1.45%) JMeter
3 1 (1.45%) Calabash
3 1 (1.45%) Appium
3 1 (1.45%) TestDirector
3 1 (1.45%) HP UFT
General
1 13 (18.84%) Finance
2 3 (4.35%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.90%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Retail
4 1 (1.45%) General Ledger
4 1 (1.45%) Local Government
4 1 (1.45%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.35%) SOAP
1 3 (4.35%) SAP Basis
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (1.45%) Web Services
2 1 (1.45%) .NET
2 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.45%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.90%) Data Extraction
2 2 (2.90%) Mainframe
2 2 (2.90%) Life Science
3 1 (1.45%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.45%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 7 (10.14%) Windows
2 3 (4.35%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.45%) UNIX
3 1 (1.45%) Solaris
3 1 (1.45%) Windows XP
3 1 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (30.43%) Test Strategy
2 18 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
3 17 (24.64%) Test Scripting
4 15 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (18.84%) Non-Functional Testing
6 11 (15.94%) Test Automation
6 11 (15.94%) Performance Testing
6 11 (15.94%) Scrum
7 9 (13.04%) Integration Testing
7 9 (13.04%) Waterfall
7 9 (13.04%) System Integration Testing
8 8 (11.59%) Test Management
8 8 (11.59%) Release Management
8 8 (11.59%) Supplier Management
8 8 (11.59%) Project Management
9 7 (10.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (10.14%) Automated Testing
9 7 (10.14%) Security Testing
9 7 (10.14%) Test Planning
10 6 (8.70%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.25%) SQL
2 2 (2.90%) C
2 2 (2.90%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.45%) C++
3 1 (1.45%) Java
3 1 (1.45%) REXX
3 1 (1.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 27 (39.13%) ISEB
2 15 (21.74%) ISTQB
3 14 (20.29%) Security Cleared
4 9 (13.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 8 (11.59%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (7.25%) SC Cleared
6 5 (7.25%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.45%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.45%) Degree
7 1 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (15.94%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.45%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 10 (14.49%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (15.94%) Oracle
2 9 (13.04%) HP
3 8 (11.59%) SAP
4 5 (7.25%) Microsoft
5 4 (5.80%) IBM
6 2 (2.90%) Green Hat
7 1 (1.45%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (1.45%) Citrix
7 1 (1.45%) Avaya
7 1 (1.45%) Hyperion
7 1 (1.45%) Informatica
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