The table below looks at the statistics for the Head of Testing role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Head of Testing in their job title over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Head of Testing
Rank 569 569 557
Rank change year-on-year
0 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Testing 23 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.042% 0.002% 0.008%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.046% 0.002% 0.009%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 1 3
Average daily rate
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£575 £551 £625
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.45% -11.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £551 £585
10% offered a daily rate of more than £603 £551 £725
UK excluding London average daily rate £575 £551 -
% change year-on-year
+4.45% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Head of Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Head of Testing in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Head of Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Head of Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Head of Testing within the UK.

Head of Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Head of Testing
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014. 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
England -6 23 £575 +4.45% 2
Leeds - 11 £550 -
West Yorkshire - 11 £550 -
Yorkshire - 11 £550 -
London - 10 £600 -
City of London - 4 £600 -
East Midlands - - - -
South East - - - - 2
Nottingham - - - -
East Sussex - - - - 2
Essex - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Scotland - - - -
East of England - - - -
Brighton - - - - 2
Colchester - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -

Head of Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Head of Testing 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 Head of Testing in their job title.

1 24 (70.59%) Test Management
2 22 (64.71%) QA
3 17 (50.00%) Performance Testing
3 17 (50.00%) Cucumber
3 17 (50.00%) Jenkins
4 11 (32.35%) Data Protection
4 11 (32.35%) Law
5 8 (23.53%) Validation
6 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
7 4 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (11.76%) Risk Management
7 4 (11.76%) Manual Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Security Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Automated Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
9 2 (5.88%) Security Cleared
9 2 (5.88%) Functional Testing
9 2 (5.88%) Finance
10 1 (2.94%) Business Transformation
10 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
10 1 (2.94%) TestLink
10 1 (2.94%) Geb
10 1 (2.94%) Metasploit
10 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
10 1 (2.94%) Mocha
10 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
10 1 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 1 (2.94%) Software Testing
10 1 (2.94%) Retail Banking

Head of Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Head of Testing 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 Head of Testing in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Development Applications
1 17 (50.00%) Cucumber
1 17 (50.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.94%) TestLink
2 1 (2.94%) Geb
2 1 (2.94%) JUnit
2 1 (2.94%) TestDirector
2 1 (2.94%) JMeter
2 1 (2.94%) Selenium
2 1 (2.94%) Metasploit
2 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
2 1 (2.94%) Mocha
General
1 11 (32.35%) Law
2 2 (5.88%) Finance
3 1 (2.94%) Electronics
3 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.94%) Banking
3 1 (2.94%) Retail
3 1 (2.94%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.94%) Marketing
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.94%) DTV
1 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (70.59%) Test Management
2 17 (50.00%) Performance Testing
3 11 (32.35%) Data Protection
4 8 (23.53%) Validation
5 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
6 4 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (11.76%) Security Testing
6 4 (11.76%) Manual Testing
6 4 (11.76%) Risk Management
6 4 (11.76%) Automated Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (5.88%) Functional Testing
9 1 (2.94%) Business Transformation
9 1 (2.94%) Programme Management
9 1 (2.94%) Business Intelligence
9 1 (2.94%) Software Testing
9 1 (2.94%) Resource Management
9 1 (2.94%) Digital Marketing
Qualifications
1 2 (5.88%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (64.71%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1 (2.94%) SAP