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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Head of Testing
Rank 619 603 581
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -22
Contract jobs requiring a Head of Testing 9 6 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.017% 0.012% 0.002%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.012% 0.002%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 1
Average daily rate £900 £613 £551
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.93% +11.26%
UK excluding London average daily rate £900 £850 £551
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +54.40%
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
48598 48731 45782
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.48% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31271 30416 27107
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1902 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Head of Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 2016.

Head of Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Head of Testing
Top 9 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 8 February 2016. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -8 9 £900 +46.93% 7
North West - 7 £900 - 2
Blackpool - 4 £925 -
Lancashire - 4 £925 -
Home Counties - 1 - -
Devon - 1 £488 -
South East - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 £488 -
Exeter - 1 £488 -

Head of Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (61.11%) ITIL
3 7 (38.89%) Analytics
4 5 (27.78%) Test Strategy
5 4 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Data Analytics
6 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Degree
6 3 (16.67%) Test Management
6 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (11.11%) QA
7 2 (11.11%) Data Management
7 2 (11.11%) Software Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Service Delivery
7 2 (11.11%) Predictive Analytics
7 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
7 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
7 2 (11.11%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (5.56%) Line Management
8 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (5.56%) System Integration Testing
8 1 (5.56%) Target Operating Model
8 1 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (5.56%) Monte Carlo Method
8 1 (5.56%) V-Model
8 1 (5.56%) Test Automation
8 1 (5.56%) Visualisation
8 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 1 (5.56%) Data Visualisation

Head of Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 (5.56%) Oracle Retail
Development Applications
1 1 (5.56%) JMeter
1 1 (5.56%) LoadRunner
General
1 1 (5.56%) Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Front Office
1 1 (5.56%) Investment Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Retail
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (5.56%) Computer Science
1 1 (5.56%) Credit Risk
1 1 (5.56%) Derivative
1 1 (5.56%) Economics
1 1 (5.56%) Market Risk
1 1 (5.56%) Mathematics
1 1 (5.56%) Physics
1 1 (5.56%) Visualisation
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (61.11%) ITIL
3 7 (38.89%) Analytics
4 5 (27.78%) Test Strategy
5 4 (22.22%) Data Analytics
5 4 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (16.67%) Test Management
7 2 (11.11%) Data Management
7 2 (11.11%) Predictive Analytics
7 2 (11.11%) Service Delivery
7 2 (11.11%) Software Testing
8 1 (5.56%) Automated Testing
8 1 (5.56%) Business Development
8 1 (5.56%) ERP
8 1 (5.56%) Migration
8 1 (5.56%) Operations Research
8 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2
8 1 (5.56%) Requirements Management
Qualifications
1 3 (16.67%) Degree
2 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
2 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (5.56%) ISEB
3 1 (5.56%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (5.56%) ISTQB
3 1 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (11.11%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (5.56%) Oracle
1 1 (5.56%) PeopleSoft
1 1 (5.56%) SAP