The table below looks at the statistics for the Lead Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Lead Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Lead Tester
Rank 621 618 589
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Tester 19 17 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.030% 0.068%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.032% 0.072%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 14 24
Average daily rate £425 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £325 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £454 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £418 £350 £297
% change year-on-year
+19.28% +17.84%
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
53034 52811 51540
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.93% 94.73% 94.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 34546 32021 31371
Average daily rate £425 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1532 2104 2098
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Lead Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Lead Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Lead Tester
Daily Rate Trend

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

Lead Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Lead Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Lead Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 April 2016.

Lead Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Lead Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Lead Tester within the UK.

Lead Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Lead Tester
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -20 18 £425 +13.33% 13
London -8 12 £425 +9.67% 2
Manchester -6 2 £418 - 3
North West -8 2 £418 - 4
West Midlands - 2 £338 -
City of London +43 1 £450 +20.00%
South West 0 1 £533 +42.00% 2
South East -15 1 £463 +1.64% 1
Kent - 1 £463 -
Birmingham - 1 £325 -
Solihull - 1 £350 -

Lead Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Lead Tester 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 Lead Tester in their job title.

1 26 (52.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (42.00%) Finance
3 19 (38.00%) QA
4 18 (36.00%) Selenium
5 17 (34.00%) ISTQB
6 16 (32.00%) SQL Server
6 16 (32.00%) Test Automation
7 15 (30.00%) SQL
7 15 (30.00%) ITIL
7 15 (30.00%) ISEB
8 14 (28.00%) .NET
9 13 (26.00%) HP UFT
9 13 (26.00%) Automated Testing
9 13 (26.00%) Banking
10 12 (24.00%) Investment Banking
10 12 (24.00%) Microsoft
11 11 (22.00%) PRINCE2
12 10 (20.00%) Migration
12 10 (20.00%) MSMQ
12 10 (20.00%) PhD
12 10 (20.00%) Sybase
12 10 (20.00%) Java
12 10 (20.00%) Cucumber
12 10 (20.00%) Data Migration
12 10 (20.00%) Algorithmic Trading
12 10 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
12 10 (20.00%) Analytics
13 8 (16.00%) Performance Testing
13 8 (16.00%) HP
14 7 (14.00%) Linux

Lead Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Lead Tester 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 Lead Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (6.00%) Confluence
2 2 (4.00%) Apache
3 1 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.00%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (8.00%) MS Office
2 1 (2.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.00%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (2.00%) MS Project
2 1 (2.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (2.00%) SAP CO
2 1 (2.00%) SAP FI
2 1 (2.00%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (2.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (2.00%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.00%) Office 365
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.00%) HTTP
1 2 (4.00%) SNMP
2 1 (2.00%) 3GPP
2 1 (2.00%) ATM
2 1 (2.00%) Diameter Protocol
2 1 (2.00%) INAP
2 1 (2.00%) ISUP
2 1 (2.00%) Node B
2 1 (2.00%) RNC
2 1 (2.00%) SS7
2 1 (2.00%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (32.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (4.00%) MySQL
3 1 (2.00%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.00%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (36.00%) Selenium
2 13 (26.00%) HP UFT
3 10 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 4 (8.00%) Capybara
4 4 (8.00%) JIRA
4 4 (8.00%) LoadRunner
4 4 (8.00%) WebDriver
5 2 (4.00%) Jenkins
5 2 (4.00%) JMeter
5 2 (4.00%) Rational Performance Tester
6 1 (2.00%) Appium
6 1 (2.00%) Bugzilla
6 1 (2.00%) SoapUI
6 1 (2.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (2.00%) TestPartner
General
1 21 (42.00%) Finance
2 13 (26.00%) Banking
3 12 (24.00%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.00%) Advertising
4 2 (4.00%) Retail
4 2 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.00%) Electronics
5 1 (2.00%) Games
5 1 (2.00%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.00%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (28.00%) .NET
2 10 (20.00%) MSMQ
3 5 (10.00%) Gherkin
4 3 (6.00%) HTML
4 3 (6.00%) Web Services
5 2 (4.00%) SOAP
5 2 (4.00%) XML
6 1 (2.00%) ASP.NET
6 1 (2.00%) CSS
6 1 (2.00%) JSON
6 1 (2.00%) REST
6 1 (2.00%) Spring
6 1 (2.00%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.00%) Credit Risk
2 2 (4.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.00%) Mathematics
2 2 (4.00%) NHS
2 2 (4.00%) PKI
2 2 (4.00%) Reinsurance
2 2 (4.00%) Wiki
3 1 (2.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (2.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 7 (14.00%) Linux
2 4 (8.00%) Windows
3 3 (6.00%) Unix
4 2 (4.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (52.00%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (32.00%) Test Automation
3 15 (30.00%) ITIL
4 13 (26.00%) Automated Testing
5 11 (22.00%) PRINCE2
6 10 (20.00%) Algorithmic Trading
6 10 (20.00%) Analytics
6 10 (20.00%) Data Migration
6 10 (20.00%) Migration
6 10 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 8 (16.00%) Performance Testing
8 6 (12.00%) BDD
8 6 (12.00%) Functional Testing
8 6 (12.00%) TDD
8 6 (12.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Automation Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Test Scripting
10 4 (8.00%) Scrum
10 4 (8.00%) Test Strategy
11 3 (6.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 15 (30.00%) SQL
2 10 (20.00%) Java
3 6 (12.00%) C#
3 6 (12.00%) Ruby
4 4 (8.00%) C
5 2 (4.00%) C++
5 2 (4.00%) JavaScript
5 2 (4.00%) Perl
5 2 (4.00%) Python
5 2 (4.00%) Shell Script
6 1 (2.00%) Groovy
6 1 (2.00%) VB
6 1 (2.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 17 (34.00%) ISTQB
2 15 (30.00%) ISEB
3 10 (20.00%) PhD
4 2 (4.00%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.00%) CEH
5 1 (2.00%) CREST Certified
5 1 (2.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (38.00%) QA
2 2 (4.00%) GAAP
2 2 (4.00%) SDET
3 1 (2.00%) ISO 9001
3 1 (2.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (8.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (6.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (24.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (20.00%) Sybase
3 8 (16.00%) HP
4 5 (10.00%) SAP
5 4 (8.00%) Oracle
6 2 (4.00%) CODA
6 2 (4.00%) IBM
7 1 (2.00%) Altova
7 1 (2.00%) hybris
7 1 (2.00%) PeopleSoft