The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Lead Tester
Rank 578 554 562
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Tester 16 16 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.029% 0.031% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.032% 0.034% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 7 14
Average daily rate
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£331 £425 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.05% +38.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £261 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £416 £598 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £331 £261 £225
% change year-on-year
+27.15% +15.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50521 47308 53478
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.54% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 30608 27726 29859
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1993 2123 2716
Average hourly rate £16.58 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.25% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 31 July 2014.

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 30 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 31 July 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 -30 12 £338 -20.58% 5
London +12 4 £375 -29.74%
Manchester - 3 £338 - 1
North West - 3 £338 - 1
Scotland -19 2 £310 -
Wales - 2 £325 -
South East - 2 £425 - 1
South Wales - 2 £325 -
East Midlands -1 1 £300 +15.16%
East of England - 1 £338 - 2
South West - 1 £338 - 1
Northamptonshire - 1 £300 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £338 - 1
Gloucestershire - 1 £338 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Northampton - 1 £300 -
Nottingham - - - -
Poole - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - -
St Neots - - - -
Stockport - - - - 1
Swindon - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1
Berkshire - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Bedford - - - - 1
Belfast - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1

Lead Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 14 (34.15%) SQL
2 10 (24.39%) SQL Server
2 10 (24.39%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (24.39%) Test Scripting
3 9 (21.95%) Automated Testing
4 8 (19.51%) Finance
4 8 (19.51%) ISEB
4 8 (19.51%) ISTQB
4 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (17.07%) QA
5 7 (17.07%) Selenium
6 6 (14.63%) JIRA
6 6 (14.63%) ETL
7 5 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
7 5 (12.20%) Test Strategy
8 4 (9.76%) WebDriver
8 4 (9.76%) Waterfall
8 4 (9.76%) ETRM
8 4 (9.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (9.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (9.76%) Integration Testing
8 4 (9.76%) Cognos
8 4 (9.76%) SharePoint
8 4 (9.76%) E-Commerce
8 4 (9.76%) Informatica
8 4 (9.76%) Visual Studio
8 4 (9.76%) .NET
8 4 (9.76%) Oracle
8 4 (9.76%) Java
8 4 (9.76%) Front Office

Lead Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 4 (9.76%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.88%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (7.32%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.44%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (2.44%) Agresso
1 1 (2.44%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.44%) SS7
1 1 (2.44%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (24.39%) Data Warehouse
1 10 (24.39%) SQL Server
2 4 (9.76%) DataStage
2 4 (9.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (9.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (4.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.44%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (17.07%) Selenium
2 6 (14.63%) JIRA
3 4 (9.76%) Visual Studio
3 4 (9.76%) WebDriver
4 3 (7.32%) JUnit
4 3 (7.32%) JMeter
4 3 (7.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (4.88%) TestNG
6 1 (2.44%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (2.44%) MSTest
6 1 (2.44%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.44%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (19.51%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Front Office
3 3 (7.32%) Retail
4 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.44%) Publishing
4 1 (2.44%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.76%) .NET
2 1 (2.44%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.44%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Client/Server
2 1 (2.44%) EFT
2 1 (2.44%) EFTPOS
2 1 (2.44%) Smartcard
2 1 (2.44%) IPTV
2 1 (2.44%) Spread Betting
2 1 (2.44%) Credit Risk
2 1 (2.44%) iSeries
2 1 (2.44%) Smart Meter
2 1 (2.44%) Open Source
2 1 (2.44%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.32%) Linux
2 2 (4.88%) Windows
3 1 (2.44%) Solaris
3 1 (2.44%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.44%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (24.39%) Test Scripting
2 9 (21.95%) Automated Testing
3 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (14.63%) ETL
5 5 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
5 5 (12.20%) Test Strategy
6 4 (9.76%) ETRM
6 4 (9.76%) Waterfall
6 4 (9.76%) Integration Testing
6 4 (9.76%) E-Commerce
6 4 (9.76%) Project Management
7 3 (7.32%) Migration
7 3 (7.32%) Scrum
7 3 (7.32%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (7.32%) Software Testing
7 3 (7.32%) Unit Testing
8 2 (4.88%) V-Model
8 2 (4.88%) Test Management
8 2 (4.88%) Performance Testing
8 2 (4.88%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (34.15%) SQL
2 4 (9.76%) Java
3 2 (4.88%) C#
4 1 (2.44%) Perl
4 1 (2.44%) Python
4 1 (2.44%) Ruby
4 1 (2.44%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 8 (19.51%) ISEB
1 8 (19.51%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.88%) Degree
2 2 (4.88%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.88%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.44%) CISSP
3 1 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.44%) CISA
3 1 (2.44%) CEH
3 1 (2.44%) MCITP
3 1 (2.44%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (17.07%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (9.76%) Oracle
1 4 (9.76%) Cognos
1 4 (9.76%) Informatica
1 4 (9.76%) MicroStrategy
2 2 (4.88%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.44%) Ericsson
3 1 (2.44%) VMware
3 1 (2.44%) IBM
3 1 (2.44%) SAP