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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Lead Tester
Rank 597 575 553
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -22
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Tester 15 12 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.023% 0.041%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.028% 0.025% 0.044%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 20
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£343 £550 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-37.72% +63.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £400 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £578 £387
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £380 £348
% change year-on-year
-13.81% +9.35%
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
52636 48524 50207
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.72% 92.71% 93.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 33069 29347 28320
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2112 2131 2472
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%

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 October 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 27 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 October 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 -31 14 £355 -36.88% 5
London +7 7 £390 -30.66% 3
South East -20 4 £330 -
North West - 1 £425 - 1
Manchester - 1 £425 - 1
Oxfordshire - 1 £315 -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Abingdon - - - -
Andover - - - -
Banbury - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Bedford - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Edgware - - - -
Reading - - - -
Stockport - - - - 1
Swindon - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
South West - - - - 1
East of England - - - -
Chiswick - - - -

Lead Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (32.26%) Selenium
3 9 (29.03%) Automated Testing
3 9 (29.03%) ISEB
4 8 (25.81%) SQL
4 8 (25.81%) QA
5 7 (22.58%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (22.58%) ISTQB
6 6 (19.35%) BDD
6 6 (19.35%) Test Strategy
6 6 (19.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (19.35%) Web Services
6 6 (19.35%) XML
6 6 (19.35%) Finance
6 6 (19.35%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (16.13%) Scrum
7 5 (16.13%) WebDriver
7 5 (16.13%) Test Scripting
7 5 (16.13%) JIRA
8 4 (12.90%) jQuery
8 4 (12.90%) Software Testing
8 4 (12.90%) Integration Testing
8 4 (12.90%) REST
8 4 (12.90%) MVC
8 4 (12.90%) PHP
8 4 (12.90%) Visual Studio
8 4 (12.90%) CSS
8 4 (12.90%) .NET
8 4 (12.90%) MySQL
8 4 (12.90%) HTML

Lead Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 3 (9.68%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (3.23%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (3.23%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.23%) ATM
1 1 (3.23%) Internet
1 1 (3.23%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.90%) MySQL
2 3 (9.68%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (32.26%) Selenium
2 6 (19.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (16.13%) WebDriver
3 5 (16.13%) JIRA
4 4 (12.90%) Visual Studio
5 3 (9.68%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (9.68%) SpecFlow
6 2 (6.45%) JUnit
6 2 (6.45%) Zephyr
6 2 (6.45%) Cucumber
6 2 (6.45%) TestNG
7 1 (3.23%) WATIR
7 1 (3.23%) JMeter
7 1 (3.23%) Bugzilla
7 1 (3.23%) Subversion
7 1 (3.23%) SoapUI
7 1 (3.23%) TortoiseSVN
7 1 (3.23%) Sahi
7 1 (3.23%) Jenkins
General
1 6 (19.35%) Finance
2 3 (9.68%) Retail
3 1 (3.23%) Front Office
3 1 (3.23%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (19.35%) Web Services
1 6 (19.35%) XML
2 4 (12.90%) jQuery
2 4 (12.90%) REST
2 4 (12.90%) HTML
2 4 (12.90%) .NET
2 4 (12.90%) CSS
3 2 (6.45%) .NET Framework
4 1 (3.23%) Gherkin
4 1 (3.23%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.68%) Open Source
3 2 (6.45%) Client/Server
4 1 (3.23%) EPoS
4 1 (3.23%) EFT
4 1 (3.23%) EFTPOS
4 1 (3.23%) Smartcard
4 1 (3.23%) APACS
4 1 (3.23%) IPTV
4 1 (3.23%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.23%) Credit Risk
4 1 (3.23%) iPhone
4 1 (3.23%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.68%) Linux
2 2 (6.45%) Windows
2 2 (6.45%) Solaris
3 1 (3.23%) Android
3 1 (3.23%) Apple iOS
3 1 (3.23%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (29.03%) Automated Testing
3 7 (22.58%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (19.35%) BDD
4 6 (19.35%) Test Strategy
5 5 (16.13%) Test Scripting
5 5 (16.13%) Scrum
6 4 (12.90%) MVC
6 4 (12.90%) Software Testing
6 4 (12.90%) Integration Testing
7 3 (9.68%) Automation Testing
7 3 (9.68%) Mentoring
8 2 (6.45%) Test Automation
8 2 (6.45%) Vulnerability Management
8 2 (6.45%) Test Management
8 2 (6.45%) Performance Testing
8 2 (6.45%) Load Testing
8 2 (6.45%) Kanban
8 2 (6.45%) E-Commerce
8 2 (6.45%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 8 (25.81%) SQL
2 4 (12.90%) Java
2 4 (12.90%) JavaScript
2 4 (12.90%) PHP
3 3 (9.68%) C#
3 3 (9.68%) Ruby
4 2 (6.45%) Python
4 2 (6.45%) Perl
Qualifications
1 9 (29.03%) ISEB
2 7 (22.58%) ISTQB
3 3 (9.68%) SC Cleared
3 3 (9.68%) Security Cleared
4 2 (6.45%) Degree
4 2 (6.45%) CISSP
4 2 (6.45%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (6.45%) CISA
4 2 (6.45%) CEH
4 2 (6.45%) MCITP
4 2 (6.45%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (25.81%) QA
2 1 (3.23%) ISO 8583
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (9.68%) Oracle
1 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.23%) Citrix
2 1 (3.23%) IBM