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 4 August 2015 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Lead Tester
Rank 595 586 560
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Tester 27 14 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.047% 0.026% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.028% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 11 7
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£380 £325 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -23.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £425 £598
UK excluding London average daily rate £384 £325 £261
% change year-on-year
+18.07% +24.76%
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
52654 50519 47353
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.44% 92.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 33449 30575 27767
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1936 1988 2122
Average hourly rate £16.83 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.96% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 4 August 2015.

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 19 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 4 August 2015. 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 -4 25 £381 +12.96% 13
London +9 10 £375 - 2
South East -23 6 £325 -23.52% 5
Yorkshire - 5 - - 1
Surrey -3 2 - - 2
East of England -6 2 £450 +33.33% 1
Hampshire -7 2 £338 - 1
Manchester -12 2 £388 +53.46% 2
North West -26 2 £388 +53.46% 2
Ipswich - 2 £450 -
Suffolk - 2 £450 -
Wales -5 1 £380 +16.92%
North Wales - 1 £380 -
Flintshire - 1 £380 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £320 - 1
City of London - 1 £375 - 1
Canary Wharf - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £320 -
Winchester - 1 £350 -

Lead Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 19 (41.30%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (36.96%) User Acceptance Testing
3 16 (34.78%) QA
4 12 (26.09%) .NET
5 10 (21.74%) Oracle
5 10 (21.74%) Automation Testing
6 9 (19.57%) Test Strategy
6 9 (19.57%) Selenium
6 9 (19.57%) SQL
7 8 (17.39%) Test Scripting
7 8 (17.39%) Manual Testing
8 7 (15.22%) Test Automation
8 7 (15.22%) JIRA
8 7 (15.22%) Java
8 7 (15.22%) Scrum
9 6 (13.04%) Visual Studio
9 6 (13.04%) E-Commerce
9 6 (13.04%) Automated Testing
9 6 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (10.87%) Software Testing
10 5 (10.87%) ISTQB
10 5 (10.87%) Finance
10 5 (10.87%) Regression Testing
10 5 (10.87%) HP
10 5 (10.87%) ISEB
11 4 (8.70%) EFT
11 4 (8.70%) Middleware
11 4 (8.70%) Project Management
11 4 (8.70%) Microsoft
11 4 (8.70%) PL/SQL

Lead Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 1 (2.17%) IIS
1 1 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 2 (4.35%) MS Office
1 2 (4.35%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.17%) Pro/ENGINEER
2 1 (2.17%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle 11i
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle SCM
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (2.17%) SAP BPC
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.35%) ATM
1 2 (4.35%) 3G
1 2 (4.35%) 4G
1 2 (4.35%) Diameter Protocol
2 1 (2.17%) VoLTE
2 1 (2.17%) SS7
2 1 (2.17%) Wireshark
2 1 (2.17%) tcpdump
2 1 (2.17%) SNMP
2 1 (2.17%) VPN
2 1 (2.17%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.35%) Big Data
3 1 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.17%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 9 (19.57%) Selenium
2 7 (15.22%) JIRA
3 6 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (13.04%) Visual Studio
4 4 (8.70%) Cucumber
5 2 (4.35%) MSTest
6 1 (2.17%) SoapUI
6 1 (2.17%) MSBuild
6 1 (2.17%) Jenkins
6 1 (2.17%) LoadUI
6 1 (2.17%) HP UFT
6 1 (2.17%) SilkPerformer
6 1 (2.17%) Git (software)
General
1 5 (10.87%) Finance
2 4 (8.70%) Retail
3 2 (4.35%) Automotive
3 2 (4.35%) Banking
4 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.17%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (26.09%) .NET
2 4 (8.70%) Middleware
3 3 (6.52%) Oracle ADF
4 1 (2.17%) Spring
4 1 (2.17%) RESTful
4 1 (2.17%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (2.17%) REST
4 1 (2.17%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.17%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.17%) CSS
4 1 (2.17%) Web Services
4 1 (2.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.70%) EFT
2 3 (6.52%) SWIFT
3 2 (4.35%) EPoS
3 2 (4.35%) EFTPOS
3 2 (4.35%) Smartcard
3 2 (4.35%) APACS
4 1 (2.17%) Credit Risk
4 1 (2.17%) Smart Meter
4 1 (2.17%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.35%) Windows
2 1 (2.17%) Linux
2 1 (2.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (41.30%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (36.96%) User Acceptance Testing
3 10 (21.74%) Automation Testing
4 9 (19.57%) Test Strategy
5 8 (17.39%) Test Scripting
5 8 (17.39%) Manual Testing
6 7 (15.22%) Test Automation
6 7 (15.22%) Scrum
7 6 (13.04%) Automated Testing
7 6 (13.04%) E-Commerce
8 5 (10.87%) Regression Testing
8 5 (10.87%) Software Testing
9 4 (8.70%) Performance Testing
9 4 (8.70%) Integration Testing
9 4 (8.70%) Project Management
9 4 (8.70%) Mentoring
9 4 (8.70%) System Integration Testing
10 3 (6.52%) Agile Testing
10 3 (6.52%) Test Planning
10 3 (6.52%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 9 (19.57%) SQL
2 7 (15.22%) Java
3 4 (8.70%) PL/SQL
4 3 (6.52%) C#
5 2 (4.35%) Ruby
6 1 (2.17%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.17%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.17%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.17%) VBA
6 1 (2.17%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (10.87%) ISEB
1 5 (10.87%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.35%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.17%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.17%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (34.78%) QA
2 2 (4.35%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 1 (2.17%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (8.70%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.17%) Netcool
Vendors
1 10 (21.74%) Oracle
2 5 (10.87%) HP
3 4 (8.70%) Microsoft
4 3 (6.52%) Green Hat
5 2 (4.35%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (2.17%) SAP
6 1 (2.17%) Citrix
6 1 (2.17%) BMC
6 1 (2.17%) Borland
6 1 (2.17%) Remedy
6 1 (2.17%) Splunk
6 1 (2.17%) Tableau