The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Leader role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Leader in their job title over the 3 months to 28 November 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Lead
Rank 404 399 369
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -30
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 204 186 211
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.35% 0.36% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.39% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 112 104
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£394 £360 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -2.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £276 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £330 £339
% change year-on-year
+2.65% -2.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £39.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -23.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

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
52369 47956 47469
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.78% 92.64% 93.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 33165 29077 26646
Average daily rate £400 £400 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2132 2083 2602
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £37.50 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -11.11%

Test Leader
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Test Leader Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Leader
Daily Rate Trend

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

Test Leader Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Leader
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Leader within the UK over the 3 months to 28 November 2014.

Test Leader Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Leader
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Test Leader Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Leader
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 Test Leader within the UK over the 3 months to 28 November 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 -36 190 £400 +11.11% 33
London +16 97 £450 +8.43% 14
South East -23 37 £300 -9.09% 5
City of London +25 21 £450 - 7
Hampshire -11 18 £205 -34.40% 2
South West -26 13 £350 -0.35% 2
North West +10 12 £360 +2.85% 6
East Midlands +5 11 £338 +6.29%
Scotland -10 10 £330 -24.57% 3
Manchester -3 8 £350 - 6
Yorkshire -12 8 £350 +6.06% 4
Edinburgh -8 6 £323 -24.11% 1
West Yorkshire -10 6 £325 -1.51% 3
Surrey -5 5 £385 +6.20% 1
Buckinghamshire -10 5 £290 -25.16% 1
Bristol -18 5 £350 +26.12%
Milton Keynes - 5 £290 - 1
Derbyshire +12 4 £375 +30.43%
Glasgow -3 4 £330 +32.00% 2
East of England -8 4 £400 +39.13% 2
Leeds -18 4 £300 -9.09% 3
Derby - 4 £375 -
South Wales - 4 £325 - 2
Wales - 4 £325 - 2
Berkshire -2 3 £300 -8.39% 1
North East - 3 £359 -
Gloucestershire - 3 £486 -
Northamptonshire - 3 - -
Oxfordshire - 3 £358 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £359 -

Test Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test Leader 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 Test Leader in their job title.

1 116 (26.73%) User Acceptance Testing
2 111 (25.58%) Agile Software Development
3 106 (24.42%) Finance
4 94 (21.66%) ISTQB
5 88 (20.28%) Test Scripting
5 88 (20.28%) SQL
6 87 (20.05%) HP Quality Center
7 85 (19.59%) Test Strategy
8 83 (19.12%) Oracle
9 78 (17.97%) HP
9 78 (17.97%) ISEB
10 71 (16.36%) Security Cleared
11 66 (15.21%) QA
11 66 (15.21%) Selenium
12 63 (14.52%) Banking
13 59 (13.59%) .NET
14 58 (13.36%) HTML
15 55 (12.67%) JavaScript
16 54 (12.44%) SC Cleared
16 54 (12.44%) Test Management
17 51 (11.75%) Test Automation
18 50 (11.52%) Software Testing
19 47 (10.83%) QuickTest Pro
19 47 (10.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
20 43 (9.91%) Project Management
20 43 (9.91%) ASP.NET
20 43 (9.91%) Test Planning
21 42 (9.68%) JSP
22 41 (9.45%) Migration
22 41 (9.45%) Microsoft

Test Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test Leader 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 Test Leader in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (0.69%) CMS
1 3 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (0.46%) WebLogic
2 2 (0.46%) Apache
2 2 (0.46%) Tomcat
2 2 (0.46%) IBM Notes
2 2 (0.46%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.46%) SAS
2 2 (0.46%) WebLogic Integration
2 2 (0.46%) Drupal
3 1 (0.23%) Confluence
3 1 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 24 (5.53%) MS Excel
2 10 (2.30%) MS Office
3 2 (0.46%) MS Project
3 2 (0.46%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) Stata
4 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 25 (5.76%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.61%) SAP FI
3 6 (1.38%) Oracle Retail
4 4 (0.92%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.92%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.92%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.69%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.69%) Cognos TM1
5 3 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.69%) SAP CRM
6 2 (0.46%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.46%) Agresso
6 2 (0.46%) Summit
6 2 (0.46%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.46%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.46%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.46%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.46%) Oracle FAH
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.23%) SaaS
2 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.38%) TCP/IP
2 5 (1.15%) GSM
3 4 (0.92%) HTTPS
3 4 (0.92%) INAP
3 4 (0.92%) Wireshark
3 4 (0.92%) SIGTRAN
3 4 (0.92%) Network Security
4 3 (0.69%) 3G
4 3 (0.69%) SS7
4 3 (0.69%) SSL
4 3 (0.69%) GPRS
4 3 (0.69%) FTP
5 2 (0.46%) SAN
5 2 (0.46%) HTTP
5 2 (0.46%) WAN
5 2 (0.46%) DNS
5 2 (0.46%) Intranet
6 1 (0.23%) M3UA
6 1 (0.23%) VoLTE
6 1 (0.23%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (5.53%) Data Warehouse
1 24 (5.53%) Oracle Reports
2 9 (2.07%) MySQL
3 8 (1.84%) SQL Server
4 7 (1.61%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.15%) Big Data
5 5 (1.15%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.15%) DataStage
6 3 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.69%) SAP BW
7 2 (0.46%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.46%) MS Access
7 2 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.46%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.23%) Essbase
Development Applications
1 66 (15.21%) Selenium
2 47 (10.83%) QuickTest Pro
3 36 (8.29%) JIRA
4 21 (4.84%) Cucumber
5 19 (4.38%) LoadRunner
6 18 (4.15%) Jenkins
7 16 (3.69%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (3.46%) WebDriver
9 11 (2.53%) JUnit
10 10 (2.30%) Visual Studio
10 10 (2.30%) JMeter
10 10 (2.30%) SpecFlow
11 8 (1.84%) SoapUI
12 6 (1.38%) Hudson
13 5 (1.15%) FitNesse
13 5 (1.15%) Subversion
13 5 (1.15%) Maven
14 4 (0.92%) TestNG
14 4 (0.92%) Zephyr
15 3 (0.69%) Behat
General
1 106 (24.42%) Finance
2 63 (14.52%) Banking
3 26 (5.99%) Investment Banking
4 22 (5.07%) Retail
5 12 (2.76%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.84%) Back Office
7 7 (1.61%) Billing
8 6 (1.38%) General Ledger
9 4 (0.92%) Front Office
9 4 (0.92%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.92%) Advertising
10 3 (0.69%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.69%) Electronics
11 2 (0.46%) Legal
11 2 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.46%) Marketing
12 1 (0.23%) French Language
12 1 (0.23%) Publishing
12 1 (0.23%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (13.59%) .NET
2 58 (13.36%) HTML
3 43 (9.91%) ASP.NET
4 42 (9.68%) JSP
5 29 (6.68%) XML
6 22 (5.07%) Web Services
7 13 (3.00%) SOAP
8 12 (2.76%) CSS
9 9 (2.07%) REST
10 8 (1.84%) jQuery
11 3 (0.69%) CSS3
11 3 (0.69%) Spring MVC
11 3 (0.69%) Spring
11 3 (0.69%) Middleware
12 2 (0.46%) Oracle Fusion
12 2 (0.46%) HTML5
12 2 (0.46%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.46%) Gherkin
13 1 (0.23%) Django
13 1 (0.23%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (3.92%) Open Source
3 12 (2.76%) Mobile App
4 11 (2.53%) Derivative
5 9 (2.07%) Credit Risk
6 7 (1.61%) Statistics
6 7 (1.61%) GIS
7 6 (1.38%) Data Structures
8 5 (1.15%) Algorithms
8 5 (1.15%) Credit Derivative
8 5 (1.15%) IVR
8 5 (1.15%) Fixed Income
9 4 (0.92%) Biometrics
9 4 (0.92%) Mainframe
9 4 (0.92%) Reference Data
9 4 (0.92%) Performance Metrics
10 3 (0.69%) Digital Media
10 3 (0.69%) FMCG
10 3 (0.69%) Mathematics
10 3 (0.69%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 24 (5.53%) Windows
2 23 (5.30%) Linux
3 14 (3.23%) UNIX
4 8 (1.84%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (1.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (1.61%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.92%) Windows 2000
6 4 (0.92%) Windows XP
6 4 (0.92%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.69%) Android
7 3 (0.69%) SUSE
8 2 (0.46%) HPUX
8 2 (0.46%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.23%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (26.73%) User Acceptance Testing
2 111 (25.58%) Agile Software Development
3 88 (20.28%) Test Scripting
4 85 (19.59%) Test Strategy
5 54 (12.44%) Test Management
6 51 (11.75%) Test Automation
7 50 (11.52%) Software Testing
8 43 (9.91%) Project Management
8 43 (9.91%) Test Planning
9 41 (9.45%) Migration
10 37 (8.53%) Integration Testing
11 33 (7.60%) Automated Testing
12 32 (7.37%) Regression Testing
12 32 (7.37%) CRM
13 31 (7.14%) Knowledge Management
14 29 (6.68%) Functional Testing
15 28 (6.45%) Scrum
15 28 (6.45%) Manual Testing
16 27 (6.22%) Performance Testing
17 26 (5.99%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 88 (20.28%) SQL
2 55 (12.67%) JavaScript
3 34 (7.83%) Java
3 34 (7.83%) C#
4 24 (5.53%) VB
5 12 (2.76%) PHP
5 12 (2.76%) Ruby
6 7 (1.61%) PL/SQL
7 6 (1.38%) C
8 5 (1.15%) Python
8 5 (1.15%) Perl
9 4 (0.92%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.69%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.69%) C++
11 2 (0.46%) VBA
11 2 (0.46%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.23%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.23%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 94 (21.66%) ISTQB
2 78 (17.97%) ISEB
3 71 (16.36%) Security Cleared
4 54 (12.44%) SC Cleared
5 47 (10.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 31 (7.14%) DV Cleared
7 18 (4.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 10 (2.30%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (2.07%) Degree
10 7 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.92%) MCITP
12 3 (0.69%) CCNP
12 3 (0.69%) CCNA
12 3 (0.69%) MCSE
12 3 (0.69%) HND
13 1 (0.23%) OCA
13 1 (0.23%) Oracle Certification
13 1 (0.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (15.21%) QA
2 1 (0.23%) HL7
System Software
1 5 (1.15%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.92%) VMware ESX
3 3 (0.69%) Nmap
4 1 (0.23%) vSphere
4 1 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.23%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 87 (20.05%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.69%) Nessus
3 1 (0.23%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 83 (19.12%) Oracle
2 78 (17.97%) HP
3 41 (9.45%) Microsoft
4 29 (6.68%) SAP
5 10 (2.30%) Cisco
6 7 (1.61%) VMware
7 6 (1.38%) Murex
8 5 (1.15%) Informatica
9 4 (0.92%) Cognos
9 4 (0.92%) Citrix
9 4 (0.92%) Juniper
9 4 (0.92%) Actimize
10 3 (0.69%) ESRI
10 3 (0.69%) IBM
10 3 (0.69%) Sybase
11 2 (0.46%) Business Objects
11 2 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.46%) Lotus
11 2 (0.46%) TIBCO
11 2 (0.46%) Teradata
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