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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Lead
Rank 339 301 354
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +53
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 313 334 201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.63% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.68% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 225 128
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£340 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.74% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £345
% change year-on-year
-1.51% -4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £41.00 £39.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.63% +4.59%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £40.40 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.35% +34.65%

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
50953 48768 42881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.48% 92.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 31537 30266 24598
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1993 1997 2122
Average hourly rate £16.54 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.70% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 27 May 2015.

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 27 May 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 -36 277 £340 +0.74% 38
London -11 94 £365 -8.75% 13
South East -4 65 £300 -11.11% 3
North West +3 36 £500 +33.33% 3
Scotland +6 31 £350 +13.36% 3
Hampshire +5 27 £331 +1.92% 1
Berkshire +17 25 £260 +4.00%
Edinburgh +10 25 £340 +3.03% 1
South West -2 22 £318 -2.30% 1
City of London -23 19 £425 +21.42% 3
East Midlands -6 16 £275 +22.22% 1
East of England -12 15 £304 -19.00% 4
Manchester +4 14 £320 -11.41% 2
Bristol +2 13 £320 -1.53% 1
Southampton +1 11 £404 +13.33%
Liverpool - 10 £675 - 1
Merseyside - 10 £675 - 1
Winchester - 10 £294 - 1
Midlands +5 9 - -
Oxfordshire -13 9 £300 -25.00% 1
Yorkshire -40 8 £325 +0.77% 6
Wiltshire +6 7 £315 +14.54%
Hertfordshire +3 7 £393 +70.65%
Reading 0 7 £260 -20.00%
Slough - 7 £289 -
Nottinghamshire -5 6 £275 +22.22%
Nottingham -7 6 £275 +22.22%
West Midlands -15 6 £376 +25.41% 6
West Yorkshire -36 6 £350 +8.52% 5
Oxford -4 5 £294 -26.56%

Test Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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.

1 180 (31.25%) Finance
2 150 (26.04%) User Acceptance Testing
3 149 (25.87%) Agile Software Development
4 130 (22.57%) Test Strategy
5 124 (21.53%) QA
6 123 (21.35%) Test Scripting
7 107 (18.58%) ISEB
8 90 (15.63%) SQL
8 90 (15.63%) Banking
8 90 (15.63%) ISTQB
9 82 (14.24%) Software Testing
10 79 (13.72%) Test Management
11 73 (12.67%) Test Automation
12 70 (12.15%) HP Quality Center
13 66 (11.46%) HP
14 63 (10.94%) Selenium
15 62 (10.76%) Test Planning
16 58 (10.07%) Stakeholder Management
17 57 (9.90%) Integration Testing
18 55 (9.55%) Migration
18 55 (9.55%) Retail
19 53 (9.20%) Scrum
19 53 (9.20%) Java
20 52 (9.03%) SAP
21 47 (8.16%) Performance Testing
22 46 (7.99%) Manual Testing
22 46 (7.99%) Microsoft
23 41 (7.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
24 40 (6.94%) System Integration Testing
25 39 (6.77%) Non-Functional Testing

Test Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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 14 (2.43%) WebSphere
2 13 (2.26%) SharePoint
3 12 (2.08%) WebSphere Application Server
4 11 (1.91%) SAS
5 10 (1.74%) Confluence
6 8 (1.39%) CMS
7 6 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.04%) FileNet
8 3 (0.52%) ArcSDE
8 3 (0.52%) ArcGIS
8 3 (0.52%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.52%) IIS
9 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.17%) Lync
10 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.17%) JBoss
10 1 (0.17%) CICS
Applications
1 28 (4.86%) MS Excel
2 16 (2.78%) MS Office
3 2 (0.35%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.69%) SAP HR
2 4 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.69%) Summit
2 4 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.52%) SAP CRM
3 3 (0.52%) SAP BCA
4 2 (0.35%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.17%) Workday HCM
5 1 (0.17%) RiskWrite
5 1 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.17%) CODA-Financials
5 1 (0.17%) SAP R/3
5 1 (0.17%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.52%) SaaS
2 2 (0.35%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.17%) Sage Pay
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.04%) ATM
2 5 (0.87%) Firewall
2 5 (0.87%) SAN
3 3 (0.52%) Intranet
4 2 (0.35%) Internet
4 2 (0.35%) LAN
4 2 (0.35%) WAN
5 1 (0.17%) HTTP
5 1 (0.17%) PSTN
5 1 (0.17%) 2G
5 1 (0.17%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (0.17%) 4G
5 1 (0.17%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (0.17%) Software-Defined Networking
5 1 (0.17%) Diameter Protocol
5 1 (0.17%) 3G
5 1 (0.17%) MPLS
5 1 (0.17%) BGP
5 1 (0.17%) SS7
5 1 (0.17%) TCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (4.51%) Data Warehouse
2 16 (2.78%) Relational Database
3 9 (1.56%) Oracle Database
3 9 (1.56%) SAP BW
4 8 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.87%) Data Mining
6 5 (0.87%) SQL Server
7 3 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.52%) DataStage
7 3 (0.52%) Base SAS
7 3 (0.52%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (0.35%) OLAP Cube
8 2 (0.35%) Big Data
8 2 (0.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.35%) SAP BI
8 2 (0.35%) DB2
8 2 (0.35%) OLAP
8 2 (0.35%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 63 (10.94%) Selenium
2 31 (5.38%) LoadRunner
2 31 (5.38%) JIRA
3 30 (5.21%) Cucumber
4 27 (4.69%) QuickTest Pro
5 25 (4.34%) JMeter
5 25 (4.34%) SoapUI
6 18 (3.13%) JUnit
7 16 (2.78%) WebDriver
7 16 (2.78%) Jenkins
8 14 (2.43%) Visual Studio
9 12 (2.08%) Maven
10 11 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (1.39%) Calabash
12 7 (1.22%) RSpec
13 6 (1.04%) Appium
13 6 (1.04%) NUnit
14 4 (0.69%) JBehave
15 3 (0.52%) TestNG
15 3 (0.52%) SpecFlow
General
1 180 (31.25%) Finance
2 90 (15.63%) Banking
3 55 (9.55%) Retail
4 29 (5.03%) Telecoms
5 24 (4.17%) Retail Banking
6 22 (3.82%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.56%) General Ledger
8 7 (1.22%) Manufacturing
9 6 (1.04%) Billing
10 5 (0.87%) Front Office
11 3 (0.52%) Back Office
11 3 (0.52%) Advertising
11 3 (0.52%) Publishing
11 3 (0.52%) Automotive
11 3 (0.52%) Corporate Banking
11 3 (0.52%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.35%) Marketing
12 2 (0.35%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.35%) French Language
12 2 (0.35%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (6.42%) .NET
2 23 (3.99%) HTML
2 23 (3.99%) XML
3 16 (2.78%) SOAP
4 13 (2.26%) Web Services
5 11 (1.91%) JSP
5 11 (1.91%) ASP.NET
6 8 (1.39%) CSS
7 6 (1.04%) JSON
7 6 (1.04%) REST
7 6 (1.04%) AngularJS
8 4 (0.69%) RESTful
8 4 (0.69%) SAP Basis
8 4 (0.69%) JSF
9 2 (0.35%) Gherkin
9 2 (0.35%) Middleware
10 1 (0.17%) iOS SDK
10 1 (0.17%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.17%) Silverlight
10 1 (0.17%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 22 (3.82%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (2.26%) NHS
3 12 (2.08%) Smart Meter
3 12 (2.08%) New Media
4 10 (1.74%) Mainframe
5 9 (1.56%) Derivative
6 7 (1.22%) Data Centre
7 6 (1.04%) Management Information System
8 5 (0.87%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.69%) IBM Mainframe
9 4 (0.69%) Data Integration
10 3 (0.52%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.52%) Data Extraction
10 3 (0.52%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.52%) AS400
10 3 (0.52%) GIS
10 3 (0.52%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.52%) Thin Client
10 3 (0.52%) EPoS
11 2 (0.35%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 24 (4.17%) Windows
2 22 (3.82%) UNIX
3 13 (2.26%) Linux
4 12 (2.08%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.74%) Android
6 5 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (0.87%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.69%) Solaris
8 3 (0.52%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (26.04%) User Acceptance Testing
2 149 (25.87%) Agile Software Development
3 130 (22.57%) Test Strategy
4 123 (21.35%) Test Scripting
5 82 (14.24%) Software Testing
6 79 (13.72%) Test Management
7 73 (12.67%) Test Automation
8 62 (10.76%) Test Planning
9 58 (10.07%) Stakeholder Management
10 57 (9.90%) Integration Testing
11 55 (9.55%) Migration
12 53 (9.20%) Scrum
13 47 (8.16%) Performance Testing
14 46 (7.99%) Manual Testing
15 40 (6.94%) System Integration Testing
16 39 (6.77%) Non-Functional Testing
17 37 (6.42%) SDLC
17 37 (6.42%) Validation
18 32 (5.56%) Operational Acceptance Testing
18 32 (5.56%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 90 (15.63%) SQL
2 53 (9.20%) Java
3 24 (4.17%) Ruby
4 21 (3.65%) JavaScript
5 12 (2.08%) C#
6 11 (1.91%) PL/SQL
7 8 (1.39%) VB
8 6 (1.04%) C
8 6 (1.04%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.87%) Perl
10 4 (0.69%) VBScript
11 3 (0.52%) PHP
12 2 (0.35%) COBOL
12 2 (0.35%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.35%) VBA
12 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.17%) Scala
13 1 (0.17%) RPG IV
13 1 (0.17%) Groovy
13 1 (0.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 107 (18.58%) ISEB
2 90 (15.63%) ISTQB
3 41 (7.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 39 (6.77%) Security Cleared
5 29 (5.03%) SC Cleared
6 16 (2.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 13 (2.26%) Degree
8 8 (1.39%) DV Cleared
9 6 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.04%) MCITP
10 2 (0.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.17%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (0.17%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 124 (21.53%) QA
2 8 (1.39%) FATCA
3 5 (0.87%) EMIR
3 5 (0.87%) MiFID
3 5 (0.87%) Basel III
4 2 (0.35%) COREP
4 2 (0.35%) FINREP
4 2 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.17%) HL7
System Software
1 6 (1.04%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.35%) VMware ESX
2 2 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 70 (12.15%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (2.08%) CA Wily
3 9 (1.56%) Puppet
4 7 (1.22%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.17%) Netcool
5 1 (0.17%) SCCM
5 1 (0.17%) SCOM
5 1 (0.17%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 66 (11.46%) HP
2 52 (9.03%) SAP
3 46 (7.99%) Microsoft
4 39 (6.77%) Oracle
5 11 (1.91%) Remedy
6 9 (1.56%) IBM
7 7 (1.22%) Cisco
8 6 (1.04%) Teradata
9 5 (0.87%) VMware
10 4 (0.69%) F5
10 4 (0.69%) Cognizant
10 4 (0.69%) Informatica
10 4 (0.69%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.52%) Apple
11 3 (0.52%) TIBCO
11 3 (0.52%) ESRI
11 3 (0.52%) Kofax
11 3 (0.52%) PeopleSoft
11 3 (0.52%) Siebel
11 3 (0.52%) Citrix
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