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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Lead
Rank 404 390 336
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -54
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 208 182 217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.35% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.38% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 107 117
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £500 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
Average hourly rate - £31.87 £50.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -36.26%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £81.75

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
50785 47790 46152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.81% 92.47% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 32295 28808 26045
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.64 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 -15 191 £400 +14.28% 34
London +43 107 £450 +12.50% 17
South East -27 38 £315 -3.81% 2
City of London +14 27 £450 -7.69% 5
Scotland -2 14 £357 +1.85% 1
Hampshire -15 14 £205 -34.40% 1
North West -2 11 £350 - 4
South West -36 11 £350 +11.11% 4
Edinburgh -1 8 £363 -14.70%
Buckinghamshire -5 8 £290 -25.16%
Milton Keynes - 8 £290 -
East Midlands +10 7 £338 +12.50%
Manchester -4 7 £298 - 4
East of England -4 6 £400 +39.13%
Surrey -5 6 £385 -
Bristol -10 5 £350 +18.14% 2
Glasgow +1 4 £330 +32.00%
Berkshire -4 4 £338 +3.05% 1
Yorkshire -28 4 £350 +6.06% 5
Swindon -9 3 £316 - 1
Wiltshire -15 3 £316 - 1
West Yorkshire -24 3 £350 +6.06% 2
Gloucestershire - 3 £486 -
Cardiff - 3 £350 -
Wales - 3 £350 -
South Wales - 3 £350 -
Derbyshire +15 2 £425 +47.82%
West Midlands -6 2 £381 +38.63% 2
Stirling - 2 £475 - 1
Derby - 2 £425 -

Test Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 (26.85%) Finance
2 115 (26.62%) Agile Software Development
3 114 (26.39%) User Acceptance Testing
4 89 (20.60%) SQL
5 85 (19.68%) Test Scripting
6 80 (18.52%) QA
6 80 (18.52%) Test Strategy
7 79 (18.29%) ISTQB
7 79 (18.29%) HP Quality Center
8 73 (16.90%) ISEB
9 71 (16.44%) Selenium
10 70 (16.20%) Banking
11 68 (15.74%) Oracle
12 64 (14.81%) HP
12 64 (14.81%) Test Management
13 57 (13.19%) Security Cleared
14 51 (11.81%) Test Automation
14 51 (11.81%) Software Testing
15 49 (11.34%) .NET
15 49 (11.34%) HTML
16 47 (10.88%) SC Cleared
17 46 (10.65%) JavaScript
18 42 (9.72%) Test Planning
19 41 (9.49%) Project Management
20 40 (9.26%) Migration
20 40 (9.26%) Integration Testing
21 39 (9.03%) Automated Testing
21 39 (9.03%) QuickTest Pro
22 38 (8.80%) Microsoft
22 38 (8.80%) Scrum

Test Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 4 (0.93%) CMS
1 4 (0.93%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (0.46%) IBM Notes
3 2 (0.46%) SAS
3 2 (0.46%) Drupal
4 1 (0.23%) Confluence
4 1 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.23%) CICS
4 1 (0.23%) WebLogic Integration
4 1 (0.23%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.23%) IIS
4 1 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.23%) Apache
4 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.23%) FileNet
Applications
1 22 (5.09%) MS Excel
2 11 (2.55%) MS Office
3 2 (0.46%) MS Project
3 2 (0.46%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.23%) Stata
Business Applications
1 23 (5.32%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.62%) Oracle Retail
3 5 (1.16%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.69%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 3 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.69%) Cognos TM1
4 3 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.46%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.46%) Summit
5 2 (0.46%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.46%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.46%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.46%) Agresso
5 2 (0.46%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
6 1 (0.23%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.23%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.23%) Findur
6 1 (0.23%) SAP APO
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.93%) TCP/IP
1 4 (0.93%) GSM
2 3 (0.69%) SIGTRAN
2 3 (0.69%) Wireshark
2 3 (0.69%) GPRS
2 3 (0.69%) 3G
2 3 (0.69%) Intranet
2 3 (0.69%) INAP
2 3 (0.69%) SS7
3 2 (0.46%) BGP
3 2 (0.46%) Firewall
3 2 (0.46%) MPLS
3 2 (0.46%) SAN
3 2 (0.46%) FTP
3 2 (0.46%) HTTPS
3 2 (0.46%) SSL
4 1 (0.23%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.23%) Network Security
4 1 (0.23%) VLAN
4 1 (0.23%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.09%) Data Warehouse
2 20 (4.63%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (2.08%) MySQL
4 6 (1.39%) SQL Server
4 6 (1.39%) Oracle Database
4 6 (1.39%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.16%) DataStage
6 3 (0.69%) Big Data
6 3 (0.69%) SAP BW
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.46%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.23%) DB2
8 1 (0.23%) MS Access
8 1 (0.23%) Essbase
Development Applications
1 71 (16.44%) Selenium
2 39 (9.03%) QuickTest Pro
3 36 (8.33%) JIRA
4 24 (5.56%) Cucumber
5 20 (4.63%) LoadRunner
5 20 (4.63%) Jenkins
6 19 (4.40%) Team Foundation Server
7 16 (3.70%) JMeter
8 15 (3.47%) WebDriver
9 10 (2.31%) JUnit
9 10 (2.31%) SoapUI
9 10 (2.31%) SpecFlow
10 9 (2.08%) Visual Studio
11 6 (1.39%) Hudson
12 5 (1.16%) Maven
13 4 (0.93%) Subversion
13 4 (0.93%) Calabash
13 4 (0.93%) Zephyr
13 4 (0.93%) TestNG
14 3 (0.69%) Appium
General
1 116 (26.85%) Finance
2 70 (16.20%) Banking
3 27 (6.25%) Investment Banking
4 24 (5.56%) Retail
5 11 (2.55%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.39%) Back Office
7 5 (1.16%) Retail Banking
7 5 (1.16%) Front Office
7 5 (1.16%) Billing
8 4 (0.93%) Advertising
8 4 (0.93%) Legal
9 3 (0.69%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.46%) Electronics
10 2 (0.46%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.23%) French Language
11 1 (0.23%) Marketing
11 1 (0.23%) Automotive
11 1 (0.23%) Publishing
11 1 (0.23%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (11.34%) .NET
1 49 (11.34%) HTML
2 33 (7.64%) ASP.NET
3 32 (7.41%) JSP
3 32 (7.41%) XML
4 24 (5.56%) Web Services
5 13 (3.01%) SOAP
5 13 (3.01%) CSS
6 10 (2.31%) REST
7 8 (1.85%) jQuery
8 3 (0.69%) Spring MVC
8 3 (0.69%) AngularJS
8 3 (0.69%) CSS3
8 3 (0.69%) Spring
9 2 (0.46%) Middleware
9 2 (0.46%) Gherkin
9 2 (0.46%) JSON
9 2 (0.46%) HTML5
10 1 (0.23%) Oracle Fusion
10 1 (0.23%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 22 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (3.01%) Derivative
3 11 (2.55%) Open Source
4 9 (2.08%) Mobile App
5 8 (1.85%) Credit Risk
6 7 (1.62%) Statistics
7 6 (1.39%) Fixed Income
7 6 (1.39%) Data Structures
8 5 (1.16%) Algorithms
8 5 (1.16%) IVR
8 5 (1.16%) Credit Derivative
9 4 (0.93%) Mainframe
9 4 (0.93%) Biometrics
9 4 (0.93%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.69%) Smart Meter
10 3 (0.69%) Mathematics
10 3 (0.69%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.69%) Performance Metrics
10 3 (0.69%) Digital Media
10 3 (0.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 24 (5.56%) Windows
2 17 (3.94%) Linux
3 10 (2.31%) UNIX
4 9 (2.08%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.62%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (1.39%) Android
7 3 (0.69%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.46%) SUSE
8 2 (0.46%) Windows 2000
8 2 (0.46%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.46%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.23%) AIX
9 1 (0.23%) HPUX
9 1 (0.23%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (26.62%) Agile Software Development
2 114 (26.39%) User Acceptance Testing
3 85 (19.68%) Test Scripting
4 80 (18.52%) Test Strategy
5 64 (14.81%) Test Management
6 51 (11.81%) Test Automation
6 51 (11.81%) Software Testing
7 42 (9.72%) Test Planning
8 41 (9.49%) Project Management
9 40 (9.26%) Migration
9 40 (9.26%) Integration Testing
10 39 (9.03%) Automated Testing
11 38 (8.80%) Scrum
12 31 (7.18%) Manual Testing
13 30 (6.94%) Performance Testing
13 30 (6.94%) Regression Testing
14 28 (6.48%) Stakeholder Management
15 27 (6.25%) Waterfall
15 27 (6.25%) Functional Testing
16 25 (5.79%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 89 (20.60%) SQL
2 46 (10.65%) JavaScript
3 35 (8.10%) Java
4 26 (6.02%) C#
5 18 (4.17%) VB
6 15 (3.47%) Ruby
7 12 (2.78%) PHP
8 7 (1.62%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.62%) C
9 4 (0.93%) Python
9 4 (0.93%) Perl
10 3 (0.69%) C++
11 2 (0.46%) VBA
11 2 (0.46%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.23%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.23%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.23%) VBScript
12 1 (0.23%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 79 (18.29%) ISTQB
2 73 (16.90%) ISEB
3 57 (13.19%) Security Cleared
4 47 (10.88%) SC Cleared
5 37 (8.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 26 (6.02%) DV Cleared
7 15 (3.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 11 (2.55%) Degree
9 10 (2.31%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.69%) HND
12 2 (0.46%) MCSE
12 2 (0.46%) CCNP
12 2 (0.46%) CCNA
12 2 (0.46%) MCITP
13 1 (0.23%) OCA
13 1 (0.23%) Oracle Certification
13 1 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (18.52%) QA
2 2 (0.46%) Basel III
2 2 (0.46%) EMIR
2 2 (0.46%) MiFID
3 1 (0.23%) HL7
System Software
1 6 (1.39%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.93%) VMware ESX
3 2 (0.46%) Nmap
4 1 (0.23%) vSphere
4 1 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.23%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 79 (18.29%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.46%) Nessus
3 1 (0.23%) CA Wily
3 1 (0.23%) FortiGate
3 1 (0.23%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 68 (15.74%) Oracle
2 64 (14.81%) HP
3 38 (8.80%) Microsoft
4 26 (6.02%) SAP
5 8 (1.85%) Cisco
6 7 (1.62%) VMware
7 6 (1.39%) Murex
8 5 (1.16%) IBM
8 5 (1.16%) Citrix
9 4 (0.93%) Cognos
9 4 (0.93%) Juniper
9 4 (0.93%) Actimize
10 3 (0.69%) Sybase
10 3 (0.69%) ESRI
11 2 (0.46%) Teradata
11 2 (0.46%) Business Objects
11 2 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.46%) Lotus
11 2 (0.46%) Red Hat
11 2 (0.46%) Apple
South West
Intapeople
Rate: Competitive - dependant on experience
Posted: Yesterday
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Wells Tobias
Rate: From £360 to £370 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £360 - £390 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stirling
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £385.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £515 per day
Posted: 23 days ago