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 1 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Lead
Rank 401 399 376
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 225 199 232
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.39% 0.38% 0.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.41% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 115 128
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£350 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £515 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £369 £325
% change year-on-year
-10.50% +13.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £34.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £36.00 -

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
51806 48814 53474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.56% 92.66% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31840 29382 29897
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2020 2076 2649
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 October 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 1 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 +5 206 £370 -9.09% 39
London +10 87 £425 -5.55% 14
South East +13 56 £325 -20.97% 8
Hampshire +14 38 £330 -24.13% 2
City of London +22 19 £425 -8.10% 4
East Midlands +5 15 £400 +24.51% 2
Gosport -12 15 £425 -2.29%
South West -22 15 £330 -22.35% 6
Yorkshire -5 13 £330 +22.79% 2
West Yorkshire -11 12 £330 +22.79% 2
Oxfordshire - 12 £315 - 1
North West -4 11 £345 +9.09% 2
Scotland -9 10 £328 -15.48%
Leeds +3 8 £300 -14.28% 2
Bristol -7 8 £350 +1.44% 1
Manchester -10 7 £350 +10.67% 2
Oxford - 7 £323 - 1
Edinburgh -2 6 £325 -21.21%
Nottinghamshire +4 5 £425 +30.76% 1
Southampton - 5 £325 -
Cheshire +7 4 £340 -
Nottingham +7 4 £425 +30.76% 1
Derbyshire +3 4 £375 -
South Wales -5 4 £325 -18.23%
Wales -23 4 £325 -18.23%
Northamptonshire - 4 - - 1
Derby - 4 £375 -
Surrey -3 3 £310 -14.48% 1
Glasgow -15 3 £335 -10.66%
West Midlands -17 3 £300 +62.16% 1

Test Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 143 (28.09%) User Acceptance Testing
2 119 (23.38%) ISTQB
3 117 (22.99%) Agile Software Development
4 113 (22.20%) Test Scripting
5 102 (20.04%) Finance
5 102 (20.04%) Oracle
5 102 (20.04%) HP
6 96 (18.86%) Test Strategy
7 95 (18.66%) ISEB
8 92 (18.07%) HP Quality Center
9 80 (15.72%) Security Cleared
10 75 (14.73%) SQL
11 70 (13.75%) Test Automation
12 66 (12.97%) SC Cleared
13 65 (12.77%) Selenium
13 65 (12.77%) .NET
14 63 (12.38%) Microsoft
15 59 (11.59%) Software Testing
16 58 (11.39%) QA
16 58 (11.39%) Banking
17 57 (11.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 53 (10.41%) Test Planning
19 52 (10.22%) QuickTest Pro
20 51 (10.02%) HTML
21 49 (9.63%) JavaScript
22 47 (9.23%) ASP.NET
22 47 (9.23%) JSP
22 47 (9.23%) CRM
23 44 (8.64%) Test Management
24 43 (8.45%) C#

Test Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 8 (1.57%) Apache
2 5 (0.98%) IBM Notes
3 4 (0.79%) WebLogic
3 4 (0.79%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.79%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (0.39%) CMS
4 2 (0.39%) WebLogic Integration
4 2 (0.39%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.20%) SAS
5 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 25 (4.91%) MS Excel
2 10 (1.96%) MS Office
3 5 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.79%) MS Project
4 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.20%) Stata
Business Applications
1 22 (4.32%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.38%) Markit EDM
2 7 (1.38%) Oracle EBS R12
2 7 (1.38%) SAP FI
2 7 (1.38%) SAP HR
3 5 (0.98%) SAP CO
3 5 (0.98%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.79%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.79%) Oracle Retail
5 3 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.59%) Agresso
5 3 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.39%) SAP CRM
6 2 (0.39%) Summit
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.39%) SAP BPC
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.20%) SaaS
2 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.96%) 3G
2 7 (1.38%) TCP/IP
2 7 (1.38%) 2G
3 6 (1.18%) Wireshark
3 6 (1.18%) 4G
4 5 (0.98%) GSM
4 5 (0.98%) Internet
4 5 (0.98%) HTTPS
5 4 (0.79%) INAP
5 4 (0.79%) SSL
5 4 (0.79%) Network Security
5 4 (0.79%) SIGTRAN
6 3 (0.59%) GPRS
6 3 (0.59%) DNS
6 3 (0.59%) SAN
6 3 (0.59%) WAN
6 3 (0.59%) SS7
7 2 (0.39%) Intranet
7 2 (0.39%) UMTS
7 2 (0.39%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (4.32%) Oracle Reports
2 16 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (2.75%) SQL Server
4 11 (2.16%) Oracle BI EE
5 5 (0.98%) Big Data
6 4 (0.79%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.79%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.59%) MySQL
8 2 (0.39%) DataStage
8 2 (0.39%) MS Access
8 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.20%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.20%) QlikView
9 1 (0.20%) BODI
9 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.20%) BusinessObjects XI
Development Applications
1 65 (12.77%) Selenium
2 52 (10.22%) QuickTest Pro
3 32 (6.29%) JIRA
4 26 (5.11%) Cucumber
5 24 (4.72%) LoadRunner
6 16 (3.14%) Maven
6 16 (3.14%) WebDriver
6 16 (3.14%) SoapUI
7 15 (2.95%) eggPlant
8 12 (2.36%) Jenkins
9 10 (1.96%) Calabash
9 10 (1.96%) JBehave
10 9 (1.77%) JUnit
11 8 (1.57%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (1.57%) Robotium
12 7 (1.38%) Ant
12 7 (1.38%) Toad
12 7 (1.38%) JMeter
13 6 (1.18%) Subversion
13 6 (1.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 102 (20.04%) Finance
2 58 (11.39%) Banking
3 37 (7.27%) Retail
4 15 (2.95%) Investment Banking
5 11 (2.16%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.96%) Retail Banking
7 7 (1.38%) General Ledger
7 7 (1.38%) Billing
8 6 (1.18%) Back Office
8 6 (1.18%) Advertising
8 6 (1.18%) Italian Language
9 5 (0.98%) Electronics
10 4 (0.79%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.59%) Publishing
12 2 (0.39%) Front Office
12 2 (0.39%) Marketing
13 1 (0.20%) French Language
13 1 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.20%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (12.77%) .NET
2 51 (10.02%) HTML
3 47 (9.23%) ASP.NET
3 47 (9.23%) JSP
4 29 (5.70%) Web Services
5 22 (4.32%) SOAP
6 18 (3.54%) XML
7 10 (1.96%) REST
8 6 (1.18%) WAP
8 6 (1.18%) J2ME
9 5 (0.98%) Oracle Fusion
10 4 (0.79%) CSS
10 4 (0.79%) Gherkin
11 3 (0.59%) CSS3
11 3 (0.59%) Spring MVC
11 3 (0.59%) Middleware
11 3 (0.59%) Spring
12 2 (0.39%) jQuery
12 2 (0.39%) HTML5
13 1 (0.20%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 27 (5.30%) Mobile App
2 20 (3.93%) Open Source
2 20 (3.93%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (1.77%) Mainframe
4 8 (1.57%) Derivative
4 8 (1.57%) Credit Risk
5 7 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 7 (1.38%) GIS
6 6 (1.18%) Handset
7 5 (0.98%) Data Structures
7 5 (0.98%) Algorithms
7 5 (0.98%) Computer Science
7 5 (0.98%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.79%) Credit Derivative
8 4 (0.79%) Interest Rate Derivative
8 4 (0.79%) Statistics
8 4 (0.79%) Swaptions
9 3 (0.59%) Over-the-Top Content
9 3 (0.59%) Digital Media
9 3 (0.59%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 29 (5.70%) Windows
2 26 (5.11%) Linux
3 17 (3.34%) UNIX
4 10 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (1.77%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.77%) Windows 7
5 9 (1.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (0.98%) Windows 2000
6 5 (0.98%) Windows XP
7 4 (0.79%) Android
8 2 (0.39%) SUSE
8 2 (0.39%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (28.09%) User Acceptance Testing
2 117 (22.99%) Agile Software Development
3 113 (22.20%) Test Scripting
4 96 (18.86%) Test Strategy
5 70 (13.75%) Test Automation
6 59 (11.59%) Software Testing
7 53 (10.41%) Test Planning
8 47 (9.23%) CRM
9 44 (8.64%) Test Management
10 43 (8.45%) Migration
11 41 (8.06%) Integration Testing
12 40 (7.86%) Stakeholder Management
13 37 (7.27%) Project Management
14 36 (7.07%) Knowledge Management
15 34 (6.68%) BDD
16 33 (6.48%) Scrum
17 30 (5.89%) Functional Testing
18 29 (5.70%) Performance Testing
18 29 (5.70%) Regression Testing
19 28 (5.50%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 75 (14.73%) SQL
2 49 (9.63%) JavaScript
3 43 (8.45%) C#
4 36 (7.07%) Java
5 31 (6.09%) VB
6 10 (1.96%) Ruby
7 5 (0.98%) PowerShell
7 5 (0.98%) Python
7 5 (0.98%) C
8 4 (0.79%) Perl
9 3 (0.59%) PHP
9 3 (0.59%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.59%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.39%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 2 (0.39%) VBA
10 2 (0.39%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.20%) C++
11 1 (0.20%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.20%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 119 (23.38%) ISTQB
2 95 (18.66%) ISEB
3 80 (15.72%) Security Cleared
4 66 (12.97%) SC Cleared
5 57 (11.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 35 (6.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (5.30%) DV Cleared
8 14 (2.75%) Degree
9 10 (1.96%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (1.38%) MCITP
11 4 (0.79%) CCNA
11 4 (0.79%) HND
11 4 (0.79%) MCSE
12 3 (0.59%) CCNP
13 1 (0.20%) OCA
13 1 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
13 1 (0.20%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (11.39%) QA
2 2 (0.39%) SLA
3 1 (0.20%) HL7
System Software
1 5 (0.98%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.79%) VMware ESX
2 4 (0.79%) Nmap
2 4 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.20%) Cygwin
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (0.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 92 (18.07%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.79%) Nessus
3 1 (0.20%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 102 (20.04%) Oracle
1 102 (20.04%) HP
2 63 (12.38%) Microsoft
3 32 (6.29%) SAP
4 12 (2.36%) Cisco
5 11 (2.16%) Siebel
6 9 (1.77%) VMware
7 7 (1.38%) JD Edwards
7 7 (1.38%) Citrix
7 7 (1.38%) Informatica
8 6 (1.18%) Sun
8 6 (1.18%) Apple
9 5 (0.98%) Lotus
10 4 (0.79%) Actimize
10 4 (0.79%) Juniper
10 4 (0.79%) IBM
11 3 (0.59%) hybris
11 3 (0.59%) Pega
11 3 (0.59%) BMC
11 3 (0.59%) Murex
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