The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Test Leader featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 June 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Lead
Rank 401 300 343
Rank change year-on-year
-101 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 267 403 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.50% 0.72% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.76% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 252 191
Median daily rate £385 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £273 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £546 £474
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £340 £333
% change year-on-year
+8.82% +2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 3
Median hourly rate - £35.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.63%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year
- -19.54%

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
50811 53185 51069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.71% 94.78% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 33087 33473 31333
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.49% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1525 2016 2057
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

Test Leader
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Test Leader in the job title.

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 30 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Leader within the UK over the 3 months to 30 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -71 244 £400 +14.28% 42
London -1 107 £415 +2.15% 16
South East -32 53 £400 +33.33% 4
South West -8 21 £350 +5.26% 5
City of London +43 20 £415 -7.77% 5
North West -32 19 £425 - 6
Berkshire -3 18 £375 +36.36%
West Midlands -14 15 £363 +1.75% 3
Scotland -36 15 £317 -9.48% 1
East of England +20 13 £375 +17.18% 3
East Midlands -2 11 £316 +15.00% 1
Edinburgh -25 11 £316 -7.08% 1
Wiltshire -7 9 £350 +5.26% 2
Manchester -10 9 £320 -3.03% 2
Hampshire -31 9 £413 +17.85% 1
Maidenhead - 8 £375 -
Warrington -3 7 £475 -5.00%
Cheshire -3 7 £475 +30.49%
Buckinghamshire +11 6 £400 +25.00% 2
Surrey -4 6 £431 -6.75%
Essex +12 5 £338 +60.71% 2
Derbyshire +7 5 £308 +12.32%
Bristol -3 5 £513 +57.69% 1
Glasgow -2 4 £360 +2.85%
Swindon -5 4 £323 +4.87% 1
Reading -8 4 £563 +116.34%
Nottinghamshire -10 4 £343 +24.54%
Dorset - 4 £328 -
Croydon - 4 £358 -
Cambridgeshire +15 3 £388 +64.89%

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 2016, Test Leader contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 165 (31.43%) Agile Software Development
2 158 (30.10%) Finance
3 145 (27.62%) User Acceptance Testing
4 120 (22.86%) Test Scripting
5 108 (20.57%) Test Strategy
6 91 (17.33%) Banking
7 88 (16.76%) QA
8 82 (15.62%) Defect Management
9 74 (14.10%) ISTQB
10 68 (12.95%) ISEB
11 67 (12.76%) SQL
11 67 (12.76%) Retail
12 64 (12.19%) Security Cleared
13 61 (11.62%) Test Automation
13 61 (11.62%) Integration Testing
13 61 (11.62%) Software Testing
14 58 (11.05%) Selenium
15 57 (10.86%) HP Quality Center
16 55 (10.48%) Migration
17 54 (10.29%) Stakeholder Management
17 54 (10.29%) Test Planning
17 54 (10.29%) System Integration Testing
18 51 (9.71%) Microsoft
19 48 (9.14%) Functional Testing
20 45 (8.57%) Test Management
21 43 (8.19%) Non-Functional Testing
21 43 (8.19%) SC Cleared
22 40 (7.62%) JIRA
22 40 (7.62%) HP
22 40 (7.62%) Java

Test Leader Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (1.90%) WebSphere
2 8 (1.52%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.95%) Confluence
4 4 (0.76%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.38%) JBoss
5 2 (0.38%) SAS
6 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.19%) CICS
6 1 (0.19%) CMS
6 1 (0.19%) IIS
6 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.19%) WebLogic
Applications
1 20 (3.81%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.48%) MS Office
3 8 (1.52%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.38%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.76%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.38%) Eloqua
5 2 (0.38%) Maximo
5 2 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.38%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.38%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.38%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.38%) SystmOne
5 2 (0.38%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.19%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.19%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.19%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.19%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.57%) GitHub
3 2 (0.38%) Office 365
3 2 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
3 2 (0.38%) Taleo
4 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.19%) Force.com
4 1 (0.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (0.95%) DHCP
1 5 (0.95%) ZigBee
2 3 (0.57%) VPN
3 2 (0.38%) BGP
3 2 (0.38%) DNS
3 2 (0.38%) Firewall
3 2 (0.38%) HTTP
3 2 (0.38%) LAN
3 2 (0.38%) Modbus
3 2 (0.38%) OSPF
3 2 (0.38%) WAN
4 1 (0.19%) 4G
4 1 (0.19%) ATM
4 1 (0.19%) DAB
4 1 (0.19%) Internet
4 1 (0.19%) Network Security
4 1 (0.19%) UMTS
4 1 (0.19%) VLAN
4 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.19%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (5.14%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (1.33%) SQL Server
3 5 (0.95%) HBase
3 5 (0.95%) MySQL
3 5 (0.95%) Redis
4 4 (0.76%) DataStage
4 4 (0.76%) GIS
5 3 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.38%) Big Data
6 2 (0.38%) Data Mining
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects XI
7 1 (0.19%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.19%) IBM InfoSphere
7 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.19%) QlikView
7 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 58 (11.05%) Selenium
2 40 (7.62%) JIRA
3 25 (4.76%) LoadRunner
4 22 (4.19%) Team Foundation Server
5 18 (3.43%) Cucumber
5 18 (3.43%) HP UFT
6 17 (3.24%) WebDriver
7 15 (2.86%) SpecFlow
8 13 (2.48%) JMeter
9 8 (1.52%) SoapUI
9 8 (1.52%) Visual Studio
10 7 (1.33%) Appium
11 6 (1.14%) Zephyr
12 5 (0.95%) Protractor
13 3 (0.57%) TestComplete
13 3 (0.57%) TestDirector
13 3 (0.57%) TestPartner
14 2 (0.38%) JUnit
14 2 (0.38%) Rational Performance Tester
14 2 (0.38%) TeamCity
General
1 158 (30.10%) Finance
2 91 (17.33%) Banking
3 67 (12.76%) Retail
4 22 (4.19%) Retail Banking
5 17 (3.24%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.90%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.52%) Advertising
8 7 (1.33%) Law
9 6 (1.14%) Billing
9 6 (1.14%) Games
10 5 (0.95%) Marketing
11 4 (0.76%) Back Office
11 4 (0.76%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.57%) Electronics
12 3 (0.57%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.57%) Front Office
12 3 (0.57%) Legal
12 3 (0.57%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.38%) Publishing
14 1 (0.19%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.43%) Web Services
2 13 (2.48%) .NET
3 11 (2.10%) HTML
3 11 (2.10%) XML
4 10 (1.90%) Gherkin
4 10 (1.90%) Middleware
5 5 (0.95%) Django
5 5 (0.95%) RabbitMQ
6 3 (0.57%) Oracle Fusion
6 3 (0.57%) SOAP
7 2 (0.38%) Java EE
7 2 (0.38%) REST
7 2 (0.38%) Velocity
8 1 (0.19%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.19%) Google Closure
8 1 (0.19%) JSON
8 1 (0.19%) Mason
8 1 (0.19%) Node.js
8 1 (0.19%) Ruby on Rails
8 1 (0.19%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.86%) Mobile App
3 11 (2.10%) Smart Meter
4 10 (1.90%) Credit Risk
5 9 (1.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 9 (1.71%) SWIFT
6 8 (1.52%) Mainframe
7 6 (1.14%) Algorithms
7 6 (1.14%) EPoS
8 5 (0.95%) Data Centre
8 5 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.95%) Fintech
8 5 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (0.95%) Virtual Team
9 4 (0.76%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.76%) Fixed Income
9 4 (0.76%) IPTV
9 4 (0.76%) Market Risk
9 4 (0.76%) NHS
9 4 (0.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 24 (4.57%) Linux
2 20 (3.81%) Windows
3 12 (2.29%) Android
3 12 (2.29%) Apple iOS
4 11 (2.10%) Unix
5 5 (0.95%) Ubuntu
5 5 (0.95%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.57%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.19%) Solaris
7 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (31.43%) Agile Software Development
2 145 (27.62%) User Acceptance Testing
3 120 (22.86%) Test Scripting
4 108 (20.57%) Test Strategy
5 82 (15.62%) Defect Management
6 61 (11.62%) Integration Testing
6 61 (11.62%) Software Testing
6 61 (11.62%) Test Automation
7 55 (10.48%) Migration
8 54 (10.29%) Stakeholder Management
8 54 (10.29%) System Integration Testing
8 54 (10.29%) Test Planning
9 48 (9.14%) Functional Testing
10 45 (8.57%) Test Management
11 43 (8.19%) Non-Functional Testing
12 38 (7.24%) CRM
12 38 (7.24%) Waterfall
13 37 (7.05%) SDLC
14 34 (6.48%) Scrum
15 32 (6.10%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 67 (12.76%) SQL
2 40 (7.62%) Java
3 18 (3.43%) C#
4 15 (2.86%) C
4 15 (2.86%) JavaScript
5 8 (1.52%) Python
6 7 (1.33%) Ruby
7 4 (0.76%) PL/SQL
7 4 (0.76%) VB
8 3 (0.57%) PHP
9 2 (0.38%) VBScript
10 1 (0.19%) Apex Code
10 1 (0.19%) C++
10 1 (0.19%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.19%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.19%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 74 (14.10%) ISTQB
2 68 (12.95%) ISEB
3 64 (12.19%) Security Cleared
4 43 (8.19%) SC Cleared
5 18 (3.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (2.29%) Degree
7 9 (1.71%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.95%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (0.57%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (0.57%) PMI Certification
9 3 (0.57%) PMP
10 2 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.38%) MCP
10 2 (0.38%) OCP
10 2 (0.38%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.38%) SAP Certification
11 1 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.19%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.19%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (16.76%) QA
2 6 (1.14%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.76%) JSP 440
3 4 (0.76%) SDET
4 3 (0.57%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.38%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.38%) GAAP
5 2 (0.38%) SLA
6 1 (0.19%) Basel II
6 1 (0.19%) Basel III
6 1 (0.19%) EMIR
6 1 (0.19%) MiFID
6 1 (0.19%) SEPA
6 1 (0.19%) Solvency II
System Software
1 7 (1.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.57%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.19%) Docker
4 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 57 (10.86%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.57%) WMI
3 1 (0.19%) Ansible
3 1 (0.19%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 51 (9.71%) Microsoft
2 40 (7.62%) HP
3 31 (5.90%) Oracle
4 28 (5.33%) SAP
5 16 (3.05%) IBM
6 5 (0.95%) Charles River
6 5 (0.95%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (0.76%) Adobe
7 4 (0.76%) Guidewire
7 4 (0.76%) Teradata
7 4 (0.76%) VMware
8 3 (0.57%) ATG
8 3 (0.57%) Cisco
8 3 (0.57%) CODA
8 3 (0.57%) JDA
8 3 (0.57%) SunGard
9 2 (0.38%) hybris
9 2 (0.38%) Informatica
9 2 (0.38%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.38%) Sitecore
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