The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Lead
Rank 292 363 347
Rank change year-on-year
+71 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 337 181 249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.62% 0.38% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.41% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 106 155
Average daily rate £338 £348 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.87% -7.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Average hourly rate £41.00 £39.20 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.59% +4.53%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.40 £30.00 -
% change year-on-year
+34.65% -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50313 44084 56073
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.17% 92.43% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 30713 25214 30795
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1990 2177 2578
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +60 298 £338 -3.57% 23
London +37 114 £400 - 6
South East +11 53 £324 -9.24% 8
City of London +16 38 £394 +5.00% 1
West Yorkshire +9 34 £330 +1.53% 1
Yorkshire +8 34 £330 +1.53% 1
South West +12 32 £320 -7.24% 1
Scotland +6 24 £303 -9.70%
Hampshire +23 23 £318 -17.87% 3
East of England -8 21 £375 +3.44%
Leeds -2 20 £336 +3.46% 1
Edinburgh -11 18 £323 -8.51%
West Midlands -15 17 £350 +2.94% 2
Berkshire -8 14 £244 -29.34%
North West -12 13 £385 +54.00% 3
Bristol -3 12 £325 - 1
Bedfordshire -11 10 £375 +7.14%
Buckinghamshire -12 8 £338 -15.62% 1
East Midlands -16 6 £175 -49.27% 2
Manchester -9 5 £385 - 2
Luton -11 5 £375 +7.14%
Southampton - 5 £324 - 1
Reading - 5 £275 -
East Sussex - 5 £501 -
Lancashire - 4 £363 -
Hove - 4 £600 -
Slough +11 3 £238 -33.47%
Suffolk -1 3 £450 +69.81%
Cambridgeshire -9 3 £335 -10.60%
South Wales -16 3 £400 +42.85%

Test Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 (28.37%) User Acceptance Testing
2 123 (24.40%) ISEB
3 119 (23.61%) Test Scripting
4 112 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 112 (22.22%) Finance
5 90 (17.86%) Agile Software Development
6 79 (15.67%) Banking
7 77 (15.28%) ISTQB
8 71 (14.09%) SQL
9 69 (13.69%) Selenium
10 64 (12.70%) Software Testing
11 63 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
12 59 (11.71%) Test Automation
13 58 (11.51%) Retail
14 54 (10.71%) HP
14 54 (10.71%) Test Management
15 52 (10.32%) Stakeholder Management
16 50 (9.92%) QA
17 49 (9.72%) Automated Testing
18 45 (8.93%) Oracle
19 43 (8.53%) BDD
20 42 (8.33%) JIRA
20 42 (8.33%) Microsoft
21 40 (7.94%) Security Cleared
22 38 (7.54%) QuickTest Pro
22 38 (7.54%) SAP
22 38 (7.54%) Web Services
23 36 (7.14%) Performance Testing
24 34 (6.75%) SC Cleared
24 34 (6.75%) Java

Test Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 11 (2.18%) MS Exchange
2 8 (1.59%) Apache
3 7 (1.39%) WebSphere
4 6 (1.19%) CMS
4 6 (1.19%) Confluence
5 5 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (0.99%) IBM Notes
6 4 (0.79%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.60%) MQSeries
7 3 (0.60%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.40%) SAS
8 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.40%) Alfresco
9 1 (0.20%) WebLogic Integration
9 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 16 (3.17%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.79%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.59%) MS Office
4 7 (1.39%) MS Project
5 3 (0.60%) Stata
5 3 (0.60%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.59%) SAP HR
1 8 (1.59%) Dynamics GP
2 6 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.79%) Agresso
4 4 (0.79%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.40%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.40%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.40%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.40%) SAP Payroll
6 2 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.40%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.40%) SAP PM
7 1 (0.20%) LatentZero
7 1 (0.20%) Tesseract
7 1 (0.20%) Minerva
7 1 (0.20%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.98%) LAN
1 10 (1.98%) Internet
2 9 (1.79%) WAN
3 8 (1.59%) SAN
3 8 (1.59%) SIGTRAN
4 7 (1.39%) SS7
5 5 (0.99%) 3G
6 4 (0.79%) FTP
6 4 (0.79%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.79%) 2G
6 4 (0.79%) 4G
7 3 (0.60%) Network Security
7 3 (0.60%) HTTP
8 1 (0.20%) DNS
8 1 (0.20%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.20%) PSTN
8 1 (0.20%) VoIP
8 1 (0.20%) MPLS
8 1 (0.20%) OSPF
8 1 (0.20%) BGP-4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (4.17%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (2.18%) Big Data
4 8 (1.59%) Relational Database
5 7 (1.39%) Oracle Database
6 6 (1.19%) Hadoop
7 4 (0.79%) Oracle BI EE
7 4 (0.79%) Data Mining
7 4 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.60%) DB2
8 3 (0.60%) DbVisualizer
9 2 (0.40%) MySQL
9 2 (0.40%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.20%) Pentaho
10 1 (0.20%) Oracle ODI
10 1 (0.20%) OLAP
10 1 (0.20%) MS Access
10 1 (0.20%) SAP BW
10 1 (0.20%) Essbase
10 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 69 (13.69%) Selenium
2 42 (8.33%) JIRA
3 38 (7.54%) QuickTest Pro
4 31 (6.15%) LoadRunner
5 28 (5.56%) WebDriver
6 27 (5.36%) SoapUI
7 23 (4.56%) Cucumber
8 17 (3.37%) Maven
9 15 (2.98%) JMeter
10 12 (2.38%) eggPlant
11 11 (2.18%) Jenkins
12 8 (1.59%) Calabash
12 8 (1.59%) JBehave
13 7 (1.39%) Git (software)
13 7 (1.39%) JUnit
13 7 (1.39%) Toad
13 7 (1.39%) FitNesse
14 6 (1.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 6 (1.19%) RSpec
14 6 (1.19%) Robotium
General
1 112 (22.22%) Finance
2 79 (15.67%) Banking
3 58 (11.51%) Retail
4 26 (5.16%) Telecoms
5 21 (4.17%) Retail Banking
6 18 (3.57%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.98%) Italian Language
8 9 (1.79%) Manufacturing
9 7 (1.39%) Games
9 7 (1.39%) General Ledger
9 7 (1.39%) Back Office
10 4 (0.79%) Front Office
10 4 (0.79%) Publishing
11 2 (0.40%) Advertising
11 2 (0.40%) Billing
11 2 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.40%) Legal
11 2 (0.40%) Private Banking
11 2 (0.40%) Marketing
12 1 (0.20%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (7.54%) Web Services
2 22 (4.37%) .NET
3 21 (4.17%) SOAP
4 17 (3.37%) XML
5 16 (3.17%) HTML
6 12 (2.38%) ASP.NET
7 11 (2.18%) JSP
8 9 (1.79%) REST
9 5 (0.99%) Gherkin
10 4 (0.79%) Flash
10 4 (0.79%) J2ME
10 4 (0.79%) WAP
10 4 (0.79%) Middleware
11 3 (0.60%) J2EE
11 3 (0.60%) Oracle Fusion
12 2 (0.40%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.40%) JSON
13 1 (0.20%) MDX
13 1 (0.20%) Software Packaging
13 1 (0.20%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 22 (4.37%) Mobile App
2 16 (3.17%) Open Source
3 10 (1.98%) IPTV
4 9 (1.79%) Video on Demand
4 9 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 9 (1.79%) NHS
5 7 (1.39%) Management Information System
5 7 (1.39%) Statistics
6 6 (1.19%) Mathematics
7 5 (0.99%) Derivative
7 5 (0.99%) Economics
7 5 (0.99%) Mainframe
7 5 (0.99%) Smart Meter
8 4 (0.79%) SWIFT
8 4 (0.79%) Digital Media
8 4 (0.79%) Thin Client
8 4 (0.79%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.79%) Handset
8 4 (0.79%) GIS
8 4 (0.79%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 26 (5.16%) Windows
2 21 (4.17%) UNIX
3 13 (2.58%) Windows 7
4 11 (2.18%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.79%) Android
6 8 (1.59%) Linux
7 3 (0.60%) SUSE
7 3 (0.60%) HPUX
7 3 (0.60%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.40%) Windows 2000
8 2 (0.40%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (28.37%) User Acceptance Testing
2 119 (23.61%) Test Scripting
3 112 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 90 (17.86%) Agile Software Development
5 64 (12.70%) Software Testing
6 59 (11.71%) Test Automation
7 54 (10.71%) Test Management
8 52 (10.32%) Stakeholder Management
9 49 (9.72%) Automated Testing
10 43 (8.53%) BDD
11 36 (7.14%) Performance Testing
12 31 (6.15%) Scrum
13 29 (5.75%) E-Commerce
13 29 (5.75%) TDD
14 27 (5.36%) Waterfall
15 24 (4.76%) Integration Testing
16 22 (4.37%) Migration
17 21 (4.17%) CRM
18 20 (3.97%) Validation
18 20 (3.97%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 71 (14.09%) SQL
2 34 (6.75%) Java
3 17 (3.37%) JavaScript
4 14 (2.78%) C#
4 14 (2.78%) VB
5 10 (1.98%) Ruby
6 9 (1.79%) VBScript
7 7 (1.39%) VBA
8 6 (1.19%) PHP
9 4 (0.79%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.60%) Python
10 3 (0.60%) MATLAB
11 2 (0.40%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.40%) C
12 1 (0.20%) Perl
12 1 (0.20%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.20%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.20%) SAPscript
Qualifications
1 123 (24.40%) ISEB
2 77 (15.28%) ISTQB
3 40 (7.94%) Security Cleared
4 34 (6.75%) SC Cleared
5 21 (4.17%) Degree
6 10 (1.98%) ISEB Practitioner
7 6 (1.19%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.79%) HNC
9 1 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.20%) MOS
9 1 (0.20%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (9.92%) QA
2 2 (0.40%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.20%) GxP
3 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (0.79%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.20%) Cygwin
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 63 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.79%) MOM
3 2 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (0.40%) SCCM
4 1 (0.20%) nmon
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 54 (10.71%) HP
2 45 (8.93%) Oracle
3 42 (8.33%) Microsoft
4 38 (7.54%) SAP
5 16 (3.17%) Citrix
6 11 (2.18%) IBM
7 9 (1.79%) Cisco
7 9 (1.79%) Informatica
8 8 (1.59%) Avaya
8 8 (1.59%) Ericsson
8 8 (1.59%) hybris
9 7 (1.39%) Nortel
10 6 (1.19%) Lotus
11 5 (0.99%) BMC
11 5 (0.99%) VMware
12 4 (0.79%) Remedy
12 4 (0.79%) Apple
12 4 (0.79%) Business Objects
12 4 (0.79%) Sun
13 3 (0.60%) Calypso
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Worcestershire
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £450 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
West Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 22 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago