Period
to 23 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £338 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cardiff during the 6 months to 23 January 2019.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Test Lead
South Wales > Cardiff
6 months to
23 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 71 54 56
Rank change year-on-year -17 +2 +23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 3 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 0.35% 1.25% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 1.29% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 7 3
Cardiff median daily rate £338 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.57% - +7.69%
10th Percentile £331 £321 £285
90th Percentile £344 £393 £410
South Wales median daily rate £444 £351 £350
% change year-on-year +26.42% +0.29% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cardiff median hourly rate - - -
South Wales median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Cardiff
Contract vacancies in Cardiff with a recognized job title 835 618 553
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.09% 96.41% 95.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 604 415 416
Cardiff median daily rate £408 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.67% - +10.29%
10th Percentile £263 £158 £163
90th Percentile £600 £488 £525
South Wales median daily rate £420 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +12.00% -6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 31 37
Cardiff median hourly rate £21.25 £14.00 £13.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.79% +2.19% -2.14%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £136.25 £20.25 £36.55
South Wales median hourly rate £16.88 £15.00 £15.38
% change year-on-year +12.50% -2.44% -3.91%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

Job postings that featured Test Leader in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cardiff.

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in Cardiff

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Leader in Cardiff.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in Cardiff

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 23 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 23 January 2019, Test Leader contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cardiff region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 2 (66.67%) Scrum
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) Test Automation
1 2 (66.67%) JIRA
1 2 (66.67%) QA
2 1 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) Atlassian
2 1 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Test Management
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Change Control
2 1 (33.33%) Mentoring
2 1 (33.33%) Defect Management
2 1 (33.33%) TestRail
2 1 (33.33%) Exploratory Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Task Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Collaborative Working
2 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (33.33%) LoadRunner
2 1 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) TOWER Software

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff 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:

Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) JIRA
2 1 (33.33%) LoadRunner
2 1 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) TestRail
General
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) Scrum
1 2 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Change Control
2 1 (33.33%) Collaborative Working
2 1 (33.33%) Defect Management
2 1 (33.33%) Exploratory Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Mentoring
2 1 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Task Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Test Management
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (66.67%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Atlassian
1 1 (33.33%) TOWER Software