The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cardiff during the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 39 -
Rank change year-on-year +7 -  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 8 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 2.45% 0.35% -
As % of the Job Titles category 2.56% 0.36% -
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 0
Median daily rate £325 £313 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £338
% change year-on-year +3.33% +11.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 313 279 316
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 96.01% 96.88% 97.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 192 251
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £471 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 10 12
Median hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.40% +8.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £9.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £19.63 £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff that featured Test Leader in the job title.

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 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, 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 across the Cardiff region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 10 (71.43%) ISTQB
2 7 (50.00%) Migration
2 7 (50.00%) SQL
2 7 (50.00%) Data Migration
3 6 (42.86%) PRINCE2
4 5 (35.71%) SOAP
4 5 (35.71%) Project Management
4 5 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (35.71%) Test Automation
4 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
4 5 (35.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (28.57%) Performance Analysis
5 4 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 4 (28.57%) VMware
5 4 (28.57%) HL7
5 4 (28.57%) Release Management
5 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Load Testing
5 4 (28.57%) NHS
5 4 (28.57%) Service Delivery
5 4 (28.57%) XML
5 4 (28.57%) XSLT
5 4 (28.57%) ITIL
5 4 (28.57%) C++
6 3 (21.43%) PL/SQL
6 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
6 3 (21.43%) InterSystems
6 3 (21.43%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (21.43%) IBM

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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (21.43%) BizTalk Server
1 3 (21.43%) JCAPS
1 3 (21.43%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
1 3 (21.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (7.14%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (7.14%) RDBMS
2 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
2 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (7.14%) Cucumber
3 1 (7.14%) JIRA
3 1 (7.14%) MSBuild
3 1 (7.14%) Selenium
3 1 (7.14%) TestRail
3 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) SOAP
2 4 (28.57%) XML
2 4 (28.57%) XSLT
3 3 (21.43%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (14.29%) Web Services
5 1 (7.14%) .NET
5 1 (7.14%) .NET Framework
5 1 (7.14%) AngularJS
5 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET
5 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (7.14%) Entity Framework
5 1 (7.14%) jQuery
5 1 (7.14%) LINQ
5 1 (7.14%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) NHS
2 1 (7.14%) Fintech
2 1 (7.14%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.14%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (50.00%) Data Migration
1 7 (50.00%) Migration
2 6 (42.86%) PRINCE2
3 5 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (35.71%) Project Management
3 5 (35.71%) Test Automation
4 4 (28.57%) ITIL
4 4 (28.57%) Load Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Performance Analysis
4 4 (28.57%) Release Management
4 4 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Service Delivery
4 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 3 (21.43%) Informatics
5 3 (21.43%) Test Management
5 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
6 2 (14.29%) ETL
6 2 (14.29%) Health Informatics
6 2 (14.29%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (50.00%) SQL
2 4 (28.57%) C++
3 3 (21.43%) PL/SQL
4 2 (14.29%) Java
5 1 (7.14%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (71.43%) ISTQB
2 5 (35.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 1 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (7.14%) Degree
4 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (28.57%) HL7
2 3 (21.43%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (14.29%) QA
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (28.57%) VMware
2 3 (21.43%) Fiorano
2 3 (21.43%) IBM
2 3 (21.43%) InterSystems
3 1 (7.14%) Oracle