The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £331 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cardiff during the 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Lead
South Wales / Cardiff
Rank 36 58 -
Rank change year-on-year +22 -  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 6 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 1.79% 0.23% -
As % of the Job Titles category 1.88% 0.24% -
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 0
Median daily rate £331 £288 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.21% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £328
% change year-on-year - +14.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £48.50 -
% change year-on-year -43.29% -  

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 320 420 254
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 95.52% 98.59% 98.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 298 194
Median daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 18 12
Median hourly rate £13.70 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.38% -7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £13.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £20.00 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 4 (57.14%) ISTQB
1 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
2 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Load Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
2 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 3 (42.86%) NHS
3 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 2 (28.57%) Finance
3 2 (28.57%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Information Governance
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
4 1 (14.29%) Mobile First
4 1 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (14.29%) Fintech
4 1 (14.29%) TestRail
4 1 (14.29%) Test Management
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) JMeter
4 1 (14.29%) Linux
4 1 (14.29%) HP
4 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management

Test Leader Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Cucumber
1 1 (14.29%) JIRA
1 1 (14.29%) JMeter
1 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
1 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
1 1 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (14.29%) TestRail
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) NHS
2 1 (14.29%) Fintech
2 1 (14.29%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
2 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Load Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
3 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Validation
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (14.29%) Data Protection
4 1 (14.29%) Informatics
4 1 (14.29%) Information Governance
4 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
4 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 1 (14.29%) Test Management
4 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (57.14%) ISTQB
2 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (14.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) HP