Period
to 27 January 2022

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £472 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 170 130 181
Rank change year-on-year -40 +51 +50
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 16 2 18
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.40% 0.095% 0.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.10% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 1 13
10th Percentile £358 - £414
25th Percentile £431 £413 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £472 £425 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.06% -5.56% +4.35%
75th Percentile £663 £438 £475
90th Percentile £725 - £488
Central London median daily rate £472 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +11.06% -5.56% +1.41%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 3,708 1,953 4,549
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.35% 92.60% 93.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,878 1,491 3,570
10th Percentile £358 £306 £300
25th Percentile £463 £413 £410
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £520 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.77% +4.00% -
75th Percentile £650 £604 £600
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
Central London median daily rate £550 £513 £500
% change year-on-year +7.32% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 18 59
10th Percentile £13.88 £15.73 £12.34
25th Percentile £18.63 £20.25 £14.63
Median hourly rate £34.75 £24.75 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +40.40% +23.75% +6.95%
75th Percentile £51.50 £37.06 £25.50
90th Percentile £62.50 £46.53 £49.70
Central London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +32.08% +32.50% +6.95%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Test Leader in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Leader in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Leader in the City of London over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Leader in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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 City of London region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (43.75%) ETL
2 7 (43.75%) Test Automation
3 6 (37.50%) SQL
4 5 (31.25%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (31.25%) Logistics
4 5 (31.25%) Security Cleared
4 5 (31.25%) AWS
5 4 (25.00%) Docker
5 4 (25.00%) DevOps
5 4 (25.00%) Azure
5 4 (25.00%) JIRA
5 4 (25.00%) Selenium
5 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 4 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
6 3 (18.75%) VBScript
6 3 (18.75%) C#
6 3 (18.75%) SQL Server
6 3 (18.75%) Visual Studio
6 3 (18.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (18.75%) ISTQB
6 3 (18.75%) Degree
6 3 (18.75%) Maven
6 3 (18.75%) Investment Banking
6 3 (18.75%) TDD
6 3 (18.75%) Banking
6 3 (18.75%) Finance
6 3 (18.75%) Mathematics
6 3 (18.75%) Computer Science

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 5 (31.25%) AWS
2 4 (25.00%) Azure
3 3 (18.75%) GCP
4 2 (12.50%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (12.50%) Power Platform
5 1 (6.25%) GitHub
5 1 (6.25%) OpenShift
5 1 (6.25%) Veeva
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (31.25%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (18.75%) Big Data
2 3 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 3 (18.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (12.50%) Power BI
3 2 (12.50%) Qlik Sense
3 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (6.25%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) JIRA
1 4 (25.00%) Selenium
2 3 (18.75%) Appium
2 3 (18.75%) Maven
2 3 (18.75%) Octopus Deploy
2 3 (18.75%) SpecFlow
2 3 (18.75%) TeamCity
2 3 (18.75%) TestNG
2 3 (18.75%) Visual Studio
2 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
2 3 (18.75%) Zephyr
3 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
4 1 (6.25%) AppScan
4 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 1 (6.25%) JMeter
4 1 (6.25%) Postman
4 1 (6.25%) SonarQube
General
1 3 (18.75%) Banking
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
1 3 (18.75%) Investment Banking
1 3 (18.75%) Public Sector
2 2 (12.50%) Social Skills
3 1 (6.25%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (6.25%) Presentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) .NET
1 2 (12.50%) LINQ
1 2 (12.50%) WCF
1 2 (12.50%) WinForms
2 1 (6.25%) Kafka
2 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Life Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (43.75%) ETL
2 7 (43.75%) Test Automation
3 5 (31.25%) Logistics
4 4 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (25.00%) DevOps
5 3 (18.75%) BDD
5 3 (18.75%) CI/CD
5 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
5 3 (18.75%) Mathematics
5 3 (18.75%) TDD
6 2 (12.50%) Data Migration
6 2 (12.50%) Microservices
6 2 (12.50%) Migration
6 2 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Re-Platforming
6 2 (12.50%) Security Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Test Management
6 2 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 2 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (37.50%) SQL
2 3 (18.75%) C#
2 3 (18.75%) VBScript
3 1 (6.25%) Java
3 1 (6.25%) Python
3 1 (6.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (31.25%) Security Cleared
2 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (18.75%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (18.75%) Degree
3 3 (18.75%) ISTQB
3 3 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (18.75%) Numerate Degree
4 2 (12.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) NCSC
System Software
1 4 (25.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) Kubernetes
2 1 (6.25%) Grafana
2 1 (6.25%) HP Fortify
2 1 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (6.25%) Kibana
2 1 (6.25%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
2 2 (12.50%) Teradata
3 1 (6.25%) Checkmarx
3 1 (6.25%) Informatica
3 1 (6.25%) Red Hat
3 1 (6.25%) Splunk
3 1 (6.25%) Synopsys
3 1 (6.25%) Veracode