The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 27 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.

Test Lead
London / City of London
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 147 135 167
Rank change year-on-year -12 +32  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 8 23 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.27% 0.69% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.72% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 20 20
Median daily rate £370 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.10% +11.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £425 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £554 £578
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £330
% change year-on-year - +13.63%  
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 the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2871 3173 4972
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.22% 95.40% 96.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2239 2525 3747
Median daily rate £500 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 47 78
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.97% +11.20%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £45.40 £26.90
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 the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the City of London over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the City of London

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Leader in the City of London.

Contractor 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 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 City of London region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 13 (44.83%) Finance
1 13 (44.83%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (31.03%) Automation Testing
3 8 (27.59%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (24.14%) Test Scripting
4 7 (24.14%) BDD
4 7 (24.14%) Automated Testing
4 7 (24.14%) Selenium
4 7 (24.14%) ISEB
4 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
5 6 (20.69%) CRM
5 6 (20.69%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (20.69%) SpecFlow
6 5 (17.24%) Functional Testing
7 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
7 4 (13.79%) Test Strategy
7 4 (13.79%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 4 (13.79%) Defect Management
7 4 (13.79%) JIRA
7 4 (13.79%) QA
7 4 (13.79%) WebDriver
7 4 (13.79%) SQL
7 4 (13.79%) TDD
7 4 (13.79%) Banking
8 3 (10.34%) Service Management
8 3 (10.34%) C#
8 3 (10.34%) E-Commerce
8 3 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (10.34%) Java
8 3 (10.34%) Fintech

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:

Applications
1 1 (3.45%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (20.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (6.90%) Temenos T24
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.45%) DataStage
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (24.14%) Selenium
2 6 (20.69%) SpecFlow
3 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
3 4 (13.79%) JIRA
3 4 (13.79%) WebDriver
4 3 (10.34%) Protractor
4 3 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio
6 1 (3.45%) Appium
6 1 (3.45%) LoadRunner
6 1 (3.45%) TestComplete
General
1 13 (44.83%) Finance
2 4 (13.79%) Banking
3 2 (6.90%) Law
3 2 (6.90%) Legal
4 1 (3.45%) Advertising
4 1 (3.45%) Marketing
4 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.45%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.34%) Fintech
2 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (44.83%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (31.03%) Automation Testing
3 8 (27.59%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (24.14%) Automated Testing
4 7 (24.14%) BDD
4 7 (24.14%) Test Scripting
5 6 (20.69%) CRM
6 5 (17.24%) Functional Testing
7 4 (13.79%) Defect Management
7 4 (13.79%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 4 (13.79%) TDD
7 4 (13.79%) Test Strategy
8 3 (10.34%) E-Commerce
8 3 (10.34%) Service Management
8 3 (10.34%) Test Planning
8 3 (10.34%) Waterfall
9 2 (6.90%) Build Automation
9 2 (6.90%) OO
9 2 (6.90%) SDLC
9 2 (6.90%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.79%) SQL
2 3 (10.34%) C#
2 3 (10.34%) Java
3 1 (3.45%) C++
3 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (24.14%) ISEB
2 1 (3.45%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) QA
2 2 (6.90%) SDET
3 1 (3.45%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (3.45%) EMIR
3 1 (3.45%) PMO
Vendors
1 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.90%) HP
3 1 (3.45%) Assembla
3 1 (3.45%) IBM
3 1 (3.45%) Workday
3 1 (3.45%) WorldPay