Period
to 21 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Lead Tester was £404 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 21 January 2018.

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.

Lead Tester
UK > England
6 months to
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 794 790 782
Rank change year-on-year -4 -8 +21
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Tester 32 29 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.035% 0.033% 0.069%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.034% 0.072%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 17 47
England median daily rate £404 £388 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.19% -8.82% +17.24%
10th Percentile £287 £308 £263
90th Percentile £591 £513 £526
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £413
% change year-on-year +10.00% -9.09% +13.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 86,123 84,539 94,129
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.73% 94.77% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,769 55,671 60,919
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,512 2,900 3,587
England median hourly rate £18.44 £18.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.34% - +12.12%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £46.75
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

Lead Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Lead Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Lead Tester in England

Lead Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Lead Tester in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Tester in England

Lead Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Tester in England over the 6 months to 21 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Tester in England

Lead Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Tester in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Tester in England

Lead Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Tester within the England region over the 6 months to 21 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -39 21 £465 +14.11% 3
North of England +49 6 £395 +8.97% 2
Yorkshire +15 6 £395 +5.33% 1
South East -16 3 £288 -28.13% 5
South West +5 2 £369 +11.74% 1
West Midlands +17 1 £325 -
Midlands +12 1 £325 - 1
Lead Tester
UK

Lead Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, Lead Tester 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 England region featuring Lead Tester in the job title.

1 18 (56.25%) Test Automation
2 12 (37.50%) QA
2 12 (37.50%) Java
3 11 (34.38%) Cucumber
4 9 (28.13%) Gherkin
4 9 (28.13%) JIRA
4 9 (28.13%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (25.00%) Selenium
5 8 (25.00%) Git (software)
5 8 (25.00%) BDD
5 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
6 7 (21.88%) SQL
7 6 (18.75%) E-Commerce
7 6 (18.75%) Test Strategy
7 6 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (15.63%) Test Scripting
8 5 (15.63%) Banking
8 5 (15.63%) Migration
8 5 (15.63%) Defect Management
9 4 (12.50%) SDET
9 4 (12.50%) Docker
9 4 (12.50%) DevOps
9 4 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
9 4 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
9 4 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (12.50%) Finance
9 4 (12.50%) Scrum
9 4 (12.50%) TDD
9 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Excel
10 3 (9.38%) JUnit

Lead Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (9.38%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.13%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.25%) NoSQL
2 1 (3.13%) Big Data
2 1 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.13%) Hadoop
2 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (34.38%) Cucumber
2 9 (28.13%) JIRA
3 8 (25.00%) Git (software)
3 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 8 (25.00%) Selenium
4 3 (9.38%) IntelliJ
4 3 (9.38%) JUnit
4 3 (9.38%) SpecFlow
4 3 (9.38%) WebDriver
5 2 (6.25%) Gerrit
5 2 (6.25%) Selendroid
6 1 (3.13%) Bitbucket
6 1 (3.13%) FitNesse
6 1 (3.13%) Gatling
6 1 (3.13%) Hudson
6 1 (3.13%) JBehave
6 1 (3.13%) Protractor
6 1 (3.13%) TestRail
6 1 (3.13%) The Grinder
6 1 (3.13%) Travis CI
General
1 5 (15.63%) Banking
2 4 (12.50%) Finance
3 2 (6.25%) Back Office
3 2 (6.25%) Games
4 1 (3.13%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (28.13%) Gherkin
2 3 (9.38%) .NET
3 2 (6.25%) Web Services
4 1 (3.13%) AngularJS
4 1 (3.13%) Apache CXF
4 1 (3.13%) HTML
4 1 (3.13%) HTML5
4 1 (3.13%) J2EE
4 1 (3.13%) REST
4 1 (3.13%) SOAP
4 1 (3.13%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 2 (6.25%) Replication
2 1 (3.13%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (3.13%) Hedge funds
2 1 (3.13%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (3.13%) iPad
2 1 (3.13%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.25%) Android
2 1 (3.13%) Linux
2 1 (3.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (56.25%) Test Automation
2 9 (28.13%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (25.00%) BDD
4 6 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
4 6 (18.75%) E-Commerce
4 6 (18.75%) Test Strategy
5 5 (15.63%) Defect Management
5 5 (15.63%) Migration
5 5 (15.63%) Test Scripting
6 4 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
6 4 (12.50%) DevOps
6 4 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
6 4 (12.50%) Scrum
6 4 (12.50%) SDET
6 4 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (12.50%) TDD
7 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
7 3 (9.38%) SDLC
8 2 (6.25%) Remote Testing
8 2 (6.25%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 12 (37.50%) Java
2 7 (21.88%) SQL
3 3 (9.38%) C#
3 3 (9.38%) VBA
4 2 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 2 (6.25%) Python
5 1 (3.13%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (6.25%) CREST Certified
1 2 (6.25%) ISEB
2 1 (3.13%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.13%) SC Cleared
2 1 (3.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (37.50%) QA
2 1 (3.13%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (12.50%) Docker
Vendors
1 2 (6.25%) Capita
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.13%) Atlassian
2 1 (3.13%) BMC
2 1 (3.13%) Charles River
2 1 (3.13%) HP
2 1 (3.13%) IBM
2 1 (3.13%) Ivanti
2 1 (3.13%) Kronos
2 1 (3.13%) Mercator
2 1 (3.13%) Oracle
2 1 (3.13%) ServiceNow