Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 21 November 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
UK > England
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 520 442 387
Rank change year-on-year -78 -55 +58
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 361 494 599
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.38% 0.51% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.54% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 311 414
England median daily rate £413 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.77% +4.00% -
10th Percentile £300 £280 £264
90th Percentile £525 £525 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £363
% change year-on-year +6.45% +6.90% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
England median hourly rate £36.25 £42.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.71% -10.53% -
10th Percentile £35.13 £41.25 £26.75
90th Percentile £38.38 £43.75 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £42.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year -14.71% -10.53% -

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 89873 92200 98570
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.76% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 59900 60696 63752
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2662 2972 3818
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +9.09%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in England

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in England

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in England over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in England

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in England

Test Leader
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 Test Leader within the England region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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 -48 147 £413 -2.94% 13
Midlands +21 72 £425 +22.21% 3
South East -36 55 £420 +5.00% 5
North of England +27 45 £350 -6.67% 12
West Midlands +30 42 £413 +21.32% 1
South West -33 33 £460 +31.43%
Yorkshire +41 31 £344 -5.17% 6
East Midlands -7 29 £425 +15.65% 2
North West -9 14 £350 -11.39% 5
East of England -16 11 £413 +10.00% 2
Test Leader
UK

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 England region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 138 (38.23%) Test Automation
2 124 (34.35%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (28.81%) User Acceptance Testing
4 89 (24.65%) Test Strategy
5 77 (21.33%) Finance
6 73 (20.22%) Test Scripting
7 63 (17.45%) Selenium
8 62 (17.17%) Banking
9 60 (16.62%) QA
10 54 (14.96%) Stakeholder Management
11 53 (14.68%) ISTQB
12 52 (14.40%) JIRA
13 45 (12.47%) BDD
14 44 (12.19%) ISEB
14 44 (12.19%) Java
15 41 (11.36%) TDD
16 40 (11.08%) Scrum
17 38 (10.53%) Scenario Testing
18 36 (9.97%) Test Planning
18 36 (9.97%) Cucumber
19 35 (9.70%) Defect Management
19 35 (9.70%) Manual Testing
20 33 (9.14%) Test Management
21 32 (8.86%) Security Cleared
21 32 (8.86%) HP
22 31 (8.59%) SQL
23 29 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
23 29 (8.03%) Integration Testing
24 28 (7.76%) Regression Testing
24 28 (7.76%) Migration

Test Leader 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 10 (2.77%) Confluence
2 8 (2.22%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.94%) JBoss
3 7 (1.94%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (0.55%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.55%) CMS
5 1 (0.28%) Apache
5 1 (0.28%) CICS
5 1 (0.28%) Drupal
5 1 (0.28%) SAS
5 1 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (2.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.94%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.66%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.39%) Oracle Financials
2 4 (1.11%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (1.11%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (1.11%) SAP HCM
3 3 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.83%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.83%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.83%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.83%) VisionPLUS
4 2 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.55%) Findur
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.55%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.28%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.28%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.28%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.49%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.94%) SaaS
3 2 (0.55%) Google Analytics
3 2 (0.55%) iPaaS
3 2 (0.55%) OpenShift
3 2 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
3 2 (0.55%) Taleo
4 1 (0.28%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (0.28%) GitHub
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.28%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.77%) SMS
2 3 (0.83%) HTTP
3 2 (0.55%) Internet
4 1 (0.28%) VoIP
4 1 (0.28%) WAAS
4 1 (0.28%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (1.11%) Hadoop
3 3 (0.83%) Big Data
3 3 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.55%) DB2
4 2 (0.55%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.55%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (0.55%) Redis
5 1 (0.28%) Blockchain
5 1 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.28%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.28%) QlikView
5 1 (0.28%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.28%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.28%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 63 (17.45%) Selenium
2 52 (14.40%) JIRA
3 36 (9.97%) Cucumber
4 21 (5.82%) Jenkins
5 15 (4.16%) LoadRunner
6 14 (3.88%) Git (software)
6 14 (3.88%) WebDriver
7 11 (3.05%) SpecFlow
8 9 (2.49%) JMeter
8 9 (2.49%) TestRail
9 8 (2.22%) HP UFT
9 8 (2.22%) SoapUI
10 5 (1.39%) git-flow
10 5 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (1.39%) Toad
10 5 (1.39%) Visual Studio
11 4 (1.11%) Appium
11 4 (1.11%) Hudson
12 3 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (0.83%) Zephyr
General
1 77 (21.33%) Finance
2 62 (17.17%) Banking
3 18 (4.99%) Retail Banking
4 14 (3.88%) Retail
5 13 (3.60%) Investment Banking
6 8 (2.22%) Publishing
7 5 (1.39%) Spanish Language
8 4 (1.11%) Back Office
8 4 (1.11%) Military
9 3 (0.83%) Front Office
9 3 (0.83%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.55%) Advertising
10 2 (0.55%) Games
10 2 (0.55%) Private Banking
11 1 (0.28%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.28%) Law
11 1 (0.28%) Legal
11 1 (0.28%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.28%) Marketing
11 1 (0.28%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.77%) Gherkin
2 9 (2.49%) .NET
2 9 (2.49%) SOAP
3 7 (1.94%) REST
4 5 (1.39%) Web Services
5 3 (0.83%) Kafka
5 3 (0.83%) Middleware
5 3 (0.83%) Oracle Fusion
5 3 (0.83%) React
5 3 (0.83%) Swagger
6 2 (0.55%) AngularJS
6 2 (0.55%) HTML
6 2 (0.55%) Mason
6 2 (0.55%) Node.js
6 2 (0.55%) OLE
6 2 (0.55%) RESTful
6 2 (0.55%) XML
7 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.28%) J2EE
7 1 (0.28%) SVG
Miscellaneous
1 16 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.22%) Derivative
3 7 (1.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 7 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (1.94%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.11%) EPoS
5 3 (0.83%) Data Centre
5 3 (0.83%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (0.55%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.55%) Fintech
6 2 (0.55%) IVR
7 1 (0.28%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.28%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (0.28%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.28%) Equities
7 1 (0.28%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (0.28%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.28%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.28%) Online Banking
7 1 (0.28%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 11 (3.05%) Windows
2 9 (2.49%) Windows 10
3 5 (1.39%) Unix
4 4 (1.11%) Windows 7
5 3 (0.83%) Android
5 3 (0.83%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.83%) Linux
6 1 (0.28%) AIX
6 1 (0.28%) OS/390
6 1 (0.28%) webOS
6 1 (0.28%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.28%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (38.23%) Test Automation
2 124 (34.35%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (28.81%) User Acceptance Testing
4 89 (24.65%) Test Strategy
5 73 (20.22%) Test Scripting
6 54 (14.96%) Stakeholder Management
7 45 (12.47%) BDD
8 41 (11.36%) TDD
9 40 (11.08%) Scrum
10 38 (10.53%) Scenario Testing
11 36 (9.97%) Test Planning
12 35 (9.70%) Defect Management
12 35 (9.70%) Manual Testing
13 33 (9.14%) Test Management
14 29 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
14 29 (8.03%) Integration Testing
15 28 (7.76%) Migration
15 28 (7.76%) Regression Testing
16 27 (7.48%) Performance Testing
16 27 (7.48%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 44 (12.19%) Java
2 31 (8.59%) SQL
3 20 (5.54%) C#
4 12 (3.32%) JavaScript
5 6 (1.66%) Python
6 5 (1.39%) Ruby
7 3 (0.83%) C
8 2 (0.55%) COBOL
8 2 (0.55%) Groovy
9 1 (0.28%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.28%) C++
9 1 (0.28%) JCL
9 1 (0.28%) Scala
9 1 (0.28%) VBA
Qualifications
1 53 (14.68%) ISTQB
2 44 (12.19%) ISEB
3 32 (8.86%) Security Cleared
4 24 (6.65%) SC Cleared
5 15 (4.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (3.32%) Degree
7 3 (0.83%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (16.62%) QA
2 16 (4.43%) MiFID
3 10 (2.77%) EMIR
4 8 (2.22%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (1.66%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.83%) GxP
7 2 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.55%) GAMP
8 1 (0.28%) IFRS
8 1 (0.28%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 3 (0.83%) Active Directory
1 3 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
1 3 (0.83%) VirtualBox
2 2 (0.55%) Docker
3 1 (0.28%) Firmware
3 1 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 28 (7.76%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.55%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (0.55%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 2 (0.55%) Puppet
2 2 (0.55%) SCCM
2 2 (0.55%) Terraform
3 1 (0.28%) Ansible
3 1 (0.28%) Kibana
3 1 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 32 (8.86%) HP
2 19 (5.26%) Oracle
3 18 (4.99%) Salesforce.com
4 16 (4.43%) SAP
5 13 (3.60%) Microsoft
6 5 (1.39%) ServiceNow
6 5 (1.39%) Workday
7 4 (1.11%) AppDynamics
8 3 (0.83%) Hyperion
8 3 (0.83%) Murex
8 3 (0.83%) Pega
9 2 (0.55%) Adobe
9 2 (0.55%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.55%) Cisco
9 2 (0.55%) Google
9 2 (0.55%) IBM
9 2 (0.55%) Infor
9 2 (0.55%) Kronos
9 2 (0.55%) Maxymiser
9 2 (0.55%) OpenLink