The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 405 398 315
Rank change year-on-year -7 -83  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 177 240 345
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.42% 0.49% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.52% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 141 217
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £283 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £513 £548
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £338
% change year-on-year +5.33% +11.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 40257 46300 48376
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.74% 95.04% 94.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 26259 30600 30961
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1226 1356 1863
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.55 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -31 69 £425 - 16
South East +16 29 £350 -12.50% 3
South West +4 24 £446 +27.28%
North West +26 18 £425 -5.55% 5
West Midlands +25 16 £413 +13.79% 2
Yorkshire +29 10 £400 +30.08% 2
East Midlands -12 7 £425 +30.76% 4
East of England -16 4 £638 +70.00% 3
Midlands +13 2 - - 6
Test Leader
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 124 (35.73%) Test Automation
2 107 (30.84%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (25.65%) Test Scripting
4 87 (25.07%) Test Strategy
5 86 (24.78%) User Acceptance Testing
6 71 (20.46%) Finance
7 70 (20.17%) ISEB
8 63 (18.16%) Selenium
9 62 (17.87%) ISTQB
10 48 (13.83%) JIRA
11 47 (13.54%) QA
12 45 (12.97%) Banking
12 45 (12.97%) Scenario Testing
13 43 (12.39%) Cucumber
14 42 (12.10%) BDD
14 42 (12.10%) Oracle
15 39 (11.24%) SQL
16 38 (10.95%) Java
16 38 (10.95%) System Integration Testing
17 37 (10.66%) Defect Management
18 36 (10.37%) Software Testing
18 36 (10.37%) Scrum
19 35 (10.09%) Performance Testing
19 35 (10.09%) Test Management
20 34 (9.80%) Retail
21 33 (9.51%) Security Cleared
22 32 (9.22%) Migration
23 31 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
24 29 (8.36%) TDD
25 27 (7.78%) Continuous Integration

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 8 (2.31%) Confluence
2 6 (1.73%) Apache Spark
3 4 (1.15%) SharePoint
4 3 (0.86%) CMS
5 2 (0.58%) Apache
5 2 (0.58%) SAS
5 2 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (0.58%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.29%) CICS
6 1 (0.29%) IIS
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.29%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.29%) WebLogic Integration
6 1 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (0.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.15%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (1.15%) Oracle EBS R12
1 4 (1.15%) SAP HR
2 3 (0.86%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (0.86%) Workday HCM
3 2 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.58%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.58%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.29%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.29%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.29%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.29%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.29%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 19 (5.48%) SaaS
2 11 (3.17%) Taleo
3 4 (1.15%) GitHub
3 4 (1.15%) Office 365
4 3 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.86%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.29%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.29%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.44%) Internet
2 3 (0.86%) HTTP
2 3 (0.86%) LAN
2 3 (0.86%) WAN
3 2 (0.58%) SMS
3 2 (0.58%) VoIP
4 1 (0.29%) BGP
4 1 (0.29%) FTP
4 1 (0.29%) HSRP
4 1 (0.29%) LDAP
4 1 (0.29%) MPLS
4 1 (0.29%) OSPF
4 1 (0.29%) PPP
4 1 (0.29%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.29%) Skype
4 1 (0.29%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (3.75%) Oracle Database
2 12 (3.46%) Data Warehouse
2 12 (3.46%) Hadoop
3 6 (1.73%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.44%) MongoDB
5 4 (1.15%) Big Data
5 4 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (1.15%) SQL Server
6 3 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
6 3 (0.86%) Redis
7 2 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.58%) DB2
7 2 (0.58%) InfluxDB
7 2 (0.58%) Kalido
7 2 (0.58%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.58%) Oracle Exadata
7 2 (0.58%) PowerCenter
7 2 (0.58%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 63 (18.16%) Selenium
2 48 (13.83%) JIRA
3 43 (12.39%) Cucumber
4 25 (7.20%) Jenkins
5 24 (6.92%) WebDriver
6 21 (6.05%) HP UFT
7 19 (5.48%) SoapUI
8 17 (4.90%) Team Foundation Server
9 12 (3.46%) LoadRunner
10 11 (3.17%) JMeter
11 9 (2.59%) Hudson
12 8 (2.31%) Vagrant
13 6 (1.73%) Git (software)
13 6 (1.73%) SpecFlow
14 5 (1.44%) Appium
14 5 (1.44%) Bitbucket
14 5 (1.44%) Jasmine
14 5 (1.44%) SilkTest
14 5 (1.44%) Zephyr
15 4 (1.15%) NUnit
General
1 71 (20.46%) Finance
2 45 (12.97%) Banking
3 34 (9.80%) Retail
4 11 (3.17%) Retail Banking
5 7 (2.02%) Spanish Language
5 7 (2.02%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.15%) Automotive
6 4 (1.15%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.86%) Billing
7 3 (0.86%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.86%) Front Office
7 3 (0.86%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.58%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.58%) Law
8 2 (0.58%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.29%) Advertising
9 1 (0.29%) Legal
9 1 (0.29%) Local Government
9 1 (0.29%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (4.61%) SOAP
2 11 (3.17%) Web Services
3 10 (2.88%) Oracle Fusion
4 9 (2.59%) .NET
4 9 (2.59%) XML
5 8 (2.31%) Node.js
6 7 (2.02%) Gherkin
6 7 (2.02%) Middleware
6 7 (2.02%) REST
7 5 (1.44%) Behat
7 5 (1.44%) HTML
7 5 (1.44%) JSON
7 5 (1.44%) RESTful
8 4 (1.15%) ASP.NET
8 4 (1.15%) CSS
8 4 (1.15%) Kafka
9 2 (0.58%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.29%) Apache Drill
10 1 (0.29%) D3.js
10 1 (0.29%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 13 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.31%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (2.02%) Data Centre
4 4 (1.15%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.15%) FMCG
5 3 (0.86%) Fintech
5 3 (0.86%) Fixed Income
5 3 (0.86%) Mainframe
5 3 (0.86%) Mobile App
5 3 (0.86%) Smart Meter
6 2 (0.58%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.58%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.58%) SWIFT
6 2 (0.58%) Tandem
7 1 (0.29%) iPad
7 1 (0.29%) Life Science
7 1 (0.29%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.29%) Online Games
7 1 (0.29%) Semantic Web
7 1 (0.29%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (2.88%) Linux
1 10 (2.88%) Unix
2 7 (2.02%) Windows
3 2 (0.58%) Android
3 2 (0.58%) Apple iOS
3 2 (0.58%) OpenVMS
3 2 (0.58%) Solaris
3 2 (0.58%) Windows 10
4 1 (0.29%) AIX
4 1 (0.29%) HPUX
4 1 (0.29%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.29%) OS/390
4 1 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.29%) SUSE
4 1 (0.29%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (35.73%) Test Automation
2 107 (30.84%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (25.65%) Test Scripting
4 87 (25.07%) Test Strategy
5 86 (24.78%) User Acceptance Testing
6 45 (12.97%) Scenario Testing
7 42 (12.10%) BDD
8 38 (10.95%) System Integration Testing
9 37 (10.66%) Defect Management
10 36 (10.37%) Scrum
10 36 (10.37%) Software Testing
11 35 (10.09%) Performance Testing
11 35 (10.09%) Test Management
12 32 (9.22%) Migration
13 31 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
14 29 (8.36%) TDD
15 27 (7.78%) Continuous Integration
15 27 (7.78%) Manual Testing
16 26 (7.49%) Test Planning
17 25 (7.20%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 39 (11.24%) SQL
2 38 (10.95%) Java
3 19 (5.48%) Ruby
4 15 (4.32%) JavaScript
5 12 (3.46%) C#
5 12 (3.46%) Python
6 6 (1.73%) C++
6 6 (1.73%) PHP
7 5 (1.44%) Groovy
7 5 (1.44%) VB
8 4 (1.15%) Scala
9 3 (0.86%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.58%) COBOL
11 1 (0.29%) Apple Swift
11 1 (0.29%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.29%) F#
11 1 (0.29%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 1 (0.29%) JCL
11 1 (0.29%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.29%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 70 (20.17%) ISEB
2 62 (17.87%) ISTQB
3 33 (9.51%) Security Cleared
4 26 (7.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 26 (7.49%) SC Cleared
5 6 (1.73%) Degree
6 4 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.29%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.29%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.29%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (13.54%) QA
2 7 (2.02%) GxP
3 6 (1.73%) MiFID
4 3 (0.86%) EMIR
5 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.58%) GAMP
6 1 (0.29%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.29%) FATCA
6 1 (0.29%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.29%) PMO
6 1 (0.29%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (2.02%) VirtualBox
2 3 (0.86%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.86%) Docker
3 1 (0.29%) Terminal Services
3 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (0.29%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (3.75%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.86%) Ambari
2 3 (0.86%) Ganglia
2 3 (0.86%) Grafana
2 3 (0.86%) HAProxy
2 3 (0.86%) nmon
2 3 (0.86%) ZABBIX
3 2 (0.58%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (0.58%) Cisco IPCC
3 2 (0.58%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (0.58%) collectd
3 2 (0.58%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.29%) HP Operations Orchestration
4 1 (0.29%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 1 (0.29%) vRealize
Vendors
1 42 (12.10%) Oracle
2 22 (6.34%) HP
3 20 (5.76%) Microsoft
4 18 (5.19%) SAP
5 11 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
5 11 (3.17%) Workday
6 6 (1.73%) IBM
7 5 (1.44%) CheckPoint
7 5 (1.44%) Saba
8 4 (1.15%) AppDynamics
8 4 (1.15%) Informatica
8 4 (1.15%) webMethods
9 3 (0.86%) Cisco
9 3 (0.86%) Hyperion
9 3 (0.86%) MicroStrategy
9 3 (0.86%) Teradata
9 3 (0.86%) VMware
10 2 (0.58%) Guidewire
10 2 (0.58%) Remedy
10 2 (0.58%) WorldPay
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