Period
to 19 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 19 August 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.

Test Manager
UK > England
6 months to
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 393 321 292
Rank change year-on-year -72 -29 -53
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 561 691 871
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.60% 0.78% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.82% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 430 577
England median daily rate £450 £449 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.17% +2.69% +1.74%
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £625 £575 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £440
% change year-on-year +2.86% -0.57% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
England median hourly rate £34.50 £35.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.43% -17.65% +32.81%
10th Percentile £18.70 £35.00 £41.25
90th Percentile £51.90 £35.00 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £34.50 £35.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -1.43% -17.65% +32.81%

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 88,527 84,467 95,466
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 95.00% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,548 55,266 63,002
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,831 2,569 2,824
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.74%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.31
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.67%

Test Manager
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Manager in England

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Manager in England

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Manager in England over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Manager in England

Test Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Manager in England

Test Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Manager in England over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Manager in England

Test Manager
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 Manager within the England region over the 6 months to 19 August 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 -14 259 £485 -0.51% 17
South East -66 120 £450 +6.95% 7
North of England -48 53 £400 -5.66% 3
Midlands -31 50 £425 -5.56% 1
South West -31 43 £438 +2.94% 5
West Midlands -38 35 £419 +1.52% 1
East of England +5 29 £475 +13.64% 3
Yorkshire -10 26 £413 -13.16% 2
North West -32 23 £406 +8.33%
East Midlands -7 14 £431 -4.17%
North East -8 4 £310 -34.74% 1
South Coast - 1 - -
Test Manager
UK

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

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, Test Manager 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 England region featuring Test Manager in the job title.

1 210 (37.43%) Test Strategy
2 178 (31.73%) Test Automation
3 168 (29.95%) Agile Software Development
4 138 (24.60%) Test Management
5 125 (22.28%) User Acceptance Testing
6 124 (22.10%) Finance
7 118 (21.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 95 (16.93%) QA
9 72 (12.83%) Banking
10 69 (12.30%) JIRA
11 62 (11.05%) System Integration Testing
12 61 (10.87%) Defect Management
13 57 (10.16%) ISEB
14 55 (9.80%) Oracle
14 55 (9.80%) ISTQB
14 55 (9.80%) Test Scripting
15 54 (9.63%) Functional Testing
16 53 (9.45%) Security Cleared
17 52 (9.27%) Non-Functional Testing
17 52 (9.27%) Waterfall
18 50 (8.91%) SDLC
19 49 (8.73%) Performance Testing
20 47 (8.38%) Selenium
20 47 (8.38%) Test Planning
21 44 (7.84%) Windows
22 42 (7.49%) SAP
22 42 (7.49%) Software Testing
23 40 (7.13%) ERP
24 39 (6.95%) SC Cleared
25 38 (6.77%) Integration Testing

Test Manager 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 18 (3.21%) Confluence
2 10 (1.78%) WebLogic
3 5 (0.89%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.53%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.36%) Apache
5 2 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.36%) IIS
5 2 (0.36%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.18%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.18%) ATG Dynamo
6 1 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.18%) CMS
6 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 12 (2.14%) Microsoft Project
2 8 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.53%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (1.43%) Oracle ERP
2 7 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.71%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.53%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.36%) HFM
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.18%) Infor CloudSuite
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.18%) SAP GRC
6 1 (0.18%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.39%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.96%) Office 365
4 7 (1.25%) SaaS
5 6 (1.07%) SuccessFactors
5 6 (1.07%) Tricentis Tosca
6 3 (0.53%) GitHub
6 3 (0.53%) Slack
7 2 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.36%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (0.36%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.36%) IaaS
7 2 (0.36%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.36%) PaaS
8 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.18%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.96%) SMS
2 5 (0.89%) Firewall
3 4 (0.71%) Internet
3 4 (0.71%) LAN
3 4 (0.71%) WAN
4 2 (0.36%) DNS
4 2 (0.36%) DWDM
4 2 (0.36%) MPLS
4 2 (0.36%) Skype
4 2 (0.36%) SNMP
4 2 (0.36%) Software-Defined Networking
4 2 (0.36%) WebEx
4 2 (0.36%) WLAN
4 2 (0.36%) ZigBee
5 1 (0.18%) Network Security
5 1 (0.18%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.18%) VPN
5 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.21%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (1.25%) SQL Server
3 6 (1.07%) Big Data
4 5 (0.89%) MySQL
5 4 (0.71%) Data Lake
5 4 (0.71%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.71%) Oracle OWB
6 3 (0.53%) Hadoop
6 3 (0.53%) Oracle BI EE
7 2 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.36%) Power BI
7 2 (0.36%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.36%) QlikView
7 2 (0.36%) SAP HANA
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.18%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 69 (12.30%) JIRA
2 47 (8.38%) Selenium
3 18 (3.21%) Jenkins
4 17 (3.03%) Cucumber
5 13 (2.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 13 (2.32%) Zephyr
6 12 (2.14%) HP UFT
6 12 (2.14%) LoadRunner
7 11 (1.96%) SoapUI
8 10 (1.78%) Git (software)
9 8 (1.43%) WebDriver
10 7 (1.25%) JMeter
11 5 (0.89%) JUnit
11 5 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
12 4 (0.71%) Appium
12 4 (0.71%) TestRail
12 4 (0.71%) Visual Studio
13 3 (0.53%) Bitbucket
13 3 (0.53%) GitLab
14 2 (0.36%) Jasmine
General
1 124 (22.10%) Finance
2 72 (12.83%) Banking
3 36 (6.42%) Retail
4 19 (3.39%) Retail Banking
5 12 (2.14%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.43%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.43%) Military
7 6 (1.07%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.89%) Legal
8 5 (0.89%) Marketing
8 5 (0.89%) Publishing
9 4 (0.71%) Automotive
9 4 (0.71%) Billing
9 4 (0.71%) Games
9 4 (0.71%) Private Banking
10 3 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.36%) Back Office
11 2 (0.36%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.36%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.36%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.21%) XML
2 12 (2.14%) Oracle Fusion
3 9 (1.60%) SOAP
4 7 (1.25%) Gherkin
5 6 (1.07%) Middleware
6 5 (0.89%) REST
6 5 (0.89%) XSD
7 4 (0.71%) .NET
7 4 (0.71%) Web Services
8 3 (0.53%) JSON
9 2 (0.36%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.36%) RESTful
10 1 (0.18%) EDI
10 1 (0.18%) Node.js
10 1 (0.18%) React
Miscellaneous
1 15 (2.67%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (2.50%) Data Centre
3 9 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (1.60%) Mobile App
3 9 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (1.25%) Client/Server
4 7 (1.25%) Management Information System
4 7 (1.25%) Smart Meter
5 5 (0.89%) Derivative
5 5 (0.89%) Mainframe
6 4 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (0.71%) EPoS
6 4 (0.71%) FMCG
6 4 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (0.71%) OTC Derivatives
6 4 (0.71%) User Experience
6 4 (0.71%) Virtual Team
7 3 (0.53%) Computer Science
7 3 (0.53%) Private Cloud
7 3 (0.53%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 44 (7.84%) Windows
2 15 (2.67%) Unix
3 13 (2.32%) Linux
4 9 (1.60%) Android
5 7 (1.25%) AIX
5 7 (1.25%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.07%) Solaris
6 6 (1.07%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.71%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.53%) Windows Server
9 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.18%) VMS
10 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (37.43%) Test Strategy
2 178 (31.73%) Test Automation
3 168 (29.95%) Agile Software Development
4 138 (24.60%) Test Management
5 125 (22.28%) User Acceptance Testing
6 118 (21.03%) Stakeholder Management
7 62 (11.05%) System Integration Testing
8 61 (10.87%) Defect Management
9 55 (9.80%) Test Scripting
10 54 (9.63%) Functional Testing
11 52 (9.27%) Non-Functional Testing
11 52 (9.27%) Waterfall
12 50 (8.91%) SDLC
13 49 (8.73%) Performance Testing
14 47 (8.38%) Test Planning
15 42 (7.49%) Software Testing
16 40 (7.13%) ERP
17 38 (6.77%) DevOps
17 38 (6.77%) Integration Testing
18 37 (6.60%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (6.60%) SQL
2 33 (5.88%) Java
3 7 (1.25%) JavaScript
4 5 (0.89%) XPath
5 4 (0.71%) C
6 2 (0.36%) C#
6 2 (0.36%) Java 8
6 2 (0.36%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.18%) C++
7 1 (0.18%) Go
7 1 (0.18%) Perl
7 1 (0.18%) Python
7 1 (0.18%) Scala
7 1 (0.18%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
Qualifications
1 57 (10.16%) ISEB
2 55 (9.80%) ISTQB
3 53 (9.45%) Security Cleared
4 39 (6.95%) SC Cleared
5 15 (2.67%) Degree
5 15 (2.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (2.32%) ISEB Practitioner
7 10 (1.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 6 (1.07%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (1.07%) PMP
9 5 (0.89%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.36%) CCNA
12 2 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.36%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.36%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
13 1 (0.18%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (16.93%) QA
2 15 (2.67%) GDPR
3 13 (2.32%) PMO
4 4 (0.71%) MiFID
5 2 (0.36%) GxP
5 2 (0.36%) PSD2
6 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.18%) GCP
6 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 24 (4.28%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.50%) Docker
3 4 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.18%) IAG
Systems Management
1 28 (4.99%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (2.67%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.60%) SCCM
4 6 (1.07%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (0.89%) CA Service Virtualization
6 4 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.71%) Puppet
7 3 (0.53%) Ansible
7 3 (0.53%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.36%) SCOM
9 1 (0.18%) QRadar
Vendors
1 55 (9.80%) Oracle
2 42 (7.49%) SAP
3 35 (6.24%) Microsoft
4 34 (6.06%) HP
5 12 (2.14%) IBM
6 10 (1.78%) Guidewire
7 9 (1.60%) webMethods
8 8 (1.43%) Concur
8 8 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.43%) Workday
9 7 (1.25%) ArcSight
9 7 (1.25%) CheckPoint
10 6 (1.07%) Capita
10 6 (1.07%) Cisco
10 6 (1.07%) McAfee
10 6 (1.07%) Palo Alto
10 6 (1.07%) Talend
11 5 (0.89%) CA
11 5 (0.89%) Citrix
12 4 (0.71%) JDA