Period
to 27 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 416 315 267
Rank change year-on-year -101 -48 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 515 660 921
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.56% 0.78% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.83% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 422 599
England median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £350 £339 £313
90th Percentile £619 £638 £585
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +1.11% +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
England median hourly rate - £27.50 -
UK median hourly rate - £27.50 -

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 87,320 79,861 92,735
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.91% 95.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,796 52,144 60,918
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £272 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £623 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,735 2,655 2,886
England median hourly rate £18.51 £19.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.61% -2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.00 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.84 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.46% -5.80% +14.29%

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 27 May 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
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 27 May 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 -86 237 £506 +1.25% 15
South East -91 95 £425 - 12
Midlands -29 53 £425 +1.80% 8
North of England -21 52 £400 -14.89% 5
South West -8 47 £400 -5.88% 4
West Midlands -24 39 £425 +3.66% 5
North West -15 26 £400 +6.67% 2
Yorkshire -16 24 £400 -20.00% 3
East of England 0 22 £525 +10.53% 3
East Midlands -11 14 £444 +4.41% 3
North East +4 2 £393 -19.49%
Test Manager
UK

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

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 175 (33.98%) Test Strategy
2 137 (26.60%) Agile Software Development
3 135 (26.21%) Test Automation
4 133 (25.83%) User Acceptance Testing
4 133 (25.83%) Test Management
5 121 (23.50%) Finance
6 94 (18.25%) Stakeholder Management
7 68 (13.20%) Banking
8 65 (12.62%) Defect Management
9 62 (12.04%) JIRA
9 62 (12.04%) QA
9 62 (12.04%) System Integration Testing
10 57 (11.07%) ISTQB
11 55 (10.68%) ISEB
11 55 (10.68%) Waterfall
12 52 (10.10%) Test Planning
13 50 (9.71%) SDLC
14 49 (9.51%) SAP
15 48 (9.32%) Functional Testing
16 47 (9.13%) Migration
17 46 (8.93%) Microsoft
17 46 (8.93%) Security Cleared
18 45 (8.74%) Non-Functional Testing
19 44 (8.54%) Software Testing
20 43 (8.35%) Test Scripting
21 40 (7.77%) HP
22 38 (7.38%) Performance Testing
23 37 (7.18%) Selenium
23 37 (7.18%) Windows
24 35 (6.80%) Oracle

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 10 (1.94%) Confluence
2 9 (1.75%) WebLogic
3 6 (1.17%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.78%) Apache
4 4 (0.78%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.58%) IIS
5 3 (0.58%) SAS
6 2 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.39%) CMS
6 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.19%) ATG Dynamo
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.19%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.19%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 17 (3.30%) Microsoft Project
2 9 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.55%) Microsoft Office
4 7 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (1.17%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.17%) NetSuite
2 5 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.97%) Temenos T24
3 4 (0.78%) Oracle Retail
4 3 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.39%) Bloomberg AIM
5 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.39%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.39%) SAP CRM for Utilities
5 2 (0.39%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.39%) thinkFolio
5 2 (0.39%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.19%) Eagle PACE
6 1 (0.19%) Infor CloudSuite
6 1 (0.19%) Magento
6 1 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.19%) SAP GRC
6 1 (0.19%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 13 (2.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (2.14%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (2.14%) Office 365
2 11 (2.14%) SaaS
3 7 (1.36%) SuccessFactors
3 7 (1.36%) Tricentis Tosca
4 6 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.19%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.36%) Internet
2 6 (1.17%) Firewall
3 5 (0.97%) SMS
3 5 (0.97%) Unified Communications
4 4 (0.78%) HTTP
4 4 (0.78%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (0.78%) WebEx
5 3 (0.58%) LAN
5 3 (0.58%) WLAN
6 2 (0.39%) 4G
6 2 (0.39%) DNS
6 2 (0.39%) Software-Defined Networking
6 2 (0.39%) WAN
6 2 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (0.39%) ZigBee
7 1 (0.19%) LTE
7 1 (0.19%) Network Security
7 1 (0.19%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (0.19%) Skype
7 1 (0.19%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (1.17%) Oracle OWB
2 6 (1.17%) SQL Server
3 4 (0.78%) Big Data
4 3 (0.58%) Blockchain
4 3 (0.58%) DB2
4 3 (0.58%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (0.39%) Data Mining
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.39%) Power BI
5 2 (0.39%) PowerPivot
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.19%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.19%) DataStage
6 1 (0.19%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.19%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 62 (12.04%) JIRA
2 37 (7.18%) Selenium
3 17 (3.30%) HP UFT
4 16 (3.11%) Jenkins
5 15 (2.91%) SoapUI
6 14 (2.72%) Cucumber
7 12 (2.33%) JMeter
8 10 (1.94%) Team Foundation Server
9 9 (1.75%) Git (software)
10 7 (1.36%) Zephyr
11 5 (0.97%) Visual Studio
12 4 (0.78%) Ant
12 4 (0.78%) JUnit
12 4 (0.78%) Maven
12 4 (0.78%) TestRail
12 4 (0.78%) Visual Studio Team System
13 3 (0.58%) Bitbucket
13 3 (0.58%) Eclipse
13 3 (0.58%) LoadRunner
14 2 (0.39%) Subversion
General
1 121 (23.50%) Finance
2 68 (13.20%) Banking
3 33 (6.41%) Retail
4 21 (4.08%) Retail Banking
5 10 (1.94%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.75%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.36%) Military
8 6 (1.17%) Billing
8 6 (1.17%) Law
9 5 (0.97%) Automotive
9 5 (0.97%) Back Office
9 5 (0.97%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.78%) Front Office
10 4 (0.78%) Games
11 2 (0.39%) Advertising
11 2 (0.39%) Legal
11 2 (0.39%) Local Government
11 2 (0.39%) Private Banking
11 2 (0.39%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (4.08%) XML
2 13 (2.52%) SOAP
3 9 (1.75%) Web Services
4 7 (1.36%) .NET
5 6 (1.17%) Oracle Fusion
5 6 (1.17%) REST
6 5 (0.97%) XSD
7 4 (0.78%) Gherkin
7 4 (0.78%) JSON
8 3 (0.58%) CSS
8 3 (0.58%) HTML
8 3 (0.58%) jQuery
9 2 (0.39%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.19%) Behat
10 1 (0.19%) Mason
10 1 (0.19%) Node.js
10 1 (0.19%) React
10 1 (0.19%) Regular Expression
10 1 (0.19%) RESTEasy
Miscellaneous
1 16 (3.11%) Virtual Team
2 11 (2.14%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (2.14%) Data Centre
3 9 (1.75%) Client/Server
3 9 (1.75%) Smart Meter
4 7 (1.36%) Greenfield Project
4 7 (1.36%) Mainframe
4 7 (1.36%) Management Information System
4 7 (1.36%) Mobile App
4 7 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (0.78%) Derivative
5 4 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (0.78%) Fat Client
5 4 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 4 (0.78%) Thin Client
5 4 (0.78%) User Experience
6 3 (0.58%) FMCG
6 3 (0.58%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (0.58%) IVR
6 3 (0.58%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 37 (7.18%) Windows
2 15 (2.91%) Unix
3 10 (1.94%) Android
3 10 (1.94%) Windows 10
4 9 (1.75%) Linux
5 7 (1.36%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.97%) Windows 7
6 5 (0.97%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.39%) AIX
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.39%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.19%) HPUX
9 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.19%) Solaris
9 1 (0.19%) SUSE
9 1 (0.19%) VMS
9 1 (0.19%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.19%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 175 (33.98%) Test Strategy
2 137 (26.60%) Agile Software Development
3 135 (26.21%) Test Automation
4 133 (25.83%) Test Management
4 133 (25.83%) User Acceptance Testing
5 94 (18.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 65 (12.62%) Defect Management
7 62 (12.04%) System Integration Testing
8 55 (10.68%) Waterfall
9 52 (10.10%) Test Planning
10 50 (9.71%) SDLC
11 48 (9.32%) Functional Testing
12 47 (9.13%) Migration
13 45 (8.74%) Non-Functional Testing
14 44 (8.54%) Software Testing
15 43 (8.35%) Test Scripting
16 38 (7.38%) Performance Testing
17 35 (6.80%) Project Management
18 32 (6.21%) Regression Testing
19 31 (6.02%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (6.02%) SQL
2 30 (5.83%) Java
3 13 (2.52%) Python
4 6 (1.17%) C
5 5 (0.97%) C#
5 5 (0.97%) Ruby
5 5 (0.97%) XPath
6 4 (0.78%) C++
6 4 (0.78%) Groovy
6 4 (0.78%) Jython
7 3 (0.58%) JavaScript
7 3 (0.58%) VBScript
8 2 (0.39%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.19%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 1 (0.19%) Go
9 1 (0.19%) Perl
9 1 (0.19%) RPG
9 1 (0.19%) Scala
9 1 (0.19%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
9 1 (0.19%) VB
Qualifications
1 57 (11.07%) ISTQB
2 55 (10.68%) ISEB
3 46 (8.93%) Security Cleared
4 33 (6.41%) SC Cleared
5 18 (3.50%) Degree
6 13 (2.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 13 (2.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (1.55%) PMI Certification
7 8 (1.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 7 (1.36%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.17%) PMP
10 2 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.39%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.39%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.19%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (0.19%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (12.04%) QA
2 7 (1.36%) GDPR
3 5 (0.97%) PMO
4 4 (0.78%) MiFID
5 2 (0.39%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.39%) EMIR
5 2 (0.39%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.39%) PSD2
6 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.19%) SLA
6 1 (0.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 16 (3.11%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.19%) Docker
3 1 (0.19%) Firmware
3 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 29 (5.63%) HP ALM
2 18 (3.50%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.75%) SCCM
4 8 (1.55%) CA Service Virtualization
5 7 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.36%) Puppet
6 4 (0.78%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.58%) Ansible
8 2 (0.39%) SCOM
9 1 (0.19%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.19%) Nessus
Vendors
1 49 (9.51%) SAP
2 46 (8.93%) Microsoft
3 40 (7.77%) HP
4 35 (6.80%) Oracle
5 19 (3.69%) Concur
6 17 (3.30%) Salesforce.com
7 12 (2.33%) Citrix
8 10 (1.94%) Guidewire
9 8 (1.55%) CA
9 8 (1.55%) Cisco
10 7 (1.36%) webMethods
11 6 (1.17%) IBM
11 6 (1.17%) MuleSoft
12 5 (0.97%) CheckPoint
12 5 (0.97%) VMware
13 4 (0.78%) Atlassian
13 4 (0.78%) BT
13 4 (0.78%) Capita
13 4 (0.78%) Temenos
14 3 (0.58%) hybris