The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £329 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Lead
North West / Manchester
Rank 84 93 82
Rank change year-on-year +9 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 5 15 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.38% 0.85% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.89% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 7
Median daily rate £329 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.81% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £294 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £421 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £328
% change year-on-year - +14.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £48.50 -
% change year-on-year -43.29% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester. 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
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1233 1676 1531
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.77% 94.42% 95.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 774 968 811
Median daily rate £375 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.84% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 36 45
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.71 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.84% +12.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £13.50 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £48.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in Manchester

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in Manchester

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 Manchester region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 3 (27.27%) Web Services
1 3 (27.27%) Selenium
1 3 (27.27%) Data Centre
2 2 (18.18%) SOAP
2 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
2 2 (18.18%) REST
2 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
2 2 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
2 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (18.18%) Appium
2 2 (18.18%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 2 (18.18%) JIRA
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 2 (18.18%) Migration
2 2 (18.18%) Bugzilla
2 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (18.18%) Java
2 2 (18.18%) SQL Server
2 2 (18.18%) Python
3 1 (9.09%) MS Excel
3 1 (9.09%) ERP
3 1 (9.09%) MS Exchange
3 1 (9.09%) PSTN
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 1 (9.09%) CICS
3 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
3 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
3 1 (9.09%) SAP
3 1 (9.09%) SQL

Test Leader Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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 1 (9.09%) CICS
1 1 (9.09%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 1 (9.09%) LLU
1 1 (9.09%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Selenium
2 2 (18.18%) Appium
2 2 (18.18%) Bugzilla
2 2 (18.18%) JIRA
2 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Retail
2 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) Web Services
2 2 (18.18%) REST
2 2 (18.18%) SOAP
3 1 (9.09%) jQuery
3 1 (9.09%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Data Centre
2 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) AIX
1 1 (9.09%) HPUX
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (18.18%) Migration
1 2 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
1 2 (18.18%) Operational Acceptance Testing
1 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
2 1 (9.09%) Automated Testing
2 1 (9.09%) Automation Testing
2 1 (9.09%) ERP
2 1 (9.09%) ITIL
2 1 (9.09%) Manual Testing
2 1 (9.09%) Process Improvement
2 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
2 1 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (9.09%) SDLC
2 1 (9.09%) Software Testing
2 1 (9.09%) Test Scripting
2 1 (9.09%) Validation
2 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) Java
1 2 (18.18%) Python
2 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) ISTQB
1 1 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
1 1 (9.09%) Oracle
1 1 (9.09%) SAP