The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £363 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 28 April 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
England / North West
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 117 145 137
Rank change year-on-year +28 -8  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 16 21 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.57% 0.52% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.55% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 10
Median daily rate £363 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.44% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £352 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £495 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £330
% change year-on-year -3.33% +13.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £48.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -43.29% +38.57%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2631 3800 3654
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 94.00% 94.36% 94.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1599 2297 1935
Median daily rate £380 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £545 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £398 £375
% change year-on-year +0.62% +6.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 150 224
Median hourly rate £16.50 £18.99 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.08% +8.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.33 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.70
% change year-on-year - +4.79%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the North West

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the North West

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the North West over the 3 months to 28 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the North West

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the North West

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 28 April 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
Manchester +11 8 £350 -12.50% 2
Cheshire +28 6 £500 +5.26% 1
Lancashire - 2 - -
Test Leader
England

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 North West region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 13 (56.52%) Test Strategy
2 7 (30.43%) SC Cleared
2 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
2 7 (30.43%) Migration
3 6 (26.09%) Data Centre
4 5 (21.74%) Validation
4 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
4 5 (21.74%) JIRA
4 5 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (17.39%) Finance
5 4 (17.39%) Manual Testing
5 4 (17.39%) Workday
5 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (13.04%) Zephyr
6 3 (13.04%) Test Management
6 3 (13.04%) Selenium
6 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Java
6 3 (13.04%) Web Services
6 3 (13.04%) CheckPoint
7 2 (8.70%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (8.70%) Python
7 2 (8.70%) GxP
7 2 (8.70%) IBM
7 2 (8.70%) SOAP
7 2 (8.70%) Regression Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Bugzilla
7 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (8.70%) Waterfall

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (4.35%) CICS
1 1 (4.35%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) SAP ERP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (21.74%) JIRA
2 3 (13.04%) Selenium
2 3 (13.04%) Zephyr
3 2 (8.70%) Appium
3 2 (8.70%) Bugzilla
3 2 (8.70%) SoapUI
3 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.35%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (17.39%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) Web Services
2 2 (8.70%) REST
2 2 (8.70%) SOAP
3 1 (4.35%) jQuery
3 1 (4.35%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) Data Centre
2 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) AIX
1 1 (4.35%) HPUX
1 1 (4.35%) Linux
1 1 (4.35%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Test Strategy
2 7 (30.43%) Migration
3 5 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
3 5 (21.74%) Validation
4 4 (17.39%) Manual Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Test Management
5 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Automation Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Defect Management
6 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Regression Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Waterfall
7 1 (4.35%) BDD
7 1 (4.35%) DevOps
7 1 (4.35%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 1 (4.35%) Kanban
7 1 (4.35%) Process Improvement
7 1 (4.35%) Re-Platforming
7 1 (4.35%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) Java
2 2 (8.70%) Python
Qualifications
1 7 (30.43%) SC Cleared
1 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) GxP
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Workday
2 3 (13.04%) CheckPoint
3 2 (8.70%) IBM
4 1 (4.35%) Oracle
4 1 (4.35%) SAP
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