The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 28 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
England / South East
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 212 217 166
Rank change year-on-year +5 -51  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 31 52 94
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.40% 0.58% 1.01%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.61% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 31 66
Median daily rate £350 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £263 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £488 £446
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £373 £339
% change year-on-year +6.71% +9.96%  
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 the South East. 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
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7309 8525 8846
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.59% 94.96% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 15228 19064 18935
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £365
% change year-on-year +0.25% +9.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1093 1321 1745
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £16.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.50 £10.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Test Leader in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the South East

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the South East

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the South East over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the South East

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the South East

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 28 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
Berkshire +16 14 £350 -6.66%
Oxfordshire 0 7 £313 -
East Sussex - 5 £388 -
Buckinghamshire -19 3 £348 -13.12%
Middlesex +12 2 - -
Surrey +4 1 - -
Hampshire -2 1 £425 +3.03% 1
Test Leader
England

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 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 South East region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 26 (38.24%) Test Automation
2 21 (30.88%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (29.41%) Selenium
3 20 (29.41%) System Integration Testing
4 19 (27.94%) User Acceptance Testing
5 18 (26.47%) Test Scripting
5 18 (26.47%) Test Strategy
5 18 (26.47%) Scenario Testing
6 17 (25.00%) Oracle
7 16 (23.53%) ISEB
8 15 (22.06%) Regression Testing
9 14 (20.59%) ISTQB
10 11 (16.18%) HP UFT
10 11 (16.18%) SQL
10 11 (16.18%) Taleo
10 11 (16.18%) TDD
10 11 (16.18%) SaaS
10 11 (16.18%) Cucumber
10 11 (16.18%) BDD
11 9 (13.24%) Finance
11 9 (13.24%) JavaScript
12 8 (11.76%) SAP
12 8 (11.76%) Oracle Fusion
12 8 (11.76%) WebDriver
13 7 (10.29%) Defect Management
13 7 (10.29%) Node.js
13 7 (10.29%) Test Planning
13 7 (10.29%) Test Management
13 7 (10.29%) Validation
14 6 (8.82%) Migration

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 5 (7.35%) Confluence
2 1 (1.47%) Apache
2 1 (1.47%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.47%) IIS
2 1 (1.47%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Workday HCM
2 1 (1.47%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.47%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 11 (16.18%) SaaS
1 11 (16.18%) Taleo
2 1 (1.47%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.35%) Internet
2 2 (2.94%) HTTP
3 1 (1.47%) LDAP
3 1 (1.47%) PuTTY
3 1 (1.47%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.35%) MongoDB
2 3 (4.41%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (4.41%) Redis
3 2 (2.94%) Big Data
3 2 (2.94%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.47%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 20 (29.41%) Selenium
2 11 (16.18%) Cucumber
2 11 (16.18%) HP UFT
3 8 (11.76%) WebDriver
4 6 (8.82%) JIRA
4 6 (8.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (7.35%) Jasmine
5 5 (7.35%) SilkTest
6 2 (2.94%) Appium
6 2 (2.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (2.94%) Git (software)
6 2 (2.94%) Jenkins
6 2 (2.94%) Protractor
6 2 (2.94%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.47%) Bitbucket
7 1 (1.47%) Calabash
7 1 (1.47%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.47%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (1.47%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.47%) TeamCity
General
1 9 (13.24%) Finance
2 5 (7.35%) Retail
2 5 (7.35%) Telecoms
3 4 (5.88%) Banking
4 2 (2.94%) Spanish Language
5 1 (1.47%) Billing
5 1 (1.47%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.76%) Oracle Fusion
2 7 (10.29%) Node.js
3 5 (7.35%) Behat
4 3 (4.41%) SOAP
4 3 (4.41%) XML
5 2 (2.94%) Kafka
5 2 (2.94%) RESTful
6 1 (1.47%) .NET
6 1 (1.47%) Apache Drill
6 1 (1.47%) Middleware
6 1 (1.47%) Web Services
6 1 (1.47%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.94%) Mobile App
1 2 (2.94%) Smart Meter
2 1 (1.47%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.47%) Client/Server
2 1 (1.47%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.47%) Life Science
2 1 (1.47%) Mobile Banking
2 1 (1.47%) Online Banking
2 1 (1.47%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.41%) Linux
2 2 (2.94%) Unix
2 2 (2.94%) Windows
3 1 (1.47%) AIX
3 1 (1.47%) Android
3 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.47%) Mac OS X
3 1 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.47%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (38.24%) Test Automation
2 21 (30.88%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (29.41%) System Integration Testing
4 19 (27.94%) User Acceptance Testing
5 18 (26.47%) Scenario Testing
5 18 (26.47%) Test Scripting
5 18 (26.47%) Test Strategy
6 15 (22.06%) Regression Testing
7 11 (16.18%) BDD
7 11 (16.18%) TDD
8 7 (10.29%) Defect Management
8 7 (10.29%) Test Management
8 7 (10.29%) Test Planning
8 7 (10.29%) Validation
9 6 (8.82%) API Testing
9 6 (8.82%) Integration Testing
9 6 (8.82%) Migration
9 6 (8.82%) Project Management
9 6 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (8.82%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 11 (16.18%) SQL
2 9 (13.24%) JavaScript
3 6 (8.82%) Java
4 5 (7.35%) C#
4 5 (7.35%) C++
4 5 (7.35%) PHP
5 4 (5.88%) VB
6 1 (1.47%) Apple Swift
6 1 (1.47%) F#
6 1 (1.47%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.47%) Ruby
6 1 (1.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 16 (23.53%) ISEB
2 14 (20.59%) ISTQB
3 4 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (4.41%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.41%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.47%) Degree
5 1 (1.47%) Master's Degree
5 1 (1.47%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.82%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.41%) Docker
2 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.47%) Terminal Services
2 1 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.47%) VMware Workstation
2 1 (1.47%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (1.47%) vRealize
Vendors
1 17 (25.00%) Oracle
2 8 (11.76%) SAP
3 6 (8.82%) HP
4 5 (7.35%) Saba
5 4 (5.88%) Microsoft
5 4 (5.88%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (5.88%) webMethods
6 3 (4.41%) IBM
6 3 (4.41%) VMware
7 2 (2.94%) Workday
8 1 (1.47%) MapR
8 1 (1.47%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.47%) Tableau