The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in South Wales during the 3 months to 24 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
Wales / South Wales
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 50 65
Rank change year-on-year +3 +15  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 8 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.51% 0.21% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.57% 0.21% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 1
Median daily rate £325 £313 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% -7.40%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £338
% change year-on-year +5.33% +11.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 South Wales. 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 Wales
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 509 470 577
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 96.22% 97.31% 97.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 352 312 434
Median daily rate £358 £370 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.24% +3.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £195 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £499 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 27 24
Median hourly rate £16.28 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% -3.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.88 £9.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.10 £40.45 £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in South Wales

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in South Wales

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 24 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
Cardiff +7 8 £325 +4.00%
Test Leader
Wales

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

For the 6 months to 24 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 Wales region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 10 (71.43%) ISTQB
2 7 (50.00%) Migration
2 7 (50.00%) SQL
2 7 (50.00%) Data Migration
3 6 (42.86%) PRINCE2
4 5 (35.71%) SOAP
4 5 (35.71%) Project Management
4 5 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (35.71%) Test Automation
4 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
4 5 (35.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (28.57%) Performance Analysis
5 4 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 4 (28.57%) VMware
5 4 (28.57%) HL7
5 4 (28.57%) Release Management
5 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Load Testing
5 4 (28.57%) NHS
5 4 (28.57%) Service Delivery
5 4 (28.57%) XML
5 4 (28.57%) XSLT
5 4 (28.57%) ITIL
5 4 (28.57%) C++
6 3 (21.43%) PL/SQL
6 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
6 3 (21.43%) InterSystems
6 3 (21.43%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (21.43%) IBM

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in South Wales 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 3 (21.43%) BizTalk Server
1 3 (21.43%) JCAPS
1 3 (21.43%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
1 3 (21.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (7.14%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (7.14%) RDBMS
2 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
2 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (7.14%) Cucumber
3 1 (7.14%) JIRA
3 1 (7.14%) MSBuild
3 1 (7.14%) Selenium
3 1 (7.14%) TestRail
3 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) SOAP
2 4 (28.57%) XML
2 4 (28.57%) XSLT
3 3 (21.43%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (14.29%) Web Services
5 1 (7.14%) .NET
5 1 (7.14%) .NET Framework
5 1 (7.14%) AngularJS
5 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET
5 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (7.14%) Entity Framework
5 1 (7.14%) jQuery
5 1 (7.14%) LINQ
5 1 (7.14%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) NHS
2 1 (7.14%) Fintech
2 1 (7.14%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.14%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (50.00%) Data Migration
1 7 (50.00%) Migration
2 6 (42.86%) PRINCE2
3 5 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (35.71%) Project Management
3 5 (35.71%) Test Automation
4 4 (28.57%) ITIL
4 4 (28.57%) Load Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Performance Analysis
4 4 (28.57%) Release Management
4 4 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Service Delivery
4 4 (28.57%) Software Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 3 (21.43%) Informatics
5 3 (21.43%) Test Management
5 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
6 2 (14.29%) ETL
6 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (50.00%) SQL
2 4 (28.57%) C++
3 3 (21.43%) PL/SQL
4 2 (14.29%) Java
5 1 (7.14%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (71.43%) ISTQB
2 5 (35.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 1 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (7.14%) Degree
4 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (28.57%) HL7
2 3 (21.43%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (14.29%) QA
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (28.57%) VMware
2 3 (21.43%) Fiorano
2 3 (21.43%) IBM
2 3 (21.43%) InterSystems
3 1 (7.14%) Oracle