The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £331 per day in advertised job vacancies in South Wales during the 3 months to 22 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
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Lead
Wales / South Wales
Rank 49 67 50
Rank change year-on-year +18 -17  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 6 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.08% 0.51% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 0.52% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 0
Median daily rate £331 £394 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.87% -  
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 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 539 577 417
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 96.77% 98.63% 95.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 389 288
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £192 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 35 20
Median hourly rate £17.77 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.69% -7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £10.83 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £29.35 £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 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 22 March 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 +22 6 £331 +15.21%
Test Leader
Wales

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 22 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 South Wales region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 4 (57.14%) ISTQB
1 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
2 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Load Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
2 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 3 (42.86%) NHS
3 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 2 (28.57%) Finance
3 2 (28.57%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Information Governance
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
4 1 (14.29%) Mobile First
4 1 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (14.29%) Fintech
4 1 (14.29%) TestRail
4 1 (14.29%) Test Management
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) JMeter
4 1 (14.29%) Linux
4 1 (14.29%) HP
4 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management

Test Leader Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Cucumber
1 1 (14.29%) JIRA
1 1 (14.29%) JMeter
1 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
1 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
1 1 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (14.29%) TestRail
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) NHS
2 1 (14.29%) Fintech
2 1 (14.29%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
2 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Load Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
3 2 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Validation
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (14.29%) Data Protection
4 1 (14.29%) Informatics
4 1 (14.29%) Information Governance
4 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
4 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 1 (14.29%) Test Management
4 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (57.14%) ISTQB
2 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (14.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) HP