Period
to 22 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £403 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 22 August 2018.

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 West
6 months to
22 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 153 160 157
Rank change year-on-year +7 -3 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 53 43 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.96% 0.79% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 0.83% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 32 32
South West median daily rate £403 £437 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +24.86% +7.69%
10th Percentile £297 £317 £297
90th Percentile £669 £512 £515
England median daily rate £425 £413 £390
% change year-on-year +3.03% +5.77% +11.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £35.00 £45.50
% change year-on-year - -23.08% +30.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
South West
Contract vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 5,289 5,207 5,568
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.52% 95.82% 95.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,243 3,240 3,592
South West median daily rate £400 £386 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.56% +3.00% -
10th Percentile £250 £217 £228
90th Percentile £550 £532 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 257 330
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +44.44%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.63 £11.63
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £46.54
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.92%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the South West

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the South West

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader in the South West over the 6 months to 22 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the South West

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the South West

Test Leader
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 22 August 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol 0 25 £390 +15.56% 6
Wiltshire +19 18 £450 - 1
Somerset +3 2 £440 -7.37% 1
Dorset -1 2 £350 -
Gloucestershire -1 2 £335 -31.28% 1
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 August 2018, Test Leader contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 23 (43.40%) Test Automation
2 18 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (26.42%) ISEB
3 14 (26.42%) Test Scripting
4 13 (24.53%) Security Cleared
4 13 (24.53%) ISTQB
5 12 (22.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (22.64%) QA
6 10 (18.87%) Functional Testing
6 10 (18.87%) Validation
7 8 (15.09%) Scrum
7 8 (15.09%) JIRA
7 8 (15.09%) Test Strategy
8 7 (13.21%) Defect Management
8 7 (13.21%) Selenium
8 7 (13.21%) SC Cleared
8 7 (13.21%) Microsoft Azure
8 7 (13.21%) Cucumber
8 7 (13.21%) Performance Testing
8 7 (13.21%) Migration
8 7 (13.21%) Finance
8 7 (13.21%) Java
8 7 (13.21%) XML
9 6 (11.32%) ITIL
9 6 (11.32%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (11.32%) REST
9 6 (11.32%) Test Management
9 6 (11.32%) System Integration Testing
10 5 (9.43%) Gherkin
10 5 (9.43%) Bitbucket

Test Leader Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 3 (5.66%) Confluence
2 1 (1.89%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 7 (13.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (9.43%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.55%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (15.09%) JIRA
2 7 (13.21%) Cucumber
2 7 (13.21%) Selenium
3 5 (9.43%) Bitbucket
3 5 (9.43%) Git (software)
3 5 (9.43%) JMeter
4 3 (5.66%) Eclipse
4 3 (5.66%) Jenkins
4 3 (5.66%) JUnit
4 3 (5.66%) SoapUI
4 3 (5.66%) SonarQube
4 3 (5.66%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.77%) HP UFT
5 2 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (3.77%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.89%) JIRA Agile
General
1 7 (13.21%) Finance
2 5 (9.43%) Telecoms
3 3 (5.66%) Banking
3 3 (5.66%) Retail
4 2 (3.77%) Military
5 1 (1.89%) Billing
5 1 (1.89%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.89%) Local Government
5 1 (1.89%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.21%) XML
2 6 (11.32%) REST
3 5 (9.43%) Gherkin
4 4 (7.55%) Middleware
5 3 (5.66%) JSON
5 3 (5.66%) SOAP
5 3 (5.66%) Spring
5 3 (5.66%) Web Services
5 3 (5.66%) XSD
6 2 (3.77%) .NET
6 2 (3.77%) ASP.NET
6 2 (3.77%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.55%) Video Conferencing
2 3 (5.66%) DataPower
3 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.89%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.89%) Smart Meter
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (43.40%) Test Automation
2 18 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (26.42%) Test Scripting
4 12 (22.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (18.87%) Functional Testing
5 10 (18.87%) Validation
6 8 (15.09%) Scrum
6 8 (15.09%) Test Strategy
7 7 (13.21%) Defect Management
7 7 (13.21%) Migration
7 7 (13.21%) Performance Testing
8 6 (11.32%) ITIL
8 6 (11.32%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (11.32%) System Integration Testing
8 6 (11.32%) Test Management
9 5 (9.43%) DevOps
9 5 (9.43%) Mentoring
10 4 (7.55%) Line Management
10 4 (7.55%) Regression Testing
10 4 (7.55%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.21%) Java
2 5 (9.43%) VB
3 4 (7.55%) Python
4 3 (5.66%) C#
4 3 (5.66%) C++
5 2 (3.77%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.77%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (26.42%) ISEB
2 13 (24.53%) ISTQB
2 13 (24.53%) Security Cleared
3 7 (13.21%) SC Cleared
4 4 (7.55%) DV Cleared
4 4 (7.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (5.66%) DBS Check
6 2 (3.77%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (22.64%) QA
2 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 5 (9.43%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (5.66%) CA Service Virtualization
2 3 (5.66%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 4 (7.55%) HP
2 3 (5.66%) CA
2 3 (5.66%) Micro Focus
3 2 (3.77%) Capita
3 2 (3.77%) MuleSoft
4 1 (1.89%) Cisco
4 1 (1.89%) Juniper
4 1 (1.89%) Ruckus Wireless
4 1 (1.89%) Siemens