Period
to 15 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £440 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 15 November 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
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 149 168 160
Rank change year-on-year +19 -8 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 76 33 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.21% 0.59% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 0.61% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 23 42
South West median daily rate £440 £460 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +31.43% +3.70%
10th Percentile £324 £297 £285
90th Percentile £654 £512 £423
England median daily rate £430 £415 £395
% change year-on-year +3.61% +5.06% +6.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £42.25 £36.25 £42.50
% change year-on-year +16.55% -14.71% +21.43%

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 5,986 5,374 5,565
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 95.35% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,757 3,370 3,594
South West median daily rate £425 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.39% +2.67% -
10th Percentile £250 £210 £213
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 277 249 344
South West median hourly rate £39.00 £32.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +30.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £11.95 £11.47 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.55 £50.00 £46.43
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.06
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.54% +1.46%

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 15 November 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 15 November 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 +16 28 £400 +34.68% 4
Wiltshire -10 20 £438 -10.71% 2
Somerset +17 19 £513 +4.59% 5
Gloucestershire -16 2 £335 -27.17%
Dorset +1 1 £425 -
Test Leader
England

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

For the 6 months to 15 November 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 43 (56.58%) Test Automation
2 38 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (35.53%) Security Cleared
4 18 (23.68%) QA
4 18 (23.68%) Test Strategy
4 18 (23.68%) C#
5 16 (21.05%) DV Cleared
6 15 (19.74%) Scrum
7 14 (18.42%) Continuous Delivery
8 13 (17.11%) Continuous Deployment
8 13 (17.11%) Performance Testing
8 13 (17.11%) BDD
9 12 (15.79%) Git (software)
9 12 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
9 12 (15.79%) Test Scripting
9 12 (15.79%) ISEB
10 11 (14.47%) Middleware
10 11 (14.47%) GIS
10 11 (14.47%) Microsoft Azure
10 11 (14.47%) Functional Testing
11 10 (13.16%) Performance Engineering
11 10 (13.16%) Test Management
11 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared
11 10 (13.16%) Security Testing
11 10 (13.16%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (13.16%) Validation
11 10 (13.16%) Migration
12 9 (11.84%) Java
12 9 (11.84%) Cucumber
13 8 (10.53%) Continuous Improvement

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:

Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 11 (14.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.95%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (1.32%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.32%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.63%) Broadband
1 2 (2.63%) HTTP
2 1 (1.32%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.32%) ZigBee
2 1 (1.32%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.47%) GIS
2 3 (3.95%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.32%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.32%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (15.79%) Git (software)
1 12 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (11.84%) Cucumber
3 8 (10.53%) JMeter
4 7 (9.21%) Selenium
5 5 (6.58%) JIRA
5 5 (6.58%) SoapUI
6 4 (5.26%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.95%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (2.63%) Bitbucket
8 2 (2.63%) Fiddler
8 2 (2.63%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.32%) JUnit
9 1 (1.32%) Maven
9 1 (1.32%) Protractor
9 1 (1.32%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (7.89%) Banking
2 4 (5.26%) Finance
2 4 (5.26%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.95%) Retail
4 2 (2.63%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.32%) Billing
5 1 (1.32%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.32%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (14.47%) Middleware
2 8 (10.53%) SOAP
2 8 (10.53%) XML
3 7 (9.21%) REST
3 7 (9.21%) Web Services
4 5 (6.58%) JSON
4 5 (6.58%) XSD
5 4 (5.26%) .NET
6 3 (3.95%) ASP.NET
6 3 (3.95%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (2.63%) Gherkin
7 2 (2.63%) RESTful
8 1 (1.32%) Node.js
8 1 (1.32%) Spring
8 1 (1.32%) Spring Boot
8 1 (1.32%) Swagger
8 1 (1.32%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.58%) DataPower
2 2 (2.63%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.63%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.32%) Raspberry Pi
3 1 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (1.32%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.32%) Linux
1 1 (1.32%) Mac OS X
1 1 (1.32%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (56.58%) Test Automation
2 38 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (23.68%) Test Strategy
4 15 (19.74%) Scrum
5 14 (18.42%) Continuous Delivery
6 13 (17.11%) BDD
6 13 (17.11%) Continuous Deployment
6 13 (17.11%) Performance Testing
7 12 (15.79%) Test Scripting
8 11 (14.47%) Functional Testing
9 10 (13.16%) Migration
9 10 (13.16%) Performance Engineering
9 10 (13.16%) Security Testing
9 10 (13.16%) Test Management
9 10 (13.16%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (13.16%) Validation
10 8 (10.53%) Acceptance Criteria
10 8 (10.53%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (10.53%) Waterfall
11 6 (7.89%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 18 (23.68%) C#
2 9 (11.84%) Java
3 8 (10.53%) Python
4 6 (7.89%) C++
5 5 (6.58%) VB
6 3 (3.95%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.63%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.63%) Ruby
8 1 (1.32%) Groovy
8 1 (1.32%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 27 (35.53%) Security Cleared
2 16 (21.05%) DV Cleared
3 12 (15.79%) ISEB
4 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared
5 7 (9.21%) ISTQB
6 3 (3.95%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (3.95%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (23.68%) QA
2 1 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.32%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (6.58%) CA Service Virtualization
1 5 (6.58%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.63%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (1.32%) Kibana
3 1 (1.32%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 5 (6.58%) CA
1 5 (6.58%) Micro Focus
2 3 (3.95%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.63%) Dynatrace
4 1 (1.32%) AppDynamics
4 1 (1.32%) Cisco
4 1 (1.32%) Juniper
4 1 (1.32%) Ruckus Wireless