The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £345 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Lead
England / South West
Rank 112 112 118
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 21 23 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.82% 0.80% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.86% 0.83% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 19 20
Median daily rate £345 £340 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.47% +3.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £295 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £502
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 the South West. 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 West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2439 2772 2969
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.31% 96.65% 95.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1547 1791 1866
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 182 142
Median hourly rate £38.50 £39.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.28% +30.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £13.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £44.50
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 the South West

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

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 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
Bristol +3 6 £345 +16.16%
Wiltshire +1 5 £313 -5.01% 3
Gloucestershire +3 3 £488 +45.52%
Somerset +2 3 £325 -16.12%
Devon -3 3 £390 -17.89%
Dorset +9 1 - -
Test Leader
England

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 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 West region featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 23 (42.59%) Test Scripting
2 16 (29.63%) Test Strategy
3 15 (27.78%) Finance
4 14 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (20.37%) Banking
5 11 (20.37%) ISTQB
6 10 (18.52%) ISEB
7 9 (16.67%) Automated Testing
7 9 (16.67%) QA
8 8 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (14.81%) Performance Testing
8 8 (14.81%) Software Testing
9 7 (12.96%) Maven
9 7 (12.96%) Retail
9 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (12.96%) Scrum
9 7 (12.96%) Java
10 6 (11.11%) Cucumber
10 6 (11.11%) GitLab
10 6 (11.11%) ITIL
10 6 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (11.11%) Selenium
10 6 (11.11%) Manual Testing
10 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
11 5 (9.26%) TDD
11 5 (9.26%) Garbage Collection
11 5 (9.26%) API Testing
11 5 (9.26%) BDD
11 5 (9.26%) Functional Testing
11 5 (9.26%) Jenkins

Test Leader Skill Set
Top Related 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 2 (3.70%) SAS
2 1 (1.85%) ATG Dynamo
2 1 (1.85%) CMS
2 1 (1.85%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 5 (9.26%) GitHub
2 3 (5.56%) Office 365
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.70%) LAN
1 2 (3.70%) VoIP
1 2 (3.70%) WAN
2 1 (1.85%) ATM
2 1 (1.85%) BGP
2 1 (1.85%) HSRP
2 1 (1.85%) MPLS
2 1 (1.85%) OSPF
2 1 (1.85%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.70%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (3.70%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
2 2 (3.70%) BusinessObjects XI
2 2 (3.70%) Kalido
2 2 (3.70%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.70%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 7 (12.96%) Maven
2 6 (11.11%) Cucumber
2 6 (11.11%) GitLab
2 6 (11.11%) Selenium
3 5 (9.26%) Jenkins
4 4 (7.41%) Git (software)
5 3 (5.56%) Ant
5 3 (5.56%) SoapUI
5 3 (5.56%) Subversion
5 3 (5.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (3.70%) Bitbucket
6 2 (3.70%) JMeter
6 2 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (3.70%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.85%) Gradle
7 1 (1.85%) JIRA
7 1 (1.85%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.85%) Vagrant
7 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.85%) WebLOAD
General
1 15 (27.78%) Finance
2 11 (20.37%) Banking
3 7 (12.96%) Retail
4 3 (5.56%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.85%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.85%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.41%) REST
1 4 (7.41%) Spring
2 2 (3.70%) .NET
2 2 (3.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (3.70%) SOAP
2 2 (3.70%) Web Services
3 1 (1.85%) CSS
3 1 (1.85%) HTML
3 1 (1.85%) Middleware
3 1 (1.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
1 2 (3.70%) NHS
2 1 (1.85%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.85%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.85%) Fintech
2 1 (1.85%) FMCG
2 1 (1.85%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.70%) Unix
2 1 (1.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (42.59%) Test Scripting
2 16 (29.63%) Test Strategy
3 14 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (16.67%) Automated Testing
5 8 (14.81%) Performance Testing
5 8 (14.81%) Software Testing
5 8 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (12.96%) Scrum
6 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (11.11%) ITIL
7 6 (11.11%) Manual Testing
8 5 (9.26%) API Testing
8 5 (9.26%) BDD
8 5 (9.26%) Functional Testing
8 5 (9.26%) Garbage Collection
8 5 (9.26%) TDD
9 4 (7.41%) Defect Management
9 4 (7.41%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 4 (7.41%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.96%) Java
2 4 (7.41%) Ruby
3 3 (5.56%) SQL
4 2 (3.70%) PL/SQL
4 2 (3.70%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.70%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.85%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.85%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.85%) Perl
5 1 (1.85%) Python
Qualifications
1 11 (20.37%) ISTQB
2 10 (18.52%) ISEB
3 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
4 4 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (7.41%) SC Cleared
5 3 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (3.70%) Degree
6 2 (3.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.85%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (16.67%) QA
2 2 (3.70%) ISO 9000
3 1 (1.85%) Basel II
3 1 (1.85%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (1.85%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (1.85%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 4 (7.41%) Google
2 3 (5.56%) HP
2 3 (5.56%) Oracle
3 2 (3.70%) ATG
3 2 (3.70%) Teradata
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco
4 1 (1.85%) hybris
4 1 (1.85%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.85%) SAP