Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Lead Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 November 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.

Lead Tester
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 842 858 810
Rank change year-on-year +16 -48 +31
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Tester 36 36 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.034% 0.072%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.036% 0.076%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 19 55
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +11.89%
10th Percentile £303 £310 £278
90th Percentile £610 £494 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £400 £405
% change year-on-year -9.38% -1.23% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97472 100409 109082
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.75% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64264 65451 69386
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2912 3320 4146
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.26 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.54% - +8.29%

Lead Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Lead Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Lead Tester in the UK

Lead Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Lead Tester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Tester in the UK

Lead Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Tester over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Tester in the UK

Lead Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Tester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Tester in the UK

Lead Tester
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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
England +17 35 £449 +12.19% 5
London +2 24 £450 +5.88% 3
UK excluding London +24 12 £363 -9.38% 2
North of England +59 6 £388 +3.33% 1
Yorkshire +31 6 £388 +1.64% 1
South East +2 2 £288 -29.23% 1
East of England -21 2 £575 -
Midlands +27 1 £325 -18.75%
West Midlands +22 1 £325 -18.75%
South West +3 1 £375 +25.00%

Lead Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, Lead Tester 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 featuring Lead Tester in the job title.

1 19 (52.78%) Test Automation
2 13 (36.11%) Java
3 12 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (30.56%) Git (software)
4 11 (30.56%) QA
5 10 (27.78%) JIRA
5 10 (27.78%) Cucumber
6 9 (25.00%) BDD
7 8 (22.22%) Selenium
7 8 (22.22%) Jenkins
8 7 (19.44%) Test Strategy
8 7 (19.44%) Gherkin
8 7 (19.44%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (19.44%) Banking
8 7 (19.44%) E-Commerce
9 6 (16.67%) SQL
9 6 (16.67%) TDD
9 6 (16.67%) Scrum
9 6 (16.67%) Finance
9 6 (16.67%) Defect Management
10 5 (13.89%) Migration
10 5 (13.89%) Test Scripting
11 4 (11.11%) Performance Testing
11 4 (11.11%) Web Services
11 4 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
11 4 (11.11%) SDLC
11 4 (11.11%) Docker
11 4 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
12 3 (8.33%) DevOps
12 3 (8.33%) Mentoring

Lead Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (8.33%) Confluence
2 1 (2.78%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.78%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.56%) Big Data
2 2 (5.56%) Hadoop
2 2 (5.56%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.78%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (30.56%) Git (software)
2 10 (27.78%) Cucumber
2 10 (27.78%) JIRA
3 8 (22.22%) Jenkins
3 8 (22.22%) Selenium
4 3 (8.33%) IntelliJ
4 3 (8.33%) JMeter
4 3 (8.33%) JUnit
4 3 (8.33%) WebDriver
5 2 (5.56%) Gerrit
5 2 (5.56%) SoapUI
5 2 (5.56%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.78%) Bitbucket
6 1 (2.78%) Calabash
6 1 (2.78%) Gatling
6 1 (2.78%) Protractor
6 1 (2.78%) TestRail
6 1 (2.78%) The Grinder
6 1 (2.78%) Toad
6 1 (2.78%) Travis CI
General
1 7 (19.44%) Banking
2 6 (16.67%) Finance
3 2 (5.56%) Back Office
3 2 (5.56%) Games
3 2 (5.56%) Legal
3 2 (5.56%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (19.44%) Gherkin
2 4 (11.11%) Web Services
3 3 (8.33%) SOAP
4 2 (5.56%) .NET
4 2 (5.56%) AngularJS
4 2 (5.56%) REST
5 1 (2.78%) Apache CXF
5 1 (2.78%) HTML
5 1 (2.78%) HTML5
5 1 (2.78%) J2EE
5 1 (2.78%) JSON
5 1 (2.78%) Kafka
5 1 (2.78%) Middleware
5 1 (2.78%) React
5 1 (2.78%) RESTful
5 1 (2.78%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 2 (5.56%) Greenfield Project
1 2 (5.56%) Replication
2 1 (2.78%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.78%) Hedge funds
2 1 (2.78%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (2.78%) iPad
2 1 (2.78%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.78%) Linux
1 1 (2.78%) Unix
1 1 (2.78%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (52.78%) Test Automation
2 12 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (25.00%) BDD
4 7 (19.44%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (19.44%) E-Commerce
4 7 (19.44%) Test Strategy
5 6 (16.67%) Defect Management
5 6 (16.67%) Scrum
5 6 (16.67%) TDD
6 5 (13.89%) Migration
6 5 (13.89%) Test Scripting
7 4 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
7 4 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
7 4 (11.11%) Performance Testing
7 4 (11.11%) SDLC
8 3 (8.33%) Data Migration
8 3 (8.33%) DevOps
8 3 (8.33%) Mentoring
8 3 (8.33%) Regression Testing
9 2 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (36.11%) Java
2 6 (16.67%) SQL
3 3 (8.33%) Python
4 2 (5.56%) C#
4 2 (5.56%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.56%) Scala
5 1 (2.78%) Groovy
5 1 (2.78%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) CREST Certified
1 2 (5.56%) ISEB
2 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (30.56%) QA
2 1 (2.78%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (11.11%) Docker
2 1 (2.78%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.56%) HP
3 1 (2.78%) AppDynamics
3 1 (2.78%) Atlassian
3 1 (2.78%) BMC
3 1 (2.78%) Charles River
3 1 (2.78%) IBM
3 1 (2.78%) Kronos
3 1 (2.78%) LANDesk
3 1 (2.78%) Mercator
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle
3 1 (2.78%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (2.78%) ServiceNow