Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Test Manager was £453 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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.

Quality Assurance Test Manager
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 856 846 855
Rank change year-on-year -10 +9 -33
Contract jobs requiring a QA Test Manager 20 24 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.020% 0.025% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.021% 0.026% 0.026%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 15 12
UK median daily rate £453 £475 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.74% +19.50% -11.67%
10th Percentile £379 £363 £351
90th Percentile £656 £568 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £488 £395
% change year-on-year -14.87% +23.42% -16.84%
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 95,087 92,090 101,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,169 60,120 64,967
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,779 3,236 3,857
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

QA Test Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured QA Test Manager in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for QA Test Manager in the UK

QA Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Test Manager.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Test Manager in the UK

QA Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Test Manager over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Test Manager in the UK

QA Test Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Test Manager in the UK

QA Test Manager
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 QA Test Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 18 January 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
England +1 19 £475 - 3
London -25 14 £500 +31.58% 1
UK excluding London -6 6 £415 -14.87% 2
North of England +34 2 £420 -16.00% 2
South East -26 2 £498 +13.07%
North East +51 1 £475 -5.00%
North West +12 1 £365 - 2
West Midlands +10 1 £315 -45.22%
Midlands +8 1 £315 -45.22%
Northern Ireland -22 1 £400 -

QA Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, QA Test Manager 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 QA Test Manager in the job title.

1 20 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (40.00%) Test Automation
4 7 (35.00%) Test Management
4 7 (35.00%) SDLC
4 7 (35.00%) Java
5 6 (30.00%) SQL
5 6 (30.00%) BDD
6 5 (25.00%) Test Strategy
6 5 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (25.00%) Python
7 4 (20.00%) Unix
7 4 (20.00%) Perl
7 4 (20.00%) TDD
7 4 (20.00%) Equities
7 4 (20.00%) JMeter
7 4 (20.00%) FIX Protocol
7 4 (20.00%) MiFID
7 4 (20.00%) JIRA
7 4 (20.00%) Electronic Trading
7 4 (20.00%) Git (software)
7 4 (20.00%) Selenium
7 4 (20.00%) Cucumber
8 3 (15.00%) Test Scripting
8 3 (15.00%) API Testing
8 3 (15.00%) Defect Management
8 3 (15.00%) PMO
8 3 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (15.00%) Finance
8 3 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management

QA Test Manager 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 2 (10.00%) Confluence
1 2 (10.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.00%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) Office 365
2 1 (5.00%) Slack
Development Applications
1 4 (20.00%) Cucumber
1 4 (20.00%) Git (software)
1 4 (20.00%) JIRA
1 4 (20.00%) JMeter
1 4 (20.00%) Selenium
2 2 (10.00%) Jasmine
2 2 (10.00%) Jenkins
2 2 (10.00%) LoadRunner
2 2 (10.00%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (10.00%) Zephyr
3 1 (5.00%) HP UFT
3 1 (5.00%) JBehave
3 1 (5.00%) JUnit
3 1 (5.00%) Maven
3 1 (5.00%) Mockito
3 1 (5.00%) Moq
3 1 (5.00%) SoapUI
3 1 (5.00%) TeamCity
3 1 (5.00%) TestDirector
3 1 (5.00%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (15.00%) Finance
2 2 (10.00%) Banking
2 2 (10.00%) Investment Banking
2 2 (10.00%) Retail
3 1 (5.00%) Advertising
3 1 (5.00%) Back Office
3 1 (5.00%) Financial Institution
3 1 (5.00%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (20.00%) FIX Protocol
2 2 (10.00%) SOAP
2 2 (10.00%) Web Services
3 1 (5.00%) Gherkin
3 1 (5.00%) Hibernate
3 1 (5.00%) REST
3 1 (5.00%) RESTful
3 1 (5.00%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (20.00%) Equities
2 2 (10.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (5.00%) Fixed Income
3 1 (5.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (5.00%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 7 (35.00%) SDLC
3 7 (35.00%) Test Management
4 6 (30.00%) BDD
5 5 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (25.00%) Test Strategy
6 4 (20.00%) Electronic Trading
6 4 (20.00%) TDD
7 3 (15.00%) API Testing
7 3 (15.00%) Defect Management
7 3 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (15.00%) Test Scripting
8 2 (10.00%) Integration Testing
8 2 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 2 (10.00%) Performance Testing
8 2 (10.00%) Quality Management
8 2 (10.00%) Scrum
8 2 (10.00%) Test Planning
8 2 (10.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 7 (35.00%) Java
2 6 (30.00%) SQL
3 5 (25.00%) Python
4 4 (20.00%) Perl
5 3 (15.00%) C#
6 2 (10.00%) JavaScript
7 1 (5.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) ISEB
1 3 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (10.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (10.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (5.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (5.00%) Degree
3 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (5.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (20.00%) MiFID
3 3 (15.00%) PMO
4 1 (5.00%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (5.00%) Nessus
Vendors
1 3 (15.00%) HP
1 3 (15.00%) Oracle
2 2 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.00%) Atlassian
3 1 (5.00%) SAP