Period
to 25 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 June 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
UK
6 months to
25 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 471 481 442
Rank change year-on-year +10 -39 -91
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 466 386 520
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.42% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.49% 0.44% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 325 248 298
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £293 £312 £284
90th Percentile £585 £513 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +2.47% - +13.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
UK median hourly rate £21.73 £27.50 £48.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.98% -43.30% +38.57%
10th Percentile £20.35 £26.25 £46.75
90th Percentile £23.12 £28.75 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.73 £27.50 £48.50
% change year-on-year -20.98% -43.30% +38.57%

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 95,290 86,992 101,087
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,383 56,264 65,652
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,066 2,875 3,090
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.40 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.63 £20.00
% change year-on-year -0.74% -11.85% +19.05%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader over the 6 months to 25 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 25 June 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 +3 404 £413 +3.13% 69
UK excluding London +5 297 £384 +2.47% 53
London -12 164 £439 +3.24% 18
North of England -12 67 £375 -6.25% 12
Midlands -6 61 £413 +15.79% 14
South East -29 55 £400 +6.67% 13
West Midlands -2 49 £420 +20.00% 10
Scotland -15 41 £323 -11.64% 1
South West -1 34 £400 -7.62% 7
Yorkshire -3 33 £355 -11.25% 6
North West -24 25 £406 -3.85% 6
East of England +20 21 £463 +1.37% 5
Wales -13 14 £350 +7.69% 1
East Midlands -10 11 £400 -1.54% 4
North East +5 9 £600 -
Channel Islands - 4 - -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 161 (34.55%) Agile Software Development
2 152 (32.62%) Test Automation
3 132 (28.33%) Test Scripting
4 107 (22.96%) Test Strategy
5 95 (20.39%) User Acceptance Testing
6 94 (20.17%) Selenium
7 90 (19.31%) Finance
8 80 (17.17%) ISTQB
9 74 (15.88%) Security Cleared
10 65 (13.95%) Software Testing
11 63 (13.52%) Stakeholder Management
12 62 (13.30%) HP
13 59 (12.66%) Scrum
13 59 (12.66%) Cucumber
14 57 (12.23%) Defect Management
14 57 (12.23%) TDD
15 55 (11.80%) QA
16 54 (11.59%) ISEB
17 53 (11.37%) SC Cleared
17 53 (11.37%) Non-Functional Testing
18 52 (11.16%) BDD
19 51 (10.94%) Performance Testing
20 49 (10.52%) HP ALM
21 48 (10.30%) DevOps
22 46 (9.87%) Functional Testing
23 45 (9.66%) JIRA
23 45 (9.66%) Java
23 45 (9.66%) Scenario Testing
24 44 (9.44%) Migration
25 42 (9.01%) Banking

Test Leader 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 22 (4.72%) Confluence
2 8 (1.72%) Apache
3 6 (1.29%) WebLogic
4 4 (0.86%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 4 (0.86%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.86%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.86%) WebLogic Integration
5 3 (0.64%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.64%) Documentum
5 3 (0.64%) IBM Domino
5 3 (0.64%) SAS
6 2 (0.43%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 10 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.43%) Windchill
5 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.64%) SAP S/4HANA
1 3 (0.64%) Unit4 Business World
1 3 (0.64%) Workday HCM
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.21%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.21%) Magento
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.21%) Primavera
3 1 (0.21%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.21%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.21%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 19 (4.08%) Office 365
2 13 (2.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.07%) Dynamics 365
4 5 (1.07%) SaaS
4 5 (1.07%) Sauce Labs
5 4 (0.86%) BrowserStack
5 4 (0.86%) GitHub
5 4 (0.86%) SuccessFactors
6 3 (0.64%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.21%) Slack
8 1 (0.21%) TestFlight
8 1 (0.21%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 19 (4.08%) DHCP
1 19 (4.08%) DNS
2 17 (3.65%) Firewall
2 17 (3.65%) SMS
3 8 (1.72%) VoIP
4 7 (1.50%) Ethernet
4 7 (1.50%) IPsec
4 7 (1.50%) Network Security
4 7 (1.50%) VPN
5 5 (1.07%) 3GPP
5 5 (1.07%) FTP
6 4 (0.86%) Broadband
6 4 (0.86%) LAN
6 4 (0.86%) WAN
7 3 (0.64%) HTTP
7 3 (0.64%) IPv4
7 3 (0.64%) IPv6
8 2 (0.43%) 2G
8 2 (0.43%) 3G
8 2 (0.43%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.79%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.72%) Oracle Database
3 5 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (0.86%) MS Access
4 4 (0.86%) QlikView
5 3 (0.64%) Amazon Redshift
5 3 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.43%) Big Data
6 2 (0.43%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.43%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (0.43%) Redis
7 1 (0.21%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.21%) DB2
7 1 (0.21%) DTS
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.21%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 94 (20.17%) Selenium
2 59 (12.66%) Cucumber
3 45 (9.66%) JIRA
4 36 (7.73%) JMeter
5 35 (7.51%) LoadRunner
6 25 (5.36%) SoapUI
6 25 (5.36%) WebDriver
7 19 (4.08%) Jenkins
8 15 (3.22%) SpecFlow
9 13 (2.79%) HP UFT
10 10 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (1.93%) Visual Studio
11 9 (1.93%) Zephyr
12 8 (1.72%) Git (software)
13 7 (1.50%) WinRunner
14 6 (1.29%) JUnit
14 6 (1.29%) Selendroid
15 5 (1.07%) Eclipse
15 5 (1.07%) TeamCity
15 5 (1.07%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 90 (19.31%) Finance
2 42 (9.01%) Banking
3 21 (4.51%) Telecoms
4 18 (3.86%) Retail Banking
5 15 (3.22%) Retail
6 6 (1.29%) Advertising
7 5 (1.07%) Law
8 4 (0.86%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.86%) Legal
9 2 (0.43%) Automotive
9 2 (0.43%) Billing
9 2 (0.43%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.43%) German Language
9 2 (0.43%) Military
10 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.21%) Back Office
10 1 (0.21%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.21%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (5.58%) .NET
2 25 (5.36%) Gherkin
3 18 (3.86%) SOAP
4 14 (3.00%) Web Services
5 12 (2.58%) REST
6 11 (2.36%) XML
7 6 (1.29%) RESTful
8 5 (1.07%) Spring
9 4 (0.86%) .NET Framework
9 4 (0.86%) Node.js
10 3 (0.64%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.64%) JSON
10 3 (0.64%) Kafka
10 3 (0.64%) Middleware
10 3 (0.64%) WCF
11 2 (0.43%) Ajax
11 2 (0.43%) CSS
11 2 (0.43%) CSS3
11 2 (0.43%) HTML
11 2 (0.43%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 35 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (2.58%) PDA
3 10 (2.15%) Data Centre
4 9 (1.93%) PKI
5 8 (1.72%) Mobile App
6 7 (1.50%) Clustering
6 7 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.29%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (1.07%) Mainframe
8 5 (1.07%) New Media
8 5 (1.07%) NHS
9 4 (0.86%) N-Tier
9 4 (0.86%) Smart Meter
9 4 (0.86%) STB
9 4 (0.86%) User Experience
9 4 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 3 (0.64%) Video on Demand
11 2 (0.43%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 24 (5.15%) Windows
2 20 (4.29%) Linux
3 13 (2.79%) Windows 7
4 11 (2.36%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (2.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (2.15%) Unix
6 7 (1.50%) AIX
6 7 (1.50%) Android
7 6 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.86%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.86%) HPUX
8 4 (0.86%) SUSE
9 2 (0.43%) CentOS
9 2 (0.43%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.21%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (34.55%) Agile Software Development
2 152 (32.62%) Test Automation
3 132 (28.33%) Test Scripting
4 107 (22.96%) Test Strategy
5 95 (20.39%) User Acceptance Testing
6 65 (13.95%) Software Testing
7 63 (13.52%) Stakeholder Management
8 59 (12.66%) Scrum
9 57 (12.23%) Defect Management
9 57 (12.23%) TDD
10 53 (11.37%) Non-Functional Testing
11 52 (11.16%) BDD
12 51 (10.94%) Performance Testing
13 48 (10.30%) DevOps
14 46 (9.87%) Functional Testing
15 45 (9.66%) Scenario Testing
16 44 (9.44%) Migration
17 41 (8.80%) Waterfall
18 39 (8.37%) Problem-Solving
19 38 (8.15%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 45 (9.66%) Java
2 42 (9.01%) SQL
3 32 (6.87%) C#
4 15 (3.22%) Python
5 9 (1.93%) C
6 8 (1.72%) JavaScript
6 8 (1.72%) PowerShell
6 8 (1.72%) VB
7 6 (1.29%) VBA
8 4 (0.86%) Bash Shell
8 4 (0.86%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 4 (0.86%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.64%) Groovy
9 3 (0.64%) PHP
9 3 (0.64%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.43%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.43%) F#
10 2 (0.43%) Perl
10 2 (0.43%) Ruby
10 2 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 80 (17.17%) ISTQB
2 74 (15.88%) Security Cleared
3 54 (11.59%) ISEB
4 53 (11.37%) SC Cleared
5 33 (7.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (2.79%) DV Cleared
7 6 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.43%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.43%) CCNA
9 2 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.21%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.21%) Degree
10 1 (0.21%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (11.80%) QA
2 5 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (0.86%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.64%) GDPR
5 2 (0.43%) IFRS
5 2 (0.43%) PSD2
5 2 (0.43%) SEPA
6 1 (0.21%) MiFID
6 1 (0.21%) PMO
6 1 (0.21%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (3.00%) Active Directory
3 9 (1.93%) Hyper-V
3 9 (1.93%) Virtual Desktop
4 8 (1.72%) vSphere
5 7 (1.50%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.86%) Docker
7 2 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 49 (10.52%) HP ALM
2 24 (5.15%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.50%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (1.07%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 3 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.64%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.43%) SCCM
6 2 (0.43%) SCOM
6 2 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.21%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.21%) logstash
7 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.21%) MOM
7 1 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.21%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 62 (13.30%) HP
2 39 (8.37%) Microsoft
3 23 (4.94%) Oracle
4 20 (4.29%) VMware
5 11 (2.36%) SAP
6 9 (1.93%) Citrix
6 9 (1.93%) Splunk
7 8 (1.72%) Capita
8 7 (1.50%) Cisco
8 7 (1.50%) Ivanti
8 7 (1.50%) McAfee
8 7 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.50%) Veritas
8 7 (1.50%) Workday
9 6 (1.29%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.86%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.86%) IBM
10 4 (0.86%) Teradata
10 4 (0.86%) TIBCO
11 3 (0.64%) Pega