Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 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.

Test Lead
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 510 448 377
Rank change year-on-year -62 -71 +75
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 400 517 669
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.49% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.52% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 272 323 460
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +6.90% -3.33%
10th Percentile £305 £285 £267
90th Percentile £524 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +8.00% +7.14% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £42.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.71% -10.53% -
10th Percentile £35.13 £41.25 £26.75
90th Percentile £38.38 £43.75 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year - +30.77% -

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 97749 99240 107788
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64477 64699 68564
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2920 3284 4118
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 21 November 2017.

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 15 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 21 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 -78 361 £413 +5.77% 35
UK excluding London -49 252 £405 +8.00% 23
London -48 147 £413 -2.94% 13
Midlands +21 72 £425 +22.21% 3
South East -36 55 £420 +5.00% 5
North of England +27 45 £350 -6.67% 12
West Midlands +30 42 £413 +21.32% 1
South West -33 33 £460 +31.43%
Yorkshire +41 31 £344 -5.17% 6
East Midlands -7 29 £425 +15.65% 2
Scotland -1 25 £395 +16.18% 1
North West -9 14 £350 -11.39% 5
East of England -16 11 £413 +10.00% 2
Wales +21 10 £351 -14.91%
Northern Ireland - 2 £460 -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 144 (36.00%) Test Automation
2 132 (33.00%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 95 (23.75%) Test Strategy
5 90 (22.50%) Finance
6 81 (20.25%) Test Scripting
7 77 (19.25%) Banking
8 65 (16.25%) QA
8 65 (16.25%) Selenium
9 60 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 58 (14.50%) ISTQB
11 55 (13.75%) JIRA
12 50 (12.50%) ISEB
13 47 (11.75%) Java
14 46 (11.50%) BDD
15 45 (11.25%) Defect Management
16 44 (11.00%) Test Planning
16 44 (11.00%) Scrum
17 41 (10.25%) TDD
18 40 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
19 38 (9.50%) Cucumber
20 37 (9.25%) Test Management
21 36 (9.00%) Manual Testing
21 36 (9.00%) Migration
21 36 (9.00%) HP
22 33 (8.25%) SQL
22 33 (8.25%) Security Cleared
22 33 (8.25%) HP Quality Center
23 32 (8.00%) Non-Functional Testing
24 29 (7.25%) Waterfall

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 11 (2.75%) Confluence
1 11 (2.75%) WebSphere
2 8 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.75%) JBoss
4 5 (1.25%) JCAPS
5 4 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.75%) CMS
7 2 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.50%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.25%) Apache
8 1 (0.25%) CICS
8 1 (0.25%) Drupal
8 1 (0.25%) SAS
8 1 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.50%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.25%) Oracle Financials
2 4 (1.00%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (1.00%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (1.00%) SAP HCM
2 4 (1.00%) VisionPLUS
3 3 (0.75%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.75%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.75%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.75%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.50%) Findur
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.50%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.50%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.25%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.25%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.25%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.25%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.75%) SaaS
3 2 (0.50%) Google Analytics
3 2 (0.50%) iPaaS
3 2 (0.50%) OpenShift
3 2 (0.50%) SuccessFactors
3 2 (0.50%) Taleo
4 1 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (0.25%) GitHub
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.25%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.75%) SMS
2 3 (0.75%) HTTP
3 2 (0.50%) Internet
4 1 (0.25%) VoIP
4 1 (0.25%) WAAS
4 1 (0.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (1.25%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.00%) Hadoop
4 3 (0.75%) Big Data
4 3 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.50%) DB2
5 2 (0.50%) EDRMS
5 2 (0.50%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.50%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.50%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.50%) Redis
6 1 (0.25%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.25%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.25%) QlikView
6 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 65 (16.25%) Selenium
2 55 (13.75%) JIRA
3 38 (9.50%) Cucumber
4 22 (5.50%) Jenkins
5 17 (4.25%) LoadRunner
6 14 (3.50%) Git (software)
6 14 (3.50%) WebDriver
7 13 (3.25%) SoapUI
8 11 (2.75%) JMeter
8 11 (2.75%) SpecFlow
9 9 (2.25%) HP UFT
9 9 (2.25%) TestRail
10 7 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (1.50%) Visual Studio
12 5 (1.25%) git-flow
12 5 (1.25%) Toad
13 4 (1.00%) Appium
13 4 (1.00%) Hudson
14 3 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
14 3 (0.75%) Zephyr
General
1 90 (22.50%) Finance
2 77 (19.25%) Banking
3 24 (6.00%) Retail Banking
4 14 (3.50%) Retail
5 13 (3.25%) Investment Banking
6 8 (2.00%) Publishing
6 8 (2.00%) Spanish Language
7 4 (1.00%) Back Office
7 4 (1.00%) Military
8 3 (0.75%) Front Office
8 3 (0.75%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.50%) Advertising
9 2 (0.50%) Games
9 2 (0.50%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.25%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.25%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.25%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.25%) Local Government
10 1 (0.25%) Marketing
10 1 (0.25%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (3.50%) SOAP
2 10 (2.50%) .NET
2 10 (2.50%) Gherkin
3 7 (1.75%) REST
3 7 (1.75%) XML
4 6 (1.50%) Web Services
5 4 (1.00%) IBM Integration Bus
5 4 (1.00%) XSLT
6 3 (0.75%) Kafka
6 3 (0.75%) Middleware
6 3 (0.75%) Oracle Fusion
6 3 (0.75%) React
6 3 (0.75%) Swagger
7 2 (0.50%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.50%) HTML
7 2 (0.50%) Mason
7 2 (0.50%) Node.js
7 2 (0.50%) OLE
7 2 (0.50%) RESTful
8 1 (0.25%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.00%) Derivative
3 7 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 7 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (1.75%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.00%) Credit Risk
4 4 (1.00%) EPoS
5 3 (0.75%) Data Centre
5 3 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (0.50%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.50%) Fintech
6 2 (0.50%) iPad
6 2 (0.50%) IVR
7 1 (0.25%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.25%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (0.25%) Equities
7 1 (0.25%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (0.25%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.25%) Online Banking
7 1 (0.25%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 11 (2.75%) Windows
2 9 (2.25%) Windows 10
3 5 (1.25%) Unix
4 4 (1.00%) Linux
4 4 (1.00%) Windows 7
5 3 (0.75%) Android
5 3 (0.75%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.25%) AIX
6 1 (0.25%) OS/390
6 1 (0.25%) webOS
6 1 (0.25%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.25%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (36.00%) Test Automation
2 132 (33.00%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 95 (23.75%) Test Strategy
5 81 (20.25%) Test Scripting
6 60 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 46 (11.50%) BDD
8 45 (11.25%) Defect Management
9 44 (11.00%) Scrum
9 44 (11.00%) Test Planning
10 41 (10.25%) TDD
11 40 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
12 37 (9.25%) Test Management
13 36 (9.00%) Manual Testing
13 36 (9.00%) Migration
14 32 (8.00%) Non-Functional Testing
15 29 (7.25%) Continuous Integration
15 29 (7.25%) Integration Testing
15 29 (7.25%) Performance Testing
15 29 (7.25%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 47 (11.75%) Java
2 33 (8.25%) SQL
3 20 (5.00%) C#
4 12 (3.00%) JavaScript
5 6 (1.50%) Python
6 5 (1.25%) C++
6 5 (1.25%) Ruby
7 4 (1.00%) C
8 2 (0.50%) COBOL
8 2 (0.50%) Groovy
8 2 (0.50%) Scala
9 1 (0.25%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.25%) JCL
9 1 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 58 (14.50%) ISTQB
2 50 (12.50%) ISEB
3 33 (8.25%) Security Cleared
4 24 (6.00%) SC Cleared
5 16 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (3.25%) Degree
7 3 (0.75%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (16.25%) QA
2 16 (4.00%) MiFID
3 10 (2.50%) EMIR
4 8 (2.00%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (1.50%) Data Quality
6 5 (1.25%) HL7
7 3 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.75%) GxP
8 2 (0.50%) GAMP
9 1 (0.25%) IFRS
9 1 (0.25%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 3 (0.75%) Active Directory
1 3 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
1 3 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
1 3 (0.75%) VirtualBox
2 2 (0.50%) Docker
2 2 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.25%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 33 (8.25%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.50%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (0.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (0.50%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 2 (0.50%) Puppet
2 2 (0.50%) SCCM
2 2 (0.50%) Terraform
3 1 (0.25%) Ansible
3 1 (0.25%) Kibana
3 1 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 36 (9.00%) HP
2 19 (4.75%) Oracle
3 18 (4.50%) Salesforce.com
4 16 (4.00%) SAP
5 13 (3.25%) Microsoft
6 6 (1.50%) IBM
7 5 (1.25%) Fiorano
7 5 (1.25%) ServiceNow
7 5 (1.25%) VMware
7 5 (1.25%) Workday
8 4 (1.00%) AppDynamics
8 4 (1.00%) InterSystems
9 3 (0.75%) Hyperion
9 3 (0.75%) Murex
9 3 (0.75%) Pega
10 2 (0.50%) Atlassian
10 2 (0.50%) Guidewire
10 2 (0.50%) Infor
10 2 (0.50%) Maxymiser
10 2 (0.50%) Tealium