Period
to 26 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £411 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 September 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 494 451 357
Rank change year-on-year -43 -94 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 410 535 733
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.50% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.53% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 280 329 494
UK median daily rate £411 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.13% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £300 £288 £263
90th Percentile £538 £525 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +6.67% +10.29% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £42.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.71% +21.43% -14.63%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +21.43% -

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 93868 101216 107416
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.81% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 61421 66072 68083
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2807 3193 4096
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.75 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.33% +4.17% +5.88%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.42 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.25 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +6.06%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -61 369 £423 +5.75% 24
UK excluding London -8 250 £400 +6.67% 18
London -33 157 £425 - 10
South East -19 58 £400 - 2
North of England +49 55 £375 - 8
Midlands +5 47 £413 +19.57% 1
South West +1 43 £446 +27.29% 3
West Midlands +38 34 £413 +18.71%
Yorkshire +51 30 £350 +2.19% 5
North West +1 25 £450 +15.76% 3
Scotland +11 18 £370 +9.23% 3
Wales - 17 £348 -
East Midlands -27 13 £388 +21.09% 1
East of England -11 11 £413 +6.45%
Northern Ireland - 2 £460 - 1

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 136 (33.17%) Test Automation
2 124 (30.24%) Agile Software Development
3 115 (28.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 100 (24.39%) Test Strategy
5 82 (20.00%) Test Scripting
6 78 (19.02%) Finance
7 71 (17.32%) QA
8 66 (16.10%) Banking
9 61 (14.88%) Selenium
10 56 (13.66%) ISTQB
11 55 (13.41%) JIRA
12 54 (13.17%) ISEB
13 48 (11.71%) BDD
14 47 (11.46%) Java
15 45 (10.98%) Stakeholder Management
15 45 (10.98%) Defect Management
16 43 (10.49%) Cucumber
17 42 (10.24%) Scenario Testing
18 40 (9.76%) Migration
18 40 (9.76%) SQL
19 39 (9.51%) TDD
20 38 (9.27%) Test Planning
21 36 (8.78%) Performance Testing
21 36 (8.78%) Scrum
22 35 (8.54%) Security Cleared
23 34 (8.29%) Manual Testing
24 31 (7.56%) Test Management
25 30 (7.32%) Operational Acceptance Testing
25 30 (7.32%) System Integration Testing
25 30 (7.32%) Oracle

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 15 (3.66%) WebSphere
2 10 (2.44%) SharePoint
3 9 (2.20%) Confluence
4 8 (1.95%) JCAPS
5 7 (1.71%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (1.71%) JBoss
6 3 (0.73%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.73%) CMS
7 2 (0.49%) SAS
7 2 (0.49%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.24%) Apache
8 1 (0.24%) CICS
8 1 (0.24%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.24%) WebLogic
Applications
1 11 (2.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.22%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.22%) Oracle Financials
2 4 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.98%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.98%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (0.98%) SAP HCM
2 4 (0.98%) VisionPLUS
3 3 (0.73%) SAP HR
4 2 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.49%) Workday HCM
5 1 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.24%) Findur
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.24%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.24%) SAP Payroll
5 1 (0.24%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.24%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 15 (3.66%) SaaS
2 8 (1.95%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.71%) Taleo
4 3 (0.73%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.49%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.49%) iPaaS
5 2 (0.49%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.24%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.24%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.46%) SMS
2 4 (0.98%) Internet
3 3 (0.73%) HTTP
4 1 (0.24%) DOCSIS
4 1 (0.24%) DSL
4 1 (0.24%) MGCP
4 1 (0.24%) VoIP
4 1 (0.24%) WAAS
4 1 (0.24%) WAN
4 1 (0.24%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (1.95%) Hadoop
2 8 (1.95%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (1.22%) MongoDB
4 4 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.73%) Big Data
5 3 (0.73%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.49%) DB2
6 2 (0.49%) EDRMS
6 2 (0.49%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.49%) Redis
7 1 (0.24%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Exadata
7 1 (0.24%) PowerCenter
7 1 (0.24%) QlikView
7 1 (0.24%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 61 (14.88%) Selenium
2 55 (13.41%) JIRA
3 43 (10.49%) Cucumber
4 29 (7.07%) Jenkins
5 25 (6.10%) WebDriver
6 22 (5.37%) SoapUI
7 16 (3.90%) LoadRunner
8 13 (3.17%) HP UFT
8 13 (3.17%) JMeter
8 13 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
9 10 (2.44%) Hudson
10 9 (2.20%) Git (software)
10 9 (2.20%) SpecFlow
11 8 (1.95%) Vagrant
11 8 (1.95%) Visual Studio
12 7 (1.71%) Zephyr
13 6 (1.46%) Jasmine
14 5 (1.22%) TestRail
15 4 (0.98%) Appium
15 4 (0.98%) Bitbucket
General
1 78 (19.02%) Finance
2 66 (16.10%) Banking
3 29 (7.07%) Retail
4 14 (3.41%) Retail Banking
5 12 (2.93%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.95%) Publishing
6 8 (1.95%) Spanish Language
7 5 (1.22%) Front Office
8 3 (0.73%) Advertising
8 3 (0.73%) Automotive
8 3 (0.73%) Back Office
8 3 (0.73%) Military
8 3 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.49%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.49%) Games
9 2 (0.49%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.49%) Law
9 2 (0.49%) Legal
10 1 (0.24%) Local Government
10 1 (0.24%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (5.61%) SOAP
2 15 (3.66%) .NET
3 13 (3.17%) XML
4 8 (1.95%) Oracle Fusion
4 8 (1.95%) Web Services
4 8 (1.95%) XSLT
5 7 (1.71%) Gherkin
5 7 (1.71%) IBM Integration Bus
5 7 (1.71%) Node.js
6 6 (1.46%) ASP.NET
6 6 (1.46%) Behat
6 6 (1.46%) REST
7 5 (1.22%) Middleware
8 4 (0.98%) AngularJS
8 4 (0.98%) Kafka
9 3 (0.73%) JSON
9 3 (0.73%) React
9 3 (0.73%) RESTful
10 2 (0.49%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.49%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (2.93%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (1.46%) Derivative
3 6 (1.46%) Mobile App
4 5 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (0.73%) Computer Science
5 3 (0.73%) Credit Risk
5 3 (0.73%) Data Centre
5 3 (0.73%) EPoS
5 3 (0.73%) FMCG
5 3 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (0.49%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.49%) Equities
6 2 (0.49%) Fintech
6 2 (0.49%) Fixed Income
6 2 (0.49%) iPad
6 2 (0.49%) IVR
6 2 (0.49%) NHS
6 2 (0.49%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.24%) Credit Derivative
Operating Systems
1 12 (2.93%) Windows
2 11 (2.68%) Unix
3 8 (1.95%) Windows 10
4 7 (1.71%) Linux
5 3 (0.73%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.49%) OpenVMS
6 2 (0.49%) Solaris
7 1 (0.24%) AIX
7 1 (0.24%) Android
7 1 (0.24%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.24%) OS/390
7 1 (0.24%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (33.17%) Test Automation
2 124 (30.24%) Agile Software Development
3 115 (28.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 100 (24.39%) Test Strategy
5 82 (20.00%) Test Scripting
6 48 (11.71%) BDD
7 45 (10.98%) Defect Management
7 45 (10.98%) Stakeholder Management
8 42 (10.24%) Scenario Testing
9 40 (9.76%) Migration
10 39 (9.51%) TDD
11 38 (9.27%) Test Planning
12 36 (8.78%) Performance Testing
12 36 (8.78%) Scrum
13 34 (8.29%) Manual Testing
14 31 (7.56%) Test Management
15 30 (7.32%) Operational Acceptance Testing
15 30 (7.32%) System Integration Testing
16 29 (7.07%) Non-Functional Testing
16 29 (7.07%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 47 (11.46%) Java
2 40 (9.76%) SQL
3 20 (4.88%) C#
4 16 (3.90%) JavaScript
5 13 (3.17%) Python
5 13 (3.17%) Ruby
6 10 (2.44%) C++
7 5 (1.22%) PHP
8 4 (0.98%) C
9 3 (0.73%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.73%) Scala
10 2 (0.49%) COBOL
10 2 (0.49%) Groovy
11 1 (0.24%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.24%) JCL
11 1 (0.24%) Perl
11 1 (0.24%) Tcl
11 1 (0.24%) VB
11 1 (0.24%) VBA
Qualifications
1 56 (13.66%) ISTQB
2 54 (13.17%) ISEB
3 35 (8.54%) Security Cleared
4 26 (6.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 23 (5.61%) SC Cleared
6 13 (3.17%) Degree
7 3 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.73%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (17.32%) QA
2 16 (3.90%) MiFID
3 9 (2.20%) HL7
4 8 (1.95%) EMIR
5 6 (1.46%) Data Quality
5 6 (1.46%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (1.46%) GxP
6 5 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.49%) GAMP
System Software
1 8 (1.95%) VirtualBox
2 3 (0.73%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
2 3 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.49%) Docker
4 1 (0.24%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 28 (6.83%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.73%) Ganglia
2 3 (0.73%) nmon
3 2 (0.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (0.49%) Puppet
3 2 (0.49%) SCCM
3 2 (0.49%) Terraform
4 1 (0.24%) Ansible
4 1 (0.24%) Kibana
4 1 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.24%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.24%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 30 (7.32%) Oracle
2 28 (6.83%) HP
3 23 (5.61%) Microsoft
4 17 (4.15%) Salesforce.com
5 14 (3.41%) SAP
6 13 (3.17%) Workday
7 10 (2.44%) IBM
8 9 (2.20%) VMware
9 8 (1.95%) Fiorano
10 7 (1.71%) AppDynamics
10 7 (1.71%) InterSystems
11 5 (1.22%) CheckPoint
12 3 (0.73%) Hyperion
12 3 (0.73%) MicroStrategy
12 3 (0.73%) Murex
12 3 (0.73%) Pega
12 3 (0.73%) Teradata
13 2 (0.49%) Cisco
13 2 (0.49%) Maxymiser
13 2 (0.49%) Sitecore