Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 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
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 525 450 391
Rank change year-on-year -75 -59 +52
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 397 510 665
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.49% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.51% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 268 320 454
UK median daily rate £413 £393 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.10% +8.05% -3.13%
10th Percentile £303 £297 £271
90th Percentile £516 £526 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +9.33% +7.14% +5.66%
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 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
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 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £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 24 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 24 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 -89 358 £415 +5.06% 39
UK excluding London -31 249 £410 +9.33% 25
London -36 147 £413 -2.94% 15
Midlands +32 71 £425 +21.26% 3
South East -31 55 £425 +6.25% 5
North of England +31 45 £350 -6.67% 11
West Midlands +30 42 £413 +21.32% 1
Yorkshire +45 32 £350 -3.45% 5
South West -29 32 £460 +31.43% 2
East Midlands -10 28 £425 +13.33% 2
Scotland +10 25 £395 +5.33% 1
North West -4 13 £350 -11.39% 5
Wales +21 10 £351 -14.91%
East of England -12 10 £394 +5.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 £460 -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 141 (35.52%) Test Automation
2 131 (33.00%) Agile Software Development
3 121 (30.48%) User Acceptance Testing
4 96 (24.18%) Test Strategy
5 90 (22.67%) Finance
6 82 (20.65%) Test Scripting
7 77 (19.40%) Banking
8 64 (16.12%) QA
9 63 (15.87%) Selenium
10 61 (15.37%) Stakeholder Management
11 58 (14.61%) ISTQB
12 57 (14.36%) JIRA
13 50 (12.59%) ISEB
14 46 (11.59%) BDD
15 45 (11.34%) Test Planning
15 45 (11.34%) Defect Management
15 45 (11.34%) Java
16 42 (10.58%) Scrum
16 42 (10.58%) Scenario Testing
17 39 (9.82%) TDD
18 38 (9.57%) HP
18 38 (9.57%) Cucumber
18 38 (9.57%) Test Management
19 36 (9.07%) Manual Testing
19 36 (9.07%) Migration
20 34 (8.56%) Non-Functional Testing
21 33 (8.31%) Security Cleared
21 33 (8.31%) HP Quality Center
21 33 (8.31%) SQL
22 30 (7.56%) 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 13 (3.27%) Confluence
2 11 (2.77%) WebSphere
3 8 (2.02%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.76%) JBoss
5 5 (1.26%) JCAPS
6 4 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.76%) CMS
8 2 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.50%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.25%) Apache
9 1 (0.25%) CICS
9 1 (0.25%) Drupal
9 1 (0.25%) SAS
9 1 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.26%) Oracle Financials
2 4 (1.01%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (1.01%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (1.01%) SAP CO
2 4 (1.01%) SAP FI
2 4 (1.01%) SAP FI/CO
2 4 (1.01%) SAP HCM
2 4 (1.01%) VisionPLUS
3 3 (0.76%) Oracle EBS
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 (2.27%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.76%) SaaS
3 2 (0.50%) Google Analytics
3 2 (0.50%) iPaaS
3 2 (0.50%) OpenShift
3 2 (0.50%) SuccessFactors
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
4 1 (0.25%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 12 (3.02%) SMS
2 3 (0.76%) 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 (1.51%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (1.26%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.01%) Hadoop
4 3 (0.76%) Big Data
4 3 (0.76%) 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 63 (15.87%) Selenium
2 57 (14.36%) JIRA
3 38 (9.57%) Cucumber
4 22 (5.54%) Jenkins
5 18 (4.53%) LoadRunner
6 14 (3.53%) Git (software)
7 12 (3.02%) JMeter
7 12 (3.02%) WebDriver
8 11 (2.77%) SoapUI
8 11 (2.77%) SpecFlow
9 9 (2.27%) HP UFT
9 9 (2.27%) TestRail
10 7 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (1.51%) Visual Studio
12 5 (1.26%) git-flow
12 5 (1.26%) Toad
13 4 (1.01%) Hudson
14 3 (0.76%) Appium
14 3 (0.76%) Vagrant
14 3 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 90 (22.67%) Finance
2 77 (19.40%) Banking
3 24 (6.05%) Retail Banking
4 14 (3.53%) Retail
5 13 (3.27%) Investment Banking
6 8 (2.02%) Publishing
6 8 (2.02%) Spanish Language
7 4 (1.01%) Back Office
7 4 (1.01%) Military
8 3 (0.76%) Front Office
8 3 (0.76%) 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 12 (3.02%) Gherkin
1 12 (3.02%) SOAP
2 9 (2.27%) .NET
3 6 (1.51%) REST
3 6 (1.51%) XML
4 5 (1.26%) Web Services
5 4 (1.01%) IBM Integration Bus
5 4 (1.01%) XSLT
6 3 (0.76%) Kafka
6 3 (0.76%) React
6 3 (0.76%) Swagger
7 2 (0.50%) Mason
7 2 (0.50%) Middleware
7 2 (0.50%) Node.js
7 2 (0.50%) OLE
7 2 (0.50%) Oracle Fusion
7 2 (0.50%) RESTful
8 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.25%) HTML
8 1 (0.25%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 17 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.02%) Derivative
3 7 (1.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 7 (1.76%) Mobile App
4 5 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.01%) Credit Risk
5 4 (1.01%) EPoS
6 3 (0.76%) Data Centre
6 3 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (0.50%) Algorithms
7 2 (0.50%) Fintech
7 2 (0.50%) iPad
7 2 (0.50%) IVR
8 1 (0.25%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.25%) Credit Derivative
8 1 (0.25%) Equities
8 1 (0.25%) Equity Derivative
8 1 (0.25%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.25%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.25%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 11 (2.77%) Windows
2 9 (2.27%) Windows 10
3 5 (1.26%) Unix
4 4 (1.01%) Linux
4 4 (1.01%) Windows 7
5 3 (0.76%) Android
5 3 (0.76%) 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
1 141 (35.52%) Test Automation
2 131 (33.00%) Agile Software Development
3 121 (30.48%) User Acceptance Testing
4 96 (24.18%) Test Strategy
5 82 (20.65%) Test Scripting
6 61 (15.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 46 (11.59%) BDD
8 45 (11.34%) Defect Management
8 45 (11.34%) Test Planning
9 42 (10.58%) Scenario Testing
9 42 (10.58%) Scrum
10 39 (9.82%) TDD
11 38 (9.57%) Test Management
12 36 (9.07%) Manual Testing
12 36 (9.07%) Migration
13 34 (8.56%) Non-Functional Testing
14 30 (7.56%) Waterfall
15 29 (7.30%) Continuous Integration
15 29 (7.30%) Integration Testing
15 29 (7.30%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 45 (11.34%) Java
2 33 (8.31%) SQL
3 19 (4.79%) C#
4 11 (2.77%) JavaScript
5 6 (1.51%) Python
6 5 (1.26%) C++
6 5 (1.26%) Ruby
7 4 (1.01%) C
8 2 (0.50%) COBOL
8 2 (0.50%) Scala
9 1 (0.25%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.25%) Groovy
9 1 (0.25%) JCL
9 1 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 58 (14.61%) ISTQB
2 50 (12.59%) ISEB
3 33 (8.31%) Security Cleared
4 24 (6.05%) SC Cleared
5 16 (4.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (3.27%) Degree
7 3 (0.76%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (16.12%) QA
2 15 (3.78%) MiFID
3 9 (2.27%) EMIR
4 8 (2.02%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (1.51%) Data Quality
6 5 (1.26%) HL7
7 3 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.76%) GxP
8 2 (0.50%) GAMP
9 1 (0.25%) IFRS
9 1 (0.25%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 3 (0.76%) Active Directory
1 3 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
1 3 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
1 3 (0.76%) VirtualBox
2 2 (0.50%) Docker
2 2 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.25%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 33 (8.31%) 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%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.25%) Kibana
3 1 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 38 (9.57%) HP
2 18 (4.53%) Oracle
2 18 (4.53%) Salesforce.com
3 17 (4.28%) SAP
4 13 (3.27%) Microsoft
5 6 (1.51%) IBM
6 5 (1.26%) Fiorano
6 5 (1.26%) ServiceNow
6 5 (1.26%) VMware
6 5 (1.26%) Workday
7 4 (1.01%) AppDynamics
7 4 (1.01%) InterSystems
8 3 (0.76%) Hyperion
8 3 (0.76%) Murex
8 3 (0.76%) Pega
9 2 (0.50%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.50%) Guidewire
9 2 (0.50%) Infor
9 2 (0.50%) Maxymiser
9 2 (0.50%) Tealium