The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Lead
UK
Rank 417 382 341
Rank change year-on-year -35 -41  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 186 255 312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.48% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.51% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 137 212
Median daily rate £400 £403 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.62% +10.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £297 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £328
% change year-on-year - +14.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
Median hourly rate £27.50 £48.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.29% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £48.50 -
% change year-on-year -43.29% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42403 50275 49651
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.18% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27453 32530 30008
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 1573 1955
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Test Leader in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Leader.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -21 169 £400 -4.19% 41
London -25 59 £425 -10.52% 17
South East +18 38 £413 +2.48% 4
South West 0 21 £345 +1.47% 3
West Midlands +22 14 £350 +7.69% 5
Hampshire +12 13 £389 +2.43% 1
East Midlands -10 13 £400 +3.22% 1
North West +14 10 £420 +5.00% 6
Berkshire +24 9 £363 -19.44%
City of London -8 8 £370 -22.10% 6
Scotland +21 7 £315 -8.69%
Wales +15 7 £338 -14.28%
Buckinghamshire -11 7 £350 -9.67% 1
Cardiff +27 6 £331 +15.21%
South Wales +18 6 £331 -15.87%
Edinburgh +16 6 £315 -8.69%
Bristol +3 6 £345 +16.16%
Milton Keynes -3 6 £381 -1.61% 1
Northampton - 6 £388 -
Basingstoke - 6 £379 -
Northamptonshire - 6 £388 -
Manchester +9 5 £329 -17.81% 5
Birmingham +6 5 £333 +2.30% 3
Yorkshire +1 5 £420 +29.23% 3
Wiltshire +1 5 £313 -5.01% 3
Surrey +15 4 £415 -5.14% 1
Swindon +3 4 £313 +10.42% 3
Leeds +4 3 £435 +33.84% 3
Nottingham +3 3 £413 +4.76%
Gloucestershire +3 3 £488 +45.52%

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 128 (32.65%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (28.57%) Test Scripting
3 99 (25.26%) Test Strategy
4 98 (25.00%) Finance
5 92 (23.47%) User Acceptance Testing
6 73 (18.62%) Selenium
7 68 (17.35%) ISTQB
8 67 (17.09%) ISEB
9 54 (13.78%) Banking
10 52 (13.27%) Defect Management
11 51 (13.01%) Test Automation
12 50 (12.76%) JIRA
13 47 (11.99%) QA
14 46 (11.73%) Automated Testing
15 43 (10.97%) Test Management
16 41 (10.46%) BDD
16 41 (10.46%) SQL
17 40 (10.20%) Oracle
17 40 (10.20%) Functional Testing
18 39 (9.95%) Performance Testing
19 38 (9.69%) Security Cleared
19 38 (9.69%) System Integration Testing
19 38 (9.69%) Java
19 38 (9.69%) Retail
20 37 (9.44%) Cucumber
21 36 (9.18%) Software Testing
21 36 (9.18%) Migration
22 35 (8.93%) Scrum
23 34 (8.67%) Stakeholder Management
24 32 (8.16%) Automation Testing

Test Leader Skill Set
Top Related 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 5 (1.28%) Confluence
2 4 (1.02%) JBoss
2 4 (1.02%) SAS
3 3 (0.77%) Apache Spark
3 3 (0.77%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.51%) CICS
4 2 (0.51%) CMS
4 2 (0.51%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.51%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.51%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.26%) Apache
5 1 (0.26%) ATG Dynamo
5 1 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.26%) IIS
5 1 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.26%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.26%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 9 (2.30%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.51%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (3.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (1.02%) Temenos T24
3 2 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.51%) SAP HR
3 2 (0.51%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.26%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.26%) Magento
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.26%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.26%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.26%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.26%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.26%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (2.04%) Taleo
2 7 (1.79%) SaaS
3 5 (1.28%) GitHub
3 5 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.02%) Office 365
5 3 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.26%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.26%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.28%) Internet
2 3 (0.77%) LAN
2 3 (0.77%) VoIP
2 3 (0.77%) WAN
3 2 (0.51%) FTP
4 1 (0.26%) 2G
4 1 (0.26%) 3G
4 1 (0.26%) ATM
4 1 (0.26%) BGP
4 1 (0.26%) GPRS
4 1 (0.26%) GSM
4 1 (0.26%) HTTP
4 1 (0.26%) LDAP
4 1 (0.26%) LLU
4 1 (0.26%) MPLS
4 1 (0.26%) OSPF
4 1 (0.26%) PPP
4 1 (0.26%) PSTN
4 1 (0.26%) SIGTRAN
4 1 (0.26%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
2 13 (3.32%) SQL Server
3 12 (3.06%) Oracle Database
4 8 (2.04%) Hadoop
5 6 (1.53%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (1.28%) Oracle Database 12c
7 4 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.77%) InfluxDB
8 3 (0.77%) PowerCenter
8 3 (0.77%) Star Schema
9 2 (0.51%) Big Data
9 2 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.51%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
9 2 (0.51%) BusinessObjects XI
9 2 (0.51%) Kalido
9 2 (0.51%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.26%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 73 (18.62%) Selenium
2 50 (12.76%) JIRA
3 37 (9.44%) Cucumber
4 24 (6.12%) Jenkins
4 24 (6.12%) SoapUI
5 23 (5.87%) HP UFT
6 22 (5.61%) WebDriver
7 20 (5.10%) Team Foundation Server
8 16 (4.08%) JMeter
9 12 (3.06%) SpecFlow
10 10 (2.55%) Visual Studio
11 8 (2.04%) Git (software)
11 8 (2.04%) LoadRunner
12 7 (1.79%) Maven
12 7 (1.79%) Subversion
13 6 (1.53%) Appium
13 6 (1.53%) GitLab
13 6 (1.53%) NUnit
14 5 (1.28%) JUnit
14 5 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 98 (25.00%) Finance
2 54 (13.78%) Banking
3 38 (9.69%) Retail
4 13 (3.32%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.06%) Retail Banking
6 8 (2.04%) Law
7 5 (1.28%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.28%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.02%) Billing
8 4 (1.02%) Legal
9 3 (0.77%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.77%) Marketing
9 3 (0.77%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.51%) Games
10 2 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.51%) Publishing
11 1 (0.26%) Advertising
11 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.26%) Automotive
11 1 (0.26%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.61%) Web Services
2 15 (3.83%) SOAP
3 11 (2.81%) REST
3 11 (2.81%) XML
4 10 (2.55%) .NET
5 7 (1.79%) Gherkin
6 5 (1.28%) CSS
6 5 (1.28%) HTML
6 5 (1.28%) Middleware
6 5 (1.28%) Spring
7 3 (0.77%) ASP.NET
7 3 (0.77%) JSON
7 3 (0.77%) Oracle Fusion
7 3 (0.77%) RESTful
8 2 (0.51%) Node.js
9 1 (0.26%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.26%) Behat
9 1 (0.26%) CSS3
9 1 (0.26%) HTML5
9 1 (0.26%) RESTEasy
Miscellaneous
1 14 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (2.30%) NHS
3 8 (2.04%) Data Centre
4 7 (1.79%) Management Information System
5 6 (1.53%) Fintech
6 3 (0.77%) EPoS
6 3 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 3 (0.77%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.51%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.51%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.51%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.51%) FMCG
7 2 (0.51%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.51%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.51%) SWIFT
7 2 (0.51%) Tandem
8 1 (0.26%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.26%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.26%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.26%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 12 (3.06%) Linux
2 9 (2.30%) Unix
2 9 (2.30%) Windows
3 4 (1.02%) Android
3 4 (1.02%) Apple iOS
4 3 (0.77%) HPUX
5 2 (0.51%) AIX
5 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.26%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.26%) SUSE
6 1 (0.26%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.26%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.26%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (32.65%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (28.57%) Test Scripting
3 99 (25.26%) Test Strategy
4 92 (23.47%) User Acceptance Testing
5 52 (13.27%) Defect Management
6 51 (13.01%) Test Automation
7 46 (11.73%) Automated Testing
8 43 (10.97%) Test Management
9 41 (10.46%) BDD
10 40 (10.20%) Functional Testing
11 39 (9.95%) Performance Testing
12 38 (9.69%) System Integration Testing
13 36 (9.18%) Migration
13 36 (9.18%) Software Testing
14 35 (8.93%) Scrum
15 34 (8.67%) Stakeholder Management
16 32 (8.16%) Automation Testing
17 29 (7.40%) Non-Functional Testing
18 28 (7.14%) Manual Testing
18 28 (7.14%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 41 (10.46%) SQL
2 38 (9.69%) Java
3 13 (3.32%) C#
3 13 (3.32%) Ruby
4 9 (2.30%) JavaScript
5 7 (1.79%) PL/SQL
6 6 (1.53%) Groovy
7 5 (1.28%) C++
7 5 (1.28%) Python
8 4 (1.02%) VB
9 2 (0.51%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.51%) Perl
9 2 (0.51%) PHP
9 2 (0.51%) Scala
9 2 (0.51%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.51%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.26%) Apple Swift
10 1 (0.26%) F#
10 1 (0.26%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 1 (0.26%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 68 (17.35%) ISTQB
2 67 (17.09%) ISEB
3 38 (9.69%) Security Cleared
4 30 (7.65%) SC Cleared
5 13 (3.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (2.81%) Degree
7 6 (1.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.51%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.26%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (11.99%) QA
2 5 (1.28%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.77%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.77%) SDET
5 2 (0.51%) GxP
5 2 (0.51%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.51%) SLA
6 1 (0.26%) Basel II
6 1 (0.26%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.26%) EMIR
6 1 (0.26%) FATCA
6 1 (0.26%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.26%) MiFID
6 1 (0.26%) PMO
6 1 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (0.77%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.26%) Docker
2 1 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.26%) Terminal Services
2 1 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
2 1 (0.26%) vSphere
2 1 (0.26%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 19 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.02%) Ambari
2 4 (1.02%) Grafana
2 4 (1.02%) HAProxy
2 4 (1.02%) ZABBIX
3 3 (0.77%) collectd
3 3 (0.77%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.51%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.51%) Cisco IPCC
4 2 (0.51%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.26%) HP Operations Orchestration
5 1 (0.26%) vRealize
Vendors
1 40 (10.20%) Oracle
2 29 (7.40%) HP
3 21 (5.36%) Microsoft
3 21 (5.36%) SAP
4 6 (1.53%) Saba
5 5 (1.28%) Informatica
5 5 (1.28%) Workday
6 4 (1.02%) Google
6 4 (1.02%) IBM
6 4 (1.02%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (1.02%) webMethods
7 3 (0.77%) JD Edwards
8 2 (0.51%) ATG
8 2 (0.51%) CheckPoint
8 2 (0.51%) Cisco
8 2 (0.51%) hybris
8 2 (0.51%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.51%) Remedy
8 2 (0.51%) Teradata
8 2 (0.51%) VMware
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