Period
to 21 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 514 479 424
Rank change year-on-year -35 -55 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 393 410 545
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.43% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.45% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 263 267 362
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £275
90th Percentile £509 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £388 £365
% change year-on-year -0.65% +6.16% +10.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
UK median hourly rate - £27.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -45.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £27.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year - -38.89% -

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 96,268 90,980 101,049
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,959 59,313 64,684
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £382
% change year-on-year - +4.71% +1.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,851 3,247 3,676
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.17 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 February 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 17 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 February 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 -34 356 £400 - 92
UK excluding London -12 263 £385 -0.65% 56
London -22 128 £425 - 41
Midlands +22 81 £431 +16.95% 5
South East -5 70 £400 - 12
West Midlands +29 50 £450 +28.57% 3
North of England +25 43 £325 -18.75% 10
East Midlands +5 31 £425 +9.68% 2
Yorkshire +18 28 £300 -23.57% 4
Scotland -9 25 £368 -20.11% 2
South West -32 19 £375 +2.74% 8
East of England -9 14 £441 -1.94% 16
North West -3 11 £350 -17.65% 5
Wales -1 6 £378 +7.86% 2
North East +35 4 £363 +7.41% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - - 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £460 -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 146 (37.15%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (35.88%) Test Automation
3 109 (27.74%) User Acceptance Testing
4 96 (24.43%) Test Strategy
5 85 (21.63%) Finance
5 85 (21.63%) Selenium
6 83 (21.12%) Test Scripting
7 71 (18.07%) Stakeholder Management
8 61 (15.52%) Banking
8 61 (15.52%) ISTQB
9 56 (14.25%) QA
10 54 (13.74%) JIRA
11 53 (13.49%) BDD
12 50 (12.72%) TDD
12 50 (12.72%) ISEB
13 48 (12.21%) Scrum
14 46 (11.70%) Cucumber
15 45 (11.45%) Test Management
16 44 (11.20%) Defect Management
16 44 (11.20%) Scenario Testing
17 43 (10.94%) HP
18 42 (10.69%) Non-Functional Testing
19 41 (10.43%) Java
20 40 (10.18%) Functional Testing
21 39 (9.92%) Waterfall
22 38 (9.67%) Test Planning
22 38 (9.67%) SQL
23 36 (9.16%) Regression Testing
24 33 (8.40%) Migration
24 33 (8.40%) Security Cleared

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 17 (4.33%) Confluence
2 5 (1.27%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.02%) SAS
4 3 (0.76%) Apache
4 3 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (0.76%) Tomcat
4 3 (0.76%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.76%) WebLogic Integration
5 2 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.51%) Documentum
5 2 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.51%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.25%) CMS
6 1 (0.25%) Drupal
6 1 (0.25%) JBoss
6 1 (0.25%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 7 (1.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (1.27%) SAP CO
1 5 (1.27%) SAP FI
1 5 (1.27%) SAP FI/CO
2 4 (1.02%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (0.76%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.76%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.51%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.51%) VisionPLUS
5 1 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.25%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.25%) Endur
5 1 (0.25%) Findur
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.25%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.25%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.25%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.78%) SaaS
2 6 (1.53%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (1.53%) Dynamics 365
2 6 (1.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.02%) SuccessFactors
4 3 (0.76%) BrowserStack
5 2 (0.51%) BlazeMeter
5 2 (0.51%) GitHub
5 2 (0.51%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.51%) iPaaS
5 2 (0.51%) Office 365
5 2 (0.51%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.25%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.25%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.25%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.82%) SMS
2 10 (2.54%) Firewall
3 4 (1.02%) 3GPP
3 4 (1.02%) IPv4
3 4 (1.02%) IPv6
3 4 (1.02%) WAN
4 3 (0.76%) FTP
5 2 (0.51%) HTTP
6 1 (0.25%) 2G
6 1 (0.25%) 3G
6 1 (0.25%) 4G
6 1 (0.25%) DHCP
6 1 (0.25%) Diameter Protocol
6 1 (0.25%) DNS
6 1 (0.25%) LAN
6 1 (0.25%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (0.25%) SIGTRAN
6 1 (0.25%) SS7
6 1 (0.25%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.78%) Oracle Database
1 7 (1.78%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (0.76%) MS Access
4 2 (0.51%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.51%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.51%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (0.51%) Oracle OWB
4 2 (0.51%) Redis
5 1 (0.25%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (0.25%) Big Data
5 1 (0.25%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.25%) DTS
5 1 (0.25%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 85 (21.63%) Selenium
2 54 (13.74%) JIRA
3 46 (11.70%) Cucumber
4 21 (5.34%) WebDriver
5 17 (4.33%) SoapUI
6 14 (3.56%) JMeter
6 14 (3.56%) LoadRunner
7 13 (3.31%) SpecFlow
8 11 (2.80%) Git (software)
8 11 (2.80%) Jenkins
9 9 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (2.04%) HP UFT
11 6 (1.53%) git-flow
11 6 (1.53%) Visual Studio
12 5 (1.27%) TestRail
12 5 (1.27%) Toad
13 4 (1.02%) GitLab
13 4 (1.02%) Jasmine
13 4 (1.02%) Zephyr
14 3 (0.76%) TeamCity
General
1 85 (21.63%) Finance
2 61 (15.52%) Banking
3 20 (5.09%) Retail Banking
4 15 (3.82%) Retail
5 13 (3.31%) Telecoms
6 8 (2.04%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.02%) Advertising
7 4 (1.02%) Back Office
8 3 (0.76%) Front Office
9 2 (0.51%) Games
9 2 (0.51%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.51%) Marketing
9 2 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.51%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.25%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.25%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.25%) Law
10 1 (0.25%) Legal
10 1 (0.25%) Military
10 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (4.07%) Gherkin
1 16 (4.07%) SOAP
2 15 (3.82%) .NET
3 14 (3.56%) Web Services
4 11 (2.80%) REST
5 4 (1.02%) RESTful
5 4 (1.02%) XML
6 3 (0.76%) JSON
6 3 (0.76%) Middleware
6 3 (0.76%) Swagger
7 2 (0.51%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.51%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.51%) Kafka
7 2 (0.51%) Mason
7 2 (0.51%) Node.js
7 2 (0.51%) OLE
7 2 (0.51%) React
7 2 (0.51%) React Native
7 2 (0.51%) WCF
8 1 (0.25%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 19 (4.83%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (2.54%) Mobile App
3 6 (1.53%) Derivative
4 5 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.02%) EPoS
5 4 (1.02%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.02%) STB
6 3 (0.76%) Data Centre
6 3 (0.76%) Fat Client
6 3 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 3 (0.76%) NHS
6 3 (0.76%) N-Tier
6 3 (0.76%) PKI
6 3 (0.76%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.51%) Algorithms
7 2 (0.51%) Credit Risk
7 2 (0.51%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (0.51%) IVR
7 2 (0.51%) LIMS
7 2 (0.51%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (3.05%) Linux
2 10 (2.54%) Windows
3 6 (1.53%) Android
3 6 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (1.27%) Windows 10
4 5 (1.27%) Windows 7
5 4 (1.02%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.76%) HPUX
6 3 (0.76%) SUSE
6 3 (0.76%) Unix
7 2 (0.51%) CentOS
8 1 (0.25%) webOS
8 1 (0.25%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.25%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (37.15%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (35.88%) Test Automation
3 109 (27.74%) User Acceptance Testing
4 96 (24.43%) Test Strategy
5 83 (21.12%) Test Scripting
6 71 (18.07%) Stakeholder Management
7 53 (13.49%) BDD
8 50 (12.72%) TDD
9 48 (12.21%) Scrum
10 45 (11.45%) Test Management
11 44 (11.20%) Defect Management
11 44 (11.20%) Scenario Testing
12 42 (10.69%) Non-Functional Testing
13 40 (10.18%) Functional Testing
14 39 (9.92%) Waterfall
15 38 (9.67%) Test Planning
16 36 (9.16%) Regression Testing
17 33 (8.40%) Migration
18 32 (8.14%) System Integration Testing
19 29 (7.38%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 41 (10.43%) Java
2 38 (9.67%) SQL
3 27 (6.87%) C#
4 11 (2.80%) JavaScript
5 8 (2.04%) Python
6 4 (1.02%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.02%) VB
7 3 (0.76%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 3 (0.76%) PowerShell
7 3 (0.76%) VBA
8 2 (0.51%) Perl
8 2 (0.51%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.25%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.25%) C
9 1 (0.25%) Groovy
9 1 (0.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 61 (15.52%) ISTQB
2 50 (12.72%) ISEB
3 33 (8.40%) Security Cleared
4 24 (6.11%) SC Cleared
5 14 (3.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (3.05%) Degree
7 4 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.51%) CCNA
8 2 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.51%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.25%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.25%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.25%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (14.25%) QA
2 7 (1.78%) MiFID
3 5 (1.27%) Dodd-Frank
3 5 (1.27%) EMIR
4 3 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.25%) IFRS
5 1 (0.25%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.25%) SEPA
5 1 (0.25%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (0.76%) Docker
2 2 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.25%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 25 (6.36%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.51%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 2 (0.51%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (0.51%) logstash
2 2 (0.51%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 2 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (0.51%) ZABBIX
3 1 (0.25%) Kibana
3 1 (0.25%) Puppet
3 1 (0.25%) Terraform
Vendors
1 43 (10.94%) HP
2 19 (4.83%) Oracle
3 16 (4.07%) Microsoft
3 16 (4.07%) SAP
4 12 (3.05%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (1.53%) Atlassian
5 6 (1.53%) Red Hat
5 6 (1.53%) ServiceNow
5 6 (1.53%) Workday
6 5 (1.27%) Citrix
6 5 (1.27%) Splunk
7 4 (1.02%) IBM
7 4 (1.02%) VMware
8 3 (0.76%) TIBCO
9 2 (0.51%) Adobe
9 2 (0.51%) Capita
9 2 (0.51%) Cisco
9 2 (0.51%) F5
9 2 (0.51%) Google
9 2 (0.51%) Kronos