The median contractor rate for a Test Leader was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 405 392 315
Rank change year-on-year -13 -77  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Leader 199 265 382
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.49% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.52% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 159 240
Median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £283 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £338
% change year-on-year +5.33% +11.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.00

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 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

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 24 June 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 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 24 June 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 -6 177 £400 - 35
London -21 69 £425 - 16
South East +7 29 £350 -12.50% 3
South West +7 24 £446 +27.28%
North West +19 18 £425 -5.55% 5
West Midlands +27 16 £413 +13.79% 2
Berkshire +18 14 £350 -6.66%
Scotland +40 11 £380 +19.94%
Yorkshire +27 10 £400 +30.08% 2
Devon - 10 £437 -
Plymouth - 10 £437 -
West Yorkshire +30 8 £400 - 2
Cardiff +7 8 £325 +4.00%
Wales +5 8 £325 +4.00%
South Wales +3 8 £325 +4.00%
Cheshire +24 7 £500 +5.26%
Birmingham +19 7 £444 +22.41% 2
Oxfordshire -2 7 £356 -10.93%
East Midlands -8 7 £425 +30.76% 4
City of London -14 7 £400 -3.61% 3
Manchester +9 6 £375 +25.00% 3
Leeds - 6 £400 - 2
Macclesfield - 6 £500 -
Edinburgh +12 5 £475 +50.36%
Reading +14 4 £525 -
Oxford +1 4 £400 -
Bristol -4 4 £475 -7.31%
Somerset -5 4 £475 -
East of England -13 4 £638 +70.00% 3
East Sussex - 4 £375 -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 137 (35.49%) Test Automation
2 121 (31.35%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (26.68%) User Acceptance Testing
4 100 (25.91%) Test Strategy
5 99 (25.65%) Test Scripting
6 78 (20.21%) ISTQB
6 78 (20.21%) Finance
7 76 (19.69%) ISEB
8 69 (17.88%) Selenium
9 54 (13.99%) QA
10 53 (13.73%) JIRA
11 50 (12.95%) Banking
11 50 (12.95%) Scenario Testing
12 47 (12.18%) SQL
13 46 (11.92%) Cucumber
13 46 (11.92%) BDD
14 44 (11.40%) Software Testing
15 43 (11.14%) Oracle
16 42 (10.88%) Java
16 42 (10.88%) Scrum
16 42 (10.88%) Defect Management
17 41 (10.62%) Test Management
17 41 (10.62%) Migration
18 40 (10.36%) System Integration Testing
19 37 (9.59%) Performance Testing
19 37 (9.59%) Retail
20 36 (9.33%) Security Cleared
21 34 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
22 33 (8.55%) Test Planning
23 31 (8.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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 9 (2.33%) Confluence
2 6 (1.55%) Apache Spark
3 5 (1.30%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.04%) CMS
4 4 (1.04%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.78%) JCAPS
6 2 (0.52%) Apache
6 2 (0.52%) SAS
6 2 (0.52%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.52%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.26%) CICS
7 1 (0.26%) IIS
7 1 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.26%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.26%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 3 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (1.04%) Oracle EBS R12
1 4 (1.04%) SAP HR
2 3 (0.78%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (0.78%) Workday HCM
3 2 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.52%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (0.52%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.52%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.52%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.52%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.26%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.26%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.26%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.26%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.26%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 19 (4.92%) SaaS
2 11 (2.85%) Taleo
3 4 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.04%) GitHub
3 4 (1.04%) Office 365
4 3 (0.78%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.26%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.26%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.26%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.55%) Internet
2 3 (0.78%) HTTP
2 3 (0.78%) LAN
2 3 (0.78%) VoIP
2 3 (0.78%) WAN
3 2 (0.52%) SMS
4 1 (0.26%) BGP
4 1 (0.26%) DOCSIS
4 1 (0.26%) DSL
4 1 (0.26%) FTP
4 1 (0.26%) HSRP
4 1 (0.26%) LDAP
4 1 (0.26%) MGCP
4 1 (0.26%) MPLS
4 1 (0.26%) OSPF
4 1 (0.26%) PPP
4 1 (0.26%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.26%) Skype
4 1 (0.26%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.26%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (3.63%) Data Warehouse
2 13 (3.37%) Oracle Database
3 12 (3.11%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.81%) SQL Server
5 6 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.30%) MongoDB
6 5 (1.30%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (1.04%) Big Data
7 4 (1.04%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
8 3 (0.78%) Redis
9 2 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.52%) DB2
9 2 (0.52%) InfluxDB
9 2 (0.52%) Kalido
9 2 (0.52%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.52%) Oracle Exadata
9 2 (0.52%) PowerCenter
9 2 (0.52%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 69 (17.88%) Selenium
2 53 (13.73%) JIRA
3 46 (11.92%) Cucumber
4 27 (6.99%) WebDriver
5 25 (6.48%) Jenkins
6 24 (6.22%) SoapUI
7 21 (5.44%) HP UFT
8 19 (4.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 13 (3.37%) LoadRunner
10 12 (3.11%) JMeter
11 9 (2.33%) Hudson
12 8 (2.07%) SpecFlow
12 8 (2.07%) Vagrant
13 6 (1.55%) Git (software)
14 5 (1.30%) Appium
14 5 (1.30%) Bitbucket
14 5 (1.30%) Calabash
14 5 (1.30%) Jasmine
14 5 (1.30%) SilkTest
14 5 (1.30%) Zephyr
General
1 78 (20.21%) Finance
2 50 (12.95%) Banking
3 37 (9.59%) Retail
4 14 (3.63%) Retail Banking
5 10 (2.59%) Spanish Language
6 7 (1.81%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.04%) Automotive
7 4 (1.04%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.78%) Billing
8 3 (0.78%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.78%) Front Office
8 3 (0.78%) Law
8 3 (0.78%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.52%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.52%) Local Government
9 2 (0.52%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.26%) French Language
10 1 (0.26%) Marketing
10 1 (0.26%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.44%) SOAP
2 18 (4.66%) Web Services
3 13 (3.37%) XML
4 10 (2.59%) .NET
4 10 (2.59%) Oracle Fusion
5 9 (2.33%) Gherkin
5 9 (2.33%) Node.js
6 7 (1.81%) Middleware
6 7 (1.81%) REST
7 5 (1.30%) ASP.NET
7 5 (1.30%) Behat
7 5 (1.30%) HTML
7 5 (1.30%) JSON
7 5 (1.30%) RESTful
8 4 (1.04%) CSS
8 4 (1.04%) Kafka
8 4 (1.04%) XSLT
9 3 (0.78%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.78%) IBM Integration Bus
10 2 (0.52%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 17 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (1.81%) Data Centre
4 5 (1.30%) NHS
5 4 (1.04%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.04%) Fintech
5 4 (1.04%) FMCG
5 4 (1.04%) Mobile App
6 3 (0.78%) Fixed Income
6 3 (0.78%) Mainframe
6 3 (0.78%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.52%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.52%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.52%) SWIFT
7 2 (0.52%) Tandem
8 1 (0.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.26%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.26%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (0.26%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.26%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 11 (2.85%) Linux
2 10 (2.59%) Unix
3 8 (2.07%) Windows
4 2 (0.52%) Android
4 2 (0.52%) Apple iOS
4 2 (0.52%) OpenVMS
4 2 (0.52%) Solaris
4 2 (0.52%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.26%) AIX
5 1 (0.26%) HPUX
5 1 (0.26%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.26%) OS/390
5 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.26%) SUSE
5 1 (0.26%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (35.49%) Test Automation
2 121 (31.35%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (26.68%) User Acceptance Testing
4 100 (25.91%) Test Strategy
5 99 (25.65%) Test Scripting
6 50 (12.95%) Scenario Testing
7 46 (11.92%) BDD
8 44 (11.40%) Software Testing
9 42 (10.88%) Defect Management
9 42 (10.88%) Scrum
10 41 (10.62%) Migration
10 41 (10.62%) Test Management
11 40 (10.36%) System Integration Testing
12 37 (9.59%) Performance Testing
13 34 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
14 33 (8.55%) Test Planning
15 31 (8.03%) Manual Testing
16 30 (7.77%) TDD
17 27 (6.99%) Continuous Integration
17 27 (6.99%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 47 (12.18%) SQL
2 42 (10.88%) Java
3 19 (4.92%) Ruby
4 16 (4.15%) JavaScript
5 15 (3.89%) C#
6 13 (3.37%) Python
7 10 (2.59%) C++
8 6 (1.55%) PHP
8 6 (1.55%) PL/SQL
9 5 (1.30%) Groovy
9 5 (1.30%) VB
10 4 (1.04%) Scala
11 2 (0.52%) COBOL
12 1 (0.26%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.26%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.26%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 1 (0.26%) JCL
12 1 (0.26%) Perl
12 1 (0.26%) Tcl
12 1 (0.26%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 78 (20.21%) ISTQB
2 76 (19.69%) ISEB
3 36 (9.33%) Security Cleared
4 31 (8.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 27 (6.99%) SC Cleared
6 8 (2.07%) Degree
7 4 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (0.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.26%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.26%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.26%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (13.99%) QA
2 7 (1.81%) GxP
3 6 (1.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (1.55%) MiFID
4 4 (1.04%) HL7
5 3 (0.78%) EMIR
6 2 (0.52%) GAMP
7 1 (0.26%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.26%) FATCA
7 1 (0.26%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.26%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.26%) PMO
7 1 (0.26%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (1.81%) VirtualBox
2 3 (0.78%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.78%) Docker
3 2 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.26%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (0.26%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (4.66%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.78%) Ambari
2 3 (0.78%) Ganglia
2 3 (0.78%) Grafana
2 3 (0.78%) HAProxy
2 3 (0.78%) nmon
2 3 (0.78%) ZABBIX
3 2 (0.52%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (0.52%) Cisco IPCC
3 2 (0.52%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (0.52%) collectd
3 2 (0.52%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.26%) HP Operations Orchestration
4 1 (0.26%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.26%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 1 (0.26%) vRealize
Vendors
1 43 (11.14%) Oracle
2 23 (5.96%) HP
3 20 (5.18%) Microsoft
4 18 (4.66%) SAP
5 11 (2.85%) Salesforce.com
5 11 (2.85%) Workday
6 9 (2.33%) IBM
7 7 (1.81%) VMware
8 5 (1.30%) CheckPoint
8 5 (1.30%) Saba
9 4 (1.04%) AppDynamics
9 4 (1.04%) Informatica
9 4 (1.04%) webMethods
10 3 (0.78%) Cisco
10 3 (0.78%) Fiorano
10 3 (0.78%) Hyperion
10 3 (0.78%) InterSystems
10 3 (0.78%) MicroStrategy
10 3 (0.78%) Teradata
11 2 (0.52%) Guidewire
London
Martin & Conley
Rate: £700 - £900 per month
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Interquest - IQ Tech
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
AMS contingency
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 15 days ago