Period
to 23 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 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 Manager
UK
6 months to
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 409 343 250
Rank change year-on-year -66 -93 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 583 664 1,064
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.69% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.73% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 439 696
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £350 £324 £325
90th Percentile £625 £652 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
UK median hourly rate - £27.50 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -50.00% -8.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £27.50 £55.00
% change year-on-year - -50.00% -8.33%

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 96,137 90,972 102,762
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,825 59,323 65,801
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,839 3,251 3,725
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 £48.51 £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 Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Test Manager in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Manager in the UK

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Manager.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Manager in the UK

Test Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Manager over the 6 months to 23 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Manager in the UK

Test Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Manager.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Manager in the UK

Test Manager
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 Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 23 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 -85 516 £450 - 39
UK excluding London -30 337 £425 - 32
London -63 233 £500 - 11
South East -51 79 £460 +12.20% 6
North of England +35 64 £410 -1.20% 7
Midlands -14 61 £425 +3.03% 3
South West +9 52 £423 -6.00% 4
North West +13 43 £425 +25.00% 4
West Midlands -4 38 £425 - 3
Scotland -1 36 £425 +3.03% 4
East Midlands -3 23 £438 +8.70%
Wales +10 21 £450 +24.14%
East of England -11 21 £525 +16.67% 8
Yorkshire +1 20 £351 -22.11% 3
Northern Ireland -8 3 £400 -11.11%
North East +44 1 £475 -5.00%
Isle of Man - 1 - -

Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 2018, Test Manager 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 Manager in the job title.

1 221 (37.91%) Test Strategy
2 179 (30.70%) Test Management
3 174 (29.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 165 (28.30%) Finance
5 147 (25.21%) Agile Software Development
6 124 (21.27%) Stakeholder Management
7 121 (20.75%) Test Automation
8 114 (19.55%) Banking
9 87 (14.92%) Test Scripting
10 86 (14.75%) Defect Management
11 72 (12.35%) QA
11 72 (12.35%) Migration
11 72 (12.35%) HP
12 69 (11.84%) Waterfall
12 69 (11.84%) System Integration Testing
13 66 (11.32%) ISTQB
14 64 (10.98%) HP ALM
15 61 (10.46%) Functional Testing
16 59 (10.12%) JIRA
17 56 (9.61%) Non-Functional Testing
18 55 (9.43%) ISEB
19 53 (9.09%) Test Planning
20 52 (8.92%) Security Cleared
21 49 (8.40%) Software Testing
22 48 (8.23%) Scenario Testing
23 44 (7.55%) Integration Testing
24 40 (6.86%) SC Cleared
24 40 (6.86%) Retail Banking
24 40 (6.86%) SAP
24 40 (6.86%) SDLC

Test Manager 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 (2.57%) Confluence
2 6 (1.03%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.86%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.51%) SAS
4 3 (0.51%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.34%) Apache
5 2 (0.34%) IIS
5 2 (0.34%) MS Exchange
5 2 (0.34%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.17%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.17%) CMS
6 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.17%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.17%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 20 (3.43%) Microsoft Project
2 9 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
6 1 (0.17%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.17%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (1.37%) Temenos T24
2 6 (1.03%) NetSuite
3 3 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.51%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.51%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.34%) Bloomberg AIM
4 2 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.34%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.34%) SAP CRM for Utilities
4 2 (0.34%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.34%) thinkFolio
4 2 (0.34%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.17%) HiPortfolio
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.57%) SaaS
2 9 (1.54%) Office 365
3 6 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (1.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.03%) SuccessFactors
4 5 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.34%) Tricentis Tosca
6 1 (0.17%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.17%) GitHub
6 1 (0.17%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.17%) Slack
6 1 (0.17%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.54%) Internet
2 7 (1.20%) HTTP
3 6 (1.03%) SMS
3 6 (1.03%) Unified Communications
4 4 (0.69%) Firewall
4 4 (0.69%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (0.34%) 4G
5 2 (0.34%) WebEx
6 1 (0.17%) 2G
6 1 (0.17%) 3G
6 1 (0.17%) FTP
6 1 (0.17%) LTE
6 1 (0.17%) MPLS
6 1 (0.17%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (0.17%) Skype
6 1 (0.17%) TETRA
6 1 (0.17%) VoLTE
6 1 (0.17%) WAN
6 1 (0.17%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.17%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.23%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (0.69%) Blockchain
2 4 (0.69%) Oracle OWB
3 3 (0.51%) DB2
3 3 (0.51%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.34%) Big Data
4 2 (0.34%) Data Mining
4 2 (0.34%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.17%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (0.17%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.17%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.17%) DataStage
5 1 (0.17%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.17%) MS Access
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.17%) Power BI
5 1 (0.17%) QlikView
5 1 (0.17%) SAP BW
5 1 (0.17%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 59 (10.12%) JIRA
2 34 (5.83%) Selenium
3 25 (4.29%) Jenkins
4 22 (3.77%) Cucumber
5 19 (3.26%) HP UFT
6 15 (2.57%) JMeter
6 15 (2.57%) Maven
7 14 (2.40%) Ant
8 13 (2.23%) SoapUI
9 9 (1.54%) Subversion
10 8 (1.37%) CruiseControl
10 8 (1.37%) Hudson
10 8 (1.37%) Visual Studio
10 8 (1.37%) Zephyr
11 7 (1.20%) JUnit
11 7 (1.20%) TestRail
12 6 (1.03%) Artifactory
12 6 (1.03%) Build Forge
12 6 (1.03%) Eclipse
12 6 (1.03%) WebDriver
General
1 165 (28.30%) Finance
2 114 (19.55%) Banking
3 40 (6.86%) Retail Banking
4 31 (5.32%) Retail
5 22 (3.77%) Investment Banking
6 11 (1.89%) Publishing
6 11 (1.89%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.54%) Back Office
8 7 (1.20%) Financial Institution
8 7 (1.20%) Front Office
9 5 (0.86%) Law
9 5 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.51%) Legal
10 3 (0.51%) Local Government
10 3 (0.51%) Military
11 2 (0.34%) Advertising
11 2 (0.34%) Automotive
11 2 (0.34%) Billing
11 2 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.34%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.92%) XML
2 14 (2.40%) .NET
3 9 (1.54%) SOAP
3 9 (1.54%) Web Services
4 8 (1.37%) Gherkin
5 7 (1.20%) CSS
5 7 (1.20%) HTML
5 7 (1.20%) REST
6 6 (1.03%) jQuery
7 2 (0.34%) JSON
7 2 (0.34%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (0.17%) Behat
8 1 (0.17%) CSS3
8 1 (0.17%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.17%) HTML5
8 1 (0.17%) Mason
8 1 (0.17%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.17%) RESTEasy
8 1 (0.17%) RESTful
8 1 (0.17%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 19 (3.26%) Virtual Team
2 17 (2.92%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (1.54%) Data Centre
4 8 (1.37%) Client/Server
4 8 (1.37%) Mainframe
4 8 (1.37%) Mobile App
5 7 (1.20%) Management Information System
6 6 (1.03%) Fixed Income
6 6 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 5 (0.86%) IVR
7 5 (0.86%) Smart Meter
8 4 (0.69%) Equities
8 4 (0.69%) Fat Client
8 4 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (0.69%) Thin Client
8 4 (0.69%) User Experience
9 3 (0.51%) Computer Science
9 3 (0.51%) Mobile Payment
9 3 (0.51%) Reference Data
10 2 (0.34%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 28 (4.80%) Windows
2 12 (2.06%) Windows 10
3 7 (1.20%) Unix
4 6 (1.03%) Android
5 4 (0.69%) Apple iOS
5 4 (0.69%) Linux
5 4 (0.69%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.34%) AIX
6 2 (0.34%) Solaris
6 2 (0.34%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.17%) HPUX
7 1 (0.17%) SUSE
7 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.17%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (37.91%) Test Strategy
2 179 (30.70%) Test Management
3 174 (29.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 147 (25.21%) Agile Software Development
5 124 (21.27%) Stakeholder Management
6 121 (20.75%) Test Automation
7 87 (14.92%) Test Scripting
8 86 (14.75%) Defect Management
9 72 (12.35%) Migration
10 69 (11.84%) System Integration Testing
10 69 (11.84%) Waterfall
11 61 (10.46%) Functional Testing
12 56 (9.61%) Non-Functional Testing
13 53 (9.09%) Test Planning
14 49 (8.40%) Software Testing
15 48 (8.23%) Scenario Testing
16 44 (7.55%) Integration Testing
17 40 (6.86%) SDLC
18 38 (6.52%) Regression Testing
19 35 (6.00%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 36 (6.17%) Java
2 27 (4.63%) SQL
3 24 (4.12%) Python
4 14 (2.40%) Jython
5 11 (1.89%) C#
6 10 (1.72%) JavaScript
6 10 (1.72%) Ruby
7 8 (1.37%) C
7 8 (1.37%) Groovy
8 7 (1.20%) C++
9 6 (1.03%) VBScript
10 2 (0.34%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.17%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 1 (0.17%) Perl
11 1 (0.17%) RPG
11 1 (0.17%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 66 (11.32%) ISTQB
2 55 (9.43%) ISEB
3 52 (8.92%) Security Cleared
4 40 (6.86%) SC Cleared
5 15 (2.57%) Degree
6 14 (2.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 14 (2.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (0.86%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.69%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.51%) PMP
11 2 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.34%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.17%) CCIE
12 1 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.17%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.17%) MBCS
12 1 (0.17%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (12.35%) QA
2 13 (2.23%) PMO
3 5 (0.86%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.86%) FATCA
3 5 (0.86%) MiFID
4 2 (0.34%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.34%) EMIR
4 2 (0.34%) GDPR
4 2 (0.34%) IFRS
4 2 (0.34%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.34%) SLA
5 1 (0.17%) DO-254
5 1 (0.17%) GxP
5 1 (0.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 12 (2.06%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.34%) Firmware
4 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 64 (10.98%) HP ALM
2 34 (5.83%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.20%) CA Service Virtualization
4 4 (0.69%) Ansible
4 4 (0.69%) Puppet
5 3 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.51%) SCCM
5 3 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.34%) Nessus
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 72 (12.35%) HP
2 40 (6.86%) SAP
3 35 (6.00%) Microsoft
4 29 (4.97%) Oracle
5 24 (4.12%) Salesforce.com
6 17 (2.92%) Concur
7 11 (1.89%) IBM
8 8 (1.37%) Citrix
8 8 (1.37%) Green Hat
8 8 (1.37%) VMware
9 7 (1.20%) Cisco
9 7 (1.20%) Temenos
10 6 (1.03%) CA
10 6 (1.03%) CheckPoint
10 6 (1.03%) MuleSoft
11 5 (0.86%) BT
12 4 (0.69%) hybris
12 4 (0.69%) ServiceNow
12 4 (0.69%) webMethods
13 3 (0.51%) Workday