Period
to 21 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 399 323 269
Rank change year-on-year -76 -54 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 576 707 1,050
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.78% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.82% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 459 678
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £350 £331 £314
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £431 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.47% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
UK median hourly rate - £27.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £27.50 -

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 94,869 86,564 101,481
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,095 55,999 65,887
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,864 3,105
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.68 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -11.15% +18.87%

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 21 June 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 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 Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 21 June 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 -107 518 £475 +5.56% 43
UK excluding London -70 311 £431 +1.47% 30
London -35 245 £500 - 15
South East -86 101 £450 +5.88% 14
North of England -47 51 £411 -3.24% 5
Midlands -33 48 £450 +11.11% 4
South West -13 44 £388 -10.92% 3
West Midlands -19 35 £475 +18.75% 4
North West -16 27 £410 +10.07% 3
Wales +12 25 £444 -5.28%
Scotland -36 24 £438 - 2
Yorkshire -19 22 £425 -12.37% 2
East of England -3 19 £513 +7.89% 2
East Midlands -14 12 £425 -
North East -4 2 £393 -1.88%

Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 June 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.

1 209 (36.28%) Test Strategy
2 161 (27.95%) Test Management
3 142 (24.65%) Test Automation
4 137 (23.78%) Agile Software Development
5 136 (23.61%) User Acceptance Testing
6 129 (22.40%) Finance
7 110 (19.10%) Stakeholder Management
8 84 (14.58%) Defect Management
9 78 (13.54%) Banking
9 78 (13.54%) QA
10 73 (12.67%) System Integration Testing
11 72 (12.50%) Security Cleared
12 62 (10.76%) JIRA
13 59 (10.24%) Non-Functional Testing
14 57 (9.90%) SC Cleared
14 57 (9.90%) HP
15 56 (9.72%) ISTQB
16 55 (9.55%) Functional Testing
16 55 (9.55%) ISEB
17 51 (8.85%) SAP
18 50 (8.68%) Windows
18 50 (8.68%) Test Planning
19 48 (8.33%) SDLC
19 48 (8.33%) Waterfall
19 48 (8.33%) Test Scripting
20 47 (8.16%) Oracle
21 45 (7.81%) Microsoft
21 45 (7.81%) Migration
21 45 (7.81%) Performance Testing
21 45 (7.81%) HP Quality Center

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 13 (2.26%) WebLogic
2 10 (1.74%) Confluence
3 6 (1.04%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.69%) SAS
5 3 (0.52%) Apache
5 3 (0.52%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.35%) CMS
6 2 (0.35%) IIS
6 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.17%) ATG Dynamo
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.17%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.17%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.17%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 18 (3.13%) Microsoft Project
2 8 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.87%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.17%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.22%) NetSuite
2 6 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (1.04%) Oracle ERP
3 5 (0.87%) Temenos T24
4 4 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.35%) HFM
6 2 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.35%) SAP CRM for Utilities
6 2 (0.35%) SAP IS-U
6 2 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.17%) FLEXCUBE
7 1 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.17%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 12 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
1 12 (2.08%) Office 365
2 8 (1.39%) SuccessFactors
3 7 (1.22%) SaaS
4 5 (0.87%) Tricentis Tosca
5 4 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.17%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.17%) GitHub
6 1 (0.17%) IaaS
6 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.04%) Firewall
1 6 (1.04%) Internet
2 4 (0.69%) SMS
2 4 (0.69%) WebEx
3 3 (0.52%) HTTP
3 3 (0.52%) LAN
3 3 (0.52%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (0.52%) WAN
3 3 (0.52%) WLAN
4 2 (0.35%) 4G
4 2 (0.35%) DNS
4 2 (0.35%) Software-Defined Networking
4 2 (0.35%) Unified Communications
4 2 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.35%) ZigBee
5 1 (0.17%) LTE
5 1 (0.17%) Network Security
5 1 (0.17%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (0.17%) Skype
5 1 (0.17%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.60%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (1.39%) SQL Server
3 6 (1.04%) Oracle OWB
4 5 (0.87%) Big Data
4 5 (0.87%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.52%) Blockchain
6 3 (0.52%) DB2
6 3 (0.52%) SAP HANA
7 2 (0.35%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.35%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (0.35%) Power BI
7 2 (0.35%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.17%) DataStage
8 1 (0.17%) GIS
8 1 (0.17%) MS Access
8 1 (0.17%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 62 (10.76%) JIRA
2 38 (6.60%) Selenium
3 17 (2.95%) Jenkins
4 14 (2.43%) Cucumber
5 12 (2.08%) HP UFT
5 12 (2.08%) SoapUI
6 11 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (1.74%) JMeter
8 7 (1.22%) Git (software)
8 7 (1.22%) LoadRunner
8 7 (1.22%) Zephyr
9 5 (0.87%) TestRail
9 5 (0.87%) Visual Studio Team System
10 4 (0.69%) WebDriver
11 3 (0.52%) Bitbucket
11 3 (0.52%) GitLab
11 3 (0.52%) JUnit
11 3 (0.52%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.35%) Ant
12 2 (0.35%) Protractor
General
1 129 (22.40%) Finance
2 78 (13.54%) Banking
3 31 (5.38%) Retail
4 22 (3.82%) Retail Banking
5 10 (1.74%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.56%) Military
7 7 (1.22%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.04%) Billing
8 6 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.87%) Automotive
9 5 (0.87%) Games
9 5 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.69%) Back Office
10 4 (0.69%) Law
10 4 (0.69%) Private Banking
11 3 (0.52%) Front Office
12 2 (0.35%) Local Government
12 2 (0.35%) Marketing
12 2 (0.35%) Publishing
13 1 (0.17%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.82%) XML
2 11 (1.91%) Oracle Fusion
3 10 (1.74%) SOAP
4 7 (1.22%) Web Services
5 6 (1.04%) REST
6 5 (0.87%) .NET
6 5 (0.87%) JSON
6 5 (0.87%) XSD
7 4 (0.69%) Gherkin
8 2 (0.35%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.35%) CSS
8 2 (0.35%) HTML
8 2 (0.35%) jQuery
8 2 (0.35%) RESTful
9 1 (0.17%) CSS3
9 1 (0.17%) EDI
9 1 (0.17%) HTML5
9 1 (0.17%) Java EE
9 1 (0.17%) Mason
9 1 (0.17%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 16 (2.78%) Virtual Team
2 13 (2.26%) Data Centre
3 11 (1.91%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (1.56%) Management Information System
5 8 (1.39%) Mobile App
6 6 (1.04%) Client/Server
6 6 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
6 6 (1.04%) Smart Meter
6 6 (1.04%) User Experience
7 5 (0.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 5 (0.87%) Mainframe
7 5 (0.87%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (0.69%) NHS
8 4 (0.69%) PKI
9 3 (0.52%) Derivative
9 3 (0.52%) Fat Client
9 3 (0.52%) FMCG
9 3 (0.52%) Mobile Payment
9 3 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 50 (8.68%) Windows
2 19 (3.30%) Unix
3 14 (2.43%) Linux
4 11 (1.91%) Windows 10
5 8 (1.39%) Android
6 6 (1.04%) AIX
6 6 (1.04%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.87%) Solaris
7 5 (0.87%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.69%) Windows Server
9 3 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.17%) HPUX
11 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.17%) SUSE
11 1 (0.17%) VMS
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 209 (36.28%) Test Strategy
2 161 (27.95%) Test Management
3 142 (24.65%) Test Automation
4 137 (23.78%) Agile Software Development
5 136 (23.61%) User Acceptance Testing
6 110 (19.10%) Stakeholder Management
7 84 (14.58%) Defect Management
8 73 (12.67%) System Integration Testing
9 59 (10.24%) Non-Functional Testing
10 55 (9.55%) Functional Testing
11 50 (8.68%) Test Planning
12 48 (8.33%) SDLC
12 48 (8.33%) Test Scripting
12 48 (8.33%) Waterfall
13 45 (7.81%) Migration
13 45 (7.81%) Performance Testing
14 43 (7.47%) Software Testing
15 38 (6.60%) Project Management
16 35 (6.08%) Integration Testing
17 34 (5.90%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (5.73%) SQL
2 28 (4.86%) Java
3 9 (1.56%) Python
4 8 (1.39%) C
5 5 (0.87%) XPath
6 4 (0.69%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.35%) C#
7 2 (0.35%) C++
7 2 (0.35%) Jython
7 2 (0.35%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.17%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 1 (0.17%) Go
8 1 (0.17%) Groovy
8 1 (0.17%) Perl
8 1 (0.17%) RPG
8 1 (0.17%) Ruby
8 1 (0.17%) Scala
8 1 (0.17%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
8 1 (0.17%) VB
8 1 (0.17%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 72 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 57 (9.90%) SC Cleared
3 56 (9.72%) ISTQB
4 55 (9.55%) ISEB
5 21 (3.65%) Degree
6 14 (2.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 11 (1.91%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 8 (1.39%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (1.04%) PMI Certification
10 6 (1.04%) PMP
11 5 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
13 2 (0.35%) DV Cleared
13 2 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
14 1 (0.17%) Computer Science Degree
14 1 (0.17%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (13.54%) QA
2 9 (1.56%) PMO
3 8 (1.39%) GDPR
4 4 (0.69%) MiFID
5 2 (0.35%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.35%) EMIR
5 2 (0.35%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.35%) PSD2
6 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.17%) SLA
6 1 (0.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 23 (3.99%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.52%) Docker
4 1 (0.17%) Firmware
4 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 45 (7.81%) HP Quality Center
2 43 (7.47%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.56%) SCCM
4 7 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (1.04%) CA Service Virtualization
5 6 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.04%) Puppet
6 2 (0.35%) Ansible
6 2 (0.35%) SCOM
7 1 (0.17%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 57 (9.90%) HP
2 51 (8.85%) SAP
3 47 (8.16%) Oracle
4 45 (7.81%) Microsoft
5 17 (2.95%) Concur
6 14 (2.43%) Salesforce.com
7 12 (2.08%) IBM
8 11 (1.91%) Citrix
9 10 (1.74%) Guidewire
9 10 (1.74%) webMethods
10 8 (1.39%) MuleSoft
11 7 (1.22%) CheckPoint
12 6 (1.04%) CA
13 4 (0.69%) ArcSight
13 4 (0.69%) Cisco
13 4 (0.69%) hybris
13 4 (0.69%) Hyperion
13 4 (0.69%) McAfee
13 4 (0.69%) Temenos
13 4 (0.69%) VMware