Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 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 Manager
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 387 321 229
Rank change year-on-year -66 -92 +36
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 627 775 1266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.74% 1.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.78% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 503 833
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £328 £308 £325
90th Percentile £575 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £406 £425
% change year-on-year +4.62% -4.41% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% -2.30% -25.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year - -2.30% -25.00%

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 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017. 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 -59 570 £444 +0.97% 31
UK excluding London -25 368 £425 +4.62% 22
London -61 243 £475 - 10
South East +9 111 £425 +6.25% 5
North of England +34 81 £400 +0.06% 7
Midlands -13 63 £425 +3.66% 2
North West +4 56 £401 +6.09% 6
South West -13 44 £417 -7.44% 4
West Midlands +3 41 £425 +6.25% 1
Scotland -23 35 £443 +10.63%
East of England -16 24 £449 +5.71% 3
East Midlands -16 22 £438 -7.65% 1
Yorkshire +16 20 £375 -9.64% 1
Wales +21 8 £351 +2.11% 1
North East +47 5 £475 +49.02%
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, Test Manager 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 Manager in the job title.

1 260 (41.47%) Test Strategy
2 199 (31.74%) User Acceptance Testing
3 196 (31.26%) Finance
4 174 (27.75%) Test Management
5 162 (25.84%) Agile Software Development
6 154 (24.56%) Banking
7 133 (21.21%) Test Scripting
7 133 (21.21%) Test Automation
8 113 (18.02%) Stakeholder Management
9 93 (14.83%) QA
10 88 (14.04%) ISTQB
11 87 (13.88%) Defect Management
12 80 (12.76%) ISEB
13 73 (11.64%) Migration
14 72 (11.48%) JIRA
15 69 (11.00%) Retail Banking
16 67 (10.69%) System Integration Testing
17 66 (10.53%) Test Planning
18 65 (10.37%) Waterfall
19 58 (9.25%) Scrum
20 55 (8.77%) HP
20 55 (8.77%) Scenario Testing
21 54 (8.61%) Functional Testing
22 50 (7.97%) Non-Functional Testing
23 49 (7.81%) Security Cleared
24 48 (7.66%) Regression Testing
25 46 (7.34%) Integration Testing
26 44 (7.02%) Software Testing
27 43 (6.86%) Oracle
28 41 (6.54%) SAP

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 25 (3.99%) Confluence
2 8 (1.28%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.80%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.32%) CMS
4 2 (0.32%) SAS
4 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.32%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.32%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.16%) Drupal
5 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.16%) JBoss
5 1 (0.16%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.16%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 9 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.12%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.48%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 11 (1.75%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (1.44%) Temenos T24
3 5 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.80%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.64%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.48%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.32%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.32%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.32%) Summit
7 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.16%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.03%) Microsoft Azure
1 19 (3.03%) SaaS
2 11 (1.75%) Office 365
3 9 (1.44%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.80%) PaaS
5 2 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.16%) GitHub
6 1 (0.16%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.16%) Slack
6 1 (0.16%) Taleo
6 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.75%) Firewall
2 5 (0.80%) Internet
2 5 (0.80%) IPv4
3 4 (0.64%) IPv6
3 4 (0.64%) SMS
4 3 (0.48%) HTTP
4 3 (0.48%) VPN
5 2 (0.32%) DOCSIS
5 2 (0.32%) WAN
5 2 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.16%) ADSL
6 1 (0.16%) ATM
6 1 (0.16%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.16%) Intranet
6 1 (0.16%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (0.80%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
2 5 (0.80%) SQL Server
3 4 (0.64%) Big Data
3 4 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.32%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.32%) DB2
4 2 (0.32%) IDOL
5 1 (0.16%) BODI
5 1 (0.16%) MySQL
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle OWB
5 1 (0.16%) Power BI
5 1 (0.16%) QlikView
5 1 (0.16%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.16%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 72 (11.48%) JIRA
2 28 (4.47%) Selenium
3 21 (3.35%) Cucumber
4 20 (3.19%) Jenkins
5 11 (1.75%) Maven
5 11 (1.75%) Zephyr
6 9 (1.44%) Ant
6 9 (1.44%) HP UFT
6 9 (1.44%) LoadRunner
7 8 (1.28%) JMeter
7 8 (1.28%) Subversion
7 8 (1.28%) WebDriver
8 7 (1.12%) CruiseControl
8 7 (1.12%) Hudson
8 7 (1.12%) SoapUI
8 7 (1.12%) TeamCity
9 5 (0.80%) Git (software)
9 5 (0.80%) JUnit
9 5 (0.80%) TestDirector
9 5 (0.80%) Visual Studio
General
1 196 (31.26%) Finance
2 154 (24.56%) Banking
3 69 (11.00%) Retail Banking
4 34 (5.42%) Investment Banking
5 32 (5.10%) Retail
6 14 (2.23%) Financial Institution
7 13 (2.07%) Telecoms
8 12 (1.91%) Publishing
9 10 (1.59%) Spanish Language
10 8 (1.28%) Legal
10 8 (1.28%) Manufacturing
11 7 (1.12%) Back Office
12 6 (0.96%) Electronics
12 6 (0.96%) Local Government
13 5 (0.80%) Automotive
13 5 (0.80%) Front Office
14 4 (0.64%) Marketing
15 3 (0.48%) Advertising
16 2 (0.32%) Military
16 2 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.75%) XML
2 10 (1.59%) Oracle Fusion
3 8 (1.28%) .NET
3 8 (1.28%) FIX Protocol
4 7 (1.12%) Gherkin
5 5 (0.80%) Web Services
6 4 (0.64%) REST
6 4 (0.64%) SOAP
7 3 (0.48%) HTML
7 3 (0.48%) RESTful
8 2 (0.32%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.32%) COM
8 2 (0.32%) CSS
8 2 (0.32%) Hibernate
8 2 (0.32%) jQuery
8 2 (0.32%) Spring
8 2 (0.32%) XML Messaging
9 1 (0.16%) EDI
9 1 (0.16%) React
9 1 (0.16%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 19 (3.03%) Data Centre
2 17 (2.71%) Management Information System
3 15 (2.39%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (1.91%) Virtual Team
5 11 (1.75%) Equities
6 10 (1.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 8 (1.28%) Credit Risk
8 6 (0.96%) Fixed Income
9 5 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
9 5 (0.80%) Mobile App
10 4 (0.64%) Computer Science
10 4 (0.64%) Derivative
10 4 (0.64%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.48%) CMDB
11 3 (0.48%) FMCG
11 3 (0.48%) Reference Data
12 2 (0.32%) iPad
12 2 (0.32%) Semantic Web
12 2 (0.32%) Smart Meter
12 2 (0.32%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 18 (2.87%) Windows
2 8 (1.28%) Unix
3 6 (0.96%) Windows 10
4 4 (0.64%) AIX
4 4 (0.64%) Android
4 4 (0.64%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.48%) Linux
5 3 (0.48%) Solaris
6 2 (0.32%) HPUX
7 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 260 (41.47%) Test Strategy
2 199 (31.74%) User Acceptance Testing
3 174 (27.75%) Test Management
4 162 (25.84%) Agile Software Development
5 133 (21.21%) Test Automation
5 133 (21.21%) Test Scripting
6 113 (18.02%) Stakeholder Management
7 87 (13.88%) Defect Management
8 73 (11.64%) Migration
9 67 (10.69%) System Integration Testing
10 66 (10.53%) Test Planning
11 65 (10.37%) Waterfall
12 58 (9.25%) Scrum
13 55 (8.77%) Scenario Testing
14 54 (8.61%) Functional Testing
15 50 (7.97%) Non-Functional Testing
16 48 (7.66%) Regression Testing
17 46 (7.34%) Integration Testing
18 44 (7.02%) Software Testing
19 35 (5.58%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 29 (4.63%) Java
1 29 (4.63%) SQL
2 15 (2.39%) Python
3 9 (1.44%) C#
3 9 (1.44%) Jython
4 6 (0.96%) JavaScript
5 5 (0.80%) Perl
6 4 (0.64%) Ruby
7 3 (0.48%) C
7 3 (0.48%) C++
7 3 (0.48%) Groovy
8 2 (0.32%) VBScript
9 1 (0.16%) PHP
9 1 (0.16%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.16%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 88 (14.04%) ISTQB
2 80 (12.76%) ISEB
3 49 (7.81%) Security Cleared
4 40 (6.38%) SC Cleared
5 21 (3.35%) Degree
6 15 (2.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 15 (2.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (1.44%) PMP
8 8 (1.28%) PMI Certification
9 6 (0.96%) DV Cleared
9 6 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (0.64%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.32%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.16%) CCIE
13 1 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.16%) HNC
13 1 (0.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 93 (14.83%) QA
2 23 (3.67%) MiFID
3 22 (3.51%) PMO
4 7 (1.12%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.64%) EMIR
5 4 (0.64%) FATCA
5 4 (0.64%) GDPR
6 3 (0.48%) PSD2
6 3 (0.48%) SEPA
7 2 (0.32%) IFRS
7 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.16%) DO-254
8 1 (0.16%) GxP
8 1 (0.16%) SLA
8 1 (0.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.48%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.16%) Firmware
3 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 27 (4.31%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.80%) SCCM
3 4 (0.64%) HP SiteScope
4 3 (0.48%) CA Service Virtualization
5 1 (0.16%) Ansible
5 1 (0.16%) Nessus
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.16%) Puppet
Vendors
1 55 (8.77%) HP
2 43 (6.86%) Oracle
3 41 (6.54%) SAP
4 34 (5.42%) Microsoft
5 18 (2.87%) Salesforce.com
6 10 (1.59%) IBM
7 8 (1.28%) Temenos
8 7 (1.12%) CheckPoint
8 7 (1.12%) Green Hat
8 7 (1.12%) VMware
9 6 (0.96%) ServiceNow
9 6 (0.96%) Workday
10 5 (0.80%) Atlassian
10 5 (0.80%) Citrix
11 4 (0.64%) Guidewire
11 4 (0.64%) Progress
12 3 (0.48%) Pega
12 3 (0.48%) Sybase
13 2 (0.32%) Cisco
13 2 (0.32%) Trillium