The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 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 Manager
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 310 268 214
Rank change year-on-year -42 -54  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 337 486 616
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.92% 1.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.97% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 314 382
Median daily rate £425 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.49% +4.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £320 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 44561 50348 53046
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28813 32834 33338
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 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1376 1496 2028
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 £11.42 £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 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Test Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Test Manager in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 June 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 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 Manager within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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 -39 310 £425 -4.49% 34
London -70 117 £475 - 12
South East +58 81 £400 -3.03% 8
North West +13 25 £400 - 7
South West 0 24 £425 - 1
Hampshire +24 23 £413 +10.00% 1
Yorkshire +23 20 £475 +18.75% 3
Scotland +16 19 £403 -10.55% 5
West Midlands +14 17 £450 +7.14%
Berkshire +27 16 £400 -17.94% 2
West Yorkshire +15 15 £475 +11.76% 3
West Sussex +29 14 £365 +12.30%
City of London -23 13 £450 -5.26% 8
East Midlands -23 12 £500 +5.82% 1
Cheshire +23 11 £390 -14.28% 3
Oxfordshire 0 11 £425 -10.52% 1
Birmingham +25 10 £450 -10.00%
Leeds +23 10 £495 +23.75% 2
Edinburgh +10 10 £439 -12.25% 3
Milton Keynes -12 8 £410 +2.50%
Buckinghamshire -16 8 £410 -0.60% 1
East of England -25 8 £315 -33.68% 2
Wiltshire +7 7 £393 +4.66%
Manchester +3 7 £438 +9.37% 4
Oxford +3 7 £425 +32.81%
Nottingham -3 7 £500 +15.94%
Nottinghamshire -7 7 £500 +15.94%
Bristol -13 7 £425 -5.60%
Surrey +7 6 £363 -13.43% 2
Crawley +7 6 £375 +78.57%

Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 308 (43.44%) Test Strategy
2 233 (32.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 203 (28.63%) Test Management
4 200 (28.21%) Finance
5 196 (27.64%) Agile Software Development
6 159 (22.43%) Test Automation
7 115 (16.22%) Banking
8 114 (16.08%) Test Scripting
9 108 (15.23%) ISEB
10 107 (15.09%) QA
10 107 (15.09%) ISTQB
11 102 (14.39%) Stakeholder Management
12 90 (12.69%) JIRA
13 88 (12.41%) Defect Management
14 78 (11.00%) Oracle
15 73 (10.30%) System Integration Testing
16 72 (10.16%) Waterfall
17 69 (9.73%) Retail
18 68 (9.59%) Software Testing
19 67 (9.45%) Migration
19 67 (9.45%) SAP
20 66 (9.31%) Security Cleared
21 62 (8.74%) Test Planning
22 60 (8.46%) Regression Testing
23 54 (7.62%) Scrum
23 54 (7.62%) Functional Testing
23 54 (7.62%) Non-Functional Testing
24 52 (7.33%) Mentoring
25 50 (7.05%) Performance Testing
26 48 (6.77%) Operational Acceptance Testing

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 26 (3.67%) Confluence
2 6 (0.85%) Tomcat
3 5 (0.71%) SAS
3 5 (0.71%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.42%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.42%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (0.28%) JBoss
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (0.28%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.14%) ATG Dynamo
7 1 (0.14%) CMS
7 1 (0.14%) Drupal
7 1 (0.14%) LiveCycle
7 1 (0.14%) Moodle
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (3.39%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (2.54%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (1.55%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 6 (0.85%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.56%) Oracle Retail
6 4 (0.56%) SAP WM
7 3 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.42%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.28%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.28%) Maximo
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.28%) SAP Payroll
8 2 (0.28%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payroll
9 1 (0.14%) SAP FI-GL
9 1 (0.14%) SAP Retail
9 1 (0.14%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 19 (2.68%) SaaS
2 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.85%) Taleo
3 5 (0.71%) Office 365
3 5 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.42%) GitHub
6 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.14%) Google Play
6 1 (0.14%) TestFlight
6 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 5 (0.71%) Firewall
1 5 (0.71%) Internet
2 4 (0.56%) LAN
2 4 (0.56%) WAN
3 3 (0.42%) SMS
3 3 (0.42%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.28%) 4G
4 2 (0.28%) ATM
4 2 (0.28%) MPLS
5 1 (0.14%) 3G
5 1 (0.14%) iBeacon
5 1 (0.14%) ISDN
5 1 (0.14%) MVNO
5 1 (0.14%) Network Security
5 1 (0.14%) VoIP
5 1 (0.14%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.14%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.14%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
2 15 (2.12%) Oracle Reports
2 15 (2.12%) SQL Server
3 10 (1.41%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
4 9 (1.27%) Big Data
4 9 (1.27%) Hadoop
5 8 (1.13%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.42%) GIS
7 3 (0.42%) Oracle Exadata
8 2 (0.28%) DB2
8 2 (0.28%) QlikView
8 2 (0.28%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.28%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (0.28%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.14%) MySQL
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database 12c
9 1 (0.14%) Power BI
9 1 (0.14%) SAS EBI
9 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 90 (12.69%) JIRA
2 47 (6.63%) Selenium
3 22 (3.10%) Cucumber
4 19 (2.68%) HP UFT
4 19 (2.68%) Jenkins
5 18 (2.54%) LoadRunner
6 13 (1.83%) MSI
7 10 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (1.41%) WebDriver
8 9 (1.27%) Git (software)
9 8 (1.13%) SoapUI
9 8 (1.13%) TeamCity
9 8 (1.13%) Visual Studio
10 7 (0.99%) JBehave
10 7 (0.99%) Maven
11 6 (0.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (0.85%) FitNesse
11 6 (0.85%) Mockito
11 6 (0.85%) Moq
11 6 (0.85%) SpecFlow
General
1 200 (28.21%) Finance
2 115 (16.22%) Banking
3 69 (9.73%) Retail
4 36 (5.08%) Retail Banking
5 28 (3.95%) Telecoms
6 21 (2.96%) Investment Banking
7 19 (2.68%) Financial Institution
8 11 (1.55%) Spanish Language
9 8 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.99%) Electronics
10 7 (0.99%) Legal
10 7 (0.99%) Marketing
11 6 (0.85%) Advertising
11 6 (0.85%) Billing
11 6 (0.85%) Front Office
12 5 (0.71%) General Ledger
13 4 (0.56%) Back Office
14 3 (0.42%) Automotive
14 3 (0.42%) Publishing
15 2 (0.28%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.40%) Oracle Fusion
2 9 (1.27%) FIX Protocol
2 9 (1.27%) Web Services
3 8 (1.13%) .NET
3 8 (1.13%) Gherkin
4 7 (0.99%) RESTful
5 6 (0.85%) Hibernate
5 6 (0.85%) Spring
6 4 (0.56%) Middleware
7 3 (0.42%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.42%) CSS
7 3 (0.42%) HTML
7 3 (0.42%) Java EE
7 3 (0.42%) XML
8 2 (0.28%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.28%) Node.js
8 2 (0.28%) SOAP
8 2 (0.28%) X-Windows
9 1 (0.14%) COM
9 1 (0.14%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 19 (2.68%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (2.40%) Mobile App
3 13 (1.83%) Data Centre
4 11 (1.55%) Mainframe
5 9 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (1.13%) Credit Risk
7 7 (0.99%) Management Information System
8 6 (0.85%) Computer Science
8 6 (0.85%) NHS
9 5 (0.71%) CMDB
9 5 (0.71%) Fixed Income
9 5 (0.71%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.56%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.56%) Reference Data
10 4 (0.56%) Smart Meter
11 3 (0.42%) AS400
11 3 (0.42%) Equities
11 3 (0.42%) Fintech
11 3 (0.42%) IVR
12 2 (0.28%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 44 (6.21%) Windows
2 14 (1.97%) Windows 10
3 12 (1.69%) Linux
4 11 (1.55%) Unix
4 11 (1.55%) Windows Vista
5 9 (1.27%) Android
5 9 (1.27%) Windows Server
6 7 (0.99%) AIX
6 7 (0.99%) Solaris
7 6 (0.85%) Apple iOS
7 6 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.28%) HPUX
8 2 (0.28%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.14%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 308 (43.44%) Test Strategy
2 233 (32.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 203 (28.63%) Test Management
4 196 (27.64%) Agile Software Development
5 159 (22.43%) Test Automation
6 114 (16.08%) Test Scripting
7 102 (14.39%) Stakeholder Management
8 88 (12.41%) Defect Management
9 73 (10.30%) System Integration Testing
10 72 (10.16%) Waterfall
11 68 (9.59%) Software Testing
12 67 (9.45%) Migration
13 62 (8.74%) Test Planning
14 60 (8.46%) Regression Testing
15 54 (7.62%) Functional Testing
15 54 (7.62%) Non-Functional Testing
15 54 (7.62%) Scrum
16 52 (7.33%) Mentoring
17 50 (7.05%) Performance Testing
18 48 (6.77%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (4.09%) SQL
2 27 (3.81%) Java
3 12 (1.69%) C#
4 10 (1.41%) C
5 6 (0.85%) Python
6 5 (0.71%) JavaScript
6 5 (0.71%) Ruby
7 4 (0.56%) PHP
8 3 (0.42%) C++
8 3 (0.42%) Delphi
8 3 (0.42%) PL/SQL
8 3 (0.42%) VB
9 2 (0.28%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.28%) VBA
10 1 (0.14%) COBOL
10 1 (0.14%) Groovy
10 1 (0.14%) Scala
10 1 (0.14%) VBScript
10 1 (0.14%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 108 (15.23%) ISEB
2 107 (15.09%) ISTQB
3 66 (9.31%) Security Cleared
4 36 (5.08%) Degree
5 34 (4.80%) SC Cleared
6 15 (2.12%) DV Cleared
6 15 (2.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (1.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 8 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.99%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 3 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.28%) CCNA
12 2 (0.28%) MBA
12 2 (0.28%) Numerate Degree
12 2 (0.28%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.28%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (15.09%) QA
2 14 (1.97%) MiFID
3 10 (1.41%) PMO
4 7 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (0.99%) IFRS
5 6 (0.85%) SLA
6 5 (0.71%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.71%) IFRS 9
7 4 (0.56%) ISO 9000
7 4 (0.56%) SEPA
8 3 (0.42%) EMIR
8 3 (0.42%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.28%) FATCA
9 2 (0.28%) ISO 8583
9 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.14%) FINREP
10 1 (0.14%) GDPR
10 1 (0.14%) IAS 39
System Software
1 2 (0.28%) Active Directory
1 2 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.14%) Docker
2 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 34 (4.80%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.55%) SCCM
3 9 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.42%) HP SiteScope
4 3 (0.42%) Netcool
5 2 (0.28%) Control-M
5 2 (0.28%) OpenAM
5 2 (0.28%) Puppet
6 1 (0.14%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.14%) HP Operations Orchestration
6 1 (0.14%) OpenView
6 1 (0.14%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.14%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 78 (11.00%) Oracle
2 67 (9.45%) SAP
3 45 (6.35%) HP
4 34 (4.80%) Microsoft
5 16 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
6 10 (1.41%) Atlassian
7 7 (0.99%) Informatica
8 6 (0.85%) Workday
9 5 (0.71%) IBM
9 5 (0.71%) PeopleSoft
9 5 (0.71%) Remedy
10 4 (0.56%) Saba
10 4 (0.56%) webMethods
11 3 (0.42%) BMC
11 3 (0.42%) CheckPoint
11 3 (0.42%) Guidewire
11 3 (0.42%) Sybase
12 2 (0.28%) Ingenico
12 2 (0.28%) PayPal
12 2 (0.28%) WorldPay
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