The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 267 234 232
Rank change year-on-year -33 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 377 547 515
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 1.03% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 1.08% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 351 338
Median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £350 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £593 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £27.50 - £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 - £60.00

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 42574 50675 51233
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 32785 30936
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1490 1588 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.93 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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 -15 361 £461 +6.03% 55
London -37 132 £525 +14.13% 24
South East +30 108 £425 +5.59% 13
South West +17 40 £450 +3.74% 3
West Midlands +29 32 £400 - 2
Milton Keynes +11 22 £494 +18.97% 1
Buckinghamshire -2 22 £494 +19.69% 2
City of London -2 20 £575 +21.05% 8
Kent +30 19 £406 -
Surrey +8 18 £450 -10.00% 1
East of England -2 17 £569 +33.82%
Berkshire +25 16 £383 -7.65% 7
Hampshire +3 15 £400 +9.58%
Birmingham +10 13 £438 -2.77% 1
East Midlands -25 11 £388 -6.06% 2
Warwickshire +9 10 £519 -
Gloucestershire +9 10 £525 +21.73%
Devon +1 10 £500 +2.56%
Yorkshire +1 10 £509 +19.70% 4
West Yorkshire +12 9 £509 +16.28% 4
Bristol +9 9 £425 -1.16% 1
North West -25 9 £343 -19.41% 6
Plymouth - 9 £565 -
Wales +15 8 £469 -0.31%
Gloucester +6 8 £525 +27.27%
Reading +19 7 £300 -33.33%
Cambridgeshire +7 6 £428 +0.58%
Hertfordshire +5 6 £883 -
Manchester -5 6 £345 -14.28% 6
Scotland -17 6 £450 -10.00% 1

Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 292 (42.38%) Test Strategy
2 219 (31.79%) User Acceptance Testing
2 219 (31.79%) Finance
3 215 (31.20%) Agile Software Development
4 184 (26.71%) Test Management
5 121 (17.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 120 (17.42%) Banking
7 117 (16.98%) Test Scripting
8 104 (15.09%) QA
9 86 (12.48%) ISTQB
10 85 (12.34%) ISEB
10 85 (12.34%) Defect Management
11 80 (11.61%) JIRA
12 75 (10.89%) Retail
13 69 (10.01%) Migration
14 68 (9.87%) Selenium
14 68 (9.87%) System Integration Testing
15 67 (9.72%) Software Testing
15 67 (9.72%) Test Automation
16 66 (9.58%) Oracle
17 62 (9.00%) Security Cleared
18 59 (8.56%) Waterfall
19 58 (8.42%) Test Planning
20 57 (8.27%) Non-Functional Testing
21 55 (7.98%) Scrum
22 54 (7.84%) Performance Testing
23 53 (7.69%) Mentoring
24 52 (7.55%) Regression Testing
25 51 (7.40%) Functional Testing
26 49 (7.11%) Integration 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 24 (3.48%) Confluence
2 8 (1.16%) Tomcat
3 6 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (0.87%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.73%) CMS
5 4 (0.58%) EPiServer
5 4 (0.58%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.44%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.44%) SAS
6 3 (0.44%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.29%) CICS
7 2 (0.29%) JBoss
7 2 (0.29%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.15%) Apache
8 1 (0.15%) ATG Dynamo
8 1 (0.15%) Moodle
8 1 (0.15%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.15%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 27 (3.92%) MS Excel
2 16 (2.32%) MS Office
3 7 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.87%) MS Project
5 2 (0.29%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.15%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.74%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (1.45%) Oracle ERP
3 9 (1.31%) Oracle EBS R12
4 7 (1.02%) Dynamics NAV
5 6 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (0.87%) Oracle Retail
5 6 (0.87%) Unit4 Business World
6 4 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.58%) SAP WM
7 3 (0.44%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.29%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
9 1 (0.15%) CA PPM
9 1 (0.15%) Loan IQ
9 1 (0.15%) Magento
9 1 (0.15%) SAP CRM
9 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.15%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.73%) SaaS
2 4 (0.58%) Office 365
3 3 (0.44%) GitHub
3 3 (0.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
3 3 (0.44%) Taleo
4 2 (0.29%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.15%) Google Play
5 1 (0.15%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.45%) Internet
2 6 (0.87%) ATM
3 4 (0.58%) Firewall
3 4 (0.58%) MPLS
4 3 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.29%) BGP
5 2 (0.29%) HSRP
5 2 (0.29%) LAN
5 2 (0.29%) OSPF
5 2 (0.29%) PPP
5 2 (0.29%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.29%) Unified Communications
5 2 (0.29%) WAN
6 1 (0.15%) iBeacon
6 1 (0.15%) ISDN
6 1 (0.15%) MVNO
6 1 (0.15%) Network Security
6 1 (0.15%) SMS
6 1 (0.15%) VoIP
6 1 (0.15%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (3.63%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (2.03%) SQL Server
3 8 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
4 7 (1.02%) Big Data
5 6 (0.87%) Hadoop
6 4 (0.58%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
7 3 (0.44%) GIS
8 2 (0.29%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.29%) DataStage
8 2 (0.29%) OLAP
8 2 (0.29%) Oracle Exadata
8 2 (0.29%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.29%) Star Schema
9 1 (0.15%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.15%) Power BI
9 1 (0.15%) SAS Data Integration Studio
9 1 (0.15%) SAS EBI
9 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 80 (11.61%) JIRA
2 68 (9.87%) Selenium
3 30 (4.35%) HP UFT
4 27 (3.92%) Cucumber
5 25 (3.63%) Jenkins
6 23 (3.34%) LoadRunner
7 19 (2.76%) WebDriver
8 14 (2.03%) JUnit
8 14 (2.03%) SoapUI
9 12 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
10 11 (1.60%) Git (software)
11 10 (1.45%) JBehave
11 10 (1.45%) TeamCity
11 10 (1.45%) Visual Studio
12 9 (1.31%) FitNesse
12 9 (1.31%) Maven
12 9 (1.31%) MSI
13 8 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (1.16%) Mockito
13 8 (1.16%) Moq
General
1 219 (31.79%) Finance
2 120 (17.42%) Banking
3 75 (10.89%) Retail
4 44 (6.39%) Retail Banking
5 20 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 16 (2.32%) Financial Institution
7 9 (1.31%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.16%) Advertising
8 8 (1.16%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.87%) Marketing
10 5 (0.73%) Billing
10 5 (0.73%) Legal
11 4 (0.58%) Back Office
12 3 (0.44%) Electronics
12 3 (0.44%) Front Office
12 3 (0.44%) General Ledger
12 3 (0.44%) Law
12 3 (0.44%) Local Government
12 3 (0.44%) Military
12 3 (0.44%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.89%) Web Services
2 11 (1.60%) Gherkin
3 9 (1.31%) .NET
3 9 (1.31%) RESTful
4 8 (1.16%) Hibernate
4 8 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
4 8 (1.16%) Spring
5 7 (1.02%) XML
6 6 (0.87%) Java EE
7 5 (0.73%) SOAP
8 4 (0.58%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.44%) CSS
9 3 (0.44%) FIX Protocol
9 3 (0.44%) HTML
9 3 (0.44%) J2EE
9 3 (0.44%) JSON
10 2 (0.29%) ASP.NET
10 2 (0.29%) Middleware
10 2 (0.29%) Node.js
10 2 (0.29%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 19 (2.76%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.61%) Mobile App
3 14 (2.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 10 (1.45%) Data Centre
4 10 (1.45%) Mainframe
5 7 (1.02%) Fixed Income
6 5 (0.73%) Computer Science
6 5 (0.73%) Equities
6 5 (0.73%) Management Information System
6 5 (0.73%) Smart Meter
6 5 (0.73%) Virtual Team
7 4 (0.58%) Derivative
7 4 (0.58%) NHS
8 3 (0.44%) AS400
8 3 (0.44%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (0.44%) IVR
8 3 (0.44%) LIMS
8 3 (0.44%) Private Cloud
8 3 (0.44%) Reference Data
9 2 (0.29%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 47 (6.82%) Windows
2 18 (2.61%) Unix
3 13 (1.89%) Linux
4 12 (1.74%) Windows 10
5 10 (1.45%) Android
6 8 (1.16%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.02%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.87%) Windows Vista
9 5 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.58%) AIX
11 3 (0.44%) Solaris
11 3 (0.44%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.29%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 292 (42.38%) Test Strategy
2 219 (31.79%) User Acceptance Testing
3 215 (31.20%) Agile Software Development
4 184 (26.71%) Test Management
5 121 (17.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 117 (16.98%) Test Scripting
7 85 (12.34%) Defect Management
8 69 (10.01%) Migration
9 68 (9.87%) System Integration Testing
10 67 (9.72%) Software Testing
10 67 (9.72%) Test Automation
11 59 (8.56%) Waterfall
12 58 (8.42%) Test Planning
13 57 (8.27%) Non-Functional Testing
14 55 (7.98%) Scrum
15 54 (7.84%) Performance Testing
16 53 (7.69%) Mentoring
17 52 (7.55%) Regression Testing
18 51 (7.40%) Functional Testing
19 49 (7.11%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 44 (6.39%) SQL
2 43 (6.24%) Java
3 11 (1.60%) C#
4 10 (1.45%) C
5 8 (1.16%) Python
6 7 (1.02%) Ruby
7 4 (0.58%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.44%) C++
8 3 (0.44%) PHP
8 3 (0.44%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.29%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.29%) VB
9 2 (0.29%) VBA
10 1 (0.15%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.15%) Delphi
10 1 (0.15%) Groovy
10 1 (0.15%) Perl
10 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 86 (12.48%) ISTQB
2 85 (12.34%) ISEB
3 62 (9.00%) Security Cleared
4 34 (4.93%) SC Cleared
5 28 (4.06%) Degree
6 13 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (1.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 10 (1.45%) DV Cleared
9 7 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (0.87%) ISEB Practitioner
11 4 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 4 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.44%) MBA
13 2 (0.29%) CCNA
13 2 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.29%) CISM
13 2 (0.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 2 (0.29%) PMP
14 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (15.09%) QA
2 7 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.87%) IFRS
3 6 (0.87%) MiFID
4 5 (0.73%) EMIR
4 5 (0.73%) IFRS 9
5 4 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.58%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.58%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.44%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.44%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.29%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.29%) PMO
7 2 (0.29%) SLA
8 1 (0.15%) FATCA
8 1 (0.15%) FINREP
8 1 (0.15%) GDPR
8 1 (0.15%) IAS 39
8 1 (0.15%) ISO20022
8 1 (0.15%) SEPA
System Software
1 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.15%) Docker
2 1 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 40 (5.81%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (1.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 6 (0.87%) SCCM
4 3 (0.44%) Control-M
4 3 (0.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.29%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.29%) OpenAM
5 2 (0.29%) Puppet
6 1 (0.15%) Amdocs OSS
6 1 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.15%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.15%) HP Operations Orchestration
6 1 (0.15%) OpenView
6 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.15%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 66 (9.58%) Oracle
2 40 (5.81%) HP
3 35 (5.08%) Microsoft
4 34 (4.93%) SAP
5 9 (1.31%) Informatica
6 8 (1.16%) Atlassian
7 7 (1.02%) webMethods
8 6 (0.87%) CheckPoint
8 6 (0.87%) Workday
9 5 (0.73%) Guidewire
10 4 (0.58%) GoldenSource
10 4 (0.58%) IBM
11 3 (0.44%) Amdocs
11 3 (0.44%) hybris
11 3 (0.44%) PeopleSoft
11 3 (0.44%) Reuters
11 3 (0.44%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.44%) WorldPay
12 2 (0.29%) FIS
12 2 (0.29%) Ingenico
Manchester, Lancashire
Eames Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Posted: 12 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Excellent benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: From £450 to £525 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
London
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 25 days ago