Period
to 19 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Manager was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 342 296 214
Rank change year-on-year -46 -82 +72
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 705 897 1321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.84% 1.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.75% 0.88% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 593 848
UK median daily rate £425 £435 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +1.75% +0.59%
10th Percentile £330 £313 £325
90th Percentile £575 £594 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £415 £410
% change year-on-year -0.60% +1.22% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +32.81% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year - +32.81% -

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 93561 101498 107666
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.83% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 61101 66325 68182
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2818 3137 4100
UK median hourly rate £18.81 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.00% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.31 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.80 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.26% +7.43% +4.04%

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 19 September 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 16 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 19 September 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 -23 648 £430 -1.71% 32
UK excluding London -18 420 £413 -0.60% 22
London -49 262 £475 - 12
South East +49 158 £400 -2.74% 1
North of England +18 82 £425 +6.25% 14
Midlands -19 60 £425 +0.59% 3
South West -13 54 £410 -8.89% 1
North West +4 49 £400 +4.23% 8
West Midlands +6 37 £425 +6.25% 3
Scotland -5 34 £419 -1.47% 2
Yorkshire +20 28 £460 +15.00% 6
East of England -30 24 £410 -6.29% 1
East Midlands -22 23 £450 -5.26%
Wales -4 7 £351 +2.11%
North East +41 5 £475 +40.74%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Test Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 302 (42.84%) Test Strategy
2 229 (32.48%) User Acceptance Testing
3 209 (29.65%) Finance
4 190 (26.95%) Test Management
5 173 (24.54%) Agile Software Development
6 136 (19.29%) Banking
7 131 (18.58%) Test Automation
8 127 (18.01%) Test Scripting
9 109 (15.46%) QA
10 106 (15.04%) Stakeholder Management
11 91 (12.91%) ISEB
11 91 (12.91%) Defect Management
12 86 (12.20%) ISTQB
13 83 (11.77%) Retail
14 80 (11.35%) Oracle
15 77 (10.92%) Security Cleared
16 76 (10.78%) Migration
17 75 (10.64%) System Integration Testing
18 68 (9.65%) Waterfall
18 68 (9.65%) Test Planning
19 67 (9.50%) SAP
20 65 (9.22%) JIRA
21 56 (7.94%) SC Cleared
22 53 (7.52%) Functional Testing
22 53 (7.52%) Non-Functional Testing
22 53 (7.52%) Regression Testing
23 48 (6.81%) Scrum
24 47 (6.67%) HP
24 47 (6.67%) Software Testing
25 46 (6.52%) 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 14 (1.99%) Confluence
2 6 (0.85%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.71%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.43%) SAS
4 3 (0.43%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.28%) CMS
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.28%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.14%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.14%) CICS
6 1 (0.14%) Drupal
6 1 (0.14%) JBoss
6 1 (0.14%) LiveCycle
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Service Bus
6 1 (0.14%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.14%) WebLogic Portal
6 1 (0.14%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.43%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 29 (4.11%) Oracle EBS
2 20 (2.84%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.85%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.57%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (0.57%) SAP WM
7 3 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.43%) Maximo
7 3 (0.43%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.43%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
8 2 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.28%) SAP Payroll
8 2 (0.28%) Summit
8 2 (0.28%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.14%) Primavera
9 1 (0.14%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.41%) Microsoft Azure
1 17 (2.41%) SaaS
2 9 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (1.28%) Office 365
3 5 (0.71%) PaaS
3 5 (0.71%) Taleo
4 4 (0.57%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.56%) Firewall
2 5 (0.71%) SMS
2 5 (0.71%) WAN
3 4 (0.57%) Internet
3 4 (0.57%) IPv4
3 4 (0.57%) IPv6
4 3 (0.43%) LAN
4 3 (0.43%) VPN
5 2 (0.28%) 4G
5 2 (0.28%) DOCSIS
5 2 (0.28%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.14%) 3G
6 1 (0.14%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.14%) HTTP
6 1 (0.14%) Intranet
6 1 (0.14%) MPLS
6 1 (0.14%) MVNO
6 1 (0.14%) Network Security
6 1 (0.14%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.14%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
1 15 (2.13%) Oracle Reports
2 11 (1.56%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 9 (1.28%) SQL Server
4 6 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
5 4 (0.57%) Big Data
6 3 (0.43%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.28%) DB2
7 2 (0.28%) IDOL
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.28%) QlikView
7 2 (0.28%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.14%) BODI
8 1 (0.14%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 1 (0.14%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.14%) MySQL
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Exadata
8 1 (0.14%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.14%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.14%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 65 (9.22%) JIRA
2 25 (3.55%) Selenium
3 13 (1.84%) MSI
4 12 (1.70%) Cucumber
5 8 (1.13%) Zephyr
6 7 (0.99%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (0.85%) HP UFT
7 6 (0.85%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.85%) SpecFlow
8 5 (0.71%) SoapUI
8 5 (0.71%) TestDirector
8 5 (0.71%) WebDriver
9 4 (0.57%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.57%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.43%) FitNesse
10 3 (0.43%) Git (software)
10 3 (0.43%) JUnit
11 2 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 209 (29.65%) Finance
2 136 (19.29%) Banking
3 83 (11.77%) Retail
4 42 (5.96%) Retail Banking
5 35 (4.96%) Investment Banking
6 25 (3.55%) Telecoms
7 17 (2.41%) Financial Institution
8 10 (1.42%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.42%) Spanish Language
9 9 (1.28%) Electronics
9 9 (1.28%) Legal
10 7 (0.99%) Back Office
10 7 (0.99%) Marketing
11 6 (0.85%) Advertising
11 6 (0.85%) Automotive
11 6 (0.85%) Local Government
12 5 (0.71%) Front Office
13 4 (0.57%) Publishing
14 3 (0.43%) Billing
15 2 (0.28%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.70%) Oracle Fusion
2 13 (1.84%) FIX Protocol
3 8 (1.13%) XML
4 6 (0.85%) .NET
5 4 (0.57%) Gherkin
6 3 (0.43%) Middleware
6 3 (0.43%) RESTful
7 2 (0.28%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.28%) COM
7 2 (0.28%) Hibernate
7 2 (0.28%) SOAP
7 2 (0.28%) Spring
7 2 (0.28%) Web Services
7 2 (0.28%) XML Messaging
8 1 (0.14%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.14%) Behat
8 1 (0.14%) CSS
8 1 (0.14%) Node.js
8 1 (0.14%) React
8 1 (0.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 22 (3.12%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (2.84%) Data Centre
3 18 (2.55%) Management Information System
4 14 (1.99%) Credit Risk
5 10 (1.42%) Virtual Team
6 9 (1.28%) Equities
7 8 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 8 (1.13%) Mobile App
8 7 (0.99%) CMDB
8 7 (0.99%) NHS
9 5 (0.71%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.43%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.43%) Derivative
10 3 (0.43%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.43%) FMCG
10 3 (0.43%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.43%) Reference Data
11 2 (0.28%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.28%) iPad
11 2 (0.28%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 30 (4.26%) Windows
2 12 (1.70%) Unix
3 11 (1.56%) Windows Vista
4 9 (1.28%) Windows 10
5 7 (0.99%) AIX
5 7 (0.99%) Solaris
6 6 (0.85%) Linux
7 4 (0.57%) Android
7 4 (0.57%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.57%) HPUX
8 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.14%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.14%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (42.84%) Test Strategy
2 229 (32.48%) User Acceptance Testing
3 190 (26.95%) Test Management
4 173 (24.54%) Agile Software Development
5 131 (18.58%) Test Automation
6 127 (18.01%) Test Scripting
7 106 (15.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 91 (12.91%) Defect Management
9 76 (10.78%) Migration
10 75 (10.64%) System Integration Testing
11 68 (9.65%) Test Planning
11 68 (9.65%) Waterfall
12 53 (7.52%) Functional Testing
12 53 (7.52%) Non-Functional Testing
12 53 (7.52%) Regression Testing
13 48 (6.81%) Scrum
14 47 (6.67%) Software Testing
15 46 (6.52%) Operational Acceptance Testing
16 45 (6.38%) Project Management
16 45 (6.38%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (3.12%) SQL
2 20 (2.84%) Java
3 8 (1.13%) C#
4 7 (0.99%) C
5 6 (0.85%) Python
6 4 (0.57%) Perl
7 3 (0.43%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.28%) Delphi
8 2 (0.28%) PHP
9 1 (0.14%) COBOL
9 1 (0.14%) Groovy
9 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.14%) Ruby
9 1 (0.14%) Scala
9 1 (0.14%) VB
9 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.14%) VBA
9 1 (0.14%) VBScript
9 1 (0.14%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 91 (12.91%) ISEB
2 86 (12.20%) ISTQB
3 77 (10.92%) Security Cleared
4 56 (7.94%) SC Cleared
5 34 (4.82%) Degree
6 17 (2.41%) DV Cleared
7 15 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 11 (1.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 10 (1.42%) PMP
10 9 (1.28%) PMI Certification
11 8 (1.13%) ISEB Practitioner
12 7 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.43%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
14 2 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
15 1 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
15 1 (0.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 1 (0.14%) Master's Degree
15 1 (0.14%) MBA
15 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (15.46%) QA
2 29 (4.11%) MiFID
3 19 (2.70%) PMO
4 6 (0.85%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.85%) SLA
5 5 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.71%) EMIR
6 4 (0.57%) IFRS
7 3 (0.43%) GDPR
7 3 (0.43%) SEPA
8 2 (0.28%) IFRS 9
8 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.14%) DO-254
9 1 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.14%) FATCA
9 1 (0.14%) FINREP
9 1 (0.14%) IAS 39
9 1 (0.14%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 3 (0.43%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.14%) Firmware
2 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 32 (4.54%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (2.27%) SCCM
3 9 (1.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (0.57%) HP SiteScope
5 3 (0.43%) Netcool
6 1 (0.14%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.14%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 80 (11.35%) Oracle
2 67 (9.50%) SAP
3 47 (6.67%) HP
4 38 (5.39%) Microsoft
5 13 (1.84%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (1.28%) Workday
7 8 (1.13%) Atlassian
8 5 (0.71%) Citrix
8 5 (0.71%) IBM
9 4 (0.57%) CheckPoint
9 4 (0.57%) Pega
9 4 (0.57%) Remedy
9 4 (0.57%) ServiceNow
10 3 (0.43%) Guidewire
10 3 (0.43%) Murex
10 3 (0.43%) PeopleSoft
10 3 (0.43%) Progress
10 3 (0.43%) Sybase
11 2 (0.28%) Cisco
11 2 (0.28%) Trillium