Period
to 28 July 2021

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £55,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Lead
UK
6 months to
28 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 720 566 701
Rank change year-on-year -154 +135 +27
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 278 227 451
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.33% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.34% 0.33%
Number of salaries quoted 240 197 313
10th Percentile £41,250 £40,380 £38,750
25th Percentile £47,188 £44,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +0.91% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £68,750 £72,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £75,250 £78,750 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year -4.55% +15.79% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 103,036 66,047 138,071
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.23% 95.02% 95.87%
Number of salaries quoted 73,260 53,902 111,627
10th Percentile £31,986 £31,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Test Leader in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Test Leader.

Salary trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Leader over the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Leader within the UK over the 6 months to 28 July 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -122 256 £57,500 +4.55% 61
UK excluding London -112 169 £52,500 -4.55% 50
London -116 90 £67,500 +12.50% 14
South East -100 63 £55,000 -8.33% 7
Work from Home -202 41 £60,000 +14.29% 8
Midlands -44 40 £42,500 -10.53% 7
West Midlands -64 30 £46,250 -2.63% 6
North of England -65 29 £48,750 +8.33% 17
South West -56 17 £50,000 +5.26% 10
Yorkshire -51 15 £50,000 +11.11% 5
North West -52 13 £46,250 +2.78% 12
Scotland -65 10 £42,500 -4.49% 3
East Midlands - 10 £40,500 - 1
East of England -42 7 £62,500 +8.70% 6
Wales -18 3 £45,000 -10.00%
North East -20 1 £50,000 -
Northern Ireland -42 1 £44,500 +36.92%

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2021, Test Leader job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 182 (65.47%) Test Automation
2 142 (51.08%) Agile Software Development
3 112 (40.29%) Selenium
4 102 (36.69%) DevOps
5 87 (31.29%) Software Testing
6 80 (28.78%) BDD
7 78 (28.06%) QA
8 77 (27.70%) Test Strategy
9 76 (27.34%) Java
10 74 (26.62%) Social Skills
11 73 (26.26%) C#
11 73 (26.26%) SQL
12 71 (25.54%) Azure
13 57 (20.50%) Mentoring
14 55 (19.78%) TDD
15 47 (16.91%) JIRA
16 45 (16.19%) WebDriver
16 45 (16.19%) SDLC
16 45 (16.19%) SpecFlow
17 43 (15.47%) Cucumber
17 43 (15.47%) Finance
18 40 (14.39%) ISEB
19 39 (14.03%) API Testing
20 38 (13.67%) User Acceptance Testing
21 35 (12.59%) ISTQB
21 35 (12.59%) Oracle
21 35 (12.59%) Jenkins
22 33 (11.87%) Visual Studio
23 32 (11.51%) Stakeholder Management
24 31 (11.15%) NUnit

Test Leader 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 7 (2.52%) Confluence
2 4 (1.44%) nginx
3 2 (0.72%) Apache
3 2 (0.72%) IIS
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.36%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.36%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (3.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.52%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (2.16%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.44%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.72%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (1.08%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.36%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 71 (25.54%) Azure
2 25 (8.99%) AWS
3 11 (3.96%) GitHub
4 7 (2.52%) Amazon Kinesis
4 7 (2.52%) AWS Lambda
4 7 (2.52%) Serverless
5 6 (2.16%) GCP
6 5 (1.80%) BrowserStack
7 4 (1.44%) Azure Data Factory
7 4 (1.44%) Power Platform
8 3 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (1.08%) SaaS
9 2 (0.72%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.72%) BlazeMeter
9 2 (0.72%) Sauce Labs
10 1 (0.36%) Apigee
10 1 (0.36%) Azure Stack
10 1 (0.36%) FinancialForce
10 1 (0.36%) Force.com
10 1 (0.36%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.52%) HTTP
2 2 (0.72%) DHCP
2 2 (0.72%) DNS
2 2 (0.72%) Internet
3 1 (0.36%) LAN
3 1 (0.36%) VoIP
3 1 (0.36%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (7.19%) Oracle Database
2 16 (5.76%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (3.96%) SQL Server
3 11 (3.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (2.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (2.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (2.16%) MySQL
6 4 (1.44%) Data Lake
6 4 (1.44%) Power BI
7 2 (0.72%) Big Data
7 2 (0.72%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.72%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.72%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.72%) Tableau
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 112 (40.29%) Selenium
2 47 (16.91%) JIRA
3 45 (16.19%) SpecFlow
3 45 (16.19%) WebDriver
4 43 (15.47%) Cucumber
5 35 (12.59%) Jenkins
6 33 (11.87%) Visual Studio
7 31 (11.15%) NUnit
8 28 (10.07%) JMeter
9 27 (9.71%) Postman
10 16 (5.76%) REST Assured
11 15 (5.40%) SoapUI
12 14 (5.04%) Zephyr
13 13 (4.68%) TestNG
14 12 (4.32%) Appium
15 11 (3.96%) Maven
16 8 (2.88%) JBehave
17 7 (2.52%) Git (software)
18 6 (2.16%) eggPlant
18 6 (2.16%) Robot Framework
General
1 74 (26.62%) Social Skills
2 43 (15.47%) Finance
3 15 (5.40%) Organisational Skills
4 14 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (5.04%) Manufacturing
5 9 (3.24%) Banking
6 8 (2.88%) Retail
7 7 (2.52%) Public Sector
8 6 (2.16%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 6 (2.16%) Marketing
9 4 (1.44%) Retail Banking
10 3 (1.08%) French Language
10 3 (1.08%) Games
10 3 (1.08%) Influencing Skills
11 2 (0.72%) Electronics
11 2 (0.72%) Local Government
11 2 (0.72%) Telecoms
12 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.36%) Law
12 1 (0.36%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (7.91%) .NET
2 17 (6.12%) Web Services
3 16 (5.76%) REST
4 12 (4.32%) JSON
5 11 (3.96%) Gherkin
6 10 (3.60%) SOAP
7 7 (2.52%) Middleware
7 7 (2.52%) XML
8 5 (1.80%) .NET Framework
8 5 (1.80%) CSS
8 5 (1.80%) Kafka
8 5 (1.80%) React
8 5 (1.80%) RESTful
9 4 (1.44%) jQuery
9 4 (1.44%) LEMP Stack
9 4 (1.44%) Sass
10 3 (1.08%) AngularJS
10 3 (1.08%) Velocity
10 3 (1.08%) WireMock
11 2 (0.72%) Apache Thrift
Miscellaneous
1 22 (7.91%) Greenfield Project
2 18 (6.47%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (3.96%) User Experience
4 10 (3.60%) LIMS
5 5 (1.80%) Legacy Systems
6 4 (1.44%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.08%) NHS
8 2 (0.72%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.72%) Cloud Native
8 2 (0.72%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.72%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.72%) iPhone
8 2 (0.72%) Mobile App
8 2 (0.72%) Mobile Games
8 2 (0.72%) PDA
8 2 (0.72%) Social Media
9 1 (0.36%) EPoS
9 1 (0.36%) Internet of Things
9 1 (0.36%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.36%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 17 (6.12%) Windows
2 12 (4.32%) Android
3 10 (3.60%) Apple iOS
4 7 (2.52%) Linux
5 1 (0.36%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (65.47%) Test Automation
2 142 (51.08%) Agile Software Development
3 102 (36.69%) DevOps
4 87 (31.29%) Software Testing
5 80 (28.78%) BDD
6 77 (27.70%) Test Strategy
7 57 (20.50%) Mentoring
8 55 (19.78%) TDD
9 45 (16.19%) SDLC
10 39 (14.03%) API Testing
11 38 (13.67%) User Acceptance Testing
12 32 (11.51%) Stakeholder Management
13 31 (11.15%) Regression Testing
14 30 (10.79%) Scrum
15 28 (10.07%) Functional Testing
15 28 (10.07%) Scenario Testing
16 27 (9.71%) Integration Testing
16 27 (9.71%) SDET
17 26 (9.35%) Manual Testing
17 26 (9.35%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 76 (27.34%) Java
2 73 (26.26%) C#
2 73 (26.26%) SQL
3 27 (9.71%) JavaScript
3 27 (9.71%) Python
4 6 (2.16%) Groovy
5 5 (1.80%) Bash Shell
5 5 (1.80%) C
5 5 (1.80%) Java 8
5 5 (1.80%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.44%) PHP
6 4 (1.44%) Ruby
6 4 (1.44%) VBScript
7 3 (1.08%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.72%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.72%) TypeScript
8 2 (0.72%) VB
9 1 (0.36%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.36%) Go
9 1 (0.36%) XPath
Qualifications
1 40 (14.39%) ISEB
2 35 (12.59%) ISTQB
3 26 (9.35%) Degree
4 17 (6.12%) Security Cleared
5 14 (5.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 9 (3.24%) SC Cleared
7 4 (1.44%) HNC
8 3 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.36%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.36%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (28.06%) QA
2 5 (1.80%) Accessibility
3 2 (0.72%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.72%) IFRS
3 2 (0.72%) IFRS 9
4 1 (0.36%) SEPA
System Software
1 25 (8.99%) Docker
2 2 (0.72%) Firmware
2 2 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (3.60%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (2.52%) Kubernetes
3 5 (1.80%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.36%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 35 (12.59%) Oracle
2 25 (8.99%) Microsoft
3 15 (5.40%) JD Edwards
4 11 (3.96%) Cognizant
4 11 (3.96%) HP
5 9 (3.24%) SAP
6 5 (1.80%) Databricks
7 4 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.08%) Google
8 3 (1.08%) Instagram
9 2 (0.72%) CA Agile Central
9 2 (0.72%) VMware
10 1 (0.36%) Cisco
10 1 (0.36%) Juniper
10 1 (0.36%) Micro Focus
10 1 (0.36%) Sage