Period
to 18 January 2018

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 643 569 564
Rank change year-on-year -74 -5 +39
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 608 770 943
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.43% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.45% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 497 605 801
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,950 £36,125
90th Percentile £68,000 £68,750 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 167,103 171,058 200,204
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.07% 96.47% 96.57%
Number of salaries quoted 135,605 142,472 167,445
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,738
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.85% +1.64%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

Test Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Leader.

Salary trend for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Leader over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Top 15 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 18 January 2018. 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 -76 581 £50,000 - 72
UK excluding London -31 415 £47,500 +5.56% 50
London -84 187 £60,000 +8.60% 29
North of England +2 134 £45,000 +7.14% 13
South East +4 102 £52,500 +5.00% 17
South West +59 79 £50,000 +33.33% 7
North West +22 75 £42,500 - 4
Midlands -54 53 £42,500 - 3
Yorkshire +15 51 £45,000 +7.14% 9
West Midlands -21 30 £42,500 -5.56% 2
East of England -26 26 £50,000 - 3
East Midlands -21 22 £45,000 +13.92% 1
Scotland -31 21 £55,000 +22.22% 4
North East -8 8 £62,500 +8.70%
Wales +11 4 £46,250 +2.78% 2

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Test Leader job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Test Leader in the job title.

1 389 (63.98%) Test Automation
2 342 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 286 (47.04%) QA
4 264 (43.42%) Selenium
5 169 (27.80%) Java
6 154 (25.33%) SQL
7 152 (25.00%) Finance
8 151 (24.84%) Cucumber
9 146 (24.01%) Test Strategy
10 140 (23.03%) BDD
11 114 (18.75%) ISTQB
12 103 (16.94%) JIRA
13 102 (16.78%) User Acceptance Testing
14 100 (16.45%) Continuous Integration
15 98 (16.12%) Mentoring
16 95 (15.63%) Test Scripting
17 94 (15.46%) Software Testing
18 93 (15.30%) C#
19 92 (15.13%) Scrum
20 84 (13.82%) SDLC
20 84 (13.82%) ISEB
21 79 (12.99%) Jenkins
22 76 (12.50%) WebDriver
22 76 (12.50%) TDD
23 74 (12.17%) Ruby
24 73 (12.01%) Test Management
25 72 (11.84%) Manual Testing
26 65 (10.69%) Test Planning
27 63 (10.36%) Defect Management
27 63 (10.36%) Python

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 9 (1.48%) Confluence
2 5 (0.82%) Apache
3 4 (0.66%) Documentum
3 4 (0.66%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.66%) Skype for Business
4 3 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.33%) IIS
5 2 (0.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (1.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.49%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.16%) HFM
2 1 (0.16%) Hyperion Enterprise
2 1 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
2 1 (0.16%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 36 (5.92%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (2.96%) Amazon EC2
3 12 (1.97%) TestFlight
4 7 (1.15%) BrowserStack
4 7 (1.15%) SaaS
5 5 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
5 5 (0.82%) GitHub
5 5 (0.82%) Sauce Labs
6 4 (0.66%) BlazeMeter
6 4 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
6 4 (0.66%) Yammer
7 3 (0.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (0.49%) Office 365
8 2 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.33%) Slack
9 1 (0.16%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.16%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.45%) HTTP
2 12 (1.97%) MQTT
3 10 (1.64%) Internet
3 10 (1.64%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.66%) WebEx
5 2 (0.33%) 802.11
5 2 (0.33%) DOCSIS
5 2 (0.33%) Wireless
6 1 (0.16%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.16%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (9.21%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.93%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (4.44%) Relational Database
4 24 (3.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (3.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 18 (2.96%) QlikView
6 18 (2.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 15 (2.47%) Big Data
8 10 (1.64%) Cognos Impromptu
9 9 (1.48%) DB2
9 9 (1.48%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (0.82%) Power BI
10 5 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.66%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.49%) Blockchain
13 2 (0.33%) MySQL
14 1 (0.16%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
14 1 (0.16%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 264 (43.42%) Selenium
2 151 (24.84%) Cucumber
3 103 (16.94%) JIRA
4 79 (12.99%) Jenkins
5 76 (12.50%) WebDriver
6 57 (9.38%) JMeter
7 56 (9.21%) SoapUI
8 48 (7.89%) JUnit
9 35 (5.76%) LoadRunner
10 31 (5.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 31 (5.10%) SpecFlow
11 29 (4.77%) Team Foundation Server
12 26 (4.28%) Ranorex
13 25 (4.11%) Appium
13 25 (4.11%) HP UFT
14 20 (3.29%) TestDirector
15 19 (3.13%) Gatling
16 17 (2.80%) RSpec
17 16 (2.63%) Calabash
17 16 (2.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 152 (25.00%) Finance
2 45 (7.40%) Banking
3 42 (6.91%) Retail
4 13 (2.14%) Manufacturing
5 12 (1.97%) Law
6 9 (1.48%) Advertising
6 9 (1.48%) Investment Banking
7 8 (1.32%) Telecoms
8 7 (1.15%) Legal
9 6 (0.99%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.82%) Games
11 4 (0.66%) Back Office
12 3 (0.49%) Electronics
12 3 (0.49%) Marketing
12 3 (0.49%) Military
12 3 (0.49%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.16%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.16%) French Language
13 1 (0.16%) German Language
13 1 (0.16%) Japanese Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (9.21%) XML
2 49 (8.06%) HTML
3 43 (7.07%) .NET
4 38 (6.25%) Web Services
5 33 (5.43%) SOAP
6 20 (3.29%) REST
7 19 (3.13%) CSS
8 18 (2.96%) Gherkin
9 16 (2.63%) Node.js
10 11 (1.81%) jQuery
11 9 (1.48%) Hibernate
12 8 (1.32%) RESTful
13 6 (0.99%) Spring
14 5 (0.82%) .NET Framework
14 5 (0.82%) XHTML
15 4 (0.66%) Velocity
16 3 (0.49%) JSON
17 2 (0.33%) CGI
17 2 (0.33%) HTML5
17 2 (0.33%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 50 (8.22%) Mobile App
2 36 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.28%) Smart Meter
4 24 (3.95%) Computer Science
5 16 (2.63%) Management Information System
6 13 (2.14%) Greenfield Project
6 13 (2.14%) User Experience
7 12 (1.97%) Embedded Systems
8 11 (1.81%) Fintech
9 6 (0.99%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.82%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.66%) PMI
12 3 (0.49%) Life Science
12 3 (0.49%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.49%) SWIFT
13 2 (0.33%) Linux Command Line
13 2 (0.33%) NHS
14 1 (0.16%) Fixed Income
14 1 (0.16%) Mainframe
14 1 (0.16%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 41 (6.74%) Linux
2 34 (5.59%) Unix
3 30 (4.93%) Windows
4 22 (3.62%) Android
5 21 (3.45%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.49%) Kali Linux
6 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (63.98%) Test Automation
2 342 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 146 (24.01%) Test Strategy
4 140 (23.03%) BDD
5 102 (16.78%) User Acceptance Testing
6 100 (16.45%) Continuous Integration
7 98 (16.12%) Mentoring
8 95 (15.63%) Test Scripting
9 94 (15.46%) Software Testing
10 92 (15.13%) Scrum
11 84 (13.82%) SDLC
12 76 (12.50%) TDD
13 73 (12.01%) Test Management
14 72 (11.84%) Manual Testing
15 65 (10.69%) Test Planning
16 63 (10.36%) Defect Management
17 62 (10.20%) Waterfall
18 55 (9.05%) Performance Testing
18 55 (9.05%) Regression Testing
18 55 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 169 (27.80%) Java
2 154 (25.33%) SQL
3 93 (15.30%) C#
4 74 (12.17%) Ruby
5 63 (10.36%) Python
6 39 (6.41%) JavaScript
7 32 (5.26%) C
8 25 (4.11%) T-SQL
9 24 (3.95%) C++
10 21 (3.45%) Groovy
11 15 (2.47%) Shell Script
12 14 (2.30%) PHP
13 11 (1.81%) Scala
14 8 (1.32%) Bash Shell
15 7 (1.15%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.82%) R
17 4 (0.66%) Bourne shell
17 4 (0.66%) PowerShell
18 3 (0.49%) VBScript
19 2 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 114 (18.75%) ISTQB
2 84 (13.82%) ISEB
3 58 (9.54%) Degree
4 38 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 33 (5.43%) Security Cleared
6 27 (4.44%) SC Cleared
7 10 (1.64%) ISEB Practitioner
8 7 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 5 (0.82%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.33%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (0.16%) CHECK Team Leader
13 1 (0.16%) CREST Certified
13 1 (0.16%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 286 (47.04%) QA
2 9 (1.48%) ISO 20022
2 9 (1.48%) ISO 8583
3 3 (0.49%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.49%) SLA
4 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.16%) GDPR
5 1 (0.16%) MiFID
5 1 (0.16%) PMO
5 1 (0.16%) SEPA
System Software
1 7 (1.15%) Docker
2 6 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.66%) vSphere
4 3 (0.49%) Firmware
4 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 49 (8.06%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.97%) HockeyApp
3 7 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (1.15%) Puppet
4 4 (0.66%) CA Service Virtualization
4 4 (0.66%) Perfmon
5 3 (0.49%) Nessus
5 3 (0.49%) Nmap
5 3 (0.49%) Simian Army
5 3 (0.49%) ZABBIX
6 2 (0.33%) Ansible
7 1 (0.16%) Grafana
7 1 (0.16%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.16%) Nagios
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 61 (10.03%) HP
2 52 (8.55%) Microsoft
3 20 (3.29%) Oracle
4 18 (2.96%) Capita
5 13 (2.14%) Xamarin
6 6 (0.99%) Pega
6 6 (0.99%) VMware
7 5 (0.82%) Hyperion
7 5 (0.82%) Informatica
7 5 (0.82%) Netezza
8 4 (0.66%) Remedy
9 3 (0.49%) CA
9 3 (0.49%) Google
9 3 (0.49%) MuleSoft
9 3 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.49%) SAP
9 3 (0.49%) WorldPay
10 2 (0.33%) hybris
10 2 (0.33%) Perfecto Mobile
10 2 (0.33%) Sybase