Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 672 593 570
Rank change year-on-year -79 -23 +78
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 581 790 1007
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.42% 0.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.44% 0.48%
Number of salaries quoted 470 640 858
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £36,250 £36,250 £35,675
90th Percentile £68,750 £68,875 £70,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +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 172189 180467 210956
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138171 151048 175187
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -58 558 £52,500 +5.00% 27
UK excluding London -65 364 £50,000 +11.11% 18
London -67 209 £60,000 -4.00% 9
North of England -24 109 £45,000 +5.88% 11
South East -20 89 £52,500 +5.00% 3
Midlands -5 78 £43,500 +10.13% 2
North West +3 66 £45,000 +12.50% 5
South West +39 49 £50,000 +25.00%
East Midlands +20 41 £52,500 +32.91% 2
Yorkshire -39 38 £46,250 +8.82% 5
West Midlands -3 36 £42,500 +8.28%
East of England -25 26 £51,000 +2.00% 2
Scotland -29 16 £55,000 +25.00%
North East +2 6 £62,500 +64.47% 1
Wales +4 4 £46,250 +2.78%

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, 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.

1 368 (63.34%) Test Automation
2 318 (54.73%) Agile Software Development
3 287 (49.40%) QA
4 237 (40.79%) Selenium
5 171 (29.43%) Test Strategy
6 153 (26.33%) Finance
7 149 (25.65%) Java
8 143 (24.61%) BDD
9 136 (23.41%) Cucumber
10 134 (23.06%) ISTQB
11 116 (19.97%) Test Scripting
12 108 (18.59%) SQL
13 104 (17.90%) ISEB
14 102 (17.56%) User Acceptance Testing
15 96 (16.52%) Software Testing
16 87 (14.97%) Scrum
17 85 (14.63%) JIRA
18 80 (13.77%) TDD
19 78 (13.43%) Mentoring
20 77 (13.25%) WebDriver
20 77 (13.25%) C#
21 76 (13.08%) Continuous Integration
22 73 (12.56%) Regression Testing
23 72 (12.39%) SDLC
24 70 (12.05%) Functional Testing
25 69 (11.88%) Non-Functional Testing
26 68 (11.70%) Jenkins
27 66 (11.36%) Performance Testing
28 63 (10.84%) Banking
29 61 (10.50%) Linux

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 12 (2.07%) Confluence
2 8 (1.38%) Apache
2 8 (1.38%) JBoss
3 4 (0.69%) Documentum
3 4 (0.69%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.69%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.34%) IIS
4 2 (0.34%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.17%) CMS
5 1 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.17%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (1.20%) VisionPLUS
2 6 (1.03%) Teamcenter
3 5 (0.86%) HFM
3 5 (0.86%) Hyperion Enterprise
4 2 (0.34%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.17%) FastStats
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.17%) SAP IS-U
5 1 (0.17%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 25 (4.30%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (2.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (1.72%) SaaS
4 10 (1.72%) Sauce Labs
5 9 (1.55%) BrowserStack
6 6 (1.03%) TestFlight
7 5 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.69%) BlazeMeter
8 4 (0.69%) Yammer
9 3 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.52%) GitHub
10 2 (0.34%) Office 365
10 2 (0.34%) Slack
11 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.17%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.17%) G Suite
11 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 25 (4.30%) HTTP
2 20 (3.44%) TCP/IP
3 12 (2.07%) Internet
4 6 (1.03%) MQTT
4 6 (1.03%) Wireless
5 4 (0.69%) WebEx
6 2 (0.34%) 802.11
6 2 (0.34%) DOCSIS
7 1 (0.17%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.17%) Network Security
7 1 (0.17%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (7.57%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.34%) Relational Database
3 22 (3.79%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (3.61%) Big Data
5 13 (2.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (1.72%) Cognos Impromptu
6 10 (1.72%) Power BI
7 9 (1.55%) DB2
7 9 (1.55%) Hadoop
7 9 (1.55%) QlikView
7 9 (1.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (1.03%) MySQL
8 6 (1.03%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.52%) Blockchain
9 3 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.17%) Essbase
10 1 (0.17%) PowerCenter
10 1 (0.17%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 237 (40.79%) Selenium
2 136 (23.41%) Cucumber
3 85 (14.63%) JIRA
4 77 (13.25%) WebDriver
5 68 (11.70%) Jenkins
6 55 (9.47%) SoapUI
7 45 (7.75%) LoadRunner
8 43 (7.40%) JUnit
9 38 (6.54%) JMeter
10 33 (5.68%) SpecFlow
11 29 (4.99%) HP UFT
12 27 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
13 22 (3.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 19 (3.27%) RSpec
15 18 (3.10%) Git (software)
16 17 (2.93%) Visual Studio
17 15 (2.58%) Ranorex
18 14 (2.41%) Appium
19 12 (2.07%) Gatling
20 11 (1.89%) WATIR
General
1 153 (26.33%) Finance
2 63 (10.84%) Banking
3 49 (8.43%) Retail
4 25 (4.30%) Investment Banking
5 19 (3.27%) Retail Banking
6 15 (2.58%) Law
7 10 (1.72%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.55%) Pharmaceutical
9 6 (1.03%) Financial Institution
9 6 (1.03%) Military
10 5 (0.86%) Automotive
11 4 (0.69%) Marketing
12 3 (0.52%) Advertising
12 3 (0.52%) Back Office
12 3 (0.52%) Electronics
12 3 (0.52%) French Language
12 3 (0.52%) Games
12 3 (0.52%) German Language
12 3 (0.52%) Japanese Language
12 3 (0.52%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (8.26%) XML
2 37 (6.37%) HTML
3 35 (6.02%) .NET
3 35 (6.02%) Web Services
4 32 (5.51%) SOAP
5 25 (4.30%) Gherkin
6 20 (3.44%) RESTful
7 18 (3.10%) Murex Flex
7 18 (3.10%) REST
8 11 (1.89%) WSDL
9 10 (1.72%) CSS
10 9 (1.55%) Hibernate
11 8 (1.38%) jQuery
12 7 (1.20%) Node.js
13 6 (1.03%) JSON
13 6 (1.03%) Spring
14 4 (0.69%) .NET Framework
15 3 (0.52%) AngularJS
15 3 (0.52%) CGI
15 3 (0.52%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 32 (5.51%) Management Information System
1 32 (5.51%) Mobile App
2 29 (4.99%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.48%) Computer Science
4 20 (3.44%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 19 (3.27%) Fixed Income
6 13 (2.24%) Smart Meter
7 8 (1.38%) User Experience
8 7 (1.20%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.03%) Embedded Systems
9 6 (1.03%) Fintech
9 6 (1.03%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.52%) Life Science
10 3 (0.52%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.52%) Smartphone
10 3 (0.52%) SWIFT
11 2 (0.34%) Equities
12 1 (0.17%) Derivative
12 1 (0.17%) Online Banking
12 1 (0.17%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 61 (10.50%) Linux
2 38 (6.54%) Unix
3 36 (6.20%) Windows
4 14 (2.41%) Android
4 14 (2.41%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.34%) Kali Linux
6 2 (0.34%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 368 (63.34%) Test Automation
2 318 (54.73%) Agile Software Development
3 171 (29.43%) Test Strategy
4 143 (24.61%) BDD
5 116 (19.97%) Test Scripting
6 102 (17.56%) User Acceptance Testing
7 96 (16.52%) Software Testing
8 87 (14.97%) Scrum
9 80 (13.77%) TDD
10 78 (13.43%) Mentoring
11 76 (13.08%) Continuous Integration
12 73 (12.56%) Regression Testing
13 72 (12.39%) SDLC
14 70 (12.05%) Functional Testing
15 69 (11.88%) Non-Functional Testing
16 66 (11.36%) Performance Testing
17 60 (10.33%) Manual Testing
18 58 (9.98%) Stakeholder Management
18 58 (9.98%) Test Management
19 57 (9.81%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 149 (25.65%) Java
2 108 (18.59%) SQL
3 77 (13.25%) C#
4 60 (10.33%) Ruby
5 53 (9.12%) Python
6 35 (6.02%) JavaScript
7 32 (5.51%) C
8 21 (3.61%) C++
8 21 (3.61%) Groovy
9 13 (2.24%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.89%) T-SQL
11 9 (1.55%) Bash Shell
12 7 (1.20%) Bourne shell
12 7 (1.20%) PowerShell
13 6 (1.03%) Scala
14 5 (0.86%) R
15 4 (0.69%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.52%) Perl
16 3 (0.52%) VBScript
17 2 (0.34%) VB
Qualifications
1 134 (23.06%) ISTQB
2 104 (17.90%) ISEB
3 52 (8.95%) Degree
3 52 (8.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 22 (3.79%) Security Cleared
5 15 (2.58%) SC Cleared
6 11 (1.89%) ISEB Practitioner
7 9 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (1.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (0.69%) ACCA
9 4 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.34%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 1 (0.17%) CHECK Team Leader
11 1 (0.17%) CITP
11 1 (0.17%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.17%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.17%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 287 (49.40%) QA
2 8 (1.38%) ISO 20022
2 8 (1.38%) ISO 8583
2 8 (1.38%) PMO
3 4 (0.69%) SLA
4 3 (0.52%) MiFID
4 3 (0.52%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.34%) EMIR
5 2 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.17%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) SEPA
System Software
1 9 (1.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (1.03%) Docker
3 4 (0.69%) vSphere
4 2 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 32 (5.51%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.03%) CA Service Virtualization
2 6 (1.03%) HockeyApp
2 6 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (1.03%) Puppet
3 4 (0.69%) Perfmon
4 3 (0.52%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 3 (0.52%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.34%) Ansible
5 2 (0.34%) Nessus
5 2 (0.34%) Nmap
6 1 (0.17%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 47 (8.09%) Microsoft
2 44 (7.57%) HP
3 28 (4.82%) Oracle
4 18 (3.10%) Murex
5 16 (2.75%) Cognizant
6 14 (2.41%) Capita
7 10 (1.72%) VMware
8 9 (1.55%) Hyperion
9 8 (1.38%) Dynatrace
9 8 (1.38%) Perfecto Mobile
10 7 (1.20%) SAP
10 7 (1.20%) Xamarin
11 6 (1.03%) Pega
12 5 (0.86%) Tableau
13 3 (0.52%) CA
13 3 (0.52%) Google
13 3 (0.52%) MuleSoft
14 2 (0.34%) Citrix
14 2 (0.34%) hybris
14 2 (0.34%) Sybase