Period
to 23 October 2018

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £51,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 667 717 609
Rank change year-on-year +50 -108 -24
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 533 535 777
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.30% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.32% 0.42%
Number of salaries quoted 411 405 646
UK median annual salary £51,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.36% +10.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £37,500 £36,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £71,500 £70,000 £70,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,195 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.64% +9.32% -

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 158,028 168,578 183,103
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.91% 95.95% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 127,272 135,008 153,428
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 23 October 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Leader in the UK

Test Leader
Top 16 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 23 October 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 +14 480 £51,750 -5.91% 58
UK excluding London +49 346 £50,000 +1.64% 49
London -20 170 £57,250 -4.58% 17
North of England +47 110 £47,500 +5.56% 21
South East +22 83 £55,000 +10.00% 5
Yorkshire +57 72 £47,500 +5.56% 5
South West +7 47 £55,000 +12.82% 7
Midlands -7 42 £50,000 +17.65% 4
North West -16 34 £47,500 +5.56% 16
East of England +30 29 £45,000 -13.46% 4
West Midlands +33 27 £48,000 +12.94% 3
Wales +29 26 £40,000 -13.51% 3
East Midlands -22 15 £50,000 -2.44% 1
Scotland -14 9 £53,548 -2.64% 4
North East -18 4 £32,500 -48.00%
Northern Ireland - 1 £55,000 -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, 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.

1 344 (64.54%) Test Automation
2 329 (61.73%) Agile Software Development
3 194 (36.40%) Selenium
4 174 (32.65%) QA
5 158 (29.64%) Test Strategy
6 151 (28.33%) Finance
7 130 (24.39%) Java
8 110 (20.64%) C#
8 110 (20.64%) ISTQB
9 108 (20.26%) Scrum
10 95 (17.82%) Test Management
11 93 (17.45%) Software Testing
12 89 (16.70%) SQL
13 87 (16.32%) User Acceptance Testing
13 87 (16.32%) Functional Testing
14 82 (15.38%) JIRA
15 79 (14.82%) Cucumber
16 76 (14.26%) BDD
17 69 (12.95%) Manual Testing
18 66 (12.38%) WebDriver
18 66 (12.38%) Python
19 60 (11.26%) Performance Testing
20 59 (11.07%) Scenario Testing
21 58 (10.88%) SDLC
22 57 (10.69%) Stakeholder Management
23 56 (10.51%) Banking
23 56 (10.51%) Mentoring
24 55 (10.32%) Test Scripting
24 55 (10.32%) Non-Functional Testing
24 55 (10.32%) TDD

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 49 (9.19%) Confluence
2 7 (1.31%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.38%) CMS
5 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.19%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (0.56%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.19%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 3 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.38%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 38 (7.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (5.07%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (3.38%) BlazeMeter
4 13 (2.44%) GitHub
5 9 (1.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 9 (1.69%) Office 365
6 7 (1.31%) G Suite
6 7 (1.31%) Slack
7 6 (1.13%) SaaS
8 5 (0.94%) BrowserStack
9 2 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 26 (4.88%) HTTP
2 8 (1.50%) Firewall
2 8 (1.50%) Network Security
3 7 (1.31%) DHCP
3 7 (1.31%) DNS
3 7 (1.31%) Ethernet
3 7 (1.31%) IPsec
3 7 (1.31%) VoIP
3 7 (1.31%) VPN
4 3 (0.56%) SMS
5 2 (0.38%) GSM
5 2 (0.38%) LTE
5 2 (0.38%) Wireless
5 2 (0.38%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.19%) Internet
6 1 (0.19%) IPv4
6 1 (0.19%) IPv6
6 1 (0.19%) VoLTE
6 1 (0.19%) WAN
6 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.25%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.75%) Blockchain
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (0.56%) Big Data
3 3 (0.56%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.38%) DB2
4 2 (0.38%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.19%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.19%) MySQL
5 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 194 (36.40%) Selenium
2 82 (15.38%) JIRA
3 79 (14.82%) Cucumber
4 66 (12.38%) WebDriver
5 48 (9.01%) JMeter
6 36 (6.75%) Jenkins
6 36 (6.75%) Visual Studio
7 33 (6.19%) SpecFlow
8 23 (4.32%) LoadRunner
8 23 (4.32%) SoapUI
9 18 (3.38%) Team Foundation Server
9 18 (3.38%) Visual Studio Team System
10 16 (3.00%) Git (software)
10 16 (3.00%) Zephyr
11 15 (2.81%) TestNG
12 14 (2.63%) JUnit
12 14 (2.63%) TeamCity
13 13 (2.44%) HP UFT
14 12 (2.25%) Protractor
15 10 (1.88%) Gatling
General
1 151 (28.33%) Finance
2 56 (10.51%) Banking
3 29 (5.44%) Retail
4 20 (3.75%) Marketing
5 16 (3.00%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.81%) Manufacturing
7 11 (2.06%) Electronics
8 8 (1.50%) Investment Banking
8 8 (1.50%) Law
9 7 (1.31%) Welsh Language
10 5 (0.94%) Games
10 5 (0.94%) Publishing
11 4 (0.75%) Front Office
12 3 (0.56%) Advertising
12 3 (0.56%) Automotive
13 2 (0.38%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.38%) Legal
13 2 (0.38%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.19%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (6.75%) .NET
2 34 (6.38%) Web Services
3 33 (6.19%) HTML
4 31 (5.82%) CSS
5 27 (5.07%) XML
6 22 (4.13%) REST
6 22 (4.13%) SOAP
7 16 (3.00%) Gherkin
8 15 (2.81%) RESTful
9 12 (2.25%) DOM
10 10 (1.88%) HTML5
11 9 (1.69%) JSON
11 9 (1.69%) Taurus
12 7 (1.31%) Node.js
13 4 (0.75%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.75%) CGI
14 3 (0.56%) J2EE
14 3 (0.56%) React
15 2 (0.38%) SAP Fiori
16 1 (0.19%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.69%) Fintech
2 29 (5.44%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (3.19%) Mobile App
5 16 (3.00%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (2.81%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.69%) User Experience
8 8 (1.50%) Data Centre
8 8 (1.50%) PKI
9 7 (1.31%) BBC
9 7 (1.31%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.94%) Management Information System
12 4 (0.75%) Cloud Native
13 3 (0.56%) PlayStation
13 3 (0.56%) PMI
13 3 (0.56%) Virtual Team
14 2 (0.38%) AS400
14 2 (0.38%) NHS
14 2 (0.38%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 14 (2.63%) Windows
2 12 (2.25%) Linux
3 8 (1.50%) Unix
4 6 (1.13%) Apple iOS
5 4 (0.75%) Android
5 4 (0.75%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.19%) AIX
6 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (64.54%) Test Automation
2 329 (61.73%) Agile Software Development
3 158 (29.64%) Test Strategy
4 108 (20.26%) Scrum
5 95 (17.82%) Test Management
6 93 (17.45%) Software Testing
7 87 (16.32%) Functional Testing
7 87 (16.32%) User Acceptance Testing
8 76 (14.26%) BDD
9 69 (12.95%) Manual Testing
10 60 (11.26%) Performance Testing
11 59 (11.07%) Scenario Testing
12 58 (10.88%) SDLC
13 57 (10.69%) Stakeholder Management
14 56 (10.51%) Mentoring
15 55 (10.32%) Non-Functional Testing
15 55 (10.32%) TDD
15 55 (10.32%) Test Scripting
16 48 (9.01%) Continuous Integration
17 44 (8.26%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 130 (24.39%) Java
2 110 (20.64%) C#
3 89 (16.70%) SQL
4 66 (12.38%) Python
5 50 (9.38%) JavaScript
6 35 (6.57%) Ruby
7 12 (2.25%) XPath
8 9 (1.69%) C
8 9 (1.69%) PowerShell
9 4 (0.75%) C++
10 2 (0.38%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.38%) Go
10 2 (0.38%) Groovy
10 2 (0.38%) Perl
10 2 (0.38%) PHP
10 2 (0.38%) Scala
10 2 (0.38%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.38%) VBScript
11 1 (0.19%) F#
11 1 (0.19%) X++
Qualifications
1 110 (20.64%) ISTQB
2 50 (9.38%) ISEB
3 44 (8.26%) Degree
4 40 (7.50%) Security Cleared
5 26 (4.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 25 (4.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 23 (4.32%) SC Cleared
8 12 (2.25%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (1.50%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.56%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.38%) CSQA
11 2 (0.38%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.19%) AAT
12 1 (0.19%) CHECK Team Leader
12 1 (0.19%) CREST Certified
12 1 (0.19%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (32.65%) QA
2 2 (0.38%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
3 1 (0.19%) PMO
3 1 (0.19%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
1 7 (1.31%) vSphere
2 6 (1.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (2.06%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (1.50%) HP ALM
3 2 (0.38%) CA Wily
3 2 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.19%) Ansible
4 1 (0.19%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 44 (8.26%) Microsoft
2 20 (3.75%) SAP
3 16 (3.00%) Google
4 12 (2.25%) HP
5 11 (2.06%) AppDynamics
5 11 (2.06%) Dynatrace
5 11 (2.06%) New Relic
5 11 (2.06%) Oracle
6 7 (1.31%) Atlassian
6 7 (1.31%) Cisco
6 7 (1.31%) VMware
7 4 (0.75%) WorldPay
8 3 (0.56%) Facebook
9 2 (0.38%) Apple
9 2 (0.38%) CA
9 2 (0.38%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.38%) IBM
9 2 (0.38%) NVIDIA
9 2 (0.38%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.38%) SOASTA, Inc