Period
to 17 July 2018

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 684 666 623
Rank change year-on-year -18 -43 -53
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 551 586 833
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.33% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.34% 0.42%
Number of salaries quoted 439 437 700
UK median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +5.56%
10th Percentile £37,500 £36,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £68,750 £67,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +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 169,137 170,894 196,409
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.19% 96.22% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 136,840 139,688 164,923
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
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 17 July 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 17 July 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 -10 526 £50,000 -9.09% 61
UK excluding London +29 355 £47,500 +2.15% 52
London -58 182 £60,000 - 14
North of England +42 124 £47,500 -3.55% 15
Yorkshire +55 78 £47,500 -5.00% 8
South East +15 73 £50,000 +5.26% 10
South West +41 63 £45,000 -2.70% 5
East of England +7 46 £45,000 - 7
Midlands -10 40 £47,500 +5.56% 10
North West +4 35 £48,250 +1.58% 7
West Midlands +12 23 £45,000 +10.09% 6
East Midlands -19 17 £52,500 -2.33% 4
North East -15 11 £45,000 -17.43%
Scotland -41 7 £40,000 -27.27% 2
Wales +2 3 £42,500 -22.73% 3
Northern Ireland - 1 £55,000 -

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 July 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.

1 375 (68.06%) Test Automation
2 337 (61.16%) Agile Software Development
3 212 (38.48%) QA
3 212 (38.48%) Selenium
4 138 (25.05%) Java
5 126 (22.87%) Finance
6 123 (22.32%) Test Strategy
7 108 (19.60%) Test Management
8 101 (18.33%) User Acceptance Testing
8 101 (18.33%) C#
9 98 (17.79%) Scrum
10 97 (17.60%) SQL
11 92 (16.70%) Software Testing
12 90 (16.33%) ISTQB
13 88 (15.97%) BDD
14 85 (15.43%) Cucumber
15 83 (15.06%) Functional Testing
16 79 (14.34%) JIRA
17 74 (13.43%) Stakeholder Management
18 73 (13.25%) Python
19 71 (12.89%) Mentoring
20 69 (12.52%) Manual Testing
21 67 (12.16%) Continuous Integration
22 63 (11.43%) Performance Testing
22 63 (11.43%) WebDriver
22 63 (11.43%) Regression Testing
23 62 (11.25%) JMeter
23 62 (11.25%) Test Scripting
24 58 (10.53%) ISEB
25 57 (10.34%) 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 27 (4.90%) Confluence
2 5 (0.91%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.36%) CMS
4 1 (0.18%) Apache
4 1 (0.18%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.18%) JBoss
4 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
1 2 (0.36%) S-PLUS
2 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.54%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.90%) GitHub
2 11 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.81%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (1.09%) BlazeMeter
4 6 (1.09%) SaaS
4 6 (1.09%) Slack
5 4 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (0.54%) Office 365
6 3 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.18%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.18%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.72%) HTTP
2 10 (1.81%) Ethernet
3 9 (1.63%) Firewall
4 8 (1.45%) VoIP
5 6 (1.09%) DHCP
5 6 (1.09%) DNS
5 6 (1.09%) IPsec
5 6 (1.09%) Network Security
5 6 (1.09%) VPN
6 2 (0.36%) ICMP
6 2 (0.36%) IPv4
6 2 (0.36%) IPv6
6 2 (0.36%) LAN
6 2 (0.36%) SMS
6 2 (0.36%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.36%) WAN
6 2 (0.36%) Wireless
7 1 (0.18%) ATM
7 1 (0.18%) GSM
7 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.72%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (0.91%) Blockchain
4 4 (0.73%) Big Data
5 3 (0.54%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.36%) QlikView
6 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.18%) DB2
7 1 (0.18%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.18%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 212 (38.48%) Selenium
2 85 (15.43%) Cucumber
3 79 (14.34%) JIRA
4 63 (11.43%) WebDriver
5 62 (11.25%) JMeter
6 48 (8.71%) SoapUI
7 45 (8.17%) Jenkins
8 31 (5.63%) LoadRunner
9 24 (4.36%) SpecFlow
10 21 (3.81%) Visual Studio
11 20 (3.63%) HP UFT
11 20 (3.63%) Ranorex
11 20 (3.63%) Team Foundation Server
12 19 (3.45%) JUnit
13 18 (3.27%) Gatling
14 16 (2.90%) Appium
15 15 (2.72%) TestNG
16 14 (2.54%) MSTest
17 13 (2.36%) NeoLoad
18 12 (2.18%) Protractor
General
1 126 (22.87%) Finance
2 45 (8.17%) Banking
3 31 (5.63%) Retail
4 18 (3.27%) Telecoms
5 17 (3.09%) Marketing
6 16 (2.90%) Law
7 12 (2.18%) Advertising
7 12 (2.18%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.81%) Legal
9 7 (1.27%) Electronics
10 5 (0.91%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.91%) Front Office
10 5 (0.91%) Games
11 4 (0.73%) Automotive
11 4 (0.73%) Spanish Language
12 3 (0.54%) Back Office
12 3 (0.54%) Publishing
12 3 (0.54%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.18%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (9.80%) Web Services
2 39 (7.08%) .NET
3 33 (5.99%) SOAP
4 25 (4.54%) RESTful
5 23 (4.17%) HTML
6 22 (3.99%) CSS
7 14 (2.54%) Gherkin
7 14 (2.54%) XML
8 9 (1.63%) AngularJS
9 7 (1.27%) REST
10 4 (0.73%) .NET Framework
10 4 (0.73%) DCOM
10 4 (0.73%) HTML5
10 4 (0.73%) Node.js
10 4 (0.73%) Taurus
11 3 (0.54%) J2EE
11 3 (0.54%) Mason
11 3 (0.54%) SAP Fiori
12 2 (0.36%) FIX Protocol
12 2 (0.36%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 33 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (5.63%) Mobile App
3 25 (4.54%) Fintech
4 21 (3.81%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (2.90%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (2.00%) Computer Science
6 11 (2.00%) Data Centre
7 9 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (1.63%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.63%) User Experience
8 8 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
8 8 (1.45%) PKI
9 5 (0.91%) PMI
9 5 (0.91%) Smart Meter
10 3 (0.54%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 3 (0.54%) Smart Energy
11 2 (0.36%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.36%) Robotics
11 2 (0.36%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 30 (5.44%) Linux
2 27 (4.90%) Windows
3 21 (3.81%) Unix
4 15 (2.72%) Apple iOS
5 13 (2.36%) Android
6 8 (1.45%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.18%) AIX
7 1 (0.18%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (68.06%) Test Automation
2 337 (61.16%) Agile Software Development
3 123 (22.32%) Test Strategy
4 108 (19.60%) Test Management
5 101 (18.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 98 (17.79%) Scrum
7 92 (16.70%) Software Testing
8 88 (15.97%) BDD
9 83 (15.06%) Functional Testing
10 74 (13.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 71 (12.89%) Mentoring
12 69 (12.52%) Manual Testing
13 67 (12.16%) Continuous Integration
14 63 (11.43%) Performance Testing
14 63 (11.43%) Regression Testing
15 62 (11.25%) Test Scripting
16 57 (10.34%) TDD
17 54 (9.80%) Waterfall
18 53 (9.62%) SDLC
19 47 (8.53%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 138 (25.05%) Java
2 101 (18.33%) C#
3 97 (17.60%) SQL
4 73 (13.25%) Python
5 43 (7.80%) Ruby
6 31 (5.63%) JavaScript
7 16 (2.90%) C
8 14 (2.54%) PHP
9 11 (2.00%) C++
10 8 (1.45%) Scala
11 7 (1.27%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.91%) Groovy
12 5 (0.91%) VB
13 4 (0.73%) Perl
13 4 (0.73%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.36%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.36%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.36%) VBScript
14 2 (0.36%) XPath
15 1 (0.18%) X++
Qualifications
1 90 (16.33%) ISTQB
2 58 (10.53%) ISEB
3 46 (8.35%) Security Cleared
4 44 (7.99%) Degree
5 27 (4.90%) SC Cleared
6 19 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 15 (2.72%) DV Cleared
8 12 (2.18%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (1.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 5 (0.91%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.73%) CSQA
11 4 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (38.48%) QA
2 4 (0.73%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
3 2 (0.36%) PMO
3 2 (0.36%) SLA
4 1 (0.18%) EMIR
4 1 (0.18%) MiFID
System Software
1 10 (1.81%) Docker
1 10 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (1.09%) vSphere
3 2 (0.36%) Firmware
3 2 (0.36%) KVM
3 2 (0.36%) Xen
4 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 34 (6.17%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (2.54%) HP ALM
3 5 (0.91%) Puppet
4 3 (0.54%) CA Wily
5 2 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.18%) Ansible
6 1 (0.18%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.18%) SCCM
6 1 (0.18%) SCOM
Vendors
1 34 (6.17%) Microsoft
2 32 (5.81%) HP
3 24 (4.36%) SAP
4 23 (4.17%) Oracle
5 16 (2.90%) Capita
6 10 (1.81%) VMware
7 8 (1.45%) Cisco
7 8 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.27%) AppDynamics
8 7 (1.27%) Dynatrace
8 7 (1.27%) Google
8 7 (1.27%) New Relic
9 6 (1.09%) WorldPay
10 5 (0.91%) Atlassian
11 4 (0.73%) Citrix
11 4 (0.73%) Remedy
12 3 (0.54%) CA
12 3 (0.54%) SOASTA, Inc
13 2 (0.36%) Apple
13 2 (0.36%) Sitecore