Period
to 13 July 2020

The median annual salary for a Test Leader was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 July 2020.

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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 572 690 703
Rank change year-on-year +118 +13 -13
Permanent jobs requiring a Test Leader 251 466 561
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.32% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.33% 0.33%
Number of salaries quoted 218 331 461
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £40,500 £38,750 £37,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +10.53% - -

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 72,373 141,131 171,716
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.06% 95.86% 96.22%
Number of salaries quoted 58,275 112,670 139,008
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 2020. 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 +110 240 £55,000 +0.92% 14
UK excluding London +115 155 £52,500 +10.53% 12
London +119 93 £59,000 -5.60% 3
South East +166 78 £60,000 +14.29% 4
North of England +74 40 £45,000 - 3
Yorkshire +74 19 £45,000 - 1
North West +84 18 £45,000 -8.63% 2
Midlands +103 16 £44,500 -1.11% 3
West Midlands +92 15 £43,500 -3.33% 3
South West +66 8 £47,500 -2.56%
Northern Ireland +20 5 £32,500 -23.53%
East of England +82 4 £57,500 -11.54% 1
Work from Home +61 3 £52,500 -12.50% 1
North East +19 3 £37,500 -12.28%
Scotland +62 2 £44,500 +1.71% 1
Wales +13 2 £50,000 +11.11%
East Midlands +61 1 £65,000 +36.84%

Test Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 July 2020, 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.

1 173 (68.92%) Test Automation
2 126 (50.20%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (41.04%) Selenium
4 88 (35.06%) Performance Testing
5 77 (30.68%) Test Strategy
6 74 (29.48%) JIRA
7 68 (27.09%) QA
8 64 (25.50%) SQL
9 62 (24.70%) Waterfall
10 59 (23.51%) DevOps
11 57 (22.71%) Software Testing
11 57 (22.71%) Finance
12 50 (19.92%) Azure
13 49 (19.52%) SDLC
14 47 (18.73%) ISTQB
15 46 (18.33%) Mentoring
16 45 (17.93%) Postman
16 45 (17.93%) Degree
17 43 (17.13%) JMeter
18 42 (16.73%) C#
18 42 (16.73%) Scenario Testing
19 40 (15.94%) Decision-Making
19 40 (15.94%) Migration
19 40 (15.94%) Computer Science
19 40 (15.94%) Test Scripting
20 39 (15.54%) Data Migration
21 38 (15.14%) SoapUI
22 37 (14.74%) User Acceptance Testing
23 36 (14.34%) SOAP
24 35 (13.94%) LoadRunner

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 19 (7.57%) Confluence
2 5 (1.99%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.80%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.40%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.40%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.40%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 5 (1.99%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (1.99%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.40%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.40%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.40%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 50 (19.92%) Azure
2 30 (11.95%) GitHub
3 21 (8.37%) AWS
4 10 (3.98%) SaaS
5 4 (1.59%) OpenShift
6 3 (1.20%) BrowserStack
6 3 (1.20%) Trello
7 2 (0.80%) GCP
7 2 (0.80%) Tricentis Tosca
8 1 (0.40%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.40%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.40%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.20%) Internet
2 2 (0.80%) DNS
2 2 (0.80%) Firewall
2 2 (0.80%) HTTP
2 2 (0.80%) INAP
2 2 (0.80%) SIGTRAN
2 2 (0.80%) SS7
2 2 (0.80%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.40%) 2G
3 1 (0.40%) 3G
3 1 (0.40%) 4G
3 1 (0.40%) GSM
3 1 (0.40%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.40%) Megaco
3 1 (0.40%) MGW
3 1 (0.40%) RTP
3 1 (0.40%) Skype
3 1 (0.40%) SMS
3 1 (0.40%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.40%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (11.55%) RDBMS
1 29 (11.55%) Relational Database
2 16 (6.37%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.39%) Big Data
3 6 (2.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.80%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.80%) MySQL
4 2 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.40%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.40%) Power BI
5 1 (0.40%) QlikView
5 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 103 (41.04%) Selenium
2 74 (29.48%) JIRA
3 45 (17.93%) Postman
4 43 (17.13%) JMeter
5 38 (15.14%) SoapUI
6 35 (13.94%) LoadRunner
6 35 (13.94%) SpecFlow
7 32 (12.75%) HP UFT
8 29 (11.55%) Jenkins
9 26 (10.36%) Visual Studio
10 14 (5.58%) Cucumber
10 14 (5.58%) WebDriver
11 13 (5.18%) Git (software)
12 9 (3.59%) Ranorex
12 9 (3.59%) Team Foundation Server
12 9 (3.59%) Visual Studio Team System
13 6 (2.39%) Mocha
13 6 (2.39%) Newman
13 6 (2.39%) SonarQube
13 6 (2.39%) TestComplete
General
1 57 (22.71%) Finance
2 14 (5.58%) Telecoms
3 11 (4.38%) Banking
4 10 (3.98%) Retail
5 9 (3.59%) Marketing
6 6 (2.39%) Games
7 5 (1.99%) Retail Banking
8 3 (1.20%) Aerospace
8 3 (1.20%) Automotive
8 3 (1.20%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.80%) Military
10 1 (0.40%) Electronics
10 1 (0.40%) Law
10 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.40%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (14.34%) SOAP
2 19 (7.57%) .NET
3 11 (4.38%) RESTful
4 9 (3.59%) AngularJS
5 8 (3.19%) XML
6 6 (2.39%) Jest
7 4 (1.59%) ASP.NET
7 4 (1.59%) HTML
7 4 (1.59%) Vue.js
8 3 (1.20%) CSS
8 3 (1.20%) REST
8 3 (1.20%) Taurus
8 3 (1.20%) Web Services
9 2 (0.80%) CGI
9 2 (0.80%) Gherkin
9 2 (0.80%) Laravel
9 2 (0.80%) Node.js
9 2 (0.80%) Sass
9 2 (0.80%) Symfony
9 2 (0.80%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 29 (11.55%) Virtual Team
2 24 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (5.58%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (3.19%) Mobile App
4 8 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (2.79%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.79%) Reinsurance
6 6 (2.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (1.59%) LIMS
7 4 (1.59%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.59%) User Experience
8 2 (0.80%) New Media
8 2 (0.80%) Smart Energy
8 2 (0.80%) Smart Meter
9 1 (0.40%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.40%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.40%) Over-the-Top Content
9 1 (0.40%) Tandem
9 1 (0.40%) Video on Demand
9 1 (0.40%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 6 (2.39%) Linux
1 6 (2.39%) Unix
2 2 (0.80%) Android
2 2 (0.80%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.40%) Solaris
3 1 (0.40%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (68.92%) Test Automation
2 126 (50.20%) Agile Software Development
3 88 (35.06%) Performance Testing
4 77 (30.68%) Test Strategy
5 62 (24.70%) Waterfall
6 59 (23.51%) DevOps
7 57 (22.71%) Software Testing
8 49 (19.52%) SDLC
9 46 (18.33%) Mentoring
10 42 (16.73%) Scenario Testing
11 40 (15.94%) Computer Science
11 40 (15.94%) Decision-Making
11 40 (15.94%) Migration
11 40 (15.94%) Test Scripting
12 39 (15.54%) Data Migration
13 37 (14.74%) User Acceptance Testing
14 34 (13.55%) Stakeholder Management
15 33 (13.15%) System Testing
16 30 (11.95%) Functional Testing
16 30 (11.95%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 64 (25.50%) SQL
2 42 (16.73%) C#
3 32 (12.75%) Java
4 14 (5.58%) JavaScript
5 10 (3.98%) Python
6 2 (0.80%) C
6 2 (0.80%) PHP
7 1 (0.40%) Ruby
7 1 (0.40%) Scala
7 1 (0.40%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.40%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 47 (18.73%) ISTQB
2 45 (17.93%) Degree
3 33 (13.15%) Computer Science Degree
4 25 (9.96%) ISEB
5 14 (5.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (2.39%) HNC
7 5 (1.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (1.59%) Security Cleared
9 2 (0.80%) SC Cleared
10 1 (0.40%) CCNA
10 1 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.40%) CISSP
10 1 (0.40%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.40%) GIAC
10 1 (0.40%) Linux+ Certification
10 1 (0.40%) MCSE
10 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.40%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.40%) SANS
10 1 (0.40%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (27.09%) QA
2 29 (11.55%) PMO
3 9 (3.59%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.80%) GDPR
4 2 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.40%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.40%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (3.98%) Docker
2 2 (0.80%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 26 (10.36%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (2.79%) Kubernetes
3 4 (1.59%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.40%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 26 (10.36%) HP
2 11 (4.38%) Microsoft
3 9 (3.59%) SAP
4 4 (1.59%) MuleSoft
4 4 (1.59%) Oracle
5 3 (1.20%) IBM
6 2 (0.80%) Arqiva
6 2 (0.80%) Atlassian
6 2 (0.80%) Capita
6 2 (0.80%) Cognizant
6 2 (0.80%) Google
6 2 (0.80%) Zend
7 1 (0.40%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.40%) Databricks
7 1 (0.40%) Dynatrace
7 1 (0.40%) Ericsson
7 1 (0.40%) hybris
7 1 (0.40%) New Relic
7 1 (0.40%) Nokia
7 1 (0.40%) Splunk