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Test lead Average UK Salary & Prospects

Test leads plan and co-ordinate the testing programmes when new computer systems and applications are being developed or upgraded.

  • Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.  
  • Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.  
  • Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.  
  • Develop testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression
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Test leads typically work around 37 to 48 hours per week.

As a Test lead you will typically work between 8am and 6pm.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    52,736 GBP *
    per year
    34,000 GBP
    60,000 GBP
    Starting
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
    Average salary for Test lead

    Men make 10% more than Women
    78% of Test leads are men
    • 53,916 GBP
    • 48,310 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Test lead
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    Pay over time for Test lead

    Pay for this role has increased over time
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    Future outlook for Test leads

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    Very good outlook
    171 000+ jobs available
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    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
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    24% chance of automation in the future

    Test lead - Your future job?


    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Test lead and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 70% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 15% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
    • 7% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

    You could apply directly for jobs if you have 3 to 5 years’ experience in software testing and quality assurance. Experience in software development, systems engineering and project management could be helpful.

    You’ll also find it useful to have professional certification from an industry organisation like The Chartered Institute for IT.


    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Test lead

    Programming

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Test lead.
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Test lead. Check that you know:
    1
    Data base management system software Apache Cassandra
    2
    Development environment software Apache Ant
    3
    Object or component oriented development software C++
    4
    Program testing software Hewlett Packard LoadRunner; IBM Rational Robot; JUnit
    5
    Web platform development software AJAX
    Improve your skills today

    Programming

    Things to highlight for your Test lead interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

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