Test lead | Average UK Salary & Outlook

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
    55,908 GBP *
    per year
    34,000 GBP
    60,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
    Average salary for Test lead

    Big gender gap
    • 58,417 GBP
    • 47,704 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Test lead
    Average salary for full-time Test lead

    • 28,610 GBP
    • 25,538 GBP
    • 55,908 GBP
    • 47,704 GBP
    • 58,417 GBP
    Salary over time for Test lead

    Salary for this role has increased over time
    • 50,293 GBP
    • 49,579 GBP
    • 51,557 GBP
    • 52,737 GBP
    • 51,961 GBP
    • 52,736 GBP
    • 55,908 GBP
    • 53,525 GBP
    • 55,346 GBP

    Future outlook for Test leads

    Very good outlook
    171 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    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


    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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