The first table below looks at the demand for the Test Analyst role in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Analyst in their job title over the 3 months to 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the North West region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Analyst
Rank 83 101 83
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 45 31 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.50% 1.15% 1.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.60% 1.24% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 9 38
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£300 £320 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £246 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £345 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £315 £288
% change year-on-year
-6.34% +9.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
Average hourly rate £31.56 £21.78 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.89% -3.21%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £11.75 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+168.55% -46.59%
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2805 2503 2948
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.47% 92.46% 91.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1520 1190 1495
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £218 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 195 226
Average hourly rate £16.08 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.11% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.00 £41.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Test Analyst
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Test Analyst
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Analyst in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Analyst Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Analyst
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Analyst across the North West region.

Test Analyst Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Analyst
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Analyst across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

Test Analyst Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Analyst
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Analyst across the North West region.

Test Analyst Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Analyst
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Analyst within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +9 22 £300 -2.04% 5
Cheshire +8 18 £263 -17.96% 5
Merseyside - 6 £310 - 2
Lancashire -17 2 £244 - 3
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England

Test Analyst
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Test Analyst in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Analyst in their job title.

1 31 (33.70%) SQL
2 23 (25.00%) ISEB
3 20 (21.74%) Software Testing
3 20 (21.74%) Test Scripting
4 18 (19.57%) Finance
5 16 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
6 15 (16.30%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (15.22%) Agile Software Development
8 13 (14.13%) Automated Testing
8 13 (14.13%) Integration Testing
9 12 (13.04%) QA
10 11 (11.96%) Selenium
10 11 (11.96%) ISTQB
10 11 (11.96%) Manual Testing
11 10 (10.87%) Test Strategy
11 10 (10.87%) JIRA
11 10 (10.87%) Retail
11 10 (10.87%) .NET
11 10 (10.87%) Windows
12 9 (9.78%) UNIX
12 9 (9.78%) System Testing
13 8 (8.70%) Waterfall
13 8 (8.70%) QuickTest Pro
13 8 (8.70%) Oracle
14 7 (7.61%) CSG Singleview
14 7 (7.61%) Automation Testing
14 7 (7.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 6 (6.52%) Relational Database
15 6 (6.52%) Team Foundation Server
15 6 (6.52%) Test Automation

Test Analyst
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Test Analyst in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Analyst in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.09%) CMS
1 1 (1.09%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.09%) CICS
Business Applications
1 7 (7.61%) CSG Singleview
2 3 (3.26%) Maximo
2 3 (3.26%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (2.17%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (1.09%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.26%) SMS
2 2 (2.17%) VoIP
2 2 (2.17%) GSM
2 2 (2.17%) HTTP
3 1 (1.09%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.09%) DNS
3 1 (1.09%) Extranet
3 1 (1.09%) FTP
3 1 (1.09%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.52%) Relational Database
1 6 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.26%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.17%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.09%) Adabas
4 1 (1.09%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.09%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 11 (11.96%) Selenium
2 10 (10.87%) JIRA
3 8 (8.70%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (6.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (4.35%) TestComplete
6 3 (3.26%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.17%) MSTest
7 2 (2.17%) Zephyr
7 2 (2.17%) LoadRunner
8 1 (1.09%) Bugzilla
8 1 (1.09%) Toad
8 1 (1.09%) JUnit
8 1 (1.09%) TestDirector
8 1 (1.09%) AdminStudio
8 1 (1.09%) JMeter
8 1 (1.09%) OpenSTA
8 1 (1.09%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.09%) LoadUI
8 1 (1.09%) SoapUI
General
1 18 (19.57%) Finance
2 10 (10.87%) Retail
3 5 (5.43%) Banking
4 4 (4.35%) Billing
5 3 (3.26%) Local Government
5 3 (3.26%) Back Office
6 2 (2.17%) Games
6 2 (2.17%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.17%) Retail Banking
6 2 (2.17%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.87%) .NET
2 5 (5.43%) Web Services
3 2 (2.17%) SOAP
3 2 (2.17%) HTML
4 1 (1.09%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.09%) Flash
4 1 (1.09%) J2EE
4 1 (1.09%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.09%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.52%) IVR
2 2 (2.17%) NHS
2 2 (2.17%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.09%) Mobile Games
3 1 (1.09%) Telematics
3 1 (1.09%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.09%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (1.09%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 10 (10.87%) Windows
2 9 (9.78%) UNIX
3 4 (4.35%) Windows 7
4 2 (2.17%) Android
5 1 (1.09%) Windows Vista
5 1 (1.09%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.09%) Linux
5 1 (1.09%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.09%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (21.74%) Software Testing
1 20 (21.74%) Test Scripting
2 15 (16.30%) User Acceptance Testing
3 14 (15.22%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (14.13%) Automated Testing
4 13 (14.13%) Integration Testing
5 11 (11.96%) Manual Testing
6 10 (10.87%) Test Strategy
7 9 (9.78%) System Testing
8 8 (8.70%) Waterfall
9 7 (7.61%) Automation Testing
10 6 (6.52%) Test Automation
10 6 (6.52%) V-Model
10 6 (6.52%) Scrum
10 6 (6.52%) TDD
10 6 (6.52%) Security Testing
11 5 (5.43%) Load Testing
11 5 (5.43%) Performance Testing
12 4 (4.35%) ETL
13 3 (3.26%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 31 (33.70%) SQL
2 4 (4.35%) Java
3 3 (3.26%) T-SQL
4 2 (2.17%) VB
5 1 (1.09%) C#
5 1 (1.09%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.09%) VBScript
5 1 (1.09%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.09%) Scala
Qualifications
1 23 (25.00%) ISEB
2 11 (11.96%) ISTQB
3 7 (7.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (3.26%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.09%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (13.04%) QA
2 3 (3.26%) Solvency II
3 1 (1.09%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (5.43%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.09%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.09%) XenApp
2 1 (1.09%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 16 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (8.70%) Oracle
2 5 (5.43%) Citrix
3 3 (3.26%) AppSense
3 3 (3.26%) HP
4 2 (2.17%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.17%) iSOFT
4 2 (2.17%) Cerner
4 2 (2.17%) VMware
5 1 (1.09%) SAP
5 1 (1.09%) MEDITECH
5 1 (1.09%) hybris
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