Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Test Analyst was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance Test Analyst
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 198 218 224
Rank change year-on-year +20 +6 -25
Contract jobs requiring a QA Test Analyst 6 9 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.10% 0.13% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.14% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 16
North West median daily rate £325 £188 £240
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +73.33% -21.88% -22.58%
10th Percentile £183 £174 £163
90th Percentile £448 £303 £325
England median daily rate £375 £340 £335
% change year-on-year +10.29% +1.49% -4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
North West median hourly rate - £44.00 -
England median hourly rate - £29.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +31.11% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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 contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5427 6545 8083
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.38% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3410 4203 4823
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £234
90th Percentile £588 £550 £569
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 241 403
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.22 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.18% -20.90% +27.81%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.04 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.80 £45.75 £50.06
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.38 £17.98
% change year-on-year +1.77% +2.20% +8.97%

QA Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured QA Test Analyst in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for QA Test Analyst in the North West

QA Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Test Analyst in the North West

QA Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Test Analyst in the North West over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Test Analyst in the North West

QA Test Analyst
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Test Analyst within the North West region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +10 4 £325 +85.71% 1
Merseyside +5 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
QA Test Analyst
England

QA Test Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, QA Test Analyst contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring QA Test Analyst in the job title.

1 6 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (50.00%) Software Testing
4 2 (33.33%) JIRA
4 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 2 (33.33%) Test Management
4 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (33.33%) ISEB
5 1 (16.67%) API Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (16.67%) Smoke Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (16.67%) System Testing
5 1 (16.67%) PowerShell
5 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
5 1 (16.67%) Confluence
5 1 (16.67%) Waterfall
5 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
5 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
5 1 (16.67%) Gherkin
5 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (16.67%) Oracle Database
5 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
5 1 (16.67%) Russian Language
5 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
5 1 (16.67%) Marketing

QA Test Analyst Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (16.67%) Confluence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle Database
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) JIRA
2 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
2 1 (16.67%) Selenium
2 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
2 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (16.67%) Toad
2 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
2 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (16.67%) Back Office
1 1 (16.67%) Banking
1 1 (16.67%) Finance
1 1 (16.67%) Games
1 1 (16.67%) Marketing
1 1 (16.67%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) .NET
1 1 (16.67%) Gherkin
1 1 (16.67%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
1 1 (16.67%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
1 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Test Management
4 1 (16.67%) API Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Asset Management
4 1 (16.67%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Pair Programming
4 1 (16.67%) Performance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Smoke Testing
4 1 (16.67%) System Testing
4 1 (16.67%) TDD
4 1 (16.67%) Unit Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Usability Testing
4 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) C#
1 1 (16.67%) Java
1 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
1 1 (16.67%) PowerShell
1 1 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) ISEB
1 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (16.67%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (16.67%) Degree
2 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (16.67%) MiFID
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle