Period
to 21 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £318 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

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.

Test Analyst
England > North West
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 131 105 115
Rank change year-on-year -26 +10 -43
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 91 105 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.55% 1.87% 1.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.63% 1.97% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 65 78
North West median daily rate £318 £310 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.42% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £263 £213 £181
90th Percentile £400 £379 £382
England median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 5
North West median hourly rate £45.00 - £23.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £26.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year -20.77% -26.39% +44.00%

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 5,584 5,335 6,831
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.00% 95.10% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,470 3,337 4,341
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £242 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £553
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 343 247 256
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £19.25 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +14.93% -11.56%
10th Percentile £11.02 £11.25 £10.94
90th Percentile £45.70 £48.30 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +4.11%

Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Analyst in the North West

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 Test Analyst in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Analyst in the North West

Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Analyst in the North West over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Analyst in the North West

Test Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Analyst 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Analyst within the North West region over the 6 months to 21 October 2018. 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 -6 48 £301 +0.42% 22
Cheshire -8 20 £300 -3.23% 6
Lancashire -16 8 £409 - 4
Merseyside -2 5 £325 - 2
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 October 2018, Test Analyst contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region featuring Test Analyst in the job title.

1 48 (52.75%) Test Automation
2 35 (38.46%) Selenium
3 29 (31.87%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (29.67%) Test Scripting
5 17 (18.68%) QA
6 16 (17.58%) Finance
7 15 (16.48%) SQL
8 14 (15.38%) ISEB
8 14 (15.38%) Scrum
8 14 (15.38%) API Testing
9 13 (14.29%) JIRA
10 12 (13.19%) Java
11 11 (12.09%) C#
11 11 (12.09%) Web Services
11 11 (12.09%) ISTQB
12 10 (10.99%) SOAP
13 9 (9.89%) Windows
13 9 (9.89%) Retail
13 9 (9.89%) Kanban
13 9 (9.89%) Defect Management
13 9 (9.89%) Cucumber
13 9 (9.89%) BDD
14 8 (8.79%) Test Strategy
14 8 (8.79%) WAN
14 8 (8.79%) TCP/IP
14 8 (8.79%) Cisco
14 8 (8.79%) E-Commerce
14 8 (8.79%) LAN
15 7 (7.69%) CRM
15 7 (7.69%) JMeter

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 (1.10%) CMS
1 1 (1.10%) SAS
1 1 (1.10%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 6 (6.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.20%) BASE24
2 2 (2.20%) ResourceLink
2 2 (2.20%) SAP FI
2 2 (2.20%) Visualfiles
2 2 (2.20%) Workday HCM
3 1 (1.10%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.40%) Dynamics 365
2 3 (3.30%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.10%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.79%) LAN
1 8 (8.79%) TCP/IP
1 8 (8.79%) WAN
2 2 (2.20%) ATM
2 2 (2.20%) Cisco Wireless
2 2 (2.20%) Firewall
2 2 (2.20%) MPLS
2 2 (2.20%) Wireless
2 2 (2.20%) WLAN
3 1 (1.10%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.20%) RDBMS
2 2 (2.20%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.20%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.10%) Big Data
3 1 (1.10%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.10%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 1 (1.10%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 35 (38.46%) Selenium
2 13 (14.29%) JIRA
3 9 (9.89%) Cucumber
4 7 (7.69%) JMeter
5 6 (6.59%) SoapUI
6 5 (5.49%) Jenkins
7 4 (4.40%) SpecFlow
8 3 (3.30%) Appium
8 3 (3.30%) LoadRunner
8 3 (3.30%) NUnit
8 3 (3.30%) WebDriver
9 2 (2.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (2.20%) Karma Test Runner
9 2 (2.20%) Katalon Studio
9 2 (2.20%) Protractor
9 2 (2.20%) PyUnit
9 2 (2.20%) Ranorex
9 2 (2.20%) Robot Framework
9 2 (2.20%) TestRail
9 2 (2.20%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (17.58%) Finance
2 9 (9.89%) Retail
3 5 (5.49%) Banking
4 2 (2.20%) Legal
5 1 (1.10%) Advertising
5 1 (1.10%) Back Office
5 1 (1.10%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.10%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (12.09%) Web Services
2 10 (10.99%) SOAP
3 4 (4.40%) .NET
3 4 (4.40%) XML
4 3 (3.30%) JSON
5 2 (2.20%) Gherkin
5 2 (2.20%) Node.js
5 2 (2.20%) React
6 1 (1.10%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.10%) CSS
6 1 (1.10%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.10%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.59%) CCTV
2 5 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.30%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.20%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.20%) EMV
5 1 (1.10%) EPoS
5 1 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.10%) Life Science
5 1 (1.10%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.89%) Windows
2 2 (2.20%) Linux
2 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.10%) Android
3 1 (1.10%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (52.75%) Test Automation
2 29 (31.87%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (29.67%) Test Scripting
4 14 (15.38%) API Testing
4 14 (15.38%) Scrum
5 9 (9.89%) BDD
5 9 (9.89%) Defect Management
5 9 (9.89%) Kanban
6 8 (8.79%) E-Commerce
6 8 (8.79%) Test Strategy
7 7 (7.69%) Case Management
7 7 (7.69%) CRM
7 7 (7.69%) Functional Testing
7 7 (7.69%) Manual Testing
8 6 (6.59%) Acceptance Criteria
8 6 (6.59%) Open Source
8 6 (6.59%) Scenario Testing
8 6 (6.59%) Software Testing
8 6 (6.59%) System Testing
9 5 (5.49%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.48%) SQL
2 12 (13.19%) Java
3 11 (12.09%) C#
4 7 (7.69%) Groovy
5 6 (6.59%) JavaScript
5 6 (6.59%) Scala
6 4 (4.40%) PHP
7 2 (2.20%) ANSI SQL
7 2 (2.20%) Python
8 1 (1.10%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.10%) C
Qualifications
1 14 (15.38%) ISEB
2 11 (12.09%) ISTQB
3 7 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (4.40%) CCNA
4 4 (4.40%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (2.20%) Degree
6 1 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (18.68%) QA
2 1 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (2.20%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.20%) VirtualBox
Vendors
1 8 (8.79%) Cisco
2 5 (5.49%) SAP
3 3 (3.30%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.30%) Workday
4 2 (2.20%) Oracle
4 2 (2.20%) Siebel
4 2 (2.20%) TIBCO
5 1 (1.10%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.10%) Cypress Semiconductor
5 1 (1.10%) Google
5 1 (1.10%) HP
5 1 (1.10%) Twitter
5 1 (1.10%) Xamarin