Period
to 18 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £308 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 151 109 99
Rank change year-on-year -42 -10 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 69 90 145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.13% 1.59% 1.89%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.18% 1.69% 1.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 55 99
North West median daily rate £308 £300 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% -6.25% +10.82%
10th Percentile £240 £110 £206
90th Percentile £388 £425 £382
England median daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year +3.70% +3.85% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
North West median hourly rate £65.00 £21.20 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +206.60% -3.64% -4.35%
10th Percentile £57.50 £20.58 £20.50
90th Percentile £72.50 £21.83 £24.50
England median hourly rate £107.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +186.67% +13.64% +7.32%

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 5,830 5,339 7,290
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.06% 94.36% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,624 3,239 4,447
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £225 £247
90th Percentile £575 £545 £539
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 287 306
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £21.50 £18.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.60% +13.20% +2.88%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.28
90th Percentile £51.25 £51.50 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% +8.57%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 -40 28 £325 +30.65% 18
Cheshire -2 21 £288 -14.81% 12
Merseyside +12 7 £338 -11.48% 2
Lancashire -8 4 £431 - 4
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 39 (56.52%) Test Automation
2 28 (40.58%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (36.23%) Selenium
4 16 (23.19%) ISEB
5 15 (21.74%) Test Scripting
6 14 (20.29%) SQL
6 14 (20.29%) Scrum
6 14 (20.29%) API Testing
7 13 (18.84%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (18.84%) QA
8 12 (17.39%) Finance
9 11 (15.94%) SOAP
9 11 (15.94%) Web Services
10 10 (14.49%) Java
10 10 (14.49%) JIRA
10 10 (14.49%) ISTQB
10 10 (14.49%) Kanban
10 10 (14.49%) Scenario Testing
11 9 (13.04%) SDLC
11 9 (13.04%) SoapUI
12 8 (11.59%) Retail
13 7 (10.14%) Groovy
13 7 (10.14%) Scala
13 7 (10.14%) Open Source
14 6 (8.70%) Waterfall
14 6 (8.70%) Cucumber
14 6 (8.70%) Web Testing
14 6 (8.70%) JMeter
14 6 (8.70%) E-Commerce
14 6 (8.70%) Functional Testing

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:

Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (4.35%) SAP FI
2 2 (2.90%) Visualfiles
3 1 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.45%) SAP BPC
3 1 (1.45%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.35%) BrowserStack
2 1 (1.45%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.90%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.45%) Big Data
2 1 (1.45%) DB2
2 1 (1.45%) MySQL
2 1 (1.45%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.45%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 25 (36.23%) Selenium
2 10 (14.49%) JIRA
3 9 (13.04%) SoapUI
4 6 (8.70%) Cucumber
4 6 (8.70%) JMeter
5 5 (7.25%) Jenkins
6 3 (4.35%) Appium
6 3 (4.35%) LoadRunner
6 3 (4.35%) NUnit
7 2 (2.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (2.90%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (2.90%) Protractor
7 2 (2.90%) PyUnit
7 2 (2.90%) Ranorex
7 2 (2.90%) Robot Framework
7 2 (2.90%) SilkTest
7 2 (2.90%) SpecFlow
7 2 (2.90%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.45%) Katalon Studio
8 1 (1.45%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 12 (17.39%) Finance
2 8 (11.59%) Retail
3 4 (5.80%) Banking
4 3 (4.35%) Legal
5 1 (1.45%) Advertising
5 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.45%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.94%) SOAP
1 11 (15.94%) Web Services
2 3 (4.35%) XML
3 2 (2.90%) .NET
3 2 (2.90%) Gherkin
3 2 (2.90%) JSON
4 1 (1.45%) CSS
4 1 (1.45%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (1.45%) HTML
4 1 (1.45%) React
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (4.35%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.90%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.90%) Mainframe
2 2 (2.90%) Mobile Banking
2 2 (2.90%) Smartphone
3 1 (1.45%) EPoS
3 1 (1.45%) Life Science
3 1 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.45%) Android
1 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
1 1 (1.45%) Linux
1 1 (1.45%) Unix
1 1 (1.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (56.52%) Test Automation
2 28 (40.58%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (21.74%) Test Scripting
4 14 (20.29%) API Testing
4 14 (20.29%) Scrum
5 13 (18.84%) User Acceptance Testing
6 10 (14.49%) Kanban
6 10 (14.49%) Scenario Testing
7 9 (13.04%) SDLC
8 7 (10.14%) Open Source
9 6 (8.70%) Defect Management
9 6 (8.70%) E-Commerce
9 6 (8.70%) Functional Testing
9 6 (8.70%) System Integration Testing
9 6 (8.70%) Waterfall
9 6 (8.70%) Web Testing
10 5 (7.25%) Manual Testing
10 5 (7.25%) Problem-Solving
11 4 (5.80%) BDD
11 4 (5.80%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 14 (20.29%) SQL
2 10 (14.49%) Java
3 7 (10.14%) Groovy
3 7 (10.14%) Scala
4 5 (7.25%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.80%) C#
6 3 (4.35%) Python
7 2 (2.90%) ANSI SQL
7 2 (2.90%) C
8 1 (1.45%) PHP
Qualifications
1 16 (23.19%) ISEB
2 10 (14.49%) ISTQB
3 5 (7.25%) Degree
3 5 (7.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.90%) HND
5 1 (1.45%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (18.84%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.90%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.90%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 4 (5.80%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.45%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 5 (7.25%) SAP
2 3 (4.35%) HP
2 3 (4.35%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.35%) Oracle
2 3 (4.35%) Siebel
2 3 (4.35%) TIBCO
3 1 (1.45%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.45%) Google
3 1 (1.45%) Twitter
3 1 (1.45%) Workday