Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 135 137 68
Rank change year-on-year +2 -69 +53
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 70 70 220
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.30% 1.16% 2.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.23% 2.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 44 145
North West median daily rate £300 £313 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +4.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £213 £173 £211
90th Percentile £373 £418 £398
England median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - +3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
North West median hourly rate - £44.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +35.38% +2.99%
England median hourly rate £28.25 £37.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -24.67% +50.00% -4.76%

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 5,151 5,694 7,959
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.65% 94.33% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,285 3,669 4,802
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £235 £236 £225
90th Percentile £597 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 215 396
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £21.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -18.22% +29.70%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.02 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.29 £46.40 £47.71
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.39 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.75% -0.61% +12.12%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 -15 25 £305 +18.45% 19
Cheshire +9 21 £308 -12.14% 6
Merseyside +21 11 £294 -9.62% 3
Lancashire +2 1 - - 5
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 Test Analyst in the job title.

1 29 (41.43%) Test Automation
2 24 (34.29%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (31.43%) Finance
4 18 (25.71%) Selenium
5 17 (24.29%) JIRA
5 17 (24.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 16 (22.86%) Test Scripting
6 16 (22.86%) SQL
7 14 (20.00%) Banking
8 13 (18.57%) Java
8 13 (18.57%) Cucumber
9 12 (17.14%) Manual Testing
10 11 (15.71%) Performance Testing
10 11 (15.71%) Software Testing
10 11 (15.71%) C#
11 10 (14.29%) Scrum
11 10 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
12 9 (12.86%) Waterfall
13 8 (11.43%) WebDriver
13 8 (11.43%) Test Strategy
13 8 (11.43%) Scenario Testing
13 8 (11.43%) Regression Testing
14 7 (10.00%) Manufacturing
14 7 (10.00%) ISTQB
14 7 (10.00%) Migration
14 7 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
14 7 (10.00%) QA
14 7 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
15 6 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
15 6 (8.57%) SpecFlow

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 2 (2.86%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.43%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 4 (5.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.43%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 2 (2.86%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (1.43%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.86%) GitHub
2 1 (1.43%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.29%) PuTTY
1 3 (4.29%) WinSCP
2 1 (1.43%) 802.15
2 1 (1.43%) DNS
2 1 (1.43%) Internet
2 1 (1.43%) IPv6
2 1 (1.43%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.29%) MySQL
3 2 (2.86%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.86%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.86%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.43%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 18 (25.71%) Selenium
2 17 (24.29%) JIRA
3 13 (18.57%) Cucumber
4 8 (11.43%) WebDriver
5 6 (8.57%) SpecFlow
6 4 (5.71%) JMeter
7 3 (4.29%) Ant
7 3 (4.29%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.29%) TortoiseSVN
7 3 (4.29%) WATIR
8 2 (2.86%) Eclipse
8 2 (2.86%) HP UFT
8 2 (2.86%) IntelliJ
8 2 (2.86%) JUnit
8 2 (2.86%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (2.86%) TestNG
9 1 (1.43%) eggPlant
9 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (1.43%) Toad
General
1 22 (31.43%) Finance
2 14 (20.00%) Banking
3 7 (10.00%) Manufacturing
4 4 (5.71%) Retail Banking
5 3 (4.29%) Legal
5 3 (4.29%) Marketing
5 3 (4.29%) Retail
6 2 (2.86%) Automotive
6 2 (2.86%) Billing
6 2 (2.86%) Law
7 1 (1.43%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.57%) .NET
2 4 (5.71%) Gherkin
3 3 (4.29%) Web Services
4 1 (1.43%) 802.1X
4 1 (1.43%) Node.js
4 1 (1.43%) WPF
4 1 (1.43%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.71%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.29%) Credit Risk
4 2 (2.86%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.86%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (2.86%) Smartphone
4 2 (2.86%) SWIFT
5 1 (1.43%) EPoS
5 1 (1.43%) Internet of Things
5 1 (1.43%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.43%) NHS
5 1 (1.43%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.86%) Unix
2 1 (1.43%) Linux
2 1 (1.43%) Windows
2 1 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (41.43%) Test Automation
2 24 (34.29%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (24.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (22.86%) Test Scripting
5 12 (17.14%) Manual Testing
6 11 (15.71%) Performance Testing
6 11 (15.71%) Software Testing
7 10 (14.29%) Scrum
8 9 (12.86%) Waterfall
9 8 (11.43%) Regression Testing
9 8 (11.43%) Scenario Testing
9 8 (11.43%) Test Strategy
10 7 (10.00%) Migration
10 7 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
11 5 (7.14%) Data Protection
11 5 (7.14%) Defect Management
11 5 (7.14%) Kanban
11 5 (7.14%) TDD
11 5 (7.14%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 16 (22.86%) SQL
2 13 (18.57%) Java
3 11 (15.71%) C#
4 6 (8.57%) VBScript
5 3 (4.29%) F#
5 3 (4.29%) PHP
5 3 (4.29%) Ruby
6 1 (1.43%) VB
6 1 (1.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (10.00%) ISTQB
2 6 (8.57%) ISEB
3 4 (5.71%) Degree
4 3 (4.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (2.86%) ACCA
5 2 (2.86%) CIMA
5 2 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.86%) MCSA
5 2 (2.86%) MCSE
5 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.00%) QA
2 1 (1.43%) PMO
Systems Management
1 6 (8.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.71%) HP
3 2 (2.86%) Cognos
3 2 (2.86%) Fortinet
3 2 (2.86%) Oracle
3 2 (2.86%) Tableau
4 1 (1.43%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.43%) Avaya
4 1 (1.43%) SAP
4 1 (1.43%) Sitecore