Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 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.

Test Analyst
England > North West
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 100 128 60
Rank change year-on-year +28 -68 +54
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 105 104 239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.85% 1.51% 2.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.95% 1.60% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 66 161
North West median daily rate £300 £300 £300
10th Percentile £203 £174 £213
90th Percentile £376 £388 £419
England median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 1
North West median hourly rate - £23.97 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +4.20% -27.11%
England median hourly rate £40.00 £35.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year +11.89% +43.00% -3.85%

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 5392 6506 8112
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.36% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3395 4186 4845
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £234
90th Percentile £588 £550 £571
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 240 403
North West median hourly rate £18.75 £16.11 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.41% -21.43% +28.13%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.04 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.91 £50.06
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%

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 November 2017.

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 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 +1 44 £300 - 3
Cheshire +29 30 £310 +13.76%
Merseyside +8 16 £313 +0.81%
Lancashire +7 1 - - 2
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, 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 46 (43.81%) Test Automation
2 37 (35.24%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (29.52%) Finance
4 27 (25.71%) SQL
5 26 (24.76%) JIRA
6 25 (23.81%) Selenium
7 24 (22.86%) User Acceptance Testing
8 23 (21.90%) Test Scripting
9 21 (20.00%) Java
10 20 (19.05%) Software Testing
11 17 (16.19%) Cucumber
12 15 (14.29%) Performance Testing
12 15 (14.29%) C#
12 15 (14.29%) ISEB
13 14 (13.33%) ISTQB
13 14 (13.33%) Banking
14 13 (12.38%) Manual Testing
14 13 (12.38%) Test Strategy
15 12 (11.43%) QA
15 12 (11.43%) Scrum
16 11 (10.48%) Regression Testing
16 11 (10.48%) .NET
16 11 (10.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 10 (9.52%) SoapUI
17 10 (9.52%) Functional Testing
17 10 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
17 10 (9.52%) WebDriver
17 10 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
17 10 (9.52%) HP
17 10 (9.52%) Migration

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 (1.90%) CICS
1 2 (1.90%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.95%) Confluence
2 1 (0.95%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.95%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Cognos Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.95%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.95%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.86%) GitHub
2 1 (0.95%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.86%) PuTTY
1 3 (2.86%) WinSCP
2 2 (1.90%) Internet
3 1 (0.95%) 802.15
3 1 (0.95%) DNS
3 1 (0.95%) IPv6
3 1 (0.95%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (5.71%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.76%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.86%) MySQL
5 2 (1.90%) DB2
5 2 (1.90%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.95%) Big Data
6 1 (0.95%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (24.76%) JIRA
2 25 (23.81%) Selenium
3 17 (16.19%) Cucumber
4 10 (9.52%) SoapUI
4 10 (9.52%) WebDriver
5 8 (7.62%) SpecFlow
6 6 (5.71%) Jenkins
7 5 (4.76%) JMeter
8 4 (3.81%) HP UFT
8 4 (3.81%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.86%) Ant
9 3 (2.86%) TortoiseSVN
9 3 (2.86%) WATIR
10 2 (1.90%) Eclipse
10 2 (1.90%) IntelliJ
10 2 (1.90%) JUnit
10 2 (1.90%) TestNG
10 2 (1.90%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.95%) eggPlant
11 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 31 (29.52%) Finance
2 14 (13.33%) Banking
3 7 (6.67%) Manufacturing
4 5 (4.76%) Retail
5 4 (3.81%) Games
5 4 (3.81%) Marketing
5 4 (3.81%) Retail Banking
6 3 (2.86%) Legal
7 2 (1.90%) Automotive
7 2 (1.90%) Billing
8 1 (0.95%) Back Office
8 1 (0.95%) Law
8 1 (0.95%) Russian Language
8 1 (0.95%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.48%) .NET
2 7 (6.67%) Gherkin
3 6 (5.71%) Web Services
4 4 (3.81%) Node.js
4 4 (3.81%) SOAP
5 2 (1.90%) REST
6 1 (0.95%) 802.1X
6 1 (0.95%) WebdriverIO
6 1 (0.95%) WPF
6 1 (0.95%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.71%) Computer Science
2 6 (5.71%) Mainframe
3 3 (2.86%) Credit Risk
4 2 (1.90%) NHS
4 2 (1.90%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.95%) AS400
5 1 (0.95%) EPoS
5 1 (0.95%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.95%) Internet of Things
5 1 (0.95%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.95%) Online Games
5 1 (0.95%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.90%) OS/390
2 1 (0.95%) Linux
2 1 (0.95%) Unix
2 1 (0.95%) Windows
2 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (43.81%) Test Automation
2 37 (35.24%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (22.86%) User Acceptance Testing
4 23 (21.90%) Test Scripting
5 20 (19.05%) Software Testing
6 15 (14.29%) Performance Testing
7 13 (12.38%) Manual Testing
7 13 (12.38%) Test Strategy
8 12 (11.43%) Scrum
9 11 (10.48%) Regression Testing
10 10 (9.52%) Functional Testing
10 10 (9.52%) Migration
10 10 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
11 9 (8.57%) Waterfall
12 8 (7.62%) Stakeholder Management
12 8 (7.62%) System Integration Testing
13 7 (6.67%) API Testing
13 7 (6.67%) Data Protection
14 6 (5.71%) Kanban
14 6 (5.71%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (25.71%) SQL
2 21 (20.00%) Java
3 15 (14.29%) C#
4 6 (5.71%) VBScript
5 3 (2.86%) F#
5 3 (2.86%) PHP
5 3 (2.86%) Ruby
6 2 (1.90%) Assembly Language
6 2 (1.90%) COBOL
6 2 (1.90%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.90%) JCL
7 1 (0.95%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.95%) VB
7 1 (0.95%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 15 (14.29%) ISEB
2 14 (13.33%) ISTQB
3 11 (10.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (8.57%) Degree
5 4 (3.81%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (3.81%) MCSA
5 4 (3.81%) MCSE
5 4 (3.81%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.90%) ACCA
6 2 (1.90%) CIMA
7 1 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.95%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.95%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (11.43%) QA
2 1 (0.95%) MiFID
2 1 (0.95%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (1.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (8.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (9.52%) HP
2 5 (4.76%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.76%) Oracle
3 4 (3.81%) Fortinet
4 3 (2.86%) Siebel
5 2 (1.90%) Cognos
5 2 (1.90%) hybris
5 2 (1.90%) Tableau
6 1 (0.95%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.95%) Avaya
6 1 (0.95%) Capita
6 1 (0.95%) IBM
6 1 (0.95%) SAP
6 1 (0.95%) Sitecore