Period
to 14 July 2020

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 July 2020.

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
UK
6 months to
14 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 282 228 198
Rank change year-on-year -54 -30 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 336 1,156 1,490
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 1.24% 1.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 1.31% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 789 938
Median daily rate £375 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +2.94% +3.03%
10th Percentile £264 £263 £258
90th Percentile £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £338 £325
% change year-on-year +8.89% +3.85% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £34.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.45% +130.00% -46.62%
10th Percentile £23.95 £19.25 £12.72
90th Percentile £42.50 £44.10 £154.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.45% +130.00% -46.62%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 37,482 88,048 99,199
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.42% 94.53% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,433 57,957 64,943
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.80% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,521 2,917 3,206
Median hourly rate £22.61 £19.81 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.16% +10.03% -3.74%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.25 £48.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% -1.52%

Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Analyst.

Daily rate trend for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Analyst over the 6 months to 14 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Analyst.

Hourly rate trend for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Test Analyst over the 6 months to 14 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 14 July 2020. 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
England -59 286 £370 +5.71% 21
UK excluding London -44 242 £368 +8.89% 28
London 0 89 £425 +6.25% 1
South East +27 63 £375 +2.04% 8
South West -7 51 £358 +10.00% 2
Scotland +30 41 £388 +10.71% 5
North of England -29 36 £350 +7.69% 3
Midlands +25 33 £323 -0.77% 6
West Midlands +28 28 £331 +1.92% 5
North West +20 22 £350 - 1
East of England +38 16 £425 +13.33% 1
Work from Home -3 15 £325 -1.52%
Yorkshire +11 9 £300 -7.69% 1
East Midlands +42 5 £310 -4.62% 1
North East +6 5 £320 -0.78% 1
Wales +11 3 £300 -5.21% 3

Test Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 July 2020, 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 featuring Test Analyst in the job title.

1 148 (44.05%) Test Automation
2 135 (40.18%) Test Scripting
3 131 (38.99%) Agile Software Development
4 112 (33.33%) Selenium
5 101 (30.06%) JIRA
6 97 (28.87%) SQL
7 88 (26.19%) Security Cleared
8 82 (24.40%) User Acceptance Testing
9 72 (21.43%) Java
10 67 (19.94%) SC Cleared
11 63 (18.75%) ISEB
12 55 (16.37%) Finance
12 55 (16.37%) ISTQB
12 55 (16.37%) Public Sector
13 52 (15.48%) QA
14 51 (15.18%) Cucumber
15 50 (14.88%) Microsoft
16 46 (13.69%) Manual Testing
16 46 (13.69%) Functional Testing
17 45 (13.39%) DevOps
18 44 (13.10%) Scenario Testing
19 43 (12.80%) BDD
20 41 (12.20%) Jenkins
20 41 (12.20%) Non-Functional Testing
21 40 (11.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 37 (11.01%) Azure
22 37 (11.01%) Oracle
23 35 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
24 34 (10.12%) Test Strategy
25 33 (9.82%) Windows

Test Analyst Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 31 (9.23%) Confluence
2 12 (3.57%) WebLogic
3 6 (1.79%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.19%) Mule
4 4 (1.19%) SAS
5 3 (0.89%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.60%) JBoss
7 1 (0.30%) Apache
7 1 (0.30%) IIS
7 1 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 19 (5.65%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (4.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (4.76%) MS Visio
3 15 (4.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.19%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (2.08%) SAP FI-CA
2 5 (1.49%) Workday HCM
3 4 (1.19%) Maximo
4 3 (0.89%) PeopleSoft HCM
4 3 (0.89%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.60%) Infor SunSystems
5 2 (0.60%) Loan IQ
5 2 (0.60%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.60%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.60%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.30%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.30%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.30%) Sonata
6 1 (0.30%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.30%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 37 (11.01%) Azure
2 8 (2.38%) AWS
3 6 (1.79%) Power Platform
4 5 (1.49%) GCP
5 4 (1.19%) SuccessFactors
6 3 (0.89%) Boomi
6 3 (0.89%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (0.89%) GitHub
6 3 (0.89%) SaaS
7 2 (0.60%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.60%) PaaS
8 1 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.30%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.30%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.30%) BlazeMeter
8 1 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.30%) Office 365
8 1 (0.30%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 1 (0.30%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.89%) HTTP
1 3 (0.89%) Tactical Data Link
2 2 (0.60%) Intranet
3 1 (0.30%) 3G
3 1 (0.30%) BGP
3 1 (0.30%) Bluetooth
3 1 (0.30%) Internet
3 1 (0.30%) LAN
3 1 (0.30%) MPLS
3 1 (0.30%) OSPF
3 1 (0.30%) RIP
3 1 (0.30%) SSL
3 1 (0.30%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.30%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.30%) VPN
3 1 (0.30%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (6.55%) MongoDB
2 16 (4.76%) SQL Server
3 7 (2.08%) Apache Hive
3 7 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (2.08%) Hadoop
3 7 (2.08%) MySQL
3 7 (2.08%) Relational Database
4 6 (1.79%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (1.79%) Power BI
5 5 (1.49%) DB2
6 4 (1.19%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.89%) Big Data
7 3 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.60%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.60%) SAP Data Services
9 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.30%) BigQuery
9 1 (0.30%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.30%) Parquet
Development Applications
1 112 (33.33%) Selenium
2 101 (30.06%) JIRA
3 51 (15.18%) Cucumber
4 41 (12.20%) Jenkins
5 31 (9.23%) SoapUI
6 27 (8.04%) Postman
7 24 (7.14%) WebDriver
8 21 (6.25%) Git (software)
9 20 (5.95%) JMeter
10 16 (4.76%) Zephyr
11 12 (3.57%) Toad
12 8 (2.38%) Eclipse
12 8 (2.38%) REST Assured
13 7 (2.08%) HP UFT
14 6 (1.79%) JUnit
14 6 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
15 5 (1.49%) Gatling
15 5 (1.49%) LoadRunner
15 5 (1.49%) Visual Studio
16 4 (1.19%) Maven
General
1 55 (16.37%) Finance
1 55 (16.37%) Public Sector
2 14 (4.17%) Banking
3 13 (3.87%) Law
4 8 (2.38%) General Ledger
5 6 (1.79%) Retail
6 5 (1.49%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.19%) Back Office
7 4 (1.19%) Billing
7 4 (1.19%) Marketing
8 3 (0.89%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.89%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.60%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.60%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.30%) Advertising
10 1 (0.30%) Front Office
10 1 (0.30%) Games
10 1 (0.30%) Military
10 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (7.14%) XML
2 19 (5.65%) REST
3 15 (4.46%) Gherkin
3 15 (4.46%) SOAP
4 13 (3.87%) JSON
5 11 (3.27%) Web Services
6 7 (2.08%) RabbitMQ
7 6 (1.79%) HTML
7 6 (1.79%) JMS
7 6 (1.79%) Spring
8 5 (1.49%) RESTful
9 4 (1.19%) WireMock
10 3 (0.89%) .NET
10 3 (0.89%) AngularJS
10 3 (0.89%) CSS
10 3 (0.89%) Java EE
10 3 (0.89%) Middleware
10 3 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (0.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 2 (0.60%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 35 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (1.79%) Mobile App
3 5 (1.49%) EPoS
3 5 (1.49%) NHS
4 4 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (0.89%) Management Information System
5 3 (0.89%) User Experience
6 2 (0.60%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.60%) Data Structures
6 2 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (0.60%) SCORM
6 2 (0.60%) SWIFT
6 2 (0.60%) Virtual Team
6 2 (0.60%) W3C
7 1 (0.30%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.30%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.30%) Derivative
7 1 (0.30%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.30%) Online Banking
7 1 (0.30%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 33 (9.82%) Windows
2 28 (8.33%) Linux
3 22 (6.55%) Unix
4 7 (2.08%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.60%) Android
5 2 (0.60%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.30%) Solaris
6 1 (0.30%) VME
6 1 (0.30%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (0.30%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (44.05%) Test Automation
2 135 (40.18%) Test Scripting
3 131 (38.99%) Agile Software Development
4 82 (24.40%) User Acceptance Testing
5 46 (13.69%) Functional Testing
5 46 (13.69%) Manual Testing
6 45 (13.39%) DevOps
7 44 (13.10%) Scenario Testing
8 43 (12.80%) BDD
9 41 (12.20%) Non-Functional Testing
10 34 (10.12%) Test Strategy
11 33 (9.82%) Software Testing
12 32 (9.52%) Defect Management
13 31 (9.23%) Integration Testing
14 29 (8.63%) Scrum
15 28 (8.33%) API Testing
15 28 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
15 28 (8.33%) Regression Testing
16 26 (7.74%) System Integration Testing
17 25 (7.44%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 97 (28.87%) SQL
2 72 (21.43%) Java
3 16 (4.76%) C#
4 13 (3.87%) JavaScript
4 13 (3.87%) Python
5 7 (2.08%) Java 8
6 6 (1.79%) PL/SQL
7 4 (1.19%) Ruby
7 4 (1.19%) T-SQL
8 3 (0.89%) Perl
8 3 (0.89%) TypeScript
8 3 (0.89%) VBScript
9 2 (0.60%) Groovy
10 1 (0.30%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.30%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.30%) C
10 1 (0.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.30%) PHP
10 1 (0.30%) VB
10 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 88 (26.19%) Security Cleared
2 67 (19.94%) SC Cleared
3 63 (18.75%) ISEB
4 55 (16.37%) ISTQB
5 40 (11.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (2.98%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.19%) Degree
7 4 (1.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.60%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.30%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.30%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.30%) MCP
10 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.30%) OCP
10 1 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.30%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (15.48%) QA
2 3 (0.89%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (0.89%) PCI DSS
2 3 (0.89%) PSD2
3 2 (0.60%) WCAG
4 1 (0.30%) GDPR
4 1 (0.30%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.30%) MiFID
4 1 (0.30%) SEPA
System Software
1 7 (2.08%) Active Directory
1 7 (2.08%) HDFS
2 6 (1.79%) Docker
3 3 (0.89%) vSphere
4 1 (0.30%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 20 (5.95%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (2.68%) Ansible
3 7 (2.08%) Terraform
4 5 (1.49%) HP ALM
5 3 (0.89%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (0.89%) Puppet
6 2 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.30%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 50 (14.88%) Microsoft
2 37 (11.01%) Oracle
3 24 (7.14%) SAP
4 8 (2.38%) HP
5 7 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
5 7 (2.08%) webMethods
6 6 (1.79%) Concur
6 6 (1.79%) IBM
6 6 (1.79%) Workday
7 3 (0.89%) Ariba
7 3 (0.89%) Atlassian
7 3 (0.89%) Citrix
7 3 (0.89%) Databricks
7 3 (0.89%) Dell
7 3 (0.89%) Guidewire
7 3 (0.89%) PeopleSoft
8 2 (0.60%) Google
8 2 (0.60%) Murex
8 2 (0.60%) Sun
8 2 (0.60%) Talend