Period
to 25 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £338 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 September 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
UK
6 months to
25 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 171 165 107
Rank change year-on-year -6 -58 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 1498 1736 2367
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.53% 1.64% 2.08%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.61% 1.73% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1016 1184 1576
UK median daily rate £338 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% - +4.84%
10th Percentile £250 £240 £226
90th Percentile £488 £450 £442
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £313 £310
% change year-on-year +0.80% +0.81% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 23 14
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £24.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +56.25% -8.57% -18.04%
10th Percentile £18.85 £12.84 £14.91
90th Percentile £40.00 £42.00 £40.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +56.25% -4.00% -21.94%

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 93071 100460 108246
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.80% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60873 65596 68611
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2784 3160 4129
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.67% +5.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.44 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.26 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +5.42%

Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Analyst.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Analyst over the 6 months to 25 September 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Analyst in the UK

Test Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Analyst over the 6 months to 25 September 2017.

Contractor 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 25 September 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
England -9 1292 £350 +7.69% 88
UK excluding London -10 981 £315 +0.80% 76
London -25 486 £400 +6.67% 17
South East -22 229 £336 -2.11% 17
North of England +14 187 £311 +0.81% 25
Midlands +21 177 £313 +0.81% 10
Scotland +5 160 £289 -6.85% 4
South West +15 153 £300 - 12
West Midlands +26 122 £315 +5.00% 8
North West +18 107 £310 +1.22% 11
Yorkshire -2 58 £313 - 12
East Midlands -9 48 £284 -8.47% 2
East of England -38 48 £325 +8.33% 7
Wales -17 25 £345 +15.00% 1
North East +44 20 £325 +8.33% 2
Northern Ireland -52 1 £300 -7.69%

Test Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 featuring Test Analyst in the job title.

1 574 (38.32%) Test Automation
2 572 (38.18%) Agile Software Development
3 464 (30.97%) Test Scripting
4 400 (26.70%) SQL
5 367 (24.50%) Finance
6 354 (23.63%) User Acceptance Testing
7 282 (18.83%) ISTQB
8 281 (18.76%) Selenium
9 279 (18.62%) Banking
10 267 (17.82%) JIRA
11 256 (17.09%) ISEB
12 242 (16.15%) Java
13 219 (14.62%) Scenario Testing
14 199 (13.28%) QA
15 195 (13.02%) HP
16 192 (12.82%) Software Testing
17 186 (12.42%) Functional Testing
18 178 (11.88%) HP Quality Center
19 175 (11.68%) Regression Testing
20 166 (11.08%) Retail
20 166 (11.08%) Test Strategy
21 156 (10.41%) Manual Testing
22 154 (10.28%) Migration
23 143 (9.55%) Defect Management
24 139 (9.28%) Scrum
25 135 (9.01%) SoapUI
26 128 (8.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
27 127 (8.48%) BDD
28 124 (8.28%) Cucumber
29 116 (7.74%) Oracle

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 64 (4.27%) Confluence
2 24 (1.60%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.13%) SAS
3 17 (1.13%) WebSphere
4 15 (1.00%) CMS
5 11 (0.73%) WebLogic
6 10 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
6 10 (0.67%) JCAPS
7 5 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 5 (0.33%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.33%) CICS
7 5 (0.33%) IIS
7 5 (0.33%) JBoss
8 4 (0.27%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.20%) ColdFusion
9 3 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.13%) Documentum
11 1 (0.067%) Apache
11 1 (0.067%) MQSeries
11 1 (0.067%) Tomcat
Applications
1 59 (3.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (0.93%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.20%) Mingle
7 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.067%) Simulink
8 1 (0.067%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 32 (2.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (1.54%) Markit EDM
3 8 (0.53%) Maximo
3 8 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
4 6 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
4 6 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 6 (0.40%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (0.33%) TRIRIGA
5 5 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
6 4 (0.27%) SAP CO
6 4 (0.27%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
6 4 (0.27%) SAP MM
7 3 (0.20%) Oracle ASCP
7 3 (0.20%) SAP PM
8 2 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.13%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 18 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (0.80%) SaaS
3 10 (0.67%) Office 365
4 9 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.33%) BrowserStack
7 5 (0.33%) GitHub
8 4 (0.27%) PaaS
9 3 (0.20%) Adobe Analytics
9 3 (0.20%) Taleo
10 2 (0.13%) Boomi
10 2 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.067%) FinancialForce.com
11 1 (0.067%) Force.com
11 1 (0.067%) iPaaS
11 1 (0.067%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.40%) Internet
2 18 (1.20%) LTE
3 17 (1.13%) Wireless
4 15 (1.00%) 4G
5 8 (0.53%) PuTTY
5 8 (0.53%) WinSCP
6 6 (0.40%) SMS
6 6 (0.40%) Wireshark
7 5 (0.33%) Firewall
7 5 (0.33%) HTTP
8 3 (0.20%) DNS
8 3 (0.20%) LAN
8 3 (0.20%) SAN
9 2 (0.13%) BGP
9 2 (0.13%) DHCP
9 2 (0.13%) DSL
9 2 (0.13%) SDH
9 2 (0.13%) VoIP
9 2 (0.13%) WAN
9 2 (0.13%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (5.74%) SQL Server
2 65 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
3 35 (2.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (1.67%) Big Data
5 22 (1.47%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.13%) Hadoop
7 15 (1.00%) Relational Database
8 14 (0.93%) Oracle BI EE
9 13 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 8 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
10 8 (0.53%) DB2
11 7 (0.47%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (0.40%) Apache Hive
12 6 (0.40%) MySQL
13 5 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
13 5 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
13 5 (0.33%) Pentaho
13 5 (0.33%) SQL Server 2012
13 5 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 281 (18.76%) Selenium
2 267 (17.82%) JIRA
3 135 (9.01%) SoapUI
4 124 (8.28%) Cucumber
5 87 (5.81%) WebDriver
6 83 (5.54%) JMeter
7 78 (5.21%) Team Foundation Server
8 72 (4.81%) HP UFT
9 67 (4.47%) Jenkins
10 63 (4.21%) SpecFlow
11 52 (3.47%) Visual Studio
12 50 (3.34%) LoadRunner
13 33 (2.20%) Git (software)
14 29 (1.94%) LoadUI
15 27 (1.80%) JUnit
16 22 (1.47%) Zephyr
17 20 (1.34%) TeamCity
18 18 (1.20%) Appium
18 18 (1.20%) Gatling
19 15 (1.00%) Protractor
General
1 367 (24.50%) Finance
2 279 (18.62%) Banking
3 166 (11.08%) Retail
4 99 (6.61%) Retail Banking
5 49 (3.27%) Investment Banking
6 38 (2.54%) Telecoms
7 29 (1.94%) Front Office
8 21 (1.40%) Publishing
9 19 (1.27%) Legal
10 17 (1.13%) Manufacturing
11 16 (1.07%) Back Office
12 15 (1.00%) Billing
13 14 (0.93%) Marketing
14 10 (0.67%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.53%) Automotive
15 8 (0.53%) Games
16 7 (0.47%) Private Banking
17 6 (0.40%) Law
18 5 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
19 4 (0.27%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (6.14%) .NET
2 68 (4.54%) Web Services
3 66 (4.41%) SOAP
4 61 (4.07%) XML
5 33 (2.20%) Gherkin
6 32 (2.14%) REST
7 26 (1.74%) HTML
8 23 (1.54%) JSON
9 20 (1.34%) Middleware
10 15 (1.00%) AngularJS
11 13 (0.87%) RESTful
11 13 (0.87%) XSLT
12 10 (0.67%) CSS
12 10 (0.67%) FIX Protocol
12 10 (0.67%) IBM Integration Bus
13 9 (0.60%) J2EE
13 9 (0.60%) Kafka
13 9 (0.60%) RESTEasy
14 7 (0.47%) .NET Framework
14 7 (0.47%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 101 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (3.07%) Mobile App
3 37 (2.47%) Credit Risk
3 37 (2.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 28 (1.87%) Derivative
5 26 (1.74%) Smart Meter
6 23 (1.54%) Fixed Income
7 20 (1.34%) User Experience
8 17 (1.13%) Equities
8 17 (1.13%) NHS
9 16 (1.07%) Computer Science
10 14 (0.93%) OTC Derivatives
11 13 (0.87%) Management Information System
12 12 (0.80%) Client/Server
13 9 (0.60%) EPoS
13 9 (0.60%) Reference Data
14 8 (0.53%) Data Centre
14 8 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
14 8 (0.53%) Mainframe
15 5 (0.33%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 68 (4.54%) Windows
2 61 (4.07%) Unix
3 47 (3.14%) Linux
4 14 (0.93%) Android
5 13 (0.87%) Apple iOS
6 10 (0.67%) Windows 10
6 10 (0.67%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.13%) AIX
9 2 (0.13%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.13%) OS/390
9 2 (0.13%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.067%) CentOS
10 1 (0.067%) OpenVMS
10 1 (0.067%) Solaris
10 1 (0.067%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.067%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 574 (38.32%) Test Automation
2 572 (38.18%) Agile Software Development
3 464 (30.97%) Test Scripting
4 354 (23.63%) User Acceptance Testing
5 219 (14.62%) Scenario Testing
6 192 (12.82%) Software Testing
7 186 (12.42%) Functional Testing
8 175 (11.68%) Regression Testing
9 166 (11.08%) Test Strategy
10 156 (10.41%) Manual Testing
11 154 (10.28%) Migration
12 143 (9.55%) Defect Management
13 139 (9.28%) Scrum
14 127 (8.48%) BDD
15 116 (7.74%) Integration Testing
16 103 (6.88%) System Integration Testing
17 101 (6.74%) Performance Testing
18 96 (6.41%) Test Management
19 92 (6.14%) Waterfall
20 89 (5.94%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 400 (26.70%) SQL
2 242 (16.15%) Java
3 100 (6.68%) C#
4 70 (4.67%) Python
5 55 (3.67%) JavaScript
6 22 (1.47%) VBScript
7 21 (1.40%) Ruby
8 17 (1.13%) C++
8 17 (1.13%) Groovy
9 16 (1.07%) PL/SQL
10 14 (0.93%) PHP
11 13 (0.87%) Scala
11 13 (0.87%) VBA
12 11 (0.73%) T-SQL
13 10 (0.67%) F#
14 9 (0.60%) PowerShell
14 9 (0.60%) Shell Script
14 9 (0.60%) VB
15 8 (0.53%) C
16 6 (0.40%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 282 (18.83%) ISTQB
2 256 (17.09%) ISEB
3 128 (8.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 94 (6.28%) Security Cleared
5 65 (4.34%) Degree
6 57 (3.81%) SC Cleared
7 20 (1.34%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (0.60%) DV Cleared
8 9 (0.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 9 (0.60%) Numerate Degree
9 8 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (0.53%) ISEB Practitioner
10 6 (0.40%) MCSA
10 6 (0.40%) MCSE
10 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.13%) CCNA
11 2 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.13%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.067%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.067%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 199 (13.28%) QA
2 40 (2.67%) MiFID
3 14 (0.93%) HL7
3 14 (0.93%) IFRS
4 13 (0.87%) EMIR
5 12 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
6 11 (0.73%) IFRS 9
7 10 (0.67%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.60%) Basel II
8 9 (0.60%) Dodd-Frank
9 6 (0.40%) PMO
10 4 (0.27%) AIFMD
10 4 (0.27%) TickIT
11 3 (0.20%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.13%) WCAG
13 1 (0.067%) Basel III
13 1 (0.067%) FATCA
13 1 (0.067%) ISO 9000
13 1 (0.067%) SLA
13 1 (0.067%) Solvency II
System Software
1 11 (0.73%) Active Directory
2 10 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.47%) vSphere
4 5 (0.33%) Docker
5 3 (0.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 2 (0.13%) Time Sharing Option
7 1 (0.067%) Firmware
7 1 (0.067%) HDFS
7 1 (0.067%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.067%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.067%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.067%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.067%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.067%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 178 (11.88%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.33%) SCCM
3 4 (0.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 4 (0.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.20%) Ansible
4 3 (0.20%) IBM BigFix
4 3 (0.20%) Kibana
4 3 (0.20%) Netcool
4 3 (0.20%) Tivoli
5 2 (0.13%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.067%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.067%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.067%) HockeyApp
6 1 (0.067%) logstash
6 1 (0.067%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.067%) OpenView
6 1 (0.067%) Puppet
6 1 (0.067%) Terraform
6 1 (0.067%) vRealize
Vendors
1 195 (13.02%) HP
2 116 (7.74%) Oracle
3 105 (7.01%) Microsoft
4 57 (3.81%) SAP
5 25 (1.67%) VMware
6 23 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
7 19 (1.27%) IBM
8 13 (0.87%) Charles River
8 13 (0.87%) Motorola
9 12 (0.80%) ServiceNow
10 10 (0.67%) Fiorano
10 10 (0.67%) Google
10 10 (0.67%) Workday
11 9 (0.60%) InterSystems
12 8 (0.53%) Citrix
12 8 (0.53%) Murex
13 7 (0.47%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.47%) Sybase
13 7 (0.47%) Teradata
14 6 (0.40%) Tradeweb