Period
to 22 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 22 September 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 98 64 89
Rank change year-on-year -34 +25 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 114 123 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.24% 2.74% 2.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.38% 2.89% 2.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 80 80
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £314 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.51% +4.58% -
10th Percentile £265 £256 £225
90th Percentile £438 £400 £388
England median daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +1.43% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £21.00 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year -44.01% +4.17% +37.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,780 4,253 5,958
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.11% 94.76% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,879 2,659 3,559
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +10.34%
10th Percentile £235 £220 £225
90th Percentile £575 £543 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 199 209
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.82% +13.33% -14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £33.75 £48.00 £40.00
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +6.92%

Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Analyst in the West Midlands

Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Analyst in the West Midlands

Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Analyst in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Analyst in the West Midlands

Test Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Analyst in the West Midlands

Test Analyst
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 September 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
Shropshire +11 55 £400 -24.53% 2
Coventry -5 19 £400 +23.08% 1
Birmingham -35 12 £344 +14.58% 5
Solihull -2 8 £288 - 5
Warwickshire -24 4 £360 +15.20%
Herefordshire -7 1 £265 -11.67% 2
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 £275 - 5
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 West Midlands region featuring Test Analyst in the job title.

1 69 (60.53%) SQL
2 68 (59.65%) Test Scripting
3 58 (50.88%) Java
4 57 (50.00%) XML
5 52 (45.61%) Unix
6 51 (44.74%) Oracle
7 50 (43.86%) ISTQB
8 49 (42.98%) ISEB
9 45 (39.47%) Agile Software Development
9 45 (39.47%) Customer Requirements
10 44 (38.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 44 (38.60%) Windows
11 41 (35.96%) Test Automation
12 30 (26.32%) WebLogic
12 30 (26.32%) webMethods
13 29 (25.44%) Selenium
14 27 (23.68%) Toad
15 26 (22.81%) JIRA
16 22 (19.30%) SoapUI
17 19 (16.67%) Gherkin
17 19 (16.67%) QA
18 17 (14.91%) Functional Testing
18 17 (14.91%) Cucumber
18 17 (14.91%) WebDriver
19 16 (14.04%) Scrum
20 15 (13.16%) Confluence
20 15 (13.16%) API Testing
21 14 (12.28%) System Integration Testing
21 14 (12.28%) Acceptance Criteria
21 14 (12.28%) Regression Testing

Test Analyst Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 30 (26.32%) WebLogic
2 15 (13.16%) Confluence
3 2 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (1.75%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.88%) Apache
Applications
1 6 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (4.39%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (6.14%) SAP FI-CA
1 7 (6.14%) SAP PSCD
2 5 (4.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.75%) Office 365
2 1 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.88%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.65%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.51%) MySQL
3 3 (2.63%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.75%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.88%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 29 (25.44%) Selenium
2 27 (23.68%) Toad
3 26 (22.81%) JIRA
4 22 (19.30%) SoapUI
5 17 (14.91%) Cucumber
5 17 (14.91%) WebDriver
6 11 (9.65%) SpecFlow
7 6 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (4.39%) Git (software)
8 5 (4.39%) Visual Studio
9 4 (3.51%) Subversion
10 3 (2.63%) JMeter
11 2 (1.75%) Eclipse
11 2 (1.75%) Jenkins
11 2 (1.75%) JUnit
12 1 (0.88%) Gatling
12 1 (0.88%) JIRA Agile
12 1 (0.88%) NeoLoad
12 1 (0.88%) WinAutomation
12 1 (0.88%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (7.02%) Finance
1 8 (7.02%) Retail
2 4 (3.51%) Banking
3 1 (0.88%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (50.00%) XML
2 19 (16.67%) Gherkin
3 13 (11.40%) Web Services
4 11 (9.65%) RabbitMQ
4 11 (9.65%) SOAP
5 9 (7.89%) RESTful
6 7 (6.14%) JSON
6 7 (6.14%) Velocity
7 4 (3.51%) JSON Schema
7 4 (3.51%) WSDL
7 4 (3.51%) XSD
8 2 (1.75%) CSS
8 2 (1.75%) HATEOAS
8 2 (1.75%) HTML
9 1 (0.88%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.88%) Spring
9 1 (0.88%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.14%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (6.14%) Mainframe
2 5 (4.39%) Data Centre
3 2 (1.75%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.75%) NHS
3 2 (1.75%) Robotics
4 1 (0.88%) PKI
4 1 (0.88%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 52 (45.61%) Unix
2 44 (38.60%) Windows
3 5 (4.39%) VME
4 4 (3.51%) Linux
4 4 (3.51%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.88%) Android
5 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (59.65%) Test Scripting
2 45 (39.47%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (39.47%) Customer Requirements
3 41 (35.96%) Test Automation
4 17 (14.91%) Functional Testing
5 16 (14.04%) Scrum
6 15 (13.16%) API Testing
7 14 (12.28%) Acceptance Criteria
7 14 (12.28%) Regression Testing
7 14 (12.28%) System Integration Testing
8 13 (11.40%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (11.40%) User Acceptance Testing
9 12 (10.53%) Defect Management
9 12 (10.53%) Microservices
9 12 (10.53%) System Testing
9 12 (10.53%) TDD
10 11 (9.65%) Kanban
10 11 (9.65%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 11 (9.65%) Waterfall
11 10 (8.77%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 69 (60.53%) SQL
2 58 (50.88%) Java
3 11 (9.65%) Groovy
4 10 (8.77%) C#
5 7 (6.14%) Scala
6 6 (5.26%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.88%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.88%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.88%) VBA
7 1 (0.88%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 50 (43.86%) ISTQB
2 49 (42.98%) ISEB
3 44 (38.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (8.77%) Security Cleared
5 9 (7.89%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (16.67%) QA
2 2 (1.75%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.75%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (0.88%) Docker
1 1 (0.88%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (3.51%) Ansible
2 2 (1.75%) HP ALM
2 2 (1.75%) logstash
3 1 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 51 (44.74%) Oracle
2 30 (26.32%) webMethods
3 14 (12.28%) Microsoft
3 14 (12.28%) SAP
4 4 (3.51%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.75%) AppDynamics
5 2 (1.75%) Blue Prism
5 2 (1.75%) HP
6 1 (0.88%) Cypress Semiconductor
6 1 (0.88%) Fujitsu
6 1 (0.88%) Google
6 1 (0.88%) ICL