Period
to 25 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £315 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 25 February 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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 76 93 69
Rank change year-on-year +17 -24 +46
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 114 104 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.43% 1.99% 2.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.55% 2.10% 2.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 50 71
West Midlands median daily rate £315 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.45% +4.50%
10th Percentile £245 £212 £169
90th Percentile £413 £359 £375
England median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £43.50 - £20.00
England median hourly rate £96.75 £24.43 £25.00
% change year-on-year +296.03% -2.28% +11.11%

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 4,462 4,945 4,868
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.18% 94.62% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,789 3,012 2,715
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £213 £225 £224
90th Percentile £550 £538 £540
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 216 198
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.50 £17.19 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.65% +7.41% +1.52%
10th Percentile £9.91 £10.81 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £39.38 £35.90
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.39 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.69% -0.59% +11.06%

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 25 February 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 25 February 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
Birmingham +6 31 £300 +33.33% 9
Coventry +14 22 £300 +9.09% 2
Warwickshire 0 19 £357 +12.73% 3
Shropshire +1 11 £275 -
Staffordshire -6 6 - - 2
Solihull +7 2 £340 -9.33% 1
Kingswinford 0 2 £375 +20.97% 1
Worcestershire +1 1 £300 +34.83% 1
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 48 (42.11%) Test Scripting
2 42 (36.84%) Test Automation
3 40 (35.09%) SQL
4 38 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (21.93%) User Acceptance Testing
6 24 (21.05%) Selenium
7 23 (20.18%) Java
8 21 (18.42%) Finance
9 20 (17.54%) Manual Testing
10 19 (16.67%) Functional Testing
11 18 (15.79%) ISTQB
12 17 (14.91%) ISEB
12 17 (14.91%) XML
13 16 (14.04%) Unix
13 16 (14.04%) C#
13 16 (14.04%) BDD
14 15 (13.16%) Windows
14 15 (13.16%) Regression Testing
14 15 (13.16%) QA
15 14 (12.28%) Integration Testing
15 14 (12.28%) Retail
15 14 (12.28%) HP Quality Center
16 13 (11.40%) Scenario Testing
16 13 (11.40%) Oracle
17 12 (10.53%) Migration
17 12 (10.53%) HP
17 12 (10.53%) Banking
17 12 (10.53%) JIRA
17 12 (10.53%) HP ALM
18 11 (9.65%) System 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 8 (7.02%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.75%) Confluence
3 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.88%) Actimize
2 1 (0.88%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.88%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
1 2 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.75%) Slack
2 1 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.88%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.75%) FTP
2 1 (0.88%) Internet
2 1 (0.88%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.26%) SQL Server
1 6 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 5 (4.39%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (3.51%) Oracle Database
3 4 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.88%) Power BI
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 24 (21.05%) Selenium
2 12 (10.53%) JIRA
3 10 (8.77%) SoapUI
3 10 (8.77%) SpecFlow
3 10 (8.77%) Visual Studio
4 8 (7.02%) Toad
5 6 (5.26%) Cucumber
5 6 (5.26%) WebDriver
6 5 (4.39%) JMeter
7 4 (3.51%) HP UFT
8 3 (2.63%) JUnit
9 2 (1.75%) Gatling
9 2 (1.75%) JProfiler
9 2 (1.75%) TestRail
10 1 (0.88%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.88%) NeoLoad
10 1 (0.88%) RSpec
10 1 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (18.42%) Finance
2 14 (12.28%) Retail
3 12 (10.53%) Banking
4 9 (7.89%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.63%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.88%) Automotive
6 1 (0.88%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.88%) Games
6 1 (0.88%) Law
6 1 (0.88%) Legal
6 1 (0.88%) Vietnamese Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (14.91%) XML
2 4 (3.51%) SOAP
2 4 (3.51%) Web Services
3 3 (2.63%) XML Messaging
4 2 (1.75%) .NET
4 2 (1.75%) Ajax
4 2 (1.75%) CSS
4 2 (1.75%) Gherkin
4 2 (1.75%) HTML
4 2 (1.75%) JSON
4 2 (1.75%) REST
4 2 (1.75%) Velocity
5 1 (0.88%) XML Schema
5 1 (0.88%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.77%) Smart Meter
2 4 (3.51%) User Experience
3 3 (2.63%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.75%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.75%) EPoS
4 2 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (1.75%) Robotics
5 1 (0.88%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.88%) Derivative
5 1 (0.88%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.88%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.88%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 16 (14.04%) Unix
2 15 (13.16%) Windows
3 1 (0.88%) Android
3 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (42.11%) Test Scripting
2 42 (36.84%) Test Automation
3 38 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (21.93%) User Acceptance Testing
5 20 (17.54%) Manual Testing
6 19 (16.67%) Functional Testing
7 16 (14.04%) BDD
8 15 (13.16%) Regression Testing
9 14 (12.28%) Integration Testing
10 13 (11.40%) Scenario Testing
11 12 (10.53%) Migration
12 11 (9.65%) System Testing
13 10 (8.77%) Customer Requirements
13 10 (8.77%) Performance Testing
13 10 (8.77%) System Integration Testing
14 9 (7.89%) TDD
15 8 (7.02%) Defect Management
15 8 (7.02%) Unit Testing
16 7 (6.14%) Non-Functional Testing
16 7 (6.14%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 40 (35.09%) SQL
2 23 (20.18%) Java
3 16 (14.04%) C#
4 5 (4.39%) VB
4 5 (4.39%) VBScript
5 4 (3.51%) T-SQL
6 3 (2.63%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.75%) Perl
7 2 (1.75%) Python
8 1 (0.88%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.88%) Ruby
8 1 (0.88%) Scala
Qualifications
1 18 (15.79%) ISTQB
2 17 (14.91%) ISEB
3 5 (4.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (2.63%) Degree
5 2 (1.75%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.75%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (13.16%) QA
2 2 (1.75%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.88%) SEPA
3 1 (0.88%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 14 (12.28%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (10.53%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 13 (11.40%) Oracle
2 12 (10.53%) HP
3 10 (8.77%) Microsoft
4 8 (7.02%) webMethods
5 2 (1.75%) Blue Prism
5 2 (1.75%) Demandware
6 1 (0.88%) Aderant
6 1 (0.88%) Capita
6 1 (0.88%) Kronos
6 1 (0.88%) Reuters
6 1 (0.88%) SAP