Period
to 17 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Analyst was £374 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 84 77 88
Rank change year-on-year -7 +11 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Analyst 143 117 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.76% 2.43% 2.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.89% 2.56% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 81 65
West Midlands median daily rate £374 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.00% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £230
90th Percentile £450 £413 £378
England median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £43.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% - -
England median hourly rate £39.50 £28.25 £35.75
% change year-on-year +39.82% -20.98% +78.75%

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 4,944 4,572 5,533
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.35% 94.99% 94.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,068 2,911 3,336
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £237 £213 £228
90th Percentile £575 £540 £541
England median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 197 227
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £17.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.43% +16.67% -11.76%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.42 £10.00
90th Percentile £42.50 £46.15 £37.85
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% +1.21%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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 -10 59 £400 +5.26% 2
Birmingham -12 19 £338 +5.47% 5
Coventry -8 16 £425 +37.99% 1
Staffordshire - 9 £275 - 6
Warwickshire -12 7 £395 +12.86%
Solihull +2 5 £338 - 6
Wolverhampton - 3 £448 -
Kingswinford +5 1 - -
Test Analyst
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 78 (54.55%) SQL
2 67 (46.85%) Test Scripting
3 66 (46.15%) Java
4 64 (44.76%) XML
4 64 (44.76%) Agile Software Development
5 63 (44.06%) Oracle
6 59 (41.26%) Unix
7 52 (36.36%) Test Automation
8 48 (33.57%) Windows
8 48 (33.57%) ISTQB
9 45 (31.47%) ISEB
10 44 (30.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 44 (30.77%) Customer Requirements
11 37 (25.87%) SoapUI
12 32 (22.38%) Selenium
12 32 (22.38%) webMethods
12 32 (22.38%) WebLogic
13 29 (20.28%) JIRA
14 26 (18.18%) Toad
15 22 (15.38%) Performance Testing
16 21 (14.69%) Functional Testing
16 21 (14.69%) QA
17 20 (13.99%) SOAP
17 20 (13.99%) Test Strategy
17 20 (13.99%) API Testing
17 20 (13.99%) Defect Management
18 19 (13.29%) MongoDB
18 19 (13.29%) Confluence
18 19 (13.29%) Web Services
19 18 (12.59%) SAP

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 32 (22.38%) WebLogic
2 19 (13.29%) Confluence
3 5 (3.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (1.40%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.70%) Apache
5 1 (0.70%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (5.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (3.50%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 11 (7.69%) SAP FI-CA
1 11 (7.69%) SAP PSCD
2 2 (1.40%) assyst
3 1 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.70%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.70%) Lawson
3 1 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.70%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.40%) Office 365
2 1 (0.70%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.40%) BIG-IP
2 1 (0.70%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (13.29%) MongoDB
2 13 (9.09%) SQL Server
3 6 (4.20%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (4.20%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (2.80%) MySQL
5 2 (1.40%) Big Data
5 2 (1.40%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.70%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.70%) Base SAS
6 1 (0.70%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.70%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.70%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 37 (25.87%) SoapUI
2 32 (22.38%) Selenium
3 29 (20.28%) JIRA
4 26 (18.18%) Toad
5 18 (12.59%) Cucumber
6 12 (8.39%) WebDriver
7 10 (6.99%) Git (software)
7 10 (6.99%) JMeter
8 8 (5.59%) Jenkins
9 6 (4.20%) SpecFlow
9 6 (4.20%) Visual Studio
10 5 (3.50%) LoadRunner
11 4 (2.80%) Subversion
12 3 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
13 2 (1.40%) Eclipse
13 2 (1.40%) NeoLoad
13 2 (1.40%) Visual Studio Team System
14 1 (0.70%) HP UFT
14 1 (0.70%) JUnit
14 1 (0.70%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (5.59%) Finance
2 6 (4.20%) Retail
3 4 (2.80%) Banking
4 1 (0.70%) Law
4 1 (0.70%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (44.76%) XML
2 20 (13.99%) SOAP
3 19 (13.29%) Web Services
4 16 (11.19%) RabbitMQ
5 14 (9.79%) Gherkin
6 11 (7.69%) JSON
7 8 (5.59%) RESTful
8 6 (4.20%) REST
9 5 (3.50%) J2EE
10 4 (2.80%) JSON Schema
10 4 (2.80%) WSDL
10 4 (2.80%) XSD
11 3 (2.10%) Velocity
11 3 (2.10%) XSLT
12 2 (1.40%) CSS
12 2 (1.40%) Spring
13 1 (0.70%) .NET
13 1 (0.70%) AngularJS
13 1 (0.70%) HTML
13 1 (0.70%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.90%) Mobile App
3 6 (4.20%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.40%) NHS
4 2 (1.40%) PKI
5 1 (0.70%) AS400
5 1 (0.70%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.70%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.70%) Robotics
5 1 (0.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 59 (41.26%) Unix
2 48 (33.57%) Windows
3 9 (6.29%) Linux
4 5 (3.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (3.50%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.80%) Mac OS X
5 4 (2.80%) VME
6 1 (0.70%) Android
6 1 (0.70%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (46.85%) Test Scripting
2 64 (44.76%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (36.36%) Test Automation
4 44 (30.77%) Customer Requirements
5 22 (15.38%) Performance Testing
6 21 (14.69%) Functional Testing
7 20 (13.99%) API Testing
7 20 (13.99%) Defect Management
7 20 (13.99%) Test Strategy
8 17 (11.89%) Scrum
9 16 (11.19%) Integration Testing
9 16 (11.19%) Microservices
9 16 (11.19%) Regression Testing
10 14 (9.79%) System Integration Testing
10 14 (9.79%) User Acceptance Testing
11 13 (9.09%) TDD
12 12 (8.39%) Waterfall
13 11 (7.69%) Kanban
13 11 (7.69%) Manual Testing
14 10 (6.99%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 78 (54.55%) SQL
2 66 (46.15%) Java
3 11 (7.69%) Groovy
4 7 (4.90%) C#
4 7 (4.90%) Scala
5 5 (3.50%) Shell Script
6 4 (2.80%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.10%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.40%) Perl
9 1 (0.70%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.70%) PHP
9 1 (0.70%) VBA
9 1 (0.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 48 (33.57%) ISTQB
2 45 (31.47%) ISEB
3 44 (30.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 14 (9.79%) Security Cleared
5 13 (9.09%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.40%) Degree
7 1 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (14.69%) QA
2 2 (1.40%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.40%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (4.90%) Docker
2 1 (0.70%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (2.80%) Ansible
1 4 (2.80%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.40%) HP ALM
2 2 (1.40%) logstash
3 1 (0.70%) Puppet
Vendors
1 63 (44.06%) Oracle
2 32 (22.38%) webMethods
3 18 (12.59%) SAP
4 15 (10.49%) Microsoft
5 6 (4.20%) Atlassian
6 5 (3.50%) Red Hat
6 5 (3.50%) VMware
7 2 (1.40%) AppDynamics
7 2 (1.40%) HP
8 1 (0.70%) Blue Prism
8 1 (0.70%) Cypress Semiconductor
8 1 (0.70%) Fujitsu
8 1 (0.70%) IBM
8 1 (0.70%) IBM Sterling
8 1 (0.70%) ICL
8 1 (0.70%) NGA Human Resources
8 1 (0.70%) Northgate
8 1 (0.70%) WSO2