The table below looks at the statistics for Load Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Load Testing over the 3 months to 26 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Load Testing
Rank 148 126 112
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -14
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 4 5 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.11% 0.16% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.14% 0.22% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
Average daily rate
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£400 - £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £316 £450
% change year-on-year
+10.67% -29.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 - £32.50
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2806 2231 1713
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.40% 72.79% 73.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1611 1167 841
Average daily rate £398 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.58% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 139 112 84
Average hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +47.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £14.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £51.39
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Load Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Load Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Load Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Load Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Load Testing across the North West region.

Load Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Load Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Load Testing across the North West region.

Load Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Load Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
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Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -11 4 £400 -
Load Testing
England

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Load Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Load Testing.

1 7 (70.00%) JMeter
2 5 (50.00%) SQL Server
3 4 (40.00%) OLAP
3 4 (40.00%) Visual Studio
3 4 (40.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (40.00%) C#
3 4 (40.00%) .NET
3 4 (40.00%) ISEB
3 4 (40.00%) Microsoft
3 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 4 (40.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (40.00%) .NET Framework
3 4 (40.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 4 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (40.00%) Entity Framework
3 4 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 4 (40.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (30.00%) Relational Database
4 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (30.00%) Performance Testing
4 3 (30.00%) Retail
4 3 (30.00%) LoadRunner
4 3 (30.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (30.00%) Oracle
5 2 (20.00%) VBScript
5 2 (20.00%) Citrix
5 2 (20.00%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (20.00%) CCEA
5 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (20.00%) Windows

Load Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Load Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Load Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 2 (20.00%) DHCP
1 2 (20.00%) TCP/IP
1 2 (20.00%) DNS
1 2 (20.00%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (40.00%) OLAP
2 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 4 (40.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (40.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (30.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (70.00%) JMeter
2 4 (40.00%) Visual Studio
2 4 (40.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (30.00%) LoadRunner
4 2 (20.00%) Fiddler
General
1 3 (30.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) Developer
1 4 (40.00%) .NET Developer
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Tester
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Test Leader
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Test Leader
3 1 (10.00%) Lead .NET Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Test Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Test Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Lead Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Tester
3 1 (10.00%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) ASP.NET
1 4 (40.00%) .NET
1 4 (40.00%) .NET Framework
1 4 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 4 (40.00%) Entity Framework
1 4 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC 3
2 2 (20.00%) Application Packaging
Operating Systems
1 2 (20.00%) Windows
1 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Performance Testing
1 3 (30.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 2 (20.00%) Migration
2 2 (20.00%) Project Management
2 2 (20.00%) Time Management
2 2 (20.00%) Server Building
2 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) C#
2 2 (20.00%) VBScript
2 2 (20.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (40.00%) ISEB
2 2 (20.00%) Citrix Certification
2 2 (20.00%) CCEA
2 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (20.00%) MCSE
2 2 (20.00%) MCITP
2 2 (20.00%) CCEE
2 2 (20.00%) CCIA
3 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
System Software
1 2 (20.00%) Terminal Server
1 2 (20.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (20.00%) XenApp
1 2 (20.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Oracle
3 2 (20.00%) Citrix
3 2 (20.00%) Wyse
3 2 (20.00%) AppSense