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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Load Testing
Rank 132 131 139
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +8
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 5 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.034% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.22% 0.047% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 0
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£300 £220 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £38.00 -
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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
2315 2130 2193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.80% 72.01% 65.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1330 1081 1163
Average daily rate £375 £330 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £233 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 115 106
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.54 £26.08
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.09% -13.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Load Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Load Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 19 September 2014. 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
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -8 4 £335 +52.27% 1
Lancashire - - - -
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Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 6 (66.67%) Selenium
2 5 (55.56%) Security Testing
2 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 5 (55.56%) ISEB
3 4 (44.44%) SQL
3 4 (44.44%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (44.44%) TDD
3 4 (44.44%) Automated Testing
3 4 (44.44%) Automation Testing
3 4 (44.44%) QA
3 4 (44.44%) TestComplete
3 4 (44.44%) Software Testing
3 4 (44.44%) Relational Database
3 4 (44.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (44.44%) Line Management
3 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (22.22%) Test Scripting
4 2 (22.22%) Cucumber
4 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (22.22%) C#
4 2 (22.22%) Web Services
4 2 (22.22%) Windows
4 2 (22.22%) Linux
5 1 (11.11%) MCSE
5 1 (11.11%) Flash
5 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
5 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
5 1 (11.11%) HTTP
5 1 (11.11%) DNS
5 1 (11.11%) Cisco

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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.

Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) HTTP
1 1 (11.11%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (44.44%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (66.67%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (44.44%) TestComplete
3 2 (22.22%) Cucumber
4 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
4 1 (11.11%) LoadRunner
4 1 (11.11%) JMeter
4 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
4 1 (11.11%) Sahi
4 1 (11.11%) OpenSTA
4 1 (11.11%) RSpec
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (66.67%) Tester
1 6 (66.67%) Analyst
1 6 (66.67%) Test Analyst
2 4 (44.44%) QA Tester
2 4 (44.44%) QA Test Analyst
2 4 (44.44%) QA Analyst
2 4 (44.44%) Software Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Performance Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Automated Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Automated Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) Web Services
2 1 (11.11%) Flash
2 1 (11.11%) HTML
2 1 (11.11%) .NET
2 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
2 1 (11.11%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (11.11%) Clustering
2 1 (11.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (22.22%) Windows
1 2 (22.22%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Security Testing
1 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 4 (44.44%) TDD
2 4 (44.44%) Automated Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Automation Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Software Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Line Management
3 2 (22.22%) Test Scripting
3 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
4 1 (11.11%) Load Balancing
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 2 (22.22%) C#
3 1 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 1 (11.11%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (55.56%) ISEB
2 4 (44.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (11.11%) MCSE
3 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (44.44%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Cisco
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle
1 1 (11.11%) VMware