The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Load Testing
Rank 128 121 139
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +18
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 6 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.20% 0.19% 0.092%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.29% 0.27% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 1
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£275 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-31.25% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £388 £300
% change year-on-year
-16.12% +29.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2055 1881 2133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 69.33% 71.63% 65.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1120 934 1129
Average daily rate £375 £338 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -0.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 85 110
Average hourly rate £25.00 £22.54 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.91% -5.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £13.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.56 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
Load Testing
England

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 22 July 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 22 July 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
Merseyside - 3 - -
Manchester -1 2 £338 - 2
Lancashire - - - -
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England

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 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%) ISEB
1 6 (66.67%) Selenium
2 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 5 (55.56%) TDD
3 4 (44.44%) Automated Testing
3 4 (44.44%) Software Testing
3 4 (44.44%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (44.44%) SQL
3 4 (44.44%) TestComplete
3 4 (44.44%) Automation Testing
3 4 (44.44%) QA
3 4 (44.44%) Security Testing
3 4 (44.44%) Relational Database
3 4 (44.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 3 (33.33%) .NET
5 2 (22.22%) Web Services
5 2 (22.22%) C#
5 2 (22.22%) HTML
5 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
5 2 (22.22%) Finance
5 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
6 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
6 1 (11.11%) Stress Testing
6 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (11.11%) System Testing
6 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
6 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
6 1 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (11.11%) OpenSTA

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) HTTP
1 1 (11.11%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (44.44%) Relational Database
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (66.67%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (44.44%) TestComplete
3 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
3 1 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (11.11%) OpenSTA
3 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
3 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
3 1 (11.11%) LoadRunner
3 1 (11.11%) JMeter
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (77.78%) Tester
2 5 (55.56%) Analyst
2 5 (55.56%) Test Analyst
3 4 (44.44%) QA Test Analyst
3 4 (44.44%) QA Analyst
3 4 (44.44%) Software Test Analyst
3 4 (44.44%) QA Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Designer
4 1 (11.11%) Automated Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Systems Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Technical Designer
4 1 (11.11%) Functional Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Applications Architect
4 1 (11.11%) Architect
4 1 (11.11%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) .NET
2 2 (22.22%) Web Services
2 2 (22.22%) HTML
3 1 (11.11%) .NET Framework
3 1 (11.11%) Flash
3 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
3 1 (11.11%) CSS
3 1 (11.11%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
1 5 (55.56%) TDD
2 4 (44.44%) Automated Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Software Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Automation Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Security Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Stress Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (11.11%) System Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (11.11%) Waterfall
4 1 (11.11%) Scrum
4 1 (11.11%) UML
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 2 (22.22%) C#
2 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (66.67%) ISEB
2 4 (44.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (11.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (44.44%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft