The table below looks at the statistics for LoadRunner 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 LoadRunner over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
HP LoadRunner
Rank 132 129 128
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -1
Contract jobs citing LoadRunner 26 3 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.68% 0.100% 0.29%
As % of the Development Applications category 6.33% 1.02% 2.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 3 2
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£313 £375 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +12.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £285 £331
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £375 £337
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £360 £380
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Development Applications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
411 295 319
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.74% 9.82% 11.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 186 165
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £343
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +2.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 12
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £26.88
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +11.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.25 £30.00 £12.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.05 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%

LoadRunner
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LoadRunner across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

LoadRunner Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

LoadRunner
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

LoadRunner Daily Rate Trend in the North West

LoadRunner
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LoadRunner across the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

LoadRunner Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

LoadRunner
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

LoadRunner Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

LoadRunner
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 LoadRunner within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 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
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire - 17 £307 -
Manchester - 4 £225 -
Cheshire -10 2 £313 -16.66%
Merseyside - 1 £350 -
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LoadRunner
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing LoadRunner 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 LoadRunner.

1 23 (69.70%) Performance Testing
2 16 (48.48%) HP UFT
3 15 (45.45%) QA
4 12 (36.36%) Facilita Forecast
5 11 (33.33%) SQL
5 11 (33.33%) Oracle
6 10 (30.30%) Visual Studio
6 10 (30.30%) UNIX
6 10 (30.30%) Windows
6 10 (30.30%) Linux
6 10 (30.30%) Software Testing
7 9 (27.27%) SoapUI
7 9 (27.27%) Test Strategy
7 9 (27.27%) Performance Monitoring
7 9 (27.27%) Performance Metrics
8 8 (24.24%) Test Scripting
8 8 (24.24%) Security Cleared
8 8 (24.24%) Java
9 7 (21.21%) Configuration Management
9 7 (21.21%) JMeter
9 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
9 7 (21.21%) Selenium
9 7 (21.21%) Problem Management
9 7 (21.21%) HP Quality Center
9 7 (21.21%) Data Structures
9 7 (21.21%) Relational Database
10 6 (18.18%) Telerik
10 6 (18.18%) C#
10 6 (18.18%) HTML
11 5 (15.15%) SOAP

LoadRunner
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing LoadRunner 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 LoadRunner. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (12.12%) WebLogic
2 2 (6.06%) JBoss
3 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.03%) WebSphere
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.21%) Relational Database
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database
4 1 (3.03%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 16 (48.48%) HP UFT
2 12 (36.36%) Facilita Forecast
3 10 (30.30%) Visual Studio
4 9 (27.27%) SoapUI
5 7 (21.21%) JMeter
5 7 (21.21%) Selenium
6 4 (12.12%) LoadUI
7 2 (6.06%) ProC
8 1 (3.03%) JUnit
8 1 (3.03%) Rational Functional Tester
8 1 (3.03%) eggPlant
General
1 3 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (33.33%) Analyst
1 11 (33.33%) Test Analyst
2 10 (30.30%) Tester
3 8 (24.24%) Performance Tester
4 7 (21.21%) Performance Analyst
4 7 (21.21%) Performance Test Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Test Engineer
5 5 (15.15%) Performance Engineer
6 4 (12.12%) Performance Test Engineer
7 3 (9.09%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
8 2 (6.06%) Test Leader
8 2 (6.06%) QA Analyst
8 2 (6.06%) QA Engineer
8 2 (6.06%) QA Test Analyst
9 1 (3.03%) Performance Test Leader
9 1 (3.03%) Automation Tester
9 1 (3.03%) LoadRunner Tester
9 1 (3.03%) Performance Consultant
9 1 (3.03%) QA Tester
9 1 (3.03%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.18%) HTML
2 5 (15.15%) .NET
2 5 (15.15%) SOAP
2 5 (15.15%) Web Services
3 3 (9.09%) ODBC
4 2 (6.06%) JSP
5 1 (3.03%) Middleware
5 1 (3.03%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (3.03%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 9 (27.27%) Performance Metrics
2 7 (21.21%) Data Structures
3 4 (12.12%) Client/Server
4 1 (3.03%) NHS
4 1 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 10 (30.30%) UNIX
1 10 (30.30%) Windows
1 10 (30.30%) Linux
2 1 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (3.03%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (69.70%) Performance Testing
2 10 (30.30%) Software Testing
3 9 (27.27%) Test Strategy
3 9 (27.27%) Performance Monitoring
4 8 (24.24%) Test Scripting
5 7 (21.21%) Problem Management
5 7 (21.21%) Configuration Management
5 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
6 5 (15.15%) TDD
6 5 (15.15%) Functional Testing
7 4 (12.12%) BDD
8 3 (9.09%) Load Testing
8 3 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
9 2 (6.06%) Risk Management
9 2 (6.06%) Project Management
9 2 (6.06%) Integration Testing
9 2 (6.06%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (6.06%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 2 (6.06%) System Testing
9 2 (6.06%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 11 (33.33%) SQL
2 8 (24.24%) Java
3 6 (18.18%) C#
4 4 (12.12%) VB
5 2 (6.06%) Shell Script
5 2 (6.06%) C
5 2 (6.06%) PL/SQL
6 1 (3.03%) C++
Qualifications
1 8 (24.24%) Security Cleared
2 4 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 4 (12.12%) ISEB
2 4 (12.12%) ISTQB
3 3 (9.09%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.03%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (45.45%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (21.21%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (33.33%) Oracle
2 6 (18.18%) Telerik
3 5 (15.15%) Microsoft
4 4 (12.12%) HP