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 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
HP LoadRunner
Rank 163 153 137
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -16
Contract jobs citing LoadRunner 6 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.15% 0.18% 0.13%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.12% 1.64% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 1
Average daily rate £340 £350 £525
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.71% -33.42%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £338
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
LoadRunner
England

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
536 427 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.32% 10.74% 9.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 260 158
Average daily rate £388 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.84% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 11 14
Average hourly rate £41.50 £37.50 £37.49
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% +0.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.00 £20.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.21 £46.05 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.29 £37.02 £38.75
% change year-on-year
+14.23% -4.46%

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
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 1 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -5 5 £350 +3.70% 2
Lancashire +2 1 £300 -14.16%
LoadRunner
England

LoadRunner
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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 11 (55.00%) HP
2 8 (40.00%) Oracle
2 8 (40.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 7 (35.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 6 (30.00%) Test Strategy
4 6 (30.00%) Test Scripting
5 5 (25.00%) HP UFT
5 5 (25.00%) Performance Testing
5 5 (25.00%) Load Testing
6 4 (20.00%) Test Management
6 4 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (20.00%) SQL
6 4 (20.00%) Retail
6 4 (20.00%) ISTQB
7 3 (15.00%) Software Testing
7 3 (15.00%) DameWare
7 3 (15.00%) JMeter
7 3 (15.00%) Validation
7 3 (15.00%) Java
7 3 (15.00%) DB2
7 3 (15.00%) SOAP
7 3 (15.00%) WebSphere MQ
7 3 (15.00%) Toad
7 3 (15.00%) IBM
7 3 (15.00%) Microsoft
7 3 (15.00%) MS Access
7 3 (15.00%) Mainframe
7 3 (15.00%) WebSphere
7 3 (15.00%) ServiceCenter
7 3 (15.00%) Load Balancing

LoadRunner
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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 3 (15.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (5.00%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (10.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.00%) WinSCP
2 2 (10.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (5.00%) Firewall
3 1 (5.00%) FTP
3 1 (5.00%) HTTP
3 1 (5.00%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.00%) DB2
1 3 (15.00%) MS Access
2 1 (5.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (25.00%) HP UFT
2 3 (15.00%) JMeter
2 3 (15.00%) Selenium
2 3 (15.00%) Toad
3 1 (5.00%) Cucumber
3 1 (5.00%) JIRA
3 1 (5.00%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (20.00%) Retail
2 1 (5.00%) Banking
2 1 (5.00%) Corporate Banking
2 1 (5.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (30.00%) Test Leader
1 6 (30.00%) Test Manager
2 5 (25.00%) Analyst
2 5 (25.00%) Tester
3 4 (20.00%) Test Analyst
4 3 (15.00%) Performance Tester
5 1 (5.00%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Lead Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Performance Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Performance Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Performance Manager
5 1 (5.00%) Performance Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Security Manager
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Software Tester
5 1 (5.00%) Team Leader
5 1 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Technical Services Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.00%) SOAP
1 3 (15.00%) WebSphere MQ
2 1 (5.00%) IBM Integration Bus
2 1 (5.00%) Web Services
2 1 (5.00%) XML
2 1 (5.00%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Mainframe
2 2 (10.00%) Psychology
3 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.00%) Unix
2 1 (5.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (40.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 7 (35.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 6 (30.00%) Test Scripting
3 6 (30.00%) Test Strategy
4 5 (25.00%) Load Testing
4 5 (25.00%) Performance Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Test Management
6 3 (15.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (15.00%) Load Balancing
6 3 (15.00%) Software Testing
6 3 (15.00%) Test Planning
6 3 (15.00%) Validation
7 2 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (10.00%) Functional Testing
7 2 (10.00%) Penetration Testing
7 2 (10.00%) Performance Engineering
7 2 (10.00%) SDLC
7 2 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (10.00%) TDD
7 2 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (20.00%) SQL
2 3 (15.00%) Java
3 2 (10.00%) C
3 2 (10.00%) VB
4 1 (5.00%) PL/SQL
4 1 (5.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (20.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (10.00%) MCP
2 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (10.00%) OCP
2 2 (10.00%) Oracle Certification
2 2 (10.00%) SAP Certification
3 1 (5.00%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) QA
2 1 (5.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (5.00%) Hyper-V
1 1 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (15.00%) DameWare
2 3 (15.00%) ServiceCenter
3 1 (5.00%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 11 (55.00%) HP
2 8 (40.00%) Oracle
3 3 (15.00%) IBM
3 3 (15.00%) LexisNexis
3 3 (15.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (10.00%) SAP
5 1 (5.00%) hybris
5 1 (5.00%) Remedy
5 1 (5.00%) Telerik
5 1 (5.00%) VMware