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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
HP LoadRunner
Rank 143 124 106
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -18
Contract jobs citing LoadRunner 4 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.12% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.98% 2.27% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 3
Average daily rate
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£400 £425 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +21.42%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+21.42% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
409 264 187
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.00% 9.75% 8.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 134 90
Average daily rate £350 £350 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £335 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.20% -0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 16 4
Average hourly rate £37.00 £34.53 £29.96
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.16% +15.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.90 £16.02 £23.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.08 £44.25 £32.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £37.80 £35.50
% change year-on-year
-1.45% +6.47%

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 5 March 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
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Manchester - - - -
LoadRunner
England

LoadRunner
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 March 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 4 (57.14%) HP
1 4 (57.14%) Web Services
1 4 (57.14%) Performance Testing
1 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (42.86%) PuTTY
2 3 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (42.86%) UNIX
2 3 (42.86%) Windows
2 3 (42.86%) FTP
2 3 (42.86%) HTTP
2 3 (42.86%) TCP/IP
2 3 (42.86%) Toad
2 3 (42.86%) Oracle
2 3 (42.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (42.86%) SOAP
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
2 3 (42.86%) VMware
3 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
4 1 (14.29%) SAP
4 1 (14.29%) C
4 1 (14.29%) C#
4 1 (14.29%) C++
4 1 (14.29%) Java
4 1 (14.29%) SQL
4 1 (14.29%) .NET
4 1 (14.29%) Microsoft
4 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Finance
4 1 (14.29%) Degree
4 1 (14.29%) QA

LoadRunner
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 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.

Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) PuTTY
1 3 (42.86%) FTP
1 3 (42.86%) HTTP
1 3 (42.86%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) Toad
2 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
3 1 (14.29%) Selenium
3 1 (14.29%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
General
1 1 (14.29%) Finance
1 1 (14.29%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Test Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Performance Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Performance Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Tester
2 2 (28.57%) Lead Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (57.14%) Web Services
2 3 (42.86%) SOAP
3 1 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) UNIX
1 3 (42.86%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Performance Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
3 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Automation Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) C
1 1 (14.29%) C#
1 1 (14.29%) C++
1 1 (14.29%) Java
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) HP
2 3 (42.86%) Oracle
2 3 (42.86%) VMware
3 1 (14.29%) SAP
3 1 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 1 (14.29%) Telerik