The table below looks at the statistics for Performance 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 Performance Testing over the 3 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Performance Testing
Rank 115 126 121
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -5
Contract jobs citing Performance Testing 25 4 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.77% 0.14% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.19% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 2 9
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£395 £352 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.37% +17.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £321 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £382 £517
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £37.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year
-2.02% -14.94%
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England

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
2367 2069 2095
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.37% 72.47% 65.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1373 1013 1069
Average daily rate £375 £333 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.78% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 124 89
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +5.45%

Performance Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Performance Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Performance Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Performance 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 Performance Testing across the North West region.

Performance Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Performance 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 Performance Testing across the North West region.

Performance Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Performance 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 Performance Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 20 October 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
Lancashire -9 11 £420 - 1
Cheshire +13 8 £390 - 1
Manchester -4 5 £313 -0.15% 4
Merseyside - - - -
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England

Performance Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Performance 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 Performance Testing.

1 14 (35.90%) SQL Server
2 13 (33.33%) ISEB
3 12 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (28.21%) Release Management
4 11 (28.21%) HP
4 11 (28.21%) Oracle
4 11 (28.21%) Web Services
5 10 (25.64%) Linux
6 9 (23.08%) Apache
6 9 (23.08%) Tomcat
6 9 (23.08%) FTP
6 9 (23.08%) ISTQB
6 9 (23.08%) Test Scripting
6 9 (23.08%) Oracle Database
7 8 (20.51%) Security Testing
7 8 (20.51%) LoadRunner
7 8 (20.51%) Windows
8 7 (17.95%) HPUX
8 7 (17.95%) MS Access
8 7 (17.95%) N-Tier
8 7 (17.95%) SOA
8 7 (17.95%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 7 (17.95%) SQL
8 7 (17.95%) VB
8 7 (17.95%) WebLogic
8 7 (17.95%) WebLogic Integration
8 7 (17.95%) TIBCO
8 7 (17.95%) SUSE
8 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Performance 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 Performance Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (23.08%) Apache
1 9 (23.08%) Tomcat
2 7 (17.95%) WebLogic
2 7 (17.95%) WebLogic Integration
3 2 (5.13%) WebSphere
3 2 (5.13%) Jetty
3 2 (5.13%) nginx
3 2 (5.13%) OpenStack
4 1 (2.56%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (5.13%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.13%) Amazon EC2
1 2 (5.13%) Amazon S3
1 2 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (5.13%) SaaS
1 2 (5.13%) PaaS
1 2 (5.13%) Route 53
1 2 (5.13%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 9 (23.08%) FTP
2 5 (12.82%) HTTP
3 3 (7.69%) DNS
4 2 (5.13%) Firewall
4 2 (5.13%) PuTTY
4 2 (5.13%) TCP/IP
4 2 (5.13%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (35.90%) SQL Server
2 9 (23.08%) Oracle Database
3 7 (17.95%) MS Access
4 4 (10.26%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (5.13%) Big Data
6 2 (5.13%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (20.51%) LoadRunner
2 5 (12.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (7.69%) Selenium
3 3 (7.69%) MSTest
3 3 (7.69%) JMeter
3 3 (7.69%) Visual Studio
3 3 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (5.13%) JUnit
4 2 (5.13%) Toad
4 2 (5.13%) NUnit
4 2 (5.13%) Maven
4 2 (5.13%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.13%) Hudson
4 2 (5.13%) TeamCity
4 2 (5.13%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.56%) LoadUI
5 1 (2.56%) OpenSTA
5 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.56%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (10.26%) Finance
2 2 (5.13%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (30.77%) Analyst
1 12 (30.77%) Test Analyst
2 7 (17.95%) Tester
3 5 (12.82%) Performance Test Analyst
3 5 (12.82%) Non-Functional Tester
3 5 (12.82%) Performance Analyst
4 4 (10.26%) Developer
4 4 (10.26%) Test Manager
5 3 (7.69%) Technical Leader
6 2 (5.13%) Lead Test Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Test Leader
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Performance Tester
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Systems Architect
7 1 (2.56%) Test Consultant
7 1 (2.56%) SAP Programme Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Software Test Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) SAP Manager
7 1 (2.56%) SAP Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (28.21%) Web Services
2 6 (15.38%) .NET
3 3 (7.69%) ASP.NET
4 2 (5.13%) Servlets
4 2 (5.13%) SOAP
4 2 (5.13%) Middleware
4 2 (5.13%) WCF
4 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (2.56%) HTML
5 1 (2.56%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.56%) XML
5 1 (2.56%) Flash
5 1 (2.56%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (17.95%) N-Tier
3 2 (5.13%) IVR
3 2 (5.13%) Statistics
3 2 (5.13%) Open Source
4 1 (2.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (25.64%) Linux
2 8 (20.51%) Windows
3 7 (17.95%) HPUX
3 7 (17.95%) SUSE
4 4 (10.26%) UNIX
5 2 (5.13%) AIX
5 2 (5.13%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (28.21%) Release Management
2 9 (23.08%) Test Scripting
3 8 (20.51%) Security Testing
4 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
4 7 (17.95%) Statistical Analysis
4 7 (17.95%) SOA
5 6 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (15.38%) Capacity Planning
6 5 (12.82%) Software Testing
7 3 (7.69%) Automated Testing
7 3 (7.69%) Configuration Management
7 3 (7.69%) System Testing
7 3 (7.69%) Test Management
8 2 (5.13%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (5.13%) Manual Testing
8 2 (5.13%) Functional Testing
8 2 (5.13%) JVM Tuning
8 2 (5.13%) DevOps
8 2 (5.13%) Regression Testing
8 2 (5.13%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 7 (17.95%) SQL
1 7 (17.95%) VB
1 7 (17.95%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 6 (15.38%) C#
3 3 (7.69%) Java
3 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.13%) Ruby
5 1 (2.56%) C++
5 1 (2.56%) C
Qualifications
1 13 (33.33%) ISEB
2 9 (23.08%) ISTQB
3 7 (17.95%) ISEB Practitioner
3 7 (17.95%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
5 3 (7.69%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.56%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.69%) QA
Systems Management
1 12 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.13%) Puppet
2 2 (5.13%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 11 (28.21%) Oracle
1 11 (28.21%) HP
2 7 (17.95%) TIBCO
3 4 (10.26%) SAP
4 2 (5.13%) Microsoft
4 2 (5.13%) Red Hat
4 2 (5.13%) VMware
4 2 (5.13%) Telerik
4 2 (5.13%) RightScale