The table below looks at the statistics for Stress 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 Stress Testing over the 3 months to 1 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Stress Testing
Rank 137 129 142
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +13
Contract jobs citing Stress Testing 3 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.094% 0.069% 0.061%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.13% 0.095% 0.093%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 0
Average daily rate
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£320 £256 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.87% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £394 £425
% change year-on-year
-13.65% -7.35%
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 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
2323 2098 2161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.73% 72.07% 65.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1340 1038 1150
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £240 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 113 95
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.54 £22.31
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.09% +1.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.40 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.92 £50.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

Stress Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Stress Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Stress 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 Stress Testing across the North West region.

Stress Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Stress 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 Stress Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 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
Cheshire - 2 £320 -
Manchester -15 1 £400 +56.09% 1
Stress Testing
England

Stress Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Stress 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 Stress Testing.

1 6 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) SQL
2 3 (33.33%) CICS
2 3 (33.33%) zOS
2 3 (33.33%) Configuration Management
2 3 (33.33%) IBM
2 3 (33.33%) Integration Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 2 (22.22%) System Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (22.22%) Basel III
3 2 (22.22%) Quantitative Risk Management
3 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (22.22%) Business Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) Software Testing
3 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
3 2 (22.22%) ISEB
3 2 (22.22%) .NET
3 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
3 2 (22.22%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (22.22%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (22.22%) Regression Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Risk Management
3 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (11.11%) Penetration Testing

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

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Stress 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 Stress Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (33.33%) CICS
2 1 (11.11%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
1 2 (22.22%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
2 1 (11.11%) JIRA
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Test Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Programmer
2 3 (33.33%) CICS Systems Programmer
2 3 (33.33%) CICS Programmer
2 3 (33.33%) Systems Programmer
3 2 (22.22%) Business Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Financial Business Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Business Systems Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) .NET
2 1 (11.11%) Web Services
2 1 (11.11%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (11.11%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 3 (33.33%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Configuration Management
2 3 (33.33%) Integration Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 2 (22.22%) System Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Quantitative Risk Management
3 2 (22.22%) Business Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) Software Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (22.22%) Regression Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Risk Management
4 1 (11.11%) Penetration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Asset Management
4 1 (11.11%) Scrum
4 1 (11.11%) ETL
4 1 (11.11%) Project Management
4 1 (11.11%) Load Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) C#
Qualifications
1 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
1 2 (22.22%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) Basel III
2 1 (11.11%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (33.33%) IBM
2 2 (22.22%) Microsoft