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 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
Stress Testing
Rank 148 126 125
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -1
Contract jobs citing Stress Testing 10 6 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.26% 0.20% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.27% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 8
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£310 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.28% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £320 £344
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £376 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £342 £323 £355
% change year-on-year
+6.12% -9.15%
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
2940 2205 1953
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.80% 73.43% 71.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1749 1188 983
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 102 90
Average hourly rate £37.97 £28.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.05% +36.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £53.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Stress Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 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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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
Cheshire -3 7 £305 -4.76% 1
Manchester -10 3 £413 +3.12% 2
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Stress Testing
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 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 8 (44.44%) Oracle
2 7 (38.89%) Windows
2 7 (38.89%) SQL
3 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (27.78%) Test Automation
4 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 4 (22.22%) LANDesk
4 4 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (22.22%) Kalman Filter
4 4 (22.22%) JIRA
4 4 (22.22%) Load Balancing
4 4 (22.22%) ITSM
4 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 4 (22.22%) CCIE
4 4 (22.22%) CCNP
4 4 (22.22%) Active Directory
4 4 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (22.22%) .NET
4 4 (22.22%) Crystal Reports
4 4 (22.22%) MS Office
4 4 (22.22%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
5 3 (16.67%) Linux
5 3 (16.67%) DB2
5 3 (16.67%) Java
5 3 (16.67%) IBM
5 3 (16.67%) CA
5 3 (16.67%) zOS
5 3 (16.67%) RACF
5 3 (16.67%) Pharmaceutical

Stress Testing
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 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 2 (11.11%) CICS
Applications
1 4 (22.22%) MS Office
1 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Oracle Financials
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (22.22%) Crystal Reports
1 4 (22.22%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (16.67%) DB2
Development Applications
1 4 (22.22%) JIRA
2 3 (16.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (5.56%) Rational Performance Tester
3 1 (5.56%) Rational Functional Tester
3 1 (5.56%) SpecFlow
3 1 (5.56%) Selenium
3 1 (5.56%) Rational Robot
General
1 3 (16.67%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (11.11%) Finance
3 1 (5.56%) Automotive
3 1 (5.56%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (27.78%) Architect
2 4 (22.22%) Administrator
2 4 (22.22%) Network Architect
3 3 (16.67%) Performance Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Performance Test Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Test Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) CICS Programmer
4 2 (11.11%) Programmer
5 1 (5.56%) SAP Testing Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Test Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Network Technical Architect
5 1 (5.56%) QA Leader
5 1 (5.56%) Testing Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Architect
5 1 (5.56%) DBA
5 1 (5.56%) Change Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (22.22%) .NET
2 1 (5.56%) ISPF
2 1 (5.56%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) VSAM
2 1 (5.56%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
2 1 (5.56%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.56%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (38.89%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Linux
2 3 (16.67%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (27.78%) Test Automation
2 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
2 4 (22.22%) Kalman Filter
2 4 (22.22%) Load Balancing
2 4 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (22.22%) ITSM
3 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
3 3 (16.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 3 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
3 3 (16.67%) Performance Engineering
3 3 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
3 3 (16.67%) V-Model
4 2 (11.11%) Scrum
4 2 (11.11%) Configuration Management
5 1 (5.56%) Service Management
5 1 (5.56%) Change Management
5 1 (5.56%) ITIL
5 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2
5 1 (5.56%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (38.89%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) Java
3 1 (5.56%) C#
3 1 (5.56%) JCL
Qualifications
1 4 (22.22%) CCIE
1 4 (22.22%) CCNP
1 4 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (16.67%) DV Cleared
2 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (5.56%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) QA
System Software
1 4 (22.22%) Active Directory
2 3 (16.67%) RACF
Systems Management
1 3 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (44.44%) Oracle
2 4 (22.22%) LANDesk
2 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
3 3 (16.67%) CA
3 3 (16.67%) IBM
4 1 (5.56%) SAP
4 1 (5.56%) Cisco
4 1 (5.56%) Hyperion
4 1 (5.56%) TIBCO