The first table below looks at the demand for Load Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Load Testing over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the South East region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Load Testing
Rank 235 221 245
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +24
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 11 14 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.11% 0.16% 0.066%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.16% 0.23% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 4
Average daily rate £385 £375 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% +41.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £200 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £431 £500 £294
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £388 £425
% change year-on-year
-19.67% -8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £35.00
Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6998 6005 6976
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 70.77% 70.69% 65.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 3883 3118 3325
Average daily rate £375 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £501 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 258 355
Average hourly rate £26.50 £29.75 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.92% +8.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £51.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
Load Testing
England

Load Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Load Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Load Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Load Testing across the South East region.

Load Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Load Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Load Testing across the South East region over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

Load Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Load Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Load Testing across the South East region.

Load Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Load Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
East Sussex - 3 £425 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
Surrey -14 1 £313 -16.66%
Berkshire -15 1 £438 +84.21%
West Sussex - - - -
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England

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Load 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 Load Testing.

1 20 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 15 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 14 (46.67%) Test Strategy
3 14 (46.67%) Windows
4 13 (43.33%) JavaScript
5 12 (40.00%) .NET
6 11 (36.67%) SC Cleared
6 11 (36.67%) Security Cleared
6 11 (36.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (33.33%) Performance Testing
8 9 (30.00%) ISTQB
8 9 (30.00%) ASP.NET
8 9 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (26.67%) HP
9 8 (26.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (26.67%) Automated Testing
10 7 (23.33%) Software Testing
10 7 (23.33%) WCF
10 7 (23.33%) LoadRunner
10 7 (23.33%) Microsoft
10 7 (23.33%) DNS
10 7 (23.33%) IIS
10 7 (23.33%) Visual Studio
10 7 (23.33%) C#
10 7 (23.33%) SQL
11 6 (20.00%) HTML
11 6 (20.00%) Oracle
11 6 (20.00%) JSP
11 6 (20.00%) UNIX
11 6 (20.00%) Windows 2000

Load Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Load 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 Load Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (23.33%) IIS
2 4 (13.33%) SharePoint
3 3 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (3.33%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (3.33%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 3 (10.00%) MS Office
3 1 (3.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (23.33%) DNS
2 6 (20.00%) HTTPS
2 6 (20.00%) HTTP
2 6 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.33%) Unified Communications
3 1 (3.33%) Intranet
3 1 (3.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 4 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (10.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (10.00%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (6.67%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (23.33%) LoadRunner
1 7 (23.33%) Visual Studio
2 6 (20.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 6 (20.00%) Selenium
3 5 (16.67%) WebDriver
4 3 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (10.00%) Rational Performance Tester
5 2 (6.67%) SoapUI
6 1 (3.33%) MSBuild
6 1 (3.33%) Subversion
6 1 (3.33%) NUnit
6 1 (3.33%) SilkTest
6 1 (3.33%) Bugzilla
6 1 (3.33%) JUnit
General
1 5 (16.67%) Finance
2 3 (10.00%) Games
3 2 (6.67%) Marketing
4 1 (3.33%) Retail
4 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (26.67%) Tester
1 8 (26.67%) Analyst
1 8 (26.67%) Test Analyst
2 5 (16.67%) Performance Analyst
2 5 (16.67%) Performance Test Analyst
3 4 (13.33%) Architect
4 3 (10.00%) QA Tester
4 3 (10.00%) Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Technical Architect
5 2 (6.67%) Consultant
5 2 (6.67%) Software Developer
5 2 (6.67%) Test Specialist
5 2 (6.67%) Performance Tester
5 2 (6.67%) Performance Test Specialist
6 1 (3.33%) Performance Consultant
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Performance Consultant
6 1 (3.33%) Build and Release Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Automated Tester
6 1 (3.33%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
6 1 (3.33%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (40.00%) .NET
2 9 (30.00%) ASP.NET
3 7 (23.33%) WCF
4 6 (20.00%) HTML
4 6 (20.00%) JSP
5 4 (13.33%) .NET Framework
5 4 (13.33%) REST
6 3 (10.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 3 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (6.67%) Web Services
7 2 (6.67%) COM+
8 1 (3.33%) K2 blackpearl
8 1 (3.33%) JSON
8 1 (3.33%) WPF
8 1 (3.33%) Silverlight
8 1 (3.33%) jQuery
8 1 (3.33%) Middleware
8 1 (3.33%) XSL
Operating Systems
1 14 (46.67%) Windows
2 11 (36.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (26.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (20.00%) UNIX
4 6 (20.00%) Windows 2000
4 6 (20.00%) Windows XP
5 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (3.33%) Windows 7
5 1 (3.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 15 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 14 (46.67%) Test Strategy
4 10 (33.33%) Performance Testing
5 8 (26.67%) Automated Testing
6 7 (23.33%) Software Testing
7 6 (20.00%) Knowledge Management
7 6 (20.00%) User Stories
8 4 (13.33%) Web Development
8 4 (13.33%) Requirements Analysis
8 4 (13.33%) MVC
8 4 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (10.00%) Regression Testing
9 3 (10.00%) Validation
9 3 (10.00%) Scrum
9 3 (10.00%) System Testing
9 3 (10.00%) Network Load Balancing
10 2 (6.67%) DSDM
10 2 (6.67%) ITIL
10 2 (6.67%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 13 (43.33%) JavaScript
2 7 (23.33%) C#
2 7 (23.33%) SQL
3 3 (10.00%) C++
4 2 (6.67%) VBScript
4 2 (6.67%) VB
4 2 (6.67%) VB6
5 1 (3.33%) Bash Shell
5 1 (3.33%) PowerShell
5 1 (3.33%) T-SQL
5 1 (3.33%) Perl
Qualifications
1 11 (36.67%) SC Cleared
1 11 (36.67%) Security Cleared
2 9 (30.00%) ISTQB
3 4 (13.33%) ISEB
4 1 (3.33%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (16.67%) QA
2 1 (3.33%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (10.00%) vSphere
1 3 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (10.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 9 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (20.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (3.33%) Puppet
3 1 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (3.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 8 (26.67%) HP
2 7 (23.33%) Microsoft
3 6 (20.00%) Oracle
4 3 (10.00%) VMware
4 3 (10.00%) Siebel
5 1 (3.33%) Kofax
5 1 (3.33%) Cisco