The table below looks at the statistics for Load Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Load Testing over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Load Testing
Rank 512 493 510
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +17
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 80 77 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.20% 0.20% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 41 24
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£325 £325 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £194 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £407 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Average hourly rate £15.00 £10.75 £4.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.53% +168.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £10.75 £4.00
% change year-on-year
+39.53% +168.75%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40533 37796 34894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.73% 73.83% 71.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 23240 20514
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1172 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Load Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Load Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Load Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Load Testing within the UK.

Load Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Load Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Load Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Load Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Load Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Load Testing within the UK.

Load Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Load Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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
England -43 60 £325 - 21
London +3 31 £350 - 7
South East -31 14 £338 +35.00% 4
Wales -9 13 £325 -
South Wales -3 12 £325 -
City of London -2 8 £388 +34.78% 1
South West - 5 £325 - 4
Surrey -4 4 £338 +35.00% 2
Yorkshire -10 4 £250 -26.47% 3
Scotland - 4 £288 - 1
Devon - 4 - - 2
Hertfordshire +10 3 £310 +34.78%
East of England -20 3 £310 -4.61%
South Yorkshire - 3 £250 -
Exeter - 3 - - 2
East Midlands +7 2 - -
Milton Keynes - 2 £400 -
Northamptonshire - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £400 -
North West -10 1 £400 - 3
Ealing - 1 £250 - 1
Manchester - 1 £400 - 2
Sheffield - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £325 - 1
Cambridge - - - -
Cheltenham - - - - 1
Colchester - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Northampton - - - -

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 75 (43.35%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (37.57%) Java
3 61 (35.26%) Selenium
4 44 (25.43%) C#
5 43 (24.86%) Web Services
6 42 (24.28%) Test Scripting
7 38 (21.97%) Scrum
8 37 (21.39%) WebDriver
9 36 (20.81%) JIRA
10 35 (20.23%) .NET
10 35 (20.23%) Test Automation
11 33 (19.08%) Linux
12 32 (18.50%) ISEB
13 31 (17.92%) QA
13 31 (17.92%) Automation Testing
14 29 (16.76%) HP Quality Center
14 29 (16.76%) TDD
14 29 (16.76%) JMeter
15 28 (16.18%) Security Cleared
16 27 (15.61%) Performance Testing
16 27 (15.61%) Subversion
16 27 (15.61%) Software Testing
16 27 (15.61%) ISTQB
17 26 (15.03%) JavaScript
17 26 (15.03%) BDD
18 24 (13.87%) Kanban
18 24 (13.87%) Jenkins
19 23 (13.29%) LoadRunner
19 23 (13.29%) Oracle
19 23 (13.29%) Finance

Load Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 17 (9.83%) SharePoint
2 10 (5.78%) Apache
2 10 (5.78%) CMS
2 10 (5.78%) WebSphere
3 9 (5.20%) Tomcat
4 7 (4.05%) WebSphere Application Server
5 6 (3.47%) WebLogic
5 6 (3.47%) Node.js
5 6 (3.47%) JBoss
6 2 (1.16%) Adobe CQ
6 2 (1.16%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.16%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.58%) IIS
7 1 (0.58%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (0.58%) Drupal
Applications
1 4 (2.31%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.58%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.73%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.16%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.58%) Summit
4 1 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.31%) Amazon EC2
1 4 (2.31%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.16%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.36%) TCP/IP
2 9 (5.20%) DNS
3 8 (4.62%) Firewall
4 7 (4.05%) SAN
4 7 (4.05%) NetScaler
4 7 (4.05%) DHCP
5 6 (3.47%) HTTP
5 6 (3.47%) Internet
5 6 (3.47%) Network Security
6 2 (1.16%) AMQP
6 2 (1.16%) HTTPS
6 2 (1.16%) SSL
7 1 (0.58%) FTP
7 1 (0.58%) LDAP
7 1 (0.58%) GPRS
7 1 (0.58%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.40%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.94%) MySQL
3 6 (3.47%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.73%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.73%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.16%) SimpleDB
5 2 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.58%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.58%) DB2
Development Applications
1 61 (35.26%) Selenium
2 37 (21.39%) WebDriver
3 36 (20.81%) JIRA
4 29 (16.76%) JMeter
5 27 (15.61%) Subversion
6 24 (13.87%) Jenkins
7 23 (13.29%) LoadRunner
8 21 (12.14%) Maven
9 20 (11.56%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (10.40%) Bugzilla
10 18 (10.40%) Ant
11 15 (8.67%) TortoiseSVN
11 15 (8.67%) SoapUI
12 13 (7.51%) JUnit
13 12 (6.94%) Eclipse
13 12 (6.94%) Cucumber
14 11 (6.36%) Visual Studio
15 10 (5.78%) Git (software)
15 10 (5.78%) TestNG
16 7 (4.05%) TeamCity
General
1 23 (13.29%) Finance
2 5 (2.89%) Games
3 4 (2.31%) Retail
4 2 (1.16%) Advertising
5 1 (0.58%) Publishing
5 1 (0.58%) Legal
5 1 (0.58%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.58%) Marketing
5 1 (0.58%) Banking
5 1 (0.58%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 47 (27.17%) Tester
2 33 (19.08%) Analyst
3 28 (16.18%) Test Analyst
4 25 (14.45%) Developer
5 16 (9.25%) Automation Tester
6 11 (6.36%) Performance Tester
7 8 (4.62%) Capacity Manager
8 7 (4.05%) Architect
9 6 (3.47%) Java Developer
9 6 (3.47%) Test Engineer
9 6 (3.47%) Citrix Engineer
10 5 (2.89%) Performance Analyst
10 5 (2.89%) Performance Test Analyst
10 5 (2.89%) Test Manager
10 5 (2.89%) Automation Analyst
11 4 (2.31%) Automation Test Analyst
11 4 (2.31%) QA Leader
11 4 (2.31%) DevOps Engineer
11 4 (2.31%) Consultant
11 4 (2.31%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (24.86%) Web Services
2 35 (20.23%) .NET
3 21 (12.14%) SOAP
4 19 (10.98%) .NET Framework
5 17 (9.83%) XML
6 13 (7.51%) Spring
6 13 (7.51%) REST
6 13 (7.51%) HTML
7 11 (6.36%) Hibernate
7 11 (6.36%) XSLT
8 10 (5.78%) JSP
9 8 (4.62%) J2EE
9 8 (4.62%) JMS
10 6 (3.47%) CSS
10 6 (3.47%) JDBC
10 6 (3.47%) Servlets
10 6 (3.47%) Struts
10 6 (3.47%) JMX
10 6 (3.47%) HTML5
10 6 (3.47%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.14%) Open Source
2 20 (11.56%) Client/Server
3 9 (5.20%) User Experience
4 7 (4.05%) iPad
5 6 (3.47%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.89%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.31%) NHS
8 3 (1.73%) Robotics
8 3 (1.73%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (1.16%) Inversion of Control
9 2 (1.16%) Video on Demand
9 2 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (1.16%) iSeries
9 2 (1.16%) Online Games
9 2 (1.16%) AS400
9 2 (1.16%) Handset
10 1 (0.58%) Clustering
10 1 (0.58%) E-Learning
10 1 (0.58%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.58%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 33 (19.08%) Linux
2 20 (11.56%) Windows
3 16 (9.25%) Apple iOS
4 13 (7.51%) UNIX
5 11 (6.36%) Android
6 9 (5.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (4.62%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (2.89%) CoreOS
9 2 (1.16%) webOS
9 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (1.16%) CentOS
9 2 (1.16%) Windows 2000
9 2 (1.16%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.58%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.58%) AIX
10 1 (0.58%) Solaris
10 1 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (43.35%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (24.28%) Test Scripting
3 38 (21.97%) Scrum
4 35 (20.23%) Test Automation
5 31 (17.92%) Automation Testing
6 29 (16.76%) TDD
7 27 (15.61%) Software Testing
7 27 (15.61%) Performance Testing
8 26 (15.03%) BDD
9 24 (13.87%) Kanban
10 16 (9.25%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (9.25%) Security Testing
11 15 (8.67%) Test Management
12 14 (8.09%) User Acceptance Testing
13 13 (7.51%) Manual Testing
14 12 (6.94%) Automated Testing
14 12 (6.94%) Project Management
14 12 (6.94%) User Stories
14 12 (6.94%) Test Strategy
15 11 (6.36%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 65 (37.57%) Java
2 44 (25.43%) C#
3 26 (15.03%) JavaScript
4 21 (12.14%) SQL
5 9 (5.20%) PowerShell
5 9 (5.20%) VBScript
5 9 (5.20%) VB
6 6 (3.47%) XPath
7 5 (2.89%) PHP
8 4 (2.31%) VB.NET
8 4 (2.31%) Ruby
9 3 (1.73%) C
9 3 (1.73%) Scala
10 2 (1.16%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.58%) FQL
11 1 (0.58%) Python
11 1 (0.58%) XAML
11 1 (0.58%) C++
Qualifications
1 32 (18.50%) ISEB
2 28 (16.18%) Security Cleared
3 27 (15.61%) ISTQB
4 20 (11.56%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.89%) Citrix Certification
5 5 (2.89%) CCEA
6 4 (2.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 3 (1.73%) Degree
7 3 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.16%) MCSE
8 2 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.58%) CCEE
9 1 (0.58%) CCIA
9 1 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.58%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (17.92%) QA
2 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.58%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.58%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 7 (4.05%) Active Directory
1 7 (4.05%) VMware Infrastructure
1 7 (4.05%) XenApp
2 6 (3.47%) vSphere
2 6 (3.47%) Terminal Services
2 6 (3.47%) VMware ESX
3 5 (2.89%) Docker
4 2 (1.16%) VirtualBox
4 2 (1.16%) vCloud
4 2 (1.16%) VMware Workstation
4 2 (1.16%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.58%) Terminal Server
5 1 (0.58%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.58%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (16.76%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (3.47%) EdgeSight
2 6 (3.47%) SCCM
3 4 (2.31%) Puppet
4 3 (1.73%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 2 (1.16%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.58%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.58%) Nagios
6 1 (0.58%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 23 (13.29%) Oracle
2 21 (12.14%) Microsoft
3 12 (6.94%) HP
3 12 (6.94%) VMware
4 7 (4.05%) Citrix
5 6 (3.47%) NetApp
5 6 (3.47%) CheckPoint
5 6 (3.47%) ATG
5 6 (3.47%) IBM
5 6 (3.47%) Endeca
6 3 (1.73%) Progress
6 3 (1.73%) Cisco
6 3 (1.73%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.16%) Informatica
7 2 (1.16%) FatWire
7 2 (1.16%) SAP
7 2 (1.16%) Adobe
7 2 (1.16%) Sitecore
7 2 (1.16%) Tripwire
8 1 (0.58%) Terracotta
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