The table below looks at the statistics for Load Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Load Testing over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Load Testing
Rank 594 560 549
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -11
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 63 101 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.14% 0.22% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 71 59
Median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £500 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £375 £340
% change year-on-year
+33.33% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 -

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
44464 46364 44152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 83.07% 81.04% 77.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 29448 30320 27616
Median daily rate £438 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.05% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1150 1283 1207
Median hourly rate £31.00 £32.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.76 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

Load Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Load Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 September 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -7 62 £400 - 19
London -43 22 £388 -8.82% 10
North West +23 14 £619 +54.68% 1
South East +18 8 - - 3
City of London +6 7 £388 +19.23% 4
Yorkshire +6 5 £575 +98.27% 1
Manchester -1 5 £525 +31.25%
Warrington +14 4 £688 -
Cheshire +10 4 £688 +44.73%
Surrey +6 4 - -
Guildford +6 4 - -
South Yorkshire +1 4 £588 +23.68%
Sheffield +1 4 £588 +23.68%
East Midlands - 4 £351 - 1
East of England +4 3 £335 +21.81% 3
West Midlands -24 3 £500 +17.64%
Shropshire - 3 £500 -
Telford - 3 £500 -
Cambridgeshire +22 2 £335 -33.00% 1
Westminster - 2 £315 -
Leicester - 2 - -
Reading - 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 - -
Leicestershire - 2 - -
South Wales +21 1 £450 +18.03% 2
Wales +20 1 £450 +18.03% 2
Hampshire +15 1 - - 1
Leeds +6 1 £400 +39.13% 1
South West +2 1 £305 +1.66%
Hertfordshire +1 1 - - 2

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Load Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Load Testing.

1 52 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (39.02%) Java
3 33 (26.83%) Selenium
4 28 (22.76%) SQL
4 28 (22.76%) Test Automation
5 26 (21.14%) Web Services
5 26 (21.14%) LoadRunner
6 25 (20.33%) JMeter
6 25 (20.33%) SOAP
7 24 (19.51%) Unix
7 24 (19.51%) HP
8 23 (18.70%) Oracle
9 22 (17.89%) XML
9 22 (17.89%) Jenkins
10 21 (17.07%) Finance
10 21 (17.07%) Security Cleared
10 21 (17.07%) QA
11 19 (15.45%) Performance Testing
11 19 (15.45%) .NET
11 19 (15.45%) Linux
11 19 (15.45%) HP Quality Center
12 18 (14.63%) Cucumber
12 18 (14.63%) Windows
12 18 (14.63%) Regression Testing
13 17 (13.82%) Microsoft
13 17 (13.82%) JSON
13 17 (13.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 16 (13.01%) Test Scripting
15 15 (12.20%) C#
15 15 (12.20%) SoapUI

Load Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (8.13%) JBoss
2 7 (5.69%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.25%) Apache
3 4 (3.25%) Apache Spark
3 4 (3.25%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (3.25%) Tomcat
4 3 (2.44%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.63%) Apache Solr
5 2 (1.63%) Confluence
5 2 (1.63%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.63%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.81%) CMS
6 1 (0.81%) DNN
6 1 (0.81%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.81%) Oracle Service Bus
6 1 (0.81%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 6 (4.88%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.81%) MS Project
2 1 (0.81%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.81%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (4.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (2.44%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (2.44%) Amazon S3
3 3 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.81%) GitHub
4 1 (0.81%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (10.57%) LAN
1 13 (10.57%) WAN
2 11 (8.94%) Wi-Fi
3 10 (8.13%) Ethernet
3 10 (8.13%) Wireless
4 9 (7.32%) Network Security
5 8 (6.50%) HTTP
6 6 (4.88%) SSL
7 5 (4.07%) VPN
8 4 (3.25%) Internet
9 3 (2.44%) FTP
9 3 (2.44%) HTTPS
9 3 (2.44%) SAN
10 2 (1.63%) Firewall
10 2 (1.63%) TCP/IP
10 2 (1.63%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.13%) VoltDB
3 7 (5.69%) MongoDB
4 5 (4.07%) Big Data
5 4 (3.25%) Hadoop
5 4 (3.25%) NoSQL
5 4 (3.25%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (2.44%) Couchbase
6 3 (2.44%) Informix
6 3 (2.44%) MySQL
7 2 (1.63%) DB2
7 2 (1.63%) MS Access
7 2 (1.63%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.63%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.81%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.81%) OLAP
8 1 (0.81%) OLTP
8 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 33 (26.83%) Selenium
2 26 (21.14%) LoadRunner
3 25 (20.33%) JMeter
4 22 (17.89%) Jenkins
5 18 (14.63%) Cucumber
6 15 (12.20%) SoapUI
7 14 (11.38%) Maven
8 12 (9.76%) JUnit
9 10 (8.13%) Eclipse
9 10 (8.13%) HP UFT
9 10 (8.13%) JBehave
10 9 (7.32%) JIRA
10 9 (7.32%) Subversion
11 8 (6.50%) Visual Studio
11 8 (6.50%) WebDriver
12 5 (4.07%) NUnit
12 5 (4.07%) SpecFlow
12 5 (4.07%) Team Foundation Server
13 4 (3.25%) IntelliJ
13 4 (3.25%) TestNG
General
1 21 (17.07%) Finance
2 9 (7.32%) Marketing
3 6 (4.88%) Banking
4 5 (4.07%) Financial Institution
5 3 (2.44%) Legal
5 3 (2.44%) Retail
5 3 (2.44%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.63%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.63%) Games
6 2 (1.63%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.63%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.81%) Back Office
7 1 (0.81%) Billing
7 1 (0.81%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.81%) Electronics
7 1 (0.81%) French Language
7 1 (0.81%) Front Office
7 1 (0.81%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 34 (27.64%) Developer
2 25 (20.33%) Analyst
2 25 (20.33%) Architect
3 24 (19.51%) Test Analyst
4 18 (14.63%) Tester
5 17 (13.82%) Java Developer
6 11 (8.94%) Developer in Test
6 11 (8.94%) Performance Tester
7 10 (8.13%) Principal Architect
8 9 (7.32%) Domain Architect
9 8 (6.50%) Designer
9 8 (6.50%) Oracle Developer
10 7 (5.69%) Lead Architect
10 7 (5.69%) Network Architect
11 6 (4.88%) LoadRunner Test Analyst
11 6 (4.88%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
11 6 (4.88%) Security Architect
12 5 (4.07%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
12 5 (4.07%) LoadRunner Tester
12 5 (4.07%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (21.14%) Web Services
2 25 (20.33%) SOAP
3 22 (17.89%) XML
4 19 (15.45%) .NET
5 17 (13.82%) JSON
6 11 (8.94%) Java EE
7 9 (7.32%) J2EE
7 9 (7.32%) REST
8 8 (6.50%) AngularJS
8 8 (6.50%) HTML
8 8 (6.50%) Oracle Fusion
9 7 (5.69%) ASP.NET
10 6 (4.88%) CSS
10 6 (4.88%) Node.js
11 5 (4.07%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (4.07%) ASP.NET Web API
12 4 (3.25%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 4 (3.25%) Dropwizard
12 4 (3.25%) Spring Boot
13 3 (2.44%) Angular 2
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 8 (6.50%) Data Centre
3 7 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.69%) Computer Science
4 6 (4.88%) User Experience
5 5 (4.07%) Hedge funds
6 4 (3.25%) CESG
6 4 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (3.25%) Mainframe
6 4 (3.25%) N-Tier
6 4 (3.25%) Public Cloud
7 3 (2.44%) Clustering
7 3 (2.44%) RIA
8 2 (1.63%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.81%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.81%) Data Conversion
9 1 (0.81%) Fintech
9 1 (0.81%) iPad
9 1 (0.81%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.81%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 24 (19.51%) Unix
2 19 (15.45%) Linux
3 18 (14.63%) Windows
4 1 (0.81%) Android
4 1 (0.81%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (22.76%) Test Automation
3 19 (15.45%) Performance Testing
4 18 (14.63%) Regression Testing
5 16 (13.01%) Test Scripting
6 14 (11.38%) BDD
6 14 (11.38%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (11.38%) Non-Functional Testing
7 13 (10.57%) Functional Testing
8 12 (9.76%) Migration
8 12 (9.76%) Performance Tuning
9 11 (8.94%) Service Management
9 11 (8.94%) Use Case
10 10 (8.13%) SOA
11 9 (7.32%) Scrum
11 9 (7.32%) TDD
12 8 (6.50%) High Availability
12 8 (6.50%) Identity Access Management
12 8 (6.50%) Test Strategy
12 8 (6.50%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (39.02%) Java
2 28 (22.76%) SQL
3 15 (12.20%) C#
4 13 (10.57%) JavaScript
5 7 (5.69%) Ruby
6 4 (3.25%) C
6 4 (3.25%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.44%) Python
8 2 (1.63%) PHP
8 2 (1.63%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.63%) Scala
8 2 (1.63%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.81%) Groovy
9 1 (0.81%) Perl
9 1 (0.81%) VB
9 1 (0.81%) XPath
Qualifications
1 21 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.76%) ISEB
2 12 (9.76%) ISTQB
3 11 (8.94%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.69%) Degree
5 5 (4.07%) CISSP
5 5 (4.07%) DV Cleared
6 4 (3.25%) CESG Certified Professional
6 4 (3.25%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (3.25%) CITP
6 4 (3.25%) IISP
6 4 (3.25%) MBCS
7 3 (2.44%) CCNA
8 2 (1.63%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.81%) CCIE
9 1 (0.81%) CCNP
9 1 (0.81%) CISM
9 1 (0.81%) HP ASE
9 1 (0.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (17.07%) QA
2 1 (0.81%) SDET
System Software
1 3 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.63%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.81%) Docker
3 1 (0.81%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 19 (15.45%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (6.50%) Oracle Identity Management
3 4 (3.25%) Oozie
4 2 (1.63%) DameWare
4 2 (1.63%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (1.63%) yum
5 1 (0.81%) Control-M
5 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 1 (0.81%) Puppet
Vendors
1 24 (19.51%) HP
2 23 (18.70%) Oracle
3 17 (13.82%) Microsoft
4 6 (4.88%) Google
5 5 (4.07%) Citrix
6 4 (3.25%) VMware
7 3 (2.44%) Cisco
7 3 (2.44%) F5
7 3 (2.44%) SAP
8 2 (1.63%) IBM
8 2 (1.63%) LexisNexis
8 2 (1.63%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.81%) CA
9 1 (0.81%) CODA
9 1 (0.81%) Guidewire
9 1 (0.81%) Rally
9 1 (0.81%) Siebel
9 1 (0.81%) SOASTA, Inc
9 1 (0.81%) Twitter
9 1 (0.81%) WorldPay
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