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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Load Testing
Rank 583 527 509
Rank change year-on-year
-56 -18
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 60 114 114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.20% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.14% 0.26% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 65 78
Median daily rate £450 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £331 £272 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+28.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £27.50 £20.90 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.57% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £13.50 -
% change year-on-year
+103.70% -

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
43626 44488 42241
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.20% 79.57% 78.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 29009 28650 26554
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1028 1199 1213
Median hourly rate £28.00 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.40 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 -35 57 £450 +26.76% 17
South East +13 23 £450 +63.63% 2
London -17 18 £434 +2.05% 7
Surrey +5 10 £450 - 1
Leatherhead - 10 £450 - 1
South West 0 8 £400 +14.28% 1
Oxfordshire - 5 £330 -
Milton Keynes +20 4 £588 +161.11%
Buckinghamshire +19 4 £588 +111.71%
North West -13 4 £530 - 3
City of London +29 3 £405 -19.00% 2
Glasgow +2 3 £340 -
Swindon +1 3 £375 -
Hampshire -6 3 £363 +31.81% 1
Scotland -12 3 £340 -12.25% 1
Wiltshire -12 3 £375 - 1
West Yorkshire +8 2 £300 -
Yorkshire -2 2 £300 -
Manchester -14 2 £360 - 3
Leeds - 2 £300 -
Bournemouth - 2 - -
Cirencester - 2 £400 -
Winchester - 2 £363 - 1
Banbury - 2 £288 -
Oxford - 2 £415 -
Dorset - 2 - -
Gloucestershire - 2 £400 -
Southampton +15 1 - -
East of England +6 1 - - 2
Bristol +4 1 £450 +28.57%

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 43 (34.96%) Java
3 33 (26.83%) LoadRunner
3 33 (26.83%) SQL
3 33 (26.83%) SOAP
4 32 (26.02%) Oracle
5 30 (24.39%) Selenium
6 29 (23.58%) Non-Functional Testing
7 27 (21.95%) HP
8 26 (21.14%) HP Quality Center
9 25 (20.33%) Web Services
9 25 (20.33%) Performance Testing
10 24 (19.51%) Finance
11 23 (18.70%) Unix
12 21 (17.07%) JMeter
12 21 (17.07%) QA
12 21 (17.07%) Security Cleared
13 20 (16.26%) Windows
13 20 (16.26%) Jenkins
14 19 (15.45%) XML
15 18 (14.63%) Disaster Recovery
15 18 (14.63%) Test Automation
15 18 (14.63%) BDD
16 17 (13.82%) Cucumber
16 17 (13.82%) Test Scripting
17 16 (13.01%) Microsoft
17 16 (13.01%) .NET
17 16 (13.01%) JBoss
17 16 (13.01%) Functional Testing
18 15 (12.20%) SOA

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 16 (13.01%) JBoss
2 11 (8.94%) SharePoint
3 10 (8.13%) Apache
4 9 (7.32%) Tomcat
4 9 (7.32%) WebSphere
5 7 (5.69%) WebSphere Application Server
6 6 (4.88%) Apache Solr
6 6 (4.88%) WebLogic
7 5 (4.07%) CMS
7 5 (4.07%) IIS
8 1 (0.81%) Confluence
8 1 (0.81%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.81%) SAS
8 1 (0.81%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 5 (4.07%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (3.25%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.81%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (4.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.25%) Amazon EC2
3 4 (3.25%) Amazon S3
3 4 (3.25%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.13%) HTTP
2 9 (7.32%) SSL
3 8 (6.50%) VPN
4 7 (5.69%) LAN
4 7 (5.69%) WAN
5 4 (3.25%) HTTPS
5 4 (3.25%) Internet
5 4 (3.25%) SAN
5 4 (3.25%) SMTP
5 4 (3.25%) TCP/IP
6 3 (2.44%) Ethernet
6 3 (2.44%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (2.44%) WinSCP
6 3 (2.44%) Wireless
7 2 (1.63%) Firewall
7 2 (1.63%) FTP
7 2 (1.63%) PuTTY
8 1 (0.81%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.20%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.13%) MongoDB
2 10 (8.13%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (8.13%) VoltDB
3 5 (4.07%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (3.25%) DB2
5 3 (2.44%) MS Access
6 2 (1.63%) Apache Accumulo
6 2 (1.63%) Data Mining
6 2 (1.63%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.63%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.63%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.63%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (1.63%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (1.63%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.81%) GIS
7 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.81%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (26.83%) LoadRunner
2 30 (24.39%) Selenium
3 21 (17.07%) JMeter
4 20 (16.26%) Jenkins
5 17 (13.82%) Cucumber
6 14 (11.38%) HP UFT
6 14 (11.38%) Maven
7 11 (8.94%) JUnit
7 11 (8.94%) SoapUI
8 10 (8.13%) Eclipse
8 10 (8.13%) JBehave
8 10 (8.13%) Subversion
9 9 (7.32%) JIRA
10 8 (6.50%) Visual Studio
11 7 (5.69%) IntelliJ
12 4 (3.25%) TestNG
12 4 (3.25%) WebDriver
13 3 (2.44%) Hudson
13 3 (2.44%) Toad
13 3 (2.44%) WinRunner
General
1 24 (19.51%) Finance
2 5 (4.07%) Financial Institution
3 4 (3.25%) Banking
4 3 (2.44%) Billing
4 3 (2.44%) Retail
5 2 (1.63%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Legal
Job Titles
1 41 (33.33%) Analyst
2 37 (30.08%) Test Analyst
3 24 (19.51%) Developer
4 19 (15.45%) Architect
5 13 (10.57%) Tester
6 12 (9.76%) Java Developer
7 11 (8.94%) Developer in Test
8 9 (7.32%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
8 9 (7.32%) Performance Tester
8 9 (7.32%) Technical Architect
9 8 (6.50%) .NET Architect
9 8 (6.50%) .NET Technical Architect
9 8 (6.50%) Designer
9 8 (6.50%) Oracle Developer
10 7 (5.69%) Consultant
10 7 (5.69%) Performance Analyst
10 7 (5.69%) Performance Test Analyst
10 7 (5.69%) Senior Analyst
11 6 (4.88%) QA Test Analyst
11 6 (4.88%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (26.83%) SOAP
2 25 (20.33%) Web Services
3 19 (15.45%) XML
4 16 (13.01%) .NET
5 14 (11.38%) J2EE
6 11 (8.94%) Java EE
6 11 (8.94%) JSON
7 9 (7.32%) ASP.NET
7 9 (7.32%) ASP.NET MVC
7 9 (7.32%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 9 (7.32%) Spring Boot
8 8 (6.50%) Oracle Fusion
9 6 (4.88%) Node.js
10 5 (4.07%) REST
10 5 (4.07%) Struts
11 4 (3.25%) JDBC
11 4 (3.25%) JMS
11 4 (3.25%) JSP
11 4 (3.25%) Servlets
11 4 (3.25%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.13%) User Experience
2 9 (7.32%) Enterprise Software
2 9 (7.32%) N-Tier
3 8 (6.50%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.88%) Computer Science
5 5 (4.07%) Hedge funds
5 5 (4.07%) iPad
6 4 (3.25%) Mainframe
6 4 (3.25%) Virtual Team
7 3 (2.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 3 (2.44%) IPTV
7 3 (2.44%) Video on Demand
8 2 (1.63%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.63%) NHS
9 1 (0.81%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.81%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.81%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.81%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.81%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 23 (18.70%) Unix
2 20 (16.26%) Windows
3 15 (12.20%) Linux
4 1 (0.81%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (42.28%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (23.58%) Non-Functional Testing
3 25 (20.33%) Performance Testing
4 18 (14.63%) BDD
4 18 (14.63%) Disaster Recovery
4 18 (14.63%) Test Automation
5 17 (13.82%) Test Scripting
6 16 (13.01%) Functional Testing
7 15 (12.20%) SOA
7 15 (12.20%) Use Case
8 14 (11.38%) Migration
8 14 (11.38%) Performance Tuning
9 12 (9.76%) Automation Testing
9 12 (9.76%) Project Management
10 11 (8.94%) Regression Testing
11 10 (8.13%) ETL
11 10 (8.13%) High Availability
11 10 (8.13%) Process Improvement
12 9 (7.32%) Continuous Improvement
12 9 (7.32%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 43 (34.96%) Java
2 33 (26.83%) SQL
3 5 (4.07%) C#
3 5 (4.07%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.44%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.44%) Ruby
4 3 (2.44%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.63%) C
5 2 (1.63%) VB
6 1 (0.81%) Groovy
6 1 (0.81%) Jython
6 1 (0.81%) Korn
6 1 (0.81%) PHP
6 1 (0.81%) Scala
6 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 21 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 15 (12.20%) ISEB
3 13 (10.57%) SC Cleared
4 11 (8.94%) ISTQB
5 4 (3.25%) CCNA
5 4 (3.25%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.44%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (17.07%) QA
2 1 (0.81%) SDET
System Software
1 6 (4.88%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 4 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.81%) Docker
3 1 (0.81%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.81%) ISA Server
3 1 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 26 (21.14%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (6.50%) Oracle Identity Management
3 3 (2.44%) DameWare
3 3 (2.44%) ServiceCenter
3 3 (2.44%) yum
4 1 (0.81%) HP SiteScope
4 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.81%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 32 (26.02%) Oracle
2 27 (21.95%) HP
3 16 (13.01%) Microsoft
4 8 (6.50%) Citrix
5 5 (4.07%) Sitecore
5 5 (4.07%) VMware
6 4 (3.25%) ATG
6 4 (3.25%) Endeca
6 4 (3.25%) IBM
7 3 (2.44%) LexisNexis
8 1 (0.81%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.81%) CA
8 1 (0.81%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.81%) Rally
8 1 (0.81%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.81%) WorldPay
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