The table below looks at the statistics for LoadRunner skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LoadRunner over the 3 months to 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
HP LoadRunner
Rank 444 381 427
Rank change year-on-year
-63 +46
Contract jobs citing LoadRunner 132 191 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.38% 0.25%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.88% 3.18% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 110 72
Average daily rate
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£400 £389 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.89% +3.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £230 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £449
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+21.42% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £147.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7034 6005 5043
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.40% 11.95% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4629 3776 3188
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £335
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 113 159
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.69 £19.19 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.95 £54.00 £43.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £37.80 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-2.11% +5.00%

LoadRunner
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LoadRunner within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

LoadRunner Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

LoadRunner
Daily Rate Trend

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

LoadRunner Daily Rate Trend in the UK

LoadRunner
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LoadRunner within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

LoadRunner Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

LoadRunner
Hourly Rate Trend

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

LoadRunner Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

LoadRunner
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 LoadRunner within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 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
England -68 113 £400 +2.56% 14
London -52 39 £375 -11.34% 7
South East -29 27 £450 +40.62% 4
Scotland -2 17 £425 +10.38% 2
Surrey - 17 £450 - 1
South West -26 13 £400 +23.07%
Leatherhead - 10 £450 -
East of England +6 8 £500 +29.03% 1
Yorkshire -14 8 £325 -16.12% 2
Hertfordshire +16 7 £500 +29.03%
West Midlands -5 7 £538 +56.36%
City of London +12 6 £325 -21.21% 3
Exeter -3 4 £425 +21.42%
Devon -7 4 £425 +21.42%
North West -17 4 £400 -5.88%
Stirling - 4 £450 -
Glasgow -1 3 £300 -17.80% 1
Berkshire -4 3 £310 -0.80%
Edinburgh -9 3 £425 +6.25% 1
West Yorkshire -21 3 £323 -16.77% 1
Hampshire -22 3 £250 -13.04% 1
Rickmansworth - 3 £525 -
Birmingham - 2 - -
South Yorkshire - 2 - - 1
Essex +11 1 £250 - 1
East Midlands 0 1 - -
Nottinghamshire -12 1 - -
Leeds -13 1 £320 +2.40% 1
Nottingham -13 1 - -
Southampton -17 1 £250 -21.87%

LoadRunner
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing LoadRunner 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 LoadRunner.

1 109 (41.29%) HP
2 102 (38.64%) Performance Testing
3 80 (30.30%) HP Quality Center
4 77 (29.17%) Test Scripting
5 74 (28.03%) Security Cleared
6 69 (26.14%) JMeter
7 65 (24.62%) Agile Software Development
8 61 (23.11%) SQL
9 51 (19.32%) Java
10 49 (18.56%) ISEB
11 48 (18.18%) QuickTest Pro
12 47 (17.80%) ISTQB
13 44 (16.67%) Selenium
13 44 (16.67%) Finance
14 43 (16.29%) QA
14 43 (16.29%) SC Cleared
15 41 (15.53%) Test Automation
16 39 (14.77%) Test Strategy
17 37 (14.02%) Software Testing
17 37 (14.02%) Linux
18 36 (13.64%) Oracle
18 36 (13.64%) Load Testing
19 35 (13.26%) Test Management
20 34 (12.88%) Scrum
21 31 (11.74%) Automated Testing
21 31 (11.74%) Web Services
22 30 (11.36%) UNIX
23 29 (10.98%) Regression Testing
24 26 (9.85%) JIRA
25 24 (9.09%) Banking

LoadRunner
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing LoadRunner 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 LoadRunner. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 14 (5.30%) WebSphere
2 12 (4.55%) WebSphere Application Server
3 10 (3.79%) Apache
4 9 (3.41%) WebLogic
5 6 (2.27%) FileNet
6 4 (1.52%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.14%) ArcSDE
7 3 (1.14%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.76%) nginx
8 2 (0.76%) Confluence
8 2 (0.76%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (5.30%) MS Office
2 7 (2.65%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.52%) SAP BPC
2 3 (1.14%) Summit
2 3 (1.14%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.38%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.68%) Wireshark
2 10 (3.79%) HTTP
3 9 (3.41%) TCP/IP
4 4 (1.52%) FTP
5 3 (1.14%) PuTTY
5 3 (1.14%) tcpdump
5 3 (1.14%) DNS
6 2 (0.76%) SNMP
6 2 (0.76%) WAN
6 2 (0.76%) FCoE
7 1 (0.38%) GSM
7 1 (0.38%) Intranet
7 1 (0.38%) Internet
7 1 (0.38%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.27%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (1.89%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.89%) MongoDB
3 3 (1.14%) SAP BW
4 2 (0.76%) SAP BI
4 2 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (0.76%) DB2
4 2 (0.76%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.76%) MySQL
5 1 (0.38%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.38%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 69 (26.14%) JMeter
2 48 (18.18%) QuickTest Pro
3 44 (16.67%) Selenium
4 26 (9.85%) JIRA
5 15 (5.68%) Cucumber
6 14 (5.30%) Rational DOORS
6 14 (5.30%) JUnit
7 12 (4.55%) Subversion
7 12 (4.55%) SoapUI
7 12 (4.55%) NeoLoad
8 9 (3.41%) WinRunner
8 9 (3.41%) ClearCase
9 7 (2.65%) Visual Studio
9 7 (2.65%) IntelliJ
9 7 (2.65%) Facilita Forecast
9 7 (2.65%) DbUnit
10 6 (2.27%) Capybara
10 6 (2.27%) Jenkins
10 6 (2.27%) JBehave
10 6 (2.27%) WebLOAD
General
1 44 (16.67%) Finance
2 24 (9.09%) Banking
3 16 (6.06%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.89%) Retail
4 5 (1.89%) Games
5 4 (1.52%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.14%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.38%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.38%) Legal
7 1 (0.38%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.38%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 72 (27.27%) Tester
2 62 (23.48%) Analyst
3 61 (23.11%) Test Analyst
4 52 (19.70%) Performance Tester
5 37 (14.02%) Test Manager
6 29 (10.98%) Test Engineer
6 29 (10.98%) Test Leader
7 20 (7.58%) Performance Analyst
7 20 (7.58%) Performance Test Analyst
8 18 (6.82%) Performance Test Leader
9 15 (5.68%) Performance Engineer
10 12 (4.55%) Performance Test Engineer
11 10 (3.79%) Consultant
12 8 (3.03%) Infrastructure Project Manager
12 8 (3.03%) Project Manager
12 8 (3.03%) Senior Analyst
12 8 (3.03%) Senior Test Analyst
12 8 (3.03%) Infrastructure Manager
12 8 (3.03%) SAP Test Manager
12 8 (3.03%) SAP Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (11.74%) Web Services
2 22 (8.33%) XML
2 22 (8.33%) SOAP
3 19 (7.20%) .NET
4 13 (4.92%) JSON
5 11 (4.17%) REST
6 9 (3.41%) Middleware
7 8 (3.03%) jQuery
8 6 (2.27%) HTML
9 5 (1.89%) XML Messaging
9 5 (1.89%) Play Framework
10 4 (1.52%) RESTful
10 4 (1.52%) WCF
11 3 (1.14%) FIX Protocol
11 3 (1.14%) HTML5
12 2 (0.76%) Oracle Fusion
12 2 (0.76%) GWT
12 2 (0.76%) SAP Basis
12 2 (0.76%) Ajax
12 2 (0.76%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
2 5 (1.89%) GIS
3 4 (1.52%) Management Information System
3 4 (1.52%) Computer Science
3 4 (1.52%) Data Structures
3 4 (1.52%) Open Source
4 3 (1.14%) iPad
4 3 (1.14%) Spread Betting
4 3 (1.14%) Mobile App
5 2 (0.76%) Reference Data
5 2 (0.76%) N-Tier
5 2 (0.76%) NHS
6 1 (0.38%) IPTV
6 1 (0.38%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.38%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.38%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.38%) Performance Metrics
6 1 (0.38%) Over-the-Top Content
6 1 (0.38%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 37 (14.02%) Linux
2 30 (11.36%) UNIX
3 18 (6.82%) Windows
4 8 (3.03%) Solaris
5 2 (0.76%) AIX
5 2 (0.76%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.38%) SUSE
6 1 (0.38%) Android
6 1 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (38.64%) Performance Testing
2 77 (29.17%) Test Scripting
3 65 (24.62%) Agile Software Development
4 41 (15.53%) Test Automation
5 39 (14.77%) Test Strategy
6 37 (14.02%) Software Testing
7 36 (13.64%) Load Testing
8 35 (13.26%) Test Management
9 34 (12.88%) Scrum
10 31 (11.74%) Automated Testing
11 29 (10.98%) Regression Testing
12 23 (8.71%) Functional Testing
13 17 (6.44%) BDD
13 17 (6.44%) Test Planning
13 17 (6.44%) Project Management
14 16 (6.06%) TDD
14 16 (6.06%) User Acceptance Testing
14 16 (6.06%) Mentoring
15 15 (5.68%) Configuration Management
16 14 (5.30%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (23.11%) SQL
2 51 (19.32%) Java
3 20 (7.58%) Python
4 17 (6.44%) C
5 14 (5.30%) Shell Script
6 12 (4.55%) C#
7 11 (4.17%) JavaScript
7 11 (4.17%) Ruby
8 9 (3.41%) VB
9 8 (3.03%) C++
9 8 (3.03%) Bash Shell
10 5 (1.89%) Scala
11 4 (1.52%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.14%) Perl
12 3 (1.14%) VBA
13 2 (0.76%) PHP
13 2 (0.76%) VBScript
14 1 (0.38%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.38%) Bourne shell
14 1 (0.38%) RPG
Qualifications
1 74 (28.03%) Security Cleared
2 49 (18.56%) ISEB
3 47 (17.80%) ISTQB
4 43 (16.29%) SC Cleared
5 19 (7.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 16 (6.06%) DV Cleared
7 12 (4.55%) Degree
8 4 (1.52%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.38%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.38%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.38%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (16.29%) QA
2 3 (1.14%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.14%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.38%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.38%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 3 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.76%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 80 (30.30%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (4.17%) CA Wily
3 8 (3.03%) BMC PATROL
4 3 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.76%) WebInspect
5 2 (0.76%) WMI
5 2 (0.76%) SCCM
Vendors
1 109 (41.29%) HP
2 36 (13.64%) Oracle
3 18 (6.82%) SAP
4 10 (3.79%) Cisco
5 9 (3.41%) IBM
5 9 (3.41%) VMware
6 8 (3.03%) EMC
6 8 (3.03%) BMC
6 8 (3.03%) F5
7 7 (2.65%) Microsoft
8 5 (1.89%) Murex
9 4 (1.52%) SOASTA, Inc
10 3 (1.14%) ESRI
11 2 (0.76%) NetApp
11 2 (0.76%) Siebel
11 2 (0.76%) SolarWinds
12 1 (0.38%) DataCash
12 1 (0.38%) Business Objects
12 1 (0.38%) Compuware
12 1 (0.38%) Red Hat
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