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 28 April 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
28 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
HP LoadRunner
Rank 481 386 427
Rank change year-on-year
-95 +41
Contract jobs citing LoadRunner 122 221 131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.40% 0.27%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.69% 3.25% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 140 77
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £236 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £341 £363
% change year-on-year
+9.89% -5.86%
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
7201 6798 5382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.93% 12.46% 11.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4614 4347 3415
Average daily rate £400 £375 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 132 134
Average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.01% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.21 £31.00 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £37.80
% change year-on-year
-2.01% -

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 28 April 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 28 April 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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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 -86 105 £363 -3.33% 10
London -47 36 £331 -26.38% 2
South East -20 32 £338 +3.84% 4
Scotland -6 15 £425 +12.73% 1
Surrey +15 14 £450 -35.71% 1
Berkshire 0 9 £338 +50.00% 1
City of London +5 8 £326 -27.50%
East of England +15 7 £375 - 1
South West +3 7 £425 +30.76%
North West -15 6 £350 -33.42%
Bracknell - 6 £325 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 5 £358 +52.37%
Buckinghamshire -9 5 £320 -8.57%
Tyne and Wear -16 5 £427 +79.59%
North East -19 5 £427 +79.59%
Yorkshire -35 5 - - 1
Gloucestershire - 5 £438 -
Leatherhead - 5 £450 - 1
Essex +10 4 £313 -
Milton Keynes +3 4 £320 -8.57%
Edinburgh -2 4 £425 +6.25%
West Midlands -3 4 £368 +17.60%
Stirling -4 4 £375 -
Hampshire -14 4 £338 +3.84%
Bradford -14 4 - - 1
West Yorkshire -23 4 - - 1
Brentwood - 4 £313 -
Cheltenham - 4 £438 -
Glasgow -9 3 £300 -25.00% 1
Manchester - 3 £338 -

LoadRunner
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 April 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.

1 105 (40.23%) HP
2 101 (38.70%) Performance Testing
3 75 (28.74%) Security Cleared
4 68 (26.05%) Test Scripting
5 66 (25.29%) JMeter
6 61 (23.37%) Agile Software Development
7 60 (22.99%) HP Quality Center
8 52 (19.92%) QuickTest Pro
8 52 (19.92%) SQL
9 48 (18.39%) Java
10 47 (18.01%) Selenium
10 47 (18.01%) SC Cleared
11 44 (16.86%) Finance
12 43 (16.48%) ISEB
13 40 (15.33%) ISTQB
14 39 (14.94%) QA
14 39 (14.94%) Load Testing
15 38 (14.56%) Linux
16 35 (13.41%) UNIX
17 32 (12.26%) Test Automation
18 31 (11.88%) Software Testing
19 30 (11.49%) Automated Testing
19 30 (11.49%) Oracle
19 30 (11.49%) Test Management
20 29 (11.11%) Scrum
21 27 (10.34%) XML
22 26 (9.96%) .NET
23 25 (9.58%) Test Strategy
24 24 (9.20%) Banking
25 23 (8.81%) JIRA

LoadRunner
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 22 (8.43%) WebSphere
2 14 (5.36%) WebSphere Application Server
3 11 (4.21%) Apache
4 10 (3.83%) SharePoint
5 9 (3.45%) WebLogic
6 6 (2.30%) FileNet
7 5 (1.92%) MQSeries
8 4 (1.53%) IIS
9 3 (1.15%) ArcGIS
9 3 (1.15%) ArcSDE
10 2 (0.77%) nginx
11 1 (0.38%) Drupal
11 1 (0.38%) JBoss
11 1 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.38%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 13 (4.98%) MS Office
2 7 (2.68%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.77%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.53%) SAP BPC
2 3 (1.15%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (1.15%) Summit
3 2 (0.77%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.77%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.38%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.38%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.77%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.38%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.45%) HTTP
2 4 (1.53%) Wireshark
3 2 (0.77%) Network Security
3 2 (0.77%) FCoE
3 2 (0.77%) WAN
3 2 (0.77%) SNMP
3 2 (0.77%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.77%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.38%) SAN
4 1 (0.38%) Intranet
4 1 (0.38%) Internet
4 1 (0.38%) Firewall
4 1 (0.38%) FTP
4 1 (0.38%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.83%) DB2
2 9 (3.45%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.30%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.92%) DbVisualizer
5 4 (1.53%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.77%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.77%) MySQL
6 2 (0.77%) SAP BI
6 2 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.38%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.38%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.38%) HBase
7 1 (0.38%) Big Data
7 1 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 66 (25.29%) JMeter
2 52 (19.92%) QuickTest Pro
3 47 (18.01%) Selenium
4 23 (8.81%) JIRA
5 15 (5.75%) NeoLoad
6 9 (3.45%) Rational Functional Tester
7 8 (3.07%) Cucumber
7 8 (3.07%) SoapUI
7 8 (3.07%) JUnit
8 7 (2.68%) WebLOAD
8 7 (2.68%) Rational DOORS
9 6 (2.30%) Visual Studio
10 5 (1.92%) IntelliJ
10 5 (1.92%) Rational Performance Tester
10 5 (1.92%) WinRunner
10 5 (1.92%) SpecFlow
11 4 (1.53%) eggPlant
11 4 (1.53%) Subversion
12 3 (1.15%) NUnit
12 3 (1.15%) ClearCase
General
1 44 (16.86%) Finance
2 24 (9.20%) Banking
3 17 (6.51%) Retail
4 15 (5.75%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.15%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.77%) Games
6 2 (0.77%) Marketing
6 2 (0.77%) Legal
6 2 (0.77%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.77%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.38%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.38%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 81 (31.03%) Tester
2 76 (29.12%) Analyst
3 73 (27.97%) Test Analyst
4 48 (18.39%) Performance Tester
5 34 (13.03%) Test Manager
6 29 (11.11%) Test Leader
7 20 (7.66%) Performance Analyst
8 19 (7.28%) Performance Test Analyst
9 17 (6.51%) Performance Test Leader
10 14 (5.36%) Test Engineer
11 9 (3.45%) Project Manager
11 9 (3.45%) Performance Engineer
12 8 (3.07%) Infrastructure Manager
12 8 (3.07%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 7 (2.68%) Senior Test Analyst
13 7 (2.68%) Senior Analyst
13 7 (2.68%) QA Tester
13 7 (2.68%) SAP Manager
13 7 (2.68%) SAP Test Manager
14 6 (2.30%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (10.34%) XML
2 26 (9.96%) .NET
3 16 (6.13%) Web Services
4 15 (5.75%) HTML
4 15 (5.75%) SOAP
5 12 (4.60%) Middleware
6 10 (3.83%) JSON
7 8 (3.07%) J2EE
7 8 (3.07%) XML Messaging
8 6 (2.30%) ASP.NET
9 5 (1.92%) Flash
9 5 (1.92%) REST
9 5 (1.92%) Play Framework
10 3 (1.15%) Ajax
10 3 (1.15%) HTML5
10 3 (1.15%) jQuery
10 3 (1.15%) CSS
11 2 (0.77%) CGI
11 2 (0.77%) WebSphere MQ
11 2 (0.77%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (1.92%) N-Tier
3 4 (1.53%) Management Information System
3 4 (1.53%) Hedge funds
3 4 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (1.15%) iPad
4 3 (1.15%) GIS
5 2 (0.77%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.77%) Reference Data
5 2 (0.77%) iSeries
5 2 (0.77%) NHS
5 2 (0.77%) User Experience
6 1 (0.38%) Performance Metrics
6 1 (0.38%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.38%) DTV
6 1 (0.38%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.38%) AS400
6 1 (0.38%) Replication
6 1 (0.38%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.38%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 38 (14.56%) Linux
2 35 (13.41%) UNIX
3 13 (4.98%) Windows
4 9 (3.45%) Solaris
5 2 (0.77%) AIX
5 2 (0.77%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.38%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.38%) Android
6 1 (0.38%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.38%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.38%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (38.70%) Performance Testing
2 68 (26.05%) Test Scripting
3 61 (23.37%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (14.94%) Load Testing
5 32 (12.26%) Test Automation
6 31 (11.88%) Software Testing
7 30 (11.49%) Test Management
7 30 (11.49%) Automated Testing
8 29 (11.11%) Scrum
9 25 (9.58%) Test Strategy
10 23 (8.81%) Functional Testing
11 21 (8.05%) Stress Testing
12 20 (7.66%) Regression Testing
13 18 (6.90%) Test Planning
14 17 (6.51%) Project Management
15 16 (6.13%) User Acceptance Testing
16 14 (5.36%) E-Commerce
16 14 (5.36%) Mentoring
16 14 (5.36%) BDD
17 13 (4.98%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 52 (19.92%) SQL
2 48 (18.39%) Java
3 18 (6.90%) Python
4 16 (6.13%) C#
5 15 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 15 (5.75%) Shell Script
6 11 (4.21%) C
7 10 (3.83%) Ruby
8 9 (3.45%) Perl
8 9 (3.45%) Bash Shell
9 7 (2.68%) VB
10 6 (2.30%) C++
11 5 (1.92%) Scala
12 3 (1.15%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.77%) VBA
13 2 (0.77%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.38%) RPG
14 1 (0.38%) Delphi
14 1 (0.38%) PHP
14 1 (0.38%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 75 (28.74%) Security Cleared
2 47 (18.01%) SC Cleared
3 43 (16.48%) ISEB
4 40 (15.33%) ISTQB
5 19 (7.28%) DV Cleared
6 15 (5.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 10 (3.83%) Degree
8 3 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.77%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.38%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (14.94%) QA
2 3 (1.15%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.15%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 2 (0.77%) Active Directory
1 2 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.38%) Varnish
2 1 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 60 (22.99%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (4.60%) CA Wily
3 8 (3.07%) BMC PATROL
4 4 (1.53%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.77%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.77%) WMI
5 2 (0.77%) SCCM
6 1 (0.38%) Puppet
6 1 (0.38%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.38%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 105 (40.23%) HP
2 30 (11.49%) Oracle
3 19 (7.28%) SAP
4 15 (5.75%) IBM
5 14 (5.36%) Microsoft
6 10 (3.83%) Cisco
7 8 (3.07%) F5
7 8 (3.07%) EMC
7 8 (3.07%) BMC
8 5 (1.92%) Citrix
9 4 (1.53%) VMware
10 3 (1.15%) ESRI
11 2 (0.77%) Telerik
11 2 (0.77%) Google
11 2 (0.77%) Coremetrics
11 2 (0.77%) SolarWinds
11 2 (0.77%) AppDynamics
11 2 (0.77%) NetApp
12 1 (0.38%) Borland
12 1 (0.38%) Red Hat