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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
HP LoadRunner
Rank 456 389 426
Rank change year-on-year
-67 +37
Contract jobs citing LoadRunner 135 208 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.39% 0.27%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.89% 3.17% 2.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 123 78
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £235 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £475 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +3.57%
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
7141 6557 5266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.00% 12.31% 11.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 4575 4172 3340
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 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 115 146
Average hourly rate £37.50 £39.50 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.06% +6.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £18.00 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £39.25 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-4.45% +6.08%

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 31 March 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 31 March 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 -69 118 £375 -6.25% 14
London -40 37 £338 -20.40% 4
South East -30 29 £450 +22.44% 5
Surrey +20 17 £450 -37.93% 1
Scotland -1 15 £425 +8.97%
South West -14 13 £413 +26.92%
Leatherhead - 10 £450 -
West Midlands -3 9 £426 +21.78%
East of England +14 8 £375 -3.22% 4
North East +4 8 £358 +160.42%
Newcastle upon Tyne +4 8 £358 +186.46%
Tyne and Wear +1 8 £358 +160.42%
Yorkshire -13 7 £325 +10.63%
City of London +6 6 £326 -15.80% 2
Berkshire 0 6 £325 +18.18%
West Yorkshire -18 6 £325 +10.63%
Hertfordshire +6 4 £500 +29.03% 1
Devon 0 4 £425 +21.42%
Exeter -5 4 £425 +21.42%
Edinburgh -10 4 £425 +6.25%
Bradford -14 4 - -
North West -21 4 £350 -17.76%
Essex +8 3 £250 - 1
Glasgow -2 3 £300 +50.00%
Stirling -6 3 £400 +6.66%
Hampshire -20 3 £250 -21.87% 1
Brentwood - 3 £250 - 1
Birmingham - 3 £368 -
East Midlands -6 2 - - 1
Nottinghamshire -8 2 - -

LoadRunner
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 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.

1 106 (38.97%) HP
2 99 (36.40%) Performance Testing
3 77 (28.31%) Security Cleared
4 74 (27.21%) Test Scripting
5 72 (26.47%) JMeter
6 69 (25.37%) Agile Software Development
7 63 (23.16%) HP Quality Center
8 56 (20.59%) SQL
9 52 (19.12%) Java
10 50 (18.38%) Selenium
11 48 (17.65%) QuickTest Pro
12 47 (17.28%) ISEB
13 46 (16.91%) ISTQB
13 46 (16.91%) Finance
14 45 (16.54%) Load Testing
14 45 (16.54%) SC Cleared
15 40 (14.71%) Test Management
16 39 (14.34%) QA
17 37 (13.60%) Linux
17 37 (13.60%) Test Automation
18 35 (12.87%) UNIX
18 35 (12.87%) Software Testing
19 33 (12.13%) Scrum
20 32 (11.76%) Oracle
21 30 (11.03%) Test Strategy
22 29 (10.66%) Automated Testing
23 27 (9.93%) JIRA
24 25 (9.19%) Web Services
25 24 (8.82%) SOAP
25 24 (8.82%) Functional Testing

LoadRunner
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 (5.15%) WebSphere
2 13 (4.78%) WebSphere Application Server
3 11 (4.04%) Apache
4 9 (3.31%) SharePoint
4 9 (3.31%) WebLogic
5 6 (2.21%) FileNet
6 3 (1.10%) ArcSDE
6 3 (1.10%) ArcGIS
6 3 (1.10%) IIS
7 2 (0.74%) NetWeaver
7 2 (0.74%) nginx
8 1 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.37%) JBoss
Applications
1 14 (5.15%) MS Office
2 6 (2.21%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.10%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.47%) SAP BPC
2 3 (1.10%) SAP R/3
2 3 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (1.10%) Summit
3 2 (0.74%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.68%) HTTP
2 6 (2.21%) Wireshark
3 2 (0.74%) FCoE
3 2 (0.74%) WAN
3 2 (0.74%) SNMP
3 2 (0.74%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.37%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.37%) SAN
4 1 (0.37%) Intranet
4 1 (0.37%) Internet
4 1 (0.37%) Firewall
4 1 (0.37%) FTP
4 1 (0.37%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.37%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.21%) MongoDB
2 5 (1.84%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.47%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.10%) MySQL
4 3 (1.10%) DB2
4 3 (1.10%) SAP BW
5 2 (0.74%) SAP BI
5 2 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.37%) HBase
6 1 (0.37%) Big Data
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 72 (26.47%) JMeter
2 50 (18.38%) Selenium
3 48 (17.65%) QuickTest Pro
4 27 (9.93%) JIRA
5 20 (7.35%) NeoLoad
6 12 (4.41%) Cucumber
7 10 (3.68%) Rational Functional Tester
8 9 (3.31%) Rational DOORS
8 9 (3.31%) WinRunner
9 8 (2.94%) JUnit
10 7 (2.57%) Visual Studio
10 7 (2.57%) Subversion
10 7 (2.57%) SoapUI
11 6 (2.21%) JBehave
11 6 (2.21%) WebLOAD
11 6 (2.21%) IntelliJ
11 6 (2.21%) Capybara
11 6 (2.21%) eggPlant
12 5 (1.84%) NUnit
12 5 (1.84%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 46 (16.91%) Finance
2 23 (8.46%) Banking
3 16 (5.88%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.31%) Retail
5 3 (1.10%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.74%) Games
6 2 (0.74%) Legal
6 2 (0.74%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.74%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.37%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.37%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 84 (30.88%) Tester
2 67 (24.63%) Analyst
3 64 (23.53%) Test Analyst
4 53 (19.49%) Performance Tester
5 38 (13.97%) Test Manager
6 29 (10.66%) Test Leader
7 20 (7.35%) Test Engineer
8 18 (6.62%) Performance Analyst
9 17 (6.25%) Performance Test Analyst
10 16 (5.88%) Performance Test Leader
11 12 (4.41%) Performance Engineer
12 9 (3.31%) Project Manager
13 8 (2.94%) Consultant
13 8 (2.94%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 8 (2.94%) Infrastructure Manager
13 8 (2.94%) SAP Manager
13 8 (2.94%) SAP Test Manager
13 8 (2.94%) Performance Test Engineer
13 8 (2.94%) Automation Tester
14 7 (2.57%) LoadRunner Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.19%) Web Services
2 24 (8.82%) SOAP
3 23 (8.46%) XML
3 23 (8.46%) .NET
4 13 (4.78%) JSON
5 11 (4.04%) REST
6 10 (3.68%) Middleware
7 8 (2.94%) HTML
8 6 (2.21%) XML Messaging
9 5 (1.84%) WCF
9 5 (1.84%) Play Framework
10 4 (1.47%) J2EE
10 4 (1.47%) ASP.NET
11 3 (1.10%) CSS
11 3 (1.10%) Ajax
11 3 (1.10%) HTML5
11 3 (1.10%) jQuery
12 2 (0.74%) Oracle Fusion
12 2 (0.74%) GWT
12 2 (0.74%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.04%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (1.84%) N-Tier
4 4 (1.47%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.10%) GIS
5 3 (1.10%) Open Source
5 3 (1.10%) iPad
5 3 (1.10%) Hedge funds
6 2 (0.74%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.74%) NHS
6 2 (0.74%) Reference Data
6 2 (0.74%) User Experience
7 1 (0.37%) Over-the-Top Content
7 1 (0.37%) Performance Metrics
7 1 (0.37%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.37%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.37%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.37%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.37%) IPTV
7 1 (0.37%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 37 (13.60%) Linux
2 35 (12.87%) UNIX
3 13 (4.78%) Windows
4 9 (3.31%) Solaris
5 3 (1.10%) AIX
6 2 (0.74%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.37%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.37%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (36.40%) Performance Testing
2 74 (27.21%) Test Scripting
3 69 (25.37%) Agile Software Development
4 45 (16.54%) Load Testing
5 40 (14.71%) Test Management
6 37 (13.60%) Test Automation
7 35 (12.87%) Software Testing
8 33 (12.13%) Scrum
9 30 (11.03%) Test Strategy
10 29 (10.66%) Automated Testing
11 24 (8.82%) Functional Testing
12 20 (7.35%) BDD
12 20 (7.35%) Test Planning
12 20 (7.35%) Stress Testing
13 18 (6.62%) Regression Testing
13 18 (6.62%) Waterfall
14 17 (6.25%) Mentoring
14 17 (6.25%) Project Management
14 17 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
15 15 (5.51%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 56 (20.59%) SQL
2 52 (19.12%) Java
3 23 (8.46%) Python
4 14 (5.15%) Shell Script
4 14 (5.15%) Ruby
5 13 (4.78%) C
5 13 (4.78%) C#
6 11 (4.04%) JavaScript
7 10 (3.68%) Perl
7 10 (3.68%) Bash Shell
8 9 (3.31%) VB
9 8 (2.94%) C++
10 5 (1.84%) Scala
10 5 (1.84%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.10%) PHP
11 3 (1.10%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.74%) VBA
13 1 (0.37%) RPG IV
13 1 (0.37%) Delphi
13 1 (0.37%) RPG
Qualifications
1 77 (28.31%) Security Cleared
2 47 (17.28%) ISEB
3 46 (16.91%) ISTQB
4 45 (16.54%) SC Cleared
5 20 (7.35%) DV Cleared
6 16 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (3.31%) Degree
8 4 (1.47%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.37%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (14.34%) QA
2 3 (1.10%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.10%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.37%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (0.74%) Active Directory
1 2 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 63 (23.16%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (4.04%) CA Wily
3 8 (2.94%) BMC PATROL
4 3 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.74%) WMI
5 2 (0.74%) SCCM
5 2 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.37%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 106 (38.97%) HP
2 32 (11.76%) Oracle
3 21 (7.72%) SAP
4 10 (3.68%) Cisco
4 10 (3.68%) Microsoft
5 9 (3.31%) IBM
6 8 (2.94%) EMC
6 8 (2.94%) BMC
6 8 (2.94%) F5
7 5 (1.84%) VMware
7 5 (1.84%) Murex
8 3 (1.10%) ESRI
8 3 (1.10%) SOASTA, Inc
9 2 (0.74%) Telerik
9 2 (0.74%) SolarWinds
9 2 (0.74%) NetApp
10 1 (0.37%) Borland
10 1 (0.37%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.37%) Bloomberg
10 1 (0.37%) Primavera
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