The table below looks at the statistics for Stress Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Stress Testing over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Stress Testing
Rank 537 508 433
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -75
Contract jobs citing Stress Testing 75 78 173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.15% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.18% 0.20% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 47 131
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£550 £490 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.24% -10.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £356 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £644 £615 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £388 £400
% change year-on-year
-7.74% -3.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
42716 39097 41510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.16% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26685 24121 24021
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1186 1114 1519
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Stress Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Stress Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Stress Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Stress Testing
Daily Rate Trend

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

Stress Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Stress Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Stress Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Stress Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Stress Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Stress Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Stress Testing
Top 29 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Stress Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 2014. 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 -12 72 £550 - 23
London +5 57 £600 +9.09% 15
City of London +20 12 £543 +25.43% 4
South East +5 5 £225 -43.75% 1
South West - 5 £700 - 2
Wiltshire - 5 £700 -
North West -4 4 £320 -8.57% 4
Berkshire +9 3 £225 +50.00%
Scotland -12 3 £475 +18.75% 4
Edinburgh -2 2 £483 +20.62% 4
Surrey -4 2 £425 +3.03%
Manchester -12 2 £400 +14.28% 4
Cheshire - 2 £320 -
Yorkshire +1 1 - - 1
Warrington - 1 £320 -
West Midlands - - - -
East of England - - - -
Fife - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Staines - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Dunfermline - - - -

Stress Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Stress Testing 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 Stress Testing.

1 79 (43.41%) Finance
2 58 (31.87%) Banking
3 56 (30.77%) Market Risk
4 54 (29.67%) SQL
5 44 (24.18%) Risk Management
6 41 (22.53%) Investment Banking
7 31 (17.03%) Data Modelling
8 30 (16.48%) Business Analysis
9 25 (13.74%) Degree
9 25 (13.74%) Credit Risk
10 24 (13.19%) Integration Testing
11 23 (12.64%) Load Testing
12 21 (11.54%) Performance Testing
13 20 (10.99%) LoadRunner
13 20 (10.99%) C#
14 19 (10.44%) Microsoft
15 18 (9.89%) HP
16 17 (9.34%) MS Excel
17 16 (8.79%) ISEB
17 16 (8.79%) ISTQB
18 15 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
18 15 (8.24%) User Acceptance Testing
18 15 (8.24%) Analytical Skills
19 14 (7.69%) JMeter
19 14 (7.69%) Derivative
20 13 (7.14%) Project Management
20 13 (7.14%) Migration
20 13 (7.14%) Equities
20 13 (7.14%) Analytics
21 12 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management

Stress Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Stress Testing 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 Stress Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (3.85%) WebLogic
2 3 (1.65%) CICS
2 3 (1.65%) IBM Notes
3 2 (1.10%) Lync
3 2 (1.10%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.55%) SAS
4 1 (0.55%) Apache
4 1 (0.55%) CMS
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle Coherence
4 1 (0.55%) TIBCO EMS
4 1 (0.55%) Node.js
4 1 (0.55%) Confluence
Applications
1 17 (9.34%) MS Excel
2 9 (4.95%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (2.75%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.10%) MS Office
5 1 (0.55%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.20%) Maximo
2 2 (1.10%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (1.10%) SAP CO
2 2 (1.10%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.55%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.55%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.55%) Adaptiv
3 1 (0.55%) Cordys
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.10%) 4G
1 2 (1.10%) FTP
2 1 (0.55%) MPLS
2 1 (0.55%) OSPF
2 1 (0.55%) BGP
2 1 (0.55%) DSL
2 1 (0.55%) L2TP
2 1 (0.55%) X.21
2 1 (0.55%) Intranet
2 1 (0.55%) Extranet
2 1 (0.55%) HTTP
2 1 (0.55%) PPP
2 1 (0.55%) SNMP
2 1 (0.55%) VPN
2 1 (0.55%) HTTPS
2 1 (0.55%) WAN
2 1 (0.55%) Ethernet
2 1 (0.55%) IPsec
2 1 (0.55%) Firewall
2 1 (0.55%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.40%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (3.85%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (2.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (2.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (2.20%) NoSQL
6 3 (1.65%) Big Data
6 3 (1.65%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.65%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.10%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.10%) FileMaker
8 1 (0.55%) SQLPlus
8 1 (0.55%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.55%) Couchbase
8 1 (0.55%) RavenDB
8 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 20 (10.99%) LoadRunner
2 14 (7.69%) JMeter
3 9 (4.95%) Rational Performance Tester
4 8 (4.40%) QuickTest Pro
5 6 (3.30%) Visual Studio
6 4 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (2.20%) Selenium
7 2 (1.10%) TeamCity
7 2 (1.10%) JIRA
7 2 (1.10%) Introscope
7 2 (1.10%) Toad
8 1 (0.55%) ERwin
8 1 (0.55%) JUnit
8 1 (0.55%) WebLOAD
8 1 (0.55%) WATIR
8 1 (0.55%) Subversion
8 1 (0.55%) JProfiler
8 1 (0.55%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.55%) VectorCAST
8 1 (0.55%) TestComplete
General
1 79 (43.41%) Finance
2 58 (31.87%) Banking
3 41 (22.53%) Investment Banking
4 12 (6.59%) Front Office
5 5 (2.75%) Retail
6 4 (2.20%) Back Office
7 3 (1.65%) General Ledger
8 2 (1.10%) Retail Banking
8 2 (1.10%) Electronics
8 2 (1.10%) Law
8 2 (1.10%) Legal
9 1 (0.55%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.55%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 97 (53.30%) Analyst
2 57 (31.32%) Business Analyst
3 35 (19.23%) Market Risk Analyst
3 35 (19.23%) Market Risk Business Analyst
4 33 (18.13%) Risk Analyst
5 26 (14.29%) Market Analyst
6 23 (12.64%) IT Business Analyst
7 21 (11.54%) Test Analyst
8 20 (10.99%) Tester
9 16 (8.79%) Banking Business Analyst
10 14 (7.69%) Developer
11 13 (7.14%) Performance Tester
12 9 (4.95%) Architect
13 8 (4.40%) Senior Analyst
14 7 (3.85%) Performance Test Analyst
14 7 (3.85%) Performance Analyst
15 6 (3.30%) Project Manager
16 5 (2.75%) Quantitative Analyst
16 5 (2.75%) C# Developer
17 4 (2.20%) Business Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.49%) .NET
2 6 (3.30%) J2EE
2 6 (3.30%) Web Services
3 4 (2.20%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.65%) Middleware
4 3 (1.65%) .NET Framework
4 3 (1.65%) WCF
5 2 (1.10%) jQuery
5 2 (1.10%) WPF
5 2 (1.10%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (1.10%) HTML5
5 2 (1.10%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 2 (1.10%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 2 (1.10%) CSS3
5 2 (1.10%) JRules
5 2 (1.10%) MDX
5 2 (1.10%) NHibernate
5 2 (1.10%) WinForms
5 2 (1.10%) CSS
5 2 (1.10%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 56 (30.77%) Market Risk
2 25 (13.74%) Credit Risk
3 15 (8.24%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (7.69%) Derivative
5 13 (7.14%) Equities
6 10 (5.49%) Computer Science
7 8 (4.40%) Social Network
8 7 (3.85%) Reference Data
9 6 (3.30%) Fixed Income
10 5 (2.75%) Firmware
10 5 (2.75%) Management Information System
11 4 (2.20%) Mathematics
11 4 (2.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 3 (1.65%) Statistics
12 3 (1.65%) Economics
12 3 (1.65%) Mobile App
13 2 (1.10%) Visualisation
13 2 (1.10%) Interest Rate Derivative
13 2 (1.10%) Equity Derivative
13 2 (1.10%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.95%) Linux
2 7 (3.85%) Windows
3 5 (2.75%) UNIX
4 3 (1.65%) zOS
5 1 (0.55%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (24.18%) Risk Management
2 31 (17.03%) Data Modelling
3 30 (16.48%) Business Analysis
4 24 (13.19%) Integration Testing
5 23 (12.64%) Load Testing
6 21 (11.54%) Performance Testing
7 15 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (8.24%) User Acceptance Testing
8 13 (7.14%) Project Management
8 13 (7.14%) Migration
8 13 (7.14%) Analytics
9 12 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (6.04%) Quantitative Risk Management
11 10 (5.49%) Test Scripting
11 10 (5.49%) Test Strategy
12 9 (4.95%) Regression Testing
12 9 (4.95%) Volume Testing
12 9 (4.95%) Manual Testing
13 8 (4.40%) Unit Testing
13 8 (4.40%) Quantitative Analysis
Programming Languages
1 54 (29.67%) SQL
2 20 (10.99%) C#
3 10 (5.49%) VBA
4 9 (4.95%) Java
5 7 (3.85%) C++
6 6 (3.30%) PowerShell
7 5 (2.75%) C
8 4 (2.20%) Embedded C
9 3 (1.65%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.10%) R
10 2 (1.10%) VB
10 2 (1.10%) JavaScript
10 2 (1.10%) Perl
11 1 (0.55%) Python
11 1 (0.55%) Ruby
11 1 (0.55%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 25 (13.74%) Degree
2 16 (8.79%) ISEB
2 16 (8.79%) ISTQB
3 11 (6.04%) SC Cleared
3 11 (6.04%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.20%) MBA
5 2 (1.10%) MCSE
5 2 (1.10%) PhD
5 2 (1.10%) MCSD
5 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.55%) ACCA
6 1 (0.55%) CIMA
6 1 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.55%) PMP
6 1 (0.55%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.55%) CCNP
6 1 (0.55%) CCNA
6 1 (0.55%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.55%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.55%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.04%) Basel III
1 11 (6.04%) QA
2 6 (3.30%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.20%) COREP
4 2 (1.10%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (1.10%) SLA
4 2 (1.10%) Basel II
5 1 (0.55%) EMIR
5 1 (0.55%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.55%) P3O
System Software
1 2 (1.10%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (2.75%) OpenView
2 3 (1.65%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.55%) Control-M
3 1 (0.55%) Puppet
3 1 (0.55%) Vagrant
3 1 (0.55%) Cobbler
3 1 (0.55%) nmon
Vendors
1 19 (10.44%) Microsoft
2 18 (9.89%) HP
3 9 (4.95%) IBM
4 6 (3.30%) Oracle
5 4 (2.20%) Business Objects
5 4 (2.20%) SAP
6 3 (1.65%) Lotus
7 2 (1.10%) DevExpress
7 2 (1.10%) Tableau
7 2 (1.10%) Infragistics
8 1 (0.55%) Remedy
8 1 (0.55%) TIBCO
8 1 (0.55%) Cisco
8 1 (0.55%) Citrix
8 1 (0.55%) Juniper
8 1 (0.55%) CA
8 1 (0.55%) Sybase
8 1 (0.55%) JBoss
8 1 (0.55%) Compuware
8 1 (0.55%) Cognos
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