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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Stress Testing
Rank 579 516 485
Rank change year-on-year
-63 -31
Contract jobs citing Stress Testing 79 115 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.21% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.17% 0.26% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 80 107
Average daily rate £450 £550 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.18% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £678 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £425 £300
% change year-on-year
-17.64% +41.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £11.00 - £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £33.50

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
45575 43990 42356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.77% 77.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30098 27401 26461
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1047 1276 1199
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%

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 30 April 2016.

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 27 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 30 April 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
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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 -65 72 £475 -13.63% 12
London -35 53 £575 +4.54% 3
City of London +28 11 £613 +11.36% 2
South East -16 10 £304 -9.32% 3
Scotland -17 7 £350 -17.64% 1
Hampshire +4 6 £300 -28.31% 1
Glasgow - 5 £338 -
Cheshire -1 4 £320 -
North West -9 4 £320 -46.66% 1
West Sussex - 4 £308 -
Warrington - 3 £320 -
Crawley - 3 £308 -
Yorkshire -3 2 £441 - 2
West Yorkshire -4 2 £441 -
Halifax - 2 £441 -
South West +6 1 £400 -19.59%
East Midlands +5 1 - -
Macclesfield -5 1 £525 -
Bournemouth - 1 £400 -
Leicester - 1 - -
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £350 -
North East - 1 £350 -
Croydon - 1 - -
Dorset - 1 £400 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £350 -
Edinburgh - 1 £375 - 1

Stress Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 (53.02%) Finance
2 53 (35.57%) Banking
3 48 (32.21%) Credit Risk
4 46 (30.87%) Market Risk
5 35 (23.49%) SQL
6 30 (20.13%) Risk Management
7 27 (18.12%) User Acceptance Testing
8 23 (15.44%) Project Management
9 21 (14.09%) Microsoft
9 21 (14.09%) Investment Banking
10 19 (12.75%) MS Office
10 19 (12.75%) Analytics
11 18 (12.08%) Business Analysis
12 16 (10.74%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (10.74%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (10.74%) Test Automation
13 15 (10.07%) Smart Meter
13 15 (10.07%) Performance Testing
13 15 (10.07%) Release Management
13 15 (10.07%) JIRA
13 15 (10.07%) Front Office
14 14 (9.40%) Degree
14 14 (9.40%) Security Testing
15 13 (8.72%) Unit Testing
15 13 (8.72%) ISTQB
15 13 (8.72%) Fixed Income
15 13 (8.72%) Validation
15 13 (8.72%) Data Warehouse
16 12 (8.05%) Migration
16 12 (8.05%) Requirements Management

Stress Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 8 (5.37%) SAS
2 5 (3.36%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.68%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.01%) GemFire
4 3 (2.01%) Oracle Coherence
5 2 (1.34%) IIS
6 1 (0.67%) Apache
6 1 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.67%) CICS
6 1 (0.67%) Oracle Service Bus
6 1 (0.67%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.67%) Tuxedo
6 1 (0.67%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (12.75%) MS Office
2 10 (6.71%) MS Excel
3 7 (4.70%) MS Visio
4 6 (4.03%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (2.01%) LaTeX
6 2 (1.34%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.67%) Adaptiv
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.70%) VLAN
2 5 (3.36%) ZigBee
3 3 (2.01%) WAN
4 2 (1.34%) Firewall
5 1 (0.67%) GPRS
5 1 (0.67%) LAN
5 1 (0.67%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.67%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.72%) Data Warehouse
2 11 (7.38%) Big Data
3 8 (5.37%) SQL Server
4 7 (4.70%) Hadoop
4 7 (4.70%) Pentaho
5 4 (2.68%) OLAP
5 4 (2.68%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.01%) Data Mining
6 3 (2.01%) NoSQL
6 3 (2.01%) Star Schema
7 2 (1.34%) Apache Cassandra
7 2 (1.34%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.67%) DB2
8 1 (0.67%) Essbase
8 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.67%) MS Access
8 1 (0.67%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (10.07%) JIRA
2 11 (7.38%) LoadRunner
3 4 (2.68%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.01%) HP UFT
4 3 (2.01%) Hudson
4 3 (2.01%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.34%) JMeter
5 2 (1.34%) PowerDesigner
5 2 (1.34%) Subversion
6 1 (0.67%) Ant
6 1 (0.67%) Jasmine
6 1 (0.67%) LabVIEW
6 1 (0.67%) Moq
6 1 (0.67%) MSTest
6 1 (0.67%) Protractor
6 1 (0.67%) TestDirector
6 1 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.67%) Zephyr
General
1 79 (53.02%) Finance
2 53 (35.57%) Banking
3 21 (14.09%) Investment Banking
4 15 (10.07%) Front Office
5 11 (7.38%) Retail
6 6 (4.03%) Telecoms
7 5 (3.36%) Billing
8 4 (2.68%) Financial Institution
8 4 (2.68%) Legal
9 2 (1.34%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.67%) Back Office
10 1 (0.67%) Law
10 1 (0.67%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 62 (41.61%) Analyst
2 32 (21.48%) Risk Analyst
3 28 (18.79%) Developer
4 26 (17.45%) Business Analyst
5 18 (12.08%) Risk Business Analyst
6 15 (10.07%) Test Analyst
7 11 (7.38%) Market Risk Analyst
7 11 (7.38%) Market Risk Business Analyst
8 9 (6.04%) Test Manager
9 8 (5.37%) Credit Analyst
9 8 (5.37%) Credit Risk Analyst
10 7 (4.70%) Architect
10 7 (4.70%) Java Developer
10 7 (4.70%) Project Manager
10 7 (4.70%) Test Engineer
11 6 (4.03%) IT Business Analyst
11 6 (4.03%) IT Risk Analyst
11 6 (4.03%) Qualitative Analyst
11 6 (4.03%) Quantitative Analyst
11 6 (4.03%) Release Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.04%) XML
2 7 (4.70%) .NET
3 4 (2.68%) WCF
4 3 (2.01%) .NET Framework
4 3 (2.01%) MDX
4 3 (2.01%) Middleware
4 3 (2.01%) Spring
5 2 (1.34%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.34%) COM
5 2 (1.34%) HTML
5 2 (1.34%) HTML5
6 1 (0.67%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.67%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (0.67%) CSS
6 1 (0.67%) CSS3
6 1 (0.67%) Entity Framework
6 1 (0.67%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.67%) jQuery
6 1 (0.67%) Murex MxML
6 1 (0.67%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 48 (32.21%) Credit Risk
2 46 (30.87%) Market Risk
3 15 (10.07%) Smart Meter
4 13 (8.72%) Fixed Income
5 12 (8.05%) Derivative
6 11 (7.38%) Mathematics
7 10 (6.71%) Management Information System
8 9 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
9 8 (5.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 6 (4.03%) Credit Derivative
11 5 (3.36%) Data Structures
11 5 (3.36%) Hedge funds
12 4 (2.68%) Equities
13 3 (2.01%) Computer Science
13 3 (2.01%) Statistics
14 2 (1.34%) Clustering
14 2 (1.34%) Economics
14 2 (1.34%) Grid Computing
14 2 (1.34%) PMI
14 2 (1.34%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.38%) Unix
2 9 (6.04%) Linux
3 8 (5.37%) Windows
4 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (20.13%) Risk Management
2 27 (18.12%) User Acceptance Testing
3 23 (15.44%) Project Management
4 19 (12.75%) Analytics
5 18 (12.08%) Business Analysis
6 16 (10.74%) Agile Software Development
6 16 (10.74%) Stakeholder Management
6 16 (10.74%) Test Automation
7 15 (10.07%) Performance Testing
7 15 (10.07%) Release Management
8 14 (9.40%) Security Testing
9 13 (8.72%) Unit Testing
9 13 (8.72%) Validation
10 12 (8.05%) Case Management
10 12 (8.05%) Migration
10 12 (8.05%) Non-Functional Testing
10 12 (8.05%) Requirements Management
11 11 (7.38%) Defect Management
11 11 (7.38%) Risk Analytics
11 11 (7.38%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 35 (23.49%) SQL
2 11 (7.38%) C#
3 8 (5.37%) Java
3 8 (5.37%) MATLAB
4 7 (4.70%) VBA
5 6 (4.03%) C++
6 5 (3.36%) PL/SQL
6 5 (3.36%) R
7 4 (2.68%) Python
8 3 (2.01%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.34%) C
9 2 (1.34%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.67%) COBOL
10 1 (0.67%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.67%) JCL
10 1 (0.67%) Korn
10 1 (0.67%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.67%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.67%) VB
10 1 (0.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 14 (9.40%) Degree
2 13 (8.72%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.37%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 7 (4.70%) ISEB
5 4 (2.68%) PMI Certification
6 3 (2.01%) PhD
7 2 (1.34%) CFA
7 2 (1.34%) PMP
7 2 (1.34%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.67%) ACCA
8 1 (0.67%) CCIE
8 1 (0.67%) CIMA
8 1 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.67%) MBA
8 1 (0.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.37%) Data Quality
2 6 (4.03%) Basel II
2 6 (4.03%) COREP
3 4 (2.68%) QA
4 3 (2.01%) Basel III
4 3 (2.01%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.67%) FINREP
5 1 (0.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.67%) SEPA
System Software
1 1 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (4.70%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.67%) Control-M
Vendors
1 21 (14.09%) Microsoft
2 10 (6.71%) Murex
3 9 (6.04%) HP
4 8 (5.37%) Algorithmics
4 8 (5.37%) Oracle
5 5 (3.36%) IBM
6 4 (2.68%) Sybase
7 3 (2.01%) Platfora
8 1 (0.67%) Cisco
8 1 (0.67%) Fidessa
8 1 (0.67%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.67%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.67%) SunGard
8 1 (0.67%) VMware