The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Load Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Load Testing over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Load Testing
UK / England
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 534 566 535
Rank change year-on-year +32 -31  
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 55 57 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.12% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.15% 0.14% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 41 56
Median daily rate £425 £450 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.55% +26.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £330 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £450 £350
% change year-on-year -27.77% +28.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £27.50 £20.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +31.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £27.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year - +103.70%  

Load Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 36558 40684 41140
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.69% 83.47% 80.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 24009 27323 26926
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 955 1136
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.46 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Load Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Load Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Load Testing in England

Load Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Load Testing in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Load Testing in England

Load Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Load Testing in England over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Load Testing in England

Load Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Load Testing in England

Load Testing
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Testing within the England region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +16 40 £550 +26.80% 11
Yorkshire +28 4 £325 +8.33% 1
South East +10 3 £325 -27.77% 3
South West 0 3 £386 -3.43% 1
East of England -4 2 £319 - 3
North West +20 1 £340 -35.84% 2
West Midlands - 1 £375 - 2
East Midlands - 1 £600 -
Load Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Load Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Load Testing.

1 45 (38.14%) Java
2 41 (34.75%) QA
3 38 (32.20%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (31.36%) Test Automation
5 35 (29.66%) Oracle
6 28 (23.73%) Web Services
6 28 (23.73%) Performance Tuning
7 27 (22.88%) SOAP
7 27 (22.88%) E-Commerce
8 26 (22.03%) High Availability
9 25 (21.19%) Test Scripting
10 23 (19.49%) J2EE
10 23 (19.49%) Internet
10 23 (19.49%) iPad
11 22 (18.64%) Non-Functional Testing
11 22 (18.64%) Selenium
12 21 (17.80%) WebSphere
12 21 (17.80%) User Acceptance Testing
12 21 (17.80%) Performance Testing
12 21 (17.80%) XML
12 21 (17.80%) JBoss
13 20 (16.95%) JDBC
13 20 (16.95%) WebSphere Application Server
13 20 (16.95%) B2C
13 20 (16.95%) ATG
13 20 (16.95%) Jenkins
13 20 (16.95%) Software Architecture
13 20 (16.95%) Capacity Planning
13 20 (16.95%) Virtual Team
14 19 (16.10%) Unix

Load Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 21 (17.80%) JBoss
1 21 (17.80%) WebSphere
2 20 (16.95%) WebSphere Application Server
3 17 (14.41%) Apache
4 12 (10.17%) CMS
4 12 (10.17%) WebLogic
5 5 (4.24%) nginx
5 5 (4.24%) SharePoint
5 5 (4.24%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (3.39%) Tomcat
7 3 (2.54%) IIS
8 2 (1.69%) Confluence
8 2 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.85%) SAS
9 1 (0.85%) Traffic Server
Applications
1 6 (5.08%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.69%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.85%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.85%) RMDS
1 1 (0.85%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 18 (15.25%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (5.93%) Amazon EC2
3 5 (4.24%) Amazon Kinesis
3 5 (4.24%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 5 (4.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 4 (3.39%) Amazon EMR
4 4 (3.39%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (2.54%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (2.54%) Amazon S3
5 3 (2.54%) GitHub
5 3 (2.54%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (2.54%) Route 53
5 3 (2.54%) SaaS
6 2 (1.69%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.69%) IaaS
6 2 (1.69%) PaaS
7 1 (0.85%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.85%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (19.49%) Internet
2 5 (4.24%) HTTP
3 3 (2.54%) DNS
3 3 (2.54%) Firewall
3 3 (2.54%) SSL
4 2 (1.69%) BGP
4 2 (1.69%) IPv4
4 2 (1.69%) IPv6
4 2 (1.69%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.85%) MPLS
5 1 (0.85%) MQTT
5 1 (0.85%) Network Security
5 1 (0.85%) VPN
5 1 (0.85%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.17%) Endeca
2 11 (9.32%) NoSQL
3 6 (5.08%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (4.24%) MarkLogic
4 5 (4.24%) MongoDB
4 5 (4.24%) Redis
5 4 (3.39%) Big Data
6 3 (2.54%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.54%) SQL Server
6 3 (2.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (1.69%) Amazon Redshift
7 2 (1.69%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.69%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.85%) BODI
8 1 (0.85%) DB2
8 1 (0.85%) MySQL
8 1 (0.85%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 22 (18.64%) Selenium
2 20 (16.95%) Jenkins
3 17 (14.41%) JMeter
4 16 (13.56%) LoadRunner
5 14 (11.86%) JIRA
6 11 (9.32%) Cucumber
7 7 (5.93%) SoapUI
8 6 (5.08%) Git (software)
9 5 (4.24%) Visual Studio
10 4 (3.39%) HP UFT
10 4 (3.39%) SpecFlow
11 3 (2.54%) NUnit
11 3 (2.54%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (2.54%) Toad
11 3 (2.54%) WebDriver
12 2 (1.69%) Gatling
12 2 (1.69%) Robot Framework
12 2 (1.69%) Sonatype Nexus
12 2 (1.69%) TeamCity
12 2 (1.69%) Vagrant
General
1 14 (11.86%) Finance
2 6 (5.08%) Banking
3 5 (4.24%) Investment Banking
4 4 (3.39%) Games
4 4 (3.39%) Retail
5 3 (2.54%) Publishing
6 1 (0.85%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.85%) Legal
6 1 (0.85%) Marketing
6 1 (0.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (19.49%) Architect
2 16 (13.56%) Tester
3 15 (12.71%) Analyst
3 15 (12.71%) Test Analyst
4 12 (10.17%) Developer
5 10 (8.47%) Software Engineer
5 10 (8.47%) Test Manager
6 8 (6.78%) DevOps Engineer
7 7 (5.93%) AWS DevOps
7 7 (5.93%) AWS DevOps Engineer
7 7 (5.93%) AWS Engineer
7 7 (5.93%) Performance Tester
8 6 (5.08%) Cloud Engineer
9 5 (4.24%) C# Software Engineer
9 5 (4.24%) C++ Software Engineer
9 5 (4.24%) Test Leader
10 4 (3.39%) Java Developer
10 4 (3.39%) QA Tester
10 4 (3.39%) Selenium Tester
10 4 (3.39%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (23.73%) Web Services
2 27 (22.88%) SOAP
3 23 (19.49%) J2EE
4 21 (17.80%) XML
5 20 (16.95%) JDBC
6 13 (11.02%) JMX
6 13 (11.02%) REST
6 13 (11.02%) Spring
7 12 (10.17%) Hibernate
7 12 (10.17%) JMS
7 12 (10.17%) JSP
7 12 (10.17%) Servlets
7 12 (10.17%) Struts
7 12 (10.17%) XSLT
8 8 (6.78%) HTML
8 8 (6.78%) Unreal Engine
9 6 (5.08%) JSON
9 6 (5.08%) RESTful
9 6 (5.08%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 6 (5.08%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 23 (19.49%) iPad
2 20 (16.95%) Virtual Team
3 7 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.93%) Mobile App
4 6 (5.08%) Computer Science
5 5 (4.24%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.54%) PKI
7 2 (1.69%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.69%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.69%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.69%) Hedge funds
7 2 (1.69%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.69%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.69%) User Experience
8 1 (0.85%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.85%) Fintech
8 1 (0.85%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.85%) MPEG
8 1 (0.85%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (16.10%) Linux
1 19 (16.10%) Unix
2 8 (6.78%) Windows
3 4 (3.39%) Android
3 4 (3.39%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.85%) Kali Linux
4 1 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.85%) Solaris
4 1 (0.85%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (32.20%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (31.36%) Test Automation
3 28 (23.73%) Performance Tuning
4 27 (22.88%) E-Commerce
5 26 (22.03%) High Availability
6 25 (21.19%) Test Scripting
7 22 (18.64%) Non-Functional Testing
8 21 (17.80%) Performance Testing
8 21 (17.80%) User Acceptance Testing
9 20 (16.95%) B2C
9 20 (16.95%) Capacity Planning
9 20 (16.95%) Software Architecture
10 19 (16.10%) Continuous Integration
11 18 (15.25%) Test Strategy
12 17 (14.41%) TDD
13 15 (12.71%) Regression Testing
14 14 (11.86%) Business Intelligence
14 14 (11.86%) Integration Testing
14 14 (11.86%) Software Engineering
15 12 (10.17%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (38.14%) Java
2 18 (15.25%) SQL
3 17 (14.41%) C#
3 17 (14.41%) Python
4 11 (9.32%) Scala
5 8 (6.78%) C++
5 8 (6.78%) Groovy
6 5 (4.24%) Go
6 5 (4.24%) Shell Script
7 4 (3.39%) JavaScript
8 3 (2.54%) C
9 1 (0.85%) Erlang
9 1 (0.85%) Perl
9 1 (0.85%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.85%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.85%) Ruby
9 1 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (7.63%) Degree
1 9 (7.63%) ISEB
2 8 (6.78%) ISTQB
2 8 (6.78%) Security Cleared
3 6 (5.08%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (4.24%) SC Cleared
5 4 (3.39%) ISEB Practitioner
5 4 (3.39%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.85%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (0.85%) CISSP
7 1 (0.85%) CITP
7 1 (0.85%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (0.85%) IISP
7 1 (0.85%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (34.75%) QA
2 2 (1.69%) Data Quality
System Software
1 11 (9.32%) Docker
2 2 (1.69%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.69%) HDFS
3 1 (0.85%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.85%) NFS
Systems Management
1 10 (8.47%) Ansible
2 7 (5.93%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (5.93%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.54%) Graphite
3 3 (2.54%) Oracle Identity Management
3 3 (2.54%) Rancher
4 2 (1.69%) Perfmon
5 1 (0.85%) Consul
5 1 (0.85%) Kibana
5 1 (0.85%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.85%) logstash
5 1 (0.85%) Mesos
5 1 (0.85%) Netcool
5 1 (0.85%) Puppet
5 1 (0.85%) SCOM
5 1 (0.85%) Terraform
5 1 (0.85%) WMI
Vendors
1 35 (29.66%) Oracle
2 20 (16.95%) ATG
3 10 (8.47%) HP
4 9 (7.63%) Microsoft
5 4 (3.39%) SAP
5 4 (3.39%) SOASTA, Inc
5 4 (3.39%) Splunk
6 2 (1.69%) Apple
6 2 (1.69%) Dynatrace
6 2 (1.69%) Google
6 2 (1.69%) IBM
6 2 (1.69%) New Relic
6 2 (1.69%) ServiceNow
6 2 (1.69%) Sybase
7 1 (0.85%) Cerner
7 1 (0.85%) CyberArk
7 1 (0.85%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.85%) Perforce
7 1 (0.85%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.85%) Siebel
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