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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Load Testing
UK / England
Rank 503 558 518
Rank change year-on-year +55 -40  
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 63 57 86
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.15% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.18% 0.14% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 42 45
Median daily rate £371 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.18% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £325 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £507 £569 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 34518 40706 39240
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.29% 82.96% 79.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 22895 27022 24711
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 862 1004 1154
Median hourly rate £36.50 £37.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.35% +34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £55.00 £48.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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 +30 25 £383 -4.37% 13
South West +14 15 £315 -16.00% 4
South East +10 9 £390 +0.64% 11
East Midlands - 6 £175 -
Yorkshire +19 3 £363 - 1
West Midlands - 3 £300 - 4
North West +18 2 £575 +77.00% 3
Load Testing
UK

Load Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 54 (37.76%) Java
2 53 (37.06%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (34.27%) QA
4 39 (27.27%) Web Services
5 38 (26.57%) Selenium
5 38 (26.57%) Jenkins
6 34 (23.78%) Continuous Integration
7 29 (20.28%) SOAP
8 28 (19.58%) Linux
8 28 (19.58%) Non-Functional Testing
9 26 (18.18%) BDD
9 26 (18.18%) Python
10 25 (17.48%) Amazon AWS
11 24 (16.78%) Test Automation
11 24 (16.78%) Unix
12 23 (16.08%) Test Scripting
13 22 (15.38%) Performance Testing
13 22 (15.38%) C#
13 22 (15.38%) Internet
14 21 (14.69%) E-Commerce
15 20 (13.99%) Oracle
15 20 (13.99%) XML
15 20 (13.99%) JMeter
15 20 (13.99%) TDD
16 19 (13.29%) Regression Testing
16 19 (13.29%) Apache
16 19 (13.29%) DevOps
17 18 (12.59%) SoapUI
17 18 (12.59%) J2EE
17 18 (12.59%) User Acceptance Testing

Load Testing
Top Related 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 19 (13.29%) Apache
2 17 (11.89%) JBoss
2 17 (11.89%) WebSphere
3 14 (9.79%) CMS
4 13 (9.09%) WebSphere Application Server
5 12 (8.39%) WebLogic
6 7 (4.90%) nginx
7 5 (3.50%) SharePoint
7 5 (3.50%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (2.10%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (1.40%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.70%) Confluence
10 1 (0.70%) IBM HTTP Server
10 1 (0.70%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.70%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (8.39%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.20%) MS Office
3 2 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.40%) MS Project
3 2 (1.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.70%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 1 (0.70%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 25 (17.48%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (9.09%) Amazon EC2
3 12 (8.39%) Amazon ELB
3 12 (8.39%) Amazon EMR
3 12 (8.39%) Amazon Kinesis
3 12 (8.39%) Amazon S3
3 12 (8.39%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 12 (8.39%) Route 53
3 12 (8.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 8 (5.59%) GitHub
5 5 (3.50%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (3.50%) SaaS
6 2 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (1.40%) Office 365
7 1 (0.70%) Akamai
7 1 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.70%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.70%) IaaS
7 1 (0.70%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.70%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 22 (15.38%) Internet
2 12 (8.39%) HTTP
3 9 (6.29%) SSL
4 8 (5.59%) DNS
4 8 (5.59%) TCP/IP
5 7 (4.90%) BGP
6 5 (3.50%) Network Security
7 4 (2.80%) Ethernet
7 4 (2.80%) IPv4
7 4 (2.80%) IPv6
7 4 (2.80%) LAN
7 4 (2.80%) WAN
7 4 (2.80%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (2.80%) Wireless
8 3 (2.10%) Firewall
8 3 (2.10%) NAS
8 3 (2.10%) SAN
9 2 (1.40%) AMQP
10 1 (0.70%) MPLS
10 1 (0.70%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.39%) Endeca
2 11 (7.69%) Big Data
3 10 (6.99%) NoSQL
4 5 (3.50%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.80%) Amazon Redshift
5 4 (2.80%) SQL Server
6 3 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.10%) RDBMS
6 3 (2.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.40%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.40%) Informix
7 2 (1.40%) MySQL
8 1 (0.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.70%) DB2
8 1 (0.70%) OLTP
8 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 38 (26.57%) Jenkins
1 38 (26.57%) Selenium
2 20 (13.99%) JMeter
3 18 (12.59%) SoapUI
4 17 (11.89%) Cucumber
5 16 (11.19%) LoadRunner
6 14 (9.79%) JIRA
7 13 (9.09%) Git (software)
8 6 (4.20%) TeamCity
8 6 (4.20%) Visual Studio
8 6 (4.20%) WebDriver
9 5 (3.50%) HP UFT
9 5 (3.50%) NUnit
9 5 (3.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (2.80%) Mocha
10 4 (2.80%) Subversion
10 4 (2.80%) Toad
11 3 (2.10%) Appium
11 3 (2.10%) JUnit
11 3 (2.10%) Xcode
General
1 12 (8.39%) Games
2 11 (7.69%) Finance
3 7 (4.90%) Retail
4 4 (2.80%) Banking
5 2 (1.40%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.40%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.40%) Marketing
5 2 (1.40%) Publishing
5 2 (1.40%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.70%) Billing
6 1 (0.70%) iGaming
6 1 (0.70%) Legal
6 1 (0.70%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 25 (17.48%) Architect
2 21 (14.69%) Analyst
3 19 (13.29%) Test Analyst
4 17 (11.89%) DevOps Engineer
4 17 (11.89%) Tester
5 16 (11.19%) Test Leader
6 12 (8.39%) Software Engineer
7 11 (7.69%) AWS Engineer
8 10 (6.99%) Automation Test Lead
8 10 (6.99%) AWS DevOps
8 10 (6.99%) Developer
9 8 (5.59%) Automation Tester
10 7 (4.90%) Test Manager
11 6 (4.20%) QA Engineer
11 6 (4.20%) QA Leader
11 6 (4.20%) Senior Software Engineer
12 5 (3.50%) Designer
12 5 (3.50%) QA Tester
12 5 (3.50%) Selenium Tester
12 5 (3.50%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (27.27%) Web Services
2 29 (20.28%) SOAP
3 20 (13.99%) XML
4 18 (12.59%) J2EE
5 15 (10.49%) Spring
6 13 (9.09%) Hibernate
6 13 (9.09%) JMS
7 12 (8.39%) JDBC
7 12 (8.39%) JMX
7 12 (8.39%) JSP
7 12 (8.39%) Servlets
7 12 (8.39%) Struts
7 12 (8.39%) XSLT
8 11 (7.69%) REST
9 9 (6.29%) .NET
10 7 (4.90%) Node.js
10 7 (4.90%) Unreal Engine
11 6 (4.20%) HTML
11 6 (4.20%) POSIX
12 5 (3.50%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.19%) iPad
2 12 (8.39%) Virtual Team
3 8 (5.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 7 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.20%) Clustering
5 6 (4.20%) Data Centre
5 6 (4.20%) PKI
6 5 (3.50%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.80%) CESG
7 4 (2.80%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.80%) User Experience
8 3 (2.10%) Hedge funds
8 3 (2.10%) Wiki
9 2 (1.40%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.40%) Credit Risk
9 2 (1.40%) Data Structures
9 2 (1.40%) MPEG
9 2 (1.40%) RIA
10 1 (0.70%) Fixed Income
10 1 (0.70%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 28 (19.58%) Linux
2 24 (16.78%) Unix
3 11 (7.69%) Windows
4 5 (3.50%) Android
4 5 (3.50%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.10%) Ubuntu
5 3 (2.10%) Windows Server
5 3 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.70%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (37.06%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (23.78%) Continuous Integration
3 28 (19.58%) Non-Functional Testing
4 26 (18.18%) BDD
5 24 (16.78%) Test Automation
6 23 (16.08%) Test Scripting
7 22 (15.38%) Performance Testing
8 21 (14.69%) E-Commerce
9 20 (13.99%) TDD
10 19 (13.29%) DevOps
10 19 (13.29%) Regression Testing
11 18 (12.59%) User Acceptance Testing
12 17 (11.89%) Change Management
12 17 (11.89%) Performance Tuning
13 16 (11.19%) Automated Testing
13 16 (11.19%) B2B
13 16 (11.19%) B2C
13 16 (11.19%) High Availability
13 16 (11.19%) Software Engineering
13 16 (11.19%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 54 (37.76%) Java
2 26 (18.18%) Python
3 22 (15.38%) C#
4 17 (11.89%) SQL
5 11 (7.69%) Go
5 11 (7.69%) Scala
6 10 (6.99%) JavaScript
6 10 (6.99%) Shell Script
7 8 (5.59%) C
8 7 (4.90%) C++
9 6 (4.20%) PHP
10 4 (2.80%) Groovy
11 3 (2.10%) Perl
11 3 (2.10%) PowerShell
12 2 (1.40%) Erlang
12 2 (1.40%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.70%) Jython
13 1 (0.70%) Korn
13 1 (0.70%) Ruby
13 1 (0.70%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (6.99%) ISTQB
2 9 (6.29%) Degree
2 9 (6.29%) ISEB
2 9 (6.29%) Security Cleared
3 6 (4.20%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.80%) CESG Certified Professional
4 4 (2.80%) CISSP
4 4 (2.80%) CITP
4 4 (2.80%) IISP
4 4 (2.80%) MBCS
4 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.40%) DV Cleared
5 2 (1.40%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.70%) CCIE
6 1 (0.70%) CCNP
6 1 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.70%) CISM
6 1 (0.70%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (34.27%) QA
2 7 (4.90%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.80%) SDET
System Software
1 4 (2.80%) Active Directory
1 4 (2.80%) Docker
2 1 (0.70%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 15 (10.49%) Opscode Chef
2 12 (8.39%) Ansible
3 8 (5.59%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (5.59%) Puppet
4 7 (4.90%) Graphite
5 5 (3.50%) Oracle Identity Management
6 3 (2.10%) WMI
7 2 (1.40%) Mesos
7 2 (1.40%) Oozie
Vendors
1 20 (13.99%) Oracle
2 12 (8.39%) ATG
3 11 (7.69%) Microsoft
4 10 (6.99%) HP
5 4 (2.80%) Apple
5 4 (2.80%) Guidewire
6 3 (2.10%) SAP
7 2 (1.40%) IBM
7 2 (1.40%) SOASTA, Inc
8 1 (0.70%) Cerner
8 1 (0.70%) Google
8 1 (0.70%) Mercator
8 1 (0.70%) PeopleSoft
8 1 (0.70%) RedGate
8 1 (0.70%) Siebel
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