Period
to 10 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Performance Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Performance Testing over the 6 months to 10 December 2018 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.

Performance Testing
England > North West
6 months to
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 170 172 183
Rank change year-on-year +2 +11 -35
Contract jobs citing Performance Testing 52 38 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.87% 0.67% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.05% 0.82% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 20 25
North West median daily rate £425 £295 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.07% -26.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £325 £224 £278
90th Percentile £544 £430 £488
England median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £38.75 £33.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year +17.42% -15.92% -19.07%

Performance Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,973 4,653 5,558
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.90% 82.51% 85.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,148 2,991 3,570
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £563
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 205 169
North West median hourly rate £22.22 £28.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.66% +27.27% -25.98%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.63 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.55 £52.70 £53.10
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

Performance Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Performance Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Performance Testing in the North West

Performance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Performance Testing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Testing in the North West

Performance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Testing in the North West over the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Testing in the North West

Performance Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Testing in the North West

Performance Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Performance Testing within the North West region over the 6 months to 10 December 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -19 21 £438 +12.90% 8
Cheshire +9 19 £425 +51.79% 8
Lancashire -15 6 £475 +14.46% 3
Merseyside -7 5 £375 +36.36%
Performance Testing
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Performance Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Performance Testing.

1 35 (67.31%) Test Automation
2 33 (63.46%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (63.46%) Selenium
3 30 (57.69%) JMeter
4 27 (51.92%) Java
5 17 (32.69%) QA
5 17 (32.69%) Integration Testing
6 16 (30.77%) Taurus
7 15 (28.85%) WebDriver
7 15 (28.85%) BDD
7 15 (28.85%) Manual Testing
8 14 (26.92%) OO
8 14 (26.92%) Cucumber
8 14 (26.92%) Exploratory Testing
9 13 (25.00%) Scrum
10 12 (23.08%) Validation
10 12 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
10 12 (23.08%) RESTful
11 11 (21.15%) Continuous Integration
11 11 (21.15%) Finance
11 11 (21.15%) OOP
12 10 (19.23%) SAP
12 10 (19.23%) Manufacturing
12 10 (19.23%) Electronics
12 10 (19.23%) Telecoms
12 10 (19.23%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (19.23%) Digital Marketing
12 10 (19.23%) Marketing
12 10 (19.23%) Programme Management
12 10 (19.23%) SDET

Performance Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 2 (3.85%) JBoss
1 2 (3.85%) SharePoint
1 2 (3.85%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.92%) Commerce Server
2 1 (1.92%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.92%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (5.77%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.69%) BlazeMeter
2 3 (5.77%) BrowserStack
3 2 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.77%) HTTP
2 2 (3.85%) FTP
2 2 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.77%) Oracle Database
1 3 (5.77%) SQL Server
1 3 (5.77%) ZAP BI
2 2 (3.85%) EDRMS
3 1 (1.92%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.92%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 33 (63.46%) Selenium
2 30 (57.69%) JMeter
3 15 (28.85%) WebDriver
4 14 (26.92%) Cucumber
5 10 (19.23%) Jenkins
6 7 (13.46%) Gatling
6 7 (13.46%) JIRA
6 7 (13.46%) The Grinder
7 6 (11.54%) LoadRunner
8 3 (5.77%) eggPlant
8 3 (5.77%) JUnit
8 3 (5.77%) Maven
8 3 (5.77%) Travis CI
8 3 (5.77%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (3.85%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (1.92%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.92%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.92%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.92%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 11 (21.15%) Finance
2 10 (19.23%) Electronics
2 10 (19.23%) Manufacturing
2 10 (19.23%) Marketing
2 10 (19.23%) Telecoms
3 3 (5.77%) Banking
4 1 (1.92%) French Language
4 1 (1.92%) German Language
4 1 (1.92%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (36.54%) Tester
2 11 (21.15%) Automation Tester
3 6 (11.54%) QA Engineer
3 6 (11.54%) Test Leader
4 5 (9.62%) QA Tester
4 5 (9.62%) Test Engineer
5 4 (7.69%) Developer
5 4 (7.69%) Java Engineer
5 4 (7.69%) Performance Test Leader
5 4 (7.69%) Senior Java Engineer
5 4 (7.69%) Senior QA Engineer
6 3 (5.77%) Analyst
6 3 (5.77%) Consultant
6 3 (5.77%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Performance Tester
6 3 (5.77%) Service Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Services Delivery Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (3.85%) .NET Developer
7 2 (3.85%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (30.77%) Taurus
2 12 (23.08%) RESTful
3 7 (13.46%) .NET
4 5 (9.62%) Gherkin
5 4 (7.69%) CSS
5 4 (7.69%) SOAP
6 3 (5.77%) Web Services
7 2 (3.85%) Node.js
8 1 (1.92%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.92%) Dojo
8 1 (1.92%) EJB
8 1 (1.92%) HTML
8 1 (1.92%) JPA
8 1 (1.92%) JSON
8 1 (1.92%) JSP
8 1 (1.92%) REST
8 1 (1.92%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.85%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.92%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (1.92%) Cyberattack
3 1 (1.92%) NHS
3 1 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (1.92%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.77%) Linux
1 3 (5.77%) Unix
1 3 (5.77%) Windows
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Linux
2 1 (1.92%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (67.31%) Test Automation
2 33 (63.46%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (32.69%) Integration Testing
4 15 (28.85%) BDD
4 15 (28.85%) Manual Testing
5 14 (26.92%) Exploratory Testing
5 14 (26.92%) OO
6 13 (25.00%) Scrum
7 12 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
7 12 (23.08%) Validation
8 11 (21.15%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (21.15%) OOP
9 10 (19.23%) Business Intelligence
9 10 (19.23%) Digital Marketing
9 10 (19.23%) Programme Management
9 10 (19.23%) SDET
10 9 (17.31%) Defect Management
10 9 (17.31%) TDD
11 7 (13.46%) Problem-Solving
11 7 (13.46%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 27 (51.92%) Java
2 9 (17.31%) C#
3 5 (9.62%) SQL
4 4 (7.69%) Python
5 1 (1.92%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.92%) VB
5 1 (1.92%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (5.77%) ISEB
1 3 (5.77%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (1.92%) DBS Check
2 1 (1.92%) Degree
2 1 (1.92%) MCSA
2 1 (1.92%) MCSE
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (1.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (32.69%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.85%) Docker
2 1 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.92%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 10 (19.23%) SAP
2 7 (13.46%) Oracle
3 3 (5.77%) HP
4 2 (3.85%) VMware
5 1 (1.92%) Fortinet