The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 3 months to 28 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.

Performance Testing
England / South West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 104 112 138
Rank change year-on-year +8 +26  
Contract jobs citing Performance Testing 33 22 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.28% 0.76% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 0.95% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 10 8
Median daily rate £425 £375 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -0.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £129 £365
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £487 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £310
% change year-on-year - +29.03%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £50.00 £27.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +81.81% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £38.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year +29.87% +6.20%  

Performance 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 the South West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2099 2325 2484
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.64% 79.84% 78.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1376 1533 1602
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 138 87
Median hourly rate £39.00 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £55.20 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Performance Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Performance Testing in the South West

Performance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Testing in the South West

Performance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Testing in the South West over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Testing in the South West

Performance Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Testing in the South West

Performance Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Wiltshire +7 13 £338 -10.00%
Gloucestershire +1 6 £475 +79.24% 1
Bristol +5 4 £438 +6.06% 4
Dorset - 3 - -
Somerset +2 2 £383 +232.60% 1
Devon - 1 £438 -
Performance Testing
England

Performance Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Performance 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 South West region with a requirement for Performance Testing.

1 37 (59.68%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (50.00%) Selenium
3 25 (40.32%) Java
4 24 (38.71%) Windows
5 22 (35.48%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (33.87%) Linux
7 20 (32.26%) Oracle
7 20 (32.26%) DevOps
8 16 (25.81%) Integration Testing
8 16 (25.81%) Test Scripting
8 16 (25.81%) Test Automation
8 16 (25.81%) Cucumber
9 15 (24.19%) Web Services
9 15 (24.19%) Scrum
10 14 (22.58%) MS Excel
10 14 (22.58%) SQL Server
10 14 (22.58%) Security Cleared
10 14 (22.58%) System Integration Testing
11 13 (20.97%) Defect Tracking
11 13 (20.97%) QA
11 13 (20.97%) BDD
12 12 (19.35%) Microsoft Azure
12 12 (19.35%) Manual Testing
12 12 (19.35%) SDLC
12 12 (19.35%) Windows Server
12 12 (19.35%) Jenkins
12 12 (19.35%) Red Hat
12 12 (19.35%) Web Development
13 11 (17.74%) ISEB
13 11 (17.74%) API Testing

Performance Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 7 (11.29%) Confluence
1 7 (11.29%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (6.45%) Apache
2 4 (6.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (22.58%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (3.23%) SAP IS-U
1 2 (3.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.61%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 12 (19.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.61%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.61%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.06%) PuTTY
1 5 (8.06%) WinSCP
2 1 (1.61%) BIG-IP
2 1 (1.61%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (22.58%) SQL Server
2 6 (9.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (8.06%) Oracle Database
3 5 (8.06%) Oracle Database 10g
3 5 (8.06%) Oracle Database 11g
3 5 (8.06%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (8.06%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (8.06%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 31 (50.00%) Selenium
2 16 (25.81%) Cucumber
3 12 (19.35%) Jenkins
4 11 (17.74%) SoapUI
5 10 (16.13%) JMeter
6 9 (14.52%) Ant
6 9 (14.52%) JIRA
6 9 (14.52%) LoadRunner
7 8 (12.90%) Git (software)
8 7 (11.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 7 (11.29%) WebDriver
9 6 (9.68%) Maven
9 6 (9.68%) SpecFlow
9 6 (9.68%) Toad
10 5 (8.06%) Eclipse
10 5 (8.06%) HP UFT
10 5 (8.06%) Oracle APEX
10 5 (8.06%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (8.06%) TeamCity
10 5 (8.06%) TestNG
General
1 8 (12.90%) Finance
2 4 (6.45%) Banking
3 3 (4.84%) Multimedia
4 2 (3.23%) Billing
4 2 (3.23%) Law
4 2 (3.23%) Legal
5 1 (1.61%) Publishing
5 1 (1.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (27.42%) Tester
2 10 (16.13%) Test Engineer
3 8 (12.90%) Automation Tester
3 8 (12.90%) Integration Engineer
3 8 (12.90%) Test and Integration Engineer
3 8 (12.90%) Test Leader
4 7 (11.29%) DevOps Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Java Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Linux DevOps Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Linux Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Linux/Unix DevOps
4 7 (11.29%) WebOps Engineer
5 6 (9.68%) Analyst
5 6 (9.68%) Consultant
5 6 (9.68%) Performance Test Leader
6 5 (8.06%) Test Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Developer
7 3 (4.84%) Performance Tester
7 3 (4.84%) Test Consultant
7 3 (4.84%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (24.19%) Web Services
2 7 (11.29%) Elastic Stack
2 7 (11.29%) REST
2 7 (11.29%) WebCenter
3 6 (9.68%) .NET
3 6 (9.68%) SOAP
4 3 (4.84%) CSS
4 3 (4.84%) HTML
4 3 (4.84%) JSP
4 3 (4.84%) Servlets
4 3 (4.84%) Spring
4 3 (4.84%) WebSockets
5 1 (1.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.84%) Streaming Video
1 3 (4.84%) Video Editing
2 1 (1.61%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.61%) iPad
2 1 (1.61%) Learning Management System
2 1 (1.61%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 24 (38.71%) Windows
2 21 (33.87%) Linux
3 12 (19.35%) Windows Server
4 7 (11.29%) Amazon Linux
5 5 (8.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (8.06%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (59.68%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (35.48%) Continuous Integration
3 20 (32.26%) DevOps
4 16 (25.81%) Integration Testing
4 16 (25.81%) Test Automation
4 16 (25.81%) Test Scripting
5 15 (24.19%) Scrum
6 14 (22.58%) System Integration Testing
7 13 (20.97%) BDD
7 13 (20.97%) Defect Tracking
8 12 (19.35%) Manual Testing
8 12 (19.35%) SDLC
8 12 (19.35%) Web Development
9 11 (17.74%) API Testing
9 11 (17.74%) System Testing
10 9 (14.52%) Microservices
10 9 (14.52%) Root Cause Analysis
10 9 (14.52%) Software Testing
10 9 (14.52%) Validation
10 9 (14.52%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 25 (40.32%) Java
2 8 (12.90%) C
2 8 (12.90%) Perl
2 8 (12.90%) Python
3 5 (8.06%) F#
3 5 (8.06%) SQL
4 3 (4.84%) C#
4 3 (4.84%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.23%) VB
5 2 (3.23%) VBScript
6 1 (1.61%) ABAP
6 1 (1.61%) PHP
6 1 (1.61%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 14 (22.58%) Security Cleared
2 11 (17.74%) ISEB
3 8 (12.90%) DV Cleared
4 6 (9.68%) ISTQB
4 6 (9.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (9.68%) SC Cleared
5 5 (8.06%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (6.45%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.61%) CCNA
7 1 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.61%) EMCIE
7 1 (1.61%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (20.97%) QA
2 1 (1.61%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 7 (11.29%) Active Directory
1 7 (11.29%) Docker
2 5 (8.06%) Virtual Machines
2 5 (8.06%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (11.29%) Ansible
1 7 (11.29%) Icinga
1 7 (11.29%) Kibana
1 7 (11.29%) logstash
2 5 (8.06%) vRealize
3 1 (1.61%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (1.61%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.61%) Netcool
Vendors
1 20 (32.26%) Oracle
2 12 (19.35%) Red Hat
3 7 (11.29%) Atlassian
4 6 (9.68%) HP
5 5 (8.06%) Microsoft
5 5 (8.06%) VMware
6 3 (4.84%) ATG
6 3 (4.84%) hybris
6 3 (4.84%) Reuters
6 3 (4.84%) SAP
7 2 (3.23%) Google
7 2 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.61%) BMC
8 1 (1.61%) CA
8 1 (1.61%) Cisco
8 1 (1.61%) EMC
8 1 (1.61%) F5
8 1 (1.61%) IBM
8 1 (1.61%) Murex
8 1 (1.61%) SolarWinds