Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 6 months to 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 699 725 690
Rank change year-on-year +26 -35 -8
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 178 156 198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.20% 0.18% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 98 138
UK median daily rate £430 £428 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.47% +14.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £310 £308 £263
90th Percentile £575 £691 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £350
% change year-on-year -5.88% +21.43% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
UK median hourly rate £43.75 - £45.00
10th Percentile £41.63 - £31.64
90th Percentile £44.88 - £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 - £50.00

Load 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 87132 87864 92880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.90% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 58048 58076 60168
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2060 2332 2734
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.31 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

Load Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Load Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Load Testing in the UK

Load Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Load Testing in the UK

Load Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Load Testing over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Load Testing in the UK

Load Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Load Testing in the UK

Load Testing
Top 14 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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
England +44 164 £438 -2.78% 17
London +17 99 £456 +4.11% 7
UK excluding London +6 79 £400 -5.88% 11
South East -7 16 £448 +11.88% 2
North of England +37 15 £400 -38.46% 5
South West +3 15 £450 +19.21% 1
Scotland +2 12 £400 +77.78%
Yorkshire +26 11 £500 +25.00%
East of England +3 11 £320 -4.48% 1
Midlands +18 8 £375 -0.07% 1
West Midlands +23 5 £375 -8.54%
North West +5 4 £300 -55.56% 5
East Midlands -3 3 £355 -5.40% 1
Wales -1 2 £360 -13.77% 1

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 with a requirement for Load Testing.

1 109 (61.24%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (57.30%) Java
3 60 (33.71%) Test Automation
4 59 (33.15%) QA
4 59 (33.15%) Web Services
5 57 (32.02%) Oracle
6 52 (29.21%) JMeter
7 51 (28.65%) SOAP
8 48 (26.97%) Continuous Integration
8 48 (26.97%) REST
8 48 (26.97%) Jenkins
9 47 (26.40%) E-Commerce
10 45 (25.28%) WebSphere
11 38 (21.35%) Performance Testing
12 37 (20.79%) Selenium
12 37 (20.79%) TDD
13 35 (19.66%) Linux
14 34 (19.10%) SQL
14 34 (19.10%) JIRA
14 34 (19.10%) Amazon AWS
15 32 (17.98%) SQL Server
15 32 (17.98%) JBoss
15 32 (17.98%) SDLC
16 31 (17.42%) Performance Tuning
16 31 (17.42%) HTML
17 30 (16.85%) Git (software)
17 30 (16.85%) BDD
18 28 (15.73%) J2EE
19 27 (15.17%) JavaScript
19 27 (15.17%) High Availability

Load Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 45 (25.28%) WebSphere
2 32 (17.98%) JBoss
3 23 (12.92%) Tomcat
4 22 (12.36%) WebSphere Application Server
5 12 (6.74%) Apache
5 12 (6.74%) IIS
6 9 (5.06%) SharePoint
6 9 (5.06%) WebLogic
7 7 (3.93%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (3.93%) nginx
8 5 (2.81%) Apache Solr
9 4 (2.25%) Confluence
10 2 (1.12%) JCAPS
11 1 (0.56%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.56%) CMS
11 1 (0.56%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 34 (19.10%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (7.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.81%) Amazon EMR
3 5 (2.81%) AWS CloudFormation
3 5 (2.81%) SaaS
4 4 (2.25%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (2.25%) Amazon ELB
4 4 (2.25%) Amazon Kinesis
4 4 (2.25%) Amazon S3
4 4 (2.25%) Amazon SQS
4 4 (2.25%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
4 4 (2.25%) Route 53
4 4 (2.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 3 (1.69%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (1.69%) Serverless
6 2 (1.12%) GitHub
6 2 (1.12%) IaaS
7 1 (0.56%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.56%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (0.56%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (12.36%) Internet
2 12 (6.74%) Firewall
3 7 (3.93%) BIG-IP
4 5 (2.81%) Remote Desktop
5 4 (2.25%) FTP
5 4 (2.25%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.12%) HTTP
7 1 (0.56%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (17.98%) SQL Server
2 23 (12.92%) Relational Database
3 18 (10.11%) RDBMS
4 17 (9.55%) NoSQL
5 13 (7.30%) Redis
6 11 (6.18%) MongoDB
7 8 (4.49%) MySQL
8 7 (3.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 5 (2.81%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (2.25%) Big Data
10 4 (2.25%) DB2
11 3 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (1.69%) Oracle Database
12 2 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
13 1 (0.56%) BODI
13 1 (0.56%) InfluxDB
13 1 (0.56%) InterSystems Cache
13 1 (0.56%) JasperReports
13 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 52 (29.21%) JMeter
2 48 (26.97%) Jenkins
3 37 (20.79%) Selenium
4 34 (19.10%) JIRA
5 30 (16.85%) Git (software)
6 26 (14.61%) Cucumber
6 26 (14.61%) LoadRunner
7 20 (11.24%) JUnit
8 19 (10.67%) SoapUI
9 18 (10.11%) Maven
10 13 (7.30%) Visual Studio
10 13 (7.30%) Visual Studio Team System
11 9 (5.06%) Ant
12 8 (4.49%) TeamCity
12 8 (4.49%) TestNG
13 7 (3.93%) HP UFT
13 7 (3.93%) WebDriver
14 6 (3.37%) Gradle
15 5 (2.81%) Appium
15 5 (2.81%) Calabash
General
1 23 (12.92%) Finance
2 15 (8.43%) Banking
3 11 (6.18%) Investment Banking
4 9 (5.06%) Publishing
5 5 (2.81%) Automotive
5 5 (2.81%) Games
6 2 (1.12%) Marketing
6 2 (1.12%) Retail
7 1 (0.56%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 39 (21.91%) Developer
2 31 (17.42%) Tester
3 24 (13.48%) Architect
4 18 (10.11%) Java Developer
5 17 (9.55%) Automation Tester
6 15 (8.43%) Analyst
6 15 (8.43%) DevOps Engineer
7 14 (7.87%) Test Analyst
8 13 (7.30%) AWS Engineer
8 13 (7.30%) Performance Tester
9 12 (6.74%) Linux Engineer
9 12 (6.74%) Test Leader
10 10 (5.62%) Applications Engineer
11 8 (4.49%) Full Stack Developer
11 8 (4.49%) Software Engineer
12 7 (3.93%) Agile Test Analyst
12 7 (3.93%) AWS DevOps
12 7 (3.93%) AWS DevOps Engineer
12 7 (3.93%) QA Leader
12 7 (3.93%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (33.15%) Web Services
2 51 (28.65%) SOAP
3 48 (26.97%) REST
4 31 (17.42%) HTML
5 28 (15.73%) J2EE
6 22 (12.36%) .NET
6 22 (12.36%) AngularJS
6 22 (12.36%) JDBC
7 17 (9.55%) CSS
8 16 (8.99%) HTML5
9 14 (7.87%) XML
10 12 (6.74%) Dropwizard
10 12 (6.74%) Gherkin
10 12 (6.74%) React
11 10 (5.62%) Elastic Stack
12 9 (5.06%) JAXB
12 9 (5.06%) JAX-RS
12 9 (5.06%) JPA
12 9 (5.06%) Middleware
12 9 (5.06%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 24 (13.48%) iPad
1 24 (13.48%) Virtual Team
2 12 (6.74%) Algorithms
2 12 (6.74%) Data Structures
2 12 (6.74%) Mobile App
3 11 (6.18%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.49%) User Experience
6 7 (3.93%) PKI
7 4 (2.25%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.25%) Fintech
8 2 (1.12%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.12%) PDA
9 1 (0.56%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.56%) IVR
9 1 (0.56%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.56%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.56%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.56%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 35 (19.66%) Linux
2 19 (10.67%) Windows
3 18 (10.11%) Unix
4 8 (4.49%) Android
4 8 (4.49%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.25%) CentOS
5 4 (2.25%) Fedora
5 4 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.25%) Solaris
6 1 (0.56%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.56%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (61.24%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (33.71%) Test Automation
3 48 (26.97%) Continuous Integration
4 47 (26.40%) E-Commerce
5 38 (21.35%) Performance Testing
6 37 (20.79%) TDD
7 32 (17.98%) SDLC
8 31 (17.42%) Performance Tuning
9 30 (16.85%) BDD
10 27 (15.17%) DevOps
10 27 (15.17%) High Availability
11 24 (13.48%) OO
12 22 (12.36%) B2C
12 22 (12.36%) Capacity Planning
12 22 (12.36%) Software Architecture
12 22 (12.36%) Strategic Thinking
13 20 (11.24%) Analytics
13 20 (11.24%) Coaching
13 20 (11.24%) Non-Functional Testing
13 20 (11.24%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 102 (57.30%) Java
2 34 (19.10%) SQL
3 27 (15.17%) JavaScript
4 24 (13.48%) Python
5 21 (11.80%) Ruby
6 16 (8.99%) PowerShell
7 15 (8.43%) C#
8 10 (5.62%) C++
9 8 (4.49%) Perl
10 7 (3.93%) Scala
11 6 (3.37%) Go
12 5 (2.81%) Bash Shell
13 4 (2.25%) C
13 4 (2.25%) Groovy
14 3 (1.69%) Shell Script
15 2 (1.12%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.56%) AWK
16 1 (0.56%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.56%) PHP
16 1 (0.56%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (5.06%) ISEB
2 8 (4.49%) Degree
2 8 (4.49%) ISTQB
3 7 (3.93%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.25%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.69%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (33.15%) QA
2 8 (4.49%) PCI DSS
3 7 (3.93%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.12%) HL7
System Software
1 14 (7.87%) Docker
2 5 (2.81%) Active Directory
3 4 (2.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (2.25%) NFS
4 2 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (12.36%) Ansible
2 14 (7.87%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (6.74%) Puppet
4 10 (5.62%) Rancher
5 7 (3.93%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (3.93%) ITRS Geneos
5 7 (3.93%) Kibana
5 7 (3.93%) Netcool
5 7 (3.93%) SCOM
6 6 (3.37%) Terraform
7 5 (2.81%) logstash
8 4 (2.25%) BladeLogic
8 4 (2.25%) WMI
9 3 (1.69%) HP SiteScope
9 3 (1.69%) Kubernetes
10 2 (1.12%) Perfmon
11 1 (0.56%) Grafana
11 1 (0.56%) HAProxy
11 1 (0.56%) Marathon
11 1 (0.56%) Mesos
Vendors
1 57 (32.02%) Oracle
2 22 (12.36%) ATG
3 16 (8.99%) HP
4 11 (6.18%) AppDynamics
5 9 (5.06%) CA
5 9 (5.06%) CA Agile Central
5 9 (5.06%) IBM
6 7 (3.93%) CyberArk
6 7 (3.93%) F5
6 7 (3.93%) Splunk
7 5 (2.81%) Sybase
8 4 (2.25%) Microsoft
8 4 (2.25%) Perforce
8 4 (2.25%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.69%) Dynatrace
9 3 (1.69%) New Relic
9 3 (1.69%) Nimsoft
10 2 (1.12%) Fiorano
11 1 (0.56%) InterSystems
11 1 (0.56%) VMware