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 3 months to 28 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 555 591 536
Rank change year-on-year +36 -55  
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 55 60 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.14% 0.13% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 42 60
Median daily rate £425 £450 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.55% +28.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £316 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £588 £525
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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39769 44877 44538
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.43% 83.33% 80.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 99202 112242 99576
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £284 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3122 2959 3052
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +1.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £50.78 £51.17
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

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 3 months to 28 June 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 9 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 3 months to 28 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
England +34 54 £450 - 21
London +33 39 £550 +26.80% 9
UK excluding London +11 16 £325 -27.77% 14
North of England +58 5 £325 -22.15% 2
South East +6 3 £338 -25.00% 5
South West -7 3 £386 -3.43% 1
East of England 0 2 £319 - 2
Midlands - 2 £488 - 2
Wales - 1 £325 - 1

For the 6 months to 28 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 with a requirement for Load Testing.

1 48 (36.64%) Java
2 45 (34.35%) Test Automation
3 44 (33.59%) QA
4 40 (30.53%) Agile Software Development
5 37 (28.24%) Oracle
6 31 (23.66%) Test Scripting
7 30 (22.90%) Web Services
8 29 (22.14%) SOAP
8 29 (22.14%) Performance Tuning
9 28 (21.37%) High Availability
9 28 (21.37%) E-Commerce
10 25 (19.08%) User Acceptance Testing
10 25 (19.08%) Non-Functional Testing
11 24 (18.32%) iPad
11 24 (18.32%) J2EE
11 24 (18.32%) SQL
11 24 (18.32%) Internet
12 23 (17.56%) XML
12 23 (17.56%) WebSphere
12 23 (17.56%) Test Strategy
13 22 (16.79%) Performance Testing
13 22 (16.79%) Selenium
13 22 (16.79%) JBoss
14 21 (16.03%) ATG
14 21 (16.03%) B2C
14 21 (16.03%) JDBC
14 21 (16.03%) WebSphere Application Server
14 21 (16.03%) Capacity Planning
14 21 (16.03%) Software Architecture
14 21 (16.03%) Virtual Team

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 23 (17.56%) WebSphere
2 22 (16.79%) JBoss
3 21 (16.03%) WebSphere Application Server
4 17 (12.98%) Apache
5 12 (9.16%) CMS
5 12 (9.16%) WebLogic
6 5 (3.82%) nginx
6 5 (3.82%) SharePoint
6 5 (3.82%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (3.05%) Tomcat
8 3 (2.29%) IIS
9 2 (1.53%) Confluence
9 2 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.76%) JCAPS
10 1 (0.76%) SAS
10 1 (0.76%) Traffic Server
Applications
1 6 (4.58%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.53%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.76%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.76%) RMDS
1 1 (0.76%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 17 (12.98%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (5.34%) Amazon EC2
3 5 (3.82%) Amazon Kinesis
3 5 (3.82%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 5 (3.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 4 (3.05%) Amazon EMR
4 4 (3.05%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (2.29%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (2.29%) Amazon S3
5 3 (2.29%) GitHub
5 3 (2.29%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (2.29%) Route 53
5 3 (2.29%) SaaS
6 2 (1.53%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.53%) IaaS
6 2 (1.53%) PaaS
7 1 (0.76%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.76%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.76%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 24 (18.32%) Internet
2 5 (3.82%) HTTP
3 3 (2.29%) DNS
3 3 (2.29%) Firewall
3 3 (2.29%) SSL
4 2 (1.53%) BGP
4 2 (1.53%) IPv4
4 2 (1.53%) IPv6
4 2 (1.53%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.76%) MPLS
5 1 (0.76%) MQTT
5 1 (0.76%) Network Security
5 1 (0.76%) VPN
5 1 (0.76%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.16%) Endeca
2 11 (8.40%) NoSQL
3 6 (4.58%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (3.82%) MarkLogic
4 5 (3.82%) MongoDB
4 5 (3.82%) Redis
4 5 (3.82%) SQL Server
4 5 (3.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (3.05%) Big Data
6 3 (2.29%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.53%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (1.53%) Amazon Redshift
7 2 (1.53%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.53%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.76%) BODI
8 1 (0.76%) DB2
8 1 (0.76%) GIS
8 1 (0.76%) MySQL
8 1 (0.76%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 22 (16.79%) Selenium
2 20 (15.27%) Jenkins
3 19 (14.50%) LoadRunner
4 17 (12.98%) JMeter
5 14 (10.69%) JIRA
6 11 (8.40%) Cucumber
7 7 (5.34%) Git (software)
7 7 (5.34%) SoapUI
7 7 (5.34%) Visual Studio
8 5 (3.82%) HP UFT
9 4 (3.05%) SpecFlow
9 4 (3.05%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (2.29%) Toad
10 3 (2.29%) WebDriver
11 2 (1.53%) Android Studio
11 2 (1.53%) JConsole
11 2 (1.53%) NUnit
11 2 (1.53%) Robot Framework
11 2 (1.53%) TeamCity
11 2 (1.53%) Vagrant
General
1 15 (11.45%) Finance
2 6 (4.58%) Banking
3 5 (3.82%) Investment Banking
4 4 (3.05%) Games
4 4 (3.05%) Publishing
4 4 (3.05%) Retail
5 1 (0.76%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.76%) Legal
5 1 (0.76%) Marketing
5 1 (0.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (18.32%) Architect
2 22 (16.79%) Analyst
2 22 (16.79%) Test Analyst
3 18 (13.74%) Tester
4 13 (9.92%) Developer
5 11 (8.40%) Test Manager
6 10 (7.63%) Software Engineer
7 8 (6.11%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (6.11%) Performance Tester
7 8 (6.11%) Test Leader
8 7 (5.34%) AWS DevOps
8 7 (5.34%) AWS DevOps Engineer
8 7 (5.34%) AWS Engineer
9 6 (4.58%) Cloud Engineer
10 5 (3.82%) C# Software Engineer
10 5 (3.82%) C++ Software Engineer
11 4 (3.05%) Agile Test Analyst
11 4 (3.05%) Java Developer
11 4 (3.05%) QA Tester
11 4 (3.05%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (22.90%) Web Services
2 29 (22.14%) SOAP
3 24 (18.32%) J2EE
4 23 (17.56%) XML
5 21 (16.03%) JDBC
6 13 (9.92%) JMX
6 13 (9.92%) REST
6 13 (9.92%) Spring
6 13 (9.92%) XSLT
7 12 (9.16%) Hibernate
7 12 (9.16%) JMS
7 12 (9.16%) JSP
7 12 (9.16%) Servlets
7 12 (9.16%) Struts
8 8 (6.11%) HTML
8 8 (6.11%) Unreal Engine
9 7 (5.34%) RESTful
10 6 (4.58%) JSON
10 6 (4.58%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 6 (4.58%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 24 (18.32%) iPad
2 21 (16.03%) Virtual Team
3 7 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.34%) Mobile App
4 6 (4.58%) Computer Science
5 5 (3.82%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.29%) Freedom of Information
6 3 (2.29%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.29%) NHS
6 3 (2.29%) PKI
7 2 (1.53%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.53%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.53%) Hedge funds
7 2 (1.53%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.53%) User Experience
8 1 (0.76%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.76%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.76%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 19 (14.50%) Linux
1 19 (14.50%) Unix
2 9 (6.87%) Windows
3 4 (3.05%) Android
3 4 (3.05%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.76%) Kali Linux
4 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.76%) Solaris
4 1 (0.76%) Ubuntu
4 1 (0.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (34.35%) Test Automation
2 40 (30.53%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (23.66%) Test Scripting
4 29 (22.14%) Performance Tuning
5 28 (21.37%) E-Commerce
5 28 (21.37%) High Availability
6 25 (19.08%) Non-Functional Testing
6 25 (19.08%) User Acceptance Testing
7 23 (17.56%) Test Strategy
8 22 (16.79%) Performance Testing
9 21 (16.03%) B2C
9 21 (16.03%) Capacity Planning
9 21 (16.03%) Software Architecture
10 20 (15.27%) Continuous Integration
11 17 (12.98%) Integration Testing
11 17 (12.98%) Regression Testing
11 17 (12.98%) Software Testing
11 17 (12.98%) TDD
12 15 (11.45%) Business Intelligence
13 14 (10.69%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 48 (36.64%) Java
2 24 (18.32%) SQL
3 18 (13.74%) Python
4 17 (12.98%) C#
5 11 (8.40%) Scala
6 9 (6.87%) C++
7 7 (5.34%) Groovy
8 5 (3.82%) Go
8 5 (3.82%) Shell Script
9 4 (3.05%) JavaScript
10 3 (2.29%) C
11 1 (0.76%) Erlang
11 1 (0.76%) Perl
11 1 (0.76%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.76%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.76%) Ruby
11 1 (0.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 16 (12.21%) ISTQB
2 13 (9.92%) Degree
3 11 (8.40%) ISEB
4 9 (6.87%) Security Cleared
5 6 (4.58%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (3.82%) SC Cleared
7 4 (3.05%) ISEB Practitioner
7 4 (3.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (3.05%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.76%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (0.76%) CISSP
8 1 (0.76%) CITP
8 1 (0.76%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (0.76%) IISP
8 1 (0.76%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (33.59%) QA
2 2 (1.53%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.76%) HL7
System Software
1 11 (8.40%) Docker
2 2 (1.53%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.53%) HDFS
3 1 (0.76%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.76%) NFS
3 1 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (7.63%) Ansible
1 10 (7.63%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (5.34%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.29%) Graphite
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Identity Management
3 3 (2.29%) Rancher
4 2 (1.53%) Perfmon
5 1 (0.76%) Consul
5 1 (0.76%) Kibana
5 1 (0.76%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.76%) logstash
5 1 (0.76%) Mesos
5 1 (0.76%) Netcool
5 1 (0.76%) Puppet
5 1 (0.76%) SCOM
5 1 (0.76%) Terraform
5 1 (0.76%) WMI
Vendors
1 37 (28.24%) Oracle
2 21 (16.03%) ATG
3 13 (9.92%) HP
4 10 (7.63%) Microsoft
5 5 (3.82%) Splunk
6 4 (3.05%) SAP
6 4 (3.05%) SOASTA, Inc
7 3 (2.29%) IBM
8 2 (1.53%) Apple
8 2 (1.53%) Dynatrace
8 2 (1.53%) Google
8 2 (1.53%) New Relic
8 2 (1.53%) ServiceNow
8 2 (1.53%) Sybase
9 1 (0.76%) Cerner
9 1 (0.76%) CyberArk
9 1 (0.76%) Guidewire
9 1 (0.76%) InterSystems
9 1 (0.76%) Sitecore
9 1 (0.76%) Zoho
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