Period
to 23 May 2018

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 23 May 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.

Load Testing
UK
6 months to
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 757 692 743
Rank change year-on-year -65 +51 -66
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 124 136 137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.14% 0.18% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 81 90
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £280 £225 £311
90th Percentile £621 £575 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £400
% change year-on-year +10.34% -9.38% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 5
UK median hourly rate £50.00 - £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 - £60.00

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 86,421 76,393 88,661
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.75% 84.67% 84.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,007 50,123 58,267
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.63% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,275 2,053 2,316
UK median hourly rate £21.79 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.84% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.47 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.12 £26.83
% change year-on-year -20.38% -6.37% +22.71%

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 23 May 2018.

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 15 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 23 May 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
England -40 120 £450 +12.50% 45
UK excluding London -24 68 £400 +10.34% 35
London -61 56 £475 +11.76% 12
North of England +1 22 £363 -15.99% 11
Midlands -10 16 £250 -16.67% 5
Yorkshire -10 15 £325 -10.34% 1
South East -19 14 £481 +23.40% 7
South West +1 10 £425 +17.24% 3
West Midlands -15 10 £250 -16.67% 2
North West -11 7 £406 -29.38% 10
East Midlands +4 6 - - 3
East of England 0 2 £400 +28.00% 7
Wales -19 2 £384 +11.78%
Channel Islands - 2 - -
North East - 1 £733 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Load 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 with a requirement for Load Testing.

1 78 (62.90%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (42.74%) Test Automation
3 40 (32.26%) Performance Testing
4 39 (31.45%) Python
5 36 (29.03%) Java
6 32 (25.81%) JMeter
7 30 (24.19%) JIRA
8 29 (23.39%) Continuous Integration
8 29 (23.39%) Jenkins
9 26 (20.97%) Ruby
10 25 (20.16%) Selenium
10 25 (20.16%) Git (software)
10 25 (20.16%) Amazon AWS
11 23 (18.55%) Linux
11 23 (18.55%) Docker
11 23 (18.55%) DevOps
12 21 (16.94%) JavaScript
12 21 (16.94%) Unit Testing
13 20 (16.13%) Open Source
13 20 (16.13%) Confluence
13 20 (16.13%) TDD
14 19 (15.32%) SQL
14 19 (15.32%) Microsoft Azure
15 18 (14.52%) Cucumber
15 18 (14.52%) Scenario Testing
16 17 (13.71%) QA
17 16 (12.90%) Integration Testing
17 16 (12.90%) LoadRunner
17 16 (12.90%) Unix
17 16 (12.90%) Migration

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 20 (16.13%) Confluence
2 12 (9.68%) Tomcat
3 9 (7.26%) Apache
4 6 (4.84%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (4.84%) IIS
4 6 (4.84%) nginx
5 3 (2.42%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.81%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 25 (20.16%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (15.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (8.06%) GitHub
4 9 (7.26%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (2.42%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (2.42%) Amazon Kinesis
5 3 (2.42%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 3 (2.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.61%) BlazeMeter
6 2 (1.61%) BrowserStack
6 2 (1.61%) IaaS
6 2 (1.61%) PaaS
6 2 (1.61%) Slack
7 1 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.81%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.81%) npm
7 1 (0.81%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.81%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.81%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.68%) Firewall
2 6 (4.84%) BIG-IP
3 3 (2.42%) HTTP
4 2 (1.61%) DNS
4 2 (1.61%) SSL
4 2 (1.61%) VPN
5 1 (0.81%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.81%) Network Security
5 1 (0.81%) SMS
5 1 (0.81%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (11.29%) NoSQL
2 11 (8.87%) SQL Server
3 8 (6.45%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (5.65%) Big Data
5 5 (4.03%) Relational Database
6 4 (3.23%) MongoDB
7 3 (2.42%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.61%) MySQL
8 2 (1.61%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.61%) RDBMS
8 2 (1.61%) Redis
8 2 (1.61%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.81%) Amazon Redshift
9 1 (0.81%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.81%) Cosmos DB
9 1 (0.81%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.81%) InterSystems Cache
9 1 (0.81%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 32 (25.81%) JMeter
2 30 (24.19%) JIRA
3 29 (23.39%) Jenkins
4 25 (20.16%) Git (software)
4 25 (20.16%) Selenium
5 18 (14.52%) Cucumber
6 16 (12.90%) LoadRunner
7 15 (12.10%) Bitbucket
8 14 (11.29%) WebDriver
9 11 (8.87%) JUnit
10 10 (8.06%) Artifactory
11 8 (6.45%) Visual Studio Team System
12 7 (5.65%) Gatling
12 7 (5.65%) Team Foundation Server
13 6 (4.84%) NUnit
14 5 (4.03%) SoapUI
14 5 (4.03%) Visual Studio
15 4 (3.23%) HP UFT
15 4 (3.23%) Protractor
15 4 (3.23%) SpecFlow
General
1 6 (4.84%) Banking
1 6 (4.84%) Finance
2 3 (2.42%) Back Office
2 3 (2.42%) Front Office
2 3 (2.42%) Games
3 2 (1.61%) Billing
4 1 (0.81%) Law
4 1 (0.81%) Legal
Job Titles
1 19 (15.32%) Tester
2 15 (12.10%) Analyst
2 15 (12.10%) Developer
2 15 (12.10%) Test Engineer
3 14 (11.29%) Test Analyst
4 11 (8.87%) Consultant
5 10 (8.06%) DevOps Engineer
6 8 (6.45%) Automation Tester
7 7 (5.65%) AWS Engineer
7 7 (5.65%) Test Manager
8 6 (4.84%) Elasticsearch Engineer
8 6 (4.84%) Genesys Consultant
8 6 (4.84%) Software Engineer
8 6 (4.84%) Test Automation Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Applications Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Azure DevOps
9 5 (4.03%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Azure Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Senior DevOps
9 5 (4.03%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.48%) HTML
2 12 (9.68%) CSS
2 12 (9.68%) REST
3 11 (8.87%) SOAP
3 11 (8.87%) Web Services
3 11 (8.87%) YAML
4 9 (7.26%) Elastic Stack
4 9 (7.26%) Node.js
5 8 (6.45%) .NET
5 8 (6.45%) HTML5
5 8 (6.45%) MCollective
6 6 (4.84%) JSON
6 6 (4.84%) React
6 6 (4.84%) RESTful
7 5 (4.03%) Ajax
7 5 (4.03%) CSS3
7 5 (4.03%) Dropwizard
7 5 (4.03%) XML
8 4 (3.23%) ASP.NET
8 4 (3.23%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.87%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.84%) Algorithms
2 6 (4.84%) Data Structures
2 6 (4.84%) IVR
2 6 (4.84%) User Experience
3 4 (3.23%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.42%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.42%) Fintech
4 3 (2.42%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (2.42%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.61%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.81%) CESG
6 1 (0.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.81%) iPad
6 1 (0.81%) iPhone
6 1 (0.81%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.81%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.81%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.81%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 23 (18.55%) Linux
2 16 (12.90%) Unix
3 12 (9.68%) Windows
4 8 (6.45%) CentOS
5 6 (4.84%) Apple iOS
6 4 (3.23%) Android
7 2 (1.61%) VMS
7 2 (1.61%) Windows 10
7 2 (1.61%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (62.90%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (42.74%) Test Automation
3 40 (32.26%) Performance Testing
4 29 (23.39%) Continuous Integration
5 23 (18.55%) DevOps
6 21 (16.94%) Unit Testing
7 20 (16.13%) Open Source
7 20 (16.13%) TDD
8 18 (14.52%) Scenario Testing
9 16 (12.90%) Integration Testing
9 16 (12.90%) Migration
9 16 (12.90%) Non-Functional Testing
9 16 (12.90%) Scrum
10 15 (12.10%) Mentoring
10 15 (12.10%) Regression Testing
10 15 (12.10%) SDLC
10 15 (12.10%) Test Scripting
10 15 (12.10%) Test Strategy
11 13 (10.48%) System Testing
11 13 (10.48%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 39 (31.45%) Python
2 36 (29.03%) Java
3 26 (20.97%) Ruby
4 21 (16.94%) JavaScript
5 19 (15.32%) SQL
6 14 (11.29%) Perl
7 12 (9.68%) C#
8 8 (6.45%) PL/SQL
9 7 (5.65%) Scala
10 5 (4.03%) PHP
10 5 (4.03%) PowerShell
10 5 (4.03%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.61%) Apple Swift
11 2 (1.61%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.61%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.81%) BeanShell
12 1 (0.81%) ES6
12 1 (0.81%) Groovy
12 1 (0.81%) HiveQL
12 1 (0.81%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 12 (9.68%) Security Cleared
2 10 (8.06%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.42%) Degree
3 3 (2.42%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.61%) ISEB
5 1 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.81%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (0.81%) CISSP
5 1 (0.81%) CITP
5 1 (0.81%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.81%) IISP
5 1 (0.81%) MBCS
5 1 (0.81%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.71%) QA
2 5 (4.03%) GCP
3 2 (1.61%) WCAG
System Software
1 23 (18.55%) Docker
2 4 (3.23%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.61%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.61%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (10.48%) Ansible
2 11 (8.87%) Puppet
3 9 (7.26%) Kubernetes
4 7 (5.65%) Rancher
5 6 (4.84%) BladeLogic
5 6 (4.84%) ITRS Geneos
6 5 (4.03%) Nagios
7 3 (2.42%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (2.42%) Prometheus
8 2 (1.61%) Nessus
8 2 (1.61%) Opsview
9 1 (0.81%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.81%) SELinux
9 1 (0.81%) Terraform
Vendors
1 13 (10.48%) Oracle
2 9 (7.26%) Google
3 7 (5.65%) Splunk
4 6 (4.84%) F5
4 6 (4.84%) Genesys
5 5 (4.03%) AppDynamics
5 5 (4.03%) Microsoft
6 4 (3.23%) SOASTA, Inc
7 3 (2.42%) Sitecore
8 2 (1.61%) Citrix
8 2 (1.61%) Ivanti
9 1 (0.81%) Cypress Semiconductor
9 1 (0.81%) HP
9 1 (0.81%) New Relic
9 1 (0.81%) Perfecto Mobile
9 1 (0.81%) SAP
9 1 (0.81%) Xamarin