Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 730 713 745
Rank change year-on-year -17 +32 -47
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 154 177 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.17% 0.20% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 123 100
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% +16.67%
10th Percentile £318 £310 £308
90th Percentile £725 £575 £689
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £430
% change year-on-year +3.13% -6.98% +22.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
UK median hourly rate £50.53 £43.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.49% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.75 -

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 89,041 88,174 90,299
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.35% 85.75% 85.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,899 58,617 59,550
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,305 2,116 2,483
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £49.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.18 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.75% +6.67% -

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 17 November 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 17 November 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 -20 147 £450 +3.81% 62
UK excluding London -6 77 £413 +3.13% 51
London -15 75 £500 +12.11% 12
North of England -5 33 £425 +6.25% 15
Yorkshire -1 19 £375 -25.00% 4
Midlands -8 17 £394 +5.00% 14
West Midlands -12 16 £394 +5.00% 9
South East -13 13 £425 -5.03% 9
North West -1 12 £438 +45.83% 11
South West -35 5 £413 -8.33% 4
East of England -6 4 £495 +54.69% 8
Scotland -12 3 - -
Wales -17 2 £675 +95.65% 1
North East - 2 £538 -
East Midlands +10 1 - - 5

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 89 (57.79%) Agile Software Development
1 89 (57.79%) Test Automation
2 76 (49.35%) Performance Testing
3 68 (44.16%) JMeter
4 55 (35.71%) Java
5 50 (32.47%) Selenium
6 40 (25.97%) Test Scripting
7 39 (25.32%) LoadRunner
8 35 (22.73%) Jenkins
9 34 (22.08%) Scrum
9 34 (22.08%) Continuous Integration
10 33 (21.43%) SQL
10 33 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
11 32 (20.78%) Amazon AWS
12 31 (20.13%) JIRA
13 30 (19.48%) Cucumber
14 28 (18.18%) QA
15 27 (17.53%) Gatling
16 26 (16.88%) RESTful
17 25 (16.23%) BDD
18 24 (15.58%) JavaScript
19 23 (14.94%) .NET
19 23 (14.94%) Migration
19 23 (14.94%) Scenario Testing
20 22 (14.29%) Open Source
20 22 (14.29%) Python
20 22 (14.29%) TDD
21 20 (12.99%) Microsoft
21 20 (12.99%) Regression Testing
21 20 (12.99%) PostgreSQL

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 10 (6.49%) Apache Solr
1 10 (6.49%) Confluence
2 7 (4.55%) Apache
3 5 (3.25%) WebLogic
4 4 (2.60%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (2.60%) WordPress
5 3 (1.95%) CMS
5 3 (1.95%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (1.30%) Jupyter
6 2 (1.30%) nginx
7 1 (0.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.65%) GlassFish
7 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 3 (1.95%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.30%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.65%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 32 (20.78%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (5.84%) BrowserStack
3 9 (5.84%) GitHub
3 9 (5.84%) Sauce Labs
4 6 (3.90%) AWS Lambda
4 6 (3.90%) Serverless
5 4 (2.60%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (2.60%) Amazon Kinesis
5 4 (2.60%) Amazon S3
5 4 (2.60%) PaaS
6 3 (1.95%) CloudTest
6 3 (1.95%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (1.30%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.65%) BlazeMeter
8 1 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.65%) IaaS
8 1 (0.65%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.44%) HTTP
2 9 (5.84%) HTTPS
3 5 (3.25%) DNS
4 3 (1.95%) DHCP
4 3 (1.95%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.30%) 2G
5 2 (1.30%) 3GPP
5 2 (1.30%) 4G
5 2 (1.30%) Firewall
5 2 (1.30%) GSM
5 2 (1.30%) Internet
5 2 (1.30%) LTE
5 2 (1.30%) Network Security
5 2 (1.30%) Radio Access Network
5 2 (1.30%) SSL
5 2 (1.30%) VLAN
5 2 (1.30%) VPN
5 2 (1.30%) Wireless
5 2 (1.30%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (12.99%) PostgreSQL
2 19 (12.34%) MongoDB
3 14 (9.09%) Apache Cassandra
4 12 (7.79%) Relational Database
5 11 (7.14%) MySQL
6 10 (6.49%) SQL Server
7 6 (3.90%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (3.25%) Oracle Database
9 4 (2.60%) Data Lake
9 4 (2.60%) Hadoop
9 4 (2.60%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (1.30%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (1.30%) Apache Hive
10 2 (1.30%) Big Data
10 2 (1.30%) NoSQL
10 2 (1.30%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (1.30%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (1.30%) Qlik Sense
10 2 (1.30%) Redis
11 1 (0.65%) GIS
Development Applications
1 68 (44.16%) JMeter
2 50 (32.47%) Selenium
3 39 (25.32%) LoadRunner
4 35 (22.73%) Jenkins
5 31 (20.13%) JIRA
6 30 (19.48%) Cucumber
7 27 (17.53%) Gatling
8 20 (12.99%) WebDriver
9 17 (11.04%) Visual Studio
10 16 (10.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 13 (8.44%) SoapUI
11 13 (8.44%) SpecFlow
12 10 (6.49%) LoadUI
13 9 (5.84%) Bitbucket
13 9 (5.84%) Gerrit
13 9 (5.84%) Hudson
13 9 (5.84%) JBehave
14 6 (3.90%) HP UFT
14 6 (3.90%) JUnit
14 6 (3.90%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (9.09%) Finance
2 10 (6.49%) Retail
3 8 (5.19%) Banking
4 3 (1.95%) Advertising
4 3 (1.95%) Marketing
4 3 (1.95%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.65%) Legal
6 1 (0.65%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 39 (25.32%) Tester
2 23 (14.94%) Analyst
2 23 (14.94%) Developer
3 22 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 19 (12.34%) Test Engineer
5 13 (8.44%) Performance Tester
6 11 (7.14%) Java Developer
7 10 (6.49%) Architect
7 10 (6.49%) Automation Tester
7 10 (6.49%) Non-Functional Tester
7 10 (6.49%) Software Developer
8 9 (5.84%) Developer in Test
8 9 (5.84%) QA Engineer
9 8 (5.19%) Performance Engineer
9 8 (5.19%) Performance Test Engineer
9 8 (5.19%) Test Manager
10 7 (4.55%) LoadRunner Tester
10 7 (4.55%) Senior Test Engineer
10 7 (4.55%) Technical Architect
11 6 (3.90%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (16.88%) RESTful
2 23 (14.94%) .NET
3 18 (11.69%) Web Services
4 15 (9.74%) Gherkin
4 15 (9.74%) SOAP
5 14 (9.09%) Node.js
6 13 (8.44%) AngularJS
7 12 (7.79%) jQuery
8 11 (7.14%) Spring
9 10 (6.49%) .NET Framework
9 10 (6.49%) JSON
10 9 (5.84%) Ajax
10 9 (5.84%) CSS
10 9 (5.84%) Nightwatchjs
10 9 (5.84%) WebdriverIO
10 9 (5.84%) XML
11 8 (5.19%) Chai
12 7 (4.55%) React
13 5 (3.25%) GraphQL
13 5 (3.25%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.09%) Data Structures
2 13 (8.44%) Data Centre
3 11 (7.14%) Algorithms
3 11 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (6.49%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (3.25%) Fintech
5 5 (3.25%) NHS
5 5 (3.25%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 4 (2.60%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.60%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.30%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.30%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.30%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.30%) Replication
7 2 (1.30%) Social Media
7 2 (1.30%) User Experience
8 1 (0.65%) CESG
8 1 (0.65%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 17 (11.04%) Unix
2 12 (7.79%) Linux
3 9 (5.84%) Windows
4 3 (1.95%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.65%) Android
5 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (57.79%) Agile Software Development
1 89 (57.79%) Test Automation
2 76 (49.35%) Performance Testing
3 40 (25.97%) Test Scripting
4 34 (22.08%) Continuous Integration
4 34 (22.08%) Scrum
5 33 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
6 25 (16.23%) BDD
7 23 (14.94%) Migration
7 23 (14.94%) Scenario Testing
8 22 (14.29%) Open Source
8 22 (14.29%) TDD
9 20 (12.99%) Regression Testing
10 17 (11.04%) SDET
11 16 (10.39%) Microservices
12 15 (9.74%) OO
13 14 (9.09%) API Testing
13 14 (9.09%) Defect Tracking
13 14 (9.09%) DevOps
14 13 (8.44%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 55 (35.71%) Java
2 33 (21.43%) SQL
3 24 (15.58%) JavaScript
4 22 (14.29%) Python
5 19 (12.34%) PHP
6 17 (11.04%) C#
7 12 (7.79%) Ruby
8 11 (7.14%) Scala
9 10 (6.49%) PL/SQL
10 7 (4.55%) Bash Shell
11 6 (3.90%) Java 8
12 5 (3.25%) Go
13 3 (1.95%) PowerShell
13 3 (1.95%) T-SQL
14 2 (1.30%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.65%) C++
15 1 (0.65%) GLSL
15 1 (0.65%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 16 (10.39%) Security Cleared
2 15 (9.74%) SC Cleared
3 12 (7.79%) ISTQB
4 6 (3.90%) ISEB
4 6 (3.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.60%) Degree
6 2 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.30%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.65%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (0.65%) CISSP
7 1 (0.65%) CITP
7 1 (0.65%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (0.65%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.65%) IISP
7 1 (0.65%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (18.18%) QA
2 4 (2.60%) PMO
System Software
1 19 (12.34%) Docker
2 2 (1.30%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.30%) Firmware
3 1 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (7.79%) Kubernetes
2 10 (6.49%) Prometheus
3 9 (5.84%) Grafana
3 9 (5.84%) ZABBIX
4 3 (1.95%) Ansible
4 3 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (1.95%) Puppet
5 2 (1.30%) Hadoop YARN
5 2 (1.30%) Iperf
5 2 (1.30%) Oozie
5 2 (1.30%) Salt
5 2 (1.30%) Terraform
6 1 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.65%) Perfmon
6 1 (0.65%) WSUS
Vendors
1 20 (12.99%) Microsoft
2 13 (8.44%) Oracle
3 11 (7.14%) Cypress Semiconductor
3 11 (7.14%) SOASTA, Inc
4 10 (6.49%) AppDynamics
5 9 (5.84%) Perfecto Mobile
6 6 (3.90%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (3.90%) SAP
7 5 (3.25%) webMethods
8 2 (1.30%) HP
8 2 (1.30%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 2 (1.30%) Tableau
8 2 (1.30%) Talend
9 1 (0.65%) Adobe
9 1 (0.65%) hybris
9 1 (0.65%) Xamarin