Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 719 660 695
Rank change year-on-year -59 +35 +20
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 156 186 181
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.18% 0.23% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 121 125
UK median daily rate £438 £413 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +6.45% +10.71%
10th Percentile £310 £263 £265
90th Percentile £588 £625 £479
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £356
% change year-on-year -3.03% +15.79% +3.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 5
UK median hourly rate £45.00 - £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 - £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 86,111 80,463 88,072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.77% 83.81% 82.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,529 53,322 57,292
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,080 2,233 2,595
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.60% +24.25%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -3.92% -3.85% +23.81%

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 February 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 16 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 February 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 -20 148 £441 +3.82% 45
London +8 99 £456 +7.35% 12
UK excluding London -63 57 £400 -3.03% 40
Midlands +9 15 £250 -28.67% 4
North of England +15 13 £400 -34.69% 14
South West -1 9 £450 +32.84% 1
South East -24 9 £413 +3.13% 9
West Midlands +12 8 £250 -39.02% 1
East Midlands +7 7 £400 +14.12% 3
Yorkshire +2 7 £500 +37.93% 3
North West -3 6 £300 -53.85% 11
Scotland -21 5 £400 +77.78% 7
East of England -6 3 £425 - 5
Channel Islands - 2 - -
North East +42 1 £733 +102.21%
Wales -25 1 £450 +24.14%

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 109 (69.87%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (53.21%) Java
3 69 (44.23%) Test Automation
4 44 (28.21%) Performance Testing
5 43 (27.56%) QA
6 41 (26.28%) Continuous Integration
6 41 (26.28%) Web Services
7 40 (25.64%) JMeter
8 38 (24.36%) Python
9 36 (23.08%) Selenium
9 36 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
9 36 (23.08%) Ruby
10 35 (22.44%) E-Commerce
10 35 (22.44%) Jenkins
11 32 (20.51%) Git (software)
12 31 (19.87%) JavaScript
13 30 (19.23%) JIRA
13 30 (19.23%) REST
14 29 (18.59%) Oracle
15 28 (17.95%) TDD
15 28 (17.95%) DevOps
16 25 (16.03%) Cucumber
16 25 (16.03%) BDD
16 25 (16.03%) SDLC
16 25 (16.03%) SOAP
16 25 (16.03%) Linux
16 25 (16.03%) Tomcat
17 24 (15.38%) HTML
18 23 (14.74%) NoSQL
18 23 (14.74%) Ansible

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 25 (16.03%) Tomcat
2 18 (11.54%) WebSphere
3 14 (8.97%) IIS
4 13 (8.33%) Confluence
5 11 (7.05%) Apache
5 11 (7.05%) Elasticsearch
5 11 (7.05%) JBoss
6 10 (6.41%) nginx
7 8 (5.13%) WebSphere Application Server
8 6 (3.85%) Apache Solr
9 2 (1.28%) SharePoint
9 2 (1.28%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.64%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 36 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (8.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.21%) GitHub
4 4 (2.56%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (2.56%) SaaS
5 3 (1.92%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.92%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (1.92%) Amazon EMR
5 3 (1.92%) Amazon Kinesis
5 3 (1.92%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.92%) Amazon SQS
5 3 (1.92%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (1.92%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 3 (1.92%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (1.92%) Route 53
5 3 (1.92%) Serverless
5 3 (1.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.28%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (1.28%) IaaS
6 2 (1.28%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (8.97%) Firewall
2 10 (6.41%) BIG-IP
3 8 (5.13%) Internet
4 4 (2.56%) FTP
4 4 (2.56%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.28%) VPN
6 1 (0.64%) DNS
6 1 (0.64%) HTTP
6 1 (0.64%) Network Security
6 1 (0.64%) SMS
6 1 (0.64%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (14.74%) NoSQL
2 20 (12.82%) SQL Server
3 13 (8.33%) MongoDB
3 13 (8.33%) Redis
4 10 (6.41%) Relational Database
5 9 (5.77%) Big Data
6 7 (4.49%) RDBMS
7 6 (3.85%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (3.85%) MySQL
8 3 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (1.28%) InterSystems Cache
9 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 40 (25.64%) JMeter
2 36 (23.08%) Selenium
3 35 (22.44%) Jenkins
4 32 (20.51%) Git (software)
5 30 (19.23%) JIRA
6 25 (16.03%) Cucumber
7 17 (10.90%) JUnit
8 16 (10.26%) LoadRunner
9 14 (8.97%) Visual Studio Team System
10 12 (7.69%) WebDriver
11 10 (6.41%) Gatling
11 10 (6.41%) TestNG
12 9 (5.77%) TeamCity
13 8 (5.13%) Maven
13 8 (5.13%) Visual Studio
14 7 (4.49%) Bitbucket
14 7 (4.49%) Protractor
14 7 (4.49%) SoapUI
15 6 (3.85%) Artifactory
15 6 (3.85%) SpecFlow
General
1 9 (5.77%) Banking
1 9 (5.77%) Finance
2 4 (2.56%) Investment Banking
3 3 (1.92%) Games
3 3 (1.92%) Retail
4 2 (1.28%) Back Office
4 2 (1.28%) Front Office
4 2 (1.28%) Marketing
5 1 (0.64%) Digital Economy
5 1 (0.64%) Law
5 1 (0.64%) Legal
Job Titles
1 31 (19.87%) Tester
2 25 (16.03%) Developer
3 21 (13.46%) Automation Tester
4 14 (8.97%) AWS Engineer
5 13 (8.33%) Analyst
5 13 (8.33%) DevOps Engineer
5 13 (8.33%) Test Engineer
6 12 (7.69%) Software Engineer
6 12 (7.69%) Test Analyst
7 11 (7.05%) Architect
7 11 (7.05%) Java Developer
8 9 (5.77%) Applications Engineer
8 9 (5.77%) Consultant
9 8 (5.13%) Elasticsearch Engineer
9 8 (5.13%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 8 (5.13%) Selenium Tester
10 7 (4.49%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (3.85%) AWS DevOps
11 6 (3.85%) AWS DevOps Engineer
11 6 (3.85%) Genesys Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (26.28%) Web Services
2 30 (19.23%) REST
3 25 (16.03%) SOAP
4 24 (15.38%) HTML
5 14 (8.97%) CSS
5 14 (8.97%) Dropwizard
5 14 (8.97%) Elastic Stack
6 13 (8.33%) AngularJS
6 13 (8.33%) Gherkin
6 13 (8.33%) React
7 12 (7.69%) HTML5
7 12 (7.69%) Node.js
8 9 (5.77%) .NET
8 9 (5.77%) J2EE
9 8 (5.13%) ActiveMQ
9 8 (5.13%) JDBC
9 8 (5.13%) RESTful
10 7 (4.49%) WebSphere MQ
11 6 (3.85%) CSS3
11 6 (3.85%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.97%) Algorithms
1 14 (8.97%) Data Structures
2 13 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
3 12 (7.69%) User Experience
4 11 (7.05%) Mobile App
5 9 (5.77%) iPad
6 8 (5.13%) Virtual Team
7 6 (3.85%) Fintech
7 6 (3.85%) IVR
8 5 (3.21%) Data Centre
9 3 (1.92%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.64%) CESG
10 1 (0.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.64%) iPhone
10 1 (0.64%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.64%) Mobile Banking
10 1 (0.64%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.64%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 25 (16.03%) Linux
2 21 (13.46%) Unix
3 14 (8.97%) Windows
4 8 (5.13%) Apple iOS
5 6 (3.85%) Android
5 6 (3.85%) CentOS
6 3 (1.92%) Fedora
7 2 (1.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (69.87%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (44.23%) Test Automation
3 44 (28.21%) Performance Testing
4 41 (26.28%) Continuous Integration
5 35 (22.44%) E-Commerce
6 28 (17.95%) DevOps
6 28 (17.95%) TDD
7 25 (16.03%) BDD
7 25 (16.03%) SDLC
8 22 (14.10%) MVC
9 19 (12.18%) Open Source
9 19 (12.18%) Software Engineering
10 18 (11.54%) OO
11 17 (10.90%) Analytics
12 16 (10.26%) Configuration Management
12 16 (10.26%) Information Security
12 16 (10.26%) Mentoring
12 16 (10.26%) Non-Functional Testing
12 16 (10.26%) Unit Testing
13 15 (9.62%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 83 (53.21%) Java
2 38 (24.36%) Python
3 36 (23.08%) Ruby
4 31 (19.87%) JavaScript
5 16 (10.26%) SQL
6 13 (8.33%) Perl
7 12 (7.69%) C#
7 12 (7.69%) Scala
8 8 (5.13%) PowerShell
9 5 (3.21%) PHP
10 4 (2.56%) Bash Shell
10 4 (2.56%) C
10 4 (2.56%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.92%) Go
11 3 (1.92%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.28%) Apple Swift
12 2 (1.28%) Groovy
12 2 (1.28%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.64%) C++
13 1 (0.64%) ES6
Qualifications
1 12 (7.69%) Security Cleared
2 7 (4.49%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.92%) ISEB
4 2 (1.28%) Degree
4 2 (1.28%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.64%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (0.64%) CISSP
5 1 (0.64%) CITP
5 1 (0.64%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.64%) IISP
5 1 (0.64%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (27.56%) QA
2 8 (5.13%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.56%) GCP
4 1 (0.64%) Data Quality
System Software
1 23 (14.74%) Docker
2 5 (3.21%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 23 (14.74%) Ansible
2 16 (10.26%) Puppet
3 10 (6.41%) BladeLogic
3 10 (6.41%) ITRS Geneos
3 10 (6.41%) Kubernetes
3 10 (6.41%) Rancher
4 6 (3.85%) Kibana
4 6 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (2.56%) Nagios
6 3 (1.92%) logstash
6 3 (1.92%) Prometheus
6 3 (1.92%) Terraform
7 2 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.64%) Opsview
8 1 (0.64%) SELinux
Vendors
1 29 (18.59%) Oracle
2 11 (7.05%) Splunk
3 10 (6.41%) AppDynamics
3 10 (6.41%) F5
4 8 (5.13%) ATG
5 7 (4.49%) IBM
6 6 (3.85%) Genesys
7 4 (2.56%) Google
7 4 (2.56%) Microsoft
8 3 (1.92%) SOASTA, Inc
9 2 (1.28%) CA
9 2 (1.28%) CA Agile Central
10 1 (0.64%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.64%) Dynatrace
10 1 (0.64%) HP
10 1 (0.64%) New Relic
10 1 (0.64%) Sitecore