Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 745 710 788
Rank change year-on-year -35 +78 -96
Contract jobs citing Load Testing 154 149 117
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.17% 0.18% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 93 81
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -0.12% +12.82%
10th Percentile £310 £300 £315
90th Percentile £650 £575 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £450
% change year-on-year +6.67% -16.67% +29.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
UK median hourly rate £50.00 - £27.50
10th Percentile £45.33 - £26.25
90th Percentile £55.29 - £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 - £27.50

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 88,839 82,529 92,200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.56% 84.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,630 54,071 60,832
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £276 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,390 2,086 2,308
UK median hourly rate £21.02 £25.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.92% +6.38% +8.60%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.42 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £47.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +4.17% +10.50%

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 18 August 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 18 August 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 -15 149 £425 - 54
UK excluding London +6 98 £400 +6.67% 41
London -41 55 £513 -2.38% 15
North of England +9 41 £406 +19.49% 16
Yorkshire +9 27 £318 -12.41% 2
South East -8 19 £425 - 6
Midlands 0 18 £394 +27.02% 7
West Midlands -8 17 £394 +31.25% 4
North West +3 13 £425 +25.00% 13
South West -25 10 £394 -12.50% 7
East of England -9 6 £448 +39.84% 3
Wales -18 3 £588 +70.29%
East Midlands -4 1 - - 3
Scotland -44 1 - - 2
North East - 1 £725 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 80 (51.95%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (51.30%) Test Automation
3 72 (46.75%) Performance Testing
4 62 (40.26%) JMeter
5 42 (27.27%) Selenium
5 42 (27.27%) Jenkins
6 39 (25.32%) Java
7 38 (24.68%) Test Scripting
8 36 (23.38%) LoadRunner
9 35 (22.73%) Continuous Integration
10 34 (22.08%) Cucumber
11 33 (21.43%) Scenario Testing
11 33 (21.43%) JIRA
12 31 (20.13%) SQL
13 28 (18.18%) Python
14 27 (17.53%) Amazon AWS
15 26 (16.88%) Non-Functional Testing
15 26 (16.88%) Scrum
16 25 (16.23%) Regression Testing
17 23 (14.94%) Migration
18 22 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
19 21 (13.64%) WebDriver
20 20 (12.99%) Confluence
20 20 (12.99%) PostgreSQL
21 19 (12.34%) TDD
21 19 (12.34%) Open Source
22 18 (11.69%) RESTful
22 18 (11.69%) Security Cleared
23 17 (11.04%) SC Cleared
23 17 (11.04%) Git (software)

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 (12.99%) Confluence
2 6 (3.90%) Apache Solr
3 5 (3.25%) WebLogic
4 4 (2.60%) Tomcat
4 4 (2.60%) WordPress
5 3 (1.95%) Apache
5 3 (1.95%) CMS
5 3 (1.95%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (1.30%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.65%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.65%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 27 (17.53%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (7.14%) GitHub
4 7 (4.55%) BrowserStack
4 7 (4.55%) Google Cloud Platform
5 6 (3.90%) Sauce Labs
6 5 (3.25%) Amazon Kinesis
6 5 (3.25%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (3.25%) Serverless
7 4 (2.60%) PaaS
8 3 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (1.95%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 3 (1.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (1.30%) Amazon S3
9 2 (1.30%) BlazeMeter
9 2 (1.30%) Slack
10 1 (0.65%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.19%) HTTP
2 6 (3.90%) HTTPS
3 5 (3.25%) DNS
3 5 (3.25%) Firewall
4 3 (1.95%) DHCP
4 3 (1.95%) VLAN
4 3 (1.95%) VPN
5 2 (1.30%) 2G
5 2 (1.30%) 3GPP
5 2 (1.30%) 4G
5 2 (1.30%) GSM
5 2 (1.30%) LTE
5 2 (1.30%) Radio Access Network
5 2 (1.30%) SSL
5 2 (1.30%) Wireless
5 2 (1.30%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.65%) ICMP
6 1 (0.65%) LAN
6 1 (0.65%) SAN
6 1 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (12.99%) PostgreSQL
2 12 (7.79%) MongoDB
3 10 (6.49%) Relational Database
4 9 (5.84%) MySQL
4 9 (5.84%) SQL Server
5 6 (3.90%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (2.60%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.30%) Big Data
8 2 (1.30%) Data Lake
8 2 (1.30%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.30%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (1.30%) RDBMS
8 2 (1.30%) Redis
8 2 (1.30%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (1.30%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.65%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.65%) Power BI
9 1 (0.65%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 62 (40.26%) JMeter
2 42 (27.27%) Jenkins
2 42 (27.27%) Selenium
3 36 (23.38%) LoadRunner
4 34 (22.08%) Cucumber
5 33 (21.43%) JIRA
6 21 (13.64%) WebDriver
7 17 (11.04%) Git (software)
8 14 (9.09%) Bitbucket
8 14 (9.09%) Gatling
8 14 (9.09%) Visual Studio
9 13 (8.44%) SoapUI
10 10 (6.49%) JUnit
10 10 (6.49%) SpecFlow
11 9 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (4.55%) Visual Studio Team System
13 6 (3.90%) Gerrit
13 6 (3.90%) Hudson
13 6 (3.90%) JBehave
14 5 (3.25%) HP UFT
General
1 13 (8.44%) Finance
2 9 (5.84%) Banking
3 7 (4.55%) Retail
4 3 (1.95%) Games
4 3 (1.95%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.30%) Back Office
5 2 (1.30%) Billing
5 2 (1.30%) Front Office
6 1 (0.65%) Advertising
6 1 (0.65%) Marketing
6 1 (0.65%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 36 (23.38%) Tester
2 26 (16.88%) Analyst
3 24 (15.58%) Test Analyst
4 19 (12.34%) Developer
5 13 (8.44%) Test Engineer
6 11 (7.14%) Test Manager
7 10 (6.49%) Architect
7 10 (6.49%) Java Developer
7 10 (6.49%) Performance Tester
8 8 (5.19%) Automation Tester
8 8 (5.19%) DevOps Engineer
8 8 (5.19%) Non-Functional Tester
9 7 (4.55%) QA Engineer
10 6 (3.90%) AWS Engineer
10 6 (3.90%) Consultant
10 6 (3.90%) Developer in Test
11 5 (3.25%) Cloud Engineer
11 5 (3.25%) QA Test Engineer
11 5 (3.25%) Senior DevOps
11 5 (3.25%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (11.69%) RESTful
2 16 (10.39%) Gherkin
2 16 (10.39%) SOAP
3 15 (9.74%) CSS
4 14 (9.09%) .NET
4 14 (9.09%) Spring
5 13 (8.44%) XML
6 12 (7.79%) AngularJS
7 11 (7.14%) JSON
7 11 (7.14%) Web Services
8 10 (6.49%) Ajax
8 10 (6.49%) HTML
8 10 (6.49%) jQuery
9 7 (4.55%) Node.js
9 7 (4.55%) REST
10 6 (3.90%) .NET Framework
10 6 (3.90%) Chai
10 6 (3.90%) Nightwatchjs
10 6 (3.90%) WebdriverIO
11 5 (3.25%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (7.14%) Data Structures
3 10 (6.49%) Algorithms
4 8 (5.19%) Data Centre
5 6 (3.90%) Linux Command Line
6 5 (3.25%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (2.60%) NHS
7 4 (2.60%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.30%) Cloud Native
8 2 (1.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.30%) Fintech
8 2 (1.30%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (1.30%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.30%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.30%) Replication
8 2 (1.30%) Social Media
8 2 (1.30%) User Experience
9 1 (0.65%) IVR
9 1 (0.65%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 17 (11.04%) Linux
2 15 (9.74%) Unix
3 11 (7.14%) Windows
4 5 (3.25%) CentOS
5 4 (2.60%) Android
5 4 (2.60%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.60%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.30%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.65%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (51.95%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (51.30%) Test Automation
3 72 (46.75%) Performance Testing
4 38 (24.68%) Test Scripting
5 35 (22.73%) Continuous Integration
6 33 (21.43%) Scenario Testing
7 26 (16.88%) Non-Functional Testing
7 26 (16.88%) Scrum
8 25 (16.23%) Regression Testing
9 23 (14.94%) Migration
10 19 (12.34%) Open Source
10 19 (12.34%) TDD
11 17 (11.04%) DevOps
12 16 (10.39%) BDD
13 15 (9.74%) Defect Tracking
13 15 (9.74%) OO
14 14 (9.09%) API Testing
14 14 (9.09%) Exploratory Testing
14 14 (9.09%) Integration Testing
14 14 (9.09%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 39 (25.32%) Java
2 31 (20.13%) SQL
3 28 (18.18%) Python
4 17 (11.04%) JavaScript
5 13 (8.44%) PL/SQL
6 12 (7.79%) PHP
6 12 (7.79%) Ruby
7 11 (7.14%) C#
8 6 (3.90%) Scala
9 5 (3.25%) Perl
10 3 (1.95%) PowerShell
11 2 (1.30%) Java 8
11 2 (1.30%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.30%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.65%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.65%) BeanShell
12 1 (0.65%) C++
12 1 (0.65%) Groovy
12 1 (0.65%) HiveQL
Qualifications
1 18 (11.69%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.04%) SC Cleared
3 8 (5.19%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.25%) ISEB
4 5 (3.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.60%) Degree
6 2 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.65%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.65%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (11.04%) QA
2 4 (2.60%) PMO
3 3 (1.95%) GCP
4 2 (1.30%) WCAG
System Software
1 15 (9.74%) Docker
2 2 (1.30%) Firmware
2 2 (1.30%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (1.30%) XenApp
3 1 (0.65%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (5.19%) Kubernetes
2 6 (3.90%) Prometheus
3 5 (3.25%) Grafana
3 5 (3.25%) Puppet
3 5 (3.25%) ZABBIX
4 4 (2.60%) Ansible
5 3 (1.95%) Terraform
6 2 (1.30%) Iperf
6 2 (1.30%) Nagios
6 2 (1.30%) Nessus
6 2 (1.30%) Opsview
7 1 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.65%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.65%) Rancher
7 1 (0.65%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 14 (9.09%) Oracle
2 12 (7.79%) Microsoft
3 8 (5.19%) AppDynamics
3 8 (5.19%) Cypress Semiconductor
4 7 (4.55%) SOASTA, Inc
5 6 (3.90%) Perfecto Mobile
6 5 (3.25%) Google
6 5 (3.25%) SAP
6 5 (3.25%) webMethods
7 3 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (1.30%) Citrix
8 2 (1.30%) Ivanti
8 2 (1.30%) Sitecore
9 1 (0.65%) Adobe
9 1 (0.65%) Genesys
9 1 (0.65%) HP
9 1 (0.65%) hybris
9 1 (0.65%) New Relic
9 1 (0.65%) Xamarin