I am curious to find out what kind of Billing rates are prevailing for Load & Performance testing services and whether these vary in the US based on geography (I guess California & East Coast would be way higher than the rest of the country). Given the situation that Load Testing skills are not commonly available, and the fact that you reduce the available population of load testers by 90% when you add a component like winsock, here is my question.
Granted all applications and tests are not equal / same so we will take a hypothetical application and client.
Client:- Fortune 500 company located in a US Metro city.
Application:- Fairly complex with web & winsock middlewares.
Effort:- 8 weeks.
Vendor:- one of the top 5.
Risk due to poor performance:- survival of client company.
Load Tester:- 4 - 5 years of exclusive load testing experience, and 10+ years of QA experience.