The first table below looks at the demand for BDD skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited BDD over the 3 months to 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD)
Rank 81 106 121
Rank change year-on-year
+25 +15
Contract jobs citing BDD 52 24 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.72% 0.89% 0.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.45% 1.25% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 13 11
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £305 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £435 £397
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £363 £315
% change year-on-year
+5.51% +15.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2125 1913 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 70.27% 70.62% 64.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1138 955 1107
Average daily rate £375 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £463 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 92 109
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.14% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.12% -
BDD
England

BDD
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing BDD across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

BDD Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

BDD
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing BDD across the North West region.

BDD Daily Rate Trend in the North West

BDD
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing BDD across the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014.

BDD Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

BDD
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BDD within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +16 23 £510 +23.63% 14
Manchester 0 19 £400 +24.03% 8
Lancashire - 5 £388 - 7
Merseyside - - - - 4
BDD
England

BDD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing BDD also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited BDD.

1 78 (86.67%) TDD
2 53 (58.89%) Java
3 47 (52.22%) C#
4 38 (42.22%) JavaScript
5 37 (41.11%) Scala
6 35 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
7 33 (36.67%) Linux
8 30 (33.33%) NoSQL
9 29 (32.22%) Open Source
9 29 (32.22%) Web Services
9 29 (32.22%) SQL
10 28 (31.11%) Ruby
11 27 (30.00%) PHP
11 27 (30.00%) Unit Testing
12 26 (28.89%) RESTful
12 26 (28.89%) C++
13 25 (27.78%) Python
13 25 (27.78%) Scrum
14 20 (22.22%) JSON
15 18 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
15 18 (20.00%) CSS
15 18 (20.00%) HTML
16 16 (17.78%) Ajax
17 15 (16.67%) Spring
17 15 (16.67%) .NET
18 14 (15.56%) XML
19 13 (14.44%) UML
19 13 (14.44%) J2EE
20 11 (12.22%) OOP
21 10 (11.11%) XHTML

BDD
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing BDD also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited BDD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.67%) Tomcat
2 5 (5.56%) MQSeries
2 5 (5.56%) WebLogic
2 5 (5.56%) CMS
2 5 (5.56%) WebSphere
2 5 (5.56%) Escenic
2 5 (5.56%) Adobe CQ
3 2 (2.22%) Node.js
3 2 (2.22%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.11%) Apache
4 1 (1.11%) WordPress
4 1 (1.11%) nginx
Applications
1 7 (7.78%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.11%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.11%) PaaS
1 1 (1.11%) Office 365
1 1 (1.11%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.22%) HTTP
2 1 (1.11%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (33.33%) NoSQL
2 9 (10.00%) MySQL
3 7 (7.78%) SQL Server
3 7 (7.78%) Big Data
4 5 (5.56%) Hadoop
4 5 (5.56%) CouchDB
5 4 (4.44%) Couchbase
6 2 (2.22%) Relational Database
7 1 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 7 (7.78%) Cucumber
1 7 (7.78%) Calabash
2 5 (5.56%) Visual Studio
2 5 (5.56%) JIRA
3 4 (4.44%) Git (software)
4 3 (3.33%) Maven
4 3 (3.33%) Ant
4 3 (3.33%) Gradle
5 2 (2.22%) Jenkins
5 2 (2.22%) WebDriver
5 2 (2.22%) Selenium
5 2 (2.22%) Subversion
6 1 (1.11%) RSpec
6 1 (1.11%) Hudson
6 1 (1.11%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.11%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.11%) TestNG
6 1 (1.11%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.11%) JUnit
6 1 (1.11%) JMeter
General
1 6 (6.67%) Finance
2 2 (2.22%) Publishing
2 2 (2.22%) Retail
3 1 (1.11%) Back Office
3 1 (1.11%) Games
3 1 (1.11%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 62 (68.89%) Developer
2 21 (23.33%) Java Developer
3 18 (20.00%) Analyst
4 15 (16.67%) Senior Developer
5 12 (13.33%) Business Analyst
6 9 (10.00%) Senior Java Developer
7 8 (8.89%) .NET Developer
7 8 (8.89%) Agile Business Analyst
8 7 (7.78%) C# Developer
8 7 (7.78%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (6.67%) Software Developer
10 5 (5.56%) Consultant
10 5 (5.56%) Programmer
10 5 (5.56%) Developer Analyst
10 5 (5.56%) Senior Programmer
10 5 (5.56%) Senior Java Programmer
10 5 (5.56%) iOS Developer
10 5 (5.56%) Java Programmer
11 4 (4.44%) .NET Software Developer
11 4 (4.44%) Java Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (32.22%) Web Services
2 26 (28.89%) RESTful
3 20 (22.22%) JSON
4 18 (20.00%) HTML
4 18 (20.00%) CSS
5 16 (17.78%) Ajax
6 15 (16.67%) Spring
6 15 (16.67%) .NET
7 14 (15.56%) XML
8 13 (14.44%) J2EE
9 10 (11.11%) XHTML
10 9 (10.00%) Hibernate
11 8 (8.89%) ASP.NET
11 8 (8.89%) jQuery
12 6 (6.67%) Ruby on Rails
12 6 (6.67%) HTML5
12 6 (6.67%) CSS3
13 5 (5.56%) EJB
13 5 (5.56%) Java RMI
13 5 (5.56%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 29 (32.22%) Open Source
2 4 (4.44%) Kindle
3 3 (3.33%) New Media
3 3 (3.33%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.22%) iPad
4 2 (2.22%) Social Network
4 2 (2.22%) iPhone
4 2 (2.22%) N-Tier
4 2 (2.22%) Streaming Video
4 2 (2.22%) Interactive TV
5 1 (1.11%) IPTV
5 1 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 33 (36.67%) Linux
2 8 (8.89%) Android
2 8 (8.89%) Apple iOS
3 5 (5.56%) UNIX
4 1 (1.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (86.67%) TDD
2 35 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (30.00%) Unit Testing
4 25 (27.78%) Scrum
5 18 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (14.44%) UML
7 11 (12.22%) OOP
8 10 (11.11%) MVC
8 10 (11.11%) Software Engineering
8 10 (11.11%) User Stories
9 9 (10.00%) OOA/OOD
9 9 (10.00%) OO
9 9 (10.00%) OOD
10 7 (7.78%) RAD
11 6 (6.67%) Business Analysis
12 5 (5.56%) Pair Programming
12 5 (5.56%) RUP
12 5 (5.56%) iOS Development
12 5 (5.56%) Technical Analysis
12 5 (5.56%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 53 (58.89%) Java
2 47 (52.22%) C#
3 38 (42.22%) JavaScript
4 37 (41.11%) Scala
5 29 (32.22%) SQL
6 28 (31.11%) Ruby
7 27 (30.00%) PHP
8 26 (28.89%) C++
9 25 (27.78%) Python
10 5 (5.56%) Objective-C
11 3 (3.33%) T-SQL
12 1 (1.11%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 1 (1.11%) SC Cleared
1 1 (1.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.78%) QA
2 4 (4.44%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 4 (4.44%) Puppet
2 3 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.11%) Capistrano
Vendors
1 5 (5.56%) Oracle
1 5 (5.56%) JBoss
2 2 (2.22%) Microsoft
2 2 (2.22%) Xamarin
3 1 (1.11%) Mercator
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