The first table below looks at the demand for Unit Testing 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 Unit Testing over the 3 months to 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Unit Testing
Rank 89 102 94
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -8
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 49 15 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.52% 0.61% 1.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.13% 0.87% 2.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 9 24
Average daily rate £375 £330 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £245 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £410 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.50 £32.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+6.15% +6.55%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2299 1727 1936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.24% 70.49% 63.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1170 864 968
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £485 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 83 91
Average hourly rate £31.25 £25.97 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.33% +29.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.33 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £40.02
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
Unit Testing
England

Unit Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Unit Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Unit Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Unit Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Unit Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unit Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 16 April 2014.

Unit Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Unit Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Unit Testing across the North West region.

Unit Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Unit Testing
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 Unit Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +6 25 £390 +18.18% 16
Cheshire -1 11 - - 5
Lancashire -12 11 £375 +50.00% 3
Merseyside +1 2 - - 5
Cumbria - - - -
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England

Unit Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Unit Testing 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 Unit Testing.

1 64 (77.11%) C#
2 57 (68.67%) .NET
3 56 (67.47%) TDD
4 36 (43.37%) SQL
4 36 (43.37%) HTML
5 31 (37.35%) MVC
5 31 (37.35%) JavaScript
6 30 (36.14%) Agile Software Development
7 29 (34.94%) Scrum
8 28 (33.73%) CSS
9 27 (32.53%) WPF
10 26 (31.33%) Microsoft
11 22 (26.51%) Web Services
12 19 (22.89%) ASP.NET
12 19 (22.89%) WinForms
12 19 (22.89%) jQuery
13 18 (21.69%) ASP.NET MVC
14 17 (20.48%) OOP
15 16 (19.28%) SOAP
16 15 (18.07%) T-SQL
17 14 (16.87%) OO
17 14 (16.87%) Linux
17 14 (16.87%) .NET Framework
18 13 (15.66%) Degree
18 13 (15.66%) Software Engineering
18 13 (15.66%) UNIX
18 13 (15.66%) VB.NET
18 13 (15.66%) Java
18 13 (15.66%) WCF
19 12 (14.46%) Git (software)

Unit Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Unit Testing 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 Unit Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.61%) Apache
1 3 (3.61%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.41%) SharePoint Server
2 2 (2.41%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.41%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.20%) IIS
3 1 (1.20%) Drupal
3 1 (1.20%) Node.js
Applications
1 9 (10.84%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.82%) MS Office
3 2 (2.41%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (7.23%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (6.02%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (4.82%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.64%) HTTP
2 2 (2.41%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.05%) RavenDB
1 10 (12.05%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.43%) Oracle Database
3 5 (6.02%) Oracle Database 10g
3 5 (6.02%) Oracle Discoverer
3 5 (6.02%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (4.82%) Relational Database
4 4 (4.82%) RDBMS
4 4 (4.82%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (3.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (3.61%) Oracle BI EE
6 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.41%) MySQL
7 1 (1.20%) Informix
7 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (1.20%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.20%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 12 (14.46%) Git (software)
1 12 (14.46%) Visual Studio
2 10 (12.05%) ReSharper
3 9 (10.84%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (9.64%) Cucumber
4 8 (9.64%) NUnit
5 7 (8.43%) Eclipse
6 5 (6.02%) Selenium
7 3 (3.61%) Subversion
8 2 (2.41%) WebDriver
8 2 (2.41%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.41%) PHPUnit
8 2 (2.41%) Grunt
8 2 (2.41%) JUnit
9 1 (1.20%) Ant
9 1 (1.20%) JIRA
9 1 (1.20%) Calabash
9 1 (1.20%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.20%) QUnit
9 1 (1.20%) Jasmine
General
1 9 (10.84%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.20%) Legal
Job Titles
1 59 (71.08%) Developer
2 35 (42.17%) .NET Developer
3 10 (12.05%) Software Engineer
4 7 (8.43%) C# Developer
4 7 (8.43%) Oracle DBA
4 7 (8.43%) DBA
4 7 (8.43%) Salesforce.com Developer
5 6 (7.23%) Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) Test Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) Applications Developer
7 3 (3.61%) Administrator
7 3 (3.61%) Software Developer
7 3 (3.61%) Senior Developer
7 3 (3.61%) Web Developer
7 3 (3.61%) C# Application Developer
7 3 (3.61%) C# .NET Developer
8 2 (2.41%) Designer
8 2 (2.41%) Agile Test Analyst
8 2 (2.41%) Mobile Developer
8 2 (2.41%) .NET Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (68.67%) .NET
2 36 (43.37%) HTML
3 28 (33.73%) CSS
4 27 (32.53%) WPF
5 22 (26.51%) Web Services
6 19 (22.89%) ASP.NET
6 19 (22.89%) WinForms
6 19 (22.89%) jQuery
7 18 (21.69%) ASP.NET MVC
8 16 (19.28%) SOAP
9 14 (16.87%) .NET Framework
10 13 (15.66%) WCF
11 12 (14.46%) Backbone.js
11 12 (14.46%) XML
12 10 (12.05%) LINQ
12 10 (12.05%) HTML5
12 10 (12.05%) RabbitMQ
13 9 (10.84%) REST
14 8 (9.64%) Silverlight
15 5 (6.02%) ASP.NET MVC 2
Miscellaneous
1 11 (13.25%) N-Tier
2 9 (10.84%) Inversion of Control
3 7 (8.43%) Client/Server
4 5 (6.02%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (3.61%) NHS
6 2 (2.41%) Mobile App
6 2 (2.41%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.20%) W3C
7 1 (1.20%) Clustering
7 1 (1.20%) Statistics
7 1 (1.20%) New Media
7 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.20%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 14 (16.87%) Linux
2 13 (15.66%) UNIX
3 7 (8.43%) Windows
4 5 (6.02%) Solaris
5 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (67.47%) TDD
2 31 (37.35%) MVC
3 30 (36.14%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (34.94%) Scrum
5 17 (20.48%) OOP
6 14 (16.87%) OO
7 13 (15.66%) Software Engineering
8 11 (13.25%) Pair Programming
8 11 (13.25%) Requirements Management
8 11 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
9 10 (12.05%) Domain-Driven Design
10 9 (10.84%) CQRS
11 8 (9.64%) Integration Testing
12 7 (8.43%) CRM
13 6 (7.23%) SOA
14 5 (6.02%) OOD
14 5 (6.02%) Automated Testing
14 5 (6.02%) Service Delivery
14 5 (6.02%) MVVM
14 5 (6.02%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 64 (77.11%) C#
2 36 (43.37%) SQL
3 31 (37.35%) JavaScript
4 15 (18.07%) T-SQL
5 13 (15.66%) VB.NET
5 13 (15.66%) Java
6 7 (8.43%) Apex Code
7 5 (6.02%) Shell Script
8 3 (3.61%) PHP
8 3 (3.61%) R
9 2 (2.41%) Perl
9 2 (2.41%) C
9 2 (2.41%) Python
10 1 (1.20%) Uniface
10 1 (1.20%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.20%) C++
10 1 (1.20%) Ruby
10 1 (1.20%) Scala
Qualifications
1 13 (15.66%) Degree
2 8 (9.64%) Security Cleared
3 7 (8.43%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (8.43%) SC Cleared
4 6 (7.23%) MCPD
4 6 (7.23%) MCTS
5 5 (6.02%) MCP
6 4 (4.82%) ISEB
7 2 (2.41%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.61%) WAI
2 2 (2.41%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle RAC
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 4 (4.82%) Data Guard
1 4 (4.82%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 26 (31.33%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.84%) Sybase
3 7 (8.43%) Salesforce.com
3 7 (8.43%) Oracle
4 5 (6.02%) HP
4 5 (6.02%) DevExpress
5 3 (3.61%) Telerik
6 2 (2.41%) Zend
7 1 (1.20%) Mercator