The table below looks at the statistics for Unit Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Unit Testing over the 3 months to 22 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Unit Testing
Rank 135 115 102
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -13
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 927 932 1113
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.60% 1.77% 1.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.17% 2.38% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 610 598 658
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £337
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -3.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 18 13
Average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +3.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £29.00 £28.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £43.70 £42.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -1.51%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
42741 39110 42091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.95% 74.08% 71.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 26680 24151 24372
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1185 1098 1551
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

Unit Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Unit Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Unit Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Unit Testing within the UK.

Unit Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Unit Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Unit Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

Unit Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Unit Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Unit Testing within the UK.

Unit Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Unit Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 22 September 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
England -24 810 £413 +10.00% 300
London -33 415 £437 +2.76% 119
South East -2 131 £375 +7.14% 40
City of London +7 111 £475 +11.76% 48
Scotland +27 74 £348 +2.35% 10
South West -11 70 £375 +18.11% 33
East of England +6 64 £400 +9.06% 22
West Midlands +14 43 £338 +2.27% 14
Hampshire -26 41 £344 +1.85% 6
Somerset +13 35 £360 +13.38% 6
Glasgow +13 33 £375 +17.18% 4
North West -5 33 £350 +12.90% 27
Yorkshire +3 30 £320 -1.53% 21
Cambridgeshire +22 21 £325 -7.14% 10
Taunton -1 21 £330 +3.77%
Berkshire +10 19 £306 -12.50% 9
Bristol -12 19 £375 +25.00% 11
East Midlands -12 19 £350 +7.69% 13
West Yorkshire -1 18 £320 -6.90% 10
Manchester -2 18 £350 +12.90% 21
Hertfordshire -11 18 £450 +38.46% 4
Edinburgh +5 16 £243 -35.33% 3
Surrey +8 14 £425 +21.42% 7
Birmingham -3 14 £460 +46.03% 1
Oxfordshire -8 13 £495 +35.61% 5
Wales -14 13 £403 +27.77% 10
Hook -1 12 £380 -15.65%
South Yorkshire +10 11 £225 -18.18% 7
Warwickshire +1 11 £450 - 1
Southampton -6 11 £370 -7.50%

Unit Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1005 (50.83%) Agile Software Development
2 672 (33.99%) SQL
3 597 (30.20%) .NET
4 588 (29.74%) C#
5 586 (29.64%) JavaScript
6 576 (29.14%) HTML
7 559 (28.28%) Java
8 513 (25.95%) CSS
9 474 (23.98%) TDD
10 471 (23.82%) MVC
11 424 (21.45%) Scrum
12 420 (21.24%) Web Services
13 397 (20.08%) SQL Server
14 366 (18.51%) XML
15 357 (18.06%) OO
16 356 (18.01%) ASP.NET
17 355 (17.96%) Continuous Integration
18 334 (16.89%) Oracle
19 293 (14.82%) jQuery
20 292 (14.77%) Finance
21 278 (14.06%) HTML5
22 259 (13.10%) Spring
23 250 (12.65%) Microsoft
24 225 (11.38%) Linux
25 213 (10.77%) Git (software)
26 206 (10.42%) UNIX
27 205 (10.37%) Subversion
28 203 (10.27%) ASP.NET MVC
29 191 (9.66%) Ajax
29 191 (9.66%) .NET Framework

Unit Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 109 (5.51%) Tomcat
2 103 (5.21%) Apache
3 76 (3.84%) CMS
4 71 (3.59%) SharePoint
5 69 (3.49%) WebSphere
6 58 (2.93%) IIS
7 52 (2.63%) Node.js
8 45 (2.28%) Confluence
9 40 (2.02%) WebLogic
10 31 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
11 29 (1.47%) Jetty
12 26 (1.32%) Oracle Workflow
13 22 (1.11%) MS Exchange
14 21 (1.06%) nginx
14 21 (1.06%) K2 blackpearl
15 19 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
16 17 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
17 16 (0.81%) SAS
18 13 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 13 (0.66%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 89 (4.50%) MS Excel
2 21 (1.06%) MS Office
3 12 (0.61%) MS Project
4 11 (0.56%) Photoshop
5 7 (0.35%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.35%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.30%) PowerPivot
7 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.15%) MS PowerPoint
8 1 (0.051%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 35 (1.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (1.57%) Oracle EBS R12
3 30 (1.52%) Oracle General Ledger
4 29 (1.47%) Oracle Receivables
5 28 (1.42%) Oracle Assets
5 28 (1.42%) Oracle Payables
6 20 (1.01%) Oracle EBS
7 19 (0.96%) Oracle Applications
8 17 (0.86%) Magento
9 15 (0.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 13 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
11 10 (0.51%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.51%) SAP FI
11 10 (0.51%) SAP CO
11 10 (0.51%) Oracle BPM
12 9 (0.46%) Oracle Internet Expenses
13 8 (0.40%) SAP FI-CA
14 7 (0.35%) SAP IS-U
14 7 (0.35%) Markit EDM
15 6 (0.30%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 40 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
3 26 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
4 16 (0.81%) Google App Engine
5 15 (0.76%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (0.40%) Office 365
7 7 (0.35%) SaaS
7 7 (0.35%) PaaS
8 4 (0.20%) Heroku
8 4 (0.20%) IaaS
9 2 (0.10%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.10%) GitHub
9 2 (0.10%) AWS Data Pipeline
10 1 (0.051%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.051%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.051%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.051%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 90 (4.55%) HTTP
2 59 (2.98%) Internet
3 28 (1.42%) DNS
4 25 (1.26%) DHCP
5 24 (1.21%) TCP/IP
6 22 (1.11%) SSL
7 21 (1.06%) FTP
8 20 (1.01%) Intranet
9 16 (0.81%) IPsec
10 7 (0.35%) SMTP
11 6 (0.30%) SAN
12 5 (0.25%) X.400
12 5 (0.25%) X.500
13 4 (0.20%) Firewall
13 4 (0.20%) Asterisk PBX
13 4 (0.20%) VoIP
13 4 (0.20%) LDAP
13 4 (0.20%) PBX
14 3 (0.15%) SMS
14 3 (0.15%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 397 (20.08%) SQL Server
2 142 (7.18%) Relational Database
3 138 (6.98%) SQL Server 2008
4 126 (6.37%) MySQL
5 91 (4.60%) Oracle Database
6 84 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
7 71 (3.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 66 (3.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 60 (3.03%) RDBMS
10 55 (2.78%) NoSQL
11 53 (2.68%) SQL Server 2012
12 33 (1.67%) Hadoop
13 31 (1.57%) Oracle Database 11g
14 27 (1.37%) SQL Server 2005
14 27 (1.37%) Oracle Reports
15 26 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 26 (1.32%) Big Data
16 25 (1.26%) Oracle BI EE
16 25 (1.26%) Oracle ODI
17 20 (1.01%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 213 (10.77%) Git (software)
2 205 (10.37%) Subversion
3 188 (9.51%) JUnit
4 154 (7.79%) Visual Studio
5 151 (7.64%) Maven
5 151 (7.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 116 (5.87%) Selenium
7 114 (5.77%) JIRA
8 92 (4.65%) Jenkins
9 75 (3.79%) NUnit
10 69 (3.49%) Jasmine
11 64 (3.24%) Ant
12 60 (3.03%) TeamCity
13 51 (2.58%) Mockito
14 47 (2.38%) Eclipse
14 47 (2.38%) CruiseControl
15 37 (1.87%) PHPUnit
16 35 (1.77%) QUnit
17 30 (1.52%) Grunt
18 29 (1.47%) Hudson
General
1 292 (14.77%) Finance
2 163 (8.24%) Banking
3 82 (4.15%) Front Office
4 70 (3.54%) Investment Banking
5 61 (3.09%) Retail
6 57 (2.88%) Back Office
7 49 (2.48%) Marketing
8 37 (1.87%) Telecoms
9 34 (1.72%) Legal
10 28 (1.42%) Manufacturing
11 27 (1.37%) Publishing
12 21 (1.06%) Advertising
13 20 (1.01%) Games
14 15 (0.76%) Billing
15 9 (0.46%) Electronics
16 8 (0.40%) General Ledger
17 6 (0.30%) Military
17 6 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
17 6 (0.30%) Automotive
18 4 (0.20%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1478 (74.76%) Developer
2 282 (14.26%) .NET Developer
3 244 (12.34%) Java Developer
4 199 (10.07%) Senior Developer
5 144 (7.28%) C# Developer
6 103 (5.21%) Web Developer
7 93 (4.70%) Consultant
8 90 (4.55%) Front-End Developer
9 82 (4.15%) PHP Developer
10 77 (3.89%) Analyst
11 76 (3.84%) C# .NET Developer
12 72 (3.64%) SQL Developer
13 63 (3.19%) ASP.NET Developer
13 63 (3.19%) Software Developer
14 55 (2.78%) Software Engineer
15 51 (2.58%) Lead Developer
16 45 (2.28%) Architect
17 44 (2.23%) JavaScript Developer
18 39 (1.97%) Hybris Developer
19 36 (1.82%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 597 (30.20%) .NET
2 576 (29.14%) HTML
3 513 (25.95%) CSS
4 420 (21.24%) Web Services
5 366 (18.51%) XML
6 356 (18.01%) ASP.NET
7 293 (14.82%) jQuery
8 278 (14.06%) HTML5
9 259 (13.10%) Spring
10 203 (10.27%) ASP.NET MVC
11 191 (9.66%) Ajax
11 191 (9.66%) .NET Framework
12 182 (9.21%) J2EE
13 179 (9.05%) CSS3
14 177 (8.95%) WCF
15 171 (8.65%) JSON
16 159 (8.04%) REST
17 135 (6.83%) RESTful
18 126 (6.37%) JSP
19 121 (6.12%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 117 (5.92%) User Experience
2 105 (5.31%) Open Source
3 99 (5.01%) Analytical Skills
4 84 (4.25%) Computer Science
5 43 (2.18%) Derivative
6 41 (2.07%) Management Information System
7 36 (1.82%) N-Tier
8 33 (1.67%) Replication
9 30 (1.52%) Fixed Income
9 30 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
10 28 (1.42%) Equities
11 26 (1.32%) Mobile App
12 25 (1.26%) Equity Derivative
13 24 (1.21%) Inversion of Control
13 24 (1.21%) Market Risk
14 22 (1.11%) Data Integration
15 21 (1.06%) Visualisation
16 18 (0.91%) Mathematics
17 17 (0.86%) Credit Risk
18 16 (0.81%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 225 (11.38%) Linux
2 206 (10.42%) UNIX
3 178 (9.00%) Windows
4 54 (2.73%) Apple iOS
5 53 (2.68%) Android
6 38 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
7 37 (1.87%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (0.96%) Mac OS X
9 11 (0.56%) Solaris
10 7 (0.35%) Ubuntu
11 6 (0.30%) AIX
12 5 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
13 4 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
13 4 (0.20%) CentOS
14 3 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.15%) Debian
14 3 (0.15%) Fedora
14 3 (0.15%) Windows XP
14 3 (0.15%) zOS
14 3 (0.15%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1005 (50.83%) Agile Software Development
2 474 (23.98%) TDD
3 471 (23.82%) MVC
4 424 (21.45%) Scrum
5 357 (18.06%) OO
6 355 (17.96%) Continuous Integration
7 175 (8.85%) E-Commerce
8 170 (8.60%) BDD
9 163 (8.24%) OOP
10 152 (7.69%) Software Engineering
11 148 (7.49%) SOA
12 135 (6.83%) Integration Testing
13 129 (6.53%) User Acceptance Testing
14 123 (6.22%) Business Intelligence
15 121 (6.12%) Web Development
16 109 (5.51%) Configuration Management
17 104 (5.26%) Automated Testing
18 97 (4.91%) ETL
19 96 (4.86%) Multithreading
20 95 (4.81%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 672 (33.99%) SQL
2 588 (29.74%) C#
3 586 (29.64%) JavaScript
4 559 (28.28%) Java
5 184 (9.31%) PHP
6 166 (8.40%) T-SQL
7 118 (5.97%) Python
8 117 (5.92%) C++
9 100 (5.06%) PL/SQL
10 66 (3.34%) VB.NET
11 61 (3.09%) Perl
12 53 (2.68%) Shell Script
13 44 (2.23%) PowerShell
14 38 (1.92%) Scala
15 36 (1.82%) Ruby
15 36 (1.82%) VBScript
16 32 (1.62%) XAML
17 30 (1.52%) PHP5
18 28 (1.42%) Bash Shell
19 27 (1.37%) VB
Qualifications
1 177 (8.95%) Security Cleared
2 133 (6.73%) SC Cleared
3 108 (5.46%) Degree
4 35 (1.77%) DV Cleared
5 21 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (0.61%) Sun Certification
7 10 (0.51%) ISEB
8 7 (0.35%) CTC Cleared
9 6 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
9 6 (0.30%) MCSD
10 5 (0.25%) ISTQB
11 4 (0.20%) MCSE
11 4 (0.20%) MCT
12 3 (0.15%) MCP
13 2 (0.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 2 (0.10%) MCPD
13 2 (0.10%) Chartered Engineer
13 2 (0.10%) ACCA
13 2 (0.10%) MCTS
13 2 (0.10%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (8.90%) QA
2 10 (0.51%) ISO 9001
3 7 (0.35%) WAI
3 7 (0.35%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.15%) HL7
4 3 (0.15%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.15%) SLA
5 2 (0.10%) GxP
5 2 (0.10%) ISO 8583
5 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.10%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.051%) FINREP
6 1 (0.051%) Basel III
6 1 (0.051%) COBIT
6 1 (0.051%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 50 (2.53%) Active Directory
2 43 (2.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (1.67%) RACF
4 10 (0.51%) VMware ESX
5 9 (0.46%) Xen
6 7 (0.35%) XenDesktop
7 6 (0.30%) XenApp
7 6 (0.30%) HDFS
8 5 (0.25%) Terminal Services
9 4 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.15%) Samba
11 2 (0.10%) vSphere
11 2 (0.10%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.10%) Postfix
11 2 (0.10%) ACF2
12 1 (0.051%) KVM
12 1 (0.051%) Varnish
12 1 (0.051%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 21 (1.06%) Puppet
2 17 (0.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 14 (0.71%) Oozie
3 14 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 13 (0.66%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 11 (0.56%) Oracle Identity Management
6 10 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 7 (0.35%) Control-M
9 6 (0.30%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (0.25%) SCCM
10 5 (0.25%) SCOM
11 4 (0.20%) Data Guard
11 4 (0.20%) Kibana
12 3 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 2 (0.10%) MIIS
13 2 (0.10%) OMEGAMON
13 2 (0.10%) Capistrano
14 1 (0.051%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 334 (16.89%) Oracle
2 250 (12.65%) Microsoft
3 80 (4.05%) SAP
4 72 (3.64%) Zend
5 55 (2.78%) VMware
6 43 (2.18%) hybris
7 41 (2.07%) IBM
8 34 (1.72%) JBoss
9 30 (1.52%) Informatica
10 29 (1.47%) Google
11 23 (1.16%) Teradata
11 23 (1.16%) Telerik
11 23 (1.16%) Altiris
12 21 (1.06%) HP
13 19 (0.96%) Sybase
14 18 (0.91%) Twitter
15 17 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
15 17 (0.86%) Sitecore
16 16 (0.81%) Sun
17 14 (0.71%) Citrix
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