Period
to 16 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for BDD skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited BDD over the 6 months to 16 February 2019 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.

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 53 63 70
Rank change year-on-year +10 +7 +5
Contract jobs citing BDD 35 27 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.96% 2.06% 1.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.44% 2.40% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 25 11
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.03% +5.77%
10th Percentile £363 £313 £271
90th Percentile £488 £518 £488
North West median daily rate £450 £390 £425
% change year-on-year +15.38% -8.24% +8.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £32.50 - -

BDD 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 advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,016 1,125 1,059
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 85.88% 85.68% 85.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 640 795 769
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% -5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £213
90th Percentile £550 £625 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 40 38
Cheshire median hourly rate £18.30 £19.25 £20.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.94% -7.51% +17.12%
10th Percentile £17.43 £11.13 £13.93
90th Percentile £45.25 £39.63 £44.11
North West median hourly rate £24.75 £24.56 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.77% -1.76% -17.08%

BDD
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing BDD as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for BDD in Cheshire

BDD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BDD in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for BDD in Cheshire

BDD
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BDD within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 16 February 2019. 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
Knutsford -10 9 £365 -8.75% 3
Crewe 0 8 £473 +2.16% 1
Chester +9 6 £388 +12.32% 5
Warrington +1 1 £400 -11.11%
BDD
North West

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, IT contractor jobs citing BDD 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 across the Cheshire region with a requirement for BDD.

1 25 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (42.86%) Scrum
2 15 (42.86%) Test Automation
3 12 (34.29%) Project Management
4 11 (31.43%) Java
5 10 (28.57%) JUnit
5 10 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
5 10 (28.57%) Selenium
5 10 (28.57%) Kanban
5 10 (28.57%) Agile Project Management
5 10 (28.57%) Jenkins
5 10 (28.57%) User Stories
6 9 (25.71%) Visual Studio Team System
6 9 (25.71%) JIRA
6 9 (25.71%) Software Engineering
7 8 (22.86%) Spring
7 8 (22.86%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (22.86%) Waterfall
7 8 (22.86%) Gherkin
7 8 (22.86%) Service Design
8 7 (20.00%) Performance Testing
8 7 (20.00%) CSS
8 7 (20.00%) TDD
9 6 (17.14%) Maven
9 6 (17.14%) JMeter
9 6 (17.14%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (17.14%) Cucumber
9 6 (17.14%) DevOps
10 5 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 5 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing

BDD
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 2 (5.71%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (2.86%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (2.86%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 5 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (11.43%) BrowserStack
3 1 (2.86%) npm
3 1 (2.86%) Sauce Labs
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.57%) ZAP BI
3 1 (2.86%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.86%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (28.57%) Jenkins
1 10 (28.57%) JUnit
1 10 (28.57%) Selenium
2 9 (25.71%) JIRA
2 9 (25.71%) Visual Studio Team System
3 6 (17.14%) Cucumber
3 6 (17.14%) JMeter
3 6 (17.14%) Maven
4 5 (14.29%) Mockito
5 2 (5.71%) Gradle
6 1 (2.86%) Ant
6 1 (2.86%) Appium
6 1 (2.86%) Gatling
6 1 (2.86%) Git (software)
6 1 (2.86%) Grunt
6 1 (2.86%) gulp
6 1 (2.86%) Jasmine
6 1 (2.86%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.86%) webpack
6 1 (2.86%) Xcode
General
1 1 (2.86%) Banking
1 1 (2.86%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (28.57%) Scrum Master
2 8 (22.86%) Developer
3 6 (17.14%) Analyst
4 5 (14.29%) Automation Tester
4 5 (14.29%) C# Developer
4 5 (14.29%) Java Engineer
4 5 (14.29%) Test Engineer
4 5 (14.29%) Tester
5 4 (11.43%) .NET Developer
5 4 (11.43%) ASP.NET Developer
5 4 (11.43%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 4 (11.43%) C# .NET Developer
5 4 (11.43%) C# ASP.NET Developer
5 4 (11.43%) Senior Java Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Senior Software Test Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Senior Test Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Software Test Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Test Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (22.86%) Gherkin
1 8 (22.86%) Spring
2 7 (20.00%) CSS
3 5 (14.29%) .NET
3 5 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 5 (14.29%) Hibernate
3 5 (14.29%) J2EE
3 5 (14.29%) REST
3 5 (14.29%) Spring Boot
4 4 (11.43%) .NET Framework
4 4 (11.43%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (11.43%) Entity Framework
5 3 (8.57%) JSON
6 1 (2.86%) HTML
6 1 (2.86%) Node.js
6 1 (2.86%) RESTful
6 1 (2.86%) Sass
6 1 (2.86%) Web Services
6 1 (2.86%) XML
6 1 (2.86%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.43%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.86%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.86%) Mobile Banking
2 1 (2.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.86%) Android
1 1 (2.86%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (42.86%) Scrum
2 15 (42.86%) Test Automation
3 12 (34.29%) Project Management
4 10 (28.57%) Agile Project Management
4 10 (28.57%) Kanban
4 10 (28.57%) User Stories
5 9 (25.71%) Software Engineering
6 8 (22.86%) Service Design
6 8 (22.86%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (22.86%) Waterfall
7 7 (20.00%) Performance Testing
7 7 (20.00%) TDD
8 6 (17.14%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (17.14%) DevOps
9 5 (14.29%) Integration Testing
9 5 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
9 5 (14.29%) System Testing
9 5 (14.29%) Test Strategy
9 5 (14.29%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (31.43%) Java
2 5 (14.29%) C#
2 5 (14.29%) SQL
3 2 (5.71%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.86%) Apple Swift
4 1 (2.86%) C
4 1 (2.86%) C++
4 1 (2.86%) Kotlin
4 1 (2.86%) Objective-C
4 1 (2.86%) Python
4 1 (2.86%) Ruby
4 1 (2.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (2.86%) ISEB
1 1 (2.86%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.57%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 5 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.57%) CA
3 1 (2.86%) Adobe
3 1 (2.86%) Oracle