The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Unit Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Unit Testing over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 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.

Unit Testing
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 65 63
Rank change year-on-year +19 -2  
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 10 18 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.86% 1.79% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.21% 2.13% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 11 8
Median daily rate £500 £348 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +43.88% +26.36%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £310 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £327
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £375 £344
% change year-on-year +5.00% +9.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £43.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -6.89% +16.00%  

Unit Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 453 845 704
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 84.04% 84.08% 83.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 541 447
Median daily rate £400 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 26 35
Median hourly rate £42.48 £22.54 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.44% -35.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Unit Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Unit Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Unit Testing in Cheshire

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unit Testing in Cheshire

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unit Testing in Cheshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unit Testing in Cheshire

Unit Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unit Testing in Cheshire

Unit Testing
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 Unit Testing within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +10 3 £500 +43.88%
Knutsford +11 1 - - 2
Crewe - 1 £275 - 1
Unit Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Unit Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Unit Testing.

1 16 (76.19%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (61.90%) Java
3 11 (52.38%) Oracle
4 10 (47.62%) Finance
5 9 (42.86%) TDD
5 9 (42.86%) Oracle Database 11g
5 9 (42.86%) Oracle Database
6 8 (38.10%) Oracle Reports
7 7 (33.33%) Python
7 7 (33.33%) OOP
7 7 (33.33%) OO
7 7 (33.33%) HTML
8 6 (28.57%) JUnit
8 6 (28.57%) Derivative
8 6 (28.57%) Scrum
8 6 (28.57%) Mockito
8 6 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (28.57%) Git (software)
8 6 (28.57%) OTC Derivatives
9 5 (23.81%) Test Scripting
9 5 (23.81%) Back Office
9 5 (23.81%) Banking
9 5 (23.81%) Oracle Forms
9 5 (23.81%) Web Services
10 4 (19.05%) Client/Server
10 4 (19.05%) Eclipse
10 4 (19.05%) IntelliJ
10 4 (19.05%) EJB
10 4 (19.05%) SOAP
10 4 (19.05%) J2EE

Unit Testing
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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (42.86%) Oracle Database
1 9 (42.86%) Oracle Database 11g
2 8 (38.10%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (19.05%) MySQL
3 4 (19.05%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (14.29%) JasperReports
5 2 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (28.57%) Git (software)
1 6 (28.57%) JUnit
1 6 (28.57%) Mockito
2 5 (23.81%) Oracle Forms
3 4 (19.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 4 (19.05%) Bitbucket
3 4 (19.05%) Eclipse
3 4 (19.05%) Hudson
3 4 (19.05%) IntelliJ
3 4 (19.05%) JIRA
3 4 (19.05%) MyEclipse
4 2 (9.52%) Ant
4 2 (9.52%) CruiseControl
4 2 (9.52%) EasyMock
4 2 (9.52%) JBehave
4 2 (9.52%) Jenkins
4 2 (9.52%) Maven
4 2 (9.52%) Selenium
4 2 (9.52%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (47.62%) Finance
2 5 (23.81%) Back Office
2 5 (23.81%) Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (61.90%) Developer
2 5 (23.81%) Java Developer
2 5 (23.81%) Oracle Developer
3 4 (19.05%) Senior Developer
3 4 (19.05%) Senior Java Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Ab Initio Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Java Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Java Solutions Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Solutions Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Web Architect
5 1 (4.76%) .NET Developer
5 1 (4.76%) J2EE Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Java/J2EE Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Oracle Forms Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Senior J2EE Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Senior Java/J2EE Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (33.33%) HTML
2 5 (23.81%) Web Services
3 4 (19.05%) EJB
3 4 (19.05%) EJB 3.0
3 4 (19.05%) J2EE
3 4 (19.05%) JSF
3 4 (19.05%) REST
3 4 (19.05%) SOAP
4 3 (14.29%) AngularJS
4 3 (14.29%) CSS
4 3 (14.29%) Spring
5 2 (9.52%) Backbone.js
5 2 (9.52%) CSS3
5 2 (9.52%) Express
5 2 (9.52%) HTML5
5 2 (9.52%) Java EE
5 2 (9.52%) JMS
5 2 (9.52%) JMX
5 2 (9.52%) Material Design
5 2 (9.52%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (28.57%) Derivative
1 6 (28.57%) OTC Derivatives
2 4 (19.05%) Client/Server
3 2 (9.52%) Virtual Team
4 1 (4.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (76.19%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (42.86%) TDD
3 7 (33.33%) OO
3 7 (33.33%) OOP
4 6 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
4 6 (28.57%) Scrum
5 5 (23.81%) Test Scripting
6 3 (14.29%) BDD
6 3 (14.29%) ETL
6 3 (14.29%) MVC
7 2 (9.52%) Coaching
7 2 (9.52%) Configuration Management
7 2 (9.52%) Content Management
7 2 (9.52%) Data Management
7 2 (9.52%) Dependency Management
7 2 (9.52%) Functional Testing
7 2 (9.52%) Mentoring
7 2 (9.52%) Performance Tuning
7 2 (9.52%) Technical Architecture
7 2 (9.52%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 13 (61.90%) Java
2 7 (33.33%) Python
3 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
4 2 (9.52%) PL/SQL
4 2 (9.52%) Shell Script
4 2 (9.52%) SQL
5 1 (4.76%) C#
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) Capistrano
1 2 (9.52%) Control-M
1 2 (9.52%) Nagios
1 2 (9.52%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (9.52%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (52.38%) Oracle
2 2 (9.52%) Ab Initio
2 2 (9.52%) Google
2 2 (9.52%) Teradata