The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Unit Testing
North West / Lancashire
Rank 27 37 34
Rank change year-on-year +10 -3  
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 6 14 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.88% 3.25% 2.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.41% 4.22% 3.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 7 5
Median daily rate - £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £347
% change year-on-year +5.33% +7.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 0
Median hourly rate £42.25 £36.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.55% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £44.85 £37.50
% change year-on-year -9.69% +19.60%  

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 Lancashire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 176 332 307
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 84.62% 77.03% 78.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 204 188
Median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 48 25
Median hourly rate £43.00 £39.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.25% +5.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £35.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £47.33 £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Unit Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 Lancashire

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unit Testing in Lancashire

Unit Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unit Testing in Lancashire

Unit Testing
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 3 months to 26 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
Preston -2 4 - - 2
Unit Testing
North West

Unit Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 26 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Unit Testing.

1 10 (83.33%) HOOD
1 10 (83.33%) Software Engineering
1 10 (83.33%) Integration Testing
2 9 (75.00%) Degree
2 9 (75.00%) SQL
3 8 (66.67%) Ada
3 8 (66.67%) Avionics
3 8 (66.67%) Rational DOORS
3 8 (66.67%) Rational Rhapsody
3 8 (66.67%) SDLC
4 7 (58.33%) Perl
5 6 (50.00%) Security Cleared
6 5 (41.67%) VectorCAST
6 5 (41.67%) Finance
6 5 (41.67%) Microsoft
6 5 (41.67%) C
7 4 (33.33%) UML
7 4 (33.33%) Hazard Analysis
7 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (25.00%) Programme Management
8 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
8 3 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
8 3 (25.00%) Aerospace
8 3 (25.00%) Manufacturing
8 3 (25.00%) Military
8 3 (25.00%) MS Excel
8 3 (25.00%) HND
9 2 (16.67%) Windows
9 2 (16.67%) OO
9 2 (16.67%) C#

Unit Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire 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:

Applications
1 3 (25.00%) MS Excel
1 3 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (16.67%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) RDBMS
1 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
1 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
1 2 (16.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (66.67%) Rational DOORS
1 8 (66.67%) Rational Rhapsody
2 5 (41.67%) VectorCAST
3 2 (16.67%) ClearCase
3 2 (16.67%) Visual Studio
4 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 8 (66.67%) Avionics
2 5 (41.67%) Finance
3 3 (25.00%) Aerospace
3 3 (25.00%) Manufacturing
3 3 (25.00%) Military
4 2 (16.67%) Banking
4 2 (16.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (66.67%) Software Engineer
2 4 (33.33%) Systems Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) .NET Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Ada Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Developer
3 2 (16.67%) DOORS Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Senior Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Ada Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) .NET
1 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
1 2 (16.67%) Ajax
1 2 (16.67%) ASP.NET
1 2 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
1 2 (16.67%) CSS
1 2 (16.67%) HTML
1 2 (16.67%) KnockoutJS
1 2 (16.67%) RESTful
1 2 (16.67%) SOAP
1 2 (16.67%) WCF
1 2 (16.67%) Web Services
1 2 (16.67%) WinForms
1 2 (16.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (83.33%) HOOD
1 10 (83.33%) Integration Testing
1 10 (83.33%) Software Engineering
2 8 (66.67%) SDLC
3 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (33.33%) Hazard Analysis
3 4 (33.33%) UML
4 3 (25.00%) Programme Management
5 2 (16.67%) MVC
5 2 (16.67%) OO
5 2 (16.67%) OOD
5 2 (16.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 9 (75.00%) SQL
2 8 (66.67%) Ada
3 7 (58.33%) Perl
4 5 (41.67%) C
5 2 (16.67%) C#
5 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 9 (75.00%) Degree
2 6 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (25.00%) HND
3 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 2 (16.67%) DV Cleared
4 2 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
Vendors
1 5 (41.67%) Microsoft