The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 28 June 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 / Merseyside
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 39 29
Rank change year-on-year -3 -10  
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 4 3 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 1.18% 0.90% 2.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.45% 1.10% 3.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 2
Median daily rate £375 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £350 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £350 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.88 £42.50 £37.40
% change year-on-year +0.88% +13.63%  

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 Merseyside with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 276 272 271
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 81.42% 81.93% 71.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 157 135
Median daily rate £425 £395 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.59% -16.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £520 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £13.50 £18.80 £51.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.19% -63.61%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Unit Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unit Testing in Merseyside

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unit Testing in Merseyside over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unit Testing in Merseyside

Unit Testing
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Liverpool - 4 £375 - 2
Unit Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Unit Testing.

1 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (58.33%) Oracle
3 6 (50.00%) SOA
3 6 (50.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 5 (41.67%) Oracle Service Bus
4 5 (41.67%) Performance Tuning
4 5 (41.67%) SDLC
4 5 (41.67%) Middleware
4 5 (41.67%) Java
4 5 (41.67%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (41.67%) Oracle Fusion
5 4 (33.33%) MVC
5 4 (33.33%) Oracle ODI
6 3 (25.00%) High Availability
6 3 (25.00%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
6 3 (25.00%) WebLogic
6 3 (25.00%) SQL
6 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
6 3 (25.00%) TDD
6 3 (25.00%) BPEL
7 2 (16.67%) PHP 5
7 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
7 2 (16.67%) RESTful
7 2 (16.67%) .NET
7 2 (16.67%) J2EE
7 2 (16.67%) MySQL
7 2 (16.67%) PHP
7 2 (16.67%) C#
7 2 (16.67%) HTML

Unit Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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 6 (50.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 5 (41.67%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (25.00%) WebLogic
4 1 (8.33%) Confluence
4 1 (8.33%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (8.33%) WebLogic Portal
4 1 (8.33%) WebSphere
4 1 (8.33%) WebSphere Portal
Business Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon S3
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (8.33%) CloudFront
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (8.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) Oracle ODI
2 2 (16.67%) MySQL
3 1 (8.33%) MongoDB
3 1 (8.33%) Oracle Database
3 1 (8.33%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
2 2 (16.67%) JDeveloper
2 2 (16.67%) Subversion
3 1 (8.33%) JIRA
3 1 (8.33%) Moq
3 1 (8.33%) MSTest
3 1 (8.33%) NUnit
3 1 (8.33%) Octopus Deploy
Job Titles
1 11 (91.67%) Developer
2 5 (41.67%) Oracle Developer
3 4 (33.33%) Middleware Developer
4 2 (16.67%) Java Developer
4 2 (16.67%) PHP Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Android Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Full Stack Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Java Middleware Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Portal Developer
5 1 (8.33%) WebCenter Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (41.67%) Middleware
1 5 (41.67%) Oracle Fusion
2 2 (16.67%) .NET
2 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
2 2 (16.67%) AngularJS
2 2 (16.67%) CSS
2 2 (16.67%) HTML
2 2 (16.67%) J2EE
2 2 (16.67%) RESTful
2 2 (16.67%) Web Services
2 2 (16.67%) XML
2 2 (16.67%) Yii
3 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 1 (8.33%) CSS3
3 1 (8.33%) Ember.js
3 1 (8.33%) Entity Framework
3 1 (8.33%) JMS
3 1 (8.33%) Ninject
3 1 (8.33%) REST
3 1 (8.33%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Android
2 1 (8.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (50.00%) SOA
3 5 (41.67%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (41.67%) Performance Tuning
3 5 (41.67%) SDLC
4 4 (33.33%) MVC
5 3 (25.00%) BPEL
5 3 (25.00%) High Availability
5 3 (25.00%) TDD
6 2 (16.67%) BDD
6 2 (16.67%) Microservices
6 2 (16.67%) OOP
7 1 (8.33%) Android Development
7 1 (8.33%) Continuous Deployment
7 1 (8.33%) Dependency Injection
7 1 (8.33%) Identity Management
7 1 (8.33%) Logistics
7 1 (8.33%) Test Automation
7 1 (8.33%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) Java
2 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 3 (25.00%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) C#
3 2 (16.67%) PHP
3 2 (16.67%) PHP 5
3 2 (16.67%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
4 1 (8.33%) C
4 1 (8.33%) C++
4 1 (8.33%) PL/SQL
4 1 (8.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Identity Management
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 7 (58.33%) Oracle