The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 24 April 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
England / North East
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 69 58
Rank change year-on-year +21 -11  
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 32 21 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 4.75% 1.93% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.44% 2.25% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 12 4
Median daily rate £350 £320 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% +11.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £315 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £383 £300
UK excluding London median daily rate £379 £375 £328
% change year-on-year +1.00% +14.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £43.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -5.81% +14.66%  

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 the North East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 588 935 566
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 87.24% 85.94% 75.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 594 327
Median daily rate £388 £350 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -4.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £505 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 27 28
Median hourly rate £32.50 £26.58 £15.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.29% +75.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.88 £15.12 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £28.60 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £30.35
% change year-on-year -4.00% +23.55%  

Unit Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unit Testing in the North East

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unit Testing in the North East over the 3 months to 24 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unit Testing in the North East

Unit Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unit Testing in the North East

Unit Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 24 April 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
Tyne and Wear +23 30 £350 +9.37% 5
Durham - 1 £325 - 1
Unit Testing
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 North East region with a requirement for Unit Testing.

1 39 (82.98%) Java
1 39 (82.98%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (76.60%) Automated Testing
2 36 (76.60%) Scala
3 23 (48.94%) Scrum
4 22 (46.81%) Web Services
4 22 (46.81%) Test Automation
4 22 (46.81%) Selenium
4 22 (46.81%) Groovy
5 21 (44.68%) Kanban
5 21 (44.68%) QA
5 21 (44.68%) Usability Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Performance Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Security Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Software Engineering
5 21 (44.68%) RESTful
5 21 (44.68%) SoapUI
5 21 (44.68%) Gherkin
5 21 (44.68%) Continuous Improvement
5 21 (44.68%) User Stories
5 21 (44.68%) Continuous Delivery
5 21 (44.68%) API Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Defect Management
5 21 (44.68%) Exploratory Testing
6 20 (42.55%) JavaScript
7 18 (38.30%) C#
7 18 (38.30%) .NET
7 18 (38.30%) ASP.NET
7 18 (38.30%) Linux
7 18 (38.30%) Git (software)

Unit Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 11 (23.40%) Confluence
2 3 (6.38%) Apache
2 3 (6.38%) JBoss
2 3 (6.38%) Tomcat
2 3 (6.38%) WebLogic
2 3 (6.38%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.13%) CMS
3 1 (2.13%) IIS
3 1 (2.13%) Sitecore CMS
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.13%) AWS Lambda
1 1 (2.13%) G Suite
1 1 (2.13%) Google App Engine
1 1 (2.13%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.13%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.26%) DNS
1 2 (4.26%) iSCSI
1 2 (4.26%) LDAP
1 2 (4.26%) SAN
1 2 (4.26%) TCP/IP
1 2 (4.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.38%) MySQL
1 3 (6.38%) NoSQL
2 2 (4.26%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.13%) DocumentDB
3 1 (2.13%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 22 (46.81%) Selenium
2 21 (44.68%) SoapUI
3 18 (38.30%) Git (software)
4 15 (31.91%) Cucumber
5 12 (25.53%) Jenkins
6 11 (23.40%) JIRA
7 4 (8.51%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (6.38%) Ant
8 3 (6.38%) Gradle
8 3 (6.38%) JUnit
8 3 (6.38%) Maven
8 3 (6.38%) Subversion
General
1 1 (2.13%) Marketing
1 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (46.81%) Developer
2 20 (42.55%) Tester
3 17 (36.17%) Automation Tester
3 17 (36.17%) Java Developer
4 13 (27.66%) Java Automation Tester
4 13 (27.66%) Scala Developer
5 12 (25.53%) Java Scala Developer
6 11 (23.40%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 11 (23.40%) Selenium Tester
7 10 (21.28%) C# Developer
8 7 (14.89%) Ruby Developer
9 6 (12.77%) QA Tester
9 6 (12.77%) Software Developer
10 5 (10.64%) Agile Developer
10 5 (10.64%) Agile Java Developer
10 5 (10.64%) Linux Developer
11 4 (8.51%) C# Software Developer
12 3 (6.38%) Analyst
12 3 (6.38%) Java Software Developer
12 3 (6.38%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (46.81%) Web Services
2 21 (44.68%) Gherkin
2 21 (44.68%) RESTful
3 18 (38.30%) .NET
3 18 (38.30%) ASP.NET
3 18 (38.30%) Spring
4 17 (36.17%) ASP.NET MVC
5 15 (31.91%) Play Framework
5 15 (31.91%) Ruby on Rails
5 15 (31.91%) Spring MVC
6 5 (10.64%) REST
7 3 (6.38%) Hibernate
7 3 (6.38%) J2EE
7 3 (6.38%) JPA
7 3 (6.38%) Spring Boot
8 2 (4.26%) LAMP
8 2 (4.26%) SOAP
9 1 (2.13%) CSS
9 1 (2.13%) XML
9 1 (2.13%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 9 (19.15%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (2.13%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 18 (38.30%) Linux
2 2 (4.26%) AIX
2 2 (4.26%) Solaris
3 1 (2.13%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (2.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (82.98%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (76.60%) Automated Testing
3 23 (48.94%) Scrum
4 22 (46.81%) Test Automation
5 21 (44.68%) API Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Continuous Delivery
5 21 (44.68%) Continuous Improvement
5 21 (44.68%) Defect Management
5 21 (44.68%) Exploratory Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Kanban
5 21 (44.68%) Performance Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Security Testing
5 21 (44.68%) Software Engineering
5 21 (44.68%) Usability Testing
5 21 (44.68%) User Stories
6 17 (36.17%) MVC
7 16 (34.04%) Microservices
7 16 (34.04%) TDD
8 15 (31.91%) DevOps
9 10 (21.28%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 39 (82.98%) Java
2 36 (76.60%) Scala
3 22 (46.81%) Groovy
4 20 (42.55%) JavaScript
5 18 (38.30%) C#
6 15 (31.91%) Ruby
7 4 (8.51%) SQL
8 3 (6.38%) Bash Shell
9 2 (4.26%) C-shell
9 2 (4.26%) Korn
9 2 (4.26%) Perl
10 1 (2.13%) C++
10 1 (2.13%) Google Apps Script
10 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
10 1 (2.13%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (12.77%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (4.26%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (44.68%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.26%) Docker
1 2 (4.26%) Samba
1 2 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (6.38%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (6.38%) Puppet
2 1 (2.13%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 11 (23.40%) Atlassian
2 4 (8.51%) Oracle
3 2 (4.26%) Sitecore
3 2 (4.26%) VMware
4 1 (2.13%) Apigee
4 1 (2.13%) CA
4 1 (2.13%) Google
4 1 (2.13%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.13%) Red Hat