The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for BDD skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited BDD over the 3 months to 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD)
England / North West
Rank 50 55 98
Rank change year-on-year +5 +43  
Contract jobs citing BDD 84 113 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.23% 2.94% 1.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.92% 3.57% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 88 36
Median daily rate £425 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £314 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £488 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.94 £47.25 -
% change year-on-year +1.44% -  

BDD 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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2142 3164 2795
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.44% 78.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1354 1915 1525
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

BDD
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for BDD in the North West

BDD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for BDD in the North West

BDD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BDD in the North West over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BDD in the North West

BDD
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BDD within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 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
Manchester -4 54 £400 - 36
Merseyside - 11 £600 - 3
Cheshire +20 9 £400 +9.96% 11
Lancashire +23 6 £425 +21.42% 4
BDD
England

BDD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing BDD 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 West region with a requirement for BDD.

1 157 (82.20%) Agile Software Development
2 156 (81.68%) TDD
3 103 (53.93%) Java
4 93 (48.69%) Scrum
5 69 (36.13%) JavaScript
6 55 (28.80%) SQL
7 50 (26.18%) Git (software)
8 44 (23.04%) RESTful
9 42 (21.99%) HTML
10 41 (21.47%) Continuous Integration
11 40 (20.94%) Selenium
11 40 (20.94%) Node.js
12 39 (20.42%) AngularJS
12 39 (20.42%) Software Engineering
12 39 (20.42%) Web Services
13 38 (19.90%) Linux
14 37 (19.37%) Cucumber
15 36 (18.85%) NoSQL
16 35 (18.32%) REST
17 32 (16.75%) CSS
18 31 (16.23%) Python
18 31 (16.23%) Open Source
19 30 (15.71%) Jenkins
19 30 (15.71%) .NET
19 30 (15.71%) QA
19 30 (15.71%) Kanban
20 28 (14.66%) Spring
21 27 (14.14%) JIRA
22 26 (13.61%) JUnit
22 26 (13.61%) Amazon AWS

BDD
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 9 (4.71%) Apache Spark
1 9 (4.71%) Confluence
2 8 (4.19%) GeoServer
3 5 (2.62%) Drupal
3 5 (2.62%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (2.09%) Apache
4 4 (2.09%) CMS
5 3 (1.57%) EPiServer
6 2 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (1.05%) DNN
6 2 (1.05%) Immediacy CMS
6 2 (1.05%) JBoss
6 2 (1.05%) Kentico
6 2 (1.05%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.05%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (1.05%) Sitefinity
6 2 (1.05%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.05%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.05%) WebLogic
6 2 (1.05%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.52%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 26 (13.61%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.66%) GitHub
2 7 (3.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.62%) Google Analytics
3 5 (2.62%) Google Cloud Platform
3 5 (2.62%) Slack
4 2 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.05%) Amazon EMR
4 2 (1.05%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.05%) SaaS
5 1 (0.52%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.52%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 23 (12.04%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (18.85%) NoSQL
2 19 (9.95%) MongoDB
3 18 (9.42%) MySQL
4 12 (6.28%) SQL Server
5 11 (5.76%) Hadoop
6 10 (5.24%) Big Data
7 7 (3.66%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (3.14%) Relational Database
9 4 (2.09%) CouchDB
10 3 (1.57%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (1.57%) HDInsight
10 3 (1.57%) Neo4j
10 3 (1.57%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.57%) Riak
10 3 (1.57%) Spark SQL
11 2 (1.05%) DB2
11 2 (1.05%) Electronic Patient Records
11 2 (1.05%) MarkLogic
11 2 (1.05%) Oracle Database
11 2 (1.05%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 50 (26.18%) Git (software)
2 40 (20.94%) Selenium
3 37 (19.37%) Cucumber
4 30 (15.71%) Jenkins
5 27 (14.14%) JIRA
6 26 (13.61%) JUnit
7 18 (9.42%) WebDriver
8 14 (7.33%) Maven
9 11 (5.76%) Gradle
9 11 (5.76%) JBehave
10 8 (4.19%) JMeter
11 7 (3.66%) Bitbucket
12 6 (3.14%) HP UFT
12 6 (3.14%) LoadRunner
13 5 (2.62%) Jasmine
13 5 (2.62%) Mockito
13 5 (2.62%) SoapUI
14 4 (2.09%) IntelliJ
14 4 (2.09%) Subversion
14 4 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 22 (11.52%) Finance
1 22 (11.52%) Games
2 6 (3.14%) Electronics
2 6 (3.14%) Manufacturing
2 6 (3.14%) Marketing
2 6 (3.14%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.09%) Banking
4 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.52%) Local Government
4 1 (0.52%) Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 106 (55.50%) Developer
2 38 (19.90%) Java Developer
3 18 (9.42%) JavaScript Developer
4 16 (8.38%) Software Engineer
5 13 (6.81%) Agile Developer
5 13 (6.81%) Agile Java Developer
5 13 (6.81%) Senior Developer
5 13 (6.81%) Tester
6 12 (6.28%) Analyst
6 12 (6.28%) Automation Tester
7 10 (5.24%) Consultant
8 9 (4.71%) .NET Developer
9 6 (3.14%) Android Developer
9 6 (3.14%) Digital Developer
9 6 (3.14%) Java Engineer
9 6 (3.14%) Principal Developer
9 6 (3.14%) Scala Software Engineer
9 6 (3.14%) Selenium Tester
9 6 (3.14%) Test Analyst
10 5 (2.62%) Node.js Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (23.04%) RESTful
2 42 (21.99%) HTML
3 40 (20.94%) Node.js
4 39 (20.42%) AngularJS
4 39 (20.42%) Web Services
5 35 (18.32%) REST
6 32 (16.75%) CSS
7 30 (15.71%) .NET
8 28 (14.66%) Spring
9 21 (10.99%) HTML5
9 21 (10.99%) React
9 21 (10.99%) XML
10 20 (10.47%) Apache Cordova
11 15 (7.85%) JSON
12 12 (6.28%) React Native
13 10 (5.24%) Gherkin
13 10 (5.24%) WebGL
14 9 (4.71%) .NET Framework
14 9 (4.71%) CSS3
14 9 (4.71%) Pixi.js
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.47%) Mobile App
2 9 (4.71%) User Experience
3 7 (3.66%) Mobile Games
4 4 (2.09%) 3D Graphics
4 4 (2.09%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.57%) New Media
6 2 (1.05%) iPad
6 2 (1.05%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.05%) Tandem
6 2 (1.05%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.05%) Wiki
7 1 (0.52%) Clustering
7 1 (0.52%) DataPower
7 1 (0.52%) Derivative
7 1 (0.52%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.52%) PMI
7 1 (0.52%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.52%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 38 (19.90%) Linux
2 21 (10.99%) Android
3 16 (8.38%) Apple iOS
4 8 (4.19%) Unix
5 7 (3.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (82.20%) Agile Software Development
2 156 (81.68%) TDD
3 93 (48.69%) Scrum
4 41 (21.47%) Continuous Integration
5 39 (20.42%) Software Engineering
6 31 (16.23%) Open Source
7 30 (15.71%) Kanban
8 25 (13.09%) High Availability
9 23 (12.04%) Test Automation
10 22 (11.52%) DevOps
11 19 (9.95%) Unit Testing
12 18 (9.42%) Pair Programming
13 17 (8.90%) Continuous Delivery
13 17 (8.90%) Performance Tuning
14 16 (8.38%) Configuration Management
14 16 (8.38%) Microservices
15 15 (7.85%) Test Scripting
16 14 (7.33%) MVC
16 14 (7.33%) OO
17 13 (6.81%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 103 (53.93%) Java
2 69 (36.13%) JavaScript
3 55 (28.80%) SQL
4 31 (16.23%) Python
5 22 (11.52%) Scala
6 19 (9.95%) C#
7 12 (6.28%) Ruby
8 11 (5.76%) ES6
9 7 (3.66%) Groovy
10 6 (3.14%) PL/SQL
11 5 (2.62%) Objective-C
12 3 (1.57%) C
12 3 (1.57%) Clojure
12 3 (1.57%) F#
13 2 (1.05%) Apple Swift
13 2 (1.05%) C++
13 2 (1.05%) ECMAScript
13 2 (1.05%) PHP
14 1 (0.52%) Go
14 1 (0.52%) Perl
Qualifications
1 11 (5.76%) ISEB
2 8 (4.19%) Degree
3 3 (1.57%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (1.57%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.05%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.52%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (15.71%) QA
2 2 (1.05%) SDET
System Software
1 10 (5.24%) Docker
2 3 (1.57%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (3.66%) Opscode Chef
1 7 (3.66%) Puppet
2 6 (3.14%) Kibana
3 5 (2.62%) Ansible
3 5 (2.62%) logstash
4 2 (1.05%) Capistrano
4 2 (1.05%) Nagios
5 1 (0.52%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 20 (10.47%) Oracle
2 13 (6.81%) Google
3 8 (4.19%) ESRI
4 7 (3.66%) Red Hat
5 6 (3.14%) SAP
5 6 (3.14%) VMware
6 5 (2.62%) Splunk
7 4 (2.09%) Microsoft
8 3 (1.57%) Twitter
9 2 (1.05%) Alterian
9 2 (1.05%) Sitecore
9 2 (1.05%) Sybase
9 2 (1.05%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.52%) Apple
10 1 (0.52%) Chordiant
10 1 (0.52%) HP
10 1 (0.52%) IBM
10 1 (0.52%) Perforce
10 1 (0.52%) Telerik
10 1 (0.52%) Yahoo!
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