The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Gherkin skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Gherkin 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.

Gherkin
England / North West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 121 154 150
Rank change year-on-year +33 -4  
Contract jobs citing Gherkin 7 4 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.27% 0.10% 0.11%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.86% 0.39% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 4
Median daily rate £388 £438 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.42% +36.71%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £425 £310
% change year-on-year -17.64% +37.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - -

Gherkin is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework 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 industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 811 1024 834
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 31.39% 26.47% 23.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 545 685 508
Median daily rate £375 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £480 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 41 23
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £17.30 £19.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £49.00 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% +5.55%  

Gherkin
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Gherkin as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for Gherkin in the North West

Gherkin
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Gherkin in the North West

Gherkin
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Gherkin in the North West over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Gherkin in the North West

Gherkin
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 Gherkin within the North West 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
Manchester +19 3 £388 -13.88% 5
Cheshire +27 1 £275 -35.29% 1
Lancashire - 1 £238 -
Gherkin
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Gherkin 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 Gherkin.

1 15 (78.95%) Selenium
2 10 (52.63%) BDD
2 10 (52.63%) Jenkins
2 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (52.63%) WebDriver
3 9 (47.37%) QA
3 9 (47.37%) Python
4 8 (42.11%) Automation Testing
4 8 (42.11%) Java
4 8 (42.11%) Test Scripting
5 6 (31.58%) Scrum
5 6 (31.58%) GitHub
5 6 (31.58%) Cucumber
6 5 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (26.32%) Performance Testing
6 5 (26.32%) TDD
7 4 (21.05%) Manual Testing
7 4 (21.05%) Test Automation
8 3 (15.79%) User Stories
8 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
8 3 (15.79%) Security Testing
8 3 (15.79%) Unit Testing
8 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
8 3 (15.79%) Usability Testing
8 3 (15.79%) TestNG
8 3 (15.79%) Git (software)
8 3 (15.79%) C#
8 3 (15.79%) JIRA
8 3 (15.79%) Automated Testing
8 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering

Gherkin
Co-occurring 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 1 (5.26%) NServiceBus
Cloud Services
1 6 (31.58%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) MongoDB
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (78.95%) Selenium
2 10 (52.63%) Jenkins
2 10 (52.63%) WebDriver
3 6 (31.58%) Cucumber
4 3 (15.79%) Git (software)
4 3 (15.79%) IntelliJ
4 3 (15.79%) JIRA
4 3 (15.79%) TestNG
5 2 (10.53%) JMeter
5 2 (10.53%) Log4j
5 2 (10.53%) SoapUI
5 2 (10.53%) SpecFlow
5 2 (10.53%) Visual Studio
6 1 (5.26%) MSTest
General
1 2 (10.53%) Games
Job Titles
1 14 (73.68%) Tester
2 12 (63.16%) Automation Tester
3 9 (47.37%) Selenium Tester
4 8 (42.11%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 3 (15.79%) Manual Tester
6 2 (10.53%) QA Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Agile Business Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Agile Tester
7 1 (5.26%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 1 (5.26%) Java Consultant
7 1 (5.26%) QA Automation Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) QA Consultant
7 1 (5.26%) Senior .NET Developer
7 1 (5.26%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Automation Tester
7 1 (5.26%) Senior C# .NET Developer
7 1 (5.26%) Senior C# Developer
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Java Consultant
7 1 (5.26%) Senior QA Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (10.53%) .NET
1 2 (10.53%) .NET Framework
1 2 (10.53%) Web Services
2 1 (5.26%) ASP.NET
2 1 (5.26%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (5.26%) Entity Framework
2 1 (5.26%) NHibernate
2 1 (5.26%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (10.53%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Linux
1 2 (10.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (52.63%) BDD
2 8 (42.11%) Automation Testing
2 8 (42.11%) Test Scripting
3 6 (31.58%) Scrum
4 5 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (26.32%) Performance Testing
4 5 (26.32%) TDD
5 4 (21.05%) Manual Testing
5 4 (21.05%) Test Automation
6 3 (15.79%) Automated Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
6 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Regression Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Security Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
6 3 (15.79%) Unit Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Usability Testing
6 3 (15.79%) User Stories
7 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (47.37%) Python
2 8 (42.11%) Java
3 3 (15.79%) C#
4 1 (5.26%) Scala
4 1 (5.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (47.37%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Red Hat
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