Period
to 14 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for SpecFlow skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SpecFlow over the 6 months to 14 August 2018 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.

SpecFlow
England > North West
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 203 187 205
Rank change year-on-year -16 +18 +19
Contract jobs citing SpecFlow 17 20 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.28% 0.35% 0.37%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.36% 2.04% 2.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 17
North West median daily rate £413 £355 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.20% -16.47% +23.64%
10th Percentile £336 £306 £370
90th Percentile £510 £470 £464
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £38.00 £48.75 £36.00
% change year-on-year -22.05% +35.42% -

SpecFlow is in the Development Applications category. The following 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 development application skills.

All Development Application Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 1,250 982 954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.40% 17.10% 12.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 827 666 611
North West median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% - +8.84%
10th Percentile £313 £282 £281
90th Percentile £566 £529 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 58 31
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £40.50 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.41% -2.41% +10.67%
10th Percentile £27.50 £35.88 £28.00
90th Percentile £47.25 £45.30 £44.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +3.66% -3.53% +13.33%

SpecFlow
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing SpecFlow as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for SpecFlow in the North West

SpecFlow
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SpecFlow in the North West

SpecFlow
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SpecFlow in the North West over the 6 months to 14 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SpecFlow in the North West

SpecFlow
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 SpecFlow within the North West region over the 6 months to 14 August 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -26 10 £400 +12.68% 7
Lancashire - 4 £490 - 1
Cheshire -13 2 £335 -2.90% 1
Merseyside - 1 £475 - 1
SpecFlow
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SpecFlow also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for SpecFlow.

1 16 (94.12%) Test Automation
2 15 (88.24%) C#
3 13 (76.47%) Selenium
4 12 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (58.82%) TDD
5 10 (58.82%) BDD
6 7 (41.18%) Cucumber
6 7 (41.18%) JIRA
6 7 (41.18%) Java
6 7 (41.18%) JavaScript
6 7 (41.18%) Scrum
7 6 (35.29%) SQL
7 6 (35.29%) .NET
7 6 (35.29%) QA
8 5 (29.41%) Kanban
8 5 (29.41%) MVC
9 4 (23.53%) Test Scripting
9 4 (23.53%) Git (software)
9 4 (23.53%) Refactoring
9 4 (23.53%) NUnit
9 4 (23.53%) Jenkins
9 4 (23.53%) Test Strategy
10 3 (17.65%) WebDriver
10 3 (17.65%) Defect Management
10 3 (17.65%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (17.65%) Pair Programming
10 3 (17.65%) Load Testing
10 3 (17.65%) JMeter
10 3 (17.65%) Visual Studio
11 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET

SpecFlow
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 (5.88%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) BrowserStack
1 2 (11.76%) GitHub
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.88%) CouchDB
2 1 (5.88%) MongoDB
2 1 (5.88%) NoSQL
2 1 (5.88%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (76.47%) Selenium
2 7 (41.18%) Cucumber
2 7 (41.18%) JIRA
3 4 (23.53%) Git (software)
3 4 (23.53%) Jenkins
3 4 (23.53%) NUnit
4 3 (17.65%) JMeter
4 3 (17.65%) Visual Studio
4 3 (17.65%) WebDriver
5 2 (11.76%) Gatling
5 2 (11.76%) TeamCity
5 2 (11.76%) The Grinder
5 2 (11.76%) Travis CI
5 2 (11.76%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (5.88%) gulp
6 1 (5.88%) MSTest
6 1 (5.88%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (5.88%) Subversion
6 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (5.88%) webpack
General
1 2 (11.76%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) Developer
2 4 (23.53%) .NET Developer
2 4 (23.53%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) QA Engineer
2 4 (23.53%) Test Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Automation Test Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Automation Tester
3 2 (11.76%) C# .NET Developer
3 2 (11.76%) C# Developer
3 2 (11.76%) Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Automation Consultant
4 1 (5.88%) Developer in Test
4 1 (5.88%) DevOps Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) QA Consultant
4 1 (5.88%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Selenium Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Automation Tester
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Lead
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (35.29%) .NET
2 3 (17.65%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (11.76%) AngularJS
3 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET
3 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (11.76%) CSS
3 2 (11.76%) Gherkin
3 2 (11.76%) HTML
3 2 (11.76%) LINQ
3 2 (11.76%) RESTful
3 2 (11.76%) Web Services
4 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
4 1 (5.88%) CSS3
4 1 (5.88%) HTML5
4 1 (5.88%) jQuery
4 1 (5.88%) JSON
4 1 (5.88%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (5.88%) Ninject
4 1 (5.88%) Razor View Engine
4 1 (5.88%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (94.12%) Test Automation
2 12 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (58.82%) BDD
3 10 (58.82%) TDD
4 7 (41.18%) Scrum
5 5 (29.41%) Kanban
5 5 (29.41%) MVC
6 4 (23.53%) Refactoring
6 4 (23.53%) Test Scripting
6 4 (23.53%) Test Strategy
7 3 (17.65%) Defect Management
7 3 (17.65%) Load Testing
7 3 (17.65%) Pair Programming
8 2 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (11.76%) Deployment Automation
8 2 (11.76%) DevOps
8 2 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
8 2 (11.76%) QA Automation
8 2 (11.76%) Stress Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (88.24%) C#
2 7 (41.18%) Java
2 7 (41.18%) JavaScript
3 6 (35.29%) SQL
4 2 (11.76%) C++
4 2 (11.76%) TypeScript
4 2 (11.76%) VBScript
5 1 (5.88%) C
5 1 (5.88%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (5.88%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (35.29%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.88%) Capita
2 1 (5.88%) WorldPay