Period
to 23 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 6 months to 23 June 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.

Unit Testing
England > North West
6 months to
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 111 86 108
Rank change year-on-year -25 +22 +15
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 106 121 139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.80% 2.20% 1.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.11% 2.66% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 85 84
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -16.67% +38.46%
10th Percentile £300 £283 £313
90th Percentile £496 £525 £529
England median daily rate £475 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +11.76% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 4
North West median hourly rate £41.25 £42.50 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +17.24% -
10th Percentile £40.63 £38.50 £32.50
90th Percentile £41.88 £48.00 £42.13
England median hourly rate £47.50 £42.00 £43.25
% change year-on-year +13.10% -2.89% +9.49%

Unit Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies 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 process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,026 4,553 6,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.55% 82.69% 83.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,162 2,776 3,912
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 213 215
North West median hourly rate £23.20 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.71% +7.69% +32.65%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £53.50 £52.50 £50.75
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%

Unit Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Unit Testing in the North West

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unit Testing in the North West

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unit Testing in the North West over the 6 months to 23 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unit Testing in the North West

Unit Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unit Testing in the North West

Unit Testing
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 Unit Testing within the North West region over the 6 months to 23 June 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 -19 62 £385 +8.52% 39
Cheshire -12 26 £350 -22.22% 22
Merseyside +22 12 £390 +0.65% 5
Lancashire -10 5 £408 - 7
Unit Testing
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Unit Testing 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 Unit Testing.

1 48 (45.28%) JavaScript
2 46 (43.40%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (38.68%) Java
4 33 (31.13%) CSS
5 31 (29.25%) Git (software)
6 29 (27.36%) Continuous Integration
7 28 (26.42%) Test Automation
7 28 (26.42%) TDD
8 27 (25.47%) .NET
9 26 (24.53%) Jenkins
10 25 (23.58%) HTML
10 25 (23.58%) XML
11 24 (22.64%) REST
12 23 (21.70%) Web Services
13 22 (20.75%) Scrum
13 22 (20.75%) MVC
13 22 (20.75%) jQuery
14 21 (19.81%) Spring
15 20 (18.87%) C#
16 19 (17.92%) CSS3
17 18 (16.98%) Android
18 16 (15.09%) Software Engineering
18 16 (15.09%) OO
19 15 (14.15%) SQL
19 15 (14.15%) JSON
19 15 (14.15%) Apple iOS
19 15 (14.15%) Problem-Solving
20 14 (13.21%) AngularJS
20 14 (13.21%) User Experience
20 14 (13.21%) SOAP

Unit Testing
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 4 (3.77%) Confluence
1 4 (3.77%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.89%) Apache
2 2 (1.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (1.89%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.94%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.94%) CMS
3 1 (0.94%) Drupal
3 1 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.94%) JBoss
3 1 (0.94%) Liferay
3 1 (0.94%) WebLogic Portal
3 1 (0.94%) WildFly
Applications
1 8 (7.55%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (2.83%) Photoshop
3 2 (1.89%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.89%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.94%) Magento
2 1 (0.94%) SAP CO
2 1 (0.94%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.94%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.94%) SAP Retail
2 1 (0.94%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 12 (11.32%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (5.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.77%) npm
4 3 (2.83%) SaaS
5 2 (1.89%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.89%) GitHub
5 2 (1.89%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (1.89%) Yarn
6 1 (0.94%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.60%) HTTP
2 5 (4.72%) SMS
3 3 (2.83%) FTP
4 2 (1.89%) DHCP
4 2 (1.89%) DNS
4 2 (1.89%) IPsec
4 2 (1.89%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.26%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.66%) MySQL
3 5 (4.72%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.83%) CouchDB
4 3 (2.83%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.89%) Amazon Redshift
5 2 (1.89%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.89%) Neo4j
5 2 (1.89%) Oracle BI Publisher
5 2 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.89%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.94%) Big Data
6 1 (0.94%) Essbase
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.94%) RavenDB
6 1 (0.94%) Riak
6 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.94%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 31 (29.25%) Git (software)
2 26 (24.53%) Jenkins
3 13 (12.26%) JUnit
3 13 (12.26%) Karma Test Runner
3 13 (12.26%) Selenium
4 11 (10.38%) Gradle
5 10 (9.43%) Axure RP
6 7 (6.60%) gulp
6 7 (6.60%) Jasmine
6 7 (6.60%) JProfiler
6 7 (6.60%) Subversion
7 6 (5.66%) Eclipse
7 6 (5.66%) Grunt
7 6 (5.66%) Protractor
8 5 (4.72%) Cucumber
8 5 (4.72%) JIRA
9 4 (3.77%) Mocha
9 4 (3.77%) Mockito
9 4 (3.77%) PHPUnit
9 4 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 14 (13.21%) Finance
2 11 (10.38%) Banking
3 5 (4.72%) Back Office
3 5 (4.72%) Retail
4 2 (1.89%) Avionics
4 2 (1.89%) Billing
4 2 (1.89%) General Ledger
4 2 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.89%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.94%) Advertising
5 1 (0.94%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 77 (72.64%) Developer
2 16 (15.09%) Java Developer
3 12 (11.32%) .NET Developer
4 11 (10.38%) JavaScript Developer
5 8 (7.55%) C# Developer
6 6 (5.66%) Android Developer
6 6 (5.66%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 6 (5.66%) iOS Developer
7 5 (4.72%) C# .NET Developer
7 5 (4.72%) Consultant
7 5 (4.72%) Software Engineer
8 4 (3.77%) Tester
8 4 (3.77%) UI Developer
9 3 (2.83%) Automation Tester
9 3 (2.83%) Java Engineer
9 3 (2.83%) Java/J2EE Developer
9 3 (2.83%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (2.83%) Senior Test Engineer
9 3 (2.83%) Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (2.83%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (31.13%) CSS
2 27 (25.47%) .NET
3 25 (23.58%) HTML
3 25 (23.58%) XML
4 24 (22.64%) REST
5 23 (21.70%) Web Services
6 22 (20.75%) jQuery
7 21 (19.81%) Spring
8 19 (17.92%) CSS3
9 15 (14.15%) JSON
10 14 (13.21%) AngularJS
10 14 (13.21%) SOAP
11 12 (11.32%) .NET Framework
11 12 (11.32%) Ajax
11 12 (11.32%) HTML5
11 12 (11.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 11 (10.38%) Hibernate
13 10 (9.43%) Entity Framework
13 10 (9.43%) J2EE
14 9 (8.49%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.21%) User Experience
2 6 (5.66%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (0.94%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.94%) NHS
5 1 (0.94%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.94%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.94%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 18 (16.98%) Android
2 15 (14.15%) Apple iOS
3 13 (12.26%) Windows
4 8 (7.55%) Linux
5 2 (1.89%) Unix
5 2 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.94%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (43.40%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (27.36%) Continuous Integration
3 28 (26.42%) TDD
3 28 (26.42%) Test Automation
4 22 (20.75%) MVC
4 22 (20.75%) Scrum
5 16 (15.09%) OO
5 16 (15.09%) Software Engineering
6 15 (14.15%) Problem-Solving
7 13 (12.26%) Microservices
8 11 (10.38%) DevOps
9 10 (9.43%) Android Development
9 10 (9.43%) BDD
9 10 (9.43%) Front End Development
10 8 (7.55%) Performance Testing
11 7 (6.60%) API Development
11 7 (6.60%) Data Modelling
11 7 (6.60%) iOS Development
12 6 (5.66%) Cross-Browser Testing
12 6 (5.66%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 48 (45.28%) JavaScript
2 41 (38.68%) Java
3 20 (18.87%) C#
4 15 (14.15%) SQL
5 9 (8.49%) T-SQL
6 6 (5.66%) Apple Swift
7 5 (4.72%) Python
8 4 (3.77%) PHP
8 4 (3.77%) TypeScript
9 3 (2.83%) Ada
10 2 (1.89%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.89%) Java 8
10 2 (1.89%) Ruby
10 2 (1.89%) Scala
10 2 (1.89%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.89%) XPath
11 1 (0.94%) Groovy
11 1 (0.94%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
11 1 (0.94%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 6 (5.66%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.72%) Degree
2 5 (4.72%) SC Cleared
3 4 (3.77%) HND
4 3 (2.83%) MCTS
4 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.94%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.72%) QA
2 1 (0.94%) PMO
2 1 (0.94%) WAI
System Software
1 6 (5.66%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (10.38%) Puppet
2 10 (9.43%) Ansible
2 10 (9.43%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.83%) Salt
4 2 (1.89%) Terraform
5 1 (0.94%) Kibana
5 1 (0.94%) logstash
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle Identity Management
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 10 (9.43%) Oracle
2 9 (8.49%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.66%) Perforce
4 5 (4.72%) Google
5 2 (1.89%) Adobe
5 2 (1.89%) Apple
5 2 (1.89%) Cloudera
5 2 (1.89%) Intapp
5 2 (1.89%) SAP
6 1 (0.94%) Curam
6 1 (0.94%) Hyperion
6 1 (0.94%) SaltStack
6 1 (0.94%) Siebel
6 1 (0.94%) Splunk