Period
to 16 October 2017

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 16 October 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 West
6 months to
16 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 98 99
Rank change year-on-year +17 +1 +22
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 134 150 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.38% 2.09% 1.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.93% 2.50% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 106 83
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £305 £313 £276
90th Percentile £490 £606 £526
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 6
North West median hourly rate £43.75 £39.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.18% +5.41% -
10th Percentile £42.50 £38.50 £31.88
90th Percentile £47.50 £39.50 £39.38
England median hourly rate £42.88 £41.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +3.94% +10.00% -0.66%

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 4567 6005 6677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.19% 83.69% 81.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 2848 3815 4027
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £575 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 181 293
North West median hourly rate £29.50 £22.00 £29.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.09% -25.95% +48.55%
10th Percentile £11.73 £12.17 £12.35
90th Percentile £52.61 £53.00 £50.80
England median hourly rate £25.00 £23.78 £22.00
% change year-on-year +5.15% +8.07% +12.82%

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 16 October 2017.

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 16 October 2017. 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 +25 83 £375 -4.15% 29
Cheshire +11 29 £419 -8.47% 10
Merseyside +3 11 £400 +4.92% 1
Lancashire +9 6 £308 -33.15% 4
Cumbria - 4 £356 -
Unit Testing
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 West region with a requirement for Unit Testing.

1 78 (58.21%) JavaScript
2 72 (53.73%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (49.25%) TDD
4 64 (47.76%) CSS
5 62 (46.27%) Git (software)
6 60 (44.78%) Test Automation
7 48 (35.82%) .NET
8 46 (34.33%) HTML
8 46 (34.33%) Continuous Integration
9 45 (33.58%) C#
9 45 (33.58%) MVC
10 35 (26.12%) jQuery
11 33 (24.63%) HTML5
12 32 (23.88%) Java
12 32 (23.88%) SQL
13 31 (23.13%) ASP.NET
14 28 (20.90%) Sass
15 27 (20.15%) Finance
16 26 (19.40%) gulp
17 23 (17.16%) Scrum
17 23 (17.16%) OO
17 23 (17.16%) ASP.NET MVC
18 22 (16.42%) CSS3
18 22 (16.42%) Relational Database
19 21 (15.67%) Refactoring
19 21 (15.67%) SQL Server
20 20 (14.93%) Oracle
20 20 (14.93%) Banking
20 20 (14.93%) Kanban
21 19 (14.18%) JSON

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 11 (8.21%) Confluence
2 5 (3.73%) CMS
3 4 (2.99%) ExpressionEngine
3 4 (2.99%) WordPress
4 3 (2.24%) Drupal
4 3 (2.24%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (2.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (2.24%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.49%) Oracle Service Bus
5 2 (1.49%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.75%) SAS
6 1 (0.75%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.75%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (1.49%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.49%) Oracle BPM
1 2 (1.49%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.75%) SAP CO
2 1 (0.75%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.75%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.75%) SAP FI-AP
2 1 (0.75%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.21%) GitHub
2 6 (4.48%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.24%) Google Analytics
3 3 (2.24%) PaaS
4 2 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.49%) npm
4 2 (1.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.75%) LDAP
1 1 (0.75%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (16.42%) Relational Database
2 21 (15.67%) SQL Server
3 15 (11.19%) RDBMS
4 5 (3.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.99%) MySQL
5 4 (2.99%) Oracle ODI
5 4 (2.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (2.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (2.24%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.49%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.49%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (1.49%) Oracle OWB
7 2 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.75%) Base SAS
8 1 (0.75%) Big Data
8 1 (0.75%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.75%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 1 (0.75%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 1 (0.75%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 62 (46.27%) Git (software)
2 26 (19.40%) gulp
3 17 (12.69%) Jenkins
4 14 (10.45%) Gradle
4 14 (10.45%) JUnit
5 12 (8.96%) JIRA
6 10 (7.46%) webpack
7 8 (5.97%) Selenium
7 8 (5.97%) Xcode
8 7 (5.22%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (4.48%) NUnit
10 5 (3.73%) Eclipse
10 5 (3.73%) JProfiler
10 5 (3.73%) SpecFlow
10 5 (3.73%) Visual Studio
11 4 (2.99%) Bitbucket
11 4 (2.99%) Rational DOORS
11 4 (2.99%) Rational Statemate
11 4 (2.99%) SonarQube
11 4 (2.99%) WebDriver
General
1 27 (20.15%) Finance
2 20 (14.93%) Banking
3 2 (1.49%) Avionics
3 2 (1.49%) Financial Institution
3 2 (1.49%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.75%) Advertising
4 1 (0.75%) Digital Economy
4 1 (0.75%) Marketing
4 1 (0.75%) Military
4 1 (0.75%) Publishing
4 1 (0.75%) Retail
Job Titles
1 113 (84.33%) Developer
2 32 (23.88%) .NET Developer
3 26 (19.40%) C# Developer
4 24 (17.91%) C# .NET Developer
5 17 (12.69%) Java Developer
6 13 (9.70%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
6 13 (9.70%) JavaScript Developer
6 13 (9.70%) Web Developer
7 10 (7.46%) .NET Web Developer
7 10 (7.46%) Android Developer
7 10 (7.46%) C# Web Developer
8 9 (6.72%) ASP.NET Developer
9 8 (5.97%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 8 (5.97%) iOS Developer
9 8 (5.97%) Software Developer
10 6 (4.48%) Node.js Developer
10 6 (4.48%) Software Engineer
11 5 (3.73%) C# Software Developer
11 5 (3.73%) Full Stack Developer
11 5 (3.73%) PHP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (47.76%) CSS
2 48 (35.82%) .NET
3 46 (34.33%) HTML
4 35 (26.12%) jQuery
5 33 (24.63%) HTML5
6 31 (23.13%) ASP.NET
7 28 (20.90%) Sass
8 23 (17.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 22 (16.42%) CSS3
10 19 (14.18%) AngularJS
10 19 (14.18%) JSON
10 19 (14.18%) Web Services
11 14 (10.45%) Hibernate
11 14 (10.45%) JPA
11 14 (10.45%) Node.js
11 14 (10.45%) Spring
12 13 (9.70%) .NET Core
12 13 (9.70%) SOAP
13 12 (8.96%) React
13 12 (8.96%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.46%) User Experience
2 6 (4.48%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (4.48%) Linux Command Line
3 5 (3.73%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.99%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.24%) Mobile Banking
5 3 (2.24%) N-Tier
5 3 (2.24%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.75%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.75%) Augmented Reality
7 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.75%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 10 (7.46%) Android
2 8 (5.97%) Apple iOS
2 8 (5.97%) Unix
3 7 (5.22%) Windows
4 6 (4.48%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (53.73%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (49.25%) TDD
3 60 (44.78%) Test Automation
4 46 (34.33%) Continuous Integration
5 45 (33.58%) MVC
6 23 (17.16%) OO
6 23 (17.16%) Scrum
7 21 (15.67%) Refactoring
8 20 (14.93%) Kanban
9 18 (13.43%) Software Engineering
9 18 (13.43%) Web Development
10 15 (11.19%) Data Modelling
10 15 (11.19%) Progressive Enhancement
10 15 (11.19%) SMACSS
11 14 (10.45%) Front End Development
12 12 (8.96%) BDD
12 12 (8.96%) Data Protection
13 10 (7.46%) Agile Project Management
13 10 (7.46%) Android Development
13 10 (7.46%) Secure Coding
Programming Languages
1 78 (58.21%) JavaScript
2 45 (33.58%) C#
3 32 (23.88%) Java
3 32 (23.88%) SQL
4 13 (9.70%) C++
5 10 (7.46%) C
5 10 (7.46%) PHP
6 8 (5.97%) Apple Swift
7 7 (5.22%) T-SQL
8 5 (3.73%) TypeScript
9 4 (2.99%) ABAP
9 4 (2.99%) Ada
10 3 (2.24%) Bash Shell
10 3 (2.24%) Go
10 3 (2.24%) Python
10 3 (2.24%) Ruby
10 3 (2.24%) Scala
10 3 (2.24%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.49%) ECMAScript
11 2 (1.49%) PHP 5
Qualifications
1 6 (4.48%) Degree
2 5 (3.73%) SC Cleared
2 5 (3.73%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (13.43%) QA
2 2 (1.49%) Data Quality
System Software
1 6 (4.48%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (4.48%) Ansible
2 5 (3.73%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (3.73%) Puppet
3 3 (2.24%) Kibana
3 3 (2.24%) logstash
3 3 (2.24%) Mesos
4 2 (1.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.75%) Oracle Identity Management
5 1 (0.75%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 20 (14.93%) Oracle
2 15 (11.19%) Perforce
3 8 (5.97%) Apple
3 8 (5.97%) SAP
4 7 (5.22%) Microsoft
5 4 (2.99%) Google
5 4 (2.99%) Sitecore
6 3 (2.24%) Siebel
6 3 (2.24%) Splunk
7 2 (1.49%) Informatica
8 1 (0.75%) DevExpress
8 1 (0.75%) Telerik
8 1 (0.75%) Xamarin