The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 3 months to 28 June 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
North East / Tyne and Wear
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 65 53
Rank change year-on-year +29 -12  
Contract jobs citing Unit Testing 10 58 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 2.61% 4.07% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.99% 4.64% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 37 5
Median daily rate £375 £330 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% +10.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.88 £42.50 £37.40
% change year-on-year +0.88% +13.63%  

Unit Testing 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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 335 1249 491
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 87.47% 87.65% 78.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 836 325
Median daily rate £390 £323 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.93% -18.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 74 32
Median hourly rate £34.00 £28.00 £15.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.42% +78.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £22.80 £12.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Unit Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear citing Unit Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Unit Testing in Tyne and Wear

Unit Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unit Testing in Tyne and Wear

Unit Testing
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Newcastle upon Tyne +33 10 £375 +14.50% 1
Unit Testing
North East

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for Unit Testing.

1 33 (86.84%) Java
1 33 (86.84%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (81.58%) Test Automation
3 30 (78.95%) Scala
4 21 (55.26%) Scrum
5 20 (52.63%) Web Services
5 20 (52.63%) Groovy
5 20 (52.63%) Selenium
6 19 (50.00%) Usability Testing
6 19 (50.00%) Performance Testing
6 19 (50.00%) Security Testing
6 19 (50.00%) QA
6 19 (50.00%) Software Engineering
6 19 (50.00%) Kanban
6 19 (50.00%) RESTful
6 19 (50.00%) SoapUI
6 19 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 19 (50.00%) Gherkin
6 19 (50.00%) User Stories
6 19 (50.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 19 (50.00%) API Testing
6 19 (50.00%) Defect Management
6 19 (50.00%) Exploratory Testing
7 16 (42.11%) JavaScript
8 14 (36.84%) C#
8 14 (36.84%) .NET
8 14 (36.84%) ASP.NET
8 14 (36.84%) Git (software)
8 14 (36.84%) Spring
9 13 (34.21%) TDD

Unit Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Tyne and Wear 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 12 (31.58%) Confluence
2 5 (13.16%) JBoss
2 5 (13.16%) Tomcat
2 5 (13.16%) WebLogic
3 3 (7.89%) Apache
3 3 (7.89%) WebSphere
4 2 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (5.26%) iPlanet
4 2 (5.26%) MQSeries
4 2 (5.26%) OpenStack
4 2 (5.26%) Oracle Application Server
4 2 (5.26%) SharePoint
4 2 (5.26%) WebLogic Portal
5 1 (2.63%) CMS
5 1 (2.63%) IIS
5 1 (2.63%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (5.26%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.63%) AWS Lambda
1 1 (2.63%) G Suite
1 1 (2.63%) Google App Engine
1 1 (2.63%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.63%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.26%) DNS
1 2 (5.26%) FCoE
1 2 (5.26%) Firewall
1 2 (5.26%) iSCSI
1 2 (5.26%) LDAP
1 2 (5.26%) NAS
1 2 (5.26%) SAN
1 2 (5.26%) TCP/IP
1 2 (5.26%) VLAN
1 2 (5.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.89%) NoSQL
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.63%) DocumentDB
3 1 (2.63%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.63%) MySQL
3 1 (2.63%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 20 (52.63%) Selenium
2 19 (50.00%) SoapUI
3 14 (36.84%) Git (software)
4 12 (31.58%) JIRA
5 11 (28.95%) Cucumber
6 10 (26.32%) Jenkins
7 3 (7.89%) Ant
7 3 (7.89%) Gradle
7 3 (7.89%) JUnit
7 3 (7.89%) Maven
7 3 (7.89%) Subversion
7 3 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (2.63%) Marketing
1 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (47.37%) Tester
2 17 (44.74%) Developer
3 15 (39.47%) Automation Tester
4 13 (34.21%) Java Developer
5 11 (28.95%) Scala Developer
6 10 (26.32%) Java Automation Tester
6 10 (26.32%) Java Scala Developer
7 8 (21.05%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 8 (21.05%) Selenium Tester
8 6 (15.79%) Agile Developer
8 6 (15.79%) C# Developer
8 6 (15.79%) QA Tester
9 5 (13.16%) Agile Java Developer
9 5 (13.16%) Linux Developer
9 5 (13.16%) Ruby Developer
10 3 (7.89%) QA Automation Tester
11 2 (5.26%) AIX Engineer
11 2 (5.26%) Sitecore Developer
11 2 (5.26%) Software Developer
12 1 (2.63%) .NET Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (52.63%) Web Services
2 19 (50.00%) Gherkin
2 19 (50.00%) RESTful
3 14 (36.84%) .NET
3 14 (36.84%) ASP.NET
3 14 (36.84%) Spring
4 13 (34.21%) ASP.NET MVC
5 11 (28.95%) Play Framework
5 11 (28.95%) Ruby on Rails
5 11 (28.95%) Spring MVC
6 5 (13.16%) J2EE
7 4 (10.53%) REST
8 3 (7.89%) Hibernate
8 3 (7.89%) JPA
8 3 (7.89%) Spring Boot
9 1 (2.63%) Classic ASP
9 1 (2.63%) Serverless Framework
9 1 (2.63%) Swagger
9 1 (2.63%) XML
9 1 (2.63%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 9 (23.68%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (5.26%) Clustering
2 2 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.26%) Grid Computing
3 1 (2.63%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 13 (34.21%) Linux
2 2 (5.26%) AIX
2 2 (5.26%) HPUX
2 2 (5.26%) Solaris
2 2 (5.26%) SUSE
2 2 (5.26%) Unix
2 2 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (86.84%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (81.58%) Test Automation
3 21 (55.26%) Scrum
4 19 (50.00%) API Testing
4 19 (50.00%) Continuous Delivery
4 19 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 19 (50.00%) Defect Management
4 19 (50.00%) Exploratory Testing
4 19 (50.00%) Kanban
4 19 (50.00%) Performance Testing
4 19 (50.00%) Security Testing
4 19 (50.00%) Software Engineering
4 19 (50.00%) Usability Testing
4 19 (50.00%) User Stories
5 13 (34.21%) MVC
5 13 (34.21%) TDD
6 12 (31.58%) Microservices
7 11 (28.95%) DevOps
8 7 (18.42%) BDD
9 5 (13.16%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 33 (86.84%) Java
2 30 (78.95%) Scala
3 20 (52.63%) Groovy
4 16 (42.11%) JavaScript
5 14 (36.84%) C#
6 11 (28.95%) Ruby
7 4 (10.53%) SQL
8 3 (7.89%) Bash Shell
9 2 (5.26%) C-shell
9 2 (5.26%) Korn
9 2 (5.26%) Perl
9 2 (5.26%) Shell Script
10 1 (2.63%) Google Apps Script
10 1 (2.63%) PowerShell
10 1 (2.63%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (18.42%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (5.26%) SC Cleared
2 2 (5.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (50.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.26%) Docker
1 2 (5.26%) Hyper-V
1 2 (5.26%) KVM
1 2 (5.26%) Oracle RAC
1 2 (5.26%) Samba
1 2 (5.26%) Veritas Volume Manager
1 2 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (7.89%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (7.89%) Puppet
2 2 (5.26%) OpenView
3 1 (2.63%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 12 (31.58%) Atlassian
2 2 (5.26%) Cisco
2 2 (5.26%) Cognos
2 2 (5.26%) F5
2 2 (5.26%) HP
2 2 (5.26%) Opsware
2 2 (5.26%) Oracle
2 2 (5.26%) PlateSpin
2 2 (5.26%) Red Hat
2 2 (5.26%) Sitecore
2 2 (5.26%) Sun
2 2 (5.26%) Veritas
2 2 (5.26%) VMware
3 1 (2.63%) Apigee
3 1 (2.63%) CA
3 1 (2.63%) Google
3 1 (2.63%) Microsoft