Period
to 26 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 26 October 2021 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.

Acceptance Criteria
Central London > City of London
6 months to
26 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 126 103 168
Rank change year-on-year -23 +65 +56
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 54 14 63
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 1.38% 0.78% 1.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.52% 0.87% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 8 53
10th Percentile £414 £416 £425
25th Percentile £425 £450 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £488 £525
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% +9.38%
75th Percentile £618 £550 £588
90th Percentile £688 £603 £648
Central London median daily rate £525 £475 £501
% change year-on-year +10.53% -5.09% +5.37%

Acceptance Criteria 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 City of London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 3,558 1,611 5,378
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 91.23% 89.30% 90.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,689 1,209 4,294
10th Percentile £363 £313 £325
25th Percentile £463 £413 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £520 £525
Median % change year-on-year +5.77% -0.95% +3.96%
75th Percentile £650 £600 £600
90th Percentile £750 £675 £676
Central London median daily rate £550 £515 £513
% change year-on-year +6.80% +0.49% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 30 61
10th Percentile £12.10 £14.95 £12.00
25th Percentile £19.88 £18.13 £12.76
Median hourly rate £32.00 £32.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year - +68.42% +1.60%
75th Percentile £42.50 £44.50 £26.00
90th Percentile £62.35 £47.75 £49.31
Central London median hourly rate £32.20 £32.00 £20.42
% change year-on-year +0.63% +56.75% +9.17%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the City of London

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the City of London

Acceptance Criteria
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the City of London over the 6 months to 26 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the City of London

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 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 City of London region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 41 (75.93%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (40.74%) User Stories
3 18 (33.33%) Social Skills
4 17 (31.48%) Scrum
5 14 (25.93%) DevOps
6 12 (22.22%) BDD
6 12 (22.22%) Finance
7 11 (20.37%) Software Testing
7 11 (20.37%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (18.52%) Azure
9 9 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
9 9 (16.67%) Git (software)
9 9 (16.67%) Test Automation
9 9 (16.67%) Docker
9 9 (16.67%) Kubernetes
9 9 (16.67%) Software Delivery
9 9 (16.67%) TDD
10 8 (14.81%) Business Analysis
10 8 (14.81%) C#
10 8 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (14.81%) Epics
11 7 (12.96%) Analytics
11 7 (12.96%) AWS
11 7 (12.96%) Microsoft Office
11 7 (12.96%) OO
11 7 (12.96%) QA
12 6 (11.11%) Use Case
12 6 (11.11%) Release Management
12 6 (11.11%) Unit Testing
12 6 (11.11%) Pair Programming

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 3 (5.56%) Confluence
2 1 (1.85%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.85%) CMS
2 1 (1.85%) EPiServer
2 1 (1.85%) Mule
2 1 (1.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (12.96%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (7.41%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (5.56%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 10 (18.52%) Azure
2 7 (12.96%) AWS
3 4 (7.41%) IaaS
4 3 (5.56%) Serverless
5 2 (3.70%) GitHub
6 1 (1.85%) Adobe Analytics
6 1 (1.85%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (1.85%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 1 (1.85%) Power Platform
6 1 (1.85%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.85%) DNS
1 1 (1.85%) Firewall
1 1 (1.85%) HTTP
1 1 (1.85%) NAS
1 1 (1.85%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.26%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.56%) MongoDB
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.85%) Data Lake
3 1 (1.85%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.85%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.85%) HBase
3 1 (1.85%) HDInsight
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (1.85%) MySQL
3 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.85%) OLAP
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.85%) Power BI
3 1 (1.85%) Redis
3 1 (1.85%) Tableau
3 1 (1.85%) Text Mining
Development Applications
1 9 (16.67%) Git (software)
2 6 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (9.26%) Gatling
3 5 (9.26%) JIRA
4 4 (7.41%) JMeter
4 4 (7.41%) JUnit
4 4 (7.41%) Postman
4 4 (7.41%) Selenium
4 4 (7.41%) SpecFlow
4 4 (7.41%) Visual Studio
5 3 (5.56%) Appium
5 3 (5.56%) Charles Proxy
5 3 (5.56%) LoadRunner
5 3 (5.56%) Rational Performance Tester
5 3 (5.56%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.85%) Bugzilla
6 1 (1.85%) NeoLoad
6 1 (1.85%) NUnit
6 1 (1.85%) TestLink
6 1 (1.85%) WebLOAD
General
1 18 (33.33%) Social Skills
2 12 (22.22%) Finance
3 8 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (7.41%) Banking
4 4 (7.41%) Influencing Skills
5 3 (5.56%) Marketing
5 3 (5.56%) Organisational Skills
6 2 (3.70%) Advertising
6 2 (3.70%) Games
6 2 (3.70%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (1.85%) Front Office
7 1 (1.85%) International Banking
7 1 (1.85%) Legal
7 1 (1.85%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 18 (33.33%) Analyst
1 18 (33.33%) Business Analyst
2 11 (20.37%) Developer
3 7 (12.96%) Tester
4 5 (9.26%) Project Manager
4 5 (9.26%) Scala Developer
5 4 (7.41%) Engineering Manager
5 4 (7.41%) Finance Manager
5 4 (7.41%) Finance Project Manager
6 3 (5.56%) .NET Developer
6 3 (5.56%) Automation Tester
6 3 (5.56%) Mobile Tester
6 3 (5.56%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
6 3 (5.56%) Senior Business Analyst
6 3 (5.56%) Software Tester
6 3 (5.56%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (5.56%) Technical Business Analyst
7 2 (3.70%) Insurance Business Analyst
7 2 (3.70%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (3.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.26%) .NET
1 5 (9.26%) CSS
1 5 (9.26%) HTML
1 5 (9.26%) RESTful
2 4 (7.41%) ADO
2 4 (7.41%) Gherkin
3 3 (5.56%) ASP.NET
3 3 (5.56%) ASP.NET Core
4 2 (3.70%) Node.js
5 1 (1.85%) .NET Core
5 1 (1.85%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.85%) Jest
5 1 (1.85%) Kafka
5 1 (1.85%) Middleware
5 1 (1.85%) MobX
5 1 (1.85%) React
5 1 (1.85%) Spring
5 1 (1.85%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.26%) Management Information System
2 3 (5.56%) N-Tier
2 3 (5.56%) User Experience
3 2 (3.70%) Marketing Technology
4 1 (1.85%) Grid Computing
4 1 (1.85%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.70%) Linux
2 1 (1.85%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (75.93%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (40.74%) User Stories
3 17 (31.48%) Scrum
4 14 (25.93%) DevOps
5 12 (22.22%) BDD
6 11 (20.37%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (20.37%) Software Testing
7 9 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 9 (16.67%) Software Delivery
7 9 (16.67%) TDD
7 9 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 8 (14.81%) Business Analysis
8 8 (14.81%) Epics
9 7 (12.96%) Analytics
9 7 (12.96%) OO
10 6 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
10 6 (11.11%) Kanban
10 6 (11.11%) SDLC
10 6 (11.11%) Test Strategy
10 6 (11.11%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (14.81%) C#
2 6 (11.11%) Java
2 6 (11.11%) JavaScript
2 6 (11.11%) Scala
3 4 (7.41%) SQL
4 3 (5.56%) Bash Shell
4 3 (5.56%) Kotlin
5 1 (1.85%) C
5 1 (1.85%) Python
5 1 (1.85%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 4 (7.41%) PMP
2 4 (7.41%) SC Cleared
3 2 (3.70%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.96%) QA
2 4 (7.41%) PMO
3 3 (5.56%) Accessibility
4 1 (1.85%) COBIT
4 1 (1.85%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.85%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (16.67%) Docker
2 1 (1.85%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.85%) NFS
2 1 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (16.67%) Kubernetes
2 5 (9.26%) Grafana
2 5 (9.26%) Prometheus
3 2 (3.70%) Terraform
4 1 (1.85%) Ansible
4 1 (1.85%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (7.41%) IBM
2 3 (5.56%) HP
2 3 (5.56%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.70%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.85%) Adobe
4 1 (1.85%) Alteryx
4 1 (1.85%) Bloomberg
4 1 (1.85%) F5
4 1 (1.85%) Informatica
4 1 (1.85%) MuleSoft
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle
4 1 (1.85%) Splunk
4 1 (1.85%) Tealium
4 1 (1.85%) VMware