Period
to 16 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 16 October 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.

Acceptance Criteria
UK > England
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 271 263 288
Rank change year-on-year -8 +25 +24
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 909 902 857
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.96% 0.99% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.15% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 553 640 560
England median daily rate £463 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.11% +3.53% +3.03%
10th Percentile £340 £306 £300
90th Percentile £579 £576 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 11 8
England median hourly rate £45.00 £36.00 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -18.18% +25.89%
10th Percentile £39.50 £31.50 £37.75
90th Percentile £45.53 £44.88 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £36.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year +23.29% -17.05% +35.38%

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 England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 81,260 78,348 83,621
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.22% 85.90% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,227 52,340 55,746
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £282 £263
90th Percentile £645 £630 £605
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,201 1,876 2,205
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.99 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.97% +11.07% +3.52%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.00% +11.11% +3.45%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in England

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in England

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in England over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in England

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in England

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria within the England region over the 6 months to 16 October 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
London -31 414 £488 +2.63% 63
South East +27 165 £425 - 27
Midlands +47 125 £405 +4.52% 22
West Midlands +28 89 £463 +15.26% 17
North of England -34 88 £421 +5.31% 21
South West +1 65 £356 -5.00% 15
East of England -35 51 £475 +9.20% 10
North West +13 48 £463 +15.63% 9
East Midlands +11 33 £346 -7.73% 5
Yorkshire -32 32 £406 -4.41% 11
North East -15 8 £400 +14.29% 1
Acceptance Criteria
UK

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, 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 England region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 644 (70.85%) Agile Software Development
2 440 (48.40%) User Stories
3 320 (35.20%) Scrum
4 251 (27.61%) Test Automation
5 208 (22.88%) Finance
6 198 (21.78%) QA
7 195 (21.45%) JIRA
8 163 (17.93%) BDD
9 154 (16.94%) Analytical Skills
10 145 (15.95%) Java
11 141 (15.51%) Business Analysis
12 140 (15.40%) TDD
13 138 (15.18%) Selenium
14 127 (13.97%) Confluence
15 126 (13.86%) SQL
16 116 (12.76%) Problem-Solving
17 112 (12.32%) Kanban
17 112 (12.32%) Continuous Improvement
17 112 (12.32%) User Experience
18 103 (11.33%) Continuous Integration
19 102 (11.22%) SDLC
19 102 (11.22%) Test Strategy
20 99 (10.89%) Stakeholder Management
21 87 (9.57%) Cucumber
22 84 (9.24%) RESTful
23 79 (8.69%) Security Cleared
24 77 (8.47%) User Acceptance Testing
25 76 (8.36%) E-Commerce
26 75 (8.25%) Web Services
26 75 (8.25%) Degree

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 127 (13.97%) Confluence
2 29 (3.19%) CMS
3 13 (1.43%) SharePoint
4 8 (0.88%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 8 (0.88%) CICS
4 8 (0.88%) Drupal
5 7 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.66%) Apache Spark
6 6 (0.66%) ArcGIS
6 6 (0.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (0.55%) Apache Qpid
7 5 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
8 4 (0.44%) IIS
8 4 (0.44%) Jetty
8 4 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (0.44%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.33%) Mule
10 2 (0.22%) GemFire
10 2 (0.22%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 40 (4.40%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.97%) MS Visio
3 26 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 19 (2.09%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (1.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 12 (1.32%) Open Workbench
7 2 (0.22%) Mingle
8 1 (0.11%) EngageOne
8 1 (0.11%) InVision
8 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.66%) Eloqua
3 2 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.22%) Exchequer
3 2 (0.22%) Primavera
3 2 (0.22%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.22%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.11%) Endur
4 1 (0.11%) Finacle
4 1 (0.11%) HFM
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.11%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 34 (3.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (3.19%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (3.19%) Office 365
3 15 (1.65%) GitHub
4 11 (1.21%) Google Analytics
4 11 (1.21%) SaaS
5 10 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
5 10 (1.10%) PaaS
5 10 (1.10%) Slack
6 7 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.55%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 5 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.55%) Sauce Labs
7 5 (0.55%) Trello
8 4 (0.44%) BrowserStack
8 4 (0.44%) IaaS
9 3 (0.33%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (0.33%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.10%) Internet
1 10 (1.10%) Unified Communications
2 8 (0.88%) VPN
3 6 (0.66%) SMS
4 4 (0.44%) DMZ
4 4 (0.44%) HTTP
4 4 (0.44%) SSL
5 3 (0.33%) DHCP
5 3 (0.33%) Firewall
5 3 (0.33%) Radio Access Network
6 2 (0.22%) Network Security
6 2 (0.22%) SAN
6 2 (0.22%) Skype
7 1 (0.11%) BGP
7 1 (0.11%) CTI
7 1 (0.11%) DNS
7 1 (0.11%) Intranet
7 1 (0.11%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.11%) MPLS
7 1 (0.11%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.74%) SQL Server
2 23 (2.53%) Hadoop
3 19 (2.09%) Big Data
4 16 (1.76%) MySQL
4 16 (1.76%) Pentaho
5 14 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.21%) Impala
7 10 (1.10%) Apache Hive
7 10 (1.10%) DB2
8 8 (0.88%) MongoDB
9 7 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 7 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (0.66%) GIS
11 5 (0.55%) HBase
11 5 (0.55%) Relational Database
11 5 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.44%) Hazelcast
12 4 (0.44%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 195 (21.45%) JIRA
2 138 (15.18%) Selenium
3 87 (9.57%) Cucumber
4 71 (7.81%) Git (software)
5 67 (7.37%) Jenkins
6 52 (5.72%) SoapUI
7 49 (5.39%) WebDriver
8 39 (4.29%) SpecFlow
9 29 (3.19%) Visual Studio Team System
10 28 (3.08%) JMeter
10 28 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
11 25 (2.75%) JUnit
12 18 (1.98%) Maven
12 18 (1.98%) Visual Studio
13 16 (1.76%) Gradle
13 16 (1.76%) LoadRunner
14 15 (1.65%) MSBuild
15 14 (1.54%) CircleCI
16 13 (1.43%) JIRA Agile
17 12 (1.32%) TeamCity
General
1 208 (22.88%) Finance
2 66 (7.26%) Retail
3 55 (6.05%) Banking
4 35 (3.85%) Marketing
5 27 (2.97%) Publishing
6 21 (2.31%) Telecoms
7 14 (1.54%) Advertising
8 13 (1.43%) Games
9 12 (1.32%) Manufacturing
10 10 (1.10%) Legal
11 7 (0.77%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.66%) Back Office
12 6 (0.66%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.66%) French Language
13 5 (0.55%) Dutch Language
13 5 (0.55%) Law
14 4 (0.44%) Billing
14 4 (0.44%) Front Office
14 4 (0.44%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.33%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 364 (40.04%) Analyst
2 267 (29.37%) Business Analyst
3 116 (12.76%) Developer
4 72 (7.92%) Test Analyst
5 71 (7.81%) Agile Business Analyst
6 62 (6.82%) Project Manager
7 61 (6.71%) Tester
8 46 (5.06%) Product Owner
9 43 (4.73%) Digital Analyst
10 41 (4.51%) Test Engineer
11 40 (4.40%) Digital Business Analyst
12 35 (3.85%) Technical Analyst
13 31 (3.41%) Technical Business Analyst
14 28 (3.08%) Senior Analyst
15 26 (2.86%) Architect
15 26 (2.86%) Consultant
16 25 (2.75%) Developer in Test
17 24 (2.64%) QA Analyst
18 22 (2.42%) Automation Tester
19 21 (2.31%) Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (9.24%) RESTful
2 75 (8.25%) Web Services
3 69 (7.59%) Gherkin
4 55 (6.05%) HTML
5 52 (5.72%) .NET
6 43 (4.73%) REST
7 41 (4.51%) CSS
8 39 (4.29%) AngularJS
9 28 (3.08%) SOAP
10 26 (2.86%) JSON
10 26 (2.86%) Node.js
11 23 (2.53%) XML
12 21 (2.31%) HTML5
12 21 (2.31%) Spring
13 19 (2.09%) React
14 16 (1.76%) Middleware
14 16 (1.76%) OAuth
15 15 (1.65%) Spring Boot
15 15 (1.65%) Velocity
16 14 (1.54%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 154 (16.94%) Analytical Skills
2 112 (12.32%) User Experience
3 41 (4.51%) Management Information System
4 31 (3.41%) Mobile App
5 23 (2.53%) Virtual Team
6 21 (2.31%) Fintech
7 20 (2.20%) Greenfield Project
8 19 (2.09%) Blog
9 18 (1.98%) Video on Demand
9 18 (1.98%) Video\Live Streaming
10 17 (1.87%) iPad
11 16 (1.76%) Data Centre
12 15 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
13 14 (1.54%) Wiki
14 13 (1.43%) Over-the-Top Content
15 12 (1.32%) Mainframe
16 11 (1.21%) iPhone
17 10 (1.10%) Computer Science
18 8 (0.88%) Client/Server
18 8 (0.88%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 48 (5.28%) Windows
2 44 (4.84%) Linux
3 42 (4.62%) Unix
4 22 (2.42%) Apple iOS
5 14 (1.54%) Android
6 4 (0.44%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.22%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.11%) AIX
8 1 (0.11%) CentOS
8 1 (0.11%) Fedora
8 1 (0.11%) Solaris
8 1 (0.11%) SUSE
8 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.11%) VMS
8 1 (0.11%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.11%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 644 (70.85%) Agile Software Development
2 440 (48.40%) User Stories
3 320 (35.20%) Scrum
4 251 (27.61%) Test Automation
5 163 (17.93%) BDD
6 141 (15.51%) Business Analysis
7 140 (15.40%) TDD
8 116 (12.76%) Problem-Solving
9 112 (12.32%) Continuous Improvement
9 112 (12.32%) Kanban
10 103 (11.33%) Continuous Integration
11 102 (11.22%) SDLC
11 102 (11.22%) Test Strategy
12 99 (10.89%) Stakeholder Management
13 77 (8.47%) User Acceptance Testing
14 76 (8.36%) E-Commerce
15 71 (7.81%) Performance Testing
15 71 (7.81%) Waterfall
16 68 (7.48%) Project Management
17 67 (7.37%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 145 (15.95%) Java
2 126 (13.86%) SQL
3 72 (7.92%) JavaScript
4 58 (6.38%) C#
5 43 (4.73%) Python
6 42 (4.62%) Scala
7 30 (3.30%) Groovy
8 27 (2.97%) Shell Script
9 21 (2.31%) PowerShell
10 13 (1.43%) Apple Swift
11 9 (0.99%) Bash Shell
11 9 (0.99%) Java 8
11 9 (0.99%) Objective-C
12 8 (0.88%) TypeScript
12 8 (0.88%) VBScript
13 6 (0.66%) Perl
14 4 (0.44%) C
14 4 (0.44%) Kotlin
14 4 (0.44%) PHP
15 3 (0.33%) ES6
Qualifications
1 79 (8.69%) Security Cleared
2 75 (8.25%) Degree
3 60 (6.60%) SC Cleared
4 54 (5.94%) ISEB
5 41 (4.51%) ISTQB
6 32 (3.52%) BPSS Clearance
7 15 (1.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 10 (1.10%) Master's Degree
9 8 (0.88%) CBAP
9 8 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (0.88%) IIBA
10 6 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 6 (0.66%) TOGAF Certification
11 5 (0.55%) APMG
11 5 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.55%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.44%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.44%) CISSP
12 4 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.44%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (21.78%) QA
2 22 (2.42%) GDPR
3 14 (1.54%) Data Quality
4 12 (1.32%) PMO
4 12 (1.32%) WCAG
5 8 (0.88%) SLA
6 6 (0.66%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.33%) IFRS
8 2 (0.22%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.11%) COBIT
9 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.11%) EMIR
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.11%) MiFID
9 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
System Software
1 22 (2.42%) Docker
2 9 (0.99%) Active Directory
2 9 (0.99%) HDFS
3 2 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 2 (0.22%) NFS
3 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (1.65%) Ansible
2 12 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
3 11 (1.21%) Puppet
4 10 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.99%) Kubernetes
6 8 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.88%) WMI
7 7 (0.77%) Hadoop YARN
7 7 (0.77%) HP ALM
7 7 (0.77%) Terraform
8 6 (0.66%) AirWatch
8 6 (0.66%) Grafana
8 6 (0.66%) Kibana
9 5 (0.55%) Nagios
10 4 (0.44%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 4 (0.44%) CA Single Sign-On
10 4 (0.44%) logstash
10 4 (0.44%) Oozie
11 3 (0.33%) Prometheus
11 3 (0.33%) Rancher
Vendors
1 73 (8.03%) Microsoft
2 49 (5.39%) Oracle
3 26 (2.86%) Atlassian
4 23 (2.53%) Google
5 22 (2.42%) Salesforce.com
5 22 (2.42%) SAP
5 22 (2.42%) ServiceNow
6 15 (1.65%) HP
7 11 (1.21%) Tableau
8 10 (1.10%) Blue Prism
9 9 (0.99%) Adobe
10 8 (0.88%) BMC
11 7 (0.77%) Apple
11 7 (0.77%) Citrix
12 6 (0.66%) Cloudera
12 6 (0.66%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
12 6 (0.66%) Snow
13 5 (0.55%) Informatica
14 4 (0.44%) CA
14 4 (0.44%) VMware