Period
to 18 December 2017

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 18 December 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.

Acceptance Criteria
UK > England
6 months to
18 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 265 290 296
Rank change year-on-year +25 +6 -4
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 931 803 854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.98% 0.85% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 1.01% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 631 504 584
England median daily rate £463 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £319 £308 £300
90th Percentile £600 £538 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 9
England median hourly rate £33.00 £44.00 £34.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +25.89% -50.07%
10th Percentile £21.75 £37.50 £28.46
90th Percentile £38.45 £51.20 £45.31
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £41.69 £34.95
% change year-on-year -20.83% +19.27% -50.07%

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 80478 79727 84892
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.65% 84.20% 82.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 54323 53091 55998
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £268 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1823 2113 2540
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +11.36% +15.79%
10th Percentile £11.42 £11.40 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +15.38%

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 18 December 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in England over the 6 months to 18 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 18 December 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
London +69 522 £493 +9.44% 35
South East -69 146 £450 +13.92% 10
North of England +3 83 £400 - 17
East of England +30 76 £440 -4.35% 9
Midlands +16 65 £400 -4.19% 11
South West +31 41 £375 -6.25% 5
West Midlands +5 39 £388 -8.82% 6
North West +15 33 £400 +14.29% 10
Yorkshire -17 30 £420 +5.00% 7
East Midlands +22 25 £400 -8.57% 5
North East +46 20 £360 +5.90%
Acceptance Criteria
UK

For the 6 months to 18 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 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 England region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 668 (71.75%) Agile Software Development
2 505 (54.24%) User Stories
3 408 (43.82%) Scrum
4 243 (26.10%) BDD
5 240 (25.78%) JIRA
6 223 (23.95%) Test Automation
7 222 (23.85%) TDD
8 200 (21.48%) QA
9 196 (21.05%) Java
10 167 (17.94%) Continuous Improvement
11 157 (16.86%) Kanban
12 155 (16.65%) Business Analysis
13 149 (16.00%) Confluence
14 140 (15.04%) Finance
15 139 (14.93%) User Experience
16 138 (14.82%) RESTful
17 111 (11.92%) Stakeholder Management
18 101 (10.85%) Use Case
19 99 (10.63%) Software Engineering
20 98 (10.53%) SQL
21 96 (10.31%) Cucumber
22 94 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
23 92 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
23 92 (9.88%) Analytical Skills
24 87 (9.34%) Open Source
25 86 (9.24%) DevOps
26 83 (8.92%) Project Management
27 80 (8.59%) Web Services
27 80 (8.59%) E-Commerce
27 80 (8.59%) 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
1 149 (16.00%) Confluence
2 66 (7.09%) CMS
3 19 (2.04%) Tomcat
4 17 (1.83%) WebSphere
5 16 (1.72%) Apache Spark
6 15 (1.61%) Cloud Foundry
6 15 (1.61%) SharePoint
7 13 (1.40%) Apache
7 13 (1.40%) GemFire
8 11 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
9 10 (1.07%) JBoss
9 10 (1.07%) WebLogic
10 8 (0.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 7 (0.75%) MS Project Server
12 5 (0.54%) Apache Solr
12 5 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.43%) Drupal
13 4 (0.43%) SAS
13 4 (0.43%) WordPress
14 2 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 29 (3.11%) MS Visio
2 22 (2.36%) Microsoft Project
3 21 (2.26%) Microsoft Office
4 9 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
5 7 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 3 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.32%) Oracle Retail
1 3 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (0.32%) SAP Hybris
2 2 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.21%) SAP PP
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle TCA
3 1 (0.11%) Primavera
3 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.11%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.11%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 40 (4.30%) GitHub
2 39 (4.19%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (2.15%) PaaS
4 18 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
5 17 (1.83%) SaaS
6 12 (1.29%) Google Analytics
7 7 (0.75%) Google Cloud Platform
7 7 (0.75%) IaaS
7 7 (0.75%) Office 365
8 6 (0.64%) BrowserStack
9 5 (0.54%) Slack
9 5 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
9 5 (0.54%) Trello
10 4 (0.43%) Force.com
10 4 (0.43%) Sauce Labs
11 3 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.32%) Google Play
11 3 (0.32%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.50%) Internet
2 6 (0.64%) HTTP
2 6 (0.64%) SMS
3 5 (0.54%) Skype
4 3 (0.32%) DSL
4 3 (0.32%) iBeacon
5 2 (0.21%) DNS
6 1 (0.11%) Broadband
6 1 (0.11%) SMTP
6 1 (0.11%) SSL
6 1 (0.11%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (4.51%) NoSQL
2 29 (3.11%) Big Data
3 24 (2.58%) MongoDB
4 21 (2.26%) SQL Server
5 20 (2.15%) Relational Database
6 19 (2.04%) MySQL
7 17 (1.83%) Hadoop
8 16 (1.72%) HBase
9 15 (1.61%) RDBMS
10 14 (1.50%) Apache Hive
11 13 (1.40%) OLTP
12 11 (1.18%) Apache Cassandra
13 9 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
14 6 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
14 6 (0.64%) RavenDB
14 6 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 4 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
15 4 (0.43%) Power BI
15 4 (0.43%) QlikView
15 4 (0.43%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 240 (25.78%) JIRA
2 96 (10.31%) Cucumber
3 77 (8.27%) Git (software)
3 77 (8.27%) Selenium
4 76 (8.16%) Jenkins
5 51 (5.48%) Xcode
6 39 (4.19%) JUnit
7 34 (3.65%) Appium
7 34 (3.65%) WebDriver
8 26 (2.79%) SpecFlow
9 25 (2.69%) Gradle
10 24 (2.58%) IntelliJ
11 22 (2.36%) SoapUI
12 21 (2.26%) Calabash
12 21 (2.26%) TeamCity
13 20 (2.15%) JIRA Agile
14 18 (1.93%) Maven
15 16 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
16 15 (1.61%) JMeter
17 12 (1.29%) JBehave
General
1 140 (15.04%) Finance
2 71 (7.63%) Retail
3 69 (7.41%) Banking
4 46 (4.94%) Publishing
5 43 (4.62%) Games
6 31 (3.33%) Marketing
7 22 (2.36%) Law
8 21 (2.26%) Legal
9 15 (1.61%) Retail Banking
10 14 (1.50%) Front Office
11 13 (1.40%) Telecoms
12 10 (1.07%) Automotive
13 9 (0.97%) Investment Banking
14 8 (0.86%) Manufacturing
15 7 (0.75%) Back Office
16 6 (0.64%) Billing
16 6 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
17 4 (0.43%) Electronics
18 3 (0.32%) Advertising
19 2 (0.21%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 385 (41.35%) Analyst
2 319 (34.26%) Business Analyst
3 196 (21.05%) Developer
4 103 (11.06%) Agile Business Analyst
5 66 (7.09%) Java Developer
6 61 (6.55%) Digital Business Analyst
7 60 (6.44%) Digital Analyst
8 53 (5.69%) Tester
9 52 (5.59%) Product Owner
10 49 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
11 43 (4.62%) Senior Developer
12 41 (4.40%) Senior Business Analyst
13 38 (4.08%) iOS Developer
14 36 (3.87%) Project Manager
15 33 (3.54%) Developer in Test
16 32 (3.44%) Agile Product Owner
16 32 (3.44%) Scrum Master
17 31 (3.33%) Test Engineer
18 30 (3.22%) Test Analyst
19 29 (3.11%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (14.82%) RESTful
2 80 (8.59%) Web Services
3 61 (6.55%) JSON
4 60 (6.44%) Gherkin
5 41 (4.40%) Spring
6 40 (4.30%) Velocity
7 37 (3.97%) HTML
7 37 (3.97%) REST
8 35 (3.76%) AngularJS
9 33 (3.54%) Cocoa
9 33 (3.54%) XML
10 32 (3.44%) .NET
11 29 (3.11%) CSS
12 26 (2.79%) Spring Boot
13 21 (2.26%) Node.js
14 19 (2.04%) J2EE
14 19 (2.04%) Middleware
15 18 (1.93%) Kafka
16 17 (1.83%) jQuery
17 16 (1.72%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 139 (14.93%) User Experience
2 92 (9.88%) Analytical Skills
3 57 (6.12%) Mobile App
4 52 (5.59%) Virtual Team
5 48 (5.16%) Management Information System
6 39 (4.19%) Data Structures
7 29 (3.11%) iPad
8 28 (3.01%) iPhone
9 24 (2.58%) Linux Command Line
10 18 (1.93%) Computer Science
10 18 (1.93%) Enterprise Software
11 17 (1.83%) Blog
12 16 (1.72%) Video on Demand
13 15 (1.61%) Video\Live Streaming
14 13 (1.40%) Replication
15 10 (1.07%) Minimum Viable Product
15 10 (1.07%) Social Media
16 8 (0.86%) Fixed Income
17 7 (0.75%) Derivative
17 7 (0.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 73 (7.84%) Linux
2 54 (5.80%) Unix
3 53 (5.69%) Apple iOS
4 26 (2.79%) Android
5 15 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 15 (1.61%) Windows
6 10 (1.07%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.21%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
7 2 (0.21%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.11%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.11%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 668 (71.75%) Agile Software Development
2 505 (54.24%) User Stories
3 408 (43.82%) Scrum
4 243 (26.10%) BDD
5 223 (23.95%) Test Automation
6 222 (23.85%) TDD
7 167 (17.94%) Continuous Improvement
8 157 (16.86%) Kanban
9 155 (16.65%) Business Analysis
10 111 (11.92%) Stakeholder Management
11 101 (10.85%) Use Case
12 99 (10.63%) Software Engineering
13 94 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
14 92 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
15 87 (9.34%) Open Source
16 86 (9.24%) DevOps
17 83 (8.92%) Project Management
18 80 (8.59%) E-Commerce
19 77 (8.27%) Continuous Delivery
20 74 (7.95%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 196 (21.05%) Java
2 98 (10.53%) SQL
3 75 (8.06%) JavaScript
4 60 (6.44%) Python
5 59 (6.34%) Scala
6 47 (5.05%) Apple Swift
7 42 (4.51%) Ruby
7 42 (4.51%) Shell Script
8 38 (4.08%) C#
9 34 (3.65%) Groovy
10 33 (3.54%) Objective-C
11 15 (1.61%) Bash Shell
12 13 (1.40%) Kotlin
13 10 (1.07%) C
14 8 (0.86%) C++
15 7 (0.75%) Go
15 7 (0.75%) PL/SQL
15 7 (0.75%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.64%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 80 (8.59%) Degree
2 78 (8.38%) Security Cleared
3 45 (4.83%) SC Cleared
4 27 (2.90%) BPSS Clearance
5 22 (2.36%) ISTQB
6 20 (2.15%) ISEB
7 15 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
8 13 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
8 13 (1.40%) Master's Degree
9 9 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 8 (0.86%) CTC Cleared
10 8 (0.86%) PMI Certification
11 7 (0.75%) PMP
12 5 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (0.43%) APMG
14 3 (0.32%) IIBA
15 2 (0.21%) CISSP
15 2 (0.21%) DV Cleared
15 2 (0.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 1 (0.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 200 (21.48%) QA
2 15 (1.61%) Data Quality
3 10 (1.07%) WCAG
4 9 (0.97%) PMO
4 9 (0.97%) SLA
5 5 (0.54%) WAI
6 4 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.32%) EMIR
7 3 (0.32%) GDPR
7 3 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 3 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.32%) MiFID
7 3 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.21%) COBIT
8 2 (0.21%) FATCA
8 2 (0.21%) IFRS
8 2 (0.21%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 12207
System Software
1 22 (2.36%) Docker
2 16 (1.72%) HDFS
3 14 (1.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.11%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 18 (1.93%) Kibana
1 18 (1.93%) logstash
2 14 (1.50%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.07%) Grafana
4 9 (0.97%) Ansible
5 7 (0.75%) Prometheus
6 6 (0.64%) Terraform
7 5 (0.54%) Rancher
8 4 (0.43%) Puppet
9 3 (0.32%) Cisco IPCC
10 2 (0.21%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 2 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.21%) Netcool
10 2 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.21%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.11%) ITRS Geneos
11 1 (0.11%) Nagios
11 1 (0.11%) Rundeck
11 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 45 (4.83%) Microsoft
2 36 (3.87%) Atlassian
3 35 (3.76%) Oracle
4 33 (3.54%) Apple
5 28 (3.01%) Splunk
6 23 (2.47%) Google
7 21 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
8 18 (1.93%) AppDynamics
8 18 (1.93%) SAP
9 15 (1.61%) Red Hat
10 12 (1.29%) Xamarin
11 11 (1.18%) Adobe
12 9 (0.97%) ServiceNow
13 8 (0.86%) Remedy
14 7 (0.75%) IBM
15 6 (0.64%) HP
15 6 (0.64%) Workday
16 5 (0.54%) Charles River
17 4 (0.43%) Fixnetix
17 4 (0.43%) Talend