Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 267 263 309
Rank change year-on-year -4 +46 +25
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 907 846 804
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.96% 0.97% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.13% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 582 588 563
England median daily rate £455 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.06% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £332 £300 £305
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 11 1
England median hourly rate £63.75 £37.50 £53.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +70.00% -29.25% +62.33%
UK median hourly rate £63.75 £40.38 £53.00
% change year-on-year +57.89% -23.82% +73.77%

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 80,841 74,601 85,797
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.83% 85.15% 84.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 53,787 49,146 57,198
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £269
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,234 1,927 2,034
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.16% +3.16% +10.47%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.39 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.67 £51.25 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +11.63%

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 23 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in England over the 6 months to 23 July 2018.

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 23 July 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 -40 412 £500 +11.11% 53
South East +48 152 £425 +6.25% 30
North of England +2 121 £413 +3.13% 27
Midlands +14 113 £425 +13.33% 11
West Midlands +15 92 £432 +15.20% 7
Yorkshire -10 58 £400 -5.33% 10
North West -1 55 £450 +12.50% 14
South West -3 53 £350 -6.67% 10
East of England -23 52 £475 +8.26% 16
East Midlands 0 20 £350 -6.67% 4
North East -16 9 £455 +42.19% 3
Acceptance Criteria
UK

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 658 (72.55%) Agile Software Development
2 406 (44.76%) User Stories
3 350 (38.59%) Scrum
4 246 (27.12%) Test Automation
5 234 (25.80%) Finance
6 217 (23.93%) JIRA
7 168 (18.52%) QA
8 163 (17.97%) BDD
9 161 (17.75%) TDD
10 151 (16.65%) Business Analysis
11 150 (16.54%) Selenium
12 143 (15.77%) Confluence
13 131 (14.44%) SQL
14 126 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
15 125 (13.78%) Java
16 120 (13.23%) Continuous Improvement
17 115 (12.68%) User Experience
18 113 (12.46%) Analytical Skills
19 106 (11.69%) Waterfall
20 103 (11.36%) E-Commerce
21 101 (11.14%) Kanban
22 97 (10.69%) Problem-Solving
23 93 (10.25%) Security Cleared
24 92 (10.14%) Project Management
24 92 (10.14%) RESTful
25 89 (9.81%) Banking
26 88 (9.70%) Test Scripting
27 85 (9.37%) Continuous Integration
28 83 (9.15%) User Acceptance Testing
29 81 (8.93%) JavaScript

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
1 143 (15.77%) Confluence
2 31 (3.42%) CMS
3 13 (1.43%) Tomcat
4 11 (1.21%) Apache Spark
4 11 (1.21%) Cloud Foundry
5 9 (0.99%) SharePoint
6 8 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
7 7 (0.77%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 7 (0.77%) Apache
8 6 (0.66%) Drupal
9 5 (0.55%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.44%) ArcGIS
10 4 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.44%) GemFire
10 4 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.33%) Apache Qpid
11 3 (0.33%) JBoss
11 3 (0.33%) Jetty
11 3 (0.33%) Mule
11 3 (0.33%) Umbraco
Applications
1 30 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.76%) MS Visio
3 23 (2.54%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.88%) Open Workbench
7 4 (0.44%) InVision
8 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.11%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 16 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.33%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.22%) Eloqua
3 2 (0.22%) Exchequer
3 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.11%) Endur
4 1 (0.11%) Magento
4 1 (0.11%) OpenText MBPM
4 1 (0.11%) OpenText Process Suite
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.11%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.11%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.11%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.11%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 47 (5.18%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (3.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (2.65%) Office 365
4 21 (2.32%) GitHub
5 16 (1.76%) PaaS
6 11 (1.21%) Google Cloud Platform
6 11 (1.21%) Slack
7 6 (0.66%) SaaS
7 6 (0.66%) Sauce Labs
8 5 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (0.55%) Trello
9 4 (0.44%) BrowserStack
9 4 (0.44%) OpenDNS
10 3 (0.33%) Google Analytics
10 3 (0.33%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.33%) Yammer
11 2 (0.22%) Akamai
11 2 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 2 (0.22%) SuccessFactors
12 1 (0.11%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.87%) Internet
2 14 (1.54%) HTTP
3 11 (1.21%) SMS
4 9 (0.99%) Unified Communications
5 6 (0.66%) Intranet
6 5 (0.55%) DNS
7 3 (0.33%) SSL
8 2 (0.22%) SAN
8 2 (0.22%) VoIP
8 2 (0.22%) VPN
9 1 (0.11%) Broadband
9 1 (0.11%) CTI
9 1 (0.11%) DHCP
9 1 (0.11%) DMARC
9 1 (0.11%) Firewall
9 1 (0.11%) MVNO
9 1 (0.11%) Skype
9 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (3.31%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.09%) Hadoop
3 15 (1.65%) Big Data
4 13 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (1.32%) HBase
6 11 (1.21%) MongoDB
7 10 (1.10%) Pentaho
8 9 (0.99%) NoSQL
9 8 (0.88%) Impala
10 7 (0.77%) MySQL
11 6 (0.66%) GIS
11 6 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (0.55%) Apache Hive
12 5 (0.55%) Relational Database
13 4 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.44%) Maltego
13 4 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 3 (0.33%) DB2
14 3 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 3 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 217 (23.93%) JIRA
2 150 (16.54%) Selenium
3 72 (7.94%) Cucumber
4 67 (7.39%) WebDriver
5 60 (6.62%) Git (software)
6 53 (5.84%) Jenkins
7 48 (5.29%) SpecFlow
8 47 (5.18%) Team Foundation Server
9 43 (4.74%) SoapUI
10 36 (3.97%) Visual Studio
11 27 (2.98%) JMeter
12 22 (2.43%) Visual Studio Team System
13 20 (2.21%) JUnit
13 20 (2.21%) TeamCity
14 19 (2.09%) Protractor
14 19 (2.09%) Xcode
15 18 (1.98%) LoadRunner
16 17 (1.87%) JIRA Agile
17 13 (1.43%) IntelliJ
17 13 (1.43%) Maven
General
1 234 (25.80%) Finance
2 89 (9.81%) Banking
3 72 (7.94%) Retail
4 29 (3.20%) Marketing
5 28 (3.09%) Law
6 22 (2.43%) Publishing
7 20 (2.21%) Telecoms
8 16 (1.76%) Manufacturing
9 15 (1.65%) Games
10 12 (1.32%) Legal
11 11 (1.21%) Investment Banking
12 10 (1.10%) Advertising
12 10 (1.10%) Retail Banking
13 6 (0.66%) Electronics
13 6 (0.66%) Front Office
13 6 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.44%) Back Office
14 4 (0.44%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.33%) Automotive
15 3 (0.33%) Military
Job Titles
1 387 (42.67%) Analyst
2 264 (29.11%) Business Analyst
3 129 (14.22%) Developer
4 87 (9.59%) Test Analyst
5 62 (6.84%) Tester
6 60 (6.62%) Agile Business Analyst
7 51 (5.62%) Project Manager
8 41 (4.52%) Digital Analyst
9 38 (4.19%) Digital Business Analyst
9 38 (4.19%) Product Owner
10 35 (3.86%) Automation Test Analyst
11 31 (3.42%) Architect
11 31 (3.42%) Automation Tester
12 30 (3.31%) Service Manager
13 29 (3.20%) Developer in Test
13 29 (3.20%) Technical Analyst
13 29 (3.20%) Transition Manager
14 28 (3.09%) Senior Analyst
14 28 (3.09%) Test Engineer
15 27 (2.98%) Service Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (10.14%) RESTful
2 76 (8.38%) Gherkin
3 75 (8.27%) Web Services
4 52 (5.73%) HTML
5 49 (5.40%) .NET
6 36 (3.97%) CSS
7 35 (3.86%) JSON
8 31 (3.42%) AngularJS
9 28 (3.09%) REST
10 27 (2.98%) SOAP
11 26 (2.87%) Spring
12 25 (2.76%) XML
13 22 (2.43%) OAuth
14 21 (2.32%) Velocity
15 19 (2.09%) Middleware
16 18 (1.98%) HTML5
16 18 (1.98%) Node.js
17 17 (1.87%) RabbitMQ
17 17 (1.87%) React
18 16 (1.76%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 115 (12.68%) User Experience
2 113 (12.46%) Analytical Skills
3 45 (4.96%) Mobile App
4 24 (2.65%) iPad
4 24 (2.65%) Management Information System
5 22 (2.43%) Fintech
6 21 (2.32%) Virtual Team
7 17 (1.87%) Linux Command Line
8 16 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
8 16 (1.76%) iPhone
9 14 (1.54%) Computer Science
10 13 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
11 12 (1.32%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.21%) Data Centre
13 8 (0.88%) Video on Demand
13 8 (0.88%) Video\Live Streaming
14 7 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
15 5 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
15 5 (0.55%) Minimum Viable Product
15 5 (0.55%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 47 (5.18%) Unix
2 41 (4.52%) Linux
3 33 (3.64%) Windows
4 30 (3.31%) Apple iOS
5 16 (1.76%) Android
6 7 (0.77%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.44%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.33%) AIX
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.22%) Solaris
9 2 (0.22%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.22%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.22%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.22%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.11%) SUSE
10 1 (0.11%) VMS
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 658 (72.55%) Agile Software Development
2 406 (44.76%) User Stories
3 350 (38.59%) Scrum
4 246 (27.12%) Test Automation
5 163 (17.97%) BDD
6 161 (17.75%) TDD
7 151 (16.65%) Business Analysis
8 126 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
9 120 (13.23%) Continuous Improvement
10 106 (11.69%) Waterfall
11 103 (11.36%) E-Commerce
12 101 (11.14%) Kanban
13 97 (10.69%) Problem-Solving
14 92 (10.14%) Project Management
15 88 (9.70%) Test Scripting
16 85 (9.37%) Continuous Integration
17 83 (9.15%) User Acceptance Testing
18 81 (8.93%) SDLC
19 77 (8.49%) Test Strategy
20 74 (8.16%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 131 (14.44%) SQL
2 125 (13.78%) Java
3 81 (8.93%) JavaScript
4 73 (8.05%) C#
5 32 (3.53%) Scala
6 25 (2.76%) Python
7 24 (2.65%) Groovy
8 19 (2.09%) Apple Swift
9 17 (1.87%) Objective-C
10 14 (1.54%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.43%) Bash Shell
11 13 (1.43%) PowerShell
12 10 (1.10%) Ruby
13 9 (0.99%) Java 8
14 6 (0.66%) C
14 6 (0.66%) VBScript
15 5 (0.55%) ES6
15 5 (0.55%) ES7
15 5 (0.55%) Kotlin
15 5 (0.55%) Perl
Qualifications
1 93 (10.25%) Security Cleared
2 72 (7.94%) SC Cleared
3 55 (6.06%) Degree
4 54 (5.95%) ISTQB
5 39 (4.30%) ISEB
6 24 (2.65%) BPSS Clearance
7 22 (2.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (0.66%) APMG
9 6 (0.66%) Master's Degree
10 5 (0.55%) DV Cleared
10 5 (0.55%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 4 (0.44%) TOGAF Certification
12 3 (0.33%) CBAP
13 2 (0.22%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 2 (0.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (18.52%) QA
2 14 (1.54%) GDPR
3 11 (1.21%) Data Quality
4 10 (1.10%) PMO
5 9 (0.99%) WCAG
6 5 (0.55%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.55%) PSD2
6 5 (0.55%) SLA
7 4 (0.44%) ISO 20022
8 3 (0.33%) IFRS
9 2 (0.22%) COBIT
10 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.11%) EMIR
10 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 1 (0.11%) MiFID
10 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 17 (1.87%) Docker
2 13 (1.43%) HDFS
3 4 (0.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.33%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.22%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 24 (2.65%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.10%) Kubernetes
2 10 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
3 9 (0.99%) Ansible
4 7 (0.77%) Puppet
5 6 (0.66%) AirWatch
5 6 (0.66%) Grafana
5 6 (0.66%) HP ALM
5 6 (0.66%) Kibana
5 6 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (0.66%) WMI
6 5 (0.55%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 5 (0.55%) logstash
6 5 (0.55%) Terraform
7 4 (0.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (0.33%) Nagios
9 2 (0.22%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.22%) QRadar
9 2 (0.22%) Rancher
9 2 (0.22%) SCCM
Vendors
1 64 (7.06%) Microsoft
2 34 (3.75%) Oracle
3 23 (2.54%) HP
4 22 (2.43%) SAP
5 21 (2.32%) ServiceNow
6 20 (2.21%) Atlassian
7 18 (1.98%) Google
8 13 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
9 12 (1.32%) Adobe
10 11 (1.21%) Blue Prism
11 8 (0.88%) BMC
12 6 (0.66%) Citrix
12 6 (0.66%) Informatica
12 6 (0.66%) Snow
13 5 (0.55%) AppDynamics
13 5 (0.55%) Automation Anywhere
13 5 (0.55%) MuleSoft
13 5 (0.55%) Splunk
13 5 (0.55%) UiPath
13 5 (0.55%) VMware