Period
to 15 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 15 December 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
England > South East
6 months to
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 239 237 171
Rank change year-on-year -2 -66 +64
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 160 146 224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.95% 0.87% 1.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 1.02% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 65 112
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.92% +3.95%
10th Percentile £363 £308 £305
90th Percentile £577 £550 £525
England median daily rate £470 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +1.62% +8.82% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
South East median hourly rate - £36.00 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -8.56% -
England median hourly rate £44.75 £33.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +35.61% -25.00% +25.89%

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 South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 14,562 14,247 13,691
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.77% 84.46% 83.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,763 8,571 8,195
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +2.53%
10th Percentile £277 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £569
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 462 574
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £23.14 £23.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.04% -3.38% -5.04%
10th Percentile £11.78 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.30 £50.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £22.20 £25.00 £23.10
% change year-on-year -11.22% +8.25% +4.98%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South East

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South East

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South East over the 6 months to 15 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the South East

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South East

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 15 December 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
Thames Valley +46 80 £500 - 16
Berkshire +20 42 £408 +1.88% 8
Oxfordshire +33 32 £500 -2.44% 8
Surrey +6 26 £425 +6.25% 3
Hampshire -49 26 £405 -6.09% 6
West Sussex -12 25 £425 +1.07% 4
Buckinghamshire +25 6 £579 +36.14%
East Sussex -12 2 £625 +127.27% 2
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 15 December 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 South East region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 111 (69.38%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (54.38%) User Stories
3 58 (36.25%) Test Automation
4 49 (30.63%) Scrum
5 31 (19.38%) Cucumber
6 28 (17.50%) Test Strategy
6 28 (17.50%) Selenium
7 26 (16.25%) JIRA
8 24 (15.00%) Java
9 23 (14.38%) Finance
10 22 (13.75%) TDD
10 22 (13.75%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (13.75%) BDD
11 21 (13.13%) Defect Tracking
11 21 (13.13%) QA
11 21 (13.13%) Visual Studio Team System
12 20 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
13 19 (11.88%) Kanban
14 18 (11.25%) Test Scripting
14 18 (11.25%) RESTful
14 18 (11.25%) Software Testing
14 18 (11.25%) Business Analysis
14 18 (11.25%) Project Management
14 18 (11.25%) Jenkins
14 18 (11.25%) Confluence
15 17 (10.63%) Analytical Skills
15 17 (10.63%) Degree
15 17 (10.63%) Unit Testing
16 16 (10.00%) Regression Testing
16 16 (10.00%) Microsoft

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 18 (11.25%) Confluence
2 7 (4.38%) Cloud Foundry
3 5 (3.13%) Apache Spark
4 4 (2.50%) Apache
4 4 (2.50%) GemFire
5 2 (1.25%) CICS
6 1 (0.63%) CMS
6 1 (0.63%) Umbraco
Applications
1 8 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.38%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.63%) InVision
5 1 (0.63%) Mingle
5 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (4.38%) PaaS
3 6 (3.75%) GitHub
4 4 (2.50%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (2.50%) Office 365
5 1 (0.63%) Adobe Analytics
5 1 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.88%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (1.88%) Cisco Nexus
1 3 (1.88%) Firewall
1 3 (1.88%) Network Security
2 2 (1.25%) BGP
2 2 (1.25%) Cisco Firepower
2 2 (1.25%) Cisco ISE
2 2 (1.25%) MPLS
3 1 (0.63%) CTI
3 1 (0.63%) DHCP
3 1 (0.63%) HTTP
3 1 (0.63%) Internet
3 1 (0.63%) Multicast
3 1 (0.63%) OSPF
3 1 (0.63%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (0.63%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.13%) Hadoop
1 5 (3.13%) HBase
2 4 (2.50%) Big Data
2 4 (2.50%) DB2
2 4 (2.50%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.88%) MySQL
4 2 (1.25%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.25%) OLTP
4 2 (1.25%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 31 (19.38%) Cucumber
2 28 (17.50%) Selenium
3 26 (16.25%) JIRA
4 21 (13.13%) Visual Studio Team System
5 18 (11.25%) Jenkins
6 13 (8.13%) JUnit
6 13 (8.13%) WebDriver
7 12 (7.50%) MSBuild
8 11 (6.88%) Git (software)
8 11 (6.88%) SoapUI
9 7 (4.38%) RSpec
10 6 (3.75%) JMeter
10 6 (3.75%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (2.50%) Bitbucket
11 4 (2.50%) Eclipse
11 4 (2.50%) IntelliJ
11 4 (2.50%) SpecFlow
11 4 (2.50%) Visual Studio
12 3 (1.88%) MSTest
12 3 (1.88%) NUnit
General
1 23 (14.38%) Finance
2 13 (8.13%) Marketing
3 12 (7.50%) Telecoms
4 10 (6.25%) Retail
5 7 (4.38%) Games
6 5 (3.13%) Billing
7 4 (2.50%) Banking
7 4 (2.50%) Publishing
8 3 (1.88%) Manufacturing
9 2 (1.25%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.63%) Back Office
10 1 (0.63%) Front Office
10 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 56 (35.00%) Analyst
2 40 (25.00%) Business Analyst
3 22 (13.75%) Test Engineer
4 16 (10.00%) Tester
5 15 (9.38%) Project Manager
6 14 (8.75%) Test Analyst
7 12 (7.50%) Test Automation Engineer
8 11 (6.88%) Automation Tester
8 11 (6.88%) Product Owner
9 10 (6.25%) Agile Business Analyst
9 10 (6.25%) Developer
10 7 (4.38%) Senior Analyst
11 6 (3.75%) Senior Business Analyst
12 5 (3.13%) Architect
12 5 (3.13%) Developer in Test
12 5 (3.13%) Product Analyst
12 5 (3.13%) Product Business Analyst
13 4 (2.50%) BSS Architect
13 4 (2.50%) BSS Solutions Architect
13 4 (2.50%) Digital Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (11.25%) RESTful
2 15 (9.38%) JSON
3 13 (8.13%) Gherkin
4 11 (6.88%) Web Services
5 7 (4.38%) SOAP
6 6 (3.75%) Middleware
7 5 (3.13%) .NET
7 5 (3.13%) Kafka
7 5 (3.13%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.50%) React
8 4 (2.50%) Spring
8 4 (2.50%) Swagger
8 4 (2.50%) XML
9 3 (1.88%) AngularJS
9 3 (1.88%) HTML
10 2 (1.25%) EJB
10 2 (1.25%) J2EE
10 2 (1.25%) JAXB
10 2 (1.25%) Spark Streaming
10 2 (1.25%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.63%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (9.38%) User Experience
3 8 (5.00%) Virtual Team
4 7 (4.38%) Blog
4 7 (4.38%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.50%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.88%) Life Science
7 2 (1.25%) Fintech
7 2 (1.25%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.25%) Reference Data
7 2 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.25%) Tandem
8 1 (0.63%) Frameworx
8 1 (0.63%) Marketing Technology
8 1 (0.63%) NHS
8 1 (0.63%) PKI
8 1 (0.63%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.63%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.63%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 9 (5.63%) Unix
2 7 (4.38%) Linux
3 5 (3.13%) Windows
4 1 (0.63%) Android
4 1 (0.63%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (69.38%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (54.38%) User Stories
3 58 (36.25%) Test Automation
4 49 (30.63%) Scrum
5 28 (17.50%) Test Strategy
6 22 (13.75%) BDD
6 22 (13.75%) Continuous Integration
6 22 (13.75%) TDD
7 21 (13.13%) Defect Tracking
8 20 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
9 19 (11.88%) Kanban
10 18 (11.25%) Business Analysis
10 18 (11.25%) Project Management
10 18 (11.25%) Software Testing
10 18 (11.25%) Test Scripting
11 17 (10.63%) Unit Testing
12 16 (10.00%) Regression Testing
13 15 (9.38%) Continuous Improvement
13 15 (9.38%) CRM
13 15 (9.38%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 24 (15.00%) Java
2 14 (8.75%) Scala
2 14 (8.75%) SQL
3 12 (7.50%) Python
4 8 (5.00%) Shell Script
5 7 (4.38%) C#
5 7 (4.38%) Groovy
6 6 (3.75%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.25%) Java 8
7 2 (1.25%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 17 (10.63%) Degree
2 16 (10.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 11 (6.88%) ISEB
4 9 (5.63%) Security Cleared
5 8 (5.00%) SC Cleared
6 7 (4.38%) CBAP
6 7 (4.38%) IIBA
6 7 (4.38%) ISTQB
7 4 (2.50%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (1.88%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.63%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.63%) HND
9 1 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (13.13%) QA
2 7 (4.38%) WCAG
3 4 (2.50%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.50%) PMO
4 3 (1.88%) GDPR
5 2 (1.25%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.63%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 5 (3.13%) HDFS
2 4 (2.50%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 2 (1.25%) HP ALM
2 1 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 16 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (6.25%) Atlassian
3 4 (2.50%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (1.88%) Cisco
4 3 (1.88%) Palo Alto
5 2 (1.25%) HP
5 2 (1.25%) Oracle
6 1 (0.63%) Adobe
6 1 (0.63%) Apple
6 1 (0.63%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.63%) Google
6 1 (0.63%) Guidewire
6 1 (0.63%) Juniper
6 1 (0.63%) Nokia
6 1 (0.63%) Pega
6 1 (0.63%) Trillium
6 1 (0.63%) Wrike