Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 228 196 260
Rank change year-on-year -32 +64 -8
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 147 169 138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.88% 1.09% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.33% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 87 78
South East median daily rate £425 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -1.32% +7.04%
10th Percentile £330 £270 £313
90th Percentile £550 £525 £483
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
South East median hourly rate £50.00 £50.00 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.00% +15.79%
England median hourly rate £50.00 £50.00 £34.95
% change year-on-year - +43.06% -36.45%

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 13,845 12,726 15,018
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.21% 81.89% 81.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,312 7,544 9,008
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £253
90th Percentile £588 £563 £538
England median daily rate £455 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 421 519 615
South East median hourly rate £24.56 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.76% -16.67% +50.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.06 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £52.90
England median hourly rate £24.30 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.82% +6.38% +16.05%

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 24 February 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South East over the 6 months to 24 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 24 February 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
Hampshire +14 55 £450 +32.35% 5
Thames Valley -44 32 £500 +25.00% 11
West Sussex -5 30 £425 - 4
Surrey -21 20 £413 +25.38% 3
Oxfordshire -2 15 £533 +33.13% 7
Berkshire -25 11 £310 -20.00% 3
Buckinghamshire -22 6 £425 +4.62% 1
Kent -5 5 £353 - 2
East Sussex -10 3 £350 +1.89% 1
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 102 (69.39%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (49.66%) User Stories
3 69 (46.94%) Scrum
4 46 (31.29%) Test Automation
5 38 (25.85%) JIRA
6 34 (23.13%) Java
7 32 (21.77%) QA
8 29 (19.73%) Selenium
9 28 (19.05%) Business Analysis
9 28 (19.05%) Confluence
10 26 (17.69%) SQL
11 24 (16.33%) Finance
12 23 (15.65%) Kanban
13 22 (14.97%) Unit Testing
13 22 (14.97%) TDD
13 22 (14.97%) Software Engineering
13 22 (14.97%) E-Commerce
14 20 (13.61%) RESTful
14 20 (13.61%) Continuous Improvement
15 18 (12.24%) Cucumber
15 18 (12.24%) Continuous Delivery
15 18 (12.24%) JavaScript
16 17 (11.56%) Project Management
16 17 (11.56%) Security Cleared
16 17 (11.56%) Analytical Skills
16 17 (11.56%) Exploratory Testing
17 16 (10.88%) Defect Management
17 16 (10.88%) BDD
18 15 (10.20%) Service Management
18 15 (10.20%) Performance Testing

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 28 (19.05%) Confluence
2 9 (6.12%) Apache Spark
3 8 (5.44%) Tomcat
4 7 (4.76%) Cloud Foundry
5 6 (4.08%) Apache
5 6 (4.08%) GemFire
6 5 (3.40%) WebLogic
7 3 (2.04%) CMS
7 3 (2.04%) MS Project Server
7 3 (2.04%) SharePoint
8 2 (1.36%) JBoss
8 2 (1.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.68%) Drupal
9 1 (0.68%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (2.72%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.04%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (2.04%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (5.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.36%) OpenText MBPM
2 2 (1.36%) OpenText Process Suite
2 2 (1.36%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.80%) GitHub
2 7 (4.76%) PaaS
3 4 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 2 (1.36%) AWS Lambda
4 2 (1.36%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.36%) SaaS
4 2 (1.36%) Serverless
5 1 (0.68%) Akamai
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.68%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.68%) IaaS
5 1 (0.68%) npm
5 1 (0.68%) Office 365
5 1 (0.68%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.36%) HTTP
1 2 (1.36%) Internet
2 1 (0.68%) DNS
2 1 (0.68%) Skype
2 1 (0.68%) SMTP
2 1 (0.68%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.12%) Big Data
1 9 (6.12%) Hadoop
1 9 (6.12%) HBase
2 6 (4.08%) Apache Hive
2 6 (4.08%) OLTP
3 3 (2.04%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.36%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.36%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.68%) MySQL
5 1 (0.68%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.68%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 38 (25.85%) JIRA
2 29 (19.73%) Selenium
3 18 (12.24%) Cucumber
4 15 (10.20%) Jenkins
5 14 (9.52%) SoapUI
6 12 (8.16%) Git (software)
6 12 (8.16%) JUnit
7 9 (6.12%) Team Foundation Server
8 8 (5.44%) WebDriver
9 7 (4.76%) Gradle
9 7 (4.76%) Protractor
9 7 (4.76%) SpecFlow
9 7 (4.76%) Visual Studio
10 6 (4.08%) IntelliJ
10 6 (4.08%) Maven
11 5 (3.40%) Ant
11 5 (3.40%) Eclipse
11 5 (3.40%) JBehave
12 4 (2.72%) Rational Team Concert
12 4 (2.72%) TeamCity
General
1 24 (16.33%) Finance
2 8 (5.44%) Marketing
3 6 (4.08%) Banking
4 5 (3.40%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.04%) Publishing
5 3 (2.04%) Retail
6 2 (1.36%) Back Office
6 2 (1.36%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.68%) Automotive
7 1 (0.68%) Billing
7 1 (0.68%) Front Office
7 1 (0.68%) Games
7 1 (0.68%) Law
7 1 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 52 (35.37%) Analyst
2 39 (26.53%) Business Analyst
3 20 (13.61%) Agile Business Analyst
4 16 (10.88%) Project Manager
5 14 (9.52%) Developer
6 13 (8.84%) Test Analyst
6 13 (8.84%) Test Engineer
7 11 (7.48%) QA Engineer
7 11 (7.48%) Tester
8 10 (6.80%) Product Owner
9 9 (6.12%) Digital Analyst
9 9 (6.12%) Product Analyst
9 9 (6.12%) QA Tester
10 8 (5.44%) Agile Product Owner
10 8 (5.44%) Digital Business Analyst
10 8 (5.44%) Product Business Analyst
11 7 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
11 7 (4.76%) Java Developer
11 7 (4.76%) QA Test Engineer
11 7 (4.76%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.61%) RESTful
2 15 (10.20%) Gherkin
3 13 (8.84%) Web Services
4 12 (8.16%) JSON
5 11 (7.48%) Middleware
6 8 (5.44%) .NET
6 8 (5.44%) AngularJS
6 8 (5.44%) HTML
6 8 (5.44%) Spring
7 7 (4.76%) J2EE
7 7 (4.76%) Kafka
7 7 (4.76%) Spring Boot
7 7 (4.76%) Spring Integration
8 6 (4.08%) Apache Camel
8 6 (4.08%) CSS
8 6 (4.08%) Spark Streaming
9 5 (3.40%) XML
10 4 (2.72%) JSF
10 4 (2.72%) PrimeFaces
11 3 (2.04%) NumPy
Miscellaneous
1 17 (11.56%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (6.80%) Virtual Team
3 7 (4.76%) Linux Command Line
3 7 (4.76%) User Experience
4 6 (4.08%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (4.08%) Replication
5 3 (2.04%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.04%) Driving Licence
5 3 (2.04%) Social Media
6 2 (1.36%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.68%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.68%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.68%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.68%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.68%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.68%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.80%) Linux
2 8 (5.44%) Unix
3 7 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (2.72%) Windows
5 2 (1.36%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.68%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.68%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.68%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (69.39%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (49.66%) User Stories
3 69 (46.94%) Scrum
4 46 (31.29%) Test Automation
5 28 (19.05%) Business Analysis
6 23 (15.65%) Kanban
7 22 (14.97%) E-Commerce
7 22 (14.97%) Software Engineering
7 22 (14.97%) TDD
7 22 (14.97%) Unit Testing
8 20 (13.61%) Continuous Improvement
9 18 (12.24%) Continuous Delivery
10 17 (11.56%) Exploratory Testing
10 17 (11.56%) Project Management
11 16 (10.88%) BDD
11 16 (10.88%) Defect Management
12 15 (10.20%) Performance Testing
12 15 (10.20%) Service Management
13 14 (9.52%) Continuous Integration
13 14 (9.52%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 34 (23.13%) Java
2 26 (17.69%) SQL
3 18 (12.24%) JavaScript
4 12 (8.16%) Scala
5 11 (7.48%) Groovy
6 8 (5.44%) Shell Script
7 6 (4.08%) PL/SQL
8 4 (2.72%) C
8 4 (2.72%) C#
8 4 (2.72%) Python
9 2 (1.36%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.68%) PHP
10 1 (0.68%) Ruby
10 1 (0.68%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.68%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 17 (11.56%) Security Cleared
2 14 (9.52%) Degree
3 13 (8.84%) SC Cleared
4 12 (8.16%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (6.12%) ISTQB
6 7 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (3.40%) ISEB
8 3 (2.04%) HNC
8 3 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (2.04%) PMI Certification
8 3 (2.04%) PMP
9 1 (0.68%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.68%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (21.77%) QA
2 2 (1.36%) WCAG
3 1 (0.68%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 9 (6.12%) HDFS
2 6 (4.08%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 2 (1.36%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.36%) Netcool
2 2 (1.36%) Puppet
2 2 (1.36%) SCCM
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.68%) Salt
3 1 (0.68%) Terraform
3 1 (0.68%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 13 (8.84%) Remedy
2 11 (7.48%) Atlassian
2 11 (7.48%) Microsoft
3 10 (6.80%) Oracle
4 7 (4.76%) Red Hat
4 7 (4.76%) ServiceNow
5 4 (2.72%) HP
5 4 (2.72%) Talend
6 2 (1.36%) IBM
6 2 (1.36%) Micro Focus
6 2 (1.36%) OpenText
6 2 (1.36%) Pega
6 2 (1.36%) SAP
6 2 (1.36%) Splunk
7 1 (0.68%) Fujitsu
7 1 (0.68%) Google
7 1 (0.68%) New Relic
7 1 (0.68%) SaltStack