Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 234 267 204
Rank change year-on-year +33 -63 +54
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 155 106 209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.92% 0.66% 1.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 0.79% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 59 115
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £356 £293 £305
90th Percentile £578 £528 £525
England median daily rate £453 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.50% +1.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 3
South East median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -4.75% -
England median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £39.37
% change year-on-year +33.33% -4.75% +14.12%

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 14,399 13,431 15,288
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.64% 84.13% 83.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,594 7,800 9,383
South East median daily rate £430 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.37% +4.00% +6.52%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £588 £570 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 499 492 560
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £19.95 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.31% -13.26% +3.37%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.98
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +2.13% +9.05%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -2 51 £415 -7.78% 18
Surrey +2 36 £415 -2.35% 2
Hampshire -3 33 £450 +12.50% 9
West Sussex +10 28 £450 +4.41% 2
Berkshire -34 22 £388 -3.13% 7
Oxfordshire +10 17 £475 -2.56% 8
Buckinghamshire +22 12 £381 +8.93% 3
Kent +15 3 £463 +2.78% 3
Middlesex +5 2 £425 -5.56%
East Sussex -4 2 £625 +127.27%
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 120 (77.42%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (45.81%) User Stories
3 63 (40.65%) Test Automation
4 57 (36.77%) Scrum
5 49 (31.61%) Finance
6 39 (25.16%) Selenium
7 31 (20.00%) Java
7 31 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
7 31 (20.00%) Software Engineering
8 30 (19.35%) RESTful
9 29 (18.71%) Continuous Delivery
10 27 (17.42%) Test Strategy
10 27 (17.42%) TDD
11 26 (16.77%) Project Management
11 26 (16.77%) Continuous Improvement
12 25 (16.13%) JIRA
13 24 (15.48%) QA
13 24 (15.48%) Performance Testing
13 24 (15.48%) Business Analysis
14 22 (14.19%) Cucumber
14 22 (14.19%) Problem-Solving
15 21 (13.55%) Regression Testing
15 21 (13.55%) E-Commerce
15 21 (13.55%) Kanban
16 20 (12.90%) C#
16 20 (12.90%) SQL
16 20 (12.90%) Web Services
16 20 (12.90%) API Testing
17 19 (12.26%) Unit Testing
18 18 (11.61%) ISTQB

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 (11.61%) Confluence
2 11 (7.10%) Cloud Foundry
3 10 (6.45%) Apache Spark
4 4 (2.58%) Apache
4 4 (2.58%) GemFire
5 1 (0.65%) CMS
5 1 (0.65%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.52%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (2.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.65%) Mingle
5 1 (0.65%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.65%) OpenText MBPM
1 1 (0.65%) OpenText Process Suite
1 1 (0.65%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 11 (7.10%) PaaS
2 5 (3.23%) Office 365
3 4 (2.58%) GitHub
4 1 (0.65%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.52%) HTTP
2 1 (0.65%) CTI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (7.74%) Hadoop
2 11 (7.10%) HBase
3 6 (3.87%) Big Data
4 5 (3.23%) Apache Hive
5 3 (1.94%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.29%) OLTP
7 1 (0.65%) DB2
7 1 (0.65%) Impala
7 1 (0.65%) MySQL
7 1 (0.65%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.65%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 39 (25.16%) Selenium
2 25 (16.13%) JIRA
3 22 (14.19%) Cucumber
4 14 (9.03%) Git (software)
4 14 (9.03%) SoapUI
4 14 (9.03%) Visual Studio
5 13 (8.39%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (7.74%) Visual Studio Team System
6 12 (7.74%) WebDriver
7 10 (6.45%) Jenkins
7 10 (6.45%) Protractor
8 8 (5.16%) MSBuild
9 7 (4.52%) TeamCity
10 6 (3.87%) JUnit
11 5 (3.23%) SpecFlow
12 4 (2.58%) Bitbucket
12 4 (2.58%) Eclipse
12 4 (2.58%) IntelliJ
13 2 (1.29%) Appium
13 2 (1.29%) Gradle
General
1 49 (31.61%) Finance
2 13 (8.39%) Banking
3 11 (7.10%) Retail
4 6 (3.87%) Marketing
5 3 (1.94%) Back Office
5 3 (1.94%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.94%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.29%) Advertising
6 2 (1.29%) Dutch Language
6 2 (1.29%) Law
7 1 (0.65%) Electronics
7 1 (0.65%) Front Office
7 1 (0.65%) Games
7 1 (0.65%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 65 (41.94%) Analyst
2 37 (23.87%) Business Analyst
3 22 (14.19%) Test Analyst
4 20 (12.90%) Project Manager
4 20 (12.90%) Tester
5 19 (12.26%) Developer
6 11 (7.10%) Automation Tester
7 10 (6.45%) Agile Business Analyst
7 10 (6.45%) Developer in Test
7 10 (6.45%) Test Engineer
8 9 (5.81%) Automation Test Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Digital Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Digital Business Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) QA Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (3.87%) Consultant
10 6 (3.87%) IT Manager
10 6 (3.87%) IT Project Manager
10 6 (3.87%) QA Test Analyst
10 6 (3.87%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (19.35%) RESTful
2 20 (12.90%) Web Services
3 18 (11.61%) Gherkin
4 12 (7.74%) JSON
5 11 (7.10%) Kafka
5 11 (7.10%) RabbitMQ
6 10 (6.45%) SOAP
7 7 (4.52%) AngularJS
7 7 (4.52%) XML
8 6 (3.87%) REST
9 4 (2.58%) Middleware
9 4 (2.58%) Spring
10 3 (1.94%) Swagger
11 2 (1.29%) .NET
11 2 (1.29%) J2EE
11 2 (1.29%) Spark Streaming
11 2 (1.29%) Spring Boot
11 2 (1.29%) Spring Cloud
11 2 (1.29%) Spring Integration
12 1 (0.65%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (6.45%) Mobile App
2 10 (6.45%) User Experience
3 6 (3.87%) Blog
3 6 (3.87%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (3.23%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.23%) Mainframe
5 4 (2.58%) Linux Command Line
5 4 (2.58%) Virtual Team
6 3 (1.94%) Fintech
6 3 (1.94%) Life Science
7 2 (1.29%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.29%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.65%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.65%) NHS
8 1 (0.65%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.65%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.10%) Linux
1 11 (7.10%) Unix
2 5 (3.23%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (77.42%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (45.81%) User Stories
3 63 (40.65%) Test Automation
4 57 (36.77%) Scrum
5 31 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 31 (20.00%) Software Engineering
6 29 (18.71%) Continuous Delivery
7 27 (17.42%) TDD
7 27 (17.42%) Test Strategy
8 26 (16.77%) Continuous Improvement
8 26 (16.77%) Project Management
9 24 (15.48%) Business Analysis
9 24 (15.48%) Performance Testing
10 22 (14.19%) Problem-Solving
11 21 (13.55%) E-Commerce
11 21 (13.55%) Kanban
11 21 (13.55%) Regression Testing
12 20 (12.90%) API Testing
13 19 (12.26%) Unit Testing
14 18 (11.61%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (20.00%) Java
2 20 (12.90%) C#
2 20 (12.90%) SQL
3 18 (11.61%) Scala
4 16 (10.32%) Groovy
5 9 (5.81%) Python
6 8 (5.16%) JavaScript
7 5 (3.23%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.29%) Java 8
9 1 (0.65%) C
9 1 (0.65%) R
Qualifications
1 18 (11.61%) ISTQB
2 15 (9.68%) Degree
3 11 (7.10%) Security Cleared
4 10 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (5.81%) SC Cleared
6 8 (5.16%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (2.58%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (2.58%) ISEB
8 3 (1.94%) CBAP
8 3 (1.94%) IIBA
8 3 (1.94%) Master's Degree
9 2 (1.29%) OCA
9 2 (1.29%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.65%) HNC
10 1 (0.65%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (15.48%) QA
2 4 (2.58%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.29%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.29%) SLA
4 1 (0.65%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.65%) PMO
4 1 (0.65%) WCAG
System Software
1 12 (7.74%) HDFS
2 5 (3.23%) Docker
3 4 (2.58%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.65%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (6.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.65%) HP ALM
2 1 (0.65%) Puppet
2 1 (0.65%) Salt
2 1 (0.65%) SCCM
2 1 (0.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 1 (0.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 16 (10.32%) Atlassian
1 16 (10.32%) Microsoft
2 7 (4.52%) HP
3 5 (3.23%) Automation Anywhere
3 5 (3.23%) Blue Prism
3 5 (3.23%) UiPath
4 2 (1.29%) Pega
4 2 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.29%) SAP
4 2 (1.29%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.65%) Apple
5 1 (0.65%) Fujitsu
5 1 (0.65%) Google
5 1 (0.65%) Guidewire
5 1 (0.65%) OpenText
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle
5 1 (0.65%) Progress
5 1 (0.65%) Symantec
5 1 (0.65%) Trillium
5 1 (0.65%) Veritas