Period
to 20 May 2019

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 20 May 2019 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
20 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 226 232 259
Rank change year-on-year +6 +27 -30
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 139 150 97
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.94% 0.90% 0.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 1.05% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 83 42
South East median daily rate £450 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +10.67% -1.32%
10th Percentile £326 £356 £263
90th Percentile £573 £508 £488
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 6
South East median hourly rate £47.69 £50.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.62% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £44.32 £47.50 £34.00
90th Percentile £48.00 £52.50 £52.50
England median hourly rate £45.64 £50.00 £43.25
% change year-on-year -8.73% +15.61% -

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 12,879 14,244 12,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 87.21% 85.30% 83.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,756 8,413 7,456
South East median daily rate £450 £435 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +4.82% +3.75%
10th Percentile £275 £281 £263
90th Percentile £608 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 464 515
South East median hourly rate £27.50 £21.76 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.36% +3.63% -9.68%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.65 £11.32
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.50 £50.40
England median hourly rate £24.76 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +12.52% -12.00% +8.70%

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 20 May 2019.

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 20 May 2019. 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 +70 65 £425 +9.68% 2
Berkshire +33 53 £373 +2.76% 1
Hampshire -32 28 £488 +2.63% 3
Surrey +6 24 £450 +9.09% 5
West Sussex +3 19 £450 +0.48%
Oxfordshire +35 8 £500 +25.00% 1
Buckinghamshire +20 4 £425 +47.83%
East Sussex -12 2 £475 +11.76%
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 20 May 2019, 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 93 (66.91%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (46.76%) User Stories
3 47 (33.81%) Test Automation
4 42 (30.22%) DevOps
5 40 (28.78%) Scrum
6 35 (25.18%) JIRA
7 29 (20.86%) Selenium
8 26 (18.71%) Microsoft Azure
9 24 (17.27%) Test Strategy
10 23 (16.55%) Confluence
10 23 (16.55%) BDD
11 22 (15.83%) Project Management
12 20 (14.39%) Cucumber
13 18 (12.95%) Java
13 18 (12.95%) CRM
14 17 (12.23%) User Acceptance Testing
14 17 (12.23%) SDLC
15 16 (11.51%) Test Scripting
15 16 (11.51%) WebDriver
15 16 (11.51%) C#
15 16 (11.51%) Active Directory
15 16 (11.51%) Migration
16 15 (10.79%) Stakeholder Management
16 15 (10.79%) JMeter
16 15 (10.79%) TDD
16 15 (10.79%) SC Cleared
16 15 (10.79%) Security Cleared
16 15 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
17 14 (10.07%) Customer-Centricity
17 14 (10.07%) Visual Studio Team System

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 23 (16.55%) Confluence
2 12 (8.63%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.16%) CICS
4 2 (1.44%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.72%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.72%) Apache
5 1 (0.72%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.72%) GemFire
5 1 (0.72%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 5 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (3.60%) MS Visio
2 3 (2.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.44%) InVision
3 2 (1.44%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.44%) Open Workbench
3 2 (1.44%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.72%) SAP Hybris
1 1 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.72%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 26 (18.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.88%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.88%) Azure Active Directory
2 4 (2.88%) OpenShift
3 2 (1.44%) BrowserStack
3 2 (1.44%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.44%) GitHub
3 2 (1.44%) PaaS
3 2 (1.44%) Power Platform
4 1 (0.72%) Adobe Analytics
4 1 (0.72%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.44%) Unified Communications
2 1 (0.72%) Broadband
2 1 (0.72%) HTTP
2 1 (0.72%) Internet
2 1 (0.72%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.63%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.88%) DB2
3 2 (1.44%) Power BI
4 1 (0.72%) Big Data
4 1 (0.72%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.72%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.72%) HBase
4 1 (0.72%) MySQL
4 1 (0.72%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.72%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 35 (25.18%) JIRA
2 29 (20.86%) Selenium
3 20 (14.39%) Cucumber
4 16 (11.51%) WebDriver
5 15 (10.79%) JMeter
6 14 (10.07%) Visual Studio Team System
7 13 (9.35%) SpecFlow
8 11 (7.91%) SoapUI
9 9 (6.47%) Jenkins
9 9 (6.47%) MSTest
9 9 (6.47%) NUnit
10 6 (4.32%) JUnit
11 4 (2.88%) RSpec
12 3 (2.16%) Visual Studio
13 2 (1.44%) Git (software)
13 2 (1.44%) Team Foundation Server
14 1 (0.72%) AnthillPro
14 1 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 1 (0.72%) JBehave
14 1 (0.72%) TeamCity
General
1 14 (10.07%) Finance
1 14 (10.07%) Telecoms
2 9 (6.47%) Marketing
3 8 (5.76%) Retail
4 7 (5.04%) Legal
5 6 (4.32%) Billing
6 4 (2.88%) Games
7 3 (2.16%) Banking
8 2 (1.44%) Electronics
8 2 (1.44%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.44%) Military
8 2 (1.44%) Publishing
9 1 (0.72%) Advertising
9 1 (0.72%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.72%) Law
Job Titles
1 48 (34.53%) Analyst
2 25 (17.99%) Business Analyst
3 22 (15.83%) Project Manager
4 19 (13.67%) Test Analyst
5 13 (9.35%) Tester
6 8 (5.76%) Applications Manager
6 8 (5.76%) Applications Project Manager
6 8 (5.76%) Architect
6 8 (5.76%) Digital Analyst
6 8 (5.76%) SC Cleared Project Manager
7 7 (5.04%) Automation Tester
7 7 (5.04%) Developer
8 6 (4.32%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (4.32%) Test Engineer
9 5 (3.60%) BSS Architect
9 5 (3.60%) BSS Solutions Architect
9 5 (3.60%) QA Analyst
10 4 (2.88%) Automation Test Analyst
10 4 (2.88%) Developer in Test
10 4 (2.88%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.63%) .NET
2 10 (7.19%) React
3 9 (6.47%) JSON
4 8 (5.76%) Gherkin
5 7 (5.04%) RESTful
5 7 (5.04%) Web Services
6 6 (4.32%) HTML
6 6 (4.32%) Middleware
7 4 (2.88%) REST
8 2 (1.44%) Kafka
8 2 (1.44%) Node.js
8 2 (1.44%) SOAP
8 2 (1.44%) Spring
8 2 (1.44%) XML
9 1 (0.72%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.72%) CSS
9 1 (0.72%) HTML5
9 1 (0.72%) jQuery
9 1 (0.72%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.72%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (9.35%) Virtual Team
3 8 (5.76%) User Experience
4 7 (5.04%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.88%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.88%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.16%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.16%) Tandem
7 2 (1.44%) FMCG
7 2 (1.44%) IVR
7 2 (1.44%) Marketing Technology
7 2 (1.44%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.72%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.72%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.07%) Linux
1 14 (10.07%) Windows
2 11 (7.91%) Windows 10
2 11 (7.91%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (3.60%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (66.91%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (46.76%) User Stories
3 47 (33.81%) Test Automation
4 42 (30.22%) DevOps
5 40 (28.78%) Scrum
6 24 (17.27%) Test Strategy
7 23 (16.55%) BDD
8 22 (15.83%) Project Management
9 18 (12.95%) CRM
10 17 (12.23%) SDLC
10 17 (12.23%) User Acceptance Testing
11 16 (11.51%) Migration
11 16 (11.51%) Test Scripting
12 15 (10.79%) Stakeholder Management
12 15 (10.79%) TDD
13 14 (10.07%) Business Analysis
13 14 (10.07%) Customer-Centricity
14 13 (9.35%) Non-Functional Testing
15 12 (8.63%) Continuous Improvement
15 12 (8.63%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 18 (12.95%) Java
2 16 (11.51%) C#
3 14 (10.07%) JavaScript
4 12 (8.63%) SQL
5 8 (5.76%) Scala
6 4 (2.88%) Groovy
6 4 (2.88%) Python
6 4 (2.88%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.44%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 15 (10.79%) SC Cleared
1 15 (10.79%) Security Cleared
2 9 (6.47%) ISEB
2 9 (6.47%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.76%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (5.76%) Degree
4 5 (3.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.16%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.44%) CBAP
6 2 (1.44%) IIBA
7 1 (0.72%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (10.07%) QA
2 5 (3.60%) GDPR
3 4 (2.88%) PMO
3 4 (2.88%) WCAG
4 1 (0.72%) GxP
4 1 (0.72%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (11.51%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.88%) Docker
3 1 (0.72%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (2.88%) Kubernetes
2 3 (2.16%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.44%) WebInspect
4 1 (0.72%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 14 (10.07%) Oracle
2 7 (5.04%) Atlassian
3 6 (4.32%) SAP
4 5 (3.60%) hybris
5 4 (2.88%) Microsoft
6 3 (2.16%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.44%) Adobe
7 2 (1.44%) Workday
8 1 (0.72%) HP
8 1 (0.72%) IBM
8 1 (0.72%) IBM Sterling
8 1 (0.72%) Informatica
8 1 (0.72%) JDA
8 1 (0.72%) New Relic