Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 222 258 244
Rank change year-on-year +36 -14 -2
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 150 96 155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.90% 0.62% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.75% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 45 102
South East median daily rate £416 £375 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.00% -2.28% +5.14%
10th Percentile £356 £264 £313
90th Percentile £509 £488 £524
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 0
South East median hourly rate £50.00 £43.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -
England median hourly rate £50.00 £43.25 £53.00
% change year-on-year +15.61% -18.40% +54.41%

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 14,145 12,864 14,888
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.57% 83.25% 82.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,350 7,471 9,182
South East median daily rate £438 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.42% +3.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £545
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 499 562
South East median hourly rate £22.50 £21.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.65% -14.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £10.68 £11.73 £11.82
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.75 £52.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.50 £23.62
% change year-on-year -13.73% +7.98% +12.45%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 +26 49 £475 +18.75% 6
Surrey -12 36 £413 +10.00% 10
West Sussex +14 32 £448 +7.40% 5
Thames Valley -38 25 £388 +10.71% 2
Berkshire -32 15 £363 +18.85% 1
Buckinghamshire -3 6 £288 -20.69%
Kent +16 5 £463 +2.78% 7
Oxfordshire -2 4 £400 +12.28% 1
East Sussex +1 1 £425 -12.82%
Middlesex -2 1 £425 -
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 106 (70.67%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (46.67%) Scrum
3 63 (42.00%) Test Automation
4 56 (37.33%) User Stories
5 41 (27.33%) Finance
6 40 (26.67%) Selenium
7 31 (20.67%) TDD
8 30 (20.00%) Java
9 28 (18.67%) Software Engineering
10 27 (18.00%) JIRA
10 27 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
11 26 (17.33%) Continuous Improvement
11 26 (17.33%) Problem-Solving
12 25 (16.67%) QA
13 24 (16.00%) Continuous Delivery
14 23 (15.33%) Performance Testing
14 23 (15.33%) RESTful
15 22 (14.67%) BDD
16 21 (14.00%) C#
16 21 (14.00%) E-Commerce
16 21 (14.00%) Test Strategy
17 20 (13.33%) Confluence
17 20 (13.33%) ISTQB
18 19 (12.67%) Cucumber
19 18 (12.00%) Project Management
19 18 (12.00%) Business Analysis
19 18 (12.00%) Gherkin
19 18 (12.00%) DevOps
19 18 (12.00%) Exploratory Testing
20 17 (11.33%) SQL

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 20 (13.33%) Confluence
2 9 (6.00%) Apache Spark
2 9 (6.00%) Cloud Foundry
3 2 (1.33%) Apache
3 2 (1.33%) GemFire
3 2 (1.33%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.67%) CMS
4 1 (0.67%) JBoss
4 1 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.67%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.00%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.33%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (5.33%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (2.00%) OpenText MBPM
2 3 (2.00%) OpenText Process Suite
3 2 (1.33%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.67%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.00%) PaaS
2 5 (3.33%) GitHub
3 2 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (0.67%) IaaS
4 1 (0.67%) Office 365
4 1 (0.67%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.33%) HTTP
2 1 (0.67%) Internet
2 1 (0.67%) Skype
2 1 (0.67%) SMTP
2 1 (0.67%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (7.33%) Hadoop
1 11 (7.33%) HBase
2 4 (2.67%) Big Data
3 3 (2.00%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.33%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.67%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.67%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.67%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 40 (26.67%) Selenium
2 27 (18.00%) JIRA
3 19 (12.67%) Cucumber
4 16 (10.67%) Protractor
4 16 (10.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (10.67%) WebDriver
5 15 (10.00%) SoapUI
6 14 (9.33%) Visual Studio
7 11 (7.33%) SpecFlow
8 10 (6.67%) TeamCity
9 8 (5.33%) Git (software)
10 6 (4.00%) Jenkins
11 5 (3.33%) JBehave
11 5 (3.33%) JUnit
12 3 (2.00%) Eclipse
12 3 (2.00%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (2.00%) Zephyr
13 2 (1.33%) Appium
13 2 (1.33%) IntelliJ
13 2 (1.33%) RSpec
General
1 41 (27.33%) Finance
2 16 (10.67%) Banking
3 7 (4.67%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.33%) Retail
5 4 (2.67%) Marketing
6 2 (1.33%) Advertising
6 2 (1.33%) Back Office
6 2 (1.33%) Games
6 2 (1.33%) Law
6 2 (1.33%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.67%) Automotive
7 1 (0.67%) Billing
7 1 (0.67%) Electronics
7 1 (0.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 58 (38.67%) Analyst
2 33 (22.00%) Business Analyst
3 22 (14.67%) Test Analyst
4 19 (12.67%) Tester
5 18 (12.00%) Developer
6 12 (8.00%) Project Manager
7 11 (7.33%) Automation Test Analyst
8 10 (6.67%) Developer in Test
8 10 (6.67%) Digital Analyst
8 10 (6.67%) Digital Business Analyst
8 10 (6.67%) Test Engineer
9 9 (6.00%) Automation Tester
9 9 (6.00%) QA Engineer
10 8 (5.33%) QA Tester
11 7 (4.67%) Agile Business Analyst
11 7 (4.67%) QA Test Engineer
11 7 (4.67%) Scrum Master
11 7 (4.67%) Service Transition Leader
12 6 (4.00%) QA Analyst
12 6 (4.00%) Selenium Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (15.33%) RESTful
2 18 (12.00%) Gherkin
3 16 (10.67%) Web Services
4 15 (10.00%) JSON
5 12 (8.00%) AngularJS
6 11 (7.33%) XML
7 9 (6.00%) Kafka
7 9 (6.00%) RabbitMQ
8 7 (4.67%) .NET
8 7 (4.67%) REST
9 6 (4.00%) Middleware
10 5 (3.33%) SOAP
11 4 (2.67%) HTML
11 4 (2.67%) Spring
12 2 (1.33%) CSS
12 2 (1.33%) Spring Cloud
13 1 (0.67%) CSS3
13 1 (0.67%) Spring Boot
13 1 (0.67%) Spring Integration
13 1 (0.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 16 (10.67%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.00%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (6.00%) User Experience
4 5 (3.33%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.33%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.67%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.00%) Driving Licence
6 3 (2.00%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (2.00%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.00%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.33%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.33%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.67%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.67%) Fintech
8 1 (0.67%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.67%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.33%) Linux
2 10 (6.67%) Unix
3 3 (2.00%) Windows
4 2 (1.33%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.67%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.67%) Windows 8
5 1 (0.67%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (70.67%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (46.67%) Scrum
3 63 (42.00%) Test Automation
4 56 (37.33%) User Stories
5 31 (20.67%) TDD
6 28 (18.67%) Software Engineering
7 27 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (17.33%) Continuous Improvement
8 26 (17.33%) Problem-Solving
9 24 (16.00%) Continuous Delivery
10 23 (15.33%) Performance Testing
11 22 (14.67%) BDD
12 21 (14.00%) E-Commerce
12 21 (14.00%) Test Strategy
13 18 (12.00%) Business Analysis
13 18 (12.00%) DevOps
13 18 (12.00%) Exploratory Testing
13 18 (12.00%) Project Management
14 16 (10.67%) Kanban
14 16 (10.67%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (20.00%) Java
2 21 (14.00%) C#
3 17 (11.33%) SQL
4 16 (10.67%) JavaScript
5 14 (9.33%) Scala
6 12 (8.00%) Groovy
7 4 (2.67%) Shell Script
8 3 (2.00%) C
9 1 (0.67%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.67%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 20 (13.33%) ISTQB
2 12 (8.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 11 (7.33%) Security Cleared
4 10 (6.67%) BPSS Clearance
5 9 (6.00%) SC Cleared
6 5 (3.33%) Degree
7 3 (2.00%) HNC
7 3 (2.00%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.33%) ISEB
8 2 (1.33%) OCA
8 2 (1.33%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (0.67%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (16.67%) QA
2 2 (1.33%) WCAG
3 1 (0.67%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (7.33%) HDFS
2 5 (3.33%) Docker
3 2 (1.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (9.33%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.00%) SCCM
3 2 (1.33%) Netcool
4 1 (0.67%) Puppet
4 1 (0.67%) Salt
4 1 (0.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.67%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 13 (8.67%) Atlassian
1 13 (8.67%) Remedy
2 10 (6.67%) HP
3 7 (4.67%) Microsoft
3 7 (4.67%) ServiceNow
4 4 (2.67%) Automation Anywhere
4 4 (2.67%) Blue Prism
5 3 (2.00%) OpenText
5 3 (2.00%) Oracle
5 3 (2.00%) Pega
5 3 (2.00%) SAP
6 2 (1.33%) IBM
6 2 (1.33%) Micro Focus
6 2 (1.33%) Xamarin
7 1 (0.67%) Progress
7 1 (0.67%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.67%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.67%) SaltStack
7 1 (0.67%) Splunk
7 1 (0.67%) Veritas