Period
to 17 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 224 247 155
Rank change year-on-year +23 -92 +94
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 164 126 255
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.00% 0.77% 1.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 0.92% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 62 144
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £356 £287 £295
90th Percentile £578 £548 £525
England median daily rate £463 £441 £425
% change year-on-year +4.82% +3.82% +3.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 3
South East median hourly rate - £37.25 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.38% -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £36.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year +23.29% -17.05% +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 14,150 13,701 14,276
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.90% 84.26% 83.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,517 8,168 8,685
South East median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £275 £260 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 499 471 584
South East median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.22% - -2.17%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.78
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.87 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.54% +10.51% +3.97%

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 October 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 October 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 +24 71 £450 - 11
Surrey +4 36 £425 - 4
Berkshire -6 35 £400 +12.68% 6
West Sussex +3 27 £446 +3.41% 4
Oxfordshire +22 26 £500 - 1
Hampshire -34 26 £406 - 7
Buckinghamshire +22 10 £381 -10.29% 4
East Sussex +2 2 £625 +127.27% 2
Middlesex +10 1 - - 1
Kent +4 1 £438 -2.78%
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 121 (73.78%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (51.22%) User Stories
3 65 (39.63%) Test Automation
4 51 (31.10%) Scrum
5 37 (22.56%) Finance
6 35 (21.34%) Selenium
7 32 (19.51%) Test Strategy
8 28 (17.07%) JIRA
9 27 (16.46%) Continuous Integration
10 26 (15.85%) QA
10 26 (15.85%) Continuous Improvement
11 25 (15.24%) Continuous Delivery
12 24 (14.63%) Cucumber
12 24 (14.63%) Java
13 23 (14.02%) Software Engineering
14 22 (13.41%) Business Analysis
14 22 (13.41%) Project Management
15 21 (12.80%) TDD
15 21 (12.80%) RESTful
15 21 (12.80%) Kanban
16 20 (12.20%) Confluence
16 20 (12.20%) Regression Testing
16 20 (12.20%) SQL
16 20 (12.20%) Defect Tracking
17 19 (11.59%) Visual Studio Team System
18 18 (10.98%) Performance Testing
18 18 (10.98%) API Testing
19 17 (10.37%) User Experience
19 17 (10.37%) Open Source
19 17 (10.37%) Scala

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 (12.20%) Confluence
2 6 (3.66%) Apache Spark
3 5 (3.05%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.22%) Apache
4 2 (1.22%) GemFire
5 1 (0.61%) CICS
5 1 (0.61%) CMS
5 1 (0.61%) SAS
5 1 (0.61%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (6.10%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.27%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (3.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.61%) Mingle
5 1 (0.61%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.61%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.05%) PaaS
2 4 (2.44%) Office 365
3 2 (1.22%) GitHub
3 2 (1.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.83%) HTTP
2 1 (0.61%) BGP
2 1 (0.61%) CTI
2 1 (0.61%) DHCP
2 1 (0.61%) Firewall
2 1 (0.61%) Internet
2 1 (0.61%) MPLS
2 1 (0.61%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (0.61%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.66%) Hadoop
2 5 (3.05%) HBase
3 4 (2.44%) Big Data
4 3 (1.83%) Apache Hive
4 3 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.83%) SQL Server
5 2 (1.22%) DB2
5 2 (1.22%) MySQL
5 2 (1.22%) OLTP
6 1 (0.61%) Impala
6 1 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.61%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 35 (21.34%) Selenium
2 28 (17.07%) JIRA
3 24 (14.63%) Cucumber
4 19 (11.59%) Visual Studio Team System
5 15 (9.15%) SoapUI
6 12 (7.32%) Git (software)
6 12 (7.32%) MSBuild
7 11 (6.71%) Jenkins
7 11 (6.71%) WebDriver
8 10 (6.10%) Visual Studio
9 9 (5.49%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (4.27%) JUnit
11 6 (3.66%) Protractor
12 4 (2.44%) Bitbucket
12 4 (2.44%) RSpec
12 4 (2.44%) SpecFlow
13 3 (1.83%) TeamCity
14 2 (1.22%) Eclipse
14 2 (1.22%) IntelliJ
14 2 (1.22%) JMeter
General
1 37 (22.56%) Finance
2 12 (7.32%) Retail
3 11 (6.71%) Marketing
3 11 (6.71%) Telecoms
4 10 (6.10%) Banking
5 4 (2.44%) Games
6 3 (1.83%) Billing
7 2 (1.22%) Back Office
7 2 (1.22%) Dutch Language
7 2 (1.22%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.22%) Publishing
8 1 (0.61%) Advertising
8 1 (0.61%) Front Office
8 1 (0.61%) Law
Job Titles
1 61 (37.20%) Analyst
2 35 (21.34%) Business Analyst
3 21 (12.80%) Test Analyst
4 20 (12.20%) Project Manager
5 19 (11.59%) Tester
6 16 (9.76%) Test Engineer
7 14 (8.54%) Automation Tester
8 13 (7.93%) Agile Business Analyst
8 13 (7.93%) Developer
9 12 (7.32%) Product Owner
10 9 (5.49%) Test Automation Engineer
11 7 (4.27%) Digital Analyst
11 7 (4.27%) Senior Analyst
12 6 (3.66%) Automation Test Analyst
12 6 (3.66%) Consultant
12 6 (3.66%) Digital Business Analyst
12 6 (3.66%) IT Manager
12 6 (3.66%) IT Project Manager
12 6 (3.66%) QA Analyst
12 6 (3.66%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (12.80%) RESTful
2 17 (10.37%) Web Services
3 14 (8.54%) Gherkin
4 11 (6.71%) SOAP
5 9 (5.49%) JSON
6 8 (4.88%) AngularJS
7 5 (3.05%) Kafka
7 5 (3.05%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.44%) .NET
8 4 (2.44%) REST
8 4 (2.44%) Swagger
9 3 (1.83%) Middleware
9 3 (1.83%) XML
10 2 (1.22%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.22%) EJB
10 2 (1.22%) HTML
10 2 (1.22%) J2EE
10 2 (1.22%) Java EE
10 2 (1.22%) JAXB
10 2 (1.22%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.37%) User Experience
2 14 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (6.71%) Mobile App
4 7 (4.27%) Blog
5 5 (3.05%) Mainframe
6 4 (2.44%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.83%) Life Science
8 2 (1.22%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.22%) Fintech
8 2 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (1.22%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (1.22%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.61%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.61%) Frameworx
9 1 (0.61%) NHS
9 1 (0.61%) Over-the-Top Content
9 1 (0.61%) Taxonomies
9 1 (0.61%) Video\Live Streaming
9 1 (0.61%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 6 (3.66%) Unix
1 6 (3.66%) Windows
2 5 (3.05%) Linux
3 1 (0.61%) Android
3 1 (0.61%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (73.78%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (51.22%) User Stories
3 65 (39.63%) Test Automation
4 51 (31.10%) Scrum
5 32 (19.51%) Test Strategy
6 27 (16.46%) Continuous Integration
7 26 (15.85%) Continuous Improvement
8 25 (15.24%) Continuous Delivery
9 23 (14.02%) Software Engineering
10 22 (13.41%) Business Analysis
10 22 (13.41%) Project Management
11 21 (12.80%) Kanban
11 21 (12.80%) TDD
12 20 (12.20%) Defect Tracking
12 20 (12.20%) Regression Testing
13 18 (10.98%) API Testing
13 18 (10.98%) Performance Testing
14 17 (10.37%) E-Commerce
14 17 (10.37%) Open Source
15 16 (9.76%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (14.63%) Java
2 20 (12.20%) SQL
3 17 (10.37%) Scala
4 15 (9.15%) C#
5 13 (7.93%) Python
6 12 (7.32%) Groovy
7 5 (3.05%) JavaScript
7 5 (3.05%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.22%) Java 8
9 1 (0.61%) PHP
9 1 (0.61%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.61%) R
Qualifications
1 15 (9.15%) Degree
2 11 (6.71%) BPSS Clearance
2 11 (6.71%) ISTQB
2 11 (6.71%) Security Cleared
3 9 (5.49%) SC Cleared
4 8 (4.88%) ISEB
5 6 (3.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (3.05%) CBAP
6 5 (3.05%) IIBA
7 3 (1.83%) Master's Degree
8 2 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.61%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (15.85%) QA
2 4 (2.44%) Data Quality
2 4 (2.44%) WCAG
3 3 (1.83%) PMO
4 2 (1.22%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.22%) SLA
5 1 (0.61%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 6 (3.66%) HDFS
2 2 (1.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 2 (1.22%) Docker
3 1 (0.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (3.66%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.61%) HP ALM
2 1 (0.61%) SCCM
2 1 (0.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 1 (0.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 17 (10.37%) Microsoft
2 16 (9.76%) Atlassian
3 4 (2.44%) Automation Anywhere
3 4 (2.44%) Blue Prism
3 4 (2.44%) UiPath
4 3 (1.83%) HP
4 3 (1.83%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.61%) Apple
5 1 (0.61%) CA Agile Central
5 1 (0.61%) Fujitsu
5 1 (0.61%) Google
5 1 (0.61%) Juniper
5 1 (0.61%) Nokia
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle
5 1 (0.61%) Pega
5 1 (0.61%) Progress
5 1 (0.61%) Symantec
5 1 (0.61%) Trillium
5 1 (0.61%) Veritas
5 1 (0.61%) Wrike