Period
to 22 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 22 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
UK
6 months to
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 275 282 308
Rank change year-on-year +7 +26 -11
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 946 825 846
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.93% 0.86% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 1.03% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 605 524 574
UK median daily rate £450 £420 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.07% +1.88%
10th Percentile £340 £294 £300
90th Percentile £597 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +7.74% +3.33% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 6
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £47.00 £34.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +34.48% -36.45%
10th Percentile £22.00 £32.50 £33.48
90th Percentile £100.50 £65.00 £37.16
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £48.50 £34.95
% change year-on-year +3.09% +38.77% -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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 86,119 80,469 88,800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.77% 83.81% 82.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,493 53,316 57,797
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,071 2,228 2,609
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.60% +24.25%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.01 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -3.96% -3.85% +23.81%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Top 15 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 22 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
England +17 901 £450 +5.88% 185
London +40 483 £500 +11.11% 83
UK excluding London -13 455 £418 +7.74% 107
South East -30 148 £425 +10.03% 26
North of England -5 92 £420 +15.86% 30
Midlands +10 79 £385 -3.75% 16
East of England +6 61 £435 -6.70% 15
West Midlands -7 56 £368 -8.13% 14
Yorkshire -4 46 £425 +9.68% 15
North West +1 37 £425 +9.68% 11
South West +17 35 £395 +3.95% 15
Wales +17 22 £418 +17.19% 2
East Midlands +14 22 £400 -4.48% 2
Scotland -20 19 £400 +14.29% 3
North East +17 11 £455 +33.82% 4

For the 6 months to 22 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 with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 668 (70.61%) Agile Software Development
2 486 (51.37%) User Stories
3 372 (39.32%) Scrum
4 235 (24.84%) Test Automation
5 232 (24.52%) JIRA
6 217 (22.94%) BDD
7 195 (20.61%) QA
8 184 (19.45%) TDD
9 179 (18.92%) Business Analysis
9 179 (18.92%) Finance
10 165 (17.44%) Java
11 152 (16.07%) Kanban
11 152 (16.07%) Confluence
12 150 (15.86%) Continuous Improvement
13 149 (15.75%) Stakeholder Management
14 120 (12.68%) User Experience
15 110 (11.63%) RESTful
16 103 (10.89%) Analytical Skills
16 103 (10.89%) Use Case
17 101 (10.68%) Security Cleared
18 98 (10.36%) E-Commerce
19 96 (10.15%) SQL
19 96 (10.15%) Project Management
19 96 (10.15%) Selenium
19 96 (10.15%) Continuous Integration
20 89 (9.41%) Banking
21 88 (9.30%) Web Services
22 87 (9.20%) Cucumber
23 84 (8.88%) JavaScript
23 84 (8.88%) Software Engineering

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 152 (16.07%) Confluence
2 48 (5.07%) CMS
3 17 (1.80%) Tomcat
4 14 (1.48%) WebSphere
5 12 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
6 10 (1.06%) Apache
6 10 (1.06%) Apache Spark
7 9 (0.95%) SharePoint
8 8 (0.85%) Cloud Foundry
9 7 (0.74%) GemFire
9 7 (0.74%) WordPress
10 6 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 6 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.63%) JBoss
11 5 (0.53%) SAS
11 5 (0.53%) WebLogic
12 4 (0.42%) Drupal
13 3 (0.32%) MS Project Server
13 3 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
14 2 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 41 (4.33%) MS Visio
2 21 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
4 12 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
5 8 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.32%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 16 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.74%) Elite 3E
4 4 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 3 (0.32%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.32%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.21%) Magento
6 2 (0.21%) OpenText MBPM
6 2 (0.21%) OpenText Process Suite
6 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.11%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.11%) SAP PM
7 1 (0.11%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 54 (5.71%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (3.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (3.07%) GitHub
4 17 (1.80%) PaaS
5 12 (1.27%) Google Analytics
6 9 (0.95%) SaaS
6 9 (0.95%) Slack
7 8 (0.85%) BrowserStack
7 8 (0.85%) IaaS
8 7 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
8 7 (0.74%) Office 365
9 6 (0.63%) Trello
10 4 (0.42%) Force.com
10 4 (0.42%) OpenShift
10 4 (0.42%) Sauce Labs
10 4 (0.42%) Taleo
11 3 (0.32%) Google Play
12 2 (0.21%) BlazeMeter
12 2 (0.21%) npm
12 2 (0.21%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.69%) Internet
2 9 (0.95%) HTTP
3 8 (0.85%) SMS
4 2 (0.21%) Skype
5 1 (0.11%) Broadband
5 1 (0.11%) DNS
5 1 (0.11%) Firewall
5 1 (0.11%) iBeacon
5 1 (0.11%) SMTP
5 1 (0.11%) SSL
5 1 (0.11%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.11%) VoIP
5 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (2.11%) Big Data
2 17 (1.80%) NoSQL
3 16 (1.69%) MongoDB
3 16 (1.69%) MySQL
4 14 (1.48%) Hadoop
4 14 (1.48%) Relational Database
5 13 (1.37%) SQL Server
6 11 (1.16%) HBase
7 9 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (0.74%) Apache Hive
8 7 (0.74%) OLTP
8 7 (0.74%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.53%) Power BI
11 4 (0.42%) SAS EBI
12 3 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 2 (0.21%) GIS
13 2 (0.21%) InterSystems Cache
13 2 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 232 (24.52%) JIRA
2 96 (10.15%) Selenium
3 87 (9.20%) Cucumber
4 64 (6.77%) Jenkins
5 55 (5.81%) Git (software)
6 52 (5.50%) WebDriver
7 37 (3.91%) Xcode
8 34 (3.59%) Appium
8 34 (3.59%) JUnit
9 30 (3.17%) SpecFlow
10 23 (2.43%) Team Foundation Server
11 21 (2.22%) JMeter
11 21 (2.22%) SoapUI
12 20 (2.11%) IntelliJ
13 18 (1.90%) Calabash
13 18 (1.90%) Protractor
14 17 (1.80%) Gradle
14 17 (1.80%) Visual Studio
15 16 (1.69%) Mockito
16 15 (1.59%) TeamCity
General
1 179 (18.92%) Finance
2 89 (9.41%) Banking
3 67 (7.08%) Retail
4 40 (4.23%) Law
5 39 (4.12%) Games
5 39 (4.12%) Marketing
6 27 (2.85%) Publishing
7 24 (2.54%) Legal
8 18 (1.90%) Retail Banking
9 14 (1.48%) Investment Banking
10 13 (1.37%) Telecoms
11 12 (1.27%) Automotive
12 9 (0.95%) Front Office
13 7 (0.74%) Billing
14 6 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.53%) Manufacturing
16 4 (0.42%) Advertising
17 3 (0.32%) Back Office
17 3 (0.32%) Electronics
17 3 (0.32%) Military
Job Titles
1 409 (43.23%) Analyst
2 333 (35.20%) Business Analyst
3 149 (15.75%) Developer
4 97 (10.25%) Agile Business Analyst
5 62 (6.55%) Tester
6 53 (5.60%) Digital Analyst
6 53 (5.60%) Digital Business Analyst
7 46 (4.86%) Java Developer
8 45 (4.76%) Product Owner
8 45 (4.76%) Test Analyst
9 44 (4.65%) Project Manager
9 44 (4.65%) Senior Analyst
10 41 (4.33%) Senior Business Analyst
10 41 (4.33%) Test Engineer
11 35 (3.70%) Architect
12 34 (3.59%) Senior Developer
13 30 (3.17%) Automation Tester
13 30 (3.17%) Service Manager
14 29 (3.07%) Developer in Test
15 27 (2.85%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (11.63%) RESTful
2 88 (9.30%) Web Services
3 74 (7.82%) Gherkin
4 52 (5.50%) JSON
5 43 (4.55%) HTML
6 40 (4.23%) Velocity
7 38 (4.02%) XML
8 34 (3.59%) Spring
9 31 (3.28%) CSS
10 27 (2.85%) REST
11 26 (2.75%) AngularJS
12 23 (2.43%) .NET
13 20 (2.11%) Cocoa
14 19 (2.01%) Middleware
14 19 (2.01%) Spring Boot
15 18 (1.90%) HTML5
15 18 (1.90%) Node.js
16 17 (1.80%) OAuth
17 16 (1.69%) jQuery
18 15 (1.59%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 120 (12.68%) User Experience
2 103 (10.89%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (6.45%) Mobile App
4 30 (3.17%) Management Information System
5 26 (2.75%) Linux Command Line
5 26 (2.75%) Virtual Team
6 21 (2.22%) Data Structures
7 18 (1.90%) Video on Demand
7 18 (1.90%) Video\Live Streaming
8 17 (1.80%) Computer Science
9 16 (1.69%) iPad
10 15 (1.59%) iPhone
11 14 (1.48%) Minimum Viable Product
12 10 (1.06%) Blog
12 10 (1.06%) Chromecast
12 10 (1.06%) IPTV
13 9 (0.95%) Driving Licence
13 9 (0.95%) Fintech
13 9 (0.95%) Social Media
14 8 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 58 (6.13%) Linux
2 49 (5.18%) Unix
3 41 (4.33%) Apple iOS
4 27 (2.85%) Android
5 14 (1.48%) Windows
6 12 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.53%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.21%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.11%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 668 (70.61%) Agile Software Development
2 486 (51.37%) User Stories
3 372 (39.32%) Scrum
4 235 (24.84%) Test Automation
5 217 (22.94%) BDD
6 184 (19.45%) TDD
7 179 (18.92%) Business Analysis
8 152 (16.07%) Kanban
9 150 (15.86%) Continuous Improvement
10 149 (15.75%) Stakeholder Management
11 103 (10.89%) Use Case
12 98 (10.36%) E-Commerce
13 96 (10.15%) Continuous Integration
13 96 (10.15%) Project Management
14 84 (8.88%) Software Engineering
15 82 (8.67%) Waterfall
16 81 (8.56%) Test Scripting
17 79 (8.35%) Open Source
18 77 (8.14%) DevOps
18 77 (8.14%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 165 (17.44%) Java
2 96 (10.15%) SQL
3 84 (8.88%) JavaScript
4 53 (5.60%) Scala
5 43 (4.55%) C#
6 39 (4.12%) Python
7 38 (4.02%) Shell Script
8 36 (3.81%) Apple Swift
9 34 (3.59%) Ruby
10 33 (3.49%) Groovy
11 20 (2.11%) Objective-C
12 16 (1.69%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.48%) Kotlin
14 8 (0.85%) TypeScript
15 7 (0.74%) C
15 7 (0.74%) C++
16 6 (0.63%) PL/SQL
16 6 (0.63%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.63%) VBA
17 5 (0.53%) Perl
Qualifications
1 101 (10.68%) Security Cleared
2 69 (7.29%) SC Cleared
3 68 (7.19%) Degree
4 29 (3.07%) ISTQB
5 25 (2.64%) BPSS Clearance
5 25 (2.64%) ISEB
6 17 (1.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 14 (1.48%) CTC Cleared
8 11 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
9 10 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (0.85%) PMI Certification
11 7 (0.74%) Master's Degree
12 5 (0.53%) APMG
12 5 (0.53%) PMP
12 5 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.32%) DV Cleared
14 3 (0.32%) HNC
15 2 (0.21%) CISSP
15 2 (0.21%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 195 (20.61%) QA
2 10 (1.06%) PMO
3 9 (0.95%) GDPR
4 6 (0.63%) WCAG
5 5 (0.53%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.42%) COBIT
6 4 (0.42%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.42%) SLA
7 3 (0.32%) IFRS
7 3 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.32%) Solvency II
7 3 (0.32%) WAI
8 2 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.21%) ISO 20022
8 2 (0.21%) PSD2
9 1 (0.11%) BS25999
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 12207
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
System Software
1 15 (1.59%) Docker
2 10 (1.06%) HDFS
3 7 (0.74%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 14 (1.48%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.27%) Grafana
2 12 (1.27%) Kibana
2 12 (1.27%) logstash
3 7 (0.74%) Ansible
3 7 (0.74%) Kubernetes
4 6 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.53%) Puppet
5 5 (0.53%) Terraform
6 3 (0.32%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.21%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 2 (0.21%) Nagios
7 2 (0.21%) Netcool
7 2 (0.21%) Rancher
7 2 (0.21%) SCCM
8 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.11%) Rundeck
8 1 (0.11%) Salt
8 1 (0.11%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 48 (5.07%) Microsoft
2 31 (3.28%) Atlassian
3 25 (2.64%) Salesforce.com
4 22 (2.33%) Google
5 19 (2.01%) Oracle
6 18 (1.90%) HP
7 17 (1.80%) Apple
8 16 (1.69%) Adobe
8 16 (1.69%) SAP
9 15 (1.59%) Splunk
10 14 (1.48%) ServiceNow
11 13 (1.37%) Remedy
12 12 (1.27%) AppDynamics
12 12 (1.27%) Red Hat
13 10 (1.06%) Xamarin
14 7 (0.74%) Intapp
15 6 (0.63%) Pega
16 5 (0.53%) IBM
17 4 (0.42%) Capita
17 4 (0.42%) Talend