Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 277 279 297
Rank change year-on-year +2 +18 +26
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 955 916 918
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.94% 0.94% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 1.10% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 598 649 612
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £421
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +3.86% +5.31%
10th Percentile £325 £306 £300
90th Percentile £581 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 7
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £36.50 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.29% -7.29% +29.08%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £36.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +25.00% -8.56% +29.08%

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 87,849 83,375 90,760
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.17% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,038 54,987 60,016
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,412 2,057 2,375
UK median hourly rate £20.55 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.38% +6.67% +2.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.13% +6.82%

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 24 September 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 24 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Top 16 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 24 September 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 -6 909 £463 +5.71% 191
UK excluding London +30 525 £425 +6.25% 137
London -42 418 £475 - 68
South East +26 164 £425 - 39
Midlands +37 120 £415 +7.79% 17
North of England -34 92 £421 +5.31% 33
West Midlands +29 86 £450 +16.50% 9
South West -1 60 £350 -6.67% 15
East of England -25 54 £475 +9.20% 19
North West 0 50 £463 +15.63% 12
Yorkshire -29 33 £393 -6.55% 20
East Midlands +14 31 £350 -6.67% 8
Scotland -6 23 £375 +15.38% 11
Wales -23 11 £350 -14.11% 2
North East -30 9 £500 +42.86% 1
Northern Ireland +36 1 £550 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 September 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.

1 686 (71.83%) Agile Software Development
2 446 (46.70%) User Stories
3 355 (37.17%) Scrum
4 263 (27.54%) Test Automation
5 217 (22.72%) Finance
6 211 (22.09%) JIRA
7 197 (20.63%) QA
8 176 (18.43%) BDD
9 164 (17.17%) Business Analysis
10 153 (16.02%) Selenium
11 150 (15.71%) Analytical Skills
12 148 (15.50%) TDD
13 146 (15.29%) Java
14 137 (14.35%) User Experience
15 132 (13.82%) Confluence
16 131 (13.72%) SQL
17 116 (12.15%) Kanban
17 116 (12.15%) Continuous Improvement
18 115 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
19 109 (11.41%) Stakeholder Management
20 105 (10.99%) Test Strategy
21 100 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
22 95 (9.95%) SDLC
23 92 (9.63%) E-Commerce
24 90 (9.42%) Security Cleared
25 86 (9.01%) RESTful
25 86 (9.01%) Cucumber
25 86 (9.01%) User Acceptance Testing
26 82 (8.59%) Web Services
26 82 (8.59%) Project Management

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
1 132 (13.82%) Confluence
2 32 (3.35%) CMS
3 11 (1.15%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 10 (1.05%) SharePoint
5 9 (0.94%) Apache Spark
5 9 (0.94%) Cloud Foundry
6 8 (0.84%) Drupal
7 7 (0.73%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.63%) ArcGIS
8 6 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (0.52%) Apache
9 5 (0.52%) Apache Qpid
9 5 (0.52%) CICS
10 4 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.42%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.31%) GemFire
11 3 (0.31%) Jetty
11 3 (0.31%) Mule
11 3 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 36 (3.77%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.93%) MS Visio
3 27 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 20 (2.09%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (1.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.94%) Open Workbench
7 3 (0.31%) InVision
8 2 (0.21%) Mingle
9 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.63%) Eloqua
3 2 (0.21%) Exchequer
3 2 (0.21%) Primavera
3 2 (0.21%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.10%) Endur
4 1 (0.10%) Finacle
4 1 (0.10%) HFM
4 1 (0.10%) OpenText MBPM
4 1 (0.10%) OpenText Process Suite
4 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.10%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.10%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.10%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 31 (3.25%) Office 365
2 29 (3.04%) Amazon AWS
3 26 (2.72%) Microsoft Azure
4 17 (1.78%) GitHub
5 15 (1.57%) PaaS
6 11 (1.15%) Google Cloud Platform
6 11 (1.15%) SaaS
7 10 (1.05%) Google Analytics
8 9 (0.94%) Slack
9 8 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (0.63%) BrowserStack
10 6 (0.63%) Sauce Labs
11 5 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.31%) IaaS
12 3 (0.31%) Trello
12 3 (0.31%) Yammer
13 2 (0.21%) Akamai
13 2 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.21%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.21%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.57%) Internet
2 10 (1.05%) Unified Communications
3 8 (0.84%) HTTP
3 8 (0.84%) SMS
4 6 (0.63%) Intranet
4 6 (0.63%) VPN
5 4 (0.42%) SSL
5 4 (0.42%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.31%) DHCP
6 3 (0.31%) DMZ
6 3 (0.31%) DNS
6 3 (0.31%) Firewall
6 3 (0.31%) Radio Access Network
7 2 (0.21%) SAN
7 2 (0.21%) Skype
8 1 (0.10%) BGP
8 1 (0.10%) CTI
8 1 (0.10%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (0.10%) MPLS
8 1 (0.10%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.66%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.30%) Hadoop
3 18 (1.88%) Big Data
4 15 (1.57%) Pentaho
5 14 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.15%) MySQL
7 10 (1.05%) Impala
8 9 (0.94%) Apache Hive
8 9 (0.94%) HBase
9 8 (0.84%) DB2
10 7 (0.73%) GIS
10 7 (0.73%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 5 (0.52%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.52%) Relational Database
13 4 (0.42%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.42%) Hazelcast
13 4 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 211 (22.09%) JIRA
2 153 (16.02%) Selenium
3 86 (9.01%) Cucumber
4 79 (8.27%) Git (software)
5 68 (7.12%) Jenkins
6 54 (5.65%) SoapUI
6 54 (5.65%) WebDriver
7 42 (4.40%) SpecFlow
8 34 (3.56%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (3.25%) Visual Studio Team System
10 26 (2.72%) JMeter
11 22 (2.30%) Visual Studio
12 21 (2.20%) JUnit
13 17 (1.78%) JIRA Agile
13 17 (1.78%) LoadRunner
14 16 (1.68%) Gradle
14 16 (1.68%) Maven
15 15 (1.57%) MSBuild
16 14 (1.47%) TeamCity
16 14 (1.47%) Xcode
General
1 217 (22.72%) Finance
2 68 (7.12%) Retail
3 63 (6.60%) Banking
4 33 (3.46%) Marketing
5 24 (2.51%) Publishing
6 20 (2.09%) Telecoms
7 13 (1.36%) Advertising
7 13 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.05%) Law
9 9 (0.94%) Games
10 8 (0.84%) Legal
10 8 (0.84%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.63%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.52%) Dutch Language
12 5 (0.52%) French Language
13 4 (0.42%) Back Office
13 4 (0.42%) Electronics
13 4 (0.42%) Front Office
13 4 (0.42%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 407 (42.62%) Analyst
2 297 (31.10%) Business Analyst
3 128 (13.40%) Developer
4 81 (8.48%) Test Analyst
5 75 (7.85%) Agile Business Analyst
6 64 (6.70%) Tester
7 63 (6.60%) Project Manager
8 45 (4.71%) Product Owner
9 43 (4.50%) Digital Analyst
10 40 (4.19%) Digital Business Analyst
11 38 (3.98%) Technical Analyst
12 34 (3.56%) Technical Business Analyst
13 31 (3.25%) Developer in Test
13 31 (3.25%) Senior Analyst
13 31 (3.25%) Test Engineer
14 27 (2.83%) Automation Tester
15 26 (2.72%) QA Analyst
16 24 (2.51%) Architect
16 24 (2.51%) Consultant
17 23 (2.41%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (9.01%) RESTful
2 82 (8.59%) Web Services
3 71 (7.43%) Gherkin
4 58 (6.07%) HTML
5 52 (5.45%) .NET
6 42 (4.40%) CSS
7 37 (3.87%) AngularJS
8 36 (3.77%) REST
9 33 (3.46%) SOAP
10 28 (2.93%) XML
11 27 (2.83%) Node.js
12 26 (2.72%) JSON
13 23 (2.41%) HTML5
14 21 (2.20%) Spring
15 19 (1.99%) React
16 17 (1.78%) Middleware
17 16 (1.68%) CSS3
17 16 (1.68%) OAuth
17 16 (1.68%) RabbitMQ
17 16 (1.68%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 150 (15.71%) Analytical Skills
2 137 (14.35%) User Experience
3 36 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 33 (3.46%) Mobile App
5 26 (2.72%) Virtual Team
6 24 (2.51%) Fintech
7 23 (2.41%) Greenfield Project
8 21 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
9 19 (1.99%) iPad
10 17 (1.78%) Video on Demand
11 15 (1.57%) Video\Live Streaming
12 14 (1.47%) Blog
12 14 (1.47%) Data Centre
13 13 (1.36%) iPhone
14 12 (1.26%) Client/Server
15 11 (1.15%) Computer Science
15 11 (1.15%) Over-the-Top Content
16 10 (1.05%) Mainframe
17 8 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
17 8 (0.84%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 53 (5.55%) Windows
2 47 (4.92%) Linux
2 47 (4.92%) Unix
3 27 (2.83%) Apple iOS
4 14 (1.47%) Android
5 7 (0.73%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.31%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.21%) AIX
7 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.21%) Solaris
7 2 (0.21%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.21%) Windows 2000
7 2 (0.21%) Windows NT
7 2 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.21%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.10%) Fedora
8 1 (0.10%) SUSE
8 1 (0.10%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 686 (71.83%) Agile Software Development
2 446 (46.70%) User Stories
3 355 (37.17%) Scrum
4 263 (27.54%) Test Automation
5 176 (18.43%) BDD
6 164 (17.17%) Business Analysis
7 148 (15.50%) TDD
8 116 (12.15%) Continuous Improvement
8 116 (12.15%) Kanban
9 115 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
10 109 (11.41%) Stakeholder Management
11 105 (10.99%) Test Strategy
12 100 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
13 95 (9.95%) SDLC
14 92 (9.63%) E-Commerce
15 86 (9.01%) User Acceptance Testing
16 82 (8.59%) Project Management
17 80 (8.38%) Waterfall
18 77 (8.06%) Test Scripting
19 73 (7.64%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 146 (15.29%) Java
2 131 (13.72%) SQL
3 78 (8.17%) JavaScript
4 66 (6.91%) C#
5 45 (4.71%) Python
6 38 (3.98%) Scala
7 27 (2.83%) Groovy
8 22 (2.30%) Shell Script
9 20 (2.09%) PowerShell
10 16 (1.68%) Apple Swift
11 13 (1.36%) Objective-C
12 9 (0.94%) Bash Shell
12 9 (0.94%) C
13 8 (0.84%) Java 8
13 8 (0.84%) TypeScript
13 8 (0.84%) VBScript
14 6 (0.63%) Perl
15 5 (0.52%) Ruby
16 4 (0.42%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.31%) PHP
Qualifications
1 90 (9.42%) Security Cleared
2 71 (7.43%) Degree
2 71 (7.43%) SC Cleared
3 54 (5.65%) ISTQB
4 53 (5.55%) ISEB
5 28 (2.93%) BPSS Clearance
6 20 (2.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (0.94%) Master's Degree
8 7 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (0.63%) APMG
9 6 (0.63%) CBAP
9 6 (0.63%) CCNA
9 6 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (0.52%) TOGAF Certification
11 4 (0.42%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.42%) DV Cleared
11 4 (0.42%) IIBA
11 4 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.42%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (20.63%) QA
2 20 (2.09%) GDPR
3 14 (1.47%) Data Quality
4 10 (1.05%) PMO
4 10 (1.05%) WCAG
5 8 (0.84%) SLA
6 6 (0.63%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.31%) IFRS
8 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.10%) COBIT
9 1 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.10%) EMIR
9 1 (0.10%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.10%) MiFID
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 23 (2.41%) Docker
2 12 (1.26%) HDFS
3 8 (0.84%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.21%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 16 (1.68%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.47%) Ansible
3 11 (1.15%) Kubernetes
3 11 (1.15%) Single Sign-On
4 10 (1.05%) Puppet
5 9 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.84%) HP ALM
6 8 (0.84%) WMI
7 7 (0.73%) Terraform
8 6 (0.63%) AirWatch
9 5 (0.52%) Grafana
9 5 (0.52%) Hadoop YARN
9 5 (0.52%) Kibana
9 5 (0.52%) Nagios
10 4 (0.42%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 4 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 3 (0.31%) CA Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.31%) logstash
11 3 (0.31%) Oozie
11 3 (0.31%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 81 (8.48%) Microsoft
2 47 (4.92%) Oracle
3 25 (2.62%) Atlassian
4 24 (2.51%) Google
5 23 (2.41%) Salesforce.com
6 21 (2.20%) SAP
6 21 (2.20%) ServiceNow
7 20 (2.09%) HP
8 12 (1.26%) Adobe
9 11 (1.15%) Blue Prism
9 11 (1.15%) Tableau
10 9 (0.94%) BMC
11 7 (0.73%) Apple
11 7 (0.73%) Citrix
11 7 (0.73%) Informatica
12 6 (0.63%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
12 6 (0.63%) Snow
13 5 (0.52%) Automation Anywhere
13 5 (0.52%) Cloudera
13 5 (0.52%) UiPath