Period
to 12 December 2017

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 12 December 2017 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 279 303 310
Rank change year-on-year +24 +7 -13
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 974 859 897
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.94% 0.83% 0.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 0.99% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 668 537 620
UK median daily rate £450 £420 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £315 £308 £300
90th Percentile £600 £530 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 10 11
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £41.69 £34.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +19.27% -50.07%
10th Percentile £21.75 £32.50 £29.25
90th Percentile £38.45 £53.45 £39.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £39.37 £34.95
% change year-on-year -16.18% +12.65% -50.07%

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 87363 86743 92405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.55% 83.94% 82.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 58339 57301 60015
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +0.75% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2010 2349 2749
UK median hourly rate £24.99 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.13% +6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.35 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +4.17% +2.13% +17.50%

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 12 December 2017.

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 12 December 2017.

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 12 December 2017. 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 +35 925 £463 +8.82% 83
London +90 518 £479 +6.39% 37
UK excluding London -5 444 £405 +1.25% 49
South East -69 143 £450 +15.38% 10
North of England +10 83 £400 - 20
East of England +25 77 £440 -2.22% 4
Midlands +28 63 £400 -4.19% 8
South West +28 43 £375 -6.25% 4
West Midlands +1 39 £388 -8.82% 4
North West +18 32 £400 +14.29% 15
Yorkshire -2 30 £420 +5.00% 4
East Midlands +15 23 £400 -8.57% 4
North East +49 21 £355 +4.42% 1
Wales +9 21 £425 +3.34%
Scotland -18 17 £400 +6.67% 3

For the 6 months to 12 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 694 (71.25%) Agile Software Development
2 522 (53.59%) User Stories
3 422 (43.33%) Scrum
4 254 (26.08%) BDD
5 245 (25.15%) JIRA
6 233 (23.92%) TDD
7 230 (23.61%) Test Automation
8 203 (20.84%) QA
9 202 (20.74%) Java
10 172 (17.66%) Continuous Improvement
11 168 (17.25%) Kanban
12 166 (17.04%) Business Analysis
13 151 (15.50%) Confluence
14 143 (14.68%) Finance
15 136 (13.96%) RESTful
15 136 (13.96%) User Experience
16 116 (11.91%) Stakeholder Management
17 109 (11.19%) User Acceptance Testing
18 102 (10.47%) Use Case
19 101 (10.37%) Software Engineering
20 100 (10.27%) SQL
21 96 (9.86%) Analytical Skills
22 94 (9.65%) Cucumber
23 93 (9.55%) Continuous Integration
24 90 (9.24%) DevOps
25 86 (8.83%) Security Cleared
26 84 (8.62%) Open Source
26 84 (8.62%) Project Management
27 82 (8.42%) E-Commerce
28 81 (8.32%) Web Services

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
1 151 (15.50%) Confluence
2 65 (6.67%) CMS
3 19 (1.95%) Tomcat
4 17 (1.75%) WebSphere
5 16 (1.64%) Apache Spark
6 15 (1.54%) Cloud Foundry
7 14 (1.44%) SharePoint
8 13 (1.33%) Apache
8 13 (1.33%) GemFire
9 10 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
9 10 (1.03%) JBoss
9 10 (1.03%) WebLogic
10 8 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 7 (0.72%) MS Project Server
12 6 (0.62%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.51%) SAS
14 4 (0.41%) Drupal
14 4 (0.41%) WordPress
15 2 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 36 (3.70%) MS Visio
2 22 (2.26%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.26%) Microsoft Project
3 9 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 3 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.31%) Oracle Retail
1 3 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 3 (0.31%) SAP Hybris
2 2 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.21%) SAP PP
3 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle SCM
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle TCA
3 1 (0.10%) Primavera
3 1 (0.10%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 40 (4.11%) GitHub
2 39 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (2.05%) PaaS
4 18 (1.85%) SaaS
5 16 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
6 12 (1.23%) Google Analytics
7 8 (0.82%) Google Cloud Platform
8 7 (0.72%) IaaS
8 7 (0.72%) Office 365
9 6 (0.62%) BrowserStack
10 5 (0.51%) Slack
10 5 (0.51%) SuccessFactors
10 5 (0.51%) Trello
11 4 (0.41%) Force.com
11 4 (0.41%) Sauce Labs
12 3 (0.31%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.31%) Google Play
12 3 (0.31%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.33%) Internet
2 6 (0.62%) SMS
3 5 (0.51%) HTTP
3 5 (0.51%) Skype
4 3 (0.31%) DSL
4 3 (0.31%) iBeacon
5 2 (0.21%) DNS
6 1 (0.10%) Broadband
6 1 (0.10%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.10%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (4.72%) NoSQL
2 30 (3.08%) Big Data
3 24 (2.46%) MongoDB
4 21 (2.16%) SQL Server
5 20 (2.05%) Relational Database
6 19 (1.95%) MySQL
7 17 (1.75%) Hadoop
8 16 (1.64%) HBase
9 15 (1.54%) RDBMS
10 14 (1.44%) Apache Hive
11 13 (1.33%) OLTP
12 12 (1.23%) Apache Cassandra
13 9 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
13 9 (0.92%) RavenDB
14 6 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
14 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 4 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
15 4 (0.41%) BusinessObjects
15 4 (0.41%) Power BI
15 4 (0.41%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 245 (25.15%) JIRA
2 94 (9.65%) Cucumber
3 80 (8.21%) Selenium
4 77 (7.91%) Git (software)
5 75 (7.70%) Jenkins
6 50 (5.13%) Xcode
7 39 (4.00%) JUnit
8 38 (3.90%) WebDriver
9 34 (3.49%) Appium
10 29 (2.98%) SpecFlow
11 26 (2.67%) JIRA Agile
12 25 (2.57%) Gradle
13 24 (2.46%) TeamCity
14 23 (2.36%) IntelliJ
15 21 (2.16%) Calabash
15 21 (2.16%) SoapUI
16 19 (1.95%) JMeter
17 18 (1.85%) Maven
18 15 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
19 13 (1.33%) JBehave
General
1 143 (14.68%) Finance
2 78 (8.01%) Banking
3 71 (7.29%) Retail
4 46 (4.72%) Publishing
5 43 (4.41%) Games
6 29 (2.98%) Marketing
7 25 (2.57%) Law
8 22 (2.26%) Legal
9 16 (1.64%) Retail Banking
10 14 (1.44%) Front Office
11 13 (1.33%) Telecoms
12 12 (1.23%) Investment Banking
13 10 (1.03%) Automotive
14 8 (0.82%) Manufacturing
15 7 (0.72%) Back Office
16 6 (0.62%) Billing
16 6 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
17 4 (0.41%) Electronics
18 3 (0.31%) Advertising
18 3 (0.31%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 411 (42.20%) Analyst
2 337 (34.60%) Business Analyst
3 196 (20.12%) Developer
4 110 (11.29%) Agile Business Analyst
5 68 (6.98%) Java Developer
6 65 (6.67%) Digital Business Analyst
7 64 (6.57%) Digital Analyst
8 54 (5.54%) Product Owner
8 54 (5.54%) Tester
9 51 (5.24%) Senior Analyst
10 44 (4.52%) Senior Business Analyst
11 43 (4.41%) Senior Developer
12 39 (4.00%) Scrum Master
13 37 (3.80%) iOS Developer
13 37 (3.80%) Test Analyst
14 35 (3.59%) Project Manager
15 33 (3.39%) Agile Product Owner
16 31 (3.18%) Test Engineer
17 30 (3.08%) Developer in Test
18 27 (2.77%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 136 (13.96%) RESTful
2 81 (8.32%) Web Services
3 61 (6.26%) JSON
4 58 (5.95%) Gherkin
5 41 (4.21%) Spring
6 39 (4.00%) Velocity
7 38 (3.90%) AngularJS
8 37 (3.80%) HTML
8 37 (3.80%) REST
9 35 (3.59%) .NET
10 34 (3.49%) XML
11 32 (3.29%) Cocoa
12 27 (2.77%) CSS
13 26 (2.67%) Spring Boot
14 22 (2.26%) Node.js
15 19 (1.95%) J2EE
15 19 (1.95%) Middleware
16 18 (1.85%) Kafka
17 17 (1.75%) React
18 16 (1.64%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 136 (13.96%) User Experience
2 96 (9.86%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (6.06%) Virtual Team
4 55 (5.65%) Mobile App
5 48 (4.93%) Management Information System
6 36 (3.70%) Data Structures
7 29 (2.98%) iPad
8 28 (2.87%) iPhone
9 25 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
10 24 (2.46%) Linux Command Line
11 18 (1.85%) Computer Science
12 17 (1.75%) Blog
13 14 (1.44%) Video on Demand
13 14 (1.44%) Video\Live Streaming
14 13 (1.33%) Replication
15 12 (1.23%) Minimum Viable Product
16 10 (1.03%) Social Media
17 8 (0.82%) Fixed Income
18 7 (0.72%) IPTV
19 6 (0.62%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 70 (7.19%) Linux
2 53 (5.44%) Unix
3 52 (5.34%) Apple iOS
4 26 (2.67%) Android
5 15 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (1.44%) Windows
7 10 (1.03%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.21%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.10%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 694 (71.25%) Agile Software Development
2 522 (53.59%) User Stories
3 422 (43.33%) Scrum
4 254 (26.08%) BDD
5 233 (23.92%) TDD
6 230 (23.61%) Test Automation
7 172 (17.66%) Continuous Improvement
8 168 (17.25%) Kanban
9 166 (17.04%) Business Analysis
10 116 (11.91%) Stakeholder Management
11 109 (11.19%) User Acceptance Testing
12 102 (10.47%) Use Case
13 101 (10.37%) Software Engineering
14 93 (9.55%) Continuous Integration
15 90 (9.24%) DevOps
16 84 (8.62%) Open Source
16 84 (8.62%) Project Management
17 82 (8.42%) E-Commerce
18 77 (7.91%) Pair Programming
19 73 (7.49%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 202 (20.74%) Java
2 100 (10.27%) SQL
3 79 (8.11%) JavaScript
4 59 (6.06%) Python
5 58 (5.95%) Scala
6 45 (4.62%) Apple Swift
7 44 (4.52%) C#
8 43 (4.41%) Ruby
9 40 (4.11%) Shell Script
10 33 (3.39%) Groovy
11 32 (3.29%) Objective-C
12 14 (1.44%) Bash Shell
13 12 (1.23%) C
13 12 (1.23%) Kotlin
14 8 (0.82%) C++
15 7 (0.72%) Go
15 7 (0.72%) PL/SQL
16 6 (0.62%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.51%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.51%) VBA
Qualifications
1 86 (8.83%) Security Cleared
2 80 (8.21%) Degree
3 50 (5.13%) SC Cleared
4 30 (3.08%) ISEB
5 28 (2.87%) BPSS Clearance
6 23 (2.36%) ISTQB
7 15 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
8 13 (1.33%) Master's Degree
9 12 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
10 11 (1.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 10 (1.03%) CTC Cleared
12 8 (0.82%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.72%) PMP
14 5 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 4 (0.41%) APMG
16 3 (0.31%) DV Cleared
16 3 (0.31%) IIBA
17 2 (0.21%) CISSP
17 2 (0.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 1 (0.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (20.84%) QA
2 15 (1.54%) Data Quality
3 11 (1.13%) WCAG
4 9 (0.92%) PMO
4 9 (0.92%) SLA
5 6 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.51%) EMIR
6 5 (0.51%) MiFID
6 5 (0.51%) WAI
7 4 (0.41%) FATCA
8 3 (0.31%) GDPR
8 3 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.31%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.21%) COBIT
9 2 (0.21%) IFRS
9 2 (0.21%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 12207
System Software
1 23 (2.36%) Docker
2 16 (1.64%) HDFS
3 14 (1.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.10%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 18 (1.85%) Kibana
1 18 (1.85%) logstash
2 14 (1.44%) Kubernetes
3 9 (0.92%) Grafana
4 7 (0.72%) Ansible
4 7 (0.72%) Prometheus
5 5 (0.51%) Rancher
5 5 (0.51%) Terraform
6 4 (0.41%) Puppet
7 3 (0.31%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.21%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 2 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.21%) Netcool
8 2 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.21%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.10%) ITRS Geneos
9 1 (0.10%) Nagios
9 1 (0.10%) Rundeck
9 1 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 53 (5.44%) Microsoft
2 38 (3.90%) Oracle
3 33 (3.39%) Apple
3 33 (3.39%) Atlassian
4 28 (2.87%) Splunk
5 24 (2.46%) Google
5 24 (2.46%) Salesforce.com
6 18 (1.85%) AppDynamics
6 18 (1.85%) SAP
7 15 (1.54%) Red Hat
8 12 (1.23%) Xamarin
9 11 (1.13%) Adobe
10 9 (0.92%) ServiceNow
11 8 (0.82%) Remedy
12 7 (0.72%) IBM
12 7 (0.72%) Workday
13 6 (0.62%) HP
14 5 (0.51%) Charles River
15 4 (0.41%) Fixnetix
15 4 (0.41%) Talend