Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 274 282 309
Rank change year-on-year +8 +27 +3
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 1,028 974 856
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 0.94% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.10% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 606 670 535
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
10th Percentile £315 £315 £308
90th Percentile £597 £600 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 10
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £33.00 £41.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.85% -20.83% +26.32%
10th Percentile £17.80 £21.75 £32.50
90th Percentile £45.15 £38.45 £53.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.13 £33.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +27.67% -16.18% +19.30%

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 91,392 88,694 87,632
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.72% 85.90% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,516 59,163 57,746
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,345 2,083 2,479
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +6.67% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.05
90th Percentile £50.19 £49.24 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.62 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -14.07% +6.67% -1.45%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 +4 972 £469 +1.41% 178
UK excluding London +22 568 £425 +4.94% 135
London -26 439 £475 -0.52% 55
South East +3 160 £450 - 33
Midlands +43 117 £425 +6.25% 21
North of England +3 98 £400 - 38
South West +5 86 £425 +13.33% 12
West Midlands +20 82 £450 +16.13% 14
East of England +1 74 £475 +7.95% 19
North West +3 54 £425 +6.25% 20
Yorkshire 0 38 £363 -13.69% 14
East Midlands +16 33 £350 -12.50% 7
Scotland -6 24 £375 -6.25% 11
Wales -28 11 £400 -5.88% 1
North East -21 6 £425 +18.04% 4
Northern Ireland - 1 £550 -

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 712 (69.26%) Agile Software Development
2 503 (48.93%) User Stories
3 364 (35.41%) Scrum
4 286 (27.82%) Test Automation
5 233 (22.67%) QA
6 228 (22.18%) JIRA
7 223 (21.69%) Finance
8 217 (21.11%) BDD
9 170 (16.54%) Analytical Skills
10 167 (16.25%) TDD
11 155 (15.08%) Confluence
12 153 (14.88%) SQL
13 148 (14.40%) Java
14 144 (14.01%) Business Analysis
14 144 (14.01%) Selenium
15 140 (13.62%) Problem-Solving
16 137 (13.33%) Kanban
17 130 (12.65%) Test Strategy
18 128 (12.45%) Continuous Improvement
19 125 (12.16%) User Experience
20 114 (11.09%) SDLC
21 108 (10.51%) Continuous Integration
22 105 (10.21%) Security Cleared
23 100 (9.73%) Stakeholder Management
24 96 (9.34%) Git (software)
25 93 (9.05%) Cucumber
26 90 (8.75%) Web Services
26 90 (8.75%) Test Scripting
27 88 (8.56%) RESTful
28 87 (8.46%) Degree

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
1 155 (15.08%) Confluence
2 28 (2.72%) CMS
3 14 (1.36%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.17%) IIS
5 10 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (0.88%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 9 (0.88%) CICS
6 9 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
7 8 (0.78%) Drupal
8 7 (0.68%) Apache Spark
8 7 (0.68%) SAS
9 6 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.49%) Apache Qpid
10 5 (0.49%) ArcGIS
11 4 (0.39%) Apache
11 4 (0.39%) GemFire
11 4 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
12 3 (0.29%) Mule
12 3 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 47 (4.57%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (2.14%) MS Visio
4 21 (2.04%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (1.46%) Open Workbench
6 14 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.19%) Mingle
8 1 (0.097%) EngageOne
8 1 (0.097%) InVision
8 1 (0.097%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.49%) Eloqua
3 2 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.19%) Exchequer
3 2 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.19%) Primavera
3 2 (0.19%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.19%) SAP HR
3 2 (0.19%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.097%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.097%) Endur
4 1 (0.097%) HFM
4 1 (0.097%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.097%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.097%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.097%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.097%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.097%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.097%) SDL Web 8
4 1 (0.097%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 64 (6.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 41 (3.99%) Amazon AWS
3 27 (2.63%) Office 365
4 21 (2.04%) GitHub
5 13 (1.26%) PaaS
6 12 (1.17%) Dynamics 365
6 12 (1.17%) SaaS
7 10 (0.97%) BrowserStack
7 10 (0.97%) Slack
8 9 (0.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 9 (0.88%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (0.88%) Google Analytics
9 6 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
11 4 (0.39%) IaaS
11 4 (0.39%) OpenShift
11 4 (0.39%) Trello
12 3 (0.29%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.29%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.14%) Internet
2 12 (1.17%) Network Security
3 11 (1.07%) Unified Communications
4 8 (0.78%) VPN
5 6 (0.58%) Firewall
6 4 (0.39%) DMZ
7 3 (0.29%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (0.29%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (0.29%) HTTP
7 3 (0.29%) Radio Access Network
7 3 (0.29%) SSL
8 2 (0.19%) BGP
8 2 (0.19%) Cisco Firepower
8 2 (0.19%) Cisco ISE
8 2 (0.19%) DHCP
8 2 (0.19%) MPLS
9 1 (0.097%) CTI
9 1 (0.097%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.097%) OSPF
9 1 (0.097%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (4.09%) SQL Server
2 31 (3.02%) Hadoop
2 31 (3.02%) Pentaho
3 27 (2.63%) MySQL
4 21 (2.04%) GIS
5 20 (1.95%) Impala
6 19 (1.85%) Big Data
7 14 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (1.07%) Apache Hive
8 11 (1.07%) DB2
9 10 (0.97%) Ingres
10 9 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
12 7 (0.68%) MongoDB
12 7 (0.68%) Relational Database
12 7 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 7 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 6 (0.58%) HBase
13 6 (0.58%) NoSQL
14 5 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 228 (22.18%) JIRA
2 144 (14.01%) Selenium
3 96 (9.34%) Git (software)
4 93 (9.05%) Cucumber
5 77 (7.49%) Jenkins
6 58 (5.64%) SoapUI
7 41 (3.99%) JMeter
8 40 (3.89%) Team Foundation Server
8 40 (3.89%) WebDriver
9 36 (3.50%) JUnit
10 35 (3.40%) Visual Studio Team System
11 28 (2.72%) SpecFlow
12 24 (2.33%) LoadRunner
13 22 (2.14%) CircleCI
14 20 (1.95%) Bitbucket
14 20 (1.95%) TeamCity
15 18 (1.75%) Mocha
16 16 (1.56%) Hudson
16 16 (1.56%) IntelliJ
17 15 (1.46%) NUnit
General
1 223 (21.69%) Finance
2 68 (6.61%) Retail
3 48 (4.67%) Banking
4 43 (4.18%) Marketing
5 26 (2.53%) Publishing
6 21 (2.04%) Games
7 19 (1.85%) Telecoms
8 14 (1.36%) Advertising
8 14 (1.36%) Legal
9 12 (1.17%) Financial Institution
10 11 (1.07%) Back Office
10 11 (1.07%) French Language
10 11 (1.07%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.97%) Billing
12 9 (0.88%) German Language
12 9 (0.88%) Manufacturing
13 8 (0.78%) Law
14 7 (0.68%) Retail Banking
15 6 (0.58%) Dutch Language
16 4 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 387 (37.65%) Analyst
2 292 (28.40%) Business Analyst
3 133 (12.94%) Developer
4 75 (7.30%) Agile Business Analyst
5 72 (7.00%) Test Analyst
6 67 (6.52%) Tester
7 65 (6.32%) Project Manager
8 57 (5.54%) Product Owner
9 51 (4.96%) Test Engineer
10 48 (4.67%) Digital Analyst
11 44 (4.28%) Digital Business Analyst
12 39 (3.79%) Technical Analyst
13 35 (3.40%) Technical Business Analyst
14 33 (3.21%) Test Leader
15 30 (2.92%) Product Manager
16 29 (2.82%) Consultant
17 25 (2.43%) Senior Analyst
18 22 (2.14%) Developer in Test
19 21 (2.04%) Test Manager
20 19 (1.85%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (8.75%) Web Services
2 88 (8.56%) RESTful
3 58 (5.64%) .NET
4 55 (5.35%) Gherkin
5 53 (5.16%) REST
6 50 (4.86%) HTML
6 50 (4.86%) JSON
7 45 (4.38%) CSS
8 40 (3.89%) AngularJS
9 33 (3.21%) Spring
10 32 (3.11%) Node.js
11 31 (3.02%) SOAP
11 31 (3.02%) XML
12 26 (2.53%) React
13 22 (2.14%) HTML5
14 21 (2.04%) .NET Framework
14 21 (2.04%) Middleware
15 19 (1.85%) Spring Boot
16 18 (1.75%) Kafka
17 16 (1.56%) Jest
Miscellaneous
1 170 (16.54%) Analytical Skills
2 125 (12.16%) User Experience
3 53 (5.16%) Management Information System
4 30 (2.92%) Mobile App
5 27 (2.63%) Virtual Team
6 26 (2.53%) Video on Demand
7 24 (2.33%) Video\Live Streaming
8 23 (2.24%) Greenfield Project
9 19 (1.85%) Over-the-Top Content
10 18 (1.75%) Fintech
10 18 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
11 17 (1.65%) Blog
11 17 (1.65%) Client/Server
12 13 (1.26%) Data Centre
12 13 (1.26%) Linux Command Line
12 13 (1.26%) Wiki
13 10 (0.97%) Data Structures
14 9 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (0.88%) Mainframe
14 9 (0.88%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 64 (6.23%) Linux
2 51 (4.96%) Unix
3 44 (4.28%) Windows
4 24 (2.33%) Apple iOS
5 18 (1.75%) Android
6 3 (0.29%) tvOS
6 3 (0.29%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.19%) Android TV
7 2 (0.19%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.19%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.097%) CentOS
8 1 (0.097%) Fedora
8 1 (0.097%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.097%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.097%) VMS
8 1 (0.097%) watchOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 712 (69.26%) Agile Software Development
2 503 (48.93%) User Stories
3 364 (35.41%) Scrum
4 286 (27.82%) Test Automation
5 217 (21.11%) BDD
6 167 (16.25%) TDD
7 144 (14.01%) Business Analysis
8 140 (13.62%) Problem-Solving
9 137 (13.33%) Kanban
10 130 (12.65%) Test Strategy
11 128 (12.45%) Continuous Improvement
12 114 (11.09%) SDLC
13 108 (10.51%) Continuous Integration
14 100 (9.73%) Stakeholder Management
15 90 (8.75%) Test Scripting
16 84 (8.17%) User Acceptance Testing
17 81 (7.88%) Regression Testing
18 80 (7.78%) Epics
19 77 (7.49%) Waterfall
20 74 (7.20%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 153 (14.88%) SQL
2 148 (14.40%) Java
3 80 (7.78%) JavaScript
4 74 (7.20%) C#
5 48 (4.67%) Python
5 48 (4.67%) Scala
6 31 (3.02%) Groovy
7 28 (2.72%) Shell Script
8 23 (2.24%) PowerShell
9 10 (0.97%) Apple Swift
9 10 (0.97%) TypeScript
10 9 (0.88%) Java 8
11 8 (0.78%) VBScript
12 7 (0.68%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.58%) Kotlin
13 6 (0.58%) Objective-C
14 5 (0.49%) C++
14 5 (0.49%) Perl
14 5 (0.49%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.39%) PHP
Qualifications
1 105 (10.21%) Security Cleared
2 87 (8.46%) Degree
3 75 (7.30%) ISEB
4 73 (7.10%) SC Cleared
5 52 (5.06%) ISTQB
6 29 (2.82%) BPSS Clearance
7 19 (1.85%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (1.26%) Master's Degree
10 11 (1.07%) CBAP
10 11 (1.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 10 (0.97%) CISSP
11 10 (0.97%) IIBA
12 9 (0.88%) CISA
12 9 (0.88%) CISM
12 9 (0.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 6 (0.58%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.58%) TOGAF Certification
14 5 (0.49%) PMP
15 4 (0.39%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 233 (22.67%) QA
2 33 (3.21%) GDPR
3 25 (2.43%) Data Quality
4 19 (1.85%) PMO
5 15 (1.46%) WCAG
6 9 (0.88%) HIPAA
6 9 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.58%) SLA
8 5 (0.49%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.29%) PMBOK
10 2 (0.19%) ISAE 3402
10 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.097%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.097%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.097%) MiFID
11 1 (0.097%) PSD2
11 1 (0.097%) Solvency II
System Software
1 23 (2.24%) Docker
2 12 (1.17%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.07%) HDFS
4 7 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.58%) NFS
5 6 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.58%) vSphere
6 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
6 2 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.097%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 14 (1.36%) Kubernetes
2 13 (1.26%) Ansible
3 11 (1.07%) Single Sign-On
4 10 (0.97%) Puppet
4 10 (0.97%) Terraform
5 8 (0.78%) Hadoop YARN
5 8 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (0.78%) WMI
6 7 (0.68%) HP ALM
6 7 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (0.68%) Kibana
6 7 (0.68%) vCenter Server
7 6 (0.58%) Grafana
7 6 (0.58%) Nagios
7 6 (0.58%) PowerCLI
8 5 (0.49%) logstash
9 4 (0.39%) CA Single Sign-On
9 4 (0.39%) Oozie
10 3 (0.29%) Prometheus
11 1 (0.097%) Rancher
Vendors
1 79 (7.68%) Microsoft
2 75 (7.30%) Oracle
3 24 (2.33%) Atlassian
4 23 (2.24%) Salesforce.com
5 22 (2.14%) SAP
6 21 (2.04%) Google
7 15 (1.46%) ServiceNow
8 12 (1.17%) HP
9 10 (0.97%) Adobe
9 10 (0.97%) Tableau
10 9 (0.88%) Cloudera
11 8 (0.78%) Apple
11 8 (0.78%) Northgate
11 8 (0.78%) Oneserve
12 7 (0.68%) CA
12 7 (0.68%) Citrix
12 7 (0.68%) hybris
12 7 (0.68%) VMware
13 6 (0.58%) 3PAR
13 6 (0.58%) EMC