Period
to 24 June 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 June 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 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 291 284 312
Rank change year-on-year -7 +28 +12
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 885 816 849
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 0.89% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.03% 1.05% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 578 545 624
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £300 £300
90th Percentile £582 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 1
UK median hourly rate £63.75 £43.25 £53.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.40% -18.40% +73.77%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £63.75 £40.38 £53.00
% change year-on-year +57.89% -23.82% +73.77%

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 85,877 77,658 89,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.65% 84.79% 84.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,616 50,795 59,113
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,337 2,080 2,267
UK median hourly rate £21.73 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.08% - +16.28%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% -7.41% +25.29%

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 June 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 June 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 24 June 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 -15 851 £450 +5.88% 152
UK excluding London -4 481 £415 +3.75% 91
London -19 395 £500 +11.11% 73
South East +37 146 £415 +3.75% 30
North of England -16 124 £425 +8.97% 14
Midlands -1 104 £425 +17.24% 14
West Midlands +11 89 £423 +18.60% 6
Yorkshire -9 63 £416 -0.89% 5
North West -1 53 £450 +12.50% 9
East of England -25 42 £463 - 8
South West -10 37 £356 -7.17% 13
Scotland -34 16 £375 +7.14% 9
East Midlands -9 13 £383 +2.00% 8
Wales -3 12 £350 -5.41% 3
North East -22 11 £455 +42.19%

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 626 (70.73%) Agile Software Development
2 372 (42.03%) User Stories
3 349 (39.44%) Scrum
4 244 (27.57%) Test Automation
5 232 (26.21%) Finance
6 211 (23.84%) JIRA
7 168 (18.98%) BDD
8 167 (18.87%) TDD
9 158 (17.85%) QA
10 148 (16.72%) Business Analysis
11 134 (15.14%) Stakeholder Management
12 131 (14.80%) Confluence
13 130 (14.69%) Selenium
14 127 (14.35%) Java
15 119 (13.45%) Continuous Improvement
16 118 (13.33%) SQL
17 110 (12.43%) User Experience
18 103 (11.64%) E-Commerce
19 100 (11.30%) Banking
20 99 (11.19%) Analytical Skills
21 98 (11.07%) Kanban
22 97 (10.96%) Continuous Integration
23 93 (10.51%) Test Scripting
23 93 (10.51%) Waterfall
24 92 (10.40%) Project Management
25 90 (10.17%) Security Cleared
26 82 (9.27%) Problem-Solving
27 80 (9.04%) JavaScript
27 80 (9.04%) RESTful
28 78 (8.81%) User Acceptance Testing

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
1 131 (14.80%) Confluence
2 26 (2.94%) CMS
3 16 (1.81%) Tomcat
4 12 (1.36%) Apache Spark
5 11 (1.24%) Cloud Foundry
6 9 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (0.90%) Apache
7 8 (0.90%) SharePoint
8 6 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.56%) JBoss
10 4 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.45%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.34%) GemFire
11 3 (0.34%) Jetty
11 3 (0.34%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.34%) WordPress
12 2 (0.23%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.23%) SAS
12 2 (0.23%) WebLogic
13 1 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 28 (3.16%) MS Visio
2 18 (2.03%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.56%) Open Workbench
7 4 (0.45%) InVision
8 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.34%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.23%) Exchequer
4 2 (0.23%) Magento
4 2 (0.23%) OpenText MBPM
4 2 (0.23%) OpenText Process Suite
4 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.23%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.11%) Eloqua
5 1 (0.11%) Endur
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.11%) SAP PM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.11%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 49 (5.54%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (3.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (2.49%) GitHub
4 18 (2.03%) PaaS
5 16 (1.81%) Office 365
6 13 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
7 10 (1.13%) Slack
8 6 (0.68%) Trello
9 5 (0.56%) OpenShift
9 5 (0.56%) Sauce Labs
10 4 (0.45%) OpenDNS
11 3 (0.34%) BrowserStack
11 3 (0.34%) Yammer
12 2 (0.23%) Akamai
12 2 (0.23%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.23%) IaaS
12 2 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
13 1 (0.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.11%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.03%) Internet
2 15 (1.69%) HTTP
3 12 (1.36%) SMS
4 6 (0.68%) Intranet
5 5 (0.56%) DNS
5 5 (0.56%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.34%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.23%) VoIP
8 1 (0.11%) Broadband
8 1 (0.11%) DHCP
8 1 (0.11%) DMARC
8 1 (0.11%) Firewall
8 1 (0.11%) MVNO
8 1 (0.11%) SAN
8 1 (0.11%) Skype
8 1 (0.11%) SSL
8 1 (0.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (2.37%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.26%) Hadoop
3 14 (1.58%) HBase
4 12 (1.36%) Big Data
5 11 (1.24%) MongoDB
5 11 (1.24%) NoSQL
6 10 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (0.90%) Impala
8 7 (0.79%) Pentaho
9 6 (0.68%) MySQL
9 6 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.45%) Apache Hive
10 4 (0.45%) GIS
10 4 (0.45%) Maltego
11 3 (0.34%) DB2
11 3 (0.34%) Hazelcast
11 3 (0.34%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 211 (23.84%) JIRA
2 130 (14.69%) Selenium
3 66 (7.46%) WebDriver
4 65 (7.34%) Cucumber
5 56 (6.33%) Git (software)
6 47 (5.31%) SpecFlow
7 46 (5.20%) Jenkins
7 46 (5.20%) Team Foundation Server
8 35 (3.95%) Visual Studio
9 31 (3.50%) SoapUI
10 25 (2.82%) JMeter
10 25 (2.82%) Protractor
11 23 (2.60%) TeamCity
11 23 (2.60%) Visual Studio Team System
12 20 (2.26%) JUnit
13 18 (2.03%) LoadRunner
13 18 (2.03%) Xcode
14 17 (1.92%) JIRA Agile
15 12 (1.36%) IntelliJ
15 12 (1.36%) TestRail
General
1 232 (26.21%) Finance
2 100 (11.30%) Banking
3 63 (7.12%) Retail
4 31 (3.50%) Law
5 20 (2.26%) Marketing
6 18 (2.03%) Publishing
6 18 (2.03%) Telecoms
7 16 (1.81%) Games
8 13 (1.47%) Investment Banking
8 13 (1.47%) Manufacturing
9 12 (1.36%) Retail Banking
10 11 (1.24%) Legal
11 7 (0.79%) Advertising
12 6 (0.68%) Front Office
12 6 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.45%) Automotive
13 4 (0.45%) Electronics
14 3 (0.34%) Back Office
14 3 (0.34%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.34%) Military
Job Titles
1 380 (42.94%) Analyst
2 265 (29.94%) Business Analyst
3 120 (13.56%) Developer
4 77 (8.70%) Test Analyst
5 63 (7.12%) Tester
6 60 (6.78%) Agile Business Analyst
7 40 (4.52%) Digital Analyst
7 40 (4.52%) Project Manager
8 38 (4.29%) Product Owner
9 37 (4.18%) Digital Business Analyst
10 33 (3.73%) Automation Tester
10 33 (3.73%) Test Engineer
11 32 (3.62%) Automation Test Analyst
11 32 (3.62%) Service Manager
11 32 (3.62%) Transition Manager
12 30 (3.39%) Service Transition Manager
13 29 (3.28%) Developer in Test
14 27 (3.05%) Architect
14 27 (3.05%) Senior Analyst
15 26 (2.94%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (9.04%) RESTful
2 69 (7.80%) Gherkin
3 66 (7.46%) Web Services
4 46 (5.20%) .NET
5 41 (4.63%) HTML
6 38 (4.29%) JSON
7 30 (3.39%) CSS
8 28 (3.16%) AngularJS
9 24 (2.71%) Spring
10 23 (2.60%) OAuth
11 22 (2.49%) REST
11 22 (2.49%) Velocity
12 21 (2.37%) XML
13 20 (2.26%) SOAP
14 17 (1.92%) Middleware
15 16 (1.81%) HTML5
15 16 (1.81%) Node.js
16 15 (1.69%) Kafka
17 14 (1.58%) Cocoa
18 13 (1.47%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 110 (12.43%) User Experience
2 99 (11.19%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (4.41%) Mobile App
4 22 (2.49%) Fintech
5 21 (2.37%) Greenfield Project
5 21 (2.37%) iPad
6 20 (2.26%) Management Information System
6 20 (2.26%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (2.03%) Virtual Team
8 16 (1.81%) Linux Command Line
9 13 (1.47%) iPhone
10 12 (1.36%) Client/Server
11 11 (1.24%) Computer Science
11 11 (1.24%) Data Centre
12 10 (1.13%) Minimum Viable Product
13 7 (0.79%) Cyberthreat
13 7 (0.79%) Driving Licence
14 6 (0.68%) Chromecast
14 6 (0.68%) IPTV
14 6 (0.68%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 47 (5.31%) Unix
2 41 (4.63%) Linux
3 30 (3.39%) Windows
4 26 (2.94%) Apple iOS
5 17 (1.92%) Android
6 8 (0.90%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.45%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.34%) AIX
8 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.23%) Solaris
9 2 (0.23%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.23%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.23%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.23%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.11%) SUSE
10 1 (0.11%) VMS
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 626 (70.73%) Agile Software Development
2 372 (42.03%) User Stories
3 349 (39.44%) Scrum
4 244 (27.57%) Test Automation
5 168 (18.98%) BDD
6 167 (18.87%) TDD
7 148 (16.72%) Business Analysis
8 134 (15.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 119 (13.45%) Continuous Improvement
10 103 (11.64%) E-Commerce
11 98 (11.07%) Kanban
12 97 (10.96%) Continuous Integration
13 93 (10.51%) Test Scripting
13 93 (10.51%) Waterfall
14 92 (10.40%) Project Management
15 82 (9.27%) Problem-Solving
16 78 (8.81%) Performance Testing
16 78 (8.81%) User Acceptance Testing
17 77 (8.70%) Test Strategy
18 73 (8.25%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 127 (14.35%) Java
2 118 (13.33%) SQL
3 80 (9.04%) JavaScript
4 76 (8.59%) C#
5 26 (2.94%) Python
6 25 (2.82%) Scala
7 18 (2.03%) Apple Swift
8 17 (1.92%) Groovy
9 15 (1.69%) Objective-C
9 15 (1.69%) Ruby
10 14 (1.58%) Bash Shell
10 14 (1.58%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.02%) C
12 8 (0.90%) Java 8
13 6 (0.68%) Kotlin
13 6 (0.68%) Perl
14 5 (0.56%) ES6
14 5 (0.56%) ES7
14 5 (0.56%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 90 (10.17%) Security Cleared
2 71 (8.02%) SC Cleared
3 57 (6.44%) ISTQB
4 37 (4.18%) Degree
5 24 (2.71%) ISEB
5 24 (2.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 23 (2.60%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (0.79%) APMG
8 6 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.56%) CCNA
10 4 (0.45%) CTC Cleared
10 4 (0.45%) DV Cleared
10 4 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.45%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.23%) CISSP
12 2 (0.23%) OCA
12 2 (0.23%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (17.85%) QA
2 14 (1.58%) GDPR
3 12 (1.36%) PMO
4 5 (0.56%) PSD2
5 4 (0.45%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.45%) ISO 20022
5 4 (0.45%) WCAG
6 3 (0.34%) COBIT
6 3 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.34%) IFRS
7 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.23%) SLA
8 1 (0.11%) BS25999
8 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.11%) EMIR
8 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) MiFID
System Software
1 20 (2.26%) Docker
2 14 (1.58%) HDFS
3 4 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.23%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.23%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 28 (3.16%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.36%) Kubernetes
3 7 (0.79%) Grafana
3 7 (0.79%) Kibana
3 7 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.68%) AirWatch
4 6 (0.68%) Ansible
4 6 (0.68%) HP ALM
4 6 (0.68%) logstash
5 5 (0.56%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 5 (0.56%) Puppet
5 5 (0.56%) Terraform
6 4 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.34%) SCCM
7 3 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.23%) BladeLogic
8 2 (0.23%) Nagios
8 2 (0.23%) QRadar
8 2 (0.23%) Rancher
8 2 (0.23%) WebSphere Cast Iron
Vendors
1 48 (5.42%) Microsoft
2 31 (3.50%) HP
3 22 (2.49%) Oracle
4 20 (2.26%) SAP
5 18 (2.03%) Google
5 18 (2.03%) ServiceNow
6 15 (1.69%) Atlassian
7 13 (1.47%) Adobe
7 13 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
8 11 (1.24%) Blue Prism
9 8 (0.90%) BMC
10 6 (0.68%) AppDynamics
10 6 (0.68%) EMC
10 6 (0.68%) Red Hat
10 6 (0.68%) Snow
10 6 (0.68%) Splunk
11 5 (0.56%) Apple
11 5 (0.56%) Automation Anywhere
11 5 (0.56%) Citrix
11 5 (0.56%) VMware