Period
to 22 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for User Acceptance Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited User Acceptance Testing over the 6 months to 22 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.

User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 105 91
Rank change year-on-year -25 -14 -18
Contract jobs citing User Acceptance Testing 2,060 2,391 2,683
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.02% 2.42% 2.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.35% 2.83% 2.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,342 1,621 1,718
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £285 £280 £258
90th Percentile £613 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -2.81% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 25 29
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.00% +13.64% -30.86%
10th Percentile £19.98 £16.50 £15.95
90th Percentile £49.90 £46.00 £36.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year +13.21% +20.45% -31.25%

User Acceptance Testing 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 87,843 84,482 91,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.18% 85.59% 85.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,002 55,697 60,469
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 2,428 2,091 2,390
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £24.00 £22.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.58% +5.10% +3.80%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £23.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year -15.79% +1.06% +6.82%

User Acceptance Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for User Acceptance Testing in the UK

User Acceptance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for User Acceptance Testing in the UK

User Acceptance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Acceptance Testing over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for User Acceptance Testing in the UK

User Acceptance Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for User Acceptance Testing in the UK

User Acceptance Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing User Acceptance Testing over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for User Acceptance Testing in the UK

User Acceptance Testing
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing User Acceptance Testing within the UK over the 6 months to 22 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 -33 1,863 £438 +2.94% 282
UK excluding London -31 1,098 £389 -2.81% 194
London -34 923 £475 +5.56% 105
South East +1 331 £425 +6.25% 49
North of England -13 209 £370 -7.50% 54
Midlands -49 156 £400 -3.03% 32
South West -29 122 £409 -0.30% 24
Scotland -59 120 £339 -13.14% 14
East of England +4 106 £405 -2.11% 19
Yorkshire +4 105 £350 -13.04% 14
West Midlands -50 98 £400 +3.90% 16
North West -22 89 £395 +5.33% 37
East Midlands -14 56 £391 -21.75% 16
Wales -2 45 £330 -4.35% 3
North East -21 15 £380 +17.83% 3
Northern Ireland +27 7 £313 -25.24%
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing User Acceptance Testing 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 User Acceptance Testing.

1 724 (35.15%) Agile Software Development
2 579 (28.11%) Finance
3 380 (18.45%) SQL
4 320 (15.53%) Test Automation
5 303 (14.71%) QA
6 290 (14.08%) Test Scripting
7 286 (13.88%) Migration
8 278 (13.50%) Oracle
9 273 (13.25%) Banking
10 251 (12.18%) System Integration Testing
11 248 (12.04%) JIRA
12 243 (11.80%) Microsoft
13 241 (11.70%) Stakeholder Management
14 225 (10.92%) Scrum
15 218 (10.58%) Project Management
16 209 (10.15%) Analytical Skills
17 203 (9.85%) Test Strategy
18 201 (9.76%) Business Analysis
19 196 (9.51%) SDLC
20 185 (8.98%) System Testing
21 179 (8.69%) Windows
22 174 (8.45%) SAP
23 172 (8.35%) Java
24 169 (8.20%) Integration Testing
25 164 (7.96%) Regression Testing
26 151 (7.33%) Security Cleared
27 147 (7.14%) SQL Server
28 144 (6.99%) Waterfall
29 143 (6.94%) Functional Testing
29 143 (6.94%) User Stories

User Acceptance Testing
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 65 (3.16%) Confluence
2 44 (2.14%) SharePoint
3 36 (1.75%) CMS
4 22 (1.07%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 19 (0.92%) JBoss
6 16 (0.78%) Apache Spark
6 16 (0.78%) Tomcat
7 14 (0.68%) WebSphere
8 12 (0.58%) Mule
8 12 (0.58%) SAS
8 12 (0.58%) WordPress
9 10 (0.49%) MS Exchange
10 9 (0.44%) Drupal
10 9 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 8 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.34%) WebLogic
13 6 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
14 5 (0.24%) Apache
14 5 (0.24%) Appian
Applications
1 114 (5.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 65 (3.16%) Microsoft Office
3 52 (2.52%) MS Visio
4 40 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.097%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.097%) ImageReady
9 1 (0.049%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.049%) InDesign
9 1 (0.049%) InVision
9 1 (0.049%) Mingle
9 1 (0.049%) Moqups
9 1 (0.049%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.049%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.049%) SPSS
9 1 (0.049%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 41 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
1 41 (1.99%) Oracle EBS R12
2 30 (1.46%) Oracle EBS
3 23 (1.12%) SAP CO
3 23 (1.12%) SAP FI
3 23 (1.12%) SAP S/4HANA
4 22 (1.07%) SAP FI/CO
5 20 (0.97%) Oracle Payables
6 16 (0.78%) Oracle Receivables
7 15 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
8 13 (0.63%) HFM
8 13 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
9 12 (0.58%) Oracle General Ledger
10 11 (0.53%) Markit EDM
10 11 (0.53%) SAP MM
11 10 (0.49%) NetSuite
11 10 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
11 10 (0.49%) PeopleSoft HCM
11 10 (0.49%) SAP HR
12 9 (0.44%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 90 (4.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 83 (4.03%) Amazon AWS
3 48 (2.33%) Office 365
4 31 (1.50%) Dynamics 365
5 29 (1.41%) SaaS
6 17 (0.83%) SuccessFactors
7 16 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
9 12 (0.58%) Amazon S3
10 11 (0.53%) Serverless
11 10 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
11 10 (0.49%) GitHub
12 9 (0.44%) PaaS
13 7 (0.34%) IaaS
13 7 (0.34%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 7 (0.34%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 7 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 6 (0.29%) Azure Functions
14 6 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
15 5 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 36 (1.75%) Internet
2 30 (1.46%) DNS
3 27 (1.31%) Firewall
4 25 (1.21%) SMS
5 19 (0.92%) DHCP
6 16 (0.78%) VPN
7 14 (0.68%) Network Security
8 13 (0.63%) Intranet
9 11 (0.53%) Remote Desktop
9 11 (0.53%) SAN
10 10 (0.49%) Ethernet
11 9 (0.44%) VoIP
12 8 (0.39%) IPsec
12 8 (0.39%) WAN
13 7 (0.34%) LAN
13 7 (0.34%) Skype
14 6 (0.29%) Broadband
14 6 (0.29%) FTP
15 4 (0.19%) SSL
15 4 (0.19%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 147 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 71 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 68 (3.30%) MySQL
4 55 (2.67%) Relational Database
5 42 (2.04%) Oracle Database
6 38 (1.84%) Big Data
7 28 (1.36%) Oracle Reports
8 24 (1.17%) NoSQL
9 23 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
10 20 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 19 (0.92%) MongoDB
12 18 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
13 15 (0.73%) SAP HANA
13 15 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 13 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
14 13 (0.63%) Hadoop
14 13 (0.63%) Impala
14 13 (0.63%) Oracle BI EE
14 13 (0.63%) Power BI
15 12 (0.58%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 248 (12.04%) JIRA
2 116 (5.63%) Selenium
3 68 (3.30%) Cucumber
4 67 (3.25%) Git (software)
5 65 (3.16%) Team Foundation Server
6 63 (3.06%) Jenkins
7 46 (2.23%) Subversion
8 44 (2.14%) MSI
9 40 (1.94%) Visual Studio
10 35 (1.70%) SoapUI
11 33 (1.60%) JMeter
11 33 (1.60%) Maven
12 28 (1.36%) WebDriver
13 27 (1.31%) JUnit
14 24 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
15 20 (0.97%) LoadRunner
16 17 (0.83%) InstallShield
16 17 (0.83%) SpecFlow
17 16 (0.78%) TestRail
18 14 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 579 (28.11%) Finance
2 273 (13.25%) Banking
3 115 (5.58%) Retail
4 101 (4.90%) Front Office
5 84 (4.08%) Investment Banking
6 62 (3.01%) Marketing
7 57 (2.77%) Legal
8 40 (1.94%) Manufacturing
9 36 (1.75%) Back Office
10 35 (1.70%) Publishing
11 34 (1.65%) Telecoms
12 30 (1.46%) Pharmaceutical
12 30 (1.46%) Private Banking
13 23 (1.12%) Billing
14 21 (1.02%) Retail Banking
15 15 (0.73%) Financial Institution
16 14 (0.68%) Games
17 11 (0.53%) Electronics
18 9 (0.44%) Automotive
19 8 (0.39%) Law
Job Titles
1 750 (36.41%) Analyst
2 349 (16.94%) Business Analyst
3 263 (12.77%) Test Analyst
4 228 (11.07%) Developer
5 160 (7.77%) Test Manager
6 131 (6.36%) Consultant
7 106 (5.15%) Tester
8 101 (4.90%) Test Leader
9 92 (4.47%) Project Manager
10 59 (2.86%) Senior Analyst
10 59 (2.86%) UAT Analyst
11 58 (2.82%) Test Engineer
12 51 (2.48%) UAT Test Analyst
13 49 (2.38%) Architect
14 46 (2.23%) Financial Analyst
15 43 (2.09%) SAP Consultant
16 42 (2.04%) Applications Packager
17 41 (1.99%) Data Analyst
18 39 (1.89%) SAP Analyst
19 38 (1.84%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (4.81%) .NET
2 90 (4.37%) XML
3 77 (3.74%) Web Services
4 67 (3.25%) HTML
5 44 (2.14%) Middleware
6 42 (2.04%) REST
7 39 (1.89%) Gherkin
8 38 (1.84%) AngularJS
8 38 (1.84%) CSS
9 35 (1.70%) SOAP
10 33 (1.60%) Spring
11 28 (1.36%) RESTful
12 27 (1.31%) Node.js
13 25 (1.21%) Java EE
14 24 (1.17%) Oracle Fusion
15 23 (1.12%) Hibernate
16 22 (1.07%) RxJS
16 22 (1.07%) Socket.IO
17 17 (0.83%) Apache Camel
17 17 (0.83%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 209 (10.15%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (3.20%) User Experience
3 63 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 46 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
5 42 (2.04%) Fixed Income
6 41 (1.99%) Virtual Team
7 39 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
8 35 (1.70%) Data Centre
9 34 (1.65%) Mobile App
10 31 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
11 29 (1.41%) Derivative
12 24 (1.17%) Computer Science
13 23 (1.12%) Data Structures
14 21 (1.02%) Fintech
14 21 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 21 (1.02%) Robotics
15 18 (0.87%) Mainframe
16 17 (0.83%) Client/Server
17 16 (0.78%) Reinsurance
18 15 (0.73%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 179 (8.69%) Windows
2 104 (5.05%) Linux
3 88 (4.27%) Unix
4 81 (3.93%) Windows 10
5 48 (2.33%) Windows 7
6 27 (1.31%) Windows Server
7 26 (1.26%) Apple iOS
8 23 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 22 (1.07%) Android
10 12 (0.58%) CentOS
10 12 (0.58%) Solaris
10 12 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
11 11 (0.53%) Mac OS
11 11 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.29%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.24%) AIX
14 4 (0.19%) zOS
15 3 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
16 2 (0.097%) Windows XP
17 1 (0.049%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 724 (35.15%) Agile Software Development
2 320 (15.53%) Test Automation
3 290 (14.08%) Test Scripting
4 286 (13.88%) Migration
5 251 (12.18%) System Integration Testing
6 241 (11.70%) Stakeholder Management
7 225 (10.92%) Scrum
8 218 (10.58%) Project Management
9 203 (9.85%) Test Strategy
10 201 (9.76%) Business Analysis
11 196 (9.51%) SDLC
12 185 (8.98%) System Testing
13 169 (8.20%) Integration Testing
14 164 (7.96%) Regression Testing
15 144 (6.99%) Waterfall
16 143 (6.94%) Functional Testing
16 143 (6.94%) User Stories
17 139 (6.75%) Business Intelligence
18 134 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
19 125 (6.07%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 380 (18.45%) SQL
2 172 (8.35%) Java
3 113 (5.49%) C#
4 109 (5.29%) JavaScript
5 74 (3.59%) PowerShell
6 54 (2.62%) Python
7 38 (1.84%) T-SQL
8 36 (1.75%) C
9 29 (1.41%) VBScript
10 27 (1.31%) PL/SQL
11 25 (1.21%) TypeScript
11 25 (1.21%) VBA
12 23 (1.12%) Shell Script
12 23 (1.12%) VB
13 20 (0.97%) R
14 17 (0.83%) PHP
15 15 (0.73%) Bash Shell
16 13 (0.63%) Perl
17 12 (0.58%) Ruby
18 11 (0.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 151 (7.33%) Security Cleared
2 118 (5.73%) ISEB
3 117 (5.68%) SC Cleared
4 101 (4.90%) Degree
5 99 (4.81%) ISTQB
6 35 (1.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (1.21%) DV Cleared
8 19 (0.92%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (0.73%) PMI Certification
10 14 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (0.44%) CIMA
11 9 (0.44%) DBS Check
11 9 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (0.39%) ACCA
12 8 (0.39%) CBAP
12 8 (0.39%) PMP
13 7 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
13 7 (0.34%) MCSE
14 5 (0.24%) APMP
14 5 (0.24%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 303 (14.71%) QA
2 64 (3.11%) Data Quality
3 41 (1.99%) GDPR
4 25 (1.21%) SLA
5 23 (1.12%) PMO
6 12 (0.58%) MiFID
7 10 (0.49%) IFRS
8 9 (0.44%) EMIR
9 7 (0.34%) GxP
10 6 (0.29%) PSD2
11 4 (0.19%) Basel III
11 4 (0.19%) Solvency II
12 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 2 (0.097%) COBIT
13 2 (0.097%) HL7
13 2 (0.097%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.097%) SEPA
14 1 (0.049%) Actionable Recommendations
14 1 (0.049%) Disclosure Scotland
14 1 (0.049%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 59 (2.86%) Active Directory
2 51 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
3 26 (1.26%) Docker
4 23 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
5 15 (0.73%) XenApp
6 9 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
6 9 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (0.39%) vSphere
8 6 (0.29%) Forefront TMG
8 6 (0.29%) Hyper-V
8 6 (0.29%) vCloud
8 6 (0.29%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.24%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.097%) iptables
10 2 (0.097%) NFS
10 2 (0.097%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.097%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.049%) Gluster
11 1 (0.049%) HDFS
11 1 (0.049%) IAG
Systems Management
1 63 (3.06%) SCCM
2 58 (2.82%) HP Quality Center
3 51 (2.48%) HP ALM
4 26 (1.26%) Kubernetes
5 22 (1.07%) Ansible
6 18 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (0.78%) Microsoft Intune
8 15 (0.73%) Puppet
9 13 (0.63%) Terraform
10 10 (0.49%) BladeLogic
11 8 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
12 7 (0.34%) Dollar Universe
12 7 (0.34%) Failover Clustering
12 7 (0.34%) Microsoft Clustering
12 7 (0.34%) OpenView
13 6 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 5 (0.24%) Capistrano
15 4 (0.19%) Control-M
16 3 (0.15%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 3 (0.15%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 278 (13.50%) Oracle
2 243 (11.80%) Microsoft
3 174 (8.45%) SAP
4 76 (3.69%) HP
5 70 (3.40%) Salesforce.com
6 32 (1.55%) Citrix
6 32 (1.55%) UiPath
6 32 (1.55%) VMware
7 31 (1.50%) Atlassian
8 28 (1.36%) IBM
9 27 (1.31%) Adobe
10 23 (1.12%) Hyperion
10 23 (1.12%) Sybase
11 22 (1.07%) ServiceNow
12 20 (0.97%) Murex
12 20 (0.97%) Remedy
13 19 (0.92%) Talend
14 17 (0.83%) Google
15 16 (0.78%) Informatica
16 15 (0.73%) JD Edwards