Period
to 11 December 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 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.

User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
UK
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 129 94 105
Rank change year-on-year -35 +11 -28
Contract jobs citing User Acceptance Testing 2,174 2,646 2,347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.06% 2.56% 2.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.38% 2.98% 2.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,412 1,761 1,554
UK median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £282 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +2.63% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 25 29
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.00% +13.64% -17.29%
10th Percentile £17.56 £16.35 £15.95
90th Percentile £52.65 £56.60 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £27.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +14.81% +14.89% -11.65%

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 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%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 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 -29 2,003 £440 +3.53% 311
UK excluding London -42 1,139 £390 +2.63% 226
London -34 992 £500 +11.11% 111
South East -25 354 £441 +17.67% 51
North of England -21 211 £364 +3.93% 73
South West -27 154 £400 -0.93% 40
Midlands -51 139 £395 +5.33% 21
East of England +11 137 £395 -1.25% 15
North West -21 102 £385 +6.94% 46
Scotland -60 101 £375 - 20
Yorkshire -3 98 £340 -9.33% 24
West Midlands -53 92 £400 +10.34% 10
East Midlands -30 43 £375 -3.85% 11
Wales 0 36 £330 -5.71% 5
North East -23 11 £320 -1.54% 3
Northern Ireland +12 7 - - 1
Channel Islands -2 2 - -

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 722 (33.21%) Agile Software Development
2 634 (29.16%) Finance
3 462 (21.25%) SQL
4 370 (17.02%) QA
5 368 (16.93%) Test Automation
6 332 (15.27%) Test Scripting
7 331 (15.23%) Oracle
8 291 (13.39%) System Integration Testing
9 288 (13.25%) Migration
10 269 (12.37%) Stakeholder Management
11 260 (11.96%) Microsoft
12 255 (11.73%) Test Strategy
13 244 (11.22%) Banking
14 239 (10.99%) Scrum
15 238 (10.95%) Project Management
16 231 (10.63%) JIRA
17 225 (10.35%) Analytical Skills
18 218 (10.03%) SDLC
19 198 (9.11%) Windows
20 191 (8.79%) Business Analysis
21 190 (8.74%) Integration Testing
22 189 (8.69%) Security Cleared
23 181 (8.33%) SAP
24 180 (8.28%) Java
25 179 (8.23%) Regression Testing
26 173 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
27 169 (7.77%) SQL Server
28 157 (7.22%) System Testing
28 157 (7.22%) Functional Testing
29 145 (6.67%) Business Intelligence

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 83 (3.82%) Confluence
2 53 (2.44%) SharePoint
3 37 (1.70%) CMS
4 21 (0.97%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 19 (0.87%) JBoss
6 17 (0.78%) Drupal
7 13 (0.60%) WebSphere
8 12 (0.55%) Mule
8 12 (0.55%) SAS
8 12 (0.55%) WebLogic
8 12 (0.55%) WordPress
9 11 (0.51%) Skype for Business
9 11 (0.51%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.46%) Apache Spark
10 10 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 9 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
12 6 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
12 6 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
13 5 (0.23%) Appian
13 5 (0.23%) IIS
Applications
1 126 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 58 (2.67%) Microsoft Office
3 45 (2.07%) MS Visio
4 33 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.092%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.092%) ImageReady
9 1 (0.046%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.046%) Mingle
9 1 (0.046%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.046%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.046%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 54 (2.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 49 (2.25%) Oracle EBS R12
3 39 (1.79%) SAP S/4HANA
4 26 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
4 26 (1.20%) Oracle Payables
5 24 (1.10%) Oracle Receivables
6 17 (0.78%) SAP CO
6 17 (0.78%) SAP FI
6 17 (0.78%) SAP FI/CO
7 16 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
8 15 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
8 15 (0.69%) Oracle General Ledger
9 14 (0.64%) CSG Singleview
10 13 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
11 12 (0.55%) Oracle Payroll
11 12 (0.55%) PeopleSoft HCM
12 11 (0.51%) PeopleSoft HRMS
13 10 (0.46%) Markit EDM
13 10 (0.46%) Oracle Cash Management
13 10 (0.46%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 79 (3.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 71 (3.27%) Amazon AWS
3 61 (2.81%) Office 365
4 51 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
5 44 (2.02%) SaaS
6 20 (0.92%) Amazon S3
7 17 (0.78%) PaaS
8 16 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
9 15 (0.69%) IaaS
10 13 (0.60%) SuccessFactors
11 12 (0.55%) GitHub
12 11 (0.51%) Serverless
12 11 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 10 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
14 9 (0.41%) Amazon EMR
14 9 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
15 8 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
16 6 (0.28%) Azure Functions
16 6 (0.28%) OpenShift
17 5 (0.23%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 34 (1.56%) Internet
2 24 (1.10%) DNS
2 24 (1.10%) Firewall
3 18 (0.83%) VPN
4 15 (0.69%) Skype
5 10 (0.46%) DHCP
5 10 (0.46%) Network Security
5 10 (0.46%) SMS
5 10 (0.46%) TCP/IP
6 9 (0.41%) FTP
6 9 (0.41%) Intranet
7 8 (0.37%) HTTP
8 6 (0.28%) SSL
8 6 (0.28%) WAN
9 5 (0.23%) LAN
9 5 (0.23%) Unified Communications
9 5 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.18%) Extranet
10 4 (0.18%) SAN
10 4 (0.18%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 169 (7.77%) SQL Server
2 82 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
3 77 (3.54%) MySQL
3 77 (3.54%) Relational Database
4 49 (2.25%) Oracle Reports
5 41 (1.89%) NoSQL
6 40 (1.84%) Oracle Database
7 27 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
8 26 (1.20%) MongoDB
9 25 (1.15%) Big Data
10 23 (1.06%) Impala
11 22 (1.01%) Hadoop
11 22 (1.01%) RDBMS
12 20 (0.92%) Pentaho
13 18 (0.83%) Power BI
13 18 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 17 (0.78%) SAP HANA
15 16 (0.74%) Oracle BI Publisher
16 15 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 14 (0.64%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 231 (10.63%) JIRA
2 121 (5.57%) Selenium
3 71 (3.27%) Cucumber
4 69 (3.17%) Git (software)
5 58 (2.67%) Jenkins
5 58 (2.67%) Subversion
6 52 (2.39%) MSI
7 49 (2.25%) JMeter
8 48 (2.21%) Team Foundation Server
9 39 (1.79%) Maven
9 39 (1.79%) SoapUI
10 36 (1.66%) JUnit
11 31 (1.43%) LoadRunner
11 31 (1.43%) Visual Studio
12 22 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
12 22 (1.01%) WebDriver
13 20 (0.92%) SpecFlow
14 19 (0.87%) AdminStudio
15 16 (0.74%) TeamCity
16 15 (0.69%) Gradle
General
1 634 (29.16%) Finance
2 244 (11.22%) Banking
3 104 (4.78%) Retail
4 96 (4.42%) Front Office
5 88 (4.05%) Investment Banking
6 55 (2.53%) Legal
7 49 (2.25%) Publishing
8 47 (2.16%) Marketing
9 41 (1.89%) Back Office
10 33 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
11 32 (1.47%) Private Banking
12 30 (1.38%) Billing
12 30 (1.38%) Telecoms
13 29 (1.33%) Manufacturing
14 19 (0.87%) Retail Banking
15 16 (0.74%) Financial Institution
16 13 (0.60%) Advertising
17 11 (0.51%) Automotive
17 11 (0.51%) Games
18 10 (0.46%) German Language
Job Titles
1 770 (35.42%) Analyst
2 332 (15.27%) Business Analyst
3 300 (13.80%) Test Analyst
4 289 (13.29%) Developer
5 171 (7.87%) Test Manager
6 122 (5.61%) Tester
7 119 (5.47%) Consultant
8 118 (5.43%) Test Leader
9 93 (4.28%) Project Manager
10 63 (2.90%) UAT Analyst
11 56 (2.58%) Applications Packager
12 55 (2.53%) UAT Test Analyst
13 52 (2.39%) Java Developer
13 52 (2.39%) Test Engineer
14 50 (2.30%) Financial Analyst
15 47 (2.16%) Data Analyst
15 47 (2.16%) Senior Analyst
16 42 (1.93%) Architect
17 38 (1.75%) Administrator
17 38 (1.75%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 106 (4.88%) .NET
2 101 (4.65%) XML
3 69 (3.17%) Web Services
4 67 (3.08%) HTML
5 46 (2.12%) Middleware
6 42 (1.93%) CSS
6 42 (1.93%) Gherkin
6 42 (1.93%) Spring
7 37 (1.70%) REST
7 37 (1.70%) RESTful
7 37 (1.70%) SOAP
8 31 (1.43%) Hibernate
9 28 (1.29%) AngularJS
9 28 (1.29%) Apache Camel
10 27 (1.24%) Java EE
10 27 (1.24%) Oracle Fusion
11 26 (1.20%) JSON
11 26 (1.20%) XSD
12 19 (0.87%) JMS
12 19 (0.87%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 225 (10.35%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (3.31%) Management Information System
3 59 (2.71%) Enterprise Software
4 55 (2.53%) User Experience
5 54 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
6 44 (2.02%) Fixed Income
7 40 (1.84%) Virtual Team
8 37 (1.70%) Mobile App
9 31 (1.43%) Derivative
10 29 (1.33%) Data Centre
10 29 (1.33%) Data Structures
11 28 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
11 28 (1.29%) Robotics
12 26 (1.20%) Fintech
13 23 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 22 (1.01%) Client/Server
15 17 (0.78%) Equities
16 16 (0.74%) Mainframe
17 15 (0.69%) Market Risk
17 15 (0.69%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 198 (9.11%) Windows
2 127 (5.84%) Linux
3 103 (4.74%) Unix
4 78 (3.59%) Windows 10
5 65 (2.99%) Windows 7
6 36 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 32 (1.47%) Android
8 22 (1.01%) Windows Server 2008
9 20 (0.92%) Windows Server
10 19 (0.87%) Apple iOS
11 15 (0.69%) CentOS
12 9 (0.41%) Solaris
13 8 (0.37%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.28%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.28%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.18%) zOS
16 2 (0.092%) AIX
17 1 (0.046%) OS/400
17 1 (0.046%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 722 (33.21%) Agile Software Development
2 368 (16.93%) Test Automation
3 332 (15.27%) Test Scripting
4 291 (13.39%) System Integration Testing
5 288 (13.25%) Migration
6 269 (12.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 255 (11.73%) Test Strategy
8 239 (10.99%) Scrum
9 238 (10.95%) Project Management
10 218 (10.03%) SDLC
11 191 (8.79%) Business Analysis
12 190 (8.74%) Integration Testing
13 179 (8.23%) Regression Testing
14 173 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
15 157 (7.22%) Functional Testing
15 157 (7.22%) System Testing
16 145 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
17 143 (6.58%) User Stories
18 142 (6.53%) Waterfall
19 128 (5.89%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 462 (21.25%) SQL
2 180 (8.28%) Java
3 120 (5.52%) C#
4 110 (5.06%) JavaScript
5 73 (3.36%) PowerShell
6 46 (2.12%) T-SQL
7 35 (1.61%) Python
8 33 (1.52%) PL/SQL
8 33 (1.52%) Shell Script
9 31 (1.43%) VBScript
10 27 (1.24%) C
10 27 (1.24%) VB
11 25 (1.15%) PHP
11 25 (1.15%) VBA
12 19 (0.87%) Java 8
13 18 (0.83%) Bash Shell
14 16 (0.74%) C++
15 14 (0.64%) Ruby
16 12 (0.55%) ABAP
16 12 (0.55%) Perl
Qualifications
1 189 (8.69%) Security Cleared
2 143 (6.58%) SC Cleared
3 125 (5.75%) ISEB
4 115 (5.29%) Degree
5 95 (4.37%) ISTQB
6 33 (1.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (1.15%) DV Cleared
8 24 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (0.55%) PMP
11 11 (0.51%) DBS Check
11 11 (0.51%) PMI Certification
12 8 (0.37%) CIMA
12 8 (0.37%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 8 (0.37%) MBA
13 7 (0.32%) ACCA
14 5 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
14 5 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.23%) MCSE
14 5 (0.23%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 370 (17.02%) QA
2 75 (3.45%) Data Quality
3 34 (1.56%) PMO
3 34 (1.56%) SLA
4 17 (0.78%) GDPR
5 13 (0.60%) MiFID
6 8 (0.37%) GxP
6 8 (0.37%) PSD2
7 7 (0.32%) Basel III
7 7 (0.32%) EMIR
8 6 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.28%) IFRS
9 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 3 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.14%) SEPA
9 3 (0.14%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.092%) COBIT
10 2 (0.092%) GAMP
11 1 (0.046%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 1 (0.046%) GMP
System Software
1 58 (2.67%) Microsoft App-V
2 44 (2.02%) Docker
3 37 (1.70%) Active Directory
4 24 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
5 23 (1.06%) XenApp
6 12 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (0.28%) vCloud
8 5 (0.23%) Hyper-V
9 4 (0.18%) Terminal Services
9 4 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.18%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.14%) Apache Flume
10 3 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (0.14%) vSphere
11 2 (0.092%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.092%) iptables
11 2 (0.092%) NFS
11 2 (0.092%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.046%) HDFS
12 1 (0.046%) IAG
Systems Management
1 69 (3.17%) SCCM
2 46 (2.12%) HP Quality Center
3 44 (2.02%) HP ALM
4 38 (1.75%) Kubernetes
5 22 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
5 22 (1.01%) Terraform
6 18 (0.83%) Ansible
7 17 (0.78%) Puppet
8 8 (0.37%) Dollar Universe
8 8 (0.37%) OpenView
9 7 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.28%) Capistrano
11 5 (0.23%) Kibana
12 4 (0.18%) Consul
12 4 (0.18%) Failover Clustering
12 4 (0.18%) Grafana
12 4 (0.18%) Graphite
12 4 (0.18%) logstash
12 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Clustering
12 4 (0.18%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 331 (15.23%) Oracle
2 260 (11.96%) Microsoft
3 181 (8.33%) SAP
4 71 (3.27%) Salesforce.com
5 51 (2.35%) HP
6 45 (2.07%) Citrix
7 35 (1.61%) Sybase
7 35 (1.61%) VMware
8 31 (1.43%) UiPath
9 27 (1.24%) Google
10 25 (1.15%) Adobe
10 25 (1.15%) IBM
10 25 (1.15%) Workday
11 24 (1.10%) Atlassian
11 24 (1.10%) Talend
12 23 (1.06%) Remedy
13 20 (0.92%) Ab Initio
13 20 (0.92%) Samsung
13 20 (0.92%) SOTI
13 20 (0.92%) Tableau