Period
to 18 August 2019

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 18 August 2019 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
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 145 137 105
Rank change year-on-year -8 -32 -12
Contract jobs citing User Acceptance Testing 1,650 2,053 2,243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.83% 1.99% 2.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.10% 2.30% 2.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,089 1,358 1,526
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £300 £285 £285
90th Percentile £600 £600 £584
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 29 20
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £30.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% +4.35% +27.78%
10th Percentile £14.31 £17.20 £17.85
90th Percentile £63.75 £43.75 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.25 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +42.74% +10.71% +24.44%

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 78,412 89,278 82,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.81% 86.64% 85.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,541 58,909 54,294
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,285 2,404 2,098
UK median hourly rate £24.65 £21.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.38% -16.00% +6.12%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.18 £11.37
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -20.00% +2.88%

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 18 August 2019.

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 18 August 2019.

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 18 August 2019. 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 -17 1,512 £440 +2.92% 273
UK excluding London -9 906 £400 +3.23% 201
London -27 694 £475 - 83
South East +22 308 £438 +2.94% 35
North of England +22 201 £375 +1.35% 77
South West -22 108 £400 - 25
East of England +22 103 £450 +12.50% 17
Yorkshire +1 86 £375 +7.14% 25
North West 0 83 £420 +5.00% 48
Midlands -24 83 £340 -12.26% 36
Scotland -4 79 £350 +2.34% 9
West Midlands -4 60 £331 -11.67% 19
North East +42 32 £331 -8.62% 5
East Midlands -17 22 £340 -14.47% 17
Wales -14 13 £345 +6.98% 2
Northern Ireland +2 8 £375 +2.39%
Channel Islands -7 5 - -

For the 6 months to 18 August 2019, 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.

1 528 (32.00%) Agile Software Development
2 445 (26.97%) Finance
3 262 (15.88%) Test Automation
4 255 (15.45%) Migration
5 252 (15.27%) QA
6 247 (14.97%) Test Scripting
6 247 (14.97%) Microsoft
7 231 (14.00%) JIRA
8 218 (13.21%) System Integration Testing
9 216 (13.09%) SQL
10 205 (12.42%) Stakeholder Management
11 201 (12.18%) Test Strategy
12 198 (12.00%) Scrum
12 198 (12.00%) Project Management
13 196 (11.88%) Oracle
14 190 (11.52%) Windows
15 186 (11.27%) Regression Testing
16 178 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
17 174 (10.55%) Integration Testing
18 165 (10.00%) Business Analysis
18 165 (10.00%) SAP
19 156 (9.45%) Security Cleared
20 140 (8.48%) User Stories
21 136 (8.24%) Banking
22 135 (8.18%) Waterfall
22 135 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
23 129 (7.82%) ISTQB
24 127 (7.70%) SDLC
25 126 (7.64%) Java
26 123 (7.45%) SC Cleared

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 58 (3.52%) SharePoint
2 51 (3.09%) Confluence
3 30 (1.82%) CMS
4 17 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
5 16 (0.97%) SAS
6 14 (0.85%) Apache
7 13 (0.79%) IIS
8 10 (0.61%) Tomcat
9 9 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 9 (0.55%) Drupal
9 9 (0.55%) WebSphere
10 8 (0.48%) WebLogic
11 7 (0.42%) Apache Spark
11 7 (0.42%) Oracle Coherence
12 6 (0.36%) JBoss
13 4 (0.24%) IBM HTTP Server
14 3 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
14 3 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 88 (5.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 35 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (1.58%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (1.21%) Spreadsheet
6 12 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.30%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.061%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.061%) Adobe XD
9 1 (0.061%) CATIA
9 1 (0.061%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.061%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 47 (2.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (1.27%) Oracle EBS
3 18 (1.09%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 15 (0.91%) SAP ERP
4 15 (0.91%) SAP S/4HANA
5 14 (0.85%) Oracle EBS R12
6 12 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
7 10 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
7 10 (0.61%) SAP FI
8 9 (0.55%) SAP MDG
9 8 (0.48%) NetSuite
10 7 (0.42%) Oracle Receivables
10 7 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 7 (0.42%) SAP CO
11 6 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
11 6 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
11 6 (0.36%) Oracle Cash Management
11 6 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
11 6 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
11 6 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 112 (6.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 95 (5.76%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (2.42%) Power Platform
4 30 (1.82%) Dynamics 365
5 26 (1.58%) Google Analytics
6 22 (1.33%) Google Sheets
7 20 (1.21%) Office 365
8 17 (1.03%) GitHub
9 15 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
9 15 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
9 15 (0.91%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 13 (0.79%) SuccessFactors
11 12 (0.73%) Boomi
11 12 (0.73%) iPaaS
12 11 (0.67%) Datadog
13 10 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
13 10 (0.61%) SaaS
14 8 (0.48%) Amazon S3
14 8 (0.48%) G Suite
15 7 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 26 (1.58%) Internet
2 11 (0.67%) Wireless
3 10 (0.61%) Firewall
4 9 (0.55%) Intranet
5 7 (0.42%) HTTP
6 6 (0.36%) SAN
7 4 (0.24%) Radio Access Network
7 4 (0.24%) SMS
7 4 (0.24%) VPN
8 3 (0.18%) NAS
8 3 (0.18%) WAN
8 3 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.12%) DNS
9 2 (0.12%) PBX
9 2 (0.12%) SSH
9 2 (0.12%) SSL
9 2 (0.12%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.061%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.061%) TCP/IP
10 1 (0.061%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (6.24%) SQL Server
2 40 (2.42%) Power BI
3 36 (2.18%) Data Warehouse
4 35 (2.12%) Relational Database
5 29 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (1.58%) RDBMS
7 23 (1.39%) MySQL
8 22 (1.33%) Big Data
8 22 (1.33%) Oracle Reports
9 20 (1.21%) Oracle Database
10 19 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 13 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
11 13 (0.79%) InfluxDB
11 13 (0.79%) Redis
12 12 (0.73%) BusinessObjects
12 12 (0.73%) MongoDB
13 11 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 10 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
14 10 (0.61%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 231 (14.00%) JIRA
2 93 (5.64%) Selenium
3 78 (4.73%) Git (software)
4 60 (3.64%) Cucumber
5 59 (3.58%) Jenkins
6 33 (2.00%) MSI
6 33 (2.00%) Team Foundation Server
7 28 (1.70%) Visual Studio Team System
8 24 (1.45%) WebDriver
9 23 (1.39%) JMeter
9 23 (1.39%) Maven
10 22 (1.33%) SoapUI
11 19 (1.15%) Bitbucket
12 18 (1.09%) GitLab
12 18 (1.09%) JUnit
13 17 (1.03%) TeamCity
14 15 (0.91%) Subversion
15 14 (0.85%) Appium
15 14 (0.85%) InstallShield
15 14 (0.85%) TestRail
General
1 445 (26.97%) Finance
2 136 (8.24%) Banking
3 83 (5.03%) Retail
4 75 (4.55%) Public Sector
5 40 (2.42%) Marketing
6 26 (1.58%) Front Office
7 25 (1.52%) Telecoms
8 21 (1.27%) Financial Institution
8 21 (1.27%) Investment Banking
8 21 (1.27%) Legal
9 20 (1.21%) Police
10 18 (1.09%) Billing
11 17 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
12 16 (0.97%) Back Office
12 16 (0.97%) General Ledger
13 13 (0.79%) Publishing
14 11 (0.67%) Law
15 9 (0.55%) Manufacturing
16 8 (0.48%) Advertising
16 8 (0.48%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 578 (35.03%) Analyst
2 306 (18.55%) Business Analyst
3 182 (11.03%) Test Analyst
4 177 (10.73%) Test Manager
5 142 (8.61%) Developer
6 99 (6.00%) Tester
7 88 (5.33%) Consultant
8 73 (4.42%) Test Leader
9 69 (4.18%) Project Manager
10 47 (2.85%) Financial Analyst
10 47 (2.85%) Senior Analyst
11 43 (2.61%) Architect
12 40 (2.42%) Applications Packager
13 36 (2.18%) Test Engineer
13 36 (2.18%) UAT Analyst
14 32 (1.94%) Finance Business Analyst
15 28 (1.70%) DBA
16 27 (1.64%) Senior Business Analyst
16 27 (1.64%) UAT Test Analyst
17 26 (1.58%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (3.45%) .NET
2 48 (2.91%) HTML
3 42 (2.55%) REST
4 39 (2.36%) CSS
5 38 (2.30%) Web Services
6 34 (2.06%) XML
7 27 (1.64%) Gherkin
7 27 (1.64%) Node.js
7 27 (1.64%) Oracle Fusion
8 25 (1.52%) SOAP
9 20 (1.21%) RESTful
10 19 (1.15%) JSON
11 18 (1.09%) Swagger
12 15 (0.91%) React Native
12 15 (0.91%) Spring
13 14 (0.85%) AngularJS
13 14 (0.85%) jQuery
14 12 (0.73%) Elastic Stack
15 11 (0.67%) GraphQL
15 11 (0.67%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 178 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (4.73%) Management Information System
3 66 (4.00%) User Experience
4 47 (2.85%) Self-Motivation
5 38 (2.30%) Data Centre
6 37 (2.24%) Mobile App
7 27 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
8 23 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (1.33%) Driving Licence
9 22 (1.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 21 (1.27%) Reference Data
10 21 (1.27%) Virtual Team
11 19 (1.15%) SWIFT
12 15 (0.91%) Equities
13 11 (0.67%) Client/Server
13 11 (0.67%) CMDB
13 11 (0.67%) Fixed Income
13 11 (0.67%) Wiki
14 10 (0.61%) Data Structures
14 10 (0.61%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 190 (11.52%) Windows
2 82 (4.97%) Windows 10
3 70 (4.24%) Linux
4 53 (3.21%) Windows 7
5 46 (2.79%) Unix
6 29 (1.76%) Windows Server
7 28 (1.70%) Apple iOS
8 25 (1.52%) Android
9 16 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
10 14 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 13 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
12 12 (0.73%) CentOS
13 8 (0.48%) Mac OS
14 7 (0.42%) Solaris
15 4 (0.24%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.18%) AIX
17 1 (0.061%) Windows 8
17 1 (0.061%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 528 (32.00%) Agile Software Development
2 262 (15.88%) Test Automation
3 255 (15.45%) Migration
4 247 (14.97%) Test Scripting
5 218 (13.21%) System Integration Testing
6 205 (12.42%) Stakeholder Management
7 201 (12.18%) Test Strategy
8 198 (12.00%) Project Management
8 198 (12.00%) Scrum
9 186 (11.27%) Regression Testing
10 174 (10.55%) Integration Testing
11 165 (10.00%) Business Analysis
12 140 (8.48%) User Stories
13 135 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
13 135 (8.18%) Waterfall
14 127 (7.70%) SDLC
15 123 (7.45%) Test Management
16 117 (7.09%) Business Intelligence
17 116 (7.03%) CRM
18 114 (6.91%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 216 (13.09%) SQL
2 126 (7.64%) Java
3 101 (6.12%) JavaScript
4 58 (3.52%) C#
5 54 (3.27%) Python
6 53 (3.21%) PowerShell
7 28 (1.70%) PHP
8 23 (1.39%) Bash Shell
9 19 (1.15%) Perl
10 18 (1.09%) Scala
11 17 (1.03%) Ruby
11 17 (1.03%) Shell Script
12 15 (0.91%) C
12 15 (0.91%) C++
13 13 (0.79%) ABAP
14 11 (0.67%) PL/SQL
14 11 (0.67%) T-SQL
14 11 (0.67%) VB
15 8 (0.48%) VBScript
16 7 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 156 (9.45%) Security Cleared
2 129 (7.82%) ISTQB
3 123 (7.45%) SC Cleared
4 95 (5.76%) ISEB
5 80 (4.85%) Degree
6 44 (2.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 42 (2.55%) DV Cleared
8 13 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (0.73%) PMI Certification
9 12 (0.73%) PMP
10 10 (0.61%) ACCA
10 10 (0.61%) CIMA
11 9 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (0.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 9 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (0.36%) IIBA
12 6 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (0.24%) MBA
13 4 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
13 4 (0.24%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 252 (15.27%) QA
2 32 (1.94%) Data Quality
3 21 (1.27%) PMO
4 15 (0.91%) PSD2
4 15 (0.91%) SLA
5 13 (0.79%) GDPR
6 12 (0.73%) SEPA
7 8 (0.48%) MiFID
8 6 (0.36%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.18%) HL7
9 3 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 3 (0.18%) TARGET2
10 2 (0.12%) CRD IV
10 2 (0.12%) PMBOK
10 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.12%) WCAG
11 1 (0.061%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 1 (0.061%) COBIT
11 1 (0.061%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.061%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 47 (2.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 43 (2.61%) Docker
3 40 (2.42%) Active Directory
4 32 (1.94%) Microsoft App-V
5 13 (0.79%) Virtual Desktop
6 11 (0.67%) Hyper-V
7 10 (0.61%) vSphere
8 9 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
9 6 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.18%) XenApp
10 3 (0.18%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.12%) Cronacle
11 2 (0.12%) Firmware
11 2 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.061%) vCloud
12 1 (0.061%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 1 (0.061%) Veritas File System
12 1 (0.061%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 1 (0.061%) zsh
Systems Management
1 58 (3.52%) SCCM
2 37 (2.24%) HP Quality Center
3 35 (2.12%) HP ALM
4 33 (2.00%) Kubernetes
5 23 (1.39%) Terraform
6 22 (1.33%) Ansible
7 15 (0.91%) Puppet
8 14 (0.85%) ZABBIX
9 11 (0.67%) Consul
9 11 (0.67%) Grafana
9 11 (0.67%) Graphite
9 11 (0.67%) Kibana
9 11 (0.67%) logstash
10 8 (0.48%) Cisco CUCM
11 6 (0.36%) Data Guard
11 6 (0.36%) Oracle RMAN
12 5 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
12 5 (0.30%) SCOM
13 4 (0.24%) NetIQ Identity Manager
14 3 (0.18%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 247 (14.97%) Microsoft
2 196 (11.88%) Oracle
3 165 (10.00%) SAP
4 63 (3.82%) ServiceNow
5 59 (3.58%) Salesforce.com
6 55 (3.33%) Google
6 55 (3.33%) HP
7 53 (3.21%) VMware
8 30 (1.82%) IBM
9 24 (1.45%) Citrix
10 17 (1.03%) hybris
11 15 (0.91%) Adobe
11 15 (0.91%) Tableau
12 14 (0.85%) Cisco
12 14 (0.85%) Workday
13 13 (0.79%) Ariba
13 13 (0.79%) Dell
13 13 (0.79%) Red Hat
14 12 (0.73%) Guidewire
15 11 (0.67%) SaltStack