Period
to 17 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 17 August 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 107 131 160
Rank change year-on-year +24 +29 +6
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 90 43 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.76% 0.99% 0.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.11% 1.19% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 29 22
West Midlands median daily rate £441 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.60% -6.25% +20.57%
10th Percentile £312 £208 £237
90th Percentile £550 £555 £475
England median daily rate £453 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.50% +1.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £77.50 £33.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +134.85% - -
England median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £39.37
% change year-on-year +33.33% -4.75% +14.12%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,263 3,606 5,082
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.54% 83.41% 83.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,554 2,278 2,967
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £265 £251 £238
90th Percentile £575 £550 £539
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 124 125
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £20.75 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.30% +22.06% -24.44%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.96 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £52.20 £39.30
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +2.13% +9.05%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the West Midlands

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the West Midlands

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the West Midlands

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the West Midlands

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 August 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
Coventry -2 24 £475 +5.56% 2
Shropshire -18 19 £405 -23.58%
Herefordshire -7 12 £283 -13.08%
Birmingham -15 12 £400 -23.08% 3
Warwickshire +3 5 £373 -0.67%
Worcestershire -6 4 £425 -
Solihull - 3 £500 - 2
Sutton Coldfield +3 2 £568 -2.58%
Staffordshire - 2 £538 - 1
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 60 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (38.89%) JIRA
2 35 (38.89%) User Stories
3 34 (37.78%) Test Automation
4 26 (28.89%) Confluence
5 24 (26.67%) Gherkin
6 23 (25.56%) SQL
7 22 (24.44%) SpecFlow
8 21 (23.33%) QA
9 20 (22.22%) Scrum
9 20 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
10 18 (20.00%) Change Management
10 18 (20.00%) Selenium
11 17 (18.89%) C#
12 16 (17.78%) HTML
12 16 (17.78%) Finance
12 16 (17.78%) BDD
13 14 (15.56%) Waterfall
13 14 (15.56%) Retail
14 13 (14.44%) Performance Testing
14 13 (14.44%) WebDriver
14 13 (14.44%) Kanban
14 13 (14.44%) SDLC
15 12 (13.33%) User Experience
15 12 (13.33%) Resource Management
15 12 (13.33%) TDD
15 12 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
15 12 (13.33%) E-Commerce
16 11 (12.22%) Google
16 11 (12.22%) Analytical Skills

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 26 (28.89%) Confluence
2 3 (3.33%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.11%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.67%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 6 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.22%) Exchequer
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.89%) Google Cloud Platform
2 5 (5.56%) Slack
3 3 (3.33%) Office 365
4 1 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.11%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.11%) OneDrive
4 1 (1.11%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.22%) HTTP
2 1 (1.11%) Skype
2 1 (1.11%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.33%) MongoDB
1 3 (3.33%) NoSQL
1 3 (3.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.22%) MySQL
2 2 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 35 (38.89%) JIRA
2 22 (24.44%) SpecFlow
3 18 (20.00%) Selenium
4 13 (14.44%) WebDriver
5 9 (10.00%) JIRA Agile
6 8 (8.89%) Cucumber
6 8 (8.89%) Visual Studio Team System
7 7 (7.78%) Visual Studio
8 6 (6.67%) TestRail
9 3 (3.33%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.11%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.11%) Zephyr
General
1 16 (17.78%) Finance
2 14 (15.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 43 (47.78%) Analyst
2 21 (23.33%) Business Analyst
3 14 (15.56%) Test Analyst
4 13 (14.44%) QA Analyst
5 12 (13.33%) Project Manager
6 11 (12.22%) Digital Analyst
6 11 (12.22%) Digital Business Analyst
7 10 (11.11%) Agile Business Analyst
7 10 (11.11%) Developer
8 9 (10.00%) Tester
9 7 (7.78%) Automation Test Analyst
9 7 (7.78%) Automation Tester
10 6 (6.67%) Agile Test Analyst
10 6 (6.67%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 6 (6.67%) Service Manager
10 6 (6.67%) Service Transition Manager
10 6 (6.67%) Transformation Analyst
10 6 (6.67%) Transition Manager
11 5 (5.56%) .NET Developer
11 5 (5.56%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (26.67%) Gherkin
2 16 (17.78%) HTML
3 10 (11.11%) .NET
4 9 (10.00%) CSS
5 7 (7.78%) Velocity
6 6 (6.67%) RESTful
6 6 (6.67%) Web Services
7 5 (5.56%) AngularJS
7 5 (5.56%) ASP.NET
8 3 (3.33%) Angular 2
8 3 (3.33%) LESS
8 3 (3.33%) Sass
9 2 (2.22%) ASP.NET Core
9 2 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 2 (2.22%) CSS3
9 2 (2.22%) HATEOAS
9 2 (2.22%) HTML5
9 2 (2.22%) JSON
9 2 (2.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 2 (2.22%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.33%) User Experience
2 11 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.67%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (2.22%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.11%) CMDB
5 1 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.11%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.89%) Unix
2 5 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (38.89%) User Stories
3 34 (37.78%) Test Automation
4 20 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
4 20 (22.22%) Scrum
5 18 (20.00%) Change Management
6 16 (17.78%) BDD
7 14 (15.56%) Waterfall
8 13 (14.44%) Kanban
8 13 (14.44%) Performance Testing
8 13 (14.44%) SDLC
9 12 (13.33%) E-Commerce
9 12 (13.33%) Resource Management
9 12 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
9 12 (13.33%) TDD
10 11 (12.22%) Line Management
10 11 (12.22%) Matrix Organization
10 11 (12.22%) Project Governance
11 10 (11.11%) Risk Management
11 10 (11.11%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (25.56%) SQL
2 17 (18.89%) C#
3 9 (10.00%) Java
4 6 (6.67%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.44%) Groovy
5 4 (4.44%) Scala
6 3 (3.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5 (5.56%) SC Cleared
1 5 (5.56%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.44%) ISEB
3 2 (2.22%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.11%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (23.33%) QA
2 1 (1.11%) COBIT
2 1 (1.11%) GDPR
2 1 (1.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 11 (12.22%) Google
2 9 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 4 (4.44%) ServiceNow
4 3 (3.33%) Atlassian
5 2 (2.22%) Adobe
5 2 (2.22%) Oracle
5 2 (2.22%) Salesforce.com