Period
to 18 November 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 18 November 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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 122 145 161
Rank change year-on-year +23 +16 -11
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 83 40 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.64% 0.83% 0.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.91% 0.99% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 27 29
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +36.00%
10th Percentile £373 £208 £256
90th Percentile £585 £536 £477
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +2.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £33.00 -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £33.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +36.36% -25.00% +25.89%

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 4,354 4,022 5,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.98% 83.95% 84.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,661 2,574 3,141
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 164 141 154
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £25.00 £17.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.60% +46.54% -14.70%
10th Percentile £11.04 £11.75 £10.61
90th Percentile £42.25 £48.75 £39.85
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -6.38% +2.17% +4.55%

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 18 November 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 18 November 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
Shropshire -14 38 £410 -5.75% 1
Coventry -12 16 £475 +5.56% 1
Birmingham +6 15 £450 +5.26% 5
Warwickshire +15 9 £425 +13.33% 2
Herefordshire -18 3 - - 1
Sutton Coldfield +8 1 £600 +3.00%
Solihull - 1 £500 - 1
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 55 (66.27%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (39.76%) User Stories
3 28 (33.73%) Finance
4 27 (32.53%) Scrum
5 25 (30.12%) Commercial Awareness
6 21 (25.30%) Continuous Improvement
7 20 (24.10%) Line Management
7 20 (24.10%) JIRA
8 19 (22.89%) Risk Management
8 19 (22.89%) Change Management
8 19 (22.89%) Project Governance
8 19 (22.89%) Test Automation
8 19 (22.89%) Matrix Organization
9 18 (21.69%) Confluence
9 18 (21.69%) Microsoft Office
10 17 (20.48%) Kanban
10 17 (20.48%) Conflict Management
11 16 (19.28%) Resource Management
12 14 (16.87%) QA
12 14 (16.87%) Open Workbench
12 14 (16.87%) Selenium
12 14 (16.87%) Gherkin
13 13 (15.66%) Analytical Skills
13 13 (15.66%) Collaborative Working
13 13 (15.66%) Problem-Solving
13 13 (15.66%) Java
14 12 (14.46%) Business Analysis
14 12 (14.46%) User Experience
15 11 (13.25%) Web Services
16 10 (12.05%) Service Delivery

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 18 (21.69%) Confluence
2 2 (2.41%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.20%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (21.69%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (16.87%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.41%) Exchequer
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.82%) Office 365
2 2 (2.41%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.20%) PaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle Database
1 2 (2.41%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.20%) Base SAS
2 1 (1.20%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.20%) MySQL
2 1 (1.20%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 20 (24.10%) JIRA
2 14 (16.87%) Selenium
3 8 (9.64%) SoapUI
4 6 (7.23%) SpecFlow
5 5 (6.02%) Cucumber
6 3 (3.61%) WebDriver
7 2 (2.41%) JIRA Agile
7 2 (2.41%) Visual Studio
8 1 (1.20%) Gatling
8 1 (1.20%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.20%) JMeter
8 1 (1.20%) Zephyr
General
1 28 (33.73%) Finance
2 4 (4.82%) Retail
3 2 (2.41%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.20%) Automotive
4 1 (1.20%) Digital Economy
4 1 (1.20%) Legal
4 1 (1.20%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 40 (48.19%) Analyst
2 28 (33.73%) Business Analyst
3 17 (20.48%) Project Manager
4 12 (14.46%) Agile Business Analyst
5 10 (12.05%) Digital Analyst
5 10 (12.05%) Digital Business Analyst
5 10 (12.05%) Test Analyst
6 8 (9.64%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
6 8 (9.64%) Transformation Analyst
7 6 (7.23%) Digital Transformation
7 6 (7.23%) QA Analyst
8 5 (6.02%) Selenium Test Analyst
8 5 (6.02%) Tester
9 4 (4.82%) Agile Test Analyst
9 4 (4.82%) QA Test Analyst
10 3 (3.61%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (3.61%) Scrum Master
10 3 (3.61%) Senior Manager
10 3 (3.61%) Technical Analyst
10 3 (3.61%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (16.87%) Gherkin
2 11 (13.25%) Web Services
3 9 (10.84%) RESTful
4 5 (6.02%) HTML
5 3 (3.61%) CSS
5 3 (3.61%) Velocity
6 2 (2.41%) XML
7 1 (1.20%) .NET
7 1 (1.20%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.20%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.20%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 1 (1.20%) CSS3
7 1 (1.20%) HATEOAS
7 1 (1.20%) JSON
7 1 (1.20%) Middleware
7 1 (1.20%) React
7 1 (1.20%) Spring
7 1 (1.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 13 (15.66%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (14.46%) User Experience
3 4 (4.82%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.20%) Minimum Viable Product
4 1 (1.20%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.82%) Windows
2 3 (3.61%) Unix
3 1 (1.20%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (66.27%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (39.76%) User Stories
3 27 (32.53%) Scrum
4 25 (30.12%) Commercial Awareness
5 21 (25.30%) Continuous Improvement
6 20 (24.10%) Line Management
7 19 (22.89%) Change Management
7 19 (22.89%) Matrix Organization
7 19 (22.89%) Project Governance
7 19 (22.89%) Risk Management
7 19 (22.89%) Test Automation
8 17 (20.48%) Conflict Management
8 17 (20.48%) Kanban
9 16 (19.28%) Resource Management
10 13 (15.66%) Collaborative Working
10 13 (15.66%) Problem-Solving
11 12 (14.46%) Business Analysis
12 10 (12.05%) Performance Testing
12 10 (12.05%) Service Delivery
12 10 (12.05%) Workshop Facilitation
Programming Languages
1 13 (15.66%) Java
2 8 (9.64%) Groovy
2 8 (9.64%) Scala
2 8 (9.64%) SQL
3 4 (4.82%) C#
4 2 (2.41%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (4.82%) Security Cleared
2 3 (3.61%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (2.41%) ISEB
3 2 (2.41%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.41%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.20%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (16.87%) QA
2 9 (10.84%) GDPR
Vendors
1 6 (7.23%) Atlassian
2 4 (4.82%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.82%) Oracle
3 3 (3.61%) Google
4 2 (2.41%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.20%) Fujitsu
5 1 (1.20%) ServiceNow