Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 139 134 148
Rank change year-on-year -5 +14 +3
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 49 64 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.03% 1.22% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.24% 1.47% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 33 14
West Midlands median daily rate £368 £400 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.13% -8.57% +6.06%
10th Percentile £208 £278 £256
90th Percentile £502 £485 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 - -
England median hourly rate £37.00 £50.00 £34.95
% change year-on-year -26.00% +43.06% -36.45%

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 3,954 4,340 4,184
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.24% 82.94% 81.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,494 2,670 2,344
West Midlands median daily rate £401 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.13% +3.23% +6.16%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £550 £541 £550
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 144 142 130
West Midlands median hourly rate £23.99 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.05% +10.00% -11.11%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.66 £10.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £42.48 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +17.50%

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 19 February 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 19 February 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
Birmingham -2 15 £385 -18.95% 3
Coventry +4 10 £450 +9.76% 1
Shropshire -10 9 £425 -8.11% 1
Herefordshire +8 5 £215 -24.56% 2
Warwickshire +5 5 £350 -22.22%
Solihull - 1 - -
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 36 (73.47%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (57.14%) User Stories
3 19 (38.78%) Test Automation
4 18 (36.73%) JIRA
5 17 (34.69%) Scrum
6 13 (26.53%) Performance Testing
7 12 (24.49%) Confluence
8 11 (22.45%) SpecFlow
9 10 (20.41%) Analytical Skills
9 10 (20.41%) Gherkin
9 10 (20.41%) SQL
10 9 (18.37%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (18.37%) BDD
10 9 (18.37%) Selenium
10 9 (18.37%) QA
10 9 (18.37%) User Experience
11 8 (16.33%) Kanban
11 8 (16.33%) Waterfall
11 8 (16.33%) CRM
11 8 (16.33%) E-Commerce
12 7 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
12 7 (14.29%) Use Case
13 6 (12.24%) SC Cleared
13 6 (12.24%) Security Cleared
13 6 (12.24%) HTML
13 6 (12.24%) Retail
13 6 (12.24%) Collaborative Working
14 5 (10.20%) Scenario Testing
14 5 (10.20%) Google Cloud Platform
14 5 (10.20%) SDLC

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 12 (24.49%) Confluence
2 2 (4.08%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (10.20%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.20%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (4.08%) Slack
3 1 (2.04%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (2.04%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.04%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 18 (36.73%) JIRA
2 11 (22.45%) SpecFlow
3 9 (18.37%) Selenium
4 5 (10.20%) JIRA Agile
4 5 (10.20%) WebDriver
5 4 (8.16%) TestRail
6 3 (6.12%) LoadRunner
7 2 (4.08%) JMeter
8 1 (2.04%) Burp Suite
8 1 (2.04%) Cucumber
8 1 (2.04%) Git (software)
8 1 (2.04%) Jasmine
8 1 (2.04%) Jenkins
8 1 (2.04%) Karma Test Runner
8 1 (2.04%) Mocha
8 1 (2.04%) SoapUI
8 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 6 (12.24%) Retail
2 4 (8.16%) Finance
3 3 (6.12%) Automotive
4 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.04%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 35 (71.43%) Analyst
2 24 (48.98%) Business Analyst
3 11 (22.45%) Digital Analyst
3 11 (22.45%) Digital Business Analyst
4 9 (18.37%) Agile Business Analyst
5 7 (14.29%) Tester
6 5 (10.20%) QA Analyst
6 5 (10.20%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (10.20%) Senior Business Analyst
7 4 (8.16%) Automation Tester
7 4 (8.16%) Test Analyst
8 3 (6.12%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
8 3 (6.12%) Project Manager
8 3 (6.12%) Service Analyst
8 3 (6.12%) Transformation Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) Automation Test Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) HR Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) Performance Tester
9 2 (4.08%) Process Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.41%) Gherkin
2 6 (12.24%) HTML
3 2 (4.08%) Velocity
4 1 (2.04%) .NET
4 1 (2.04%) Angular 2
4 1 (2.04%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.04%) CSS
4 1 (2.04%) Mustache
4 1 (2.04%) RESTful
4 1 (2.04%) Sass
4 1 (2.04%) Semantic HTML
4 1 (2.04%) Spring
4 1 (2.04%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (20.41%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (18.37%) User Experience
3 4 (8.16%) Linux Command Line
3 4 (8.16%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.08%) Driving Licence
4 2 (4.08%) Internet of Things
4 2 (4.08%) Mobile App
4 2 (4.08%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.16%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (73.47%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (57.14%) User Stories
3 19 (38.78%) Test Automation
4 17 (34.69%) Scrum
5 13 (26.53%) Performance Testing
6 9 (18.37%) BDD
6 9 (18.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (16.33%) CRM
7 8 (16.33%) E-Commerce
7 8 (16.33%) Kanban
7 8 (16.33%) Waterfall
8 7 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (14.29%) Use Case
9 6 (12.24%) Collaborative Working
10 5 (10.20%) Business Analysis
10 5 (10.20%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (10.20%) Scenario Testing
10 5 (10.20%) SDLC
10 5 (10.20%) System Testing
11 4 (8.16%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (20.41%) SQL
2 2 (4.08%) C#
2 2 (4.08%) Java
3 1 (2.04%) ES6
3 1 (2.04%) Groovy
3 1 (2.04%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.04%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (12.24%) SC Cleared
1 6 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 5 (10.20%) ISEB
3 3 (6.12%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (6.12%) ISTQB
4 2 (4.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (4.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (2.04%) DBS Check
5 1 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (18.37%) QA
2 2 (4.08%) PMO
3 1 (2.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (2.04%) WAI
3 1 (2.04%) WCAG
Vendors
1 5 (10.20%) Google
2 3 (6.12%) HP
3 2 (4.08%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.04%) Atlassian