Period
to 13 December 2017

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 13 December 2017 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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 146 147 147
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 +5
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 39 56 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.80% 0.94% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.96% 1.14% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 26 13
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £425 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.82% +36.00% -20.63%
10th Percentile £245 £328 £250
90th Percentile £525 £480 £530
England median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £26.50 - -
England median hourly rate £33.00 £44.00 £34.95
% change year-on-year -25.00% +25.89% -50.07%

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 4063 4926 3995
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.94% 82.73% 79.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2605 2959 2265
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.07%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £241
90th Percentile £550 £550 £540
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 134 179
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £19.10 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.92% -4.53% +1.27%
10th Percentile £11.67 £10.91 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £41.67 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.44 £22.00
% change year-on-year +2.31% +11.07% +15.79%

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017. 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 9 £470 -2.08%
Coventry +12 8 £450 +7.78% 1
Herefordshire +10 7 £270 -32.50%
Shropshire +1 6 £435 -3.33%
Warwickshire - 6 £350 - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £550 -
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 13 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 29 (74.36%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (58.97%) User Stories
3 14 (35.90%) Scrum
3 14 (35.90%) JIRA
4 13 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 9 (23.08%) Confluence
6 8 (20.51%) Performance Testing
6 8 (20.51%) Retail
6 8 (20.51%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (20.51%) CRM
6 8 (20.51%) Continuous Improvement
6 8 (20.51%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (17.95%) User Experience
7 7 (17.95%) E-Commerce
7 7 (17.95%) Use Case
7 7 (17.95%) Waterfall
8 6 (15.38%) Business Analysis
8 6 (15.38%) HTML
9 5 (12.82%) Java
9 5 (12.82%) Google
9 5 (12.82%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (12.82%) QA
9 5 (12.82%) Kanban
9 5 (12.82%) BDD
9 5 (12.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (12.82%) SDLC
10 4 (10.26%) SpecFlow
10 4 (10.26%) Gherkin
10 4 (10.26%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (10.26%) Feasibility Study

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 9 (23.08%) Confluence
2 2 (5.13%) CMS
3 1 (2.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (2.56%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.26%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (5.13%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) Internet
2 1 (2.56%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.56%) MySQL
2 1 (2.56%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (35.90%) JIRA
2 4 (10.26%) Selenium
2 4 (10.26%) SpecFlow
3 3 (7.69%) JIRA Agile
3 3 (7.69%) JMeter
4 2 (5.13%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
4 2 (5.13%) Jenkins
4 2 (5.13%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.56%) Burp Suite
5 1 (2.56%) Jasmine
5 1 (2.56%) JUnit
5 1 (2.56%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (2.56%) Mocha
5 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (20.51%) Retail
2 4 (10.26%) Finance
3 3 (7.69%) Automotive
4 1 (2.56%) Back Office
4 1 (2.56%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (76.92%) Analyst
2 19 (48.72%) Business Analyst
3 8 (20.51%) Digital Analyst
3 8 (20.51%) Digital Business Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Agile Business Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Senior Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Senior Business Analyst
5 4 (10.26%) Test Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) Project Manager
6 3 (7.69%) QA Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) Service Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Developer
7 2 (5.13%) HR Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Process Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Product Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Product Owner
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Project Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Tester
8 1 (2.56%) Agile Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (15.38%) HTML
2 4 (10.26%) Gherkin
3 3 (7.69%) CSS
4 2 (5.13%) .NET
5 1 (2.56%) Angular 2
5 1 (2.56%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 1 (2.56%) CSS3
5 1 (2.56%) HTML5
5 1 (2.56%) JSON
5 1 (2.56%) Mustache
5 1 (2.56%) REST
5 1 (2.56%) RESTful
5 1 (2.56%) Sass
5 1 (2.56%) Semantic HTML
5 1 (2.56%) SOAP
5 1 (2.56%) Spring
5 1 (2.56%) Velocity
5 1 (2.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (20.51%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (17.95%) User Experience
3 4 (10.26%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.13%) Internet of Things
4 2 (5.13%) Mobile App
4 2 (5.13%) Social Media
5 1 (2.56%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.56%) STB
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.56%) Linux
1 1 (2.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (74.36%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (58.97%) User Stories
3 14 (35.90%) Scrum
4 13 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 8 (20.51%) Continuous Improvement
5 8 (20.51%) CRM
5 8 (20.51%) Performance Testing
5 8 (20.51%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (17.95%) E-Commerce
6 7 (17.95%) Use Case
6 7 (17.95%) Waterfall
7 6 (15.38%) Business Analysis
8 5 (12.82%) BDD
8 5 (12.82%) Kanban
8 5 (12.82%) SDLC
8 5 (12.82%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (10.26%) Collaborative Working
9 4 (10.26%) Data Management
9 4 (10.26%) Feasibility Study
10 3 (7.69%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.82%) Java
2 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
2 3 (7.69%) SQL
3 2 (5.13%) C#
4 1 (2.56%) ES6
4 1 (2.56%) Groovy
4 1 (2.56%) PHP
4 1 (2.56%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (12.82%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (10.26%) ISEB
2 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
2 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
3 3 (7.69%) ISTQB
3 3 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.56%) APMP
4 1 (2.56%) DBS Check
4 1 (2.56%) Degree
4 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.82%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.56%) SLA
2 1 (2.56%) WAI
2 1 (2.56%) WCAG
Vendors
1 5 (12.82%) Google
2 2 (5.13%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.56%) Atlassian