Period
to 20 May 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 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 103 119 162
Rank change year-on-year +16 +43 -5
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 86 54 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.76% 1.24% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.10% 1.52% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 33 15
West Midlands median daily rate £410 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.10% -3.33% -9.09%
10th Percentile £235 £251 £278
90th Percentile £534 £470 £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 £77.50 - -
England median hourly rate £50.00 £43.25 -
% change year-on-year +15.61% - -

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 4,101 3,554 4,502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.73% 81.63% 83.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,539 2,226 2,539
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +7.59%
10th Percentile £263 £239 £235
90th Percentile £575 £538 £546
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 168 140 105
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £21.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.91% +19.44% -25.00%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.50 £10.73
90th Percentile £42.50 £51.60 £38.75
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +8.70% +9.52%

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 20 May 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 20 May 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 +4 22 £450 +12.50% 1
Birmingham -4 21 £360 -0.69% 3
Herefordshire +5 12 £240 -15.79%
Shropshire -15 6 £389 -23.26%
Warwickshire +1 5 £350 -15.15% 2
Worcestershire -6 4 £425 +31.27%
Solihull - 3 - -
Staffordshire - 2 £538 - 2
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £535 -
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 57 (66.28%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (44.19%) JIRA
3 37 (43.02%) Test Automation
4 35 (40.70%) User Stories
5 27 (31.40%) Confluence
6 25 (29.07%) SQL
6 25 (29.07%) SpecFlow
7 24 (27.91%) Gherkin
8 19 (22.09%) BDD
8 19 (22.09%) Scrum
8 19 (22.09%) QA
9 18 (20.93%) Stakeholder Management
10 17 (19.77%) Continuous Improvement
11 16 (18.60%) Selenium
12 15 (17.44%) WebDriver
12 15 (17.44%) C#
12 15 (17.44%) E-Commerce
13 14 (16.28%) CRM
13 14 (16.28%) HTML
14 13 (15.12%) Performance Testing
14 13 (15.12%) Retail
14 13 (15.12%) User Experience
14 13 (15.12%) SDLC
15 12 (13.95%) Waterfall
16 11 (12.79%) TDD
16 11 (12.79%) Google
16 11 (12.79%) Dynamics CRM
16 11 (12.79%) Analytical Skills
17 10 (11.63%) DevOps
17 10 (11.63%) JIRA Agile

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 27 (31.40%) Confluence
2 2 (2.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (2.33%) CMS
3 1 (1.16%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.16%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.16%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 11 (12.79%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.47%) Google Cloud Platform
2 7 (8.14%) Slack
3 1 (1.16%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.16%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.16%) Google Analytics
3 1 (1.16%) Office 365
3 1 (1.16%) OneDrive
3 1 (1.16%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.33%) HTTP
1 2 (2.33%) Internet
2 1 (1.16%) Skype
2 1 (1.16%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.33%) MongoDB
1 2 (2.33%) NoSQL
1 2 (2.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.16%) MySQL
2 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 38 (44.19%) JIRA
2 25 (29.07%) SpecFlow
3 16 (18.60%) Selenium
4 15 (17.44%) WebDriver
5 10 (11.63%) JIRA Agile
5 10 (11.63%) TestRail
6 9 (10.47%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (5.81%) Cucumber
7 5 (5.81%) Visual Studio
8 3 (3.49%) LoadRunner
General
1 13 (15.12%) Retail
2 4 (4.65%) Finance
3 1 (1.16%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 50 (58.14%) Analyst
2 31 (36.05%) Business Analyst
3 13 (15.12%) Digital Analyst
3 13 (15.12%) Digital Business Analyst
4 12 (13.95%) Agile Business Analyst
4 12 (13.95%) QA Analyst
4 12 (13.95%) Tester
5 9 (10.47%) Automation Tester
5 9 (10.47%) Test Analyst
6 8 (9.30%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (8.14%) Developer
8 6 (6.98%) Automation Test Analyst
8 6 (6.98%) Senior Business Analyst
8 6 (6.98%) Service Manager
8 6 (6.98%) Service Transition Manager
8 6 (6.98%) Transformation Analyst
8 6 (6.98%) Transition Manager
9 5 (5.81%) .NET Developer
9 5 (5.81%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
9 5 (5.81%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (27.91%) Gherkin
2 14 (16.28%) HTML
3 9 (10.47%) .NET
4 6 (6.98%) CSS
4 6 (6.98%) Velocity
5 4 (4.65%) AngularJS
5 4 (4.65%) ASP.NET
6 3 (3.49%) Angular 2
6 3 (3.49%) LESS
6 3 (3.49%) Sass
7 2 (2.33%) ASP.NET Core
7 2 (2.33%) HTML5
8 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (1.16%) COM
8 1 (1.16%) CSS3
8 1 (1.16%) HATEOAS
8 1 (1.16%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (1.16%) Middleware
8 1 (1.16%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 13 (15.12%) User Experience
2 11 (12.79%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (11.63%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (2.33%) Driving Licence
4 2 (2.33%) Internet of Things
4 2 (2.33%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.33%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.33%) Social Media
5 1 (1.16%) CMDB
5 1 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.63%) Unix
2 2 (2.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (66.28%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (43.02%) Test Automation
3 35 (40.70%) User Stories
4 19 (22.09%) BDD
4 19 (22.09%) Scrum
5 18 (20.93%) Stakeholder Management
6 17 (19.77%) Continuous Improvement
7 15 (17.44%) E-Commerce
8 14 (16.28%) CRM
9 13 (15.12%) Performance Testing
9 13 (15.12%) SDLC
10 12 (13.95%) Waterfall
11 11 (12.79%) TDD
12 10 (11.63%) Change Management
12 10 (11.63%) DevOps
12 10 (11.63%) Kanban
12 10 (11.63%) Test Management
13 9 (10.47%) Project Management
14 8 (9.30%) Business Analysis
14 8 (9.30%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 25 (29.07%) SQL
2 15 (17.44%) C#
3 4 (4.65%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.49%) TypeScript
5 2 (2.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (10.47%) SC Cleared
1 9 (10.47%) Security Cleared
2 5 (5.81%) ISEB
3 2 (2.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (1.16%) APMP
4 1 (1.16%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (22.09%) QA
2 2 (2.33%) PMO
2 2 (2.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (1.16%) COBIT
3 1 (1.16%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 11 (12.79%) Google
2 10 (11.63%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.49%) HP
3 3 (3.49%) ServiceNow
4 2 (2.33%) Adobe