Period
to 16 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 16 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Acceptance Criteria
UK
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 423 365 365
Rank change year-on-year -58 0 +68
Permanent jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 378 1,068 1,304
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.85% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 0.92% 0.94%
Number of salaries quoted 334 765 972
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £32,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £70,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Acceptance Criteria is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 57,452 116,202 139,358
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.29% 92.13% 92.24%
Number of salaries quoted 46,434 93,044 111,336
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,850
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.11% -

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Acceptance Criteria.

Salary trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 16 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria within the UK over the 6 months to 16 January 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -54 350 £57,500 +15.00% 79
UK excluding London -63 210 £50,000 +5.26% 52
London +33 150 £60,000 +9.09% 32
South East +68 61 £50,000 - 14
North of England -23 58 £47,500 +11.76% 16
Work from Home -37 37 £50,000 +5.26% 9
North West +22 36 £50,000 +17.65% 8
Midlands +35 35 £47,500 +15.85% 6
South West -18 35 £62,500 +25.00% 8
West Midlands +39 25 £47,500 +3.26% 2
Yorkshire -19 18 £40,000 -11.11% 6
Wales +34 13 £38,500 +35.09% 1
East Midlands +45 10 £42,500 +30.77% 4
North East +18 4 £37,500 - 2
Scotland +18 4 £35,000 -17.65% 4
East of England +44 2 £41,250 -17.50% 3
Northern Ireland +13 1 - -
Isle of Man -10 1 £36,500 -39.17%

For the 6 months to 16 January 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 285 (75.40%) Agile Software Development
2 201 (53.17%) User Stories
3 123 (32.54%) Scrum
4 97 (25.66%) Finance
5 87 (23.02%) Test Automation
6 82 (21.69%) QA
7 70 (18.52%) User Experience
8 69 (18.25%) Stakeholder Management
9 68 (17.99%) BDD
10 62 (16.40%) DevOps
11 60 (15.87%) Product Backlog
12 59 (15.61%) Product Management
12 59 (15.61%) Business Analysis
13 58 (15.34%) Degree
14 57 (15.08%) JIRA
14 57 (15.08%) Analytical Skills
15 50 (13.23%) Sprint Planning
16 48 (12.70%) Problem-Solving
16 48 (12.70%) TDD
17 45 (11.90%) Azure
17 45 (11.90%) SDLC
18 44 (11.64%) Selenium
19 43 (11.38%) Use Case
20 42 (11.11%) Requirements Gathering
21 41 (10.85%) SQL
22 40 (10.58%) C#
22 40 (10.58%) Workshop Facilitation
23 39 (10.32%) Java
23 39 (10.32%) Project Management
24 38 (10.05%) Mobile App

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 29 (7.67%) Confluence
2 24 (6.35%) CMS
3 17 (4.50%) SharePoint
4 11 (2.91%) Drupal
5 4 (1.06%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.79%) K2 blackpearl
7 2 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.53%) TPMS
8 1 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.65%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.26%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.26%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 11 (2.91%) Dynamics CRM
1 11 (2.91%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 3 (0.79%) Distributed Ledger
2 3 (0.79%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.53%) SAP Business One
3 2 (0.53%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.26%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.26%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 45 (11.90%) Azure
2 35 (9.26%) SaaS
3 23 (6.08%) AWS
4 17 (4.50%) Office 365
5 7 (1.85%) BrowserStack
5 7 (1.85%) Power Platform
6 5 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (1.32%) GCP
7 4 (1.06%) GitHub
7 4 (1.06%) Serverless
8 3 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.79%) PowerApps
9 2 (0.53%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.53%) Lucidchart
9 2 (0.53%) npm
10 1 (0.26%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.26%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.26%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.70%) Internet
2 11 (2.91%) DNS
3 10 (2.65%) HTTP
4 1 (0.26%) LAN
4 1 (0.26%) SSL
4 1 (0.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (6.35%) Big Data
1 24 (6.35%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.97%) MySQL
3 6 (1.59%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.06%) Hadoop
4 4 (1.06%) NoSQL
4 4 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.06%) RDBMS
4 4 (1.06%) Tableau
5 3 (0.79%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (0.79%) Power BI
6 2 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.53%) Bigtable
6 2 (0.53%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.26%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.26%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.26%) Snowflake Schema
7 1 (0.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.26%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 57 (15.08%) JIRA
2 44 (11.64%) Selenium
3 24 (6.35%) Cucumber
4 18 (4.76%) WebDriver
5 17 (4.50%) Git (software)
6 16 (4.23%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (3.70%) Postman
8 13 (3.44%) Jenkins
9 12 (3.17%) SpecFlow
10 11 (2.91%) Bitbucket
11 8 (2.12%) JMeter
12 7 (1.85%) LoadRunner
12 7 (1.85%) TestRail
13 6 (1.59%) Cypress.io
13 6 (1.59%) JUnit
13 6 (1.59%) NeoLoad
14 5 (1.32%) SoapUI
14 5 (1.32%) TeamCity
14 5 (1.32%) Visual Studio
15 4 (1.06%) Subversion
General
1 97 (25.66%) Finance
2 37 (9.79%) Marketing
3 16 (4.23%) Public Sector
4 13 (3.44%) Publishing
5 11 (2.91%) Local Government
5 11 (2.91%) Retail
6 10 (2.65%) Advertising
7 7 (1.85%) Banking
8 6 (1.59%) Legal
9 5 (1.32%) Front Office
9 5 (1.32%) Law
10 4 (1.06%) Automotive
11 3 (0.79%) Back Office
11 3 (0.79%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.53%) Games
13 1 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.26%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.26%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 140 (37.04%) Analyst
2 106 (28.04%) Business Analyst
3 51 (13.49%) Product Owner
4 30 (7.94%) Product Manager
5 27 (7.14%) Software Analyst
6 26 (6.88%) Agile Business Analyst
6 26 (6.88%) Developer
7 20 (5.29%) Test Engineer
8 19 (5.03%) Digital Analyst
9 18 (4.76%) Digital Business Analyst
10 17 (4.50%) Architect
11 16 (4.23%) QA Engineer
11 16 (4.23%) Technical Analyst
12 15 (3.97%) Test Analyst
12 15 (3.97%) Tester
13 14 (3.70%) Senior Developer
13 14 (3.70%) Technical Manager
14 13 (3.44%) Consultant
15 12 (3.17%) Automation Engineer
16 11 (2.91%) Digital Transformation
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (8.47%) .NET
2 18 (4.76%) REST
3 16 (4.23%) HTML
4 15 (3.97%) CSS
4 15 (3.97%) Node.js
5 13 (3.44%) JSON
6 12 (3.17%) Gherkin
6 12 (3.17%) Web Services
7 11 (2.91%) CSS3
7 11 (2.91%) HTML5
7 11 (2.91%) SOAP
7 11 (2.91%) XML
8 10 (2.65%) AngularJS
8 10 (2.65%) React
9 9 (2.38%) RESTful
10 8 (2.12%) Redux
10 8 (2.12%) Spring
10 8 (2.12%) Spring Boot
11 7 (1.85%) .NET Framework
12 6 (1.59%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 70 (18.52%) User Experience
2 57 (15.08%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (10.05%) Mobile App
4 17 (4.50%) Enterprise Software
4 17 (4.50%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.44%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (3.17%) Virtual Team
7 11 (2.91%) Internet of Things
8 10 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.59%) Equities
10 4 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 4 (1.06%) Mobile Banking
10 4 (1.06%) Over-the-Top Content
10 4 (1.06%) SWIFT
11 3 (0.79%) Online Banking
11 3 (0.79%) Public Cloud
12 2 (0.53%) DTCC
12 2 (0.53%) Life Science
12 2 (0.53%) PKI
12 2 (0.53%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 20 (5.29%) Windows
2 11 (2.91%) Windows Server
3 10 (2.65%) Apple iOS
4 9 (2.38%) Android
5 8 (2.12%) Linux
6 1 (0.26%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.26%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (75.40%) Agile Software Development
2 201 (53.17%) User Stories
3 123 (32.54%) Scrum
4 87 (23.02%) Test Automation
5 69 (18.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 68 (17.99%) BDD
7 62 (16.40%) DevOps
8 60 (15.87%) Product Backlog
9 59 (15.61%) Business Analysis
9 59 (15.61%) Product Management
10 50 (13.23%) Sprint Planning
11 48 (12.70%) Problem-Solving
11 48 (12.70%) TDD
12 45 (11.90%) SDLC
13 43 (11.38%) Use Case
14 42 (11.11%) Requirements Gathering
15 40 (10.58%) Workshop Facilitation
16 39 (10.32%) Project Management
17 37 (9.79%) Test Scripting
18 36 (9.52%) Backlog Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (10.85%) SQL
2 40 (10.58%) C#
3 39 (10.32%) Java
4 28 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 24 (6.35%) Python
6 21 (5.56%) C
7 10 (2.65%) C++
8 9 (2.38%) Shell Script
8 9 (2.38%) TypeScript
9 7 (1.85%) ES6
10 5 (1.32%) PHP
11 3 (0.79%) Kotlin
11 3 (0.79%) R
11 3 (0.79%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.53%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.26%) ABAP
13 1 (0.26%) Apple Swift
13 1 (0.26%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.26%) Ruby
13 1 (0.26%) XPath
Qualifications
1 58 (15.34%) Degree
2 23 (6.08%) ISEB
3 20 (5.29%) Security Cleared
4 19 (5.03%) ISTQB
5 12 (3.17%) DV Cleared
6 11 (2.91%) SC Cleared
7 6 (1.59%) IIBA
7 6 (1.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (0.79%) CBAP
9 2 (0.53%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.53%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.26%) APMG
10 1 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.26%) CISSP
10 1 (0.26%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.26%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (21.69%) QA
2 7 (1.85%) PMO
3 4 (1.06%) ISO 20022
4 3 (0.79%) PSD2
4 3 (0.79%) SEPA
4 3 (0.79%) TARGET2
5 2 (0.53%) GxP
6 1 (0.26%) GDPR
6 1 (0.26%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.26%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.26%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (2.91%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.38%) Docker
3 1 (0.26%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (1.06%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.26%) Control-M
4 1 (0.26%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 32 (8.47%) Microsoft
2 16 (4.23%) Oracle
3 14 (3.70%) Atlassian
3 14 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
4 12 (3.17%) MuleSoft
4 12 (3.17%) SAP
5 8 (2.12%) Cadence
6 5 (1.32%) JD Edwards
6 5 (1.32%) ServiceNow
7 4 (1.06%) Apple
7 4 (1.06%) Infor
8 3 (0.79%) Nintex
9 2 (0.53%) ABBYY
9 2 (0.53%) Axosoft
9 2 (0.53%) Blue Prism
9 2 (0.53%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.53%) OutSystems
9 2 (0.53%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.53%) UiPath
9 2 (0.53%) Xceptor