Period
to 23 October 2020

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 23 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Acceptance Criteria
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 397 353 382
Rank change year-on-year -44 +29 +78
Permanent jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 324 1,225 1,382
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.90% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.71% 0.97% 0.91%
Number of salaries quoted 290 853 1,017
Median annual salary £58,000 £50,000 £48,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +16.00% +3.09% +0.62%
10th Percentile £36,250 £33,000 £33,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £76,250 £75,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,375 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +16.39% - +5.88%

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 45,407 126,014 151,472
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.43% 92.21% 91.92%
Number of salaries quoted 37,417 99,242 120,514
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,750 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +5.88%

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 23 October 2020.

Salary histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Top 17 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 23 October 2020. 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 -41 307 £59,500 +19.00% 80
UK excluding London -30 179 £52,375 +16.39% 58
London +28 133 £60,000 - 23
South East +86 66 £57,500 +15.00% 15
North of England +49 49 £56,250 +40.63% 7
North West +60 32 £60,000 +45.45% 3
South West -1 25 £45,000 -10.00% 8
Midlands +51 23 £45,000 +9.76% 16
Work from Home +22 20 £62,500 +13.64% 6
West Midlands +68 17 £47,500 +15.85% 10
Yorkshire +65 14 £47,500 +20.21% 2
East of England +83 6 £51,250 +9.04% 10
East Midlands +64 6 £43,750 +9.38% 6
Wales +35 5 £52,500 +10.53% 2
Scotland +71 4 £32,500 -21.69%
North East +11 3 £35,000 -11.42% 2
Isle of Man - 1 £36,500 -

For the 6 months to 23 October 2020, 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.

1 230 (70.99%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (55.86%) User Stories
3 116 (35.80%) Scrum
4 106 (32.72%) Finance
5 71 (21.91%) Test Automation
6 68 (20.99%) User Experience
7 64 (19.75%) QA
8 60 (18.52%) Product Management
9 59 (18.21%) Business Analysis
10 50 (15.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 48 (14.81%) Product Backlog
12 46 (14.20%) DevOps
13 43 (13.27%) SaaS
14 40 (12.35%) Degree
14 40 (12.35%) Requirements Gathering
15 35 (10.80%) Backlog Management
15 35 (10.80%) Use Case
15 35 (10.80%) BDD
16 34 (10.49%) Selenium
16 34 (10.49%) JIRA
16 34 (10.49%) Analytical Skills
17 33 (10.19%) SDLC
18 32 (9.88%) Marketing
18 32 (9.88%) Azure
19 30 (9.26%) Problem-Solving
20 29 (8.95%) Big Data
21 27 (8.33%) Analytics
22 26 (8.02%) Sprint Planning
23 25 (7.72%) Java
24 24 (7.41%) TDD

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 13 (4.01%) Confluence
2 6 (1.85%) Apache Spark
2 6 (1.85%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.54%) CMS
4 4 (1.23%) K2 blackpearl
5 3 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.31%) Apache
6 1 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.31%) GemFire
6 1 (0.31%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.31%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.31%) WebSphere
Applications
1 18 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (4.32%) MS Visio
3 9 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (2.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (1.85%) Figma
5 6 (1.85%) Zeplin
6 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.31%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.31%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 9 (2.78%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 3 (0.93%) Distributed Ledger
2 3 (0.93%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.62%) Magento
3 2 (0.62%) SAP Business One
3 2 (0.62%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.31%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.31%) Summit
4 1 (0.31%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 43 (13.27%) SaaS
2 32 (9.88%) Azure
3 19 (5.86%) AWS
4 9 (2.78%) Office 365
5 7 (2.16%) Google Analytics
6 5 (1.54%) Amazon SQS
6 5 (1.54%) GitHub
6 5 (1.54%) Power Platform
6 5 (1.54%) Serverless
7 4 (1.23%) Amazon S3
7 4 (1.23%) GCP
7 4 (1.23%) PowerApps
8 3 (0.93%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.93%) Amazon EMR
8 3 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.93%) AWS CodePipeline
8 3 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
8 3 (0.93%) Datadog
9 2 (0.62%) BlazeMeter
9 2 (0.62%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.16%) Internet
2 5 (1.54%) HTTP
3 1 (0.31%) 3GPP
3 1 (0.31%) LAN
3 1 (0.31%) SSL
3 1 (0.31%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.31%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (8.95%) Big Data
2 6 (1.85%) Hadoop
3 5 (1.54%) MySQL
4 3 (0.93%) Amazon Aurora
4 3 (0.93%) Amazon Redshift
4 3 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.93%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.62%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.62%) SAP HANA
5 2 (0.62%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.31%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.31%) MS Access
6 1 (0.31%) Neo4j
6 1 (0.31%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.31%) Snowflake Schema
6 1 (0.31%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 34 (10.49%) JIRA
1 34 (10.49%) Selenium
2 18 (5.56%) Cucumber
2 18 (5.56%) Git (software)
3 15 (4.63%) SpecFlow
4 14 (4.32%) Jenkins
5 11 (3.40%) Postman
5 11 (3.40%) WebDriver
6 10 (3.09%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (1.54%) Visual Studio
8 4 (1.23%) Cypress.io
8 4 (1.23%) JMeter
8 4 (1.23%) LoadRunner
8 4 (1.23%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.93%) Appium
9 3 (0.93%) GoCD
9 3 (0.93%) Jasmine
9 3 (0.93%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.93%) Subversion
9 3 (0.93%) webpack
General
1 106 (32.72%) Finance
2 32 (9.88%) Marketing
3 14 (4.32%) Public Sector
4 9 (2.78%) Retail
5 7 (2.16%) Front Office
5 7 (2.16%) Local Government
5 7 (2.16%) Publishing
6 6 (1.85%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (1.54%) Banking
7 5 (1.54%) Legal
8 4 (1.23%) Back Office
8 4 (1.23%) Electronics
8 4 (1.23%) Law
9 3 (0.93%) Advertising
9 3 (0.93%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.93%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.62%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.62%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.31%) Games
11 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 115 (35.49%) Analyst
2 93 (28.70%) Business Analyst
3 43 (13.27%) Product Owner
4 41 (12.65%) Product Manager
5 24 (7.41%) Developer
6 23 (7.10%) Technical Manager
7 22 (6.79%) Software Analyst
8 16 (4.94%) Technical Product Manager
9 15 (4.63%) Tester
10 14 (4.32%) Agile Business Analyst
11 12 (3.70%) QA Engineer
11 12 (3.70%) Test Engineer
12 11 (3.40%) Senior Analyst
13 10 (3.09%) Digital Analyst
13 10 (3.09%) Digital Business Analyst
13 10 (3.09%) Senior Business Analyst
13 10 (3.09%) Test Analyst
14 9 (2.78%) Architect
14 9 (2.78%) Consultant
15 8 (2.47%) Financial Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.79%) REST
2 20 (6.17%) .NET
3 15 (4.63%) HTML
4 14 (4.32%) CSS
5 10 (3.09%) Gherkin
5 10 (3.09%) SOAP
6 9 (2.78%) .NET Framework
7 8 (2.47%) HTML5
7 8 (2.47%) Sass
7 8 (2.47%) Vue.js
8 7 (2.16%) AngularJS
8 7 (2.16%) JSON
8 7 (2.16%) Node.js
8 7 (2.16%) React
9 6 (1.85%) Semantic HTML
9 6 (1.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 6 (1.85%) Web Services
10 5 (1.54%) Jest
10 5 (1.54%) RESTful
11 4 (1.23%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 68 (20.99%) User Experience
2 34 (10.49%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (6.79%) Enterprise Software
4 16 (4.94%) Mobile App
5 14 (4.32%) Management Information System
6 11 (3.40%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (2.16%) Virtual Team
8 4 (1.23%) Internet of Things
8 4 (1.23%) Mobile Banking
8 4 (1.23%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.23%) SWIFT
9 3 (0.93%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (0.93%) Derivative
9 3 (0.93%) Equities
9 3 (0.93%) Online Banking
10 2 (0.62%) Cyberthreat
10 2 (0.62%) PKI
10 2 (0.62%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.62%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 9 (2.78%) Linux
2 5 (1.54%) Android
2 5 (1.54%) Apple iOS
3 2 (0.62%) Unix
3 2 (0.62%) Windows
4 1 (0.31%) Android TV
4 1 (0.31%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 230 (70.99%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (55.86%) User Stories
3 116 (35.80%) Scrum
4 71 (21.91%) Test Automation
5 60 (18.52%) Product Management
6 59 (18.21%) Business Analysis
7 50 (15.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 48 (14.81%) Product Backlog
9 46 (14.20%) DevOps
10 40 (12.35%) Requirements Gathering
11 35 (10.80%) Backlog Management
11 35 (10.80%) BDD
11 35 (10.80%) Use Case
12 33 (10.19%) SDLC
13 30 (9.26%) Problem-Solving
14 27 (8.33%) Analytics
15 26 (8.02%) Sprint Planning
16 24 (7.41%) Microservices
16 24 (7.41%) TDD
16 24 (7.41%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 25 (7.72%) Java
2 23 (7.10%) C#
3 20 (6.17%) JavaScript
4 17 (5.25%) SQL
5 14 (4.32%) Python
6 12 (3.70%) C
7 7 (2.16%) ES6
8 5 (1.54%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.93%) C++
9 3 (0.93%) Go
9 3 (0.93%) Kotlin
9 3 (0.93%) PHP
10 2 (0.62%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.62%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.31%) ABAP
11 1 (0.31%) Apple Swift
11 1 (0.31%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.31%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.31%) Perl
11 1 (0.31%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 40 (12.35%) Degree
2 22 (6.79%) Security Cleared
3 12 (3.70%) ISEB
4 10 (3.09%) ISTQB
4 10 (3.09%) SC Cleared
5 9 (2.78%) DV Cleared
6 5 (1.54%) IIBA
6 5 (1.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.93%) CBAP
7 3 (0.93%) CISSP
8 2 (0.62%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.31%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 1 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.31%) CISM
9 1 (0.31%) HNC
9 1 (0.31%) HND
9 1 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.31%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (19.75%) QA
2 4 (1.23%) ISO 20022
3 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.93%) PSD2
3 3 (0.93%) TARGET2
4 2 (0.62%) GDPR
4 2 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.62%) PMO
5 1 (0.31%) GxP
5 1 (0.31%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.31%) NIST
5 1 (0.31%) SEPA
5 1 (0.31%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (2.47%) Docker
2 1 (0.31%) Firmware
2 1 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (2.47%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.93%) Ansible
2 3 (0.93%) Nagios
2 3 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (0.31%) Control-M
3 1 (0.31%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (6.79%) Microsoft
2 11 (3.40%) SAP
3 9 (2.78%) Google
3 9 (2.78%) Sparx
4 7 (2.16%) BiZZdesign
5 6 (1.85%) Oracle
5 6 (1.85%) Twitter
6 5 (1.54%) Apple
6 5 (1.54%) Cadence
7 4 (1.23%) Nintex
8 3 (0.93%) Cloudera
8 3 (0.93%) Foundry
8 3 (0.93%) Palantir
8 3 (0.93%) Splunk
9 2 (0.62%) ABBYY
9 2 (0.62%) Blue Prism
9 2 (0.62%) ServiceNow
9 2 (0.62%) Spiceworks
9 2 (0.62%) UiPath
9 2 (0.62%) Xamarin