Period
to 24 September 2018

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 24 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Acceptance Criteria
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 380 454 428
Rank change year-on-year +74 -26 +41
Permanent jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 1,373 1,149 1,393
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.66% 0.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.72% 0.80%
Number of salaries quoted 994 845 1,108
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £34,000 £31,250 £31,500
90th Percentile £75,250 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -2.30%

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 151,576 159,835 175,158
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.03% 91.55% 90.88%
Number of salaries quoted 120,616 126,198 146,138
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria.

Salary trend for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 24 September 2018.

Salary histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Top 16 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 24 September 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +80 1,292 £50,000 +4.17% 190
UK excluding London +81 843 £45,000 +5.88% 135
London +40 520 £57,500 +4.55% 69
South East +54 269 £48,500 +7.78% 39
East of England +62 145 £45,000 - 19
North of England +29 137 £40,000 +14.29% 33
Midlands +79 133 £42,500 +3.03% 16
North West +28 91 £38,750 +10.71% 12
West Midlands +70 86 £48,500 +21.25% 8
South West -14 84 £40,000 - 14
East Midlands +17 47 £40,000 -11.11% 8
Wales +33 44 £38,750 +1.31% 2
Yorkshire +24 39 £42,000 +11.63% 20
Scotland +11 31 £46,500 -15.45% 11
North East -15 7 £46,319 +32.34% 1
Northern Ireland -6 1 £45,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 24 September 2018, 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 1,019 (74.22%) Agile Software Development
2 648 (47.20%) User Stories
3 531 (38.67%) Scrum
4 528 (38.46%) Test Automation
5 380 (27.68%) QA
6 303 (22.07%) Finance
7 273 (19.88%) Java
7 273 (19.88%) SQL
8 263 (19.16%) C#
9 246 (17.92%) Selenium
10 239 (17.41%) BDD
11 234 (17.04%) SDLC
12 211 (15.37%) User Experience
13 210 (15.29%) TDD
14 208 (15.15%) Continuous Integration
15 204 (14.86%) Problem-Solving
16 199 (14.49%) JIRA
17 198 (14.42%) Microsoft
18 195 (14.20%) JavaScript
19 193 (14.06%) .NET
20 190 (13.84%) Analytical Skills
21 173 (12.60%) Degree
22 158 (11.51%) Business Analysis
23 144 (10.49%) Waterfall
24 143 (10.42%) User Acceptance Testing
25 141 (10.27%) RESTful
26 139 (10.12%) Regression Testing
27 138 (10.05%) Test Strategy
28 133 (9.69%) Cucumber
29 128 (9.32%) Kanban

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
1 113 (8.23%) Confluence
2 45 (3.28%) CMS
3 19 (1.38%) SharePoint
4 10 (0.73%) Tomcat
5 8 (0.58%) Apache Spark
6 5 (0.36%) Alfresco
6 5 (0.36%) Apache
6 5 (0.36%) Appian
6 5 (0.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (0.36%) Drupal
6 5 (0.36%) WordPress
7 4 (0.29%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.22%) IIS
9 2 (0.15%) Amazon Alexa
9 2 (0.15%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.15%) GemFire
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.15%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 63 (4.59%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (3.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 49 (3.57%) MS Visio
3 39 (2.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.73%) Photoshop
5 6 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.22%) Fireworks
6 3 (0.22%) Moqups
7 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.073%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.073%) InVision
8 1 (0.073%) Maya
8 1 (0.073%) Mingle
8 1 (0.073%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 19 (1.38%) SAP Hybris
2 8 (0.58%) Payment Gateway
3 7 (0.51%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 6 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.44%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.36%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 5 (0.36%) Magento
6 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.22%) ResourceLink
7 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.15%) Infor LN
Cloud Services
1 104 (7.57%) Amazon AWS
2 84 (6.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (2.48%) GitHub
4 16 (1.17%) Sauce Labs
5 15 (1.09%) SaaS
6 13 (0.95%) PaaS
7 8 (0.58%) Adobe Analytics
7 8 (0.58%) OpenShift
8 7 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.51%) DigitalOcean
8 7 (0.51%) IaaS
9 6 (0.44%) iTunes
9 6 (0.44%) npm
10 5 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.36%) Office 365
11 4 (0.29%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 3 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.22%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.22%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.15%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 39 (2.84%) HTTP
2 17 (1.24%) Unified Communications
3 12 (0.87%) Broadband
4 7 (0.51%) Network Security
5 6 (0.44%) SMS
6 5 (0.36%) GSM
6 5 (0.36%) Intranet
6 5 (0.36%) LTE
6 5 (0.36%) Radio Access Network
6 5 (0.36%) UMTS
7 4 (0.29%) GPRS
8 3 (0.22%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.22%) Internet
9 2 (0.15%) DSL
9 2 (0.15%) Firewall
9 2 (0.15%) FTP
9 2 (0.15%) SSH
9 2 (0.15%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.15%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.073%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (7.57%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.20%) Big Data
3 29 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
4 20 (1.46%) Relational Database
5 19 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (0.87%) Power BI
7 11 (0.80%) MongoDB
8 9 (0.66%) MySQL
8 9 (0.66%) OLTP
9 7 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
9 7 (0.51%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
9 7 (0.51%) Oracle Database
9 7 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
10 6 (0.44%) Looker
10 6 (0.44%) Oracle Database 10g
10 6 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
10 6 (0.44%) Oracle Database 12c
10 6 (0.44%) Snowflake Schema
10 6 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 246 (17.92%) Selenium
2 199 (14.49%) JIRA
3 133 (9.69%) Cucumber
4 119 (8.67%) Jenkins
4 119 (8.67%) WebDriver
5 112 (8.16%) Git (software)
6 88 (6.41%) SpecFlow
7 85 (6.19%) Visual Studio
8 72 (5.24%) Team Foundation Server
9 65 (4.73%) NUnit
10 59 (4.30%) SoapUI
11 56 (4.08%) JUnit
12 50 (3.64%) JMeter
13 44 (3.20%) Protractor
14 38 (2.77%) MSTest
15 35 (2.55%) HP UFT
15 35 (2.55%) Ranorex
16 34 (2.48%) Gatling
17 33 (2.40%) Appium
18 25 (1.82%) Maven
General
1 303 (22.07%) Finance
2 102 (7.43%) Retail
3 55 (4.01%) Marketing
4 46 (3.35%) Banking
5 25 (1.82%) Law
6 24 (1.75%) Telecoms
7 21 (1.53%) Games
8 17 (1.24%) Advertising
9 16 (1.17%) Back Office
9 16 (1.17%) Billing
9 16 (1.17%) Legal
10 11 (0.80%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.73%) Financial Institution
12 9 (0.66%) Music Industry
12 9 (0.66%) Publishing
13 8 (0.58%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.51%) Welsh Language
15 4 (0.29%) Front Office
16 3 (0.22%) Automotive
17 2 (0.15%) Brand Awareness
Job Titles
1 465 (33.87%) Analyst
2 305 (22.21%) Business Analyst
3 232 (16.90%) Developer
4 147 (10.71%) Tester
5 110 (8.01%) Test Analyst
6 101 (7.36%) Test Engineer
7 84 (6.12%) Product Owner
7 84 (6.12%) Senior Analyst
8 81 (5.90%) QA Engineer
9 78 (5.68%) Automation Tester
9 78 (5.68%) Developer in Test
10 77 (5.61%) Software Developer
11 66 (4.81%) .NET Developer
11 66 (4.81%) Agile Business Analyst
11 66 (4.81%) Product Manager
12 56 (4.08%) C# Developer
12 56 (4.08%) Senior Tester
13 54 (3.93%) Digital Analyst
14 52 (3.79%) Digital Business Analyst
15 51 (3.71%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 193 (14.06%) .NET
2 141 (10.27%) RESTful
3 113 (8.23%) Web Services
4 104 (7.57%) HTML
5 90 (6.55%) CSS
6 75 (5.46%) REST
6 75 (5.46%) SOAP
7 71 (5.17%) AngularJS
8 62 (4.52%) HTML5
8 62 (4.52%) Velocity
9 54 (3.93%) Gherkin
10 44 (3.20%) ASP.NET
11 43 (3.13%) WCF
12 38 (2.77%) jQuery
13 37 (2.69%) XML
14 36 (2.62%) ASP.NET MVC
14 36 (2.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 33 (2.40%) JSON
16 29 (2.11%) Node.js
17 24 (1.75%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 211 (15.37%) User Experience
2 190 (13.84%) Analytical Skills
3 98 (7.14%) Fintech
4 62 (4.52%) Computer Science
5 61 (4.44%) Mobile App
6 44 (3.20%) Self-Motivation
7 42 (3.06%) Linux Command Line
8 40 (2.91%) Data Centre
9 31 (2.26%) Reinsurance
10 27 (1.97%) Virtual Team
11 24 (1.75%) Algorithms
11 24 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
12 17 (1.24%) Management Information System
12 17 (1.24%) PMI
13 14 (1.02%) Replication
13 14 (1.02%) Social Media
14 11 (0.80%) Public Cloud
15 10 (0.73%) Minimum Viable Product
15 10 (0.73%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 81 (5.90%) Windows
2 77 (5.61%) Android
3 75 (5.46%) Apple iOS
4 74 (5.39%) Linux
5 41 (2.99%) Unix
6 10 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.51%) CentOS
7 7 (0.51%) Fedora
7 7 (0.51%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.44%) Mac OS X
8 6 (0.44%) Nucleus RTOS
8 6 (0.44%) Windows Phone
9 5 (0.36%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.36%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.29%) Windows Server
11 2 (0.15%) VMS
11 2 (0.15%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.073%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.073%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,019 (74.22%) Agile Software Development
2 648 (47.20%) User Stories
3 531 (38.67%) Scrum
4 528 (38.46%) Test Automation
5 239 (17.41%) BDD
6 234 (17.04%) SDLC
7 210 (15.29%) TDD
8 208 (15.15%) Continuous Integration
9 204 (14.86%) Problem-Solving
10 158 (11.51%) Business Analysis
11 144 (10.49%) Waterfall
12 143 (10.42%) User Acceptance Testing
13 139 (10.12%) Regression Testing
14 138 (10.05%) Test Strategy
15 128 (9.32%) Kanban
16 121 (8.81%) Test Scripting
17 118 (8.59%) Software Engineering
18 117 (8.52%) Software Testing
18 117 (8.52%) Stakeholder Management
19 116 (8.45%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 273 (19.88%) Java
1 273 (19.88%) SQL
2 263 (19.16%) C#
3 195 (14.20%) JavaScript
4 84 (6.12%) Python
5 40 (2.91%) C
5 40 (2.91%) Ruby
6 38 (2.77%) C++
7 30 (2.18%) T-SQL
8 22 (1.60%) Scala
9 19 (1.38%) Shell Script
10 17 (1.24%) Bash Shell
11 14 (1.02%) PowerShell
12 12 (0.87%) Apple Swift
13 11 (0.80%) PHP
14 10 (0.73%) ES6
14 10 (0.73%) Kotlin
14 10 (0.73%) TypeScript
14 10 (0.73%) VB
15 9 (0.66%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 173 (12.60%) Degree
2 79 (5.75%) ISEB
3 56 (4.08%) ISTQB
3 56 (4.08%) Security Cleared
4 28 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
5 27 (1.97%) DV Cleared
5 27 (1.97%) SC Cleared
6 25 (1.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (1.31%) IIBA
7 18 (1.31%) PMI Certification
8 16 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
10 11 (0.80%) CISSP
11 9 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (0.58%) MCSE
13 7 (0.51%) CCNA
13 7 (0.51%) CompTIA Security+
13 7 (0.51%) Network+ Certification
13 7 (0.51%) SANS
13 7 (0.51%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 380 (27.68%) QA
2 34 (2.48%) SLA
3 28 (2.04%) PMO
4 13 (0.95%) GDPR
5 9 (0.66%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.44%) WCAG
7 5 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.22%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.15%) Basel II
9 2 (0.15%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.15%) PSD2
9 2 (0.15%) SEPA
10 1 (0.073%) COBIT
10 1 (0.073%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.073%) ISAE 3402
10 1 (0.073%) ISO 15765
10 1 (0.073%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 32 (2.33%) Docker
2 31 (2.26%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.58%) VirtualBox
5 7 (0.51%) NFS
5 7 (0.51%) Samba
5 7 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (0.51%) Xen
6 2 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (0.15%) HDFS
7 1 (0.073%) Firmware
7 1 (0.073%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 30 (2.18%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (1.24%) Ansible
3 15 (1.09%) Puppet
4 11 (0.80%) HockeyApp
5 9 (0.66%) Docker Swarm
5 9 (0.66%) Nagios
6 8 (0.58%) Kubernetes
7 7 (0.51%) OpenNMS
7 7 (0.51%) vCenter Server
7 7 (0.51%) ZABBIX
8 5 (0.36%) WMI
9 4 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.15%) Nmap
10 2 (0.15%) Rundeck
10 2 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.073%) Marathon
11 1 (0.073%) Mesos
Vendors
1 198 (14.42%) Microsoft
2 61 (4.44%) Oracle
3 54 (3.93%) SAP
4 29 (2.11%) HP
5 28 (2.04%) Google
6 26 (1.89%) WorldPay
7 23 (1.68%) Atlassian
7 23 (1.68%) hybris
7 23 (1.68%) TIBCO
8 22 (1.60%) ServiceNow
9 21 (1.53%) Salesforce.com
10 15 (1.09%) New Relic
11 14 (1.02%) Apple
11 14 (1.02%) TOWER Software
12 13 (0.95%) Adobe
13 11 (0.80%) VMware
14 10 (0.73%) Red Hat
15 9 (0.66%) Cloudera
15 9 (0.66%) Tableau
16 8 (0.58%) IBM