Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Acceptance Criteria
UK
6 months to
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 370 438 417
Rank change year-on-year +68 -21 +44
Permanent jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 1,335 1,248 1,352
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.70% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.76% 0.80%
Number of salaries quoted 978 954 1,054
UK median annual salary £49,750 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.65% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £75,250 £68,750 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,875 £45,000
% change year-on-year +0.28% -0.28% -

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 146,609 163,998 168,733
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.57% 91.87% 91.27%
Number of salaries quoted 116,220 130,199 139,977
UK median annual salary £52,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.00% +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £29,500 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -

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 10 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the UK

Acceptance Criteria
Top 15 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 10 December 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 +59 1,239 £50,000 +3.74% 169
UK excluding London +70 844 £45,000 +0.28% 128
London +44 471 £57,500 +4.55% 54
South East +34 257 £49,500 +10.00% 29
North of England +37 170 £42,500 +4.94% 38
East of England +56 128 £45,000 - 15
Midlands +49 127 £40,000 - 20
North West +52 121 £40,000 -1.84% 20
South West -10 81 £38,000 -10.59% 13
West Midlands +40 79 £40,000 - 13
East Midlands +21 48 £39,250 -12.78% 7
Scotland +28 46 £46,500 +9.41% 12
Yorkshire +20 45 £45,000 +2.27% 14
Wales +29 37 £40,000 -2.44% 1
North East -7 4 £46,319 +23.52% 4

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 1,002 (75.06%) Agile Software Development
2 648 (48.54%) User Stories
3 452 (33.86%) Test Automation
4 436 (32.66%) Scrum
5 331 (24.79%) QA
6 283 (21.20%) Finance
7 272 (20.37%) C#
7 272 (20.37%) SQL
8 220 (16.48%) Microsoft
9 219 (16.40%) Java
10 211 (15.81%) BDD
11 205 (15.36%) TDD
12 196 (14.68%) Selenium
13 195 (14.61%) SDLC
14 190 (14.23%) Degree
15 187 (14.01%) Continuous Integration
16 185 (13.86%) User Experience
17 182 (13.63%) .NET
18 177 (13.26%) JIRA
19 171 (12.81%) Problem-Solving
20 167 (12.51%) Analytical Skills
21 161 (12.06%) JavaScript
22 147 (11.01%) Business Analysis
23 132 (9.89%) Waterfall
24 129 (9.66%) Regression Testing
25 124 (9.29%) Web Services
26 122 (9.14%) Project Management
27 121 (9.06%) Software Engineering
27 121 (9.06%) Test Strategy
27 121 (9.06%) RESTful

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 97 (7.27%) Confluence
2 43 (3.22%) CMS
3 17 (1.27%) SharePoint
4 11 (0.82%) Tomcat
5 10 (0.75%) Alfresco
6 7 (0.52%) Apache
6 7 (0.52%) JBoss
7 6 (0.45%) Apache Spark
7 6 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (0.37%) Appian
8 5 (0.37%) WordPress
9 4 (0.30%) IIS
9 4 (0.30%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.22%) EPiServer
10 3 (0.22%) nginx
10 3 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.15%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.15%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.15%) GemFire
11 2 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 68 (5.09%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (3.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 42 (3.15%) MS Visio
4 31 (2.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.22%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.15%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.075%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.075%) InVision
7 1 (0.075%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 12 (0.90%) SAP Hybris
2 10 (0.75%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 8 (0.60%) Magento
4 6 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.45%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.37%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.15%) Infor LN
7 2 (0.15%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.075%) Dynamics CRM
8 1 (0.075%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.075%) ResourceLink
8 1 (0.075%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 105 (7.87%) Amazon AWS
2 97 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (2.17%) GitHub
4 26 (1.95%) SaaS
5 13 (0.97%) PaaS
6 11 (0.82%) Google Analytics
6 11 (0.82%) Serverless
7 10 (0.75%) IaaS
7 10 (0.75%) npm
7 10 (0.75%) Office 365
8 8 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
8 8 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.52%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 7 (0.52%) Sauce Labs
10 4 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.22%) Amazon Alexa
11 3 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.22%) DigitalOcean
11 3 (0.22%) iTunes
11 3 (0.22%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.17%) HTTP
2 23 (1.72%) Unified Communications
3 14 (1.05%) Broadband
4 8 (0.60%) Network Security
4 8 (0.60%) TCP/IP
5 6 (0.45%) GSM
5 6 (0.45%) LTE
5 6 (0.45%) Radio Access Network
5 6 (0.45%) UMTS
6 5 (0.37%) GPRS
6 5 (0.37%) Internet
6 5 (0.37%) Intranet
7 4 (0.30%) Firewall
8 3 (0.22%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.22%) SSL
9 2 (0.15%) DSL
9 2 (0.15%) FCoE
9 2 (0.15%) SMS
9 2 (0.15%) SNMP
9 2 (0.15%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (8.84%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.15%) Big Data
3 28 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (1.65%) Relational Database
5 20 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 16 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
7 14 (1.05%) MongoDB
7 14 (1.05%) PostgreSQL
8 13 (0.97%) MySQL
8 13 (0.97%) Power BI
9 12 (0.90%) Redis
10 11 (0.82%) NoSQL
10 11 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (0.67%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
12 8 (0.60%) OLTP
12 8 (0.60%) Oracle Database
13 7 (0.52%) Hadoop
13 7 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
13 7 (0.52%) Oracle Database 12c
13 7 (0.52%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 196 (14.68%) Selenium
2 177 (13.26%) JIRA
3 115 (8.61%) Visual Studio
4 103 (7.72%) Git (software)
5 101 (7.57%) Jenkins
6 95 (7.12%) Cucumber
7 89 (6.67%) WebDriver
8 82 (6.14%) SpecFlow
9 76 (5.69%) Team Foundation Server
10 55 (4.12%) NUnit
11 42 (3.15%) MSTest
12 40 (3.00%) Ranorex
12 40 (3.00%) Visual Studio Coded UI
13 39 (2.92%) SoapUI
14 32 (2.40%) JUnit
15 29 (2.17%) Maven
16 28 (2.10%) JMeter
17 27 (2.02%) HP UFT
17 27 (2.02%) Moq
18 25 (1.87%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 283 (21.20%) Finance
2 101 (7.57%) Retail
3 60 (4.49%) Marketing
4 45 (3.37%) Banking
5 25 (1.87%) Law
6 21 (1.57%) Telecoms
7 19 (1.42%) Publishing
8 15 (1.12%) Games
9 14 (1.05%) Investment Banking
10 13 (0.97%) Billing
11 12 (0.90%) Advertising
12 11 (0.82%) Automotive
13 10 (0.75%) Legal
14 9 (0.67%) Music Industry
15 8 (0.60%) Back Office
15 8 (0.60%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.60%) Manufacturing
16 7 (0.52%) Welsh Language
17 2 (0.15%) Brand Awareness
18 1 (0.075%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 421 (31.54%) Analyst
2 259 (19.40%) Business Analyst
3 226 (16.93%) Developer
4 132 (9.89%) Tester
5 116 (8.69%) Test Analyst
6 112 (8.39%) Product Owner
7 92 (6.89%) Product Manager
8 72 (5.39%) Automation Tester
8 72 (5.39%) Senior Analyst
9 69 (5.17%) Test Engineer
10 66 (4.94%) .NET Developer
10 66 (4.94%) QA Engineer
11 65 (4.87%) Developer in Test
12 64 (4.79%) Software Developer
13 61 (4.57%) C# Developer
14 55 (4.12%) Agile Business Analyst
15 50 (3.75%) C# .NET Developer
16 46 (3.45%) Senior Tester
17 44 (3.30%) Digital Analyst
18 42 (3.15%) Digital Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 182 (13.63%) .NET
2 124 (9.29%) Web Services
3 121 (9.06%) RESTful
4 100 (7.49%) CSS
4 100 (7.49%) HTML
5 88 (6.59%) SOAP
6 82 (6.14%) REST
7 71 (5.32%) AngularJS
8 61 (4.57%) Gherkin
8 61 (4.57%) JSON
9 60 (4.49%) Velocity
10 58 (4.34%) XML
11 53 (3.97%) HTML5
12 45 (3.37%) WCF
13 40 (3.00%) .NET Framework
14 38 (2.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 36 (2.70%) ASP.NET
16 31 (2.32%) ASP.NET MVC
17 29 (2.17%) jQuery
18 25 (1.87%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 185 (13.86%) User Experience
2 167 (12.51%) Analytical Skills
3 75 (5.62%) Fintech
4 48 (3.60%) Mobile App
5 37 (2.77%) Data Centre
5 37 (2.77%) Reinsurance
6 32 (2.40%) PMI
6 32 (2.40%) Self-Motivation
7 24 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
7 24 (1.80%) Virtual Team
8 22 (1.65%) Algorithms
9 21 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
10 18 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
10 18 (1.35%) Management Information System
11 17 (1.27%) Linux Command Line
12 16 (1.20%) NHS
13 11 (0.82%) Public Cloud
14 9 (0.67%) Cloud Native
15 8 (0.60%) Enterprise Storage
15 8 (0.60%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 82 (6.14%) Windows
2 61 (4.57%) Linux
3 53 (3.97%) Apple iOS
4 52 (3.90%) Android
5 33 (2.47%) Unix
6 10 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (0.60%) CentOS
7 8 (0.60%) Fedora
7 8 (0.60%) Ubuntu
8 7 (0.52%) Windows 10
8 7 (0.52%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.37%) Windows Server
10 3 (0.22%) watchOS
11 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.15%) VMS
12 1 (0.075%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,002 (75.06%) Agile Software Development
2 648 (48.54%) User Stories
3 452 (33.86%) Test Automation
4 436 (32.66%) Scrum
5 211 (15.81%) BDD
6 205 (15.36%) TDD
7 195 (14.61%) SDLC
8 187 (14.01%) Continuous Integration
9 171 (12.81%) Problem-Solving
10 147 (11.01%) Business Analysis
11 132 (9.89%) Waterfall
12 129 (9.66%) Regression Testing
13 122 (9.14%) Project Management
14 121 (9.06%) Software Engineering
14 121 (9.06%) Test Strategy
15 118 (8.84%) User Acceptance Testing
16 112 (8.39%) Product Management
17 111 (8.31%) Kanban
18 108 (8.09%) Non-Functional Testing
19 105 (7.87%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 272 (20.37%) C#
1 272 (20.37%) SQL
2 219 (16.40%) Java
3 161 (12.06%) JavaScript
4 79 (5.92%) Python
5 46 (3.45%) T-SQL
6 32 (2.40%) C++
7 29 (2.17%) C
8 25 (1.87%) Ruby
9 22 (1.65%) Bash Shell
9 22 (1.65%) VB
10 17 (1.27%) Shell Script
11 16 (1.20%) PL/SQL
12 15 (1.12%) Scala
13 13 (0.97%) PowerShell
14 10 (0.75%) ES6
15 8 (0.60%) PHP
16 7 (0.52%) Groovy
16 7 (0.52%) VB6
17 6 (0.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 190 (14.23%) Degree
2 66 (4.94%) ISTQB
3 53 (3.97%) ISEB
4 37 (2.77%) Security Cleared
5 32 (2.40%) PMI Certification
6 26 (1.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 24 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
7 24 (1.80%) DV Cleared
8 16 (1.20%) CISSP
9 13 (0.97%) IIBA
9 13 (0.97%) SC Cleared
10 12 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
11 10 (0.75%) CCNA
11 10 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (0.75%) GIAC
11 10 (0.75%) Linux+ Certification
11 10 (0.75%) MCSE
11 10 (0.75%) Network+ Certification
11 10 (0.75%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 331 (24.79%) QA
2 24 (1.80%) SLA
3 22 (1.65%) PMO
4 18 (1.35%) GDPR
5 15 (1.12%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 4 (0.30%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.30%) SEPA
8 3 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.22%) PSD2
9 2 (0.15%) Basel II
9 2 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.075%) COBIT
10 1 (0.075%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.075%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 57 (4.27%) Active Directory
2 31 (2.32%) Docker
3 10 (0.75%) NFS
3 10 (0.75%) Samba
3 10 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (0.60%) VirtualBox
4 8 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.60%) Xen
5 2 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.15%) HDFS
5 2 (0.15%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.075%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 35 (2.62%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.20%) Kubernetes
3 11 (0.82%) Puppet
4 10 (0.75%) Ansible
4 10 (0.75%) Docker Swarm
4 10 (0.75%) Nagios
4 10 (0.75%) vCenter Server
5 8 (0.60%) OpenNMS
5 8 (0.60%) ZABBIX
6 7 (0.52%) Control-M
6 7 (0.52%) Grafana
6 7 (0.52%) Prometheus
6 7 (0.52%) Rancher
7 3 (0.22%) HockeyApp
8 2 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.075%) Kibana
9 1 (0.075%) logstash
9 1 (0.075%) Nmap
9 1 (0.075%) Oozie
9 1 (0.075%) Terraform
Vendors
1 220 (16.48%) Microsoft
2 52 (3.90%) Oracle
3 47 (3.52%) SAP
4 24 (1.80%) Google
5 23 (1.72%) HP
6 22 (1.65%) hybris
7 15 (1.12%) TIBCO
8 14 (1.05%) Atlassian
9 13 (0.97%) IBM
9 13 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
9 13 (0.97%) ServiceNow
10 12 (0.90%) Apple
10 12 (0.90%) WorldPay
11 11 (0.82%) Cloudera
11 11 (0.82%) New Relic
11 11 (0.82%) VMware
12 10 (0.75%) Cadence
12 10 (0.75%) NetApp
12 10 (0.75%) Red Hat
12 10 (0.75%) SolarWinds