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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 August 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Acceptance Criteria
UK
6 months to
10 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 244 367 380
Rank change year-on-year +123 +13 -15
Permanent jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 2,746 998 499
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.61% 0.87% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.69% 0.93% 0.83%
Number of salaries quoted 1,313 621 392
10th Percentile £38,655 £36,250 £33,750
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £54,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.50% -0.91% +10.00%
75th Percentile £70,000 £68,750 £66,500
90th Percentile £81,050 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +11.11%

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 162,861 107,406 59,927
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 95.78% 94.05% 93.06%
Number of salaries quoted 83,795 73,009 48,582
10th Percentile £34,000 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +4.76%
75th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £73,750
90th Percentile £96,965 £92,500 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%

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 10 August 2022.

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 10 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England +91 2,128 £57,500 +4.55% 121
Work from Home +129 1,268 £57,000 +8.57% 48
London +84 1,139 £65,000 - 49
UK excluding London +103 1,092 £50,000 +5.26% 86
North of England +119 350 £50,000 +11.11% 20
South East +4 272 £57,500 +9.52% 19
Yorkshire +90 198 £50,000 +11.11% 9
Midlands +28 189 £49,326 +1.39% 12
West Midlands +12 147 £50,000 -0.99% 9
North West +25 134 £50,000 - 9
South West +20 118 £45,000 -10.00% 14
Scotland +27 86 £48,750 +18.18% 9
East Midlands +2 42 £42,500 - 3
East of England -27 37 £59,000 +31.11% 7
Wales +9 29 £48,000 +8.16% 2
Northern Ireland -10 20 £45,000 +5.88% 3
North East -2 17 £57,500 +27.78% 2

For the 6 months to 10 August 2022, 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 2,150 (78.30%) Agile
2 1,234 (44.94%) User Stories
3 854 (31.10%) Social Skills
4 810 (29.50%) Scrum
5 790 (28.77%) QA
6 732 (26.66%) Test Automation
7 613 (22.32%) Problem-Solving
8 602 (21.92%) Finance
9 591 (21.52%) JavaScript
10 582 (21.19%) JIRA
11 484 (17.63%) Analytical Skills
12 453 (16.50%) User Experience
13 421 (15.33%) SQL
14 404 (14.71%) Product Management
15 397 (14.46%) CI/CD
16 392 (14.28%) Degree
17 390 (14.20%) Java
17 390 (14.20%) DevOps
18 386 (14.06%) Software Engineering
19 379 (13.80%) Sprint Planning
20 376 (13.69%) Business Analysis
21 367 (13.36%) Continuous Improvement
22 366 (13.33%) BDD
23 353 (12.86%) Product Backlog
24 345 (12.56%) Product Roadmap
25 342 (12.45%) TDD
26 322 (11.73%) Azure
26 322 (11.73%) Mentoring
27 319 (11.62%) Stakeholder Management
28 306 (11.14%) Git (software)

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
1 276 (10.05%) Confluence
2 60 (2.18%) CMS
3 43 (1.57%) nginx
4 40 (1.46%) SharePoint
5 32 (1.17%) Ethereum
6 19 (0.69%) Drupal
7 18 (0.66%) Sitefinity
8 16 (0.58%) IIS
9 13 (0.47%) Apache
9 13 (0.47%) EPiServer
9 13 (0.47%) WordPress
10 12 (0.44%) Umbraco
11 9 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
12 8 (0.29%) Headless CMS
13 7 (0.25%) Kentico
13 7 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.18%) Apache Solr
14 5 (0.18%) Apache Spark
14 5 (0.18%) Tomcat
14 5 (0.18%) TPMS
Applications
1 61 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 53 (1.93%) MS Visio
3 50 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 28 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.15%) Sketch
7 1 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.036%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.036%) InVision
7 1 (0.036%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.036%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 14 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.15%) Oracle TCA
2 4 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.15%) SimCorp Dimension
3 3 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
3 3 (0.11%) Magento
4 2 (0.073%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.073%) Fidessa
4 2 (0.073%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.073%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.073%) R3 Corda
4 2 (0.073%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.036%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.036%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.036%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.036%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 322 (11.73%) Azure
2 283 (10.31%) SaaS
3 252 (9.18%) AWS
4 137 (4.99%) Azure DevOps
5 118 (4.30%) GitHub
6 71 (2.59%) GCP
7 57 (2.08%) npm
8 51 (1.86%) dbt
9 47 (1.71%) Serverless
10 42 (1.53%) PaaS
11 41 (1.49%) Power Platform
12 39 (1.42%) OpenShift
13 37 (1.35%) Miro
14 34 (1.24%) Yarn
15 33 (1.20%) Sauce Labs
16 31 (1.13%) IaaS
17 30 (1.09%) BrowserStack
18 29 (1.06%) Google Analytics
19 26 (0.95%) Microsoft 365
20 22 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 93 (3.39%) Broadband
2 76 (2.77%) HTTP
3 32 (1.17%) WAN
4 31 (1.13%) LAN
5 17 (0.62%) Internet
6 13 (0.47%) SAN
7 9 (0.33%) AMQP
7 9 (0.33%) Cisco ASA
7 9 (0.33%) Cisco Nexus
7 9 (0.33%) Firewall
7 9 (0.33%) VSAN
7 9 (0.33%) Wireless
8 8 (0.29%) 5G
9 6 (0.22%) HTTPS
9 6 (0.22%) SMTP
10 5 (0.18%) FTP
10 5 (0.18%) VoIP
10 5 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (0.18%) ZigBee
10 5 (0.18%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (5.61%) SQL Server
2 79 (2.88%) Relational Database
3 59 (2.15%) Big Data
4 52 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
5 44 (1.60%) MySQL
6 41 (1.49%) NoSQL
7 38 (1.38%) Power BI
8 37 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
8 37 (1.35%) MongoDB
9 33 (1.20%) Hazelcast
9 33 (1.20%) Redis
10 28 (1.02%) SSDT
11 15 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 14 (0.51%) Oracle Database
13 12 (0.44%) Data Lake
13 12 (0.44%) Mixpanel
14 10 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 10 (0.36%) Tableau
15 9 (0.33%) OLAP
15 9 (0.33%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 582 (21.19%) JIRA
2 306 (11.14%) Git (software)
3 287 (10.45%) Selenium
4 233 (8.49%) Jenkins
5 187 (6.81%) Cucumber
6 185 (6.74%) Postman
7 96 (3.50%) Cypress.io
8 89 (3.24%) JMeter
9 70 (2.55%) Appium
10 59 (2.15%) Visual Studio
11 58 (2.11%) SpecFlow
12 57 (2.08%) GitLab
13 46 (1.68%) Mocha
13 46 (1.68%) rollup.js
13 46 (1.68%) TeamCity
13 46 (1.68%) webpack
14 45 (1.64%) WebDriver
15 41 (1.49%) Visual Studio Code
16 36 (1.31%) REST Assured
17 35 (1.27%) TestCafe
General
1 854 (31.10%) Social Skills
2 602 (21.92%) Finance
3 484 (17.63%) Analytical Skills
4 279 (10.16%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 204 (7.43%) Marketing
6 181 (6.59%) Retail
7 137 (4.99%) Games
8 136 (4.95%) Manufacturing
9 124 (4.52%) Banking
10 106 (3.86%) Public Sector
11 80 (2.91%) Legal
12 70 (2.55%) Organisational Skills
13 69 (2.51%) Presentation Skills
14 68 (2.48%) Influencing Skills
14 68 (2.48%) Publishing
15 58 (2.11%) Advertising
16 53 (1.93%) Law
17 43 (1.57%) Aviation
18 33 (1.20%) Front Office
19 30 (1.09%) Billing
Job Titles
1 606 (22.07%) Analyst
2 498 (18.14%) Developer
3 478 (17.41%) Business Analyst
4 385 (14.02%) Product Owner
5 219 (7.98%) Product Manager
6 213 (7.76%) QA Engineer
7 176 (6.41%) Software Engineer
8 161 (5.86%) Senior Developer
9 130 (4.73%) Tester
10 104 (3.79%) Software Developer
10 104 (3.79%) Test Engineer
11 82 (2.99%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 74 (2.69%) Java Developer
13 68 (2.48%) Automation Tester
14 65 (2.37%) Junior
15 58 (2.11%) Digital Analyst
15 58 (2.11%) Team Leader
16 56 (2.04%) Senior Manager
17 53 (1.93%) Senior Analyst
17 53 (1.93%) Senior QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 261 (9.50%) .NET
2 260 (9.47%) React
3 211 (7.68%) Node.js
4 202 (7.36%) REST
5 197 (7.17%) CSS
6 192 (6.99%) HTML
7 115 (4.19%) JSON
8 113 (4.12%) jQuery
9 111 (4.04%) Jest
10 110 (4.01%) Web Services
11 105 (3.82%) ASP.NET
12 102 (3.71%) .NET Core
12 102 (3.71%) RESTful
13 94 (3.42%) XML
14 90 (3.28%) RxJS
14 90 (3.28%) Spring
15 74 (2.69%) Kafka
16 72 (2.62%) AngularJS
16 72 (2.62%) GraphQL
17 66 (2.40%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 453 (16.50%) User Experience
2 238 (8.67%) Mobile App
3 152 (5.54%) Cardano
4 151 (5.50%) Blockchain
5 125 (4.55%) Algorithms
6 111 (4.04%) Self-Motivation
7 104 (3.79%) Legacy Code
8 75 (2.73%) Data Structures
9 64 (2.33%) Digital Media
10 61 (2.22%) Social Media
11 55 (2.00%) Data Protection Act
11 55 (2.00%) Management Information System
12 54 (1.97%) Virtual Team
13 53 (1.93%) Video\Live Streaming
14 48 (1.75%) Analytical Mindset
15 42 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
16 39 (1.42%) Sports Betting
17 33 (1.20%) Over-the-Top Content
18 31 (1.13%) Derivative
18 31 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 116 (4.22%) Android
2 110 (4.01%) Apple iOS
3 89 (3.24%) Linux
4 44 (1.60%) Windows
5 35 (1.27%) Unix
6 8 (0.29%) Mac OS
6 8 (0.29%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.25%) Mac OS X
7 7 (0.25%) MVS
7 7 (0.25%) VMS
8 5 (0.18%) FreeRTOS
9 4 (0.15%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.036%) Tizen
10 1 (0.036%) webOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,150 (78.30%) Agile
2 1,234 (44.94%) User Stories
3 810 (29.50%) Scrum
4 732 (26.66%) Test Automation
5 613 (22.32%) Problem-Solving
6 404 (14.71%) Product Management
7 397 (14.46%) CI/CD
8 390 (14.20%) DevOps
9 386 (14.06%) Software Engineering
10 379 (13.80%) Sprint Planning
11 376 (13.69%) Business Analysis
12 367 (13.36%) Continuous Improvement
13 366 (13.33%) BDD
14 353 (12.86%) Product Backlog
15 345 (12.56%) Product Roadmap
16 342 (12.45%) TDD
17 322 (11.73%) Mentoring
18 319 (11.62%) Stakeholder Management
19 294 (10.71%) Analytics
20 293 (10.67%) Backlog Prioritisation
Programming Languages
1 591 (21.52%) JavaScript
2 421 (15.33%) SQL
3 390 (14.20%) Java
4 299 (10.89%) C#
5 277 (10.09%) TypeScript
6 200 (7.28%) Python
7 87 (3.17%) Scala
8 59 (2.15%) Haskell
9 50 (1.82%) C
10 47 (1.71%) R
10 47 (1.71%) Rust
11 44 (1.60%) Ruby
12 43 (1.57%) Shell Script
13 38 (1.38%) T-SQL
14 37 (1.35%) C++
15 35 (1.27%) PHP
16 31 (1.13%) Kotlin
17 28 (1.02%) ES6
18 26 (0.95%) Apple Swift
19 19 (0.69%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 392 (14.28%) Degree
2 128 (4.66%) Computer Science Degree
3 99 (3.61%) Security Cleared
4 95 (3.46%) ISEB
5 88 (3.20%) ISTQB
6 84 (3.06%) SC Cleared
7 26 (0.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 22 (0.80%) CBAP
8 22 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
8 22 (0.80%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 21 (0.76%) IIBA
10 20 (0.73%) DV Cleared
11 16 (0.58%) DBS Check
12 15 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
13 11 (0.40%) Master's Degree
14 9 (0.33%) MBA
14 9 (0.33%) PhD
15 5 (0.18%) HND
16 4 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 4 (0.15%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 790 (28.77%) QA
2 98 (3.57%) Accessibility
3 39 (1.42%) Data Quality
4 18 (0.66%) GDPR
5 14 (0.51%) PMO
6 10 (0.36%) GLP
7 9 (0.33%) Good Clinical Practice
7 9 (0.33%) HL7
8 8 (0.29%) EMIR
8 8 (0.29%) MiFID
9 7 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 7 (0.25%) WCAG
10 4 (0.15%) GRC
10 4 (0.15%) IEC 62304
10 4 (0.15%) ISO 13485
10 4 (0.15%) ISO 9000
10 4 (0.15%) PCI DSS
11 3 (0.11%) COBIT
11 3 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.11%) SLA
System Software
1 204 (7.43%) Docker
2 33 (1.20%) Virtual Machines
3 13 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (0.33%) vSphere
5 8 (0.29%) Active Directory
6 7 (0.25%) LXC
7 2 (0.073%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.036%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.036%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 183 (6.66%) Kubernetes
2 41 (1.49%) Terraform
3 25 (0.91%) Ansible
4 15 (0.55%) Grafana
5 14 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
6 12 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
7 9 (0.33%) Pingdom
7 9 (0.33%) SolarWinds Orion
8 8 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.25%) Anchore
9 7 (0.25%) Cilium
9 7 (0.25%) Sysdig
10 6 (0.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 6 (0.22%) Puppet
11 3 (0.11%) HP ALM
11 3 (0.11%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.073%) Jamf Pro
13 1 (0.036%) Kibana
Vendors
1 195 (7.10%) Microsoft
2 134 (4.88%) Google
3 69 (2.51%) Atlassian
4 50 (1.82%) BT
5 46 (1.68%) Oracle
6 43 (1.57%) Cisco
7 40 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
8 34 (1.24%) ServiceNow
9 33 (1.20%) Sitecore
10 28 (1.02%) SAP
11 26 (0.95%) Apple
12 25 (0.91%) Mercator
13 22 (0.80%) New Relic
14 21 (0.76%) AppDynamics
15 20 (0.73%) SolarWinds
16 18 (0.66%) Sage
17 16 (0.58%) HP
17 16 (0.58%) IBM
18 13 (0.47%) CheckPoint
18 13 (0.47%) Dell