The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 2 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 74 76 100
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +24
Contract jobs citing Validation 52 48 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.98% 1.96% 1.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.72% 2.61% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 15 16
Average daily rate
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£379 £400 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.25% +9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £295 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £555 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £55.00 £42.50 £57.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.41% -26.08%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.75 £36.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.37% -3.33%
Validation
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1914 1837 1819
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 72.94% 75.07% 70.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1123 909 845
Average daily rate £400 £388 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £501 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 22 37
Average hourly rate £33.50 £17.07 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+96.25% -35.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.00 £14.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £59.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.83 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+21.13% -11.30%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Validation across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Validation across the Berkshire region.

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Validation across the Berkshire region.

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

Validation
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newbury +5 16 - -
Reading -6 14 £400 -5.88% 3
Maidenhead +6 8 £345 +1.47%
Wokingham - 2 £304 -
Slough +5 1 £400 +45.45%
Bracknell -9 1 - - 2
Validation
South East

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing Validation also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Validation.

1 46 (42.59%) Telecoms
2 24 (22.22%) 3G
2 24 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (21.30%) Project Management
4 22 (20.37%) VoLTE
4 22 (20.37%) LTE
4 22 (20.37%) HP Quality Center
5 21 (19.44%) HP
6 20 (18.52%) Diameter Protocol
7 19 (17.59%) SQL
8 17 (15.74%) Test Planning
8 17 (15.74%) 4G
9 16 (14.81%) Test Strategy
9 16 (14.81%) Migration
10 15 (13.89%) Requirements Analysis
11 13 (12.04%) Degree
11 13 (12.04%) RNC
11 13 (12.04%) Test Management
11 13 (12.04%) Pharmaceutical
11 13 (12.04%) VoIP
12 12 (11.11%) Cisco
12 12 (11.11%) UNIX
12 12 (11.11%) Microsoft
12 12 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
12 12 (11.11%) Radio Access Network
13 11 (10.19%) Firewall
13 11 (10.19%) Wireshark
13 11 (10.19%) MS Excel
13 11 (10.19%) GxP
13 11 (10.19%) TCP/IP

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing Validation also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Validation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (4.63%) MS Exchange
1 5 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2007
1 5 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (3.70%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.70%) ArcGIS
3 2 (1.85%) CMS
3 2 (1.85%) Office Communications Server
3 2 (1.85%) Lync
4 1 (0.93%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (10.19%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.56%) MS Office
3 1 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.93%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.93%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 24 (22.22%) 3G
2 22 (20.37%) LTE
2 22 (20.37%) VoLTE
3 20 (18.52%) Diameter Protocol
4 17 (15.74%) 4G
5 13 (12.04%) RNC
5 13 (12.04%) VoIP
6 12 (11.11%) Radio Access Network
7 11 (10.19%) Wireshark
7 11 (10.19%) TCP/IP
7 11 (10.19%) GPRS
7 11 (10.19%) GSM
7 11 (10.19%) SMS
7 11 (10.19%) UMTS
7 11 (10.19%) Firewall
8 10 (9.26%) SNMP
9 9 (8.33%) HSDPA
9 9 (8.33%) 2G
10 7 (6.48%) VPN
11 6 (5.56%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
1 6 (5.56%) DB2
2 1 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.93%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.93%) Data Mining
2 1 (0.93%) Oracle ODI
2 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (5.56%) JIRA
2 2 (1.85%) TestDirector
General
1 46 (42.59%) Telecoms
2 13 (12.04%) Pharmaceutical
3 8 (7.41%) Back Office
4 7 (6.48%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.70%) Finance
5 4 (3.70%) Front Office
5 4 (3.70%) Marketing
6 2 (1.85%) Electronics
6 2 (1.85%) Games
6 2 (1.85%) Billing
7 1 (0.93%) Legal
Job Titles
1 23 (21.30%) Analyst
2 17 (15.74%) Test Engineer
3 16 (14.81%) Tester
4 15 (13.89%) Technical Tester
5 7 (6.48%) Integration Engineer
5 7 (6.48%) Test Analyst
5 7 (6.48%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 7 (6.48%) IP Engineer
6 5 (4.63%) Designer
6 5 (4.63%) Data Analyst
7 4 (3.70%) Desktop Engineer
7 4 (3.70%) Project Manager
7 4 (3.70%) Automation Analyst
7 4 (3.70%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (3.70%) Back Office Engineer
8 3 (2.78%) OSS Solutions Architect
8 3 (2.78%) Data Manager
8 3 (2.78%) OSS Architect
8 3 (2.78%) RAN Engineer
8 3 (2.78%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.48%) XML
2 6 (5.56%) JSON
3 3 (2.78%) SOAP
4 2 (1.85%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.93%) XSL
5 1 (0.93%) XSLT
5 1 (0.93%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 24 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.56%) GIS
3 5 (4.63%) Client/Server
3 5 (4.63%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (3.70%) DTV
4 4 (3.70%) Statistics
5 3 (2.78%) Chemistry
5 3 (2.78%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.85%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.85%) STB
6 2 (1.85%) IPTV
6 2 (1.85%) Life Science
6 2 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.85%) MPEG
6 2 (1.85%) Streaming Video
6 2 (1.85%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.93%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.93%) Replication
7 1 (0.93%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.93%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.11%) UNIX
2 7 (6.48%) Windows
3 6 (5.56%) AIX
3 6 (5.56%) Windows XP
3 6 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (5.56%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.63%) Windows 2000 Server
4 5 (4.63%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (4.63%) Windows 2000
5 2 (1.85%) Linux
5 2 (1.85%) VMS
6 1 (0.93%) Solaris
6 1 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (21.30%) Project Management
2 17 (15.74%) Test Planning
3 16 (14.81%) Migration
3 16 (14.81%) Test Strategy
4 15 (13.89%) Requirements Analysis
5 13 (12.04%) Test Management
6 12 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (9.26%) ETL
8 9 (8.33%) Test Automation
9 8 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
9 8 (7.41%) Data Analysis
10 7 (6.48%) ITIL
10 7 (6.48%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (6.48%) Data Migration
11 6 (5.56%) Capacity Management
11 6 (5.56%) Agile Testing
11 6 (5.56%) Service Delivery
11 6 (5.56%) Automated Testing
11 6 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (5.56%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 19 (17.59%) SQL
2 6 (5.56%) Python
3 4 (3.70%) MATLAB
4 2 (1.85%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.85%) C
5 1 (0.93%) Java
5 1 (0.93%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.93%) XQuery
5 1 (0.93%) Jython
5 1 (0.93%) XPath
Qualifications
1 13 (12.04%) Degree
2 7 (6.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (5.56%) DV Cleared
3 6 (5.56%) Security Cleared
4 5 (4.63%) JNCIS
4 5 (4.63%) MCTS
4 5 (4.63%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (4.63%) CCNP
5 3 (2.78%) ISEB
5 3 (2.78%) CCA
6 2 (1.85%) MCSE
6 2 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.85%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.93%) PMP
7 1 (0.93%) MCP
7 1 (0.93%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.93%) PhD
7 1 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.93%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.93%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (10.19%) GxP
2 7 (6.48%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 5 (4.63%) GAMP
3 5 (4.63%) QA
3 5 (4.63%) PCI DSS
4 4 (3.70%) SLA
5 2 (1.85%) GMP
6 1 (0.93%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.93%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.93%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.93%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (2.78%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.93%) Firmware
2 1 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (20.37%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (4.63%) SCCM
3 3 (2.78%) HP NNM
3 3 (2.78%) OpenView
4 1 (0.93%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.93%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.93%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 21 (19.44%) HP
2 12 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 12 (11.11%) Cisco
3 8 (7.41%) CheckPoint
4 7 (6.48%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 6 (5.56%) Ab Initio
6 5 (4.63%) Juniper
7 4 (3.70%) Mapinfo
7 4 (3.70%) Huawei
8 3 (2.78%) SevOne
8 3 (2.78%) SAP
8 3 (2.78%) Adobe
9 2 (1.85%) Oracle
9 2 (1.85%) Remedy
9 2 (1.85%) Cramer
9 2 (1.85%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 2 (1.85%) ComArch
9 2 (1.85%) Tektronix
9 2 (1.85%) Avaya
9 2 (1.85%) Apple
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