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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 99 62 59
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -3
Contract jobs citing Validation 39 68 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.30% 2.32% 2.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.86% 3.18% 3.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 32 21
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£375 £314 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.42% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £214 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £496 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £355 £315
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +12.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £30.25 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +89.06%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £38.15 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-3.01% +21.11%
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
2097 2141 1639
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 69.74% 73.12% 69.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1115 1114 669
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 57 57
Average hourly rate £30.00 £17.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+76.47% -26.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.25 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £123.00 £57.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+9.81% -14.06%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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
Reading -17 14 £375 - 3
Slough +4 6 - - 1
Maidenhead +1 1 £363 +29.46%
Newbury - - - - 2
Bracknell - - - -
Validation
South East

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 68 (60.18%) Telecoms
2 38 (33.63%) Microsoft
3 33 (29.20%) Cisco
4 32 (28.32%) Degree
5 29 (25.66%) CheckPoint
6 24 (21.24%) Cisco Certification
7 23 (20.35%) CCNP
7 23 (20.35%) Analytical Skills
8 21 (18.58%) Test Strategy
8 21 (18.58%) Firewall
9 20 (17.70%) F5
10 19 (16.81%) 3G
11 18 (15.93%) Project Management
11 18 (15.93%) ITIL
11 18 (15.93%) Cisco ASA
12 17 (15.04%) Network Security
13 16 (14.16%) Security Cleared
13 16 (14.16%) SC Cleared
14 15 (13.27%) MPLS
14 15 (13.27%) LTE
15 14 (12.39%) Wireless
15 14 (12.39%) MS Excel
15 14 (12.39%) Data Modelling
15 14 (12.39%) SQL
15 14 (12.39%) Fortinet
16 13 (11.50%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (11.50%) Linux
16 13 (11.50%) RIP
16 13 (11.50%) VPN
16 13 (11.50%) OSPF

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 12 (10.62%) SharePoint
2 7 (6.19%) ArcGIS
3 6 (5.31%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (2.65%) Lync
4 3 (2.65%) LiveCycle
4 3 (2.65%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (1.77%) CMS
Applications
1 14 (12.39%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.42%) MS Office
2 5 (4.42%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (5.31%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 21 (18.58%) Firewall
2 19 (16.81%) 3G
3 18 (15.93%) Cisco ASA
4 17 (15.04%) Network Security
5 15 (13.27%) MPLS
5 15 (13.27%) LTE
6 14 (12.39%) Wireless
7 13 (11.50%) RIP
7 13 (11.50%) VPN
7 13 (11.50%) OSPF
7 13 (11.50%) Internet
8 12 (10.62%) LAN
8 12 (10.62%) WLAN
8 12 (10.62%) 4G
8 12 (10.62%) VoLTE
9 11 (9.73%) Cisco ISE
9 11 (9.73%) SSL
9 11 (9.73%) IPsec
10 8 (7.08%) DNS
10 8 (7.08%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.08%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.42%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (3.54%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2000
4 3 (2.65%) Oracle Database 10g
4 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.77%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.88%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 5 (4.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.65%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.65%) TestDirector
2 3 (2.65%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.65%) Oracle APEX
2 3 (2.65%) Selenium
3 2 (1.77%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.88%) WebDriver
4 1 (0.88%) SoapUI
4 1 (0.88%) JMeter
4 1 (0.88%) JIRA
General
1 68 (60.18%) Telecoms
2 7 (6.19%) Billing
3 5 (4.42%) Finance
3 5 (4.42%) Legal
4 3 (2.65%) Marketing
5 2 (1.77%) Games
5 2 (1.77%) Retail
6 1 (0.88%) Banking
Job Titles
1 27 (23.89%) Test Engineer
2 17 (15.04%) Analyst
3 15 (13.27%) IP Engineer
4 12 (10.62%) Design Engineer
5 10 (8.85%) Designer
6 9 (7.96%) Voice Engineer
7 8 (7.08%) Security Engineer
8 7 (6.19%) Test Manager
9 6 (5.31%) Data Manager
9 6 (5.31%) Environment Manager
9 6 (5.31%) Senior Manager
9 6 (5.31%) Network Engineer
10 5 (4.42%) Developer
10 5 (4.42%) Consultant
10 5 (4.42%) Data Analyst
11 4 (3.54%) Security Specialist
11 4 (3.54%) Network Specialist
11 4 (3.54%) Network Design Engineer
11 4 (3.54%) Network Security Specialist
11 4 (3.54%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.42%) .NET
2 3 (2.65%) HTML
2 3 (2.65%) ASP.NET
2 3 (2.65%) CSS
2 3 (2.65%) XML
2 3 (2.65%) Software Packaging
3 2 (1.77%) Silverlight
3 2 (1.77%) jQuery
3 2 (1.77%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.88%) XML Schema
4 1 (0.88%) XSL
4 1 (0.88%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 23 (20.35%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (10.62%) SecurID
3 11 (9.73%) Replication
4 7 (6.19%) GIS
5 6 (5.31%) Smart Meter
6 5 (4.42%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.65%) Open Source
7 3 (2.65%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.77%) IPTV
8 2 (1.77%) Streaming Video
8 2 (1.77%) STB
8 2 (1.77%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.77%) MPEG
8 2 (1.77%) DTV
8 2 (1.77%) User Experience
8 2 (1.77%) Video on Demand
8 2 (1.77%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.88%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.88%) Performance Metrics
9 1 (0.88%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 13 (11.50%) Linux
2 10 (8.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (6.19%) Windows
4 6 (5.31%) UNIX
5 4 (3.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (3.54%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (18.58%) Test Strategy
2 18 (15.93%) Project Management
2 18 (15.93%) ITIL
3 14 (12.39%) Data Modelling
4 13 (11.50%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (10.62%) Data Analysis
5 12 (10.62%) eTOM
6 11 (9.73%) Test Planning
6 11 (9.73%) Migration
7 10 (8.85%) Service Delivery
7 10 (8.85%) PRINCE2
8 9 (7.96%) CRM
8 9 (7.96%) V-Model
9 8 (7.08%) Risk Assessment
9 8 (7.08%) Capacity Planning
10 7 (6.19%) Demand Forecasting
10 7 (6.19%) Risk Management
10 7 (6.19%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (6.19%) TDD
10 7 (6.19%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 14 (12.39%) SQL
2 7 (6.19%) MATLAB
3 6 (5.31%) Java
4 5 (4.42%) C
5 4 (3.54%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.65%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.65%) C#
7 2 (1.77%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.88%) XQuery
8 1 (0.88%) VB
8 1 (0.88%) Jython
8 1 (0.88%) XPath
Qualifications
1 32 (28.32%) Degree
2 24 (21.24%) Cisco Certification
3 23 (20.35%) CCNP
4 16 (14.16%) Security Cleared
4 16 (14.16%) SC Cleared
5 13 (11.50%) CISSP
6 9 (7.96%) JNCIS
7 7 (6.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (6.19%) MCSE
8 6 (5.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 5 (4.42%) ISEB
10 4 (3.54%) MCITP
10 4 (3.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (2.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 3 (2.65%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (2.65%) HND
12 1 (0.88%) CISA
12 1 (0.88%) CISM
12 1 (0.88%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.88%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (10.62%) PCI DSS
2 3 (2.65%) SLA
3 2 (1.77%) QA
3 2 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.88%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.88%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.88%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.88%) GCP
4 1 (0.88%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.88%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 8 (7.08%) Active Directory
2 5 (4.42%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (5.31%) FortiGate
2 1 (0.88%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (0.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 38 (33.63%) Microsoft
2 33 (29.20%) Cisco
3 29 (25.66%) CheckPoint
4 20 (17.70%) F5
5 14 (12.39%) Fortinet
6 12 (10.62%) Juniper
6 12 (10.62%) CA
6 12 (10.62%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 11 (9.73%) Tufin
7 11 (9.73%) AlgoSec
8 10 (8.85%) Red Hat
9 7 (6.19%) Mapinfo
10 6 (5.31%) Oracle
11 5 (4.42%) Adobe
11 5 (4.42%) VMware
12 4 (3.54%) HP
12 4 (3.54%) Ericsson
13 3 (2.65%) Nokia
13 3 (2.65%) Avaya
14 2 (1.77%) PeopleSoft
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