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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 54 75 101
Rank change year-on-year
+21 +26
Contract jobs citing Validation 69 49 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.69% 1.96% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.66% 2.62% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 17 6
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£379 £375 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% +114.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £287 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £288
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.37% +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 £35.00 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
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
1887 1869 1714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 73.54% 74.70% 70.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1024 892 767
Average daily rate £388 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £517
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 20 31
Average hourly rate £30.00 £17.07 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.74% -43.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £14.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.47 £44.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +7 20 £400 -3.03% 3
Newbury +12 15 - - 1
Maidenhead +10 12 £345 +4.54%
Slough 0 3 £290 -4.13%
Bracknell -10 1 - - 1
Validation
South East

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 50 (45.45%) Telecoms
2 28 (25.45%) 3G
3 27 (24.55%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (21.82%) VoLTE
5 23 (20.91%) Test Planning
5 23 (20.91%) LTE
5 23 (20.91%) Project Management
6 22 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
7 21 (19.09%) HP
8 20 (18.18%) SQL
9 19 (17.27%) Diameter Protocol
10 17 (15.45%) 4G
10 17 (15.45%) Migration
11 15 (13.64%) Microsoft
11 15 (13.64%) Requirements Analysis
12 14 (12.73%) Cisco
13 13 (11.82%) MS Excel
13 13 (11.82%) Test Strategy
13 13 (11.82%) Radio Access Network
14 12 (10.91%) UNIX
14 12 (10.91%) VoIP
14 12 (10.91%) Pharmaceutical
14 12 (10.91%) Degree
15 11 (10.00%) Wireshark
15 11 (10.00%) Test Management
15 11 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
15 11 (10.00%) Data Analysis
15 11 (10.00%) RNC
15 11 (10.00%) Firewall
15 11 (10.00%) UMTS

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 6 (5.45%) ArcGIS
2 5 (4.55%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (3.64%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.73%) Lync
4 3 (2.73%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (1.82%) CMS
6 1 (0.91%) Confluence
Applications
1 13 (11.82%) MS Excel
2 7 (6.36%) MS Office
3 1 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.82%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.91%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 28 (25.45%) 3G
2 24 (21.82%) VoLTE
3 23 (20.91%) LTE
4 19 (17.27%) Diameter Protocol
5 17 (15.45%) 4G
6 13 (11.82%) Radio Access Network
7 12 (10.91%) VoIP
8 11 (10.00%) GPRS
8 11 (10.00%) GSM
8 11 (10.00%) UMTS
8 11 (10.00%) Firewall
8 11 (10.00%) RNC
8 11 (10.00%) Wireshark
9 10 (9.09%) SMS
9 10 (9.09%) TCP/IP
10 9 (8.18%) HSDPA
10 9 (8.18%) SNMP
11 7 (6.36%) 2G
11 7 (6.36%) VPN
12 6 (5.45%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.45%) DB2
2 5 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.91%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.91%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (0.91%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.91%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (5.45%) JIRA
2 1 (0.91%) Selenium
2 1 (0.91%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.91%) WebDriver
2 1 (0.91%) SoapUI
2 1 (0.91%) JMeter
General
1 50 (45.45%) Telecoms
2 12 (10.91%) Pharmaceutical
3 7 (6.36%) Back Office
3 7 (6.36%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.73%) Finance
4 3 (2.73%) Front Office
5 2 (1.82%) Electronics
5 2 (1.82%) Legal
5 2 (1.82%) Games
5 2 (1.82%) Marketing
6 1 (0.91%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (20.00%) Test Engineer
2 19 (17.27%) Analyst
3 16 (14.55%) Tester
4 15 (13.64%) Technical Tester
5 7 (6.36%) Integration Engineer
5 7 (6.36%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Voice Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Designer
7 5 (4.55%) IP Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Data Manager
7 5 (4.55%) Test Analyst
7 5 (4.55%) Senior Manager
8 4 (3.64%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.64%) Data Analyst
8 4 (3.64%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Automation Analyst
8 4 (3.64%) Automation Test Analyst
9 3 (2.73%) OSS Architect
9 3 (2.73%) RAN Engineer
9 3 (2.73%) OSS Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.36%) XML
2 6 (5.45%) JSON
3 3 (2.73%) SOAP
4 2 (1.82%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.91%) XSL
5 1 (0.91%) XSLT
5 1 (0.91%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 27 (24.55%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.45%) GIS
2 6 (5.45%) Replication
3 5 (4.55%) Client/Server
3 5 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (3.64%) DTV
5 3 (2.73%) Statistics
5 3 (2.73%) Chemistry
5 3 (2.73%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (2.73%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.82%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.82%) Life Science
6 2 (1.82%) STB
6 2 (1.82%) IPTV
6 2 (1.82%) Streaming Video
6 2 (1.82%) MPEG
7 1 (0.91%) PMI
7 1 (0.91%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.91%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.91%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 12 (10.91%) UNIX
2 7 (6.36%) Windows
3 6 (5.45%) AIX
3 6 (5.45%) Windows XP
3 6 (5.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (5.45%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.55%) Windows 2000 Server
4 5 (4.55%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (4.55%) Windows 2000
5 3 (2.73%) Linux
6 2 (1.82%) VMS
7 1 (0.91%) Solaris
7 1 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (20.91%) Project Management
1 23 (20.91%) Test Planning
2 17 (15.45%) Migration
3 15 (13.64%) Requirements Analysis
4 13 (11.82%) Test Strategy
5 11 (10.00%) Test Management
5 11 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (10.00%) Data Analysis
6 10 (9.09%) Test Automation
7 9 (8.18%) ETL
7 9 (8.18%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (7.27%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (6.36%) Data Modelling
9 7 (6.36%) Service Delivery
9 7 (6.36%) Data Migration
9 7 (6.36%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (6.36%) Capacity Planning
10 6 (5.45%) Agile Testing
10 6 (5.45%) ITIL
10 6 (5.45%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.18%) SQL
2 6 (5.45%) Python
2 6 (5.45%) MATLAB
3 5 (4.55%) C
4 2 (1.82%) Java
5 1 (0.91%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.91%) VB
5 1 (0.91%) Jython
5 1 (0.91%) XPath
5 1 (0.91%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 12 (10.91%) Degree
2 8 (7.27%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (5.45%) DV Cleared
3 6 (5.45%) Security Cleared
3 6 (5.45%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (4.55%) JNCIS
4 5 (4.55%) MCTS
4 5 (4.55%) CCNP
5 4 (3.64%) ISEB
6 3 (2.73%) MCSE
7 2 (1.82%) CCA
7 2 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.82%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.91%) JNCIA
8 1 (0.91%) PMP
8 1 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.91%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.91%) Sun Certification
8 1 (0.91%) CCNA
8 1 (0.91%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.09%) GxP
2 7 (6.36%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 5 (4.55%) GAMP
3 5 (4.55%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.73%) QA
4 3 (2.73%) SLA
5 2 (1.82%) GMP
6 1 (0.91%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.91%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.91%) GCP
6 1 (0.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.91%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (4.55%) SCCM
3 3 (2.73%) HP NNM
3 3 (2.73%) OpenView
4 1 (0.91%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.91%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.91%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 21 (19.09%) HP
2 15 (13.64%) Microsoft
3 14 (12.73%) Cisco
4 9 (8.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 8 (7.27%) CheckPoint
6 6 (5.45%) Mapinfo
6 6 (5.45%) Juniper
6 6 (5.45%) Ab Initio
7 3 (2.73%) Huawei
7 3 (2.73%) SevOne
7 3 (2.73%) Nokia
7 3 (2.73%) Avaya
7 3 (2.73%) Adobe
8 2 (1.82%) Oracle
8 2 (1.82%) SAP
8 2 (1.82%) Apple
8 2 (1.82%) Remedy
8 2 (1.82%) Siemens
8 2 (1.82%) F5
8 2 (1.82%) Tektronix
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