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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 64 57 76
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +19
Contract jobs citing Validation 63 75 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.43% 2.85% 1.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.51% 3.88% 2.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 29 17
Average daily rate
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£369 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.35% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £215 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £526 £353
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £363 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.06% +15.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.82 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-17.81% +1.35%
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
1795 1933 1481
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 69.28% 73.47% 69.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 937 978 631
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £263 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 63 68
Average hourly rate £20.13 £16.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.78% -21.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.65 £11.90 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £126.10 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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 28 January 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 28 January 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
Bracknell -6 7 £349 +11.06% 1
Reading -6 7 £400 +6.66% 4
Newbury +4 4 £375 -
Slough -7 3 £263 +133.33%
Maidenhead -3 1 £320 +10.34% 3
Validation
South East

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 76 (61.29%) Telecoms
2 32 (25.81%) Degree
2 32 (25.81%) Microsoft
3 28 (22.58%) LTE
3 28 (22.58%) Cisco
3 28 (22.58%) CheckPoint
3 28 (22.58%) 3G
4 27 (21.77%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (20.97%) Test Strategy
6 22 (17.74%) Project Management
6 22 (17.74%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (17.74%) CCNP
6 22 (17.74%) ITIL
7 21 (16.94%) Firewall
8 20 (16.13%) VoLTE
9 19 (15.32%) F5
9 19 (15.32%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 18 (14.52%) SC Cleared
10 18 (14.52%) Security Cleared
10 18 (14.52%) Cisco ASA
11 17 (13.71%) Network Security
12 15 (12.10%) 4G
12 15 (12.10%) Billing
12 15 (12.10%) Internet
13 14 (11.29%) SQL
13 14 (11.29%) Linux
13 14 (11.29%) Fortinet
14 13 (10.48%) Radio Access Network
14 13 (10.48%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (10.48%) CRM

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 9 (7.26%) SharePoint
2 6 (4.84%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (2.42%) LiveCycle
4 1 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.81%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 8 (6.45%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.03%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (3.23%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (4.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.81%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.81%) PeopleSoft Financials
2 1 (0.81%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.81%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.81%) SAP SD
Communications & Networking
1 28 (22.58%) LTE
1 28 (22.58%) 3G
2 21 (16.94%) Firewall
3 20 (16.13%) VoLTE
4 18 (14.52%) Cisco ASA
5 17 (13.71%) Network Security
6 15 (12.10%) 4G
6 15 (12.10%) Internet
7 13 (10.48%) Radio Access Network
7 13 (10.48%) MPLS
8 12 (9.68%) Wireless
8 12 (9.68%) LAN
8 12 (9.68%) WLAN
9 11 (8.87%) RIP
9 11 (8.87%) VPN
9 11 (8.87%) SSL
9 11 (8.87%) IPsec
9 11 (8.87%) OSPF
9 11 (8.87%) Cisco ISE
10 10 (8.06%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.06%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.42%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.42%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (2.42%) Oracle Database 10g
3 3 (2.42%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.81%) IDOL
4 1 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.81%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 6 (4.84%) TestDirector
2 5 (4.03%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (2.42%) Oracle APEX
3 3 (2.42%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.61%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.61%) Selenium
4 2 (1.61%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.61%) LSMW
5 1 (0.81%) JIRA
General
1 76 (61.29%) Telecoms
2 15 (12.10%) Billing
3 10 (8.06%) Finance
4 7 (5.65%) Legal
5 6 (4.84%) Marketing
6 1 (0.81%) Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Retail
6 1 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 29 (23.39%) Test Engineer
2 18 (14.52%) Analyst
3 17 (13.71%) Design Engineer
4 16 (12.90%) Designer
5 14 (11.29%) IP Engineer
6 9 (7.26%) Voice Engineer
7 8 (6.45%) Security Engineer
8 7 (5.65%) Test Manager
9 6 (4.84%) Network Engineer
9 6 (4.84%) Environment Manager
10 5 (4.03%) Consultant
10 5 (4.03%) Project Manager
11 4 (3.23%) Programme Manager
11 4 (3.23%) Test Analyst
11 4 (3.23%) Network Security Engineer
11 4 (3.23%) Data Analyst
11 4 (3.23%) Security Specialist
11 4 (3.23%) Network Design Engineer
11 4 (3.23%) Network Security Specialist
11 4 (3.23%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.03%) Software Packaging
1 5 (4.03%) .NET
2 3 (2.42%) ASP.NET
2 3 (2.42%) CSS
2 3 (2.42%) HTML
3 2 (1.61%) XML
3 2 (1.61%) jQuery
3 2 (1.61%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.81%) BAPI
Miscellaneous
1 27 (21.77%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (9.68%) SecurID
3 8 (6.45%) Replication
4 6 (4.84%) Smart Meter
5 5 (4.03%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.42%) Open Source
7 2 (1.61%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.61%) Data Conversion
7 2 (1.61%) User Experience
7 2 (1.61%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.61%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.81%) Performance Metrics
8 1 (0.81%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.81%) PKI
8 1 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.81%) GIS
8 1 (0.81%) AS400
8 1 (0.81%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 14 (11.29%) Linux
2 12 (9.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 9 (7.26%) Windows
4 6 (4.84%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (4.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (4.03%) UNIX
6 1 (0.81%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (20.97%) Test Strategy
2 22 (17.74%) Project Management
2 22 (17.74%) ITIL
3 13 (10.48%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (10.48%) CRM
4 12 (9.68%) eTOM
5 11 (8.87%) V-Model
6 10 (8.06%) Configuration Management
6 10 (8.06%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (7.26%) Migration
8 8 (6.45%) PRINCE2
8 8 (6.45%) Test Scripting
8 8 (6.45%) Test Planning
9 7 (5.65%) Demand Forecasting
9 7 (5.65%) TDD
9 7 (5.65%) Risk Assessment
9 7 (5.65%) Integration Testing
9 7 (5.65%) Data Modelling
10 6 (4.84%) Risk Management
10 6 (4.84%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (11.29%) SQL
2 6 (4.84%) Shell Script
3 5 (4.03%) Java
4 3 (2.42%) C#
4 3 (2.42%) PL/SQL
5 2 (1.61%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.81%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.81%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 32 (25.81%) Degree
2 22 (17.74%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (17.74%) CCNP
3 18 (14.52%) SC Cleared
3 18 (14.52%) Security Cleared
4 13 (10.48%) CISSP
5 8 (6.45%) JNCIS
6 6 (4.84%) MCSE
6 6 (4.84%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (4.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 6 (4.84%) MCITP
6 6 (4.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (3.23%) ISEB
8 3 (2.42%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.61%) HND
9 2 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.81%) GSEC
10 1 (0.81%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.81%) CCA
10 1 (0.81%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.68%) PCI DSS
2 4 (3.23%) SLA
3 2 (1.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.61%) QA
4 1 (0.81%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.81%) GxP
System Software
1 7 (5.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (4.84%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (4.84%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.42%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 32 (25.81%) Microsoft
2 28 (22.58%) Cisco
2 28 (22.58%) CheckPoint
3 19 (15.32%) F5
3 19 (15.32%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 14 (11.29%) Fortinet
5 12 (9.68%) CA
5 12 (9.68%) Red Hat
6 11 (8.87%) Tufin
6 11 (8.87%) AlgoSec
7 10 (8.06%) Juniper
8 7 (5.65%) VMware
8 7 (5.65%) Oracle
9 5 (4.03%) HP
10 4 (3.23%) Ericsson
10 4 (3.23%) Informatica
10 4 (3.23%) PeopleSoft
11 3 (2.42%) Adobe
11 3 (2.42%) Nokia
12 2 (1.61%) TIBCO
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