The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Buckinghamshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 29 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 57 68 60
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -8
Contract jobs citing Validation 30 6 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 2.67% 0.58% 1.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.47% 0.77% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 2 4
Average daily rate
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£295 £444 £217
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.52% +104.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £151 £399 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £489 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £363 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.06% +15.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £37.50
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 Buckinghamshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Buckinghamshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
865 778 598
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 77.03% 75.39% 75.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 430 275
Average daily rate £375 £388 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +13.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £258 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 24 44
Average hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.66% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.63 £10.69 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.35 £40.00 £36.00
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 Buckinghamshire

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Buckinghamshire

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

Validation
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 29 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
Milton Keynes +6 17 £295 -41.00%
Amersham - 1 - -
High Wycombe - - - - 1
Validation
South East

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Buckinghamshire 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 24 (36.92%) Finance
2 23 (35.38%) MS Excel
3 20 (30.77%) Telecoms
4 17 (26.15%) Windows
5 16 (24.62%) Stakeholder Management
5 16 (24.62%) User Acceptance Testing
6 15 (23.08%) Data Validation
6 15 (23.08%) SQL
7 14 (21.54%) Microsoft
7 14 (21.54%) Migration
8 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
9 12 (18.46%) QA
9 12 (18.46%) ISEB
9 12 (18.46%) SAP
10 11 (16.92%) XML
10 11 (16.92%) Software Testing
10 11 (16.92%) Test Management
10 11 (16.92%) Security Cleared
10 11 (16.92%) V-Model
10 11 (16.92%) HP Quality Center
10 11 (16.92%) Waterfall
10 11 (16.92%) Relational Database
11 10 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
11 10 (15.38%) Service Delivery
12 9 (13.85%) MS PowerPoint
12 9 (13.85%) ITIL
12 9 (13.85%) MS Access
12 9 (13.85%) Project Management
13 8 (12.31%) SC Cleared
13 8 (12.31%) Windows 7

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Buckinghamshire 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 7 (10.77%) MS Exchange
1 7 (10.77%) Exchange Server 2003
2 4 (6.15%) CMS
3 3 (4.62%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.54%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.54%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 23 (35.38%) MS Excel
2 9 (13.85%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (12.31%) MS Office
4 7 (10.77%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (1.54%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.08%) SAP FI
1 2 (3.08%) SAP BCA
2 1 (1.54%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.15%) Unified Communications
2 3 (4.62%) BGP
2 3 (4.62%) EIGRP
2 3 (4.62%) VRRP
2 3 (4.62%) SSL
2 3 (4.62%) LAN
2 3 (4.62%) WLAN
2 3 (4.62%) WAN
2 3 (4.62%) Ethernet
2 3 (4.62%) TCP/IP
2 3 (4.62%) VPN
2 3 (4.62%) Gigabit Ethernet
2 3 (4.62%) MPLS
2 3 (4.62%) OSPF
2 3 (4.62%) Wireless
2 3 (4.62%) Cisco Nexus
2 3 (4.62%) HSRP
2 3 (4.62%) Multicast
2 3 (4.62%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (3.08%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (16.92%) Relational Database
2 9 (13.85%) MS Access
3 6 (9.23%) SAP BW
4 4 (6.15%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.54%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Eclipse
General
1 24 (36.92%) Finance
2 20 (30.77%) Telecoms
3 6 (9.23%) Legal
4 1 (1.54%) Banking
4 1 (1.54%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 23 (35.38%) Analyst
2 10 (15.38%) Test Analyst
3 9 (13.85%) Vendor Manager
4 8 (12.31%) Test Leader
5 7 (10.77%) Infrastructure Team Leader
5 7 (10.77%) Team Leader
6 6 (9.23%) Project Manager
7 5 (7.69%) Data Analyst
8 4 (6.15%) Business Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) Programme Office Manager
9 2 (3.08%) PMO Lead
9 2 (3.08%) Solvency II Project Manager
9 2 (3.08%) Programme Manager
9 2 (3.08%) Support Assistant
9 2 (3.08%) Systems Support
9 2 (3.08%) Lead Test Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) PMO Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) Project Analyst
10 1 (1.54%) Coordinator
10 1 (1.54%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.92%) XML
2 1 (1.54%) JMS
2 1 (1.54%) Spring
2 1 (1.54%) Ajax
2 1 (1.54%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.15%) Reference Data
4 3 (4.62%) PKI
5 1 (1.54%) Economics
5 1 (1.54%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 17 (26.15%) Windows
2 8 (12.31%) Windows 7
3 7 (10.77%) Linux
3 7 (10.77%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (24.62%) Stakeholder Management
1 16 (24.62%) User Acceptance Testing
2 15 (23.08%) Data Validation
3 14 (21.54%) Migration
4 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 11 (16.92%) Software Testing
5 11 (16.92%) Test Management
5 11 (16.92%) V-Model
5 11 (16.92%) Waterfall
6 10 (15.38%) Service Delivery
7 9 (13.85%) ITIL
7 9 (13.85%) Project Management
8 7 (10.77%) Vulnerability Management
9 6 (9.23%) Manual Testing
9 6 (9.23%) ITIL V3
9 6 (9.23%) Line Management
9 6 (9.23%) Service Management
9 6 (9.23%) Change Management
9 6 (9.23%) Operations Management
10 5 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 15 (23.08%) SQL
2 4 (6.15%) C
3 2 (3.08%) VBA
4 1 (1.54%) C++
4 1 (1.54%) Java
4 1 (1.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 12 (18.46%) ISEB
2 11 (16.92%) Security Cleared
3 8 (12.31%) SC Cleared
4 6 (9.23%) MCSE
4 6 (9.23%) MCP
4 6 (9.23%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (6.15%) DV Cleared
6 3 (4.62%) CCIE
6 3 (4.62%) CCNP
6 3 (4.62%) CCIP
6 3 (4.62%) CCNA
6 3 (4.62%) CCDP
6 3 (4.62%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.54%) PMP
7 1 (1.54%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.54%) Degree
7 1 (1.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (18.46%) QA
2 5 (7.69%) SLA
3 3 (4.62%) Solvency II
4 1 (1.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (1.54%) Data Quality
System Software
1 6 (9.23%) VMware Infrastructure
1 6 (9.23%) Hyper-V
2 3 (4.62%) Firmware
3 1 (1.54%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.54%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (16.92%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (10.77%) McAfee ePO
3 6 (9.23%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.54%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 14 (21.54%) Microsoft
2 12 (18.46%) SAP
3 7 (10.77%) McAfee
3 7 (10.77%) VMware
3 7 (10.77%) Lumension
4 6 (9.23%) Business Objects
4 6 (9.23%) Sophos
5 4 (6.15%) Cisco
6 3 (4.62%) F5
7 2 (3.08%) Juniper
8 1 (1.54%) Apple
8 1 (1.54%) Citrix
8 1 (1.54%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.54%) Mapinfo
8 1 (1.54%) Oracle
8 1 (1.54%) AppSense