The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Milton Keynes region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 26 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 52 63 49
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -14
Contract jobs citing Validation 17 4 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 2.21% 0.54% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.82% 0.71% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 2 3
Average daily rate
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£295 £425 £121
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.58% +252.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £151 £365 £112
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £485 £434
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £360 £316
% change year-on-year
-0.69% +13.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-16.16% -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Milton Keynes region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Milton Keynes
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
603 560 372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 78.31% 76.19% 73.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 313 174
Average daily rate £375 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 27
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.25 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.20% -26.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £34.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Milton Keynes

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the Milton Keynes region over the 3 months to 26 January 2015.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Milton Keynes 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 16 (40.00%) Windows
2 15 (37.50%) MS Excel
3 14 (35.00%) Migration
3 14 (35.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (30.00%) QA
4 12 (30.00%) Finance
4 12 (30.00%) SAP
4 12 (30.00%) ISEB
5 11 (27.50%) XML
5 11 (27.50%) SQL
5 11 (27.50%) V-Model
5 11 (27.50%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (27.50%) Waterfall
5 11 (27.50%) Test Management
5 11 (27.50%) Test Scripting
5 11 (27.50%) Software Testing
5 11 (27.50%) Relational Database
6 10 (25.00%) Data Validation
6 10 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 9 (22.50%) Windows 7
7 9 (22.50%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (20.00%) MS Access
8 8 (20.00%) MS Office
8 8 (20.00%) Microsoft
8 8 (20.00%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
9 7 (17.50%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (17.50%) ITIL
10 6 (15.00%) MS Exchange
10 6 (15.00%) SAP BW

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Milton Keynes 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 (15.00%) MS Exchange
1 6 (15.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 4 (10.00%) CMS
Applications
1 15 (37.50%) MS Excel
2 8 (20.00%) MS Office
2 8 (20.00%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (5.00%) SAP FI
1 2 (5.00%) SAP BCA
2 1 (2.50%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.50%) LAN
1 3 (7.50%) WLAN
1 3 (7.50%) WAN
1 3 (7.50%) Ethernet
1 3 (7.50%) TCP/IP
1 3 (7.50%) VPN
1 3 (7.50%) SSL
1 3 (7.50%) MPLS
1 3 (7.50%) OSPF
1 3 (7.50%) BGP
1 3 (7.50%) EIGRP
1 3 (7.50%) VRRP
1 3 (7.50%) Wireless
1 3 (7.50%) Gigabit Ethernet
1 3 (7.50%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (7.50%) Unified Communications
1 3 (7.50%) Cisco Nexus
1 3 (7.50%) HSRP
1 3 (7.50%) Multicast
2 1 (2.50%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (27.50%) Relational Database
2 8 (20.00%) MS Access
3 6 (15.00%) SAP BW
4 4 (10.00%) BusinessObjects
General
1 12 (30.00%) Finance
2 3 (7.50%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.50%) Electronics
3 1 (2.50%) Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (50.00%) Analyst
2 10 (25.00%) Test Analyst
3 8 (20.00%) Test Leader
4 6 (15.00%) Infrastructure Team Leader
4 6 (15.00%) Team Leader
5 4 (10.00%) Business Analyst
6 3 (7.50%) Project Analyst
6 3 (7.50%) Data Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) Project Coordinator
7 2 (5.00%) Programme Office Manager
7 2 (5.00%) Programme Manager
7 2 (5.00%) Lead Test Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) Support Assistant
7 2 (5.00%) Systems Support
7 2 (5.00%) Coordinator
8 1 (2.50%) Architect
8 1 (2.50%) Tester
8 1 (2.50%) Network Consultant
8 1 (2.50%) Consultant
8 1 (2.50%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (27.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (22.50%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (10.00%) Management Information System
2 4 (10.00%) Reference Data
3 3 (7.50%) PKI
4 1 (2.50%) Economics
Operating Systems
1 16 (40.00%) Windows
2 9 (22.50%) Windows 7
3 6 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (12.50%) Linux
5 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (35.00%) Migration
1 14 (35.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 11 (27.50%) Test Management
2 11 (27.50%) Test Scripting
2 11 (27.50%) V-Model
2 11 (27.50%) Waterfall
2 11 (27.50%) Software Testing
3 10 (25.00%) Data Validation
4 7 (17.50%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (17.50%) ITIL
5 6 (15.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 6 (15.00%) Manual Testing
6 5 (12.50%) Operations Management
6 5 (12.50%) ITIL V3
6 5 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (12.50%) Service Management
6 5 (12.50%) Change Management
7 4 (10.00%) Information Management
7 4 (10.00%) Service Delivery
7 4 (10.00%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (27.50%) SQL
2 2 (5.00%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (30.00%) ISEB
2 10 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 7 (17.50%) SC Cleared
4 5 (12.50%) MCP
4 5 (12.50%) MCSE
4 5 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (10.00%) DV Cleared
6 3 (7.50%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (7.50%) CCIE
6 3 (7.50%) CCNP
6 3 (7.50%) CCIP
6 3 (7.50%) CCNA
6 3 (7.50%) CCDP
7 1 (2.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (30.00%) QA
2 5 (12.50%) SLA
3 1 (2.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (2.50%) Data Quality
System Software
1 5 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
1 5 (12.50%) Hyper-V
2 2 (5.00%) Firmware
3 1 (2.50%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.50%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (27.50%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (15.00%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (12.50%) Backup Exec
4 1 (2.50%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 12 (30.00%) SAP
2 8 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (15.00%) McAfee
3 6 (15.00%) Lumension
4 5 (12.50%) Sophos
4 5 (12.50%) VMware
5 4 (10.00%) Business Objects
6 3 (7.50%) Cisco
6 3 (7.50%) F5
7 1 (2.50%) AppSense
7 1 (2.50%) Oracle
7 1 (2.50%) Citrix
7 1 (2.50%) Juniper
7 1 (2.50%) Apple
7 1 (2.50%) CheckPoint