The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 20 November 2014 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
20 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 138 180 168
Rank change year-on-year
+42 -12
Contract jobs citing Validation 863 593 617
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.51% 1.16% 1.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.05% 1.57% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 483 313 298
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £411
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £574 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
- -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 32 62
Average hourly rate £32.50 £35.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.45% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.85 £17.05 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.91 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +2.85%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
42027 37747 36735
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.66% 73.76% 71.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 27216 23426 21433
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.82% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1179 1142 1414
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -6.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.44%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Validation
Daily Rate Trend

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation within the UK over the 3 months to 20 November 2014.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation within the UK over the 3 months to 20 November 2014.

Validation Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Validation
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the UK over the 3 months to 20 November 2014. 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
England +37 762 £400 - 202
London +28 331 £450 - 68
South East +33 187 £348 -13.00% 33
City of London +11 72 £430 -4.38% 37
Berkshire +26 66 £400 +1.91% 12
South West +18 62 £388 -0.64% 32
Scotland +26 54 £350 +9.37% 3
East of England +1 39 £425 +30.76% 18
Buckinghamshire +18 38 £283 -19.28% 4
North West +17 38 £375 +19.23% 14
West Midlands -17 38 £350 +24.44% 13
Hampshire -10 35 £348 +0.86% 8
East Midlands +20 30 £288 -15.44% 5
Surrey +1 30 £318 -31.35% 1
Milton Keynes +11 25 £275 -21.42% 2
Edinburgh +6 25 £355 +15.91% 2
Yorkshire -1 19 £375 +16.27% 17
Coventry -1 18 £385 +0.98% 4
Bristol -6 18 £400 +9.58% 9
Wiltshire -8 17 £388 -3.12% 6
Wales -10 17 £350 -39.13% 4
Reading +14 16 £430 -3.37% 3
South Wales -12 16 £350 -39.13% 4
Swindon -3 15 £350 -15.15% 2
Derby +13 14 £350 +2.94% 1
Derbyshire +8 14 £350 +2.94% 3
Essex -2 14 £425 -2.85% 2
Dorset - 14 £400 - 3
Bracknell -6 12 £388 +29.16%
West Yorkshire -7 12 £393 +21.86% 14

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 358 (20.60%) Finance
2 325 (18.70%) SQL
3 250 (14.38%) Migration
4 235 (13.52%) Analytical Skills
5 216 (12.43%) Project Management
5 216 (12.43%) Microsoft
6 206 (11.85%) Data Validation
7 199 (11.45%) Agile Software Development
8 194 (11.16%) Windows
9 189 (10.87%) Security Cleared
10 186 (10.70%) MS Excel
11 178 (10.24%) Oracle
12 161 (9.26%) Degree
13 147 (8.46%) Banking
14 145 (8.34%) SAP
15 142 (8.17%) SC Cleared
16 141 (8.11%) Data Migration
17 139 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
18 134 (7.71%) Telecoms
19 133 (7.65%) UNIX
20 131 (7.54%) Linux
21 129 (7.42%) Java
22 119 (6.85%) Management Information System
23 114 (6.56%) QA
24 112 (6.44%) ITIL
25 111 (6.39%) HP
26 110 (6.33%) MS Office
26 110 (6.33%) Business Analysis
27 107 (6.16%) XML
28 104 (5.98%) Requirements Management

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 40 (2.30%) SharePoint
2 39 (2.24%) Tomcat
3 31 (1.78%) Apache
4 30 (1.73%) SAS
5 28 (1.61%) WebSphere
6 18 (1.04%) Confluence
7 13 (0.75%) CMS
8 11 (0.63%) MS Exchange
8 11 (0.63%) IIS
9 8 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
9 8 (0.46%) MS Project Server
10 7 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
11 5 (0.29%) Mule
11 5 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.29%) Lync
11 5 (0.29%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.23%) Node.js
12 4 (0.23%) WordPress
12 4 (0.23%) Documentum
12 4 (0.23%) MQSeries
Applications
1 186 (10.70%) MS Excel
2 110 (6.33%) MS Office
3 68 (3.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 65 (3.74%) MS Project
5 60 (3.45%) MS Visio
6 26 (1.50%) Spreadsheet
7 16 (0.92%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.35%) AutoCAD
9 5 (0.29%) Acrobat
10 3 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.12%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 2 (0.12%) Simulink
11 2 (0.12%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.058%) FastStats
12 1 (0.058%) Adobe Captivate
12 1 (0.058%) Open Workbench
12 1 (0.058%) Stata
Business Applications
1 30 (1.73%) ENOVIA
2 20 (1.15%) Oracle EBS
3 19 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
3 19 (1.09%) Oracle EBS R12
4 10 (0.58%) SAP FI
5 8 (0.46%) SAP SD
5 8 (0.46%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 8 (0.46%) DELMIA
5 8 (0.46%) SAP CO
6 7 (0.40%) SAP MDM
6 7 (0.40%) SAP ERP
6 7 (0.40%) Oracle General Ledger
6 7 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
6 7 (0.40%) Oracle Receivables
6 7 (0.40%) Oracle Assets
7 6 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
7 6 (0.35%) SAP MM
8 5 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
9 4 (0.23%) SAP HR
9 4 (0.23%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.52%) IaaS
2 8 (0.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.46%) SaaS
3 7 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.17%) Office 365
5 2 (0.12%) IBM Blueworks
5 2 (0.12%) Force.com
6 1 (0.058%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.058%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.058%) Heroku
6 1 (0.058%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.058%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 67 (3.86%) Firewall
2 66 (3.80%) TCP/IP
3 63 (3.62%) LTE
4 52 (2.99%) 3G
5 41 (2.36%) DNS
6 34 (1.96%) SSL
7 32 (1.84%) Network Security
7 32 (1.84%) Radio Access Network
8 29 (1.67%) Internet
9 26 (1.50%) 4G
10 25 (1.44%) HTTPS
10 25 (1.44%) LAN
10 25 (1.44%) WAN
11 24 (1.38%) IPsec
12 23 (1.32%) VoLTE
12 23 (1.32%) SNMP
13 21 (1.21%) Ethernet
13 21 (1.21%) SAN
13 21 (1.21%) MPLS
14 20 (1.15%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 81 (4.66%) Relational Database
3 73 (4.20%) Data Warehouse
4 50 (2.88%) MySQL
5 41 (2.36%) Oracle Reports
6 39 (2.24%) RDBMS
7 38 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 36 (2.07%) Oracle Database
9 34 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 33 (1.90%) MS Access
11 26 (1.50%) PostgreSQL
12 24 (1.38%) Oracle Database 11g
13 23 (1.32%) QlikView
14 20 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
15 18 (1.04%) Data Mining
16 16 (0.92%) Oracle Database 10g
17 15 (0.86%) Redis
17 15 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 13 (0.75%) Oracle BI EE
19 12 (0.69%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 46 (2.65%) Rational DOORS
2 37 (2.13%) Subversion
3 32 (1.84%) JIRA
4 30 (1.73%) JUnit
5 24 (1.38%) Eclipse
6 21 (1.21%) Toad
7 20 (1.15%) Selenium
8 18 (1.04%) Git (software)
9 16 (0.92%) Visual Studio
9 16 (0.92%) Oracle Forms
10 15 (0.86%) Ant
10 15 (0.86%) Oracle APEX
11 14 (0.81%) JMeter
12 13 (0.75%) PVCS
13 12 (0.69%) SoapUI
13 12 (0.69%) Rational Rhapsody
14 11 (0.63%) Talend Open Studio
15 10 (0.58%) LSMW
16 9 (0.52%) MSI
16 9 (0.52%) ClearCase
General
1 358 (20.60%) Finance
2 147 (8.46%) Banking
3 134 (7.71%) Telecoms
4 92 (5.29%) Manufacturing
5 65 (3.74%) Investment Banking
6 61 (3.51%) Retail
7 51 (2.93%) Pharmaceutical
8 42 (2.42%) Legal
9 39 (2.24%) Marketing
10 36 (2.07%) Front Office
11 34 (1.96%) Automotive
12 28 (1.61%) Billing
13 19 (1.09%) Advertising
14 17 (0.98%) Back Office
15 16 (0.92%) Publishing
15 16 (0.92%) Retail Banking
16 15 (0.86%) Financial Institution
17 14 (0.81%) Electronics
18 12 (0.69%) Aerospace
19 11 (0.63%) German Language
Job Titles
1 501 (28.83%) Analyst
2 227 (13.06%) Business Analyst
3 202 (11.62%) Developer
4 112 (6.44%) Consultant
5 99 (5.70%) Data Analyst
6 87 (5.01%) Architect
7 74 (4.26%) Project Manager
8 53 (3.05%) Administrator
9 52 (2.99%) Test Analyst
10 47 (2.70%) Test Engineer
11 38 (2.19%) Systems Engineer
12 37 (2.13%) Software Engineer
13 36 (2.07%) Tester
14 35 (2.01%) Designer
15 33 (1.90%) SAP Consultant
16 32 (1.84%) Test Manager
17 29 (1.67%) Validation Engineer
18 25 (1.44%) Senior Analyst
19 24 (1.38%) Java Developer
19 24 (1.38%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (6.16%) XML
2 92 (5.29%) HTML
3 82 (4.72%) .NET
4 78 (4.49%) CSS
5 62 (3.57%) Web Services
6 51 (2.93%) Ajax
7 45 (2.59%) jQuery
8 39 (2.24%) JSP
9 34 (1.96%) XSD
10 30 (1.73%) J2EE
11 29 (1.67%) ASP.NET
12 28 (1.61%) Spring
12 28 (1.61%) HTML5
13 27 (1.55%) SOAP
14 22 (1.27%) XHTML
15 19 (1.09%) Middleware
16 18 (1.04%) REST
17 17 (0.98%) Spring MVC
18 13 (0.75%) JSON
19 11 (0.63%) Dojo
Miscellaneous
1 235 (13.52%) Analytical Skills
2 119 (6.85%) Management Information System
3 61 (3.51%) Computer Science
4 37 (2.13%) NHS
5 30 (1.73%) Open Source
6 28 (1.61%) User Experience
7 25 (1.44%) Visualisation
8 23 (1.32%) Mathematics
9 22 (1.27%) Reference Data
10 21 (1.21%) Data Conversion
11 19 (1.09%) Statistics
11 19 (1.09%) Replication
11 19 (1.09%) Derivative
12 18 (1.04%) Fixed Income
12 18 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 18 (1.04%) Credit Risk
12 18 (1.04%) Market Risk
13 17 (0.98%) Data Integration
13 17 (0.98%) Data Structures
14 16 (0.92%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 194 (11.16%) Windows
2 133 (7.65%) UNIX
3 131 (7.54%) Linux
4 59 (3.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 54 (3.11%) Windows 7
6 50 (2.88%) Windows Server 2003
7 30 (1.73%) Windows XP
8 22 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (1.15%) Solaris
10 15 (0.86%) Windows 2000
11 9 (0.52%) VMS
12 8 (0.46%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
14 6 (0.35%) CentOS
15 5 (0.29%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.29%) Android
16 4 (0.23%) zOS
16 4 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
16 4 (0.23%) Apple iOS
17 3 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (14.38%) Migration
2 216 (12.43%) Project Management
3 206 (11.85%) Data Validation
4 199 (11.45%) Agile Software Development
5 141 (8.11%) Data Migration
6 139 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 112 (6.44%) ITIL
8 110 (6.33%) Business Analysis
9 104 (5.98%) Requirements Management
10 102 (5.87%) Unit Testing
11 101 (5.81%) User Acceptance Testing
12 99 (5.70%) Change Management
13 96 (5.52%) Data Analysis
14 95 (5.47%) Data Modelling
15 94 (5.41%) Test Scripting
16 92 (5.29%) Scrum
17 78 (4.49%) UML
18 77 (4.43%) Software Testing
19 73 (4.20%) Data Management
20 70 (4.03%) OO
Programming Languages
1 325 (18.70%) SQL
2 129 (7.42%) Java
3 87 (5.01%) JavaScript
4 62 (3.57%) PL/SQL
5 60 (3.45%) C++
6 46 (2.65%) C#
7 45 (2.59%) C
8 37 (2.13%) Perl
9 33 (1.90%) PHP
10 32 (1.84%) Python
11 31 (1.78%) VBA
12 26 (1.50%) T-SQL
12 26 (1.50%) VBScript
13 24 (1.38%) VB
14 16 (0.92%) PowerShell
15 15 (0.86%) Shell Script
16 11 (0.63%) Korn
16 11 (0.63%) Bash Shell
17 10 (0.58%) Ruby
17 10 (0.58%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 189 (10.87%) Security Cleared
2 161 (9.26%) Degree
3 142 (8.17%) SC Cleared
4 65 (3.74%) ISEB
5 45 (2.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 41 (2.36%) ISTQB
7 35 (2.01%) DV Cleared
8 28 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 26 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
10 25 (1.44%) MCSE
11 16 (0.92%) MCITP
12 15 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 15 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
13 13 (0.75%) PMI Certification
13 13 (0.75%) MCP
13 13 (0.75%) CCNP
14 12 (0.69%) PhD
14 12 (0.69%) CCIE
14 12 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 11 (0.63%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (6.56%) QA
2 49 (2.82%) SLA
3 22 (1.27%) GxP
3 22 (1.27%) Data Quality
4 18 (1.04%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 18 (1.04%) GAMP
5 12 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 12 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 12 (0.69%) DO-178B
6 11 (0.63%) ISO 9001
7 8 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.46%) Solvency II
8 7 (0.40%) ISO 9000
9 5 (0.29%) GMP
9 5 (0.29%) Basel III
10 3 (0.17%) MiFID
10 3 (0.17%) JSP 440
10 3 (0.17%) WCAG
11 2 (0.12%) CDISC
11 2 (0.12%) GCP
System Software
1 62 (3.57%) Active Directory
2 45 (2.59%) RACF
3 42 (2.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (1.15%) Firmware
5 13 (0.75%) NFS
5 13 (0.75%) Nmap
6 9 (0.52%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 8 (0.46%) vSphere
7 8 (0.46%) XenApp
8 7 (0.40%) Terminal Services
9 6 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (0.35%) vCloud
10 5 (0.29%) Hyper-V
10 5 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.17%) MetaFrame
12 1 (0.058%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.058%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 60 (3.45%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (0.98%) SCCM
3 13 (0.75%) Nessus
4 12 (0.69%) Puppet
5 9 (0.52%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 5 (0.29%) FortiGate
6 5 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.23%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.23%) Backup Exec
8 3 (0.17%) SCOM
8 3 (0.17%) ZABBIX
8 3 (0.17%) NSN NetAct
8 3 (0.17%) CA LISA
9 2 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.12%) Control-M
10 1 (0.058%) Nagios
10 1 (0.058%) OpenView
10 1 (0.058%) OMEGAMON
10 1 (0.058%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 216 (12.43%) Microsoft
2 178 (10.24%) Oracle
3 145 (8.34%) SAP
4 111 (6.39%) HP
5 60 (3.45%) VMware
6 42 (2.42%) Cisco
7 37 (2.13%) IBM
8 32 (1.84%) Business Objects
8 32 (1.84%) Citrix
8 32 (1.84%) Red Hat
9 31 (1.78%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 28 (1.61%) Informatica
11 23 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
12 20 (1.15%) CheckPoint
13 18 (1.04%) PeopleSoft
13 18 (1.04%) hybris
14 17 (0.98%) Adobe
15 16 (0.92%) Cognos
15 16 (0.92%) Huawei
16 15 (0.86%) Ericsson
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Posted: 8 hours ago
Central London / West End
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Posted: 9 hours ago
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LA International
Posted: 9 hours ago
Essex
Aquent
Rate: Up to £400 per day - 12 month contract, Immediate start
Posted: 14 hours ago
Salford, Lancashire
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Rate: Very Competitive daily rates
Posted: 16 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
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Rate: £1.00 - £2.00 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Cheshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 17 hours ago
Bebington, Merseyside
Unilever Professional Hidden Page
Posted: Yesterday
Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire
Unilever Professional Hidden Page
Posted: Yesterday
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £35 - £39 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
East London
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: £280 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Sanderson
Rate: flexible
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates, please quote
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Northampton, Northamptonshire
Aston Carter
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Wareham, Dorset
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Rate: £450 - £550 per day
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