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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 143 199 169
Rank change year-on-year
+56 -30
Contract jobs citing Validation 881 554 709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.52% 1.05% 1.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.06% 1.42% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 300 334
Average daily rate
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£407 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £360 £355
% change year-on-year
+1.38% +1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 28 49
Average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +17.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.20 £21.39 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.60 £52.95 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.25 £37.65 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-14.34% +7.57%

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
42763 39046 42056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.99% 74.08% 71.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 26736 24118 24356
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.17% +1.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1175 1083 1556
Average hourly rate £23.66 £27.50 £30.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.98% -8.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +48 759 £425 +6.25% 128
London +50 337 £450 - 52
South East +30 164 £348 -7.20% 28
Scotland +27 74 £360 +16.97% 5
South West +17 69 £400 +14.28% 10
City of London +30 68 £415 -7.77% 17
West Midlands +16 54 £325 -13.33% 6
Berkshire +23 50 £400 +6.66% 4
Hampshire -2 40 £348 -0.57% 3
North West +14 33 £400 +14.28% 9
Bristol +1 32 £450 +29.49% 5
Inverness 0 31 £363 +10.68%
Highlands 0 31 £363 +10.68%
East of England -11 31 £280 -20.00% 15
Surrey +14 28 £368 -13.52% 6
East Midlands +21 27 £338 -0.73% 4
Coventry +10 27 £298 -11.19%
Buckinghamshire +7 26 £185 -52.25% 3
Yorkshire +19 25 £370 +5.71% 4
West Yorkshire +10 21 £395 +42.34%
Edinburgh +11 18 £393 +30.83% 2
Dorset - 17 £425 -
Milton Keynes +10 15 £185 -52.25% 2
Reading +6 14 £513 +36.66%
Nottinghamshire +22 13 £269 -19.77% 1
South Wales +3 13 £375 - 12
Wales -14 13 £375 - 12
Nottingham +20 12 £269 -19.77% 1
Leeds +12 12 £444 -
Gloucestershire -11 11 £365 -16.68% 1

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 341 (20.23%) Finance
2 268 (15.90%) SQL
3 252 (14.95%) Analytical Skills
4 241 (14.29%) Migration
5 228 (13.52%) Project Management
6 202 (11.98%) Microsoft
7 187 (11.09%) Security Cleared
8 186 (11.03%) Agile Software Development
9 185 (10.97%) Windows
10 178 (10.56%) Oracle
11 176 (10.44%) Degree
12 175 (10.38%) Data Validation
13 172 (10.20%) MS Excel
14 163 (9.67%) Banking
15 157 (9.31%) SAP
16 145 (8.60%) Data Migration
17 131 (7.77%) UNIX
17 131 (7.77%) Requirements Management
18 130 (7.71%) SC Cleared
19 128 (7.59%) Linux
20 127 (7.53%) QA
21 122 (7.24%) Business Analysis
21 122 (7.24%) Java
22 119 (7.06%) SQL Server
23 114 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
23 114 (6.76%) Telecoms
24 113 (6.70%) XML
25 112 (6.64%) HTML
26 108 (6.41%) Management Information System
27 107 (6.35%) ITIL

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 41 (2.43%) Tomcat
2 39 (2.31%) SharePoint
3 30 (1.78%) Apache
4 29 (1.72%) WebSphere
5 23 (1.36%) Confluence
6 14 (0.83%) SAS
7 10 (0.59%) IIS
8 9 (0.53%) MS Project Server
9 8 (0.47%) MS Exchange
10 7 (0.42%) Documentum
10 7 (0.42%) Lync
11 6 (0.36%) CMS
11 6 (0.36%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.30%) Mule
13 4 (0.24%) Oracle Spatial
13 4 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.24%) ArcGIS
13 4 (0.24%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.18%) MQSeries
Applications
1 172 (10.20%) MS Excel
2 102 (6.05%) MS Office
3 68 (4.03%) MS PowerPoint
4 60 (3.56%) MS Project
5 55 (3.26%) MS Visio
6 26 (1.54%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.83%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.30%) Acrobat
9 4 (0.24%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.12%) Simulink
10 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.12%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.059%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.059%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.059%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.059%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.059%) Stata
Business Applications
1 39 (2.31%) ENOVIA
2 28 (1.66%) Oracle EBS R12
3 26 (1.54%) Oracle EBS
4 19 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 19 (1.13%) Oracle General Ledger
5 18 (1.07%) Oracle Payables
5 18 (1.07%) Oracle Receivables
5 18 (1.07%) Oracle Assets
6 17 (1.01%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.83%) DELMIA
8 10 (0.59%) SAP SD
9 8 (0.47%) PeopleSoft Financials
9 8 (0.47%) SAP CO
9 8 (0.47%) SAP ERP
10 6 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 6 (0.36%) SAP HR
10 6 (0.36%) SAP FI
11 5 (0.30%) SAP MM
11 5 (0.30%) SAP CRM
11 5 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.36%) SaaS
2 6 (0.36%) IaaS
3 5 (0.30%) Office 365
3 5 (0.30%) Force.com
4 1 (0.059%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.059%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.059%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 70 (4.15%) TCP/IP
2 63 (3.74%) LTE
3 50 (2.97%) Firewall
4 39 (2.31%) 3G
5 36 (2.14%) SSL
6 34 (2.02%) DNS
7 29 (1.72%) Ethernet
8 28 (1.66%) HTTPS
9 26 (1.54%) IPsec
9 26 (1.54%) Wireshark
10 25 (1.48%) SAN
11 24 (1.42%) SNMP
12 22 (1.30%) UMTS
12 22 (1.30%) VoIP
12 22 (1.30%) WAN
13 21 (1.25%) DHCP
13 21 (1.25%) Network Security
13 21 (1.25%) Radio Access Network
14 20 (1.19%) MPLS
15 19 (1.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (7.06%) SQL Server
2 67 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
3 61 (3.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 61 (3.62%) Relational Database
4 46 (2.73%) MySQL
5 41 (2.43%) Oracle Reports
6 35 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 35 (2.08%) Oracle Database
7 34 (2.02%) MS Access
8 30 (1.78%) RDBMS
9 29 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
10 26 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
11 21 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
12 20 (1.19%) Oracle ODI
13 19 (1.13%) Data Mining
14 18 (1.07%) QlikView
15 17 (1.01%) SAP Data Services
16 15 (0.89%) Redis
16 15 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
17 13 (0.77%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 65 (3.86%) Rational DOORS
2 41 (2.43%) JUnit
3 40 (2.37%) JIRA
4 37 (2.19%) Subversion
5 23 (1.36%) Visual Studio
6 20 (1.19%) Eclipse
6 20 (1.19%) Rational Rhapsody
7 19 (1.13%) Ant
8 18 (1.07%) Talend Open Studio
9 16 (0.95%) Toad
10 15 (0.89%) ClearCase
10 15 (0.89%) Selenium
11 14 (0.83%) JMeter
12 13 (0.77%) ClearQuest
13 12 (0.71%) MSI
13 12 (0.71%) Oracle Forms
14 11 (0.65%) Git (software)
15 10 (0.59%) PVCS
16 8 (0.47%) Oracle APEX
16 8 (0.47%) Maven
General
1 341 (20.23%) Finance
2 163 (9.67%) Banking
3 114 (6.76%) Telecoms
4 102 (6.05%) Manufacturing
5 78 (4.63%) Investment Banking
6 57 (3.38%) Retail
7 48 (2.85%) Front Office
8 47 (2.79%) Pharmaceutical
9 45 (2.67%) Automotive
9 45 (2.67%) Legal
10 39 (2.31%) Marketing
11 26 (1.54%) Publishing
12 24 (1.42%) Financial Institution
13 23 (1.36%) Electronics
14 20 (1.19%) Billing
15 19 (1.13%) Advertising
16 17 (1.01%) Back Office
17 14 (0.83%) Military
18 13 (0.77%) German Language
19 12 (0.71%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 472 (28.00%) Analyst
2 221 (13.11%) Business Analyst
3 200 (11.86%) Developer
4 117 (6.94%) Consultant
5 101 (5.99%) Data Analyst
6 99 (5.87%) Architect
7 89 (5.28%) Project Manager
8 49 (2.91%) Software Engineer
9 44 (2.61%) Systems Engineer
10 41 (2.43%) Test Engineer
11 36 (2.14%) Administrator
12 35 (2.08%) Test Analyst
12 35 (2.08%) SAP Consultant
13 34 (2.02%) Applications Engineer
14 29 (1.72%) Design Engineer
15 28 (1.66%) Tester
16 26 (1.54%) Data Consultant
17 25 (1.48%) Coordinator
17 25 (1.48%) Test Manager
17 25 (1.48%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (6.70%) XML
2 112 (6.64%) HTML
3 91 (5.40%) .NET
4 88 (5.22%) CSS
5 57 (3.38%) Ajax
6 54 (3.20%) JSP
7 48 (2.85%) Web Services
7 48 (2.85%) jQuery
8 46 (2.73%) XSD
8 46 (2.73%) ASP.NET
9 34 (2.02%) Spring
10 30 (1.78%) J2EE
11 28 (1.66%) HTML5
12 23 (1.36%) Spring MVC
13 20 (1.19%) SOAP
13 20 (1.19%) XSLT
14 19 (1.13%) XHTML
14 19 (1.13%) Middleware
15 14 (0.83%) REST
16 12 (0.71%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 252 (14.95%) Analytical Skills
2 108 (6.41%) Management Information System
3 48 (2.85%) Computer Science
4 30 (1.78%) NHS
5 24 (1.42%) Mathematics
5 24 (1.42%) User Experience
6 23 (1.36%) Data Conversion
6 23 (1.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 22 (1.30%) Open Source
8 21 (1.25%) Market Risk
9 20 (1.19%) Visualisation
9 20 (1.19%) FMCG
10 19 (1.13%) Reference Data
10 19 (1.13%) Fixed Income
11 18 (1.07%) Firmware
11 18 (1.07%) SCADA
12 17 (1.01%) Data Integration
13 15 (0.89%) Derivative
13 15 (0.89%) Replication
13 15 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 185 (10.97%) Windows
2 131 (7.77%) UNIX
3 128 (7.59%) Linux
4 56 (3.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
6 40 (2.37%) Windows 7
7 34 (2.02%) Windows XP
8 23 (1.36%) Solaris
9 22 (1.30%) Windows 2000
10 12 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (0.42%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.36%) Android
13 6 (0.36%) VMS
14 5 (0.30%) zOS
15 4 (0.24%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.12%) CentOS
16 2 (0.12%) openSUSE
16 2 (0.12%) OpenWrt
16 2 (0.12%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 241 (14.29%) Migration
2 228 (13.52%) Project Management
3 186 (11.03%) Agile Software Development
4 175 (10.38%) Data Validation
5 145 (8.60%) Data Migration
6 131 (7.77%) Requirements Management
7 122 (7.24%) Business Analysis
8 114 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
9 107 (6.35%) ITIL
10 98 (5.81%) UML
11 96 (5.69%) Data Modelling
12 95 (5.63%) Unit Testing
13 94 (5.58%) Data Analysis
14 92 (5.46%) Change Management
15 82 (4.86%) Scrum
15 82 (4.86%) Software Testing
16 81 (4.80%) Test Scripting
16 81 (4.80%) ETL
17 79 (4.69%) Software Engineering
18 76 (4.51%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 268 (15.90%) SQL
2 122 (7.24%) Java
3 89 (5.28%) JavaScript
4 60 (3.56%) C++
5 52 (3.08%) C#
6 45 (2.67%) PL/SQL
7 39 (2.31%) T-SQL
8 34 (2.02%) VBA
8 34 (2.02%) Perl
9 33 (1.96%) C
9 33 (1.96%) Python
10 27 (1.60%) PHP
11 26 (1.54%) VBScript
12 22 (1.30%) VB
13 18 (1.07%) MATLAB
13 18 (1.07%) PowerShell
14 9 (0.53%) ABAP
14 9 (0.53%) Shell Script
15 7 (0.42%) Bash Shell
16 6 (0.36%) Ada
Qualifications
1 187 (11.09%) Security Cleared
2 176 (10.44%) Degree
3 130 (7.71%) SC Cleared
4 52 (3.08%) ISEB
5 45 (2.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 41 (2.43%) DV Cleared
7 38 (2.25%) ISTQB
8 30 (1.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 27 (1.60%) Cisco Certification
10 21 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
11 20 (1.19%) MCSE
12 15 (0.89%) PMI Certification
13 14 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 14 (0.83%) CCIE
14 12 (0.71%) CCNP
15 11 (0.65%) HND
16 10 (0.59%) MCITP
17 9 (0.53%) PhD
18 8 (0.47%) MCP
18 8 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (7.53%) QA
2 41 (2.43%) SLA
3 26 (1.54%) Data Quality
4 25 (1.48%) GxP
5 23 (1.36%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 15 (0.89%) DO-178B
7 12 (0.71%) GAMP
8 9 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.53%) PCI DSS
9 8 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 6 (0.36%) ISO 9001
11 4 (0.24%) GMP
11 4 (0.24%) ISO 9000
11 4 (0.24%) Basel III
11 4 (0.24%) Solvency II
12 3 (0.18%) WCAG
12 3 (0.18%) COBIT
12 3 (0.18%) MiFID
13 2 (0.12%) GCP
13 2 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 54 (3.20%) Active Directory
2 41 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (1.90%) RACF
4 20 (1.19%) Nmap
5 12 (0.71%) NFS
6 9 (0.53%) vSphere
7 8 (0.47%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 8 (0.47%) Terminal Services
8 7 (0.42%) vCloud
9 6 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.18%) Hyper-V
11 2 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.12%) ACF2
11 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.059%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.059%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.059%) XenApp
12 1 (0.059%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 54 (3.20%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (1.19%) Nessus
3 19 (1.13%) SCCM
4 14 (0.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 11 (0.65%) Puppet
6 7 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 5 (0.30%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.18%) SCOM
9 3 (0.18%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.18%) CA LISA
10 2 (0.12%) HP UCMDB
10 2 (0.12%) NSN NetAct
10 2 (0.12%) Control-M
10 2 (0.12%) Veritas Storage Foundation
11 1 (0.059%) WSUS
11 1 (0.059%) OMEGAMON
11 1 (0.059%) Nagios
11 1 (0.059%) OpenView
Vendors
1 202 (11.98%) Microsoft
2 178 (10.56%) Oracle
3 157 (9.31%) SAP
4 101 (5.99%) HP
5 59 (3.50%) VMware
6 44 (2.61%) IBM
7 41 (2.43%) Cisco
8 30 (1.78%) Informatica
9 29 (1.72%) hybris
10 28 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
11 27 (1.60%) Red Hat
12 25 (1.48%) Citrix
13 20 (1.19%) Business Objects
14 19 (1.13%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
15 18 (1.07%) Talend
15 18 (1.07%) Juniper
16 17 (1.01%) Cognos
16 17 (1.01%) EMC
17 16 (0.95%) Adobe
18 15 (0.89%) PeopleSoft
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