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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 141 195 164
Rank change year-on-year
+54 -31
Contract jobs citing Validation 898 553 689
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.54% 1.05% 1.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.09% 1.42% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 477 301 332
Average daily rate
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£400 £389 £423
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.82% -7.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
- -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 27 57
Average hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.80 £18.80 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £44.40 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £37.65 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +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
42997 38902 39217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.67% 74.17% 71.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 24141 22845
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 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1190 1157 1447
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
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 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 +60 788 £400 - 124
London +45 335 £450 - 39
South East +31 196 £347 -7.33% 30
City of London +29 72 £425 -2.74% 11
South West +11 69 £388 +10.71% 15
Berkshire +28 61 £400 +3.89% 3
Scotland +21 57 £350 +11.11% 10
West Midlands +5 47 £348 -7.20% 4
Hampshire +5 43 £348 +5.45% 6
North West +13 37 £375 +16.27% 10
East of England +2 37 £425 +34.92% 10
Buckinghamshire +18 35 £260 -0.95% 4
Surrey +17 35 £318 -25.29% 1
East Midlands +16 30 £325 -4.41% 8
Bristol -8 25 £400 +14.28% 8
Milton Keynes +17 23 £260 - 2
Coventry +6 23 £243 - 1
Dorset - 21 £425 - 1
Edinburgh +11 20 £358 +16.73% 6
Reading +7 20 £423 +12.66% 1
Yorkshire +6 19 £360 +11.62% 6
Wales -4 18 £363 - 5
South Wales +5 17 £350 - 4
Derby +10 15 £350 +2.94%
Derbyshire +5 15 £350 +2.94%
Inverness 0 15 £300 -10.44% 2
Highlands 0 15 £300 -10.44% 2
West Yorkshire -1 15 £360 +6.66% 5
Guildford - 15 £318 -
Cambridgeshire +9 14 £150 -53.66% 7

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 344 (20.09%) Finance
2 312 (18.22%) SQL
3 249 (14.54%) Analytical Skills
4 240 (14.02%) Migration
5 217 (12.68%) Microsoft
6 214 (12.50%) Project Management
7 208 (12.15%) Agile Software Development
8 207 (12.09%) Windows
9 196 (11.45%) Oracle
10 193 (11.27%) Security Cleared
11 182 (10.63%) MS Excel
12 180 (10.51%) Data Validation
13 161 (9.40%) Degree
14 157 (9.17%) SAP
15 148 (8.64%) Banking
16 144 (8.41%) UNIX
17 143 (8.35%) Linux
17 143 (8.35%) SC Cleared
18 139 (8.12%) Data Migration
19 131 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
19 131 (7.65%) Telecoms
20 130 (7.59%) Java
21 119 (6.95%) QA
22 117 (6.83%) Business Analysis
22 117 (6.83%) Requirements Management
23 115 (6.72%) XML
23 115 (6.72%) Management Information System
24 113 (6.60%) SQL Server
25 111 (6.48%) HP
26 109 (6.37%) HTML

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 44 (2.57%) SharePoint
2 43 (2.51%) Tomcat
3 31 (1.81%) WebSphere
4 30 (1.75%) Apache
5 24 (1.40%) SAS
6 21 (1.23%) Confluence
7 14 (0.82%) MS Exchange
8 12 (0.70%) IIS
9 8 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
9 8 (0.47%) MS Project Server
9 8 (0.47%) CMS
10 7 (0.41%) Lync
10 7 (0.41%) Documentum
10 7 (0.41%) OpenStack
11 6 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.29%) Mule
13 4 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (0.23%) ArcGIS
13 4 (0.23%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.23%) MQSeries
Applications
1 182 (10.63%) MS Excel
2 106 (6.19%) MS Office
3 66 (3.86%) MS PowerPoint
4 62 (3.62%) MS Project
5 56 (3.27%) MS Visio
6 24 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.88%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.29%) Acrobat
8 5 (0.29%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.23%) Simulink
10 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.12%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.058%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.058%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.058%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.058%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.058%) Stata
Business Applications
1 37 (2.16%) ENOVIA
2 26 (1.52%) Oracle EBS
3 21 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
3 21 (1.23%) Oracle EBS R12
4 12 (0.70%) DELMIA
5 10 (0.58%) SAP FI
5 10 (0.58%) SAP ERP
5 10 (0.58%) Oracle General Ledger
5 10 (0.58%) Oracle Assets
6 9 (0.53%) Oracle Receivables
6 9 (0.53%) Oracle Payables
6 9 (0.53%) SAP SD
6 9 (0.53%) SAP CO
7 8 (0.47%) PeopleSoft Financials
8 7 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
9 6 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
10 5 (0.29%) SAP CRM
11 4 (0.23%) SAP HR
11 4 (0.23%) BPCS
11 4 (0.23%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 11 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
1 11 (0.64%) IaaS
2 7 (0.41%) SaaS
2 7 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (0.29%) Force.com
3 5 (0.29%) Office 365
4 2 (0.12%) IBM Blueworks
5 1 (0.058%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.058%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.058%) Heroku
5 1 (0.058%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 76 (4.44%) TCP/IP
2 68 (3.97%) Firewall
3 66 (3.86%) LTE
4 46 (2.69%) 3G
5 38 (2.22%) SSL
6 37 (2.16%) DNS
7 32 (1.87%) Network Security
8 31 (1.81%) HTTPS
9 27 (1.58%) Ethernet
9 27 (1.58%) Radio Access Network
10 26 (1.52%) SAN
11 25 (1.46%) SNMP
11 25 (1.46%) WAN
11 25 (1.46%) IPsec
12 24 (1.40%) Internet
13 23 (1.34%) UMTS
14 22 (1.29%) LAN
14 22 (1.29%) MPLS
15 21 (1.23%) Wireshark
15 21 (1.23%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (6.60%) SQL Server
2 76 (4.44%) Relational Database
3 70 (4.09%) Data Warehouse
4 53 (3.10%) MySQL
5 45 (2.63%) Oracle Reports
5 45 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 39 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 39 (2.28%) Oracle Database
7 36 (2.10%) RDBMS
8 35 (2.04%) MS Access
9 26 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
10 25 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
11 24 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
12 22 (1.29%) QlikView
13 21 (1.23%) Data Mining
14 19 (1.11%) Oracle Database 10g
15 17 (0.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 15 (0.88%) SAP Data Services
16 15 (0.88%) Redis
17 11 (0.64%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 52 (3.04%) Rational DOORS
2 38 (2.22%) Subversion
3 37 (2.16%) JIRA
4 35 (2.04%) JUnit
5 25 (1.46%) Eclipse
6 22 (1.29%) Ant
7 19 (1.11%) Toad
8 18 (1.05%) Selenium
9 17 (0.99%) Git (software)
9 17 (0.99%) Visual Studio
10 16 (0.93%) Oracle Forms
11 14 (0.82%) Oracle APEX
11 14 (0.82%) JMeter
12 13 (0.76%) ClearCase
12 13 (0.76%) PVCS
12 13 (0.76%) Talend Open Studio
13 12 (0.70%) Rational Rhapsody
13 12 (0.70%) MSI
14 11 (0.64%) ClearQuest
15 10 (0.58%) LSMW
General
1 344 (20.09%) Finance
2 148 (8.64%) Banking
3 131 (7.65%) Telecoms
4 103 (6.02%) Manufacturing
5 72 (4.21%) Investment Banking
6 53 (3.10%) Retail
7 49 (2.86%) Pharmaceutical
8 44 (2.57%) Marketing
9 43 (2.51%) Automotive
10 41 (2.39%) Front Office
10 41 (2.39%) Legal
11 27 (1.58%) Billing
12 21 (1.23%) Advertising
12 21 (1.23%) Publishing
13 17 (0.99%) Back Office
13 17 (0.99%) Financial Institution
14 16 (0.93%) Electronics
15 12 (0.70%) Local Government
16 11 (0.64%) Aerospace
17 10 (0.58%) German Language
Job Titles
1 488 (28.50%) Analyst
2 221 (12.91%) Business Analyst
3 220 (12.85%) Developer
4 108 (6.31%) Consultant
5 94 (5.49%) Data Analyst
6 88 (5.14%) Architect
7 76 (4.44%) Project Manager
8 51 (2.98%) Test Engineer
9 47 (2.75%) Test Analyst
10 43 (2.51%) Software Engineer
10 43 (2.51%) Administrator
11 38 (2.22%) Systems Engineer
12 37 (2.16%) Tester
13 32 (1.87%) SAP Consultant
14 31 (1.81%) Applications Engineer
15 30 (1.75%) Designer
15 30 (1.75%) Test Manager
16 25 (1.46%) Senior Developer
17 24 (1.40%) Coordinator
17 24 (1.40%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (6.72%) XML
2 109 (6.37%) HTML
3 96 (5.61%) .NET
4 86 (5.02%) CSS
5 59 (3.45%) Web Services
6 56 (3.27%) Ajax
7 49 (2.86%) jQuery
8 48 (2.80%) JSP
9 42 (2.45%) XSD
10 41 (2.39%) ASP.NET
11 34 (1.99%) J2EE
12 31 (1.81%) HTML5
13 30 (1.75%) Spring
14 27 (1.58%) SOAP
15 21 (1.23%) XHTML
15 21 (1.23%) Spring MVC
16 19 (1.11%) Middleware
17 17 (0.99%) XSLT
17 17 (0.99%) REST
18 10 (0.58%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 249 (14.54%) Analytical Skills
2 115 (6.72%) Management Information System
3 56 (3.27%) Computer Science
4 27 (1.58%) NHS
4 27 (1.58%) Open Source
5 26 (1.52%) User Experience
6 25 (1.46%) Visualisation
7 24 (1.40%) Mathematics
8 20 (1.17%) Reference Data
8 20 (1.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 20 (1.17%) Data Structures
9 19 (1.11%) Data Conversion
10 18 (1.05%) FMCG
10 18 (1.05%) SCADA
11 17 (0.99%) Replication
11 17 (0.99%) Fixed Income
11 17 (0.99%) Clustering
12 15 (0.88%) Statistics
12 15 (0.88%) Credit Risk
12 15 (0.88%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 207 (12.09%) Windows
2 144 (8.41%) UNIX
3 143 (8.35%) Linux
4 71 (4.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 59 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 49 (2.86%) Windows 7
7 40 (2.34%) Windows XP
8 25 (1.46%) Solaris
9 22 (1.29%) Windows 2000
10 20 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.47%) VMS
12 7 (0.41%) Windows Vista
13 6 (0.35%) CentOS
13 6 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
14 5 (0.29%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.29%) Android
15 4 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
15 4 (0.23%) zOS
16 3 (0.18%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (14.02%) Migration
2 214 (12.50%) Project Management
3 208 (12.15%) Agile Software Development
4 180 (10.51%) Data Validation
5 139 (8.12%) Data Migration
6 131 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 117 (6.83%) Business Analysis
7 117 (6.83%) Requirements Management
8 108 (6.31%) ITIL
9 101 (5.90%) Unit Testing
10 99 (5.78%) Data Modelling
11 94 (5.49%) Change Management
12 93 (5.43%) Scrum
13 92 (5.37%) Test Scripting
14 91 (5.32%) Data Analysis
15 89 (5.20%) User Acceptance Testing
16 88 (5.14%) Software Testing
17 80 (4.67%) ETL
18 78 (4.56%) UML
19 74 (4.32%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 312 (18.22%) SQL
2 130 (7.59%) Java
3 95 (5.55%) JavaScript
4 60 (3.50%) C++
5 59 (3.45%) PL/SQL
6 55 (3.21%) C#
7 44 (2.57%) C
8 40 (2.34%) Perl
9 35 (2.04%) Python
10 34 (1.99%) VBA
11 32 (1.87%) PHP
12 30 (1.75%) VBScript
13 26 (1.52%) T-SQL
14 24 (1.40%) VB
15 20 (1.17%) PowerShell
16 14 (0.82%) Shell Script
17 12 (0.70%) MATLAB
18 11 (0.64%) Korn
18 11 (0.64%) Bash Shell
19 9 (0.53%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 193 (11.27%) Security Cleared
2 161 (9.40%) Degree
3 143 (8.35%) SC Cleared
4 58 (3.39%) ISEB
5 48 (2.80%) Microsoft Certification
6 43 (2.51%) ISTQB
7 41 (2.39%) DV Cleared
8 31 (1.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 26 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
10 25 (1.46%) MCSE
11 16 (0.93%) PMI Certification
12 15 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
12 15 (0.88%) MCITP
13 14 (0.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 13 (0.76%) CCIE
15 12 (0.70%) MCP
15 12 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 11 (0.64%) CCNP
17 10 (0.58%) HND
18 9 (0.53%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (6.95%) QA
2 46 (2.69%) SLA
3 22 (1.29%) Data Quality
4 21 (1.23%) GxP
5 19 (1.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 14 (0.82%) GAMP
7 13 (0.76%) DO-178B
8 9 (0.53%) PCI DSS
8 9 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.53%) ISO 9001
9 8 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 7 (0.41%) Solvency II
11 6 (0.35%) ISO 9000
12 5 (0.29%) GMP
13 4 (0.23%) Basel III
14 3 (0.18%) MiFID
14 3 (0.18%) WCAG
15 2 (0.12%) CDISC
15 2 (0.12%) GCP
15 2 (0.12%) DO-160
System Software
1 68 (3.97%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (2.28%) RACF
4 20 (1.17%) Firmware
5 19 (1.11%) Nmap
6 14 (0.82%) NFS
7 10 (0.58%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 10 (0.58%) vSphere
8 8 (0.47%) XenApp
8 8 (0.47%) Terminal Services
8 8 (0.47%) vCloud
9 6 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.29%) Hyper-V
10 5 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.18%) MetaFrame
12 2 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.12%) ACF2
13 1 (0.058%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 61 (3.56%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (1.11%) Nessus
3 18 (1.05%) SCCM
4 14 (0.82%) Puppet
5 13 (0.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 7 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.29%) Tivoli
8 4 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (0.18%) CA LISA
9 3 (0.18%) FortiGate
9 3 (0.18%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.18%) SCOM
9 3 (0.18%) ZABBIX
9 3 (0.18%) NSN NetAct
9 3 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (0.18%) Backup Exec
10 2 (0.12%) Veritas Storage Foundation
10 2 (0.12%) HP UCMDB
11 1 (0.058%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 217 (12.68%) Microsoft
2 196 (11.45%) Oracle
3 157 (9.17%) SAP
4 111 (6.48%) HP
5 68 (3.97%) VMware
6 44 (2.57%) Cisco
7 42 (2.45%) IBM
8 33 (1.93%) Business Objects
9 31 (1.81%) Red Hat
10 30 (1.75%) Informatica
11 28 (1.64%) Citrix
11 28 (1.64%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 25 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
13 22 (1.29%) hybris
14 18 (1.05%) Cognos
15 17 (0.99%) PeopleSoft
15 17 (0.99%) Adobe
15 17 (0.99%) Huawei
16 16 (0.93%) Juniper
16 16 (0.93%) CheckPoint
Central London / West End
JWResource
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
CK Group
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £445.00 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Inverness, Inverness-Shire
Vadis People
Rate: £0 to £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Change Recruitment Group
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £380 - £390 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
Westbourne Partners
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Wareham, Dorset
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Essex
Aquent
Rate: From £400 to £450 per annum + Flexible working hours
Posted: 2 days ago
Dunfermline, Fife
Talent International
Rate: £250.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
JM
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hays London City Projects
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Rate: £330 - £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago