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 21 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 134 199 160
Rank change year-on-year
+65 -39
Contract jobs citing Validation 891 552 708
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.53% 1.05% 1.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.08% 1.42% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 304 328
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
+1.42% -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 27 58
Average hourly rate £33.75 £37.80 £33.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +13.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.20 £18.80 £18.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.40 £42.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.25 £37.80 £33.63
% change year-on-year
-14.68% +12.41%

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
42898 38918 40274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.68% 74.04% 72.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 27476 24169 23477
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 £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1194 1150 1496
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.60 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.01% -11.33%
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 £47.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +5.45%

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 21 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 21 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 21 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 +54 779 £413 +3.12% 158
London +47 337 £450 - 47
South East +22 184 £348 -7.20% 43
City of London +35 72 £448 -0.55% 13
South West +11 67 £388 +10.71% 18
Scotland +18 59 £350 +11.11% 5
Berkshire +22 57 £410 +6.49% 7
West Midlands +9 45 £348 -7.20% 4
Hampshire +4 42 £348 +5.45% 7
East of England 0 39 £425 +34.92% 12
North West +6 36 £375 +16.27% 15
Surrey +19 33 £343 -19.41% 5
Buckinghamshire +13 32 £260 -43.01% 3
East Midlands +19 31 £338 -0.73% 9
Coventry +3 23 £243 -
Bristol -14 23 £400 +14.28% 5
Milton Keynes +10 21 £209 -67.88% 2
Yorkshire +5 21 £355 +1.42% 8
Dorset - 21 £425 - 1
Reading +14 19 £420 +12.00% 1
Edinburgh +10 19 £360 +17.55% 4
Wales -7 18 £363 - 5
West Yorkshire +4 17 £355 -6.57% 7
South Wales +4 17 £350 - 4
Cambridgeshire +13 15 £150 -53.66% 9
Inverness 0 15 £300 -10.44%
Highlands 0 15 £300 -10.44%
Derby +13 14 £350 +2.94%
Derbyshire +10 14 £350 +2.94%
Essex -4 13 £425 +6.25% 2

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 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.

1 329 (19.59%) Finance
2 300 (17.87%) SQL
3 249 (14.83%) Analytical Skills
4 231 (13.76%) Migration
5 212 (12.63%) Project Management
6 209 (12.45%) Microsoft
7 205 (12.21%) Windows
8 201 (11.97%) Agile Software Development
9 190 (11.32%) Security Cleared
10 188 (11.20%) Oracle
11 177 (10.54%) Data Validation
12 173 (10.30%) MS Excel
13 162 (9.65%) Degree
14 153 (9.11%) SAP
15 143 (8.52%) Banking
16 142 (8.46%) UNIX
17 140 (8.34%) SC Cleared
18 137 (8.16%) Linux
19 135 (8.04%) Data Migration
20 127 (7.56%) Java
20 127 (7.56%) Telecoms
21 124 (7.39%) Stakeholder Management
22 119 (7.09%) Requirements Management
23 115 (6.85%) QA
23 115 (6.85%) Management Information System
24 113 (6.73%) XML
25 112 (6.67%) Business Analysis
26 111 (6.61%) SQL Server
27 108 (6.43%) HTML
27 108 (6.43%) HP

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 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 (2.62%) Tomcat
2 41 (2.44%) SharePoint
3 31 (1.85%) WebSphere
4 30 (1.79%) Apache
5 23 (1.37%) SAS
6 22 (1.31%) Confluence
7 14 (0.83%) MS Exchange
8 12 (0.71%) IIS
9 8 (0.48%) MS Project Server
10 7 (0.42%) CMS
10 7 (0.42%) Lync
10 7 (0.42%) Documentum
10 7 (0.42%) OpenStack
11 6 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.30%) Mule
12 5 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.24%) ArcGIS
13 4 (0.24%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.24%) MQSeries
13 4 (0.24%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 173 (10.30%) MS Excel
2 101 (6.02%) MS Office
3 64 (3.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 62 (3.69%) MS Project
5 52 (3.10%) MS Visio
6 24 (1.43%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.89%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.30%) Acrobat
8 5 (0.30%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.18%) Simulink
10 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.12%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.060%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.060%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.060%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.060%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.060%) Stata
Business Applications
1 38 (2.26%) ENOVIA
2 25 (1.49%) Oracle EBS
3 21 (1.25%) Oracle EBS R12
4 18 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
5 13 (0.77%) DELMIA
6 10 (0.60%) SAP ERP
6 10 (0.60%) SAP FI
6 10 (0.60%) Oracle General Ledger
6 10 (0.60%) Oracle Assets
7 9 (0.54%) Oracle Receivables
7 9 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
7 9 (0.54%) SAP SD
7 9 (0.54%) SAP CO
8 8 (0.48%) PeopleSoft Financials
9 7 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
10 6 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
11 5 (0.30%) SAP CRM
12 4 (0.24%) SAP HR
12 4 (0.24%) BPCS
12 4 (0.24%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 11 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (0.60%) IaaS
3 7 (0.42%) SaaS
4 6 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.30%) Force.com
5 5 (0.30%) Office 365
6 2 (0.12%) IBM Blueworks
7 1 (0.060%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.060%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.060%) Heroku
7 1 (0.060%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 75 (4.47%) TCP/IP
2 65 (3.87%) Firewall
2 65 (3.87%) LTE
3 44 (2.62%) 3G
4 37 (2.20%) DNS
4 37 (2.20%) SSL
5 31 (1.85%) Network Security
6 30 (1.79%) HTTPS
7 28 (1.67%) Ethernet
8 26 (1.55%) SAN
9 25 (1.49%) SNMP
9 25 (1.49%) Radio Access Network
10 24 (1.43%) WAN
10 24 (1.43%) IPsec
11 23 (1.37%) Internet
12 22 (1.31%) UMTS
13 21 (1.25%) LAN
13 21 (1.25%) VoLTE
14 20 (1.19%) Wireshark
14 20 (1.19%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (6.61%) SQL Server
2 72 (4.29%) Relational Database
3 69 (4.11%) Data Warehouse
4 51 (3.04%) MySQL
5 46 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 43 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
7 40 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 36 (2.14%) Oracle Database
9 35 (2.08%) RDBMS
10 34 (2.03%) MS Access
11 25 (1.49%) Oracle Database 11g
12 23 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
12 23 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
13 21 (1.25%) QlikView
14 20 (1.19%) Data Mining
15 17 (1.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 16 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
17 15 (0.89%) SAP Data Services
17 15 (0.89%) Redis
18 11 (0.66%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 54 (3.22%) Rational DOORS
2 39 (2.32%) Subversion
3 38 (2.26%) JIRA
4 36 (2.14%) JUnit
5 24 (1.43%) Eclipse
6 22 (1.31%) Ant
7 18 (1.07%) Selenium
7 18 (1.07%) Toad
8 16 (0.95%) Visual Studio
8 16 (0.95%) Oracle Forms
8 16 (0.95%) Git (software)
9 14 (0.83%) JMeter
9 14 (0.83%) ClearCase
10 13 (0.77%) PVCS
10 13 (0.77%) Talend Open Studio
11 12 (0.71%) Oracle APEX
11 12 (0.71%) ClearQuest
11 12 (0.71%) MSI
11 12 (0.71%) Rational Rhapsody
12 10 (0.60%) SoapUI
General
1 329 (19.59%) Finance
2 143 (8.52%) Banking
3 127 (7.56%) Telecoms
4 103 (6.13%) Manufacturing
5 71 (4.23%) Investment Banking
6 51 (3.04%) Retail
7 49 (2.92%) Pharmaceutical
8 44 (2.62%) Marketing
9 43 (2.56%) Automotive
10 41 (2.44%) Front Office
11 40 (2.38%) Legal
12 27 (1.61%) Billing
13 21 (1.25%) Publishing
14 20 (1.19%) Advertising
15 17 (1.01%) Back Office
15 17 (1.01%) Financial Institution
16 16 (0.95%) Electronics
17 11 (0.66%) Military
18 10 (0.60%) Local Government
18 10 (0.60%) German Language
Job Titles
1 470 (27.99%) Analyst
2 217 (12.92%) Developer
3 215 (12.81%) Business Analyst
4 109 (6.49%) Consultant
5 91 (5.42%) Data Analyst
6 87 (5.18%) Architect
7 75 (4.47%) Project Manager
8 49 (2.92%) Test Engineer
9 43 (2.56%) Test Analyst
10 42 (2.50%) Administrator
11 41 (2.44%) Systems Engineer
11 41 (2.44%) Software Engineer
12 36 (2.14%) Tester
13 33 (1.97%) Applications Engineer
14 31 (1.85%) SAP Consultant
15 27 (1.61%) Test Manager
16 26 (1.55%) Designer
17 25 (1.49%) Design Engineer
18 24 (1.43%) Coordinator
18 24 (1.43%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (6.73%) XML
2 108 (6.43%) HTML
3 94 (5.60%) .NET
4 86 (5.12%) CSS
5 58 (3.45%) Web Services
6 57 (3.39%) Ajax
7 50 (2.98%) jQuery
8 48 (2.86%) JSP
9 42 (2.50%) XSD
10 39 (2.32%) ASP.NET
11 34 (2.03%) J2EE
12 31 (1.85%) Spring
12 31 (1.85%) HTML5
13 27 (1.61%) SOAP
14 22 (1.31%) Spring MVC
15 21 (1.25%) XHTML
16 19 (1.13%) Middleware
17 17 (1.01%) REST
18 16 (0.95%) XSLT
19 10 (0.60%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 249 (14.83%) Analytical Skills
2 115 (6.85%) Management Information System
3 54 (3.22%) Computer Science
4 27 (1.61%) NHS
5 25 (1.49%) User Experience
5 25 (1.49%) Open Source
6 24 (1.43%) Visualisation
6 24 (1.43%) Mathematics
7 20 (1.19%) Reference Data
7 20 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 20 (1.19%) Data Structures
8 19 (1.13%) Data Conversion
9 18 (1.07%) FMCG
9 18 (1.07%) SCADA
10 17 (1.01%) Replication
10 17 (1.01%) Fixed Income
11 16 (0.95%) Clustering
12 15 (0.89%) Statistics
12 15 (0.89%) Market Risk
12 15 (0.89%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 205 (12.21%) Windows
2 142 (8.46%) UNIX
3 137 (8.16%) Linux
4 70 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 58 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 48 (2.86%) Windows 7
7 39 (2.32%) Windows XP
8 25 (1.49%) Solaris
9 21 (1.25%) Windows 2000
10 18 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.48%) VMS
12 7 (0.42%) Windows Vista
13 6 (0.36%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
14 5 (0.30%) Android
14 5 (0.30%) CentOS
15 4 (0.24%) zOS
16 3 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
17 2 (0.12%) openSUSE
17 2 (0.12%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (13.76%) Migration
2 212 (12.63%) Project Management
3 201 (11.97%) Agile Software Development
4 177 (10.54%) Data Validation
5 135 (8.04%) Data Migration
6 124 (7.39%) Stakeholder Management
7 119 (7.09%) Requirements Management
8 112 (6.67%) Business Analysis
9 107 (6.37%) ITIL
10 100 (5.96%) Unit Testing
11 94 (5.60%) Data Modelling
12 91 (5.42%) Scrum
12 91 (5.42%) Change Management
13 88 (5.24%) Test Scripting
13 88 (5.24%) Data Analysis
14 86 (5.12%) Software Testing
15 81 (4.82%) User Acceptance Testing
16 78 (4.65%) ETL
17 76 (4.53%) UML
18 70 (4.17%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 300 (17.87%) SQL
2 127 (7.56%) Java
3 94 (5.60%) JavaScript
4 59 (3.51%) C++
5 56 (3.34%) PL/SQL
6 54 (3.22%) C#
7 41 (2.44%) C
8 37 (2.20%) Perl
9 34 (2.03%) Python
10 33 (1.97%) VBA
11 31 (1.85%) PHP
12 29 (1.73%) VBScript
13 26 (1.55%) T-SQL
14 24 (1.43%) VB
15 20 (1.19%) PowerShell
16 14 (0.83%) Shell Script
17 12 (0.71%) MATLAB
18 11 (0.66%) Korn
18 11 (0.66%) Bash Shell
19 9 (0.54%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 190 (11.32%) Security Cleared
2 162 (9.65%) Degree
3 140 (8.34%) SC Cleared
4 56 (3.34%) ISEB
5 49 (2.92%) Microsoft Certification
6 41 (2.44%) ISTQB
7 40 (2.38%) DV Cleared
8 29 (1.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 26 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
10 25 (1.49%) MCSE
11 15 (0.89%) PMI Certification
11 15 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
11 15 (0.89%) MCITP
12 14 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 13 (0.77%) CCIE
14 12 (0.71%) MCP
15 11 (0.66%) CCNP
16 10 (0.60%) HND
17 9 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 9 (0.54%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (6.85%) QA
2 46 (2.74%) SLA
3 21 (1.25%) GxP
3 21 (1.25%) Data Quality
4 19 (1.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 14 (0.83%) GAMP
6 12 (0.71%) DO-178B
7 9 (0.54%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.54%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 6 (0.36%) ISO 9000
9 6 (0.36%) Solvency II
10 5 (0.30%) GMP
11 4 (0.24%) Basel III
12 3 (0.18%) MiFID
12 3 (0.18%) WCAG
13 2 (0.12%) CDISC
13 2 (0.12%) GCP
13 2 (0.12%) DO-160
System Software
1 68 (4.05%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (2.32%) RACF
4 20 (1.19%) Firmware
5 18 (1.07%) Nmap
6 14 (0.83%) NFS
7 10 (0.60%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 10 (0.60%) vSphere
8 8 (0.48%) XenApp
8 8 (0.48%) Terminal Services
8 8 (0.48%) vCloud
9 6 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.30%) Hyper-V
10 5 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.18%) MetaFrame
12 2 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.12%) ACF2
13 1 (0.060%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 57 (3.39%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (1.07%) SCCM
2 18 (1.07%) Nessus
3 14 (0.83%) Puppet
4 13 (0.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.30%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.24%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.18%) CA LISA
8 3 (0.18%) EMC NetWorker
8 3 (0.18%) SCOM
8 3 (0.18%) ZABBIX
8 3 (0.18%) NSN NetAct
8 3 (0.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (0.18%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.12%) Veritas Storage Foundation
9 2 (0.12%) HP UCMDB
10 1 (0.060%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.060%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 209 (12.45%) Microsoft
2 188 (11.20%) Oracle
3 153 (9.11%) SAP
4 108 (6.43%) HP
5 68 (4.05%) VMware
6 42 (2.50%) IBM
7 41 (2.44%) Cisco
8 30 (1.79%) Business Objects
8 30 (1.79%) Informatica
9 29 (1.73%) Red Hat
10 27 (1.61%) Citrix
10 27 (1.61%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 25 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
12 23 (1.37%) hybris
13 18 (1.07%) Cognos
14 17 (1.01%) PeopleSoft
15 16 (0.95%) Juniper
15 16 (0.95%) Huawei
16 15 (0.89%) Adobe
17 14 (0.83%) CheckPoint
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