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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 139 151 166
Rank change year-on-year
+12 +15
Contract jobs citing Validation 874 770 586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.57% 1.41% 1.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.06% 1.89% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 417 288
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £238 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £554 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 57 50
Average hourly rate £36.00 £37.80 £31.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +21.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.45 £26.20 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.04 £37.80 £30.50
% change year-on-year
-2.01% +23.93%

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
42497 40723 35069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.35% 74.75% 73.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 26510 25396 20908
Average daily rate £415 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £362
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1226 1148 1061
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £54.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-2.58% -3.12%

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 27 April 2015.

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 27 April 2015.

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 27 April 2015. 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 -1 775 £400 - 205
London +6 312 £450 +5.88% 70
South East -2 174 £369 -8.89% 38
North West +15 78 £346 -15.60% 20
Hampshire +6 66 £375 -10.17% 3
Scotland +48 62 £350 -5.40% 9
City of London -7 61 £450 +15.01% 19
East of England +16 48 £380 -3.79% 18
West Midlands -22 41 £420 +29.23% 14
Berkshire -5 40 £363 +15.44% 12
Edinburgh +22 39 £355 -5.33% 7
South West -24 34 £375 -18.47% 19
Yorkshire -28 33 £415 +4.79% 9
Manchester +15 30 £313 +47.05% 12
Buckinghamshire +11 28 £318 -24.40% 6
West Yorkshire -7 28 £415 +4.79% 5
Lancashire +12 23 £400 -17.09% 1
East Midlands -2 23 £275 -14.06% 10
North East +12 22 £380 +68.88% 6
Leeds +2 20 £415 +7.79% 3
Tyne and Wear +19 19 £413 +83.40% 6
Birmingham +5 19 £371 -26.16% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +19 18 £413 +83.40% 6
Milton Keynes +6 17 £300 -25.00% 6
Hertfordshire +11 16 £375 +9.48% 4
Reading -9 15 £375 +15.38% 5
Essex +7 13 £400 - 3
West Sussex - 12 £475 - 3
Cambridgeshire +8 11 £285 - 7
South Wales +3 10 £388 -8.82%

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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.

1 423 (24.68%) Finance
2 400 (23.34%) SQL
3 286 (16.69%) Migration
4 222 (12.95%) Microsoft
5 217 (12.66%) Data Validation
6 203 (11.84%) Windows
7 196 (11.44%) Agile Software Development
8 181 (10.56%) Stakeholder Management
9 178 (10.39%) Banking
10 176 (10.27%) Analytical Skills
11 174 (10.15%) Degree
12 166 (9.68%) Data Migration
13 164 (9.57%) Project Management
14 161 (9.39%) Security Cleared
15 152 (8.87%) MS Excel
16 149 (8.69%) Telecoms
17 147 (8.58%) SAP
18 144 (8.40%) Java
18 144 (8.40%) Business Analysis
19 143 (8.34%) ITIL
20 138 (8.05%) SQL Server
21 137 (7.99%) Test Scripting
22 134 (7.82%) ETL
23 133 (7.76%) UNIX
24 132 (7.70%) SC Cleared
24 132 (7.70%) QA
25 128 (7.47%) Data Analysis
26 126 (7.35%) Oracle
27 123 (7.18%) Data Modelling
28 111 (6.48%) Linux

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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 58 (3.38%) SharePoint
2 44 (2.57%) WebSphere
3 41 (2.39%) SAS
4 29 (1.69%) IIS
5 22 (1.28%) MS Exchange
6 17 (0.99%) CMS
6 17 (0.99%) Lync
7 15 (0.88%) Tomcat
8 13 (0.76%) WebSphere Application Server
9 12 (0.70%) WebLogic
9 12 (0.70%) JBoss
10 11 (0.64%) Apache
10 11 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
11 10 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
11 10 (0.58%) OpenStack
12 9 (0.53%) Confluence
12 9 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
13 8 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
13 8 (0.47%) ArcGIS
14 5 (0.29%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 152 (8.87%) MS Excel
2 100 (5.83%) MS Office
3 64 (3.73%) MS Visio
4 48 (2.80%) MS PowerPoint
5 18 (1.05%) MS Project
6 16 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.47%) SPSS
8 6 (0.35%) Simulink
9 3 (0.18%) Maya
10 2 (0.12%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.12%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.058%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.058%) Open Workbench
11 1 (0.058%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.058%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.058%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.058%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.058%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.058%) FastStats
11 1 (0.058%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 25 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.76%) SAP MM
3 10 (0.58%) SAP WM
4 9 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
5 7 (0.41%) SAP PP
5 7 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.35%) Sentinel
6 6 (0.35%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 5 (0.29%) Misys Midas
7 5 (0.29%) SAP SD
8 4 (0.23%) SAP MDM
8 4 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.18%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.18%) SAP BCA
9 3 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
9 3 (0.18%) Markit EDM
10 2 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
10 2 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 18 (1.05%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (0.99%) SaaS
3 10 (0.58%) PaaS
4 7 (0.41%) IaaS
5 5 (0.29%) GitHub
5 5 (0.29%) Microsoft Azure
6 4 (0.23%) Office 365
7 3 (0.18%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.058%) Silverpop
9 1 (0.058%) FinancialForce.com
9 1 (0.058%) Force.com
9 1 (0.058%) Taleo
9 1 (0.058%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 55 (3.21%) Firewall
2 44 (2.57%) TCP/IP
3 34 (1.98%) LAN
4 33 (1.93%) Wireless
5 31 (1.81%) 3G
6 30 (1.75%) Internet
7 29 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
8 28 (1.63%) VPN
8 28 (1.63%) SSL
9 26 (1.52%) WAN
9 26 (1.52%) Network Security
9 26 (1.52%) LTE
10 23 (1.34%) OSPF
11 22 (1.28%) Ethernet
11 22 (1.28%) MPLS
11 22 (1.28%) 4G
12 21 (1.23%) WLAN
13 19 (1.11%) DNS
13 19 (1.11%) Unified Communications
14 16 (0.93%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 138 (8.05%) SQL Server
2 100 (5.83%) Data Warehouse
3 75 (4.38%) Relational Database
4 66 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 44 (2.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 32 (1.87%) Oracle Database
7 28 (1.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (1.52%) QlikView
9 25 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
10 24 (1.40%) Data Mining
11 22 (1.28%) SAP BW
12 19 (1.11%) Base SAS
12 19 (1.11%) MySQL
13 18 (1.05%) Big Data
14 17 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
15 16 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
16 15 (0.88%) RDBMS
16 15 (0.88%) SAS Enterprise Guide
17 11 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
17 11 (0.64%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 34 (1.98%) Git (software)
2 32 (1.87%) Eclipse
2 32 (1.87%) Selenium
3 31 (1.81%) Subversion
4 28 (1.63%) JIRA
5 24 (1.40%) Rational DOORS
6 22 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
7 20 (1.17%) Ant
8 19 (1.11%) SoapUI
9 18 (1.05%) Visual Studio
10 14 (0.82%) Talend Open Studio
11 13 (0.76%) Cucumber
12 11 (0.64%) WebDriver
12 11 (0.64%) JUnit
13 10 (0.58%) Maven
13 10 (0.58%) Rational Rhapsody
13 10 (0.58%) Jenkins
14 8 (0.47%) Oracle APEX
15 7 (0.41%) SpecFlow
15 7 (0.41%) LabVIEW
General
1 423 (24.68%) Finance
2 178 (10.39%) Banking
3 149 (8.69%) Telecoms
4 85 (4.96%) Pharmaceutical
5 73 (4.26%) Retail
6 51 (2.98%) Manufacturing
7 48 (2.80%) Marketing
8 41 (2.39%) Legal
9 39 (2.28%) Investment Banking
10 29 (1.69%) Electronics
11 25 (1.46%) Automotive
12 21 (1.23%) Retail Banking
13 20 (1.17%) Front Office
14 16 (0.93%) Back Office
15 15 (0.88%) Billing
15 15 (0.88%) Publishing
16 14 (0.82%) Advertising
17 13 (0.76%) Games
18 12 (0.70%) Aerospace
19 7 (0.41%) Military
Job Titles
1 554 (32.32%) Analyst
2 241 (14.06%) Business Analyst
3 199 (11.61%) Developer
4 131 (7.64%) Data Analyst
5 130 (7.58%) Consultant
6 106 (6.18%) Architect
7 76 (4.43%) Test Analyst
8 69 (4.03%) Project Manager
9 56 (3.27%) Test Engineer
10 42 (2.45%) Tester
10 42 (2.45%) Software Engineer
11 38 (2.22%) Senior Analyst
12 37 (2.16%) Systems Engineer
13 36 (2.10%) Test Leader
14 35 (2.04%) Solutions Architect
15 33 (1.93%) Test Manager
16 31 (1.81%) Lead Business Analyst
17 30 (1.75%) SQL Developer
18 28 (1.63%) SAP Consultant
18 28 (1.63%) Data Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 100 (5.83%) XML
2 95 (5.54%) HTML
3 80 (4.67%) .NET
4 64 (3.73%) CSS
5 59 (3.44%) Web Services
6 40 (2.33%) SOAP
7 36 (2.10%) J2EE
7 36 (2.10%) Ajax
8 35 (2.04%) jQuery
9 34 (1.98%) HTML5
10 31 (1.81%) JSP
11 29 (1.69%) ASP.NET
12 28 (1.63%) Spring
13 22 (1.28%) REST
14 21 (1.23%) XHTML
15 19 (1.11%) AngularJS
16 18 (1.05%) Middleware
17 17 (0.99%) JSON
18 13 (0.76%) TopLink
19 12 (0.70%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 176 (10.27%) Analytical Skills
2 90 (5.25%) Management Information System
3 71 (4.14%) Computer Science
4 43 (2.51%) NHS
5 39 (2.28%) Visualisation
6 37 (2.16%) User Experience
7 35 (2.04%) Fixed Income
8 34 (1.98%) Data Integration
9 27 (1.58%) Replication
10 25 (1.46%) Mathematics
10 25 (1.46%) Derivative
11 24 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 23 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
13 21 (1.23%) Data Structures
14 19 (1.11%) Statistics
15 18 (1.05%) Market Risk
16 17 (0.99%) PMI
17 16 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
17 16 (0.93%) FMCG
17 16 (0.93%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 203 (11.84%) Windows
2 133 (7.76%) UNIX
3 111 (6.48%) Linux
4 49 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 42 (2.45%) Windows 7
6 35 (2.04%) Solaris
7 31 (1.81%) Windows Server 2003
8 20 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 18 (1.05%) Apple iOS
10 17 (0.99%) Android
11 15 (0.88%) Windows XP
12 10 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
13 8 (0.47%) AIX
14 5 (0.29%) Windows 2000
15 4 (0.23%) VMS
15 4 (0.23%) CentOS
16 3 (0.18%) HPUX
16 3 (0.18%) zOS
17 2 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
17 2 (0.12%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 286 (16.69%) Migration
2 217 (12.66%) Data Validation
3 196 (11.44%) Agile Software Development
4 181 (10.56%) Stakeholder Management
5 166 (9.68%) Data Migration
6 164 (9.57%) Project Management
7 144 (8.40%) Business Analysis
8 143 (8.34%) ITIL
9 137 (7.99%) Test Scripting
10 134 (7.82%) ETL
11 128 (7.47%) Data Analysis
12 123 (7.18%) Data Modelling
13 107 (6.24%) User Acceptance Testing
14 102 (5.95%) Business Intelligence
15 93 (5.43%) Data Management
16 90 (5.25%) Change Management
17 89 (5.19%) Requirements Management
18 74 (4.32%) Software Engineering
19 73 (4.26%) Software Testing
19 73 (4.26%) UML
Programming Languages
1 400 (23.34%) SQL
2 144 (8.40%) Java
3 87 (5.08%) JavaScript
4 66 (3.85%) C#
5 53 (3.09%) C++
6 50 (2.92%) Python
7 47 (2.74%) C
8 43 (2.51%) T-SQL
9 35 (2.04%) PL/SQL
10 29 (1.69%) VBA
10 29 (1.69%) PowerShell
11 27 (1.58%) Perl
12 23 (1.34%) Ruby
13 20 (1.17%) PHP
14 18 (1.05%) Shell Script
15 16 (0.93%) MATLAB
16 14 (0.82%) VBScript
17 12 (0.70%) R
18 9 (0.53%) Embedded C
19 8 (0.47%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 174 (10.15%) Degree
2 161 (9.39%) Security Cleared
3 132 (7.70%) SC Cleared
4 77 (4.49%) ISEB
5 46 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
6 45 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
7 41 (2.39%) CCNP
8 38 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 34 (1.98%) ISTQB
10 25 (1.46%) DV Cleared
10 25 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
10 25 (1.46%) PMI Certification
11 22 (1.28%) HND
12 20 (1.17%) MCSE
13 17 (0.99%) CISSP
13 17 (0.99%) MCITP
14 13 (0.76%) JNCIS
14 13 (0.76%) CCNA
15 12 (0.70%) MCP
16 11 (0.64%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (7.70%) QA
2 39 (2.28%) Data Quality
3 38 (2.22%) GMP
4 36 (2.10%) GxP
5 32 (1.87%) SLA
6 27 (1.58%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 26 (1.52%) GAMP
8 14 (0.82%) PCI DSS
9 12 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 11 (0.64%) JSP 440
11 10 (0.58%) Solvency II
11 10 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 6 (0.35%) GCP
12 6 (0.35%) ISO 9001
13 5 (0.29%) Basel II
13 5 (0.29%) COBIT
14 4 (0.23%) ISO 9000
14 4 (0.23%) IEC 61508
14 4 (0.23%) COREP
14 4 (0.23%) FINREP
System Software
1 68 (3.97%) Active Directory
2 34 (1.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.99%) RACF
3 17 (0.99%) vSphere
4 15 (0.88%) XenApp
5 12 (0.70%) vCloud
6 10 (0.58%) Firmware
7 4 (0.23%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.12%) VMware Server
8 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.058%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.058%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 59 (3.44%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (0.58%) Puppet
2 10 (0.58%) SCCM
2 10 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (0.41%) Tivoli
4 6 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 6 (0.35%) ZABBIX
5 5 (0.29%) Nessus
5 5 (0.29%) Nmap
6 3 (0.18%) WMI
6 3 (0.18%) SCOM
6 3 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.18%) Backup Exec
6 3 (0.18%) FortiGate
6 3 (0.18%) Iperf
7 2 (0.12%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 2 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.12%) Control-M
8 1 (0.058%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.058%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 222 (12.95%) Microsoft
2 147 (8.58%) SAP
3 126 (7.35%) Oracle
4 74 (4.32%) HP
5 67 (3.91%) Cisco
6 53 (3.09%) IBM
7 52 (3.03%) VMware
8 39 (2.28%) Citrix
9 34 (1.98%) CheckPoint
10 31 (1.81%) Business Objects
10 31 (1.81%) F5
11 24 (1.40%) Juniper
12 22 (1.28%) Red Hat
13 20 (1.17%) CA
14 18 (1.05%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
15 17 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
16 15 (0.88%) Tableau
17 14 (0.82%) Talend
17 14 (0.82%) Fortinet
17 14 (0.82%) Informatica
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