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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 130 175 171
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -4
Contract jobs citing Validation 886 612 569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.63% 1.20% 1.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.19% 1.62% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 485 311 295
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £220 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
- -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 32 51
Average hourly rate £34.45 £34.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.32% -9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £14.66 £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £34.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-7.52% -9.33%

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
40533 37796 34894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.73% 73.83% 71.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 23240 20514
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1172 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 +32 782 £400 +6.66% 120
London +59 343 £450 +5.88% 43
South East +12 199 £348 -16.64% 23
Berkshire +20 78 £356 +18.75% 2
City of London +9 71 £450 - 19
South West +4 56 £388 +16.54% 8
North West +8 50 £300 -7.69% 4
Scotland +20 46 £355 -5.33% 3
Buckinghamshire +21 42 £290 -17.14% 6
East of England -5 37 £425 +30.76% 9
Hampshire -19 36 £357 -16.11% 4
East Midlands +23 31 £325 -4.41% 5
West Midlands -20 30 £350 +7.69% 10
Milton Keynes +14 28 £290 -17.14% 4
Wiltshire 0 24 £450 +31.86% 5
Swindon +4 21 £450 +13.20% 1
Edinburgh -5 21 £355 -8.97% 1
Yorkshire -9 19 £390 +34.48% 11
Wales -6 18 £388 -32.60% 2
Reading +15 16 £400 +10.34%
Cheshire +6 16 £400 +24.22%
South Wales -1 16 £375 -34.78% 2
Surrey -2 16 £310 -32.97% 5
West Yorkshire -10 16 £406 +24.76% 10
Derbyshire +20 14 £325 -4.41% 4
Derby +18 14 £325 -4.41% 3
Essex 0 14 £425 -10.52% 1
Northern Ireland - 13 £95 -
County Antrim - 13 £95 -
Belfast - 13 £95 -

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 369 (21.01%) SQL
2 343 (19.53%) Finance
3 261 (14.86%) Migration
4 240 (13.67%) Analytical Skills
5 225 (12.81%) Microsoft
6 223 (12.70%) Windows
7 217 (12.36%) Agile Software Development
8 214 (12.19%) Data Validation
9 196 (11.16%) Security Cleared
10 194 (11.05%) Project Management
11 186 (10.59%) MS Excel
12 178 (10.14%) Oracle
13 164 (9.34%) Degree
14 152 (8.66%) Linux
14 152 (8.66%) SC Cleared
14 152 (8.66%) Data Migration
15 147 (8.37%) Java
15 147 (8.37%) Stakeholder Management
16 146 (8.31%) UNIX
17 142 (8.09%) Banking
18 141 (8.03%) Telecoms
19 140 (7.97%) SAP
20 129 (7.35%) ITIL
21 118 (6.72%) Management Information System
22 116 (6.61%) MS Office
23 115 (6.55%) XML
23 115 (6.55%) QA
24 110 (6.26%) Business Analysis
25 106 (6.04%) SQL Server
25 106 (6.04%) Data Modelling

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 53 (3.02%) SharePoint
2 39 (2.22%) WebSphere
3 32 (1.82%) SAS
4 28 (1.59%) Apache
4 28 (1.59%) Tomcat
5 18 (1.03%) CMS
5 18 (1.03%) Confluence
6 14 (0.80%) IIS
7 13 (0.74%) MS Exchange
8 8 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
8 8 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
8 8 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
9 7 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (0.40%) OpenStack
9 7 (0.40%) Adobe CQ
10 6 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.34%) Lync
11 5 (0.28%) Node.js
11 5 (0.28%) Mule
12 4 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 186 (10.59%) MS Excel
2 116 (6.61%) MS Office
3 63 (3.59%) MS Visio
4 57 (3.25%) MS PowerPoint
5 53 (3.02%) MS Project
6 24 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.85%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.34%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.11%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 2 (0.11%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.11%) Simulink
10 2 (0.11%) SPSS
10 2 (0.11%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.057%) Stata
11 1 (0.057%) FastStats
11 1 (0.057%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.057%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 20 (1.14%) ENOVIA
1 20 (1.14%) Oracle EBS R12
2 19 (1.08%) Oracle EBS
3 17 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
4 11 (0.63%) SAP MM
5 8 (0.46%) SAP ERP
5 8 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
5 8 (0.46%) Oracle Receivables
6 7 (0.40%) Oracle Assets
6 7 (0.40%) Oracle General Ledger
6 7 (0.40%) SAP FI
6 7 (0.40%) SAP MDM
7 6 (0.34%) Sentinel
7 6 (0.34%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 6 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
8 5 (0.28%) SAP WM
8 5 (0.28%) SAP HR
8 5 (0.28%) SAP SD
8 5 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
9 4 (0.23%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 11 (0.63%) IaaS
2 10 (0.57%) SaaS
3 7 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
3 7 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.17%) Office 365
5 2 (0.11%) IBM Blueworks
5 2 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.057%) Force.com
6 1 (0.057%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 84 (4.78%) Firewall
2 62 (3.53%) LTE
3 59 (3.36%) TCP/IP
4 54 (3.08%) 3G
5 44 (2.51%) DNS
6 43 (2.45%) Network Security
7 35 (1.99%) Radio Access Network
7 35 (1.99%) LAN
8 34 (1.94%) WAN
8 34 (1.94%) SSL
9 30 (1.71%) 4G
10 29 (1.65%) Internet
11 26 (1.48%) IPsec
12 25 (1.42%) MPLS
12 25 (1.42%) VPN
13 24 (1.37%) VoLTE
14 23 (1.31%) HTTPS
15 22 (1.25%) DHCP
15 22 (1.25%) 2G
16 20 (1.14%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (6.04%) SQL Server
2 93 (5.30%) Relational Database
3 76 (4.33%) Data Warehouse
4 51 (2.90%) MySQL
5 42 (2.39%) RDBMS
5 42 (2.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 38 (2.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 37 (2.11%) Oracle Database
8 34 (1.94%) Oracle Reports
9 31 (1.77%) MS Access
10 23 (1.31%) QlikView
11 21 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
11 21 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 21 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
12 16 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
13 15 (0.85%) Data Mining
14 14 (0.80%) SAP BW
14 14 (0.80%) Oracle BI EE
15 13 (0.74%) Base SAS
15 13 (0.74%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 39 (2.22%) Rational DOORS
2 35 (1.99%) Subversion
3 31 (1.77%) JUnit
3 31 (1.77%) Eclipse
4 29 (1.65%) Selenium
5 28 (1.59%) JIRA
6 24 (1.37%) Git (software)
7 18 (1.03%) Toad
7 18 (1.03%) Ant
8 17 (0.97%) Visual Studio
8 17 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (0.85%) Rational Rhapsody
10 13 (0.74%) Talend Open Studio
10 13 (0.74%) Oracle Forms
11 12 (0.68%) Oracle APEX
11 12 (0.68%) SoapUI
12 10 (0.57%) LSMW
12 10 (0.57%) MSI
13 9 (0.51%) Jenkins
14 8 (0.46%) Cucumber
General
1 343 (19.53%) Finance
2 142 (8.09%) Banking
3 141 (8.03%) Telecoms
4 80 (4.56%) Manufacturing
5 72 (4.10%) Retail
6 62 (3.53%) Pharmaceutical
7 54 (3.08%) Legal
8 51 (2.90%) Investment Banking
9 38 (2.16%) Marketing
10 30 (1.71%) Front Office
11 29 (1.65%) Automotive
12 26 (1.48%) Billing
13 19 (1.08%) Advertising
14 18 (1.03%) Retail Banking
15 12 (0.68%) Games
15 12 (0.68%) Financial Institution
15 12 (0.68%) Electronics
16 11 (0.63%) Aerospace
16 11 (0.63%) Publishing
16 11 (0.63%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 506 (28.82%) Analyst
2 240 (13.67%) Business Analyst
3 227 (12.93%) Developer
4 120 (6.83%) Consultant
5 107 (6.09%) Data Analyst
6 71 (4.04%) Project Manager
6 71 (4.04%) Architect
7 56 (3.19%) Test Engineer
8 54 (3.08%) Test Analyst
9 46 (2.62%) Administrator
10 40 (2.28%) Systems Engineer
10 40 (2.28%) Tester
10 40 (2.28%) Designer
11 37 (2.11%) Software Engineer
12 31 (1.77%) Test Manager
13 30 (1.71%) Senior Analyst
13 30 (1.71%) Validation Engineer
14 29 (1.65%) SAP Consultant
15 27 (1.54%) Java Developer
16 26 (1.48%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (6.55%) XML
2 105 (5.98%) HTML
3 93 (5.30%) .NET
4 85 (4.84%) CSS
5 66 (3.76%) Web Services
6 52 (2.96%) Ajax
7 46 (2.62%) JSP
8 43 (2.45%) jQuery
9 33 (1.88%) HTML5
10 32 (1.82%) J2EE
10 32 (1.82%) XSD
11 31 (1.77%) SOAP
11 31 (1.77%) ASP.NET
12 29 (1.65%) Spring
13 27 (1.54%) XHTML
14 23 (1.31%) Middleware
15 18 (1.03%) REST
16 17 (0.97%) Spring MVC
17 13 (0.74%) JSON
18 12 (0.68%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 240 (13.67%) Analytical Skills
2 118 (6.72%) Management Information System
3 52 (2.96%) Computer Science
4 36 (2.05%) NHS
5 32 (1.82%) User Experience
6 26 (1.48%) Visualisation
6 26 (1.48%) Replication
7 25 (1.42%) Data Conversion
8 24 (1.37%) Derivative
9 23 (1.31%) Mathematics
10 22 (1.25%) Market Risk
11 20 (1.14%) Fixed Income
12 19 (1.08%) Credit Risk
12 19 (1.08%) Statistics
13 18 (1.03%) Open Source
14 16 (0.91%) Data Structures
14 16 (0.91%) Reference Data
15 15 (0.85%) SCADA
15 15 (0.85%) Clustering
16 14 (0.80%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 223 (12.70%) Windows
2 152 (8.66%) Linux
3 146 (8.31%) UNIX
4 60 (3.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 54 (3.08%) Windows 7
6 45 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 34 (1.94%) Solaris
7 34 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 28 (1.59%) Windows XP
9 14 (0.80%) Windows 2000
10 10 (0.57%) VMS
11 9 (0.51%) Apple iOS
12 8 (0.46%) Android
12 8 (0.46%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 6 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (0.34%) CentOS
13 6 (0.34%) Windows Vista
14 5 (0.28%) zOS
15 4 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
16 3 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (14.86%) Migration
2 217 (12.36%) Agile Software Development
3 214 (12.19%) Data Validation
4 194 (11.05%) Project Management
5 152 (8.66%) Data Migration
6 147 (8.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 129 (7.35%) ITIL
8 110 (6.26%) Business Analysis
9 106 (6.04%) Data Modelling
10 102 (5.81%) Scrum
10 102 (5.81%) Test Scripting
11 99 (5.64%) Unit Testing
12 98 (5.58%) User Acceptance Testing
12 98 (5.58%) Change Management
13 95 (5.41%) Data Analysis
14 92 (5.24%) Requirements Management
15 85 (4.84%) UML
16 81 (4.61%) ETL
17 80 (4.56%) Software Testing
18 79 (4.50%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 369 (21.01%) SQL
2 147 (8.37%) Java
3 93 (5.30%) JavaScript
4 64 (3.64%) PL/SQL
5 59 (3.36%) C++
6 54 (3.08%) C#
7 43 (2.45%) C
8 35 (1.99%) Perl
8 35 (1.99%) Python
9 29 (1.65%) VBA
10 27 (1.54%) T-SQL
11 25 (1.42%) PHP
12 22 (1.25%) PowerShell
13 21 (1.20%) VBScript
13 21 (1.20%) VB
14 20 (1.14%) Shell Script
15 12 (0.68%) Ruby
15 12 (0.68%) Bash Shell
16 11 (0.63%) Korn
17 10 (0.57%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 196 (11.16%) Security Cleared
2 164 (9.34%) Degree
3 152 (8.66%) SC Cleared
4 67 (3.82%) ISEB
5 44 (2.51%) Microsoft Certification
6 36 (2.05%) ISTQB
7 35 (1.99%) DV Cleared
8 34 (1.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 34 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
9 27 (1.54%) MCSE
10 24 (1.37%) CCNP
11 19 (1.08%) HND
12 18 (1.03%) MCITP
13 16 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
14 15 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 14 (0.80%) MCP
15 14 (0.80%) CISSP
16 13 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 12 (0.68%) PhD
17 12 (0.68%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (6.55%) QA
2 49 (2.79%) SLA
3 30 (1.71%) Data Quality
4 24 (1.37%) GxP
4 24 (1.37%) GAMP
5 14 (0.80%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 14 (0.80%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.68%) GMP
7 11 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.63%) Solvency II
8 10 (0.57%) DO-178B
8 10 (0.57%) ISO 9001
9 8 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 7 (0.40%) ISO 9000
11 6 (0.34%) Basel III
12 5 (0.28%) JSP 440
13 4 (0.23%) COBIT
14 3 (0.17%) WCAG
15 2 (0.11%) MiFID
15 2 (0.11%) CDISC
System Software
1 71 (4.04%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (2.45%) RACF
4 18 (1.03%) Firmware
5 13 (0.74%) NFS
6 12 (0.68%) Nmap
7 11 (0.63%) XenApp
8 9 (0.51%) vSphere
9 8 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 8 (0.46%) vCloud
10 6 (0.34%) Hyper-V
10 6 (0.34%) Terminal Services
11 5 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.17%) MetaFrame
13 1 (0.057%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 1 (0.057%) XenDesktop
13 1 (0.057%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 59 (3.36%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.80%) Puppet
3 13 (0.74%) SCCM
4 12 (0.68%) Nessus
5 7 (0.40%) Tivoli
5 7 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.34%) Backup Exec
6 6 (0.34%) FortiGate
7 3 (0.17%) ZABBIX
7 3 (0.17%) NSN NetAct
7 3 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.11%) WMI
8 2 (0.11%) SCOM
9 1 (0.057%) HP UCMDB
9 1 (0.057%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.057%) OMEGAMON
9 1 (0.057%) OpenView
9 1 (0.057%) Control-M
9 1 (0.057%) Nagios
Vendors
1 225 (12.81%) Microsoft
2 178 (10.14%) Oracle
3 140 (7.97%) SAP
4 95 (5.41%) HP
5 65 (3.70%) VMware
6 49 (2.79%) Cisco
7 42 (2.39%) IBM
8 36 (2.05%) Business Objects
9 34 (1.94%) Citrix
10 33 (1.88%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 31 (1.77%) Informatica
11 31 (1.77%) CheckPoint
12 27 (1.54%) Red Hat
13 23 (1.31%) F5
14 22 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
15 18 (1.03%) hybris
16 17 (0.97%) Cognos
16 17 (0.97%) Adobe
17 16 (0.91%) Ericsson
17 16 (0.91%) Huawei
Midlands
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £550 - £750 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds
Churchill Frank
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool, Lancashire
Hyphen
Posted: 4 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Thebes IT
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day excellent rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Engage PSG
Rate: £100 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Sanderson
Rate: £390 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Experis Ltd
Rate: £15.00 - £20 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £15 - £23 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
West Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Sanderson
Rate: £330 - £380 per day
Posted: 6 days ago