The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 140 180 162
Rank change year-on-year
+40 -18
Contract jobs citing Validation 831 577 716
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.52% 1.13% 1.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.05% 1.55% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 283 355
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 £238 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £598 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 40 44
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £32.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +8.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £17.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.75 £44.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.75 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40519 37298 40761
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.05% 72.96% 70.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 25042 22618 23491
Average daily rate £400 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.62% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1163 1058 1467
Average hourly rate £24.00 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.12% -

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +42 749 £425 +6.25% 156
London +21 310 £450 +5.88% 56
South East +39 152 £325 -7.14% 26
West Midlands +30 76 £293 -11.36% 8
City of London +24 74 £463 +8.82% 21
South West -2 53 £403 +0.62% 14
Berkshire +29 48 £353 +101.42% 2
Scotland -7 42 £363 -9.09% 10
East of England -1 39 £313 -10.71% 11
North West +5 38 £400 +13.47% 16
Yorkshire +29 37 £450 +20.00% 16
Coventry +14 37 £299 -10.82% 1
Hampshire +1 35 £365 +12.30% 6
West Yorkshire +24 30 £459 +22.40% 10
Buckinghamshire +14 28 £185 -52.25% 5
Bristol -10 25 £490 +50.76% 2
Surrey 0 21 £371 -7.18% 5
Inverness 0 20 £381 +25.00% 2
Highlands 0 20 £381 +25.00% 2
Cheshire +12 18 £413 +26.92% 4
Leeds +7 18 £470 -14.30% 6
East Midlands +7 16 £315 -10.00% 5
Milton Keynes +4 12 £185 -52.25% 3
Reading +13 11 £413 +157.81%
Wales -4 11 £364 - 6
Docklands, London +16 10 £500 +19.40%
Essex +9 10 £380 -24.00% 1
Cambridgeshire -1 10 £313 +184.09% 5
South Wales -8 10 £364 - 6
Cardiff - 10 £364 - 4

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 331 (20.47%) Finance
2 240 (14.84%) SQL
3 235 (14.53%) Migration
4 207 (12.80%) Project Management
5 182 (11.26%) Security Cleared
6 180 (11.13%) Oracle
6 180 (11.13%) Microsoft
7 176 (10.88%) Data Validation
8 171 (10.58%) SAP
9 165 (10.20%) MS Excel
10 162 (10.02%) Banking
11 161 (9.96%) Degree
12 152 (9.40%) Windows
13 146 (9.03%) Data Migration
14 124 (7.67%) Business Analysis
15 121 (7.48%) QA
16 120 (7.42%) SC Cleared
17 119 (7.36%) SQL Server
17 119 (7.36%) Requirements Management
18 118 (7.30%) HTML
19 116 (7.17%) XML
20 115 (7.11%) Java
21 113 (6.99%) UML
22 110 (6.80%) UNIX
22 110 (6.80%) Data Analysis
23 109 (6.74%) Linux
24 104 (6.43%) .NET
25 99 (6.12%) MS Office
26 98 (6.06%) Stakeholder Management
27 95 (5.88%) Manufacturing

Validation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 (2.54%) SharePoint
2 33 (2.04%) Tomcat
3 26 (1.61%) Confluence
4 24 (1.48%) Apache
5 22 (1.36%) WebSphere
6 19 (1.18%) WebLogic
7 15 (0.93%) CMS
8 14 (0.87%) SAS
9 13 (0.80%) IIS
10 9 (0.56%) MS Exchange
11 8 (0.49%) MS Project Server
12 5 (0.31%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.31%) Documentum
12 5 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.25%) ArcGIS
13 4 (0.25%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.25%) Lync
13 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
13 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2007
13 4 (0.25%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 165 (10.20%) MS Excel
2 99 (6.12%) MS Office
3 55 (3.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 54 (3.34%) MS Visio
5 46 (2.84%) MS Project
6 28 (1.73%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.68%) OmniGraffle
8 6 (0.37%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.25%) Simulink
10 3 (0.19%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.12%) Pro/ENGINEER
12 1 (0.062%) Stateflow
12 1 (0.062%) Stata
12 1 (0.062%) TargetLink
12 1 (0.062%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.062%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 33 (2.04%) ENOVIA
2 30 (1.86%) Oracle EBS
3 19 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 16 (0.99%) SAP CO
4 16 (0.99%) Oracle EBS R12
4 16 (0.99%) Oracle General Ledger
5 15 (0.93%) Oracle Payables
5 15 (0.93%) Oracle Receivables
5 15 (0.93%) Oracle Assets
6 14 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
6 14 (0.87%) DELMIA
7 13 (0.80%) SAP FI
7 13 (0.80%) SAP FI/CO
8 10 (0.62%) SAP SD
9 9 (0.56%) SAP ERP
10 7 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 6 (0.37%) SAP CRM
12 5 (0.31%) SAP WM
12 5 (0.31%) PeopleSoft Financials
13 4 (0.25%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.37%) IaaS
3 5 (0.31%) Force.com
4 4 (0.25%) SaaS
4 4 (0.25%) Office 365
5 1 (0.062%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.062%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.062%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 60 (3.71%) TCP/IP
2 48 (2.97%) SSL
2 48 (2.97%) LTE
3 39 (2.41%) Firewall
4 29 (1.79%) 3G
5 27 (1.67%) Wireshark
6 26 (1.61%) DNS
7 25 (1.55%) Ethernet
7 25 (1.55%) Internet
8 24 (1.48%) HTTPS
9 23 (1.42%) SNMP
10 21 (1.30%) IPsec
11 20 (1.24%) DHCP
12 19 (1.18%) WAN
12 19 (1.18%) LAN
12 19 (1.18%) Radio Access Network
13 18 (1.11%) SAN
14 17 (1.05%) VoIP
15 16 (0.99%) MPLS
16 15 (0.93%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (7.36%) SQL Server
2 63 (3.90%) Relational Database
3 60 (3.71%) Data Warehouse
4 57 (3.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 51 (3.15%) Oracle Database
6 37 (2.29%) Oracle Reports
7 36 (2.23%) MySQL
8 35 (2.16%) RDBMS
9 34 (2.10%) MS Access
10 29 (1.79%) Oracle Database 11g
10 29 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
11 28 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 22 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
13 20 (1.24%) SAP Data Services
14 17 (1.05%) Redis
14 17 (1.05%) Data Mining
15 16 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
15 16 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
16 15 (0.93%) Oracle ODI
17 14 (0.87%) BusinessObjects XI
Development Applications
1 65 (4.02%) Rational DOORS
2 46 (2.84%) JIRA
3 43 (2.66%) Subversion
4 40 (2.47%) JUnit
5 27 (1.67%) Visual Studio
6 20 (1.24%) Ant
7 19 (1.18%) Rational Rhapsody
8 17 (1.05%) Talend Open Studio
9 16 (0.99%) Eclipse
10 15 (0.93%) Toad
11 14 (0.87%) JMeter
12 13 (0.80%) Jenkins
13 12 (0.74%) ClearCase
14 11 (0.68%) Oracle Forms
14 11 (0.68%) ClearQuest
14 11 (0.68%) Axure RP
15 10 (0.62%) PVCS
16 9 (0.56%) PowerDesigner
16 9 (0.56%) LSMW
16 9 (0.56%) Cucumber
General
1 331 (20.47%) Finance
2 162 (10.02%) Banking
3 95 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 95 (5.88%) Manufacturing
4 77 (4.76%) Investment Banking
5 50 (3.09%) Retail
6 48 (2.97%) Front Office
7 40 (2.47%) Pharmaceutical
8 38 (2.35%) Automotive
9 37 (2.29%) Marketing
10 36 (2.23%) Publishing
11 28 (1.73%) Legal
11 28 (1.73%) Electronics
12 23 (1.42%) Military
13 18 (1.11%) Financial Institution
14 17 (1.05%) Back Office
14 17 (1.05%) Advertising
15 14 (0.87%) German Language
15 14 (0.87%) Billing
16 13 (0.80%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 476 (29.44%) Analyst
2 214 (13.23%) Business Analyst
3 195 (12.06%) Developer
4 121 (7.48%) Consultant
5 111 (6.86%) Architect
6 100 (6.18%) Data Analyst
7 93 (5.75%) Project Manager
8 49 (3.03%) Software Engineer
9 46 (2.84%) Systems Engineer
10 42 (2.60%) SAP Consultant
11 41 (2.54%) Test Analyst
12 35 (2.16%) Designer
13 34 (2.10%) Systems Analyst
13 34 (2.10%) Solutions Architect
14 33 (2.04%) Test Manager
15 31 (1.92%) Senior Analyst
16 29 (1.79%) Test Leader
17 28 (1.73%) Applications Engineer
18 26 (1.61%) SAP Analyst
18 26 (1.61%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (7.30%) HTML
2 116 (7.17%) XML
3 104 (6.43%) .NET
4 93 (5.75%) CSS
5 58 (3.59%) ASP.NET
6 56 (3.46%) Ajax
7 54 (3.34%) jQuery
8 52 (3.22%) JSP
9 46 (2.84%) Web Services
10 38 (2.35%) XSD
11 37 (2.29%) Spring
12 30 (1.86%) HTML5
13 28 (1.73%) XSLT
14 25 (1.55%) SOAP
15 23 (1.42%) J2EE
15 23 (1.42%) XHTML
16 21 (1.30%) WSDL
16 21 (1.30%) Spring MVC
17 16 (0.99%) Middleware
18 15 (0.93%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 78 (4.82%) Management Information System
2 43 (2.66%) Computer Science
3 38 (2.35%) NHS
4 27 (1.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 26 (1.61%) FMCG
6 23 (1.42%) Data Conversion
7 22 (1.36%) Mathematics
7 22 (1.36%) Reference Data
8 20 (1.24%) Data Integration
9 19 (1.18%) Open Source
9 19 (1.18%) W3C
10 18 (1.11%) Visualisation
11 15 (0.93%) Derivative
12 14 (0.87%) Data Extraction
12 14 (0.87%) Market Risk
12 14 (0.87%) PMI
13 13 (0.80%) Fixed Income
14 12 (0.74%) CMDB
15 11 (0.68%) Firmware
15 11 (0.68%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 152 (9.40%) Windows
2 110 (6.80%) UNIX
3 109 (6.74%) Linux
4 55 (3.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (3.22%) Windows Server 2003
6 35 (2.16%) Windows XP
7 26 (1.61%) Windows 2000
7 26 (1.61%) Windows 7
8 17 (1.05%) Solaris
9 11 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.49%) Apple iOS
11 7 (0.43%) Android
11 7 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.19%) zOS
12 3 (0.19%) HPUX
13 2 (0.12%) VxWorks
13 2 (0.12%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.12%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.062%) OpenWrt
14 1 (0.062%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 235 (14.53%) Migration
2 207 (12.80%) Project Management
3 176 (10.88%) Data Validation
4 146 (9.03%) Data Migration
5 124 (7.67%) Business Analysis
6 119 (7.36%) Requirements Management
7 113 (6.99%) UML
8 110 (6.80%) Data Analysis
9 98 (6.06%) Stakeholder Management
10 94 (5.81%) Data Modelling
11 92 (5.69%) Test Scripting
12 90 (5.57%) ITIL
13 89 (5.50%) Software Engineering
14 84 (5.19%) Change Management
15 83 (5.13%) Agile Software Development
16 79 (4.89%) Scrum
17 78 (4.82%) ETL
18 73 (4.51%) GAP Analysis
18 73 (4.51%) User Acceptance Testing
19 71 (4.39%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 240 (14.84%) SQL
2 115 (7.11%) Java
3 83 (5.13%) JavaScript
4 72 (4.45%) C#
5 62 (3.83%) C++
6 51 (3.15%) PL/SQL
7 45 (2.78%) T-SQL
8 38 (2.35%) Perl
9 37 (2.29%) C
10 34 (2.10%) Python
11 31 (1.92%) VBA
12 20 (1.24%) MATLAB
12 20 (1.24%) PHP
13 18 (1.11%) VBScript
14 16 (0.99%) VB
14 16 (0.99%) PowerShell
15 14 (0.87%) ABAP
16 10 (0.62%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.62%) XQuery
17 9 (0.56%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 182 (11.26%) Security Cleared
2 161 (9.96%) Degree
3 120 (7.42%) SC Cleared
4 45 (2.78%) DV Cleared
5 43 (2.66%) ISEB
6 39 (2.41%) ISTQB
7 31 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 29 (1.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 24 (1.48%) PMI Certification
10 19 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
11 17 (1.05%) PMP
12 14 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 11 (0.68%) PhD
15 10 (0.62%) MCSE
16 9 (0.56%) CCIE
17 8 (0.49%) CCNP
17 8 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 8 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 7 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (7.48%) QA
2 36 (2.23%) Data Quality
3 27 (1.67%) SLA
4 19 (1.18%) GxP
5 17 (1.05%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 10 (0.62%) DO-178B
7 8 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 7 (0.43%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.37%) GMP
10 5 (0.31%) WCAG
11 4 (0.25%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.19%) GAMP
12 3 (0.19%) COBIT
12 3 (0.19%) MiFID
12 3 (0.19%) EMIR
12 3 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
12 3 (0.19%) Solvency II
13 2 (0.12%) COREP
13 2 (0.12%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 53 (3.28%) Active Directory
2 28 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (1.36%) Nmap
4 13 (0.80%) RACF
5 6 (0.37%) Terminal Services
5 6 (0.37%) vSphere
6 5 (0.31%) vCloud
7 4 (0.25%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.19%) NFS
8 3 (0.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 3 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.12%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.12%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.062%) XenApp
10 1 (0.062%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.062%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.062%) Oracle RMAN
10 1 (0.062%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.062%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 54 (3.34%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (1.36%) Nessus
3 16 (0.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 14 (0.87%) SCCM
5 7 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (0.37%) Puppet
6 6 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 3 (0.19%) EMC NetWorker
8 3 (0.19%) CA LISA
8 3 (0.19%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.12%) Control-M
9 2 (0.12%) Veritas Storage Foundation
9 2 (0.12%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.12%) SCOM
10 1 (0.062%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.062%) HP SIM
10 1 (0.062%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.062%) HP UCMDB
10 1 (0.062%) WSUS
Vendors
1 180 (11.13%) Oracle
1 180 (11.13%) Microsoft
2 171 (10.58%) SAP
3 89 (5.50%) HP
4 46 (2.84%) VMware
5 43 (2.66%) IBM
6 37 (2.29%) Cisco
7 27 (1.67%) Business Objects
8 26 (1.61%) Red Hat
9 25 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
9 25 (1.55%) Citrix
10 24 (1.48%) hybris
11 22 (1.36%) Informatica
12 19 (1.18%) EMC
13 18 (1.11%) CA
14 17 (1.05%) Juniper
14 17 (1.05%) Sybase
14 17 (1.05%) Talend
15 16 (0.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
16 15 (0.93%) Adobe
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