The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Validation
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 60 62 97
Rank change year-on-year +2 +35  
Contract jobs citing Validation 39 66 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 2.13% 2.66% 1.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.65% 3.31% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 29 7
Median daily rate £425 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.24% -3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £288 £345
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £404 £436
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £29.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £37.75 £36.00
% change year-on-year -2.64% +4.86%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1469 1996 2209
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 80.32% 80.32% 74.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 696 1032 1155
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £285 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 48 55
Median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.15% -30.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.25 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £63.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing Validation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Validation in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Berkshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Berkshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Berkshire

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Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Slough +13 10 £425 +6.25%
Reading +7 10 £450 +12.14%
Bracknell -1 4 - -
Newbury - 3 £425 -
Maidenhead -7 2 £500 +19.04% 3
Validation
South East

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Validation.

1 15 (18.99%) Capacity Management
2 14 (17.72%) Functional Testing
3 13 (16.46%) Oracle
3 13 (16.46%) Configuration Management
3 13 (16.46%) Front Office
3 13 (16.46%) Back Office
3 13 (16.46%) Telecoms
3 13 (16.46%) Migration
3 13 (16.46%) Statistics
3 13 (16.46%) Fault Management
4 12 (15.19%) Finance
4 12 (15.19%) SQL Server
4 12 (15.19%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (12.66%) ETL
5 10 (12.66%) Huawei
5 10 (12.66%) Data Migration
5 10 (12.66%) VoLTE
5 10 (12.66%) People Management
6 9 (11.39%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (11.39%) Linux
7 8 (10.13%) Project Management
7 8 (10.13%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (10.13%) SQL
7 8 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (8.86%) ERP
8 7 (8.86%) 3G
8 7 (8.86%) Information Management
8 7 (8.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (7.59%) Degree
9 6 (7.59%) Visualisation

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.80%) Elasticsearch
1 3 (3.80%) Tomcat
1 3 (3.80%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.27%) CMS
2 1 (1.27%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 6 (7.59%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (6.33%) HFM
2 3 (3.80%) NetSuite
3 1 (1.27%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (1.27%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.80%) SaaS
1 3 (3.80%) Taleo
2 2 (2.53%) CallidusCloud
3 1 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.27%) HP Helion
3 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (12.66%) VoLTE
2 7 (8.86%) 3G
3 6 (7.59%) 4G
3 6 (7.59%) Radio Access Network
4 5 (6.33%) LTE
5 4 (5.06%) Diameter Protocol
6 3 (3.80%) 3GPP
6 3 (3.80%) Ethernet
6 3 (3.80%) INAP
6 3 (3.80%) LDAP
6 3 (3.80%) VoIP
7 2 (2.53%) 2G
7 2 (2.53%) ADSL
7 2 (2.53%) GSM
7 2 (2.53%) MPLS
7 2 (2.53%) SIGTRAN
7 2 (2.53%) UMTS
7 2 (2.53%) VoWiFi
7 2 (2.53%) VPN
7 2 (2.53%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.19%) SQL Server
2 9 (11.39%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (10.13%) Oracle Reports
4 7 (8.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (7.59%) Essbase
5 6 (7.59%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (6.33%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 5 (6.33%) MS Access
6 5 (6.33%) Oracle ODI
6 5 (6.33%) Power BI
6 5 (6.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (5.06%) Oracle BI EE
7 4 (5.06%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (3.80%) Big Data
8 3 (3.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (1.27%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (1.27%) Hadoop
9 1 (1.27%) OLAP
9 1 (1.27%) Oracle Database
9 1 (1.27%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 4 (5.06%) Git (software)
1 4 (5.06%) SoapUI
2 3 (3.80%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.80%) SilkTest
3 2 (2.53%) JMeter
4 1 (1.27%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (1.27%) Subversion
General
1 13 (16.46%) Back Office
1 13 (16.46%) Front Office
1 13 (16.46%) Telecoms
2 12 (15.19%) Finance
3 6 (7.59%) Electronics
3 6 (7.59%) Manufacturing
4 5 (6.33%) Marketing
5 2 (2.53%) Banking
5 2 (2.53%) Legal
5 2 (2.53%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.27%) Arabic Language
6 1 (1.27%) Billing
Job Titles
1 11 (13.92%) Developer
2 9 (11.39%) Project Manager
2 9 (11.39%) Test Engineer
3 8 (10.13%) Analyst
4 7 (8.86%) Design Engineer
5 6 (7.59%) Electrical Design Engineer
5 6 (7.59%) Electrical Engineer
6 5 (6.33%) Data Analyst
6 5 (6.33%) Network Engineer
7 4 (5.06%) Architect
7 4 (5.06%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (5.06%) OBIEE Developer
7 4 (5.06%) Support Engineer
8 3 (3.80%) Data Migration Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) Field Engineer
8 3 (3.80%) Migration Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) SQL BI Developer
8 3 (3.80%) SQL Developer
8 3 (3.80%) SSIS Developer
8 3 (3.80%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.33%) SOAP
2 4 (5.06%) JSON
2 4 (5.06%) REST
3 3 (3.80%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (3.80%) J2EE
3 3 (3.80%) Kafka
3 3 (3.80%) RESTful
3 3 (3.80%) Spring
3 3 (3.80%) Spring Boot
3 3 (3.80%) Velocity
4 2 (2.53%) SPML
5 1 (1.27%) Backbone.js
5 1 (1.27%) CSS3
5 1 (1.27%) DOM
5 1 (1.27%) HTML5
5 1 (1.27%) jQuery
5 1 (1.27%) LESS
5 1 (1.27%) Node.js
5 1 (1.27%) Sass
5 1 (1.27%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.13%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.80%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.53%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.53%) Replication
3 2 (2.53%) User Experience
4 1 (1.27%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.27%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (1.27%) PMI
4 1 (1.27%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.39%) Linux
2 4 (5.06%) Windows
3 2 (2.53%) Solaris
3 2 (2.53%) Unix
3 2 (2.53%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.27%) AIX
4 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (18.99%) Capacity Management
2 14 (17.72%) Functional Testing
3 13 (16.46%) Configuration Management
3 13 (16.46%) Fault Management
3 13 (16.46%) Migration
3 13 (16.46%) Statistics
4 12 (15.19%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (12.66%) Data Migration
5 10 (12.66%) ETL
5 10 (12.66%) People Management
6 8 (10.13%) Project Management
7 7 (8.86%) ERP
7 7 (8.86%) Information Management
8 6 (7.59%) Feasibility Study
8 6 (7.59%) SDLC
8 6 (7.59%) Visualisation
9 5 (6.33%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (6.33%) Campaign Management
9 5 (6.33%) Data Integration
9 5 (6.33%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.13%) SQL
2 3 (3.80%) Java
3 2 (2.53%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.27%) C
4 1 (1.27%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (7.59%) Degree
2 3 (3.80%) ISEB
2 3 (3.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (2.53%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.27%) CCDA
4 1 (1.27%) CCDP
4 1 (1.27%) CCNA
4 1 (1.27%) CCNP
4 1 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.27%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.27%) MBA
4 1 (1.27%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.27%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.80%) Data Quality
1 3 (3.80%) PMO
2 2 (2.53%) GMP
2 2 (2.53%) QA
3 1 (1.27%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 6 (7.59%) Firmware
2 1 (1.27%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.27%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.27%) Veritas Volume Manager
2 1 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.80%) Kibana
1 3 (3.80%) logstash
2 2 (2.53%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.27%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.27%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.27%) SCCM
3 1 (1.27%) SCOM
3 1 (1.27%) vMotion
3 1 (1.27%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (16.46%) Oracle
2 10 (12.66%) Huawei
3 5 (6.33%) HP
3 5 (6.33%) Hyperion
3 5 (6.33%) SAP
4 4 (5.06%) Cisco
5 3 (3.80%) Callidus
5 3 (3.80%) IBM
5 3 (3.80%) Nokia
5 3 (3.80%) VMware
6 2 (2.53%) EMC
6 2 (2.53%) Informatica
6 2 (2.53%) Marketo
6 2 (2.53%) Microsoft
6 2 (2.53%) Siebel
7 1 (1.27%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (1.27%) Avaya
7 1 (1.27%) Citrix
7 1 (1.27%) Genesys
7 1 (1.27%) Veritas