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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 73 55
Rank change year-on-year +14 -18  
Contract jobs citing Validation 42 46 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 2.32% 1.98% 2.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.86% 2.47% 3.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 14 21
Median daily rate £425 £306 £379
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.77% -19.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £233 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £492 £375 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Median hourly rate £24.25 £12.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +102.08% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.72% +12.85%  

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 1860 1942
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 81.12% 80.00% 78.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 1024 966
Median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 71 75
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.61 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.21% -9.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.00 £39.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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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 25 June 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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Berkshire over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 25 June 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
Reading +15 23 £425 +30.76% 3
Bracknell +10 6 £350 - 1
Newbury +1 1 - -
Maidenhead 0 1 - -
Validation
South East

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 21 (26.25%) 3G
1 21 (26.25%) Telecoms
1 21 (26.25%) 4G
2 20 (25.00%) LTE
3 16 (20.00%) Oracle
4 15 (18.75%) Migration
5 13 (16.25%) SQL Server
5 13 (16.25%) Value-Added Service
6 12 (15.00%) MVNO
6 12 (15.00%) Linux
7 11 (13.75%) Project Management
7 11 (13.75%) Degree
8 10 (12.50%) VoLTE
9 9 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (11.25%) ETL
9 9 (11.25%) Business Intelligence
9 9 (11.25%) Data Migration
10 8 (10.00%) SMS
10 8 (10.00%) SAP
10 8 (10.00%) SQL
10 8 (10.00%) Capacity Management
10 8 (10.00%) Radio Access Network
11 7 (8.75%) Windows
11 7 (8.75%) Agile Software Development
11 7 (8.75%) Information Management
12 6 (7.50%) Business Analysis
12 6 (7.50%) QA
12 6 (7.50%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (7.50%) SaaS
12 6 (7.50%) Data Warehouse

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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 1 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.25%) IIS
1 1 (1.25%) MS Exchange
1 1 (1.25%) OpenStack
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (1.25%) Skype for Business
1 1 (1.25%) Tomcat
1 1 (1.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.75%) HFM
2 2 (2.50%) NetSuite
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.25%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.50%) SaaS
2 4 (5.00%) Taleo
3 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.25%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.25%) CallidusCloud
4 1 (1.25%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 21 (26.25%) 3G
1 21 (26.25%) 4G
2 20 (25.00%) LTE
3 13 (16.25%) Value-Added Service
4 12 (15.00%) MVNO
5 10 (12.50%) VoLTE
6 8 (10.00%) Radio Access Network
6 8 (10.00%) SMS
7 6 (7.50%) Diameter Protocol
8 5 (6.25%) INAP
8 5 (6.25%) LAN
8 5 (6.25%) LDAP
8 5 (6.25%) VPN
8 5 (6.25%) WAN
9 4 (5.00%) SIGTRAN
10 3 (3.75%) 2G
10 3 (3.75%) 3GPP
10 3 (3.75%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (3.75%) Ethernet
10 3 (3.75%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (16.25%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.50%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (7.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (6.25%) Essbase
3 5 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (5.00%) Big Data
4 4 (5.00%) Oracle BI EE
4 4 (5.00%) Oracle ODI
4 4 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (3.75%) Relational Database
5 3 (3.75%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (2.50%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.50%) MS Access
6 2 (2.50%) Power BI
7 1 (1.25%) Hadoop
7 1 (1.25%) IDOL
7 1 (1.25%) OLAP
7 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Git (software)
1 4 (5.00%) SilkTest
2 3 (3.75%) Ant
2 3 (3.75%) Maven
2 3 (3.75%) MSBuild
2 3 (3.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (2.50%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.50%) SoapUI
4 1 (1.25%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.25%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.25%) JIRA
4 1 (1.25%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.25%) TeamCity
General
1 21 (26.25%) Telecoms
2 6 (7.50%) Finance
3 4 (5.00%) Back Office
3 4 (5.00%) Front Office
4 3 (3.75%) Billing
5 2 (2.50%) Legal
5 2 (2.50%) Marketing
5 2 (2.50%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.25%) Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (23.75%) Test Engineer
2 11 (13.75%) Network Engineer
3 10 (12.50%) Developer
4 8 (10.00%) Analyst
5 5 (6.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 5 (6.25%) Data Analyst
5 5 (6.25%) Design Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) Project Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) Project Manager
6 4 (5.00%) Designer
6 4 (5.00%) DevOps Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) SQL BI Developer
6 4 (5.00%) SQL Developer
6 4 (5.00%) SSIS Developer
6 4 (5.00%) Test Leader
7 3 (3.75%) Network Support Engineer
7 3 (3.75%) OBIEE Developer
7 3 (3.75%) Senior Network Engineer
7 3 (3.75%) SQL Server BI Developer
7 3 (3.75%) SSRS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.50%) SOAP
2 5 (6.25%) Web Services
3 4 (5.00%) .NET
3 4 (5.00%) RESTful
3 4 (5.00%) SPML
4 3 (3.75%) Oracle Fusion
4 3 (3.75%) REST
5 2 (2.50%) JSON
5 2 (2.50%) XML
6 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.25%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.25%) J2EE
6 1 (1.25%) Kafka
6 1 (1.25%) OAuth
6 1 (1.25%) Spring
6 1 (1.25%) Spring Boot
6 1 (1.25%) Velocity
6 1 (1.25%) VXML
6 1 (1.25%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.75%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.75%) N-Tier
3 2 (2.50%) IVR
4 1 (1.25%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.25%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (1.25%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.25%) Replication
4 1 (1.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.00%) Linux
2 7 (8.75%) Windows
3 2 (2.50%) Unix
3 2 (2.50%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.25%) CentOS
4 1 (1.25%) Debian
4 1 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (18.75%) Migration
2 11 (13.75%) Project Management
3 9 (11.25%) Business Intelligence
3 9 (11.25%) Data Migration
3 9 (11.25%) ETL
4 8 (10.00%) Capacity Management
5 7 (8.75%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (8.75%) Information Management
6 6 (7.50%) Business Analysis
6 6 (7.50%) Configuration Management
6 6 (7.50%) ERP
6 6 (7.50%) Functional Testing
6 6 (7.50%) Service Delivery
7 5 (6.25%) Data Validation
7 5 (6.25%) Scenario Testing
7 5 (6.25%) Test Planning
7 5 (6.25%) Test Scripting
7 5 (6.25%) Test Strategy
7 5 (6.25%) Visualisation
8 4 (5.00%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.00%) SQL
2 5 (6.25%) Java
3 4 (5.00%) C#
4 3 (3.75%) PowerShell
4 3 (3.75%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.50%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.25%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.25%) C
6 1 (1.25%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.25%) Python
6 1 (1.25%) sed
Qualifications
1 11 (13.75%) Degree
2 5 (6.25%) CCNP
2 5 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (6.25%) ISEB
3 3 (3.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (2.50%) CCDA
4 2 (2.50%) CCDP
4 2 (2.50%) CCNA
5 1 (1.25%) IIBA
5 1 (1.25%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.50%) QA
2 3 (3.75%) Data Quality
2 3 (3.75%) PMO
3 2 (2.50%) GMP
3 2 (2.50%) GxP
4 1 (1.25%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (1.25%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 2 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.25%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (1.25%) Kibana
2 1 (1.25%) logstash
2 1 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.25%) Puppet
2 1 (1.25%) vMotion
Vendors
1 16 (20.00%) Oracle
2 8 (10.00%) SAP
3 6 (7.50%) Cisco
4 5 (6.25%) Huawei
4 5 (6.25%) Nokia
5 4 (5.00%) HP
5 4 (5.00%) Hyperion
5 4 (5.00%) Informatica
5 4 (5.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (5.00%) Nokia Networks
5 4 (5.00%) Siebel
6 3 (3.75%) F5
6 3 (3.75%) Remedy
6 3 (3.75%) Samsung
7 2 (2.50%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 2 (2.50%) Trillium
8 1 (1.25%) CA
8 1 (1.25%) EMC
8 1 (1.25%) IBM
8 1 (1.25%) Veritas
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