Period
to 19 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 6 months to 19 January 2021 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
England > East of England
6 months to
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 36 92 117
Rank change year-on-year +56 +25 -15
Contract jobs citing Validation 62 73 83
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 4.27% 2.06% 1.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.17% 2.47% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 40 31
Median daily rate £425 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -11.11% +10.43%
10th Percentile £240 £286 £285
90th Percentile £560 £508 £500
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 5 7
Median hourly rate £47.50 £24.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.88% -48.42% +43.94%
10th Percentile £45.00 £17.16 £32.18
90th Percentile £53.75 £49.75 £52.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% -3.61% +1.22%

Validation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,199 2,954 3,829
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 82.58% 83.38% 86.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 686 1,788 2,300
Median daily rate £425 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £206 £250
90th Percentile £588 £600 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 190 181
Median hourly rate £33.50 £17.75 £17.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.73% +0.28% -35.64%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £50.50
Median hourly rate £26.81 £20.79 £21.76
% change year-on-year +28.93% -4.46% -0.14%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing Validation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the East of England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Validation in the East of England.

Daily rate trend for Validation in the East of England

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Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Validation in the East of England over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Validation in the East of England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Validation in the East of England.

Hourly rate trend for Validation in the East of England

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Validation in the East of England over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Validation in the East of England

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Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the East of England region over the 6 months to 19 January 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hertfordshire +41 42 £440 +23.08% 18
Cambridgeshire +41 12 £550 +15.79% 11
Essex +12 6 £210 -52.00% 6
Bedfordshire +13 2 £340 -30.26% 1
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England

For the 6 months to 19 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the East of England region with a requirement for Validation.

1 21 (33.87%) Security Cleared
2 20 (32.26%) SC Cleared
3 19 (30.65%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 14 (22.58%) Military
4 14 (22.58%) Test Strategy
5 13 (20.97%) VHDL
5 13 (20.97%) Telecoms
6 11 (17.74%) Customer Requirements
7 10 (16.13%) Requirements Management
7 10 (16.13%) C++
8 9 (14.52%) ITIL
9 8 (12.90%) FMECA
9 8 (12.90%) SDH
9 8 (12.90%) Ethernet
9 8 (12.90%) EMC
9 8 (12.90%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 8 (12.90%) Nokia
9 8 (12.90%) DWDM
9 8 (12.90%) Aerospace
9 8 (12.90%) Automotive
9 8 (12.90%) FMEA
9 8 (12.90%) Schematic Capture
9 8 (12.90%) ECSS
9 8 (12.90%) Rational DOORS
10 7 (11.29%) Capacity Planning
10 7 (11.29%) Prototyping
10 7 (11.29%) CAD
10 7 (11.29%) SQL
11 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (9.68%) Test Scripting

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (1.61%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.61%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (6.45%) Simulink
1 4 (6.45%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 3 (4.84%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.61%) Maximo
2 1 (1.61%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (1.61%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.45%) Power Platform
2 2 (3.23%) Azure
3 1 (1.61%) Azure Data Factory
3 1 (1.61%) GitHub
3 1 (1.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (12.90%) DWDM
1 8 (12.90%) Ethernet
1 8 (12.90%) SDH
2 2 (3.23%) SpaceWire
2 2 (3.23%) Wireless
3 1 (1.61%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) Power BI
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (4.84%) MySQL
3 2 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.61%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.61%) Big Data
4 1 (1.61%) Impala
4 1 (1.61%) Ingres
4 1 (1.61%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.61%) MS Access
4 1 (1.61%) Spotfire
4 1 (1.61%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.61%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 8 (12.90%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (4.84%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (3.23%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.23%) JIRA
3 2 (3.23%) LabVIEW
4 1 (1.61%) Artifactory
4 1 (1.61%) Cypress.io
4 1 (1.61%) Gerrit
4 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.61%) Robot Framework
4 1 (1.61%) Selenium
4 1 (1.61%) SonarQube
General
1 14 (22.58%) Military
2 13 (20.97%) Telecoms
3 8 (12.90%) Aerospace
3 8 (12.90%) Automotive
4 3 (4.84%) Law
4 3 (4.84%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (3.23%) Electronics
5 2 (3.23%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.61%) Billing
6 1 (1.61%) Finance
6 1 (1.61%) Public Sector
6 1 (1.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (22.58%) Design Engineer
2 9 (14.52%) Digital Design Engineer
3 7 (11.29%) Electronics Engineer
4 6 (9.68%) Systems Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Analyst
5 5 (8.06%) Electronics Design Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) FPGA Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Hardware Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Consultant
6 4 (6.45%) Designer
6 4 (6.45%) Electronics Hardware Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Network Designer
6 4 (6.45%) Network Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Tester
7 3 (4.84%) Report Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) SAP Consultant
7 3 (4.84%) SAP EWM Consultant
8 2 (3.23%) Embedded C/C++ Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Embedded C/C++ Software Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Embedded C++ Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.23%) Flash
2 1 (1.61%) Keras
2 1 (1.61%) LLVM
2 1 (1.61%) PyTorch
2 1 (1.61%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 19 (30.65%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 13 (20.97%) VHDL
3 5 (8.06%) Algorithms
3 5 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (6.45%) Management Information System
4 4 (6.45%) NHS
5 3 (4.84%) ASIC
5 3 (4.84%) Freedom of Information
5 3 (4.84%) Freedom of Information Act
5 3 (4.84%) Life Science
5 3 (4.84%) Verilog
6 2 (3.23%) Biotechnology
6 2 (3.23%) FMCG
7 1 (1.61%) Fibre Optics
7 1 (1.61%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.61%) PKI
7 1 (1.61%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.61%) Linux
1 1 (1.61%) Windows
1 1 (1.61%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (22.58%) Test Strategy
2 11 (17.74%) Customer Requirements
3 10 (16.13%) Requirements Management
4 9 (14.52%) ITIL
5 8 (12.90%) FMEA
5 8 (12.90%) FMECA
5 8 (12.90%) Schematic Capture
6 7 (11.29%) CAD
6 7 (11.29%) Capacity Planning
6 7 (11.29%) Prototyping
7 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (9.68%) Test Scripting
8 4 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (6.45%) Data Analysis
8 4 (6.45%) Digital Signal Processing
8 4 (6.45%) Functional Testing
8 4 (6.45%) Process Improvement
8 4 (6.45%) Project Management
8 4 (6.45%) Signal Processing
8 4 (6.45%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (16.13%) C++
2 7 (11.29%) SQL
3 5 (8.06%) C
4 4 (6.45%) MATLAB
4 4 (6.45%) Python
5 3 (4.84%) Ada
6 2 (3.23%) Embedded C
6 2 (3.23%) Embedded C++
7 1 (1.61%) Groovy
7 1 (1.61%) Perl
7 1 (1.61%) R
7 1 (1.61%) Ruby
7 1 (1.61%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 21 (33.87%) Security Cleared
2 20 (32.26%) SC Cleared
3 5 (8.06%) ISTQB
4 4 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (4.84%) DV Cleared
6 2 (3.23%) PhD
6 2 (3.23%) PMP
7 1 (1.61%) Degree
7 1 (1.61%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.90%) ECSS
2 1 (1.61%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.61%) QA
2 1 (1.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (3.23%) Firmware
2 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.23%) AirWatch
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (1.61%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (12.90%) Alcatel-Lucent
1 8 (12.90%) EMC
1 8 (12.90%) Nokia
2 5 (8.06%) SAP
2 5 (8.06%) Xilinx
3 3 (4.84%) Altera
3 3 (4.84%) Oracle
4 1 (1.61%) BT
4 1 (1.61%) Coverity
4 1 (1.61%) Salesforce.com