Period
to 12 April 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 12 April 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 55 78 108
Rank change year-on-year +23 +30 -11
Contract jobs citing Validation 55 71 74
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 3.40% 2.29% 1.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.07% 2.80% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 41 27
10th Percentile £233 £250 £291
25th Percentile £316 £350 £347
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £465 £425
Median % change year-on-year -8.60% +9.41% +0.89%
75th Percentile £504 £488 £494
90th Percentile £586 £538 £500
England median daily rate £450 £483 £455
% change year-on-year -6.74% +6.04% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 8
10th Percentile £31.91 £18.86 £30.00
25th Percentile £34.54 £21.04 £40.31
Median hourly rate £47.50 £32.25 £48.75
Median % change year-on-year +47.29% -33.85% +45.52%
75th Percentile £50.00 £41.88 £52.50
90th Percentile " £45.25 £52.65
England median hourly rate £45.00 £36.01 £45.00
% change year-on-year +24.97% -19.98% +11.11%

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 1,350 2,535 3,499
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 83.44% 81.77% 84.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 760 1,537 2,067
10th Percentile £163 £213 £263
25th Percentile £310 £340 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £438 £450
Median % change year-on-year -2.86% -2.78% +5.88%
75th Percentile £521 £525 £525
90th Percentile £585 £600 £600
England median daily rate £488 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +2.63% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 182 163 171
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.60 £11.16
25th Percentile £13.53 £16.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.50 £20.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -9.76% +17.14% -7.89%
75th Percentile £40.00 £46.75 £43.38
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.60 £52.50
England median hourly rate £25.00 £21.34 £22.50
% change year-on-year +17.15% -5.16% +4.59%

Validation
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 12 April 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 12 April 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 12 April 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 +22 36 £420 +5.00% 42
Cambridgeshire +25 12 £480 +1.05% 6
Essex +18 4 £210 -56.70% 6
Bedfordshire +2 2 £340 -32.00% 4
Suffolk +12 1 - - 1
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 12 April 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 22 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 19 (34.55%) SC Cleared
3 13 (23.64%) C++
4 12 (21.82%) Telecoms
5 10 (18.18%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 10 (18.18%) Test Scripting
6 9 (16.36%) Test Strategy
6 9 (16.36%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (16.36%) SQL
7 8 (14.55%) C
7 8 (14.55%) Python
8 7 (12.73%) Software Testing
9 6 (10.91%) Degree
9 6 (10.91%) Military
9 6 (10.91%) Law
9 6 (10.91%) Manufacturing
9 6 (10.91%) MATLAB
9 6 (10.91%) Simulink
9 6 (10.91%) Algorithms
9 6 (10.91%) Schematic Capture
9 6 (10.91%) Customer Requirements
9 6 (10.91%) Model Validation
10 5 (9.09%) Prototyping
10 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (9.09%) Digital Signal Processing
10 5 (9.09%) Signal Processing
10 5 (9.09%) Stateflow
10 5 (9.09%) SAP
10 5 (9.09%) ITIL
10 5 (9.09%) Electronics

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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:

Applications
1 6 (10.91%) Simulink
2 5 (9.09%) Stateflow
3 3 (5.45%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (5.45%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.82%) Maximo
2 1 (1.82%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (1.82%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) Azure
1 4 (7.27%) Power Platform
2 3 (5.45%) AWS
3 2 (3.64%) GCP
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon EKS
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.82%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (1.82%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.27%) DWDM
1 4 (7.27%) Ethernet
1 4 (7.27%) SDH
2 1 (1.82%) LAN
2 1 (1.82%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.27%) Power BI
2 3 (5.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (3.64%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon Athena
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (1.82%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.82%) Big Data
4 1 (1.82%) DataStage
4 1 (1.82%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.82%) Impala
4 1 (1.82%) MS Access
4 1 (1.82%) MySQL
4 1 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.82%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.82%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.82%) Spotfire
4 1 (1.82%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 4 (7.27%) Rational Rhapsody
2 2 (3.64%) GitLab
2 2 (3.64%) Jenkins
2 2 (3.64%) JIRA
2 2 (3.64%) LabVIEW
2 2 (3.64%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.82%) Artifactory
3 1 (1.82%) Cypress.io
3 1 (1.82%) Gerrit
3 1 (1.82%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.82%) Robot Framework
3 1 (1.82%) Selenium
3 1 (1.82%) SonarQube
General
1 12 (21.82%) Telecoms
2 6 (10.91%) Law
2 6 (10.91%) Manufacturing
2 6 (10.91%) Military
3 5 (9.09%) Electronics
4 3 (5.45%) Automotive
4 3 (5.45%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (3.64%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.82%) Billing
6 1 (1.82%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (14.55%) Design Engineer
2 6 (10.91%) Digital Design Engineer
2 6 (10.91%) Systems Engineer
2 6 (10.91%) Test Engineer
3 4 (7.27%) Software Engineer
3 4 (7.27%) Tester
4 3 (5.45%) Analyst
4 3 (5.45%) Consultant
4 3 (5.45%) Report Analyst
4 3 (5.45%) SAP Consultant
4 3 (5.45%) SAP EWM Consultant
4 3 (5.45%) Validation Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Designer
5 2 (3.64%) Embedded C/C++ Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Embedded C/C++ Software Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Embedded C++ Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Embedded C++ Software Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Software Validation Engineer
5 2 (3.64%) Test Leader
5 2 (3.64%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
1 1 (1.82%) Keras
1 1 (1.82%) LLVM
1 1 (1.82%) PyTorch
1 1 (1.82%) REST
1 1 (1.82%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 10 (18.18%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 6 (10.91%) Algorithms
3 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (9.09%) VHDL
4 4 (7.27%) ASIC
5 3 (5.45%) Life Science
5 3 (5.45%) Management Information System
5 3 (5.45%) NHS
6 2 (3.64%) Biotechnology
6 2 (3.64%) Freedom of Information
6 2 (3.64%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (1.82%) Analogue Electronics
7 1 (1.82%) FMCG
7 1 (1.82%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.64%) Linux
2 1 (1.82%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (18.18%) Test Scripting
2 9 (16.36%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (16.36%) Test Strategy
3 7 (12.73%) Software Testing
4 6 (10.91%) Customer Requirements
4 6 (10.91%) Model Validation
4 6 (10.91%) Schematic Capture
5 5 (9.09%) Digital Signal Processing
5 5 (9.09%) ITIL
5 5 (9.09%) Prototyping
5 5 (9.09%) Signal Processing
6 4 (7.27%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (7.27%) DevOps
6 4 (7.27%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (7.27%) Project Management
6 4 (7.27%) Software Engineering
6 4 (7.27%) Test Automation
6 4 (7.27%) UML
7 3 (5.45%) FMEA
7 3 (5.45%) ITIL 4
Programming Languages
1 13 (23.64%) C++
2 9 (16.36%) SQL
3 8 (14.55%) C
3 8 (14.55%) Python
4 6 (10.91%) MATLAB
5 4 (7.27%) Ada
6 2 (3.64%) Embedded C
6 2 (3.64%) Embedded C++
7 1 (1.82%) C#
7 1 (1.82%) Groovy
7 1 (1.82%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.82%) R
7 1 (1.82%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 22 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 19 (34.55%) SC Cleared
3 6 (10.91%) Degree
4 4 (7.27%) ISTQB
5 3 (5.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (3.64%) DV Cleared
6 2 (3.64%) PhD
6 2 (3.64%) PMP
7 1 (1.82%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.82%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.64%) ECSS
1 2 (3.64%) QA
2 1 (1.82%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.82%) GMP
2 1 (1.82%) GxP
2 1 (1.82%) ISO 13485
2 1 (1.82%) JTAG
2 1 (1.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (1.82%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (1.82%) Kubernetes
1 1 (1.82%) Terraform
Vendors
1 5 (9.09%) SAP
2 4 (7.27%) Alcatel-Lucent
2 4 (7.27%) Nokia
3 3 (5.45%) EMC
4 2 (3.64%) Oracle
4 2 (3.64%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.82%) Coverity
5 1 (1.82%) Google
5 1 (1.82%) IBM
5 1 (1.82%) Informatica
5 1 (1.82%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.82%) MicroStrategy
5 1 (1.82%) Talend