Period
to 14 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 14 December 2018 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
UK > England
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 208 197 187
Rank change year-on-year -11 -10 -12
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,309 1,325 1,379
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.36% 1.39% 1.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 1.62% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 730 783 801
England median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09% +1.85%
10th Percentile £280 £275 £250
90th Percentile £625 £672 £600
UK median daily rate £445 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -1.11% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 70 60
England median hourly rate £38.13 £42.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.76% +5.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £16.30 £14.25 £15.99
90th Percentile £51.25 £52.63 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -8.54% +2.50% +6.67%

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 England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 83,301 81,780 81,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.79% 86.06% 85.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,889 55,114 54,414
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £300 £283 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,083 1,882 2,266
England median hourly rate £22.22 £25.00 £22.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.14% +9.06% +4.19%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.35 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £24.02 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.33% +6.76% +2.27%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in England over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in England over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in England

Validation
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 14 December 2018. 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
London +1 598 £500 +2.56% 96
South East -21 245 £420 -1.18% 86
North of England +11 149 £405 -1.82% 77
South West -31 124 £405 -3.57% 53
East of England -3 103 £435 +6.88% 57
Midlands -39 83 £388 -3.13% 63
North West -7 67 £400 -13.04% 35
Yorkshire -5 65 £403 +0.63% 31
West Midlands -33 58 £388 -3.13% 46
East Midlands 0 25 £375 -16.67% 17
North East +12 18 £413 +10.00% 11
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, 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 England region with a requirement for Validation.

1 318 (24.29%) Finance
2 287 (21.93%) Agile Software Development
3 262 (20.02%) SQL
4 228 (17.42%) Analytical Skills
5 184 (14.06%) Data Validation
6 172 (13.14%) Microsoft
7 168 (12.83%) Migration
8 140 (10.70%) Java
8 140 (10.70%) Problem-Solving
9 138 (10.54%) Oracle
10 136 (10.39%) QA
11 128 (9.78%) Degree
11 128 (9.78%) Windows
12 126 (9.63%) SQL Server
13 122 (9.32%) Data Analysis
14 114 (8.71%) Security Cleared
15 109 (8.33%) JIRA
16 105 (8.02%) Test Automation
16 105 (8.02%) Project Management
16 105 (8.02%) Unix
17 99 (7.56%) ETL
17 99 (7.56%) Business Intelligence
18 98 (7.49%) Banking
19 97 (7.41%) SC Cleared
20 94 (7.18%) Scrum
21 93 (7.10%) SAP
22 90 (6.88%) Stakeholder Management
22 90 (6.88%) Analytics
23 88 (6.72%) Amazon AWS
23 88 (6.72%) Microsoft Excel

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 48 (3.67%) SAS
2 36 (2.75%) SharePoint
3 34 (2.60%) Confluence
4 21 (1.60%) WebSphere
5 18 (1.38%) Apache
5 18 (1.38%) Commerce Server
6 17 (1.30%) CMS
7 16 (1.22%) WebLogic
8 14 (1.07%) Tomcat
9 12 (0.92%) Apache Spark
10 10 (0.76%) Mule
11 9 (0.69%) OpenStack
12 8 (0.61%) IIS
12 8 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 7 (0.53%) NServiceBus
14 6 (0.46%) IBM Notes
15 4 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
15 4 (0.31%) GemFire
15 4 (0.31%) Gentran
16 3 (0.23%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 88 (6.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 52 (3.97%) Microsoft Office
3 23 (1.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (1.68%) Spreadsheet
5 18 (1.38%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.99%) Simulink
7 9 (0.69%) Siemens NX
8 8 (0.61%) InVision
9 6 (0.46%) Chatbot
10 5 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
10 5 (0.38%) SPSS
10 5 (0.38%) Stateflow
11 2 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.076%) Mathematica
Business Applications
1 26 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.99%) Oracle Retail
3 11 (0.84%) Remedy ITSM
4 10 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
5 8 (0.61%) SAP S/4HANA
6 7 (0.53%) PeopleSoft HRMS
7 6 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (0.46%) SAP MM
8 5 (0.38%) Markit EDM
8 5 (0.38%) SAP MDG
8 5 (0.38%) SAP SD
9 4 (0.31%) SAP BPC
9 4 (0.31%) Workday HCM
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 3 (0.23%) Sage 50
10 3 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 88 (6.72%) Amazon AWS
2 82 (6.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (2.06%) Office 365
4 24 (1.83%) Dynamics 365
5 20 (1.53%) PaaS
5 20 (1.53%) SaaS
6 14 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
8 12 (0.92%) Amazon S3
9 11 (0.84%) GitHub
9 11 (0.84%) IaaS
10 10 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (0.76%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 8 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
11 8 (0.61%) Basecamp
11 8 (0.61%) Serverless
12 6 (0.46%) Azure Data Factory
12 6 (0.46%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 5 (0.38%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 5 (0.38%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.22%) Firewall
2 25 (1.91%) Internet
2 25 (1.91%) TCP/IP
2 25 (1.91%) Wireless
3 24 (1.83%) HTTP
4 23 (1.76%) LAN
4 23 (1.76%) WAN
5 18 (1.38%) DNS
6 17 (1.30%) Ethernet
7 15 (1.15%) DHCP
8 12 (0.92%) FTP
8 12 (0.92%) SAN
9 11 (0.84%) MPLS
9 11 (0.84%) SSH
9 11 (0.84%) SSL
9 11 (0.84%) VPN
10 10 (0.76%) 3G
11 9 (0.69%) Cisco ASA
11 9 (0.69%) LTE
11 9 (0.69%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 126 (9.63%) SQL Server
2 64 (4.89%) Relational Database
3 55 (4.20%) Data Warehouse
4 52 (3.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 48 (3.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 39 (2.98%) Hadoop
7 36 (2.75%) Big Data
8 29 (2.22%) Oracle Reports
8 29 (2.22%) Power BI
9 26 (1.99%) MySQL
9 26 (1.99%) QlikView
10 24 (1.83%) Apache Hive
11 23 (1.76%) Oracle Database
12 22 (1.68%) BusinessObjects
12 22 (1.68%) Data Mining
13 19 (1.45%) Base SAS
13 19 (1.45%) Ingres
14 14 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
15 13 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
15 13 (0.99%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 109 (8.33%) JIRA
2 71 (5.42%) Git (software)
3 47 (3.59%) Jenkins
4 32 (2.44%) Selenium
5 28 (2.14%) Cucumber
6 26 (1.99%) Visual Studio
7 20 (1.53%) WebDriver
8 19 (1.45%) Eclipse
9 18 (1.38%) Team Foundation Server
10 17 (1.30%) JMeter
10 17 (1.30%) SoapUI
11 16 (1.22%) Subversion
12 13 (0.99%) Maven
12 13 (0.99%) Rational DOORS
13 11 (0.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 11 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
14 9 (0.69%) IntelliJ
14 9 (0.69%) JUnit
15 8 (0.61%) TeamCity
15 8 (0.61%) TestRail
General
1 318 (24.29%) Finance
2 98 (7.49%) Banking
3 86 (6.57%) Retail
4 52 (3.97%) Telecoms
5 49 (3.74%) Manufacturing
6 46 (3.51%) Pharmaceutical
7 43 (3.28%) Marketing
8 36 (2.75%) Back Office
9 29 (2.22%) Front Office
10 28 (2.14%) Electronics
11 25 (1.91%) Publishing
12 20 (1.53%) Aerospace
12 20 (1.53%) Financial Institution
13 19 (1.45%) Legal
14 17 (1.30%) Automotive
14 17 (1.30%) Investment Banking
15 14 (1.07%) Billing
16 10 (0.76%) Law
17 6 (0.46%) Advertising
17 6 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 312 (23.83%) Analyst
2 190 (14.51%) Developer
3 111 (8.48%) Architect
4 94 (7.18%) Consultant
5 91 (6.95%) Business Analyst
6 80 (6.11%) Data Analyst
7 64 (4.89%) Test Analyst
8 50 (3.82%) SQL Analyst
9 46 (3.51%) Tester
10 42 (3.21%) Test Engineer
11 32 (2.44%) Designer
11 32 (2.44%) Project Manager
12 31 (2.37%) Software Engineer
12 31 (2.37%) Solutions Architect
13 30 (2.29%) SQL Data Analyst
14 28 (2.14%) Senior Analyst
14 28 (2.14%) Systems Engineer
15 27 (2.06%) Cloud Architect
16 26 (1.99%) Test Manager
17 23 (1.76%) Financial Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (5.81%) Web Services
2 59 (4.51%) XML
3 48 (3.67%) J2EE
4 46 (3.51%) HTML
5 43 (3.28%) Middleware
6 40 (3.06%) .NET
7 38 (2.90%) CSS
8 36 (2.75%) SOAP
9 30 (2.29%) HTML5
9 30 (2.29%) JSON
9 30 (2.29%) REST
10 26 (1.99%) CSS3
10 26 (1.99%) RESTful
11 21 (1.60%) Spring
12 17 (1.30%) jQuery
13 16 (1.22%) Node.js
13 16 (1.22%) OAuth
14 15 (1.15%) DOM
15 14 (1.07%) Taurus
16 12 (0.92%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 228 (17.42%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (5.04%) Management Information System
3 52 (3.97%) User Experience
4 40 (3.06%) Data Centre
5 35 (2.67%) Greenfield Project
6 25 (1.91%) Equities
7 19 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
8 18 (1.38%) Virtual Team
9 17 (1.30%) PKI
10 16 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
11 14 (1.07%) Algorithms
11 14 (1.07%) NHS
12 13 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
12 13 (0.99%) Mainframe
13 11 (0.84%) Credit Risk
13 11 (0.84%) Life Science
13 11 (0.84%) Online Banking
14 10 (0.76%) Derivative
14 10 (0.76%) Reference Data
15 9 (0.69%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 128 (9.78%) Windows
2 105 (8.02%) Unix
3 74 (5.65%) Linux
4 37 (2.83%) Windows 10
5 25 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 24 (1.83%) Windows 7
7 22 (1.68%) Windows Server
8 17 (1.30%) CentOS
9 15 (1.15%) Solaris
10 12 (0.92%) AIX
10 12 (0.92%) Apple iOS
10 12 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
11 11 (0.84%) Ubuntu
12 9 (0.69%) Oracle Linux
13 8 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
14 6 (0.46%) Android
14 6 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
15 4 (0.31%) MVS
16 2 (0.15%) Debian
16 2 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (21.93%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (14.06%) Data Validation
3 168 (12.83%) Migration
4 140 (10.70%) Problem-Solving
5 122 (9.32%) Data Analysis
6 105 (8.02%) Project Management
6 105 (8.02%) Test Automation
7 99 (7.56%) Business Intelligence
7 99 (7.56%) ETL
8 94 (7.18%) Scrum
9 90 (6.88%) Analytics
9 90 (6.88%) Stakeholder Management
10 83 (6.34%) CRM
11 79 (6.04%) Computer Science
12 75 (5.73%) Test Scripting
13 73 (5.58%) Data Migration
14 72 (5.50%) ITIL
15 66 (5.04%) Data Modelling
16 65 (4.97%) User Acceptance Testing
17 64 (4.89%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 262 (20.02%) SQL
2 140 (10.70%) Java
3 86 (6.57%) Python
4 53 (4.05%) JavaScript
5 40 (3.06%) R
6 38 (2.90%) C
6 38 (2.90%) PowerShell
6 38 (2.90%) T-SQL
7 33 (2.52%) C#
7 33 (2.52%) C++
8 31 (2.37%) Shell Script
9 27 (2.06%) PL/SQL
10 24 (1.83%) MATLAB
11 22 (1.68%) VBA
12 13 (0.99%) SAS Macro
13 9 (0.69%) Perl
13 9 (0.69%) Ruby
13 9 (0.69%) Scala
14 8 (0.61%) Bash Shell
14 8 (0.61%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 128 (9.78%) Degree
2 114 (8.71%) Security Cleared
3 97 (7.41%) SC Cleared
4 34 (2.60%) ISEB
5 33 (2.52%) Computer Science Degree
6 28 (2.14%) Cisco Certification
7 26 (1.99%) ISTQB
8 22 (1.68%) Master's Degree
8 22 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
9 21 (1.60%) MCSE
10 20 (1.53%) DV Cleared
11 19 (1.45%) CISSP
12 14 (1.07%) CCNP
13 13 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 12 (0.92%) PhD
15 10 (0.76%) CCNA
16 9 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
16 9 (0.69%) Numerate Degree
16 9 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 7 (0.53%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (10.39%) QA
2 66 (5.04%) Data Quality
3 21 (1.60%) PMO
4 17 (1.30%) GxP
4 17 (1.30%) SLA
5 14 (1.07%) GDPR
6 13 (0.99%) SEPA
7 12 (0.92%) GMP
8 11 (0.84%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 10 (0.76%) IFRS
9 10 (0.76%) IFRS 9
10 9 (0.69%) ISO 9001
10 9 (0.69%) WCAG
11 8 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 8 (0.61%) PCI DSS
11 8 (0.61%) PSD2
12 7 (0.53%) ARP4754
13 6 (0.46%) GAMP
14 5 (0.38%) Actionable Recommendations
14 5 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 61 (4.66%) Active Directory
2 32 (2.44%) Docker
3 23 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.61%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.61%) vCloud
4 8 (0.61%) vSphere
5 5 (0.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 5 (0.38%) Firmware
6 4 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.31%) NFS
6 4 (0.31%) XenApp
7 3 (0.23%) HDFS
7 3 (0.23%) KVM
7 3 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.15%) BIND 9
8 2 (0.15%) Postfix
8 2 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.076%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.076%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 31 (2.37%) SCCM
2 28 (2.14%) HP Quality Center
3 23 (1.76%) Ansible
4 16 (1.22%) Kubernetes
5 14 (1.07%) HP ALM
6 12 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
6 12 (0.92%) SCOM
7 10 (0.76%) Terraform
8 8 (0.61%) SCVMM
9 7 (0.53%) Control-M
9 7 (0.53%) Opsview
9 7 (0.53%) Puppet
10 5 (0.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 4 (0.31%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
12 3 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
13 2 (0.15%) Hadoop YARN
13 2 (0.15%) Oozie
13 2 (0.15%) SCOrch
13 2 (0.15%) SCSM
Vendors
1 172 (13.14%) Microsoft
2 138 (10.54%) Oracle
3 93 (7.10%) SAP
4 49 (3.74%) Cisco
5 41 (3.13%) Tableau
6 39 (2.98%) HP
6 39 (2.98%) Salesforce.com
7 32 (2.44%) IBM
8 31 (2.37%) VMware
9 27 (2.06%) Remedy
10 19 (1.45%) Reuters
11 16 (1.22%) Adobe
12 15 (1.15%) Citrix
12 15 (1.15%) CyberArk
13 14 (1.07%) Juniper
13 14 (1.07%) SolarWinds
14 13 (0.99%) DataFlux
14 13 (0.99%) Google
15 12 (0.92%) Cognos
15 12 (0.92%) Red Hat