Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 192 190 178
Rank change year-on-year -2 -12 -15
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,307 1,263 1,391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.40% 1.42% 1.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.65% 1.69% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 776 723 745
England median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £299 £250 £252
90th Percentile £638 £600 £614
UK median daily rate £450 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +12.22% +0.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 54 100
England median hourly rate £40.25 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.33% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £16.25 £16.99 £16.25
90th Percentile £53.13 £51.75 £50.78
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.85% +21.88%

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 79,171 74,757 81,060
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.88% 84.03% 82.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 53,371 49,864 53,505
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.42%
10th Percentile £295 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,911 2,050 2,392
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +16.77%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.35 £11.34
90th Percentile £50.50 £49.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.85
% change year-on-year -4.00% +0.60% +24.25%

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 21 February 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 21 February 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 21 February 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 -14 596 £475 +5.56% 97
South East -12 270 £430 +4.24% 96
North of England +12 122 £403 +0.63% 72
South West +10 105 £405 +13.17% 66
East of England +12 102 £400 +14.29% 69
Midlands +1 97 £400 +21.21% 104
West Midlands +9 62 £400 +23.08% 80
North West -17 61 £431 +7.81% 30
Yorkshire +19 38 £390 -6.02% 33
East Midlands +8 35 £444 +38.67% 24
North East +37 22 £375 +7.14% 9
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 270 (20.66%) Finance
2 266 (20.35%) Agile Software Development
3 226 (17.29%) SQL
4 177 (13.54%) Security Cleared
5 176 (13.47%) Migration
6 174 (13.31%) Analytical Skills
7 146 (11.17%) Microsoft
7 146 (11.17%) QA
8 138 (10.56%) Project Management
9 130 (9.95%) SC Cleared
10 129 (9.87%) Java
11 126 (9.64%) Degree
12 115 (8.80%) Data Validation
13 110 (8.42%) SQL Server
14 106 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
15 105 (8.03%) Microsoft Excel
16 101 (7.73%) Windows
17 97 (7.42%) User Acceptance Testing
18 96 (7.35%) Business Analysis
19 93 (7.12%) Banking
20 92 (7.04%) Data Migration
21 90 (6.89%) Oracle
22 89 (6.81%) CRM
23 87 (6.66%) ITIL
23 87 (6.66%) Microsoft Azure
24 84 (6.43%) Linux
24 84 (6.43%) Scrum
25 83 (6.35%) SAP
25 83 (6.35%) Test Automation
26 81 (6.20%) Test Scripting

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 37 (2.83%) Confluence
2 28 (2.14%) SharePoint
3 26 (1.99%) Apache Spark
4 25 (1.91%) SAS
5 23 (1.76%) Tomcat
6 21 (1.61%) Apache
7 19 (1.45%) WebSphere
8 17 (1.30%) CMS
9 12 (0.92%) OpenStack
9 12 (0.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 10 (0.77%) IIS
10 10 (0.77%) Oracle Workflow
11 9 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
12 8 (0.61%) Apache Pig
12 8 (0.61%) IBM Notes
13 7 (0.54%) Cloud Foundry
13 7 (0.54%) Commerce Server
13 7 (0.54%) GemFire
13 7 (0.54%) Site Server
13 7 (0.54%) WebLogic
Applications
1 105 (8.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (4.74%) Microsoft Office
3 36 (2.75%) MS Visio
4 21 (1.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (1.45%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (1.07%) OmniGraffle
7 9 (0.69%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 9 (0.69%) InVision
8 8 (0.61%) Simulink
9 6 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.15%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.15%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.15%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.077%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.077%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.077%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.077%) SPSS
11 1 (0.077%) UXPin
11 1 (0.077%) Vectorworks
11 1 (0.077%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 18 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.92%) SAP MM
3 9 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
4 8 (0.61%) Maximo
5 6 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.46%) SAP APO
5 6 (0.46%) SAP ERP
5 6 (0.46%) SAP MDG
6 5 (0.38%) iTrent
6 5 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
6 5 (0.38%) SAP MDM
6 5 (0.38%) SAP SD
7 4 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
7 4 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
8 3 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
8 3 (0.23%) NetSuite
8 3 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.23%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 87 (6.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 52 (3.98%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (1.76%) PaaS
4 18 (1.38%) GitHub
5 15 (1.15%) SaaS
6 14 (1.07%) Office 365
7 10 (0.77%) Dynamics 365
8 9 (0.69%) SuccessFactors
9 8 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.54%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 6 (0.46%) BlazeMeter
11 6 (0.46%) Data Lake Analytics
12 5 (0.38%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.38%) Basecamp
12 5 (0.38%) BrowserStack
13 4 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
13 4 (0.31%) Azure Data Factory
13 4 (0.31%) Azure Machine Learning
13 4 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.23%) AWS Data Pipeline
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.60%) Firewall
2 32 (2.45%) Internet
3 29 (2.22%) TCP/IP
4 20 (1.53%) LAN
5 18 (1.38%) WAN
5 18 (1.38%) Wireless
6 17 (1.30%) HTTP
7 16 (1.22%) SAN
7 16 (1.22%) SMS
8 15 (1.15%) VPN
9 14 (1.07%) Ethernet
10 13 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
10 13 (0.99%) DHCP
11 11 (0.84%) MPLS
12 10 (0.77%) Network Security
13 9 (0.69%) Intranet
14 8 (0.61%) Skype
15 7 (0.54%) Cisco Nexus
15 7 (0.54%) DNS
15 7 (0.54%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 110 (8.42%) SQL Server
2 48 (3.67%) Data Warehouse
3 46 (3.52%) Big Data
4 37 (2.83%) Relational Database
5 36 (2.75%) Hadoop
6 26 (1.99%) Power BI
7 24 (1.84%) HBase
7 24 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 22 (1.68%) SAP Data Services
9 21 (1.61%) MySQL
10 20 (1.53%) BusinessObjects
10 20 (1.53%) Data Lake
11 19 (1.45%) Apache Hive
11 19 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 16 (1.22%) HDInsight
12 16 (1.22%) Oracle Database
13 15 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
14 14 (1.07%) SQL Server 2016
15 13 (0.99%) NoSQL
15 13 (0.99%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 76 (5.81%) JIRA
2 54 (4.13%) Git (software)
3 32 (2.45%) Selenium
4 25 (1.91%) Visual Studio
5 21 (1.61%) Maven
6 19 (1.45%) Cucumber
7 18 (1.38%) Axure RP
7 18 (1.38%) MSI
7 18 (1.38%) Subversion
7 18 (1.38%) Team Foundation Server
8 17 (1.30%) gulp
9 16 (1.22%) Jenkins
9 16 (1.22%) LSMW
10 15 (1.15%) JUnit
11 13 (0.99%) JMeter
11 13 (0.99%) SpecFlow
12 12 (0.92%) Gradle
13 11 (0.84%) AdminStudio
13 11 (0.84%) Jasmine
13 11 (0.84%) PhantomJS
General
1 270 (20.66%) Finance
2 93 (7.12%) Banking
3 65 (4.97%) Retail
4 48 (3.67%) Pharmaceutical
5 42 (3.21%) Telecoms
6 36 (2.75%) Investment Banking
7 35 (2.68%) Front Office
8 30 (2.30%) Manufacturing
8 30 (2.30%) Marketing
9 28 (2.14%) Legal
10 24 (1.84%) Automotive
11 23 (1.76%) Back Office
12 20 (1.53%) Electronics
13 13 (0.99%) Law
14 9 (0.69%) Games
15 7 (0.54%) Publishing
15 7 (0.54%) Retail Banking
16 6 (0.46%) Billing
16 6 (0.46%) Financial Institution
16 6 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 367 (28.08%) Analyst
2 138 (10.56%) Business Analyst
2 138 (10.56%) Developer
3 135 (10.33%) Architect
4 91 (6.96%) Consultant
5 70 (5.36%) Data Analyst
6 50 (3.83%) Project Manager
7 45 (3.44%) Test Analyst
8 42 (3.21%) Designer
9 36 (2.75%) Test Engineer
10 34 (2.60%) Java Developer
11 30 (2.30%) Qualitative Analyst
11 30 (2.30%) Quantitative Analyst
12 28 (2.14%) Risk Analyst
13 27 (2.07%) Tester
14 26 (1.99%) Software Engineer
15 25 (1.91%) Senior Analyst
16 24 (1.84%) Administrator
17 23 (1.76%) Quantitative Risk Analyst
17 23 (1.76%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (4.36%) Web Services
2 56 (4.28%) CSS
2 56 (4.28%) XML
3 55 (4.21%) HTML
4 41 (3.14%) .NET
5 38 (2.91%) Middleware
6 34 (2.60%) J2EE
7 33 (2.52%) HTML5
7 33 (2.52%) REST
8 31 (2.37%) JSON
9 30 (2.30%) AngularJS
10 26 (1.99%) jQuery
11 25 (1.91%) CSS3
12 23 (1.76%) Spring
13 20 (1.53%) RESTful
14 18 (1.38%) Kafka
15 16 (1.22%) SOAP
16 15 (1.15%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 14 (1.07%) Ajax
17 14 (1.07%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 174 (13.31%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (5.74%) Management Information System
3 67 (5.13%) User Experience
4 41 (3.14%) Computer Science
5 38 (2.91%) Credit Risk
6 33 (2.52%) Derivative
7 31 (2.37%) Mobile App
8 30 (2.30%) Virtual Team
9 29 (2.22%) Data Structures
10 25 (1.91%) Data Centre
11 15 (1.15%) Algorithms
11 15 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
12 14 (1.07%) Fixed Income
13 13 (0.99%) Client/Server
13 13 (0.99%) FMCG
14 12 (0.92%) PMI
15 11 (0.84%) Equities
15 11 (0.84%) Fintech
15 11 (0.84%) Reference Data
16 10 (0.77%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 101 (7.73%) Windows
2 84 (6.43%) Linux
3 59 (4.51%) Unix
4 33 (2.52%) Windows Server
5 28 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (1.99%) Windows 7
7 22 (1.68%) Apple iOS
8 21 (1.61%) Windows 10
9 18 (1.38%) Android
10 16 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (0.77%) Windows 8
13 9 (0.69%) Windows Server 2003
14 8 (0.61%) AIX
15 7 (0.54%) Solaris
16 6 (0.46%) Windows Vista
17 3 (0.23%) CoreOS
17 3 (0.23%) Debian
17 3 (0.23%) FreeBSD
17 3 (0.23%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (20.35%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (13.47%) Migration
3 138 (10.56%) Project Management
4 115 (8.80%) Data Validation
5 106 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
6 97 (7.42%) User Acceptance Testing
7 96 (7.35%) Business Analysis
8 92 (7.04%) Data Migration
9 89 (6.81%) CRM
10 87 (6.66%) ITIL
11 84 (6.43%) Scrum
12 83 (6.35%) Test Automation
13 81 (6.20%) Test Scripting
14 78 (5.97%) Scenario Testing
15 76 (5.81%) Analytics
16 73 (5.59%) Business Intelligence
17 72 (5.51%) Data Analysis
17 72 (5.51%) Data Modelling
18 70 (5.36%) Waterfall
19 65 (4.97%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 226 (17.29%) SQL
2 129 (9.87%) Java
3 76 (5.81%) JavaScript
4 74 (5.66%) Python
5 70 (5.36%) C#
6 68 (5.20%) C++
7 46 (3.52%) PowerShell
8 39 (2.98%) C
9 29 (2.22%) VBA
10 26 (1.99%) T-SQL
11 24 (1.84%) MATLAB
12 23 (1.76%) Shell Script
13 14 (1.07%) Apex Code
13 14 (1.07%) PHP
14 13 (0.99%) PL/SQL
14 13 (0.99%) R
14 13 (0.99%) Ruby
15 10 (0.77%) Perl
16 9 (0.69%) Bash Shell
16 9 (0.69%) ES6
Qualifications
1 177 (13.54%) Security Cleared
2 130 (9.95%) SC Cleared
3 126 (9.64%) Degree
4 27 (2.07%) DV Cleared
5 24 (1.84%) Microsoft Certification
6 21 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
8 19 (1.45%) MCSE
9 16 (1.22%) CISSP
10 15 (1.15%) MCSA
10 15 (1.15%) PMI Certification
11 14 (1.07%) ISEB
11 14 (1.07%) Numerate Degree
12 13 (0.99%) ISTQB
13 12 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
14 11 (0.84%) CISM
15 9 (0.69%) MCSM
15 9 (0.69%) PMP
16 8 (0.61%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 8 (0.61%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (11.17%) QA
2 59 (4.51%) Data Quality
3 23 (1.76%) GxP
4 22 (1.68%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 22 (1.68%) GDPR
5 18 (1.38%) PMO
6 15 (1.15%) GMP
6 15 (1.15%) SLA
7 14 (1.07%) ISO 9001
7 14 (1.07%) WCAG
8 10 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 9 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
9 9 (0.69%) IFRS
9 9 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 8 (0.61%) PCI DSS
11 7 (0.54%) IFRS 9
12 6 (0.46%) GAMP
12 6 (0.46%) ISO 26262
12 6 (0.46%) MiFID
13 5 (0.38%) GCP
System Software
1 69 (5.28%) Active Directory
2 24 (1.84%) Docker
2 24 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
3 23 (1.76%) HDFS
4 17 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 12 (0.92%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.61%) Apache Flume
6 8 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
6 8 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (0.54%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 7 (0.54%) XenApp
8 5 (0.38%) Firmware
8 5 (0.38%) Terminal Server
8 5 (0.38%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.31%) Oracle Clusterware
9 4 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
9 4 (0.31%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 4 (0.31%) XenServer
10 3 (0.23%) KVM
10 3 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 47 (3.60%) SCCM
2 17 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
2 17 (1.30%) SCOM
3 15 (1.15%) SCVMM
4 10 (0.77%) Ansible
4 10 (0.77%) Hadoop YARN
5 9 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (0.69%) Terraform
6 6 (0.46%) Oozie
6 6 (0.46%) Puppet
7 5 (0.38%) Kubernetes
8 4 (0.31%) EdgeSight
8 4 (0.31%) QRadar
8 4 (0.31%) Tivoli
8 4 (0.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 3 (0.23%) EMC VPLEX
9 3 (0.23%) Kibana
9 3 (0.23%) logstash
9 3 (0.23%) Rancher
9 3 (0.23%) Salt
Vendors
1 146 (11.17%) Microsoft
2 90 (6.89%) Oracle
3 83 (6.35%) SAP
4 60 (4.59%) Salesforce.com
5 45 (3.44%) Cisco
6 35 (2.68%) VMware
7 27 (2.07%) Adobe
7 27 (2.07%) Remedy
8 25 (1.91%) Citrix
9 22 (1.68%) IBM
9 22 (1.68%) Red Hat
9 22 (1.68%) Tableau
10 19 (1.45%) HP
11 11 (0.84%) F5
11 11 (0.84%) Hortonworks
11 11 (0.84%) Talend
12 10 (0.77%) Altiris
12 10 (0.77%) Apple
12 10 (0.77%) Palo Alto
13 9 (0.69%) SolarWinds