Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 193 195 185
Rank change year-on-year +2 -10 -14
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,317 1,194 1,457
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.40% 1.36% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.62% 1.60% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 754 665 848
England median daily rate £450 £440 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £280 £263 £261
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £440 £433 £400
% change year-on-year +1.73% +8.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 70 82
England median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £20.50 £16.23 £12.97
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £40.75 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +13.19% -4.00% +7.14%

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 81,069 74,495 85,828
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.88% 85.13% 84.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 53,895 49,069 57,206
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £268
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,236 1,936 2,070
England median hourly rate £22.46 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.16% +4.17% +11.63%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.39 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.50 £51.38 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £21.75 £25.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year -13.00% +2.04% +13.95%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 18 July 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 -2 576 £475 +5.56% 104
South East -17 280 £416 -2.06% 66
North of England -7 134 £400 -2.44% 65
East of England +44 131 £423 +4.68% 58
South West +23 108 £400 -5.88% 44
North West -17 78 £400 -2.44% 33
Midlands -49 77 £400 -5.88% 77
West Midlands -50 41 £363 -13.69% 55
East Midlands +2 36 £400 -11.11% 22
Yorkshire -33 35 £413 +17.86% 22
North East +14 22 £384 -33.26% 10
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 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.

1 294 (22.32%) Finance
2 280 (21.26%) Agile Software Development
3 188 (14.27%) SQL
3 188 (14.27%) Analytical Skills
4 181 (13.74%) Migration
5 176 (13.36%) Microsoft
6 150 (11.39%) Security Cleared
7 146 (11.09%) Data Validation
8 144 (10.93%) Project Management
9 137 (10.40%) Degree
10 133 (10.10%) ITIL
11 129 (9.79%) Java
12 126 (9.57%) Problem-Solving
13 121 (9.19%) SC Cleared
14 116 (8.81%) Windows
15 109 (8.28%) SQL Server
16 106 (8.05%) Microsoft Excel
17 104 (7.90%) Banking
18 97 (7.37%) QA
18 97 (7.37%) Stakeholder Management
19 95 (7.21%) Scrum
20 94 (7.14%) CRM
21 91 (6.91%) Business Analysis
22 88 (6.68%) Oracle
23 86 (6.53%) Test Automation
24 83 (6.30%) Data Migration
25 82 (6.23%) Unix
25 82 (6.23%) Python
26 80 (6.07%) ETL
26 80 (6.07%) Linux

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 34 (2.58%) SharePoint
2 29 (2.20%) WebSphere
3 25 (1.90%) Apache
4 22 (1.67%) Confluence
4 22 (1.67%) SAS
5 17 (1.29%) Commerce Server
5 17 (1.29%) Tomcat
6 16 (1.21%) IIS
7 15 (1.14%) OpenStack
8 14 (1.06%) Apache Spark
9 12 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
9 12 (0.91%) GemFire
10 10 (0.76%) WebLogic
11 9 (0.68%) JBoss
12 7 (0.53%) CMS
12 7 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
12 7 (0.53%) Skype for Business
13 6 (0.46%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.30%) Documentum
14 4 (0.30%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 106 (8.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 51 (3.87%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.29%) Microsoft Project
4 16 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (1.21%) MS Visio
5 14 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
6 13 (0.99%) InVision
7 8 (0.61%) Simulink
8 7 (0.53%) OmniGraffle
9 6 (0.46%) Chatbot
9 6 (0.46%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.46%) SOLIDWORKS
9 6 (0.46%) SPSS
10 4 (0.30%) UXPin
11 3 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.23%) Stateflow
12 2 (0.15%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.15%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 11 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.53%) SAP ERP
3 6 (0.46%) Maximo
3 6 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 5 (0.38%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.30%) Actimize
5 4 (0.30%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.23%) ENOVIA
6 3 (0.23%) Sage 50
6 3 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.23%) SAP R/3
6 3 (0.23%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.15%) IntelliMatch
7 2 (0.15%) Magento
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.15%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 69 (5.24%) Amazon AWS
2 53 (4.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (2.58%) PaaS
4 22 (1.67%) SaaS
5 17 (1.29%) GitHub
5 17 (1.29%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 15 (1.14%) Office 365
7 12 (0.91%) SuccessFactors
8 9 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (0.61%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (0.61%) BrowserStack
9 8 (0.61%) OpenShift
10 6 (0.46%) Basecamp
10 6 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
10 6 (0.46%) IaaS
11 5 (0.38%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 49 (3.72%) Firewall
2 32 (2.43%) WAN
3 30 (2.28%) LAN
4 27 (2.05%) HTTP
5 26 (1.97%) Internet
6 23 (1.75%) Ethernet
7 22 (1.67%) VPN
7 22 (1.67%) Wireless
8 19 (1.44%) SAN
9 17 (1.29%) SMS
10 15 (1.14%) Cisco ASA
11 14 (1.06%) DNS
12 11 (0.84%) IPsec
12 11 (0.84%) MPLS
13 10 (0.76%) Cisco Nexus
13 10 (0.76%) NAS
13 10 (0.76%) TCP/IP
14 8 (0.61%) BGP
14 8 (0.61%) Cisco ISE
15 7 (0.53%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (8.28%) SQL Server
2 51 (3.87%) Relational Database
3 46 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
4 42 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 41 (3.11%) Big Data
6 38 (2.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 28 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
8 26 (1.97%) Hadoop
9 22 (1.67%) Apache Hive
10 20 (1.52%) Power BI
11 19 (1.44%) HBase
11 19 (1.44%) Oracle Reports
12 16 (1.21%) MySQL
12 16 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
13 14 (1.06%) Blockchain
13 14 (1.06%) Oracle Database
13 14 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
14 12 (0.91%) Data Mining
14 12 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 11 (0.84%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 72 (5.47%) JIRA
2 66 (5.01%) Git (software)
3 36 (2.73%) Jenkins
4 32 (2.43%) Cucumber
5 27 (2.05%) Eclipse
5 27 (2.05%) JUnit
6 24 (1.82%) Selenium
7 21 (1.59%) Maven
8 17 (1.29%) Visual Studio
9 16 (1.21%) gulp
9 16 (1.21%) Rational DOORS
10 15 (1.14%) IntelliJ
10 15 (1.14%) Subversion
11 14 (1.06%) PhantomJS
11 14 (1.06%) webpack
12 13 (0.99%) Grunt
12 13 (0.99%) Jasmine
13 10 (0.76%) Axure RP
13 10 (0.76%) Gradle
13 10 (0.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 294 (22.32%) Finance
2 104 (7.90%) Banking
3 67 (5.09%) Retail
4 60 (4.56%) Pharmaceutical
5 53 (4.02%) Telecoms
6 48 (3.64%) Marketing
7 39 (2.96%) Manufacturing
8 33 (2.51%) Front Office
8 33 (2.51%) Legal
9 30 (2.28%) Investment Banking
10 19 (1.44%) Electronics
11 17 (1.29%) Military
12 15 (1.14%) Games
13 14 (1.06%) French Language
13 14 (1.06%) Law
14 13 (0.99%) Automotive
14 13 (0.99%) Financial Institution
15 10 (0.76%) Aerospace
16 9 (0.68%) Billing
17 8 (0.61%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 348 (26.42%) Analyst
2 161 (12.22%) Developer
3 146 (11.09%) Business Analyst
4 81 (6.15%) Consultant
5 76 (5.77%) Architect
5 76 (5.77%) Project Manager
6 66 (5.01%) Data Analyst
7 43 (3.26%) Designer
8 37 (2.81%) Test Analyst
9 35 (2.66%) Administrator
10 34 (2.58%) Qualitative Analyst
10 34 (2.58%) Quantitative Analyst
11 33 (2.51%) Software Engineer
11 33 (2.51%) Tester
12 31 (2.35%) Test Engineer
13 30 (2.28%) Senior Analyst
14 25 (1.90%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 25 (1.90%) Risk Analyst
15 24 (1.82%) Java Developer
15 24 (1.82%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (4.63%) Web Services
2 54 (4.10%) HTML
3 53 (4.02%) Middleware
4 51 (3.87%) CSS
5 42 (3.19%) JSON
6 39 (2.96%) XML
7 37 (2.81%) J2EE
7 37 (2.81%) Spring
8 30 (2.28%) HTML5
9 27 (2.05%) REST
10 24 (1.82%) .NET
11 23 (1.75%) CSS3
12 21 (1.59%) RESTful
13 19 (1.44%) AngularJS
14 17 (1.29%) jQuery
14 17 (1.29%) OAuth
15 16 (1.21%) Kafka
15 16 (1.21%) Sass
15 16 (1.21%) SOAP
16 14 (1.06%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 188 (14.27%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (5.16%) User Experience
3 67 (5.09%) Management Information System
4 51 (3.87%) Computer Science
5 45 (3.42%) Data Centre
6 40 (3.04%) Virtual Team
7 28 (2.13%) Credit Risk
7 28 (2.13%) Data Structures
8 24 (1.82%) Algorithms
8 24 (1.82%) Life Science
9 22 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
10 20 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
11 19 (1.44%) Mobile App
12 18 (1.37%) Client/Server
13 17 (1.29%) Fintech
14 16 (1.21%) PKI
15 15 (1.14%) LIMS
15 15 (1.14%) NHS
16 14 (1.06%) Clustering
16 14 (1.06%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 116 (8.81%) Windows
2 82 (6.23%) Unix
3 80 (6.07%) Linux
4 44 (3.34%) Windows Server
5 16 (1.21%) Windows 10
5 16 (1.21%) Windows 7
6 15 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (0.91%) Android
8 11 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (0.68%) CentOS
11 8 (0.61%) AIX
12 7 (0.53%) Solaris
13 5 (0.38%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.30%) Debian
14 4 (0.30%) FreeRTOS
14 4 (0.30%) SafeRTOS
15 3 (0.23%) CoreOS
15 3 (0.23%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 2 (0.15%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 280 (21.26%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (13.74%) Migration
3 146 (11.09%) Data Validation
4 144 (10.93%) Project Management
5 133 (10.10%) ITIL
6 126 (9.57%) Problem-Solving
7 97 (7.37%) Stakeholder Management
8 95 (7.21%) Scrum
9 94 (7.14%) CRM
10 91 (6.91%) Business Analysis
11 86 (6.53%) Test Automation
12 83 (6.30%) Data Migration
13 80 (6.07%) Data Analysis
13 80 (6.07%) ETL
14 75 (5.69%) DevOps
15 73 (5.54%) Change Management
16 67 (5.09%) Business Intelligence
16 67 (5.09%) Test Scripting
17 66 (5.01%) Analytics
18 65 (4.94%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 188 (14.27%) SQL
2 129 (9.79%) Java
3 82 (6.23%) Python
4 63 (4.78%) JavaScript
5 50 (3.80%) C
6 48 (3.64%) C++
7 46 (3.49%) C#
8 39 (2.96%) Shell Script
9 37 (2.81%) VBA
10 33 (2.51%) PL/SQL
11 31 (2.35%) MATLAB
11 31 (2.35%) PowerShell
12 26 (1.97%) R
12 26 (1.97%) T-SQL
13 17 (1.29%) Java 8
14 15 (1.14%) Apex Code
14 15 (1.14%) Ruby
15 14 (1.06%) Scala
16 12 (0.91%) ES6
16 12 (0.91%) Perl
Qualifications
1 150 (11.39%) Security Cleared
2 137 (10.40%) Degree
3 121 (9.19%) SC Cleared
4 31 (2.35%) ISEB
5 24 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
5 24 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 19 (1.44%) MCSE
7 17 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
7 17 (1.29%) DV Cleared
7 17 (1.29%) ISTQB
7 17 (1.29%) MCSA
8 16 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 12 (0.91%) Master's Degree
11 11 (0.84%) CCIE
11 11 (0.84%) PMI Certification
12 8 (0.61%) CCNP
12 8 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 7 (0.53%) APMP
13 7 (0.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (7.37%) QA
2 48 (3.64%) Data Quality
3 28 (2.13%) SLA
4 26 (1.97%) GxP
5 21 (1.59%) GDPR
6 20 (1.52%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 16 (1.21%) GMP
8 15 (1.14%) ISO 9001
9 13 (0.99%) PMO
10 11 (0.84%) PCI DSS
11 10 (0.76%) GCP
11 10 (0.76%) WCAG
12 9 (0.68%) IFRS
12 9 (0.68%) IFRS 9
13 8 (0.61%) GLP
14 6 (0.46%) ARP4754
14 6 (0.46%) GAMP
14 6 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 5 (0.38%) ISO 26262
15 5 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 72 (5.47%) Active Directory
2 39 (2.96%) Docker
3 32 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (1.37%) HDFS
5 12 (0.91%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 6 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.38%) vSphere
7 5 (0.38%) XenApp
8 4 (0.30%) Firmware
9 3 (0.23%) ISA Server
9 3 (0.23%) NFS
9 3 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.15%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.15%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.076%) ACF2
11 1 (0.076%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.076%) RACF
11 1 (0.076%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 25 (1.90%) SCCM
2 23 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
3 20 (1.52%) Kubernetes
4 16 (1.21%) Ansible
5 14 (1.06%) SCOM
6 12 (0.91%) HP ALM
7 11 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
8 10 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (0.76%) Terraform
9 8 (0.61%) Puppet
9 8 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
10 7 (0.53%) SCVMM
11 6 (0.46%) Oozie
12 4 (0.30%) QRadar
13 3 (0.23%) Consul
13 3 (0.23%) Grafana
13 3 (0.23%) Kibana
13 3 (0.23%) logstash
13 3 (0.23%) Opsview
13 3 (0.23%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 176 (13.36%) Microsoft
2 88 (6.68%) Oracle
3 70 (5.32%) Salesforce.com
4 64 (4.86%) SAP
5 58 (4.40%) Cisco
6 46 (3.49%) VMware
7 22 (1.67%) Remedy
8 19 (1.44%) HP
9 17 (1.29%) Google
9 17 (1.29%) ServiceNow
10 16 (1.21%) Citrix
10 16 (1.21%) IBM
11 15 (1.14%) Juniper
12 14 (1.06%) Adobe
12 14 (1.06%) CheckPoint
13 13 (0.99%) Splunk
13 13 (0.99%) Tableau
14 12 (0.91%) F5
14 12 (0.91%) SolarWinds
15 9 (0.68%) Cognos