Period
to 27 January 2020

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 27 January 2020 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
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 181 213 199
Rank change year-on-year +32 -14 -5
Contract jobs citing Validation 933 1,232 1,282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.44% 1.37% 1.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.68% 1.57% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 695 759
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +9.22%
10th Percentile £313 £305 £295
90th Percentile £674 £645 £650
UK median daily rate £451 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +0.22% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 43 62
England median hourly rate £41.50 £41.00 £41.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.22% -1.38% +10.87%
10th Percentile £18.67 £17.48 £16.25
90th Percentile £54.00 £51.10 £53.63
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £40.50 £41.15
% change year-on-year -1.23% -1.58% +9.73%

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 55,508 78,507 79,320
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.43% 87.43% 86.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,502 52,481 53,491
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £290 £300 £285
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,791 1,955 1,882
England median hourly rate £22.50 £23.88 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.78% -0.50% +1.05%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.50 £11.45
90th Percentile £52.70 £50.06 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.97 £23.88 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.83% +1.62% +1.75%

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 2020. 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 +23 412 £500 - 82
South East +46 196 £450 +3.45% 107
North of England +16 92 £410 -0.61% 57
South West -17 90 £465 +10.71% 69
East of England +24 75 £400 -11.11% 72
Midlands +23 62 £425 +6.25% 71
West Midlands +21 45 £463 +15.63% 46
North West +22 44 £500 +21.21% 37
Yorkshire +11 29 £400 - 12
North East +27 19 £413 - 8
East Midlands +19 14 £350 -12.50% 25
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 2020, 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.

1 233 (24.97%) Agile Software Development
2 213 (22.83%) Finance
3 196 (21.01%) SQL
4 152 (16.29%) Security Cleared
5 139 (14.90%) Data Validation
6 132 (14.15%) Analytical Skills
7 131 (14.04%) Python
8 130 (13.93%) Microsoft
9 126 (13.50%) Degree
10 117 (12.54%) Migration
11 110 (11.79%) Business Intelligence
12 104 (11.15%) Data Modelling
13 102 (10.93%) Analytics
14 100 (10.72%) ETL
15 99 (10.61%) Linux
16 95 (10.18%) JIRA
17 94 (10.08%) SC Cleared
18 92 (9.86%) SQL Server
19 86 (9.22%) Windows
19 86 (9.22%) Test Automation
20 84 (9.00%) QA
21 83 (8.90%) Problem-Solving
22 79 (8.47%) Microsoft Excel
23 77 (8.25%) Data Migration
23 77 (8.25%) Azure
24 75 (8.04%) Project Management
25 74 (7.93%) Data Warehouse
25 74 (7.93%) Scrum
26 73 (7.82%) DevOps
27 67 (7.18%) Oracle

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 33 (3.54%) Confluence
2 26 (2.79%) Apache Spark
2 26 (2.79%) SharePoint
3 22 (2.36%) SAS
4 7 (0.75%) Apache
5 6 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
5 6 (0.64%) Skype for Business
6 5 (0.54%) CMS
6 5 (0.54%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.43%) Apache Airflow
7 4 (0.43%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.32%) Documentum
8 3 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.21%) Apache ServiceMix
9 2 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 79 (8.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 50 (5.36%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (1.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (1.71%) Simulink
5 15 (1.61%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.75%) InVision
6 7 (0.75%) Stateflow
6 7 (0.75%) XMetaL
7 6 (0.64%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 6 (0.64%) Figma
8 5 (0.54%) SPSS
9 4 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
9 4 (0.43%) Sketch
10 3 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
11 2 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.21%) Maya
11 2 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.11%) InDesign
12 1 (0.11%) OrCAD
12 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (1.50%) SAP S/4HANA
2 11 (1.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.64%) Markit EDM
3 6 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.64%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.64%) Oracle Receivables
4 5 (0.54%) assyst
4 5 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.54%) PolarLake
4 5 (0.54%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.43%) Oracle ERP
5 4 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
5 4 (0.43%) Oracle General Ledger
5 4 (0.43%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 4 (0.43%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 4 (0.43%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.32%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 77 (8.25%) Azure
2 54 (5.79%) AWS
3 43 (4.61%) Power Platform
4 28 (3.00%) PaaS
5 24 (2.57%) Office 365
6 23 (2.47%) GitHub
7 22 (2.36%) SaaS
8 21 (2.25%) IaaS
9 17 (1.82%) Azure Data Factory
10 13 (1.39%) Azure Machine Learning
10 13 (1.39%) GCP
11 11 (1.18%) Amazon S3
12 10 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
12 10 (1.07%) Azure Stack
12 10 (1.07%) Dynamics 365
13 8 (0.86%) Adobe Analytics
13 8 (0.86%) Google Analytics
14 7 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
14 7 (0.75%) Slack
15 6 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 36 (3.86%) Firewall
2 28 (3.00%) WAN
3 23 (2.47%) LAN
4 22 (2.36%) OSPF
5 20 (2.14%) BGP
6 18 (1.93%) Cisco ISE
6 18 (1.93%) DNS
7 14 (1.50%) VPN
8 13 (1.39%) Cisco Nexus
9 12 (1.29%) DMVPN
9 12 (1.29%) EIGRP
10 11 (1.18%) Cisco ASA
11 10 (1.07%) MPLS
12 9 (0.96%) Cisco Firepower
12 9 (0.96%) Internet
12 9 (0.96%) TCP/IP
12 9 (0.96%) VoIP
12 9 (0.96%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (0.86%) DHCP
13 8 (0.86%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (9.86%) SQL Server
2 74 (7.93%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (4.72%) Big Data
4 43 (4.61%) Power BI
5 40 (4.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 38 (4.07%) Relational Database
7 28 (3.00%) NoSQL
8 22 (2.36%) Hadoop
9 21 (2.25%) Data Mining
10 19 (2.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 18 (1.93%) MongoDB
11 18 (1.93%) QlikView
12 16 (1.71%) Data Lake
12 16 (1.71%) SQL Server 2016
13 15 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
14 13 (1.39%) Crystal Reports
14 13 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 12 (1.29%) Apache Hive
16 11 (1.18%) MySQL
17 9 (0.96%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 95 (10.18%) JIRA
2 27 (2.89%) Selenium
3 22 (2.36%) Jenkins
4 20 (2.14%) Git (software)
5 18 (1.93%) Visual Studio
6 13 (1.39%) JUnit
6 13 (1.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 10 (1.07%) NUnit
7 10 (1.07%) SoapUI
8 9 (0.96%) Cucumber
8 9 (0.96%) Eclipse
8 9 (0.96%) IntelliJ
8 9 (0.96%) Maven
8 9 (0.96%) Postman
9 7 (0.75%) Rational DOORS
9 7 (0.75%) Subversion
9 7 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (0.64%) Gerrit
10 6 (0.64%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 213 (22.83%) Finance
2 55 (5.89%) Telecoms
3 52 (5.57%) Public Sector
4 43 (4.61%) Banking
5 42 (4.50%) Pharmaceutical
6 32 (3.43%) Retail
7 28 (3.00%) Marketing
8 27 (2.89%) Manufacturing
9 26 (2.79%) Front Office
10 24 (2.57%) Legal
11 19 (2.04%) Military
12 16 (1.71%) Publishing
13 15 (1.61%) Electronics
14 14 (1.50%) Aerospace
15 13 (1.39%) Law
16 7 (0.75%) Billing
17 6 (0.64%) Automotive
17 6 (0.64%) General Ledger
17 6 (0.64%) Investment Banking
18 5 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 250 (26.80%) Analyst
2 143 (15.33%) Developer
3 94 (10.08%) Business Analyst
4 65 (6.97%) Data Analyst
5 63 (6.75%) Architect
6 60 (6.43%) Consultant
7 34 (3.64%) Test Analyst
8 30 (3.22%) Network Engineer
8 30 (3.22%) Project Manager
8 30 (3.22%) Test Engineer
9 28 (3.00%) Designer
9 28 (3.00%) Software Engineer
10 27 (2.89%) Data Engineer
11 23 (2.47%) Systems Engineer
12 20 (2.14%) Administrator
13 19 (2.04%) Embedded Engineer
13 19 (2.04%) SQL Developer
13 19 (2.04%) Tester
14 18 (1.93%) Embedded Software Engineer
15 17 (1.82%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (4.29%) JSON
2 38 (4.07%) Web Services
3 35 (3.75%) XML
4 33 (3.54%) .NET
5 31 (3.32%) AngularJS
6 24 (2.57%) HTML
7 23 (2.47%) Middleware
7 23 (2.47%) REST
7 23 (2.47%) SOAP
8 20 (2.14%) RESTful
9 19 (2.04%) Node.js
10 18 (1.93%) Spring
11 14 (1.50%) CSS
11 14 (1.50%) J2EE
12 13 (1.39%) Kafka
13 11 (1.18%) LDAP
14 10 (1.07%) Express
15 9 (0.96%) .NET Core
15 9 (0.96%) Swagger
15 9 (0.96%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 132 (14.15%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (4.82%) User Experience
3 44 (4.72%) Management Information System
4 24 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
5 20 (2.14%) Data Centre
5 20 (2.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 19 (2.04%) Linux Command Line
7 18 (1.93%) Algorithms
7 18 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
8 16 (1.71%) Analytical Mindset
9 14 (1.50%) Virtual Team
10 12 (1.29%) Clustering
10 12 (1.29%) Credit Risk
10 12 (1.29%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.18%) Derivative
11 11 (1.18%) NHS
11 11 (1.18%) Replication
12 10 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (1.07%) Life Science
13 7 (0.75%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 99 (10.61%) Linux
2 86 (9.22%) Windows
3 31 (3.32%) Windows Server
4 29 (3.11%) Unix
5 16 (1.71%) FreeRTOS
5 16 (1.71%) ThreadX
5 16 (1.71%) Windows 10
6 7 (0.75%) VMS
7 6 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (0.64%) Windows 7
8 5 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.43%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.32%) Android
10 3 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.21%) CentOS
11 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.21%) Solaris
12 1 (0.11%) SUSE
12 1 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (24.97%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (14.90%) Data Validation
3 117 (12.54%) Migration
4 110 (11.79%) Business Intelligence
5 104 (11.15%) Data Modelling
6 102 (10.93%) Analytics
7 100 (10.72%) ETL
8 86 (9.22%) Test Automation
9 83 (8.90%) Problem-Solving
10 77 (8.25%) Data Migration
11 75 (8.04%) Project Management
12 74 (7.93%) Scrum
13 73 (7.82%) DevOps
14 64 (6.86%) Data Analysis
15 60 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
16 56 (6.00%) Software Engineering
16 56 (6.00%) User Stories
17 55 (5.89%) User Acceptance Testing
18 52 (5.57%) Data Science
18 52 (5.57%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 196 (21.01%) SQL
2 131 (14.04%) Python
3 59 (6.32%) Java
4 54 (5.79%) JavaScript
5 52 (5.57%) C++
6 50 (5.36%) C
7 37 (3.97%) C#
8 20 (2.14%) R
9 19 (2.04%) MATLAB
9 19 (2.04%) T-SQL
10 18 (1.93%) PowerShell
11 15 (1.61%) Bash Shell
12 13 (1.39%) VBA
13 12 (1.29%) Shell Script
14 11 (1.18%) Perl
15 10 (1.07%) Java 8
15 10 (1.07%) PL/SQL
16 9 (0.96%) Apex Code
17 7 (0.75%) Scala
17 7 (0.75%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 152 (16.29%) Security Cleared
2 126 (13.50%) Degree
3 94 (10.08%) SC Cleared
4 53 (5.68%) DV Cleared
5 29 (3.11%) ISEB
6 28 (3.00%) ISTQB
7 24 (2.57%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
9 18 (1.93%) CCNP
10 16 (1.71%) CCNA
10 16 (1.71%) IIBA
11 14 (1.50%) CCIE
12 13 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
13 11 (1.18%) CCDA
13 11 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 9 (0.96%) PhD
15 8 (0.86%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 8 (0.86%) PMI Certification
16 7 (0.75%) CISM
16 7 (0.75%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (9.00%) QA
2 45 (4.82%) Data Quality
3 37 (3.97%) GDPR
4 24 (2.57%) GxP
5 20 (2.14%) SLA
6 15 (1.61%) Solvency II
7 13 (1.39%) IFRS
8 12 (1.29%) GAMP
8 12 (1.29%) RMADS
9 11 (1.18%) PMO
10 8 (0.86%) NCSC
11 7 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 6 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
13 4 (0.43%) GMP
13 4 (0.43%) JSP 440
13 4 (0.43%) MiFID
14 3 (0.32%) COREP
14 3 (0.32%) CRD IV
14 3 (0.32%) Good Clinical Practice
System Software
1 45 (4.82%) Active Directory
2 34 (3.64%) Docker
3 17 (1.82%) vSphere
4 11 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
4 11 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (0.96%) Firmware
5 9 (0.96%) Snort
6 8 (0.86%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.75%) HDFS
7 7 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.32%) XenApp
9 3 (0.32%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.21%) NDS
11 1 (0.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 28 (3.00%) HP Quality Center
2 27 (2.89%) Kubernetes
3 14 (1.50%) HP ALM
3 14 (1.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 13 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
5 12 (1.29%) SCCM
5 12 (1.29%) Terraform
6 9 (0.96%) Ansible
7 7 (0.75%) Puppet
8 5 (0.54%) NetIQ Identity Manager
8 5 (0.54%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 5 (0.54%) OSSEC
8 5 (0.54%) SCOM
9 4 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.43%) WSUS
10 3 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
11 2 (0.21%) ThinApp
11 2 (0.21%) TrustSec
11 2 (0.21%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 130 (13.93%) Microsoft
2 67 (7.18%) Oracle
3 65 (6.97%) SAP
4 43 (4.61%) Cisco
5 36 (3.86%) Tableau
6 31 (3.32%) Google
7 23 (2.47%) Salesforce.com
8 21 (2.25%) Remedy
8 21 (2.25%) VMware
9 20 (2.14%) Juniper
10 19 (2.04%) Cognos
10 19 (2.04%) HP
11 16 (1.71%) Adobe
11 16 (1.71%) IBM
12 11 (1.18%) Dell
13 10 (1.07%) SolarWinds
14 9 (0.96%) MathWorks
14 9 (0.96%) Splunk
15 8 (0.86%) CheckPoint
15 8 (0.86%) F5