Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 188 192 180
Rank change year-on-year +4 -12 -27
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,309 1,222 1,459
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.41% 1.42% 1.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.65% 1.68% 1.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 762 698 837
England median daily rate £450 £437 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +9.19% -
10th Percentile £300 £256 £255
90th Percentile £625 £613 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 59 101
England median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% -3.85% +6.64%
10th Percentile £20.75 £17.71 £16.55
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £50.78
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £36.75 £39.00
% change year-on-year +11.56% -5.77% +8.33%

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 79,457 72,564 82,446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.77% 84.53% 83.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,827 48,047 54,559
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,043 1,945 2,251
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +8.70% +13.58%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £24.85
% change year-on-year -10.00% +0.60% +23.11%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 19 April 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 -9 574 £475 +5.56% 74
South East -20 285 £425 -2.86% 76
North of England +20 146 £405 +1.25% 51
East of England +7 113 £421 -0.88% 68
South West +2 92 £405 -4.71% 43
Midlands -18 87 £400 +2.56% 70
North West -21 74 £425 +6.25% 26
West Midlands -17 53 £400 - 50
Yorkshire +11 43 £390 +4.00% 21
East Midlands -15 34 £388 +10.71% 20
North East +38 28 £413 - 4
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 19 April 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.

1 303 (23.15%) Agile Software Development
2 266 (20.32%) Finance
3 219 (16.73%) SQL
4 174 (13.29%) Security Cleared
5 172 (13.14%) Migration
6 170 (12.99%) Analytical Skills
7 162 (12.38%) Microsoft
8 135 (10.31%) Project Management
9 132 (10.08%) Java
9 132 (10.08%) Degree
10 127 (9.70%) SC Cleared
11 124 (9.47%) Microsoft Excel
12 122 (9.32%) ITIL
13 117 (8.94%) SQL Server
14 114 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
15 113 (8.63%) Data Validation
16 111 (8.48%) QA
17 108 (8.25%) Scrum
18 106 (8.10%) Business Analysis
19 98 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
20 96 (7.33%) Test Automation
21 92 (7.03%) CRM
22 89 (6.80%) Oracle
23 88 (6.72%) Data Migration
24 87 (6.65%) Windows
25 85 (6.49%) JIRA
26 83 (6.34%) Banking
27 81 (6.19%) Test Scripting
28 79 (6.04%) JavaScript
29 78 (5.96%) 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 37 (2.83%) Confluence
2 32 (2.44%) WebSphere
3 28 (2.14%) SharePoint
4 25 (1.91%) SAS
5 22 (1.68%) Apache
6 21 (1.60%) Apache Spark
7 18 (1.38%) Tomcat
8 17 (1.30%) Commerce Server
9 16 (1.22%) CMS
10 13 (0.99%) Oracle Workflow
11 12 (0.92%) IIS
12 11 (0.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 9 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
13 9 (0.69%) GemFire
14 8 (0.61%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.53%) JBoss
15 7 (0.53%) OpenStack
16 6 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
16 6 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
16 6 (0.46%) EPiServer
Applications
1 124 (9.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (4.74%) Microsoft Office
3 32 (2.44%) MS Visio
4 26 (1.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (1.76%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (1.22%) InVision
7 14 (1.07%) OmniGraffle
8 10 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.53%) Simulink
10 6 (0.46%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 5 (0.38%) InfoPath
12 4 (0.31%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.31%) UXPin
13 3 (0.23%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
14 2 (0.15%) S-PLUS
14 2 (0.15%) Stateflow
15 1 (0.076%) Photoshop
15 1 (0.076%) SOLIDWORKS
15 1 (0.076%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (0.84%) Maximo
2 9 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.46%) SAP SD
4 5 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.31%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.31%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.31%) SAP R/3
6 3 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
6 3 (0.23%) iTrent
6 3 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.15%) Actimize
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.15%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.15%) SAP MDG
7 2 (0.15%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.15%) TrackWise
7 2 (0.15%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 66 (5.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 59 (4.51%) Amazon AWS
3 31 (2.37%) PaaS
4 21 (1.60%) Office 365
5 20 (1.53%) SaaS
6 19 (1.45%) GitHub
7 15 (1.15%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 13 (0.99%) SuccessFactors
9 11 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
9 11 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (0.69%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.46%) Basecamp
12 5 (0.38%) Data Lake Analytics
12 5 (0.38%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.31%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.31%) BlazeMeter
13 4 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.23%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.44%) HTTP
2 30 (2.29%) Firewall
3 24 (1.83%) Internet
4 20 (1.53%) LAN
4 20 (1.53%) SMS
4 20 (1.53%) TCP/IP
4 20 (1.53%) WAN
5 16 (1.22%) SAN
5 16 (1.22%) VPN
6 15 (1.15%) Ethernet
7 13 (0.99%) DNS
8 11 (0.84%) Wireless
9 10 (0.76%) Cisco ASA
9 10 (0.76%) DHCP
10 9 (0.69%) MPLS
11 7 (0.53%) Intranet
11 7 (0.53%) MQTT
11 7 (0.53%) Skype
12 6 (0.46%) BGP
12 6 (0.46%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 117 (8.94%) SQL Server
2 53 (4.05%) Relational Database
3 45 (3.44%) Big Data
4 35 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
5 32 (2.44%) Hadoop
6 27 (2.06%) Power BI
7 24 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 22 (1.68%) MySQL
9 21 (1.60%) HBase
9 21 (1.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 19 (1.45%) Apache Hive
10 19 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
11 18 (1.38%) Data Lake
11 18 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
12 16 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
12 16 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
13 15 (1.15%) Oracle Database
14 14 (1.07%) NoSQL
15 13 (0.99%) Data Mining
15 13 (0.99%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 85 (6.49%) JIRA
2 69 (5.27%) Git (software)
3 32 (2.44%) Selenium
4 28 (2.14%) Jenkins
4 28 (2.14%) Maven
5 26 (1.99%) Cucumber
5 26 (1.99%) JUnit
6 22 (1.68%) gulp
7 19 (1.45%) Axure RP
7 19 (1.45%) Visual Studio
8 18 (1.38%) Eclipse
9 17 (1.30%) Subversion
9 17 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
10 16 (1.22%) Jasmine
10 16 (1.22%) PhantomJS
11 15 (1.15%) Rational DOORS
11 15 (1.15%) webpack
12 14 (1.07%) Grunt
13 13 (0.99%) Gradle
14 12 (0.92%) WebDriver
General
1 266 (20.32%) Finance
2 83 (6.34%) Banking
3 72 (5.50%) Retail
4 48 (3.67%) Pharmaceutical
5 44 (3.36%) Telecoms
6 40 (3.06%) Marketing
7 33 (2.52%) Legal
8 31 (2.37%) Front Office
8 31 (2.37%) Manufacturing
9 23 (1.76%) Automotive
10 22 (1.68%) Electronics
10 22 (1.68%) Investment Banking
11 17 (1.30%) Games
12 16 (1.22%) Back Office
12 16 (1.22%) Military
13 12 (0.92%) Law
14 11 (0.84%) French Language
15 9 (0.69%) Billing
16 7 (0.53%) Financial Institution
16 7 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 354 (27.04%) Analyst
2 149 (11.38%) Developer
3 146 (11.15%) Business Analyst
4 115 (8.79%) Architect
5 96 (7.33%) Consultant
6 70 (5.35%) Data Analyst
7 66 (5.04%) Project Manager
8 43 (3.28%) Designer
9 36 (2.75%) Test Analyst
10 35 (2.67%) Tester
11 32 (2.44%) Administrator
12 30 (2.29%) Test Engineer
13 29 (2.22%) Java Developer
14 27 (2.06%) Qualitative Analyst
14 27 (2.06%) Quantitative Analyst
15 26 (1.99%) SQL Analyst
16 25 (1.91%) UX Designer
17 23 (1.76%) Senior Analyst
17 23 (1.76%) Software Engineer
18 22 (1.68%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (4.51%) HTML
2 56 (4.28%) CSS
3 53 (4.05%) Web Services
4 48 (3.67%) XML
5 46 (3.51%) Middleware
6 38 (2.90%) .NET
7 37 (2.83%) HTML5
8 36 (2.75%) J2EE
8 36 (2.75%) REST
9 34 (2.60%) Spring
10 30 (2.29%) CSS3
10 30 (2.29%) JSON
11 25 (1.91%) AngularJS
12 24 (1.83%) jQuery
13 18 (1.38%) Sass
14 17 (1.30%) RESTful
15 16 (1.22%) Hibernate
16 14 (1.07%) Jest
16 14 (1.07%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 14 (1.07%) Vue (Vue.js)
Miscellaneous
1 170 (12.99%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (5.73%) Management Information System
3 69 (5.27%) User Experience
4 41 (3.13%) Computer Science
5 38 (2.90%) Data Structures
5 38 (2.90%) Virtual Team
6 33 (2.52%) Mobile App
7 31 (2.37%) Credit Risk
8 29 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
9 27 (2.06%) Data Centre
10 25 (1.91%) Algorithms
11 21 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (1.30%) Derivative
12 17 (1.30%) Fintech
13 16 (1.22%) Fixed Income
14 13 (0.99%) Clustering
14 13 (0.99%) FMCG
15 12 (0.92%) Infotainment
15 12 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
16 11 (0.84%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 87 (6.65%) Windows
2 78 (5.96%) Linux
3 66 (5.04%) Unix
4 35 (2.67%) Windows Server
5 18 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (1.07%) Windows 10
6 14 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (0.99%) Android
7 13 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (0.84%) Windows 7
9 10 (0.76%) Windows 8
10 9 (0.69%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.46%) Windows Vista
12 5 (0.38%) FreeRTOS
13 4 (0.31%) SafeRTOS
14 3 (0.23%) AIX
14 3 (0.23%) FreeBSD
15 2 (0.15%) CentOS
15 2 (0.15%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (23.15%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (13.14%) Migration
3 135 (10.31%) Project Management
4 122 (9.32%) ITIL
5 114 (8.71%) Problem-Solving
6 113 (8.63%) Data Validation
7 108 (8.25%) Scrum
8 106 (8.10%) Business Analysis
9 98 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 96 (7.33%) Test Automation
11 92 (7.03%) CRM
12 88 (6.72%) Data Migration
13 81 (6.19%) Test Scripting
14 77 (5.88%) User Acceptance Testing
14 77 (5.88%) Waterfall
15 74 (5.65%) Risk Management
16 72 (5.50%) Data Analysis
17 67 (5.12%) Scenario Testing
18 65 (4.97%) ETL
18 65 (4.97%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 219 (16.73%) SQL
2 132 (10.08%) Java
3 79 (6.04%) JavaScript
4 74 (5.65%) Python
5 58 (4.43%) C#
6 54 (4.13%) C
7 50 (3.82%) C++
8 39 (2.98%) PowerShell
9 34 (2.60%) VBA
10 31 (2.37%) MATLAB
11 28 (2.14%) T-SQL
12 26 (1.99%) Shell Script
13 23 (1.76%) PL/SQL
14 19 (1.45%) Java 8
14 19 (1.45%) R
15 16 (1.22%) ES6
16 15 (1.15%) Scala
17 14 (1.07%) Apex Code
18 11 (0.84%) Ruby
19 9 (0.69%) PHP
Qualifications
1 174 (13.29%) Security Cleared
2 132 (10.08%) Degree
3 127 (9.70%) SC Cleared
4 30 (2.29%) DV Cleared
5 24 (1.83%) ISEB
6 21 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
7 20 (1.53%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (1.38%) ISTQB
9 17 (1.30%) Numerate Degree
10 14 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
10 14 (1.07%) MCSE
10 14 (1.07%) PMI Certification
11 12 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (0.92%) MCSA
12 11 (0.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 9 (0.69%) CISSP
14 7 (0.53%) CCNP
14 7 (0.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (0.53%) PMP
15 6 (0.46%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (8.48%) QA
2 45 (3.44%) Data Quality
3 24 (1.83%) GDPR
4 20 (1.53%) PMO
5 18 (1.38%) SLA
6 17 (1.30%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 17 (1.30%) GMP
7 16 (1.22%) GxP
8 15 (1.15%) WCAG
9 10 (0.76%) ISO 9001
10 8 (0.61%) IFRS
11 7 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
11 7 (0.53%) PCI DSS
12 6 (0.46%) IFRS 9
12 6 (0.46%) ISO 26262
13 5 (0.38%) Solvency II
14 4 (0.31%) GCP
14 4 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 3 (0.23%) MiFID
System Software
1 61 (4.66%) Active Directory
2 35 (2.67%) Docker
3 22 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (1.45%) HDFS
5 14 (1.07%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (0.84%) Hyper-V
7 9 (0.69%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 8 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
9 7 (0.53%) Firmware
10 6 (0.46%) XenApp
11 5 (0.38%) Terminal Server
12 4 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.31%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.31%) XenServer
13 3 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.23%) vSphere
14 2 (0.15%) Oracle Clusterware
14 2 (0.15%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 2 (0.15%) VirtualBox
14 2 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 36 (2.75%) SCCM
2 27 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
3 22 (1.68%) SCOM
4 18 (1.38%) SCVMM
5 15 (1.15%) Kubernetes
6 13 (0.99%) Ansible
6 13 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
7 12 (0.92%) HP ALM
8 10 (0.76%) Terraform
9 8 (0.61%) Oozie
9 8 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.46%) Puppet
11 4 (0.31%) EdgeSight
11 4 (0.31%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.31%) QRadar
12 3 (0.23%) Consul
12 3 (0.23%) EMC VPLEX
12 3 (0.23%) Salt
13 2 (0.15%) Hadoop YARN
13 2 (0.15%) Kibana
Vendors
1 162 (12.38%) Microsoft
2 89 (6.80%) Oracle
3 70 (5.35%) SAP
4 63 (4.81%) Salesforce.com
5 47 (3.59%) Cisco
6 37 (2.83%) VMware
7 28 (2.14%) Adobe
8 26 (1.99%) Remedy
9 25 (1.91%) IBM
10 21 (1.60%) Citrix
11 20 (1.53%) HP
12 17 (1.30%) Tableau
13 15 (1.15%) Red Hat
14 14 (1.07%) Google
15 13 (0.99%) F5
16 11 (0.84%) Juniper
16 11 (0.84%) Palo Alto
16 11 (0.84%) ServiceNow
16 11 (0.84%) SolarWinds
17 10 (0.76%) MuleSoft