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 3 months to 25 March 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
UK / England
Rank 197 159 145
Rank change year-on-year -38 -14  
Contract jobs citing Validation 550 749 761
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.32% 1.53% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.58% 1.84% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 451 440
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £583 £625 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 44 28
Median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £32.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +16.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.20 £22.35 £21.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.20 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £38.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year -3.94% +10.14%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 34805 40691 38449
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.27% 82.96% 80.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 23041 27009 24200
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 869 1001 1126
Median hourly rate £35.75 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Validation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -31 228 £450 - 35
South East -19 117 £425 +21.42% 23
East of England +6 55 £399 -5.28% 12
North West +12 35 £420 +40.00% 17
South West -36 30 £408 -9.44% 10
West Midlands +9 28 £400 +23.07% 6
East Midlands -12 22 £600 +100.00% 3
Yorkshire +2 12 £350 -12.50% 10
Midlands +12 4 £450 - 1
North East -19 2 £375 +29.31% 5
Validation
UK

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Validation.

1 300 (24.08%) Finance
2 208 (16.69%) Agile Software Development
3 191 (15.33%) SQL
4 146 (11.72%) Migration
5 145 (11.64%) Degree
6 139 (11.16%) Oracle
7 138 (11.08%) Security Cleared
8 130 (10.43%) Microsoft
9 125 (10.03%) MS Excel
10 124 (9.95%) Windows
11 114 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
12 109 (8.75%) Data Validation
13 106 (8.51%) QA
14 101 (8.11%) Project Management
15 100 (8.03%) Linux
16 96 (7.70%) Stakeholder Management
17 94 (7.54%) SC Cleared
18 92 (7.38%) SQL Server
19 90 (7.22%) SAP
20 88 (7.06%) ITIL
21 87 (6.98%) Scrum
22 83 (6.66%) Change Management
22 83 (6.66%) Banking
23 82 (6.58%) Java
24 81 (6.50%) Management Information System
25 79 (6.34%) XML
25 79 (6.34%) Business Intelligence
25 79 (6.34%) Test Scripting
26 77 (6.18%) User Acceptance Testing
27 74 (5.94%) SDLC

Validation
Top Related 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 (2.73%) WebSphere
2 30 (2.41%) Tomcat
3 28 (2.25%) SharePoint
4 20 (1.61%) JBoss
5 18 (1.44%) WebLogic
6 15 (1.20%) GlassFish
7 14 (1.12%) IIS
8 12 (0.96%) Apache Spark
8 12 (0.96%) SAS
9 11 (0.88%) MS Exchange
10 10 (0.80%) Confluence
10 10 (0.80%) Skype for Business
11 8 (0.64%) CICS
12 7 (0.56%) Apache
12 7 (0.56%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (0.48%) Cloud Foundry
13 6 (0.48%) CMS
13 6 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
14 5 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 125 (10.03%) MS Excel
2 73 (5.86%) MS Office
3 37 (2.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 32 (2.57%) Spreadsheet
5 22 (1.77%) MS Visio
6 19 (1.52%) MS Project
7 10 (0.80%) Simulink
8 3 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.24%) SPSS
8 3 (0.24%) Windchill
9 2 (0.16%) InVision
9 2 (0.16%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.16%) Stateflow
9 2 (0.16%) TargetLink
10 1 (0.080%) CATIA
10 1 (0.080%) EViews
10 1 (0.080%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 17 (1.36%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.56%) Oracle Payables
4 6 (0.48%) SAP ERP
4 6 (0.48%) SAP HR
4 6 (0.48%) SAP SD
5 5 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.40%) HFM
5 5 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (0.32%) Demantra
6 4 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 4 (0.32%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.32%) SAP MM
7 3 (0.24%) ENOVIA
7 3 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.24%) SAP QM
7 3 (0.24%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 35 (2.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (2.57%) IaaS
3 23 (1.85%) Office 365
3 23 (1.85%) PaaS
4 21 (1.69%) SaaS
5 17 (1.36%) Amazon AWS
6 10 (0.80%) GitHub
7 9 (0.72%) SuccessFactors
8 5 (0.40%) Basecamp
8 5 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.24%) CloudFront
9 3 (0.24%) Force.com
9 3 (0.24%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.24%) Taleo
10 2 (0.16%) Adobe Analytics
10 2 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 44 (3.53%) TCP/IP
2 34 (2.73%) Firewall
3 33 (2.65%) VoIP
4 30 (2.41%) LAN
5 27 (2.17%) DNS
6 25 (2.01%) Internet
7 23 (1.85%) WAN
8 22 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
9 20 (1.61%) Ethernet
10 19 (1.52%) VPN
11 16 (1.28%) SAN
12 15 (1.20%) Network Security
13 13 (1.04%) HTTP
13 13 (1.04%) Wireless
14 12 (0.96%) DHCP
14 12 (0.96%) LTE
14 12 (0.96%) MPLS
15 11 (0.88%) Unified Communications
16 10 (0.80%) Diameter Protocol
16 10 (0.80%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (7.38%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (2.49%) MySQL
4 30 (2.41%) Big Data
5 29 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (2.09%) Relational Database
7 19 (1.52%) MongoDB
8 18 (1.44%) NoSQL
9 17 (1.36%) Oracle Database
10 16 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
10 16 (1.28%) Hadoop
10 16 (1.28%) Oracle Reports
11 15 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
12 14 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
12 14 (1.12%) RDBMS
13 13 (1.04%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 13 (1.04%) MS Access
13 13 (1.04%) Power BI
14 12 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 11 (0.88%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 45 (3.61%) JIRA
2 38 (3.05%) Git (software)
3 33 (2.65%) Selenium
4 25 (2.01%) Cucumber
5 24 (1.93%) Team Foundation Server
6 21 (1.69%) Jenkins
7 20 (1.61%) Subversion
8 18 (1.44%) Visual Studio
9 17 (1.36%) Rational DOORS
10 11 (0.88%) WebDriver
11 10 (0.80%) Appium
11 10 (0.80%) Talend Open Studio
12 9 (0.72%) Eclipse
13 8 (0.64%) JUnit
13 8 (0.64%) LSMW
13 8 (0.64%) Maven
13 8 (0.64%) MSI
14 7 (0.56%) Ant
14 7 (0.56%) HP UFT
14 7 (0.56%) SpecFlow
General
1 300 (24.08%) Finance
2 83 (6.66%) Banking
3 64 (5.14%) Retail
4 56 (4.49%) Telecoms
5 55 (4.41%) Pharmaceutical
6 51 (4.09%) Manufacturing
7 48 (3.85%) Marketing
8 47 (3.77%) Front Office
9 34 (2.73%) Back Office
10 31 (2.49%) Investment Banking
11 24 (1.93%) Electronics
12 20 (1.61%) Aerospace
13 16 (1.28%) Billing
14 15 (1.20%) Legal
15 9 (0.72%) Games
15 9 (0.72%) Retail Banking
16 8 (0.64%) Law
16 8 (0.64%) Publishing
17 7 (0.56%) Automotive
18 6 (0.48%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 288 (23.11%) Analyst
2 157 (12.60%) Developer
3 109 (8.75%) Business Analyst
4 108 (8.67%) Consultant
5 88 (7.06%) Architect
6 56 (4.49%) Project Manager
7 47 (3.77%) Data Analyst
8 46 (3.69%) Test Analyst
9 36 (2.89%) Test Engineer
10 31 (2.49%) Designer
11 25 (2.01%) Java Developer
12 24 (1.93%) Software Engineer
12 24 (1.93%) Systems Engineer
13 23 (1.85%) Coordinator
13 23 (1.85%) Test Manager
14 22 (1.77%) Security Consultant
15 21 (1.69%) Technical Analyst
16 20 (1.61%) C++ Developer
17 19 (1.52%) Technical Leader
17 19 (1.52%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (6.34%) XML
2 55 (4.41%) HTML
3 53 (4.25%) Web Services
4 44 (3.53%) .NET
5 43 (3.45%) CSS
6 37 (2.97%) REST
6 37 (2.97%) Spring
7 36 (2.89%) SOAP
8 33 (2.65%) HTML5
9 32 (2.57%) JSON
9 32 (2.57%) Middleware
10 24 (1.93%) AngularJS
11 22 (1.77%) J2EE
11 22 (1.77%) Struts
12 21 (1.69%) CSS3
13 19 (1.52%) XML Messaging
14 17 (1.36%) Node.js
15 16 (1.28%) JSTL
15 16 (1.28%) Oracle Fusion
16 13 (1.04%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 114 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
2 81 (6.50%) Management Information System
3 48 (3.85%) Computer Science
4 42 (3.37%) User Experience
5 40 (3.21%) Data Centre
6 23 (1.85%) Client/Server
7 22 (1.77%) Market Risk
8 21 (1.69%) NHS
9 18 (1.44%) Life Science
10 17 (1.36%) CMDB
10 17 (1.36%) Credit Risk
10 17 (1.36%) Mobile App
11 16 (1.28%) Data Structures
11 16 (1.28%) Derivative
11 16 (1.28%) Replication
12 15 (1.20%) Virtual Team
13 13 (1.04%) Mainframe
14 12 (0.96%) Handset
14 12 (0.96%) IVR
15 11 (0.88%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 124 (9.95%) Windows
2 100 (8.03%) Linux
3 60 (4.82%) Unix
4 35 (2.81%) Windows Server
5 29 (2.33%) Windows 7
6 23 (1.85%) Apple iOS
7 16 (1.28%) Android
7 16 (1.28%) Windows 8
8 13 (1.04%) Windows 10
9 12 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 10 (0.80%) Solaris
11 8 (0.64%) AIX
11 8 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.32%) CentOS
14 4 (0.32%) HPUX
14 4 (0.32%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.24%) CoreOS
15 3 (0.24%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (16.69%) Agile Software Development
2 146 (11.72%) Migration
3 109 (8.75%) Data Validation
4 101 (8.11%) Project Management
5 96 (7.70%) Stakeholder Management
6 88 (7.06%) ITIL
7 87 (6.98%) Scrum
8 83 (6.66%) Change Management
9 79 (6.34%) Business Intelligence
9 79 (6.34%) Test Scripting
10 77 (6.18%) User Acceptance Testing
11 74 (5.94%) SDLC
12 73 (5.86%) Data Migration
13 71 (5.70%) Software Engineering
14 63 (5.06%) Business Analysis
14 63 (5.06%) ERP
15 62 (4.98%) Mathematics
15 62 (4.98%) Test Strategy
16 61 (4.90%) Analytics
17 59 (4.74%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 191 (15.33%) SQL
2 82 (6.58%) Java
3 61 (4.90%) Python
4 60 (4.82%) C++
4 60 (4.82%) JavaScript
5 57 (4.57%) C#
6 44 (3.53%) C
7 33 (2.65%) PowerShell
8 31 (2.49%) Perl
9 29 (2.33%) VBA
10 19 (1.52%) Shell Script
11 17 (1.36%) Ruby
12 16 (1.28%) MATLAB
13 15 (1.20%) T-SQL
14 13 (1.04%) R
15 12 (0.96%) VBScript
16 10 (0.80%) Scala
17 8 (0.64%) PL/SQL
18 7 (0.56%) Bash Shell
19 6 (0.48%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 145 (11.64%) Degree
2 138 (11.08%) Security Cleared
3 94 (7.54%) SC Cleared
4 34 (2.73%) DV Cleared
5 25 (2.01%) ISEB
5 25 (2.01%) ISTQB
6 24 (1.93%) CISSP
7 21 (1.69%) Microsoft Certification
8 20 (1.61%) CISM
9 18 (1.44%) CISA
10 15 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
10 15 (1.20%) MCSA
10 15 (1.20%) PCI QSA
11 13 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (0.88%) MCP
12 11 (0.88%) MCSE
13 10 (0.80%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 10 (0.80%) PhD
14 9 (0.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 106 (8.51%) QA
2 53 (4.25%) Data Quality
3 24 (1.93%) SLA
4 23 (1.85%) GxP
5 19 (1.52%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 18 (1.44%) GMP
7 17 (1.36%) PCI DSS
8 15 (1.20%) PMO
9 12 (0.96%) GAMP
10 9 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
11 8 (0.64%) MiFID
11 8 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 8 (0.64%) WCAG
12 7 (0.56%) JSP 440
12 7 (0.56%) Solvency II
13 5 (0.40%) HL7
13 5 (0.40%) IFRS
13 5 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 4 (0.32%) GDPR
14 4 (0.32%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 40 (3.21%) Active Directory
2 25 (2.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.96%) Firmware
4 11 (0.88%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
6 8 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (0.48%) Docker
7 6 (0.48%) VMware ESX
7 6 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
7 6 (0.48%) XenApp
8 5 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.24%) RACF
10 2 (0.16%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.16%) HDFS
10 2 (0.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.080%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 1 (0.080%) ProxySG
11 1 (0.080%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 24 (1.93%) SCCM
2 13 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
3 10 (0.80%) Control-M
4 8 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.40%) Ansible
5 5 (0.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 5 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 5 (0.40%) Puppet
6 4 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (0.32%) Kubernetes
6 4 (0.32%) SCOM
6 4 (0.32%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.24%) BladeLogic
7 3 (0.24%) EMC VPLEX
7 3 (0.24%) Kibana
7 3 (0.24%) logstash
7 3 (0.24%) Mesos
7 3 (0.24%) PowerBroker
7 3 (0.24%) rkt
7 3 (0.24%) zSecure
Vendors
1 139 (11.16%) Oracle
2 130 (10.43%) Microsoft
3 90 (7.22%) SAP
4 57 (4.57%) Cisco
5 36 (2.89%) VMware
6 32 (2.57%) HP
7 31 (2.49%) Citrix
8 19 (1.52%) hybris
9 18 (1.44%) Huawei
10 15 (1.20%) IBM
11 14 (1.12%) ServiceNow
12 13 (1.04%) Tableau
13 12 (0.96%) Verint
14 11 (0.88%) Informatica
15 10 (0.80%) Apple
15 10 (0.80%) Talend
15 10 (0.80%) webMethods
16 9 (0.72%) Red Hat
16 9 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
16 9 (0.72%) Workday
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