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 28 June 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.

Validation
UK / England
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 178 175 157
Rank change year-on-year -3 -18  
Contract jobs citing Validation 616 717 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.42% 1.45% 1.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.68% 1.74% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 392 420
Median daily rate £439 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.00% +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £263 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 31 40
Median hourly rate £32.75 £40.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.12% +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.83 £12.25 £13.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.78 £47.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -18.75% +14.28%  

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 36606 41272 40599
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.68% 83.46% 80.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 92153 104845 92956
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2818 2673 2706
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.24 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £50.78 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 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 3 months to 28 June 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 28 June 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 -10 253 £450 - 47
South East +19 145 £425 +21.25% 24
North of England +2 69 £405 +24.61% 41
Midlands +37 63 £450 +22.86% 15
South West +2 49 £425 -5.55% 26
North West +7 42 £400 +11.11% 26
West Midlands +40 41 £450 +17.64% 12
East of England -19 28 £405 +27.05% 16
East Midlands +4 22 £456 +7.35% 3
Yorkshire +12 19 £350 -7.89% 10
North East +34 8 £575 +85.48% 5
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 282 (24.35%) Finance
2 203 (17.53%) Agile Software Development
3 183 (15.80%) SQL
4 166 (14.34%) Migration
5 138 (11.92%) Analytical Skills
6 133 (11.49%) Degree
7 118 (10.19%) Microsoft Excel
8 114 (9.84%) Banking
9 111 (9.59%) Data Validation
10 108 (9.33%) Security Cleared
11 104 (8.98%) Oracle
11 104 (8.98%) Microsoft
12 98 (8.46%) QA
13 92 (7.94%) SAP
13 92 (7.94%) Windows
14 90 (7.77%) Project Management
15 85 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
16 82 (7.08%) Data Modelling
17 81 (6.99%) Scrum
17 81 (6.99%) User Acceptance Testing
18 78 (6.74%) Data Migration
18 78 (6.74%) Data Analysis
19 77 (6.65%) Linux
20 76 (6.56%) SQL Server
20 76 (6.56%) Business Intelligence
21 74 (6.39%) Telecoms
22 72 (6.22%) ITIL
23 67 (5.79%) Test Scripting
24 66 (5.70%) ETL
24 66 (5.70%) Analytics

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 22 (1.90%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.81%) SAS
3 18 (1.55%) WebSphere
4 16 (1.38%) Tomcat
5 15 (1.30%) OpenStack
5 15 (1.30%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.12%) JBoss
7 12 (1.04%) Confluence
7 12 (1.04%) MS Exchange
8 11 (0.95%) GlassFish
9 10 (0.86%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.52%) CMS
11 4 (0.35%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (0.35%) IIS
11 4 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.26%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.26%) Office Communications Server
12 3 (0.26%) Oracle Coherence
12 3 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 118 (10.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 61 (5.27%) Microsoft Office
3 28 (2.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (1.47%) Microsoft Project
4 17 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
5 14 (1.21%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.95%) Simulink
7 5 (0.43%) TargetLink
8 4 (0.35%) SPSS
9 3 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.26%) InVision
9 3 (0.26%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.17%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.086%) CATIA
11 1 (0.086%) EViews
Business Applications
1 15 (1.30%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.60%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.43%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 5 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.35%) HFM
5 4 (0.35%) iTrent
6 3 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.26%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.26%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.17%) BPCS
7 2 (0.17%) Lorenzo
7 2 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 34 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (1.73%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (1.73%) SaaS
3 11 (0.95%) SuccessFactors
4 10 (0.86%) IaaS
5 8 (0.69%) PaaS
6 7 (0.60%) Google Analytics
7 6 (0.52%) Office 365
8 4 (0.35%) Adobe Analytics
8 4 (0.35%) Basecamp
8 4 (0.35%) BPaaS
8 4 (0.35%) Taleo
9 3 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.17%) GitHub
10 2 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.086%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.086%) HP Helion
11 1 (0.086%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.086%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 1 (0.086%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.94%) LTE
2 33 (2.85%) 4G
3 28 (2.42%) TCP/IP
4 25 (2.16%) Firewall
5 23 (1.99%) 3G
5 23 (1.99%) LAN
6 22 (1.90%) VoIP
7 21 (1.81%) MVNO
8 19 (1.64%) WAN
9 16 (1.38%) Internet
10 15 (1.30%) Value-Added Service
10 15 (1.30%) Wireless
11 13 (1.12%) Ethernet
11 13 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (1.04%) DHCP
12 12 (1.04%) DNS
12 12 (1.04%) Radio Access Network
12 12 (1.04%) SAN
13 11 (0.95%) VPN
14 10 (0.86%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (6.56%) SQL Server
2 55 (4.75%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (2.68%) Relational Database
3 31 (2.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 23 (1.99%) MySQL
5 21 (1.81%) Data Mining
6 20 (1.73%) Big Data
6 20 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 18 (1.55%) Hadoop
8 16 (1.38%) Ingres
9 13 (1.12%) RDBMS
10 12 (1.04%) MS Access
10 12 (1.04%) QlikView
11 11 (0.95%) Oracle Database
12 8 (0.69%) BusinessObjects
12 8 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
13 7 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
14 6 (0.52%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 40 (3.45%) JIRA
2 23 (1.99%) Visual Studio
3 22 (1.90%) Git (software)
4 19 (1.64%) Rational DOORS
4 19 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
5 18 (1.55%) Selenium
6 14 (1.21%) Subversion
7 13 (1.12%) Cucumber
8 12 (1.04%) GitLab
9 11 (0.95%) Jenkins
9 11 (0.95%) Protractor
10 9 (0.78%) Maven
10 9 (0.78%) Rational Rhapsody
11 8 (0.69%) SpecFlow
12 7 (0.60%) Axure RP
12 7 (0.60%) HP UFT
12 7 (0.60%) SilkTest
12 7 (0.60%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 7 (0.60%) WebDriver
13 6 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 282 (24.35%) Finance
2 114 (9.84%) Banking
3 74 (6.39%) Telecoms
4 55 (4.75%) Retail
5 54 (4.66%) Investment Banking
6 47 (4.06%) Pharmaceutical
7 46 (3.97%) Front Office
8 40 (3.45%) Manufacturing
9 37 (3.20%) Back Office
10 36 (3.11%) Marketing
11 23 (1.99%) Billing
12 22 (1.90%) Aerospace
13 20 (1.73%) Automotive
14 19 (1.64%) Electronics
15 17 (1.47%) Financial Institution
16 16 (1.38%) Legal
17 12 (1.04%) Avionics
18 7 (0.60%) Law
19 6 (0.52%) Publishing
20 5 (0.43%) Games
Job Titles
1 323 (27.89%) Analyst
2 135 (11.66%) Developer
3 127 (10.97%) Business Analyst
4 78 (6.74%) Consultant
5 65 (5.61%) Architect
5 65 (5.61%) Data Analyst
6 47 (4.06%) Test Analyst
7 46 (3.97%) Designer
8 45 (3.89%) Project Manager
8 45 (3.89%) Test Engineer
9 29 (2.50%) Software Engineer
10 26 (2.25%) Systems Engineer
10 26 (2.25%) Technical Analyst
11 22 (1.90%) Test Manager
12 21 (1.81%) Java Developer
13 20 (1.73%) Senior Analyst
14 19 (1.64%) C++ Developer
14 19 (1.64%) Financial Analyst
14 19 (1.64%) IT Analyst
15 18 (1.55%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (5.35%) XML
2 41 (3.54%) Web Services
3 39 (3.37%) HTML
4 37 (3.20%) REST
5 33 (2.85%) CSS
6 32 (2.76%) .NET
7 28 (2.42%) Middleware
7 28 (2.42%) SOAP
8 25 (2.16%) Spring
9 24 (2.07%) AngularJS
9 24 (2.07%) JSON
10 22 (1.90%) HTML5
11 16 (1.38%) J2EE
12 15 (1.30%) RESTful
13 14 (1.21%) XSLT
14 12 (1.04%) ASP.NET
14 12 (1.04%) jQuery
15 11 (0.95%) JSTL
15 11 (0.95%) RAML
15 11 (0.95%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 138 (11.92%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (4.92%) Management Information System
3 54 (4.66%) User Experience
4 43 (3.71%) Computer Science
5 29 (2.50%) Data Centre
6 27 (2.33%) NHS
7 22 (1.90%) Credit Risk
8 20 (1.73%) Life Science
8 20 (1.73%) Market Risk
9 19 (1.64%) Virtual Team
10 18 (1.55%) Derivative
11 17 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 16 (1.38%) IVR
13 14 (1.21%) Handset
13 14 (1.21%) Mobile App
14 13 (1.12%) Equities
15 12 (1.04%) Algorithms
15 12 (1.04%) Data Structures
16 10 (0.86%) Client/Server
16 10 (0.86%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 92 (7.94%) Windows
2 77 (6.65%) Linux
3 28 (2.42%) Unix
4 19 (1.64%) AIX
5 18 (1.55%) Windows 7
6 17 (1.47%) Windows Server
7 12 (1.04%) Solaris
8 10 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (0.78%) Apple iOS
10 7 (0.60%) Android
10 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.52%) Windows 10
11 6 (0.52%) Windows 8
12 4 (0.35%) CentOS
13 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.26%) Windows Vista
14 2 (0.17%) HPUX
14 2 (0.17%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.17%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (17.53%) Agile Software Development
2 166 (14.34%) Migration
3 111 (9.59%) Data Validation
4 90 (7.77%) Project Management
5 85 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
6 82 (7.08%) Data Modelling
7 81 (6.99%) Scrum
7 81 (6.99%) User Acceptance Testing
8 78 (6.74%) Data Analysis
8 78 (6.74%) Data Migration
9 76 (6.56%) Business Intelligence
10 72 (6.22%) ITIL
11 67 (5.79%) Test Scripting
12 66 (5.70%) Analytics
12 66 (5.70%) ETL
13 65 (5.61%) Business Analysis
14 64 (5.53%) Test Strategy
15 63 (5.44%) Software Engineering
15 63 (5.44%) Test Automation
16 62 (5.35%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 183 (15.80%) SQL
2 63 (5.44%) Java
3 53 (4.58%) C++
4 51 (4.40%) JavaScript
5 48 (4.15%) Python
6 40 (3.45%) C
7 30 (2.59%) VBA
8 26 (2.25%) C#
9 18 (1.55%) PowerShell
10 13 (1.12%) PL/SQL
10 13 (1.12%) T-SQL
11 12 (1.04%) MATLAB
12 11 (0.95%) R
13 10 (0.86%) VBScript
14 7 (0.60%) Ruby
14 7 (0.60%) sed
14 7 (0.60%) VB
15 6 (0.52%) ABAP
15 6 (0.52%) Assembly Language
15 6 (0.52%) AWK
Qualifications
1 133 (11.49%) Degree
2 108 (9.33%) Security Cleared
3 63 (5.44%) SC Cleared
4 36 (3.11%) ISEB
5 27 (2.33%) ISTQB
6 24 (2.07%) DV Cleared
7 17 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (1.12%) HNC
10 12 (1.04%) IRCA
11 10 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (0.86%) PhD
12 9 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
12 9 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
13 8 (0.69%) CCNP
13 8 (0.69%) MCSA
13 8 (0.69%) PMP
14 6 (0.52%) HND
15 5 (0.43%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (8.46%) QA
2 62 (5.35%) Data Quality
3 29 (2.50%) GxP
4 21 (1.81%) SLA
5 20 (1.73%) GMP
6 15 (1.30%) MiFID
7 14 (1.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 13 (1.12%) DO-178B
8 13 (1.12%) GAMP
8 13 (1.12%) PMO
9 8 (0.69%) IFRS
9 8 (0.69%) MISRA
10 7 (0.60%) Def Stans
10 7 (0.60%) IEC 61508
10 7 (0.60%) IFRS 9
10 7 (0.60%) JSP 440
11 6 (0.52%) EMIR
11 6 (0.52%) HL7
12 5 (0.43%) ISO 13485
12 5 (0.43%) WCAG
System Software
1 30 (2.59%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.69%) Hyper-V
3 8 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.43%) XenApp
6 4 (0.35%) RACF
6 4 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.26%) Cygwin
7 3 (0.26%) Docker
7 3 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.17%) vSphere
9 1 (0.086%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.086%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.086%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (0.086%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (0.086%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.086%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 25 (2.16%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.12%) Ansible
2 13 (1.12%) SCCM
3 11 (0.95%) Rundeck
4 5 (0.43%) BladeLogic
4 5 (0.43%) Puppet
5 4 (0.35%) DatAdvantage
5 4 (0.35%) zSecure
6 3 (0.26%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (0.26%) Control-M
6 3 (0.26%) EMC VPLEX
6 3 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.26%) SCVMM
6 3 (0.26%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.17%) Kibana
7 2 (0.17%) Nessus
7 2 (0.17%) Nmap
7 2 (0.17%) SCOrch
7 2 (0.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 104 (8.98%) Microsoft
1 104 (8.98%) Oracle
2 92 (7.94%) SAP
3 47 (4.06%) Cisco
4 30 (2.59%) HP
4 30 (2.59%) VMware
5 20 (1.73%) Citrix
5 20 (1.73%) Remedy
6 19 (1.64%) Tableau
7 18 (1.55%) Informatica
8 17 (1.47%) IBM
9 16 (1.38%) Motorola
10 14 (1.21%) Verint
10 14 (1.21%) Workday
11 13 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
11 13 (1.12%) ServiceNow
12 11 (0.95%) Cognos
12 11 (0.95%) hybris
12 11 (0.95%) Teradata
13 10 (0.86%) Google
London
Durlston Partners
Rate: Up to £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Up to £320 per day Dependent on Experience
Posted: 10 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
BOSCH Automotive Service Solutions
Rate: £Competitive + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Venturi
Rate: £15 - £23 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 15 hours ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £349 to £465 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + none
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: £360 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North London
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Preston
aap3
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
Amersham
Technos Recruitment
Rate: £0 - £40,000 per year
Posted: 7 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 20 days ago
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
North West
Mason Frank International
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Modis International
Rate: Competitive hourly rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - £50 per hour
Posted: 20 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
AMS contingency
Posted: 15 days ago
London
HFG
Rate: £500 - £800 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago