Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 189 188 177
Rank change year-on-year -1 -11 -16
Contract jobs citing Validation 1334 1401 1475
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.41% 1.44% 1.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.66% 1.71% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 781 800 776
England median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -1.48%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £236
90th Percentile £675 £588 £584
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 61 97
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £14.25 £16.25 £13.95
90th Percentile £52.75 £52.50 £44.50
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +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 80294 81883 85035
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.66% 84.16% 81.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 54019 54581 56048
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1877 2118 2511
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.42 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.74% +8.53% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.39 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.08% +6.67% +18.42%

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in England over the 6 months to 21 November 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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in England over the 6 months to 21 November 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 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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 -22 593 £476 +5.78% 49
South East -13 281 £400 - 25
South West +21 125 £405 +24.62% 27
North of England -17 113 £423 +12.67% 23
Midlands +23 111 £406 +20.37% 13
East of England -5 94 £407 +16.29% 12
West Midlands +34 75 £400 +9.07% 8
North West -3 66 £431 +7.81% 13
Yorkshire +20 45 £388 +1.97% 8
East Midlands -3 34 £450 +41.73% 5
North East +17 2 £448 +44.35% 2
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 354 (26.54%) Finance
2 243 (18.22%) Agile Software Development
3 237 (17.77%) SQL
4 188 (14.09%) Analytical Skills
5 162 (12.14%) QA
6 156 (11.69%) Migration
7 154 (11.54%) Security Cleared
8 147 (11.02%) Banking
9 131 (9.82%) Degree
10 128 (9.60%) User Acceptance Testing
11 117 (8.77%) Java
12 115 (8.62%) Windows
13 112 (8.40%) Oracle
14 111 (8.32%) Microsoft
14 111 (8.32%) SC Cleared
15 110 (8.25%) Data Validation
16 109 (8.17%) Data Modelling
16 109 (8.17%) Scrum
17 108 (8.10%) Linux
18 105 (7.87%) Project Management
19 104 (7.80%) SAP
20 98 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
21 95 (7.12%) Microsoft Excel
21 95 (7.12%) Business Analysis
22 93 (6.97%) C++
23 87 (6.52%) Data Analysis
24 85 (6.37%) ETL
25 84 (6.30%) SQL Server
25 84 (6.30%) Analytics
26 82 (6.15%) Test Automation

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 32 (2.40%) SharePoint
2 25 (1.87%) Apache Spark
3 24 (1.80%) SAS
4 21 (1.57%) Tomcat
5 20 (1.50%) Apache
6 16 (1.20%) Confluence
6 16 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
7 14 (1.05%) OpenStack
8 13 (0.97%) Cloud Foundry
8 13 (0.97%) GemFire
8 13 (0.97%) MS Exchange
9 11 (0.82%) IBM Notes
9 11 (0.82%) WebSphere
10 10 (0.75%) CMS
11 8 (0.60%) Apache Pig
11 8 (0.60%) IIS
12 7 (0.52%) Site Server
13 5 (0.37%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.30%) WebLogic
Applications
1 95 (7.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 59 (4.42%) Microsoft Office
3 23 (1.72%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 17 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.97%) Simulink
7 9 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.37%) OmniGraffle
9 4 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 4 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.30%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.22%) InVision
11 2 (0.15%) S-PLUS
11 2 (0.15%) SPSS
12 1 (0.075%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.075%) UserZoom
12 1 (0.075%) Vectorworks
12 1 (0.075%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 17 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.97%) SAP MM
3 12 (0.90%) SAP ERP
4 8 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.52%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (0.52%) SAP APO
6 6 (0.45%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.45%) SAP MDG
7 5 (0.37%) iTrent
7 5 (0.37%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 5 (0.37%) Oracle Assets
7 5 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.37%) Oracle Receivables
7 5 (0.37%) SAP MDM
8 4 (0.30%) Oracle General Ledger
8 4 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.22%) Hyperion Planning
9 3 (0.22%) Oracle E-Business Tax
Cloud Services
1 71 (5.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (1.57%) GitHub
4 20 (1.50%) PaaS
5 10 (0.75%) SaaS
6 6 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.45%) Office 365
7 5 (0.37%) Data Lake Analytics
7 5 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
7 5 (0.37%) npm
8 4 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.30%) BlazeMeter
8 4 (0.30%) Google Analytics
8 4 (0.30%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 4 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (0.22%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (0.22%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.22%) AWS Data Pipeline
9 3 (0.22%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (0.22%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 41 (3.07%) Wireless
2 39 (2.92%) Firewall
3 32 (2.40%) Internet
4 30 (2.25%) TCP/IP
5 25 (1.87%) DHCP
6 24 (1.80%) Ethernet
6 24 (1.80%) WAN
7 23 (1.72%) LAN
8 21 (1.57%) SAN
9 19 (1.42%) 4G
9 19 (1.42%) LTE
10 17 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
10 17 (1.27%) VPN
11 16 (1.20%) MPLS
12 14 (1.05%) Cisco Nexus
13 12 (0.90%) Network Security
14 11 (0.82%) DNS
15 10 (0.75%) MVNO
16 8 (0.60%) 3G
16 8 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (6.30%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.95%) Data Warehouse
3 50 (3.75%) Big Data
4 39 (2.92%) Hadoop
5 25 (1.87%) MySQL
6 22 (1.65%) Data Mining
6 22 (1.65%) HBase
6 22 (1.65%) SAP Data Services
7 21 (1.57%) Apache Hive
8 18 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 17 (1.27%) BusinessObjects
10 15 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
10 15 (1.12%) SAP BW
10 15 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
11 14 (1.05%) OLTP
11 14 (1.05%) Relational Database
11 14 (1.05%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 14 (1.05%) Star Schema
12 12 (0.90%) NoSQL
12 12 (0.90%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 54 (4.05%) JIRA
2 46 (3.45%) Git (software)
3 26 (1.95%) Jenkins
4 22 (1.65%) Selenium
5 21 (1.57%) Cucumber
5 21 (1.57%) Rational DOORS
5 21 (1.57%) Visual Studio
6 17 (1.27%) Gradle
7 16 (1.20%) LSMW
8 15 (1.12%) IntelliJ
8 15 (1.12%) JMeter
9 14 (1.05%) Maven
9 14 (1.05%) Protractor
10 13 (0.97%) Jasmine
10 13 (0.97%) JUnit
11 12 (0.90%) Axure RP
11 12 (0.90%) gulp
11 12 (0.90%) Rational Rhapsody
12 11 (0.82%) Grunt
12 11 (0.82%) webpack
General
1 354 (26.54%) Finance
2 147 (11.02%) Banking
3 63 (4.72%) Investment Banking
4 59 (4.42%) Front Office
5 54 (4.05%) Telecoms
6 53 (3.97%) Retail
7 46 (3.45%) Back Office
8 32 (2.40%) Marketing
9 30 (2.25%) Manufacturing
10 27 (2.02%) Pharmaceutical
11 25 (1.87%) Aerospace
12 22 (1.65%) Automotive
13 19 (1.42%) Billing
14 17 (1.27%) Financial Institution
14 17 (1.27%) Legal
15 13 (0.97%) Electronics
16 11 (0.82%) Avionics
17 10 (0.75%) Military
18 8 (0.60%) Games
19 7 (0.52%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 385 (28.86%) Analyst
2 166 (12.44%) Developer
3 150 (11.24%) Business Analyst
4 101 (7.57%) Architect
5 68 (5.10%) Consultant
6 59 (4.42%) Data Analyst
7 54 (4.05%) Project Manager
8 51 (3.82%) Test Analyst
9 45 (3.37%) Qualitative Analyst
9 45 (3.37%) Quantitative Analyst
10 40 (3.00%) Java Developer
11 38 (2.85%) Risk Analyst
12 35 (2.62%) Systems Engineer
13 34 (2.55%) Quantitative Risk Analyst
14 32 (2.40%) Test Manager
15 31 (2.32%) Designer
16 29 (2.17%) Software Engineer
17 27 (2.02%) Test Engineer
18 23 (1.72%) Python Developer
19 22 (1.65%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (5.32%) XML
2 61 (4.57%) CSS
3 58 (4.35%) HTML
4 47 (3.52%) JSON
5 46 (3.45%) Web Services
6 44 (3.30%) AngularJS
7 42 (3.15%) Middleware
8 40 (3.00%) REST
8 40 (3.00%) RESTful
9 39 (2.92%) .NET
10 30 (2.25%) HTML5
11 26 (1.95%) Kafka
12 25 (1.87%) ASP.NET
13 23 (1.72%) J2EE
13 23 (1.72%) Spring
14 21 (1.57%) XSLT
15 18 (1.35%) Spring Boot
16 17 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
16 17 (1.27%) CSS3
17 13 (0.97%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 188 (14.09%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (6.00%) Management Information System
3 55 (4.12%) User Experience
4 54 (4.05%) Derivative
5 45 (3.37%) Credit Risk
6 43 (3.22%) Computer Science
7 40 (3.00%) Virtual Team
8 34 (2.55%) Market Risk
9 31 (2.32%) Data Centre
10 30 (2.25%) Data Structures
11 26 (1.95%) Mobile App
12 21 (1.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 17 (1.27%) Algorithms
13 17 (1.27%) Client/Server
14 16 (1.20%) Blackberry
14 16 (1.20%) Fixed Income
15 15 (1.12%) Equities
16 14 (1.05%) Replication
17 13 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
17 13 (0.97%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 115 (8.62%) Windows
2 108 (8.10%) Linux
3 56 (4.20%) Unix
4 42 (3.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 32 (2.40%) Windows 7
6 28 (2.10%) Apple iOS
7 24 (1.80%) Windows Server
8 17 (1.27%) AIX
9 16 (1.20%) Solaris
10 13 (0.97%) Windows 10
11 12 (0.90%) Android
12 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
14 5 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.22%) Debian
15 3 (0.22%) HPUX
15 3 (0.22%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.22%) VMS
15 3 (0.22%) VxWorks
15 3 (0.22%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 243 (18.22%) Agile Software Development
2 156 (11.69%) Migration
3 128 (9.60%) User Acceptance Testing
4 110 (8.25%) Data Validation
5 109 (8.17%) Data Modelling
5 109 (8.17%) Scrum
6 105 (7.87%) Project Management
7 98 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
8 95 (7.12%) Business Analysis
9 87 (6.52%) Data Analysis
10 85 (6.37%) ETL
11 84 (6.30%) Analytics
12 82 (6.15%) Test Automation
13 77 (5.77%) Data Migration
14 75 (5.62%) Change Management
15 73 (5.47%) Mathematics
16 70 (5.25%) Test Scripting
17 66 (4.95%) ITIL
18 63 (4.72%) User Stories
19 62 (4.65%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 237 (17.77%) SQL
2 117 (8.77%) Java
3 93 (6.97%) C++
4 80 (6.00%) C#
5 78 (5.85%) JavaScript
6 71 (5.32%) Python
7 38 (2.85%) PowerShell
8 36 (2.70%) C
9 25 (1.87%) Shell Script
10 23 (1.72%) sed
11 22 (1.65%) AWK
12 21 (1.57%) VBA
13 20 (1.50%) PHP
13 20 (1.50%) T-SQL
14 17 (1.27%) VBScript
15 16 (1.20%) Korn
15 16 (1.20%) MATLAB
16 14 (1.05%) Bash Shell
16 14 (1.05%) SAS Macro
17 11 (0.82%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 154 (11.54%) Security Cleared
2 131 (9.82%) Degree
3 111 (8.32%) SC Cleared
4 31 (2.32%) ISTQB
5 27 (2.02%) BPSS Clearance
6 26 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
7 23 (1.72%) CISSP
8 21 (1.57%) Microsoft Certification
9 20 (1.50%) PhD
10 19 (1.42%) MCSE
11 18 (1.35%) CISM
11 18 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
12 17 (1.27%) ISEB
13 16 (1.20%) DV Cleared
13 16 (1.20%) MCSM
13 16 (1.20%) PMI Certification
14 15 (1.12%) ACHDS
14 15 (1.12%) ACTC
14 15 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 15 (1.12%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (12.14%) QA
2 78 (5.85%) Data Quality
3 19 (1.42%) PMO
3 19 (1.42%) SLA
4 18 (1.35%) GxP
4 18 (1.35%) MiFID
5 17 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (1.05%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 14 (1.05%) ISO 9001
7 12 (0.90%) GAMP
7 12 (0.90%) GDPR
7 12 (0.90%) PCI DSS
8 11 (0.82%) DO-178B
9 10 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 9 (0.67%) EMIR
11 8 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
12 7 (0.52%) ISO 26262
13 6 (0.45%) GMP
13 6 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 5 (0.37%) RMADS
System Software
1 67 (5.02%) Active Directory
2 22 (1.65%) HDFS
3 21 (1.57%) Docker
4 16 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 15 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
5 15 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
6 13 (0.97%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 13 (0.97%) Hyper-V
7 8 (0.60%) Oracle Clusterware
7 8 (0.60%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 7 (0.52%) Apache Flume
9 6 (0.45%) XenApp
10 5 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (0.30%) ISA Server
11 4 (0.30%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.22%) Firmware
12 3 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
12 3 (0.22%) Samba
12 3 (0.22%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.22%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 28 (2.10%) SCCM
2 18 (1.35%) HP Quality Center
3 14 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (0.97%) Ansible
5 9 (0.67%) Hadoop YARN
6 8 (0.60%) Tivoli
6 8 (0.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 6 (0.45%) DatAdvantage
7 6 (0.45%) SCVMM
8 5 (0.37%) Puppet
8 5 (0.37%) Rundeck
9 4 (0.30%) Kibana
9 4 (0.30%) Terraform
10 3 (0.22%) EdgeSight
10 3 (0.22%) EMC VPLEX
10 3 (0.22%) logstash
10 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.22%) Packer
10 3 (0.22%) Rancher
10 3 (0.22%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 112 (8.40%) Oracle
2 111 (8.32%) Microsoft
3 104 (7.80%) SAP
4 36 (2.70%) HP
5 35 (2.62%) Cisco
6 34 (2.55%) Red Hat
7 33 (2.47%) Salesforce.com
8 32 (2.40%) Citrix
9 30 (2.25%) IBM
10 26 (1.95%) Tableau
11 25 (1.87%) VMware
12 21 (1.57%) Remedy
13 18 (1.35%) Motorola
14 15 (1.12%) Apple
15 14 (1.05%) Greenplum
15 14 (1.05%) Huawei
15 14 (1.05%) ServiceNow
15 14 (1.05%) Symantec
16 12 (0.90%) Cloudera
17 11 (0.82%) Hortonworks