Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 165 204 220
Rank change year-on-year +39 +16 -38
Contract jobs citing Validation 418 1,087 1,235
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.63% 1.35% 1.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.88% 1.55% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 616 702
Median daily rate £475 £450 £444
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +1.41% -1.39%
10th Percentile £275 £313 £275
90th Percentile £626 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 67 52
Median hourly rate £45.91 £42.50 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.02% +5.59% +7.33%
10th Percentile £21.25 £20.68 £15.15
90th Percentile £62.65 £56.25 £52.73
UK median hourly rate £45.91 £42.50 £39.13
% change year-on-year +8.02% +8.63% +6.42%

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 22,263 70,076 81,745
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.76% 87.09% 87.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,258 46,481 54,503
Median daily rate £475 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 793 1,997 2,236
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.70 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.73% +17.60% -8.70%
10th Percentile £12.63 £11.88 £11.18
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.10 £20.65
% change year-on-year +45.23% +16.74% -13.07%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Validation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Validation in England.

Daily rate trend for Validation in England

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Validation in England over the 6 months to 21 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Validation in England

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Validation in England.

Hourly rate trend for Validation in England

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Validation in England over the 6 months to 21 September 2020.

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 September 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 -3 158 £500 - 44
South East +66 73 £494 +16.18% 36
North of England +58 72 £431 +1.29% 43
North West +49 47 £430 -3.15% 19
East of England +72 38 £400 - 32
Midlands +97 35 £444 +16.39% 20
South West +47 31 £378 -11.18% 44
West Midlands +67 21 £444 +10.94% 9
Yorkshire +55 19 £439 +3.24% 17
East Midlands +59 14 £500 +27.80% 11
North East +33 6 £425 +23.64% 7
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 84 (20.10%) Finance
2 77 (18.42%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (15.07%) Analytical Skills
4 58 (13.88%) Python
5 54 (12.92%) Migration
6 52 (12.44%) Security Cleared
7 51 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
8 47 (11.24%) Microsoft
9 45 (10.77%) SQL
10 44 (10.53%) Analytics
11 40 (9.57%) Data Cleansing
11 40 (9.57%) Azure
12 36 (8.61%) SAP
12 36 (8.61%) Public Sector
13 35 (8.37%) Degree
13 35 (8.37%) Test Strategy
14 34 (8.13%) SC Cleared
15 33 (7.89%) Business Intelligence
16 32 (7.66%) Stakeholder Management
16 32 (7.66%) Telecoms
17 31 (7.42%) Data Validation
18 29 (6.94%) Test Automation
19 28 (6.70%) Data Quality
19 28 (6.70%) DevOps
20 27 (6.46%) Project Management
20 27 (6.46%) Oracle
20 27 (6.46%) Data Modelling
20 27 (6.46%) QA
20 27 (6.46%) Banking
20 27 (6.46%) Data Analysis

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 9 (2.15%) Apache Spark
2 7 (1.67%) Confluence
2 7 (1.67%) Skype for Business
3 5 (1.20%) SAS
4 4 (0.96%) Anypoint
4 4 (0.96%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.72%) Apache
6 2 (0.48%) CMS
7 1 (0.24%) Apache Airflow
7 1 (0.24%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.24%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.24%) iPlanet
7 1 (0.24%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.24%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.24%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 23 (5.50%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (4.31%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.96%) Simulink
5 3 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.72%) Windchill
6 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.48%) Sketch
6 2 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.24%) Figma
7 1 (0.24%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.24%) LibreOffice
7 1 (0.24%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 5 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (1.20%) Remedy ITSM
1 5 (1.20%) TrackWise
2 3 (0.72%) JDE EnterpriseOne
2 3 (0.72%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.48%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.48%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.48%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle AML
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle iSupplier
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.24%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 40 (9.57%) Azure
2 21 (5.02%) AWS
3 19 (4.55%) Office 365
4 18 (4.31%) Power Platform
5 13 (3.11%) GitHub
6 10 (2.39%) Kong
7 8 (1.91%) AWS Lambda
7 8 (1.91%) Serverless
8 7 (1.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 7 (1.67%) Apigee
8 7 (1.67%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (1.67%) AWS CloudTrail
8 7 (1.67%) Coveralls
9 5 (1.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 4 (0.96%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.72%) GCP
11 3 (0.72%) Power Automate
11 3 (0.72%) PowerApps
11 3 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 21 (5.02%) Firewall
2 17 (4.07%) DNS
3 15 (3.59%) DHCP
4 9 (2.15%) 3G
5 8 (1.91%) 2G
5 8 (1.91%) 4G
5 8 (1.91%) FTP
5 8 (1.91%) HTTP
6 7 (1.67%) 5G
6 7 (1.67%) Broadband
6 7 (1.67%) GPON
6 7 (1.67%) LAN
6 7 (1.67%) Skype
6 7 (1.67%) WAN
6 7 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
7 6 (1.44%) PBX
7 6 (1.44%) Radio Access Network
7 6 (1.44%) Wireless
8 5 (1.20%) MIMO
8 5 (1.20%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (3.83%) Power BI
2 15 (3.59%) Big Data
3 14 (3.35%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (2.87%) SQL Server
5 10 (2.39%) Hadoop
6 9 (2.15%) NoSQL
7 7 (1.67%) RDBMS
8 6 (1.44%) Apache Hive
8 6 (1.44%) Impala
9 5 (1.20%) MySQL
10 4 (0.96%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 3 (0.72%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.72%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.72%) Ingres
11 3 (0.72%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
12 2 (0.48%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 21 (5.02%) JIRA
2 14 (3.35%) JMeter
3 13 (3.11%) Git (software)
4 12 (2.87%) Rational DOORS
5 11 (2.63%) SonarQube
6 10 (2.39%) Jenkins
6 10 (2.39%) Selenium
7 8 (1.91%) LoadRunner
8 7 (1.67%) JUnit
9 6 (1.44%) Bitbucket
9 6 (1.44%) Sonatype Nexus
9 6 (1.44%) TeamCity
10 5 (1.20%) Cucumber
10 5 (1.20%) SoapUI
11 4 (0.96%) Gatling
11 4 (0.96%) Gradle
11 4 (0.96%) SOAtest
11 4 (0.96%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 4 (0.96%) WebDriver
12 3 (0.72%) LSMW
General
1 84 (20.10%) Finance
2 36 (8.61%) Public Sector
3 32 (7.66%) Telecoms
4 27 (6.46%) Banking
5 25 (5.98%) Aerospace
6 24 (5.74%) Law
7 22 (5.26%) Manufacturing
8 18 (4.31%) Electronics
8 18 (4.31%) Pharmaceutical
9 15 (3.59%) Marketing
10 14 (3.35%) Military
11 13 (3.11%) Automotive
12 12 (2.87%) Retail
13 11 (2.63%) Front Office
13 11 (2.63%) Investment Banking
13 11 (2.63%) Legal
14 4 (0.96%) Billing
14 4 (0.96%) Fire and Rescue
14 4 (0.96%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.48%) Police
Job Titles
1 81 (19.38%) Analyst
2 45 (10.77%) Developer
3 44 (10.53%) Architect
4 34 (8.13%) Business Analyst
5 25 (5.98%) Consultant
6 24 (5.74%) Administrator
7 21 (5.02%) Data Analyst
8 17 (4.07%) Systems Engineer
9 14 (3.35%) Technical Architect
10 13 (3.11%) Solutions Architect
11 12 (2.87%) Project Manager
12 11 (2.63%) Tester
13 10 (2.39%) Integration Engineer
13 10 (2.39%) LIMS Administrator
14 9 (2.15%) Business Intelligence Analyst
14 9 (2.15%) Electronics Engineer
14 9 (2.15%) Java Developer
14 9 (2.15%) Network Engineer
14 9 (2.15%) Systems Integration Engineer
14 9 (2.15%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (5.74%) REST
2 18 (4.31%) XML
3 14 (3.35%) Web Services
4 11 (2.63%) .NET
4 11 (2.63%) Middleware
5 10 (2.39%) SAML
6 9 (2.15%) Django
6 9 (2.15%) Flask
6 9 (2.15%) Spring
7 8 (1.91%) SOAP
8 6 (1.44%) HTML
8 6 (1.44%) JSON
8 6 (1.44%) Visualforce
9 5 (1.20%) J2EE
9 5 (1.20%) RESTful
10 4 (0.96%) JMS
10 4 (0.96%) RAML
10 4 (0.96%) Spring Batch
10 4 (0.96%) Spring Boot
10 4 (0.96%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 63 (15.07%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (5.26%) Management Information System
3 18 (4.31%) LIMS
4 14 (3.35%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 13 (3.11%) Taxonomies
6 11 (2.63%) Data Centre
6 11 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
6 11 (2.63%) PKI
7 9 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (2.15%) VHDL
8 8 (1.91%) Clustering
8 8 (1.91%) User Experience
9 7 (1.67%) Fibre Optics
9 7 (1.67%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (1.44%) Market Risk
11 5 (1.20%) Fixed Income
11 5 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 4 (0.96%) ASIC
12 4 (0.96%) CMDB
12 4 (0.96%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.22%) Windows
2 17 (4.07%) Linux
3 15 (3.59%) Unix
4 10 (2.39%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (1.67%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (1.44%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.72%) Android
8 3 (0.72%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.48%) HPUX
9 2 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.48%) SUSE
10 1 (0.24%) AIX
10 1 (0.24%) CentOS
10 1 (0.24%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (18.42%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (12.92%) Migration
3 51 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
4 44 (10.53%) Analytics
5 40 (9.57%) Data Cleansing
6 35 (8.37%) Test Strategy
7 33 (7.89%) Business Intelligence
8 32 (7.66%) Stakeholder Management
9 31 (7.42%) Data Validation
10 29 (6.94%) Test Automation
11 28 (6.70%) DevOps
12 27 (6.46%) Data Analysis
12 27 (6.46%) Data Modelling
12 27 (6.46%) Project Management
13 26 (6.22%) Data Migration
13 26 (6.22%) Requirements Gathering
14 25 (5.98%) Change Management
15 23 (5.50%) ETL
15 23 (5.50%) Visualisation
16 22 (5.26%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 58 (13.88%) Python
2 45 (10.77%) SQL
3 25 (5.98%) C
3 25 (5.98%) Java
4 21 (5.02%) C++
5 13 (3.11%) JavaScript
6 10 (2.39%) Lua
6 10 (2.39%) VBA
7 9 (2.15%) Shell Script
8 8 (1.91%) PowerShell
8 8 (1.91%) R
9 7 (1.67%) Apex Code
9 7 (1.67%) Perl
10 6 (1.44%) Go
10 6 (1.44%) PL/SQL
11 5 (1.20%) C#
12 3 (0.72%) Java 8
12 3 (0.72%) Scala
12 3 (0.72%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.48%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 52 (12.44%) Security Cleared
2 35 (8.37%) Degree
3 34 (8.13%) SC Cleared
4 21 (5.02%) BPSS Clearance
5 15 (3.59%) DV Cleared
6 11 (2.63%) ISEB
6 11 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (1.91%) ISTQB
8 6 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (0.96%) BC Cleared
9 4 (0.96%) CCNP
10 3 (0.72%) HND
10 3 (0.72%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.48%) CCIE
11 2 (0.48%) CCNA
11 2 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.48%) MCAD
11 2 (0.48%) Numerate Degree
11 2 (0.48%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (6.70%) Data Quality
2 27 (6.46%) QA
3 16 (3.83%) GxP
4 15 (3.59%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 12 (2.87%) GLP
6 9 (2.15%) ECSS
7 7 (1.67%) SLA
8 6 (1.44%) JSP 440
9 5 (1.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 4 (0.96%) GMP
10 4 (0.96%) ISO 13485
11 2 (0.48%) IEC 62304
11 2 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 2 (0.48%) NIST
11 2 (0.48%) PMO
12 1 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.24%) GDPR
12 1 (0.24%) IFRS
12 1 (0.24%) IFRS 9
12 1 (0.24%) NCSC
System Software
1 19 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 13 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.44%) Docker
4 5 (1.20%) Firmware
4 5 (1.20%) HDFS
5 2 (0.48%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.48%) VMware NSX
5 2 (0.48%) vSphere
6 1 (0.24%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.24%) GPFS
6 1 (0.24%) iptables
6 1 (0.24%) KVM
6 1 (0.24%) Postfix
6 1 (0.24%) PowerHA
6 1 (0.24%) RHEV
6 1 (0.24%) Sendmail
6 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (1.91%) Kubernetes
2 6 (1.44%) SCCM
3 5 (1.20%) Ansible
3 5 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.20%) Puppet
4 4 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.48%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.48%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.24%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.24%) Cobbler
6 1 (0.24%) EnCase
6 1 (0.24%) FTK
6 1 (0.24%) Grafana
6 1 (0.24%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.24%) Icinga
6 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.24%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.24%) vRealize
Vendors
1 47 (11.24%) Microsoft
2 36 (8.61%) SAP
3 27 (6.46%) Oracle
4 14 (3.35%) VMware
5 13 (3.11%) Cisco
6 12 (2.87%) Salesforce.com
7 11 (2.63%) ServiceNow
8 10 (2.39%) Splunk
8 10 (2.39%) Tableau
9 9 (2.15%) EMC
10 7 (1.67%) BT
10 7 (1.67%) MuleSoft
10 7 (1.67%) Openreach
10 7 (1.67%) Virgin Media
11 6 (1.44%) Alteryx
11 6 (1.44%) Databricks
11 6 (1.44%) Google
11 6 (1.44%) Sonus
12 5 (1.20%) Remedy
12 5 (1.20%) Xilinx