Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 212 182 193
Rank change year-on-year -30 +11 -15
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,241 1,302 1,390
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.32% 1.43% 1.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.53% 1.67% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 697 747 779
England median daily rate £443 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.67% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £275 £269 £257
90th Percentile £625 £650 £600
UK median daily rate £438 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -2.78% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 76 70
England median hourly rate £40.25 £37.27 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.01% -5.06% +12.14%
10th Percentile £15.15 £14.25 £12.48
90th Percentile £52.73 £52.50 £50.78
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £36.25 £39.00
% change year-on-year +8.97% -7.05% +11.43%

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 81,105 77,935 85,078
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.25% 85.78% 85.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,098 51,736 56,875
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,220 1,899 2,139
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.70% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £24.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -14.58% +4.35% +4.55%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 -16 540 £475 - 106
South East -35 245 £400 - 90
North of England -25 125 £409 -0.30% 59
East of England +41 122 £425 +4.36% 71
South West -9 119 £425 - 56
Midlands -49 82 £398 -3.64% 71
North West -20 68 £400 -2.44% 37
Yorkshire -26 42 £419 +13.18% 19
East Midlands +11 41 £425 -5.56% 25
West Midlands -64 41 £383 -7.55% 46
North East -1 16 £450 -21.74% 3
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 295 (23.77%) Finance
2 263 (21.19%) Agile Software Development
3 194 (15.63%) Analytical Skills
4 165 (13.30%) Migration
5 158 (12.73%) SQL
6 152 (12.25%) Microsoft
7 138 (11.12%) Data Validation
8 131 (10.56%) Java
9 129 (10.39%) Degree
10 126 (10.15%) Windows
11 125 (10.07%) Project Management
12 120 (9.67%) Problem-Solving
13 114 (9.19%) Security Cleared
14 105 (8.46%) QA
15 100 (8.06%) Banking
16 99 (7.98%) Test Automation
17 97 (7.82%) SQL Server
18 94 (7.57%) SC Cleared
19 93 (7.49%) Data Analysis
20 90 (7.25%) Oracle
20 90 (7.25%) Unix
21 88 (7.09%) ITIL
22 87 (7.01%) CRM
23 85 (6.85%) Stakeholder Management
24 84 (6.77%) Scrum
25 82 (6.61%) Microsoft Excel
25 82 (6.61%) ETL
26 80 (6.45%) Retail
26 80 (6.45%) Git (software)
27 78 (6.29%) JIRA

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 40 (3.22%) SharePoint
2 31 (2.50%) WebSphere
3 25 (2.01%) Apache
3 25 (2.01%) Confluence
4 22 (1.77%) Commerce Server
5 18 (1.45%) SAS
5 18 (1.45%) Tomcat
6 16 (1.29%) IIS
7 13 (1.05%) OpenStack
7 13 (1.05%) WebLogic
8 12 (0.97%) Apache Spark
9 10 (0.81%) Cloud Foundry
9 10 (0.81%) GemFire
10 9 (0.73%) CMS
10 9 (0.73%) IBM Notes
11 7 (0.56%) Oracle Workflow
12 6 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 5 (0.40%) JBoss
14 4 (0.32%) Gentran
14 4 (0.32%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 82 (6.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 49 (3.95%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
5 15 (1.21%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.89%) Chatbot
6 11 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.89%) Simulink
7 7 (0.56%) SPSS
8 5 (0.40%) InVision
8 5 (0.40%) SOLIDWORKS
8 5 (0.40%) Stateflow
9 4 (0.32%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.16%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.16%) Siemens NX
11 2 (0.16%) S-PLUS
12 1 (0.081%) OrCAD
Business Applications
1 15 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.56%) SAP ERP
2 7 (0.56%) SAP S/4HANA
3 5 (0.40%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.32%) Actimize
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.32%) SAP BPC
4 4 (0.32%) SAP MM
5 3 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.24%) Magento
5 3 (0.24%) Maximo
5 3 (0.24%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.24%) Sage 50
5 3 (0.24%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.16%) MetaTrader
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.16%) SAP EWM
6 2 (0.16%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 62 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
2 41 (3.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (1.93%) PaaS
4 21 (1.69%) Office 365
4 21 (1.69%) SaaS
5 17 (1.37%) GitHub
6 11 (0.89%) Amazon S3
7 10 (0.81%) BrowserStack
7 10 (0.81%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 9 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (0.73%) Basecamp
8 9 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
8 9 (0.73%) SuccessFactors
9 8 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
10 6 (0.48%) IaaS
11 5 (0.40%) Amazon EMR
11 5 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
11 5 (0.40%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 43 (3.46%) Firewall
2 34 (2.74%) HTTP
3 31 (2.50%) LAN
4 30 (2.42%) WAN
5 29 (2.34%) Internet
6 25 (2.01%) Wireless
7 22 (1.77%) Ethernet
8 20 (1.61%) DNS
9 19 (1.53%) SAN
10 16 (1.29%) VPN
11 13 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (1.05%) SSH
11 13 (1.05%) TCP/IP
12 11 (0.89%) DHCP
13 10 (0.81%) 3G
13 10 (0.81%) IPsec
13 10 (0.81%) NAS
14 9 (0.73%) MPLS
14 9 (0.73%) SMS
15 8 (0.64%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (7.82%) SQL Server
2 64 (5.16%) Relational Database
3 44 (3.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 43 (3.46%) Data Warehouse
5 40 (3.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 32 (2.58%) Big Data
7 27 (2.18%) Hadoop
8 22 (1.77%) MySQL
8 22 (1.77%) Oracle Reports
9 21 (1.69%) Apache Hive
9 21 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
10 17 (1.37%) Power BI
11 16 (1.29%) Oracle Database
12 14 (1.13%) BusinessObjects
12 14 (1.13%) HBase
13 13 (1.05%) Blockchain
13 13 (1.05%) PostgreSQL
13 13 (1.05%) QlikView
14 12 (0.97%) Data Mining
15 11 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 80 (6.45%) Git (software)
2 78 (6.29%) JIRA
3 46 (3.71%) Jenkins
4 35 (2.82%) Cucumber
5 29 (2.34%) Eclipse
6 26 (2.10%) Selenium
7 22 (1.77%) Visual Studio
8 18 (1.45%) JUnit
9 17 (1.37%) Maven
10 15 (1.21%) IntelliJ
11 14 (1.13%) Subversion
12 12 (0.97%) Rational DOORS
12 12 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
13 10 (0.81%) Bitbucket
13 10 (0.81%) LabVIEW
13 10 (0.81%) WebDriver
14 9 (0.73%) Gradle
14 9 (0.73%) SoapUI
14 9 (0.73%) TeamCity
15 7 (0.56%) SpecFlow
General
1 295 (23.77%) Finance
2 100 (8.06%) Banking
3 80 (6.45%) Retail
4 56 (4.51%) Pharmaceutical
5 51 (4.11%) Telecoms
6 45 (3.63%) Manufacturing
7 42 (3.38%) Marketing
8 27 (2.18%) Legal
9 26 (2.10%) Front Office
10 24 (1.93%) Investment Banking
11 18 (1.45%) Electronics
12 15 (1.21%) Aerospace
13 14 (1.13%) Back Office
13 14 (1.13%) Financial Institution
14 13 (1.05%) Billing
14 13 (1.05%) Military
15 12 (0.97%) Publishing
16 9 (0.73%) Games
16 9 (0.73%) Law
17 8 (0.64%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 306 (24.66%) Analyst
2 169 (13.62%) Developer
3 106 (8.54%) Business Analyst
4 79 (6.37%) Architect
5 78 (6.29%) Consultant
6 65 (5.24%) Data Analyst
7 60 (4.83%) Project Manager
8 40 (3.22%) Test Analyst
9 36 (2.90%) Tester
10 35 (2.82%) Senior Analyst
11 33 (2.66%) Designer
12 31 (2.50%) Software Engineer
12 31 (2.50%) Test Engineer
13 30 (2.42%) Administrator
14 27 (2.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 26 (2.10%) Solutions Architect
16 25 (2.01%) Java Developer
16 25 (2.01%) Systems Engineer
17 24 (1.93%) Qualitative Analyst
17 24 (1.93%) Quantitative Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (5.72%) Web Services
2 54 (4.35%) HTML
3 50 (4.03%) J2EE
4 49 (3.95%) CSS
5 48 (3.87%) Middleware
5 48 (3.87%) XML
6 40 (3.22%) JSON
7 35 (2.82%) HTML5
7 35 (2.82%) Spring
8 29 (2.34%) CSS3
9 24 (1.93%) REST
10 22 (1.77%) .NET
10 22 (1.77%) SOAP
11 20 (1.61%) RESTful
12 19 (1.53%) OAuth
13 18 (1.45%) DOM
14 14 (1.13%) SAML
15 13 (1.05%) Kafka
16 12 (0.97%) AngularJS
17 11 (0.89%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 194 (15.63%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (5.48%) Management Information System
3 65 (5.24%) Computer Science
4 60 (4.83%) User Experience
5 52 (4.19%) Data Centre
6 29 (2.34%) Virtual Team
7 24 (1.93%) PKI
8 20 (1.61%) Client/Server
8 20 (1.61%) Credit Risk
8 20 (1.61%) NHS
9 17 (1.37%) Data Structures
9 17 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
10 16 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
10 16 (1.29%) Life Science
11 15 (1.21%) Algorithms
12 14 (1.13%) Market Risk
12 14 (1.13%) Online Banking
13 12 (0.97%) Clustering
13 12 (0.97%) Derivative
13 12 (0.97%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 126 (10.15%) Windows
2 90 (7.25%) Unix
3 70 (5.64%) Linux
4 32 (2.58%) Windows Server
5 25 (2.01%) Windows 10
6 21 (1.69%) Windows 7
7 18 (1.45%) CentOS
8 15 (1.21%) AIX
8 15 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 15 (1.21%) Solaris
9 13 (1.05%) Apple iOS
10 9 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (0.64%) Android
12 5 (0.40%) Debian
12 5 (0.40%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.32%) MVS
14 3 (0.24%) CoreOS
15 2 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
15 2 (0.16%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 263 (21.19%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (13.30%) Migration
3 138 (11.12%) Data Validation
4 125 (10.07%) Project Management
5 120 (9.67%) Problem-Solving
6 99 (7.98%) Test Automation
7 93 (7.49%) Data Analysis
8 88 (7.09%) ITIL
9 87 (7.01%) CRM
10 85 (6.85%) Stakeholder Management
11 84 (6.77%) Scrum
12 82 (6.61%) ETL
13 78 (6.29%) DevOps
14 74 (5.96%) Business Intelligence
15 71 (5.72%) Business Analysis
16 70 (5.64%) Analytics
17 67 (5.40%) Change Management
18 65 (5.24%) Data Migration
19 64 (5.16%) Test Scripting
20 60 (4.83%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 158 (12.73%) SQL
2 131 (10.56%) Java
3 75 (6.04%) Python
4 55 (4.43%) JavaScript
5 41 (3.30%) C
6 39 (3.14%) Shell Script
7 37 (2.98%) C#
7 37 (2.98%) C++
7 37 (2.98%) PowerShell
8 28 (2.26%) R
9 26 (2.10%) VBA
10 25 (2.01%) MATLAB
10 25 (2.01%) PL/SQL
11 22 (1.77%) T-SQL
12 17 (1.37%) Java 8
13 14 (1.13%) Scala
14 12 (0.97%) Ruby
15 10 (0.81%) Bash Shell
16 9 (0.73%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 8 (0.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 129 (10.39%) Degree
2 114 (9.19%) Security Cleared
3 94 (7.57%) SC Cleared
4 31 (2.50%) ISEB
5 25 (2.01%) Computer Science Degree
6 22 (1.77%) Master's Degree
7 21 (1.69%) ISTQB
8 20 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
9 17 (1.37%) MCSE
10 14 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
11 13 (1.05%) CISSP
12 11 (0.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 11 (0.89%) MCSA
13 9 (0.73%) DV Cleared
14 8 (0.64%) CCIE
14 8 (0.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 8 (0.64%) PhD
15 7 (0.56%) CCNP
15 7 (0.56%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (8.46%) QA
2 53 (4.27%) Data Quality
3 31 (2.50%) SLA
4 23 (1.85%) PMO
5 20 (1.61%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 18 (1.45%) GMP
6 18 (1.45%) GxP
7 16 (1.29%) GDPR
8 12 (0.97%) ISO 9001
9 11 (0.89%) WCAG
10 10 (0.81%) IFRS
10 10 (0.81%) IFRS 9
10 10 (0.81%) PCI DSS
11 8 (0.64%) GCP
11 8 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 7 (0.56%) ARP4754
13 6 (0.48%) GAMP
13 6 (0.48%) GLP
13 6 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 5 (0.40%) DO-178B
System Software
1 74 (5.96%) Active Directory
2 36 (2.90%) Docker
3 30 (2.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.97%) HDFS
5 10 (0.81%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 6 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.40%) XenApp
8 4 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.32%) vSphere
9 3 (0.24%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.16%) NFS
10 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.081%) ACF2
11 1 (0.081%) iptables
11 1 (0.081%) KVM
11 1 (0.081%) QEMU
11 1 (0.081%) RACF
11 1 (0.081%) vCloud
11 1 (0.081%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 22 (1.77%) SCCM
2 17 (1.37%) Ansible
3 16 (1.29%) Kubernetes
4 14 (1.13%) SCOM
5 13 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (0.89%) HP ALM
7 10 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
8 9 (0.73%) Opsview
9 8 (0.64%) Puppet
9 8 (0.64%) SCVMM
9 8 (0.64%) Terraform
10 7 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
10 7 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.48%) Microsoft Intune
12 4 (0.32%) Grafana
13 3 (0.24%) HAProxy
13 3 (0.24%) Kibana
13 3 (0.24%) logstash
13 3 (0.24%) Oozie
14 2 (0.16%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 152 (12.25%) Microsoft
2 90 (7.25%) Oracle
3 70 (5.64%) SAP
4 51 (4.11%) Salesforce.com
5 49 (3.95%) Cisco
6 39 (3.14%) VMware
7 29 (2.34%) IBM
8 26 (2.10%) Remedy
9 22 (1.77%) Tableau
10 19 (1.53%) Citrix
11 16 (1.29%) ServiceNow
12 15 (1.21%) HP
13 14 (1.13%) SolarWinds
14 12 (0.97%) CyberArk
14 12 (0.97%) Google
15 11 (0.89%) Demandware
15 11 (0.89%) Juniper
16 10 (0.81%) CheckPoint
16 10 (0.81%) Cognos
17 9 (0.73%) Nokia