The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading 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 29 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.

Validation
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 56 63
Rank change year-on-year +7 +7  
Contract jobs citing Validation 10 16 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 1.52% 1.57% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.90% 2.03% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 5
Median daily rate £450 £401 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.14% +7.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £288 £360
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £524 £454
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £37.75 £36.00
% change year-on-year -2.64% +4.86%  

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 Reading with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 525 789 724
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 79.79% 77.66% 71.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 425 404
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 18 13
Median hourly rate £17.59 £38.75 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.60% +43.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.35 £18.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.33 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading 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 Reading

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Validation in Reading.

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Reading

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Reading over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Reading

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation in Reading.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Reading

For the 6 months to 29 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 Reading region with a requirement for Validation.

1 14 (50.00%) Capacity Management
2 13 (46.43%) Functional Testing
2 13 (46.43%) Statistics
2 13 (46.43%) Fault Management
2 13 (46.43%) Configuration Management
2 13 (46.43%) Front Office
2 13 (46.43%) Back Office
3 10 (35.71%) People Management
4 9 (32.14%) Huawei
5 6 (21.43%) Linux
6 5 (17.86%) 3G
6 5 (17.86%) Telecoms
6 5 (17.86%) Finance
6 5 (17.86%) 4G
7 4 (14.29%) LTE
7 4 (14.29%) Project Management
7 4 (14.29%) Windows
8 3 (10.71%) Oracle
8 3 (10.71%) HP
8 3 (10.71%) VMware
8 3 (10.71%) Network Architecture
8 3 (10.71%) Big Data
8 3 (10.71%) VoLTE
8 3 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (7.14%) Presales
9 2 (7.14%) Windows Server
9 2 (7.14%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (7.14%) Diameter Protocol
9 2 (7.14%) Management Information System
9 2 (7.14%) Replication

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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 1 (3.57%) OpenStack
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) HFM
1 1 (3.57%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.57%) HP Helion
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) 3G
1 5 (17.86%) 4G
2 4 (14.29%) LTE
3 3 (10.71%) VoLTE
4 2 (7.14%) 2G
4 2 (7.14%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (7.14%) GSM
4 2 (7.14%) Radio Access Network
4 2 (7.14%) UMTS
5 1 (3.57%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (3.57%) INAP
5 1 (3.57%) IP Telephony
5 1 (3.57%) LDAP
5 1 (3.57%) RANAP
5 1 (3.57%) SAN
5 1 (3.57%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (3.57%) Unified Communications
5 1 (3.57%) VoIP
5 1 (3.57%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.71%) Big Data
2 2 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.57%) Essbase
3 1 (3.57%) Hadoop
3 1 (3.57%) OLAP
3 1 (3.57%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.57%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.57%) Oracle Smart View
3 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (3.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Forms
1 1 (3.57%) SoapUI
General
1 13 (46.43%) Back Office
1 13 (46.43%) Front Office
2 5 (17.86%) Finance
2 5 (17.86%) Telecoms
3 2 (7.14%) Banking
4 1 (3.57%) Legal
Job Titles
1 4 (14.29%) Network Engineer
1 4 (14.29%) Support Engineer
2 3 (10.71%) Architect
2 3 (10.71%) Test Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Design Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Lead Architect
3 2 (7.14%) Project Manager
4 1 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
4 1 (3.57%) AWS Architect
4 1 (3.57%) Azure Architect
4 1 (3.57%) Cloud Architect
4 1 (3.57%) Core Network Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Data Network Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Sales Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) SQL BI Developer
4 1 (3.57%) SQL Server BI Developer
4 1 (3.57%) Storage Architect
4 1 (3.57%) VMware Specialist
4 1 (3.57%) Voice Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Voice Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.57%) REST
1 1 (3.57%) SOAP
1 1 (3.57%) SPML
1 1 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.14%) Management Information System
2 2 (7.14%) Replication
3 1 (3.57%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.57%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (3.57%) PMI
3 1 (3.57%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (21.43%) Linux
2 4 (14.29%) Windows
3 2 (7.14%) Solaris
3 2 (7.14%) Unix
3 2 (7.14%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.57%) AIX
4 1 (3.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (50.00%) Capacity Management
2 13 (46.43%) Configuration Management
2 13 (46.43%) Fault Management
2 13 (46.43%) Functional Testing
2 13 (46.43%) Statistics
3 10 (35.71%) People Management
4 4 (14.29%) Project Management
5 3 (10.71%) Network Architecture
6 2 (7.14%) ETL
6 2 (7.14%) Presales
7 1 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (3.57%) Change Management
7 1 (3.57%) Disaster Recovery
7 1 (3.57%) Information Security
7 1 (3.57%) ITIL
7 1 (3.57%) Migration
7 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2
7 1 (3.57%) Risk Management
7 1 (3.57%) SOA
7 1 (3.57%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.14%) SQL
2 1 (3.57%) PL/SQL
2 1 (3.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (7.14%) Degree
2 1 (3.57%) DV Cleared
2 1 (3.57%) MBA
2 1 (3.57%) PMI Certification
2 1 (3.57%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.57%) Hyper-V
1 1 (3.57%) Veritas Volume Manager
1 1 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (3.57%) EMC NetWorker
1 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (3.57%) SCCM
1 1 (3.57%) SCOM
1 1 (3.57%) vMotion
1 1 (3.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 9 (32.14%) Huawei
2 3 (10.71%) HP
2 3 (10.71%) Oracle
2 3 (10.71%) VMware
3 2 (7.14%) EMC
3 2 (7.14%) Nokia
4 1 (3.57%) 3PAR
4 1 (3.57%) Cisco
4 1 (3.57%) Citrix
4 1 (3.57%) Hyperion
4 1 (3.57%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.57%) Samsung
4 1 (3.57%) Teradata
4 1 (3.57%) Veritas