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 27 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
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 51 51
Rank change year-on-year +21 0  
Contract jobs citing Validation 23 22 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 3.95% 2.51% 2.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.96% 3.13% 3.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 9 9
Median daily rate £425 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.76% -18.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £225 £354
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £402 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +21.42% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £15.50 £43.28 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.18% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year -18.23% +13.57%  

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 464 702 649
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 79.73% 80.05% 77.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 420 320
Median daily rate £438 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £225 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £500 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 24 36
Median hourly rate £29.75 £19.81 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.21% -8.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £19.61 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £33.58 £41.16
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 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 27 June 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 27 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 Reading region with a requirement for Validation.

1 11 (33.33%) Linux
1 11 (33.33%) 3G
1 11 (33.33%) 4G
2 10 (30.30%) LTE
3 9 (27.27%) Telecoms
4 7 (21.21%) Windows
4 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
4 7 (21.21%) Capacity Management
5 6 (18.18%) Functional Testing
5 6 (18.18%) Degree
6 5 (15.15%) Huawei
6 5 (15.15%) Statistics
6 5 (15.15%) Fault Management
6 5 (15.15%) Front Office
6 5 (15.15%) Back Office
6 5 (15.15%) Web Services
6 5 (15.15%) SMS
6 5 (15.15%) Configuration Management
7 4 (12.12%) Remedy
7 4 (12.12%) Cisco
7 4 (12.12%) ETL
7 4 (12.12%) C#
7 4 (12.12%) Java
7 4 (12.12%) SQL
7 4 (12.12%) .NET
7 4 (12.12%) Migration
7 4 (12.12%) Information Security
7 4 (12.12%) Big Data
7 4 (12.12%) MVNO
7 4 (12.12%) VoLTE

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 (3.03%) IIS
1 1 (3.03%) MS Exchange
1 1 (3.03%) OpenStack
1 1 (3.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (3.03%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.03%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 11 (33.33%) 3G
1 11 (33.33%) 4G
2 10 (30.30%) LTE
3 5 (15.15%) SMS
4 4 (12.12%) MVNO
4 4 (12.12%) Value-Added Service
4 4 (12.12%) VoLTE
5 3 (9.09%) 2G
5 3 (9.09%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (9.09%) Diameter Protocol
5 3 (9.09%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 3 (9.09%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 3 (9.09%) Firewall
5 3 (9.09%) GSM
5 3 (9.09%) LAN
5 3 (9.09%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (9.09%) UMTS
5 3 (9.09%) VPN
5 3 (9.09%) WAN
6 2 (6.06%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
2 4 (12.12%) Big Data
3 3 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (9.09%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (6.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (6.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (3.03%) Hadoop
5 1 (3.03%) OLAP
5 1 (3.03%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Ant
1 3 (9.09%) Git (software)
1 3 (9.09%) Maven
1 3 (9.09%) MSBuild
1 3 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.03%) Cucumber
2 1 (3.03%) Jenkins
2 1 (3.03%) JIRA
2 1 (3.03%) SoapUI
2 1 (3.03%) SpecFlow
2 1 (3.03%) TeamCity
General
1 9 (27.27%) Telecoms
2 5 (15.15%) Back Office
2 5 (15.15%) Front Office
3 3 (9.09%) Billing
3 3 (9.09%) Finance
4 2 (6.06%) Legal
5 1 (3.03%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (21.21%) Network Engineer
1 7 (21.21%) Test Engineer
2 5 (15.15%) Project Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Architect
3 3 (9.09%) Back Office Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Design Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Designer
3 3 (9.09%) DevOps Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Junior
3 3 (9.09%) Network Support
3 3 (9.09%) Network Support Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Senior Network Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Senior Network Support
3 3 (9.09%) Senior Network Support Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Senior Support Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) Solutions Designer
3 3 (9.09%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) SQL BI Developer
4 2 (6.06%) SQL Server BI Developer
4 2 (6.06%) SSRS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) Web Services
2 4 (12.12%) .NET
3 3 (9.09%) RESTful
3 3 (9.09%) SOAP
4 2 (6.06%) REST
4 2 (6.06%) SPML
5 1 (3.03%) .NET Framework
5 1 (3.03%) JSON
5 1 (3.03%) OAuth
5 1 (3.03%) VXML
5 1 (3.03%) XML
5 1 (3.03%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (9.09%) Management Information System
1 3 (9.09%) N-Tier
2 2 (6.06%) IVR
3 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (3.03%) Private Cloud
3 1 (3.03%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 11 (33.33%) Linux
2 7 (21.21%) Windows
3 2 (6.06%) Unix
3 2 (6.06%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.03%) CentOS
4 1 (3.03%) Debian
4 1 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.03%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.21%) Capacity Management
2 6 (18.18%) Functional Testing
3 5 (15.15%) Configuration Management
3 5 (15.15%) Fault Management
3 5 (15.15%) Statistics
4 4 (12.12%) ETL
4 4 (12.12%) Information Security
4 4 (12.12%) Migration
5 3 (9.09%) Adaptive Security
5 3 (9.09%) Change Control
5 3 (9.09%) Data Validation
5 3 (9.09%) DevOps
5 3 (9.09%) Information Management
5 3 (9.09%) IT Strategy
5 3 (9.09%) Network Architecture
5 3 (9.09%) Presales
5 3 (9.09%) Project Management
5 3 (9.09%) Scrum
5 3 (9.09%) Service Delivery
6 2 (6.06%) Kimball Methodology
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.12%) C#
1 4 (12.12%) Java
1 4 (12.12%) SQL
2 3 (9.09%) PowerShell
3 2 (6.06%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.03%) Bash Shell
4 1 (3.03%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.03%) PL/SQL
4 1 (3.03%) Python
4 1 (3.03%) sed
Qualifications
1 6 (18.18%) Degree
2 3 (9.09%) CCNP
2 3 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (3.03%) ISEB
3 1 (3.03%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.03%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 1 (3.03%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (3.03%) Puppet
1 1 (3.03%) vMotion
Vendors
1 5 (15.15%) Huawei
2 4 (12.12%) Cisco
2 4 (12.12%) Remedy
3 3 (9.09%) F5
3 3 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 3 (9.09%) Nokia
3 3 (9.09%) Oracle
4 2 (6.06%) HP
5 1 (3.03%) 3PAR
5 1 (3.03%) Apigee
5 1 (3.03%) EMC
5 1 (3.03%) Nokia Networks
5 1 (3.03%) Samsung
5 1 (3.03%) Teradata
5 1 (3.03%) Veritas
5 1 (3.03%) VMware