The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 22 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
England / South East
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 122 135 115
Rank change year-on-year +13 -20  
Contract jobs citing Validation 139 143 164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.79% 1.59% 1.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.16% 1.93% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 70 79
Median daily rate £425 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.42% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £225 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £550 £452
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +18.57% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 5
Median hourly rate £35.25 £39.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.75% -1.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.46 £12.00 £23.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £63.60 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.19% +12.14%  

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 the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6447 7396 7617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 82.98% 81.98% 80.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3769 4529 4403
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 233 274 265
Median hourly rate £31.00 £30.75 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.81% +18.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the South East over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the South East

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the South East over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the South East

Validation
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the South East region over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +13 44 £425 +38.77% 7
Hampshire +13 28 £400 +21.21% 3
Buckinghamshire -8 25 £324 +65.81% 4
Surrey +9 20 £440 +6.66% 1
West Sussex +13 6 £463 +8.18% 2
East Sussex 0 3 £550 +57.14%
Kent 0 3 £425 -26.72% 1
Middlesex +10 1 - -
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 South East region with a requirement for Validation.

1 39 (15.35%) Migration
1 39 (15.35%) Degree
2 34 (13.39%) Telecoms
3 32 (12.60%) Microsoft
4 31 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
4 31 (12.20%) Security Cleared
5 30 (11.81%) Windows
6 28 (11.02%) Linux
6 28 (11.02%) Oracle
6 28 (11.02%) Finance
6 28 (11.02%) 4G
6 28 (11.02%) QA
7 27 (10.63%) LTE
7 27 (10.63%) Project Management
8 24 (9.45%) SQL Server
8 24 (9.45%) ITIL
9 23 (9.06%) SQL
10 22 (8.66%) 3G
10 22 (8.66%) Test Scripting
10 22 (8.66%) Test Strategy
11 21 (8.27%) Test Automation
11 21 (8.27%) Configuration Management
11 21 (8.27%) VMware
12 20 (7.87%) Microsoft Excel
12 20 (7.87%) SC Cleared
12 20 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
13 19 (7.48%) MVNO
14 18 (7.09%) Customer Requirements
15 17 (6.69%) AIX
15 17 (6.69%) XML

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 11 (4.33%) OpenStack
2 5 (1.97%) MS Exchange
2 5 (1.97%) Skype for Business
3 4 (1.57%) Confluence
3 4 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (1.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (1.18%) Oracle Workflow
4 3 (1.18%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.18%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.79%) Apache
5 2 (0.79%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.79%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.39%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.39%) GemFire
6 1 (0.39%) IIS
6 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 20 (7.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (2.36%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.39%) Simulink
4 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.18%) HFM
1 3 (1.18%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.79%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.79%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.39%) Actimize
3 1 (0.39%) Maximo
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.39%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.39%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.39%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.39%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.39%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 13 (5.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (3.94%) SaaS
4 4 (1.57%) Taleo
5 3 (1.18%) IaaS
6 2 (0.79%) PaaS
6 2 (0.79%) Veeva
7 1 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.39%) CallidusCloud
7 1 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.39%) Force.com
7 1 (0.39%) GitHub
7 1 (0.39%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 28 (11.02%) 4G
2 27 (10.63%) LTE
3 22 (8.66%) 3G
4 19 (7.48%) MVNO
5 14 (5.51%) Value-Added Service
6 11 (4.33%) VoLTE
7 9 (3.54%) Radio Access Network
7 9 (3.54%) SMS
8 8 (3.15%) Ethernet
8 8 (3.15%) LAN
8 8 (3.15%) LDAP
9 7 (2.76%) Firewall
9 7 (2.76%) SAN
9 7 (2.76%) TCP/IP
9 7 (2.76%) WAN
10 6 (2.36%) Diameter Protocol
11 5 (1.97%) INAP
11 5 (1.97%) Skype
11 5 (1.97%) VoIP
11 5 (1.97%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (9.45%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.36%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (1.97%) Big Data
5 5 (1.97%) Essbase
5 5 (1.97%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (1.57%) Oracle BI EE
6 4 (1.57%) Oracle Database
6 4 (1.57%) Oracle ODI
6 4 (1.57%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.18%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.18%) MySQL
7 3 (1.18%) Oracle Database 10g
7 3 (1.18%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.18%) Oracle Database 12c
7 3 (1.18%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.79%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 13 (5.12%) Git (software)
1 13 (5.12%) JIRA
2 11 (4.33%) Selenium
3 10 (3.94%) GitLab
4 8 (3.15%) SpecFlow
4 8 (3.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (2.76%) Protractor
5 7 (2.76%) SilkTest
5 7 (2.76%) WebDriver
6 6 (2.36%) Jenkins
6 6 (2.36%) Maven
7 5 (1.97%) Visual Studio
8 4 (1.57%) AdminStudio
8 4 (1.57%) Cucumber
8 4 (1.57%) HP UFT
8 4 (1.57%) MSI
9 3 (1.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (1.18%) Eclipse
9 3 (1.18%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.18%) Subversion
General
1 34 (13.39%) Telecoms
2 28 (11.02%) Finance
3 14 (5.51%) Pharmaceutical
4 12 (4.72%) Billing
5 10 (3.94%) Marketing
6 8 (3.15%) Back Office
7 7 (2.76%) Retail
8 5 (1.97%) Legal
9 4 (1.57%) Front Office
9 4 (1.57%) Manufacturing
10 3 (1.18%) Banking
11 2 (0.79%) Electronics
11 2 (0.79%) Publishing
12 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.39%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.39%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 40 (15.75%) Analyst
2 32 (12.60%) Test Engineer
3 28 (11.02%) Developer
4 13 (5.12%) Business Analyst
5 12 (4.72%) Network Engineer
5 12 (4.72%) Test Analyst
6 11 (4.33%) Computer Systems Validation Specialist
6 11 (4.33%) Project Manager
6 11 (4.33%) Systems Engineer
6 11 (4.33%) Validation Specialist
7 9 (3.54%) Automation Engineer
8 8 (3.15%) Cloud Engineer
8 8 (3.15%) Consultant
8 8 (3.15%) Java Developer
9 7 (2.76%) Architect
9 7 (2.76%) Cloud Automation Engineer
9 7 (2.76%) Service Manager
9 7 (2.76%) Test Leader
10 6 (2.36%) Developer in Test
10 6 (2.36%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.69%) XML
2 12 (4.72%) Web Services
3 10 (3.94%) .NET
3 10 (3.94%) REST
3 10 (3.94%) SOAP
4 5 (1.97%) Middleware
4 5 (1.97%) RESTful
4 5 (1.97%) Spring
5 4 (1.57%) Oracle Fusion
5 4 (1.57%) SPML
6 3 (1.18%) EJB
6 3 (1.18%) EJB 3.0
6 3 (1.18%) JPA
6 3 (1.18%) JSON
6 3 (1.18%) MFC
6 3 (1.18%) OAuth
6 3 (1.18%) SAML
6 3 (1.18%) WCF
6 3 (1.18%) XSD
6 3 (1.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (5.91%) Life Science
2 15 (5.91%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.94%) Computer Science
3 10 (3.94%) Data Centre
4 8 (3.15%) Replication
5 4 (1.57%) Driving Licence
5 4 (1.57%) Fat Client
5 4 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (1.57%) Public Cloud
5 4 (1.57%) Thin Client
6 3 (1.18%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.18%) N-Tier
6 3 (1.18%) User Experience
6 3 (1.18%) Virtual Team
7 2 (0.79%) Data Structures
7 2 (0.79%) IBM XIV
7 2 (0.79%) IVR
7 2 (0.79%) LPAR
7 2 (0.79%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 30 (11.81%) Windows
2 28 (11.02%) Linux
3 17 (6.69%) AIX
4 11 (4.33%) Unix
5 8 (3.15%) Windows 7
6 7 (2.76%) Solaris
7 6 (2.36%) Windows Server
8 5 (1.97%) Windows 10
9 4 (1.57%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.39%) Android
11 1 (0.39%) CentOS
11 1 (0.39%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (15.35%) Migration
2 31 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (10.63%) Project Management
4 24 (9.45%) ITIL
5 22 (8.66%) Test Scripting
5 22 (8.66%) Test Strategy
6 21 (8.27%) Configuration Management
6 21 (8.27%) Test Automation
7 18 (7.09%) Customer Requirements
8 15 (5.91%) Regression Testing
8 15 (5.91%) Service Delivery
9 14 (5.51%) Scenario Testing
10 13 (5.12%) Business Intelligence
10 13 (5.12%) Data Validation
10 13 (5.12%) Scrum
10 13 (5.12%) Test Planning
11 12 (4.72%) Analytics
11 12 (4.72%) Data Migration
11 12 (4.72%) ETL
11 12 (4.72%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (9.06%) SQL
2 16 (6.30%) Java
3 12 (4.72%) JavaScript
4 11 (4.33%) C#
4 11 (4.33%) PowerShell
5 5 (1.97%) PL/SQL
6 4 (1.57%) C++
6 4 (1.57%) VBScript
7 3 (1.18%) ABAP
7 3 (1.18%) C
7 3 (1.18%) Python
7 3 (1.18%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.79%) SAPscript
8 2 (0.79%) VBA
9 1 (0.39%) Apex Code
9 1 (0.39%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.39%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.39%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.39%) SOQL
9 1 (0.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (15.35%) Degree
2 31 (12.20%) Security Cleared
3 20 (7.87%) SC Cleared
4 13 (5.12%) ISEB
5 11 (4.33%) ISTQB
6 10 (3.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (3.15%) DV Cleared
7 8 (3.15%) IRCA
8 5 (1.97%) CCNP
8 5 (1.97%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (1.97%) HNC
9 4 (1.57%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.57%) MCITP
9 4 (1.57%) MCSA
9 4 (1.57%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.79%) CCDA
11 2 (0.79%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (11.02%) QA
2 14 (5.51%) GxP
3 7 (2.76%) Data Quality
3 7 (2.76%) SLA
4 6 (2.36%) PMO
5 5 (1.97%) GAMP
6 3 (1.18%) GMP
6 3 (1.18%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 15288
8 1 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.39%) GCP
8 1 (0.39%) ISO 26262
8 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.39%) MISRA
System Software
1 7 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (1.57%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.57%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (1.18%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.79%) vSphere
6 1 (0.39%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 1 (0.39%) HDFS
6 1 (0.39%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 10 (3.94%) Ansible
1 10 (3.94%) Rundeck
2 8 (3.15%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.76%) SCCM
4 2 (0.79%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.39%) CA Service Virtualization
5 1 (0.39%) Kibana
5 1 (0.39%) logstash
5 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.39%) Puppet
5 1 (0.39%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.39%) vMotion
5 1 (0.39%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 32 (12.60%) Microsoft
2 28 (11.02%) Oracle
3 21 (8.27%) VMware
4 17 (6.69%) SAP
5 13 (5.12%) Cisco
5 13 (5.12%) HP
5 13 (5.12%) Remedy
6 10 (3.94%) Motorola
7 6 (2.36%) Ericsson
7 6 (2.36%) ServiceNow
8 5 (1.97%) Huawei
8 5 (1.97%) IBM
8 5 (1.97%) Informatica
8 5 (1.97%) Nokia
9 4 (1.57%) Citrix
9 4 (1.57%) Hyperion
9 4 (1.57%) NetApp
9 4 (1.57%) Nokia Networks
9 4 (1.57%) Siebel
9 4 (1.57%) Workday
Kent
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Amersham
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £39000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
IT Talent Solutions
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Gatwick, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
AMS contingency
Posted: 8 days ago