Period
to 20 February 2020

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 6 months to 20 February 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
England > South East
6 months to
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 119 181 153
Rank change year-on-year +62 -28 -11
Contract jobs citing Validation 201 231 270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.86% 1.44% 1.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.22% 1.65% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 115 134
South East median daily rate £444 £445 £436
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.28% +2.01% +5.76%
10th Percentile £281 £291 £300
90th Percentile £638 £571 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 18
South East median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -21.05% +9.75%
10th Percentile £36.25 £16.60 £14.25
90th Percentile £58.00 £51.25 £52.50
England median hourly rate £36.25 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -11.59% +2.50% +6.67%

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

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 9,071 14,003 14,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.04% 87.51% 85.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,405 8,441 8,580
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £258 £275 £275
90th Percentile £600 £600 £586
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 524 440
South East median hourly rate £22.50 £26.58 £24.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.33% +10.68% +6.71%
10th Percentile £12.86 £11.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.30
England median hourly rate £22.86 £23.86 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% -0.59% -2.04%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 6 months to 20 February 2020.

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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the South East over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the South East

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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 6 months to 20 February 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
Hampshire +57 77 £484 +8.10% 33
Thames Valley +7 71 £409 -3.88% 43
Berkshire +14 56 £430 +1.18% 16
Surrey +45 23 £425 -8.06% 12
Buckinghamshire +12 12 £294 -26.49% 9
West Sussex +18 9 £475 -10.38% 9
East Sussex +25 8 £725 +45.00% 4
Kent +18 4 £394 -17.11% 5
Oxfordshire +14 3 - - 18
Middlesex +16 1 - -
Sussex - 1 £475 -
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 South East region with a requirement for Validation.

1 53 (26.37%) Security Cleared
2 50 (24.88%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (21.89%) Migration
4 42 (20.90%) Microsoft
5 33 (16.42%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (14.43%) SQL
6 29 (14.43%) Finance
7 28 (13.93%) Data Migration
8 27 (13.43%) DV Cleared
8 27 (13.43%) Windows
8 27 (13.43%) Business Intelligence
8 27 (13.43%) Configuration Management
9 26 (12.94%) Telecoms
9 26 (12.94%) Test Automation
10 25 (12.44%) Degree
11 24 (11.94%) SC Cleared
11 24 (11.94%) Windows Server
12 23 (11.44%) Active Directory
13 21 (10.45%) Cisco
13 21 (10.45%) Disaster Recovery
14 20 (9.95%) ISTQB
15 19 (9.45%) JIRA
15 19 (9.45%) Azure
15 19 (9.45%) Project Management
15 19 (9.45%) Python
16 18 (8.96%) Java
16 18 (8.96%) HP Quality Center
16 18 (8.96%) JSON
16 18 (8.96%) Data Validation
16 18 (8.96%) Test Scripting

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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 12 (5.97%) Confluence
2 8 (3.98%) Skype for Business
3 5 (2.49%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.00%) Apache
6 2 (1.00%) Apache Spark
6 2 (1.00%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.50%) GemFire
7 1 (0.50%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (4.98%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.99%) SPSS
4 3 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.00%) Maya
5 2 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.00%) Simulink
6 1 (0.50%) InVision
6 1 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.50%) XMetaL
Business Applications
1 6 (2.99%) SAP S/4HANA
2 5 (2.49%) assyst
3 2 (1.00%) SAP CO
3 2 (1.00%) SAP ERP
3 2 (1.00%) SAP FI
3 2 (1.00%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (1.00%) SAP MDG
3 2 (1.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.50%) HealthRoster
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.50%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.50%) SAP PLM
4 1 (0.50%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 19 (9.45%) Azure
2 11 (5.47%) Office 365
2 11 (5.47%) PaaS
3 10 (4.98%) IaaS
3 10 (4.98%) Power Platform
4 9 (4.48%) AWS
5 7 (3.48%) SaaS
6 6 (2.99%) Adobe Analytics
6 6 (2.99%) Google Analytics
7 5 (2.49%) GitHub
8 4 (1.99%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (1.99%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.49%) Mimecast
9 3 (1.49%) Serverless
10 2 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.50%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.50%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 16 (7.96%) Firewall
2 9 (4.48%) Cisco ASA
2 9 (4.48%) DNS
3 8 (3.98%) Skype
4 5 (2.49%) 4G
4 5 (2.49%) BGP
4 5 (2.49%) DHCP
4 5 (2.49%) OSPF
4 5 (2.49%) PBX
4 5 (2.49%) VPN
5 4 (1.99%) Cisco Firepower
5 4 (1.99%) Cisco ISE
5 4 (1.99%) Cisco Nexus
5 4 (1.99%) IPsec
6 3 (1.49%) 3GPP
6 3 (1.49%) 5G
6 3 (1.49%) Diameter Protocol
6 3 (1.49%) LTE
6 3 (1.49%) SNMP
6 3 (1.49%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.97%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.48%) Power BI
3 8 (3.98%) EDRMS
4 6 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.49%) Data Lake
5 5 (2.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (1.99%) Big Data
6 4 (1.99%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (1.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.49%) Apache Hive
7 3 (1.49%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.49%) Blockchain
8 2 (1.00%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.00%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.00%) Impala
8 2 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (1.00%) Spotfire
9 1 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 19 (9.45%) JIRA
2 8 (3.98%) Selenium
3 7 (3.48%) Eclipse
3 7 (3.48%) IntelliJ
4 6 (2.99%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.99%) JUnit
5 4 (1.99%) Cucumber
5 4 (1.99%) Git (software)
5 4 (1.99%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (1.99%) Visual Studio
6 3 (1.49%) ClearCase
6 3 (1.49%) ClearQuest
7 2 (1.00%) HP UFT
7 2 (1.00%) JMeter
7 2 (1.00%) NUnit
7 2 (1.00%) StarTeam
7 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (1.00%) TestComplete
7 2 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (1.00%) WATIR
General
1 29 (14.43%) Finance
2 26 (12.94%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.47%) Military
3 11 (5.47%) Pharmaceutical
4 10 (4.98%) Marketing
5 9 (4.48%) Legal
6 6 (2.99%) Manufacturing
7 5 (2.49%) Aerospace
7 5 (2.49%) Publishing
8 4 (1.99%) Billing
8 4 (1.99%) Retail
9 3 (1.49%) Law
10 2 (1.00%) Local Government
10 2 (1.00%) Public Sector
11 1 (0.50%) Electronics
11 1 (0.50%) Romanian Language
11 1 (0.50%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 44 (21.89%) Analyst
2 27 (13.43%) Developer
3 18 (8.96%) Business Analyst
3 18 (8.96%) Test Engineer
4 16 (7.96%) Consultant
5 11 (5.47%) Systems Engineer
6 10 (4.98%) Test Analyst
7 9 (4.48%) Architect
8 7 (3.48%) Data Analyst
8 7 (3.48%) Digital Analyst
8 7 (3.48%) Network Engineer
8 7 (3.48%) Software Developer
8 7 (3.48%) Tester
9 6 (2.99%) Administrator
9 6 (2.99%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 6 (2.99%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
9 6 (2.99%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 6 (2.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (2.99%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
9 6 (2.99%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.96%) JSON
2 12 (5.97%) .NET
2 12 (5.97%) AngularJS
2 12 (5.97%) Spring
3 10 (4.98%) Node.js
3 10 (4.98%) Web Services
4 9 (4.48%) HTML
4 9 (4.48%) Middleware
4 9 (4.48%) RESTful
5 7 (3.48%) React
6 5 (2.49%) LDAP
7 4 (1.99%) J2EE
7 4 (1.99%) SOAP
7 4 (1.99%) Spring Integration
8 3 (1.49%) CSS
8 3 (1.49%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.49%) GraphQL
8 3 (1.49%) MDX
8 3 (1.49%) REST
8 3 (1.49%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 33 (16.42%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.97%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (4.98%) Linux Command Line
4 9 (4.48%) Data Centre
4 9 (4.48%) PKI
5 7 (3.48%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.99%) Life Science
6 6 (2.99%) PMI
7 5 (2.49%) Analytical Mindset
7 5 (2.49%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (2.49%) User Experience
8 4 (1.99%) NHS
8 4 (1.99%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.49%) Clustering
9 3 (1.49%) N-Tier
10 2 (1.00%) Data Structures
10 2 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.00%) Handset
10 2 (1.00%) Private Cloud
10 2 (1.00%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 27 (13.43%) Windows
2 24 (11.94%) Windows Server
3 17 (8.46%) Linux
4 8 (3.98%) Unix
5 6 (2.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.99%) VMS
7 2 (1.00%) Android
7 2 (1.00%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.50%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (24.88%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (21.89%) Migration
3 28 (13.93%) Data Migration
4 27 (13.43%) Business Intelligence
4 27 (13.43%) Configuration Management
5 26 (12.94%) Test Automation
6 21 (10.45%) Disaster Recovery
7 19 (9.45%) Project Management
8 18 (8.96%) Data Validation
8 18 (8.96%) Problem-Solving
8 18 (8.96%) Test Scripting
9 16 (7.96%) Analytics
10 14 (6.97%) Scrum
10 14 (6.97%) Software Delivery
11 13 (6.47%) Defect Management
11 13 (6.47%) DevOps
12 12 (5.97%) SDLC
12 12 (5.97%) Stakeholder Management
13 11 (5.47%) ITIL
13 11 (5.47%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 29 (14.43%) SQL
2 19 (9.45%) Python
3 18 (8.96%) Java
4 16 (7.96%) JavaScript
5 12 (5.97%) C
6 8 (3.98%) PowerShell
7 7 (3.48%) Bash Shell
7 7 (3.48%) R
7 7 (3.48%) Shell Script
8 5 (2.49%) C#
8 5 (2.49%) Java 8
9 4 (1.99%) C++
9 4 (1.99%) TypeScript
10 3 (1.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (1.49%) Go
10 3 (1.49%) Perl
10 3 (1.49%) Ruby
10 3 (1.49%) Solidity
10 3 (1.49%) VBScript
11 2 (1.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 53 (26.37%) Security Cleared
2 27 (13.43%) DV Cleared
3 25 (12.44%) Degree
4 24 (11.94%) SC Cleared
5 20 (9.95%) ISTQB
6 14 (6.97%) ISEB
7 7 (3.48%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (2.99%) HND
8 6 (2.99%) IIBA
8 6 (2.99%) PMI Certification
9 4 (1.99%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.49%) PhD
10 3 (1.49%) SANS
11 2 (1.00%) BC Cleared
11 2 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 1 (0.50%) CCIE
12 1 (0.50%) CCNP
12 1 (0.50%) CRISC
12 1 (0.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.46%) QA
2 9 (4.48%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.99%) PMO
4 3 (1.49%) GDPR
4 3 (1.49%) GxP
4 3 (1.49%) NCSC
4 3 (1.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (1.00%) GAMP
5 2 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 23 (11.44%) Active Directory
2 14 (6.97%) vSphere
3 10 (4.98%) Virtual Machines
3 10 (4.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (3.98%) Docker
5 4 (1.99%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.99%) Snort
6 3 (1.49%) HDFS
7 1 (0.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 18 (8.96%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (6.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 6 (2.99%) Kubernetes
3 6 (2.99%) Puppet
4 5 (2.49%) HP ALM
5 4 (1.99%) Ansible
5 4 (1.99%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.49%) Terraform
7 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.50%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.50%) Oozie
7 1 (0.50%) SCCM
7 1 (0.50%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 42 (20.90%) Microsoft
2 21 (10.45%) Cisco
3 17 (8.46%) SAP
4 13 (6.47%) VMware
5 10 (4.98%) Blue Coat
5 10 (4.98%) Riverbed
6 9 (4.48%) Oracle
7 8 (3.98%) HP
7 8 (3.98%) Juniper
8 7 (3.48%) Tableau
9 6 (2.99%) Adobe
9 6 (2.99%) Ensighten
9 6 (2.99%) Google
9 6 (2.99%) Tealium
10 5 (2.49%) CheckPoint
10 5 (2.49%) Remedy
10 5 (2.49%) Sonus
11 4 (1.99%) Alteryx
11 4 (1.99%) Forcepoint
11 4 (1.99%) SolarWinds