Period
to 21 October 2018

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 21 October 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
England > South East
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 173 139 153
Rank change year-on-year -34 +14 -26
Contract jobs citing Validation 240 274 275
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.47% 1.69% 1.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.71% 2.00% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 130 154
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £306 £240
90th Percentile £569 £550 £588
England median daily rate £440 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -2.22% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 26 20
South East median hourly rate £38.00 £45.00 £39.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.56% +13.21% +59.96%
10th Percentile £22.45 £14.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.50 £52.50 £54.02
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

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 14,025 13,671 14,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.96% 84.19% 83.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,435 8,167 8,640
South East median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £252
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 464 582
South East median hourly rate £27.00 £22.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.35% -1.11% -1.45%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.85 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 2018.

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 6 months to 21 October 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
Thames Valley -29 93 £350 -17.65% 26
Hampshire -21 70 £488 +30.00% 21
Berkshire -42 50 £335 -25.56% 11
Surrey -9 37 £500 +5.26% 6
Buckinghamshire +8 25 £348 +2.96% 6
West Sussex -9 19 £376 -15.26% 8
Oxfordshire +15 18 £450 +9.09% 10
Kent +14 11 £500 +17.65% 7
East Sussex -1 4 - - 2
Middlesex +12 3 - -
Home Counties - 2 - -
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 South East region with a requirement for Validation.

1 53 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (18.75%) Finance
3 43 (17.92%) Security Cleared
3 43 (17.92%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
4 40 (16.67%) SQL
5 38 (15.83%) SC Cleared
6 31 (12.92%) Migration
6 31 (12.92%) Project Management
7 30 (12.50%) SAP
7 30 (12.50%) Microsoft
8 25 (10.42%) Java
9 24 (10.00%) Oracle
10 23 (9.58%) Linux
10 23 (9.58%) Telecoms
10 23 (9.58%) User Acceptance Testing
11 22 (9.17%) Unix
11 22 (9.17%) Windows
11 22 (9.17%) Customer Requirements
12 21 (8.75%) Degree
13 20 (8.33%) User Stories
14 17 (7.08%) Data Validation
14 17 (7.08%) Test Automation
14 17 (7.08%) Decision-Making
15 16 (6.67%) Test Strategy
15 16 (6.67%) Test Scripting
15 16 (6.67%) QA
15 16 (6.67%) Data Management
15 16 (6.67%) JIRA
15 16 (6.67%) Pharmaceutical

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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 13 (5.42%) SharePoint
2 9 (3.75%) Apache
3 8 (3.33%) WebLogic
4 6 (2.50%) Cloud Foundry
4 6 (2.50%) GemFire
5 5 (2.08%) Confluence
5 5 (2.08%) IBM Notes
5 5 (2.08%) SAS
6 4 (1.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (1.25%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.83%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.83%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.42%) CMS
9 1 (0.42%) IIS
9 1 (0.42%) LiveCycle
9 1 (0.42%) nginx
9 1 (0.42%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.42%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (6.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (5.83%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (2.08%) SOLIDWORKS
4 3 (1.25%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.42%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.42%) OrCAD
5 1 (0.42%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 6 (2.50%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (1.67%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.83%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.42%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.42%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.42%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 13 (5.42%) PaaS
2 10 (4.17%) SaaS
3 8 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (2.50%) GitHub
5 5 (2.08%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 4 (1.67%) Office 365
6 4 (1.67%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 3 (1.25%) IaaS
8 1 (0.42%) Apple Pay
8 1 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.42%) Google Pay
8 1 (0.42%) Samsung Pay
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.33%) 3G
2 6 (2.50%) ATM
2 6 (2.50%) SNMP
2 6 (2.50%) TCP/IP
3 5 (2.08%) Firewall
3 5 (2.08%) LAN
3 5 (2.08%) LTE
3 5 (2.08%) Wireless
3 5 (2.08%) Wireshark
4 4 (1.67%) 4G
4 4 (1.67%) Diameter Protocol
4 4 (1.67%) DNS
4 4 (1.67%) Ethernet
4 4 (1.67%) MPLS
4 4 (1.67%) SSL
4 4 (1.67%) WAN
5 3 (1.25%) IPsec
6 2 (0.83%) TETRA
6 2 (0.83%) VPN
6 2 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.17%) Oracle Database
3 9 (3.75%) Relational Database
4 8 (3.33%) BusinessObjects
4 8 (3.33%) Oracle Database 10g
4 8 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (2.50%) Apache Hive
5 6 (2.50%) HBase
5 6 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (2.50%) Oracle Database 12c
5 6 (2.50%) SAP Data Services
5 6 (2.50%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (1.67%) RDBMS
6 4 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.25%) Big Data
7 3 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.25%) OLTP
8 2 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.83%) MS Access
8 2 (0.83%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 16 (6.67%) JIRA
2 9 (3.75%) Git (software)
3 8 (3.33%) LabVIEW
4 7 (2.92%) Eclipse
4 7 (2.92%) Jenkins
4 7 (2.92%) JUnit
5 6 (2.50%) IntelliJ
5 6 (2.50%) Visual Studio
6 5 (2.08%) Cucumber
6 5 (2.08%) Toad
7 4 (1.67%) LSMW
7 4 (1.67%) SoapUI
7 4 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (1.25%) Bitbucket
8 3 (1.25%) GitLab
8 3 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 3 (1.25%) Subversion
8 3 (1.25%) WebLogic Workshop
9 2 (0.83%) Gradle
9 2 (0.83%) SonarQube
General
1 45 (18.75%) Finance
2 23 (9.58%) Telecoms
3 16 (6.67%) Pharmaceutical
4 15 (6.25%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.92%) Electronics
5 7 (2.92%) Retail
6 6 (2.50%) Aerospace
6 6 (2.50%) Marketing
7 5 (2.08%) Back Office
7 5 (2.08%) Billing
8 4 (1.67%) Automotive
9 3 (1.25%) Advertising
9 3 (1.25%) Games
9 3 (1.25%) Military
10 2 (0.83%) German Language
11 1 (0.42%) Banking
11 1 (0.42%) Legal
11 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 50 (20.83%) Analyst
2 26 (10.83%) Developer
3 20 (8.33%) Test Engineer
4 19 (7.92%) Architect
5 15 (6.25%) Consultant
5 15 (6.25%) Test Analyst
6 13 (5.42%) Business Analyst
7 10 (4.17%) SAP Consultant
7 10 (4.17%) Software Engineer
8 9 (3.75%) IT Analyst
8 9 (3.75%) Project Manager
8 9 (3.75%) SAP Analyst
9 8 (3.33%) Data Analyst
9 8 (3.33%) Data Architect
9 8 (3.33%) Java Developer
10 7 (2.92%) Service Manager
10 7 (2.92%) Test Manager
11 6 (2.50%) Administrator
11 6 (2.50%) Software Test Engineer
11 6 (2.50%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.83%) Middleware
1 14 (5.83%) Spring
2 11 (4.58%) .NET
2 11 (4.58%) XML
3 10 (4.17%) Web Services
4 9 (3.75%) JSON
4 9 (3.75%) SOAP
5 8 (3.33%) REST
6 6 (2.50%) ASP.NET
6 6 (2.50%) ASP.NET Web API
6 6 (2.50%) J2EE
6 6 (2.50%) Kafka
6 6 (2.50%) RabbitMQ
6 6 (2.50%) RESTful
7 5 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 5 (2.08%) BAPI
7 5 (2.08%) Swagger
8 4 (1.67%) Gherkin
8 4 (1.67%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 43 (17.92%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.42%) Life Science
3 12 (5.00%) Computer Science
3 12 (5.00%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (5.00%) Virtual Team
4 7 (2.92%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.50%) Linux Command Line
5 6 (2.50%) PKI
5 6 (2.50%) User Experience
6 5 (2.08%) Client/Server
6 5 (2.08%) Data Centre
6 5 (2.08%) LIMS
7 4 (1.67%) CMDB
7 4 (1.67%) Device Driver
7 4 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.25%) Fintech
8 3 (1.25%) Mainframe
8 3 (1.25%) PMI
8 3 (1.25%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.83%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.58%) Linux
2 22 (9.17%) Unix
2 22 (9.17%) Windows
3 7 (2.92%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.25%) Android
5 2 (0.83%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.42%) AIX
6 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.42%) Solaris
6 1 (0.42%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 31 (12.92%) Migration
3 31 (12.92%) Project Management
4 23 (9.58%) User Acceptance Testing
5 22 (9.17%) Customer Requirements
6 20 (8.33%) User Stories
7 17 (7.08%) Data Validation
7 17 (7.08%) Decision-Making
7 17 (7.08%) Test Automation
8 16 (6.67%) Data Management
8 16 (6.67%) ITIL
8 16 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (6.67%) Test Scripting
8 16 (6.67%) Test Strategy
9 15 (6.25%) Quality Management
9 15 (6.25%) Scrum
10 14 (5.83%) Change Management
10 14 (5.83%) Data Analysis
10 14 (5.83%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 40 (16.67%) SQL
2 25 (10.42%) Java
3 13 (5.42%) Shell Script
4 11 (4.58%) PowerShell
5 10 (4.17%) PL/SQL
6 6 (2.50%) C
6 6 (2.50%) C++
6 6 (2.50%) Java 8
6 6 (2.50%) Python
7 4 (1.67%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.67%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.25%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.25%) C#
9 2 (0.83%) ABAP
9 2 (0.83%) Assembly Language
9 2 (0.83%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.42%) Ada
10 1 (0.42%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.42%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.42%) SAPscript
Qualifications
1 43 (17.92%) Security Cleared
2 38 (15.83%) SC Cleared
3 21 (8.75%) Degree
4 12 (5.00%) ISEB
5 9 (3.75%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.75%) ISTQB
6 8 (3.33%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (1.25%) Master's Degree
7 3 (1.25%) PMI Certification
7 3 (1.25%) PMP
8 2 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.83%) MCSE
8 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.83%) PhD
9 1 (0.42%) CWDP
9 1 (0.42%) IIBA
9 1 (0.42%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.67%) QA
2 15 (6.25%) Data Quality
3 13 (5.42%) GxP
4 12 (5.00%) SLA
5 8 (3.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 5 (2.08%) GMP
7 4 (1.67%) GCP
7 4 (1.67%) GLP
8 3 (1.25%) GDPR
9 2 (0.83%) GAMP
9 2 (0.83%) PMO
9 2 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.42%) ECSS
10 1 (0.42%) ISO 26262
10 1 (0.42%) MISRA
10 1 (0.42%) MISRA C
System Software
1 6 (2.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
1 6 (2.50%) HDFS
2 5 (2.08%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.67%) Firmware
3 4 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.83%) Docker
5 1 (0.42%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.42%) KVM
5 1 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.42%) QEMU
5 1 (0.42%) Samba
5 1 (0.42%) vCloud
5 1 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (5.83%) SCCM
2 11 (4.58%) SCOM
3 9 (3.75%) HP ALM
4 8 (3.33%) SCVMM
5 4 (1.67%) Ansible
5 4 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (1.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.83%) Rundeck
6 2 (0.83%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.83%) SCSM
7 1 (0.42%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.42%) Netcool
7 1 (0.42%) NSN NetAct
7 1 (0.42%) OpenView
7 1 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.42%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.42%) Salt
7 1 (0.42%) TeMIP
7 1 (0.42%) Terraform
Vendors
1 30 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 30 (12.50%) SAP
2 24 (10.00%) Oracle
3 14 (5.83%) Remedy
4 13 (5.42%) HP
5 12 (5.00%) Cisco
5 12 (5.00%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (3.75%) Nokia
7 8 (3.33%) Juniper
7 8 (3.33%) SolarWinds
7 8 (3.33%) VMware
8 7 (2.92%) LogRhythm
9 6 (2.50%) Cognos
9 6 (2.50%) ServiceNow
10 5 (2.08%) EMC
10 5 (2.08%) Lotus
11 4 (1.67%) SevOne
11 4 (1.67%) Workday
12 3 (1.25%) Apple
12 3 (1.25%) TIBCO