Period
to 9 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 9 July 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 West
6 months to
9 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 108 139 105
Rank change year-on-year +31 -34 +26
Contract jobs citing Validation 42 97 111
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South West 1.39% 1.55% 2.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.63% 1.81% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 35 57
Median daily rate £535 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.88% +5.59% -5.29%
10th Percentile £299 £331 £300
90th Percentile £625 £550 £665
England median daily rate £485 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.78% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 25 9
Median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +20.00%
10th Percentile £21.25 £40.80 £38.10
90th Percentile £55.88 £50.75 £49.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +10.72%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,574 5,358 4,489
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.49% 85.35% 84.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,589 3,416 2,723
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +9.09% +6.45%
10th Percentile £305 £288 £263
90th Percentile £631 £625 £563
England median daily rate £480 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 137 305 224
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +8.28% -1.88%
10th Percentile £15.04 £13.10 £12.33
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £32.29 £24.70 £22.00
% change year-on-year +30.76% +12.25% -12.00%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Validation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Validation in the South West.

Daily rate trend for Validation in the South West

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Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Validation in the South West over the 6 months to 9 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Validation in the South West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Validation in the South West.

Hourly rate trend for Validation in the South West

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Validation in the South West over the 6 months to 9 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Validation in the South West

Validation
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 9 July 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
Wiltshire +43 20 £480 - 8
Bristol +30 10 £475 +13.10% 10
Gloucestershire +12 7 £700 +27.27% 4
Somerset +10 3 £588 +38.24% 3
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 9 July 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 West region with a requirement for Validation.

1 19 (45.24%) Security Cleared
2 17 (40.48%) SC Cleared
3 11 (26.19%) Linux
4 9 (21.43%) Windows
5 8 (19.05%) Microsoft
5 8 (19.05%) Python
5 8 (19.05%) Finance
5 8 (19.05%) Law
6 6 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 6 (14.29%) Migration
6 6 (14.29%) Electronics
6 6 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
6 6 (14.29%) Public Sector
7 5 (11.90%) Cybersecurity
7 5 (11.90%) Mentoring
7 5 (11.90%) SQL
7 5 (11.90%) Military
7 5 (11.90%) Marketing
8 4 (9.52%) Wireshark
8 4 (9.52%) QA
8 4 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (9.52%) AWS
8 4 (9.52%) DV Cleared
8 4 (9.52%) RMADS
8 4 (9.52%) Data Validation
8 4 (9.52%) Scrum
8 4 (9.52%) Telecoms
8 4 (9.52%) Service Management
8 4 (9.52%) C
8 4 (9.52%) ISEB

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 3 (7.14%) OpenStack
2 1 (2.38%) Confluence
Applications
1 6 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (7.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (2.38%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (7.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.52%) AWS
2 3 (7.14%) Office 365
2 3 (7.14%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
2 3 (7.14%) Salesforce Service Cloud
3 2 (4.76%) Azure
3 2 (4.76%) Force.com
4 1 (2.38%) Amazon S3
4 1 (2.38%) AWS CodeBuild
4 1 (2.38%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (2.38%) Serverless
4 1 (2.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.52%) Wireshark
2 3 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (4.76%) DNS
3 2 (4.76%) Ethernet
3 2 (4.76%) IPv6
3 2 (4.76%) Link 16
3 2 (4.76%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.38%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (7.14%) Bitbucket
1 3 (7.14%) Jenkins
1 3 (7.14%) JIRA
2 2 (4.76%) Ant
2 2 (4.76%) Cucumber
2 2 (4.76%) Eclipse
2 2 (4.76%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (4.76%) Selenium
3 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.38%) HP UFT
3 1 (2.38%) Polyspace
3 1 (2.38%) Telerik Test Studio
3 1 (2.38%) VectorCAST
3 1 (2.38%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (19.05%) Finance
1 8 (19.05%) Law
2 6 (14.29%) Electronics
2 6 (14.29%) Public Sector
3 5 (11.90%) Marketing
3 5 (11.90%) Military
4 4 (9.52%) Telecoms
5 3 (7.14%) Manufacturing
6 2 (4.76%) Aerospace
7 1 (2.38%) Avionics
7 1 (2.38%) Billing
7 1 (2.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (16.67%) Test Engineer
2 6 (14.29%) Analyst
3 5 (11.90%) Integration Engineer
3 5 (11.90%) Validation Engineer
4 4 (9.52%) Consultant
5 3 (7.14%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Systems Integration Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Systems Test Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Architect
6 2 (4.76%) Business Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) Data Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) Data Scientist
6 2 (4.76%) Delivery Manager
6 2 (4.76%) Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Security Analyst
7 1 (2.38%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 1 (2.38%) DevOps Engineer
7 1 (2.38%) Salesforce Architect
7 1 (2.38%) Teradata Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.76%) WebdriverIO
2 1 (2.38%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.76%) CAN bus
2 2 (4.76%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (4.76%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.38%) Algorithms
3 1 (2.38%) LIMS
3 1 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 11 (26.19%) Linux
2 9 (21.43%) Windows
3 2 (4.76%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (14.29%) Migration
1 6 (14.29%) Test Automation
2 5 (11.90%) Cybersecurity
2 5 (11.90%) Mentoring
3 4 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (9.52%) Analytics
3 4 (9.52%) Data Validation
3 4 (9.52%) DevOps
3 4 (9.52%) Scrum
3 4 (9.52%) Service Management
3 4 (9.52%) Virtual Environments
3 4 (9.52%) Visualisation
4 3 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (7.14%) Data Migration
4 3 (7.14%) Digital Marketing
4 3 (7.14%) ITSM
4 3 (7.14%) Programme Management
4 3 (7.14%) Project Management
4 3 (7.14%) Release Management
4 3 (7.14%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.05%) Python
2 5 (11.90%) SQL
3 4 (9.52%) C
4 3 (7.14%) Bash Shell
4 3 (7.14%) C#
5 2 (4.76%) Ada
5 2 (4.76%) JavaScript
5 2 (4.76%) MATLAB
5 2 (4.76%) PowerShell
5 2 (4.76%) VBA
6 1 (2.38%) Apex Code
6 1 (2.38%) Assembly Language
6 1 (2.38%) C++
6 1 (2.38%) Fortran
6 1 (2.38%) Java
6 1 (2.38%) PL/SQL
6 1 (2.38%) Scala
6 1 (2.38%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 19 (45.24%) Security Cleared
2 17 (40.48%) SC Cleared
3 4 (9.52%) DV Cleared
3 4 (9.52%) ISEB
4 3 (7.14%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.52%) QA
1 4 (9.52%) RMADS
2 3 (7.14%) JSP 440
3 1 (2.38%) Data Quality
3 1 (2.38%) DO-178B
3 1 (2.38%) GLP
3 1 (2.38%) GxP
3 1 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 17025
3 1 (2.38%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (7.14%) Snort
2 2 (4.76%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (7.14%) Network Intrusion Detection System
1 3 (7.14%) OSSEC
2 2 (4.76%) Ansible
2 2 (4.76%) Puppet
3 1 (2.38%) vRealize
3 1 (2.38%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 8 (19.05%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.14%) Remedy
2 3 (7.14%) Salesforce.com
2 3 (7.14%) SAP
3 2 (4.76%) IBM
4 1 (2.38%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.38%) MathWorks
4 1 (2.38%) MuleSoft
4 1 (2.38%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.38%) Talend
4 1 (2.38%) Telerik
4 1 (2.38%) Teradata
4 1 (2.38%) VMware