Period
to 23 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 23 April 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
UK
6 months to
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 190 190 171
Rank change year-on-year 0 -19 -25
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,452 1,300 1,621
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.44% 1.41% 1.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.68% 1.67% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 868 741 918
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £300 £255 £263
90th Percentile £613 £613 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £350
% change year-on-year +2.41% +18.57% -2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 65 113
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £36.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.33% -6.41% +11.43%
10th Percentile £21.00 £17.85 £17.26
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.50 £50.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £36.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +15.07% -8.75% +17.99%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 86,549 77,649 88,673
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.61% 84.40% 83.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,159 51,086 57,973
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £620 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,222 2,114 2,429
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% - +20.34%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.38 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year -14.70% -1.96% +15.91%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation over the 6 months to 23 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation over the 6 months to 23 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the UK over the 6 months to 23 April 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
England +1 1,309 £450 +3.21% 402
UK excluding London -4 821 £425 +2.41% 359
London -10 582 £475 +5.56% 69
South East -14 285 £425 -1.16% 81
North of England +22 145 £405 +4.52% 51
East of England +10 113 £421 -0.88% 79
South West +2 91 £405 -4.71% 42
Midlands -39 80 £400 +2.56% 79
North West -17 74 £425 +6.25% 24
Scotland -2 65 £424 -2.53% 10
West Midlands -7 48 £400 - 58
Yorkshire +6 42 £383 +2.00% 24
Wales +9 35 £408 +1.88% 16
East Midlands -14 32 £375 +7.14% 21
North East +40 28 £413 - 3
Northern Ireland -11 7 £313 -13.19% 1
Channel Islands - 1 £525 -

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 with a requirement for Validation.

1 345 (23.76%) Agile Software Development
2 304 (20.94%) Finance
3 236 (16.25%) SQL
4 189 (13.02%) Migration
5 186 (12.81%) Security Cleared
6 182 (12.53%) Microsoft
7 180 (12.40%) Analytical Skills
8 159 (10.95%) Project Management
9 145 (9.99%) Degree
10 141 (9.71%) Java
11 134 (9.23%) SC Cleared
12 132 (9.09%) ITIL
13 129 (8.88%) Microsoft Excel
14 124 (8.54%) SQL Server
15 119 (8.20%) Problem-Solving
16 118 (8.13%) Windows
17 117 (8.06%) Data Validation
18 116 (7.99%) QA
18 116 (7.99%) Business Analysis
19 115 (7.92%) Scrum
20 111 (7.64%) Stakeholder Management
21 104 (7.16%) Oracle
22 102 (7.02%) CRM
23 99 (6.82%) Test Scripting
24 98 (6.75%) Test Automation
25 96 (6.61%) Linux
26 94 (6.47%) Data Migration
26 94 (6.47%) Banking
27 90 (6.20%) Git (software)
28 88 (6.06%) Management Information System

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 37 (2.55%) Confluence
2 33 (2.27%) SharePoint
3 31 (2.13%) WebSphere
4 26 (1.79%) SAS
5 22 (1.52%) Apache
5 22 (1.52%) Apache Spark
6 17 (1.17%) Commerce Server
6 17 (1.17%) Tomcat
7 16 (1.10%) CMS
8 13 (0.90%) Oracle Workflow
9 12 (0.83%) IIS
10 11 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
10 11 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 10 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
11 10 (0.69%) GemFire
12 9 (0.62%) MS Exchange
13 8 (0.55%) WebLogic
14 7 (0.48%) JBoss
14 7 (0.48%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.41%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 129 (8.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 65 (4.48%) Microsoft Office
3 36 (2.48%) MS Visio
4 31 (2.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (1.10%) InVision
7 14 (0.96%) OmniGraffle
8 12 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.41%) Simulink
10 5 (0.34%) InfoPath
11 4 (0.28%) Chatbot
11 4 (0.28%) UXPin
12 3 (0.21%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.14%) S-PLUS
13 2 (0.14%) Stateflow
14 1 (0.069%) Photoshop
14 1 (0.069%) SOLIDWORKS
14 1 (0.069%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (0.76%) Maximo
2 8 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.41%) NetSuite
3 6 (0.41%) SAP SD
4 5 (0.34%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.28%) SAP R/3
5 4 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.21%) Hyperion Planning
6 3 (0.21%) iTrent
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.14%) Actimize
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.14%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.14%) SAP Payroll
7 2 (0.14%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 79 (5.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 65 (4.48%) Amazon AWS
3 33 (2.27%) PaaS
4 22 (1.52%) Office 365
5 21 (1.45%) SaaS
6 20 (1.38%) GitHub
7 16 (1.10%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 13 (0.90%) SuccessFactors
9 11 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
9 11 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.41%) Basecamp
11 6 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.34%) Data Lake Analytics
12 5 (0.34%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.28%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.28%) IaaS
14 3 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.13%) HTTP
2 29 (2.00%) Firewall
2 29 (2.00%) SAN
3 25 (1.72%) TCP/IP
4 24 (1.65%) Internet
5 21 (1.45%) SMS
6 20 (1.38%) LAN
6 20 (1.38%) WAN
7 16 (1.10%) DNS
7 16 (1.10%) Ethernet
7 16 (1.10%) VPN
8 15 (1.03%) DHCP
9 12 (0.83%) Wireless
10 10 (0.69%) Cisco ASA
11 8 (0.55%) MPLS
11 8 (0.55%) Skype
12 7 (0.48%) BGP
12 7 (0.48%) Intranet
12 7 (0.48%) MQTT
12 7 (0.48%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (8.54%) SQL Server
2 53 (3.65%) Relational Database
3 45 (3.10%) Big Data
4 38 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
5 35 (2.41%) Hadoop
6 27 (1.86%) Power BI
7 26 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 24 (1.65%) MySQL
8 24 (1.65%) Oracle Database
9 22 (1.52%) HBase
9 22 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 20 (1.38%) Apache Hive
11 19 (1.31%) SQL Server 2016
12 18 (1.24%) Data Lake
12 18 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
13 16 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
14 15 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
14 15 (1.03%) Data Mining
14 15 (1.03%) NoSQL
15 13 (0.90%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 90 (6.20%) Git (software)
2 85 (5.85%) JIRA
3 33 (2.27%) Maven
4 31 (2.13%) Selenium
5 30 (2.07%) Jenkins
6 28 (1.93%) JUnit
7 27 (1.86%) Cucumber
8 22 (1.52%) gulp
9 21 (1.45%) Rational DOORS
10 19 (1.31%) Axure RP
10 19 (1.31%) Rational Rhapsody
11 18 (1.24%) Eclipse
11 18 (1.24%) Visual Studio
12 17 (1.17%) Subversion
12 17 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
13 16 (1.10%) Jasmine
13 16 (1.10%) PhantomJS
14 15 (1.03%) webpack
15 14 (0.96%) Grunt
16 13 (0.90%) Gradle
General
1 304 (20.94%) Finance
2 94 (6.47%) Banking
3 72 (4.96%) Retail
4 53 (3.65%) Telecoms
5 49 (3.37%) Pharmaceutical
6 42 (2.89%) Marketing
7 37 (2.55%) Legal
7 37 (2.55%) Manufacturing
8 31 (2.13%) Front Office
9 26 (1.79%) Electronics
10 23 (1.58%) Automotive
10 23 (1.58%) Investment Banking
11 19 (1.31%) Military
12 18 (1.24%) Games
13 16 (1.10%) Back Office
14 12 (0.83%) Law
14 12 (0.83%) Retail Banking
15 11 (0.76%) Billing
16 10 (0.69%) French Language
17 9 (0.62%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 404 (27.82%) Analyst
2 177 (12.19%) Business Analyst
3 154 (10.61%) Developer
4 118 (8.13%) Architect
5 99 (6.82%) Consultant
6 76 (5.23%) Data Analyst
6 76 (5.23%) Project Manager
7 47 (3.24%) Designer
8 43 (2.96%) Test Analyst
8 43 (2.96%) Tester
9 41 (2.82%) Systems Engineer
10 33 (2.27%) Administrator
11 32 (2.20%) Test Engineer
12 28 (1.93%) Java Developer
12 28 (1.93%) Software Engineer
12 28 (1.93%) Technical Analyst
13 27 (1.86%) Qualitative Analyst
13 27 (1.86%) Quantitative Analyst
14 26 (1.79%) Senior Analyst
14 26 (1.79%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (4.20%) HTML
2 58 (3.99%) CSS
3 55 (3.79%) XML
4 54 (3.72%) Middleware
5 53 (3.65%) Web Services
6 41 (2.82%) .NET
7 40 (2.75%) Spring
8 37 (2.55%) HTML5
9 36 (2.48%) REST
10 35 (2.41%) J2EE
11 32 (2.20%) JSON
12 30 (2.07%) CSS3
13 25 (1.72%) AngularJS
13 25 (1.72%) jQuery
14 18 (1.24%) RESTful
14 18 (1.24%) Sass
15 16 (1.10%) Kafka
15 16 (1.10%) Vue (Vue.js)
16 15 (1.03%) Hibernate
17 14 (0.96%) Jest
Miscellaneous
1 180 (12.40%) Analytical Skills
2 88 (6.06%) Management Information System
3 68 (4.68%) User Experience
4 56 (3.86%) Virtual Team
5 47 (3.24%) Computer Science
6 37 (2.55%) Data Structures
7 35 (2.41%) Self-Motivation
8 34 (2.34%) Mobile App
9 31 (2.13%) Credit Risk
10 27 (1.86%) Data Centre
11 25 (1.72%) Algorithms
12 22 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
13 17 (1.17%) Derivative
13 17 (1.17%) Fintech
14 15 (1.03%) Clustering
14 15 (1.03%) Fixed Income
15 13 (0.90%) FMCG
15 13 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
15 13 (0.90%) NHS
16 12 (0.83%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 118 (8.13%) Windows
2 96 (6.61%) Linux
3 79 (5.44%) Unix
4 57 (3.93%) Windows Server
5 33 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (2.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (0.96%) Windows 10
9 13 (0.90%) Android
10 11 (0.76%) Windows 7
11 10 (0.69%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.62%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.41%) Windows Vista
13 6 (0.41%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.34%) FreeRTOS
15 4 (0.28%) SafeRTOS
16 3 (0.21%) AIX
16 3 (0.21%) FreeBSD
17 2 (0.14%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 345 (23.76%) Agile Software Development
2 189 (13.02%) Migration
3 159 (10.95%) Project Management
4 132 (9.09%) ITIL
5 119 (8.20%) Problem-Solving
6 117 (8.06%) Data Validation
7 116 (7.99%) Business Analysis
8 115 (7.92%) Scrum
9 111 (7.64%) Stakeholder Management
10 102 (7.02%) CRM
11 99 (6.82%) Test Scripting
12 98 (6.75%) Test Automation
13 94 (6.47%) Data Migration
14 86 (5.92%) Waterfall
15 83 (5.72%) User Acceptance Testing
16 78 (5.37%) SDLC
17 76 (5.23%) Risk Management
18 74 (5.10%) Data Analysis
18 74 (5.10%) Scenario Testing
19 73 (5.03%) Requirements Management
Programming Languages
1 236 (16.25%) SQL
2 141 (9.71%) Java
3 82 (5.65%) JavaScript
4 73 (5.03%) Python
5 64 (4.41%) C
6 62 (4.27%) PowerShell
7 60 (4.13%) C#
8 53 (3.65%) C++
9 35 (2.41%) VBA
10 30 (2.07%) MATLAB
10 30 (2.07%) T-SQL
11 27 (1.86%) Ruby
11 27 (1.86%) Shell Script
12 24 (1.65%) PL/SQL
13 19 (1.31%) Java 8
14 18 (1.24%) R
15 16 (1.10%) ES6
15 16 (1.10%) Scala
16 14 (0.96%) Apex Code
17 10 (0.69%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 186 (12.81%) Security Cleared
2 145 (9.99%) Degree
3 134 (9.23%) SC Cleared
4 30 (2.07%) DV Cleared
5 25 (1.72%) ISEB
6 22 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (1.52%) ISTQB
7 21 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
8 20 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
9 18 (1.24%) Numerate Degree
10 14 (0.96%) MCSE
10 14 (0.96%) PMI Certification
11 12 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 12 (0.83%) MCSA
12 11 (0.76%) PMP
13 9 (0.62%) CISSP
14 8 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 7 (0.48%) CCNA
15 7 (0.48%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (7.99%) QA
2 45 (3.10%) Data Quality
3 26 (1.79%) GDPR
4 23 (1.58%) PMO
5 22 (1.52%) GMP
6 21 (1.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 21 (1.45%) GxP
7 19 (1.31%) SLA
8 15 (1.03%) WCAG
9 10 (0.69%) ISO 9001
10 8 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
10 8 (0.55%) IFRS
11 7 (0.48%) PCI DSS
12 6 (0.41%) GAMP
12 6 (0.41%) IFRS 9
13 5 (0.34%) GCP
13 5 (0.34%) ISO 26262
14 4 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.21%) ISO 13485
15 3 (0.21%) MiFID
System Software
1 87 (5.99%) Active Directory
2 41 (2.82%) Docker
3 23 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (1.38%) HDFS
4 20 (1.38%) vSphere
5 14 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (0.76%) Hyper-V
7 10 (0.69%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 8 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
9 7 (0.48%) Firmware
10 6 (0.41%) XenApp
11 5 (0.34%) Terminal Server
11 5 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.28%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.28%) XenServer
13 3 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
14 2 (0.14%) Oracle Clusterware
14 2 (0.14%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 2 (0.14%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 46 (3.17%) Opscode Chef
2 36 (2.48%) SCCM
3 35 (2.41%) Ansible
4 24 (1.65%) HP Quality Center
4 24 (1.65%) Puppet
5 22 (1.52%) HP ALM
5 22 (1.52%) SCOM
6 21 (1.45%) Kubernetes
7 18 (1.24%) SCVMM
8 15 (1.03%) PTC Integrity
8 15 (1.03%) Terraform
9 9 (0.62%) Consul
10 8 (0.55%) Oozie
10 8 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.28%) EdgeSight
11 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.28%) Packer
11 4 (0.28%) QRadar
12 3 (0.21%) EMC VPLEX
12 3 (0.21%) Salt
Vendors
1 182 (12.53%) Microsoft
2 104 (7.16%) Oracle
3 72 (4.96%) SAP
4 70 (4.82%) Salesforce.com
5 53 (3.65%) VMware
6 46 (3.17%) Cisco
7 41 (2.82%) IBM
8 31 (2.13%) HP
9 29 (2.00%) Adobe
10 26 (1.79%) Remedy
11 23 (1.58%) Citrix
12 17 (1.17%) Tableau
13 16 (1.10%) Google
14 15 (1.03%) PTC
14 15 (1.03%) Red Hat
15 12 (0.83%) F5
16 11 (0.76%) Juniper
16 11 (0.76%) Palo Alto
16 11 (0.76%) ServiceNow
16 11 (0.76%) SolarWinds