Period
to 23 October 2017

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 October 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
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 186 192 166
Rank change year-on-year +6 -26 -10
Contract jobs citing Validation 1400 1477 1679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.40% 1.40% 1.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.65% 1.67% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 824 847 903
UK median daily rate £447 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.63% - -
10th Percentile £280 £255 £236
90th Percentile £650 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £365
% change year-on-year +14.29% -4.11% +2.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 62 99
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £40.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +14.29% -6.67%
10th Percentile £14.99 £12.25 £13.12
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.70 £43.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -6.04%

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 84677 88405 92997
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.53% 83.89% 81.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 56261 58466 60205
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1985 2318 2697
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +6.82% +15.79%
10th Percentile £11.60 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +12.50%

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 October 2017.

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 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 16 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 October 2017. 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 +13 1310 £450 +12.50% 128
UK excluding London +2 782 £400 +14.29% 90
London -2 580 £479 +6.33% 49
South East -2 276 £400 - 23
South West +27 122 £400 +23.08% 15
Midlands +47 121 £425 +21.43% 11
North of England -10 111 £400 +14.29% 22
West Midlands +54 82 £414 +7.82% 7
East of England -33 82 £407 +35.75% 8
North West -16 61 £405 +2.53% 16
Scotland -6 60 £389 +20.54% 10
Yorkshire +17 47 £394 +3.62% 5
East Midlands +6 38 £450 +36.36% 4
Wales +2 9 £345 -9.80% 1
North East +22 3 £330 +7.32% 1
Northern Ireland -52 3 £381 +5.47%

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

1 395 (28.21%) Finance
2 249 (17.79%) Agile Software Development
3 239 (17.07%) SQL
4 211 (15.07%) Analytical Skills
5 174 (12.43%) Banking
6 155 (11.07%) QA
6 155 (11.07%) Security Cleared
7 153 (10.93%) Migration
8 144 (10.29%) Degree
9 135 (9.64%) User Acceptance Testing
10 132 (9.43%) Microsoft
11 129 (9.21%) Data Modelling
12 127 (9.07%) Oracle
13 125 (8.93%) Windows
14 116 (8.29%) Project Management
15 115 (8.21%) Business Analysis
16 113 (8.07%) Data Validation
16 113 (8.07%) Java
17 112 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
17 112 (8.00%) Scrum
18 109 (7.79%) Microsoft Excel
19 108 (7.71%) Linux
19 108 (7.71%) SC Cleared
20 100 (7.14%) SAP
21 96 (6.86%) Change Management
21 96 (6.86%) Analytics
22 95 (6.79%) C++
23 89 (6.36%) Data Analysis
23 89 (6.36%) Data Quality
24 87 (6.21%) SQL Server

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 31 (2.21%) SharePoint
2 28 (2.00%) SAS
3 21 (1.50%) Apache Spark
4 19 (1.36%) Tomcat
5 16 (1.14%) Apache
5 16 (1.14%) CMS
5 16 (1.14%) Confluence
5 16 (1.14%) OpenStack
6 13 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (0.93%) MS Exchange
7 12 (0.86%) IBM Notes
8 11 (0.79%) Sitecore CMS
9 10 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
9 10 (0.71%) GemFire
9 10 (0.71%) WebSphere
10 8 (0.57%) Apache Pig
11 7 (0.50%) IIS
12 6 (0.43%) WebLogic
13 5 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.36%) Site Server
Applications
1 109 (7.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 72 (5.14%) Microsoft Office
3 40 (2.86%) MS Visio
4 27 (1.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (1.00%) Simulink
6 13 (0.93%) OmniGraffle
7 8 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 4 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.29%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.14%) S-PLUS
10 2 (0.14%) SPSS
10 2 (0.14%) TargetLink
11 1 (0.071%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.071%) InVision
11 1 (0.071%) UserZoom
11 1 (0.071%) Vectorworks
11 1 (0.071%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 16 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.86%) SAP MM
3 11 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.64%) SAP ERP
5 7 (0.50%) SAP APO
5 7 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
6 6 (0.43%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.43%) SAP MDG
7 5 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.36%) iTrent
7 5 (0.36%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 5 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
7 5 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.36%) Oracle Receivables
7 5 (0.36%) Oracle Retail
7 5 (0.36%) SAP MDM
8 4 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
8 4 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.21%) Oracle E-Business Tax
Cloud Services
1 65 (4.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (2.21%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (1.29%) PaaS
4 17 (1.21%) GitHub
5 14 (1.00%) SaaS
6 8 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (0.50%) Google Analytics
7 7 (0.50%) Lucidchart
8 6 (0.43%) npm
9 5 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (0.36%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 4 (0.29%) BPaaS
10 4 (0.29%) Office 365
11 3 (0.21%) Adobe Analytics
11 3 (0.21%) Amazon EMR
11 3 (0.21%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.21%) AWS Data Pipeline
11 3 (0.21%) BlazeMeter
11 3 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.21%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 43 (3.07%) Wireless
2 36 (2.57%) Firewall
2 36 (2.57%) TCP/IP
3 34 (2.43%) Internet
4 29 (2.07%) 4G
5 28 (2.00%) LTE
6 26 (1.86%) DHCP
6 26 (1.86%) Ethernet
7 25 (1.79%) WAN
8 24 (1.71%) LAN
9 19 (1.36%) MVNO
10 18 (1.29%) VPN
11 17 (1.21%) 3G
11 17 (1.21%) MPLS
11 17 (1.21%) SAN
12 16 (1.14%) Cisco ASA
13 14 (1.00%) Cisco Nexus
14 13 (0.93%) Value-Added Service
15 12 (0.86%) DNS
16 11 (0.79%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (6.21%) SQL Server
2 72 (5.14%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (2.93%) Big Data
4 35 (2.50%) Data Mining
4 35 (2.50%) Hadoop
5 33 (2.36%) MySQL
6 22 (1.57%) Relational Database
6 22 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 20 (1.43%) Ingres
8 18 (1.29%) Apache Hive
8 18 (1.29%) HBase
9 16 (1.14%) SAP BW
9 16 (1.14%) SAP Data Services
9 16 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
10 15 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
10 15 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 14 (1.00%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 14 (1.00%) Star Schema
12 13 (0.93%) Oracle Database
13 12 (0.86%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 59 (4.21%) JIRA
2 44 (3.14%) Git (software)
3 23 (1.64%) Jenkins
3 23 (1.64%) Rational DOORS
4 22 (1.57%) Visual Studio
5 20 (1.43%) Cucumber
6 19 (1.36%) Axure RP
6 19 (1.36%) Selenium
7 17 (1.21%) Protractor
8 15 (1.07%) Maven
8 15 (1.07%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (1.00%) JMeter
10 13 (0.93%) IntelliJ
10 13 (0.93%) Rational Rhapsody
11 12 (0.86%) Jasmine
11 12 (0.86%) MSI
12 11 (0.79%) Gradle
12 11 (0.79%) gulp
13 10 (0.71%) Grunt
13 10 (0.71%) PhantomJS
General
1 395 (28.21%) Finance
2 174 (12.43%) Banking
3 76 (5.43%) Investment Banking
4 69 (4.93%) Front Office
5 65 (4.64%) Telecoms
6 46 (3.29%) Retail
7 39 (2.79%) Back Office
8 38 (2.71%) Marketing
9 34 (2.43%) Manufacturing
10 30 (2.14%) Aerospace
10 30 (2.14%) Pharmaceutical
11 25 (1.79%) Automotive
12 21 (1.50%) Legal
13 19 (1.36%) Billing
13 19 (1.36%) Financial Institution
14 17 (1.21%) Electronics
15 15 (1.07%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.93%) Avionics
17 12 (0.86%) Military
18 8 (0.57%) Games
Job Titles
1 430 (30.71%) Analyst
2 181 (12.93%) Business Analyst
3 173 (12.36%) Developer
4 72 (5.14%) Consultant
5 71 (5.07%) Architect
6 61 (4.36%) Data Analyst
7 58 (4.14%) Project Manager
8 49 (3.50%) Test Analyst
9 42 (3.00%) Systems Engineer
10 41 (2.93%) Qualitative Analyst
10 41 (2.93%) Quantitative Analyst
11 40 (2.86%) Test Engineer
12 38 (2.71%) Java Developer
13 37 (2.64%) Designer
14 33 (2.36%) Risk Analyst
15 32 (2.29%) Software Engineer
16 31 (2.21%) Test Manager
17 30 (2.14%) Quantitative Risk Analyst
18 25 (1.79%) IT Analyst
19 24 (1.71%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (5.71%) XML
2 59 (4.21%) CSS
3 58 (4.14%) HTML
4 56 (4.00%) Web Services
5 47 (3.36%) Middleware
6 46 (3.29%) AngularJS
7 44 (3.14%) JSON
7 44 (3.14%) REST
8 41 (2.93%) RESTful
9 40 (2.86%) .NET
10 31 (2.21%) XSLT
11 28 (2.00%) HTML5
12 27 (1.93%) ASP.NET
13 22 (1.57%) Kafka
13 22 (1.57%) Spring
14 20 (1.43%) J2EE
15 17 (1.21%) ASP.NET MVC
16 16 (1.14%) CSS3
17 15 (1.07%) SOAP
17 15 (1.07%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 211 (15.07%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (5.29%) Management Information System
3 70 (5.00%) User Experience
4 50 (3.57%) Derivative
5 48 (3.43%) Computer Science
6 44 (3.14%) Credit Risk
7 43 (3.07%) Virtual Team
8 34 (2.43%) Market Risk
9 25 (1.79%) Data Centre
10 24 (1.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 23 (1.64%) Data Structures
12 21 (1.50%) Mobile App
13 19 (1.36%) Client/Server
13 19 (1.36%) Equities
14 17 (1.21%) Fixed Income
15 16 (1.14%) Blackberry
16 14 (1.00%) Algorithms
17 12 (0.86%) Replication
18 10 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
18 10 (0.71%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 125 (8.93%) Windows
2 108 (7.71%) Linux
3 56 (4.00%) Unix
4 42 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 31 (2.21%) Windows 7
6 28 (2.00%) Apple iOS
7 26 (1.86%) Windows Server
8 15 (1.07%) AIX
9 14 (1.00%) Solaris
10 13 (0.93%) Android
10 13 (0.93%) Windows 10
10 13 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
11 10 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.36%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.29%) Debian
15 3 (0.21%) HPUX
15 3 (0.21%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.21%) VMS
15 3 (0.21%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (17.79%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (10.93%) Migration
3 135 (9.64%) User Acceptance Testing
4 129 (9.21%) Data Modelling
5 116 (8.29%) Project Management
6 115 (8.21%) Business Analysis
7 113 (8.07%) Data Validation
8 112 (8.00%) Scrum
8 112 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 96 (6.86%) Analytics
9 96 (6.86%) Change Management
10 89 (6.36%) Data Analysis
11 86 (6.14%) ETL
12 80 (5.71%) Test Automation
13 79 (5.64%) Data Migration
14 75 (5.36%) Mathematics
15 72 (5.14%) ITIL
16 68 (4.86%) Business Intelligence
17 66 (4.71%) Data Integration
18 63 (4.50%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 239 (17.07%) SQL
2 113 (8.07%) Java
3 95 (6.79%) C++
4 79 (5.64%) JavaScript
5 78 (5.57%) C#
6 72 (5.14%) Python
7 40 (2.86%) PowerShell
8 35 (2.50%) C
9 24 (1.71%) VBA
10 23 (1.64%) sed
11 22 (1.57%) AWK
12 20 (1.43%) Shell Script
13 18 (1.29%) PHP
14 17 (1.21%) MATLAB
14 17 (1.21%) T-SQL
14 17 (1.21%) VBScript
15 15 (1.07%) Ruby
16 14 (1.00%) Korn
16 14 (1.00%) SAS Macro
17 13 (0.93%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 155 (11.07%) Security Cleared
2 144 (10.29%) Degree
3 108 (7.71%) SC Cleared
4 33 (2.36%) ISTQB
5 25 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
6 24 (1.71%) ISEB
7 23 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (1.57%) CISSP
9 21 (1.50%) Microsoft Certification
9 21 (1.50%) PhD
10 20 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
11 19 (1.36%) MCSE
12 17 (1.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 16 (1.14%) MCSA
13 16 (1.14%) MCSM
13 16 (1.14%) PMI Certification
14 15 (1.07%) CISM
14 15 (1.07%) MCP
14 15 (1.07%) Network+ Certification
14 15 (1.07%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 155 (11.07%) QA
2 89 (6.36%) Data Quality
3 23 (1.64%) SLA
4 22 (1.57%) PMO
5 18 (1.29%) GxP
6 17 (1.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 16 (1.14%) DO-178B
7 16 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 16 (1.14%) MiFID
8 13 (0.93%) PCI DSS
9 12 (0.86%) GAMP
10 11 (0.79%) GDPR
10 11 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 9 (0.64%) ISO 9001
12 7 (0.50%) EMIR
12 7 (0.50%) IEC 61508
13 6 (0.43%) GMP
13 6 (0.43%) ISO 26262
13 6 (0.43%) MISRA
14 5 (0.36%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 73 (5.21%) Active Directory
2 18 (1.29%) HDFS
3 15 (1.07%) Docker
3 15 (1.07%) Virtual Servers
4 14 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 13 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
6 10 (0.71%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 7 (0.50%) Apache Flume
7 7 (0.50%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (0.43%) Oracle Clusterware
8 6 (0.43%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 6 (0.43%) vSphere
9 4 (0.29%) ISA Server
9 4 (0.29%) XenApp
10 3 (0.21%) Cygwin
10 3 (0.21%) KVM
10 3 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.21%) Samba
10 3 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 25 (1.79%) SCCM
2 23 (1.64%) HP Quality Center
3 19 (1.36%) Ansible
4 16 (1.14%) Puppet
5 15 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.57%) Hadoop YARN
7 7 (0.50%) Rundeck
8 6 (0.43%) DatAdvantage
8 6 (0.43%) Tivoli
8 6 (0.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 4 (0.29%) Kibana
10 3 (0.21%) BladeLogic
10 3 (0.21%) logstash
10 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.21%) Packer
10 3 (0.21%) Rancher
10 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Satellite
10 3 (0.21%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.14%) Nessus
11 2 (0.14%) Nmap
Vendors
1 132 (9.43%) Microsoft
2 127 (9.07%) Oracle
3 100 (7.14%) SAP
4 41 (2.93%) HP
5 37 (2.64%) Salesforce.com
6 33 (2.36%) Cisco
7 30 (2.14%) Tableau
8 29 (2.07%) Citrix
8 29 (2.07%) Red Hat
8 29 (2.07%) VMware
9 28 (2.00%) IBM
10 21 (1.50%) Remedy
11 19 (1.36%) Motorola
12 15 (1.07%) Apple
13 14 (1.00%) Greenplum
13 14 (1.00%) Symantec
14 13 (0.93%) Huawei
15 12 (0.86%) Cloudera
15 12 (0.86%) Lotus
15 12 (0.86%) Teradata