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 3 months to 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 179 180 151
Rank change year-on-year +1 -29  
Contract jobs citing Validation 663 784 885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.41% 1.46% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.67% 1.75% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 431 474
Median daily rate £435 £400 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% +2.23%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £340 £375
% change year-on-year +19.85% -9.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 32 44
Median hourly rate £32.50 £39.75 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.23% +15.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £12.25 £12.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.78 £46.77
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -18.75% +14.28%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39787 44801 45267
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.41% 80.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 99353 111983 101262
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £283 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3077 2943 3102
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +1.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.28 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £50.78 £51.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.64% -6.66%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 11 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +1 612 £440 +10.00% 167
UK excluding London +13 393 £408 +19.85% 132
London -19 250 £450 - 47
South East +9 145 £425 +19.54% 21
North of England +5 69 £405 +24.61% 41
Midlands +32 62 £450 +22.86% 14
South West +3 48 £425 -5.55% 26
Scotland +22 34 £375 +20.96% 12
East of England -27 28 £405 +27.05% 16
Wales -5 5 £342 -17.09% 2
Northern Ireland -43 3 £381 +8.85%

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 313 (25.20%) Finance
2 218 (17.55%) Agile Software Development
3 198 (15.94%) SQL
4 180 (14.49%) Migration
5 145 (11.67%) Analytical Skills
6 138 (11.11%) Degree
7 123 (9.90%) Microsoft Excel
8 121 (9.74%) Banking
8 121 (9.74%) Data Validation
9 115 (9.26%) Security Cleared
10 111 (8.94%) Microsoft
11 110 (8.86%) Oracle
12 101 (8.13%) QA
13 99 (7.97%) Windows
14 98 (7.89%) Project Management
15 97 (7.81%) SAP
16 93 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
17 91 (7.33%) User Acceptance Testing
18 88 (7.09%) Data Modelling
19 87 (7.00%) Data Migration
20 85 (6.84%) Scrum
21 84 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
22 83 (6.68%) Linux
23 82 (6.60%) Data Analysis
24 77 (6.20%) Telecoms
25 76 (6.12%) SQL Server
26 74 (5.96%) ITIL
27 73 (5.88%) Analytics
28 72 (5.80%) XML
28 72 (5.80%) Java

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 24 (1.93%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.69%) SAS
3 18 (1.45%) WebSphere
4 17 (1.37%) Tomcat
5 15 (1.21%) OpenStack
5 15 (1.21%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.05%) JBoss
7 12 (0.97%) Confluence
7 12 (0.97%) MS Exchange
8 11 (0.89%) GlassFish
9 10 (0.81%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.48%) CMS
11 4 (0.32%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (0.32%) IIS
11 4 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.24%) Apache
12 3 (0.24%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.24%) PowerExchange
Applications
1 123 (9.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 65 (5.23%) Microsoft Office
3 30 (2.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (1.69%) MS Visio
5 17 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
6 11 (0.89%) Simulink
7 5 (0.40%) TargetLink
8 4 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.32%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.32%) SPSS
9 3 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.24%) InVision
10 2 (0.16%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.16%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.16%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.081%) CATIA
11 1 (0.081%) EViews
Business Applications
1 16 (1.29%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 9 (0.72%) Unit4 Business World
3 7 (0.56%) SAP ERP
4 6 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.40%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 5 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.40%) SAP SD
6 4 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.32%) HFM
6 4 (0.32%) iTrent
7 3 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.24%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.24%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.16%) BPCS
8 2 (0.16%) Lorenzo
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 36 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (1.61%) SaaS
3 12 (0.97%) SuccessFactors
4 10 (0.81%) Google Analytics
4 10 (0.81%) IaaS
5 8 (0.64%) PaaS
6 6 (0.48%) Office 365
7 4 (0.32%) Adobe Analytics
7 4 (0.32%) Basecamp
7 4 (0.32%) BPaaS
7 4 (0.32%) Taleo
8 3 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.16%) GitHub
9 2 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.16%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.081%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.081%) CallidusCloud
10 1 (0.081%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.74%) LTE
2 33 (2.66%) 4G
3 28 (2.25%) TCP/IP
4 25 (2.01%) Firewall
5 24 (1.93%) LAN
6 23 (1.85%) 3G
7 22 (1.77%) VoIP
8 21 (1.69%) MVNO
9 20 (1.61%) WAN
10 16 (1.29%) DHCP
10 16 (1.29%) DNS
10 16 (1.29%) Internet
10 16 (1.29%) Wireless
11 15 (1.21%) Value-Added Service
12 13 (1.05%) Ethernet
12 13 (1.05%) Wi-Fi
13 12 (0.97%) Radio Access Network
13 12 (0.97%) SAN
14 11 (0.89%) VPN
15 10 (0.81%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (6.12%) SQL Server
2 54 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (2.66%) Relational Database
4 30 (2.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 26 (2.09%) MySQL
6 24 (1.93%) Data Mining
7 20 (1.61%) Big Data
7 20 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 19 (1.53%) Ingres
9 18 (1.45%) Hadoop
10 13 (1.05%) QlikView
10 13 (1.05%) RDBMS
11 12 (0.97%) MS Access
11 12 (0.97%) Oracle Database
12 8 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
12 8 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
12 8 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
13 7 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
14 6 (0.48%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 41 (3.30%) JIRA
2 24 (1.93%) Visual Studio
3 22 (1.77%) Git (software)
4 20 (1.61%) Rational DOORS
4 20 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (1.53%) Selenium
6 15 (1.21%) Subversion
7 14 (1.13%) Cucumber
8 12 (0.97%) GitLab
9 11 (0.89%) Jenkins
9 11 (0.89%) Protractor
10 10 (0.81%) Maven
11 9 (0.72%) Rational Rhapsody
12 8 (0.64%) Axure RP
12 8 (0.64%) SpecFlow
12 8 (0.64%) WebDriver
13 7 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 7 (0.56%) HP UFT
13 7 (0.56%) SilkTest
13 7 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 313 (25.20%) Finance
2 121 (9.74%) Banking
3 77 (6.20%) Telecoms
4 59 (4.75%) Retail
5 56 (4.51%) Investment Banking
6 54 (4.35%) Pharmaceutical
7 53 (4.27%) Front Office
8 44 (3.54%) Manufacturing
9 37 (2.98%) Back Office
9 37 (2.98%) Marketing
10 24 (1.93%) Billing
10 24 (1.93%) Legal
11 23 (1.85%) Aerospace
12 20 (1.61%) Automotive
12 20 (1.61%) Electronics
13 17 (1.37%) Financial Institution
14 12 (0.97%) Avionics
15 9 (0.72%) Law
16 8 (0.64%) Local Government
17 7 (0.56%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 344 (27.70%) Analyst
2 145 (11.67%) Developer
3 135 (10.87%) Business Analyst
4 91 (7.33%) Consultant
5 68 (5.48%) Architect
6 65 (5.23%) Data Analyst
7 53 (4.27%) Test Analyst
8 48 (3.86%) Project Manager
9 47 (3.78%) Designer
10 46 (3.70%) Test Engineer
11 30 (2.42%) Systems Engineer
12 29 (2.33%) Software Engineer
13 26 (2.09%) Java Developer
13 26 (2.09%) Technical Analyst
14 23 (1.85%) IT Analyst
14 23 (1.85%) Test Manager
15 22 (1.77%) Senior Analyst
15 22 (1.77%) Validation Engineer
16 21 (1.69%) C++ Developer
17 19 (1.53%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (5.80%) XML
2 44 (3.54%) Web Services
3 40 (3.22%) HTML
4 37 (2.98%) REST
5 33 (2.66%) Middleware
6 32 (2.58%) .NET
6 32 (2.58%) CSS
7 28 (2.25%) SOAP
8 25 (2.01%) Spring
9 24 (1.93%) AngularJS
9 24 (1.93%) JSON
10 21 (1.69%) HTML5
11 19 (1.53%) XSLT
12 16 (1.29%) J2EE
13 15 (1.21%) RESTful
14 12 (0.97%) ASP.NET
14 12 (0.97%) jQuery
15 11 (0.89%) JSTL
15 11 (0.89%) RAML
15 11 (0.89%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 145 (11.67%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (4.59%) Management Information System
2 57 (4.59%) User Experience
3 44 (3.54%) Computer Science
4 29 (2.33%) NHS
5 28 (2.25%) Data Centre
6 24 (1.93%) Virtual Team
7 22 (1.77%) Credit Risk
8 20 (1.61%) Derivative
8 20 (1.61%) Market Risk
9 19 (1.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 19 (1.53%) Life Science
10 16 (1.29%) IVR
11 15 (1.21%) Equities
12 14 (1.13%) Handset
12 14 (1.13%) Mobile App
13 12 (0.97%) Algorithms
13 12 (0.97%) Data Structures
14 11 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
15 10 (0.81%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 99 (7.97%) Windows
2 83 (6.68%) Linux
3 34 (2.74%) Unix
4 19 (1.53%) AIX
5 18 (1.45%) Windows 7
5 18 (1.45%) Windows Server
6 12 (0.97%) Solaris
7 11 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.72%) Apple iOS
9 8 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.56%) Android
11 6 (0.48%) Windows 10
11 6 (0.48%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.40%) Windows XP
13 4 (0.32%) CentOS
14 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
14 3 (0.24%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.16%) HPUX
15 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.16%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (17.55%) Agile Software Development
2 180 (14.49%) Migration
3 121 (9.74%) Data Validation
4 98 (7.89%) Project Management
5 93 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
6 91 (7.33%) User Acceptance Testing
7 88 (7.09%) Data Modelling
8 87 (7.00%) Data Migration
9 85 (6.84%) Scrum
10 84 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
11 82 (6.60%) Data Analysis
12 74 (5.96%) ITIL
13 73 (5.88%) Analytics
14 71 (5.72%) Test Automation
15 69 (5.56%) Business Analysis
15 69 (5.56%) Test Scripting
16 68 (5.48%) ETL
17 66 (5.31%) Change Management
17 66 (5.31%) Test Strategy
18 64 (5.15%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 198 (15.94%) SQL
2 72 (5.80%) Java
3 57 (4.59%) C++
4 52 (4.19%) JavaScript
5 50 (4.03%) Python
6 45 (3.62%) C
7 30 (2.42%) VBA
8 27 (2.17%) C#
9 18 (1.45%) PowerShell
10 15 (1.21%) PL/SQL
11 13 (1.05%) MATLAB
11 13 (1.05%) T-SQL
12 11 (0.89%) R
13 10 (0.81%) VBScript
14 7 (0.56%) ABAP
14 7 (0.56%) Ruby
14 7 (0.56%) sed
14 7 (0.56%) VB
15 6 (0.48%) Perl
15 6 (0.48%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 138 (11.11%) Degree
2 115 (9.26%) Security Cleared
3 67 (5.39%) SC Cleared
4 37 (2.98%) ISEB
5 31 (2.50%) ISTQB
6 24 (1.93%) DV Cleared
7 17 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
7 17 (1.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 14 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (1.05%) HNC
9 13 (1.05%) IRCA
10 10 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
10 10 (0.81%) PhD
10 10 (0.81%) PMP
11 9 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (0.64%) CCNP
12 8 (0.64%) MCSA
13 7 (0.56%) PMI Certification
14 6 (0.48%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (8.13%) QA
2 62 (4.99%) Data Quality
3 29 (2.33%) GxP
4 22 (1.77%) SLA
5 20 (1.61%) GMP
6 15 (1.21%) MiFID
7 14 (1.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 13 (1.05%) DO-178B
8 13 (1.05%) GAMP
8 13 (1.05%) PMO
9 10 (0.81%) IFRS
10 9 (0.72%) IFRS 9
11 8 (0.64%) JSP 440
11 8 (0.64%) MISRA
12 7 (0.56%) Def Stans
12 7 (0.56%) IEC 61508
13 6 (0.48%) EMIR
13 6 (0.48%) HL7
13 6 (0.48%) ISO 13485
14 5 (0.40%) WCAG
System Software
1 35 (2.82%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.64%) Hyper-V
3 8 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.40%) XenApp
6 4 (0.32%) RACF
6 4 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.24%) Cygwin
7 3 (0.24%) Docker
7 3 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.16%) vSphere
9 1 (0.081%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.081%) HDFS
9 1 (0.081%) Oracle Clusterware
9 1 (0.081%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.081%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (0.081%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 25 (2.01%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.05%) Ansible
2 13 (1.05%) SCCM
3 11 (0.89%) Rundeck
4 5 (0.40%) BladeLogic
4 5 (0.40%) Puppet
5 4 (0.32%) DatAdvantage
5 4 (0.32%) zSecure
6 3 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (0.24%) Control-M
6 3 (0.24%) EMC VPLEX
6 3 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.24%) SCVMM
6 3 (0.24%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.16%) Kibana
7 2 (0.16%) Nessus
7 2 (0.16%) Nmap
7 2 (0.16%) SCOrch
7 2 (0.16%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.16%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 111 (8.94%) Microsoft
2 110 (8.86%) Oracle
3 97 (7.81%) SAP
4 46 (3.70%) Cisco
5 31 (2.50%) HP
6 30 (2.42%) VMware
7 21 (1.69%) Citrix
8 20 (1.61%) Remedy
9 19 (1.53%) Informatica
10 18 (1.45%) Tableau
11 16 (1.29%) IBM
11 16 (1.29%) Motorola
11 16 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
12 14 (1.13%) Verint
12 14 (1.13%) Workday
13 13 (1.05%) Google
13 13 (1.05%) ServiceNow
14 11 (0.89%) hybris
14 11 (0.89%) Teradata
15 10 (0.81%) webMethods
London
Durlston Partners
Rate: Up to £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Up to £320 per day Dependent on Experience
Posted: 17 hours ago
Stockport, Cheshire
BOSCH Automotive Service Solutions
Rate: £Competitive + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Venturi
Rate: £15 - £23 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 22 hours ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £349 to £465 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + none
Posted: Yesterday
England
Edward Carter Solutions
Posted: 2 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: £360 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North London
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Inverness, Inverness-Shire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £32 to £40 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Preston
aap3
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Posted: 5 days ago
East London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
Amersham
Technos Recruitment
Rate: £0 - £40,000 per year
Posted: 8 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 20 days ago
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
North West
Mason Frank International
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Modis International
Rate: Competitive hourly rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - £50 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
AMS contingency
Posted: 15 days ago
London
HFG
Rate: £500 - £800 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago