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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 4 July 2022 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
4 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 170 159 171
Rank change year-on-year -11 +12 +52
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,420 1,161 653
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.59% 1.75% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 1.97% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 832 639 370
10th Percentile £350 £306 £275
25th Percentile £413 £370 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £523 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £538
90th Percentile £725 £675 £626
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £420 £450
% change year-on-year +13.10% -6.67% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 99 50
10th Percentile £25.50 £12.25 £20.01
25th Percentile £42.50 £14.25 £26.38
Median hourly rate £50.00 £34.54 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +44.76% -23.24% +5.88%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.28 £52.88
90th Percentile £69.50 £65.50 £60.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.27 £45.46
% change year-on-year +34.16% -18.01% +6.95%

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 80,223 59,015 35,887
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.57% 88.94% 86.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,474 40,523 24,020
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
25th Percentile £444 £405 £391
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £597 £575
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,744 1,643 1,021
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £12.50
25th Percentile £16.75 £15.05 £16.00
Median hourly rate £29.00 £24.80 £22.85
Median % change year-on-year +16.96% +8.51% +0.44%
75th Percentile £53.88 £47.50 £45.91
90th Percentile £67.00 £60.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.85 £21.50 £20.74
% change year-on-year +10.93% +3.66% -9.15%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Validation over the 6 months to 4 July 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Validation over the 6 months to 4 July 2022.

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 4 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England -17 1,172 £525 +10.53% 331
Work from Home -6 678 £500 +2.30% 96
London +18 597 £550 +4.76% 83
UK excluding London -33 538 £475 +13.10% 260
South East -20 168 £500 +17.65% 54
East of England +9 102 £475 +35.71% 32
South West +6 83 £475 +11.76% 47
Midlands -28 76 £520 +30.00% 66
West Midlands -15 63 £500 +25.00% 49
North of England -74 55 £430 +16.22% 47
North West -43 36 £430 +16.22% 29
Wales +8 33 £550 +41.94% 7
Yorkshire -27 19 £419 -8.47% 16
Scotland -53 19 £470 +5.03% 7
East Midlands -29 12 £525 +19.32% 17
Northern Ireland +4 4 £375 +15.38%

For the 6 months to 4 July 2022, 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.

1 441 (31.06%) Agile
2 401 (28.24%) Social Skills
3 302 (21.27%) Finance
4 279 (19.65%) SQL
5 260 (18.31%) Analytical Skills
6 237 (16.69%) Python
7 216 (15.21%) Security Cleared
8 199 (14.01%) Microsoft
9 197 (13.87%) SC Cleared
10 185 (13.03%) Migration
11 174 (12.25%) Data Validation
11 174 (12.25%) DevOps
12 168 (11.83%) Analytics
13 167 (11.76%) Azure
14 144 (10.14%) Requirements Gathering
15 140 (9.86%) Problem-Solving
16 136 (9.58%) Degree
17 133 (9.37%) Windows
18 129 (9.08%) Linux
19 128 (9.01%) JIRA
20 126 (8.87%) Data Modelling
21 124 (8.73%) Visualisation
22 119 (8.38%) SAP
23 118 (8.31%) Project Management
23 118 (8.31%) Test Automation
24 116 (8.17%) Java
25 114 (8.03%) Data Quality
26 111 (7.82%) QA
27 110 (7.75%) Microsoft Excel
27 110 (7.75%) CI/CD

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 51 (3.59%) Confluence
2 29 (2.04%) SAS
3 26 (1.83%) Apache Spark
4 24 (1.69%) SharePoint
5 11 (0.77%) Jupyter
5 11 (0.77%) nginx
5 11 (0.77%) OpenStack
6 9 (0.63%) WebLogic
7 7 (0.49%) Apache
8 5 (0.35%) Apache Airflow
8 5 (0.35%) Appian
8 5 (0.35%) CMS
9 4 (0.28%) Oracle Workflow
9 4 (0.28%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.21%) Camunda
10 3 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.14%) IIS
11 2 (0.14%) PowerExchange
12 1 (0.070%) MTS
Applications
1 110 (7.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 50 (3.52%) Microsoft Office
3 45 (3.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (1.48%) MS Visio
5 12 (0.85%) OrCAD
6 10 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.49%) SPSS
8 5 (0.35%) Sketch
9 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
9 4 (0.28%) Simulink
10 3 (0.21%) Stateflow
11 2 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.070%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.070%) CATIA
12 1 (0.070%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.070%) InVision
12 1 (0.070%) Maya
12 1 (0.070%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.070%) Revit
12 1 (0.070%) Stata
Business Applications
1 28 (1.97%) SAP S/4HANA
2 11 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.70%) Oracle Receivables
4 9 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
5 8 (0.56%) SAP BPC
6 6 (0.42%) Cerner Millennium
6 6 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.42%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.42%) SAP MDG
7 5 (0.35%) Actimize
7 5 (0.35%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.28%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.28%) Oracle Assets
8 4 (0.28%) SAP CAR
8 4 (0.28%) SAP CO
8 4 (0.28%) SAP FI/CO
8 4 (0.28%) SAP R/3
8 4 (0.28%) SAP Retail
8 4 (0.28%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 167 (11.76%) Azure
2 103 (7.25%) AWS
3 72 (5.07%) Power Platform
4 53 (3.73%) Azure DevOps
5 36 (2.54%) GitHub
6 34 (2.39%) Serverless
7 33 (2.32%) PaaS
8 30 (2.11%) IaaS
9 29 (2.04%) Dynamics 365
10 26 (1.83%) AWS Lambda
11 24 (1.69%) Amazon S3
12 22 (1.55%) Azure Data Factory
12 22 (1.55%) GCP
12 22 (1.55%) SaaS
13 21 (1.48%) Veeva
14 18 (1.27%) Amazon SageMaker
15 17 (1.20%) Microsoft 365
16 13 (0.92%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 13 (0.92%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 12 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 57 (4.01%) Ethernet
2 46 (3.24%) Firewall
3 44 (3.10%) DNS
4 42 (2.96%) TCP/IP
5 35 (2.46%) 5G
6 26 (1.83%) 4G
7 25 (1.76%) Diameter Protocol
8 21 (1.48%) 3G
9 20 (1.41%) Wireless
10 19 (1.34%) LAN
11 18 (1.27%) DHCP
11 18 (1.27%) WAN
12 17 (1.20%) 2G
12 17 (1.20%) VPN
13 16 (1.13%) HTTP
14 15 (1.06%) SSL
15 12 (0.85%) GGSN
15 12 (0.85%) Radio Access Network
15 12 (0.85%) SAN
15 12 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (7.68%) SQL Server
2 60 (4.23%) Power BI
3 50 (3.52%) Data Warehouse
4 31 (2.18%) Relational Database
5 23 (1.62%) Big Data
5 23 (1.62%) NoSQL
5 23 (1.62%) Tableau
6 22 (1.55%) MySQL
7 21 (1.48%) Hadoop
8 20 (1.41%) MongoDB
8 20 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 15 (1.06%) Metadata
9 15 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
9 15 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
10 13 (0.92%) Amazon Athena
10 13 (0.92%) Data Lake
11 12 (0.85%) Couchbase
11 12 (0.85%) Oracle Database
11 12 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 10 (0.70%) DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 128 (9.01%) JIRA
2 63 (4.44%) Git (software)
3 39 (2.75%) Visual Studio
4 33 (2.32%) Eclipse
5 27 (1.90%) Subversion
6 20 (1.41%) Bitbucket
7 15 (1.06%) Jenkins
7 15 (1.06%) Rational DOORS
7 15 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
8 14 (0.99%) Cucumber
9 12 (0.85%) TestRail
10 10 (0.70%) SonarQube
11 8 (0.56%) Arsenale Dataplane
11 8 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
12 7 (0.49%) Postman
13 6 (0.42%) Appium
13 6 (0.42%) Selenium
13 6 (0.42%) SoapUI
13 6 (0.42%) Toad
General
1 401 (28.24%) Social Skills
2 302 (21.27%) Finance
3 260 (18.31%) Analytical Skills
4 102 (7.18%) Banking
5 101 (7.11%) Public Sector
6 78 (5.49%) Pharmaceutical
7 77 (5.42%) Presentation Skills
8 55 (3.87%) Manufacturing
9 51 (3.59%) Front Office
10 46 (3.24%) Investment Banking
11 43 (3.03%) Telecoms
12 40 (2.82%) Retail
13 36 (2.54%) Legal
14 34 (2.39%) Publishing
15 33 (2.32%) Electronics
15 33 (2.32%) Marketing
16 30 (2.11%) Aerospace
17 25 (1.76%) Influencing Skills
18 22 (1.55%) Law
19 21 (1.48%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 334 (23.52%) Analyst
2 133 (9.37%) Developer
3 128 (9.01%) Architect
3 128 (9.01%) Business Analyst
4 96 (6.76%) Consultant
5 83 (5.85%) Data Analyst
6 63 (4.44%) Software Engineer
7 59 (4.15%) Solutions Architect
8 52 (3.66%) Project Manager
9 51 (3.59%) Test Engineer
10 48 (3.38%) Data Engineer
11 38 (2.68%) C++ Software Engineer
12 37 (2.61%) Systems Engineer
13 32 (2.25%) C# Software Engineer
13 32 (2.25%) Network Engineer
14 31 (2.18%) Banking Analyst
15 30 (2.11%) Salesforce Developer
16 25 (1.76%) Designer
17 24 (1.69%) Python Developer
17 24 (1.69%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (3.94%) REST
2 54 (3.80%) XML
3 44 (3.10%) HTML
4 40 (2.82%) Web Services
5 39 (2.75%) Pandas
6 35 (2.46%) JSON
7 32 (2.25%) .NET
8 28 (1.97%) Lightning Web Components
9 27 (1.90%) SOAP
10 26 (1.83%) CSS
11 25 (1.76%) pytest
12 22 (1.55%) Kafka
13 18 (1.27%) RESTful
14 17 (1.20%) React
15 16 (1.13%) AngularJS
16 15 (1.06%) Shiny
17 13 (0.92%) ADO
17 13 (0.92%) NumPy
18 12 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
18 12 (0.85%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 79 (5.56%) User Experience
2 68 (4.79%) Management Information System
3 57 (4.01%) Self-Motivation
4 41 (2.89%) Algorithms
5 38 (2.68%) Legacy Systems
5 38 (2.68%) NHS
6 25 (1.76%) Data Centre
7 23 (1.62%) Reference Data
8 21 (1.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 21 (1.48%) Greenfield Project
9 20 (1.41%) Virtual Team
10 19 (1.34%) Credit Risk
11 17 (1.20%) Public Cloud
12 16 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
12 16 (1.13%) FPGA
12 16 (1.13%) Life Science
12 16 (1.13%) Market Risk
13 15 (1.06%) Data Structures
13 15 (1.06%) Mobile App
14 14 (0.99%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 133 (9.37%) Windows
2 129 (9.08%) Linux
3 80 (5.63%) Unix
4 19 (1.34%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.06%) Android
5 15 (1.06%) Apple iOS
6 14 (0.99%) Windows 10
7 11 (0.77%) Debian
7 11 (0.77%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (0.70%) Embedded Linux
9 6 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.28%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.21%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.070%) HPUX
12 1 (0.070%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.070%) VMS
12 1 (0.070%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 441 (31.06%) Agile
2 185 (13.03%) Migration
3 174 (12.25%) Data Validation
3 174 (12.25%) DevOps
4 168 (11.83%) Analytics
5 144 (10.14%) Requirements Gathering
6 140 (9.86%) Problem-Solving
7 126 (8.87%) Data Modelling
8 124 (8.73%) Visualisation
9 118 (8.31%) Project Management
9 118 (8.31%) Test Automation
10 110 (7.75%) CI/CD
11 101 (7.11%) Decision-Making
12 98 (6.90%) Scrum
12 98 (6.90%) Software Engineering
13 95 (6.69%) Data Migration
14 94 (6.62%) Data Management
14 94 (6.62%) Stakeholder Management
15 86 (6.06%) ETL
16 83 (5.85%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 279 (19.65%) SQL
2 237 (16.69%) Python
3 116 (8.17%) Java
4 94 (6.62%) C++
5 84 (5.92%) C#
6 55 (3.87%) PowerShell
7 45 (3.17%) JavaScript
8 44 (3.10%) C
8 44 (3.10%) R
9 28 (1.97%) Apex Code
10 23 (1.62%) Go
11 19 (1.34%) PL/SQL
12 17 (1.20%) Bash
13 16 (1.13%) Scala
14 14 (0.99%) VBA
15 11 (0.77%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.70%) MATLAB
16 10 (0.70%) TypeScript
17 9 (0.63%) Rust
17 9 (0.63%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 216 (15.21%) Security Cleared
2 197 (13.87%) SC Cleared
3 136 (9.58%) Degree
4 29 (2.04%) ISTQB
5 23 (1.62%) ISEB
6 22 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (1.48%) DV Cleared
8 20 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
9 17 (1.20%) CISSP
10 12 (0.85%) Chartered Engineer
10 12 (0.85%) HND
10 12 (0.85%) PhD
10 12 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 11 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
11 11 (0.77%) CCNA
12 10 (0.70%) CCNP
12 10 (0.70%) GIAC
12 10 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 9 (0.63%) IIBA
14 8 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (8.03%) Data Quality
2 111 (7.82%) QA
3 38 (2.68%) GxP
4 27 (1.90%) Accessibility
5 19 (1.34%) Good Clinical Practice
5 19 (1.34%) PMO
6 18 (1.27%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 13 (0.92%) GDPR
8 12 (0.85%) SLA
9 11 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 9 (0.63%) GRC
10 9 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 8 (0.56%) IFRS
12 4 (0.28%) IFRS 9
12 4 (0.28%) ISO 13485
12 4 (0.28%) PCI DSS
13 3 (0.21%) Def Stans
13 3 (0.21%) GMP
13 3 (0.21%) RMADS
13 3 (0.21%) UCITS
System Software
1 42 (2.96%) Active Directory
2 32 (2.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (1.55%) Docker
4 14 (0.99%) Firmware
5 13 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (0.77%) vCloud
7 10 (0.70%) vSphere
8 8 (0.56%) iptables
8 8 (0.56%) KVM
8 8 (0.56%) Xen
9 6 (0.42%) Hyper-V
9 6 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.070%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 49 (3.45%) Ansible
2 44 (3.10%) Terraform
3 38 (2.68%) Kubernetes
4 22 (1.55%) Puppet
5 18 (1.27%) HP ALM
6 13 (0.92%) Prometheus
7 12 (0.85%) Grafana
7 12 (0.85%) SCCM
8 11 (0.77%) Consul
8 11 (0.77%) Fluentd
8 11 (0.77%) HAProxy
8 11 (0.77%) ZABBIX
9 10 (0.70%) WSUS
10 7 (0.49%) vCenter Server
11 6 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
12 5 (0.35%) NetBackup
12 5 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
13 4 (0.28%) EMC NetWorker
13 4 (0.28%) SCOM
13 4 (0.28%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 199 (14.01%) Microsoft
2 119 (8.38%) SAP
3 104 (7.32%) Oracle
4 73 (5.14%) Salesforce.com
5 61 (4.30%) VMware
6 34 (2.39%) Databricks
7 33 (2.32%) HP
8 31 (2.18%) Cisco
9 25 (1.76%) Atlassian
10 21 (1.48%) Red Hat
11 19 (1.34%) Adobe
12 16 (1.13%) Google
13 13 (0.92%) Informatica
14 12 (0.85%) ANSYS
14 12 (0.85%) CA
14 12 (0.85%) CyberArk
14 12 (0.85%) IBM
14 12 (0.85%) Mavenir
14 12 (0.85%) Workday
15 11 (0.77%) Sonatype