Period
to 23 November 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 November 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 191 183 177
Rank change year-on-year -8 -6 -24
Contract jobs citing Validation 1430 1537 1629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.39% 1.46% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.64% 1.74% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 838 884 853
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £279 £250 £238
90th Percentile £650 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £360 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% -4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 65 111
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £15.07 £12.95 £14.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £54.95 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.58 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -1.01% +12.00% +9.27%

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 87085 88317 92969
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.90% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 58028 58368 60222
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2061 2366 2748
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £23.89 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.58% +6.17% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.28
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year - +1.05% +18.75%

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 November 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 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 15 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 November 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 -7 1331 £450 +11.11% 161
UK excluding London +5 804 £405 +12.50% 115
London -29 591 £475 +5.56% 55
South East -10 280 £400 - 27
South West +24 127 £405 +24.62% 30
Midlands +28 112 £406 +20.37% 11
North of England -10 111 £425 +13.33% 22
East of England -20 93 £407 +16.29% 16
West Midlands +44 75 £400 +9.07% 7
Scotland +10 75 £425 +31.78% 4
North West -10 62 £431 +7.81% 12
Yorkshire +18 47 £403 +5.92% 8
East Midlands -9 35 £450 +41.73% 4
Wales 0 8 £368 -8.13% 4
North East +15 2 £448 +44.35% 2

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 398 (27.83%) Finance
2 257 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
3 245 (17.13%) SQL
4 206 (14.41%) Analytical Skills
5 168 (11.75%) QA
6 165 (11.54%) Migration
7 158 (11.05%) Security Cleared
8 154 (10.77%) Banking
9 142 (9.93%) Windows
10 141 (9.86%) Degree
11 139 (9.72%) User Acceptance Testing
12 132 (9.23%) Microsoft
13 123 (8.60%) Linux
14 120 (8.39%) Java
15 119 (8.32%) Oracle
16 114 (7.97%) SC Cleared
16 114 (7.97%) Business Analysis
17 113 (7.90%) Data Validation
17 113 (7.90%) Data Modelling
18 112 (7.83%) Scrum
19 110 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
19 110 (7.69%) Project Management
20 103 (7.20%) Microsoft Excel
21 102 (7.13%) SAP
22 94 (6.57%) SQL Server
23 93 (6.50%) C++
24 91 (6.36%) Active Directory
24 91 (6.36%) Data Analysis
25 89 (6.22%) Analytics
26 86 (6.01%) ETL

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 36 (2.52%) SharePoint
2 28 (1.96%) SAS
3 25 (1.75%) Apache Spark
4 22 (1.54%) Tomcat
5 21 (1.47%) Apache
5 21 (1.47%) CMS
6 20 (1.40%) Confluence
7 16 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
8 13 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
8 13 (0.91%) GemFire
8 13 (0.91%) MS Exchange
9 12 (0.84%) OpenStack
9 12 (0.84%) WebSphere
10 11 (0.77%) IBM Notes
10 11 (0.77%) Sitecore CMS
11 8 (0.56%) Apache Pig
11 8 (0.56%) IIS
12 7 (0.49%) Site Server
13 5 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
13 5 (0.35%) WebLogic
Applications
1 103 (7.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 66 (4.62%) Microsoft Office
3 40 (2.80%) MS Visio
4 21 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 17 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.98%) OmniGraffle
7 13 (0.91%) Simulink
8 9 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
9 6 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.28%) InVision
11 2 (0.14%) S-PLUS
11 2 (0.14%) SPSS
12 1 (0.070%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.070%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.070%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.070%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.070%) UserZoom
12 1 (0.070%) Vectorworks
12 1 (0.070%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 17 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.91%) SAP MM
3 12 (0.84%) SAP ERP
4 8 (0.56%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (0.49%) SAP APO
6 6 (0.42%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.42%) SAP MDG
7 5 (0.35%) iTrent
7 5 (0.35%) Oracle Assets
7 5 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
7 5 (0.35%) SAP MDM
8 4 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
8 4 (0.28%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.28%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.21%) Hyperion Planning
9 3 (0.21%) Oracle E-Business Tax
Cloud Services
1 84 (5.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (2.52%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (1.47%) GitHub
4 20 (1.40%) PaaS
5 10 (0.70%) SaaS
6 7 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.49%) Lucidchart
7 6 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (0.42%) Google Analytics
7 6 (0.42%) Office 365
8 5 (0.35%) Data Lake Analytics
8 5 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (0.35%) npm
9 4 (0.28%) BlazeMeter
9 4 (0.28%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 4 (0.28%) SuccessFactors
10 3 (0.21%) Amazon EMR
10 3 (0.21%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.21%) AWS Data Pipeline
10 3 (0.21%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 43 (3.01%) Wireless
2 39 (2.73%) Firewall
3 34 (2.38%) Internet
4 31 (2.17%) DHCP
4 31 (2.17%) TCP/IP
5 30 (2.10%) SAN
6 26 (1.82%) WAN
7 25 (1.75%) LAN
8 24 (1.68%) Ethernet
9 20 (1.40%) 4G
10 19 (1.33%) LTE
11 18 (1.26%) VPN
12 17 (1.19%) Cisco ASA
12 17 (1.19%) DNS
13 16 (1.12%) MPLS
14 14 (0.98%) Cisco Nexus
15 12 (0.84%) Network Security
16 10 (0.70%) MVNO
17 9 (0.63%) 3G
18 8 (0.56%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (6.57%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.62%) Data Warehouse
3 50 (3.50%) Big Data
4 39 (2.73%) Hadoop
5 27 (1.89%) Data Mining
5 27 (1.89%) MySQL
6 22 (1.54%) HBase
6 22 (1.54%) SAP Data Services
7 21 (1.47%) Apache Hive
8 18 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 17 (1.19%) BusinessObjects
10 15 (1.05%) PostgreSQL
10 15 (1.05%) SAP BW
10 15 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
11 14 (0.98%) OLTP
11 14 (0.98%) Relational Database
11 14 (0.98%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 14 (0.98%) Star Schema
12 13 (0.91%) NoSQL
12 13 (0.91%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 61 (4.27%) JIRA
2 59 (4.13%) Git (software)
3 27 (1.89%) Jenkins
4 24 (1.68%) Rational DOORS
5 22 (1.54%) Selenium
6 21 (1.47%) Cucumber
6 21 (1.47%) Visual Studio
7 19 (1.33%) Axure RP
8 17 (1.19%) Gradle
9 16 (1.12%) LSMW
10 15 (1.05%) IntelliJ
10 15 (1.05%) JMeter
10 15 (1.05%) Maven
10 15 (1.05%) Protractor
11 14 (0.98%) JUnit
12 13 (0.91%) Jasmine
13 12 (0.84%) gulp
13 12 (0.84%) Rational Rhapsody
14 11 (0.77%) Grunt
14 11 (0.77%) webpack
General
1 398 (27.83%) Finance
2 154 (10.77%) Banking
3 61 (4.27%) Investment Banking
4 59 (4.13%) Front Office
5 55 (3.85%) Telecoms
6 53 (3.71%) Retail
7 47 (3.29%) Back Office
8 37 (2.59%) Manufacturing
9 34 (2.38%) Marketing
9 34 (2.38%) Pharmaceutical
10 27 (1.89%) Aerospace
11 24 (1.68%) Automotive
12 20 (1.40%) Legal
13 19 (1.33%) Billing
14 16 (1.12%) Financial Institution
15 13 (0.91%) Electronics
16 12 (0.84%) Military
16 12 (0.84%) Retail Banking
17 11 (0.77%) Avionics
18 8 (0.56%) Games
Job Titles
1 426 (29.79%) Analyst
2 172 (12.03%) Business Analyst
2 172 (12.03%) Developer
3 102 (7.13%) Architect
4 73 (5.10%) Consultant
5 62 (4.34%) Data Analyst
6 59 (4.13%) Project Manager
7 51 (3.57%) Test Analyst
8 47 (3.29%) Qualitative Analyst
8 47 (3.29%) Quantitative Analyst
9 41 (2.87%) Java Developer
9 41 (2.87%) Systems Engineer
10 40 (2.80%) Risk Analyst
11 36 (2.52%) Quantitative Risk Analyst
12 32 (2.24%) Test Manager
13 30 (2.10%) Designer
14 28 (1.96%) Software Engineer
14 28 (1.96%) Test Engineer
15 26 (1.82%) IT Analyst
16 24 (1.68%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (5.10%) XML
2 62 (4.34%) CSS
3 59 (4.13%) HTML
4 54 (3.78%) Web Services
5 47 (3.29%) JSON
6 45 (3.15%) AngularJS
7 44 (3.08%) Middleware
8 41 (2.87%) REST
9 40 (2.80%) .NET
9 40 (2.80%) RESTful
10 31 (2.17%) HTML5
11 26 (1.82%) Kafka
12 25 (1.75%) ASP.NET
13 24 (1.68%) J2EE
13 24 (1.68%) Spring
14 23 (1.61%) XSLT
15 18 (1.26%) CSS3
15 18 (1.26%) Spring Boot
16 17 (1.19%) ASP.NET MVC
17 13 (0.91%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 206 (14.41%) Analytical Skills
2 81 (5.66%) Management Information System
3 67 (4.69%) User Experience
4 55 (3.85%) Virtual Team
5 52 (3.64%) Derivative
6 46 (3.22%) Credit Risk
7 42 (2.94%) Computer Science
8 34 (2.38%) Market Risk
9 31 (2.17%) Data Centre
9 31 (2.17%) Data Structures
10 26 (1.82%) Mobile App
11 18 (1.26%) Client/Server
11 18 (1.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 17 (1.19%) Algorithms
13 16 (1.12%) Blackberry
13 16 (1.12%) Fixed Income
14 15 (1.05%) Equities
15 14 (0.98%) Replication
16 13 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
16 13 (0.91%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 142 (9.93%) Windows
2 123 (8.60%) Linux
3 58 (4.06%) Unix
4 56 (3.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 45 (3.15%) Windows Server
6 32 (2.24%) Windows 7
7 28 (1.96%) Apple iOS
8 27 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
9 26 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (1.19%) AIX
11 16 (1.12%) Solaris
12 13 (0.91%) Windows 10
13 12 (0.84%) Android
14 8 (0.56%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.21%) Debian
16 3 (0.21%) HPUX
16 3 (0.21%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.21%) VMS
16 3 (0.21%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (11.54%) Migration
3 139 (9.72%) User Acceptance Testing
4 114 (7.97%) Business Analysis
5 113 (7.90%) Data Modelling
5 113 (7.90%) Data Validation
6 112 (7.83%) Scrum
7 110 (7.69%) Project Management
7 110 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 91 (6.36%) Data Analysis
9 89 (6.22%) Analytics
10 86 (6.01%) ETL
11 85 (5.94%) Change Management
11 85 (5.94%) Test Automation
12 78 (5.45%) Data Migration
13 77 (5.38%) Mathematics
14 73 (5.10%) ITIL
15 72 (5.03%) Test Scripting
16 65 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
17 64 (4.48%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 245 (17.13%) SQL
2 120 (8.39%) Java
3 93 (6.50%) C++
4 82 (5.73%) C#
5 79 (5.52%) JavaScript
6 72 (5.03%) Python
7 58 (4.06%) PowerShell
8 36 (2.52%) C
9 25 (1.75%) Ruby
9 25 (1.75%) Shell Script
10 23 (1.61%) sed
11 22 (1.54%) AWK
12 21 (1.47%) VBA
13 20 (1.40%) PHP
13 20 (1.40%) T-SQL
14 17 (1.19%) MATLAB
14 17 (1.19%) VBScript
15 16 (1.12%) Bash Shell
15 16 (1.12%) Korn
16 14 (0.98%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 158 (11.05%) Security Cleared
2 141 (9.86%) Degree
3 114 (7.97%) SC Cleared
4 31 (2.17%) ISTQB
5 27 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
5 27 (1.89%) CISSP
6 26 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
8 20 (1.40%) PhD
9 19 (1.33%) MCSE
9 19 (1.33%) PMP
10 18 (1.26%) CISM
10 18 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
11 17 (1.19%) ISEB
12 16 (1.12%) DV Cleared
12 16 (1.12%) MCSM
12 16 (1.12%) PMI Certification
13 15 (1.05%) ACTC
13 15 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 15 (1.05%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (11.75%) QA
2 81 (5.66%) Data Quality
3 24 (1.68%) SLA
4 23 (1.61%) GxP
5 20 (1.40%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 20 (1.40%) PMO
6 18 (1.26%) MiFID
7 17 (1.19%) GAMP
7 17 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 14 (0.98%) ISO 9001
9 12 (0.84%) GDPR
9 12 (0.84%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.77%) DO-178B
11 10 (0.70%) GMP
11 10 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 9 (0.63%) EMIR
13 8 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
14 7 (0.49%) ISO 26262
15 6 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 5 (0.35%) RMADS
System Software
1 91 (6.36%) Active Directory
2 22 (1.54%) HDFS
3 21 (1.47%) Docker
4 17 (1.19%) vSphere
5 15 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
5 15 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
5 15 (1.05%) VMware Infrastructure
6 13 (0.91%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 12 (0.84%) Hyper-V
8 8 (0.56%) Oracle Clusterware
8 8 (0.56%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 7 (0.49%) Apache Flume
10 6 (0.42%) XenApp
11 5 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.28%) ISA Server
12 4 (0.28%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.21%) Firmware
13 3 (0.21%) Samba
13 3 (0.21%) Terminal Server
13 3 (0.21%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 31 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
2 30 (2.10%) Ansible
3 27 (1.89%) SCCM
4 24 (1.68%) Puppet
5 19 (1.33%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (0.63%) Hadoop YARN
7 8 (0.56%) Tivoli
7 8 (0.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 6 (0.42%) DatAdvantage
8 6 (0.42%) Packer
9 5 (0.35%) SCVMM
10 4 (0.28%) Kibana
10 4 (0.28%) Terraform
11 3 (0.21%) EdgeSight
11 3 (0.21%) EMC VPLEX
11 3 (0.21%) logstash
11 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (0.21%) Rancher
11 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Satellite
11 3 (0.21%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 132 (9.23%) Microsoft
2 119 (8.32%) Oracle
3 102 (7.13%) SAP
4 37 (2.59%) HP
5 36 (2.52%) Red Hat
5 36 (2.52%) VMware
6 35 (2.45%) Cisco
7 34 (2.38%) Salesforce.com
8 33 (2.31%) Citrix
8 33 (2.31%) IBM
9 26 (1.82%) Tableau
10 21 (1.47%) Remedy
11 18 (1.26%) Motorola
12 15 (1.05%) Apple
13 14 (0.98%) Greenplum
13 14 (0.98%) Huawei
13 14 (0.98%) ServiceNow
13 14 (0.98%) Symantec
14 12 (0.84%) Adobe
14 12 (0.84%) Cloudera