Period
to 23 August 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 August 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 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 174 183 156
Rank change year-on-year +9 -27 -3
Contract jobs citing Validation 1355 1591 1713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.41% 1.47% 1.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.67% 1.76% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 780 925 920
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £258 £230
90th Percentile £638 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £350 £360
% change year-on-year +19.44% -2.78% -0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 80 84
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £18.00 £12.48 £12.86
90th Percentile £49.63 £45.00 £47.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.00 £37.04
% change year-on-year -5.26% +2.59% -2.01%

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 81053 90302 91082
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.39% 83.52% 80.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 53201 59638 58141
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £281 £263 £260
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2004 2208 2606
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.64% +9.05%
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.11 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +7.14%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 +4 1255 £450 +9.09% 151
UK excluding London +3 796 £418 +19.44% 113
London -26 519 £475 +5.56% 54
South East +4 270 £425 +13.33% 18
North of England -11 133 £400 +17.65% 31
Midlands +35 120 £440 +25.71% 13
South West -2 109 £425 -5.56% 24
East of England -16 85 £423 +20.71% 11
West Midlands +52 73 £433 +15.18% 11
North West -8 71 £410 +15.49% 18
Scotland +11 66 £395 +19.70% 14
Yorkshire +24 52 £365 -5.19% 11
East Midlands -6 41 £450 +38.46% 2
North East +8 10 £575 +88.52% 2
Wales -3 10 £361 +1.33% 2
Northern Ireland -48 4 £397 +13.36%

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 376 (27.75%) Finance
2 247 (18.23%) Agile Software Development
3 227 (16.75%) SQL
4 175 (12.92%) Migration
5 166 (12.25%) Banking
6 165 (12.18%) Analytical Skills
7 143 (10.55%) Security Cleared
8 142 (10.48%) Degree
9 137 (10.11%) QA
10 134 (9.89%) Oracle
11 132 (9.74%) Data Modelling
12 126 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
13 125 (9.23%) Scrum
14 114 (8.41%) Linux
15 112 (8.27%) Windows
15 112 (8.27%) Microsoft
16 111 (8.19%) Microsoft Excel
17 110 (8.12%) SAP
18 109 (8.04%) Data Validation
19 101 (7.45%) Stakeholder Management
19 101 (7.45%) Project Management
20 99 (7.31%) Business Analysis
21 97 (7.16%) Data Analysis
21 97 (7.16%) Change Management
22 94 (6.94%) XML
22 94 (6.94%) Data Migration
23 92 (6.79%) Java
24 89 (6.57%) SC Cleared
25 81 (5.98%) ETL
25 81 (5.98%) Data Quality

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 29 (2.14%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.99%) SAS
3 20 (1.48%) Tomcat
4 19 (1.40%) CMS
5 16 (1.18%) OpenStack
6 15 (1.11%) WebSphere
7 14 (1.03%) MS Exchange
8 12 (0.89%) Apache Spark
9 11 (0.81%) Sitecore CMS
10 10 (0.74%) Confluence
10 10 (0.74%) IBM Notes
11 9 (0.66%) Apache
11 9 (0.66%) JBoss
11 9 (0.66%) WebLogic
12 8 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
12 8 (0.59%) GemFire
13 7 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (0.52%) GlassFish
14 5 (0.37%) IIS
15 4 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 111 (8.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 67 (4.94%) Microsoft Office
3 31 (2.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (2.07%) MS Visio
5 18 (1.33%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.96%) Simulink
7 11 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.52%) OmniGraffle
9 4 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.30%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.30%) SPSS
10 3 (0.22%) InVision
10 3 (0.22%) TargetLink
11 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.074%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.074%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 12 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.81%) SAP ERP
2 11 (0.81%) Unit4 Business World
3 8 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.44%) Markit EDM
5 5 (0.37%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 5 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.30%) iTrent
6 4 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
6 4 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.30%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.22%) Oracle Assets
7 3 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.22%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.22%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 44 (3.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (1.70%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (1.48%) SaaS
4 15 (1.11%) PaaS
5 13 (0.96%) GitHub
6 11 (0.81%) Google Analytics
7 9 (0.66%) SuccessFactors
8 7 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.52%) Lucidchart
9 5 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (0.37%) IaaS
9 5 (0.37%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 4 (0.30%) Adobe Analytics
10 4 (0.30%) BPaaS
10 4 (0.30%) Office 365
10 4 (0.30%) Taleo
11 3 (0.22%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
12 2 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.15%) HP Helion
13 1 (0.074%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 38 (2.80%) 4G
2 37 (2.73%) LTE
3 36 (2.66%) TCP/IP
3 36 (2.66%) Wireless
4 30 (2.21%) Firewall
4 30 (2.21%) LAN
5 27 (1.99%) WAN
6 25 (1.85%) 3G
6 25 (1.85%) Internet
7 24 (1.77%) DHCP
8 22 (1.62%) Ethernet
9 21 (1.55%) MVNO
10 17 (1.25%) VPN
11 16 (1.18%) SAN
12 15 (1.11%) MPLS
12 15 (1.11%) Value-Added Service
13 14 (1.03%) DNS
14 13 (0.96%) Cisco ASA
15 12 (0.89%) Cisco Nexus
15 12 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (5.17%) SQL Server
2 64 (4.72%) Data Warehouse
3 43 (3.17%) MySQL
4 40 (2.95%) Data Mining
5 33 (2.44%) Big Data
6 31 (2.29%) Relational Database
7 29 (2.14%) Hadoop
7 29 (2.14%) Ingres
8 21 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 16 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 15 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
11 14 (1.03%) RDBMS
11 14 (1.03%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 14 (1.03%) Star Schema
12 12 (0.89%) QlikView
13 10 (0.74%) MS Access
13 10 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
14 9 (0.66%) Apache Hive
14 9 (0.66%) OLTP
14 9 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 48 (3.54%) JIRA
2 34 (2.51%) Git (software)
3 21 (1.55%) Visual Studio
4 20 (1.48%) Jenkins
4 20 (1.48%) Rational DOORS
5 16 (1.18%) Selenium
5 16 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 15 (1.11%) Cucumber
6 15 (1.11%) Protractor
7 14 (1.03%) Axure RP
8 12 (0.89%) GitLab
9 11 (0.81%) IntelliJ
10 10 (0.74%) Rational Rhapsody
11 9 (0.66%) JUnit
11 9 (0.66%) WebDriver
12 8 (0.59%) Ant
12 8 (0.59%) Gradle
12 8 (0.59%) JMeter
12 8 (0.59%) Maven
13 7 (0.52%) Jasmine
General
1 376 (27.75%) Finance
2 166 (12.25%) Banking
3 77 (5.68%) Telecoms
4 69 (5.09%) Investment Banking
5 58 (4.28%) Front Office
6 51 (3.76%) Retail
7 47 (3.47%) Marketing
8 44 (3.25%) Pharmaceutical
9 39 (2.88%) Manufacturing
10 38 (2.80%) Back Office
11 32 (2.36%) Aerospace
12 24 (1.77%) Billing
13 20 (1.48%) Automotive
13 20 (1.48%) Financial Institution
14 17 (1.25%) Electronics
14 17 (1.25%) Legal
15 13 (0.96%) Avionics
15 13 (0.96%) Military
16 9 (0.66%) General Ledger
16 9 (0.66%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 405 (29.89%) Analyst
2 169 (12.47%) Developer
3 162 (11.96%) Business Analyst
4 90 (6.64%) Consultant
5 70 (5.17%) Data Analyst
6 66 (4.87%) Architect
7 52 (3.84%) Project Manager
8 40 (2.95%) Test Analyst
8 40 (2.95%) Test Engineer
9 39 (2.88%) Designer
10 33 (2.44%) Systems Engineer
11 32 (2.36%) Technical Analyst
12 31 (2.29%) Software Engineer
12 31 (2.29%) Test Manager
13 30 (2.21%) Qualitative Analyst
13 30 (2.21%) Quantitative Analyst
14 29 (2.14%) Java Developer
15 28 (2.07%) IT Analyst
16 25 (1.85%) Validation Engineer
17 24 (1.77%) Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (6.94%) XML
2 53 (3.91%) Middleware
3 50 (3.69%) HTML
4 48 (3.54%) REST
5 44 (3.25%) JSON
5 44 (3.25%) Web Services
6 43 (3.17%) CSS
7 36 (2.66%) .NET
7 36 (2.66%) AngularJS
8 35 (2.58%) RESTful
9 33 (2.44%) XSLT
10 25 (1.85%) Spring
11 23 (1.70%) HTML5
12 22 (1.62%) ASP.NET
12 22 (1.62%) SOAP
13 17 (1.25%) J2EE
14 12 (0.89%) ASP.NET MVC
14 12 (0.89%) Kafka
15 11 (0.81%) .NET Framework
15 11 (0.81%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 165 (12.18%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (5.39%) Management Information System
3 59 (4.35%) User Experience
4 44 (3.25%) Computer Science
5 41 (3.03%) Virtual Team
6 35 (2.58%) Credit Risk
7 34 (2.51%) Derivative
8 33 (2.44%) Market Risk
9 32 (2.36%) Data Centre
10 25 (1.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 21 (1.55%) NHS
12 19 (1.40%) Client/Server
13 18 (1.33%) Equities
14 16 (1.18%) Data Structures
15 15 (1.11%) Mobile App
16 14 (1.03%) Life Science
17 13 (0.96%) Blackberry
17 13 (0.96%) Replication
18 11 (0.81%) CMDB
18 11 (0.81%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 114 (8.41%) Linux
2 112 (8.27%) Windows
3 48 (3.54%) Unix
4 36 (2.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 25 (1.85%) AIX
6 20 (1.48%) Apple iOS
7 18 (1.33%) Solaris
8 17 (1.25%) Windows 7
8 17 (1.25%) Windows Server
9 8 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (0.52%) Android
11 6 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.30%) HPUX
12 4 (0.30%) Windows XP
13 3 (0.22%) CentOS
13 3 (0.22%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.22%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.22%) VMS
13 3 (0.22%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 247 (18.23%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (12.92%) Migration
3 132 (9.74%) Data Modelling
4 126 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
5 125 (9.23%) Scrum
6 109 (8.04%) Data Validation
7 101 (7.45%) Project Management
7 101 (7.45%) Stakeholder Management
8 99 (7.31%) Business Analysis
9 97 (7.16%) Change Management
9 97 (7.16%) Data Analysis
10 94 (6.94%) Data Migration
11 81 (5.98%) ETL
12 77 (5.68%) ITIL
13 74 (5.46%) Test Automation
14 73 (5.39%) Analytics
15 71 (5.24%) Data Integration
16 70 (5.17%) Business Intelligence
17 68 (5.02%) ERP
17 68 (5.02%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 227 (16.75%) SQL
2 92 (6.79%) Java
3 75 (5.54%) C++
4 62 (4.58%) JavaScript
5 59 (4.35%) Python
6 56 (4.13%) C#
7 42 (3.10%) C
8 28 (2.07%) VBA
9 21 (1.55%) PowerShell
10 20 (1.48%) sed
11 19 (1.40%) AWK
12 18 (1.33%) MATLAB
13 17 (1.25%) Shell Script
14 16 (1.18%) PL/SQL
15 15 (1.11%) VBScript
16 14 (1.03%) Ruby
16 14 (1.03%) SAS Macro
17 13 (0.96%) R
17 13 (0.96%) T-SQL
18 10 (0.74%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 143 (10.55%) Security Cleared
2 142 (10.48%) Degree
3 89 (6.57%) SC Cleared
4 35 (2.58%) ISTQB
5 34 (2.51%) ISEB
6 24 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
7 22 (1.62%) DV Cleared
8 20 (1.48%) PhD
9 19 (1.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 18 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
11 15 (1.11%) MCSE
12 14 (1.03%) CCNP
12 14 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
13 13 (0.96%) CISSP
13 13 (0.96%) HNC
13 13 (0.96%) IRCA
13 13 (0.96%) MCSA
13 13 (0.96%) MCSM
14 12 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
14 12 (0.89%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (10.11%) QA
2 81 (5.98%) Data Quality
3 25 (1.85%) SLA
4 24 (1.77%) GxP
5 19 (1.40%) PMO
6 16 (1.18%) DO-178B
6 16 (1.18%) MiFID
7 15 (1.11%) GMP
8 13 (0.96%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 11 (0.81%) PCI DSS
10 10 (0.74%) GAMP
10 10 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 8 (0.59%) GDPR
11 8 (0.59%) MISRA
12 7 (0.52%) Def Stans
12 7 (0.52%) IEC 61508
12 7 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 6 (0.44%) IFRS
13 6 (0.44%) ISO 13485
13 6 (0.44%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 53 (3.91%) Active Directory
2 12 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
2 12 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 8 (0.59%) HDFS
4 7 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.44%) Docker
5 6 (0.44%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.37%) vSphere
7 4 (0.30%) Oracle Clusterware
7 4 (0.30%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 3 (0.22%) Cygwin
8 3 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.22%) RACF
9 2 (0.15%) XenApp
9 2 (0.15%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.074%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.074%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.074%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 26 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (1.25%) Ansible
3 11 (0.81%) Rundeck
4 9 (0.66%) Puppet
5 8 (0.59%) DatAdvantage
5 8 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (0.59%) SCCM
6 6 (0.44%) Tivoli
7 5 (0.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 4 (0.30%) BladeLogic
8 4 (0.30%) EMC VPLEX
9 3 (0.22%) Control-M
9 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.22%) Packer
9 3 (0.22%) SCVMM
9 3 (0.22%) zSecure
10 2 (0.15%) Jamf Pro
10 2 (0.15%) Nessus
10 2 (0.15%) Nmap
10 2 (0.15%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 134 (9.89%) Oracle
2 112 (8.27%) Microsoft
3 110 (8.12%) SAP
4 40 (2.95%) HP
5 35 (2.58%) Cisco
6 30 (2.21%) Citrix
7 29 (2.14%) VMware
8 27 (1.99%) Remedy
9 26 (1.92%) IBM
10 24 (1.77%) Red Hat
11 22 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
12 21 (1.55%) Tableau
13 20 (1.48%) Informatica
14 19 (1.40%) Motorola
15 16 (1.18%) Teradata
16 15 (1.11%) Workday
17 14 (1.03%) Google
17 14 (1.03%) Greenplum
17 14 (1.03%) ServiceNow
17 14 (1.03%) Symantec