Period
to 25 February 2018

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 25 February 2018 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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 192 193 175
Rank change year-on-year +1 -18 -21
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,408 1,339 1,608
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.41% 1.41% 1.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.66% 1.68% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 848 780 863
UK median daily rate £450 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +1.25% -
10th Percentile £299 £250 £255
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14% -2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 57 120
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.85% +20.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £17.27 £16.52
90th Percentile £52.50 £54.55 £50.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +26.98%

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 84,764 79,812 89,407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.78% 83.84% 82.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,572 52,927 58,164
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,044 2,187 2,615
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +0.60% +22.14%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.37 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.56 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -1.76% -3.85% +20.93%

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 25 February 2018.

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 25 February 2018.

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 25 February 2018. 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 +3 1,294 £450 +8.43% 495
UK excluding London +15 779 £413 +10.00% 445
London -12 588 £475 +5.56% 94
South East -8 268 £425 +2.41% 99
North of England +14 122 £403 +0.63% 70
South West +22 105 £404 +12.66% 61
East of England -3 102 £400 +14.29% 68
Midlands +8 96 £400 +21.21% 103
Scotland +20 61 £453 +37.12% 26
West Midlands +15 61 £400 +25.00% 72
North West -13 61 £431 +7.81% 35
Yorkshire +17 38 £390 -4.29% 28
East Midlands -5 35 £444 +36.54% 31
North East +54 22 £375 +7.14% 7
Wales +5 22 £408 +3.16% 18
Northern Ireland -22 4 £313 -13.19%

For the 6 months to 25 February 2018, 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.

1 296 (21.02%) Finance
2 287 (20.38%) Agile Software Development
3 237 (16.83%) SQL
4 185 (13.14%) Migration
4 185 (13.14%) Security Cleared
5 183 (13.00%) Analytical Skills
6 167 (11.86%) Microsoft
7 149 (10.58%) QA
8 146 (10.37%) Project Management
9 136 (9.66%) Degree
10 132 (9.38%) SC Cleared
11 124 (8.81%) Windows
12 122 (8.66%) Data Validation
13 120 (8.52%) Java
14 117 (8.31%) SQL Server
15 115 (8.17%) Stakeholder Management
16 112 (7.95%) Microsoft Excel
17 104 (7.39%) Microsoft Azure
17 104 (7.39%) Business Analysis
18 102 (7.24%) Banking
19 101 (7.17%) User Acceptance Testing
19 101 (7.17%) Linux
20 97 (6.89%) ITIL
21 94 (6.68%) Test Scripting
22 93 (6.61%) Data Migration
22 93 (6.61%) CRM
23 92 (6.53%) Oracle
24 89 (6.32%) Active Directory
25 88 (6.25%) Test Automation
26 87 (6.18%) Scrum

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 39 (2.77%) Confluence
2 32 (2.27%) SharePoint
3 25 (1.78%) SAS
4 24 (1.70%) Apache Spark
5 22 (1.56%) Tomcat
6 19 (1.35%) Apache
6 19 (1.35%) WebSphere
7 17 (1.21%) CMS
8 12 (0.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 11 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
9 11 (0.78%) OpenStack
10 10 (0.71%) IIS
11 9 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
12 8 (0.57%) Apache Pig
12 8 (0.57%) WebLogic
13 7 (0.50%) Commerce Server
13 7 (0.50%) MS Exchange
13 7 (0.50%) Site Server
14 6 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
14 6 (0.43%) EPiServer
Applications
1 112 (7.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 59 (4.19%) Microsoft Office
3 43 (3.05%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (1.14%) OmniGraffle
7 11 (0.78%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 9 (0.64%) InVision
9 8 (0.57%) Simulink
10 5 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
11 3 (0.21%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.14%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.14%) S-PLUS
13 1 (0.071%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.071%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.071%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.071%) SPSS
13 1 (0.071%) UXPin
13 1 (0.071%) Vectorworks
13 1 (0.071%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 14 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.71%) SAP MM
3 9 (0.64%) SAP S/4HANA
4 8 (0.57%) Maximo
5 7 (0.50%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.43%) SAP MDG
6 6 (0.43%) SAP SD
7 5 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.36%) iTrent
7 5 (0.36%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.36%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
8 4 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.28%) Payment Gateway
8 4 (0.28%) SAP R/3
9 3 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 3 (0.21%) SAP APO
9 3 (0.21%) SAP MDM
9 3 (0.21%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 104 (7.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 55 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (1.56%) PaaS
4 17 (1.21%) GitHub
5 14 (0.99%) Office 365
6 13 (0.92%) SaaS
7 10 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (0.71%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 9 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
9 8 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.43%) BlazeMeter
10 6 (0.43%) Data Lake Analytics
11 5 (0.36%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.36%) Basecamp
11 5 (0.36%) BrowserStack
12 4 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 3 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
13 3 (0.21%) Azure Data Factory
13 3 (0.21%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.34%) Firewall
2 30 (2.13%) SAN
3 27 (1.92%) Internet
4 24 (1.70%) TCP/IP
5 20 (1.42%) SMS
6 19 (1.35%) WAN
7 17 (1.21%) DHCP
7 17 (1.21%) HTTP
8 16 (1.14%) VPN
9 15 (1.07%) LAN
10 13 (0.92%) Cisco ASA
11 12 (0.85%) Wireless
12 11 (0.78%) MPLS
13 10 (0.71%) DNS
14 9 (0.64%) Intranet
14 9 (0.64%) Network Security
15 8 (0.57%) Skype
16 7 (0.50%) Cisco Nexus
16 7 (0.50%) Ethernet
16 7 (0.50%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 117 (8.31%) SQL Server
2 48 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (3.13%) Big Data
4 37 (2.63%) Relational Database
5 35 (2.49%) Hadoop
6 26 (1.85%) Power BI
7 25 (1.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 23 (1.63%) HBase
8 23 (1.63%) Oracle Database
9 22 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 21 (1.49%) MySQL
11 20 (1.42%) BusinessObjects
11 20 (1.42%) SAP Data Services
12 19 (1.35%) Data Lake
13 18 (1.28%) Apache Hive
14 15 (1.07%) HDInsight
15 14 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
16 13 (0.92%) Data Mining
16 13 (0.92%) NoSQL
17 12 (0.85%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 80 (5.68%) JIRA
2 75 (5.33%) Git (software)
3 32 (2.27%) Selenium
4 25 (1.78%) Visual Studio
5 23 (1.63%) Maven
6 20 (1.42%) Axure RP
7 19 (1.35%) Cucumber
8 18 (1.28%) MSI
8 18 (1.28%) Subversion
8 18 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
9 17 (1.21%) gulp
10 16 (1.14%) Jenkins
11 15 (1.07%) JUnit
12 13 (0.92%) JMeter
12 13 (0.92%) SpecFlow
13 12 (0.85%) LSMW
13 12 (0.85%) Rational DOORS
14 11 (0.78%) AdminStudio
14 11 (0.78%) Jasmine
14 11 (0.78%) PhantomJS
General
1 296 (21.02%) Finance
2 102 (7.24%) Banking
3 64 (4.55%) Retail
4 49 (3.48%) Pharmaceutical
5 45 (3.20%) Telecoms
6 36 (2.56%) Investment Banking
7 34 (2.41%) Front Office
7 34 (2.41%) Manufacturing
8 31 (2.20%) Legal
8 31 (2.20%) Marketing
9 25 (1.78%) Automotive
10 24 (1.70%) Electronics
11 23 (1.63%) Back Office
12 13 (0.92%) Retail Banking
13 12 (0.85%) Law
14 10 (0.71%) Games
15 9 (0.64%) Military
16 8 (0.57%) Publishing
17 7 (0.50%) Billing
17 7 (0.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 403 (28.62%) Analyst
2 160 (11.36%) Business Analyst
3 137 (9.73%) Developer
4 135 (9.59%) Architect
5 95 (6.75%) Consultant
6 72 (5.11%) Data Analyst
7 55 (3.91%) Project Manager
8 52 (3.69%) Test Analyst
9 46 (3.27%) Designer
10 37 (2.63%) Test Engineer
11 34 (2.41%) Systems Engineer
12 33 (2.34%) Tester
13 31 (2.20%) Java Developer
14 30 (2.13%) Software Engineer
15 29 (2.06%) Qualitative Analyst
15 29 (2.06%) Quantitative Analyst
16 28 (1.99%) Senior Analyst
17 27 (1.92%) Risk Analyst
18 26 (1.85%) UX Designer
19 24 (1.70%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (4.47%) XML
2 55 (3.91%) Web Services
3 54 (3.84%) CSS
4 53 (3.76%) HTML
5 41 (2.91%) .NET
6 38 (2.70%) Middleware
7 34 (2.41%) REST
8 33 (2.34%) J2EE
9 32 (2.27%) JSON
10 31 (2.20%) HTML5
11 28 (1.99%) AngularJS
12 27 (1.92%) jQuery
13 24 (1.70%) CSS3
13 24 (1.70%) Spring
14 18 (1.28%) RESTful
15 17 (1.21%) Kafka
16 16 (1.14%) SOAP
16 16 (1.14%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 15 (1.07%) Ajax
18 14 (0.99%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 183 (13.00%) Analytical Skills
2 79 (5.61%) Management Information System
3 70 (4.97%) User Experience
4 46 (3.27%) Virtual Team
5 44 (3.13%) Computer Science
6 36 (2.56%) Credit Risk
7 32 (2.27%) Derivative
8 31 (2.20%) Mobile App
9 27 (1.92%) Data Structures
10 23 (1.63%) Data Centre
11 16 (1.14%) Algorithms
12 15 (1.07%) Fixed Income
12 15 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
13 13 (0.92%) PMI
14 12 (0.85%) Fintech
14 12 (0.85%) FMCG
14 12 (0.85%) NHS
14 12 (0.85%) SCADA
15 11 (0.78%) Equities
15 11 (0.78%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 124 (8.81%) Windows
2 101 (7.17%) Linux
3 62 (4.40%) Unix
4 58 (4.12%) Windows Server
5 40 (2.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 36 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 34 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (1.56%) Windows 10
9 19 (1.35%) Android
9 19 (1.35%) Windows 7
10 15 (1.07%) Apple iOS
11 10 (0.71%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.50%) AIX
13 7 (0.50%) Solaris
14 6 (0.43%) Windows Vista
14 6 (0.43%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.21%) CoreOS
15 3 (0.21%) Debian
15 3 (0.21%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (20.38%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (13.14%) Migration
3 146 (10.37%) Project Management
4 122 (8.66%) Data Validation
5 115 (8.17%) Stakeholder Management
6 104 (7.39%) Business Analysis
7 101 (7.17%) User Acceptance Testing
8 97 (6.89%) ITIL
9 94 (6.68%) Test Scripting
10 93 (6.61%) CRM
10 93 (6.61%) Data Migration
11 88 (6.25%) Test Automation
12 87 (6.18%) Scrum
13 85 (6.04%) Scenario Testing
14 78 (5.54%) Continuous Integration
15 76 (5.40%) Waterfall
16 75 (5.33%) Data Analysis
17 74 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
18 73 (5.18%) Analytics
19 69 (4.90%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 237 (16.83%) SQL
2 120 (8.52%) Java
3 75 (5.33%) JavaScript
4 73 (5.18%) Python
5 71 (5.04%) PowerShell
6 68 (4.83%) C#
6 68 (4.83%) C++
7 45 (3.20%) C
8 32 (2.27%) VBA
9 29 (2.06%) Ruby
10 24 (1.70%) MATLAB
11 23 (1.63%) T-SQL
12 22 (1.56%) Shell Script
13 14 (0.99%) Perl
13 14 (0.99%) PHP
14 13 (0.92%) PL/SQL
15 12 (0.85%) Apex Code
15 12 (0.85%) Bash Shell
15 12 (0.85%) R
16 9 (0.64%) ES6
Qualifications
1 185 (13.14%) Security Cleared
2 136 (9.66%) Degree
3 132 (9.38%) SC Cleared
4 28 (1.99%) DV Cleared
5 24 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
6 21 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (1.35%) CISSP
8 17 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (1.14%) PMI Certification
10 15 (1.07%) ISEB
10 15 (1.07%) Numerate Degree
11 14 (0.99%) ISTQB
12 13 (0.92%) PMP
13 12 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
13 12 (0.85%) MCSE
14 11 (0.78%) CISM
15 9 (0.64%) MCSA
16 8 (0.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 8 (0.57%) CEH
17 7 (0.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (10.58%) QA
2 57 (4.05%) Data Quality
3 25 (1.78%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 24 (1.70%) GxP
5 20 (1.42%) GDPR
6 19 (1.35%) GMP
6 19 (1.35%) PMO
7 17 (1.21%) SLA
8 15 (1.07%) ISO 9001
9 14 (0.99%) WCAG
10 10 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
10 10 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 9 (0.64%) GAMP
12 8 (0.57%) IFRS
12 8 (0.57%) PCI DSS
13 7 (0.50%) MiFID
14 6 (0.43%) IFRS 9
14 6 (0.43%) ISO 26262
15 5 (0.36%) RMADS
15 5 (0.36%) Solvency II
System Software
1 89 (6.32%) Active Directory
2 25 (1.78%) Docker
3 23 (1.63%) Microsoft App-V
4 22 (1.56%) HDFS
5 20 (1.42%) vSphere
6 16 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
7 12 (0.85%) Hyper-V
8 8 (0.57%) Apache Flume
8 8 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (0.43%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 6 (0.43%) XenApp
10 5 (0.36%) Firmware
10 5 (0.36%) Terminal Server
11 4 (0.28%) Oracle Clusterware
11 4 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
11 4 (0.28%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 4 (0.28%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.28%) XenServer
12 3 (0.21%) KVM
12 3 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 46 (3.27%) SCCM
2 38 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
3 32 (2.27%) Ansible
4 28 (1.99%) Puppet
5 18 (1.28%) HP ALM
6 17 (1.21%) HP Quality Center
6 17 (1.21%) SCOM
7 15 (1.07%) SCVMM
8 11 (0.78%) Terraform
9 10 (0.71%) Hadoop YARN
10 8 (0.57%) Kubernetes
11 7 (0.50%) PTC Integrity
12 6 (0.43%) Oozie
13 4 (0.28%) EdgeSight
13 4 (0.28%) Packer
13 4 (0.28%) QRadar
13 4 (0.28%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (0.28%) Tivoli
13 4 (0.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 3 (0.21%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 167 (11.86%) Microsoft
2 92 (6.53%) Oracle
3 81 (5.75%) SAP
4 61 (4.33%) Salesforce.com
5 51 (3.62%) VMware
6 46 (3.27%) Cisco
7 32 (2.27%) IBM
8 31 (2.20%) Adobe
9 28 (1.99%) HP
10 27 (1.92%) Remedy
11 22 (1.56%) Tableau
12 20 (1.42%) Red Hat
13 18 (1.28%) Citrix
14 11 (0.78%) F5
14 11 (0.78%) Hortonworks
14 11 (0.78%) Talend
15 10 (0.71%) Juniper
15 10 (0.71%) Palo Alto
16 9 (0.64%) Cloudera
16 9 (0.64%) MuleSoft