Period
to 18 June 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 18 June 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 181 197 173
Rank change year-on-year +16 -24 -21
Contract jobs citing Validation 1,451 1,208 1,605
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.46% 1.33% 1.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.70% 1.57% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 866 682 941
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £290 £263 £258
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £405 £350
% change year-on-year +3.80% +15.71% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 68 83
UK median hourly rate £41.31 £36.63 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.78% -2.33% +11.94%
10th Percentile £22.58 £18.00 £17.69
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £50.76
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £35.88 £39.00
% change year-on-year +17.07% -8.01% +11.43%

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 85,290 76,997 88,838
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.68% 84.77% 84.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,194 50,463 58,484
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,324 2,084 2,243
UK median hourly rate £21.84 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.64% - +17.10%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.47 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.04 £25.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -19.84% -7.41% +25.29%

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 18 June 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 18 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 17 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 18 June 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 +1 1,292 £450 +5.88% 395
UK excluding London +12 822 £420 +3.80% 341
London +13 582 £475 +5.56% 79
South East +8 284 £425 - 65
North of England -8 124 £400 - 61
East of England +30 118 £425 +5.46% 66
South West +30 96 £400 -5.88% 45
Midlands -48 78 £425 - 78
North West -36 65 £400 - 33
Scotland -19 64 £388 +3.33% 13
Wales +26 51 £408 +19.15% 12
West Midlands -45 45 £425 +4.94% 57
East Midlands -9 33 £419 -9.46% 21
Yorkshire -15 33 £388 +6.90% 17
North East +18 25 £450 -21.74% 11
Northern Ireland +12 7 £313 -17.98% 1
Channel Islands - 1 £525 -

For the 6 months to 18 June 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.

1 332 (22.88%) Agile Software Development
2 323 (22.26%) Finance
3 207 (14.27%) SQL
4 195 (13.44%) Microsoft
5 186 (12.82%) Project Management
6 182 (12.54%) Migration
7 180 (12.41%) Analytical Skills
8 174 (11.99%) Security Cleared
9 155 (10.68%) Degree
10 147 (10.13%) ITIL
11 134 (9.24%) Java
12 132 (9.10%) Data Validation
13 129 (8.89%) SC Cleared
14 122 (8.41%) Microsoft Excel
15 121 (8.34%) SQL Server
16 120 (8.27%) Stakeholder Management
16 120 (8.27%) Problem-Solving
17 116 (7.99%) Business Analysis
18 114 (7.86%) Windows
19 108 (7.44%) CRM
20 104 (7.17%) Banking
21 103 (7.10%) Scrum
22 94 (6.48%) Oracle
22 94 (6.48%) Test Automation
23 91 (6.27%) QA
24 90 (6.20%) Test Scripting
25 89 (6.13%) Risk Management
26 88 (6.06%) Data Migration
27 87 (6.00%) Unix
28 86 (5.93%) Change Management

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 (2.69%) SharePoint
2 33 (2.27%) Confluence
3 29 (2.00%) WebSphere
4 25 (1.72%) SAS
5 23 (1.59%) Apache
6 18 (1.24%) OpenStack
7 17 (1.17%) Commerce Server
7 17 (1.17%) IIS
8 16 (1.10%) Tomcat
9 15 (1.03%) Apache Spark
10 12 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
11 11 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 11 (0.76%) WebLogic
12 10 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
12 10 (0.69%) GemFire
13 9 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (0.62%) JBoss
14 8 (0.55%) Skype for Business
15 7 (0.48%) CMS
15 7 (0.48%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 122 (8.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (4.27%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (1.65%) MS Visio
5 16 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.83%) InVision
7 11 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.69%) OmniGraffle
9 7 (0.48%) Simulink
10 6 (0.41%) Chatbot
10 6 (0.41%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.41%) SOLIDWORKS
11 5 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.28%) UXPin
13 2 (0.14%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.14%) S-PLUS
13 2 (0.14%) SPSS
13 2 (0.14%) Stateflow
14 1 (0.069%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.48%) Maximo
3 6 (0.41%) SAP ERP
3 6 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
4 5 (0.34%) NetSuite
4 5 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.28%) Actimize
5 4 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 4 (0.28%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.21%) SAP R/3
7 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.14%) IntelliMatch
7 2 (0.14%) Magento
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
7 2 (0.14%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.14%) SAP SRM
8 1 (0.069%) Staffware
Cloud Services
1 70 (4.82%) Amazon AWS
2 58 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (2.62%) PaaS
4 30 (2.07%) SaaS
5 19 (1.31%) GitHub
5 19 (1.31%) Office 365
6 16 (1.10%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 14 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
8 11 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
8 11 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (0.55%) BrowserStack
9 8 (0.55%) OpenShift
10 7 (0.48%) Amazon S3
10 7 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
10 7 (0.48%) IaaS
11 6 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (0.41%) Basecamp
11 6 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 40 (2.76%) Firewall
2 32 (2.21%) HTTP
3 27 (1.86%) WAN
4 26 (1.79%) Internet
5 25 (1.72%) LAN
6 23 (1.59%) Ethernet
6 23 (1.59%) TCP/IP
7 21 (1.45%) VPN
8 19 (1.31%) Wireless
9 18 (1.24%) SAN
10 17 (1.17%) SMS
11 15 (1.03%) Cisco ASA
12 11 (0.76%) BGP
12 11 (0.76%) DNS
13 10 (0.69%) MPLS
14 9 (0.62%) IPsec
14 9 (0.62%) NAS
15 8 (0.55%) Cisco Nexus
15 8 (0.55%) DHCP
15 8 (0.55%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (8.34%) SQL Server
2 54 (3.72%) Relational Database
3 42 (2.89%) Data Warehouse
3 42 (2.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 37 (2.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 35 (2.41%) Big Data
6 27 (1.86%) Hadoop
7 26 (1.79%) Oracle Database
8 24 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
9 22 (1.52%) MySQL
10 21 (1.45%) Apache Hive
11 19 (1.31%) HBase
11 19 (1.31%) Power BI
12 18 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
13 14 (0.96%) Blockchain
13 14 (0.96%) SQL Server 2016
14 11 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
14 11 (0.76%) Base SAS
14 11 (0.76%) Data Mining
14 11 (0.76%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 80 (5.51%) JIRA
2 69 (4.76%) Git (software)
3 32 (2.21%) Cucumber
4 31 (2.14%) Selenium
5 30 (2.07%) Jenkins
5 30 (2.07%) Maven
6 26 (1.79%) Rational Rhapsody
7 25 (1.72%) JUnit
7 25 (1.72%) Rational DOORS
8 22 (1.52%) Eclipse
9 20 (1.38%) gulp
10 15 (1.03%) Subversion
10 15 (1.03%) Visual Studio
11 14 (0.96%) Jasmine
11 14 (0.96%) PhantomJS
11 14 (0.96%) webpack
12 13 (0.90%) Grunt
12 13 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
13 12 (0.83%) Axure RP
13 12 (0.83%) WebDriver
General
1 323 (22.26%) Finance
2 104 (7.17%) Banking
3 68 (4.69%) Retail
4 60 (4.14%) Telecoms
5 59 (4.07%) Pharmaceutical
6 49 (3.38%) Marketing
7 37 (2.55%) Legal
8 36 (2.48%) Manufacturing
9 31 (2.14%) Front Office
10 29 (2.00%) Investment Banking
11 23 (1.59%) Electronics
12 19 (1.31%) Military
13 18 (1.24%) Games
14 15 (1.03%) Automotive
15 13 (0.90%) French Language
16 12 (0.83%) Billing
16 12 (0.83%) Law
16 12 (0.83%) Retail Banking
17 10 (0.69%) Financial Institution
18 8 (0.55%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 412 (28.39%) Analyst
2 178 (12.27%) Business Analyst
3 159 (10.96%) Developer
4 91 (6.27%) Consultant
5 89 (6.13%) Project Manager
6 83 (5.72%) Architect
7 74 (5.10%) Data Analyst
8 48 (3.31%) Designer
8 48 (3.31%) Systems Engineer
9 44 (3.03%) Tester
10 40 (2.76%) Test Analyst
11 37 (2.55%) Software Engineer
12 35 (2.41%) Administrator
13 33 (2.27%) Qualitative Analyst
13 33 (2.27%) Quantitative Analyst
13 33 (2.27%) Senior Analyst
14 31 (2.14%) Test Engineer
15 28 (1.93%) Senior Systems Engineer
16 27 (1.86%) Service Manager
16 27 (1.86%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (4.48%) Web Services
2 54 (3.72%) Middleware
2 54 (3.72%) XML
3 53 (3.65%) HTML
4 50 (3.45%) CSS
5 42 (2.89%) Spring
6 39 (2.69%) JSON
7 35 (2.41%) REST
8 34 (2.34%) J2EE
9 33 (2.27%) HTML5
10 29 (2.00%) .NET
11 26 (1.79%) CSS3
12 24 (1.65%) AngularJS
13 20 (1.38%) jQuery
13 20 (1.38%) RESTful
14 17 (1.17%) SOAP
14 17 (1.17%) Vue (Vue.js)
15 16 (1.10%) Sass
16 15 (1.03%) Kafka
17 13 (0.90%) Jest
Miscellaneous
1 180 (12.41%) Analytical Skills
2 76 (5.24%) Management Information System
3 67 (4.62%) User Experience
4 50 (3.45%) Computer Science
5 46 (3.17%) Virtual Team
6 36 (2.48%) Data Centre
7 34 (2.34%) Self-Motivation
8 29 (2.00%) Credit Risk
8 29 (2.00%) Data Structures
9 24 (1.65%) Algorithms
9 24 (1.65%) Mobile App
10 22 (1.52%) Life Science
11 19 (1.31%) Greenfield Project
12 18 (1.24%) Fintech
12 18 (1.24%) NHS
13 17 (1.17%) LIMS
14 16 (1.10%) Client/Server
15 15 (1.03%) Clustering
16 14 (0.96%) Derivative
17 13 (0.90%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 114 (7.86%) Windows
2 87 (6.00%) Unix
3 77 (5.31%) Linux
4 42 (2.89%) Windows Server
5 14 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (0.90%) Android
6 13 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (0.69%) Windows 10
9 8 (0.55%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.34%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.34%) CentOS
11 4 (0.28%) AIX
11 4 (0.28%) FreeRTOS
11 4 (0.28%) SafeRTOS
12 3 (0.21%) CoreOS
12 3 (0.21%) Debian
12 3 (0.21%) Solaris
13 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (22.88%) Agile Software Development
2 186 (12.82%) Project Management
3 182 (12.54%) Migration
4 147 (10.13%) ITIL
5 132 (9.10%) Data Validation
6 120 (8.27%) Problem-Solving
6 120 (8.27%) Stakeholder Management
7 116 (7.99%) Business Analysis
8 108 (7.44%) CRM
9 103 (7.10%) Scrum
10 94 (6.48%) Test Automation
11 90 (6.20%) Test Scripting
12 89 (6.13%) Risk Management
13 88 (6.06%) Data Migration
14 86 (5.93%) Change Management
15 80 (5.51%) DevOps
16 76 (5.24%) Requirements Management
16 76 (5.24%) Waterfall
17 74 (5.10%) SDLC
17 74 (5.10%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 207 (14.27%) SQL
2 134 (9.24%) Java
3 75 (5.17%) Python
4 72 (4.96%) JavaScript
5 63 (4.34%) C
6 50 (3.45%) C++
7 48 (3.31%) C#
8 45 (3.10%) VBA
9 36 (2.48%) PowerShell
10 35 (2.41%) MATLAB
11 31 (2.14%) Shell Script
12 28 (1.93%) PL/SQL
13 26 (1.79%) R
14 24 (1.65%) T-SQL
15 18 (1.24%) Java 8
16 16 (1.10%) ES6
17 15 (1.03%) Ruby
18 14 (0.96%) Apex Code
18 14 (0.96%) Scala
19 10 (0.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 174 (11.99%) Security Cleared
2 155 (10.68%) Degree
3 129 (8.89%) SC Cleared
4 26 (1.79%) Cisco Certification
4 26 (1.79%) ISEB
4 26 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
6 21 (1.45%) DV Cleared
6 21 (1.45%) MCSE
7 20 (1.38%) ISTQB
8 17 (1.17%) MCSA
9 14 (0.96%) PMI Certification
10 11 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 11 (0.76%) Numerate Degree
11 10 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
11 10 (0.69%) CCIE
12 9 (0.62%) CCNA
12 9 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (0.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (6.27%) QA
2 44 (3.03%) Data Quality
3 30 (2.07%) SLA
4 25 (1.72%) GDPR
4 25 (1.72%) GxP
5 24 (1.65%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 20 (1.38%) GMP
7 18 (1.24%) PMO
8 14 (0.96%) WCAG
9 11 (0.76%) PCI DSS
10 10 (0.69%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.62%) GCP
11 9 (0.62%) IFRS
12 8 (0.55%) IFRS 9
13 6 (0.41%) GLP
14 5 (0.34%) GAMP
14 5 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 4 (0.28%) ISO 13485
15 4 (0.28%) ISO 26262
16 3 (0.21%) HL7
System Software
1 84 (5.79%) Active Directory
2 39 (2.69%) Docker
3 27 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (1.24%) HDFS
5 10 (0.69%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 9 (0.62%) vSphere
7 6 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.28%) Firmware
9 4 (0.28%) XenApp
10 3 (0.21%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.14%) Hyper-V
11 2 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.14%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.069%) ACF2
12 1 (0.069%) Apache Flume
12 1 (0.069%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.069%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 28 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
2 26 (1.79%) SCCM
3 25 (1.72%) Kubernetes
4 22 (1.52%) Ansible
4 22 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
4 22 (1.52%) PTC Integrity
5 21 (1.45%) HP ALM
6 15 (1.03%) SCOM
7 13 (0.90%) Terraform
8 12 (0.83%) Puppet
9 10 (0.69%) SCVMM
10 9 (0.62%) Consul
10 9 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
12 7 (0.48%) Oozie
13 4 (0.28%) QRadar
14 3 (0.21%) Grafana
14 3 (0.21%) HAProxy
14 3 (0.21%) Kibana
14 3 (0.21%) logstash
Vendors
1 195 (13.44%) Microsoft
2 94 (6.48%) Oracle
3 77 (5.31%) Salesforce.com
4 61 (4.20%) SAP
5 55 (3.79%) Cisco
6 48 (3.31%) VMware
7 42 (2.89%) IBM
8 28 (1.93%) HP
9 22 (1.52%) Citrix
9 22 (1.52%) PTC
10 19 (1.31%) Adobe
11 18 (1.24%) Remedy
12 17 (1.17%) Google
13 16 (1.10%) Tableau
14 13 (0.90%) Juniper
14 13 (0.90%) Splunk
15 12 (0.83%) Palo Alto
16 11 (0.76%) F5
16 11 (0.76%) ServiceNow
16 11 (0.76%) SolarWinds