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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 179 174 155
Rank change year-on-year -5 -19  
Contract jobs citing Validation 652 782 893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.39% 1.45% 1.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.65% 1.74% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 423 474
Median daily rate £435 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% +1.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £267 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £580 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.85% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 32 42
Median hourly rate £32.75 £39.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.02% +11.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £13.50 £13.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.78 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.19% +12.14%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39559 44852 45349
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.50% 83.35% 80.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 25807 29750 29034
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1054 1082 1276
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Validation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +6 603 £440 +9.31% 149
London -22 242 £450 - 43
South East +12 141 £425 +21.42% 25
South West +4 47 £425 -5.55% 25
City of London +18 45 £510 +13.33% 7
Berkshire +16 44 £425 +38.77% 9
West Midlands +30 43 £450 +22.86% 11
North West +6 42 £400 +11.11% 18
Scotland +25 31 £375 +14.50% 11
East of England -21 29 £405 +27.05% 14
Hampshire +15 28 £400 +17.64% 3
Buckinghamshire -8 25 £324 +65.81% 6
Wiltshire +20 24 £450 - 2
Reading +16 24 £425 +30.76% 3
Edinburgh +23 22 £500 +17.64% 8
East Midlands +7 22 £450 +5.88% 1
Yorkshire +28 20 £350 -13.31% 7
Surrey +12 20 £440 +6.66% 1
Manchester +14 18 £400 +11.11% 7
Milton Keynes -3 18 £318 +62.61% 4
Warwickshire +20 16 £343 -27.89% 3
West Yorkshire +23 15 £350 -17.15% 4
Leeds +24 14 £350 -27.08% 1
Northamptonshire +11 14 £340 -24.44%
Basingstoke +7 12 £363 -
Hertfordshire -4 12 £325 +12.86% 5
Essex -4 11 £405 +58.82% 2
Northampton +13 10 £340 -24.44%
Bristol -11 10 £444 +25.00% 18
North East +28 9 £575 +85.48% 5

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 303 (24.78%) Finance
2 217 (17.74%) Agile Software Development
3 195 (15.94%) SQL
4 184 (15.04%) Migration
5 140 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
6 138 (11.28%) Degree
7 122 (9.98%) Data Validation
8 117 (9.57%) Banking
8 117 (9.57%) Microsoft Excel
9 114 (9.32%) Microsoft
10 112 (9.16%) Security Cleared
11 106 (8.67%) Oracle
12 99 (8.09%) Windows
13 98 (8.01%) Project Management
13 98 (8.01%) QA
14 94 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
14 94 (7.69%) SAP
15 87 (7.11%) User Acceptance Testing
15 87 (7.11%) Data Migration
16 86 (7.03%) Data Modelling
17 84 (6.87%) Business Intelligence
18 83 (6.79%) Scrum
19 81 (6.62%) Linux
20 79 (6.46%) Data Analysis
21 77 (6.30%) SQL Server
22 76 (6.21%) ITIL
23 74 (6.05%) Telecoms
24 72 (5.89%) Java
25 71 (5.81%) XML
26 70 (5.72%) 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 21 (1.72%) SAS
2 20 (1.64%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.39%) WebSphere
4 16 (1.31%) Tomcat
5 15 (1.23%) OpenStack
5 15 (1.23%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.06%) JBoss
7 11 (0.90%) Confluence
7 11 (0.90%) GlassFish
7 11 (0.90%) MS Exchange
8 10 (0.82%) Skype for Business
9 6 (0.49%) CMS
10 4 (0.33%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
10 4 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.33%) IIS
10 4 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 3 (0.25%) Apache
11 3 (0.25%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.25%) PowerExchange
Applications
1 117 (9.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (5.07%) Microsoft Office
3 32 (2.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (1.80%) MS Visio
5 17 (1.39%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (1.39%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (0.74%) Simulink
7 5 (0.41%) TargetLink
8 3 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.25%) InVision
8 3 (0.25%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.25%) SPSS
9 2 (0.16%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.16%) Siemens NX
9 2 (0.16%) Stateflow
10 1 (0.082%) CATIA
10 1 (0.082%) EViews
Business Applications
1 16 (1.31%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 9 (0.74%) Unit4 Business World
3 6 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.49%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.41%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 5 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.41%) SAP SD
5 4 (0.33%) HFM
6 3 (0.25%) iTrent
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.25%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.16%) BPCS
7 2 (0.16%) Lorenzo
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.16%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.16%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 33 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (1.80%) SaaS
3 21 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (0.98%) SuccessFactors
5 10 (0.82%) Google Analytics
5 10 (0.82%) IaaS
6 8 (0.65%) PaaS
7 6 (0.49%) Office 365
8 4 (0.33%) Adobe Analytics
8 4 (0.33%) Basecamp
8 4 (0.33%) BPaaS
8 4 (0.33%) Taleo
9 3 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.25%) GitHub
10 2 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.16%) Veeva
11 1 (0.082%) AWS OpsWorks
11 1 (0.082%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.082%) CallidusCloud
11 1 (0.082%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.45%) LTE
2 29 (2.37%) 4G
2 29 (2.37%) TCP/IP
3 25 (2.04%) Firewall
4 24 (1.96%) LAN
5 23 (1.88%) 3G
6 22 (1.80%) VoIP
7 21 (1.72%) WAN
8 19 (1.55%) MVNO
9 16 (1.31%) DHCP
9 16 (1.31%) DNS
10 15 (1.23%) Internet
10 15 (1.23%) Value-Added Service
11 13 (1.06%) Ethernet
11 13 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (0.98%) Radio Access Network
12 12 (0.98%) Wireless
13 11 (0.90%) SAN
13 11 (0.90%) VPN
14 10 (0.82%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (6.30%) SQL Server
2 52 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (2.70%) Relational Database
4 31 (2.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 26 (2.13%) MySQL
6 23 (1.88%) Data Mining
7 20 (1.64%) Big Data
8 19 (1.55%) Ingres
8 19 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 18 (1.47%) Hadoop
10 13 (1.06%) RDBMS
11 12 (0.98%) MS Access
11 12 (0.98%) QlikView
12 11 (0.90%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
13 8 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
14 7 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
15 6 (0.49%) Essbase
15 6 (0.49%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 38 (3.11%) JIRA
2 21 (1.72%) Git (software)
3 20 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (1.55%) Selenium
4 19 (1.55%) Visual Studio
5 18 (1.47%) Rational DOORS
6 15 (1.23%) Subversion
7 14 (1.14%) Cucumber
8 12 (0.98%) GitLab
9 11 (0.90%) Jenkins
9 11 (0.90%) Protractor
10 9 (0.74%) Maven
11 8 (0.65%) SpecFlow
11 8 (0.65%) WebDriver
12 7 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (0.57%) HP UFT
12 7 (0.57%) MSI
12 7 (0.57%) Rational Rhapsody
12 7 (0.57%) SilkTest
12 7 (0.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 303 (24.78%) Finance
2 117 (9.57%) Banking
3 74 (6.05%) Telecoms
4 60 (4.91%) Retail
5 54 (4.42%) Investment Banking
5 54 (4.42%) Pharmaceutical
6 51 (4.17%) Front Office
7 45 (3.68%) Manufacturing
8 37 (3.03%) Marketing
9 35 (2.86%) Back Office
10 22 (1.80%) Billing
10 22 (1.80%) Legal
11 20 (1.64%) Automotive
12 19 (1.55%) Aerospace
12 19 (1.55%) Electronics
13 17 (1.39%) Financial Institution
14 10 (0.82%) Avionics
15 9 (0.74%) Law
16 8 (0.65%) Local Government
17 7 (0.57%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 334 (27.31%) Analyst
2 140 (11.45%) Developer
3 136 (11.12%) Business Analyst
4 90 (7.36%) Consultant
5 67 (5.48%) Architect
6 64 (5.23%) Data Analyst
7 50 (4.09%) Test Analyst
8 48 (3.92%) Project Manager
9 46 (3.76%) Test Engineer
10 45 (3.68%) Designer
11 29 (2.37%) Software Engineer
12 27 (2.21%) Systems Engineer
13 26 (2.13%) Java Developer
13 26 (2.13%) Technical Analyst
14 23 (1.88%) Test Manager
15 22 (1.80%) Validation Engineer
16 21 (1.72%) Senior Analyst
17 20 (1.64%) IT Analyst
18 18 (1.47%) C++ Developer
18 18 (1.47%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (5.81%) XML
2 45 (3.68%) Web Services
3 42 (3.43%) HTML
4 36 (2.94%) REST
5 34 (2.78%) CSS
6 33 (2.70%) Middleware
7 31 (2.53%) .NET
8 28 (2.29%) SOAP
9 24 (1.96%) JSON
9 24 (1.96%) Spring
10 23 (1.88%) AngularJS
11 22 (1.80%) HTML5
12 19 (1.55%) XSLT
13 16 (1.31%) J2EE
14 15 (1.23%) RESTful
15 12 (0.98%) ASP.NET
15 12 (0.98%) jQuery
16 11 (0.90%) JSTL
16 11 (0.90%) RAML
16 11 (0.90%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 140 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (4.66%) User Experience
3 56 (4.58%) Management Information System
4 45 (3.68%) Computer Science
5 32 (2.62%) Data Centre
6 30 (2.45%) NHS
7 22 (1.80%) Virtual Team
8 21 (1.72%) Credit Risk
8 21 (1.72%) Life Science
9 18 (1.47%) Derivative
10 17 (1.39%) Market Risk
11 16 (1.31%) IVR
12 15 (1.23%) Equities
12 15 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 14 (1.14%) Handset
13 14 (1.14%) Mobile App
14 12 (0.98%) Algorithms
14 12 (0.98%) Data Structures
15 11 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
16 10 (0.82%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 99 (8.09%) Windows
2 81 (6.62%) Linux
3 35 (2.86%) Unix
4 19 (1.55%) Windows 7
5 18 (1.47%) AIX
5 18 (1.47%) Windows Server
6 11 (0.90%) Solaris
7 10 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.74%) Apple iOS
8 9 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.57%) Android
9 7 (0.57%) Windows 8
10 6 (0.49%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.49%) Windows XP
11 4 (0.33%) CentOS
11 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.33%) Windows Vista
12 3 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.16%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (17.74%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (15.04%) Migration
3 122 (9.98%) Data Validation
4 98 (8.01%) Project Management
5 94 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 87 (7.11%) Data Migration
6 87 (7.11%) User Acceptance Testing
7 86 (7.03%) Data Modelling
8 84 (6.87%) Business Intelligence
9 83 (6.79%) Scrum
10 79 (6.46%) Data Analysis
11 76 (6.21%) ITIL
12 70 (5.72%) Change Management
13 69 (5.64%) Analytics
14 68 (5.56%) Business Analysis
14 68 (5.56%) Test Automation
15 67 (5.48%) Test Strategy
16 66 (5.40%) Test Scripting
17 64 (5.23%) ETL
17 64 (5.23%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 195 (15.94%) SQL
2 72 (5.89%) Java
3 53 (4.33%) JavaScript
4 51 (4.17%) C++
5 44 (3.60%) C
6 42 (3.43%) Python
7 25 (2.04%) C#
7 25 (2.04%) VBA
8 18 (1.47%) PowerShell
9 13 (1.06%) PL/SQL
9 13 (1.06%) T-SQL
10 11 (0.90%) MATLAB
10 11 (0.90%) R
11 9 (0.74%) VBScript
12 8 (0.65%) Ruby
13 7 (0.57%) ABAP
13 7 (0.57%) VB
14 6 (0.49%) Assembly Language
14 6 (0.49%) Perl
14 6 (0.49%) sed
Qualifications
1 138 (11.28%) Degree
2 112 (9.16%) Security Cleared
3 69 (5.64%) SC Cleared
4 36 (2.94%) ISEB
5 28 (2.29%) ISTQB
6 24 (1.96%) DV Cleared
7 15 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
8 13 (1.06%) HNC
8 13 (1.06%) IRCA
8 13 (1.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 12 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
9 12 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
10 11 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
11 10 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (0.82%) PMP
12 9 (0.74%) PhD
13 8 (0.65%) CCNP
13 8 (0.65%) MCSA
14 7 (0.57%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (8.01%) QA
2 63 (5.15%) Data Quality
3 29 (2.37%) GxP
4 22 (1.80%) SLA
5 20 (1.64%) GMP
6 16 (1.31%) MiFID
7 14 (1.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 13 (1.06%) GAMP
8 13 (1.06%) PMO
9 12 (0.98%) DO-178B
10 10 (0.82%) IFRS
11 9 (0.74%) IFRS 9
12 8 (0.65%) JSP 440
12 8 (0.65%) MISRA
13 7 (0.57%) Def Stans
13 7 (0.57%) IEC 61508
14 6 (0.49%) EMIR
14 6 (0.49%) HL7
14 6 (0.49%) ISO 13485
15 5 (0.41%) WCAG
System Software
1 33 (2.70%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.65%) Hyper-V
3 8 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
3 8 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (0.41%) XenApp
5 4 (0.33%) RACF
5 4 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.25%) Cygwin
6 3 (0.25%) Docker
6 3 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.16%) vSphere
8 1 (0.082%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (0.082%) HDFS
8 1 (0.082%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.082%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.082%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.082%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 22 (1.80%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.14%) SCCM
3 13 (1.06%) Ansible
4 11 (0.90%) Rundeck
5 6 (0.49%) BladeLogic
5 6 (0.49%) Puppet
6 4 (0.33%) zSecure
7 3 (0.25%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (0.25%) Control-M
7 3 (0.25%) DatAdvantage
7 3 (0.25%) EMC VPLEX
7 3 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.25%) SCVMM
7 3 (0.25%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.16%) Kibana
8 2 (0.16%) Nessus
8 2 (0.16%) Nmap
8 2 (0.16%) RSA Security Analytics
8 2 (0.16%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.16%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 114 (9.32%) Microsoft
2 106 (8.67%) Oracle
3 94 (7.69%) SAP
4 48 (3.92%) Cisco
5 31 (2.53%) VMware
6 28 (2.29%) HP
7 19 (1.55%) Citrix
7 19 (1.55%) Remedy
7 19 (1.55%) Tableau
8 17 (1.39%) Informatica
9 15 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
10 14 (1.14%) IBM
10 14 (1.14%) ServiceNow
10 14 (1.14%) Verint
11 13 (1.06%) Workday
12 12 (0.98%) Google
13 11 (0.90%) hybris
14 10 (0.82%) Cognos
14 10 (0.82%) Motorola
14 10 (0.82%) webMethods
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