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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
UK
Rank 203 154 145
Rank change year-on-year -49 -9  
Contract jobs citing Validation 574 846 844
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.28% 1.59% 1.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.54% 1.92% 1.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 495 485
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 49 30
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +16.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £22.10 £20.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -3.94% +8.57%  

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 37182 44106 42440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.13% 82.88% 79.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 24552 28910 26291
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 1111 1221
Median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £28.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +32.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

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 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 26 March 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 26 March 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 -34 543 £425 +6.25% 122
London -32 227 £450 - 37
South East -18 114 £425 +21.42% 22
East of England +5 55 £399 -5.28% 12
Berkshire 0 37 £425 +17.24% 5
Hampshire 0 35 £375 +7.14% 4
North West +12 33 £458 +52.50% 17
South West -36 30 £408 -9.44% 10
West Midlands +10 28 £400 +23.07% 6
East Midlands -6 22 £600 +100.00% 3
City of London -34 18 £500 -4.76% 9
Essex +4 17 £423 -33.72%
Surrey +12 16 £430 +4.24% 5
Hertfordshire -3 16 £288 -33.13% 4
Manchester +9 14 £375 -9.09% 12
Birmingham +9 13 £381 +25.00% 2
Wiltshire +8 12 £415 -7.77% 2
Yorkshire +3 12 £350 -12.50% 9
West Yorkshire +5 11 £350 -12.50% 5
Scotland -3 11 £260 -38.64% 4
Slough +14 10 £425 +6.25%
Reading +11 9 £450 +12.14%
Bedfordshire +4 9 £425 +10.74%
West Sussex +3 9 £500 +11.11% 1
Buckinghamshire -23 9 £400 +23.07% 1
Swindon +2 8 £430 -4.44% 2
Leeds +1 8 £350 - 3
Portsmouth -11 8 £375 -16.66%
Bristol -21 8 £400 -13.04% 4
Worthing - 8 £525 - 1

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 311 (23.89%) Finance
2 232 (17.82%) Agile Software Development
3 217 (16.67%) SQL
4 155 (11.90%) Migration
5 153 (11.75%) Degree
6 144 (11.06%) Security Cleared
7 139 (10.68%) Oracle
8 131 (10.06%) Data Validation
9 129 (9.91%) Microsoft
10 125 (9.60%) MS Excel
11 124 (9.52%) Windows
12 119 (9.14%) Analytical Skills
13 118 (9.06%) QA
14 105 (8.06%) Project Management
15 101 (7.76%) Linux
16 99 (7.60%) SC Cleared
17 96 (7.37%) SAP
17 96 (7.37%) Stakeholder Management
18 95 (7.30%) Java
19 91 (6.99%) SQL Server
19 91 (6.99%) Banking
20 90 (6.91%) ITIL
20 90 (6.91%) Scrum
21 88 (6.76%) Change Management
22 82 (6.30%) Test Scripting
22 82 (6.30%) SDLC
23 81 (6.22%) Management Information System
23 81 (6.22%) XML
24 80 (6.14%) User Acceptance Testing
25 79 (6.07%) Data Migration

Validation
Top Related 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 34 (2.61%) WebSphere
2 30 (2.30%) SharePoint
2 30 (2.30%) Tomcat
3 20 (1.54%) JBoss
4 18 (1.38%) WebLogic
5 15 (1.15%) GlassFish
5 15 (1.15%) IIS
6 11 (0.84%) Apache Spark
6 11 (0.84%) MS Exchange
6 11 (0.84%) SAS
7 10 (0.77%) Skype for Business
8 9 (0.69%) Confluence
9 8 (0.61%) CICS
10 7 (0.54%) Apache
10 7 (0.54%) OpenStack
10 7 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
11 6 (0.46%) CMS
11 6 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
12 5 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 125 (9.60%) MS Excel
2 72 (5.53%) MS Office
3 36 (2.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 32 (2.46%) Spreadsheet
5 21 (1.61%) MS Visio
6 19 (1.46%) MS Project
7 10 (0.77%) Simulink
8 3 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.23%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.23%) Siemens NX
8 3 (0.23%) SPSS
8 3 (0.23%) Windchill
9 2 (0.15%) InVision
9 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.15%) Stateflow
9 2 (0.15%) TargetLink
10 1 (0.077%) CATIA
10 1 (0.077%) EViews
10 1 (0.077%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 17 (1.31%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.84%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.61%) SAP SD
4 7 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
4 7 (0.54%) SAP HR
5 6 (0.46%) SAP ERP
5 6 (0.46%) Teamcenter
6 5 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
6 5 (0.38%) HFM
6 5 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
7 4 (0.31%) Demantra
7 4 (0.31%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.31%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.31%) SAP MM
8 3 (0.23%) ENOVIA
8 3 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
8 3 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
8 3 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
8 3 (0.23%) SAP QM
Cloud Services
1 36 (2.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (2.61%) IaaS
3 24 (1.84%) Office 365
4 23 (1.77%) PaaS
5 21 (1.61%) SaaS
6 16 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
7 10 (0.77%) GitHub
7 10 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
8 6 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.31%) Basecamp
10 3 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
10 3 (0.23%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.23%) CloudFront
10 3 (0.23%) Force.com
10 3 (0.23%) Google Analytics
10 3 (0.23%) Taleo
11 2 (0.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 2 (0.15%) CallidusCloud
Communications & Networking
1 44 (3.38%) TCP/IP
2 34 (2.61%) Firewall
3 33 (2.53%) VoIP
4 30 (2.30%) LAN
5 27 (2.07%) DNS
6 24 (1.84%) Internet
7 23 (1.77%) WAN
8 22 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
9 19 (1.46%) Ethernet
9 19 (1.46%) VPN
10 16 (1.23%) SAN
11 14 (1.08%) Network Security
12 13 (1.00%) HTTP
13 12 (0.92%) DHCP
13 12 (0.92%) LTE
13 12 (0.92%) MPLS
13 12 (0.92%) Wireless
14 11 (0.84%) Unified Communications
15 10 (0.77%) Diameter Protocol
15 10 (0.77%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (6.99%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
2 33 (2.53%) Relational Database
3 32 (2.46%) MySQL
4 28 (2.15%) Big Data
4 28 (2.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (1.46%) NoSQL
6 18 (1.38%) MongoDB
7 17 (1.31%) Oracle Database
8 16 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
9 15 (1.15%) Apache Cassandra
9 15 (1.15%) BusinessObjects
9 15 (1.15%) Hadoop
10 14 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
10 14 (1.08%) RDBMS
11 13 (1.00%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 13 (1.00%) MS Access
12 12 (0.92%) Power BI
12 12 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 11 (0.84%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 46 (3.53%) JIRA
2 42 (3.23%) Git (software)
3 34 (2.61%) Selenium
4 28 (2.15%) Cucumber
5 24 (1.84%) Jenkins
5 24 (1.84%) Team Foundation Server
6 19 (1.46%) Subversion
7 18 (1.38%) Rational DOORS
7 18 (1.38%) Visual Studio
8 11 (0.84%) WebDriver
9 10 (0.77%) Appium
10 9 (0.69%) Eclipse
10 9 (0.69%) LSMW
10 9 (0.69%) Talend Open Studio
11 8 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 8 (0.61%) ERwin
11 8 (0.61%) HP UFT
11 8 (0.61%) JUnit
11 8 (0.61%) Maven
11 8 (0.61%) MSI
General
1 311 (23.89%) Finance
2 91 (6.99%) Banking
3 63 (4.84%) Pharmaceutical
4 62 (4.76%) Retail
5 59 (4.53%) Telecoms
6 57 (4.38%) Front Office
7 55 (4.22%) Manufacturing
8 46 (3.53%) Marketing
9 34 (2.61%) Back Office
10 33 (2.53%) Investment Banking
11 26 (2.00%) Electronics
12 21 (1.61%) Aerospace
13 18 (1.38%) Legal
14 16 (1.23%) Billing
15 9 (0.69%) Games
15 9 (0.69%) Retail Banking
16 8 (0.61%) Automotive
16 8 (0.61%) Law
16 8 (0.61%) Publishing
17 7 (0.54%) French Language
Job Titles
1 305 (23.43%) Analyst
2 166 (12.75%) Developer
3 111 (8.53%) Business Analyst
4 108 (8.29%) Consultant
5 90 (6.91%) Architect
6 58 (4.45%) Test Analyst
7 55 (4.22%) Project Manager
8 47 (3.61%) Data Analyst
9 36 (2.76%) Test Engineer
10 35 (2.69%) Java Developer
11 32 (2.46%) Designer
12 28 (2.15%) Systems Engineer
13 25 (1.92%) Tester
14 24 (1.84%) Coordinator
14 24 (1.84%) Software Engineer
14 24 (1.84%) Test Manager
15 22 (1.69%) Security Consultant
16 21 (1.61%) Technical Analyst
17 20 (1.54%) C++ Developer
18 19 (1.46%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (6.22%) XML
2 58 (4.45%) HTML
3 55 (4.22%) Web Services
4 43 (3.30%) .NET
4 43 (3.30%) CSS
5 37 (2.84%) REST
5 37 (2.84%) Spring
6 36 (2.76%) SOAP
7 33 (2.53%) HTML5
7 33 (2.53%) Middleware
8 31 (2.38%) JSON
9 25 (1.92%) AngularJS
10 22 (1.69%) J2EE
10 22 (1.69%) Struts
11 20 (1.54%) CSS3
12 19 (1.46%) XML Messaging
13 17 (1.31%) Node.js
14 16 (1.23%) JSTL
14 16 (1.23%) Oracle Fusion
15 13 (1.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 119 (9.14%) Analytical Skills
2 81 (6.22%) Management Information System
3 49 (3.76%) Computer Science
4 42 (3.23%) User Experience
5 39 (3.00%) Data Centre
6 23 (1.77%) NHS
7 22 (1.69%) Client/Server
8 21 (1.61%) Market Risk
9 18 (1.38%) CMDB
9 18 (1.38%) Life Science
10 17 (1.31%) Derivative
10 17 (1.31%) Mobile App
11 16 (1.23%) Data Structures
11 16 (1.23%) Replication
11 16 (1.23%) Virtual Team
12 15 (1.15%) Credit Risk
13 13 (1.00%) Mainframe
14 12 (0.92%) Equities
14 12 (0.92%) Handset
14 12 (0.92%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 124 (9.52%) Windows
2 101 (7.76%) Linux
3 64 (4.92%) Unix
4 35 (2.69%) Windows Server
5 25 (1.92%) Windows 7
6 22 (1.69%) Apple iOS
7 16 (1.23%) Android
8 15 (1.15%) Windows 8
9 12 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
10 11 (0.84%) Windows 10
11 10 (0.77%) Solaris
12 8 (0.61%) AIX
12 8 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
14 5 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.31%) CentOS
15 4 (0.31%) HPUX
15 4 (0.31%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.23%) CoreOS
16 3 (0.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (17.82%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (11.90%) Migration
3 131 (10.06%) Data Validation
4 105 (8.06%) Project Management
5 96 (7.37%) Stakeholder Management
6 90 (6.91%) ITIL
6 90 (6.91%) Scrum
7 88 (6.76%) Change Management
8 82 (6.30%) SDLC
8 82 (6.30%) Test Scripting
9 80 (6.14%) User Acceptance Testing
10 79 (6.07%) Data Migration
11 77 (5.91%) Business Intelligence
12 73 (5.61%) Software Engineering
13 65 (4.99%) Data Modelling
13 65 (4.99%) Mathematics
14 64 (4.92%) Test Strategy
15 62 (4.76%) ERP
16 61 (4.69%) Business Analysis
17 59 (4.53%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 217 (16.67%) SQL
2 95 (7.30%) Java
3 67 (5.15%) C++
4 64 (4.92%) JavaScript
5 63 (4.84%) Python
6 60 (4.61%) C#
7 49 (3.76%) C
8 33 (2.53%) PowerShell
9 32 (2.46%) Perl
10 29 (2.23%) VBA
11 19 (1.46%) Shell Script
12 17 (1.31%) MATLAB
12 17 (1.31%) Ruby
13 15 (1.15%) T-SQL
14 12 (0.92%) R
14 12 (0.92%) VBScript
15 10 (0.77%) Scala
16 8 (0.61%) Bash Shell
16 8 (0.61%) PL/SQL
17 6 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 153 (11.75%) Degree
2 144 (11.06%) Security Cleared
3 99 (7.60%) SC Cleared
4 34 (2.61%) DV Cleared
5 28 (2.15%) ISEB
5 28 (2.15%) ISTQB
6 24 (1.84%) CISSP
7 20 (1.54%) CISM
7 20 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
8 18 (1.38%) CISA
9 16 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
10 15 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (1.15%) PCI QSA
11 14 (1.08%) MCSA
12 12 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (0.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 10 (0.77%) MCP
13 10 (0.77%) MCSE
13 10 (0.77%) PhD
13 10 (0.77%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (9.06%) QA
2 56 (4.30%) Data Quality
3 26 (2.00%) GxP
4 24 (1.84%) SLA
5 20 (1.54%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 18 (1.38%) GMP
7 17 (1.31%) PCI DSS
8 16 (1.23%) PMO
9 15 (1.15%) GAMP
10 9 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
11 8 (0.61%) JSP 440
11 8 (0.61%) MiFID
11 8 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 7 (0.54%) Solvency II
12 7 (0.54%) WCAG
13 5 (0.38%) HL7
13 5 (0.38%) IFRS
13 5 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 4 (0.31%) GDPR
14 4 (0.31%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 39 (3.00%) Active Directory
2 26 (2.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.92%) Firmware
3 12 (0.92%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
4 8 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
5 6 (0.46%) Docker
5 6 (0.46%) VMware ESX
5 6 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
5 6 (0.46%) XenApp
6 5 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.23%) RACF
8 2 (0.15%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.15%) HDFS
8 2 (0.15%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.077%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.077%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.077%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 21 (1.61%) SCCM
2 13 (1.00%) HP Quality Center
3 10 (0.77%) Control-M
4 9 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.54%) Ansible
6 6 (0.46%) Puppet
7 5 (0.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 5 (0.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (0.31%) Kubernetes
8 4 (0.31%) SCOM
8 4 (0.31%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.23%) EMC VPLEX
9 3 (0.23%) Kibana
9 3 (0.23%) logstash
9 3 (0.23%) Mesos
9 3 (0.23%) PowerBroker
9 3 (0.23%) rkt
9 3 (0.23%) ZABBIX
9 3 (0.23%) zSecure
Vendors
1 139 (10.68%) Oracle
2 129 (9.91%) Microsoft
3 96 (7.37%) SAP
4 57 (4.38%) Cisco
5 37 (2.84%) VMware
6 34 (2.61%) HP
7 30 (2.30%) Citrix
8 19 (1.46%) hybris
9 18 (1.38%) Huawei
10 15 (1.15%) IBM
11 14 (1.08%) ServiceNow
12 13 (1.00%) webMethods
13 12 (0.92%) Tableau
13 12 (0.92%) Verint
14 11 (0.84%) Informatica
15 9 (0.69%) Apple
15 9 (0.69%) EMC
15 9 (0.69%) NetApp
15 9 (0.69%) Red Hat
15 9 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
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