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 29 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.

Validation
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 202 161 140
Rank change year-on-year -41 -21  
Contract jobs citing Validation 579 830 845
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.28% 1.54% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.54% 1.86% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 485 488
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £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 48 28
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +10.29%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £22.05 £20.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.60 £43.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £37.75 £36.00
% change year-on-year -2.64% +4.86%  

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 37580 44576 42623
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.08% 82.82% 79.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 24839 29287 26403
Median daily rate £450 £430 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.77% +2.87%  
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 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 953 1111 1229
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £28.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +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 £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

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 29 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 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 29 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 29 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 -24 546 £430 +7.50% 135
London -30 227 £450 - 41
South East -21 114 £425 +21.42% 20
East of England +7 54 £403 -3.47% 18
Berkshire +2 39 £425 +17.24% 3
Hampshire +4 33 £375 +7.14% 5
North West +8 31 £420 +24.44% 15
South West -42 31 £430 -4.44% 16
West Midlands +13 30 £400 +23.07% 8
East Midlands -10 23 £600 +106.89% 4
City of London -40 18 £500 -4.76% 12
Surrey +4 17 £430 +4.24% 3
Essex +3 17 £423 -33.72% 1
Hertfordshire -5 16 £319 -25.87% 7
Manchester +13 14 £375 -11.76% 12
Birmingham +9 13 £381 +25.00% 4
Wiltshire +11 12 £430 -4.44% 2
Yorkshire +5 12 £350 -12.50% 9
West Yorkshire +7 11 £350 -12.50% 3
Scotland +1 11 £260 -35.00% 6
Slough +13 10 £425 +6.25%
Reading +7 10 £450 +12.14%
West Sussex +8 9 £500 +2.56% 2
Bedfordshire +4 9 £425 +10.74% 2
Bristol -21 9 £400 -15.34% 8
South Wales +3 8 £338 -3.57%
Swindon +3 8 £450 - 2
Leeds -2 8 £350 - 3
Wales -4 8 £338 -3.57% 4
Portsmouth -9 8 £375 -16.66%

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 305 (23.63%) Finance
2 231 (17.89%) Agile Software Development
3 211 (16.34%) SQL
4 157 (12.16%) Migration
5 148 (11.46%) Degree
5 148 (11.46%) Security Cleared
6 136 (10.53%) Oracle
7 127 (9.84%) Data Validation
8 124 (9.60%) Microsoft
9 120 (9.30%) MS Excel
10 119 (9.22%) Windows
11 118 (9.14%) Analytical Skills
12 117 (9.06%) QA
13 102 (7.90%) SC Cleared
14 101 (7.82%) Project Management
15 100 (7.75%) Linux
15 100 (7.75%) SAP
16 95 (7.36%) Java
16 95 (7.36%) Stakeholder Management
17 89 (6.89%) Scrum
18 87 (6.74%) Banking
19 86 (6.66%) Change Management
19 86 (6.66%) SQL Server
19 86 (6.66%) ITIL
20 84 (6.51%) Data Migration
21 81 (6.27%) Test Scripting
22 80 (6.20%) SDLC
23 78 (6.04%) XML
24 77 (5.96%) Management Information System
25 76 (5.89%) User Acceptance Testing

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 34 (2.63%) WebSphere
2 30 (2.32%) Tomcat
3 27 (2.09%) SharePoint
4 20 (1.55%) JBoss
5 18 (1.39%) WebLogic
6 15 (1.16%) GlassFish
7 13 (1.01%) IIS
8 11 (0.85%) Apache Spark
8 11 (0.85%) SAS
9 10 (0.77%) Skype for Business
10 9 (0.70%) Confluence
10 9 (0.70%) MS Exchange
11 8 (0.62%) CMS
12 7 (0.54%) Apache
12 7 (0.54%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (0.46%) CICS
13 6 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
13 6 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
14 5 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 120 (9.30%) MS Excel
2 70 (5.42%) MS Office
3 34 (2.63%) MS PowerPoint
4 30 (2.32%) Spreadsheet
5 18 (1.39%) MS Visio
6 17 (1.32%) MS Project
7 9 (0.70%) 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 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.62%) SAP SD
4 7 (0.54%) SAP HR
5 6 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
5 6 (0.46%) SAP ERP
5 6 (0.46%) Teamcenter
6 5 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
6 5 (0.39%) HFM
7 4 (0.31%) Demantra
7 4 (0.31%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.31%) Oracle Financials
7 4 (0.31%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.31%) SAP MM
8 3 (0.23%) BPCS
8 3 (0.23%) ENOVIA
8 3 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
8 3 (0.23%) SAP QM
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 36 (2.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (2.63%) IaaS
3 23 (1.78%) PaaS
4 22 (1.70%) Office 365
5 21 (1.63%) SaaS
6 16 (1.24%) 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%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (3.33%) TCP/IP
2 34 (2.63%) Firewall
3 33 (2.56%) VoIP
4 29 (2.25%) LAN
5 26 (2.01%) DNS
6 23 (1.78%) Internet
6 23 (1.78%) WAN
7 21 (1.63%) Wi-Fi
8 19 (1.47%) VPN
9 18 (1.39%) Ethernet
10 16 (1.24%) SAN
11 14 (1.08%) Network Security
12 13 (1.01%) LTE
13 12 (0.93%) DHCP
13 12 (0.93%) HTTP
13 12 (0.93%) MPLS
14 11 (0.85%) Unified Communications
14 11 (0.85%) Wireless
15 10 (0.77%) Diameter Protocol
15 10 (0.77%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (6.66%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.56%) Relational Database
3 32 (2.48%) MySQL
4 31 (2.40%) Data Warehouse
5 29 (2.25%) Big Data
6 28 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 19 (1.47%) NoSQL
8 18 (1.39%) MongoDB
9 16 (1.24%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.24%) Oracle Reports
10 15 (1.16%) Apache Cassandra
10 15 (1.16%) Hadoop
11 14 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
11 14 (1.08%) RDBMS
12 13 (1.01%) BusinessObjects
12 13 (1.01%) MS Access
13 12 (0.93%) Power BI
14 11 (0.85%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 11 (0.85%) QlikView
15 10 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 46 (3.56%) JIRA
2 42 (3.25%) Git (software)
3 34 (2.63%) Selenium
4 28 (2.17%) Cucumber
5 24 (1.86%) Jenkins
6 23 (1.78%) Team Foundation Server
7 19 (1.47%) Subversion
8 18 (1.39%) Rational DOORS
9 16 (1.24%) Visual Studio
10 11 (0.85%) WebDriver
11 10 (0.77%) Appium
12 9 (0.70%) Eclipse
12 9 (0.70%) LSMW
12 9 (0.70%) Talend Open Studio
13 8 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (0.62%) ERwin
13 8 (0.62%) HP UFT
13 8 (0.62%) JUnit
13 8 (0.62%) Maven
14 7 (0.54%) SpecFlow
General
1 305 (23.63%) Finance
2 87 (6.74%) Banking
3 66 (5.11%) Pharmaceutical
4 64 (4.96%) Retail
5 58 (4.49%) Telecoms
6 57 (4.42%) Front Office
6 57 (4.42%) Manufacturing
7 46 (3.56%) Marketing
8 34 (2.63%) Back Office
9 33 (2.56%) Investment Banking
10 26 (2.01%) Electronics
11 21 (1.63%) Aerospace
12 17 (1.32%) Billing
12 17 (1.32%) Legal
13 9 (0.70%) Games
13 9 (0.70%) Retail Banking
14 8 (0.62%) Automotive
14 8 (0.62%) Law
14 8 (0.62%) Publishing
15 7 (0.54%) French Language
Job Titles
1 301 (23.32%) Analyst
2 163 (12.63%) Developer
3 114 (8.83%) Business Analyst
4 112 (8.68%) Consultant
5 89 (6.89%) Architect
6 54 (4.18%) Project Manager
6 54 (4.18%) Test Analyst
7 46 (3.56%) Data Analyst
8 36 (2.79%) Test Engineer
9 35 (2.71%) Java Developer
10 31 (2.40%) Designer
11 28 (2.17%) Systems Engineer
12 24 (1.86%) Coordinator
12 24 (1.86%) Software Engineer
12 24 (1.86%) Tester
13 23 (1.78%) Security Consultant
14 22 (1.70%) Test Manager
15 20 (1.55%) C++ Developer
15 20 (1.55%) SAP Consultant
15 20 (1.55%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (6.04%) XML
2 57 (4.42%) HTML
3 50 (3.87%) Web Services
4 43 (3.33%) CSS
5 42 (3.25%) .NET
6 37 (2.87%) REST
6 37 (2.87%) Spring
7 36 (2.79%) SOAP
8 32 (2.48%) HTML5
9 31 (2.40%) Middleware
10 30 (2.32%) JSON
11 24 (1.86%) AngularJS
12 22 (1.70%) J2EE
13 21 (1.63%) Struts
14 20 (1.55%) CSS3
15 18 (1.39%) XML Messaging
16 17 (1.32%) Node.js
17 16 (1.24%) JSTL
18 15 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
19 13 (1.01%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 118 (9.14%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (5.96%) Management Information System
3 47 (3.64%) Computer Science
4 43 (3.33%) User Experience
5 38 (2.94%) Data Centre
6 21 (1.63%) Client/Server
6 21 (1.63%) Market Risk
6 21 (1.63%) NHS
7 18 (1.39%) Life Science
8 17 (1.32%) CMDB
8 17 (1.32%) Derivative
8 17 (1.32%) Mobile App
9 16 (1.24%) Data Structures
9 16 (1.24%) Replication
9 16 (1.24%) Virtual Team
10 15 (1.16%) Credit Risk
11 14 (1.08%) Mainframe
12 12 (0.93%) Equities
12 12 (0.93%) Handset
12 12 (0.93%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 119 (9.22%) Windows
2 100 (7.75%) Linux
3 63 (4.88%) Unix
4 35 (2.71%) Windows Server
5 22 (1.70%) Windows 7
6 21 (1.63%) Apple iOS
7 16 (1.24%) Android
8 14 (1.08%) Windows 8
9 12 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
10 11 (0.85%) Windows 10
11 9 (0.70%) Solaris
12 8 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
14 5 (0.39%) AIX
14 5 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.31%) CentOS
16 3 (0.23%) CoreOS
16 3 (0.23%) Windows Vista
17 2 (0.15%) Windows XP
17 2 (0.15%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (17.89%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (12.16%) Migration
3 127 (9.84%) Data Validation
4 101 (7.82%) Project Management
5 95 (7.36%) Stakeholder Management
6 89 (6.89%) Scrum
7 86 (6.66%) Change Management
7 86 (6.66%) ITIL
8 84 (6.51%) Data Migration
9 81 (6.27%) Test Scripting
10 80 (6.20%) SDLC
11 76 (5.89%) User Acceptance Testing
12 75 (5.81%) Business Intelligence
13 71 (5.50%) Software Engineering
14 65 (5.03%) Mathematics
15 63 (4.88%) Business Analysis
15 63 (4.88%) ERP
16 62 (4.80%) Data Modelling
17 60 (4.65%) Test Strategy
18 59 (4.57%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 211 (16.34%) SQL
2 95 (7.36%) Java
3 66 (5.11%) C++
4 63 (4.88%) JavaScript
4 63 (4.88%) Python
5 58 (4.49%) C#
6 47 (3.64%) C
7 32 (2.48%) Perl
7 32 (2.48%) PowerShell
8 30 (2.32%) VBA
9 19 (1.47%) Shell Script
10 17 (1.32%) Ruby
11 16 (1.24%) MATLAB
12 13 (1.01%) T-SQL
13 12 (0.93%) R
13 12 (0.93%) VBScript
14 10 (0.77%) Scala
15 9 (0.70%) PL/SQL
16 8 (0.62%) Bash Shell
17 6 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 148 (11.46%) Degree
1 148 (11.46%) Security Cleared
2 102 (7.90%) SC Cleared
3 34 (2.63%) DV Cleared
4 28 (2.17%) ISEB
5 25 (1.94%) ISTQB
6 24 (1.86%) CISSP
7 20 (1.55%) CISM
8 19 (1.47%) Microsoft Certification
9 18 (1.39%) CISA
10 16 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
11 15 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
11 15 (1.16%) PCI QSA
12 13 (1.01%) MCSA
13 12 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (0.77%) PhD
14 10 (0.77%) PMP
15 9 (0.70%) ACCA
15 9 (0.70%) MCP
15 9 (0.70%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (9.06%) QA
2 54 (4.18%) Data Quality
3 27 (2.09%) GxP
4 23 (1.78%) SLA
5 21 (1.63%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 21 (1.63%) GMP
6 17 (1.32%) PCI DSS
7 16 (1.24%) GAMP
8 14 (1.08%) PMO
9 9 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
10 8 (0.62%) JSP 440
10 8 (0.62%) MiFID
10 8 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 7 (0.54%) Solvency II
11 7 (0.54%) WCAG
12 5 (0.39%) HL7
12 5 (0.39%) IFRS
12 5 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 4 (0.31%) DO-178B
13 4 (0.31%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 36 (2.79%) Active Directory
2 24 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.93%) Firmware
3 12 (0.93%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (0.46%) Docker
6 6 (0.46%) VMware ESX
6 6 (0.46%) XenApp
7 4 (0.31%) RACF
7 4 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
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 (1.63%) SCCM
2 12 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (0.70%) Control-M
3 9 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (0.54%) Ansible
5 6 (0.46%) Puppet
6 5 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 5 (0.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.31%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.31%) SCOM
7 4 (0.31%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.31%) zSecure
8 3 (0.23%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.23%) Kibana
8 3 (0.23%) Nagios
8 3 (0.23%) PowerBroker
8 3 (0.23%) rkt
8 3 (0.23%) Unicenter
8 3 (0.23%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 136 (10.53%) Oracle
2 124 (9.60%) Microsoft
3 100 (7.75%) SAP
4 57 (4.42%) Cisco
5 35 (2.71%) VMware
6 34 (2.63%) HP
7 29 (2.25%) Citrix
8 19 (1.47%) hybris
9 18 (1.39%) Huawei
10 15 (1.16%) IBM
11 14 (1.08%) ServiceNow
12 13 (1.01%) webMethods
13 12 (0.93%) Informatica
13 12 (0.93%) Tableau
13 12 (0.93%) Verint
14 10 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
15 9 (0.70%) EMC
15 9 (0.70%) NetApp
15 9 (0.70%) Red Hat
15 9 (0.70%) Talend
City, London
onezeero.
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £42 to £44 per hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
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Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 11 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Asset Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
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AMS contingency
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Colchester, Essex
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
UK
TEKsystems
Posted: 1 hour ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
ninesharp
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: Day rate only
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Reed Technology
Rate: £310 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
London
IT Connections
Rate: £500-600/day
Posted: 5 days ago
Loughborough, Leicestershire
ECS Recruitment Group Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Worthing, Sussex
SLS Services Limited
Posted: 6 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago