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 22 May 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
22 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 180 169 151
Rank change year-on-year -11 -18  
Contract jobs citing Validation 628 813 886
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.40% 1.52% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.66% 1.83% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 476 482
Median daily rate £450 £403 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.80% +1.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £358 £350
% change year-on-year +18.88% +2.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 41 36
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £21.06 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.00 £47.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year -13.33% +1.35%  

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 37756 44546 45043
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.36% 83.24% 80.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 24632 29459 28310
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 £305 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £387
% change year-on-year +3.12% +3.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 993 1066 1331
Median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.54% -1.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.75 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year - +14.75%  

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -10 578 £450 +9.09% 148
London -25 228 £450 - 51
South East +9 117 £425 +21.42% 35
South West -25 44 £425 -5.55% 17
Berkshire +23 43 £403 +34.16% 9
East of England +19 42 £450 +12.50% 13
North West +5 39 £425 +6.91% 13
West Midlands +32 33 £413 +22.22% 8
East Midlands +1 32 £450 +38.46% 3
City of London -18 31 £525 +10.52% 11
Scotland +13 28 £450 +32.35% 11
Reading +19 21 £425 +60.37% 5
Essex +9 21 £425 +70.00% 1
Surrey +6 21 £445 +7.87% 2
Buckinghamshire -5 21 £324 +54.16% 3
Yorkshire +18 20 £350 -17.15% 5
Wiltshire +8 20 £538 +19.44% 2
Hampshire +1 18 £444 +26.78% 7
Edinburgh +14 17 £550 +22.90% 5
West Yorkshire +19 16 £350 -17.64% 2
Manchester +8 15 £450 +5.88% 10
Northamptonshire +1 15 £340 -20.00%
Leeds +28 14 £350 -22.65% 1
Milton Keynes +5 14 £323 +53.57% 2
Bristol -15 14 £463 +14.55% 9
Southend-on-Sea - 14 £423 -
Birmingham +26 11 £400 -
Lancashire +12 11 £425 +39.34%
Northampton +6 11 £340 -15.00%
Cheshire +28 9 £410 -28.19% 3

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 290 (23.67%) Finance
2 216 (17.63%) Agile Software Development
3 204 (16.65%) SQL
4 184 (15.02%) Migration
5 138 (11.27%) Degree
6 134 (10.94%) Analytical Skills
7 133 (10.86%) Data Validation
8 128 (10.45%) Security Cleared
9 124 (10.12%) Oracle
10 122 (9.96%) Microsoft
11 114 (9.31%) Microsoft Excel
12 110 (8.98%) QA
12 110 (8.98%) Banking
13 109 (8.90%) Windows
14 98 (8.00%) Project Management
14 98 (8.00%) SAP
15 93 (7.59%) Data Modelling
16 89 (7.27%) Data Migration
17 87 (7.10%) Linux
17 87 (7.10%) Business Intelligence
18 84 (6.86%) SQL Server
19 83 (6.78%) Stakeholder Management
20 82 (6.69%) XML
21 81 (6.61%) Scrum
22 79 (6.45%) SC Cleared
23 78 (6.37%) User Acceptance Testing
24 77 (6.29%) Java
25 72 (5.88%) Test Automation
25 72 (5.88%) SDLC
26 70 (5.71%) Telecoms

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 27 (2.20%) SharePoint
2 24 (1.96%) WebSphere
3 21 (1.71%) Tomcat
4 15 (1.22%) JBoss
4 15 (1.22%) OpenStack
4 15 (1.22%) WebLogic
5 12 (0.98%) GlassFish
5 12 (0.98%) SAS
5 12 (0.98%) Skype for Business
6 10 (0.82%) Confluence
6 10 (0.82%) MS Exchange
7 9 (0.73%) CMS
8 7 (0.57%) IIS
8 7 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
9 6 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.41%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.33%) Apache
11 4 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.24%) Oracle Coherence
12 3 (0.24%) PowerExchange
Applications
1 114 (9.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 67 (5.47%) Microsoft Office
3 28 (2.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (1.80%) Spreadsheet
5 21 (1.71%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (1.06%) MS Visio
7 9 (0.73%) Simulink
8 5 (0.41%) SPSS
8 5 (0.41%) TargetLink
9 3 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.24%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.24%) InVision
9 3 (0.24%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.24%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.16%) Stateflow
11 1 (0.082%) CATIA
11 1 (0.082%) EViews
11 1 (0.082%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.082%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 18 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (0.98%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 9 (0.73%) Unit4 Business World
4 8 (0.65%) SAP ERP
5 6 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.49%) HFM
5 6 (0.49%) SAP SD
6 5 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
7 4 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
7 4 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
7 4 (0.33%) Teamcenter
8 3 (0.24%) BPCS
8 3 (0.24%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 3 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.24%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.24%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.16%) SAP MM
9 2 (0.16%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 35 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (1.55%) SaaS
4 15 (1.22%) Office 365
5 14 (1.14%) IaaS
6 11 (0.90%) SuccessFactors
7 7 (0.57%) PaaS
8 6 (0.49%) Google Analytics
9 5 (0.41%) GitHub
10 4 (0.33%) Basecamp
10 4 (0.33%) Taleo
11 3 (0.24%) Adobe Analytics
12 2 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.16%) Force.com
12 2 (0.16%) Veeva
13 1 (0.082%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 1 (0.082%) AWS OpsWorks
13 1 (0.082%) BPaaS
13 1 (0.082%) CallidusCloud
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.86%) TCP/IP
2 31 (2.53%) Firewall
3 29 (2.37%) VoIP
4 28 (2.29%) LTE
5 24 (1.96%) LAN
6 23 (1.88%) WAN
7 22 (1.80%) 3G
7 22 (1.80%) 4G
8 16 (1.31%) Internet
8 16 (1.31%) Wi-Fi
9 14 (1.14%) DNS
9 14 (1.14%) SAN
9 14 (1.14%) VPN
10 13 (1.06%) MVNO
10 13 (1.06%) Value-Added Service
11 12 (0.98%) Diameter Protocol
11 12 (0.98%) MPLS
11 12 (0.98%) VoLTE
12 11 (0.90%) Network Security
12 11 (0.90%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (6.86%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.59%) Data Warehouse
3 38 (3.10%) Relational Database
4 32 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 28 (2.29%) MySQL
6 22 (1.80%) Data Mining
7 21 (1.71%) Big Data
8 19 (1.55%) Ingres
9 18 (1.47%) Hadoop
9 18 (1.47%) RDBMS
10 17 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 15 (1.22%) MS Access
12 14 (1.14%) Oracle Database
12 14 (1.14%) Oracle Reports
13 11 (0.90%) QlikView
14 9 (0.73%) BusinessObjects
14 9 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
15 7 (0.57%) Essbase
15 7 (0.57%) Oracle BI EE
15 7 (0.57%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 40 (3.27%) JIRA
2 26 (2.12%) Git (software)
3 24 (1.96%) Selenium
4 20 (1.63%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (1.55%) Visual Studio
6 17 (1.39%) Cucumber
7 16 (1.31%) Rational DOORS
8 15 (1.22%) Jenkins
8 15 (1.22%) Subversion
9 12 (0.98%) GitLab
10 9 (0.73%) Protractor
10 9 (0.73%) WebDriver
11 8 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 8 (0.65%) HP UFT
11 8 (0.65%) Maven
12 7 (0.57%) MSI
12 7 (0.57%) SilkTest
12 7 (0.57%) SpecFlow
12 7 (0.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 7 (0.57%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 290 (23.67%) Finance
2 110 (8.98%) Banking
3 70 (5.71%) Telecoms
4 58 (4.73%) Pharmaceutical
5 57 (4.65%) Retail
6 51 (4.16%) Front Office
7 47 (3.84%) Investment Banking
8 46 (3.76%) Manufacturing
9 42 (3.43%) Marketing
10 26 (2.12%) Back Office
11 21 (1.71%) Legal
12 20 (1.63%) Electronics
13 18 (1.47%) Billing
14 17 (1.39%) Aerospace
15 16 (1.31%) Automotive
16 10 (0.82%) Financial Institution
17 8 (0.65%) Law
17 8 (0.65%) Local Government
18 7 (0.57%) Publishing
19 6 (0.49%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 306 (24.98%) Analyst
2 147 (12.00%) Developer
3 118 (9.63%) Business Analyst
4 103 (8.41%) Consultant
5 74 (6.04%) Architect
6 64 (5.22%) Data Analyst
7 53 (4.33%) Project Manager
8 48 (3.92%) Test Analyst
8 48 (3.92%) Test Engineer
9 41 (3.35%) Designer
10 30 (2.45%) Software Engineer
11 28 (2.29%) Systems Engineer
12 27 (2.20%) Java Developer
13 22 (1.80%) Test Manager
14 21 (1.71%) Coordinator
14 21 (1.71%) Technical Analyst
15 19 (1.55%) Senior Analyst
15 19 (1.55%) Tester
15 19 (1.55%) Validation Consultant
16 18 (1.47%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (6.69%) XML
2 49 (4.00%) Web Services
3 46 (3.76%) HTML
4 38 (3.10%) .NET
5 36 (2.94%) SOAP
6 35 (2.86%) Middleware
7 31 (2.53%) CSS
7 31 (2.53%) REST
8 29 (2.37%) Spring
9 28 (2.29%) JSON
10 26 (2.12%) HTML5
11 20 (1.63%) AngularJS
11 20 (1.63%) J2EE
11 20 (1.63%) XSLT
12 17 (1.39%) RESTful
13 14 (1.14%) Oracle Fusion
13 14 (1.14%) Struts
14 13 (1.06%) jQuery
14 13 (1.06%) JSTL
15 11 (0.90%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 134 (10.94%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (5.14%) Management Information System
3 56 (4.57%) User Experience
4 44 (3.59%) Computer Science
5 36 (2.94%) Data Centre
6 27 (2.20%) NHS
7 22 (1.80%) Virtual Team
8 21 (1.71%) Life Science
9 20 (1.63%) Market Risk
10 19 (1.55%) Credit Risk
11 18 (1.47%) Derivative
12 15 (1.22%) Equities
13 14 (1.14%) Data Structures
14 13 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 13 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
14 13 (1.06%) Handset
14 13 (1.06%) IVR
15 12 (0.98%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 12 (0.98%) Mobile App
16 11 (0.90%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 109 (8.90%) Windows
2 87 (7.10%) Linux
3 49 (4.00%) Unix
4 23 (1.88%) Windows Server
5 17 (1.39%) Windows 7
6 16 (1.31%) AIX
7 14 (1.14%) Solaris
8 12 (0.98%) Apple iOS
9 10 (0.82%) Android
9 10 (0.82%) Windows 10
9 10 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (0.73%) Windows 8
11 8 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.33%) CentOS
12 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.33%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.24%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 216 (17.63%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (15.02%) Migration
3 133 (10.86%) Data Validation
4 98 (8.00%) Project Management
5 93 (7.59%) Data Modelling
6 89 (7.27%) Data Migration
7 87 (7.10%) Business Intelligence
8 83 (6.78%) Stakeholder Management
9 81 (6.61%) Scrum
10 78 (6.37%) User Acceptance Testing
11 72 (5.88%) SDLC
11 72 (5.88%) Test Automation
12 69 (5.63%) ITIL
12 69 (5.63%) Software Engineering
13 66 (5.39%) Change Management
14 65 (5.31%) Data Analysis
14 65 (5.31%) Test Scripting
14 65 (5.31%) Test Strategy
15 62 (5.06%) ETL
16 61 (4.98%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 204 (16.65%) SQL
2 77 (6.29%) Java
3 55 (4.49%) C++
4 52 (4.24%) JavaScript
5 48 (3.92%) Python
6 46 (3.76%) C
7 35 (2.86%) C#
8 28 (2.29%) VBA
9 20 (1.63%) PowerShell
10 15 (1.22%) Perl
11 14 (1.14%) T-SQL
12 13 (1.06%) MATLAB
12 13 (1.06%) R
13 12 (0.98%) PL/SQL
14 9 (0.73%) Ruby
14 9 (0.73%) VBScript
15 7 (0.57%) Shell Script
16 6 (0.49%) ABAP
16 6 (0.49%) VB
17 5 (0.41%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 138 (11.27%) Degree
2 128 (10.45%) Security Cleared
3 79 (6.45%) SC Cleared
4 37 (3.02%) ISEB
5 30 (2.45%) DV Cleared
6 26 (2.12%) ISTQB
7 13 (1.06%) IRCA
7 13 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 10 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (0.82%) CISSP
9 10 (0.82%) HNC
9 10 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (0.73%) MCSA
10 9 (0.73%) PMP
11 8 (0.65%) CISM
12 7 (0.57%) PhD
13 6 (0.49%) CCNP
13 6 (0.49%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (8.98%) QA
2 65 (5.31%) Data Quality
3 27 (2.20%) GxP
4 21 (1.71%) SLA
5 20 (1.63%) GMP
6 15 (1.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 13 (1.06%) PMO
8 11 (0.90%) DO-178B
9 10 (0.82%) MiFID
10 9 (0.73%) IFRS
11 8 (0.65%) GAMP
11 8 (0.65%) IFRS 9
11 8 (0.65%) PCI DSS
12 7 (0.57%) Def Stans
12 7 (0.57%) IEC 61508
13 6 (0.49%) HL7
13 6 (0.49%) JSP 440
13 6 (0.49%) MISRA
13 6 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 6 (0.49%) WCAG
System Software
1 27 (2.20%) Active Directory
2 19 (1.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.41%) XenApp
6 4 (0.33%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.33%) RACF
6 4 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.16%) Docker
8 2 (0.16%) Firmware
8 2 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.16%) vSphere
9 1 (0.082%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.082%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.082%) HDFS
9 1 (0.082%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 18 (1.47%) SCCM
2 15 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
3 14 (1.14%) Ansible
4 11 (0.90%) Rundeck
5 6 (0.49%) BladeLogic
5 6 (0.49%) Puppet
6 5 (0.41%) Control-M
7 4 (0.33%) Nessus
7 4 (0.33%) Nmap
7 4 (0.33%) zSecure
8 3 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.24%) EMC VPLEX
8 3 (0.24%) Kibana
8 3 (0.24%) logstash
8 3 (0.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (0.24%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.24%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.16%) DatAdvantage
9 2 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.16%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 124 (10.12%) Oracle
2 122 (9.96%) Microsoft
3 98 (8.00%) SAP
4 51 (4.16%) Cisco
5 39 (3.18%) VMware
6 24 (1.96%) HP
7 22 (1.80%) Citrix
8 18 (1.47%) Informatica
9 16 (1.31%) hybris
10 15 (1.22%) IBM
10 15 (1.22%) Remedy
11 13 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
11 13 (1.06%) ServiceNow
11 13 (1.06%) Verint
11 13 (1.06%) webMethods
12 12 (0.98%) Huawei
12 12 (0.98%) Tableau
13 11 (0.90%) Teradata
13 11 (0.90%) Workday
14 9 (0.73%) BMC
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Search Consultancy
Rate: £750 - £900 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
South East London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £20000 - £25000 Per Annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £550 - £610 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Adlam Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £600 to £800 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Search Consultancy
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Software Personnel International Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
AMS contingency
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £750.00 - £800.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Washington Frank
Posted: 5 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 11 days ago
Berkshire
La Fosse Associates
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Shelter
Rate: £42,000 pa + benefits
Posted: 12 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Tui (Ip) Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 25 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £600.00 - £750.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago