Period
to 20 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 6 months to 20 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Validation
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 212 272 299
Rank change year-on-year +60 +27 +11
Permanent jobs citing Validation 1,308 1,284 1,677
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.55% 1.17% 1.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.68% 1.27% 1.22%
Number of salaries quoted 660 926 1,154
10th Percentile £33,750 £31,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £41,813 £38,750 £39,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.90% +5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £66,250 £69,750 £71,250
90th Percentile £76,375 £83,125 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,900 £49,120 £45,000
% change year-on-year -0.45% +9.16% -

Validation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 78,066 101,391 137,195
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.48% 92.19% 92.31%
Number of salaries quoted 59,996 81,496 108,890
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Validation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Validation.

Salary trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Validation over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +49 1,096 £53,500 +1.90% 409
UK excluding London +45 789 £48,900 -0.45% 384
London +47 337 £60,000 +4.35% 66
Work from Home -28 213 £55,000 +29.41% 43
South East +8 212 £46,000 -12.38% 98
North of England +60 158 £48,500 +2.65% 63
East of England +88 154 £55,000 +23.60% 63
Midlands -16 110 £48,250 +1.58% 61
South West +59 95 £51,250 -2.38% 55
Yorkshire +51 90 £50,000 - 21
East Midlands +10 63 £50,000 +5.26% 19
North West +20 50 £50,000 +5.26% 27
West Midlands -34 47 £42,500 -12.82% 40
Scotland +22 44 £46,280 -11.85% 31
North East +16 18 £43,000 +32.31% 15
Wales +25 14 £48,900 +21.49% 13
Northern Ireland -2 2 £22,500 -50.00%

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for Validation.

1 446 (34.10%) Degree
2 290 (22.17%) Python
3 284 (21.71%) Agile Software Development
4 245 (18.73%) SQL
5 226 (17.28%) Analytical Skills
6 218 (16.67%) Finance
7 203 (15.52%) Computer Science
8 189 (14.45%) Problem-Solving
9 186 (14.22%) Microsoft
10 170 (13.00%) QA
11 166 (12.69%) Data Validation
12 165 (12.61%) Analytics
13 161 (12.31%) Data Management
14 160 (12.23%) Business Intelligence
15 155 (11.85%) Test Automation
16 152 (11.62%) Mathematics
17 149 (11.39%) Project Management
18 143 (10.93%) Pharmaceutical
19 135 (10.32%) Software Engineering
20 130 (9.94%) Software Testing
21 127 (9.71%) C
22 126 (9.63%) C++
23 117 (8.94%) Electronics
24 108 (8.26%) Java
24 108 (8.26%) Linux
25 105 (8.03%) Microsoft Excel
25 105 (8.03%) Mentoring
26 104 (7.95%) SAS
26 104 (7.95%) Visualisation
26 104 (7.95%) Machine Learning

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
1 104 (7.95%) SAS
2 36 (2.75%) Apache Spark
3 17 (1.30%) Oracle Workflow
4 16 (1.22%) Apache
5 13 (0.99%) GemFire
5 13 (0.99%) OpenStack
5 13 (0.99%) SharePoint
6 8 (0.61%) ArcGIS
6 8 (0.61%) Confluence
6 8 (0.61%) IIS
7 6 (0.46%) Jupyter
8 5 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.31%) Smallworld
10 3 (0.23%) CMS
10 3 (0.23%) NServiceBus
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.23%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.15%) Ethereum
11 2 (0.15%) JBoss
12 1 (0.076%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 105 (8.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 59 (4.51%) Microsoft Office
3 45 (3.44%) Simulink
4 37 (2.83%) Stateflow
5 27 (2.06%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 13 (0.99%) MS Visio
7 13 (0.99%) Sketch
8 12 (0.92%) InVision
9 11 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
10 9 (0.69%) AutoCAD
11 6 (0.46%) SOLIDWORKS
12 5 (0.38%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.38%) SPSS
13 4 (0.31%) Acrobat
13 4 (0.31%) FrameMaker
13 4 (0.31%) Photoshop
13 4 (0.31%) Pro/ENGINEER
13 4 (0.31%) PTC Creo
14 2 (0.15%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle Applications
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle Cash Management
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle ERP
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle General Ledger
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle Payables
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle Receivables
1 13 (0.99%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
2 10 (0.76%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 9 (0.69%) FINCAD Analytics
4 5 (0.38%) Oracle Clinical
4 5 (0.38%) Sentinel
5 4 (0.31%) Infor M3
5 4 (0.31%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.076%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.076%) Magento
7 1 (0.076%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.076%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.076%) SAP R/3
7 1 (0.076%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 95 (7.26%) Azure
2 94 (7.19%) Power Platform
3 83 (6.35%) AWS
4 33 (2.52%) SaaS
5 28 (2.14%) GitHub
6 27 (2.06%) Serverless
7 21 (1.61%) GCP
8 17 (1.30%) Microsoft 365
9 15 (1.15%) IaaS
10 14 (1.07%) PaaS
11 13 (0.99%) BrowserStack
12 12 (0.92%) Azure Data Factory
13 11 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
13 11 (0.84%) AWS Lambda
13 11 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
14 10 (0.76%) Adobe Creative Cloud
15 9 (0.69%) Google Sheets
16 7 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 7 (0.54%) Stackdriver
17 6 (0.46%) Firebase
Communications & Networking
1 69 (5.28%) Ethernet
2 59 (4.51%) Wireless
3 58 (4.43%) TCP/IP
4 57 (4.36%) Broadband
5 55 (4.20%) Wi-Fi
6 49 (3.75%) HTTP
7 38 (2.91%) MQTT
7 38 (2.91%) Wireshark
8 37 (2.83%) 802.11
8 37 (2.83%) HTTPS
8 37 (2.83%) STUN
9 30 (2.29%) Internet
10 25 (1.91%) Software-Defined Radio
11 22 (1.68%) Firewall
12 20 (1.53%) 4G
13 16 (1.22%) 2G
13 16 (1.22%) 3G
13 16 (1.22%) DNS
14 15 (1.15%) Bluetooth
15 14 (1.07%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (6.96%) Power BI
2 63 (4.82%) SQL Server
3 58 (4.43%) Relational Database
4 54 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
5 44 (3.36%) Tableau
6 42 (3.21%) Big Data
7 37 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
8 36 (2.75%) NoSQL
9 33 (2.52%) MySQL
9 33 (2.52%) Oracle Reports
10 26 (1.99%) Data Lake
11 23 (1.76%) Looker
11 23 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 22 (1.68%) Hadoop
13 17 (1.30%) Data Mining
14 14 (1.07%) MariaDB
14 14 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 13 (0.99%) HBase
15 13 (0.99%) Oracle BI Publisher
15 13 (0.99%) Redis
Development Applications
1 59 (4.51%) Git (software)
2 55 (4.20%) Rational DOORS
3 41 (3.13%) Jenkins
3 41 (3.13%) JIRA
4 39 (2.98%) Selenium
5 30 (2.29%) Cucumber
6 26 (1.99%) JUnit
7 22 (1.68%) WebDriver
8 21 (1.61%) Gradle
9 20 (1.53%) Eclipse
10 19 (1.45%) Cypress.io
11 15 (1.15%) Subversion
11 15 (1.15%) Visual Studio
12 13 (0.99%) Axure RP
12 13 (0.99%) IntelliJ
12 13 (0.99%) Mockito
12 13 (0.99%) Protractor
12 13 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
12 13 (0.99%) Storybook
12 13 (0.99%) TestRail
General
1 218 (16.67%) Finance
2 143 (10.93%) Pharmaceutical
3 117 (8.94%) Electronics
4 84 (6.42%) Telecoms
5 76 (5.81%) Aerospace
6 58 (4.43%) Manufacturing
7 55 (4.20%) Marketing
8 38 (2.91%) Games
9 37 (2.83%) Law
10 36 (2.75%) Legal
11 33 (2.52%) Banking
12 29 (2.22%) Retail
13 26 (1.99%) Military
14 21 (1.61%) Public Sector
15 20 (1.53%) Publishing
16 14 (1.07%) Avionics
17 13 (0.99%) General Ledger
18 12 (0.92%) French Language
19 11 (0.84%) Billing
19 11 (0.84%) German Language
Job Titles
1 166 (12.69%) Analyst
2 139 (10.63%) Developer
3 130 (9.94%) Systems Engineer
4 90 (6.88%) Programmer
5 67 (5.12%) Data Manager
6 58 (4.43%) Architect
7 57 (4.36%) Data Analyst
8 51 (3.90%) Design Engineer
8 51 (3.90%) Electronics Engineer
9 49 (3.75%) Software Engineer
10 47 (3.59%) Statistical Programmer
11 42 (3.21%) Automation Engineer
11 42 (3.21%) Senior Programmer
12 36 (2.75%) Electronics Design Engineer
13 35 (2.68%) Designer
14 33 (2.52%) Data Engineer
15 32 (2.45%) Principal Engineer
16 31 (2.37%) Consultant
17 29 (2.22%) Wireless Engineer
18 28 (2.14%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (4.59%) CSS
2 58 (4.43%) .NET
3 55 (4.20%) HTML
4 42 (3.21%) React
5 40 (3.06%) XML
6 39 (2.98%) RESTful
7 37 (2.83%) 802.1X
7 37 (2.83%) TensorFlow
7 37 (2.83%) XMPP
8 34 (2.60%) Node.js
8 34 (2.60%) PyTorch
9 32 (2.45%) REST
10 30 (2.29%) Spring
11 29 (2.22%) AngularJS
12 28 (2.14%) JSON
12 28 (2.14%) Web Services
13 24 (1.83%) Kafka
14 16 (1.22%) OpenCV
15 15 (1.15%) Express
16 13 (0.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 226 (17.28%) Analytical Skills
2 93 (7.11%) Self-Motivation
3 90 (6.88%) Management Information System
4 76 (5.81%) Algorithms
4 76 (5.81%) Life Science
5 74 (5.66%) Organisational Skills
6 57 (4.36%) User Experience
7 49 (3.75%) Mobile App
8 32 (2.45%) Embedded Systems
9 25 (1.91%) Linux Command Line
10 23 (1.76%) Robotics
11 21 (1.61%) Data Centre
11 21 (1.61%) PKI
12 19 (1.45%) LIMS
13 17 (1.30%) Biotechnology
13 17 (1.30%) Data Structures
14 16 (1.22%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 16 (1.22%) Virtual Team
15 15 (1.15%) Internet of Things
16 14 (1.07%) Home Automation
Operating Systems
1 108 (8.26%) Linux
2 42 (3.21%) Windows
3 31 (2.37%) Unix
4 19 (1.45%) Embedded Linux
5 14 (1.07%) Windows Server
6 12 (0.92%) Windows 10
7 7 (0.54%) Android
7 7 (0.54%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.38%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (0.31%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.15%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.15%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.076%) MVS
12 1 (0.076%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.076%) Robot Operating System
Processes & Methodologies
1 284 (21.71%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (15.52%) Computer Science
3 189 (14.45%) Problem-Solving
4 166 (12.69%) Data Validation
5 165 (12.61%) Analytics
6 161 (12.31%) Data Management
7 160 (12.23%) Business Intelligence
8 155 (11.85%) Test Automation
9 152 (11.62%) Mathematics
10 149 (11.39%) Project Management
11 135 (10.32%) Software Engineering
12 130 (9.94%) Software Testing
13 105 (8.03%) Mentoring
14 104 (7.95%) Machine Learning
14 104 (7.95%) Visualisation
15 101 (7.72%) Statistics
16 92 (7.03%) Continuous Improvement
17 90 (6.88%) SDLC
17 90 (6.88%) Systems Engineering
18 88 (6.73%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 290 (22.17%) Python
2 245 (18.73%) SQL
3 127 (9.71%) C
4 126 (9.63%) C++
5 108 (8.26%) Java
6 93 (7.11%) C#
7 87 (6.65%) JavaScript
8 75 (5.73%) R
9 48 (3.67%) MATLAB
10 25 (1.91%) Embedded C
10 25 (1.91%) Shell Script
10 25 (1.91%) TypeScript
11 22 (1.68%) Ruby
11 22 (1.68%) VB
12 21 (1.61%) PL/SQL
13 19 (1.45%) Embedded C++
13 19 (1.45%) SAS Macro
14 18 (1.38%) Bash Shell
15 17 (1.30%) T-SQL
16 13 (0.99%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 446 (34.10%) Degree
2 97 (7.42%) Security Cleared
3 58 (4.43%) PhD
4 52 (3.98%) SC Cleared
5 34 (2.60%) Master's Degree
6 29 (2.22%) CISSP
6 29 (2.22%) DV Cleared
7 26 (1.99%) Oracle Certification
8 25 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
9 20 (1.53%) CRISC
9 20 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
10 18 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
12 14 (1.07%) CCNP
12 14 (1.07%) HND
13 13 (0.99%) OCP
14 11 (0.84%) Chartered Engineer
14 11 (0.84%) MBCS
14 11 (0.84%) Numerate Degree
15 9 (0.69%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 170 (13.00%) QA
2 70 (5.35%) Data Quality
3 58 (4.43%) CDISC
4 41 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 33 (2.52%) GDPR
6 31 (2.37%) Good Clinical Practice
7 27 (2.06%) PMO
8 22 (1.68%) NIST
9 16 (1.22%) GMP
9 16 (1.22%) GxP
10 15 (1.15%) SLA
11 13 (0.99%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 13 (0.99%) GAMP
11 13 (0.99%) ISO 9001
12 12 (0.92%) EMIR
12 12 (0.92%) MiFID
13 9 (0.69%) Dodd-Frank
14 8 (0.61%) ISO 13485
15 7 (0.54%) OASIS TOSCA
16 6 (0.46%) Def Stans
System Software
1 61 (4.66%) Firmware
2 36 (2.75%) Active Directory
2 36 (2.75%) Docker
3 31 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (0.99%) HDFS
5 12 (0.92%) KVM
6 11 (0.84%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.15%) vSphere
9 1 (0.076%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.076%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 38 (2.91%) Kibana
2 37 (2.83%) Graylog
3 19 (1.45%) Ansible
3 19 (1.45%) Terraform
4 18 (1.38%) Kubernetes
5 9 (0.69%) Nessus
5 9 (0.69%) SCCM
6 8 (0.61%) Puppet
7 7 (0.54%) Grafana
8 5 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.31%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.31%) SCOM
10 3 (0.23%) BMC PATROL
10 3 (0.23%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (0.23%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.23%) Prometheus
10 3 (0.23%) SCVMM
10 3 (0.23%) WSUS
11 2 (0.15%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.15%) vRealize
Vendors
1 186 (14.22%) Microsoft
2 90 (6.88%) Oracle
3 81 (6.19%) EMC
4 70 (5.35%) Twitter
5 37 (2.83%) SAP
6 34 (2.60%) VMware
7 29 (2.22%) Cisco
8 28 (2.14%) Google
9 24 (1.83%) Salesforce.com
10 19 (1.45%) IBM
11 18 (1.38%) Adobe
12 17 (1.30%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 17 (1.30%) Remedy
13 15 (1.15%) Okta
14 14 (1.07%) Databricks
14 14 (1.07%) Gemalto
15 13 (0.99%) Nokia
16 12 (0.92%) Facebook
17 11 (0.84%) Ericsson
18 10 (0.76%) Juniper