Period
to 30 May 2020

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 30 May 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Validation
UK
6 months to
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 267 281 294
Rank change year-on-year +14 +13 +44
Permanent jobs citing Validation 1,049 1,693 1,967
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.17% 1.18% 1.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 1.28% 1.23%
Number of salaries quoted 789 1,220 1,402
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,750 £30,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +8.43%

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 82,739 132,565 159,323
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.24% 92.26% 92.32%
Number of salaries quoted 65,666 103,797 128,166
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £29,250
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 2020. 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 +12 973 £50,000 - 152
UK excluding London +15 693 £47,500 +5.56% 137
London +7 327 £57,500 -8.00% 31
South East +61 265 £50,000 -9.09% 37
Midlands +61 130 £47,500 +11.76% 14
North of England -32 115 £42,500 +6.25% 23
East of England +96 92 £43,000 -4.44% 25
West Midlands +21 70 £50,000 +11.11% 14
North West +31 68 £45,000 - 17
East Midlands +83 60 £42,500 +16.31%
Work from Home +45 59 £42,500 -27.85% 12
South West +26 40 £42,500 -13.27% 21
Yorkshire -34 35 £40,000 - 1
Scotland +47 27 £52,500 -12.50% 10
Wales -2 22 £40,000 +23.08% 7
North East +2 12 £32,500 +1.56% 5
Northern Ireland - 4 £45,000 -

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, 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.

1 278 (26.50%) Degree
2 244 (23.26%) Agile Software Development
3 237 (22.59%) Finance
4 209 (19.92%) Microsoft
5 183 (17.45%) Python
5 183 (17.45%) Software Engineering
6 174 (16.59%) SQL
7 154 (14.68%) Problem-Solving
8 141 (13.44%) C#
9 132 (12.58%) C++
10 124 (11.82%) Windows
11 121 (11.53%) Computer Science
12 120 (11.44%) Test Automation
13 119 (11.34%) Java
14 117 (11.15%) Analytical Skills
15 113 (10.77%) Analytics
16 109 (10.39%) C
17 102 (9.72%) Oracle
18 99 (9.44%) AWS
18 99 (9.44%) QA
19 95 (9.06%) Microsoft Office
20 92 (8.77%) SDLC
21 90 (8.58%) Project Management
22 87 (8.29%) Data Validation
23 85 (8.10%) SQL Server
24 83 (7.91%) Azure
25 81 (7.72%) Microsoft Excel
26 80 (7.63%) Mentoring
27 76 (7.24%) Active Directory
28 74 (7.05%) 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 18 (1.72%) Confluence
1 18 (1.72%) Smallworld
2 15 (1.43%) Apache Spark
3 13 (1.24%) Skype for Business
4 10 (0.95%) Apache
4 10 (0.95%) SAS
5 7 (0.67%) IIS
6 6 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.48%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.48%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.48%) SharePoint
8 4 (0.38%) ArcGIS
8 4 (0.38%) CMS
8 4 (0.38%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.38%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.29%) WordPress
10 2 (0.19%) Moodle
10 2 (0.19%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.19%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 95 (9.06%) Microsoft Office
2 81 (7.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 43 (4.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 33 (3.15%) MS Visio
5 18 (1.72%) AutoCAD
6 9 (0.86%) InVision
6 9 (0.86%) Sketch
7 7 (0.67%) Simulink
8 4 (0.38%) EPLAN
8 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
8 4 (0.38%) TargetLink
9 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.095%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.095%) EViews
10 1 (0.095%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.095%) SPSS
10 1 (0.095%) Stata
Business Applications
1 5 (0.48%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 4 (0.38%) Infor M3
2 4 (0.38%) PeopleSoft CRM
2 4 (0.38%) PeopleSoft Financials
2 4 (0.38%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 4 (0.38%) PeopleSoft HRMS
2 4 (0.38%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.29%) SAP MM
4 2 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.19%) Endur
4 2 (0.19%) Magento
4 2 (0.19%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.19%) SAP SD
4 2 (0.19%) SAP SRM
4 2 (0.19%) SAP WM
4 2 (0.19%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.095%) SAP EWM
5 1 (0.095%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 99 (9.44%) AWS
2 83 (7.91%) Azure
3 30 (2.86%) GitHub
4 29 (2.76%) GCP
5 20 (1.91%) Office 365
6 19 (1.81%) Power Platform
7 16 (1.53%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 15 (1.43%) SaaS
9 14 (1.33%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
10 10 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (0.86%) Amazon ECS
11 9 (0.86%) Serverless
12 8 (0.76%) PaaS
13 7 (0.67%) Amazon S3
13 7 (0.67%) Amazon SageMaker
13 7 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
14 6 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (0.57%) IaaS
14 6 (0.57%) OneDrive
15 5 (0.48%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 39 (3.72%) TCP/IP
2 34 (3.24%) Firewall
2 34 (3.24%) LAN
3 29 (2.76%) DNS
4 27 (2.57%) Wi-Fi
4 27 (2.57%) Wireless
5 26 (2.48%) DHCP
5 26 (2.48%) Internet
6 21 (2.00%) WAN
7 20 (1.91%) VPN
8 19 (1.81%) Bluetooth
8 19 (1.81%) Broadband
8 19 (1.81%) GPON
9 18 (1.72%) LTE
10 16 (1.53%) Ethernet
10 16 (1.53%) MQTT
10 16 (1.53%) RS-485
11 14 (1.33%) Skype
12 13 (1.24%) Network Security
13 12 (1.14%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (8.10%) SQL Server
2 63 (6.01%) Data Warehouse
3 52 (4.96%) Relational Database
4 40 (3.81%) MySQL
5 31 (2.96%) NoSQL
6 28 (2.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 26 (2.48%) GIS
7 26 (2.48%) Snowflake Schema
8 24 (2.29%) Big Data
8 24 (2.29%) Hadoop
9 22 (2.10%) OLAP
10 20 (1.91%) Oracle OLAP
11 19 (1.81%) Power BI
12 18 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
12 18 (1.72%) MongoDB
12 18 (1.72%) OLTP
12 18 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 17 (1.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 17 (1.62%) RDBMS
14 15 (1.43%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 61 (5.82%) Git (software)
2 47 (4.48%) JIRA
3 45 (4.29%) Jenkins
4 42 (4.00%) Selenium
5 41 (3.91%) Visual Studio
6 31 (2.96%) Subversion
7 28 (2.67%) GCC
8 25 (2.38%) WebDriver
9 23 (2.19%) Eclipse
10 20 (1.91%) Cucumber
11 15 (1.43%) ERwin
11 15 (1.43%) PowerDesigner
12 13 (1.24%) GitLab
13 12 (1.14%) Maven
14 10 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
15 9 (0.86%) Rational Rhapsody
15 9 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
16 8 (0.76%) Clang
16 8 (0.76%) CMake
16 8 (0.76%) PhantomJS
General
1 237 (22.59%) Finance
2 68 (6.48%) Electronics
3 58 (5.53%) Marketing
4 52 (4.96%) Telecoms
5 37 (3.53%) Banking
6 33 (3.15%) Manufacturing
7 27 (2.57%) Billing
8 25 (2.38%) Retail
9 24 (2.29%) Legal
10 23 (2.19%) Automotive
11 20 (1.91%) Pharmaceutical
12 19 (1.81%) Law
13 18 (1.72%) Advertising
13 18 (1.72%) Military
14 17 (1.62%) Back Office
15 16 (1.53%) Financial Institution
16 15 (1.43%) Aerospace
16 15 (1.43%) Games
17 11 (1.05%) Public Sector
18 7 (0.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 176 (16.78%) Analyst
2 132 (12.58%) Developer
3 80 (7.63%) Software Engineer
4 57 (5.43%) Architect
5 42 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
6 38 (3.62%) Consultant
7 35 (3.34%) Business Analyst
8 34 (3.24%) Cryptography Engineer
9 33 (3.15%) Design Engineer
10 31 (2.96%) Data Architect
10 31 (2.96%) Junior
11 29 (2.76%) Administrator
11 29 (2.76%) Network Engineer
12 28 (2.67%) Technical Analyst
13 25 (2.38%) Test Engineer
14 24 (2.29%) Electronics Engineer
14 24 (2.29%) Embedded Engineer
14 24 (2.29%) Software Developer
15 23 (2.19%) Data Analyst
15 23 (2.19%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (6.96%) .NET
2 56 (5.34%) XML
3 39 (3.72%) HTML
4 36 (3.43%) CSS
5 30 (2.86%) JSON
6 28 (2.67%) Web Services
7 22 (2.10%) Kafka
8 18 (1.72%) Node.js
9 17 (1.62%) WPF
10 16 (1.53%) Middleware
10 16 (1.53%) SOAP
11 15 (1.43%) FIX Protocol
11 15 (1.43%) REST
12 14 (1.33%) J2EE
13 13 (1.24%) ASP.NET
14 11 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC
14 11 (1.05%) KML
14 11 (1.05%) React
14 11 (1.05%) RESTful
15 10 (0.95%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 117 (11.15%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (5.53%) Management Information System
3 48 (4.58%) Algorithms
3 48 (4.58%) User Experience
4 44 (4.19%) Self-Motivation
5 39 (3.72%) PKI
6 35 (3.34%) Data Centre
7 25 (2.38%) Data Structures
8 23 (2.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 23 (2.19%) Reference Data
9 19 (1.81%) Fibre Optics
10 17 (1.62%) Embedded Systems
10 17 (1.62%) Internet of Things
11 15 (1.43%) Analogue Electronics
11 15 (1.43%) Driving Licence
12 14 (1.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 14 (1.33%) Greenfield Project
13 13 (1.24%) Mobile App
14 12 (1.14%) Cyberattack
14 12 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 124 (11.82%) Windows
2 61 (5.82%) Linux
3 39 (3.72%) Unix
4 36 (3.43%) Windows Server
5 33 (3.15%) Apple iOS
6 27 (2.57%) Windows Server 2016
7 26 (2.48%) Android
8 21 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 20 (1.91%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (0.76%) Mac OS X
10 8 (0.76%) Windows 10
11 7 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.67%) Windows XP
12 6 (0.57%) Windows Server 2019
13 4 (0.38%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.38%) Solaris
13 4 (0.38%) VxWorks
14 3 (0.29%) CentOS
14 3 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 244 (23.26%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (17.45%) Software Engineering
3 154 (14.68%) Problem-Solving
4 121 (11.53%) Computer Science
5 120 (11.44%) Test Automation
6 113 (10.77%) Analytics
7 92 (8.77%) SDLC
8 90 (8.58%) Project Management
9 87 (8.29%) Data Validation
10 80 (7.63%) Mentoring
11 74 (7.05%) Change Management
12 72 (6.86%) User Acceptance Testing
13 71 (6.77%) Migration
14 68 (6.48%) Data Modelling
15 67 (6.39%) ITIL
16 66 (6.29%) Business Intelligence
17 65 (6.20%) Software Testing
18 63 (6.01%) Scrum
19 61 (5.82%) Mathematics
20 58 (5.53%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 183 (17.45%) Python
2 174 (16.59%) SQL
3 141 (13.44%) C#
4 132 (12.58%) C++
5 119 (11.34%) Java
6 109 (10.39%) C
7 70 (6.67%) JavaScript
8 35 (3.34%) Embedded C
9 26 (2.48%) T-SQL
10 21 (2.00%) R
11 20 (1.91%) MATLAB
12 19 (1.81%) PHP
13 18 (1.72%) Apex Code
13 18 (1.72%) Perl
14 17 (1.62%) VBA
15 16 (1.53%) Bash Shell
16 14 (1.33%) TypeScript
17 12 (1.14%) PL/SQL
17 12 (1.14%) Scala
18 11 (1.05%) ANSI C
Qualifications
1 278 (26.50%) Degree
2 54 (5.15%) Security Cleared
3 50 (4.77%) Computer Science Degree
3 50 (4.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (2.96%) DBS Check
5 28 (2.67%) DV Cleared
5 28 (2.67%) Master's Degree
6 21 (2.00%) CISSP
7 20 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (1.91%) SC Cleared
8 19 (1.81%) PhD
9 18 (1.72%) AWS Certification
10 16 (1.53%) HNC
11 11 (1.05%) CCNP
11 11 (1.05%) CEH
11 11 (1.05%) CompTIA Security+
11 11 (1.05%) GCIA
11 11 (1.05%) GCIH
11 11 (1.05%) MCITP
11 11 (1.05%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (9.44%) QA
2 46 (4.39%) Data Quality
3 26 (2.48%) GDPR
4 17 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (1.33%) GxP
6 13 (1.24%) PMO
7 12 (1.14%) ISO 26262
8 11 (1.05%) SLA
9 8 (0.76%) PCI DSS
10 7 (0.67%) Dodd-Frank
10 7 (0.67%) EMIR
10 7 (0.67%) GAMP
10 7 (0.67%) MiFID
11 5 (0.48%) Basel III
11 5 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 15288
12 4 (0.38%) IFRS
12 4 (0.38%) IFRS 9
12 4 (0.38%) ISO 13485
12 4 (0.38%) MISRA
12 4 (0.38%) MISRA C
System Software
1 76 (7.24%) Active Directory
2 62 (5.91%) Firmware
3 51 (4.86%) Docker
4 31 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 27 (2.57%) Hyper-V
6 13 (1.24%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.38%) vSphere
8 2 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.095%) NDS
Systems Management
1 31 (2.96%) SCCM
2 20 (1.91%) EMC NetWorker
2 20 (1.91%) NetBackup
2 20 (1.91%) SCOM
2 20 (1.91%) SCVMM
2 20 (1.91%) WSUS
3 19 (1.81%) Terraform
4 16 (1.53%) Ansible
5 12 (1.14%) Kubernetes
6 10 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
7 8 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 6 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
9 5 (0.48%) CA Single Sign-On
9 5 (0.48%) HP ALM
10 4 (0.38%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (0.38%) Control-M
11 3 (0.29%) Data Guard
11 3 (0.29%) Oracle RMAN
11 3 (0.29%) Packer
Vendors
1 209 (19.92%) Microsoft
2 102 (9.72%) Oracle
3 65 (6.20%) Salesforce.com
4 53 (5.05%) SAP
5 40 (3.81%) Google
5 40 (3.81%) VMware
6 34 (3.24%) Gemalto
6 34 (3.24%) HP
7 33 (3.15%) Cisco
8 29 (2.76%) EMC
9 28 (2.67%) Tableau
10 23 (2.19%) BT
11 22 (2.10%) Citrix
11 22 (2.10%) Virgin Media
12 20 (1.91%) Symantec
13 19 (1.81%) Openreach
14 12 (1.14%) CheckPoint
14 12 (1.14%) F5
14 12 (1.14%) Mapinfo
15 11 (1.05%) IBM