Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Validation
UK
6 months to
25 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 265 298 307
Rank change year-on-year +33 +9 +18
Permanent jobs citing Validation 1,534 1,695 1,866
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.23% 1.12% 1.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 1.21% 1.16%
Number of salaries quoted 1,036 1,082 1,381
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £51,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +1.94% +14.44%
10th Percentile £32,001 £32,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +5.88%

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 114,871 139,850 160,545
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.97% 92.16% 92.20%
Number of salaries quoted 90,930 110,348 129,622
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,500 £29,750 £28,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,069 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.38% - +5.88%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Validation.

Salary trend for Validation in the UK

Validation
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Validation over the 6 months to 25 January 2020.

Salary histogram for Validation in the UK

Validation
Top 16 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 25 January 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 +39 1,434 £55,000 +3.77% 444
UK excluding London +32 901 £50,000 +7.53% 410
London +24 593 £62,500 -3.85% 72
South East +88 374 £55,000 +10.00% 103
Midlands +28 160 £42,500 - 69
West Midlands +64 126 £42,500 +1.40% 47
East of England +62 111 £51,500 +3.00% 74
North of England -56 109 £45,000 - 61
South West -13 75 £53,750 +7.50% 65
North West -13 65 £40,000 -0.86% 40
Wales +23 40 £40,250 +30.62% 11
Yorkshire -4 39 £47,250 +5.00% 13
Scotland +28 34 £53,825 +19.61% 25
East Midlands -28 34 £60,000 +37.93% 22
Northern Ireland +17 6 £45,000 - 2
North East -1 5 £45,000 +26.76% 8

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 513 (33.44%) Agile Software Development
2 324 (21.12%) Degree
3 290 (18.90%) Finance
4 278 (18.12%) SQL
5 272 (17.73%) Python
6 249 (16.23%) Microsoft
7 244 (15.91%) Software Engineering
8 239 (15.58%) Java
9 232 (15.12%) Test Automation
10 215 (14.02%) Analytical Skills
11 195 (12.71%) Problem-Solving
11 195 (12.71%) C#
12 194 (12.65%) Windows
13 178 (11.60%) AWS
14 177 (11.54%) Mentoring
15 176 (11.47%) QA
16 173 (11.28%) Linux
17 168 (10.95%) Data Validation
18 159 (10.37%) Azure
19 148 (9.65%) C++
19 148 (9.65%) Analytics
20 147 (9.58%) Computer Science
21 145 (9.45%) C
22 126 (8.21%) Business Intelligence
23 125 (8.15%) JIRA
24 124 (8.08%) JavaScript
25 123 (8.02%) Change Management
26 122 (7.95%) Microsoft Excel
27 121 (7.89%) SQL Server
27 121 (7.89%) Project 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 41 (2.67%) SharePoint
2 36 (2.35%) Confluence
3 24 (1.56%) Apache Spark
4 19 (1.24%) Smallworld
5 18 (1.17%) Skype for Business
6 14 (0.91%) IIS
7 11 (0.72%) SAS
8 8 (0.52%) CMS
8 8 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (0.52%) WebSphere
9 7 (0.46%) Apache
9 7 (0.46%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.39%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.39%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.33%) Oracle Coherence
12 4 (0.26%) DataSynapse
12 4 (0.26%) WebSphere Application Server
13 3 (0.20%) Anypoint
13 3 (0.20%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.20%) Mule
Applications
1 122 (7.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 102 (6.65%) Microsoft Office
3 50 (3.26%) MS Visio
4 42 (2.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (1.24%) AutoCAD
5 19 (1.24%) InVision
6 17 (1.11%) Simulink
7 14 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
8 13 (0.85%) Sketch
9 7 (0.46%) Adobe XD
10 6 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
11 3 (0.20%) OmniGraffle
11 3 (0.20%) PlantUML
12 2 (0.13%) FrameMaker
12 2 (0.13%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.13%) SPSS
13 1 (0.065%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.065%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.065%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 12 (0.78%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 9 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 7 (0.46%) SAP HCM
4 6 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.33%) PolarLake
5 5 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.26%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.20%) FastStats
7 3 (0.20%) FastStats PeopleStage
7 3 (0.20%) NetSuite
7 3 (0.20%) SAP ICH
7 3 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
8 2 (0.13%) Elite 3E
8 2 (0.13%) JDE EnterpriseOne
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
9 1 (0.065%) Dynamics AX
9 1 (0.065%) Movex
9 1 (0.065%) Summit
9 1 (0.065%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 178 (11.60%) AWS
2 159 (10.37%) Azure
3 61 (3.98%) GCP
4 57 (3.72%) Office 365
5 42 (2.74%) SaaS
6 29 (1.89%) GitHub
6 29 (1.89%) Power Platform
7 28 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
7 28 (1.83%) Serverless
8 27 (1.76%) Amazon S3
9 22 (1.43%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 20 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
11 17 (1.11%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
12 16 (1.04%) AWS Lambda
13 15 (0.98%) Amazon ECS
13 15 (0.98%) Amazon SageMaker
14 13 (0.85%) BrowserStack
15 12 (0.78%) Datadog
16 10 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
16 10 (0.65%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 96 (6.26%) Firewall
2 52 (3.39%) VPN
3 50 (3.26%) LAN
4 49 (3.19%) WAN
4 49 (3.19%) Wireless
5 45 (2.93%) TCP/IP
6 39 (2.54%) Internet
7 37 (2.41%) Network Security
8 36 (2.35%) DNS
9 28 (1.83%) DHCP
10 26 (1.69%) MPLS
11 24 (1.56%) Skype
11 24 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
12 23 (1.50%) GPON
13 22 (1.43%) SSL
14 20 (1.30%) Broadband
15 17 (1.11%) Ethernet
16 12 (0.78%) VoIP
17 11 (0.72%) BGP
18 10 (0.65%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (7.89%) SQL Server
2 84 (5.48%) Data Warehouse
3 69 (4.50%) Big Data
4 66 (4.30%) MySQL
5 65 (4.24%) Relational Database
6 54 (3.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 45 (2.93%) Hadoop
8 38 (2.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 30 (1.96%) Amazon Redshift
10 29 (1.89%) MongoDB
10 29 (1.89%) Power BI
11 24 (1.56%) Data Lake
12 23 (1.50%) Amazon Aurora
12 23 (1.50%) Amazon RDS
12 23 (1.50%) Snowflake Schema
13 22 (1.43%) GIS
14 21 (1.37%) OLAP
15 19 (1.24%) NoSQL
16 18 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
17 17 (1.11%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 125 (8.15%) JIRA
2 114 (7.43%) Git (software)
3 108 (7.04%) Selenium
4 86 (5.61%) Jenkins
5 71 (4.63%) WebDriver
6 55 (3.59%) Visual Studio
7 46 (3.00%) Cucumber
8 33 (2.15%) Subversion
9 29 (1.89%) Maven
10 28 (1.83%) Team Foundation Server
11 22 (1.43%) Rational Rhapsody
12 21 (1.37%) Rational DOORS
13 20 (1.30%) Eclipse
14 16 (1.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 16 (1.04%) JUnit
15 15 (0.98%) PhantomJS
15 15 (0.98%) TestRail
16 14 (0.91%) GCC
17 13 (0.85%) JMeter
18 12 (0.78%) TeamCity
General
1 290 (18.90%) Finance
2 101 (6.58%) Electronics
3 82 (5.35%) Banking
4 75 (4.89%) Telecoms
5 74 (4.82%) Marketing
6 60 (3.91%) Manufacturing
7 58 (3.78%) Retail
8 41 (2.67%) Aerospace
9 32 (2.09%) Front Office
10 30 (1.96%) Public Sector
11 28 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
12 26 (1.69%) Military
13 25 (1.63%) Automotive
14 24 (1.56%) Legal
15 23 (1.50%) Law
15 23 (1.50%) Publishing
16 20 (1.30%) Local Government
17 17 (1.11%) Advertising
17 17 (1.11%) Billing
17 17 (1.11%) Games
Job Titles
1 294 (19.17%) Analyst
2 166 (10.82%) Developer
3 112 (7.30%) Software Engineer
4 104 (6.78%) Architect
5 62 (4.04%) Test Engineer
6 61 (3.98%) Business Analyst
7 50 (3.26%) Data Analyst
7 50 (3.26%) Senior Software Engineer
8 49 (3.19%) Consultant
8 49 (3.19%) Systems Engineer
9 46 (3.00%) Administrator
10 40 (2.61%) Embedded Engineer
11 39 (2.54%) Software Developer
12 38 (2.48%) Network Engineer
13 36 (2.35%) Security Engineer
14 35 (2.28%) QA Engineer
15 34 (2.22%) Test Analyst
16 33 (2.15%) Data Architect
17 32 (2.09%) Embedded Software Engineer
17 32 (2.09%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (4.50%) Web Services
2 61 (3.98%) HTML
3 58 (3.78%) .NET
4 55 (3.59%) CSS
4 55 (3.59%) REST
5 42 (2.74%) JSON
6 40 (2.61%) Node.js
7 39 (2.54%) XML
8 33 (2.15%) J2EE
9 30 (1.96%) Spring
10 28 (1.83%) Kafka
10 28 (1.83%) Spring Boot
11 25 (1.63%) SOAP
12 21 (1.37%) AngularJS
12 21 (1.37%) Middleware
13 16 (1.04%) React
14 15 (0.98%) Natural Language Processing
14 15 (0.98%) OpenNLP
14 15 (0.98%) RabbitMQ
14 15 (0.98%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 215 (14.02%) Analytical Skills
2 118 (7.69%) User Experience
3 99 (6.45%) Management Information System
3 99 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
4 57 (3.72%) Data Centre
5 41 (2.67%) Algorithms
6 37 (2.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 36 (2.35%) Equities
8 35 (2.28%) Security Operations Centre
9 32 (2.09%) Derivative
10 27 (1.76%) Reference Data
11 23 (1.50%) Data Structures
11 23 (1.50%) Fixed Income
12 20 (1.30%) Driving Licence
13 19 (1.24%) Fibre Optics
13 19 (1.24%) Life Science
14 18 (1.17%) Virtual Team
15 17 (1.11%) Market Risk
15 17 (1.11%) Mobile App
16 16 (1.04%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 194 (12.65%) Windows
2 173 (11.28%) Linux
3 61 (3.98%) Unix
4 50 (3.26%) Windows Server
5 44 (2.87%) Apple iOS
6 36 (2.35%) Android
7 23 (1.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 22 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (1.37%) Mac OS
10 15 (0.98%) Windows 10
11 12 (0.78%) Mesosphere
12 10 (0.65%) Embedded Linux
12 10 (0.65%) VxWorks
12 10 (0.65%) Windows 7
13 9 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.46%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 4 (0.26%) Kali Linux
16 4 (0.26%) Windows XP
17 3 (0.20%) ThreadX
Processes & Methodologies
1 513 (33.44%) Agile Software Development
2 244 (15.91%) Software Engineering
3 232 (15.12%) Test Automation
4 195 (12.71%) Problem-Solving
5 177 (11.54%) Mentoring
6 168 (10.95%) Data Validation
7 148 (9.65%) Analytics
8 147 (9.58%) Computer Science
9 126 (8.21%) Business Intelligence
10 123 (8.02%) Change Management
11 121 (7.89%) Project Management
12 114 (7.43%) ITIL
13 112 (7.30%) Scrum
14 107 (6.98%) Migration
15 103 (6.71%) SDLC
16 98 (6.39%) Open Source
17 93 (6.06%) Continuous Integration
17 93 (6.06%) Data Analysis
17 93 (6.06%) DevOps
17 93 (6.06%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 278 (18.12%) SQL
2 272 (17.73%) Python
3 239 (15.58%) Java
4 195 (12.71%) C#
5 148 (9.65%) C++
6 145 (9.45%) C
7 124 (8.08%) JavaScript
8 45 (2.93%) PowerShell
9 41 (2.67%) Bash Shell
9 41 (2.67%) Ruby
10 39 (2.54%) R
11 35 (2.28%) Embedded C
11 35 (2.28%) MATLAB
12 32 (2.09%) T-SQL
13 31 (2.02%) Perl
14 28 (1.83%) ANSI C
15 26 (1.69%) TypeScript
16 25 (1.63%) Java 8
17 20 (1.30%) Apex Code
17 20 (1.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 324 (21.12%) Degree
2 89 (5.80%) Security Cleared
3 66 (4.30%) Computer Science Degree
4 62 (4.04%) Cisco Certification
5 59 (3.85%) SC Cleared
6 52 (3.39%) DBS Check
7 46 (3.00%) PhD
8 41 (2.67%) CISSP
9 29 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
10 25 (1.63%) ISTQB
11 24 (1.56%) CCNA
12 22 (1.43%) CCNP
13 19 (1.24%) DV Cleared
13 19 (1.24%) MCSE
14 18 (1.17%) CCSP
14 18 (1.17%) CompTIA Security+
15 17 (1.11%) HNC
16 14 (0.91%) GCIA
16 14 (0.91%) Master's Degree
17 13 (0.85%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (11.47%) QA
2 87 (5.67%) Data Quality
3 42 (2.74%) GDPR
3 42 (2.74%) SLA
4 28 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 26 (1.69%) PMO
6 24 (1.56%) PCI DSS
7 16 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 15 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 15288
9 12 (0.78%) EMIR
10 10 (0.65%) Dodd-Frank
10 10 (0.65%) GxP
10 10 (0.65%) MiFID
11 8 (0.52%) ITGC
12 6 (0.39%) ISO 9001
12 6 (0.39%) MISRA
12 6 (0.39%) MISRA C
12 6 (0.39%) NIST
13 5 (0.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 5 (0.33%) ECSS
System Software
1 113 (7.37%) Docker
2 53 (3.46%) Firmware
3 50 (3.26%) Active Directory
4 36 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
5 26 (1.69%) Hyper-V
6 12 (0.78%) XenApp
7 11 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (0.46%) vSphere
9 5 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (0.26%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.065%) Apache Flume
12 1 (0.065%) MetaFrame
12 1 (0.065%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 53 (3.46%) Terraform
2 42 (2.74%) HP Quality Center
3 40 (2.61%) Kubernetes
4 38 (2.48%) Ansible
5 29 (1.89%) SCCM
6 25 (1.63%) Puppet
7 19 (1.24%) WSUS
8 14 (0.91%) EMC NetWorker
8 14 (0.91%) NetBackup
8 14 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
8 14 (0.91%) SCOM
8 14 (0.91%) SCVMM
9 13 (0.85%) Hadoop YARN
9 13 (0.85%) Oozie
10 12 (0.78%) Automic
10 12 (0.78%) Consul
10 12 (0.78%) Prometheus
11 10 (0.65%) Kibana
11 10 (0.65%) Marathon
11 10 (0.65%) Mesos
Vendors
1 249 (16.23%) Microsoft
2 86 (5.61%) Salesforce.com
3 80 (5.22%) Oracle
4 74 (4.82%) Cisco
5 66 (4.30%) VMware
6 63 (4.11%) Tableau
7 61 (3.98%) Google
8 47 (3.06%) SAP
9 37 (2.41%) HP
10 35 (2.28%) Citrix
11 28 (1.83%) Freescale
11 28 (1.83%) Renesas
12 23 (1.50%) EMC
12 23 (1.50%) IBM
13 20 (1.30%) BT
13 20 (1.30%) Palo Alto
13 20 (1.30%) Virgin Media
14 19 (1.24%) Adobe
14 19 (1.24%) Openreach
14 19 (1.24%) Splunk