The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Belfast region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 12 16 20
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +4
Contract jobs citing Validation 13 1 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Belfast 12.38% 1.39% 3.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 16.46% 1.89% 5.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 3
Average daily rate
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£95 £90 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -75.67%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £355
% change year-on-year
- -1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.97 £34.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-8.91% -5.55%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Belfast region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Belfast
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
79 53 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Belfast 75.24% 73.61% 56.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 20 48
Average daily rate £264 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.08% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £93 £192 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £400 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 4
Average hourly rate £17.50 £13.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.62% -58.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in Belfast

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Validation across the Belfast region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Belfast

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Validation across the Belfast region.

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Belfast

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Belfast region citing Validation also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Validation.

1 11 (84.62%) ITIL
1 11 (84.62%) UNIX
1 11 (84.62%) Windows
1 11 (84.62%) Solaris
1 11 (84.62%) Linux
1 11 (84.62%) Firewall
1 11 (84.62%) DMZ
1 11 (84.62%) Load Balancing
1 11 (84.62%) Reverse Proxy
1 11 (84.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 11 (84.62%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (61.54%) Middleware
2 8 (61.54%) Sun
3 7 (53.85%) Java
4 5 (38.46%) SailPoint
4 5 (38.46%) TIBCO
4 5 (38.46%) Identity Management
5 4 (30.77%) WebSphere Application Server
5 4 (30.77%) Active Directory
5 4 (30.77%) IBM
5 4 (30.77%) Tivoli
5 4 (30.77%) Shell Script
5 4 (30.77%) PowerShell
5 4 (30.77%) WebSphere
6 3 (23.08%) Kalman Filter
6 3 (23.08%) LDAP
7 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
7 2 (15.38%) MS Office
8 1 (7.69%) Finance
8 1 (7.69%) Banking

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Belfast by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Belfast region citing Validation also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Validation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (30.77%) WebSphere Application Server
1 4 (30.77%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
1 2 (15.38%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 11 (84.62%) Firewall
1 11 (84.62%) DMZ
1 11 (84.62%) Reverse Proxy
2 3 (23.08%) LDAP
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
1 1 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Operations Engineer
1 6 (46.15%) Middleware Engineer
2 1 (7.69%) Service Manager
2 1 (7.69%) Operations Analyst
2 1 (7.69%) Sun Engineer
2 1 (7.69%) Analyst
2 1 (7.69%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (61.54%) Middleware
2 5 (38.46%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 11 (84.62%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 11 (84.62%) UNIX
1 11 (84.62%) Windows
1 11 (84.62%) Solaris
1 11 (84.62%) Linux
1 11 (84.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) ITIL
1 11 (84.62%) Load Balancing
2 5 (38.46%) Identity Management
3 3 (23.08%) Kalman Filter
4 1 (7.69%) Data Analysis
4 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 7 (53.85%) Java
2 4 (30.77%) Shell Script
2 4 (30.77%) PowerShell
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (30.77%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (30.77%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 8 (61.54%) Sun
2 5 (38.46%) TIBCO
3 4 (30.77%) IBM