The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cambridge region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 28 January 2015 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 35 31 41
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +10
Contract jobs citing Validation 5 5 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 1.58% 1.86% 2.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.16% 2.82% 3.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
Average daily rate
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£125 - £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £363 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.06% +15.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 6
Average hourly rate £42.50 £19.00 £44.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+123.68% -57.30%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.82 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-17.81% +1.35%
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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 Cambridge region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cambridge
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
232 177 276
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 73.19% 65.80% 66.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 92 144
Average daily rate £375 £413 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £265 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 28
Average hourly rate £42.50 £37.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.86% -7.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.20 £14.00 £34.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £39.85 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Validation across the Cambridge region.

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cambridge

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 3 (27.27%) MS Excel
1 3 (27.27%) SC Cleared
1 3 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 2 (18.18%) Document Management
2 2 (18.18%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (18.18%) MS Office
2 2 (18.18%) Python
2 2 (18.18%) Adobe
2 2 (18.18%) Acrobat
2 2 (18.18%) EMC
2 2 (18.18%) TETRA
2 2 (18.18%) Electronics
2 2 (18.18%) Telecoms
2 2 (18.18%) Finance
3 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing
3 1 (9.09%) Verilog
3 1 (9.09%) Regression Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Wireless
3 1 (9.09%) NHS
3 1 (9.09%) Banking
3 1 (9.09%) Firmware
3 1 (9.09%) Configuration Management
3 1 (9.09%) Project Management
3 1 (9.09%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (9.09%) Embedded C
3 1 (9.09%) Cognos
3 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
3 1 (9.09%) DECT
3 1 (9.09%) Ethernet
3 1 (9.09%) SLA

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (27.27%) MS Excel
2 2 (18.18%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (18.18%) MS Office
2 2 (18.18%) Acrobat
3 1 (9.09%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) TETRA
2 1 (9.09%) Wireless
2 1 (9.09%) DECT
2 1 (9.09%) Ethernet
General
1 2 (18.18%) Electronics
1 2 (18.18%) Telecoms
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 1 (9.09%) Banking
2 1 (9.09%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Test Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Validation Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Hardware Test Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Hardware Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Data Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Design Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Support Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Administrator
4 1 (9.09%) Cognos Specialist
4 1 (9.09%) Data Administrator
4 1 (9.09%) FPGA Design Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) FPGA Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Cognos Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) Verilog
1 1 (9.09%) NHS
1 1 (9.09%) Pharmacovigilance
1 1 (9.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 1 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (18.18%) Document Management
2 1 (9.09%) Regression Testing
2 1 (9.09%) Configuration Management
2 1 (9.09%) Project Management
2 1 (9.09%) Integration Testing
2 1 (9.09%) Time Management
2 1 (9.09%) Data Validation
2 1 (9.09%) Data Analysis
2 1 (9.09%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) Python
2 1 (9.09%) Embedded C
2 1 (9.09%) C
2 1 (9.09%) Perl
2 1 (9.09%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) TTCN
Qualifications
1 3 (27.27%) SC Cleared
1 3 (27.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (9.09%) Firmware
Vendors
1 2 (18.18%) Adobe
1 2 (18.18%) EMC
2 1 (9.09%) Cognos
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) Xilinx
2 1 (9.09%) Altera
2 1 (9.09%) Actel