The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 54 60 55
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -5
Contract jobs citing Validation 14 6 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.68% 0.73% 2.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.31% 0.98% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 12
Average daily rate
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£425 £325 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.76% -12.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £322 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £432 £378 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £15.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Validation
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
606 610 582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 72.92% 73.94% 64.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 291 333
Average daily rate £400 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 33 26
Average hourly rate £19.00 £31.56 £41.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-39.78% -24.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.65 £14.50 £20.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Validation
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 1 - - 1
Chester - - - -
Crewe - - - -
Validation
North West

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 17 (53.13%) Finance
2 10 (31.25%) SAP
3 8 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 8 (25.00%) MS Excel
3 8 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (25.00%) Banking
3 8 (25.00%) Business Analysis
4 7 (21.88%) Advertising
4 7 (21.88%) Requirements Analysis
5 6 (18.75%) Veeam
5 6 (18.75%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (18.75%) Becrypt
5 6 (18.75%) VMware
5 6 (18.75%) Crystal Reports
5 6 (18.75%) Adobe
5 6 (18.75%) Citrix
5 6 (18.75%) CA
5 6 (18.75%) Red Hat
5 6 (18.75%) Symantec
5 6 (18.75%) McAfee
5 6 (18.75%) Sophos
6 5 (15.63%) MS Office
6 5 (15.63%) MS Access
6 5 (15.63%) Migration
6 5 (15.63%) Data Analysis
6 5 (15.63%) Data Migration
6 5 (15.63%) Data Cleansing
7 4 (12.50%) Data Validation
7 4 (12.50%) Risk Management
7 4 (12.50%) Change Management

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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.

Applications
1 8 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 6 (18.75%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (15.63%) MS Office
4 3 (9.38%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (6.25%) TrackWise
2 1 (3.13%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 4 (12.50%) TCP/IP
1 4 (12.50%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (18.75%) Crystal Reports
2 5 (15.63%) MS Access
3 4 (12.50%) SQL Server
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (6.25%) Relational Database
5 1 (3.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (3.13%) LSMW
General
1 17 (53.13%) Finance
2 8 (25.00%) Banking
3 7 (21.88%) Advertising
4 2 (6.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (56.25%) Analyst
2 9 (28.13%) Business Analyst
3 8 (25.00%) Data Analyst
4 7 (21.88%) Payments Business Analyst
5 6 (18.75%) Consultant
6 4 (12.50%) Security Consultant
6 4 (12.50%) Architect
6 4 (12.50%) Security Architect
7 3 (9.38%) IT Business Analyst
7 3 (9.38%) MI Analyst
8 2 (6.25%) Data Consultant
8 2 (6.25%) Technical Analyst
8 2 (6.25%) Data Migration Analyst
8 2 (6.25%) Validation Specialist
8 2 (6.25%) Migration Consultant
8 2 (6.25%) Data Migration Consultant
9 1 (3.13%) Financial Business Analyst
9 1 (3.13%) Banking Business Analyst
9 1 (3.13%) Financial Services Business Analyst
9 1 (3.13%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.13%) BAPI
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.38%) CMDB
2 2 (6.25%) SCADA
2 2 (6.25%) NHS
3 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
1 8 (25.00%) Business Analysis
2 7 (21.88%) Requirements Analysis
3 5 (15.63%) Data Analysis
3 5 (15.63%) Data Migration
3 5 (15.63%) Data Cleansing
3 5 (15.63%) Migration
4 4 (12.50%) Data Validation
4 4 (12.50%) Security Management
4 4 (12.50%) Risk Management
4 4 (12.50%) Data Modelling
4 4 (12.50%) Change Management
5 3 (9.38%) ITIL
5 3 (9.38%) PRINCE2
5 3 (9.38%) Data Mapping
6 2 (6.25%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (6.25%) CAPA
7 1 (3.13%) Systems Analysis
7 1 (3.13%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (3.13%) GAP Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.50%) SQL
2 2 (6.25%) T-SQL
2 2 (6.25%) VBA
3 1 (3.13%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (9.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 10 (31.25%) SAP
2 8 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (18.75%) Adobe
3 6 (18.75%) Citrix
3 6 (18.75%) CA
3 6 (18.75%) Red Hat
3 6 (18.75%) Symantec
3 6 (18.75%) McAfee
3 6 (18.75%) Sophos
3 6 (18.75%) VMware
3 6 (18.75%) Veeam
3 6 (18.75%) Becrypt
4 2 (6.25%) Oracle