The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 47 29 39
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +10
Contract jobs citing Validation 6 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 1.38% 0.84% 0.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.01% 1.49% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 3
Average daily rate
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£250 - £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.22% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.80 £33.25
% change year-on-year
-7.40% +13.68%
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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 Lancashire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
299 134 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 68.89% 56.54% 61.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 60 150
Average daily rate £420 £320 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.25% -14.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £210 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £438 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 12 13
Average hourly rate £63.00 £30.00 £51.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+110.00% -41.17%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 15 (55.56%) Finance
2 11 (40.74%) SQL Server
2 11 (40.74%) Migration
2 11 (40.74%) Data Migration
3 10 (37.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 10 (37.04%) Test Strategy
4 8 (29.63%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (29.63%) Integration Testing
4 8 (29.63%) Oracle
5 7 (25.93%) ETL
5 7 (25.93%) RDBMS
5 7 (25.93%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (25.93%) Data Management
5 7 (25.93%) Data Structures
5 7 (25.93%) Metadata Management
5 7 (25.93%) Relational Database
6 6 (22.22%) Degree
6 6 (22.22%) Microsoft
6 6 (22.22%) ITIL Certification
6 6 (22.22%) ITIL
6 6 (22.22%) Data Modelling
7 5 (18.52%) SharePoint
7 5 (18.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (18.52%) Talend Open Studio
7 5 (18.52%) Talend
8 4 (14.81%) Banking
8 4 (14.81%) VocaLink
8 4 (14.81%) Data Cleansing
8 4 (14.81%) Telecoms
9 3 (11.11%) Agile Software Development

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 5 (18.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (25.93%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (3.70%) PowerPivot
2 1 (3.70%) MS Project
2 1 (3.70%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.41%) FTP
1 2 (7.41%) HTTP
1 2 (7.41%) TCP/IP
1 2 (7.41%) PuTTY
2 1 (3.70%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (40.74%) SQL Server
2 10 (37.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (25.93%) Relational Database
3 7 (25.93%) RDBMS
4 5 (18.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (18.52%) Talend Open Studio
2 2 (7.41%) Toad
2 2 (7.41%) LoadRunner
General
1 15 (55.56%) Finance
2 4 (14.81%) Banking
2 4 (14.81%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (44.44%) Analyst
2 8 (29.63%) Project Manager
3 6 (22.22%) Data Analyst
3 6 (22.22%) Digital Project Manager
4 3 (11.11%) Project Leader
5 2 (7.41%) Architect
5 2 (7.41%) Business Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Test Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Systems Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (7.41%) Performance Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Performance Test Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Applications Tester
6 1 (3.70%) PMO Lead
6 1 (3.70%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.41%) SOAP
1 2 (7.41%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (29.63%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (25.93%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 3 (11.11%) Windows
2 2 (7.41%) UNIX
3 1 (3.70%) Windows XP
3 1 (3.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (40.74%) Migration
1 11 (40.74%) Data Migration
2 10 (37.04%) Test Strategy
3 8 (29.63%) Integration Testing
4 7 (25.93%) Metadata Management
4 7 (25.93%) Data Management
4 7 (25.93%) ETL
5 6 (22.22%) ITIL
5 6 (22.22%) Data Modelling
6 4 (14.81%) Data Cleansing
7 3 (11.11%) Data Validation
7 3 (11.11%) Data Mapping
7 3 (11.11%) Data Analysis
7 3 (11.11%) Project Management
7 3 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (7.41%) Performance Testing
9 1 (3.70%) Compatibility Testing
9 1 (3.70%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 1 (3.70%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (22.22%) ITIL Certification
1 6 (22.22%) Degree
2 2 (7.41%) SC Cleared
2 2 (7.41%) DV Cleared
2 2 (7.41%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (3.70%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.70%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (7.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (29.63%) Oracle
2 6 (22.22%) Microsoft
3 5 (18.52%) Talend
4 4 (14.81%) VocaLink
5 2 (7.41%) VMware
5 2 (7.41%) HP
6 1 (3.70%) Citrix
6 1 (3.70%) AppSense
6 1 (3.70%) Capita