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 29 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 32 - 37
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Validation 15 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 3.33% - 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.11% - 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 0 1
Average daily rate
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£275 - £240
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
- -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.97 £34.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-8.91% -9.33%
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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
365 119 180
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 80.93% 69.19% 53.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 65 103
Average daily rate £400 £275 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% -24.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £211 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £463 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 7 13
Average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.68 £14.40 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £40.00 £37.50
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 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
Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 29 December 2014.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram 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 29 December 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 14 (63.64%) Windows
2 8 (36.36%) ISEB
2 8 (36.36%) Software Testing
2 8 (36.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (31.82%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (31.82%) Test Scripting
4 6 (27.27%) Software Engineering
4 6 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (27.27%) TDD
4 6 (27.27%) Linux
4 6 (27.27%) Eclipse
4 6 (27.27%) Java
4 6 (27.27%) SQL
4 6 (27.27%) Oracle
4 6 (27.27%) SQL Server
4 6 (27.27%) HND
4 6 (27.27%) Test Planning
4 6 (27.27%) Selenium
4 6 (27.27%) Git (software)
4 6 (27.27%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (27.27%) V-Model
4 6 (27.27%) Waterfall
4 6 (27.27%) BDD
5 5 (22.73%) XenApp
5 5 (22.73%) Windows 7
5 5 (22.73%) Citrix
5 5 (22.73%) AppSense
6 4 (18.18%) Active Directory
6 4 (18.18%) Statistics
6 4 (18.18%) SLA

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 3 (13.64%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) MS Project
1 1 (4.55%) MS Office
1 1 (4.55%) PowerPivot
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.64%) FTP
1 3 (13.64%) HTTP
1 3 (13.64%) TCP/IP
1 3 (13.64%) PuTTY
2 2 (9.09%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (27.27%) SQL Server
2 3 (13.64%) RDBMS
2 3 (13.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (13.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (13.64%) Relational Database
3 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 6 (27.27%) Eclipse
1 6 (27.27%) Selenium
1 6 (27.27%) Git (software)
1 6 (27.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (13.64%) Toad
2 3 (13.64%) LoadRunner
3 2 (9.09%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (4.55%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (4.55%) Finance
1 1 (4.55%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (27.27%) Tester
1 6 (27.27%) Developer
2 5 (22.73%) Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Problem Manager
4 3 (13.64%) Applications Tester
4 3 (13.64%) Data Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Software Developer
5 2 (9.09%) Performance Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Performance Test Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Test Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Infrastructure Tester
6 1 (4.55%) Performance Tester
6 1 (4.55%) PMO Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) SOAP
1 3 (13.64%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (31.82%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (18.18%) Statistics
3 3 (13.64%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 14 (63.64%) Windows
2 6 (27.27%) Linux
3 5 (22.73%) Windows 7
4 3 (13.64%) UNIX
4 3 (13.64%) Windows XP
5 2 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (36.36%) Software Testing
2 7 (31.82%) Test Scripting
3 6 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (27.27%) TDD
3 6 (27.27%) Waterfall
3 6 (27.27%) BDD
3 6 (27.27%) V-Model
3 6 (27.27%) Software Engineering
3 6 (27.27%) Test Planning
4 4 (18.18%) Root Cause Analysis
4 4 (18.18%) Problem Management
5 3 (13.64%) Performance Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Compatibility Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Data Migration
5 3 (13.64%) Migration
5 3 (13.64%) Data Management
5 3 (13.64%) ITIL
5 3 (13.64%) Data Modelling
5 3 (13.64%) ETL
5 3 (13.64%) Metadata Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (27.27%) Java
1 6 (27.27%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) C
Qualifications
1 8 (36.36%) ISEB
1 8 (36.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 6 (27.27%) HND
3 3 (13.64%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (13.64%) Degree
4 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
4 2 (9.09%) DV Cleared
4 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
4 2 (9.09%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (18.18%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (22.73%) XenApp
2 4 (18.18%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (27.27%) Oracle
2 5 (22.73%) Citrix
2 5 (22.73%) AppSense
3 3 (13.64%) VMware
3 3 (13.64%) Microsoft
3 3 (13.64%) HP
4 2 (9.09%) Talend
5 1 (4.55%) Capita