The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 79 89 94
Rank change year-on-year
+10 +5
Contract jobs citing Validation 69 41 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.03% 1.51% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.75% 2.10% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 23 4
Average daily rate
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£394 £375 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +21.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £300 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £372 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +18.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 0
Average hourly rate £30.50 £35.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.85% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.47 £37.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-16.08% +19.04%
Validation
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2509 1957 1590
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.64% 72.27% 69.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1411 1011 813
Average daily rate £400 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £269 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £489
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 118 86
Average hourly rate £37.00 £33.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.80 £12.50 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £46.00 £57.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -11.29%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Validation Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Validation
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 March 2015. 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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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
Manchester +6 22 £438 +105.88% 5
Cheshire +3 19 £342 -8.80% 6
Lancashire +6 16 £400 - 1
Merseyside -9 4 £285 -18.57%
Cumbria - - - - 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 32 (28.32%) Windows
2 27 (23.89%) SQL
3 24 (21.24%) Finance
4 22 (19.47%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (18.58%) Agile Software Development
6 19 (16.81%) SQL Server
7 18 (15.93%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (14.16%) Java
9 15 (13.27%) Citrix
9 15 (13.27%) Software Testing
9 15 (13.27%) Windows 7
10 14 (12.39%) Data Validation
10 14 (12.39%) Migration
10 14 (12.39%) Data Management
10 14 (12.39%) ISEB
11 13 (11.50%) MS Excel
11 13 (11.50%) UNIX
11 13 (11.50%) Test Scripting
12 12 (10.62%) TDD
12 12 (10.62%) Management Information System
12 12 (10.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 12 (10.62%) Test Planning
13 11 (9.73%) Data Modelling
13 11 (9.73%) Oracle
13 11 (9.73%) Software Engineering
14 10 (8.85%) Business Analysis
14 10 (8.85%) Selenium
14 10 (8.85%) Team Foundation Server
14 10 (8.85%) V-Model
14 10 (8.85%) Git (software)

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 6 (5.31%) SAS
2 3 (2.65%) Tomcat
2 3 (2.65%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.65%) Confluence
3 1 (0.88%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.88%) Node.js
3 1 (0.88%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (0.88%) WebSphere
Applications
1 13 (11.50%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.54%) MS Office
3 2 (1.77%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.88%) PowerPivot
4 1 (0.88%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.88%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.88%) SAP Payroll
1 1 (0.88%) SAP MM
1 1 (0.88%) SAP HR
1 1 (0.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (7.96%) TCP/IP
2 5 (4.42%) Firewall
3 4 (3.54%) Network Security
3 4 (3.54%) FTP
3 4 (3.54%) HTTP
4 3 (2.65%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.88%) DVB
5 1 (0.88%) SMS
5 1 (0.88%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (16.81%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.85%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (3.54%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (3.54%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 3 (2.65%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.65%) MySQL
4 3 (2.65%) Base SAS
4 3 (2.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.77%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.88%) BigQuery
6 1 (0.88%) SAP BI
6 1 (0.88%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.88%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.88%) DB2
6 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.88%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (8.85%) Selenium
1 10 (8.85%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (8.85%) Git (software)
1 10 (8.85%) Eclipse
2 3 (2.65%) LoadRunner
2 3 (2.65%) Toad
2 3 (2.65%) JUnit
2 3 (2.65%) JIRA
2 3 (2.65%) Subversion
3 2 (1.77%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (1.77%) WebDriver
4 1 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.88%) TestDirector
4 1 (0.88%) MSI
4 1 (0.88%) ClearCase
General
1 24 (21.24%) Finance
2 8 (7.08%) Manufacturing
3 7 (6.19%) Pharmaceutical
3 7 (6.19%) Advertising
4 6 (5.31%) Banking
5 2 (1.77%) Back Office
5 2 (1.77%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.88%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.88%) Electronics
6 1 (0.88%) Marketing
6 1 (0.88%) Local Government
6 1 (0.88%) Retail
Job Titles
1 40 (35.40%) Analyst
2 23 (20.35%) Business Analyst
2 23 (20.35%) Developer
3 10 (8.85%) Tester
4 9 (7.96%) Consultant
4 9 (7.96%) .NET Developer
4 9 (7.96%) SQL Developer
5 8 (7.08%) Data Analyst
5 8 (7.08%) Payments Business Analyst
6 7 (6.19%) Architect
7 6 (5.31%) Test Analyst
8 5 (4.42%) Applications Tester
9 4 (3.54%) Problem Manager
9 4 (3.54%) Firewall Consultant
9 4 (3.54%) Data Architect
9 4 (3.54%) Security Consultant
9 4 (3.54%) Senior Analyst
10 3 (2.65%) SQL Data Analyst
10 3 (2.65%) Hybris Developer
10 3 (2.65%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.96%) .NET
2 8 (7.08%) Application Packaging
3 5 (4.42%) jQuery
4 4 (3.54%) Ajax
4 4 (3.54%) HTML
4 4 (3.54%) CSS
4 4 (3.54%) SOAP
4 4 (3.54%) XML
5 3 (2.65%) XSD
5 3 (2.65%) Web Services
5 3 (2.65%) JSP
5 3 (2.65%) Spring MVC
5 3 (2.65%) Spring
6 1 (0.88%) Sass
6 1 (0.88%) LESS
6 1 (0.88%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (0.88%) CSS3
6 1 (0.88%) Middleware
6 1 (0.88%) HTML5
6 1 (0.88%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 22 (19.47%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (10.62%) Management Information System
3 7 (6.19%) Data Integration
4 4 (3.54%) Statistics
5 3 (2.65%) iPad
6 2 (1.77%) Informatics
6 2 (1.77%) Biotechnology
6 2 (1.77%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (1.77%) Data Extraction
6 2 (1.77%) FMCG
6 2 (1.77%) Visualisation
6 2 (1.77%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.77%) DTV
6 2 (1.77%) PMI
6 2 (1.77%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.77%) User Experience
6 2 (1.77%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.88%) Biometrics
7 1 (0.88%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 32 (28.32%) Windows
2 15 (13.27%) Windows 7
3 13 (11.50%) UNIX
4 10 (8.85%) Linux
5 7 (6.19%) Windows XP
6 2 (1.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.77%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.88%) HPUX
7 1 (0.88%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (18.58%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (15.93%) Stakeholder Management
3 15 (13.27%) Software Testing
4 14 (12.39%) Data Validation
4 14 (12.39%) Migration
4 14 (12.39%) Data Management
5 13 (11.50%) Test Scripting
6 12 (10.62%) TDD
6 12 (10.62%) Test Planning
7 11 (9.73%) Data Modelling
7 11 (9.73%) Software Engineering
8 10 (8.85%) Business Analysis
8 10 (8.85%) V-Model
8 10 (8.85%) Waterfall
9 9 (7.96%) BDD
10 8 (7.08%) Project Management
11 7 (6.19%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (6.19%) ETL
11 7 (6.19%) System Testing
11 7 (6.19%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 27 (23.89%) SQL
2 16 (14.16%) Java
3 10 (8.85%) C#
4 5 (4.42%) C
5 2 (1.77%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.77%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.88%) Ada
6 1 (0.88%) Embedded C
6 1 (0.88%) VBScript
6 1 (0.88%) ABAP
6 1 (0.88%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.88%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 14 (12.39%) ISEB
2 12 (10.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (8.85%) HND
4 9 (7.96%) Security Cleared
5 8 (7.08%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.54%) ISTQB
6 4 (3.54%) Degree
6 4 (3.54%) VCP4
7 2 (1.77%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.88%) PMP
8 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.88%) MCSE
8 1 (0.88%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.08%) QA
2 5 (4.42%) SLA
3 4 (3.54%) GxP
3 4 (3.54%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 3 (2.65%) GMP
5 2 (1.77%) WCAG
5 2 (1.77%) GAMP
6 1 (0.88%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.88%) COBIT
System Software
1 8 (7.08%) XenApp
1 8 (7.08%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (3.54%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.77%) WMI
3 1 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (0.88%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (13.27%) Citrix
2 11 (9.73%) Oracle
3 7 (6.19%) SAP
3 7 (6.19%) Microsoft
3 7 (6.19%) AppSense
4 6 (5.31%) HP
5 5 (4.42%) VMware
6 3 (2.65%) hybris
7 2 (1.77%) IBM
7 2 (1.77%) Talend
8 1 (0.88%) Verint
8 1 (0.88%) Cognizant
8 1 (0.88%) Avaya
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