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 28 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 75 92 91
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -1
Contract jobs citing Validation 76 46 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.04% 1.45% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.67% 2.00% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 20 11
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£328 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.00% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £331 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £500 £357
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 1
Average hourly rate £23.00 £29.08 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.89% +66.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-4.00% +25.00%
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
2847 2302 1738
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.33% 72.34% 73.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1636 1212 855
Average daily rate £400 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 116 89
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £20.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +48.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £14.37 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 +24 31 £300 -24.24% 12
Lancashire +13 25 £319 -28.24% 1
Cheshire -16 9 £400 - 3
Merseyside -9 3 £313 - 2
Cumbria - 3 - - 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 40 (27.59%) SQL
2 32 (22.07%) Finance
3 27 (18.62%) Windows
4 23 (15.86%) Migration
5 22 (15.17%) Security Cleared
6 21 (14.48%) Agile Software Development
7 20 (13.79%) Data Validation
8 19 (13.10%) Data Management
8 19 (13.10%) Stakeholder Management
8 19 (13.10%) Project Management
8 19 (13.10%) SQL Server
9 18 (12.41%) SC Cleared
9 18 (12.41%) Analytical Skills
10 17 (11.72%) Management Information System
10 17 (11.72%) Manufacturing
11 16 (11.03%) Data Analysis
11 16 (11.03%) Pharmaceutical
11 16 (11.03%) ETL
12 15 (10.34%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (10.34%) Software Testing
12 15 (10.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 15 (10.34%) Windows 7
13 14 (9.66%) MS Excel
13 14 (9.66%) Java
13 14 (9.66%) Citrix
14 13 (8.97%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 13 (8.97%) GMP
14 13 (8.97%) GxP
14 13 (8.97%) Informatics
14 13 (8.97%) Test Scripting

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 11 (7.59%) SAS
2 6 (4.14%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.07%) Tomcat
3 3 (2.07%) Confluence
4 1 (0.69%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.69%) Node.js
4 1 (0.69%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 14 (9.66%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.07%) MS Office
3 2 (1.38%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.38%) Primavera
2 1 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.69%) ResourceLink
2 1 (0.69%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.69%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.07%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.38%) SMS
3 1 (0.69%) LAN
3 1 (0.69%) WAN
3 1 (0.69%) DHCP
3 1 (0.69%) FTP
3 1 (0.69%) HTTP
3 1 (0.69%) DNS
3 1 (0.69%) EIGRP
3 1 (0.69%) OSPF
3 1 (0.69%) BGP
3 1 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.69%) Firewall
3 1 (0.69%) Network Security
3 1 (0.69%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (13.10%) SQL Server
2 15 (10.34%) Data Warehouse
2 15 (10.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (4.14%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 5 (3.45%) Base SAS
4 5 (3.45%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (2.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (2.76%) MySQL
6 3 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.38%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.38%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.38%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.38%) MS Access
7 2 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (1.38%) OLAP
8 1 (0.69%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 9 (6.21%) Eclipse
1 9 (6.21%) Selenium
1 9 (6.21%) Team Foundation Server
1 9 (6.21%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.45%) Talend Open Studio
3 3 (2.07%) JUnit
3 3 (2.07%) Subversion
3 3 (2.07%) JIRA
3 3 (2.07%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (1.38%) WebDriver
4 2 (1.38%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.69%) Toad
5 1 (0.69%) MSI
5 1 (0.69%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.69%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.69%) ERwin
General
1 32 (22.07%) Finance
2 17 (11.72%) Manufacturing
3 16 (11.03%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (3.45%) Advertising
4 5 (3.45%) Banking
5 3 (2.07%) General Ledger
5 3 (2.07%) Retail
5 3 (2.07%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.38%) Back Office
7 1 (0.69%) Local Government
7 1 (0.69%) Electronics
7 1 (0.69%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.69%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 54 (37.24%) Analyst
2 29 (20.00%) Developer
3 24 (16.55%) Business Analyst
4 18 (12.41%) Architect
5 15 (10.34%) SQL Developer
6 14 (9.66%) Solutions Architect
7 12 (8.28%) Data Analyst
8 11 (7.59%) Test Analyst
9 9 (6.21%) .NET Developer
10 7 (4.83%) Payments Business Analyst
11 6 (4.14%) Programmer
11 6 (4.14%) Tester
12 5 (3.45%) Consultant
12 5 (3.45%) AWS Developer
12 5 (3.45%) SQL Programmer
13 4 (2.76%) Data Architect
13 4 (2.76%) Project Manager
14 3 (2.07%) Service Analyst
14 3 (2.07%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 3 (2.07%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.21%) .NET
2 7 (4.83%) Application Packaging
3 5 (3.45%) jQuery
4 4 (2.76%) Ajax
4 4 (2.76%) CSS
4 4 (2.76%) XML
4 4 (2.76%) HTML
5 3 (2.07%) XSD
5 3 (2.07%) JSP
5 3 (2.07%) Spring
5 3 (2.07%) Spring MVC
6 1 (0.69%) SOAP
6 1 (0.69%) Web Services
6 1 (0.69%) JSON
6 1 (0.69%) CSS3
6 1 (0.69%) HTML5
6 1 (0.69%) Sass
6 1 (0.69%) LESS
6 1 (0.69%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 18 (12.41%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (11.72%) Management Information System
3 13 (8.97%) Informatics
4 12 (8.28%) PMI
5 8 (5.52%) Data Integration
6 6 (4.14%) Visualisation
6 6 (4.14%) Data Structures
7 5 (3.45%) User Experience
8 4 (2.76%) Data Extraction
8 4 (2.76%) IBM Mainframe
8 4 (2.76%) Mainframe
8 4 (2.76%) NHS
9 3 (2.07%) iPad
10 2 (1.38%) Mobile App
10 2 (1.38%) Biotechnology
10 2 (1.38%) FMCG
10 2 (1.38%) Credit Risk
11 1 (0.69%) DTV
11 1 (0.69%) W3C
11 1 (0.69%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 27 (18.62%) Windows
2 15 (10.34%) Windows 7
3 11 (7.59%) UNIX
4 9 (6.21%) Linux
5 7 (4.83%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.38%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.38%) Android
7 2 (1.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.69%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (15.86%) Migration
2 21 (14.48%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (13.79%) Data Validation
4 19 (13.10%) Data Management
4 19 (13.10%) Stakeholder Management
4 19 (13.10%) Project Management
5 16 (11.03%) Data Analysis
5 16 (11.03%) ETL
6 15 (10.34%) Software Testing
7 13 (8.97%) Test Scripting
7 13 (8.97%) Change Management
8 12 (8.28%) Process Management
9 11 (7.59%) Software Engineering
9 11 (7.59%) Data Governance
10 10 (6.90%) Test Planning
10 10 (6.90%) TDD
10 10 (6.90%) CRM
10 10 (6.90%) Data Modelling
11 9 (6.21%) Data Migration
11 9 (6.21%) Requirements Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (27.59%) SQL
2 14 (9.66%) Java
3 10 (6.90%) C#
4 6 (4.14%) T-SQL
4 6 (4.14%) C
5 2 (1.38%) Ada
5 2 (1.38%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.38%) VBA
6 1 (0.69%) VBScript
6 1 (0.69%) Ruby
6 1 (0.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 22 (15.17%) Security Cleared
2 18 (12.41%) SC Cleared
3 12 (8.28%) PMI Certification
4 10 (6.90%) ISEB
5 9 (6.21%) HND
5 9 (6.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (2.76%) Degree
7 2 (1.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.69%) MCSE
8 1 (0.69%) MCP
8 1 (0.69%) CCIE
8 1 (0.69%) CCNP
8 1 (0.69%) CCDP
8 1 (0.69%) PMP
8 1 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.69%) Chartered Engineer
8 1 (0.69%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.69%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.97%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 13 (8.97%) GMP
1 13 (8.97%) GxP
2 9 (6.21%) QA
3 4 (2.76%) FINREP
4 2 (1.38%) WCAG
5 1 (0.69%) GAMP
5 1 (0.69%) SLA
5 1 (0.69%) COBIT
5 1 (0.69%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.69%) FATCA
System Software
1 7 (4.83%) Active Directory
1 7 (4.83%) XenApp
2 3 (2.07%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (1.38%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (0.69%) SCCM
1 1 (0.69%) WMI
1 1 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (9.66%) Citrix
2 10 (6.90%) Microsoft
3 7 (4.83%) Oracle
4 6 (4.14%) AppSense
5 5 (3.45%) SAP
5 5 (3.45%) IBM
5 5 (3.45%) Talend
6 4 (2.76%) HP
7 3 (2.07%) Hyperion
7 3 (2.07%) Teradata
7 3 (2.07%) hybris
8 2 (1.38%) Aruba
8 2 (1.38%) VMware
8 2 (1.38%) Cisco
8 2 (1.38%) Business Objects
9 1 (0.69%) PeopleSoft
9 1 (0.69%) CheckPoint
9 1 (0.69%) Informatica
9 1 (0.69%) Cognizant
9 1 (0.69%) Avaya
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