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 27 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 73 97 103
Rank change year-on-year
+24 +6
Contract jobs citing Validation 76 37 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.11% 1.31% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.82% 1.81% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 17 3
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +42.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £265 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £610 £333
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 0
Average hourly rate £47.33 £35.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.22% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £37.80 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-3.43% +20.00%
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
2697 2048 1649
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 74.77% 72.27% 70.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1464 1047 809
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 £250 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 128 80
Average hourly rate £41.00 £31.56 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.93% +14.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.58 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £60.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 27 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 27 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 27 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 +11 29 £425 +100.00% 7
Lancashire +9 15 £319 - 5
Cheshire -3 15 £413 +4.76% 3
Merseyside -12 6 £313 +4.16% 3
Cumbria -11 2 - - 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 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 31 (24.22%) SQL
2 29 (22.66%) Windows
3 28 (21.88%) Finance
4 23 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (14.06%) Stakeholder Management
6 17 (13.28%) Data Validation
7 16 (12.50%) Data Management
7 16 (12.50%) Software Testing
7 16 (12.50%) Java
7 16 (12.50%) SQL Server
7 16 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
8 15 (11.72%) Windows 7
8 15 (11.72%) Management Information System
8 15 (11.72%) Citrix
8 15 (11.72%) Project Management
8 15 (11.72%) Manufacturing
9 14 (10.94%) Migration
9 14 (10.94%) Data Analysis
9 14 (10.94%) Pharmaceutical
9 14 (10.94%) ISEB
9 14 (10.94%) MS Excel
10 13 (10.16%) Test Scripting
11 12 (9.38%) QA
11 12 (9.38%) Security Cleared
11 12 (9.38%) TDD
11 12 (9.38%) UNIX
11 12 (9.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 12 (9.38%) Test Planning
12 11 (8.59%) Data Warehouse
12 11 (8.59%) ETL

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 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 9 (7.03%) SAS
2 3 (2.34%) Confluence
2 3 (2.34%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.78%) Node.js
Applications
1 14 (10.94%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.91%) MS Office
3 1 (0.78%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.78%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) SAP HR
1 1 (0.78%) SAP MM
1 1 (0.78%) SAP Payroll
1 1 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.69%) TCP/IP
2 4 (3.13%) Firewall
2 4 (3.13%) Network Security
3 1 (0.78%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.78%) DNS
3 1 (0.78%) OSPF
3 1 (0.78%) BGP
3 1 (0.78%) EIGRP
3 1 (0.78%) LAN
3 1 (0.78%) SMS
3 1 (0.78%) WAN
3 1 (0.78%) FTP
3 1 (0.78%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 11 (8.59%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (4.69%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 5 (3.91%) Base SAS
5 4 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (3.13%) MySQL
5 4 (3.13%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.34%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.56%) MS Access
7 2 (1.56%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.78%) OLAP
8 1 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.78%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.78%) SAP BI
8 1 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.78%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 10 (7.81%) Eclipse
1 10 (7.81%) Git (software)
1 10 (7.81%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (7.81%) Selenium
2 4 (3.13%) Talend Open Studio
3 3 (2.34%) JUnit
3 3 (2.34%) Subversion
3 3 (2.34%) JIRA
4 2 (1.56%) WebDriver
5 1 (0.78%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.78%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.78%) Toad
5 1 (0.78%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.78%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.78%) ERwin
5 1 (0.78%) MSI
General
1 28 (21.88%) Finance
2 15 (11.72%) Manufacturing
3 14 (10.94%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (3.91%) Advertising
4 5 (3.91%) Banking
5 3 (2.34%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.56%) Retail
6 2 (1.56%) Back Office
7 1 (0.78%) Electronics
7 1 (0.78%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.78%) Local Government
7 1 (0.78%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 42 (32.81%) Analyst
2 26 (20.31%) Developer
3 23 (17.97%) Business Analyst
4 14 (10.94%) Architect
5 12 (9.38%) Data Analyst
6 11 (8.59%) SQL Developer
7 10 (7.81%) Tester
7 10 (7.81%) Solutions Architect
8 9 (7.03%) .NET Developer
9 8 (6.25%) Consultant
9 8 (6.25%) Payments Business Analyst
10 6 (4.69%) AWS Developer
11 5 (3.91%) Applications Tester
11 5 (3.91%) Test Analyst
12 4 (3.13%) Data Architect
12 4 (3.13%) Senior Analyst
12 4 (3.13%) Problem Manager
13 3 (2.34%) SAS Analyst
13 3 (2.34%) Data Warehouse Analyst
13 3 (2.34%) Firewall Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.03%) .NET
2 8 (6.25%) Application Packaging
3 5 (3.91%) jQuery
4 4 (3.13%) Ajax
4 4 (3.13%) CSS
4 4 (3.13%) XML
4 4 (3.13%) HTML
5 3 (2.34%) Spring
5 3 (2.34%) XSD
5 3 (2.34%) JSP
5 3 (2.34%) Spring MVC
6 1 (0.78%) JSON
6 1 (0.78%) HTML5
6 1 (0.78%) CSS3
6 1 (0.78%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (0.78%) Sass
6 1 (0.78%) LESS
6 1 (0.78%) SOAP
6 1 (0.78%) Web Services
6 1 (0.78%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (11.72%) Management Information System
3 9 (7.03%) PMI
3 9 (7.03%) Informatics
3 9 (7.03%) Data Integration
4 4 (3.13%) Mainframe
4 4 (3.13%) User Experience
4 4 (3.13%) Data Structures
4 4 (3.13%) Statistics
4 4 (3.13%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (3.13%) Data Extraction
4 4 (3.13%) Visualisation
5 3 (2.34%) iPad
6 2 (1.56%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.56%) Biotechnology
6 2 (1.56%) NHS
6 2 (1.56%) FMCG
7 1 (0.78%) HP Superdome
7 1 (0.78%) W3C
7 1 (0.78%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 29 (22.66%) Windows
2 15 (11.72%) Windows 7
3 12 (9.38%) UNIX
4 10 (7.81%) Linux
5 7 (5.47%) Windows XP
6 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.56%) Android
6 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.56%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.78%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (14.06%) Stakeholder Management
3 17 (13.28%) Data Validation
4 16 (12.50%) Data Management
4 16 (12.50%) Software Testing
5 15 (11.72%) Project Management
6 14 (10.94%) Migration
6 14 (10.94%) Data Analysis
7 13 (10.16%) Test Scripting
8 12 (9.38%) TDD
8 12 (9.38%) Test Planning
9 11 (8.59%) Software Engineering
9 11 (8.59%) ETL
10 10 (7.81%) Business Intelligence
10 10 (7.81%) Waterfall
10 10 (7.81%) V-Model
11 9 (7.03%) BDD
11 9 (7.03%) System Testing
11 9 (7.03%) Process Management
12 8 (6.25%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 31 (24.22%) SQL
2 16 (12.50%) Java
3 10 (7.81%) C#
4 5 (3.91%) C
5 4 (3.13%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.56%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.56%) VBA
7 1 (0.78%) Ada
7 1 (0.78%) Embedded C
7 1 (0.78%) Ruby
7 1 (0.78%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.78%) VBScript
7 1 (0.78%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 14 (10.94%) ISEB
2 12 (9.38%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (7.81%) HND
4 9 (7.03%) PMI Certification
5 8 (6.25%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.13%) ISTQB
7 3 (2.34%) Degree
8 1 (0.78%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.78%) MCP
8 1 (0.78%) MCSE
8 1 (0.78%) CCIE
8 1 (0.78%) CCNP
8 1 (0.78%) CCDP
8 1 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.78%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.38%) QA
2 11 (8.59%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 11 (8.59%) GxP
3 10 (7.81%) GMP
4 5 (3.91%) SLA
5 2 (1.56%) WCAG
5 2 (1.56%) GAMP
6 1 (0.78%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.78%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.78%) COBIT
System Software
1 8 (6.25%) Active Directory
1 8 (6.25%) XenApp
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (1.56%) WMI
2 1 (0.78%) SCCM
2 1 (0.78%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 15 (11.72%) Citrix
2 8 (6.25%) Microsoft
3 7 (5.47%) AppSense
4 6 (4.69%) Oracle
4 6 (4.69%) SAP
5 5 (3.91%) IBM
6 4 (3.13%) Talend
7 3 (2.34%) hybris
7 3 (2.34%) HP
8 2 (1.56%) Primavera
8 2 (1.56%) VMware
8 2 (1.56%) Aruba
8 2 (1.56%) Cisco
8 2 (1.56%) Business Objects
9 1 (0.78%) Avaya
9 1 (0.78%) Cognizant
9 1 (0.78%) Informatica
9 1 (0.78%) Teradata
9 1 (0.78%) Curam
9 1 (0.78%) Verint
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