The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Validation
Rank 94 99 86
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -13
Contract jobs citing Validation 38 31 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.26% 1.14% 1.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.79% 1.62% 2.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 14 22
Average daily rate
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£400 £353 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.47% -10.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £344 £310 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £432 £453 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £14.75 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+137.28% -31.39%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.75 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2125 1913 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 70.27% 70.62% 64.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1138 955 1107
Average daily rate £375 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £463 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 92 109
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.14% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.12% -
Validation
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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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014. 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
Cheshire +12 18 £413 +26.92% 4
Lancashire -10 6 £330 -
Manchester -8 5 £325 -23.52% 8
Merseyside 0 4 £426 +20.70% 1
Cumbria -1 1 - - 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 (48.78%) Finance
2 21 (25.61%) Migration
3 20 (24.39%) Data Migration
4 16 (19.51%) SQL Server
5 15 (18.29%) Microsoft
5 15 (18.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 13 (15.85%) Banking
6 13 (15.85%) Oracle
7 12 (14.63%) SQL
7 12 (14.63%) MS Excel
7 12 (14.63%) Business Analysis
8 10 (12.20%) SAP
8 10 (12.20%) ITIL
8 10 (12.20%) Test Strategy
9 9 (10.98%) Data Cleansing
9 9 (10.98%) Spreadsheet
9 9 (10.98%) Data Modelling
9 9 (10.98%) MS Office
9 9 (10.98%) VMware
9 9 (10.98%) Risk Management
9 9 (10.98%) Advertising
9 9 (10.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (10.98%) Requirements Analysis
10 8 (9.76%) MS PowerPoint
10 8 (9.76%) Data Management
10 8 (9.76%) Data Analysis
10 8 (9.76%) Firewall
10 8 (9.76%) MS Project
10 8 (9.76%) Integration Testing
10 8 (9.76%) Relational Database

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 4 (4.88%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.44%) SAS
3 1 (1.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (14.63%) MS Excel
2 9 (10.98%) MS Office
2 9 (10.98%) Spreadsheet
3 8 (9.76%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (9.76%) MS Project
4 2 (2.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.44%) TrackWise
2 1 (1.22%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.76%) Firewall
2 7 (8.54%) TCP/IP
3 3 (3.66%) PuTTY
3 3 (3.66%) FTP
3 3 (3.66%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (19.51%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (9.76%) Relational Database
4 6 (7.32%) RDBMS
4 6 (7.32%) Crystal Reports
5 5 (6.10%) MS Access
6 4 (4.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (2.44%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 5 (6.10%) Talend Open Studio
2 3 (3.66%) Toad
2 3 (3.66%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.22%) LSMW
3 1 (1.22%) Lombardi
3 1 (1.22%) JIRA
General
1 40 (48.78%) Finance
2 13 (15.85%) Banking
3 9 (10.98%) Advertising
4 5 (6.10%) Manufacturing
5 4 (4.88%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 33 (40.24%) Analyst
2 15 (18.29%) Business Analyst
3 12 (14.63%) Data Analyst
4 11 (13.41%) Consultant
5 10 (12.20%) Project Manager
6 9 (10.98%) Payments Business Analyst
7 8 (9.76%) Security Consultant
8 6 (7.32%) Architect
8 6 (7.32%) Digital Project Manager
9 5 (6.10%) IT Business Analyst
10 4 (4.88%) IT Consultant
10 4 (4.88%) IT Security Consultant
10 4 (4.88%) Security Architect
11 3 (3.66%) Project Leader
11 3 (3.66%) MI Analyst
11 3 (3.66%) Data Consultant
12 2 (2.44%) Test Leader
12 2 (2.44%) Performance Test Leader
12 2 (2.44%) Validation Specialist
12 2 (2.44%) Support Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.66%) SOAP
1 3 (3.66%) Web Services
2 1 (1.22%) XML
2 1 (1.22%) BAPI
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.10%) CMDB
2 3 (3.66%) NHS
3 2 (2.44%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.44%) Reference Data
3 2 (2.44%) Data Extraction
3 2 (2.44%) SCADA
4 1 (1.22%) Telematics
4 1 (1.22%) Data Conversion
4 1 (1.22%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (3.66%) UNIX
1 3 (3.66%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.61%) Migration
2 20 (24.39%) Data Migration
3 15 (18.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (14.63%) Business Analysis
5 10 (12.20%) ITIL
5 10 (12.20%) Test Strategy
6 9 (10.98%) Data Modelling
6 9 (10.98%) Requirements Analysis
6 9 (10.98%) Risk Management
6 9 (10.98%) Data Cleansing
7 8 (9.76%) Data Management
7 8 (9.76%) Data Analysis
7 8 (9.76%) Integration Testing
8 7 (8.54%) Data Validation
8 7 (8.54%) ETL
8 7 (8.54%) Project Management
8 7 (8.54%) Change Management
9 6 (7.32%) Data Mapping
9 6 (7.32%) Metadata Management
10 4 (4.88%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 12 (14.63%) SQL
2 2 (2.44%) T-SQL
2 2 (2.44%) VBA
3 1 (1.22%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.22%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 6 (7.32%) Degree
2 5 (6.10%) ITIL Certification
2 5 (6.10%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.88%) SC Cleared
3 4 (4.88%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (4.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (3.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (2.44%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.22%) GMP
1 1 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (1.22%) COBIT
1 1 (1.22%) QA
1 1 (1.22%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.66%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (18.29%) Microsoft
2 13 (15.85%) Oracle
3 10 (12.20%) SAP
4 9 (10.98%) VMware
5 6 (7.32%) Adobe
5 6 (7.32%) Veeam
5 6 (7.32%) Citrix
5 6 (7.32%) CA
5 6 (7.32%) Red Hat
5 6 (7.32%) Symantec
5 6 (7.32%) McAfee
5 6 (7.32%) Sophos
5 6 (7.32%) Becrypt
6 5 (6.10%) Talend
7 4 (4.88%) VocaLink
7 4 (4.88%) Cisco
8 3 (3.66%) HP
9 2 (2.44%) Teradata
9 2 (2.44%) Capita
9 2 (2.44%) Business Objects
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