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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Validation
Rank 104 80 90
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +10
Contract jobs citing Validation 54 63 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.42% 1.93% 1.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 2.52% 2.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 36 25
Average daily rate £375 £330 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £241 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £413 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 5
Average hourly rate £20.00 £37.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.94% +5.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £31.47 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+35.04% -10.08%
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
3059 2504 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.71% 76.55% 74.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1876 1471 1065
Average daily rate £400 £388 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 100 111
Average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 10 February 2016.

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
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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -10 20 £285 -26.45% 6
Cheshire -11 13 £400 - 3
Lancashire -10 9 £230 -42.50% 2
Merseyside 0 6 £475 +102.12% 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 24 (23.08%) Finance
2 19 (18.27%) Migration
2 19 (18.27%) SQL
3 18 (17.31%) Project Management
4 17 (16.35%) Oracle
5 15 (14.42%) Microsoft
5 15 (14.42%) Degree
5 15 (14.42%) QA
6 14 (13.46%) User Acceptance Testing
6 14 (13.46%) Data Migration
6 14 (13.46%) ETL
6 14 (13.46%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (12.50%) Change Management
7 13 (12.50%) SQL Server
7 13 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (9.62%) T-SQL
8 10 (9.62%) MS Excel
8 10 (9.62%) Banking
9 9 (8.65%) Software Testing
9 9 (8.65%) Data Validation
9 9 (8.65%) Unix
9 9 (8.65%) Windows
9 9 (8.65%) Java
10 8 (7.69%) ITIL
10 8 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
10 8 (7.69%) Management Information System
10 8 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (7.69%) Data Cleansing
10 8 (7.69%) JIRA
10 8 (7.69%) Retail

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 7 (6.73%) WebSphere
2 6 (5.77%) Confluence
3 5 (4.81%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (3.85%) SAS
4 4 (3.85%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.92%) CMS
5 2 (1.92%) JBoss
6 1 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.96%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.96%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.96%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (9.62%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.85%) MS Office
3 1 (0.96%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (3.85%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.96%) HFM
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.96%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.96%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.96%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.85%) Internet
2 3 (2.88%) FTP
2 3 (2.88%) HTTP
2 3 (2.88%) TCP/IP
2 3 (2.88%) WinSCP
3 1 (0.96%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.96%) VoIP
3 1 (0.96%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.73%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (5.77%) Oracle Database
3 6 (5.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (5.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (4.81%) DB2
4 5 (4.81%) MySQL
5 4 (3.85%) MS Access
5 4 (3.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (2.88%) OLAP
7 2 (1.92%) Base SAS
7 2 (1.92%) SAS Data Integration Studio
7 2 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.96%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (7.69%) JIRA
2 7 (6.73%) Subversion
2 7 (6.73%) Toad
3 4 (3.85%) JUnit
3 4 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.88%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 3 (2.88%) TestDirector
4 3 (2.88%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.92%) HP UFT
5 2 (1.92%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.96%) Ant
6 1 (0.96%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.96%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.96%) JMeter
6 1 (0.96%) MSTest
6 1 (0.96%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.96%) Selenium
6 1 (0.96%) TortoiseSVN
6 1 (0.96%) WATIR
6 1 (0.96%) WebDriver
General
1 24 (23.08%) Finance
2 10 (9.62%) Banking
3 8 (7.69%) Retail
4 7 (6.73%) Pharmaceutical
5 5 (4.81%) Legal
5 5 (4.81%) Manufacturing
6 3 (2.88%) Military
6 3 (2.88%) Retail Banking
7 2 (1.92%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.96%) Advertising
8 1 (0.96%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.96%) Automotive
8 1 (0.96%) Back Office
8 1 (0.96%) Electronics
8 1 (0.96%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 35 (33.65%) Analyst
2 14 (13.46%) Test Analyst
3 13 (12.50%) Business Analyst
4 12 (11.54%) Consultant
5 10 (9.62%) Data Analyst
6 9 (8.65%) Data Migration Analyst
6 9 (8.65%) Migration Analyst
7 8 (7.69%) Developer
7 8 (7.69%) Project Manager
8 7 (6.73%) SQL Analyst
8 7 (6.73%) SQL Data Analyst
9 6 (5.77%) Technical Leader
9 6 (5.77%) Tester
10 5 (4.81%) Architect
10 5 (4.81%) ETL Analyst
10 5 (4.81%) Validation Consultant
11 4 (3.85%) Data Migration Tester
11 4 (3.85%) ETL Tester
11 4 (3.85%) Hybris Developer
11 4 (3.85%) Technical Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.77%) HTML
1 6 (5.77%) JSP
1 6 (5.77%) Web Services
1 6 (5.77%) XML
2 5 (4.81%) SOAP
3 4 (3.85%) Ajax
3 4 (3.85%) CSS
3 4 (3.85%) jQuery
3 4 (3.85%) Spring
3 4 (3.85%) Spring MVC
3 4 (3.85%) XSD
4 2 (1.92%) .NET
4 2 (1.92%) J2EE
4 2 (1.92%) JDBC
4 2 (1.92%) Servlets
4 2 (1.92%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (1.92%) WSDL
5 1 (0.96%) Apache Flex
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.46%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 7 (6.73%) User Experience
4 5 (4.81%) iPad
4 5 (4.81%) Mobile App
4 5 (4.81%) NHS
5 4 (3.85%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.85%) Contactless
5 4 (3.85%) Mathematics
5 4 (3.85%) Visualisation
6 3 (2.88%) Data Extraction
6 3 (2.88%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (2.88%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.92%) Fixed Income
7 2 (1.92%) Informatics
7 2 (1.92%) Statistics
8 1 (0.96%) Blog
8 1 (0.96%) CAN bus
8 1 (0.96%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.96%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.65%) Unix
1 9 (8.65%) Windows
2 4 (3.85%) Android
2 4 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.96%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.96%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.96%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (18.27%) Migration
2 18 (17.31%) Project Management
3 14 (13.46%) Data Migration
3 14 (13.46%) ETL
3 14 (13.46%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (12.50%) Change Management
5 9 (8.65%) Data Validation
5 9 (8.65%) Software Testing
6 8 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
6 8 (7.69%) Data Cleansing
6 8 (7.69%) ITIL
6 8 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (5.77%) Data Management
7 6 (5.77%) Integration Testing
7 6 (5.77%) Requirements Management
8 5 (4.81%) Business Development
8 5 (4.81%) Business Transformation
8 5 (4.81%) Incident Management
8 5 (4.81%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (18.27%) SQL
2 10 (9.62%) T-SQL
3 9 (8.65%) Java
4 2 (1.92%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.92%) VBA
5 1 (0.96%) Ada
5 1 (0.96%) PHP
5 1 (0.96%) Ruby
5 1 (0.96%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (14.42%) Degree
2 3 (2.88%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (2.88%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (2.88%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.92%) BC Cleared
3 2 (1.92%) PhD
4 1 (0.96%) AAT
4 1 (0.96%) ACCA
4 1 (0.96%) CIMA
4 1 (0.96%) ISEB
4 1 (0.96%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.96%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (14.42%) QA
2 6 (5.77%) GMP
3 5 (4.81%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 5 (4.81%) GAMP
4 3 (2.88%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.96%) Basel II
5 1 (0.96%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (0.96%) Brightmail
Systems Management
1 4 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.92%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (1.92%) DameWare
2 2 (1.92%) ServiceCenter
3 1 (0.96%) CA Wily
3 1 (0.96%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 17 (16.35%) Oracle
2 15 (14.42%) Microsoft
3 7 (6.73%) SAP
4 5 (4.81%) HP
5 4 (3.85%) hybris
6 3 (2.88%) VMware
7 2 (1.92%) Curam
7 2 (1.92%) IBM
7 2 (1.92%) LexisNexis
8 1 (0.96%) CODA
8 1 (0.96%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.96%) IronPort
8 1 (0.96%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.96%) PeopleSoft
8 1 (0.96%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.96%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.96%) Symantec
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