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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 25 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
England / North West
Rank 99 111 76
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -35
Contract jobs citing Validation 38 49 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.46% 1.28% 2.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.78% 1.55% 2.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 28 40
Median daily rate £350 £338 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -8.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £216 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £335 £375
% change year-on-year
+11.94% -10.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -50.81%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.50 £31.44
% change year-on-year
-9.63% +31.99%

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
2135 3156 2639
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 82.31% 82.29% 77.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 1363 1903 1514
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £533 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 144 112
Median hourly rate £42.48 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.26% +1.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.95 £16.00 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.71 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.79
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +43.93%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Validation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 February 2017.

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 25 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +15 20 £339 +15.98% 10
Merseyside -1 4 £475 +2.70%
Lancashire +8 3 £535 +132.60% 4
Cumbria - 3 - -
Cheshire +24 2 £440 +10.00% 3
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Validation.

1 48 (52.17%) Finance
2 20 (21.74%) Migration
3 17 (18.48%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (16.30%) Java
4 15 (16.30%) SQL
4 15 (16.30%) SAP
5 14 (15.22%) Web Services
5 14 (15.22%) Business Intelligence
5 14 (15.22%) Spring
5 14 (15.22%) Data Migration
6 13 (14.13%) XML
6 13 (14.13%) Windows
6 13 (14.13%) Oracle
6 13 (14.13%) SQL Server
7 12 (13.04%) Struts
8 11 (11.96%) MS Excel
9 10 (10.87%) Microsoft
9 10 (10.87%) XML Messaging
9 10 (10.87%) RESTful
9 10 (10.87%) JSON
9 10 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
10 9 (9.78%) Data Centre
10 9 (9.78%) Spreadsheet
11 8 (8.70%) Test Scripting
11 8 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
11 8 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (8.70%) Manufacturing
11 8 (8.70%) CICS
11 8 (8.70%) Project Management
11 8 (8.70%) Pharmaceutical

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (8.70%) CICS
2 7 (7.61%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.35%) GlassFish
3 4 (4.35%) JBoss
3 4 (4.35%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.35%) Tomcat
3 4 (4.35%) WebLogic
3 4 (4.35%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.09%) CMS
Applications
1 11 (11.96%) MS Excel
2 9 (9.78%) Spreadsheet
3 7 (7.61%) MS Office
4 2 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (2.17%) MS Project
4 2 (2.17%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.09%) CATIA
5 1 (1.09%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (5.43%) Oracle Financials
2 4 (4.35%) SAP MDM
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle General Ledger
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (3.26%) SAP FI
4 2 (2.17%) SAP CO
4 2 (2.17%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (2.17%) SAP HR
5 1 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (1.09%) Maximo
5 1 (1.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (1.09%) SAP QM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.09%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.26%) HTTPS
1 3 (3.26%) Internet
1 3 (3.26%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (2.17%) Firewall
2 2 (2.17%) Network Security
2 2 (2.17%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.17%) Unified Communications
2 2 (2.17%) VoIP
3 1 (1.09%) Anycast
3 1 (1.09%) BIG-IP
3 1 (1.09%) DNS
3 1 (1.09%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 1 (1.09%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 1 (1.09%) FTP
3 1 (1.09%) HTTP
3 1 (1.09%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.43%) Oracle BI EE
2 5 (5.43%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (3.26%) OLAP
3 3 (3.26%) Oracle OLAP
3 3 (3.26%) SQLite
4 2 (2.17%) MS Access
4 2 (2.17%) MySQL
5 1 (1.09%) DB2
5 1 (1.09%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (2.17%) LSMW
3 1 (1.09%) Fiddler
3 1 (1.09%) Firebug
3 1 (1.09%) JIRA
3 1 (1.09%) JMeter
3 1 (1.09%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.09%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.09%) The Grinder
3 1 (1.09%) Toad
General
1 48 (52.17%) Finance
2 8 (8.70%) Manufacturing
2 8 (8.70%) Pharmaceutical
3 5 (5.43%) Banking
3 5 (5.43%) Retail
4 2 (2.17%) Legal
4 2 (2.17%) Marketing
4 2 (2.17%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.09%) Automotive
5 1 (1.09%) Electronics
5 1 (1.09%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 26 (28.26%) Analyst
2 17 (18.48%) Developer
3 14 (15.22%) Business Analyst
4 6 (6.52%) Architect
4 6 (6.52%) SAP Analyst
4 6 (6.52%) Test Leader
5 5 (5.43%) Report Analyst
5 5 (5.43%) SAP Business Analyst
5 5 (5.43%) Senior Analyst
6 4 (4.35%) .NET Developer
6 4 (4.35%) C# .NET Developer
6 4 (4.35%) C# Developer
6 4 (4.35%) Project Manager
6 4 (4.35%) Senior Business Analyst
6 4 (4.35%) Software Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Test Manager
7 3 (3.26%) C# WCF Developer
7 3 (3.26%) Consultant
7 3 (3.26%) Data Analyst
7 3 (3.26%) WCF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (15.22%) Spring
1 14 (15.22%) Web Services
2 13 (14.13%) XML
3 12 (13.04%) Struts
4 10 (10.87%) JSON
4 10 (10.87%) RESTful
4 10 (10.87%) XML Messaging
5 8 (8.70%) SOAP
6 5 (5.43%) .NET
6 5 (5.43%) CSS
6 5 (5.43%) HTML
7 4 (4.35%) J2EE
7 4 (4.35%) JSTL
7 4 (4.35%) REST
8 3 (3.26%) WCF
8 3 (3.26%) WPF
9 2 (2.17%) BAPI
9 2 (2.17%) HTML5
9 2 (2.17%) Middleware
10 1 (1.09%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (9.78%) Data Centre
3 5 (5.43%) Computer Science
3 5 (5.43%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.17%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (2.17%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.17%) Handset
4 2 (2.17%) IVR
4 2 (2.17%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.09%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.09%) Learning Management System
5 1 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.09%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.09%) User Experience
5 1 (1.09%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.09%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 13 (14.13%) Windows
2 8 (8.70%) Linux
3 7 (7.61%) AIX
3 7 (7.61%) HPUX
4 4 (4.35%) Unix
5 3 (3.26%) Android
5 3 (3.26%) Apple iOS
5 3 (3.26%) Windows 10
5 3 (3.26%) Windows 8
6 2 (2.17%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (21.74%) Migration
2 17 (18.48%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (15.22%) Business Intelligence
3 14 (15.22%) Data Migration
4 8 (8.70%) Project Management
4 8 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
4 8 (8.70%) Test Scripting
4 8 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (7.61%) Data Validation
6 6 (6.52%) API Development
6 6 (6.52%) Customer Requirements
6 6 (6.52%) ITIL
6 6 (6.52%) Waterfall
7 5 (5.43%) Contract Management
7 5 (5.43%) Logistics
7 5 (5.43%) Process Improvement
7 5 (5.43%) Revenue Management
7 5 (5.43%) SDLC
7 5 (5.43%) Trend Analysis
7 5 (5.43%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.30%) Java
1 15 (16.30%) SQL
2 7 (7.61%) C#
3 6 (6.52%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.26%) VBA
5 2 (2.17%) PHP
6 1 (1.09%) COBOL
6 1 (1.09%) JCL
6 1 (1.09%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (7.61%) Security Cleared
2 6 (6.52%) Degree
2 6 (6.52%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.17%) CCA
3 2 (2.17%) Citrix Certification
3 2 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (2.17%) MCSE
3 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.09%) ACCA
4 1 (1.09%) APMP
4 1 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.09%) CIMA
4 1 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.09%) ISEB
4 1 (1.09%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.52%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 2 (2.17%) GAMP
2 2 (2.17%) GMP
2 2 (2.17%) GxP
3 1 (1.09%) PMO
3 1 (1.09%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (1.09%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 15 (16.30%) SAP
2 13 (14.13%) Oracle
3 10 (10.87%) Microsoft
4 5 (5.43%) Civica
5 4 (4.35%) Cisco
5 4 (4.35%) hybris
6 3 (3.26%) Capita
6 3 (3.26%) LANDesk
7 2 (2.17%) Citrix
7 2 (2.17%) Saba
7 2 (2.17%) Verint
8 1 (1.09%) Adobe
8 1 (1.09%) Blue Coat
8 1 (1.09%) F5
8 1 (1.09%) Google
8 1 (1.09%) HP
8 1 (1.09%) WorldPay