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 July 2016 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 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Validation
Rank 103 110 100
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -10
Contract jobs citing Validation 46 47 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.25% 1.24% 1.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.55% 1.59% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 25 18
Median daily rate £360 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.09% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £270 £344
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £555 £432
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 6
Median hourly rate £43.00 £19.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+120.51% -44.28%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
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
2974 2948 2247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.04% 78.07% 74.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1862 1737 1227
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 126 94
Median hourly rate £23.50 £37.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.48% +34.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £57.75 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.98
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +13.06%

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 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -19 13 £438 +18.64% 5
Cheshire +5 11 £275 -31.25% 4
Lancashire -9 9 £440 +62.96% 1
Merseyside - 3 £550 -
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 2016, 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 26 (25.49%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (20.59%) Finance
3 17 (16.67%) Java
3 17 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
4 16 (15.69%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (15.69%) Business Analysis
5 15 (14.71%) Banking
5 15 (14.71%) Oracle
5 15 (14.71%) Windows
6 14 (13.73%) XML
6 14 (13.73%) CSS
6 14 (13.73%) HTML
7 13 (12.75%) Process Management
7 13 (12.75%) Back Office
7 13 (12.75%) MySQL
7 13 (12.75%) Data Mining
8 12 (11.76%) Migration
9 11 (10.78%) Degree
9 11 (10.78%) HTTP
9 11 (10.78%) SOAP
9 11 (10.78%) CSS3
9 11 (10.78%) HTML5
10 10 (9.80%) JBoss
10 10 (9.80%) Tomcat
10 10 (9.80%) Credit Risk
11 9 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (8.82%) IBM
11 9 (8.82%) Middleware
11 9 (8.82%) Linux
11 9 (8.82%) JavaScript

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 10 (9.80%) JBoss
1 10 (9.80%) Tomcat
2 8 (7.84%) SAS
3 7 (6.86%) Apache
4 4 (3.92%) WebSphere
4 4 (3.92%) WebSphere Application Server
5 3 (2.94%) Confluence
6 1 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.98%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (2.94%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.96%) MS Project
2 2 (1.96%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.96%) Simulink
3 1 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.98%) SOLIDWORKS
3 1 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.98%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.98%) Cognos TM1
1 1 (0.98%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.98%) HFM
1 1 (0.98%) Lorenzo
1 1 (0.98%) Maximo
1 1 (0.98%) SAP BPC
1 1 (0.98%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.96%) SaaS
2 1 (0.98%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 11 (10.78%) HTTP
2 5 (4.90%) TCP/IP
2 5 (4.90%) WinSCP
3 4 (3.92%) FTP
4 3 (2.94%) LAN
4 3 (2.94%) PuTTY
4 3 (2.94%) VoIP
4 3 (2.94%) WAN
5 2 (1.96%) Firewall
5 2 (1.96%) Internet
6 1 (0.98%) BIG-IP
6 1 (0.98%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.98%) DNS
6 1 (0.98%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 1 (0.98%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 1 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.98%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.75%) Data Mining
1 13 (12.75%) MySQL
2 7 (6.86%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (5.88%) SQL Server
4 5 (4.90%) Relational Database
5 3 (2.94%) DB2
6 2 (1.96%) Big Data
6 2 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.96%) MS Access
6 2 (1.96%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.98%) Base SAS
7 1 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.98%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.98%) Essbase
7 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.98%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.98%) SAS Enterprise Guide
7 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (6.86%) JIRA
2 5 (4.90%) Rational DOORS
2 5 (4.90%) Visual Studio
3 3 (2.94%) Ant
3 3 (2.94%) Cucumber
3 3 (2.94%) JMeter
3 3 (2.94%) JUnit
3 3 (2.94%) Selenium
3 3 (2.94%) Subversion
3 3 (2.94%) Toad
3 3 (2.94%) TortoiseSVN
3 3 (2.94%) WATIR
3 3 (2.94%) WebDriver
4 2 (1.96%) HP UFT
4 2 (1.96%) LoadRunner
4 2 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.98%) CaliberRM
5 1 (0.98%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.98%) MSTest
5 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 21 (20.59%) Finance
2 15 (14.71%) Banking
3 13 (12.75%) Back Office
4 5 (4.90%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (2.94%) Marketing
6 2 (1.96%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.96%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.96%) Electronics
6 2 (1.96%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.96%) Military
6 2 (1.96%) Retail
6 2 (1.96%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.98%) Advertising
7 1 (0.98%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 26 (25.49%) Analyst
2 16 (15.69%) Project Manager
3 14 (13.73%) Business Analyst
4 13 (12.75%) Business Manager
4 13 (12.75%) Business Project Manager
5 10 (9.80%) Architect
5 10 (9.80%) Project Analyst
6 9 (8.82%) Consultant
6 9 (8.82%) Developer
7 6 (5.88%) Technical Leader
7 6 (5.88%) Test Analyst
8 5 (4.90%) Digital Architect
8 5 (4.90%) Lead Developer
8 5 (4.90%) Senior Developer
8 5 (4.90%) Technical Developer
9 4 (3.92%) Digital Technical Architect
9 4 (3.92%) OAT Analyst
9 4 (3.92%) OAT Test Analyst
9 4 (3.92%) Quality Manager
9 4 (3.92%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (13.73%) CSS
1 14 (13.73%) HTML
1 14 (13.73%) XML
2 11 (10.78%) CSS3
2 11 (10.78%) HTML5
2 11 (10.78%) SOAP
3 9 (8.82%) Middleware
4 7 (6.86%) .NET
4 7 (6.86%) ActiveMQ
4 7 (6.86%) Apache Camel
4 7 (6.86%) J2EE
4 7 (6.86%) JDBC
4 7 (6.86%) jQuery
4 7 (6.86%) JSON
4 7 (6.86%) REST
5 4 (3.92%) .NET Framework
5 4 (3.92%) ASP.NET Web API
5 4 (3.92%) Entity Framework
5 4 (3.92%) WPF
6 3 (2.94%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 26 (25.49%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (9.80%) Credit Risk
3 6 (5.88%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.90%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.92%) Mobile App
5 4 (3.92%) Reference Data
6 3 (2.94%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.94%) Data Structures
6 3 (2.94%) iPad
6 3 (2.94%) Taxonomies
6 3 (2.94%) User Experience
7 2 (1.96%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.96%) Data Extraction
7 2 (1.96%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.96%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.96%) Statistics
7 2 (1.96%) Visualisation
8 1 (0.98%) LIMS
8 1 (0.98%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.71%) Windows
2 9 (8.82%) Linux
3 8 (7.84%) Unix
4 4 (3.92%) Windows Mobile
5 1 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.98%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
2 16 (15.69%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (15.69%) Business Analysis
3 13 (12.75%) Process Management
4 12 (11.76%) Migration
5 9 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (8.82%) Test Scripting
6 8 (7.84%) Data Management
6 8 (7.84%) Data Validation
7 7 (6.86%) E-business
7 7 (6.86%) High Availability
7 7 (6.86%) MVC
7 7 (6.86%) Open Source
7 7 (6.86%) Scrum
7 7 (6.86%) SOA
8 6 (5.88%) Data Cleansing
8 6 (5.88%) Data Modelling
8 6 (5.88%) Microservices
8 6 (5.88%) Project Management
8 6 (5.88%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (16.67%) Java
2 9 (8.82%) JavaScript
3 8 (7.84%) C++
3 8 (7.84%) SQL
4 7 (6.86%) C
5 6 (5.88%) C#
5 6 (5.88%) VB.NET
6 5 (4.90%) T-SQL
7 4 (3.92%) VB
7 4 (3.92%) XAML
8 3 (2.94%) PHP
8 3 (2.94%) Ruby
9 2 (1.96%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.98%) Ada
10 1 (0.98%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 11 (10.78%) Degree
2 8 (7.84%) Security Cleared
3 6 (5.88%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (4.90%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.98%) AAT
5 1 (0.98%) ACCA
5 1 (0.98%) CIMA
5 1 (0.98%) HNC
5 1 (0.98%) HND
5 1 (0.98%) ISEB
5 1 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.88%) Data Quality
1 6 (5.88%) QA
2 3 (2.94%) SLA
3 1 (0.98%) CDISC
3 1 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.98%) IAS 39
3 1 (0.98%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.98%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.94%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.96%) DameWare
3 2 (1.96%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 15 (14.71%) Oracle
2 9 (8.82%) IBM
3 5 (4.90%) SAP
4 4 (3.92%) HP
4 4 (3.92%) VMware
5 3 (2.94%) BroadSoft
5 3 (2.94%) hybris
5 3 (2.94%) Intel Security
5 3 (2.94%) Splunk
6 2 (1.96%) EMC
6 2 (1.96%) LexisNexis
6 2 (1.96%) Microsoft
7 1 (0.98%) CA
7 1 (0.98%) Cognos
7 1 (0.98%) Curam
7 1 (0.98%) F5
7 1 (0.98%) Informatica
7 1 (0.98%) LabWare
7 1 (0.98%) Saba
7 1 (0.98%) Teradata