The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Validation
Rank 92 96 95
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -1
Contract jobs citing Validation 47 25 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.50% 1.00% 1.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.07% 1.40% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 16 22
Average daily rate
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£348 £329 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.70% +14.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £450 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £363 £315
% change year-on-year
+2.06% +15.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
Average hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £39.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.66% -3.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.60 £35.75 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.90 £39.25 £47.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.82 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-17.81% +1.35%
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 South West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2272 1784 1774
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.29% 71.65% 70.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1533 1145 1116
Average daily rate £413 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 99 100
Average hourly rate £36.40 £27.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.81% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £12.75 £11.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £35.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Validation across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Validation across the South West region.

Validation Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the South West region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Validation across the South West region.

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the South West region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Validation Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Validation
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 January 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
Wiltshire +4 17 £450 +44.00% 2
Gloucestershire -10 7 £310 - 2
Bristol -9 6 £400 +15.94% 5
Devon - 4 £338 -
Dorset -4 2 £350 -22.22% 3
Somerset - 2 £313 - 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 34 (30.36%) SQL
2 28 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 26 (23.21%) Finance
4 24 (21.43%) Linux
5 22 (19.64%) Java
6 19 (16.96%) SC Cleared
7 16 (14.29%) C++
8 13 (11.61%) Software Engineering
8 13 (11.61%) Base SAS
8 13 (11.61%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 13 (11.61%) SAS
8 13 (11.61%) Regression Analysis
8 13 (11.61%) Time Series Analysis
9 12 (10.71%) Relational Database
9 12 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
9 12 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
9 12 (10.71%) OO
9 12 (10.71%) Microsoft
9 12 (10.71%) Degree
9 12 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (9.82%) Financial Modelling
10 11 (9.82%) RDBMS
10 11 (9.82%) Project Management
11 10 (8.93%) Migration
11 10 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (8.93%) Oracle
11 10 (8.93%) Data Validation
11 10 (8.93%) Rational DOORS
12 9 (8.04%) Bash Shell
12 9 (8.04%) DO-178B

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 13 (11.61%) SAS
2 7 (6.25%) Apache
3 6 (5.36%) SharePoint
4 5 (4.46%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.79%) GlassFish
5 2 (1.79%) MS Project Server
6 1 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (8.04%) MS Office
2 7 (6.25%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.68%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (2.68%) MS Project
3 3 (2.68%) AutoCAD
4 2 (1.79%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.89%) Open Workbench
5 1 (0.89%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.68%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.89%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (0.89%) SAP MM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.25%) SSH
1 7 (6.25%) DNS
1 7 (6.25%) HTTPS
2 6 (5.36%) TCP/IP
3 5 (4.46%) PuTTY
3 5 (4.46%) SAN
4 3 (2.68%) VLAN
4 3 (2.68%) Ethernet
4 3 (2.68%) Wireless
5 2 (1.79%) RTP
5 2 (1.79%) Telnet
5 2 (1.79%) FTP
5 2 (1.79%) VoIP
5 2 (1.79%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.79%) Multicast
6 1 (0.89%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (0.89%) 4G
6 1 (0.89%) LTE
6 1 (0.89%) Network Security
6 1 (0.89%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.61%) Base SAS
1 13 (11.61%) SAS Enterprise Guide
2 12 (10.71%) Relational Database
2 12 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (9.82%) RDBMS
4 8 (7.14%) Oracle Database 11g
4 8 (7.14%) Oracle Database
5 6 (5.36%) SQL Server
5 6 (5.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (5.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (4.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (4.46%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (4.46%) JasperReports
6 5 (4.46%) Ingres
7 4 (3.57%) MySQL
7 4 (3.57%) Oracle BI EE
8 3 (2.68%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.89%) Big Data
9 1 (0.89%) DB2
9 1 (0.89%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 10 (8.93%) Rational DOORS
2 8 (7.14%) Git (software)
2 8 (7.14%) Selenium
3 6 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (5.36%) Rational Rhapsody
4 5 (4.46%) PHPUnit
5 4 (3.57%) Eclipse
5 4 (3.57%) PVCS
5 4 (3.57%) Oracle APEX
6 3 (2.68%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (1.79%) NetBeans
7 2 (1.79%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.89%) Behat
8 1 (0.89%) Toad
8 1 (0.89%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 26 (23.21%) Finance
2 6 (5.36%) Banking
3 5 (4.46%) Retail
4 4 (3.57%) Electronics
5 3 (2.68%) Avionics
5 3 (2.68%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.68%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.79%) Military
7 1 (0.89%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 27 (24.11%) Developer
2 17 (15.18%) Analyst
3 14 (12.50%) Test Engineer
4 9 (8.04%) Systems Engineer
5 7 (6.25%) Data Warehouse Developer
5 7 (6.25%) Consultant
5 7 (6.25%) Software Engineer
6 6 (5.36%) Business Analyst
6 6 (5.36%) C++ Developer
6 6 (5.36%) Senior Test Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) SAS Analyst
7 5 (4.46%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.57%) Administrator
8 4 (3.57%) Applications Developer
8 4 (3.57%) Architect
8 4 (3.57%) Oracle Developer
8 4 (3.57%) Software Test Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) Designer
8 4 (3.57%) Development Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) OBIEE Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.36%) HTML
1 6 (5.36%) JDBC
1 6 (5.36%) Laravel
2 5 (4.46%) DAO
2 5 (4.46%) OpenMP
2 5 (4.46%) Hibernate
2 5 (4.46%) CSS
2 5 (4.46%) Web Services
2 5 (4.46%) CGI
3 4 (3.57%) Middleware
3 4 (3.57%) Oracle Fusion
4 3 (2.68%) Visualforce
5 2 (1.79%) XML
5 2 (1.79%) .NET
6 1 (0.89%) Qt
6 1 (0.89%) GTK+
6 1 (0.89%) wxWidgets
6 1 (0.89%) XSD
6 1 (0.89%) XSL
6 1 (0.89%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (8.04%) NHS
3 7 (6.25%) Clustering
4 6 (5.36%) Algorithms
5 5 (4.46%) N-Tier
6 4 (3.57%) Computer Science
6 4 (3.57%) Mathematics
7 3 (2.68%) Reference Data
8 2 (1.79%) Biometrics
8 2 (1.79%) Streaming Video
8 2 (1.79%) Physics
8 2 (1.79%) SCADA
9 1 (0.89%) User Experience
9 1 (0.89%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.89%) CESG
9 1 (0.89%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 24 (21.43%) Linux
2 8 (7.14%) UNIX
2 8 (7.14%) Windows
3 7 (6.25%) VMS
4 5 (4.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.89%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (11.61%) Software Engineering
1 13 (11.61%) Regression Analysis
1 13 (11.61%) Time Series Analysis
2 12 (10.71%) OO
2 12 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (9.82%) Financial Modelling
3 11 (9.82%) Project Management
4 10 (8.93%) Migration
4 10 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
4 10 (8.93%) Data Validation
5 9 (8.04%) UML
5 9 (8.04%) ETL
6 8 (7.14%) Multithreading
6 8 (7.14%) Statistical Modelling
7 7 (6.25%) Waterfall
7 7 (6.25%) Test Planning
7 7 (6.25%) Test Scripting
7 7 (6.25%) Requirements Management
7 7 (6.25%) V-Model
7 7 (6.25%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (30.36%) SQL
2 22 (19.64%) Java
3 16 (14.29%) C++
4 9 (8.04%) Bash Shell
4 9 (8.04%) JavaScript
5 8 (7.14%) PHP
5 8 (7.14%) PL/SQL
6 7 (6.25%) Korn
6 7 (6.25%) T-SQL
7 6 (5.36%) Perl
8 5 (4.46%) C
8 5 (4.46%) MATLAB
9 4 (3.57%) PowerShell
10 3 (2.68%) Apex Code
11 2 (1.79%) Python
12 1 (0.89%) C#
12 1 (0.89%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 28 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 19 (16.96%) SC Cleared
3 12 (10.71%) Degree
4 9 (8.04%) ISEB
5 6 (5.36%) HND
5 6 (5.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (3.57%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.04%) DO-178B
2 2 (1.79%) QA
3 1 (0.89%) DO-160
3 1 (0.89%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.89%) GAMP
3 1 (0.89%) GxP
System Software
1 7 (6.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
1 7 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
1 7 (6.25%) NFS
1 7 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.89%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (4.46%) Puppet
2 2 (1.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.93%) Oracle
3 7 (6.25%) VMware
4 5 (4.46%) SAP
4 5 (4.46%) Intel
4 5 (4.46%) Informatica
5 3 (2.68%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (2.68%) HP
6 2 (1.79%) Primavera
7 1 (0.89%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.89%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 1 (0.89%) Splunk
7 1 (0.89%) Huawei
7 1 (0.89%) IBM
7 1 (0.89%) Ariba
7 1 (0.89%) Anite
7 1 (0.89%) BT
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