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 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Validation
Rank 92 103 102
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -1
Contract jobs citing Validation 52 44 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.73% 1.38% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.14% 1.83% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 28 15
Average daily rate £400 £348 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.10% +11.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £307 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 4
Average hourly rate £40.00 £50.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.79% +34.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.20 £42.95 £35.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £59.80 £39.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £31.44 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+33.58% -13.26%
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
2431 2405 1849
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 80.84% 75.27% 74.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1710 1594 1163
Average daily rate £375 £407 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.86% +8.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 108 99
Average hourly rate £42.00 £36.40 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +34.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.63 £15.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 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
Bristol +12 22 £470 +17.50% 6
Gloucestershire +18 19 £330 +6.45% 3
Somerset +8 7 £325 +4.00% 1
Wiltshire -12 3 £488 +8.33% 10
Dorset +5 1 - -
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 32 (37.21%) Security Cleared
2 20 (23.26%) SC Cleared
3 18 (20.93%) Finance
4 15 (17.44%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (13.95%) SQL
6 11 (12.79%) Microsoft
7 10 (11.63%) ITIL
7 10 (11.63%) Software Engineering
7 10 (11.63%) Rational DOORS
8 9 (10.47%) Linux
9 8 (9.30%) Windows
9 8 (9.30%) C++
9 8 (9.30%) Data Modelling
9 8 (9.30%) Service Management
9 8 (9.30%) Manufacturing
9 8 (9.30%) Migration
9 8 (9.30%) Degree
10 7 (8.14%) Requirements Management
10 7 (8.14%) Requirements Analysis
10 7 (8.14%) Business Analysis
10 7 (8.14%) Change Management
10 7 (8.14%) ISO 9001
10 7 (8.14%) UML
10 7 (8.14%) SDLC
11 6 (6.98%) System Integration Testing
11 6 (6.98%) Root Cause Analysis
11 6 (6.98%) SQL Server
11 6 (6.98%) MS Excel
11 6 (6.98%) Quality Management
11 6 (6.98%) Banking

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 2 (2.33%) CMS
1 2 (2.33%) SAS
2 1 (1.16%) IIS
2 1 (1.16%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.16%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.16%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 6 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 5 (5.81%) MS Office
3 4 (4.65%) Simulink
4 3 (3.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.16%) MS Project
5 1 (1.16%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) SAP ERP
1 1 (1.16%) SAP MDM
1 1 (1.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.16%) IaaS
1 1 (1.16%) IBM SmartCloud
1 1 (1.16%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.65%) Firewall
1 4 (4.65%) Network Security
1 4 (4.65%) VPN
2 3 (3.49%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.16%) BGP
3 1 (1.16%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (1.16%) Cisco IOS
3 1 (1.16%) Cisco ISE
3 1 (1.16%) Cisco PIX
3 1 (1.16%) EIGRP
3 1 (1.16%) IPsec
3 1 (1.16%) ISDN
3 1 (1.16%) Junos
3 1 (1.16%) MPLS
3 1 (1.16%) OSPF
3 1 (1.16%) SAN
3 1 (1.16%) Spanning Tree
3 1 (1.16%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.98%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.49%) MS Access
3 3 (3.49%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.16%) Base SAS
4 1 (1.16%) Big Data
4 1 (1.16%) MySQL
4 1 (1.16%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (1.16%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.16%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.16%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (11.63%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (4.65%) Cucumber
2 4 (4.65%) Selenium
2 4 (4.65%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.16%) LSMW
3 1 (1.16%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 18 (20.93%) Finance
2 8 (9.30%) Manufacturing
3 6 (6.98%) Banking
4 5 (5.81%) Avionics
4 5 (5.81%) Electronics
4 5 (5.81%) Telecoms
5 4 (4.65%) Aerospace
5 4 (4.65%) Legal
6 2 (2.33%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.33%) Military
6 2 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.16%) Billing
7 1 (1.16%) Front Office
7 1 (1.16%) Marketing
7 1 (1.16%) Retail
7 1 (1.16%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (24.42%) Analyst
2 11 (12.79%) Business Analyst
2 11 (12.79%) Test Engineer
3 10 (11.63%) Consultant
3 10 (11.63%) Hardware Engineer
4 6 (6.98%) Software Engineer
5 5 (5.81%) Systems Engineer
5 5 (5.81%) Test Analyst
5 5 (5.81%) Test Manager
6 4 (4.65%) Design Engineer
6 4 (4.65%) Developer
6 4 (4.65%) Integration Engineer
6 4 (4.65%) Test and Integration Engineer
7 3 (3.49%) Financial Analyst
7 3 (3.49%) Security Consultant
7 3 (3.49%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (3.49%) Service Analyst
7 3 (3.49%) Software Test Engineer
8 2 (2.33%) Quality Engineer
8 2 (2.33%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.65%) MFC
2 2 (2.33%) Qt
2 2 (2.33%) STL
2 2 (2.33%) XML
3 1 (1.16%) .NET
3 1 (1.16%) SAP Fiori
3 1 (1.16%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (1.16%) XForms
3 1 (1.16%) XSD
3 1 (1.16%) XSL
3 1 (1.16%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 15 (17.44%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.65%) Algorithms
2 4 (4.65%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.49%) Cryptography
3 3 (3.49%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (3.49%) PKI
4 2 (2.33%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.33%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.33%) Data Conversion
4 2 (2.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (2.33%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.33%) User Experience
5 1 (1.16%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.16%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.16%) DataPower
5 1 (1.16%) Device Driver
5 1 (1.16%) e-Learning
5 1 (1.16%) NHS
5 1 (1.16%) Verilog
5 1 (1.16%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.47%) Linux
2 8 (9.30%) Windows
3 4 (4.65%) Unix
4 3 (3.49%) Solaris
4 3 (3.49%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.16%) Android
5 1 (1.16%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.16%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (11.63%) ITIL
1 10 (11.63%) Software Engineering
2 8 (9.30%) Data Modelling
2 8 (9.30%) Migration
2 8 (9.30%) Service Management
3 7 (8.14%) Business Analysis
3 7 (8.14%) Change Management
3 7 (8.14%) Requirements Analysis
3 7 (8.14%) Requirements Management
3 7 (8.14%) SDLC
3 7 (8.14%) UML
4 6 (6.98%) Quality Management
4 6 (6.98%) Root Cause Analysis
4 6 (6.98%) System Integration Testing
4 6 (6.98%) Test Scripting
5 5 (5.81%) Configuration Management
5 5 (5.81%) ITSM
5 5 (5.81%) Programme Management
5 5 (5.81%) Project Management
5 5 (5.81%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 12 (13.95%) SQL
2 8 (9.30%) C++
3 4 (4.65%) C
3 4 (4.65%) MATLAB
4 2 (2.33%) Perl
4 2 (2.33%) Python
5 1 (1.16%) Assembly Language
5 1 (1.16%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.16%) Java
5 1 (1.16%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.16%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.16%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.16%) R
5 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.16%) VB
5 1 (1.16%) VBScript
5 1 (1.16%) XPath
5 1 (1.16%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 32 (37.21%) Security Cleared
2 20 (23.26%) SC Cleared
3 8 (9.30%) Degree
4 6 (6.98%) DV Cleared
5 4 (4.65%) ISTQB
6 2 (2.33%) BC Cleared
6 2 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.16%) CCNP
7 1 (1.16%) CIPD
7 1 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.16%) CISM
7 1 (1.16%) CISSP
7 1 (1.16%) ISEB
7 1 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.16%) JNCIP
7 1 (1.16%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.14%) ISO 9001
2 5 (5.81%) QA
3 3 (3.49%) DO-178B
3 3 (3.49%) PCI DSS
3 3 (3.49%) SLA
4 2 (2.33%) Data Quality
4 2 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (2.33%) ISO13485
5 1 (1.16%) Basel II
5 1 (1.16%) DO-160
5 1 (1.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 3 (3.49%) Firmware
2 2 (2.33%) ACF2
3 1 (1.16%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (3.49%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.49%) Nessus
1 3 (3.49%) Nmap
2 2 (2.33%) zSecure
3 1 (1.16%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 11 (12.79%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.81%) LogRhythm
2 5 (5.81%) Oracle
3 3 (3.49%) Cisco
3 3 (3.49%) Qualys
3 3 (3.49%) SAP
4 2 (2.33%) EMC
5 1 (1.16%) Blue Coat
5 1 (1.16%) HP
5 1 (1.16%) IBM
5 1 (1.16%) Informatica
5 1 (1.16%) Intel
5 1 (1.16%) IronPort
5 1 (1.16%) Juniper
5 1 (1.16%) McAfee
5 1 (1.16%) Rally
5 1 (1.16%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.16%) Sourcefire
5 1 (1.16%) Xilinx
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