The table below looks at the statistics for Validation skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 28 June 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Validation
Rank 120 77 45
Rank change year-on-year
-43 -32
Contract jobs citing Validation 26 40 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.87% 1.72% 3.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 2.25% 4.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 12 19
Median daily rate £383 £395 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.16% +31.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £275 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 31
Median hourly rate - £39.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +4.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.75 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+13.57% -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 West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2461 1776 1775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 81.90% 76.32% 76.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1469 1102 945
Median daily rate £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 72 130
Median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.05 £41.10 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

Validation
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Validation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Validation Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Validation
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Validation Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Validation
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Validation across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 2016.

Validation Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Validation
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Validation Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Validation
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Coventry -6 7 £400 +33.33%
Shropshire -28 5 £110 -
Warwickshire -8 3 £475 +10.46% 1
Wolverhampton - 3 £600 -
Staffordshire - 3 £475 -
Birmingham -18 2 £325 -14.47%
Solihull -19 1 £308 -
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Validation.

1 16 (28.07%) Migration
1 16 (28.07%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (21.05%) Data Validation
3 11 (19.30%) Java
4 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
4 10 (17.54%) Finance
5 9 (15.79%) Manufacturing
5 9 (15.79%) Change Management
5 9 (15.79%) LAN
5 9 (15.79%) WAN
5 9 (15.79%) Degree
5 9 (15.79%) Unit Testing
6 8 (14.04%) MS PowerPoint
7 7 (12.28%) Automotive
7 7 (12.28%) PLM
7 7 (12.28%) ETL
7 7 (12.28%) SharePoint
7 7 (12.28%) Oracle
7 7 (12.28%) Computer Science
7 7 (12.28%) Security Cleared
7 7 (12.28%) Data Quality
8 6 (10.53%) Data Migration
8 6 (10.53%) Selenium
8 6 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (10.53%) Spring
8 6 (10.53%) Maven
8 6 (10.53%) Logistics
8 6 (10.53%) SAP
8 6 (10.53%) XML
8 6 (10.53%) JUnit

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 7 (12.28%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.51%) OpenStack
3 1 (1.75%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (14.04%) MS PowerPoint
2 6 (10.53%) MS Excel
3 4 (7.02%) MS Visio
4 3 (5.26%) MS Office
5 1 (1.75%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (1.75%) MS Project
5 1 (1.75%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.75%) Siemens NX
5 1 (1.75%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (7.02%) ENOVIA
2 2 (3.51%) SAP MII
3 1 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.75%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.51%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (3.51%) IaaS
2 2 (3.51%) PaaS
3 1 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.75%) Office 365
3 1 (1.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (15.79%) LAN
1 9 (15.79%) WAN
2 3 (5.26%) BT 21CN
3 2 (3.51%) 2G
3 2 (3.51%) 3G
3 2 (3.51%) 4G
3 2 (3.51%) Firewall
3 2 (3.51%) LTE
3 2 (3.51%) MIMO
3 2 (3.51%) Wireless
4 1 (1.75%) Bluetooth
4 1 (1.75%) Extranet
4 1 (1.75%) FTP
4 1 (1.75%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.26%) SAP Data Services
3 2 (3.51%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (3.51%) Data Mining
3 2 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (1.75%) Big Data
4 1 (1.75%) Datazen
4 1 (1.75%) DB2
4 1 (1.75%) GIS
4 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Power View
4 1 (1.75%) OLAP
4 1 (1.75%) OLAP Cube
4 1 (1.75%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.75%) Power BI
4 1 (1.75%) PowerPivot
4 1 (1.75%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (10.53%) JUnit
1 6 (10.53%) Maven
1 6 (10.53%) Selenium
2 4 (7.02%) Eclipse
2 4 (7.02%) JIRA
3 3 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (3.51%) CANoe
4 2 (3.51%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (1.75%) Jenkins
General
1 10 (17.54%) Finance
2 9 (15.79%) Manufacturing
3 7 (12.28%) Automotive
4 5 (8.77%) Billing
4 5 (8.77%) Military
5 3 (5.26%) Telecoms
6 2 (3.51%) Electronics
6 2 (3.51%) Retail
7 1 (1.75%) Aerospace
7 1 (1.75%) Banking
7 1 (1.75%) Legal
7 1 (1.75%) Local Government
7 1 (1.75%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (21.05%) Analyst
2 10 (17.54%) Developer
3 8 (14.04%) Business Analyst
4 6 (10.53%) Architect
4 6 (10.53%) J2EE Developer
4 6 (10.53%) Java Developer
4 6 (10.53%) Java/J2EE Developer
4 6 (10.53%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (5.26%) .NET Developer
5 3 (5.26%) Business Change Analyst
5 3 (5.26%) Junior
5 3 (5.26%) Performance Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Validation Engineer
6 2 (3.51%) Change Analyst
6 2 (3.51%) Lead Solutions Architect
6 2 (3.51%) Migration Engineer
6 2 (3.51%) Network Engineer
6 2 (3.51%) Project Manager
6 2 (3.51%) Test Engineer
6 2 (3.51%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (10.53%) Hibernate
1 6 (10.53%) J2EE
1 6 (10.53%) Spring
1 6 (10.53%) XML
2 5 (8.77%) Web Services
3 4 (7.02%) HTML
3 4 (7.02%) jQuery
3 4 (7.02%) JSP
3 4 (7.02%) RESTful
3 4 (7.02%) Servlets
3 4 (7.02%) Struts
4 3 (5.26%) .NET
5 2 (3.51%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.51%) EDI
5 2 (3.51%) Middleware
5 2 (3.51%) SOAP
5 2 (3.51%) WCF
5 2 (3.51%) XSD
5 2 (3.51%) XSLT
6 1 (1.75%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.28%) Computer Science
2 3 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.26%) Data Conversion
2 3 (5.26%) Performance Metrics
2 3 (5.26%) Statistics
3 2 (3.51%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.51%) SCADA
3 2 (3.51%) Telematics
3 2 (3.51%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.75%) Chemistry
4 1 (1.75%) Data Extraction
4 1 (1.75%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.75%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.75%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.75%) NHS
4 1 (1.75%) Physics
4 1 (1.75%) User Experience
4 1 (1.75%) Visualisation
4 1 (1.75%) VSAM
4 1 (1.75%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.02%) Linux
2 1 (1.75%) Android
2 1 (1.75%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.75%) Solaris
2 1 (1.75%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (28.07%) Agile Software Development
1 16 (28.07%) Migration
2 12 (21.05%) Data Validation
3 9 (15.79%) Change Management
3 9 (15.79%) Unit Testing
4 7 (12.28%) ETL
4 7 (12.28%) PLM
5 6 (10.53%) Data Migration
5 6 (10.53%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (10.53%) Logistics
5 6 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (8.77%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (8.77%) Data Modelling
6 5 (8.77%) Regression Testing
6 5 (8.77%) Requirements Management
6 5 (8.77%) Scrum
7 4 (7.02%) Data Management
7 4 (7.02%) Service Management
7 4 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (7.02%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 11 (19.30%) Java
2 5 (8.77%) JavaScript
2 5 (8.77%) SQL
3 4 (7.02%) Python
3 4 (7.02%) VB
4 3 (5.26%) C#
5 2 (3.51%) C
5 2 (3.51%) C++
5 2 (3.51%) Perl
5 2 (3.51%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.51%) XAML
6 1 (1.75%) COBOL
6 1 (1.75%) JCL
6 1 (1.75%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.75%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (15.79%) Degree
2 7 (12.28%) Security Cleared
3 6 (10.53%) Sun Certification
4 2 (3.51%) ISEB
4 2 (3.51%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (3.51%) PMI Certification
4 2 (3.51%) PMP
4 2 (3.51%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.75%) CCNP
5 1 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.28%) Data Quality
2 2 (3.51%) QA
3 1 (1.75%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 3 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.51%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.51%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (12.28%) Oracle
2 6 (10.53%) SAP
2 6 (10.53%) Sun
3 5 (8.77%) HP
3 5 (8.77%) Microsoft
4 4 (7.02%) Fujitsu
5 3 (5.26%) VMware
6 1 (1.75%) Adobe
6 1 (1.75%) Brocade
6 1 (1.75%) Cisco
6 1 (1.75%) Juniper
6 1 (1.75%) Red Hat