The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Validation
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 53 43
Rank change year-on-year +9 -10  
Contract jobs citing Validation 13 5 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.08% 0.73% 2.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.57% 0.91% 3.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 6
Median daily rate £381 £305 £379
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -19.41%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £305 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £305 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.73% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £37.75 £36.00
% change year-on-year -2.64% +4.86%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 506 547 577
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 81.09% 80.32% 76.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 343 367
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 17
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.95 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +5.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.63 £8.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £39.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Validation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Validation in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Birmingham over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Birmingham

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Validation.

1 9 (45.00%) Migration
2 7 (35.00%) Data Validation
3 6 (30.00%) Data Migration
3 6 (30.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 5 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (20.00%) Service Management
5 4 (20.00%) ITIL
5 4 (20.00%) MS Excel
5 4 (20.00%) HTML
5 4 (20.00%) JavaScript
5 4 (20.00%) MS Office
5 4 (20.00%) CSS
5 4 (20.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (20.00%) Change Control
5 4 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (15.00%) Behavioural Change
6 3 (15.00%) Test Scripting
6 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (15.00%) CMDB
6 3 (15.00%) Investment Management
6 3 (15.00%) ITIL V3
6 3 (15.00%) SDLC
6 3 (15.00%) Windows
6 3 (15.00%) Configuration Management
6 3 (15.00%) Regression Testing
6 3 (15.00%) Back Office
6 3 (15.00%) Finance
6 3 (15.00%) Banking
6 3 (15.00%) Data Analysis
6 3 (15.00%) Investment Banking

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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:

Applications
1 4 (20.00%) MS Excel
1 4 (20.00%) MS Office
2 1 (5.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
1 2 (10.00%) GitHub
1 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.00%) Wireshark
2 1 (5.00%) Firewall
2 1 (5.00%) Junos
2 1 (5.00%) LAN
2 1 (5.00%) VLAN
2 1 (5.00%) VoIP
2 1 (5.00%) VPN
2 1 (5.00%) WAN
2 1 (5.00%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (5.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Cucumber
1 2 (10.00%) Grunt
1 2 (10.00%) gulp
1 2 (10.00%) Hudson
1 2 (10.00%) Jenkins
1 2 (10.00%) JIRA
1 2 (10.00%) PhantomJS
1 2 (10.00%) Selenium
1 2 (10.00%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (15.00%) Back Office
1 3 (15.00%) Banking
1 3 (15.00%) Finance
1 3 (15.00%) Investment Banking
2 2 (10.00%) Retail
3 1 (5.00%) Aerospace
3 1 (5.00%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 10 (50.00%) Analyst
2 4 (20.00%) Migration Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) Business Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) Data Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) Transition Manager
4 2 (10.00%) Applications Manager
4 2 (10.00%) Data Manager
4 2 (10.00%) Data Migration Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Developer
4 2 (10.00%) HTML CSS Developer
4 2 (10.00%) HTML Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Manager
4 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Test Manager
4 2 (10.00%) Test Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Test Manager
4 2 (10.00%) UI Developer
5 1 (5.00%) HR Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) HR Business Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) QC Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Software Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (20.00%) CSS
1 4 (20.00%) HTML
2 2 (10.00%) CSS3
2 2 (10.00%) Gherkin
2 2 (10.00%) HTML5
2 2 (10.00%) jQuery
2 2 (10.00%) JSON
2 2 (10.00%) KnockoutJS
2 2 (10.00%) LESS
2 2 (10.00%) Node.js
2 2 (10.00%) REST
2 2 (10.00%) Sass
2 2 (10.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 2 (10.00%) XML
3 1 (5.00%) Semantic HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) CMDB
2 2 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (10.00%) Private Cloud
3 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (5.00%) Fat Client
3 1 (5.00%) Mainframe
3 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (5.00%) NHS
3 1 (5.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) Windows 10
2 1 (5.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (45.00%) Migration
2 7 (35.00%) Data Validation
3 6 (30.00%) Data Migration
3 6 (30.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 5 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (20.00%) Change Control
5 4 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (20.00%) ITIL
5 4 (20.00%) Service Management
6 3 (15.00%) Behavioural Change
6 3 (15.00%) Configuration Management
6 3 (15.00%) Data Analysis
6 3 (15.00%) Investment Management
6 3 (15.00%) ITIL V3
6 3 (15.00%) Regression Testing
6 3 (15.00%) SDLC
6 3 (15.00%) Test Scripting
6 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (10.00%) Performance Testing
7 2 (10.00%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 4 (20.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (10.00%) C#
3 1 (5.00%) Ada
Qualifications
1 1 (5.00%) CCNA
1 1 (5.00%) CCNP
1 1 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (5.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) Data Quality
1 1 (5.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (5.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) Zenoss
2 1 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (10.00%) HP
3 1 (5.00%) Aruba
3 1 (5.00%) Avaya
3 1 (5.00%) BMC
3 1 (5.00%) BT
3 1 (5.00%) Cisco
3 1 (5.00%) Juniper
3 1 (5.00%) Kronos
3 1 (5.00%) Remedy
3 1 (5.00%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (5.00%) Workday
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