The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 28 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
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 69 57
Rank change year-on-year +16 -12  
Contract jobs citing Validation 2 11 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.37% 1.12% 1.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 1.34% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 11
Median daily rate £219 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -48.47% +3.03%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £37.75 £35.50
% change year-on-year -2.64% +6.33%  

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 Cheshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 448 823 713
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 83.90% 83.89% 83.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 521 455
Median daily rate £400 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £563 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 26 35
Median hourly rate £42.48 £22.54 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.44% -35.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Cheshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. 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 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
Chester +4 1 - -
Validation
North West

Validation
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Validation.

1 6 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (33.33%) Finance
3 4 (26.67%) Web Services
4 3 (20.00%) Java
4 3 (20.00%) Struts
4 3 (20.00%) Windows
4 3 (20.00%) Migration
4 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (20.00%) Spring
4 3 (20.00%) Degree
4 3 (20.00%) Data Migration
4 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (13.33%) Open Source
5 2 (13.33%) hybris
5 2 (13.33%) Waterfall
5 2 (13.33%) REST
5 2 (13.33%) JSTL
5 2 (13.33%) Mathematics
5 2 (13.33%) Computer Science
5 2 (13.33%) GlassFish
5 2 (13.33%) Technical Analysis
5 2 (13.33%) WebSphere
5 2 (13.33%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (13.33%) Scrum
5 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
5 2 (13.33%) TDD
5 2 (13.33%) Saba
5 2 (13.33%) Manufacturing

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 2 (13.33%) CICS
1 2 (13.33%) GlassFish
1 2 (13.33%) JBoss
1 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
1 2 (13.33%) Tomcat
1 2 (13.33%) WebLogic
1 2 (13.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
1 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Maximo
1 1 (6.67%) SAP CO
1 1 (6.67%) SAP FI
1 1 (6.67%) SAP FI/CO
1 1 (6.67%) SAP MDM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (6.67%) Power BI
2 1 (6.67%) QlikView
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) JIRA
General
1 5 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (13.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (6.67%) Back Office
4 1 (6.67%) Banking
4 1 (6.67%) Front Office
4 1 (6.67%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (13.33%) Developer
1 2 (13.33%) Software Engineer
1 2 (13.33%) Test Leader
2 1 (6.67%) Agile Project Manager
2 1 (6.67%) Analyst
2 1 (6.67%) Architect
2 1 (6.67%) Business Analyst
2 1 (6.67%) Consultant
2 1 (6.67%) HR Manager
2 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Manager
2 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Test Manager
2 1 (6.67%) NHS BI Developer
2 1 (6.67%) Project Manager
2 1 (6.67%) SAP Analyst
2 1 (6.67%) SAP Business Analyst
2 1 (6.67%) Support Officer
2 1 (6.67%) Test Manager
2 1 (6.67%) Validation Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Workstream Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) Web Services
2 3 (20.00%) Spring
2 3 (20.00%) Struts
3 2 (13.33%) J2EE
3 2 (13.33%) JSTL
3 2 (13.33%) REST
3 2 (13.33%) SOAP
4 1 (6.67%) JSON
4 1 (6.67%) RESTful
4 1 (6.67%) XML
4 1 (6.67%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.67%) Learning Management System
3 1 (6.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Windows
2 2 (13.33%) AIX
2 2 (13.33%) HPUX
2 2 (13.33%) Linux
3 1 (6.67%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (20.00%) Data Migration
2 3 (20.00%) Migration
2 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (13.33%) Customer Requirements
3 2 (13.33%) E-Commerce
3 2 (13.33%) Mathematics
3 2 (13.33%) OO
3 2 (13.33%) Open Source
3 2 (13.33%) RAD
3 2 (13.33%) RUP
3 2 (13.33%) Scrum
3 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
3 2 (13.33%) TDD
3 2 (13.33%) Technical Analysis
3 2 (13.33%) UML
3 2 (13.33%) Waterfall
4 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (6.67%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (20.00%) Java
2 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (20.00%) Degree
2 1 (6.67%) CCA
2 1 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
2 1 (6.67%) MCSE
2 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (6.67%) NVQ Level 3
2 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 1 (6.67%) GAMP
1 1 (6.67%) GMP
1 1 (6.67%) GxP
Vendors
1 2 (13.33%) hybris
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle
1 2 (13.33%) Saba
2 1 (6.67%) Citrix
2 1 (6.67%) SAP