The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
Cheshire / Chester
Rank 20 21 30
Rank change year-on-year +1 +9  
Contract jobs citing Validation 1 9 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 0.98% 5.96% 1.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 7.38% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 5 3
Median daily rate - £425 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -29.16%  
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 £36.25 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year -3.33% +4.16%  

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 Chester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 79 122 149
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 77.45% 80.79% 81.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 88 104
Median daily rate £388 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.25% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 13
Median hourly rate £23.75 £27.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.63% -21.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.40 £16.76 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £35.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Chester

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 22 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 Chester region with a requirement for Validation.

1 5 (83.33%) Degree
2 4 (66.67%) Computer Science
3 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (50.00%) MS Excel
3 3 (50.00%) Banking
4 2 (33.33%) Network Design
4 2 (33.33%) Spring
4 2 (33.33%) Scrum
4 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (33.33%) TDD
4 2 (33.33%) Project Management
4 2 (33.33%) Service Management
4 2 (33.33%) ITSM
4 2 (33.33%) E-Commerce
4 2 (33.33%) MS Visio
4 2 (33.33%) UML
4 2 (33.33%) OO
4 2 (33.33%) JBoss
4 2 (33.33%) RAD
4 2 (33.33%) RUP
4 2 (33.33%) Tomcat
4 2 (33.33%) Java
4 2 (33.33%) J2EE
4 2 (33.33%) WebLogic
4 2 (33.33%) MS Project
4 2 (33.33%) SOAP
4 2 (33.33%) Struts
4 2 (33.33%) Web Services
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (33.33%) Open Source

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Chester 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 (33.33%) GlassFish
1 2 (33.33%) JBoss
1 2 (33.33%) Tomcat
1 2 (33.33%) WebLogic
1 2 (33.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (33.33%) MS Project
2 2 (33.33%) MS Visio
3 1 (16.67%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Anycast
1 1 (16.67%) BIG-IP
1 1 (16.67%) DNS
1 1 (16.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
1 1 (16.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
General
1 3 (50.00%) Banking
2 1 (16.67%) Back Office
2 1 (16.67%) Front Office
2 1 (16.67%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Design Engineer
1 2 (33.33%) Implementation Engineer
1 2 (33.33%) Software Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Consultant
2 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Design Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Network Design Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Network Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Network Implementation Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) J2EE
1 2 (33.33%) JSTL
1 2 (33.33%) REST
1 2 (33.33%) SOAP
1 2 (33.33%) Spring
1 2 (33.33%) Struts
1 2 (33.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (66.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (33.33%) Customer Requirements
2 2 (33.33%) E-Commerce
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL
2 2 (33.33%) ITSM
2 2 (33.33%) Mathematics
2 2 (33.33%) Network Design
2 2 (33.33%) OO
2 2 (33.33%) Open Source
2 2 (33.33%) Project Management
2 2 (33.33%) RAD
2 2 (33.33%) RUP
2 2 (33.33%) Scrum
2 2 (33.33%) Service Management
2 2 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 2 (33.33%) TDD
2 2 (33.33%) UML
2 2 (33.33%) Waterfall
3 1 (16.67%) Regulatory Compliance
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (83.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 1 (16.67%) GAMP
1 1 (16.67%) GMP
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) hybris
2 1 (16.67%) F5