Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 6 months to 23 November 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 > Lancashire
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 54 57
Rank change year-on-year +8 +3 +1
Contract jobs citing Validation 6 11 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 1.32% 1.69% 2.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.60% 2.07% 2.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 5
Lancashire median daily rate £430 £440 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +4.76% +60.00%
10th Percentile £400 £293 £306
90th Percentile £479 £533 £445
North West median daily rate £431 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +7.81% +3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 4
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.50 £43.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +2.38% -
10th Percentile £38.75 £43.00 £24.01
90th Percentile £46.25 £43.00 £42.01
North West median hourly rate £42.50 £31.81 £41.00
% change year-on-year +33.60% -22.41% +43.86%

Validation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 374 531 766
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 82.20% 81.82% 83.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 352 515
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £384 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.75% -14.72% +19.21%
10th Percentile £298 £213 £276
90th Percentile £607 £556 £646
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 55 83
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% +37.91%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.35 £16.74
90th Percentile £65.58 £63.77 £49.07
North West median hourly rate £25.12 £22.00 £30.52
% change year-on-year +14.18% -27.92% +74.40%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Lancashire.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in Lancashire

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Lancashire

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Lancashire

Validation
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Lancashire region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Preston -5 5 £430 -
Skelmersdale +5 1 - -
Validation
North West

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Validation.

1 5 (83.33%) Security Cleared
2 4 (66.67%) Test Strategy
2 4 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 3 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (50.00%) Data Centre
3 3 (50.00%) AIX
3 3 (50.00%) HPUX
3 3 (50.00%) Solaris
3 3 (50.00%) Finance
3 3 (50.00%) Migration
4 2 (33.33%) Requirements Analysis
5 1 (16.67%) Degree
5 1 (16.67%) Risk Analysis
5 1 (16.67%) Test Management
5 1 (16.67%) Change Management
5 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (16.67%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (16.67%) V-Model
5 1 (16.67%) Earned Value Management
5 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (16.67%) Project Governance
5 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
5 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
5 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 1 (16.67%) SysML
5 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
5 1 (16.67%) Linux
5 1 (16.67%) UML

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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:

General
1 3 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Test Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Functional Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Functional Test Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) HR Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Payroll Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Project Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Software Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) SysML Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Systems Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Test Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) AIX
1 3 (50.00%) HPUX
1 3 (50.00%) Solaris
2 1 (16.67%) Linux
2 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Test Scripting
1 4 (66.67%) Test Strategy
2 3 (50.00%) Migration
3 2 (33.33%) Requirements Analysis
4 1 (16.67%) Change Management
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (16.67%) Earned Value Management
4 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
4 1 (16.67%) Project Governance
4 1 (16.67%) Project Management
4 1 (16.67%) Risk Analysis
4 1 (16.67%) SOA
4 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 1 (16.67%) SysML
4 1 (16.67%) Test Management
4 1 (16.67%) UML
4 1 (16.67%) V-Model
Qualifications
1 5 (83.33%) Security Cleared
2 3 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (16.67%) Degree
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Avaya