The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 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 30 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
England / Midlands
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 30 25
Rank change year-on-year +13 -5  
Contract jobs citing Validation 5 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 4.13% 0.46% 0.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.90% 0.58% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Median daily rate £450 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +18.57% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.63 £37.75 £36.50
% change year-on-year -2.98% +3.42%  

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 the Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 102 172 121
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 84.30% 78.90% 79.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 86 50
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £650 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -12.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the Midlands 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 the Midlands

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in the Midlands

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Validation.

1 5 (50.00%) Oracle
2 3 (30.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (30.00%) SQL
2 3 (30.00%) .NET
2 3 (30.00%) Linux
2 3 (30.00%) Python
2 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Data Validation
2 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 3 (30.00%) PaaS
2 3 (30.00%) MongoDB
2 3 (30.00%) Apache Cassandra
2 3 (30.00%) NoSQL
2 3 (30.00%) IaaS
2 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (20.00%) Mesos
3 2 (20.00%) Ansible
3 2 (20.00%) Docker
3 2 (20.00%) DevOps
3 2 (20.00%) CoreOS
3 2 (20.00%) Kubernetes
3 2 (20.00%) SonarQube
3 2 (20.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 2 (20.00%) Jenkins
3 2 (20.00%) Go
3 2 (20.00%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (20.00%) Relational Database
3 2 (20.00%) Cloud Foundry
3 2 (20.00%) New Relic
3 2 (20.00%) Node.js

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the 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 2 (20.00%) Apache
1 2 (20.00%) Apache Solr
1 2 (20.00%) Cloud Foundry
1 2 (20.00%) IIS
1 2 (20.00%) JBoss
1 2 (20.00%) nginx
1 2 (20.00%) OpenStack
1 2 (20.00%) Tomcat
1 2 (20.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (10.00%) Apache Spark
Business Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle Payroll
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (10.00%) SAP ERP
2 1 (10.00%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 3 (30.00%) IaaS
1 3 (30.00%) PaaS
2 2 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (10.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (20.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (30.00%) Apache Cassandra
1 3 (30.00%) MongoDB
1 3 (30.00%) NoSQL
1 3 (30.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (20.00%) MySQL
2 2 (20.00%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (20.00%) RDBMS
2 2 (20.00%) Relational Database
2 2 (20.00%) Riak
3 1 (10.00%) Hadoop
3 1 (10.00%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (10.00%) Power BI
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Ant
1 2 (20.00%) Git (software)
1 2 (20.00%) GoCD
1 2 (20.00%) Jenkins
1 2 (20.00%) Maven
1 2 (20.00%) SonarQube
1 2 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (10.00%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 2 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Analyst
1 3 (30.00%) Designer
1 3 (30.00%) Oracle Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) DevOps Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Senior DevOps
2 2 (20.00%) Senior DevOps Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Azure Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Data Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Data Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Financial Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Integration Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Oracle Financials Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Oracle Payroll Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Solutions Designer
3 1 (10.00%) Systems Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) webMethods Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (30.00%) .NET
2 2 (20.00%) LAMP
2 2 (20.00%) LAPP Stack
2 2 (20.00%) LEMP Stack
2 2 (20.00%) Node.js
3 1 (10.00%) JSON
3 1 (10.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Linux
2 2 (20.00%) CoreOS
2 2 (20.00%) Solaris
2 2 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (30.00%) Data Validation
2 2 (20.00%) Configuration Management
2 2 (20.00%) Continuous Delivery
2 2 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (20.00%) DevOps
2 2 (20.00%) ETL
2 2 (20.00%) Kanban
2 2 (20.00%) Migration
2 2 (20.00%) Scrum
2 2 (20.00%) Service Design
3 1 (10.00%) Business Analysis
3 1 (10.00%) Data Migration
3 1 (10.00%) Data Modelling
3 1 (10.00%) ERP
3 1 (10.00%) GAP Analysis
3 1 (10.00%) ITSM
3 1 (10.00%) Logical Data Model
3 1 (10.00%) Physical Data Model
3 1 (10.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
1 3 (30.00%) Python
1 3 (30.00%) SQL
2 2 (20.00%) Go
2 2 (20.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (20.00%) Perl
2 2 (20.00%) Ruby
3 1 (10.00%) C
3 1 (10.00%) C#
3 1 (10.00%) R
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (20.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (20.00%) Ansible
1 2 (20.00%) Control-M
1 2 (20.00%) Kubernetes
1 2 (20.00%) Mesos
1 2 (20.00%) Nagios
1 2 (20.00%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (20.00%) rkt
1 2 (20.00%) Unicenter
1 2 (20.00%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 5 (50.00%) Oracle
2 2 (20.00%) New Relic
3 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (10.00%) MuleSoft
3 1 (10.00%) SAP
3 1 (10.00%) Tableau
3 1 (10.00%) Talend
3 1 (10.00%) webMethods