Period
to 18 November 2017

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 6 months to 18 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
England > Midlands
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 135 164 109
Rank change year-on-year +29 -55 -18
Contract jobs citing Validation 113 106 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 1.39% 1.08% 1.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.67% 1.31% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 61 66
Midlands median daily rate £413 £338 £306
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.22% +10.20% +2.08%
10th Percentile £320 £250 £160
90th Percentile £525 £575 £472
England median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 25
Midlands median hourly rate £28.58 £34.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.76% -0.71% -
10th Percentile £21.25 £21.74 £27.65
90th Percentile £70.00 £42.63 £43.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £36.75
% change year-on-year +6.25% +8.84% +5.00%

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 the Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6763 8113 6733
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.20% 82.62% 79.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 4306 4956 3980
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £231
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 206 258
Midlands median hourly rate £21.24 £16.30 £18.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.35% -13.14% +4.22%
10th Percentile £10.57 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.00 £39.75 £42.33
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.41 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.68% +8.49% +18.42%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the Midlands

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the Midlands over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the Midlands

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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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the Midlands over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Midlands region over the 6 months to 18 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
West Midlands +48 76 £400 +9.07% 4
East Midlands +5 35 £450 +40.63% 3
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 18 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Validation.

1 28 (24.78%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (18.58%) SQL
3 20 (17.70%) Finance
4 17 (15.04%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (14.16%) WAN
5 16 (14.16%) DHCP
5 16 (14.16%) Cisco
6 15 (13.27%) Firewall
6 15 (13.27%) Statistics
7 14 (12.39%) Data Validation
7 14 (12.39%) MPLS
7 14 (12.39%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (11.50%) Microsoft
8 13 (11.50%) Windows
8 13 (11.50%) Migration
8 13 (11.50%) Scrum
8 13 (11.50%) Data Migration
8 13 (11.50%) User Acceptance Testing
8 13 (11.50%) Business Analysis
8 13 (11.50%) Network Management
9 12 (10.62%) Cisco Nexus
9 12 (10.62%) User Stories
9 12 (10.62%) Performance Metrics
9 12 (10.62%) Cisco ASA
9 12 (10.62%) Service Delivery
9 12 (10.62%) Wireless
9 12 (10.62%) Microsoft Excel
9 12 (10.62%) Oracle
9 12 (10.62%) VPN
10 11 (9.73%) HP

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 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (0.88%) CMS
1 1 (0.88%) Confluence
1 1 (0.88%) Documentum
1 1 (0.88%) Drupal
1 1 (0.88%) MS Exchange
1 1 (0.88%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (10.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (9.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (7.96%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.77%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.77%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 4 (3.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.77%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.88%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.88%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.88%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.88%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.54%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.54%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.77%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (0.88%) Office 365
4 1 (0.88%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 16 (14.16%) DHCP
1 16 (14.16%) WAN
2 15 (13.27%) Firewall
3 14 (12.39%) MPLS
4 12 (10.62%) Cisco ASA
4 12 (10.62%) Cisco Nexus
4 12 (10.62%) VPN
4 12 (10.62%) Wireless
5 8 (7.08%) TETRA
6 4 (3.54%) DNS
6 4 (3.54%) LAN
7 2 (1.77%) DWDM
7 2 (1.77%) Internet
7 2 (1.77%) SAN
7 2 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.88%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.88%) FlexRay
8 1 (0.88%) SDH
8 1 (0.88%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.88%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.08%) TimesTen
2 7 (6.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (4.42%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.65%) Big Data
5 2 (1.77%) MS Access
5 2 (1.77%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.88%) MySQL
6 1 (0.88%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.88%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (6.19%) Selenium
2 6 (5.31%) Cucumber
2 6 (5.31%) Git (software)
3 4 (3.54%) git-flow
3 4 (3.54%) TestRail
3 4 (3.54%) Toad
4 3 (2.65%) JIRA
4 3 (2.65%) Protractor
5 2 (1.77%) Axure RP
5 2 (1.77%) JMeter
5 2 (1.77%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.88%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 20 (17.70%) Finance
2 9 (7.96%) Automotive
3 6 (5.31%) Manufacturing
4 5 (4.42%) Aerospace
4 5 (4.42%) Banking
4 5 (4.42%) Retail
5 4 (3.54%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.77%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.88%) Back Office
7 1 (0.88%) French Language
7 1 (0.88%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 40 (35.40%) Analyst
2 24 (21.24%) Business Analyst
3 10 (8.85%) Developer
4 9 (7.96%) Technical Specialist
5 8 (7.08%) Network Specialist
6 7 (6.19%) Data Analyst
7 6 (5.31%) Operational Support Analyst
7 6 (5.31%) Operations Analyst
7 6 (5.31%) Operations Support Analyst
7 6 (5.31%) Support Analyst
8 5 (4.42%) Consultant
8 5 (4.42%) Test Leader
9 4 (3.54%) Architect
9 4 (3.54%) Cisco Network Specialist
9 4 (3.54%) Cisco Specialist
9 4 (3.54%) Insurance Business Analyst
9 4 (3.54%) Microsoft Engineer
9 4 (3.54%) Technical Leader
10 3 (2.65%) Regulatory Business Analyst
10 3 (2.65%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.08%) Web Services
2 4 (3.54%) HTML
2 4 (3.54%) HTML5
2 4 (3.54%) jQuery
2 4 (3.54%) Natural Language Processing
3 3 (2.65%) .NET
4 2 (1.77%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.77%) Ajax
4 2 (1.77%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.77%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 2 (1.77%) Entity Framework
4 2 (1.77%) Highcharts JS
4 2 (1.77%) XML
5 1 (0.88%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.88%) CSS3
5 1 (0.88%) REST
5 1 (0.88%) RESTful
5 1 (0.88%) TensorFlow
5 1 (0.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (0.88%) WebKit
Miscellaneous
1 17 (15.04%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.19%) Management Information System
3 6 (5.31%) User Experience
4 5 (4.42%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.54%) e-Learning
6 3 (2.65%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.65%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.77%) Robotics
8 1 (0.88%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.88%) FMCG
8 1 (0.88%) Infotainment
8 1 (0.88%) iPhone
8 1 (0.88%) Market Risk
8 1 (0.88%) PKI
8 1 (0.88%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 13 (11.50%) Windows
2 10 (8.85%) Unix
3 6 (5.31%) Linux
4 5 (4.42%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.88%) Android
5 1 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.88%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (24.78%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (13.27%) Statistics
3 14 (12.39%) Data Validation
4 13 (11.50%) Business Analysis
4 13 (11.50%) Data Migration
4 13 (11.50%) Migration
4 13 (11.50%) Network Management
4 13 (11.50%) Scrum
4 13 (11.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (10.62%) Performance Metrics
5 12 (10.62%) Service Delivery
5 12 (10.62%) User Stories
6 10 (8.85%) Acceptance Criteria
7 9 (7.96%) Change Management
7 9 (7.96%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (7.96%) Scenario Testing
7 9 (7.96%) Service Management
7 9 (7.96%) Test Automation
7 9 (7.96%) Use Case
8 8 (7.08%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (18.58%) SQL
2 9 (7.96%) Perl
3 8 (7.08%) AWK
3 8 (7.08%) Bash Shell
3 8 (7.08%) Java
3 8 (7.08%) Korn
3 8 (7.08%) sed
4 6 (5.31%) JavaScript
4 6 (5.31%) Python
5 5 (4.42%) C
5 5 (4.42%) T-SQL
6 4 (3.54%) Assembly Language
6 4 (3.54%) C++
7 3 (2.65%) C#
7 3 (2.65%) TypeScript
7 3 (2.65%) VB.NET
7 3 (2.65%) VBA
8 1 (0.88%) Apple Swift
8 1 (0.88%) PHP
8 1 (0.88%) R
Qualifications
1 14 (12.39%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (7.96%) Security Cleared
3 8 (7.08%) CCNP
3 8 (7.08%) Degree
4 4 (3.54%) CCIE
5 2 (1.77%) CCNA
5 2 (1.77%) ISEB
5 2 (1.77%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.88%) HNC
6 1 (0.88%) MCSE
6 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.88%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.08%) QA
2 5 (4.42%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.65%) FATCA
3 3 (2.65%) MiFID
3 3 (2.65%) Solvency II
4 2 (1.77%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.88%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.88%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (4.42%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.88%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.88%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (2.65%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.88%) EMC VPLEX
2 1 (0.88%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (14.16%) Cisco
2 13 (11.50%) Microsoft
3 12 (10.62%) Oracle
4 11 (9.73%) HP
5 8 (7.08%) Comptel
5 8 (7.08%) Remedy
6 6 (5.31%) SAP
7 3 (2.65%) Tableau
8 2 (1.77%) Adobe
8 2 (1.77%) Citrix
8 2 (1.77%) DevExpress
8 2 (1.77%) VMware
9 1 (0.88%) Capita
9 1 (0.88%) CheckPoint
9 1 (0.88%) CODA
9 1 (0.88%) EMC
9 1 (0.88%) JD Edwards
9 1 (0.88%) Juniper
9 1 (0.88%) Pega
9 1 (0.88%) Red Hat