Period
to 25 January 2021

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 25 January 2021 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 87 133 165
Rank change year-on-year +46 +32 -14
Contract jobs citing Validation 50 62 87
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the Midlands 1.99% 1.24% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.45% 1.51% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 36 60
Median daily rate £444 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.41% +6.25% -5.88%
10th Percentile £296 £276 £285
90th Percentile £700 £650 £550
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
Median hourly rate £27.67 £19.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.61% - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year +8.43% -1.19% -

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 2,040 4,117 6,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 81.37% 82.31% 86.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,392 2,512 4,237
Median daily rate £405 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.71% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £225 £256 £281
90th Percentile £574 £587 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 192 212
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.85 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.41% - -16.58%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £42.45
Median hourly rate £26.80 £20.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year +30.72% -6.82% -

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the Midlands

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Validation in the Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Validation in the Midlands

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Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Validation in the Midlands over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Validation in the Midlands

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Validation in the Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Validation in the Midlands

Validation
Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Validation in the Midlands over the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

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 25 January 2021. 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
East Midlands +52 28 £625 +78.57% 18
West Midlands +23 22 £423 -8.65% 20
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Midlands region with a requirement for Validation.

1 21 (42.00%) Test Strategy
1 21 (42.00%) User Stories
2 20 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (38.00%) Aerospace
4 17 (34.00%) Information Assurance
4 17 (34.00%) Cybersecurity
4 17 (34.00%) Data Privacy
5 16 (32.00%) Management Information System
5 16 (32.00%) Technology Roadmap
5 16 (32.00%) Strategic Roadmap
6 14 (28.00%) ServiceNow
7 13 (26.00%) Migration
8 12 (24.00%) Programme Governance
9 11 (22.00%) Penetration Testing
10 9 (18.00%) ERP
10 9 (18.00%) Identity Access Management
11 8 (16.00%) Data Migration
11 8 (16.00%) Network Architecture
12 7 (14.00%) Azure
12 7 (14.00%) User Acceptance Testing
12 7 (14.00%) Data Cleansing
12 7 (14.00%) Data Mapping
12 7 (14.00%) Security Cleared
12 7 (14.00%) LAN
12 7 (14.00%) WAN
12 7 (14.00%) Business Intelligence
12 7 (14.00%) Cisco
12 7 (14.00%) Power Platform
13 6 (12.00%) ETL
13 6 (12.00%) Oracle

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 (2.00%) Apache Spark
1 1 (2.00%) SAS
1 1 (2.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (8.00%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (8.00%) Oracle EBS R12
1 4 (8.00%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.00%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (2.00%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (2.00%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 7 (14.00%) Azure
1 7 (14.00%) Power Platform
2 5 (10.00%) Power Automate
2 5 (10.00%) PowerApps
3 2 (4.00%) AWS
3 2 (4.00%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (2.00%) Google Sheets
4 1 (2.00%) iPaaS
4 1 (2.00%) OpenShift
4 1 (2.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.00%) LAN
1 7 (14.00%) WAN
2 4 (8.00%) BGP
2 4 (8.00%) EIGRP
2 4 (8.00%) OSPF
3 3 (6.00%) DMVPN
3 3 (6.00%) Firewall
3 3 (6.00%) Internet
4 2 (4.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 2 (4.00%) VoIP
5 1 (2.00%) Cisco ISE
5 1 (2.00%) DNS
5 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.00%) Power BI
2 2 (4.00%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.00%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (2.00%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 4 (8.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (6.00%) TestDirector
3 1 (2.00%) Ant
3 1 (2.00%) Bitbucket
3 1 (2.00%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.00%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.00%) JMeter
3 1 (2.00%) JProfiler
3 1 (2.00%) LoadRunner
3 1 (2.00%) Maven
3 1 (2.00%) NeoLoad
3 1 (2.00%) YourKit
General
1 19 (38.00%) Aerospace
2 5 (10.00%) Finance
3 4 (8.00%) Automotive
4 3 (6.00%) Manufacturing
4 3 (6.00%) Telecoms
5 2 (4.00%) General Ledger
6 1 (2.00%) Banking
6 1 (2.00%) Law
6 1 (2.00%) Local Government
6 1 (2.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (32.00%) Architect
2 11 (22.00%) Analyst
3 10 (20.00%) Solutions Architect
4 7 (14.00%) Business Analyst
5 6 (12.00%) Enterprise Architect
6 5 (10.00%) Network Engineer
7 4 (8.00%) Business IT Analyst
7 4 (8.00%) Consultant
7 4 (8.00%) Data Consultant
7 4 (8.00%) Data Migration Consultant
7 4 (8.00%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
7 4 (8.00%) IT Analyst
7 4 (8.00%) IT Business Analyst
7 4 (8.00%) Migration Consultant
7 4 (8.00%) Oracle Consultant
7 4 (8.00%) Oracle Data Migration Consultant
8 3 (6.00%) Automation Architect
8 3 (6.00%) Data Analyst
8 3 (6.00%) Integration Architect
9 2 (4.00%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (10.00%) Middleware
2 4 (8.00%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (2.00%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (2.00%) JMX
3 1 (2.00%) Kafka
3 1 (2.00%) Web Services
3 1 (2.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (32.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.00%) Algorithms
3 1 (2.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.00%) CMDB
3 1 (2.00%) Credit Risk
3 1 (2.00%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.00%) Linux
2 1 (2.00%) AIX
2 1 (2.00%) Windows
2 1 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (2.00%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (42.00%) Test Strategy
1 21 (42.00%) User Stories
2 20 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (34.00%) Cybersecurity
3 17 (34.00%) Data Privacy
3 17 (34.00%) Information Assurance
4 16 (32.00%) Strategic Roadmap
4 16 (32.00%) Technology Roadmap
5 13 (26.00%) Migration
6 12 (24.00%) Programme Governance
7 11 (22.00%) Penetration Testing
8 9 (18.00%) ERP
8 9 (18.00%) Identity Access Management
9 8 (16.00%) Data Migration
9 8 (16.00%) Network Architecture
10 7 (14.00%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (14.00%) Data Cleansing
10 7 (14.00%) Data Mapping
10 7 (14.00%) User Acceptance Testing
11 6 (12.00%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.00%) Python
2 4 (8.00%) SQL
3 2 (4.00%) Java
4 1 (2.00%) C#
4 1 (2.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.00%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.00%) R
4 1 (2.00%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (14.00%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.00%) CCNP
2 4 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (8.00%) DV Cleared
2 4 (8.00%) ISEB
3 3 (6.00%) BC Cleared
3 3 (6.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (6.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (6.00%) SC Cleared
4 2 (4.00%) CCIE
5 1 (2.00%) CCDA
5 1 (2.00%) CCIE Collaboration
5 1 (2.00%) CCNA
5 1 (2.00%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (2.00%) Degree
5 1 (2.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.00%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.00%) QA
2 2 (4.00%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.00%) PMO
3 1 (2.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (6.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.00%) Ansible
1 1 (2.00%) Grafana
1 1 (2.00%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.00%) Kubernetes
1 1 (2.00%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (2.00%) Prometheus
1 1 (2.00%) Rundeck
1 1 (2.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (28.00%) ServiceNow
2 7 (14.00%) Cisco
3 6 (12.00%) Oracle
4 5 (10.00%) Juniper
4 5 (10.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (8.00%) SAP
6 3 (6.00%) VMware
7 2 (4.00%) Dell
7 2 (4.00%) Google
7 2 (4.00%) SolarWinds
7 2 (4.00%) Splunk
8 1 (2.00%) Blue Prism
8 1 (2.00%) Citrix
8 1 (2.00%) CyberArk
8 1 (2.00%) Delphix
8 1 (2.00%) HP
8 1 (2.00%) Omniture
8 1 (2.00%) Workday