The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
England / North West
Rank 95 109 80
Rank change year-on-year +14 -29  
Contract jobs citing Validation 35 50 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.35% 1.31% 2.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.63% 1.59% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 33 39
Median daily rate £420 £300 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £210 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 4
Median hourly rate £16.00 £32.75 £56.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.14% -41.51%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £37.75 £34.50
% change year-on-year -3.31% +9.42%  

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 North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2141 3145 2764
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.27% 78.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1352 1906 1515
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 124 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -4.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in the North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the North West

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Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +4 16 £375 -9.09% 11
Lancashire +13 6 £510 +121.84%
Merseyside +3 3 £475 +35.71% 1
Cumbria - 3 - -
Cheshire +22 2 £219 -48.47% 3
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 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 North West region with a requirement for Validation.

1 42 (47.19%) Finance
2 20 (22.47%) Migration
3 16 (17.98%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (16.85%) Business Intelligence
5 14 (15.73%) SQL
5 14 (15.73%) SAP
6 13 (14.61%) Data Migration
7 11 (12.36%) Spring
7 11 (12.36%) Manufacturing
7 11 (12.36%) Web Services
7 11 (12.36%) Java
7 11 (12.36%) Microsoft
7 11 (12.36%) MS Excel
7 11 (12.36%) Analytical Skills
8 10 (11.24%) XML
8 10 (11.24%) Windows
9 9 (10.11%) Struts
9 9 (10.11%) Oracle
9 9 (10.11%) SQL Server
9 9 (10.11%) Project Management
9 9 (10.11%) Spreadsheet
10 8 (8.99%) Data Validation
10 8 (8.99%) Security Cleared
10 8 (8.99%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (8.99%) Data Centre
11 7 (7.87%) XML Messaging
11 7 (7.87%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (7.87%) C#
11 7 (7.87%) SOAP
11 7 (7.87%) SC Cleared

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 4 (4.49%) CICS
1 4 (4.49%) GlassFish
1 4 (4.49%) JBoss
1 4 (4.49%) MS Exchange
1 4 (4.49%) SharePoint
1 4 (4.49%) Tomcat
1 4 (4.49%) WebLogic
1 4 (4.49%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.12%) CMS
Applications
1 11 (12.36%) MS Excel
2 9 (10.11%) Spreadsheet
3 5 (5.62%) MS Office
4 3 (3.37%) MS Project
5 2 (2.25%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (2.25%) MS Visio
6 1 (1.12%) CATIA
6 1 (1.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (5.62%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (3.37%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.37%) Oracle General Ledger
2 3 (3.37%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (3.37%) Oracle Receivables
2 3 (3.37%) SAP FI
3 2 (2.25%) SAP HR
3 2 (2.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (1.12%) Maximo
4 1 (1.12%) SAP CO
4 1 (1.12%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (1.12%) SAP MDM
4 1 (1.12%) SAP QM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.12%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.37%) HTTPS
1 3 (3.37%) Internet
1 3 (3.37%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (2.25%) Unified Communications
2 2 (2.25%) VoIP
3 1 (1.12%) Anycast
3 1 (1.12%) BIG-IP
3 1 (1.12%) DNS
3 1 (1.12%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 1 (1.12%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 1 (1.12%) Firewall
3 1 (1.12%) Multicast
3 1 (1.12%) Network Security
3 1 (1.12%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (10.11%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.62%) Oracle BI EE
2 5 (5.62%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (3.37%) OLAP
3 3 (3.37%) Oracle OLAP
3 3 (3.37%) SQLite
4 2 (2.25%) MS Access
4 2 (2.25%) MySQL
5 1 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.12%) Power BI
5 1 (1.12%) QlikView
5 1 (1.12%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (2.25%) LSMW
3 1 (1.12%) JIRA
3 1 (1.12%) Rational DOORS
General
1 42 (47.19%) Finance
2 11 (12.36%) Manufacturing
3 7 (7.87%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (5.62%) Banking
4 5 (5.62%) Retail
5 2 (2.25%) Legal
5 2 (2.25%) Marketing
5 2 (2.25%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.12%) Automotive
6 1 (1.12%) Back Office
6 1 (1.12%) Electronics
6 1 (1.12%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.12%) Front Office
6 1 (1.12%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (29.21%) Analyst
2 15 (16.85%) Developer
3 13 (14.61%) Business Analyst
4 8 (8.99%) Report Analyst
5 7 (7.87%) Architect
6 5 (5.62%) Project Manager
7 4 (4.49%) .NET Developer
7 4 (4.49%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (4.49%) C# Developer
7 4 (4.49%) Software Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) C# WCF Developer
8 3 (3.37%) Data Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) Design Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) Network Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) SAP Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) Systems Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) Test Leader
8 3 (3.37%) WCF Developer
9 2 (2.25%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (12.36%) Spring
1 11 (12.36%) Web Services
2 10 (11.24%) XML
3 9 (10.11%) Struts
4 7 (7.87%) JSON
4 7 (7.87%) RESTful
4 7 (7.87%) SOAP
4 7 (7.87%) XML Messaging
5 5 (5.62%) .NET
5 5 (5.62%) CSS
5 5 (5.62%) HTML
6 4 (4.49%) J2EE
6 4 (4.49%) JSTL
6 4 (4.49%) REST
7 3 (3.37%) WCF
7 3 (3.37%) WPF
8 2 (2.25%) BAPI
8 2 (2.25%) HTML5
8 2 (2.25%) Middleware
9 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 11 (12.36%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.99%) Data Centre
3 5 (5.62%) Computer Science
3 5 (5.62%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.37%) Virtual Team
5 2 (2.25%) Cyber Defence
5 2 (2.25%) Data Structures
5 2 (2.25%) Handset
5 2 (2.25%) IVR
5 2 (2.25%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (1.12%) Learning Management System
6 1 (1.12%) Life Science
6 1 (1.12%) LIMS
6 1 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.12%) NHS
6 1 (1.12%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.24%) Windows
2 5 (5.62%) Linux
3 4 (4.49%) AIX
3 4 (4.49%) HPUX
4 3 (3.37%) Android
4 3 (3.37%) Apple iOS
4 3 (3.37%) Unix
4 3 (3.37%) Windows 10
4 3 (3.37%) Windows 8
5 2 (2.25%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (22.47%) Migration
2 16 (17.98%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (16.85%) Business Intelligence
4 13 (14.61%) Data Migration
5 9 (10.11%) Project Management
6 8 (8.99%) Data Validation
6 8 (8.99%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (7.87%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (6.74%) Customer Requirements
8 6 (6.74%) ITIL
8 6 (6.74%) Waterfall
9 5 (5.62%) API Development
9 5 (5.62%) Contract Management
9 5 (5.62%) Data Cleansing
9 5 (5.62%) Revenue Management
9 5 (5.62%) SDLC
9 5 (5.62%) Test Scripting
9 5 (5.62%) Trend Analysis
10 4 (4.49%) Data Analysis
10 4 (4.49%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 14 (15.73%) SQL
2 11 (12.36%) Java
3 7 (7.87%) C#
4 5 (5.62%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.37%) VBA
6 1 (1.12%) PHP
6 1 (1.12%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (8.99%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.87%) Degree
2 7 (7.87%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.25%) CCA
3 2 (2.25%) Citrix Certification
3 2 (2.25%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (2.25%) MCSE
3 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.12%) APMP
4 1 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.12%) ISEB
4 1 (1.12%) NVQ Level 3
4 1 (1.12%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 1 (1.12%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.74%) Data Quality
2 3 (3.37%) GMP
3 2 (2.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (2.25%) GxP
3 2 (2.25%) QA
4 1 (1.12%) GAMP
4 1 (1.12%) ISO13485
4 1 (1.12%) PMO
Vendors
1 14 (15.73%) SAP
2 11 (12.36%) Microsoft
3 9 (10.11%) Oracle
4 5 (5.62%) hybris
5 4 (4.49%) Cisco
5 4 (4.49%) Civica
6 3 (3.37%) Capita
6 3 (3.37%) LANDesk
7 2 (2.25%) Citrix
7 2 (2.25%) Saba
7 2 (2.25%) Verint
8 1 (1.12%) Acronis
8 1 (1.12%) Adobe
8 1 (1.12%) Blue Coat
8 1 (1.12%) F5
8 1 (1.12%) Google
8 1 (1.12%) Minitab
8 1 (1.12%) ServiceNow
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