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 25 June 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 / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 93 103 88
Rank change year-on-year +10 -15  
Contract jobs citing Validation 42 59 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.45% 1.57% 1.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.79% 1.91% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 39 27
Median daily rate £400 £360 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -7.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £303 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £608 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 12
Median hourly rate - £42.25 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +83.69%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.72% +12.85%  

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 2349 3084 2925
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.00% 82.20% 78.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1942 1710
Median daily rate £410 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +9.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 77 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -12.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £54.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Validation
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 25 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 25 June 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 +17 18 £400 +11.11% 7
Lancashire -1 9 £410 +32.25% 3
Cheshire +24 8 £410 -28.19% 5
Merseyside +1 7 - - 2
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 26 (33.77%) Finance
1 26 (33.77%) Migration
2 14 (18.18%) SAP
2 14 (18.18%) Test Strategy
3 12 (15.58%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (12.99%) Business Intelligence
6 9 (11.69%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (11.69%) Data Validation
6 9 (11.69%) SC Cleared
6 9 (11.69%) Security Cleared
7 8 (10.39%) Microsoft
7 8 (10.39%) SQL
7 8 (10.39%) Project Management
7 8 (10.39%) Banking
7 8 (10.39%) Manufacturing
8 7 (9.09%) Retail
8 7 (9.09%) Data Analysis
8 7 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (7.79%) Performance Testing
9 6 (7.79%) Integration Testing
9 6 (7.79%) Data Centre
9 6 (7.79%) Procure-to-Pay
9 6 (7.79%) Ariba
9 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (7.79%) Management Information System
10 5 (6.49%) Workflow
10 5 (6.49%) OpenText
10 5 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management

Validation
Co-occurring 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 (5.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (15.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.90%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.90%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (2.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.30%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 5 (6.49%) OpenText VIM for SAP
2 2 (2.60%) SAP FI
3 1 (1.30%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.60%) Unified Communications
1 2 (2.60%) VoIP
2 1 (1.30%) Multicast
2 1 (1.30%) Network Security
2 1 (1.30%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 6 (7.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 5 (6.49%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (6.49%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.19%) MS Access
3 4 (5.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.30%) MySQL
4 1 (1.30%) MySQL Workbench
4 1 (1.30%) Power BI
4 1 (1.30%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.30%) ERwin
2 1 (1.30%) gulp
2 1 (1.30%) JIRA
2 1 (1.30%) jspm
2 1 (1.30%) MSTest
2 1 (1.30%) NuGet
2 1 (1.30%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (1.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 26 (33.77%) Finance
2 8 (10.39%) Banking
2 8 (10.39%) Manufacturing
3 7 (9.09%) Retail
4 4 (5.19%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.30%) Automotive
5 1 (1.30%) Back Office
5 1 (1.30%) Billing
5 1 (1.30%) Front Office
5 1 (1.30%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.30%) Military
5 1 (1.30%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 26 (33.77%) Analyst
2 11 (14.29%) Business Analyst
3 7 (9.09%) Architect
4 5 (6.49%) Consultant
4 5 (6.49%) Data Analyst
4 5 (6.49%) Test Analyst
5 4 (5.19%) Applications Architect
5 4 (5.19%) Project Manager
5 4 (5.19%) Report Analyst
5 4 (5.19%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (5.19%) SQL Analyst
5 4 (5.19%) Systems Engineer
5 4 (5.19%) Test Leader
6 3 (3.90%) Designer
6 3 (3.90%) Developer
6 3 (3.90%) Functional Consultant
6 3 (3.90%) Lead Designer
6 3 (3.90%) Liquidity Business Analyst
6 3 (3.90%) Test Data Analyst
6 3 (3.90%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.49%) cXML
2 2 (2.60%) Middleware
2 2 (2.60%) Web Services
3 1 (1.30%) .NET
3 1 (1.30%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.30%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.30%) ASP.NET Core
3 1 (1.30%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (1.30%) Aurelia
3 1 (1.30%) Autofac
3 1 (1.30%) CSS
3 1 (1.30%) Durandal
3 1 (1.30%) Entity Framework
3 1 (1.30%) Lambda Expressions
3 1 (1.30%) LESS
3 1 (1.30%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.69%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.79%) Data Centre
2 6 (7.79%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.90%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.60%) Handset
4 2 (2.60%) IVR
4 2 (2.60%) LIMS
4 2 (2.60%) NHS
5 1 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.30%) Life Science
5 1 (1.30%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.60%) HPUX
1 2 (2.60%) Solaris
1 2 (2.60%) Unix
2 1 (1.30%) AIX
2 1 (1.30%) Linux
2 1 (1.30%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (33.77%) Migration
2 14 (18.18%) Test Strategy
3 11 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (12.99%) Business Intelligence
5 9 (11.69%) Data Validation
6 8 (10.39%) Project Management
7 7 (9.09%) Data Analysis
7 7 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (7.79%) Integration Testing
8 6 (7.79%) Performance Testing
8 6 (7.79%) Procure-to-Pay
9 5 (6.49%) Contract Management
9 5 (6.49%) Data Migration
9 5 (6.49%) ERP
9 5 (6.49%) ETL
9 5 (6.49%) Regression Testing
9 5 (6.49%) Revenue Management
9 5 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (6.49%) Test Scripting
9 5 (6.49%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.39%) SQL
2 2 (2.60%) VB
3 1 (1.30%) C#
3 1 (1.30%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 9 (11.69%) SC Cleared
1 9 (11.69%) Security Cleared
2 5 (6.49%) ISEB
3 3 (3.90%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.60%) Degree
4 2 (2.60%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.30%) APMP
5 1 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.30%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.30%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (1.30%) Six Sigma Black Belt
5 1 (1.30%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.90%) Data Quality
1 3 (3.90%) GMP
1 3 (3.90%) GxP
1 3 (3.90%) QA
2 2 (2.60%) PMO
3 1 (1.30%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (1.30%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 3 (3.90%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.90%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 14 (18.18%) SAP
2 8 (10.39%) Microsoft
3 6 (7.79%) Ariba
4 5 (6.49%) OpenText
5 3 (3.90%) Capita
5 3 (3.90%) Cisco
5 3 (3.90%) LANDesk
6 2 (2.60%) Acronis
6 2 (2.60%) Verint
7 1 (1.30%) hybris
7 1 (1.30%) Minitab
7 1 (1.30%) Nortel
7 1 (1.30%) ServiceNow
7 1 (1.30%) Workday
Preston
aap3
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £45.00 - £50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
North West
Mason Frank International
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago