Period
to 26 April 2018

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 6 months to 26 April 2018 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
6 months to
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 145 118 134
Rank change year-on-year -27 +16 -42
Contract jobs citing Validation 74 78 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.28% 1.45% 1.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% 1.74% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 42 71
North West median daily rate £425 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +3.33% +9.65%
10th Percentile £279 £228 £210
90th Percentile £636 £595 £642
England median daily rate £450 £438 £400
% change year-on-year +2.86% +9.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 5
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £16.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +181.25% -36.00% -32.43%
10th Percentile £31.40 £16.00 £18.60
90th Percentile £53.29 £39.45 £40.85
England median hourly rate £41.00 £36.75 £39.00
% change year-on-year +11.56% -5.77% +9.86%

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 North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,915 4,493 6,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.27% 83.50% 82.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,101 2,802 3,970
North West median daily rate £403 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.63% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £250
90th Percentile £588 £550 £563
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.83% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 191 239
North West median hourly rate £21.50 £37.25 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.28% +11.19% +52.27%
10th Percentile £11.66 £11.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £51.13
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -11.76% +10.87% +9.79%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

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 6 months to 26 April 2018.

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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the North West over the 6 months to 26 April 2018.

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 6 months to 26 April 2018. 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
Manchester -6 34 £425 +17.07% 18
Cheshire -13 17 £438 +9.38% 6
Merseyside +11 10 £475 - 5
Lancashire -10 7 £361 -25.63% 2
Cumbria -10 3 - -
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 2018, 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 North West region with a requirement for Validation.

1 33 (44.59%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (27.03%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (20.27%) Workflow
4 14 (18.92%) Management Information System
5 12 (16.22%) Migration
5 12 (16.22%) Business Analysis
5 12 (16.22%) Test Automation
5 12 (16.22%) Problem-Solving
6 11 (14.86%) Acceptance Criteria
6 11 (14.86%) Waterfall
6 11 (14.86%) Data Management
6 11 (14.86%) SQL Server
6 11 (14.86%) Configuration Management
7 10 (13.51%) Java
7 10 (13.51%) Data Validation
8 9 (12.16%) Use Case
8 9 (12.16%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (10.81%) Project Management
9 8 (10.81%) Finance
9 8 (10.81%) SQL
9 8 (10.81%) Python
9 8 (10.81%) Security Cleared
10 7 (9.46%) Process Improvement
10 7 (9.46%) JSON
10 7 (9.46%) Microsoft Excel
10 7 (9.46%) JBoss
10 7 (9.46%) Data Modelling
10 7 (9.46%) Microsoft
10 7 (9.46%) Change Management
10 7 (9.46%) Relational Database

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 7 (9.46%) JBoss
2 6 (8.11%) SharePoint
3 5 (6.76%) Apache
3 5 (6.76%) CMS
3 5 (6.76%) Tomcat
4 4 (5.41%) WebLogic
5 3 (4.05%) Apache Solr
5 3 (4.05%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (2.70%) Apache ServiceMix
6 2 (2.70%) Confluence
6 2 (2.70%) Mule ESB
6 2 (2.70%) WebSphere
6 2 (2.70%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (2.70%) WildFly
7 1 (1.35%) SAS
7 1 (1.35%) WinCC
Applications
1 7 (9.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (8.11%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (4.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.70%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.35%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (4.05%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (1.35%) Sage 200
2 1 (1.35%) Sage X3
2 1 (1.35%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (6.76%) OpenShift
1 5 (6.76%) PaaS
2 3 (4.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.70%) GitHub
3 2 (2.70%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.35%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.35%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
4 1 (1.35%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.05%) TCP/IP
1 3 (4.05%) Wireshark
2 2 (2.70%) HTTP
3 1 (1.35%) BGP
3 1 (1.35%) EIGRP
3 1 (1.35%) Firewall
3 1 (1.35%) Internet
3 1 (1.35%) Intranet
3 1 (1.35%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.86%) SQL Server
2 7 (9.46%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.41%) MySQL
3 4 (5.41%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (5.41%) RDBMS
4 3 (4.05%) MongoDB
5 2 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.35%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (1.35%) Power BI
6 1 (1.35%) Spatial Data
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (8.11%) JIRA
2 5 (6.76%) JUnit
2 5 (6.76%) Visual Studio
3 4 (5.41%) Arquillian
3 4 (5.41%) Cucumber
3 4 (5.41%) Gradle
3 4 (5.41%) JBehave
3 4 (5.41%) Maven
3 4 (5.41%) Mockito
4 3 (4.05%) ClearQuest
4 3 (4.05%) Git (software)
4 3 (4.05%) MSI
4 3 (4.05%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (4.05%) Rational Team Concert
4 3 (4.05%) TestDirector
4 3 (4.05%) WinDbg
5 2 (2.70%) CA Release Automation
5 2 (2.70%) GitLab
5 2 (2.70%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.35%) Subversion
General
1 8 (10.81%) Finance
2 6 (8.11%) Legal
3 3 (4.05%) Back Office
3 3 (4.05%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.70%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.35%) Advertising
5 1 (1.35%) Electronics
5 1 (1.35%) Games
5 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (24.32%) Analyst
2 13 (17.57%) Architect
3 11 (14.86%) Business Analyst
4 6 (8.11%) Information Architect
5 5 (6.76%) Data Architect
5 5 (6.76%) Project Manager
6 4 (5.41%) Developer
6 4 (5.41%) Middleware Engineer
7 3 (4.05%) Consultant
7 3 (4.05%) Data Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Java Developer
7 3 (4.05%) QA Tester
7 3 (4.05%) Software Engineer
7 3 (4.05%) Support Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Systems Engineer
7 3 (4.05%) Test Engineer
7 3 (4.05%) Tester
8 2 (2.70%) Applications Support Analyst
8 2 (2.70%) Compliance Manager
8 2 (2.70%) Principal Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.46%) JSON
2 6 (8.11%) XML
3 5 (6.76%) Middleware
4 4 (5.41%) .NET
4 4 (5.41%) Apache Camel
4 4 (5.41%) Hibernate
4 4 (5.41%) Java EE
4 4 (5.41%) JPA
5 3 (4.05%) .NET Framework
5 3 (4.05%) Ajax
5 3 (4.05%) IBM Integration Bus
5 3 (4.05%) jQuery
5 3 (4.05%) REST
5 3 (4.05%) Spring
6 2 (2.70%) Apache OpenJPA
6 2 (2.70%) EclipseLink
6 2 (2.70%) Web Services
7 1 (1.35%) MDX
7 1 (1.35%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 20 (27.03%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (18.92%) Management Information System
3 6 (8.11%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (8.11%) Taxonomies
4 4 (5.41%) Data Structures
4 4 (5.41%) NHS
4 4 (5.41%) Reference Data
5 3 (4.05%) PMI
5 3 (4.05%) State Machine
6 2 (2.70%) Clustering
6 2 (2.70%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.35%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.35%) Credit Risk
7 1 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (1.35%) Learning Management System
7 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.35%) Online Games
7 1 (1.35%) SCADA
7 1 (1.35%) Video on Demand
7 1 (1.35%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.11%) Linux
1 6 (8.11%) Windows
2 4 (5.41%) Unix
2 4 (5.41%) Windows Server
3 3 (4.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (4.05%) Windows 10
3 3 (4.05%) Windows 8
3 3 (4.05%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (4.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (4.05%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (4.05%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (44.59%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (20.27%) Workflow
3 12 (16.22%) Business Analysis
3 12 (16.22%) Migration
3 12 (16.22%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (16.22%) Test Automation
4 11 (14.86%) Acceptance Criteria
4 11 (14.86%) Configuration Management
4 11 (14.86%) Data Management
4 11 (14.86%) Waterfall
5 10 (13.51%) Data Validation
6 9 (12.16%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (12.16%) Use Case
7 8 (10.81%) Project Management
8 7 (9.46%) Change Management
8 7 (9.46%) Data Modelling
8 7 (9.46%) Process Improvement
9 6 (8.11%) Change Control
9 6 (8.11%) Kalman Filter
9 6 (8.11%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 10 (13.51%) Java
2 8 (10.81%) Python
2 8 (10.81%) SQL
3 6 (8.11%) C#
4 5 (6.76%) Ruby
5 4 (5.41%) Java 8
6 3 (4.05%) Go
6 3 (4.05%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.05%) Perl
6 3 (4.05%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.70%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.70%) VBA
8 1 (1.35%) Ada
8 1 (1.35%) C
8 1 (1.35%) R
8 1 (1.35%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 6 (8.11%) Degree
3 5 (6.76%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.05%) PMI Certification
5 2 (2.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.35%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.41%) QA
2 3 (4.05%) GxP
2 3 (4.05%) PMO
3 2 (2.70%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.70%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.70%) GDPR
3 2 (2.70%) PMBOK
4 1 (1.35%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (1.35%) GAMP
4 1 (1.35%) GMP
4 1 (1.35%) IEC 61131
4 1 (1.35%) ISO 13485
4 1 (1.35%) MIL-STD-498
4 1 (1.35%) PSD2
System Software
1 5 (6.76%) Docker
2 3 (4.05%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (4.05%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (2.70%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.70%) VirtualBox
3 2 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (6.76%) Kubernetes
1 5 (6.76%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (4.05%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (9.46%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.11%) Oracle
2 6 (8.11%) Salesforce.com
3 5 (6.76%) Red Hat
4 4 (5.41%) Conga
4 4 (5.41%) IBM
5 3 (4.05%) Google
5 3 (4.05%) HP
6 2 (2.70%) Blue Prism
6 2 (2.70%) CA
6 2 (2.70%) Capita
6 2 (2.70%) Cisco
6 2 (2.70%) ServiceNow
6 2 (2.70%) VMware
7 1 (1.35%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (1.35%) F5
7 1 (1.35%) Infor
7 1 (1.35%) Planview
7 1 (1.35%) Rockwell
7 1 (1.35%) Saba