Period
to 16 July 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 16 July 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
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 146 126 136
Rank change year-on-year -20 +10 -27
Contract jobs citing Validation 79 71 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.28% 1.26% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% 1.52% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 30 71
North West median daily rate £400 £424 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.60% +21.07% -3.45%
10th Percentile £155 £258 £215
90th Percentile £588 £488 £605
England median daily rate £450 £440 £400
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 2 6
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.63% -22.89% +80.43%
10th Percentile £23.75 £19.05 £30.13
90th Percentile £68.83 £46.15 £43.00
England median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +9.33% - +7.14%

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 5,226 4,659 6,374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 84.80% 82.40% 82.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,278 2,844 3,930
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £254 £259
90th Percentile £575 £543 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 256 221 210
North West median hourly rate £23.75 £36.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.03% +30.91% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.75 £12.88
90th Percentile £53.50 £52.50 £48.85
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +12.02%

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 16 July 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 16 July 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 16 July 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
Cheshire -2 23 £400 +3.56% 7
Manchester -18 23 £381 -4.69% 16
Lancashire -8 17 £361 -19.77% 3
Merseyside +18 10 £450 -5.26% 4
Cumbria -2 4 £640 -
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 16 July 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 29 (36.71%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (16.46%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (16.46%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (15.19%) Stakeholder Management
3 12 (15.19%) Degree
4 10 (12.66%) Business Analysis
4 10 (12.66%) Finance
4 10 (12.66%) Scrum
4 10 (12.66%) Configuration Management
4 10 (12.66%) Decision-Making
5 9 (11.39%) Acceptance Criteria
5 9 (11.39%) Process Improvement
5 9 (11.39%) Migration
5 9 (11.39%) Data Management
5 9 (11.39%) Data Validation
6 8 (10.13%) Security Cleared
6 8 (10.13%) Test Automation
6 8 (10.13%) JIRA
6 8 (10.13%) Project Management
6 8 (10.13%) Workflow
6 8 (10.13%) Risk Management
6 8 (10.13%) Java
6 8 (10.13%) SQL Server
7 7 (8.86%) JBoss
7 7 (8.86%) JSON
7 7 (8.86%) Kanban
8 6 (7.59%) SC Cleared
8 6 (7.59%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (7.59%) Data Analysis
8 6 (7.59%) Microsoft Excel

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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 (8.86%) JBoss
2 5 (6.33%) Apache
2 5 (6.33%) Tomcat
3 4 (5.06%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.53%) Apache ServiceMix
4 2 (2.53%) Confluence
4 2 (2.53%) Mule ESB
4 2 (2.53%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.53%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (2.53%) WildFly
5 1 (1.27%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.27%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.27%) WinCC
Applications
1 6 (7.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (5.06%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.80%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 2 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.33%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (6.33%) OpenShift
1 5 (6.33%) PaaS
2 2 (2.53%) GitHub
2 2 (2.53%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.27%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.27%) Office 365
3 1 (1.27%) SaaS
3 1 (1.27%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
3 1 (1.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.53%) HTTP
2 1 (1.27%) BGP
2 1 (1.27%) DHCP
2 1 (1.27%) DNS
2 1 (1.27%) EIGRP
2 1 (1.27%) Firewall
2 1 (1.27%) Internet
2 1 (1.27%) MPLS
2 1 (1.27%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.33%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (6.33%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.06%) MySQL
3 4 (5.06%) RDBMS
4 3 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.80%) Power BI
4 3 (3.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.27%) Big Data
5 1 (1.27%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.27%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.27%) Spatial Data
5 1 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (10.13%) JIRA
2 5 (6.33%) JUnit
3 4 (5.06%) Arquillian
3 4 (5.06%) Cucumber
3 4 (5.06%) Gradle
3 4 (5.06%) JBehave
3 4 (5.06%) Maven
3 4 (5.06%) Mockito
4 3 (3.80%) Git (software)
4 3 (3.80%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (3.80%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.53%) CA Release Automation
5 2 (2.53%) GitLab
5 2 (2.53%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.27%) ClearCase
6 1 (1.27%) ClearQuest
6 1 (1.27%) Rational Team Concert
6 1 (1.27%) TestDirector
6 1 (1.27%) TestNG
6 1 (1.27%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (12.66%) Finance
2 6 (7.59%) Pharmaceutical
3 4 (5.06%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.80%) Banking
4 3 (3.80%) Legal
4 3 (3.80%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.27%) Electronics
5 1 (1.27%) Games
5 1 (1.27%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (31.65%) Analyst
2 13 (16.46%) Business Analyst
3 6 (7.59%) Developer
3 6 (7.59%) Project Manager
4 5 (6.33%) Architect
4 5 (6.33%) Data Analyst
5 4 (5.06%) Middleware Engineer
5 4 (5.06%) Project Planner
5 4 (5.06%) Service Manager
5 4 (5.06%) Software Engineer
6 3 (3.80%) Consultant
6 3 (3.80%) Digital Analyst
6 3 (3.80%) Digital Business Analyst
6 3 (3.80%) Financial Analyst
6 3 (3.80%) Java Developer
6 3 (3.80%) Operations Analyst
6 3 (3.80%) Senior Project Planner
6 3 (3.80%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (3.80%) Tester
7 2 (2.53%) Applications Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.86%) JSON
2 5 (6.33%) Middleware
3 4 (5.06%) Apache Camel
3 4 (5.06%) Hibernate
3 4 (5.06%) Java EE
3 4 (5.06%) JPA
4 3 (3.80%) Ajax
4 3 (3.80%) IBM Integration Bus
4 3 (3.80%) jQuery
4 3 (3.80%) Spring
5 2 (2.53%) Apache OpenJPA
5 2 (2.53%) EclipseLink
5 2 (2.53%) Web Services
5 2 (2.53%) XML
6 1 (1.27%) .NET
6 1 (1.27%) MDX
6 1 (1.27%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.46%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.33%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.53%) Clustering
3 2 (2.53%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.53%) PMI
3 2 (2.53%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.27%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.27%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.27%) NHS
4 1 (1.27%) Online Games
4 1 (1.27%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.27%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.27%) SCADA
4 1 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.27%) Tandem
4 1 (1.27%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.27%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.33%) Linux
2 4 (5.06%) Unix
2 4 (5.06%) Windows
3 3 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.27%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.27%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (36.71%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (16.46%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (15.19%) Stakeholder Management
4 10 (12.66%) Business Analysis
4 10 (12.66%) Configuration Management
4 10 (12.66%) Decision-Making
4 10 (12.66%) Scrum
5 9 (11.39%) Acceptance Criteria
5 9 (11.39%) Data Management
5 9 (11.39%) Data Validation
5 9 (11.39%) Migration
5 9 (11.39%) Process Improvement
6 8 (10.13%) Project Management
6 8 (10.13%) Risk Management
6 8 (10.13%) Test Automation
6 8 (10.13%) Workflow
7 7 (8.86%) Kanban
8 6 (7.59%) Change Management
8 6 (7.59%) Data Analysis
8 6 (7.59%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.13%) Java
2 6 (7.59%) SQL
3 5 (6.33%) Ruby
4 4 (5.06%) Java 8
5 3 (3.80%) C
5 3 (3.80%) C#
5 3 (3.80%) Go
5 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.80%) Perl
5 3 (3.80%) Python
6 2 (2.53%) Bash Shell
6 2 (2.53%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 2 (2.53%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.53%) VB
6 2 (2.53%) VBA
7 1 (1.27%) Ada
7 1 (1.27%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (15.19%) Degree
2 8 (10.13%) Security Cleared
3 6 (7.59%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.53%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.53%) IIBA
4 2 (2.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (2.53%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.27%) ISEB
5 1 (1.27%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.27%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (1.27%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.06%) ISO 13485
2 3 (3.80%) QA
3 2 (2.53%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.53%) GLP
4 1 (1.27%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (1.27%) COSHH
4 1 (1.27%) GAMP
4 1 (1.27%) GDPR
4 1 (1.27%) GMP
4 1 (1.27%) GxP
4 1 (1.27%) IEC 61131
4 1 (1.27%) IEC 62304
4 1 (1.27%) ISO 9000
4 1 (1.27%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.27%) MIL-STD-498
4 1 (1.27%) PMBOK
4 1 (1.27%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (6.33%) Docker
2 2 (2.53%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.53%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (2.53%) VirtualBox
2 2 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (6.33%) Kubernetes
1 5 (6.33%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.53%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (7.59%) Salesforce.com
2 5 (6.33%) CheckPoint
2 5 (6.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.33%) Oracle
2 5 (6.33%) Red Hat
2 5 (6.33%) ServiceNow
3 4 (5.06%) Conga
4 3 (3.80%) Google
4 3 (3.80%) IBM
5 2 (2.53%) CA
5 2 (2.53%) Cisco
5 2 (2.53%) SAP
5 2 (2.53%) VMware
6 1 (1.27%) Ab Initio
6 1 (1.27%) Capita
6 1 (1.27%) Infor
6 1 (1.27%) Juniper
6 1 (1.27%) Nortel
6 1 (1.27%) Siemens
6 1 (1.27%) Symantec