Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 148 118 149
Rank change year-on-year -30 +31 -30
Contract jobs citing Validation 56 102 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.05% 1.68% 1.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 1.99% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 67 57
North West median daily rate £488 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.88% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £294 £240 £212
90th Percentile £654 £540 £560
England median daily rate £450 £413 £413
% change year-on-year +9.09% - +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 7
North West median hourly rate £34.25 £16.75 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +104.48% -60.12% +54.13%
10th Percentile £27.28 £16.00 £21.00
90th Percentile £44.23 £20.46 £42.21
England median hourly rate £41.15 £37.50 £38.25
% change year-on-year +9.73% -1.96% +9.29%

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 4,396 5,130 6,868
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.25% 84.47% 81.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,859 3,326 4,220
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £573
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +3.93% +1.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 144 274
North West median hourly rate £21.60 £23.30 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.29% -29.40% +73.68%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.33 £12.53
90th Percentile £49.10 £49.93 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 28 £590 +57.33% 15
Cheshire -16 12 £460 +15.00% 7
Merseyside +11 6 £500 +100.00% 5
Lancashire +10 6 £400 -25.23% 3
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 21 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (33.93%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (28.57%) Management Information System
4 12 (21.43%) Migration
4 12 (21.43%) Data Modelling
4 12 (21.43%) Use Case
4 12 (21.43%) Test Automation
5 11 (19.64%) SharePoint
5 11 (19.64%) Workflow
5 11 (19.64%) Finance
6 10 (17.86%) Content Management
6 10 (17.86%) Microsoft
6 10 (17.86%) Kalman Filter
7 9 (16.07%) Test Scripting
7 9 (16.07%) Taxonomies
7 9 (16.07%) Business Analysis
7 9 (16.07%) Data Management
7 9 (16.07%) Content Development
8 8 (14.29%) QA
8 8 (14.29%) Information Architecture
8 8 (14.29%) Waterfall
9 7 (12.50%) Test Strategy
9 7 (12.50%) Selenium
9 7 (12.50%) Degree
9 7 (12.50%) Data Migration
9 7 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
9 7 (12.50%) Java
9 7 (12.50%) Analytical Thinking
10 6 (10.71%) Collaborative Working
10 6 (10.71%) SQL Server

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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 11 (19.64%) SharePoint
2 5 (8.93%) CMS
3 3 (5.36%) Apache Solr
3 3 (5.36%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (3.57%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.79%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.79%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.79%) CA PPM
1 1 (1.79%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.79%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 1 (1.79%) Sage 200
1 1 (1.79%) Sage X3
1 1 (1.79%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.79%) BrowserStack
2 1 (1.79%) GitHub
2 1 (1.79%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.93%) Intranet
2 3 (5.36%) PuTTY
2 3 (5.36%) TCP/IP
2 3 (5.36%) WinSCP
2 3 (5.36%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.79%) Firewall
3 1 (1.79%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.71%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.36%) MongoDB
2 3 (5.36%) MySQL
3 2 (3.57%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (12.50%) Selenium
2 5 (8.93%) JIRA
3 4 (7.14%) Cucumber
3 4 (7.14%) WebDriver
4 3 (5.36%) Ant
4 3 (5.36%) JMeter
4 3 (5.36%) MSI
4 3 (5.36%) TortoiseSVN
4 3 (5.36%) Visual Studio
4 3 (5.36%) WATIR
4 3 (5.36%) WinDbg
5 2 (3.57%) ClearQuest
5 2 (3.57%) NUnit
5 2 (3.57%) TestDirector
6 1 (1.79%) ERwin
6 1 (1.79%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.79%) JUnit
6 1 (1.79%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.79%) Subversion
6 1 (1.79%) TestNG
General
1 11 (19.64%) Finance
2 5 (8.93%) Legal
3 3 (5.36%) Back Office
3 3 (5.36%) Marketing
4 2 (3.57%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.79%) Advertising
5 1 (1.79%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (30.36%) Architect
2 16 (28.57%) Analyst
3 10 (17.86%) Information Architect
4 6 (10.71%) Business Analyst
5 5 (8.93%) Data Architect
5 5 (8.93%) Test Analyst
5 5 (8.93%) Tester
6 3 (5.36%) Project Manager
6 3 (5.36%) QA Tester
6 3 (5.36%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.57%) Automation Architect
7 2 (3.57%) Compliance Manager
7 2 (3.57%) Compliance Project Manager
7 2 (3.57%) Data Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) SQL Server Architect
7 2 (3.57%) Support Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Systems Tester
7 2 (3.57%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (3.57%) Test Manager
8 1 (1.79%) Accountant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (10.71%) XML
2 5 (8.93%) .NET
3 3 (5.36%) .NET Framework
3 3 (5.36%) REST
4 2 (3.57%) ASP.NET
4 2 (3.57%) Spring
4 2 (3.57%) Spring Boot
5 1 (1.79%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.79%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 19 (33.93%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (28.57%) Management Information System
3 9 (16.07%) Taxonomies
4 5 (8.93%) NHS
5 4 (7.14%) Credit Risk
6 3 (5.36%) Computer Science
6 3 (5.36%) Data Structures
6 3 (5.36%) PMI
6 3 (5.36%) Reference Data
6 3 (5.36%) State Machine
7 2 (3.57%) Data Centre
7 2 (3.57%) Fintech
7 2 (3.57%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (3.57%) Learning Management System
7 2 (3.57%) SCORM
8 1 (1.79%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (1.79%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.93%) Windows
2 4 (7.14%) Windows Server
3 3 (5.36%) Windows 10
3 3 (5.36%) Windows 8
3 3 (5.36%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (5.36%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (5.36%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (5.36%) Windows Vista
4 2 (3.57%) Linux
5 1 (1.79%) AIX
5 1 (1.79%) HPUX
5 1 (1.79%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (21.43%) Data Modelling
2 12 (21.43%) Migration
2 12 (21.43%) Test Automation
2 12 (21.43%) Use Case
3 11 (19.64%) Workflow
4 10 (17.86%) Content Management
4 10 (17.86%) Kalman Filter
5 9 (16.07%) Business Analysis
5 9 (16.07%) Content Development
5 9 (16.07%) Data Management
5 9 (16.07%) Test Scripting
6 8 (14.29%) Information Architecture
6 8 (14.29%) Waterfall
7 7 (12.50%) Analytical Thinking
7 7 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (12.50%) Data Migration
7 7 (12.50%) Test Strategy
8 6 (10.71%) Collaborative Working
8 6 (10.71%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.50%) Java
2 5 (8.93%) Python
3 4 (7.14%) C#
3 4 (7.14%) SQL
4 3 (5.36%) PHP
4 3 (5.36%) PowerShell
4 3 (5.36%) Ruby
5 1 (1.79%) C
5 1 (1.79%) R
Qualifications
1 7 (12.50%) Degree
2 5 (8.93%) Security Cleared
3 3 (5.36%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (5.36%) PMI Certification
3 3 (5.36%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.79%) ECDL
4 1 (1.79%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (14.29%) QA
2 5 (8.93%) PMO
3 4 (7.14%) Data Quality
4 3 (5.36%) GxP
5 2 (3.57%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (3.57%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (3.57%) PMBOK
6 1 (1.79%) GAMP
6 1 (1.79%) GDPR
6 1 (1.79%) GMP
6 1 (1.79%) ISO 13485
6 1 (1.79%) PSD2
6 1 (1.79%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (5.36%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (5.36%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (1.79%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 10 (17.86%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.36%) HP
3 2 (3.57%) Blue Prism
3 2 (3.57%) Cisco
3 2 (3.57%) Oracle
3 2 (3.57%) Saba
4 1 (1.79%) Avaya
4 1 (1.79%) CA
4 1 (1.79%) Capita
4 1 (1.79%) Citrix
4 1 (1.79%) IBM
4 1 (1.79%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.79%) Planview
4 1 (1.79%) Remedy
4 1 (1.79%) Sage
4 1 (1.79%) ServiceNow