Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 153 146 122
Rank change year-on-year -7 -24 +31
Contract jobs citing Validation 67 64 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.12% 1.13% 1.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.35% 1.37% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 43 64
North West median daily rate £400 £460 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.04% +15.00% +3.23%
10th Percentile £313 £229 £225
90th Percentile £513 £648 £535
England median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 3
North West median hourly rate £27.67 £42.50 £20.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.90% +106.06% -49.70%
10th Percentile £17.43 £38.75 £17.01
90th Percentile £52.22 £46.25 £38.64
England median hourly rate £38.13 £42.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -9.76% +5.63% +6.67%

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 4,973 4,682 5,561
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.90% 82.63% 85.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,146 3,017 3,593
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £571
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 280 206 167
North West median hourly rate £22.40 £27.00 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.05% +18.19% -23.11%
10th Percentile £11.55 £11.75 £11.85
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.63 £53.20
England median hourly rate £22.22 £25.00 £22.92
% change year-on-year -11.14% +9.06% +4.19%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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 -33 20 £400 -12.33% 23
Lancashire -11 16 £338 -21.51% 3
Merseyside +2 14 £450 -10.00% 4
Cheshire 0 14 £413 -17.50% 6
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 20 (29.85%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (25.37%) Business Intelligence
3 14 (20.90%) Manufacturing
4 13 (19.40%) Finance
4 13 (19.40%) Scrum
4 13 (19.40%) Microsoft
4 13 (19.40%) Marketing
5 12 (17.91%) Performance Testing
5 12 (17.91%) Telecoms
6 11 (16.42%) Risk Management
7 10 (14.93%) Degree
7 10 (14.93%) SAP
7 10 (14.93%) Test Automation
7 10 (14.93%) Exploratory Testing
8 9 (13.43%) SDET
8 9 (13.43%) RESTful
8 9 (13.43%) WebDriver
8 9 (13.43%) Integration Testing
8 9 (13.43%) Manual Testing
8 9 (13.43%) Selenium
8 9 (13.43%) Digital Marketing
8 9 (13.43%) Java
8 9 (13.43%) OOP
8 9 (13.43%) OO
8 9 (13.43%) JMeter
8 9 (13.43%) Electronics
8 9 (13.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (13.43%) Programme Management
8 9 (13.43%) Taurus
8 9 (13.43%) Problem-Solving

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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 5 (7.46%) CMS
2 1 (1.49%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.49%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.49%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (5.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (2.99%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (7.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.99%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (2.99%) ResourceLink
2 2 (2.99%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.46%) Dynamics 365
2 3 (4.48%) Office 365
3 1 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.97%) TCP/IP
2 3 (4.48%) HTTP
3 2 (2.99%) BGP
3 2 (2.99%) EIGRP
3 2 (2.99%) FTP
3 2 (2.99%) LAN
3 2 (2.99%) Network Security
3 2 (2.99%) OSPF
3 2 (2.99%) WAN
3 2 (2.99%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.49%) DHCP
4 1 (1.49%) DNS
4 1 (1.49%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.96%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.48%) Hadoop
2 3 (4.48%) Ingres
2 3 (4.48%) MySQL
2 3 (4.48%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.99%) Power BI
3 2 (2.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.49%) Big Data
4 1 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.49%) OLTP
4 1 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 9 (13.43%) JMeter
1 9 (13.43%) Selenium
1 9 (13.43%) WebDriver
2 2 (2.99%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.49%) JIRA
General
1 14 (20.90%) Manufacturing
2 13 (19.40%) Finance
2 13 (19.40%) Marketing
3 12 (17.91%) Telecoms
4 9 (13.43%) Electronics
5 6 (8.96%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (7.46%) Law
7 2 (2.99%) Banking
8 1 (1.49%) Legal
8 1 (1.49%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (23.88%) Analyst
2 11 (16.42%) Tester
3 8 (11.94%) Automation Tester
4 6 (8.96%) Business Analyst
5 5 (7.46%) Developer
5 5 (7.46%) Test Analyst
5 5 (7.46%) User Researcher
6 4 (5.97%) Architect
6 4 (5.97%) Data Analyst
6 4 (5.97%) Project Manager
6 4 (5.97%) Project Planner
6 4 (5.97%) Software Asset Manager
6 4 (5.97%) Software Manager
7 3 (4.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 3 (4.48%) Senior Project Planner
8 2 (2.99%) Cloud Consultant
8 2 (2.99%) Oracle Functional Consultant
8 2 (2.99%) Performance Analyst
8 2 (2.99%) Performance Test Analyst
8 2 (2.99%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.43%) RESTful
1 9 (13.43%) Taurus
2 2 (2.99%) SOAP
2 2 (2.99%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.94%) Management Information System
2 5 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.46%) User Experience
3 3 (4.48%) NHS
4 2 (2.99%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.99%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.49%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.49%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.49%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.96%) Windows
2 3 (4.48%) Windows 10
3 2 (2.99%) Unix
4 1 (1.49%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.49%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (29.85%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (25.37%) Business Intelligence
3 13 (19.40%) Scrum
4 12 (17.91%) Performance Testing
5 11 (16.42%) Risk Management
6 10 (14.93%) Exploratory Testing
6 10 (14.93%) Test Automation
7 9 (13.43%) Digital Marketing
7 9 (13.43%) Integration Testing
7 9 (13.43%) Manual Testing
7 9 (13.43%) OO
7 9 (13.43%) OOP
7 9 (13.43%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (13.43%) Programme Management
7 9 (13.43%) SDET
7 9 (13.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (11.94%) CRM
9 7 (10.45%) Change Management
10 6 (8.96%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
11 5 (7.46%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 9 (13.43%) Java
2 6 (8.96%) SQL
3 3 (4.48%) T-SQL
4 2 (2.99%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 1 (1.49%) Apex Code
5 1 (1.49%) C
5 1 (1.49%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.49%) VB
5 1 (1.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (14.93%) Degree
2 4 (5.97%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (5.97%) ISEB
3 2 (2.99%) CCDP
3 2 (2.99%) CCNP
3 2 (2.99%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (2.99%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.99%) MCSE
3 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (2.99%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.99%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.49%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.94%) QA
2 5 (7.46%) Actionable Recommendations
3 2 (2.99%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.99%) GLP
3 2 (2.99%) ISO 13485
4 1 (1.49%) COSHH
4 1 (1.49%) GxP
4 1 (1.49%) ISO 9000
4 1 (1.49%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (2.99%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (7.46%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.49%) SCCM
2 1 (1.49%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 13 (19.40%) Microsoft
2 10 (14.93%) SAP
3 8 (11.94%) Oracle
4 4 (5.97%) CheckPoint
5 3 (4.48%) Cisco
5 3 (4.48%) HP
5 3 (4.48%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.99%) Aruba
6 2 (2.99%) VMware
6 2 (2.99%) Workday
7 1 (1.49%) Ab Initio
7 1 (1.49%) Acronis
7 1 (1.49%) MicroStrategy
7 1 (1.49%) Talend
7 1 (1.49%) Vertica