Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 131 148
Rank change year-on-year -7 +17 -16
Contract jobs citing Validation 64 93 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.12% 1.37% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 1.63% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 58 50
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.59% -1.56%
10th Percentile £217 £243 £248
90th Percentile £653 £530 £565
England median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 8
North West median hourly rate £42.50 £31.81 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.60% -22.41% +34.43%
10th Percentile £38.75 £17.39 £20.64
90th Percentile £46.25 £43.00 £42.16
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +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 4629 5692 6965
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.32% 83.89% 81.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2952 3672 4228
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £587 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 166 283
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%
10th Percentile £11.56 £12.13 £12.38
90th Percentile £52.93 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

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

Validation
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

Validation
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 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the North West

Validation
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

Validation
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 20 November 2017. 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 +25 33 £438 +9.38% 10
Merseyside +14 11 £438 +75.00%
Cheshire -18 11 £420 +5.00% 3
Lancashire +8 6 £430 -2.27%
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 16 (25.00%) Migration
1 16 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (23.44%) Workflow
2 15 (23.44%) Finance
3 14 (21.88%) Management Information System
3 14 (21.88%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (18.75%) Data Modelling
4 12 (18.75%) Test Scripting
5 11 (17.19%) Test Strategy
6 10 (15.63%) Kalman Filter
6 10 (15.63%) Use Case
6 10 (15.63%) SharePoint
6 10 (15.63%) Content Management
7 9 (14.06%) Taxonomies
7 9 (14.06%) Content Development
8 8 (12.50%) Business Analysis
8 8 (12.50%) QA
8 8 (12.50%) Test Automation
8 8 (12.50%) Information Architecture
8 8 (12.50%) Data Management
9 7 (10.94%) ERP
9 7 (10.94%) ETL
9 7 (10.94%) Selenium
9 7 (10.94%) Degree
9 7 (10.94%) Analytical Thinking
9 7 (10.94%) Collaborative Working
10 6 (9.38%) JIRA
10 6 (9.38%) Security Cleared
10 6 (9.38%) Data Migration
10 6 (9.38%) Data Validation

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 10 (15.63%) SharePoint
2 5 (7.81%) CMS
3 3 (4.69%) Apache Solr
3 3 (4.69%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.56%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (7.81%) OpenText VIM for SAP
2 1 (1.56%) CA PPM
2 1 (1.56%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.56%) Sage 200
2 1 (1.56%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.13%) GitHub
2 1 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.56%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.81%) Intranet
2 3 (4.69%) PuTTY
2 3 (4.69%) WinSCP
3 1 (1.56%) Firewall
3 1 (1.56%) HTTP
3 1 (1.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.69%) MongoDB
2 3 (4.69%) MySQL
3 2 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (10.94%) Selenium
2 6 (9.38%) JIRA
3 4 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 3 (4.69%) Ant
4 3 (4.69%) JMeter
4 3 (4.69%) TortoiseSVN
4 3 (4.69%) WATIR
4 3 (4.69%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.13%) NUnit
6 1 (1.56%) ERwin
6 1 (1.56%) gulp
6 1 (1.56%) jspm
6 1 (1.56%) MSTest
6 1 (1.56%) NuGet
6 1 (1.56%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 15 (23.44%) Finance
2 6 (9.38%) Banking
3 4 (6.25%) Legal
4 3 (4.69%) Marketing
5 1 (1.56%) Advertising
5 1 (1.56%) Billing
5 1 (1.56%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 19 (29.69%) Analyst
2 14 (21.88%) Architect
3 10 (15.63%) Information Architect
4 7 (10.94%) Business Analyst
5 6 (9.38%) Test Analyst
6 5 (7.81%) Data Architect
6 5 (7.81%) Tester
7 3 (4.69%) Designer
7 3 (4.69%) Lead Designer
7 3 (4.69%) Systems Tester
7 3 (4.69%) Technical Designer
7 3 (4.69%) Technical Leader
7 3 (4.69%) Test Manager
8 2 (3.13%) Data Analyst
8 2 (3.13%) Data Business Analyst
8 2 (3.13%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.13%) SQL Server Architect
8 2 (3.13%) Support Analyst
8 2 (3.13%) Test Engineer
9 1 (1.56%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.81%) cXML
2 3 (4.69%) .NET
2 3 (4.69%) ASP.NET
2 3 (4.69%) XML
3 2 (3.13%) Spring
3 2 (3.13%) Spring Boot
4 1 (1.56%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.56%) ASP.NET Core
4 1 (1.56%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (1.56%) Aurelia
4 1 (1.56%) Autofac
4 1 (1.56%) CSS
4 1 (1.56%) Durandal
4 1 (1.56%) Entity Framework
4 1 (1.56%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.56%) Lambda Expressions
4 1 (1.56%) LESS
4 1 (1.56%) LINQ
4 1 (1.56%) OAuth
4 1 (1.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (21.88%) Management Information System
3 9 (14.06%) Taxonomies
4 4 (6.25%) Data Centre
5 3 (4.69%) Computer Science
5 3 (4.69%) Credit Risk
5 3 (4.69%) Data Structures
5 3 (4.69%) Fintech
5 3 (4.69%) Reference Data
5 3 (4.69%) State Machine
6 2 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (3.13%) Learning Management System
6 2 (3.13%) NHS
6 2 (3.13%) SCORM
7 1 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.56%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.56%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.69%) AIX
1 3 (4.69%) HPUX
1 3 (4.69%) Solaris
2 1 (1.56%) Linux
2 1 (1.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (25.00%) Migration
2 15 (23.44%) Workflow
3 14 (21.88%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (18.75%) Data Modelling
4 12 (18.75%) Test Scripting
5 11 (17.19%) Test Strategy
6 10 (15.63%) Content Management
6 10 (15.63%) Kalman Filter
6 10 (15.63%) Use Case
7 9 (14.06%) Content Development
8 8 (12.50%) Business Analysis
8 8 (12.50%) Data Management
8 8 (12.50%) Information Architecture
8 8 (12.50%) Test Automation
9 7 (10.94%) Analytical Thinking
9 7 (10.94%) Collaborative Working
9 7 (10.94%) ERP
9 7 (10.94%) ETL
10 6 (9.38%) Data Validation
10 6 (9.38%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.81%) Java
2 4 (6.25%) SQL
3 3 (4.69%) PHP
3 3 (4.69%) Ruby
4 2 (3.13%) C#
5 1 (1.56%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 7 (10.94%) Degree
2 6 (9.38%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.69%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (4.69%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.13%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.56%) ECDL
5 1 (1.56%) ISEB
5 1 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.56%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.50%) QA
2 4 (6.25%) Data Quality
3 3 (4.69%) PMO
4 2 (3.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (3.13%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (3.13%) GDPR
4 2 (3.13%) GxP
5 1 (1.56%) GAMP
5 1 (1.56%) GMP
5 1 (1.56%) ISO 13485
5 1 (1.56%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (4.69%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (4.69%) SCVMM
2 2 (3.13%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (9.38%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.81%) Ariba
2 5 (7.81%) OpenText
2 5 (7.81%) SAP
3 2 (3.13%) Saba
4 1 (1.56%) Avaya
4 1 (1.56%) CA
4 1 (1.56%) Capita
4 1 (1.56%) Cisco
4 1 (1.56%) IBM
4 1 (1.56%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.56%) Nortel
4 1 (1.56%) Remedy
4 1 (1.56%) Sage
4 1 (1.56%) ServiceNow