The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 30 March 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
UK / Northern Ireland
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 9 21
Rank change year-on-year -30 +12  
Contract jobs citing Validation 5 17 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 2.17% 13.93% 1.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.54% 17.00% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 2
Median daily rate £410 £275 £169
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +49.09% +62.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £262 £104
10% offered a daily rate of more than £412 £305 £234
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +18.57% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.63 £37.75 £36.50
% change year-on-year -2.98% +3.42%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 197 100 93
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 85.65% 81.97% 78.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 47 50
Median daily rate £408 £300 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +35.83% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £109 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 3
Median hourly rate £16.81 £14.50 £71.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.89% -79.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.61 £40.00 £125.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland citing Validation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in Northern Ireland

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Validation in Northern Ireland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Northern Ireland

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Northern Ireland over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Northern Ireland

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Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
County Antrim -29 5 £410 +49.09%
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Validation.

1 17 (100.00%) SQL
1 17 (100.00%) Data Validation
2 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (52.94%) Front Office
3 9 (52.94%) Java
4 8 (47.06%) Non-Functional Testing
4 8 (47.06%) QA
5 7 (41.18%) Integration Testing
5 7 (41.18%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (41.18%) BDD
5 7 (41.18%) Finance
5 7 (41.18%) Information Security
5 7 (41.18%) TDD
5 7 (41.18%) Banking
6 6 (35.29%) OOD
7 5 (29.41%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (29.41%) Manual Testing
8 4 (23.53%) Degree
8 4 (23.53%) Mathematics
9 3 (17.65%) Python
9 3 (17.65%) C#
9 3 (17.65%) C++
9 3 (17.65%) Defect Management
10 2 (11.76%) Functional Testing
10 2 (11.76%) Equity Derivative
10 2 (11.76%) Multithreading
10 2 (11.76%) Relational Database
10 2 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
10 2 (11.76%) Investment Banking
10 2 (11.76%) Unix

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.88%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (5.88%) HP UFT
1 1 (5.88%) LoadRunner
1 1 (5.88%) Selenium
General
1 9 (52.94%) Front Office
2 7 (41.18%) Banking
2 7 (41.18%) Finance
3 2 (11.76%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (52.94%) Developer
1 9 (52.94%) Java Developer
2 4 (23.53%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Senior Developer
2 4 (23.53%) Senior Java Developer
2 4 (23.53%) Test Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Tester
4 2 (11.76%) Banking Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Senior Tester
5 1 (5.88%) Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) QA Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) QA Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Senior QA Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (29.41%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (11.76%) Equity Derivative
3 1 (5.88%) Derivative
3 1 (5.88%) Equities
3 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Linux
1 2 (11.76%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (100.00%) Data Validation
2 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (47.06%) Non-Functional Testing
4 7 (41.18%) BDD
4 7 (41.18%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (41.18%) Information Security
4 7 (41.18%) Integration Testing
4 7 (41.18%) TDD
5 6 (35.29%) OOD
6 5 (29.41%) Manual Testing
7 4 (23.53%) Mathematics
8 3 (17.65%) Defect Management
9 2 (11.76%) Functional Testing
9 2 (11.76%) Multithreading
9 2 (11.76%) OO
10 1 (5.88%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 17 (100.00%) SQL
2 9 (52.94%) Java
3 3 (17.65%) C#
3 3 (17.65%) C++
3 3 (17.65%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (23.53%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (47.06%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) AppManager