Period
to 18 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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 18 February 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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 120 137 114
Rank change year-on-year +17 -23 -24
Contract jobs citing Validation 71 33 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.47% 0.89% 1.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.72% 1.07% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 19 48
Scotland median daily rate £453 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.12% +1.54% -8.45%
10th Percentile £349 £213 £263
90th Percentile £603 £513 £454
UK median daily rate £450 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +10.43% +1.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 9
Scotland median hourly rate £32.50 - £40.00
10th Percentile £22.60 - £29.20
90th Percentile £46.72 - £47.35
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.85% +21.88%

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 Scotland with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Scotland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,116 3,096 4,560
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 85.20% 83.79% 82.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,421 1,827 2,404
Scotland median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £256 £225 £250
90th Percentile £550 £513 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 78 63
Scotland median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.26% -40.00% +40.72%
10th Percentile £11.31 £10.50 £12.35
90th Percentile £45.50 £47.20 £46.80
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.23
% change year-on-year -4.00% +3.18% +21.15%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in Scotland

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Scotland

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Scotland over the 6 months to 18 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Scotland

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Scotland

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Scotland over the 6 months to 18 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in Scotland

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Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Scotland region over the 6 months to 18 February 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
Edinburgh +5 52 £463 +49.19% 12
Glasgow +1 8 £344 +6.59% 3
Highlands - 4 - -
Renfrewshire +29 2 - -
West Lothian - 2 £275 - 2
Inverclyde - 2 - - 1
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 Scotland region with a requirement for Validation.

1 42 (59.15%) Finance
2 29 (40.85%) Windows
3 28 (39.44%) Active Directory
3 28 (39.44%) PowerShell
4 27 (38.03%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (38.03%) Windows Server
5 25 (35.21%) Ansible
5 25 (35.21%) Puppet
5 25 (35.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (33.80%) Opscode Chef
6 24 (33.80%) Continuous Delivery
7 23 (32.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (29.58%) vSphere
8 21 (29.58%) Configuration Management
9 20 (28.17%) Microsoft
9 20 (28.17%) Ruby
9 20 (28.17%) Microsoft Azure
9 20 (28.17%) Git (software)
10 19 (26.76%) VMware
11 18 (25.35%) Linux
11 18 (25.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 15 (21.13%) Business Analysis
12 15 (21.13%) TDD
12 15 (21.13%) Analytical Skills
13 14 (19.72%) DevOps
13 14 (19.72%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (18.31%) SAN
14 13 (18.31%) Mentoring
14 13 (18.31%) Coaching
14 13 (18.31%) Virtual Team

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 (15.49%) CMS
1 11 (15.49%) Sitecore CMS
2 3 (4.23%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.82%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.82%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.41%) Confluence
4 1 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.41%) SAS
Applications
1 11 (15.49%) MS Visio
2 7 (9.86%) OmniGraffle
3 4 (5.63%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (4.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (2.82%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 20 (28.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (9.86%) Lucidchart
3 3 (4.23%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.82%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (2.82%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.41%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 13 (18.31%) SAN
2 4 (5.63%) DHCP
3 3 (4.23%) DNS
4 1 (1.41%) NetScaler
4 1 (1.41%) SMS
4 1 (1.41%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.68%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.82%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.41%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 20 (28.17%) Git (software)
2 7 (9.86%) Axure RP
2 7 (9.86%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 7 (9.86%) JIRA
3 4 (5.63%) Octopus Deploy
3 4 (5.63%) TeamCity
4 2 (2.82%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (1.41%) Appium
5 1 (1.41%) Gatling
5 1 (1.41%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.41%) JUnit
5 1 (1.41%) Protractor
5 1 (1.41%) TestNG
General
1 42 (59.15%) Finance
2 7 (9.86%) Banking
3 6 (8.45%) Manufacturing
3 6 (8.45%) Retail Banking
4 2 (2.82%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.41%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.41%) Automotive
5 1 (1.41%) Electronics
5 1 (1.41%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.41%) Legal
5 1 (1.41%) Marketing
5 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (40.85%) Analyst
2 19 (26.76%) Business Analyst
3 17 (23.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (15.49%) Digital Analyst
4 11 (15.49%) Digital Business Analyst
5 8 (11.27%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (7.04%) Agile Business Analyst
7 4 (5.63%) Project Manager
8 3 (4.23%) Azure Engineer
8 3 (4.23%) Consultant
8 3 (4.23%) IT Analyst
9 2 (2.82%) Azure DevOps
9 2 (2.82%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 2 (2.82%) CMS Business Analyst
9 2 (2.82%) DevOps Specialist
9 2 (2.82%) PowerShell Engineer
9 2 (2.82%) Process Analyst
9 2 (2.82%) SharePoint Engineer
9 2 (2.82%) Systems Engineer
9 2 (2.82%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.27%) Web Services
2 2 (2.82%) XML
2 2 (2.82%) XML Messaging
3 1 (1.41%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 15 (21.13%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (18.31%) Virtual Team
3 10 (14.08%) User Experience
4 4 (5.63%) SCADA
5 2 (2.82%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.41%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.41%) Clustering
6 1 (1.41%) CMDB
6 1 (1.41%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 29 (40.85%) Windows
2 27 (38.03%) Windows Server
3 25 (35.21%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (32.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 18 (25.35%) Linux
5 18 (25.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (7.04%) Windows XP
7 2 (2.82%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (38.03%) Continuous Integration
2 24 (33.80%) Continuous Delivery
3 21 (29.58%) Configuration Management
4 15 (21.13%) Business Analysis
4 15 (21.13%) TDD
5 14 (19.72%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (19.72%) DevOps
6 13 (18.31%) Coaching
6 13 (18.31%) Mentoring
6 13 (18.31%) User Acceptance Testing
7 12 (16.90%) Migration
8 11 (15.49%) Asset Management
8 11 (15.49%) Change Management
9 10 (14.08%) Open Source
9 10 (14.08%) Use Case
10 8 (11.27%) Business Change Management
10 8 (11.27%) Business Process Improvement
10 8 (11.27%) Process Improvement
11 7 (9.86%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (8.45%) Requirements Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (39.44%) PowerShell
2 20 (28.17%) Ruby
3 4 (5.63%) SQL
4 3 (4.23%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.82%) Perl
6 1 (1.41%) C
6 1 (1.41%) Java
6 1 (1.41%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (7.04%) Degree
2 4 (5.63%) PMP
3 3 (4.23%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.23%) Security Cleared
4 2 (2.82%) CISSP
5 1 (1.41%) ISEB
5 1 (1.41%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (1.41%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.04%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 5 (7.04%) GAMP
1 5 (7.04%) GxP
2 4 (5.63%) GMP
3 2 (2.82%) SLA
4 1 (1.41%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.41%) PMO
System Software
1 28 (39.44%) Active Directory
2 21 (29.58%) vSphere
3 1 (1.41%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 25 (35.21%) Ansible
1 25 (35.21%) Puppet
2 24 (33.80%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (5.63%) Packer
4 3 (4.23%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 20 (28.17%) Microsoft
2 19 (26.76%) VMware
3 11 (15.49%) Sitecore
4 4 (5.63%) Wonderware
5 3 (4.23%) HP
5 3 (4.23%) Oracle
6 2 (2.82%) Red Hat
6 2 (2.82%) SAP
7 1 (1.41%) Casewise
7 1 (1.41%) Citrix
7 1 (1.41%) IBM
7 1 (1.41%) JD Edwards
7 1 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.41%) Symantec
7 1 (1.41%) TSYS