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 3 months to 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
UK / Scotland
Rank 96 90 77
Rank change year-on-year -6 -13  
Contract jobs citing Validation 11 37 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.63% 1.44% 1.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 1.73% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 15 31
Median daily rate £260 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.00% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £372 £464 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Median hourly rate £34.00 £39.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.82% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £37.75 £34.50
% change year-on-year -3.31% +9.42%  

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 Scotland with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1471 2144 2283
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 83.87% 83.36% 81.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 895 1197 1255
Median daily rate £390 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £260 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 32 40
Median hourly rate £35.50 £39.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.97% +41.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.45 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Scotland

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 24 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
Highlands - 6 £260 -
Aberdeen - 2 - -
Edinburgh +5 1 - - 3
Glasgow -12 1 £225 -30.76% 1
Validation
UK

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 24 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 Scotland region with a requirement for Validation.

1 8 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (36.36%) SDLC
2 7 (31.82%) SQL
3 6 (27.27%) Pharmaceutical
3 6 (27.27%) Change Management
3 6 (27.27%) Risk Management
4 5 (22.73%) Migration
5 4 (18.18%) Finance
5 4 (18.18%) Java
5 4 (18.18%) C
5 4 (18.18%) Windows
5 4 (18.18%) Git (software)
5 4 (18.18%) Data Migration
6 3 (13.64%) Cucumber
6 3 (13.64%) BDD
6 3 (13.64%) Data Validation
6 3 (13.64%) XPath
6 3 (13.64%) Fat Client
6 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (13.64%) QA
6 3 (13.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
6 3 (13.64%) Data Quality
6 3 (13.64%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (13.64%) Gherkin
6 3 (13.64%) Agile Testing
6 3 (13.64%) PostGIS
6 3 (13.64%) Jenkins
6 3 (13.64%) User Stories

Validation
Top Related 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 1 (4.55%) IIS
1 1 (4.55%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (13.64%) AutoCAD
1 3 (13.64%) Siemens NX
2 1 (4.55%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (13.64%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.09%) IaaS
1 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.55%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) GIS
1 3 (13.64%) QGIS
1 3 (13.64%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 4 (18.18%) Git (software)
2 3 (13.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (13.64%) Cucumber
2 3 (13.64%) Jenkins
3 2 (9.09%) JIRA
General
1 6 (27.27%) Pharmaceutical
2 4 (18.18%) Finance
3 1 (4.55%) Legal
3 1 (4.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (22.73%) Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Validation Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Architect
3 3 (13.64%) Automation Tester
3 3 (13.64%) Computer Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Computer Validation Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Lead Architect
3 3 (13.64%) QA Automation Tester
3 3 (13.64%) QA Tester
3 3 (13.64%) Test Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) Tester
4 2 (9.09%) Computer Systems Validation Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) IT Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) PMO Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Software Validation Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Verification Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Software Validation Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Software Verification Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Validation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) DHTML
1 3 (13.64%) Gherkin
1 3 (13.64%) HTML
1 3 (13.64%) Itk
1 3 (13.64%) PostGIS
1 3 (13.64%) Web Services
1 3 (13.64%) XML
1 3 (13.64%) XSL
1 3 (13.64%) XSLT
2 1 (4.55%) CGI
2 1 (4.55%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Fat Client
1 3 (13.64%) Thin Client
2 2 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.55%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.55%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (18.18%) Windows
2 3 (13.64%) Unix
3 1 (4.55%) Linux
3 1 (4.55%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (36.36%) SDLC
2 6 (27.27%) Change Management
2 6 (27.27%) Risk Management
3 5 (22.73%) Migration
4 4 (18.18%) Data Migration
5 3 (13.64%) Agile Testing
5 3 (13.64%) BDD
5 3 (13.64%) CAD
5 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (13.64%) Data Modelling
5 3 (13.64%) Data Validation
5 3 (13.64%) PLM
5 3 (13.64%) Root Cause Analysis
5 3 (13.64%) SOA
5 3 (13.64%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
5 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (13.64%) User Stories
5 3 (13.64%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 7 (31.82%) SQL
2 4 (18.18%) C
2 4 (18.18%) Java
3 3 (13.64%) C++
3 3 (13.64%) JavaScript
3 3 (13.64%) Tcl
3 3 (13.64%) XPath
4 1 (4.55%) Bash Shell
4 1 (4.55%) Perl
4 1 (4.55%) PowerShell
4 1 (4.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) ISEB
2 1 (4.55%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) Data Quality
1 3 (13.64%) QA
2 2 (9.09%) PMO
3 1 (4.55%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Hyper-V
1 1 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) Ansible
2 1 (4.55%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (4.55%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (13.64%) webMethods
2 1 (4.55%) Cisco
2 1 (4.55%) Dell
2 1 (4.55%) HP
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.55%) VMware