Period
to 20 May 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 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 136 128 119
Rank change year-on-year -8 -9 -32
Contract jobs citing Validation 58 34 88
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.12% 0.94% 1.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.10% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 19 52
Scotland median daily rate £388 £400 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +21.21% -8.33%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £228
90th Percentile £594 £675 £507
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
Scotland median hourly rate £33.75 £34.00 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.74% -15.53% +25.78%
10th Percentile £31.63 £30.40 £25.58
90th Percentile £34.88 £37.60 £46.80
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £36.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +13.10% -3.33% +15.38%

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 4,418 3,078 4,690
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 85.57% 85.33% 85.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,682 1,803 2,595
Scotland median daily rate £400 £378 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.96% +0.67% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £234
90th Percentile £550 £524 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 64 84
Scotland median hourly rate £20.50 £18.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.81% -48.61% +32.11%
10th Percentile £10.47 £11.27 £13.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.86 £47.05
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%

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

Validation
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 20 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in Scotland

Validation
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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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 20 May 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 -23 28 £388 -29.55% 19
Glasgow -11 16 £423 +76.25% 3
West Lothian - 10 £275 - 1
Inverclyde - 2 £168 -
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 22 (37.93%) Finance
2 16 (27.59%) Active Directory
3 15 (25.86%) SQL
3 15 (25.86%) Project Management
3 15 (25.86%) SDLC
4 12 (20.69%) Functional Testing
4 12 (20.69%) Oracle
4 12 (20.69%) CRM
5 11 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (18.97%) Waterfall
5 11 (18.97%) PowerShell
5 11 (18.97%) API Testing
5 11 (18.97%) Oracle Database
6 10 (17.24%) HP ALM
6 10 (17.24%) HP Quality Center
6 10 (17.24%) HP
6 10 (17.24%) ITIL
6 10 (17.24%) Unix
7 9 (15.52%) Windows
7 9 (15.52%) Migration
8 8 (13.79%) XML Messaging
8 8 (13.79%) Configuration Management
8 8 (13.79%) XML
8 8 (13.79%) Microsoft
8 8 (13.79%) Git (software)
8 8 (13.79%) Test Scripting
8 8 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
8 8 (13.79%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (12.07%) Ansible
9 7 (12.07%) Test Planning

Validation
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 4 (6.90%) OpenStack
2 3 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (5.17%) MS Exchange
2 3 (5.17%) Skype for Business
3 2 (3.45%) SAS
4 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.72%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (3.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.45%) Mimecast
3 1 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.72%) IaaS
3 1 (1.72%) npm
3 1 (1.72%) PaaS
3 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.62%) SAN
2 4 (6.90%) DHCP
3 2 (3.45%) DNS
3 2 (3.45%) NetScaler
3 2 (3.45%) Unified Communications
4 1 (1.72%) Broadband
4 1 (1.72%) DSL
4 1 (1.72%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (18.97%) Oracle Database
2 3 (5.17%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.72%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.72%) DB2
3 1 (1.72%) MS Access
3 1 (1.72%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (13.79%) Git (software)
2 3 (5.17%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.72%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.72%) MSTest
3 1 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.72%) TeamCity
General
1 22 (37.93%) Finance
2 5 (8.62%) Banking
2 5 (8.62%) Telecoms
3 4 (6.90%) Retail Banking
4 2 (3.45%) Billing
4 2 (3.45%) Financial Institution
4 2 (3.45%) Legal
4 2 (3.45%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.72%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.72%) Automotive
5 1 (1.72%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 21 (36.21%) Analyst
2 9 (15.52%) Business Analyst
3 8 (13.79%) Functional Tester
3 8 (13.79%) Tester
4 7 (12.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (10.34%) Project Manager
6 5 (8.62%) IT Manager
6 5 (8.62%) IT Project Manager
7 4 (6.90%) Designer
7 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Manager
7 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Project Manager
7 4 (6.90%) IT Infrastructure Manager
7 4 (6.90%) IT Infrastructure Project Manager
7 4 (6.90%) Solutions Designer
7 4 (6.90%) Test Analyst
8 3 (5.17%) DevOps Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (5.17%) Service Analyst
8 3 (5.17%) Systems Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.79%) XML
1 8 (13.79%) XML Messaging
2 4 (6.90%) Middleware
3 1 (1.72%) .NET
3 1 (1.72%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.72%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.72%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (1.72%) Castle Windsor
3 1 (1.72%) Entity Framework
3 1 (1.72%) RxJS
3 1 (1.72%) Swagger
3 1 (1.72%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.07%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.62%) Virtual Team
3 2 (3.45%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.45%) Clustering
3 2 (3.45%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.45%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.72%) CMDB
4 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 10 (17.24%) Unix
2 9 (15.52%) Windows
3 7 (12.07%) Windows Server
3 7 (12.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (8.62%) Linux
5 5 (8.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (25.86%) Project Management
1 15 (25.86%) SDLC
2 12 (20.69%) CRM
2 12 (20.69%) Functional Testing
3 11 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (18.97%) API Testing
3 11 (18.97%) Waterfall
4 10 (17.24%) ITIL
5 9 (15.52%) Migration
6 8 (13.79%) Configuration Management
6 8 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (13.79%) Test Scripting
7 7 (12.07%) Change Control
7 7 (12.07%) Continuous Delivery
7 7 (12.07%) Open Source
7 7 (12.07%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (12.07%) Test Planning
8 6 (10.34%) Asset Management
8 6 (10.34%) TDD
9 5 (8.62%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 15 (25.86%) SQL
2 11 (18.97%) PowerShell
3 6 (10.34%) Ruby
4 2 (3.45%) C
5 1 (1.72%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.72%) C#
5 1 (1.72%) Perl
5 1 (1.72%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.72%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5 (8.62%) Degree
2 2 (3.45%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.72%) CISSP
3 1 (1.72%) ISEB
3 1 (1.72%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (1.72%) Numerate Degree
3 1 (1.72%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.72%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.72%) PMO
1 1 (1.72%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (27.59%) Active Directory
2 6 (10.34%) vSphere
3 2 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (17.24%) HP ALM
1 10 (17.24%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (13.79%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (12.07%) Ansible
3 7 (12.07%) Puppet
4 2 (3.45%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (1.72%) Packer
Vendors
1 12 (20.69%) Oracle
2 10 (17.24%) HP
3 8 (13.79%) Microsoft
4 7 (12.07%) VMware
5 2 (3.45%) Citrix
5 2 (3.45%) SAP
5 2 (3.45%) Symantec
6 1 (1.72%) TSYS