Period
to 22 July 2019

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 22 July 2019 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
22 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 134 135 121
Rank change year-on-year +1 -14 -5
Contract jobs citing Validation 49 71 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.07% 1.27% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.26% 1.47% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 35 24
Scotland median daily rate £363 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% - +13.64%
10th Percentile £253 £234 £219
90th Percentile £526 £483 £675
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £435
% change year-on-year +2.27% +1.15% +8.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 7
Scotland median hourly rate £32.50 £32.75 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.76% -9.03% +18.03%
10th Percentile £25.31 £29.83 £24.40
90th Percentile £43.00 £34.68 £39.20
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +13.89% -4.00%

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 3,892 4,845 3,605
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 84.90% 86.84% 85.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,165 2,853 2,091
Scotland median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £260 £259 £250
90th Percentile £585 £550 £525
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £445
% change year-on-year +5.56% +1.12% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 88 81
Scotland median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -36.36% -23.61%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.70 £13.00
90th Percentile £43.15 £51.13 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +13.64% -12.00% +4.17%

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 22 July 2019.

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 22 July 2019.

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 22 July 2019. 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 +16 20 £321 -14.40% 14
Glasgow 0 15 £360 -17.53% 1
Highlands -2 4 £212 -
West Lothian -1 3 £425 +54.55%
Stirling - 2 £365 -
Fife -4 1 £375 -
Renfrewshire - 1 £350 -
South Lanarkshire - 1 £300 -
Validation
UK

For the 6 months to 22 July 2019, 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 15 (30.61%) Microsoft
2 14 (28.57%) Windows
3 12 (24.49%) Active Directory
4 11 (22.45%) Windows Server
5 10 (20.41%) Finance
6 9 (18.37%) Data Validation
6 9 (18.37%) vSphere
7 8 (16.33%) Microsoft Azure
7 8 (16.33%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (16.33%) PMO
7 8 (16.33%) VMware
7 8 (16.33%) Degree
8 7 (14.29%) Migration
8 7 (14.29%) SQL Server
8 7 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
8 7 (14.29%) ITIL
8 7 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (14.29%) Security Cleared
8 7 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (12.24%) SC Cleared
9 6 (12.24%) Data Migration
9 6 (12.24%) Data Protection
9 6 (12.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 6 (12.24%) Microsoft Project
9 6 (12.24%) SQL
9 6 (12.24%) Banking
10 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (10.20%) Risk Management
10 5 (10.20%) Infrastructure as Code

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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 3 (6.12%) IIS
1 3 (6.12%) SAS
2 1 (2.04%) Apache ServiceMix
2 1 (2.04%) JBoss
Applications
1 7 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (12.24%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (2.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (16.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (10.20%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (4.08%) Boomi
4 2 (4.08%) GitHub
5 1 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (2.04%) AtomSphere
5 1 (2.04%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (2.04%) IaaS
5 1 (2.04%) iPaaS
5 1 (2.04%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.04%) DHCP
1 1 (2.04%) DNS
1 1 (2.04%) SAN
1 1 (2.04%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.08%) DB2
2 2 (4.08%) MS Access
2 2 (4.08%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.04%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 4 (8.16%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (4.08%) JIRA
3 1 (2.04%) ClearQuest
3 1 (2.04%) Git (software)
General
1 10 (20.41%) Finance
2 6 (12.24%) Banking
3 3 (6.12%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.08%) Aerospace
4 2 (4.08%) Automotive
4 2 (4.08%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (2.04%) Advertising
5 1 (2.04%) Back Office
5 1 (2.04%) Financial Institution
5 1 (2.04%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.04%) Legal
5 1 (2.04%) Retail
5 1 (2.04%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.04%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (22.45%) Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Consultant
3 6 (12.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (10.20%) Junior
4 5 (10.20%) Junior PMO
5 4 (8.16%) Project Manager
6 3 (6.12%) Azure Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) DevOps Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 3 (6.12%) IT Manager
6 3 (6.12%) IT Project Manager
6 3 (6.12%) Junior IT Manager
6 3 (6.12%) Junior IT Project Manager
6 3 (6.12%) Junior Project Manager
6 3 (6.12%) PMO Manager
6 3 (6.12%) PMO Project Manager
6 3 (6.12%) Validation Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Vulnerability Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Software Quality Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.08%) SOAP
2 1 (2.04%) JSON
2 1 (2.04%) RESTful
2 1 (2.04%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.16%) Clustering
1 4 (8.16%) Management Information System
2 3 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.08%) EMC VNX
4 1 (2.04%) Credit Risk
4 1 (2.04%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (28.57%) Windows
2 11 (22.45%) Windows Server
3 7 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (4.08%) Linux
5 1 (2.04%) CentOS
5 1 (2.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.04%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (18.37%) Data Validation
2 7 (14.29%) ITIL
2 7 (14.29%) Migration
3 6 (12.24%) Data Migration
3 6 (12.24%) Data Protection
3 6 (12.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 5 (10.20%) Continuous Delivery
4 5 (10.20%) Infrastructure as Code
4 5 (10.20%) Risk Management
4 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (8.16%) Computer Science
5 4 (8.16%) Decision-Making
5 4 (8.16%) DevOps
5 4 (8.16%) ERP
5 4 (8.16%) Project Management
5 4 (8.16%) Systems Engineering
6 3 (6.12%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (6.12%) ITIL V3
6 3 (6.12%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
6 3 (6.12%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (12.24%) SQL
2 4 (8.16%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.04%) Bash Shell
3 1 (2.04%) C
3 1 (2.04%) C++
3 1 (2.04%) Java
3 1 (2.04%) Perl
3 1 (2.04%) Python
3 1 (2.04%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (16.33%) Degree
2 7 (14.29%) Security Cleared
3 6 (12.24%) SC Cleared
4 4 (8.16%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.04%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (2.04%) VCAP
5 1 (2.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (16.33%) PMO
2 4 (8.16%) Data Quality
3 2 (4.08%) ISO 13485
4 1 (2.04%) GAMP
4 1 (2.04%) GxP
4 1 (2.04%) NCSC
4 1 (2.04%) NIST
4 1 (2.04%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (24.49%) Active Directory
2 9 (18.37%) vSphere
3 1 (2.04%) Firmware
3 1 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (16.33%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (6.12%) Nessus
2 3 (6.12%) QRadar
3 1 (2.04%) Ansible
3 1 (2.04%) HP ALM
3 1 (2.04%) Puppet
Vendors
1 15 (30.61%) Microsoft
2 8 (16.33%) VMware
3 4 (8.16%) HP
4 3 (6.12%) NGA Human Resources
4 3 (6.12%) Qualys
5 2 (4.08%) Cisco
5 2 (4.08%) Dell
5 2 (4.08%) EMC
6 1 (2.04%) Avaloq
6 1 (2.04%) IBM
6 1 (2.04%) Informatica
6 1 (2.04%) Ingenico
6 1 (2.04%) MuleSoft
6 1 (2.04%) Oracle
6 1 (2.04%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (2.04%) Siebel
6 1 (2.04%) Talend
6 1 (2.04%) WSO2