The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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 28 June 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
Wales / South Wales
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 48 53
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5  
Contract jobs citing Validation 3 7 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 0.56% 1.48% 2.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 1.87% 2.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 6 13
Median daily rate £342 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.09% +3.12%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £8.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year -18.23% +13.57%  

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 South Wales with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 459 374 484
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 86.44% 79.07% 84.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 267 373
Median daily rate £375 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.84% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 17 18
Median hourly rate £36.50 £35.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.28% +129.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.70 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £72.50 £16.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales 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 South Wales

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in South Wales

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in South Wales

Validation
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the South Wales region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Cardiff -4 2 £342 -17.09%
Validation
Wales

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 South Wales region with a requirement for Validation.

1 4 (36.36%) Test Automation
1 4 (36.36%) Finance
1 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 3 (27.27%) SQL
2 3 (27.27%) Manufacturing
2 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (27.27%) ISTQB
2 3 (27.27%) Requirements Management
2 3 (27.27%) Banking
2 3 (27.27%) Software Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Regression Analysis
3 2 (18.18%) Regulatory Compliance
3 2 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Process Improvement
3 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
3 2 (18.18%) Statistical Analysis
3 2 (18.18%) Business Analysis
3 2 (18.18%) Retail
3 2 (18.18%) Load Testing
3 2 (18.18%) QA
3 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
3 2 (18.18%) Manual Testing
3 2 (18.18%) NHS
3 2 (18.18%) Regression Testing
3 2 (18.18%) MS Visio
3 2 (18.18%) Oracle
3 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2
4 1 (9.09%) UML
4 1 (9.09%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in South Wales 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:

Applications
1 2 (18.18%) MS Visio
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Oracle EBS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) Ingres
1 1 (9.09%) MySQL
1 1 (9.09%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Cucumber
1 1 (9.09%) Selenium
1 1 (9.09%) Subversion
1 1 (9.09%) Visual Studio
1 1 (9.09%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (36.36%) Finance
2 3 (27.27%) Banking
2 3 (27.27%) Manufacturing
3 2 (18.18%) Retail
4 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (72.73%) Analyst
2 5 (45.45%) Test Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Business Analyst
4 2 (18.18%) Banking Analyst
4 2 (18.18%) Banking Business Analyst
4 2 (18.18%) Software Analyst
4 2 (18.18%) Software Test Analyst
4 2 (18.18%) Test Leader
5 1 (9.09%) Consultant
5 1 (9.09%) Lead Test Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) NHS Test Manager
5 1 (9.09%) Project Consultant
5 1 (9.09%) Project Support Consultant
5 1 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (9.09%) Support Consultant
5 1 (9.09%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 1 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (9.09%) Test Engineer
5 1 (9.09%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) Middleware
1 1 (9.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) NHS
2 1 (9.09%) Freedom of Information
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) Test Automation
2 3 (27.27%) Requirements Management
2 3 (27.27%) Software Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (18.18%) Business Analysis
3 2 (18.18%) Load Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Manual Testing
3 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2
3 2 (18.18%) Process Improvement
3 2 (18.18%) Regression Analysis
3 2 (18.18%) Regression Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Regulatory Compliance
3 2 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Statistical Analysis
3 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
3 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
4 1 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (9.09%) Data Transformation
4 1 (9.09%) Health Informatics
4 1 (9.09%) Information Governance
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (27.27%) ISTQB
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (9.09%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA
2 1 (9.09%) ISO 13485
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle