Period
to 21 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 21 October 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
England > South West
6 months to
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 98 88 123
Rank change year-on-year -10 +35 +27
Contract jobs citing Validation 135 121 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.23% 2.20% 1.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.61% 2.65% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 65 35
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +23.08% -7.14%
10th Percentile £227 £263 £225
90th Percentile £643 £510 £515
England median daily rate £440 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -2.22% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 14
South West median hourly rate £43.75 £38.50 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.64% +6.21% -3.33%
10th Percentile £39.65 £27.70 £25.64
90th Percentile £50.50 £45.75 £43.75
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

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 the South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,167 4,568 4,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.53% 83.08% 81.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,187 2,884 3,159
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £255 £238
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 190 267
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% - -6.67%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.79 £12.15
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.88 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the South West over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the South West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the South West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the South West over the 6 months to 21 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Validation in the South West

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Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 21 October 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
Wiltshire -3 47 £438 -2.78% 14
Bristol -3 32 £600 +66.67% 29
Gloucestershire -24 16 £508 +19.41% 6
Cornwall +5 13 £200 +48.15% 1
Somerset -2 9 £425 +3.66% 9
Devon +9 4 £330 +32.00% 5
Dorset -6 1 £375 +7.14% 3
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 South West region with a requirement for Validation.

1 29 (21.48%) Security Cleared
2 26 (19.26%) Migration
3 24 (17.78%) ITIL
4 23 (17.04%) Data Validation
5 22 (16.30%) SC Cleared
6 20 (14.81%) Windows
7 18 (13.33%) Finance
7 18 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
8 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
9 15 (11.11%) Software Engineering
10 14 (10.37%) Active Directory
11 13 (9.63%) SQL
11 13 (9.63%) CyberArk
12 12 (8.89%) Service Management
12 12 (8.89%) Agile Software Development
13 11 (8.15%) Data Analysis
13 11 (8.15%) QA
13 11 (8.15%) Windows 7
13 11 (8.15%) C
13 11 (8.15%) C++
13 11 (8.15%) Python
13 11 (8.15%) Windows 10
14 10 (7.41%) Microsoft Excel
14 10 (7.41%) Management Information System
14 10 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
14 10 (7.41%) Test Strategy
14 10 (7.41%) Requirements Management
14 10 (7.41%) Degree
14 10 (7.41%) Computer Science
14 10 (7.41%) Integration Testing

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 9 (6.67%) SharePoint
2 8 (5.93%) SAS
3 1 (0.74%) Apache
3 1 (0.74%) IIS
3 1 (0.74%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (7.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (5.19%) Spreadsheet
3 6 (4.44%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (3.70%) Simulink
5 2 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.74%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 2 (1.48%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.74%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.67%) Internet
2 4 (2.96%) Firewall
3 2 (1.48%) 4G
3 2 (1.48%) Network Security
3 2 (1.48%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (0.74%) 3G
4 1 (0.74%) 3GPP
4 1 (0.74%) 5G
4 1 (0.74%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.74%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.74%) VPN
4 1 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.74%) Wireless
4 1 (0.74%) ZigBee
4 1 (0.74%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.93%) Base SAS
1 8 (5.93%) SAS Enterprise Guide
2 7 (5.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (5.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (4.44%) Data Mining
3 6 (4.44%) SQL Server
4 5 (3.70%) Apache Hive
4 5 (3.70%) Big Data
5 3 (2.22%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.48%) SAS Data Integration Studio
7 1 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.74%) OLAP
7 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (5.93%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (0.74%) JIRA
2 1 (0.74%) JMeter
2 1 (0.74%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.74%) Subversion
General
1 18 (13.33%) Finance
2 8 (5.93%) Aerospace
3 5 (3.70%) Electronics
4 3 (2.22%) Avionics
4 3 (2.22%) Banking
4 3 (2.22%) Military
5 2 (1.48%) General Ledger
5 2 (1.48%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.74%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.74%) Law
6 1 (0.74%) Legal
6 1 (0.74%) Marketing
6 1 (0.74%) Retail
Job Titles
1 27 (20.00%) Analyst
2 16 (11.85%) Business Analyst
2 16 (11.85%) Developer
3 12 (8.89%) CyberArk Engineer
4 11 (8.15%) Software Engineer
4 11 (8.15%) Test Leader
5 9 (6.67%) CyberArk Specialist
5 9 (6.67%) Systems Engineer
6 8 (5.93%) SAS Developer
7 7 (5.19%) Architect
7 7 (5.19%) C++ Software Engineer
7 7 (5.19%) Senior Software Engineer
8 6 (4.44%) Data Architect
8 6 (4.44%) Data Centre Architect
9 5 (3.70%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
9 5 (3.70%) Test Manager
10 4 (2.96%) Consultant
10 4 (2.96%) Designer
10 4 (2.96%) Security Manager
11 3 (2.22%) Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.74%) JFC
1 1 (0.74%) Matplotlib
1 1 (0.74%) Middleware
1 1 (0.74%) NumPy
1 1 (0.74%) Pandas
1 1 (0.74%) PyQt
1 1 (0.74%) scikit-learn
1 1 (0.74%) SciPy
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.41%) Computer Science
2 10 (7.41%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.93%) Data Centre
4 5 (3.70%) Embedded Systems
5 4 (2.96%) Algorithms
6 3 (2.22%) CMDB
6 3 (2.22%) User Experience
7 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.74%) PMI
7 1 (0.74%) Raspberry Pi
7 1 (0.74%) TMS320
Operating Systems
1 20 (14.81%) Windows
2 11 (8.15%) Windows 10
2 11 (8.15%) Windows 7
3 9 (6.67%) Linux
3 9 (6.67%) Unix
4 3 (2.22%) CentOS
4 3 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (2.22%) Ubuntu
5 2 (1.48%) Oracle Linux
6 1 (0.74%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.74%) Nucleus RTOS
6 1 (0.74%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (19.26%) Migration
2 24 (17.78%) ITIL
3 23 (17.04%) Data Validation
4 15 (11.11%) Software Engineering
5 12 (8.89%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (8.89%) Service Management
6 11 (8.15%) Data Analysis
7 10 (7.41%) Integration Testing
7 10 (7.41%) Requirements Management
7 10 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (7.41%) Test Strategy
8 9 (6.67%) Business Analysis
8 9 (6.67%) ETL
8 9 (6.67%) Mathematics
9 8 (5.93%) Release Management
10 7 (5.19%) Application Packaging
10 7 (5.19%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (5.19%) Master Data Management
10 7 (5.19%) Performance Tuning
10 7 (5.19%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.63%) SQL
2 11 (8.15%) C
2 11 (8.15%) C++
2 11 (8.15%) Python
3 8 (5.93%) MATLAB
3 8 (5.93%) SAS Macro
4 5 (3.70%) PL/SQL
5 4 (2.96%) VBA
6 3 (2.22%) Fortran
7 2 (1.48%) VB
8 1 (0.74%) Ada
8 1 (0.74%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.74%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.74%) C#
8 1 (0.74%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.74%) Groovy
8 1 (0.74%) Java
8 1 (0.74%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.74%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.74%) R
Qualifications
1 29 (21.48%) Security Cleared
2 22 (16.30%) SC Cleared
3 10 (7.41%) Degree
4 8 (5.93%) ISEB
5 5 (3.70%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (2.96%) CISSP
7 3 (2.22%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (2.22%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.48%) APMP
8 2 (1.48%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.74%) EMC Certification
9 1 (0.74%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.74%) PhD
9 1 (0.74%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (8.15%) QA
2 4 (2.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.96%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (2.22%) ARP4754
3 3 (2.22%) DO-178B
4 2 (1.48%) GDPR
4 2 (1.48%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.74%) HAZOP
5 1 (0.74%) PMO
5 1 (0.74%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (10.37%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.74%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (0.74%) Perfmon
2 1 (0.74%) vMotion
Vendors
1 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
2 13 (9.63%) CyberArk
3 8 (5.93%) DataFlux
4 6 (4.44%) IBM
4 6 (4.44%) Oracle
5 3 (2.22%) MathWorks
5 3 (2.22%) Remedy
6 2 (1.48%) Cisco
6 2 (1.48%) Cognizant
6 2 (1.48%) Intel
6 2 (1.48%) JDA
6 2 (1.48%) SAP
6 2 (1.48%) VMware
7 1 (0.74%) Anaplan
7 1 (0.74%) EMC
7 1 (0.74%) HP
7 1 (0.74%) Huawei
7 1 (0.74%) Nokia