The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Stevenage 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 26 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
Hertfordshire / Stevenage
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 8 13
Rank change year-on-year +3 +5  
Contract jobs citing Validation 6 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Stevenage 17.14% 6.06% 2.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 18.75% 8.70% 4.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £325 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Median hourly rate £43.75 £43.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.74% +7.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.72% +12.85%  

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 Stevenage with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Stevenage
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 32 23 25
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Stevenage 91.43% 69.70% 51.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 10
Median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £249 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £500 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 9
Median hourly rate £42.50 £44.40 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.27% +22.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.85 £52.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Stevenage

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Stevenage 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 Stevenage

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Stevenage

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in Stevenage

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Stevenage

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in Stevenage

For the 6 months to 26 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 Stevenage region with a requirement for Validation.

1 5 (55.56%) Java
1 5 (55.56%) Telecoms
1 5 (55.56%) Degree
2 4 (44.44%) Configuration Management
3 3 (33.33%) Automotive
3 3 (33.33%) Bugzilla
3 3 (33.33%) C
3 3 (33.33%) Linux
3 3 (33.33%) ClearCase
3 3 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 3 (33.33%) ClearQuest
3 3 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 3 (33.33%) Computer Science
3 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 3 (33.33%) Avionics
3 3 (33.33%) Cygwin
3 3 (33.33%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (33.33%) ECSS
4 2 (22.22%) SpaceWire
4 2 (22.22%) Algorithms
4 2 (22.22%) Windows 7
4 2 (22.22%) Process Improvement
4 2 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 2 (22.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (22.22%) SC Cleared
4 2 (22.22%) Windows
4 2 (22.22%) Red Hat
4 2 (22.22%) OO
4 2 (22.22%) PL/SQL
4 2 (22.22%) SQL

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Stevenage 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 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Lorenzo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) SpaceWire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Bugzilla
1 3 (33.33%) ClearCase
1 3 (33.33%) ClearQuest
General
1 5 (55.56%) Telecoms
2 3 (33.33%) Automotive
2 3 (33.33%) Avionics
3 1 (11.11%) Aerospace
3 1 (11.11%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Software Validation Engineer
1 3 (33.33%) Validation Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Database Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Java Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) .NET Developer
3 1 (11.11%) .NET Software Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Author
3 1 (11.11%) C++ Developer
3 1 (11.11%) C++ Software Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Software Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Systems Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) Computer Science
1 3 (33.33%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (22.22%) Algorithms
3 1 (11.11%) NHS
3 1 (11.11%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (33.33%) Linux
2 2 (22.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (22.22%) Windows
2 2 (22.22%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Configuration Management
2 3 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 2 (22.22%) OO
3 2 (22.22%) Process Improvement
3 2 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 1 (11.11%) CMMI
4 1 (11.11%) Data Analysis
4 1 (11.11%) Data Management
4 1 (11.11%) Digital Signal Processing
4 1 (11.11%) Document Management
4 1 (11.11%) Incident Management
4 1 (11.11%) Mathematics
4 1 (11.11%) OOP
4 1 (11.11%) Physics
4 1 (11.11%) Quality Management
4 1 (11.11%) Regression Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Signal Processing
4 1 (11.11%) Test Automation
4 1 (11.11%) UML
4 1 (11.11%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (55.56%) Java
2 3 (33.33%) C
3 2 (22.22%) PL/SQL
3 2 (22.22%) SQL
3 2 (22.22%) VBA
4 1 (11.11%) ANSI C
4 1 (11.11%) C++
4 1 (11.11%) Python
4 1 (11.11%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 5 (55.56%) Degree
2 3 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 2 (22.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) ECSS
2 1 (11.11%) HL7
2 1 (11.11%) QA
System Software
1 3 (33.33%) Cygwin
Vendors
1 3 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 2 (22.22%) Red Hat