The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 74 114 81
Rank change year-on-year +40 -33  
Contract jobs citing Validation 43 26 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.10% 0.87% 1.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.52% 1.05% 2.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 18 12
Median daily rate £450 £383 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.64% -3.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £110 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £553 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +20.00% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 6
Median hourly rate £21.00 - £39.00
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 the West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1707 2467 1821
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.51% 82.62% 77.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1015 1478 1128
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 54 76
Median hourly rate £28.00 £24.00 £25.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -7.08%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.15 £42.75
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 the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 the West Midlands

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Validation in the West Midlands

Validation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Validation in the West Midlands

Validation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the West Midlands

Validation
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 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
Warwickshire +23 16 £343 -27.89% 2
Coventry +17 9 £450 +12.50% 1
Birmingham +24 6 £500 +53.84% 2
Staffordshire +1 2 £550 +15.78% 1
Dudley - 2 - - 1
Shropshire +11 1 £650 +490.90% 2
Solihull +11 1 £565 +83.73%
West Bromwich - 1 £450 -
Validation
England

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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Validation.

1 22 (30.99%) Migration
2 18 (25.35%) Data Migration
3 15 (21.13%) Finance
4 13 (18.31%) Data Validation
5 12 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (16.90%) Microsoft Excel
6 11 (15.49%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 10 (14.08%) User Acceptance Testing
8 9 (12.68%) Data Analysis
8 9 (12.68%) User Stories
8 9 (12.68%) Microsoft Office
8 9 (12.68%) Microsoft
9 8 (11.27%) Change Management
9 8 (11.27%) Use Case
9 8 (11.27%) Requirements Analysis
9 8 (11.27%) Analytical Skills
10 7 (9.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 7 (9.86%) Data Quality
10 7 (9.86%) Active Directory
10 7 (9.86%) Windows
11 6 (8.45%) ITIL
11 6 (8.45%) SQL
11 6 (8.45%) Service Delivery
11 6 (8.45%) Degree
12 5 (7.04%) Requirements Management
12 5 (7.04%) Data Management
12 5 (7.04%) Network Management
12 5 (7.04%) Service Management
12 5 (7.04%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (7.04%) MS Visio

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 (4.23%) CMS
2 1 (1.41%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.41%) Confluence
2 1 (1.41%) IIS
2 1 (1.41%) JBoss
2 1 (1.41%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.41%) SAS
2 1 (1.41%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.41%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (16.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (12.68%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (9.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (7.04%) MS Visio
5 3 (4.23%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (2.82%) Stateflow
6 2 (2.82%) TargetLink
7 1 (1.41%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (1.41%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.41%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.41%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.82%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.04%) DHCP
2 4 (5.63%) WAN
3 3 (4.23%) DNS
3 3 (4.23%) TETRA
4 2 (2.82%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (2.82%) Cisco Nexus
4 2 (2.82%) Firewall
4 2 (2.82%) Internet
4 2 (2.82%) Intranet
4 2 (2.82%) LAN
4 2 (2.82%) MPLS
4 2 (2.82%) VPN
4 2 (2.82%) Wireless
5 1 (1.41%) Ethernet
5 1 (1.41%) FlexRay
5 1 (1.41%) HTTP
5 1 (1.41%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.63%) SQL Server
1 4 (5.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.82%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (1.41%) Big Data
3 1 (1.41%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.41%) Ingres
3 1 (1.41%) MS Access
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.41%) QlikView
3 1 (1.41%) SAP BW
3 1 (1.41%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (2.82%) JIRA
2 2 (2.82%) Subversion
3 1 (1.41%) Bower
3 1 (1.41%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.41%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.41%) Grunt
3 1 (1.41%) gulp
3 1 (1.41%) IntelliJ
3 1 (1.41%) Jasmine
3 1 (1.41%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.41%) Karma Test Runner
3 1 (1.41%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.41%) Maven
3 1 (1.41%) PhantomJS
3 1 (1.41%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (1.41%) SoapUI
3 1 (1.41%) Sublime Text
3 1 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.41%) WebStorm
General
1 15 (21.13%) Finance
2 4 (5.63%) Automotive
3 3 (4.23%) Back Office
3 3 (4.23%) Banking
3 3 (4.23%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.41%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.41%) Billing
4 1 (1.41%) French Language
4 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.41%) Marketing
4 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (30.99%) Analyst
2 12 (16.90%) Business Analyst
3 8 (11.27%) Data Analyst
4 5 (7.04%) Test Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Applications Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Data Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Financial Analyst
5 4 (5.63%) Infrastructure Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Infrastructure Test Manager
5 4 (5.63%) Migration Analyst
6 3 (4.23%) Active Directory Engineer
6 3 (4.23%) Administrator
6 3 (4.23%) Author
6 3 (4.23%) Data Migration Analyst
6 3 (4.23%) Developer
6 3 (4.23%) Finance Business Analyst
6 3 (4.23%) Transition Manager
7 2 (2.82%) Consultant
7 2 (2.82%) Service Analyst
7 2 (2.82%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.63%) XML
2 2 (2.82%) SOAP
3 1 (1.41%) .NET
3 1 (1.41%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.41%) CSS
3 1 (1.41%) HTML
3 1 (1.41%) JSON
3 1 (1.41%) LESS
3 1 (1.41%) Middleware
3 1 (1.41%) REST
3 1 (1.41%) Sass
3 1 (1.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (1.41%) Web Services
3 1 (1.41%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.27%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.63%) CMDB
2 4 (5.63%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.63%) e-Learning
3 3 (4.23%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.82%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.41%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.41%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.41%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.41%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.41%) Life Science
5 1 (1.41%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.41%) NHS
5 1 (1.41%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.41%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.86%) Windows
2 3 (4.23%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.82%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.82%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.41%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (30.99%) Migration
2 18 (25.35%) Data Migration
3 13 (18.31%) Data Validation
4 12 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (15.49%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 10 (14.08%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (12.68%) Data Analysis
7 9 (12.68%) User Stories
8 8 (11.27%) Change Management
8 8 (11.27%) Requirements Analysis
8 8 (11.27%) Use Case
9 6 (8.45%) ITIL
9 6 (8.45%) Service Delivery
10 5 (7.04%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (7.04%) Data Management
10 5 (7.04%) ETL
10 5 (7.04%) Network Management
10 5 (7.04%) Requirements Management
10 5 (7.04%) Service Management
10 5 (7.04%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.45%) SQL
2 4 (5.63%) Assembly Language
2 4 (5.63%) C
2 4 (5.63%) C++
3 1 (1.41%) Ada
3 1 (1.41%) C#
3 1 (1.41%) Java
3 1 (1.41%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.41%) MATLAB
3 1 (1.41%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.41%) VBA
Qualifications
1 6 (8.45%) Degree
2 3 (4.23%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.82%) CCNP
3 2 (2.82%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (2.82%) DBS Check
3 2 (2.82%) IRCA
4 1 (1.41%) ISEB
4 1 (1.41%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.86%) Data Quality
2 3 (4.23%) SLA
3 2 (2.82%) ISO 26262
3 2 (2.82%) ISO/IEC 17025
3 2 (2.82%) ISO17020
4 1 (1.41%) QA
4 1 (1.41%) WAI
4 1 (1.41%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (9.86%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.82%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (5.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.41%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (1.41%) OpenView
2 1 (1.41%) Puppet
2 1 (1.41%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 9 (12.68%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.04%) HP
3 4 (5.63%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (4.23%) Oracle
4 3 (4.23%) SAP
5 2 (2.82%) Cisco
5 2 (2.82%) Cognos
6 1 (1.41%) BMC
6 1 (1.41%) EMC
6 1 (1.41%) hybris
6 1 (1.41%) Kronos
6 1 (1.41%) Netezza
6 1 (1.41%) PTC
6 1 (1.41%) Remedy
6 1 (1.41%) Tableau
6 1 (1.41%) Workday
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 3 days ago