Period
to 16 January 2018

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 6 months to 16 January 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 120 129 116
Rank change year-on-year +9 -13 -25
Contract jobs citing Validation 63 62 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.34% 1.13% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.62% 1.37% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 30 34
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £354 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.07% -5.67% +7.76%
10th Percentile £275 £261 £220
90th Percentile £522 £427 £473
England median daily rate £450 £413 £413
% change year-on-year +9.09% - +2.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 23
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.83 £29.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.44% -6.17% -0.19%
10th Percentile £21.25 £15.59 £20.00
90th Percentile £29.51 £45.25 £43.00
England median hourly rate £42.25 £38.75 £39.00
% change year-on-year +9.03% -0.64% +13.21%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 3,884 4,516 3,970
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.38% 82.50% 81.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,484 2,723 2,238
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £244
90th Percentile £545 £550 £548
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 132 169
West Midlands median hourly rate £24.98 £19.43 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.56% -2.85% -11.11%
10th Percentile £11.67 £10.89 £10.99
90th Percentile £48.75 £42.06 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

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 6 months to 16 January 2018.

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 6 months to 16 January 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
Birmingham +9 22 £406 +35.42% 7
Warwickshire +8 17 £375 +3.45% 41
Dudley - 9 £350 -
Coventry +3 5 £331 -13.68% 6
Shropshire 0 5 £575 +35.14% 3
Sutton Coldfield - 2 £500 -
Solihull - 1 - - 1
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 17 (26.98%) SQL
2 13 (20.63%) Cisco
2 13 (20.63%) Statistics
3 12 (19.05%) Cisco Certification
3 12 (19.05%) MPLS
3 12 (19.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (19.05%) Firewall
4 11 (17.46%) Finance
4 11 (17.46%) WAN
5 10 (15.87%) DHCP
5 10 (15.87%) Microsoft
5 10 (15.87%) Unix
5 10 (15.87%) Migration
5 10 (15.87%) Data Migration
5 10 (15.87%) Performance Metrics
6 9 (14.29%) Data Validation
6 9 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
6 9 (14.29%) Network Management
6 9 (14.29%) Cisco Nexus
6 9 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (14.29%) Service Delivery
6 9 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (14.29%) Wireless
6 9 (14.29%) Perl
6 9 (14.29%) VPN
7 8 (12.70%) Remedy
7 8 (12.70%) HP
7 8 (12.70%) Oracle
7 8 (12.70%) AWK

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 1 (1.59%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (1.59%) CMS
1 1 (1.59%) Confluence
1 1 (1.59%) Documentum
1 1 (1.59%) Drupal
1 1 (1.59%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (19.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (7.94%) MS Visio
3 4 (6.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (4.76%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (1.59%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.59%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (6.35%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (19.05%) Firewall
1 12 (19.05%) MPLS
2 11 (17.46%) WAN
3 10 (15.87%) DHCP
4 9 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
4 9 (14.29%) Cisco Nexus
4 9 (14.29%) VPN
4 9 (14.29%) Wireless
5 5 (7.94%) TETRA
6 2 (3.17%) DWDM
6 2 (3.17%) Internet
6 2 (3.17%) LAN
6 2 (3.17%) SAN
7 1 (1.59%) DNS
7 1 (1.59%) Ethernet
7 1 (1.59%) GPON
7 1 (1.59%) SDH
7 1 (1.59%) VoIP
7 1 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (1.59%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.70%) TimesTen
2 5 (7.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (4.76%) SQL Server
4 2 (3.17%) MS Access
5 1 (1.59%) MySQL
5 1 (1.59%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.59%) JIRA
1 1 (1.59%) Selenium
General
1 11 (17.46%) Finance
2 6 (9.52%) Automotive
3 4 (6.35%) Banking
4 3 (4.76%) Investment Banking
4 3 (4.76%) Manufacturing
5 2 (3.17%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.59%) Electronics
6 1 (1.59%) Publishing
6 1 (1.59%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (33.33%) Analyst
2 7 (11.11%) Business Analyst
3 6 (9.52%) Developer
3 6 (9.52%) Network Specialist
3 6 (9.52%) Operational Support Analyst
3 6 (9.52%) Operations Analyst
3 6 (9.52%) Operations Support Analyst
3 6 (9.52%) Support Analyst
3 6 (9.52%) Technical Specialist
4 4 (6.35%) Consultant
4 4 (6.35%) Data Analyst
4 4 (6.35%) Microsoft Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) Project Manager
5 3 (4.76%) Cisco Network Specialist
5 3 (4.76%) Cisco Specialist
5 3 (4.76%) Data Business Analyst
5 3 (4.76%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 3 (4.76%) Regulatory Business Analyst
5 3 (4.76%) Risk Consultant
6 2 (3.17%) Insurance Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.94%) HTML
1 5 (7.94%) Web Services
2 4 (6.35%) HTML5
2 4 (6.35%) jQuery
3 2 (3.17%) .NET
3 2 (3.17%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.17%) Ajax
3 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 2 (3.17%) Entity Framework
3 2 (3.17%) Highcharts JS
3 2 (3.17%) XML
4 1 (1.59%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.59%) CSS
4 1 (1.59%) CSS3
4 1 (1.59%) REST
4 1 (1.59%) SAML
4 1 (1.59%) SOAP
4 1 (1.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (1.59%) WebKit
Miscellaneous
1 9 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.35%) Computer Science
2 4 (6.35%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.76%) Driving Licence
4 2 (3.17%) PKI
4 2 (3.17%) Robotics
5 1 (1.59%) Cyberattack
5 1 (1.59%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.59%) Infotainment
5 1 (1.59%) iPhone
5 1 (1.59%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.59%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (15.87%) Unix
2 5 (7.94%) Windows
3 3 (4.76%) Linux
4 1 (1.59%) Android
4 1 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.59%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.59%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (20.63%) Statistics
2 10 (15.87%) Data Migration
2 10 (15.87%) Migration
2 10 (15.87%) Performance Metrics
3 9 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (14.29%) Data Validation
3 9 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
3 9 (14.29%) Network Management
3 9 (14.29%) Service Delivery
4 8 (12.70%) Incident Management
4 8 (12.70%) Proactive Monitoring
5 7 (11.11%) Service Management
6 6 (9.52%) Network Design
6 6 (9.52%) Problem Management
6 6 (9.52%) Service Design
7 5 (7.94%) Analytics
7 5 (7.94%) Change Management
7 5 (7.94%) CRM
7 5 (7.94%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 17 (26.98%) SQL
2 9 (14.29%) Perl
3 8 (12.70%) AWK
3 8 (12.70%) Bash Shell
3 8 (12.70%) Korn
3 8 (12.70%) sed
4 5 (7.94%) T-SQL
5 4 (6.35%) Java
6 3 (4.76%) C#
6 3 (4.76%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.76%) Python
6 3 (4.76%) VBA
7 2 (3.17%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.59%) C++
8 1 (1.59%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.59%) Objective-C
8 1 (1.59%) PHP
8 1 (1.59%) Ruby
8 1 (1.59%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (19.05%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 6 (9.52%) CCNP
4 4 (6.35%) CCIE
4 4 (6.35%) Degree
4 4 (6.35%) SC Cleared
5 3 (4.76%) CCNA
6 2 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.59%) CCSP
7 1 (1.59%) CISSP
7 1 (1.59%) GIAC
7 1 (1.59%) HNC
7 1 (1.59%) ISSEP
7 1 (1.59%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.76%) FATCA
1 3 (4.76%) MiFID
1 3 (4.76%) Solvency II
2 2 (3.17%) QA
3 1 (1.59%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.59%) IEC 61508
3 1 (1.59%) ISO 26262
3 1 (1.59%) PMO
3 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.59%) EMC VPLEX
Vendors
1 13 (20.63%) Cisco
2 10 (15.87%) Microsoft
3 8 (12.70%) Comptel
3 8 (12.70%) HP
3 8 (12.70%) Oracle
3 8 (12.70%) Remedy
4 2 (3.17%) Capita
4 2 (3.17%) DevExpress
4 2 (3.17%) F5
4 2 (3.17%) Tableau
5 1 (1.59%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.59%) Citrix
5 1 (1.59%) EMC
5 1 (1.59%) Juniper
5 1 (1.59%) Pega
5 1 (1.59%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.59%) SAP
5 1 (1.59%) VMware