Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 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
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 114 149 100
Rank change year-on-year +35 -49 -25
Contract jobs citing Validation 76 62 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.58% 0.99% 1.57%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.90% 1.20% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 33 32
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +0.27% +19.05%
10th Percentile £314 £276 £220
90th Percentile £525 £575 £500
England median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -1.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 25
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.83 £34.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.67% -0.71% -7.41%
10th Percentile £21.24 £30.33 £27.65
90th Percentile £29.69 £38.98 £43.75
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £36.75
% change year-on-year +6.25% +8.84% +5.00%

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 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 3996 5180 3935
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.04% 83.09% 79.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2552 3089 2258
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £235
90th Percentile £550 £550 £530
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 135 173
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% -10.00% -
10th Percentile £11.70 £10.75 £11.05
90th Percentile £48.75 £39.50 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.03 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.12% +6.80% +18.42%

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 17 November 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 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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 +15 23 £419 +39.58% 1
Warwickshire +14 23 £375 -31.82%
Dudley - 12 £350 -
Coventry +7 6 £450 +18.42%
Shropshire +10 5 £575 +35.14%
Solihull +6 2 £565 +83.74% 1
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 16 (21.05%) SQL
1 16 (21.05%) DHCP
2 15 (19.74%) Cisco
2 15 (19.74%) WAN
2 15 (19.74%) Finance
2 15 (19.74%) Statistics
3 14 (18.42%) MPLS
3 14 (18.42%) Firewall
4 13 (17.11%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (17.11%) Network Management
5 12 (15.79%) Data Migration
5 12 (15.79%) Cisco Nexus
5 12 (15.79%) Cisco ASA
5 12 (15.79%) Microsoft
5 12 (15.79%) VPN
5 12 (15.79%) Microsoft Excel
5 12 (15.79%) Service Delivery
5 12 (15.79%) Wireless
5 12 (15.79%) Migration
5 12 (15.79%) Performance Metrics
6 11 (14.47%) HP
6 11 (14.47%) Data Validation
7 10 (13.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 10 (13.16%) Oracle
7 10 (13.16%) Unix
7 10 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (11.84%) Service Management
8 9 (11.84%) Disaster Recovery
8 9 (11.84%) Perl
8 9 (11.84%) User Acceptance Testing

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 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (1.32%) CMS
1 1 (1.32%) Confluence
1 1 (1.32%) Documentum
1 1 (1.32%) Drupal
1 1 (1.32%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (15.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (13.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (9.21%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.32%) NetSuite
2 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.32%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.32%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (5.26%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.32%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 16 (21.05%) DHCP
2 15 (19.74%) WAN
3 14 (18.42%) Firewall
3 14 (18.42%) MPLS
4 12 (15.79%) Cisco ASA
4 12 (15.79%) Cisco Nexus
4 12 (15.79%) VPN
4 12 (15.79%) Wireless
5 8 (10.53%) TETRA
6 4 (5.26%) DNS
7 3 (3.95%) LAN
8 2 (2.63%) DWDM
8 2 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (1.32%) FlexRay
9 1 (1.32%) GPON
9 1 (1.32%) Internet
9 1 (1.32%) SAN
9 1 (1.32%) SDH
9 1 (1.32%) VoIP
9 1 (1.32%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.53%) TimesTen
2 6 (7.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (2.63%) MS Access
3 2 (2.63%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.32%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.32%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.32%) MySQL
4 1 (1.32%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.32%) SAP BW
4 1 (1.32%) SAP HANA
4 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.32%) JIRA
1 1 (1.32%) Rational DOORS
1 1 (1.32%) Rational Rhapsody
1 1 (1.32%) Selenium
General
1 15 (19.74%) Finance
2 7 (9.21%) Automotive
3 4 (5.26%) Banking
4 3 (3.95%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.63%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.63%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.32%) Back Office
6 1 (1.32%) French Language
6 1 (1.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (32.89%) Analyst
2 13 (17.11%) Business Analyst
3 9 (11.84%) Technical Specialist
4 8 (10.53%) Network Specialist
5 6 (7.89%) Developer
5 6 (7.89%) Operational Support Analyst
5 6 (7.89%) Operations Analyst
5 6 (7.89%) Operations Support Analyst
5 6 (7.89%) Support Analyst
6 5 (6.58%) Data Analyst
7 4 (5.26%) Cisco Network Specialist
7 4 (5.26%) Cisco Specialist
7 4 (5.26%) Consultant
7 4 (5.26%) Microsoft Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Active Directory Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Data Business Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Financial Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 3 (3.95%) Regulatory Business Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Risk Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.58%) Web Services
2 4 (5.26%) HTML
2 4 (5.26%) HTML5
2 4 (5.26%) jQuery
3 2 (2.63%) .NET
3 2 (2.63%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.63%) Ajax
3 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 2 (2.63%) Entity Framework
3 2 (2.63%) Highcharts JS
3 2 (2.63%) XML
4 1 (1.32%) CSS
4 1 (1.32%) CSS3
4 1 (1.32%) JSON
4 1 (1.32%) Natural Language Processing
4 1 (1.32%) REST
4 1 (1.32%) SAML
4 1 (1.32%) SOAP
4 1 (1.32%) WebKit
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.21%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.58%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.26%) e-Learning
4 3 (3.95%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.95%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.63%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.32%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.32%) FMCG
6 1 (1.32%) Infotainment
6 1 (1.32%) iPhone
6 1 (1.32%) Robotics
6 1 (1.32%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (13.16%) Unix
2 8 (10.53%) Windows
3 4 (5.26%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.95%) Linux
5 1 (1.32%) Android
5 1 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.32%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (19.74%) Statistics
2 13 (17.11%) Network Management
3 12 (15.79%) Data Migration
3 12 (15.79%) Migration
3 12 (15.79%) Performance Metrics
3 12 (15.79%) Service Delivery
4 11 (14.47%) Data Validation
5 10 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (11.84%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (11.84%) Service Management
6 9 (11.84%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (10.53%) Incident Management
7 8 (10.53%) Network Design
7 8 (10.53%) Proactive Monitoring
7 8 (10.53%) Problem Management
7 8 (10.53%) Service Design
8 7 (9.21%) Change Management
9 6 (7.89%) Use Case
10 5 (6.58%) Requirements Analysis
10 5 (6.58%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 16 (21.05%) SQL
2 9 (11.84%) Perl
3 8 (10.53%) AWK
3 8 (10.53%) Bash Shell
3 8 (10.53%) Korn
3 8 (10.53%) sed
4 4 (5.26%) Assembly Language
4 4 (5.26%) C
4 4 (5.26%) C++
4 4 (5.26%) T-SQL
5 3 (3.95%) Java
5 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.63%) C#
6 2 (2.63%) Python
6 2 (2.63%) VB.NET
6 2 (2.63%) VBA
7 1 (1.32%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.32%) Objective-C
7 1 (1.32%) PHP
7 1 (1.32%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (17.11%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (10.53%) CCNP
3 5 (6.58%) Security Cleared
4 4 (5.26%) CCIE
4 4 (5.26%) Degree
5 2 (2.63%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.32%) CCNA
6 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (1.32%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.95%) FATCA
1 3 (3.95%) MiFID
1 3 (3.95%) Solvency II
2 2 (2.63%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.63%) ISO 26262
3 1 (1.32%) IEC 61508
3 1 (1.32%) QA
3 1 (1.32%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (5.26%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.95%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.32%) EMC VPLEX
Vendors
1 15 (19.74%) Cisco
2 12 (15.79%) Microsoft
3 11 (14.47%) HP
4 10 (13.16%) Oracle
5 8 (10.53%) Comptel
5 8 (10.53%) Remedy
6 3 (3.95%) SAP
6 3 (3.95%) Tableau
7 2 (2.63%) DevExpress
8 1 (1.32%) Capita
8 1 (1.32%) Citrix
8 1 (1.32%) CODA
8 1 (1.32%) EMC
8 1 (1.32%) F5
8 1 (1.32%) IFS
8 1 (1.32%) Juniper
8 1 (1.32%) Pega
8 1 (1.32%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.32%) VMware
8 1 (1.32%) Workday