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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 88 101 88
Rank change year-on-year +13 -13  
Contract jobs citing Validation 28 31 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.25% 1.15% 1.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.56% 1.40% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 14 13
Median daily rate £400 £325 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.07% -21.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £265 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £368 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +17.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 7
Median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £30.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +15.89%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.38 £38.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year -4.27% +7.04%  

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 1797 2219 1944
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.97% 82.43% 75.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1161 1219 1120
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 45 110
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -39.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

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

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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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Validation in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Validation in the West Midlands

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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 27 March 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
Birmingham +10 13 £381 +25.00% 3
Coventry +1 4 £435 +33.69%
Warwickshire -5 2 £288 -10.15%
Dudley - 2 £103 -
Staffordshire - 1 £440 - 1
Validation
England

Validation
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 14 (25.93%) Migration
1 14 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (20.37%) Finance
3 10 (18.52%) Data Migration
3 10 (18.52%) Data Validation
4 9 (16.67%) MS Excel
5 8 (14.81%) Data Analysis
5 8 (14.81%) Test Scripting
5 8 (14.81%) Degree
5 8 (14.81%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 7 (12.96%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (12.96%) Regression Testing
7 6 (11.11%) Windows
7 6 (11.11%) MS Office
7 6 (11.11%) MATLAB
7 6 (11.11%) Simulink
7 6 (11.11%) Microsoft
7 6 (11.11%) Change Control
7 6 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (9.26%) Test Strategy
8 5 (9.26%) HTML
9 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
9 4 (7.41%) SQL
9 4 (7.41%) CSS
9 4 (7.41%) ITIL
9 4 (7.41%) CRM
9 4 (7.41%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (7.41%) Configuration Management
9 4 (7.41%) Scrum
9 4 (7.41%) Automotive

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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 (1.85%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (1.85%) Confluence
1 1 (1.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 6 (11.11%) MS Office
2 6 (11.11%) Simulink
3 4 (7.41%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (3.70%) Stateflow
4 2 (3.70%) TargetLink
5 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
1 2 (3.70%) GitHub
1 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.70%) Internet
1 2 (3.70%) Intranet
1 2 (3.70%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.85%) Firewall
2 1 (1.85%) Junos
2 1 (1.85%) LAN
2 1 (1.85%) Profibus
2 1 (1.85%) VLAN
2 1 (1.85%) VoIP
2 1 (1.85%) VPN
2 1 (1.85%) WAN
2 1 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.85%) Big Data
3 1 (1.85%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 4 (7.41%) JIRA
2 3 (5.56%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (5.56%) Selenium
2 3 (5.56%) Subversion
3 2 (3.70%) Cucumber
3 2 (3.70%) Grunt
3 2 (3.70%) gulp
3 2 (3.70%) Hudson
3 2 (3.70%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.70%) PhantomJS
3 2 (3.70%) WebDriver
4 1 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (1.85%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.85%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (1.85%) SoapUI
4 1 (1.85%) SonarQube
4 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (20.37%) Finance
2 4 (7.41%) Automotive
3 3 (5.56%) Back Office
3 3 (5.56%) Banking
3 3 (5.56%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.70%) Aerospace
4 2 (3.70%) Electronics
4 2 (3.70%) Retail
5 1 (1.85%) Billing
5 1 (1.85%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.85%) German Language
5 1 (1.85%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (29.63%) Analyst
2 7 (12.96%) Data Analyst
3 5 (9.26%) Migration Analyst
4 4 (7.41%) Test Manager
5 3 (5.56%) Administrator
5 3 (5.56%) Architect
5 3 (5.56%) Business Analyst
5 3 (5.56%) Data Migration Analyst
5 3 (5.56%) Lead Architect
5 3 (5.56%) Systems Architect
5 3 (5.56%) Test Analyst
5 3 (5.56%) Transition Manager
6 2 (3.70%) Applications Manager
6 2 (3.70%) Business Manager
6 2 (3.70%) Data Manager
6 2 (3.70%) HTML Developer
6 2 (3.70%) Infrastructure Test Manager
6 2 (3.70%) Salesforce Administrator
6 2 (3.70%) UI Developer
6 2 (3.70%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.26%) HTML
2 4 (7.41%) CSS
3 3 (5.56%) JSON
4 2 (3.70%) CSS3
4 2 (3.70%) Gherkin
4 2 (3.70%) HTML5
4 2 (3.70%) jQuery
4 2 (3.70%) KnockoutJS
4 2 (3.70%) LESS
4 2 (3.70%) Node.js
4 2 (3.70%) REST
4 2 (3.70%) Sass
4 2 (3.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 2 (3.70%) XML
5 1 (1.85%) Middleware
5 1 (1.85%) Semantic HTML
5 1 (1.85%) SOAP
5 1 (1.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.96%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.41%) CMDB
3 3 (5.56%) Data Centre
4 2 (3.70%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.70%) Mainframe
4 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.70%) NHS
4 2 (3.70%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.85%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.85%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.85%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.85%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (1.85%) Life Science
5 1 (1.85%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.11%) Windows
2 2 (3.70%) Windows 7
2 2 (3.70%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.85%) Unix
3 1 (1.85%) VxWorks
3 1 (1.85%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.85%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (25.93%) Migration
2 10 (18.52%) Data Migration
2 10 (18.52%) Data Validation
3 8 (14.81%) Data Analysis
3 8 (14.81%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 8 (14.81%) Test Scripting
4 7 (12.96%) Regression Testing
5 6 (11.11%) Change Control
5 6 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (9.26%) Test Strategy
7 4 (7.41%) Configuration Management
7 4 (7.41%) CRM
7 4 (7.41%) ITIL
7 4 (7.41%) Process Improvement
7 4 (7.41%) Scrum
7 4 (7.41%) Service Management
7 4 (7.41%) Software Engineering
8 3 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (5.56%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 6 (11.11%) MATLAB
2 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
2 4 (7.41%) SQL
3 3 (5.56%) Python
4 2 (3.70%) C#
5 1 (1.85%) Ada
5 1 (1.85%) C
5 1 (1.85%) C++
5 1 (1.85%) Java
5 1 (1.85%) VBA
Qualifications
1 8 (14.81%) Degree
2 3 (5.56%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.70%) DBS Check
3 2 (3.70%) ISEB
4 1 (1.85%) CCNA
4 1 (1.85%) CCNP
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.85%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.41%) Data Quality
2 2 (3.70%) QA
2 2 (3.70%) SLA
3 1 (1.85%) IEC 61508
3 1 (1.85%) ISO26262
System Software
1 3 (5.56%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.70%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (3.70%) Zenoss
2 1 (1.85%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.85%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (1.85%) OpenView
Vendors
1 6 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.41%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (5.56%) HP
3 3 (5.56%) Pega
4 1 (1.85%) Aruba
4 1 (1.85%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.85%) Avaya
4 1 (1.85%) BMC
4 1 (1.85%) BT
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco
4 1 (1.85%) Cognos
4 1 (1.85%) Coverity
4 1 (1.85%) hybris
4 1 (1.85%) Juniper
4 1 (1.85%) Kronos
4 1 (1.85%) Netezza
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle
4 1 (1.85%) PTC
4 1 (1.85%) Remedy
4 1 (1.85%) SAP