Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 158 108 155
Rank change year-on-year -50 +47 -46
Contract jobs citing Validation 41 69 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.79% 1.57% 0.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.95% 1.89% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 36 46
West Midlands median daily rate £363 £420 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.69% +29.23% -13.91%
10th Percentile £187 £256 £256
90th Percentile £550 £549 £575
England median daily rate £450 £440 £400
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 7
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.05% -40.00% -3.96%
10th Percentile £21.40 £21.00 £27.34
90th Percentile £29.20 £33.43 £38.10
England median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +9.33% - +7.14%

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 4,305 3,648 4,999
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.40% 83.19% 83.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,583 2,285 2,901
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £243
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 135 113
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £20.00 £17.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +17.41% -24.29%
10th Percentile £10.91 £11.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £49.00 £38.95
England median hourly rate £22.46 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -10.16% +4.17% +11.63%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 -23 11 £350 -12.50% 3
Solihull -3 9 £419 -25.88% 1
Shropshire -18 6 £570 -12.31%
Warwickshire -10 4 £450 +31.39% 24
Coventry -23 3 £325 -26.80% 7
Dudley -7 2 £194 +89.02%
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Validation.

1 14 (34.15%) Microsoft
2 13 (31.71%) SQL
3 10 (24.39%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (21.95%) Migration
4 9 (21.95%) Continuous Improvement
5 8 (19.51%) Test Automation
6 6 (14.63%) Integration Testing
6 6 (14.63%) Data Centre
7 5 (12.20%) Change Management
7 5 (12.20%) Finance
7 5 (12.20%) Data Analysis
7 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Office
7 5 (12.20%) DevOps
7 5 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (12.20%) JIRA
7 5 (12.20%) Use Case
7 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (12.20%) Waterfall
7 5 (12.20%) Functional Testing
8 4 (9.76%) Process Improvement
8 4 (9.76%) Test Scripting
8 4 (9.76%) PowerShell
8 4 (9.76%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (9.76%) C#
8 4 (9.76%) Windows
8 4 (9.76%) Business Analysis
8 4 (9.76%) ISTQB
8 4 (9.76%) WebSphere
8 4 (9.76%) Risk Management

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 4 (9.76%) WebSphere
2 3 (7.32%) Documentum
2 3 (7.32%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.88%) Apache
3 2 (4.88%) IIS
3 2 (4.88%) JBoss
3 2 (4.88%) MS Exchange
3 2 (4.88%) Tomcat
4 1 (2.44%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (2.44%) OpenStack
4 1 (2.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (4.88%) ENOVIA
1 2 (4.88%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (4.88%) SAP SRM
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (2.44%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.44%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.32%) LAN
1 3 (7.32%) MPLS
1 3 (7.32%) Wireless
2 2 (4.88%) Cisco ASA
2 2 (4.88%) Cisco Nexus
2 2 (4.88%) DHCP
2 2 (4.88%) HTTP
2 2 (4.88%) SAN
2 2 (4.88%) VPN
2 2 (4.88%) WAN
3 1 (2.44%) BGP
3 1 (2.44%) Firewall
3 1 (2.44%) Internet
3 1 (2.44%) Skype
3 1 (2.44%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.32%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.44%) Power BI
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (12.20%) JIRA
2 4 (9.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (7.32%) Cucumber
3 3 (7.32%) Selenium
3 3 (7.32%) SoapUI
3 3 (7.32%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (12.20%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Automotive
3 1 (2.44%) Aerospace
3 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.44%) Marketing
3 1 (2.44%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (46.34%) Analyst
2 6 (14.63%) Test Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Business Analyst
4 4 (9.76%) Data Centre Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Applications Support
5 3 (7.32%) Applications Support Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) SQL Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) SQL Support Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Support Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Cloud Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) Consultant
6 2 (4.88%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (4.88%) IT Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) IT Support
6 2 (4.88%) Network Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.88%) SAP Consultant
6 2 (4.88%) SAP SRM Consultant
6 2 (4.88%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.32%) XML
2 2 (4.88%) JMS
2 2 (4.88%) Middleware
2 2 (4.88%) RESTful
2 2 (4.88%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.63%) Data Centre
2 4 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.88%) Client/Server
3 2 (4.88%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (2.44%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.76%) Windows
2 3 (7.32%) Windows 7
2 3 (7.32%) Windows Server
2 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (4.88%) Linux
3 2 (4.88%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
3 2 (4.88%) Unix
4 1 (2.44%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Vista
4 1 (2.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (24.39%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (21.95%) Continuous Improvement
2 9 (21.95%) Migration
3 8 (19.51%) Test Automation
4 6 (14.63%) Integration Testing
5 5 (12.20%) Change Management
5 5 (12.20%) Data Analysis
5 5 (12.20%) DevOps
5 5 (12.20%) Functional Testing
5 5 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
5 5 (12.20%) Use Case
5 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (12.20%) Waterfall
6 4 (9.76%) Business Analysis
6 4 (9.76%) Process Improvement
6 4 (9.76%) Regression Testing
6 4 (9.76%) Risk Management
6 4 (9.76%) Scrum
6 4 (9.76%) Service Delivery
6 4 (9.76%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (31.71%) SQL
2 4 (9.76%) C#
2 4 (9.76%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.88%) Java
3 2 (4.88%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.44%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (9.76%) ISTQB
2 3 (7.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (4.88%) Degree
3 2 (4.88%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.88%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.44%) CCNA
4 1 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (2.44%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.32%) QA
1 3 (7.32%) SLA
2 2 (4.88%) Data Quality
3 1 (2.44%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (7.32%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.88%) NFS
2 2 (4.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.44%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.44%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (34.15%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.32%) Cisco
2 3 (7.32%) OpenText
2 3 (7.32%) Oracle
2 3 (7.32%) Pega
3 2 (4.88%) BMC
3 2 (4.88%) Motorola
3 2 (4.88%) Remedy
3 2 (4.88%) SAP
3 2 (4.88%) VMware
3 2 (4.88%) webMethods
4 1 (2.44%) CA Agile Central
4 1 (2.44%) Capita
4 1 (2.44%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.44%) CyberArk
4 1 (2.44%) F5
4 1 (2.44%) HP
4 1 (2.44%) Juniper
4 1 (2.44%) Salesforce.com