Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 155 106 156
Rank change year-on-year -49 +50 -45
Contract jobs citing Validation 47 80 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.93% 1.73% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 2.05% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 43 35
West Midlands median daily rate £379 £415 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.73% +7.10% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £288 £284
90th Percentile £493 £525 £590
England median daily rate £440 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -2.22% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £29.50 £25.83 £34.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.21% -25.67% -0.71%
10th Percentile £28.75 £21.68 £30.33
90th Percentile £30.25 £28.05 £38.98
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00

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 4,292 3,896 5,239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.04% 84.11% 84.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,574 2,478 3,112
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 135 140
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.98 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.95% +42.74% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.74
90th Percentile £32.63 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -8 9 £300 -29.41% 9
Warwickshire -9 9 £280 -21.95% 12
Coventry -11 9 £388 -13.89% 5
Solihull +2 7 £438 -22.57% 3
Dudley -3 3 £375 +7.14%
Shropshire -46 2 - -
Staffordshire - 1 £388 - 8
Herefordshire - 1 £388 - 3
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 13 (27.66%) Finance
2 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
3 10 (21.28%) Project Management
4 8 (17.02%) Microsoft Office
4 8 (17.02%) Manufacturing
4 8 (17.02%) Migration
4 8 (17.02%) Use Case
5 7 (14.89%) Analytics
5 7 (14.89%) CAE
6 6 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (12.77%) Data Analysis
6 6 (12.77%) Supplier Management
6 6 (12.77%) Functional Testing
6 6 (12.77%) Waterfall
6 6 (12.77%) Data Validation
6 6 (12.77%) Data Centre
6 6 (12.77%) Manufacturing Engineering
7 5 (10.64%) Test Automation
7 5 (10.64%) Test Scripting
7 5 (10.64%) Data Analytics
7 5 (10.64%) Automotive
7 5 (10.64%) Regression Testing
7 5 (10.64%) SQL
7 5 (10.64%) Data Modelling
7 5 (10.64%) WAN
8 4 (8.51%) LAN
8 4 (8.51%) Oracle
8 4 (8.51%) Windows
8 4 (8.51%) CAD
8 4 (8.51%) Business Intelligence

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 (8.51%) Mule
1 4 (8.51%) WebSphere
2 2 (4.26%) Apache
2 2 (4.26%) IIS
2 2 (4.26%) JBoss
2 2 (4.26%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.26%) OpenStack
2 2 (4.26%) Skype for Business
2 2 (4.26%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.13%) IBM Notes
3 1 (2.13%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (17.02%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (8.51%) Siemens NX
3 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.26%) ENOVIA
2 2 (4.26%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (2.13%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (2.13%) Infor M3
3 1 (2.13%) Lawson
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (2.13%) SAP MM
3 1 (2.13%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (2.13%) Office 365
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.64%) WAN
2 4 (8.51%) LAN
2 4 (8.51%) Wireless
3 3 (6.38%) Cisco ASA
3 3 (6.38%) Cisco Nexus
3 3 (6.38%) DHCP
3 3 (6.38%) Firewall
3 3 (6.38%) MPLS
3 3 (6.38%) VPN
4 2 (4.26%) SAN
5 1 (2.13%) Ethernet
5 1 (2.13%) Internet
5 1 (2.13%) Intranet
5 1 (2.13%) TCP/IP
5 1 (2.13%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.26%) NoSQL
1 2 (4.26%) Relational Database
1 2 (4.26%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.13%) Power BI
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (8.51%) JIRA
1 4 (8.51%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (27.66%) Finance
2 8 (17.02%) Manufacturing
3 5 (10.64%) Automotive
4 2 (4.26%) Billing
4 2 (4.26%) Marketing
5 1 (2.13%) Banking
5 1 (2.13%) Electronics
5 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (27.66%) Analyst
2 6 (12.77%) Design Engineer
2 6 (12.77%) Product Design Engineer
2 6 (12.77%) Product Engineer
3 5 (10.64%) Test Analyst
4 4 (8.51%) Data Analyst
4 4 (8.51%) Data Analytics Analyst
4 4 (8.51%) Data Centre Analyst
4 4 (8.51%) Project Manager
5 3 (6.38%) Administrator
5 3 (6.38%) Business Analyst
5 3 (6.38%) Network Specialist
5 3 (6.38%) Technical Specialist
6 2 (4.26%) Architect
6 2 (4.26%) Consultant
6 2 (4.26%) CRM Architect
6 2 (4.26%) Data Modeller
6 2 (4.26%) Operations Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Problem Manager
6 2 (4.26%) Salesforce Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.26%) Middleware
1 2 (4.26%) XML
2 1 (2.13%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.77%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.38%) Client/Server
3 2 (4.26%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.13%) AS400
4 1 (2.13%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.51%) Windows
1 4 (8.51%) Windows 7
2 2 (4.26%) Linux
2 2 (4.26%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
2 2 (4.26%) Unix
2 2 (4.26%) Windows Server
2 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (2.13%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.13%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (21.28%) Project Management
2 8 (17.02%) Migration
2 8 (17.02%) Use Case
3 7 (14.89%) Analytics
3 7 (14.89%) CAE
4 6 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (12.77%) Data Analysis
4 6 (12.77%) Data Validation
4 6 (12.77%) Functional Testing
4 6 (12.77%) Manufacturing Engineering
4 6 (12.77%) Supplier Management
4 6 (12.77%) Waterfall
5 5 (10.64%) Data Analytics
5 5 (10.64%) Data Modelling
5 5 (10.64%) Regression Testing
5 5 (10.64%) Test Automation
5 5 (10.64%) Test Scripting
6 4 (8.51%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (8.51%) CAD
6 4 (8.51%) Data Science
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.64%) SQL
2 1 (2.13%) Java
2 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.13%) T-SQL
2 1 (2.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (6.38%) CCNP
1 3 (6.38%) Cisco Certification
1 3 (6.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 3 (6.38%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.26%) CCNA
2 2 (4.26%) ISEB
2 2 (4.26%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.13%) A+ Certification
3 1 (2.13%) ACDT
3 1 (2.13%) ACHDS
3 1 (2.13%) ACTC
3 1 (2.13%) Degree
3 1 (2.13%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.13%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.13%) MCDST
3 1 (2.13%) MCP
3 1 (2.13%) MCSA
3 1 (2.13%) MCSE
3 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.13%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.51%) PMO
2 2 (4.26%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.26%) GDPR
2 2 (4.26%) QA
2 2 (4.26%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (6.38%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.26%) NFS
2 2 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.13%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 1 (2.13%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.51%) Oracle
3 3 (6.38%) Cisco
4 2 (4.26%) Aerohive Networks
4 2 (4.26%) BMC
4 2 (4.26%) Remedy
4 2 (4.26%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (4.26%) SAP
4 2 (4.26%) VMware
5 1 (2.13%) Apple
5 1 (2.13%) Bloomberg
5 1 (2.13%) Citrix
5 1 (2.13%) CyberArk
5 1 (2.13%) IBM
5 1 (2.13%) IBM Sterling
5 1 (2.13%) Lotus
5 1 (2.13%) Symantec