The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Validation
North West / Lancashire
Rank 41 50 53
Rank change year-on-year +9 +3  
Permanent jobs citing Validation 14 1 2
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 3.38% 0.30% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.80% 0.35% 0.54%
Number of salaries quoted 12 1 2
Median salary £27,250 £31,000 £26,114
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.09% +18.71%  
90% offered a salary of more than £18,800 £31,000 £23,223
10% offered a salary of more than £36,180 £31,000 £29,005
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £40,000 £44,500
% change year-on-year - -10.11%  

Validation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 368 285 371
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 88.89% 85.84% 87.09%
Number of salaries quoted 337 241 327
Median salary £37,500 £35,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £22,500 £27,500 £24,375
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £55,000 £48,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire citing Validation as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in Lancashire

Validation
Salary Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Validation in Lancashire.

Salary trend for Validation in Lancashire

Validation
Salary Histogram in Lancashire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in Lancashire over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Validation in Lancashire

Validation
Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 26 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Preston - 5 £26,500 -
Skelmersdale - 5 £36,100 -
Blackburn - 2 £18,000 -
Blackpool - 1 - -
Burnley - 1 £27,000 -
Validation
North West

Validation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT jobs citing Validation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for Validation.

1 11 (61.11%) Test Scripting
2 9 (50.00%) QA
3 8 (44.44%) Regression Testing
3 8 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (44.44%) SDLC
3 8 (44.44%) Smoke Testing
4 7 (38.89%) HTTP
5 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (27.78%) Performance Testing
6 5 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (27.78%) HP
6 5 (27.78%) LoadRunner
6 5 (27.78%) Web Services
7 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
7 4 (22.22%) Internet
7 4 (22.22%) Degree
8 3 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (16.67%) FTP
8 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
9 2 (11.11%) VPN
9 2 (11.11%) Active Directory
9 2 (11.11%) Lotus
9 2 (11.11%) CheckPoint
9 2 (11.11%) Project Management
9 2 (11.11%) ISA Server
9 2 (11.11%) MS Office
9 2 (11.11%) IBM Notes
9 2 (11.11%) Client/Server
9 2 (11.11%) MS Exchange

Validation
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire 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 2 (11.11%) IBM Notes
1 2 (11.11%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (11.11%) MS Office
2 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.56%) MS Project
2 1 (5.56%) SOLIDWORKS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (38.89%) HTTP
2 4 (22.22%) Internet
3 3 (16.67%) FTP
3 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
4 2 (11.11%) Firewall
4 2 (11.11%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (11.11%) Network Security
4 2 (11.11%) SMTP
4 2 (11.11%) VPN
4 2 (11.11%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) DB2
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) LoadRunner
General
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
1 2 (11.11%) Retail
2 1 (5.56%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (38.89%) Tester
2 5 (27.78%) Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Agile Manual Tester
3 4 (22.22%) Agile Tester
3 4 (22.22%) Manual Tester
3 4 (22.22%) QA Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) QA Manual Tester
3 4 (22.22%) QA Tester
4 3 (16.67%) Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 2 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (11.11%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
5 2 (11.11%) LoadRunner Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Performance Tester
5 2 (11.11%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (5.56%) Automation Test Lead
6 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
6 1 (5.56%) Performance Analyst
6 1 (5.56%) Product Development Engineer
6 1 (5.56%) Senior Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) Web Services
2 1 (5.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (11.11%) Client/Server
2 2 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.11%) Driving Licence
3 1 (5.56%) Private Cloud
3 1 (5.56%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Unix
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) Test Scripting
2 8 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (44.44%) Regression Testing
2 8 (44.44%) SDLC
2 8 (44.44%) Smoke Testing
3 6 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
3 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Performance Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Project Management
5 2 (11.11%) Test Automation
5 2 (11.11%) Threat Analysis
6 1 (5.56%) CAD
6 1 (5.56%) Change Control
6 1 (5.56%) Change Management
6 1 (5.56%) Data Analysis
6 1 (5.56%) ITIL
6 1 (5.56%) Mentoring
6 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2
6 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
6 1 (5.56%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 4 (22.22%) Degree
2 1 (5.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (50.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Active Directory
1 2 (11.11%) ISA Server
1 2 (11.11%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) HP
2 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
3 2 (11.11%) CheckPoint
3 2 (11.11%) Lotus
4 1 (5.56%) Minitab
4 1 (5.56%) Oracle
4 1 (5.56%) Progress