Period
to 22 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Validation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Validation over the 6 months to 22 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Validation
England > North West
6 months to
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 244 208 271
Rank change year-on-year -36 +63 -12
Permanent jobs citing Validation 126 171 73
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.02% 1.29% 0.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.42% 0.70%
Number of salaries quoted 90 96 65
North West median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £36,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.29% -4.11% -28.78%
10th Percentile £31,123 £21,250 £20,050
90th Percentile £56,250 £62,500 £55,000
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -5.26%

Validation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 11,283 12,032 10,377
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 91.12% 91.11% 89.69%
Number of salaries quoted 9,105 9,772 8,657
North West median annual salary £45,000 £41,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £66,250 £63,750 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

Validation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Validation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Validation in the North West

Validation
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for Validation in the North West

Validation
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Validation in the North West over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Salary histogram for Validation in the North West

Validation
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Validation within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -20 59 £35,000 -4.76% 18
Cheshire +6 53 £45,000 +20.00% 6
Merseyside +6 8 £34,750 +6.92% 3
Lancashire -13 3 £37,500 +47.06% 7
Cumbria -6 1 - -
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, IT 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 permanent job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Validation.

1 53 (42.06%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 33 (26.19%) Linux
4 32 (25.40%) Python
4 32 (25.40%) C
4 32 (25.40%) C++
5 31 (24.60%) Java
6 30 (23.81%) SQL
7 29 (23.02%) Test Scripting
8 28 (22.22%) Degree
8 28 (22.22%) Selenium
9 24 (19.05%) DevOps
10 23 (18.25%) QA
10 23 (18.25%) Software Engineering
11 21 (16.67%) Scrum
12 20 (15.87%) Data Science
13 19 (15.08%) SDLC
13 19 (15.08%) Regression Testing
13 19 (15.08%) Continuous Integration
14 18 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
14 18 (14.29%) Cucumber
15 17 (13.49%) Time Management
15 17 (13.49%) JIRA
15 17 (13.49%) Finance
16 16 (12.70%) SQL Server
17 15 (11.90%) VMware
17 15 (11.90%) VMware Infrastructure
17 15 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
18 14 (11.11%) Security Cleared
18 14 (11.11%) Perl

Validation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 7 (5.56%) Confluence
2 3 (2.38%) Apache
2 3 (2.38%) Apache Spark
2 3 (2.38%) JBoss
2 3 (2.38%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.59%) Apache Solr
3 2 (1.59%) SAS
4 1 (0.79%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.38%) SOLIDWORKS
3 2 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.79%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.59%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.79%) DELMIA
2 1 (0.79%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.52%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (3.97%) SaaS
3 3 (2.38%) Force.com
3 3 (2.38%) PaaS
4 2 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.59%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.79%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.79%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.52%) Bluetooth
2 9 (7.14%) Ethernet
2 9 (7.14%) RS-232
2 9 (7.14%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (3.17%) SMS
4 3 (2.38%) PBX
4 3 (2.38%) SSL
4 3 (2.38%) Unified Communications
4 3 (2.38%) VoIP
5 2 (1.59%) RFID
5 2 (1.59%) VLAN
6 1 (0.79%) Asterisk PBX
6 1 (0.79%) Broadband
6 1 (0.79%) Internet
6 1 (0.79%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 11 (8.73%) Big Data
3 7 (5.56%) MongoDB
4 6 (4.76%) NoSQL
4 6 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (3.17%) Hadoop
6 4 (3.17%) QlikView
6 4 (3.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (2.38%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (2.38%) OLAP
7 3 (2.38%) Qlik Sense
8 2 (1.59%) Data Mining
8 2 (1.59%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (1.59%) SSDT
9 1 (0.79%) MySQL
9 1 (0.79%) Power BI
9 1 (0.79%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 28 (22.22%) Selenium
2 18 (14.29%) Cucumber
3 17 (13.49%) JIRA
4 13 (10.32%) Git (software)
5 9 (7.14%) Visual Studio
6 6 (4.76%) GoCD
6 6 (4.76%) Travis CI
7 5 (3.97%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.38%) CA Release Automation
9 3 (2.38%) Jenkins
9 3 (2.38%) JMeter
9 3 (2.38%) TestRail
10 2 (1.59%) gulp
10 2 (1.59%) LoadRunner
10 2 (1.59%) MSTest
10 2 (1.59%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (1.59%) Redmine
10 2 (1.59%) WATIR
11 1 (0.79%) Gradle
General
1 17 (13.49%) Finance
2 9 (7.14%) Marketing
3 7 (5.56%) Banking
3 7 (5.56%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.76%) Electronics
4 6 (4.76%) Games
5 5 (3.97%) Investment Banking
5 5 (3.97%) Law
6 3 (2.38%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.59%) Military
8 1 (0.79%) Automotive
8 1 (0.79%) Billing
8 1 (0.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 33 (26.19%) Analyst
2 24 (19.05%) Test Analyst
3 19 (15.08%) Test Engineer
4 16 (12.70%) Senior Analyst
5 15 (11.90%) Senior Test Analyst
6 12 (9.52%) Software Engineer
7 11 (8.73%) Data Scientist
8 10 (7.94%) Integration Engineer
8 10 (7.94%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 9 (7.14%) Firmware Engineer
10 8 (6.35%) Senior Integration Engineer
10 8 (6.35%) Senior Test and Integration Engineer
10 8 (6.35%) Senior Test Engineer
10 8 (6.35%) Tester
11 7 (5.56%) Embedded Engineer
11 7 (5.56%) Embedded Software Engineer
12 6 (4.76%) Automation Tester
12 6 (4.76%) Developer
13 5 (3.97%) Business Analyst
13 5 (3.97%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.14%) Web Services
2 6 (4.76%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (4.76%) XML
3 5 (3.97%) QML
3 5 (3.97%) Qt
4 4 (3.17%) JSON
4 4 (3.17%) Middleware
5 3 (2.38%) .NET
5 3 (2.38%) AngularJS
5 3 (2.38%) Regular Expression
5 3 (2.38%) RESTful
5 3 (2.38%) Spring
6 2 (1.59%) JAX-RS
6 2 (1.59%) Mason
6 2 (1.59%) Sass
6 2 (1.59%) SOAP
7 1 (0.79%) jQuery
7 1 (0.79%) MDX
7 1 (0.79%) Velocity
7 1 (0.79%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.94%) Embedded Systems
3 9 (7.14%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.38%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.59%) CCTV
5 2 (1.59%) Cloud Native
5 2 (1.59%) Life Science
5 2 (1.59%) SCADA
6 1 (0.79%) Cyberattack
6 1 (0.79%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.79%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 1 (0.79%) Fintech
6 1 (0.79%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.79%) PMI
6 1 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.79%) User Experience
6 1 (0.79%) Verilog
6 1 (0.79%) VHDL
6 1 (0.79%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 33 (26.19%) Linux
2 5 (3.97%) Android
2 5 (3.97%) Windows
3 3 (2.38%) Embedded Linux
3 3 (2.38%) Unix
4 1 (0.79%) Windows 10
4 1 (0.79%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (42.06%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 29 (23.02%) Test Scripting
4 24 (19.05%) DevOps
5 23 (18.25%) Software Engineering
6 21 (16.67%) Scrum
7 20 (15.87%) Data Science
8 19 (15.08%) Continuous Integration
8 19 (15.08%) Regression Testing
8 19 (15.08%) SDLC
9 18 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
10 17 (13.49%) Time Management
11 13 (10.32%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (9.52%) Analytics
12 12 (9.52%) Defect Management
13 11 (8.73%) Waterfall
14 10 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
15 9 (7.14%) Data Visualisation
15 9 (7.14%) ETL
15 9 (7.14%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (25.40%) C
1 32 (25.40%) C++
1 32 (25.40%) Python
2 31 (24.60%) Java
3 30 (23.81%) SQL
4 14 (11.11%) Perl
5 11 (8.73%) R
6 10 (7.94%) C#
7 9 (7.14%) Assembly Language
8 7 (5.56%) Bash Shell
9 6 (4.76%) Embedded C
9 6 (4.76%) MATLAB
10 3 (2.38%) Apex Code
10 3 (2.38%) PowerShell
10 3 (2.38%) Ruby
10 3 (2.38%) SOQL
11 2 (1.59%) JavaScript
11 2 (1.59%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.59%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.79%) VB
Qualifications
1 28 (22.22%) Degree
2 14 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 13 (10.32%) Numerate Degree
4 12 (9.52%) DV Cleared
5 4 (3.17%) ISEB
5 4 (3.17%) ISTQB
5 4 (3.17%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (2.38%) PhD
7 2 (1.59%) HNC
7 2 (1.59%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.79%) HND
8 1 (0.79%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (18.25%) QA
2 6 (4.76%) SLA
3 3 (2.38%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.38%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.79%) IFRS
4 1 (0.79%) IFRS 9
4 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.79%) PMO
4 1 (0.79%) SEPA
System Software
1 15 (11.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (10.32%) Hyper-V
3 12 (9.52%) Docker
4 9 (7.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 3 (2.38%) BladeLogic
1 3 (2.38%) CA Wily
1 3 (2.38%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (2.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (1.59%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.59%) Puppet
3 1 (0.79%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 15 (11.90%) VMware
2 13 (10.32%) Microsoft
3 6 (4.76%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (3.17%) Google
4 4 (3.17%) ServiceNow
4 4 (3.17%) Twitter
5 3 (2.38%) CA
5 3 (2.38%) Citrix
5 3 (2.38%) SAP
5 3 (2.38%) Sun
6 2 (1.59%) Siemens
7 1 (0.79%) BT
7 1 (0.79%) Cognos
7 1 (0.79%) Epicor
7 1 (0.79%) Tableau
7 1 (0.79%) Xilinx