Period
to 22 October 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 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Validation
England > North West
6 months to
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 222 219 256
Rank change year-on-year -3 +37 -9
Permanent jobs citing Validation 145 165 108
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.23% 1.29% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.35% 1.42% 0.98%
Number of salaries quoted 98 114 97
North West median annual salary £35,750 £45,250 £34,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -20.99% +33.09% -15.00%
10th Percentile £27,500 £23,750 £21,000
90th Percentile £55,000 £66,250 £53,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 10,706 11,608 11,051
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 90.92% 90.89% 91.07%
Number of salaries quoted 8,582 9,216 9,228
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £68,750 £65,000 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 October 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 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -17 69 £35,000 -27.46% 26
Cheshire +38 49 £40,000 -11.11% 9
Merseyside +11 20 £32,000 -1.54% 6
Lancashire -5 5 £29,000 +18.37% 5
Validation
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 61 (42.07%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (35.86%) Test Automation
3 40 (27.59%) SQL
4 37 (25.52%) Test Scripting
5 36 (24.83%) Degree
6 35 (24.14%) Python
7 31 (21.38%) Linux
7 31 (21.38%) Java
7 31 (21.38%) Selenium
8 28 (19.31%) Problem-Solving
9 27 (18.62%) Time Management
10 26 (17.93%) Microsoft
11 25 (17.24%) C++
11 25 (17.24%) QA
11 25 (17.24%) SDLC
12 23 (15.86%) Cucumber
12 23 (15.86%) Scrum
13 22 (15.17%) VMware
13 22 (15.17%) Regression Testing
13 22 (15.17%) Continuous Integration
13 22 (15.17%) VMware Infrastructure
13 22 (15.17%) DevOps
14 19 (13.10%) C
15 18 (12.41%) Software Engineering
15 18 (12.41%) Data Science
16 17 (11.72%) Analytical Skills
16 17 (11.72%) Perl
17 16 (11.03%) Finance
17 16 (11.03%) User Acceptance Testing
17 16 (11.03%) Line Management

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 5 (3.45%) CMS
2 4 (2.76%) Apache Solr
2 4 (2.76%) Confluence
3 2 (1.38%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.38%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (4.14%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.38%) SOLIDWORKS
4 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (6.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.07%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.69%) DELMIA
3 1 (0.69%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 14 (9.66%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (6.90%) Dynamics 365
3 5 (3.45%) Office 365
3 5 (3.45%) SaaS
4 4 (2.76%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (2.76%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (2.07%) Force.com
6 2 (1.38%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 1 (0.69%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.21%) Bluetooth
1 9 (6.21%) Ethernet
2 7 (4.83%) Wireless
3 6 (4.14%) VLAN
4 5 (3.45%) RS-232
4 5 (3.45%) VoIP
4 5 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
5 4 (2.76%) SMS
6 3 (2.07%) DHCP
6 3 (2.07%) RFID
6 3 (2.07%) Wireshark
7 2 (1.38%) Broadband
7 2 (1.38%) Internet
7 2 (1.38%) PBX
7 2 (1.38%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.69%) Asterisk PBX
8 1 (0.69%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (9.66%) SQL Server
2 12 (8.28%) Big Data
3 7 (4.83%) Relational Database
4 6 (4.14%) Hadoop
4 6 (4.14%) MongoDB
4 6 (4.14%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (4.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (3.45%) NoSQL
5 5 (3.45%) OLAP
5 5 (3.45%) QlikView
6 4 (2.76%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (2.76%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (2.76%) Crystal Reports
6 4 (2.76%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (2.07%) Qlik Sense
7 3 (2.07%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (2.07%) SSDT
8 2 (1.38%) Power BI
9 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 31 (21.38%) Selenium
2 23 (15.86%) Cucumber
3 15 (10.34%) JIRA
4 11 (7.59%) Git (software)
5 7 (4.83%) Visual Studio
6 6 (4.14%) GoCD
6 6 (4.14%) Travis CI
7 5 (3.45%) JMeter
8 4 (2.76%) gulp
8 4 (2.76%) LoadRunner
8 4 (2.76%) Redmine
8 4 (2.76%) WATIR
9 3 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (2.07%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.07%) TestComplete
10 2 (1.38%) Ranorex
11 1 (0.69%) JUnit
11 1 (0.69%) QAComplete
11 1 (0.69%) TestRail
General
1 16 (11.03%) Finance
2 14 (9.66%) Electronics
3 10 (6.90%) Marketing
4 6 (4.14%) Law
4 6 (4.14%) Manufacturing
5 5 (3.45%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.76%) Games
6 4 (2.76%) Local Government
7 3 (2.07%) Banking
8 2 (1.38%) Automotive
8 2 (1.38%) Billing
8 2 (1.38%) Military
9 1 (0.69%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (24.83%) Analyst
2 22 (15.17%) Test Engineer
3 20 (13.79%) Test Analyst
4 15 (10.34%) Integration Engineer
4 15 (10.34%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 12 (8.28%) Senior Analyst
5 12 (8.28%) Senior Test Analyst
5 12 (8.28%) Tester
6 11 (7.59%) Administrator
6 11 (7.59%) Data Scientist
7 10 (6.90%) Consultant
8 9 (6.21%) Senior Integration Engineer
8 9 (6.21%) Senior Test and Integration Engineer
8 9 (6.21%) Senior Test Engineer
8 9 (6.21%) Software Engineer
9 8 (5.52%) Developer
9 8 (5.52%) Systems Administrator
10 7 (4.83%) Automation Tester
11 6 (4.14%) Technical Manager
11 6 (4.14%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.21%) Web Services
2 6 (4.14%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (4.14%) HTML
2 6 (4.14%) JSON
2 6 (4.14%) XML
3 5 (3.45%) .NET
3 5 (3.45%) AngularJS
3 5 (3.45%) CSS
3 5 (3.45%) Regular Expression
3 5 (3.45%) RESTful
4 4 (2.76%) 802.1X
4 4 (2.76%) JAX-RS
4 4 (2.76%) QML
4 4 (2.76%) Qt
4 4 (2.76%) Sass
5 3 (2.07%) Spring
6 2 (1.38%) MDX
7 1 (0.69%) jQuery
7 1 (0.69%) Middleware
7 1 (0.69%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (11.72%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (8.97%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.45%) Algorithms
3 5 (3.45%) Data Centre
3 5 (3.45%) Embedded Systems
4 4 (2.76%) Cloud Native
4 4 (2.76%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.07%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.07%) SCADA
6 2 (1.38%) CCTV
6 2 (1.38%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.69%) Cyberattack
7 1 (0.69%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.69%) Fintech
7 1 (0.69%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.69%) Life Science
7 1 (0.69%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.69%) NHS
7 1 (0.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 31 (21.38%) Linux
2 4 (2.76%) Android
3 3 (2.07%) Windows
4 2 (1.38%) Embedded Linux
4 2 (1.38%) FreeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (42.07%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (35.86%) Test Automation
3 37 (25.52%) Test Scripting
4 28 (19.31%) Problem-Solving
5 27 (18.62%) Time Management
6 25 (17.24%) SDLC
7 23 (15.86%) Scrum
8 22 (15.17%) Continuous Integration
8 22 (15.17%) DevOps
8 22 (15.17%) Regression Testing
9 18 (12.41%) Data Science
9 18 (12.41%) Software Engineering
10 16 (11.03%) Line Management
10 16 (11.03%) User Acceptance Testing
11 15 (10.34%) Business Intelligence
12 14 (9.66%) Analytics
12 14 (9.66%) CRM
12 14 (9.66%) Waterfall
13 13 (8.97%) Data Validation
13 13 (8.97%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (27.59%) SQL
2 35 (24.14%) Python
3 31 (21.38%) Java
4 25 (17.24%) C++
5 19 (13.10%) C
6 17 (11.72%) Perl
7 14 (9.66%) C#
8 11 (7.59%) R
9 7 (4.83%) Bash Shell
9 7 (4.83%) JavaScript
10 6 (4.14%) Embedded C
11 5 (3.45%) Assembly Language
11 5 (3.45%) Ruby
12 4 (2.76%) PowerShell
12 4 (2.76%) VBA
13 3 (2.07%) Apex Code
13 3 (2.07%) MATLAB
13 3 (2.07%) SOQL
13 3 (2.07%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 36 (24.83%) Degree
2 8 (5.52%) Numerate Degree
2 8 (5.52%) Security Cleared
3 7 (4.83%) DV Cleared
4 5 (3.45%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.07%) ISEB
5 3 (2.07%) Master's Degree
6 1 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.69%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.69%) PhD
6 1 (0.69%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (17.24%) QA
2 9 (6.21%) SLA
3 5 (3.45%) GDPR
4 3 (2.07%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.69%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.69%) PMO
System Software
1 22 (15.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (11.03%) Hyper-V
3 10 (6.90%) Docker
4 5 (3.45%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (3.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 4 (2.76%) Puppet
Vendors
1 26 (17.93%) Microsoft
2 22 (15.17%) VMware
3 6 (4.14%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (2.76%) Aruba
4 4 (2.76%) Cisco
4 4 (2.76%) Citrix
4 4 (2.76%) Google
4 4 (2.76%) HP
4 4 (2.76%) NETGEAR
4 4 (2.76%) Ruckus Wireless
4 4 (2.76%) Twitter
5 3 (2.07%) EMC
5 3 (2.07%) Mitel
5 3 (2.07%) SAP
5 3 (2.07%) Siemens
6 2 (1.38%) BT
6 2 (1.38%) Cognos
6 2 (1.38%) Freescale
6 2 (1.38%) ServiceNow
6 2 (1.38%) Tableau