The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cardiff region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 37 26 32
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 6 8 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 1.91% 3.43% 0.46%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.00% 50.00% 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 1
Average daily rate
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£450 £225 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -30.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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South Wales

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Cardiff region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cardiff
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
20 16 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 6.37% 6.87% 4.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 12 3
Average daily rate £350 £275 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £183 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £405 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.50 - £12.42
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Cardiff region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Cardiff region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Cardiff region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

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Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Cardiff region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cardiff region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 8 (42.11%) Scrum
1 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (36.84%) SQL
3 5 (26.32%) Migration
3 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
4 4 (21.05%) Selenium
4 4 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (15.79%) Test Planning
5 3 (15.79%) V-Model
5 3 (15.79%) Waterfall
5 3 (15.79%) Validation
5 3 (15.79%) ISEB
5 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Data Migration
5 3 (15.79%) Test Automation
5 3 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
6 2 (10.53%) Marketing
6 2 (10.53%) Degree
6 2 (10.53%) LLU
6 2 (10.53%) Aprimo
6 2 (10.53%) Automated Testing
6 2 (10.53%) WebDriver
6 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
6 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
6 2 (10.53%) Manual Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Web Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Internet
6 2 (10.53%) MySQL

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Top Related IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cardiff region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.26%) Umbraco
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) LLU
1 2 (10.53%) Internet
1 2 (10.53%) ADSL
1 2 (10.53%) WAN
1 2 (10.53%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) MySQL
1 2 (10.53%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Selenium
2 2 (10.53%) WebDriver
2 2 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (5.26%) RubyMine
3 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
3 1 (5.26%) JMeter
General
1 2 (10.53%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (52.63%) Analyst
2 6 (31.58%) Test Analyst
3 5 (26.32%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (26.32%) Tester
4 4 (21.05%) Business Analyst
4 4 (21.05%) QA Tester
4 4 (21.05%) Senior Business Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) QA Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Test Leader
5 2 (10.53%) Consultant
5 2 (10.53%) Test Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Technical Architect
6 1 (5.26%) Data Warehouse Consultant
6 1 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Senior Systems Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Architect
6 1 (5.26%) Web Tester
6 1 (5.26%) Performance Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) Data Structures
2 1 (5.26%) Digital Media
2 1 (5.26%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.26%) Open Source
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (42.11%) Scrum
1 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (26.32%) Migration
2 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
3 4 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (15.79%) Test Planning
4 3 (15.79%) V-Model
4 3 (15.79%) Waterfall
4 3 (15.79%) Validation
4 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
4 3 (15.79%) Data Migration
4 3 (15.79%) Test Automation
4 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
5 2 (10.53%) Automated Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Manual Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Web Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
5 2 (10.53%) Line Management
6 1 (5.26%) Mentoring
6 1 (5.26%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 7 (36.84%) SQL
2 1 (5.26%) Java
2 1 (5.26%) PHP
2 1 (5.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (15.79%) ISEB
2 2 (10.53%) Degree
2 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
2 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Aprimo
1 2 (10.53%) Cisco
1 2 (10.53%) Teradata
2 1 (5.26%) Sitecore
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft