The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cardiff region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 1 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
1 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
South Wales / Cardiff
Rank 38 52 35
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -17
Contract jobs citing QA 2 11 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 0.62% 2.50% 1.41%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.64% 16.67% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 1
Median daily rate £381 £405 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.86% +8.00%
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
-1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
-23.07% +10.63%

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
55 66 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 16.98% 15.00% 8.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 48 18
Median daily rate £375 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £214 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £412 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £380
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £28.75 - £11.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £42.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
-52.94% +84.78%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cardiff region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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

QA
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

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 1 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cardiff region with a requirement for QA.

1 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Test Scripting
2 8 (57.14%) SQL
3 7 (50.00%) Performance Testing
3 7 (50.00%) Selenium
3 7 (50.00%) SoapUI
4 6 (42.86%) Waterfall
5 5 (35.71%) Finance
5 5 (35.71%) Load Testing
5 5 (35.71%) Change Management
5 5 (35.71%) HP
6 4 (28.57%) ISEB
6 4 (28.57%) JMeter
6 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (28.57%) LoadRunner
6 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Test Management
6 4 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 4 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
7 3 (21.43%) BDD
7 3 (21.43%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (21.43%) Automation Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (21.43%) The Grinder
7 3 (21.43%) JSON
7 3 (21.43%) JIRA
7 3 (21.43%) Business Analysis

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cardiff 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 3 (21.43%) Confluence
2 1 (7.14%) Tomcat
Communications & Networking
1 3 (21.43%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) GIS
1 1 (7.14%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (50.00%) Selenium
1 7 (50.00%) SoapUI
2 4 (28.57%) JMeter
2 4 (28.57%) LoadRunner
3 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
3 3 (21.43%) HP UFT
3 3 (21.43%) JIRA
3 3 (21.43%) Rational Performance Tester
3 3 (21.43%) The Grinder
3 3 (21.43%) WinRunner
4 1 (7.14%) JUnit
4 1 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (35.71%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (50.00%) Analyst
2 4 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Agile Test Manager
3 3 (21.43%) Business Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Finance Business Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Financial Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Test Manager
4 2 (14.29%) Agile Business Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Performance Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Performance Test Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) QA Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Risk Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Risk Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Financial Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Financial Services Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) QA Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Service Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) J2EE
1 3 (21.43%) JSON
1 3 (21.43%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (21.43%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (14.29%) Reference Data
3 1 (7.14%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Test Scripting
3 7 (50.00%) Performance Testing
4 6 (42.86%) Waterfall
5 5 (35.71%) Change Management
5 5 (35.71%) Load Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Test Management
6 4 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Automation Testing
7 3 (21.43%) BDD
7 3 (21.43%) Business Analysis
7 3 (21.43%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (21.43%) Risk Management
7 3 (21.43%) TDD
7 3 (21.43%) Unit Testing
7 3 (21.43%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 8 (57.14%) SQL
2 3 (21.43%) C
2 3 (21.43%) Groovy
2 3 (21.43%) Java
2 3 (21.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) ISEB
2 2 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (7.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 4 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) HP
2 3 (21.43%) Oracle
2 3 (21.43%) Siebel