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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 36 30 34
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 8 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 2.45% 1.21% 0.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% 15.79% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 2
Average daily rate
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£413 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -15.38%
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+1.84% -0.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
QA
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
24 19 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 7.34% 7.69% 6.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 11 8
Average daily rate £294 £295 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.42% -29.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £260 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £340 £458
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.50 - £12.42
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.55 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.07% -7.25%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 2014, 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 9 (47.37%) Scrum
1 9 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (31.58%) SQL
3 5 (26.32%) Migration
3 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
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%) Selenium
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%) Validation
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%) SC Cleared
6 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
6 2 (10.53%) Web Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Teradata
6 2 (10.53%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (10.53%) ISEB
6 2 (10.53%) Internet
6 2 (10.53%) ADSL

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Top Related IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.26%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (15.79%) Selenium
2 1 (5.26%) RubyMine
2 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
2 1 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.26%) JMeter
2 1 (5.26%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (10.53%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (52.63%) Analyst
2 6 (31.58%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (26.32%) Business Analyst
3 5 (26.32%) Test Analyst
3 5 (26.32%) Senior Business Analyst
4 4 (21.05%) Tester
5 3 (15.79%) QA Tester
6 2 (10.53%) Consultant
6 2 (10.53%) Test Leader
6 2 (10.53%) Test Manager
7 1 (5.26%) Architect
7 1 (5.26%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Technical Architect
7 1 (5.26%) Data Warehouse Consultant
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Senior Systems Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) QA Test Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Systems Test Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Web Tester
7 1 (5.26%) QA 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 9 (47.37%) Scrum
1 9 (47.37%) 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%) Integration Testing
4 3 (15.79%) Data Migration
4 3 (15.79%) Test Automation
4 3 (15.79%) Validation
4 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
5 2 (10.53%) Automated 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
6 1 (5.26%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) SQL
2 1 (5.26%) Java
2 1 (5.26%) PHP
2 1 (5.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) Degree
1 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
1 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
1 2 (10.53%) ISEB
2 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Aprimo
1 2 (10.53%) Teradata
1 2 (10.53%) Cisco
2 1 (5.26%) Sitecore
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft