The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the South Wales 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 48 39 48
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 16 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 2.97% 1.20% 0.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.56% 14.29% 10.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 3
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£400 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.00% -3.84%
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%
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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 South Wales region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
45 35 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 8.36% 8.41% 8.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 19 16
Average daily rate £375 £298 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.05% -8.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £131 £226 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £375 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 3
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.16 £13.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.99% +17.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £16.16 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.20 £16.16 £15.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.55 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.07% -7.25%

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Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

QA
Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South Wales region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

QA
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South Wales region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff -6 8 £413 +50.00% 10
Newport - 6 £400 - 1
Bridgend - 1 £413 -
Caerphilly - - - -
Torfaen - - - -
QA
Wales

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 19 (55.88%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (41.18%) Scrum
3 11 (32.35%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (29.41%) Test Strategy
5 9 (26.47%) ISEB
6 8 (23.53%) Validation
6 8 (23.53%) ISTQB
6 8 (23.53%) Degree
7 6 (17.65%) Software Testing
7 6 (17.65%) Migration
7 6 (17.65%) SQL
8 5 (14.71%) PMI
8 5 (14.71%) PMI Certification
8 5 (14.71%) ISO 9000
8 5 (14.71%) ISO 9001
8 5 (14.71%) Data Management
8 5 (14.71%) ISEB Practitioner
8 5 (14.71%) Computer Science
8 5 (14.71%) Test Scripting
8 5 (14.71%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (14.71%) Software Deployment
8 5 (14.71%) Test Planning
8 5 (14.71%) Coaching
9 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (11.76%) Security Cleared
9 4 (11.76%) Project Management
10 3 (8.82%) ADSL
10 3 (8.82%) Internet
10 3 (8.82%) WAN
10 3 (8.82%) DNS

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Top Related IT Skills in South Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 (2.94%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.94%) SAP SRM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.82%) ADSL
1 3 (8.82%) Internet
1 3 (8.82%) WAN
1 3 (8.82%) DNS
1 3 (8.82%) LLU
2 1 (2.94%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.94%) MySQL
2 1 (2.94%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 3 (8.82%) Selenium
2 1 (2.94%) JMeter
2 1 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
2 1 (2.94%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.94%) RubyMine
General
1 2 (5.88%) Marketing
2 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.94%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 10 (29.41%) Analyst
2 8 (23.53%) Test Manager
3 6 (17.65%) Senior Analyst
3 6 (17.65%) QA Manager
4 5 (14.71%) Test Analyst
4 5 (14.71%) Senior Business Analyst
4 5 (14.71%) Business Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Tester
6 3 (8.82%) Quality Manager
6 3 (8.82%) Consultant
6 3 (8.82%) QA Tester
6 3 (8.82%) QA Test Manager
7 2 (5.88%) Test Leader
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Architect
7 2 (5.88%) Architect
8 1 (2.94%) Project Manager
8 1 (2.94%) Developer
8 1 (2.94%) Systems Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Performance Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) Middleware
2 1 (2.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (32.35%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (14.71%) PMI
2 5 (14.71%) Computer Science
3 2 (5.88%) Digital Media
3 2 (5.88%) Data Structures
3 2 (5.88%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.94%) NHS
4 1 (2.94%) GIS
4 1 (2.94%) Open Source
4 1 (2.94%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (55.88%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (41.18%) Scrum
3 10 (29.41%) Test Strategy
4 8 (23.53%) Validation
5 6 (17.65%) Software Testing
5 6 (17.65%) Migration
6 5 (14.71%) Data Management
6 5 (14.71%) Test Scripting
6 5 (14.71%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (14.71%) Software Deployment
6 5 (14.71%) Test Planning
6 5 (14.71%) Coaching
7 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Project Management
8 3 (8.82%) Software Engineering
8 3 (8.82%) V-Model
8 3 (8.82%) Integration Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Data Migration
8 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
8 3 (8.82%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (17.65%) SQL
2 1 (2.94%) Java
2 1 (2.94%) PHP
2 1 (2.94%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (26.47%) ISEB
2 8 (23.53%) ISTQB
2 8 (23.53%) Degree
3 5 (14.71%) PMI Certification
3 5 (14.71%) ISEB Practitioner
4 4 (11.76%) Security Cleared
5 3 (8.82%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (14.71%) ISO 9000
1 5 (14.71%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (8.82%) Cisco
1 3 (8.82%) IBM
1 3 (8.82%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) Aprimo
2 2 (5.88%) Teradata
3 1 (2.94%) SAP
3 1 (2.94%) Open Text
3 1 (2.94%) ESRI
3 1 (2.94%) Sitecore
3 1 (2.94%) Ventyx