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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 24 February 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
Wales / South Wales
Rank 47 56 48
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 8 12 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 1.49% 2.04% 1.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 12.50% 15.79% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 1
Median daily rate £261 £403 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.09% +7.33%
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £372 £350
% change year-on-year
-0.47% +6.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £32.72
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +22.24%

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
64 76 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 11.92% 12.90% 8.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 51 18
Median daily rate £375 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £138 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £480 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
Median hourly rate £28.75 £57.00 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-49.56% +418.18%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £42.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
-49.41% +84.78%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South Wales region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South Wales region over the 3 months to 24 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff +7 2 £381 -5.27% 5
Newport - 1 £288 -
QA
Wales

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 South Wales region with a requirement for QA.

1 14 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (42.31%) SQL
3 10 (38.46%) Selenium
3 10 (38.46%) SoapUI
4 9 (34.62%) Finance
5 8 (30.77%) Test Scripting
6 7 (26.92%) Performance Testing
7 6 (23.08%) SOAP
7 6 (23.08%) Java
7 6 (23.08%) Waterfall
7 6 (23.08%) Cucumber
8 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
8 5 (19.23%) Load Testing
8 5 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (19.23%) JSON
8 5 (19.23%) Windows
8 5 (19.23%) XML
8 5 (19.23%) HP
8 5 (19.23%) Change Management
8 5 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
9 4 (15.38%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 4 (15.38%) System Integration Testing
9 4 (15.38%) JMeter
9 4 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (15.38%) ISEB
9 4 (15.38%) LoadRunner
9 4 (15.38%) Linux
9 4 (15.38%) .NET
9 4 (15.38%) JUnit

QA
Top Related IT Skills in South Wales 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 (11.54%) Confluence
2 2 (7.69%) WebLogic
3 1 (3.85%) Apache Spark
3 1 (3.85%) Jupyter
3 1 (3.85%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (3.85%) MS Office
1 1 (3.85%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 3 (11.54%) HTTP
2 1 (3.85%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (3.85%) Ethernet
2 1 (3.85%) LAN
2 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.85%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) GIS
2 1 (3.85%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 10 (38.46%) Selenium
1 10 (38.46%) SoapUI
2 6 (23.08%) Cucumber
3 4 (15.38%) JMeter
3 4 (15.38%) JUnit
3 4 (15.38%) LoadRunner
4 3 (11.54%) HP UFT
4 3 (11.54%) JBehave
4 3 (11.54%) JIRA
4 3 (11.54%) Rational Performance Tester
4 3 (11.54%) The Grinder
4 3 (11.54%) WinRunner
5 1 (3.85%) Rational Rhapsody
5 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (34.62%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (38.46%) Analyst
2 7 (26.92%) Test Analyst
3 4 (15.38%) Developer
3 4 (15.38%) Test Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Agile Test Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Business Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Finance Business Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Financial Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Test Manager
4 3 (11.54%) XML Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Agile Business Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Java Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Performance Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Performance Test Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) QA Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) QA Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) QA Test Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Risk Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Risk Business Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) SOAP
2 5 (19.23%) JSON
2 5 (19.23%) XML
3 4 (15.38%) .NET
4 3 (11.54%) J2EE
5 2 (7.69%) CSS
5 2 (7.69%) Dropwizard
5 2 (7.69%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (19.23%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (11.54%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (7.69%) Reference Data
4 1 (3.85%) Algorithms
4 1 (3.85%) CESG
4 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.85%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 5 (19.23%) Windows
2 4 (15.38%) Linux
3 3 (11.54%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (30.77%) Test Scripting
3 7 (26.92%) Performance Testing
4 6 (23.08%) Waterfall
5 5 (19.23%) Change Management
5 5 (19.23%) Load Testing
5 5 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Integration Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (15.38%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Test Management
7 3 (11.54%) Automation Testing
7 3 (11.54%) BDD
7 3 (11.54%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (11.54%) Functional Testing
7 3 (11.54%) Migration
7 3 (11.54%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (11.54%) Scrum
7 3 (11.54%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (42.31%) SQL
2 6 (23.08%) Java
3 3 (11.54%) C
3 3 (11.54%) Groovy
3 3 (11.54%) PL/SQL
4 1 (3.85%) C#
4 1 (3.85%) Python
4 1 (3.85%) VB
4 1 (3.85%) VB6
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
2 4 (15.38%) ISEB
2 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
3 2 (7.69%) ISTQB
4 1 (3.85%) CCNA
4 1 (3.85%) CCNP
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (3.85%) Degree
4 1 (3.85%) HNC
4 1 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.85%) Oozie
Vendors
1 5 (19.23%) HP
2 4 (15.38%) Oracle
3 3 (11.54%) Siebel
4 1 (3.85%) Blue Coat
4 1 (3.85%) Blue Prism
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco
4 1 (3.85%) Cloudera
4 1 (3.85%) Intel Security
4 1 (3.85%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.85%) Riverbed