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 25 September 2016 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 27 72 40
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -32
Contract jobs citing QA 27 4 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 5.33% 0.58% 3.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 57.45% 4.88% 48.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 2 15
Median daily rate £390 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.84% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £333 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £397 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £17.55
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +31.09%
QA
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
47 82 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 9.27% 11.90% 6.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 59 29
Median daily rate £435 £438 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.57% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £530 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £376
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +9.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 1
Median hourly rate - £10.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -41.66%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.41 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +50.00%

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 25 September 2016.

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 25 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +34 13 £375 +2.73% 1
Newport +13 6 £435 - 1
Bridgend - 1 - -
Gwent - 1 £423 -
QA
Wales

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, 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 31 (83.78%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (54.05%) Selenium
3 17 (45.95%) Test Automation
3 17 (45.95%) BDD
4 15 (40.54%) Cucumber
4 15 (40.54%) TDD
5 14 (37.84%) User Stories
6 12 (32.43%) Exploratory Testing
7 11 (29.73%) Performance Testing
7 11 (29.73%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (27.03%) SpecFlow
8 10 (27.03%) Finance
8 10 (27.03%) API Testing
9 8 (21.62%) Scrum
9 8 (21.62%) Non-Functional Testing
10 7 (18.92%) Publishing
10 7 (18.92%) Functional Testing
11 6 (16.22%) Waterfall
11 6 (16.22%) Oracle
12 5 (13.51%) Validation
13 4 (10.81%) Software Testing
13 4 (10.81%) ISTQB
13 4 (10.81%) Sitecore
13 4 (10.81%) Manual Testing
13 4 (10.81%) Test Scripting
13 4 (10.81%) Regression Testing
13 4 (10.81%) CMS
13 4 (10.81%) SQL Server
13 4 (10.81%) ISEB
13 4 (10.81%) C#

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 4 (10.81%) CMS
2 3 (8.11%) Confluence
2 3 (8.11%) Sitecore CMS
2 3 (8.11%) Umbraco
3 2 (5.41%) Apache
3 2 (5.41%) JBoss
4 1 (2.70%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) HTTP
2 1 (2.70%) Ethernet
2 1 (2.70%) Internet
2 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.70%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 20 (54.05%) Selenium
2 15 (40.54%) Cucumber
3 10 (27.03%) SpecFlow
4 3 (8.11%) JIRA
4 3 (8.11%) JUnit
4 3 (8.11%) SoapUI
4 3 (8.11%) Subversion
4 3 (8.11%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (8.11%) WebDriver
5 2 (5.41%) JBehave
5 2 (5.41%) Maven
6 1 (2.70%) Git (software)
6 1 (2.70%) JIRA Agile
6 1 (2.70%) JMeter
6 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.70%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (27.03%) Finance
2 7 (18.92%) Publishing
3 1 (2.70%) Billing
Job Titles
1 19 (51.35%) Analyst
2 12 (32.43%) QA Analyst
3 10 (27.03%) Test Analyst
4 9 (24.32%) Test Engineer
5 6 (16.22%) QA Test Analyst
6 5 (13.51%) QA Engineer
6 5 (13.51%) QA Test Engineer
6 5 (13.51%) Quality Analyst
7 4 (10.81%) Test Automation Engineer
8 3 (8.11%) Business Analyst
8 3 (8.11%) Programme Manager
8 3 (8.11%) Test Manager
8 3 (8.11%) Tester
9 2 (5.41%) Agile Business Analyst
9 2 (5.41%) DevOps Engineer
9 2 (5.41%) QA Automation Engineer
9 2 (5.41%) QA Tester
9 2 (5.41%) Software Analyst
9 2 (5.41%) Software Test Analyst
9 2 (5.41%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.11%) Web Services
2 2 (5.41%) .NET
2 2 (5.41%) Gherkin
2 2 (5.41%) JSON
3 1 (2.70%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.70%) HTML
3 1 (2.70%) Middleware
3 1 (2.70%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (5.41%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.70%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.70%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.70%) Fintech
2 1 (2.70%) IPTV
2 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.70%) New Media
2 1 (2.70%) User Experience
2 1 (2.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.81%) Unix
1 4 (10.81%) Windows
2 2 (5.41%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (83.78%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (45.95%) BDD
2 17 (45.95%) Test Automation
3 15 (40.54%) TDD
4 14 (37.84%) User Stories
5 12 (32.43%) Exploratory Testing
6 11 (29.73%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (29.73%) Performance Testing
7 10 (27.03%) API Testing
8 8 (21.62%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (21.62%) Scrum
9 7 (18.92%) Functional Testing
10 6 (16.22%) Waterfall
11 5 (13.51%) Validation
12 4 (10.81%) Manual Testing
12 4 (10.81%) Regression Testing
12 4 (10.81%) Software Testing
12 4 (10.81%) Test Scripting
13 3 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
13 3 (8.11%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (10.81%) C#
1 4 (10.81%) SQL
2 2 (5.41%) Java
2 2 (5.41%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.70%) PHP
3 1 (2.70%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) ISEB
1 4 (10.81%) ISTQB
2 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.70%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.41%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.70%) SDET
Vendors
1 6 (16.22%) Oracle
2 4 (10.81%) Sitecore
3 2 (5.41%) Alterian
3 2 (5.41%) HP
4 1 (2.70%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.70%) Genesys
4 1 (2.70%) SAP