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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 49 46 42
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 10 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 1.74% 0.66% 0.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 47.62% 21.43% 5.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 0
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£350 £350 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
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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
21 14 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 3.66% 3.07% 4.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 12 9
Average daily rate £375 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £244 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £486 £495 £442
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £18.00 £11.25 £60.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -81.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -17.64%

QA
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 29 August 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

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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 29 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -3 8 £350 - 4
Newport - 1 £350 - 2
Torfaen - - - - 1
Bridgend - - - -
Caerphilly - - - -
QA
Wales

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 14 (46.67%) Scrum
2 10 (33.33%) SQL
3 9 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (26.67%) Selenium
4 8 (26.67%) Test Automation
4 8 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (26.67%) SoapUI
5 7 (23.33%) Mobile App
5 7 (23.33%) JIRA
5 7 (23.33%) Maven
5 7 (23.33%) Regression Testing
5 7 (23.33%) Oracle
5 7 (23.33%) Ant
5 7 (23.33%) SOAP
5 7 (23.33%) Web Services
5 7 (23.33%) HP
5 7 (23.33%) LoadRunner
6 6 (20.00%) Apple
6 6 (20.00%) 3G
6 6 (20.00%) WAP
6 6 (20.00%) Toad
6 6 (20.00%) Apache
6 6 (20.00%) J2ME
6 6 (20.00%) Handset
6 6 (20.00%) 2G
6 6 (20.00%) Sun
6 6 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (20.00%) Manual Testing
6 6 (20.00%) Apache Ivy
6 6 (20.00%) eggPlant

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Top Related IT Skills in South Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 6 (20.00%) Apache
2 1 (3.33%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (6.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (20.00%) 3G
1 6 (20.00%) 2G
1 6 (20.00%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (26.67%) Selenium
1 8 (26.67%) SoapUI
2 7 (23.33%) JIRA
2 7 (23.33%) Maven
2 7 (23.33%) Ant
2 7 (23.33%) LoadRunner
3 6 (20.00%) Toad
3 6 (20.00%) Apache Ivy
3 6 (20.00%) eggPlant
4 2 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.33%) JBehave
5 1 (3.33%) Jenkins
5 1 (3.33%) RubyMine
5 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
5 1 (3.33%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (3.33%) JMeter
5 1 (3.33%) CruiseControl
General
1 3 (10.00%) Banking
2 1 (3.33%) Welsh Language
2 1 (3.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 15 (50.00%) Analyst
2 9 (30.00%) Test Analyst
3 7 (23.33%) Senior Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) Business Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) QA Leader
5 5 (16.67%) Senior Business Analyst
6 4 (13.33%) Test Leader
7 2 (6.67%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (6.67%) Tester
7 2 (6.67%) QA Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (6.67%) QA Analyst
8 1 (3.33%) Technical Design Architect
8 1 (3.33%) Mobile Developer
8 1 (3.33%) Performance Analyst
8 1 (3.33%) Performance Test Analyst
8 1 (3.33%) Business Objects Analyst
8 1 (3.33%) Architect
8 1 (3.33%) Project Manager
8 1 (3.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (23.33%) SOAP
1 7 (23.33%) Web Services
2 6 (20.00%) WAP
2 6 (20.00%) J2ME
2 6 (20.00%) REST
3 1 (3.33%) .NET
3 1 (3.33%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (23.33%) Mobile App
2 6 (20.00%) Handset
3 3 (10.00%) Mobile Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Management Information System
4 2 (6.67%) Statistics
5 1 (3.33%) Open Source
5 1 (3.33%) Data Extraction
5 1 (3.33%) NHS
5 1 (3.33%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.67%) Windows
1 2 (6.67%) Windows 8
1 2 (6.67%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (46.67%) Scrum
2 9 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (26.67%) Test Automation
4 7 (23.33%) Regression Testing
5 6 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (20.00%) Manual Testing
6 5 (16.67%) Performance Testing
7 4 (13.33%) Automated Testing
8 3 (10.00%) V-Model
8 3 (10.00%) Waterfall
8 3 (10.00%) Automation Testing
8 3 (10.00%) Migration
8 3 (10.00%) Business Analysis
8 3 (10.00%) System Testing
8 3 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
9 2 (6.67%) Asset Management
9 2 (6.67%) Risk Management
9 2 (6.67%) SOA
9 2 (6.67%) Data Migration
9 2 (6.67%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (3.33%) Ruby
2 1 (3.33%) Groovy
2 1 (3.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (13.33%) Degree
2 1 (3.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.33%) ISEB
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (23.33%) Oracle
1 7 (23.33%) HP
2 6 (20.00%) Apple
2 6 (20.00%) Sun
3 4 (13.33%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.33%) Sitecore
4 1 (3.33%) ArcSight
4 1 (3.33%) Ventyx
4 1 (3.33%) Business Objects
4 1 (3.33%) SAP
4 1 (3.33%) Informatica
4 1 (3.33%) ESRI
4 1 (3.33%) Open Text
Newport, Gwent
LA International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Sanderson
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cardiff
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 17 days ago