The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Wales region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 60 54 39
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -15
Contract jobs citing QA 11 12 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.73% 1.76% 2.58%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.58% 20.00% 34.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 9
Average daily rate £325 £405 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.75% +80.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £385 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £510 £290
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
QA
UK

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 Wales region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
81 60 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 12.76% 8.80% 7.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 23 24
Average daily rate £325 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £198 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £520 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 0
Average hourly rate £48.00 £11.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+336.36% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Wales

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

QA
Contract Job Locations in 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 Wales region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
South Wales -5 10 £365 -18.88% 5
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the 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 9 (42.86%) Java
1 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (33.33%) Selenium
2 7 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 6 (28.57%) Validation
4 5 (23.81%) Service Delivery
4 5 (23.81%) Oracle
4 5 (23.81%) Requirements Management
5 4 (19.05%) JBehave
5 4 (19.05%) Cucumber
5 4 (19.05%) BDD
5 4 (19.05%) Subversion
5 4 (19.05%) Scrum
5 4 (19.05%) JIRA
5 4 (19.05%) SQL Server
5 4 (19.05%) J2EE
5 4 (19.05%) Change Management
5 4 (19.05%) IBM
5 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
5 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
5 4 (19.05%) Gherkin
5 4 (19.05%) Automation Testing
6 3 (14.29%) AngularJS
6 3 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (14.29%) JPA
6 3 (14.29%) Spock
6 3 (14.29%) Critical Success Factor
6 3 (14.29%) Adobe
6 3 (14.29%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (14.29%) ILOG

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the 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 3 (14.29%) Confluence
1 3 (14.29%) FileNet
1 3 (14.29%) IIS
1 3 (14.29%) JBoss
1 3 (14.29%) LiveCycle
1 3 (14.29%) SAS
1 3 (14.29%) Tomcat
2 2 (9.52%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 3 (14.29%) MS Office
2 3 (14.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (9.52%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (4.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (14.29%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (14.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (9.52%) Oracle Database
4 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (4.76%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (33.33%) Selenium
2 4 (19.05%) Cucumber
2 4 (19.05%) JBehave
2 4 (19.05%) JIRA
2 4 (19.05%) Subversion
3 3 (14.29%) Ant
3 3 (14.29%) DbUnit
3 3 (14.29%) Eclipse
3 3 (14.29%) Git (software)
3 3 (14.29%) Hudson
3 3 (14.29%) JUnit
3 3 (14.29%) Maven
3 3 (14.29%) Spock
3 3 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 3 (14.29%) Visual Studio
4 2 (9.52%) HP UFT
4 2 (9.52%) LoadRunner
4 2 (9.52%) WebLogic Workshop
5 1 (4.76%) QAComplete
General
1 3 (14.29%) Banking
2 2 (9.52%) Retail
3 1 (4.76%) Electronics
3 1 (4.76%) Finance
3 1 (4.76%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.76%) Marketing
3 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (47.62%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Test Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Automation Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Automation Test Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Selenium Test Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Architect
4 3 (14.29%) Banking Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Banking Business Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Business Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) DBA
4 3 (14.29%) Developer
4 3 (14.29%) Java Developer
4 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared Java Developer
4 3 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (9.52%) Deployment Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Oracle DBA
5 2 (9.52%) Release Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Architect
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 2 (9.52%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) Gherkin
1 4 (19.05%) J2EE
2 3 (14.29%) AngularJS
2 3 (14.29%) Dojo
2 3 (14.29%) Hibernate
2 3 (14.29%) HTML
2 3 (14.29%) Java EE
2 3 (14.29%) Java SE
2 3 (14.29%) JPA
2 3 (14.29%) jQuery
2 3 (14.29%) JRules
2 3 (14.29%) JSF
2 3 (14.29%) REST
2 3 (14.29%) SOAP
2 3 (14.29%) Spring
2 3 (14.29%) XML
2 3 (14.29%) XSD
3 1 (4.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Replication
2 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.52%) CMDB
2 2 (9.52%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) Windows
2 1 (4.76%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (28.57%) Validation
3 5 (23.81%) Requirements Management
3 5 (23.81%) Service Delivery
4 4 (19.05%) Automation Testing
4 4 (19.05%) BDD
4 4 (19.05%) Change Management
4 4 (19.05%) Scrum
5 3 (14.29%) Business Analysis
5 3 (14.29%) Configuration Management
5 3 (14.29%) Critical Success Factor
5 3 (14.29%) Dependency Injection
5 3 (14.29%) Document Management
5 3 (14.29%) Release Management
5 3 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (14.29%) TDD
6 2 (9.52%) Enterprise Architecture
6 2 (9.52%) Test Scripting
6 2 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (9.52%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 9 (42.86%) Java
2 3 (14.29%) JavaScript
2 3 (14.29%) SQL
2 3 (14.29%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
2 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 2 (9.52%) BC Cleared
3 2 (9.52%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (9.52%) DV Cleared
4 1 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) SDET
System Software
1 2 (9.52%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (9.52%) BMC Marimba
2 2 (9.52%) SCCM
2 2 (9.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) Oracle
2 4 (19.05%) IBM
2 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
3 3 (14.29%) Adobe
3 3 (14.29%) ILOG
3 3 (14.29%) Kofax
3 3 (14.29%) SAP
3 3 (14.29%) Splunk
4 2 (9.52%) BMC
4 2 (9.52%) HP
4 2 (9.52%) Remedy
4 2 (9.52%) ServiceNow
5 1 (4.76%) Informatica
5 1 (4.76%) MicroStrategy
5 1 (4.76%) Teradata