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 24 April 2015 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 60 49 37
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 13 17 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.69% 2.34% 1.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.53% 42.50% 25.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 14 3
Average daily rate
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£388 £284 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.56% -9.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £197 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £435 £323
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+40.00% +8.69%
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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
53 40 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 6.87% 5.51% 6.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 27 11
Average daily rate £425 £363 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.24% +15.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £460 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £338
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +8.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £14.13 £21.56 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.48% -17.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £15.13
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +19.00%

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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
Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Wales region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 24 April 2015. 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
West Wales +8 5 £400 -11.11%
South Wales -14 3 £275 +4.76% 2
Mid Wales - 1 - -
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QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 13 (50.00%) SQL
2 12 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (34.62%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (30.77%) Software Engineering
5 7 (26.92%) Scrum
5 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
5 7 (26.92%) Security Cleared
6 6 (23.08%) SC Cleared
6 6 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
6 6 (23.08%) MySQL
6 6 (23.08%) XML
6 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
7 5 (19.23%) Windows
7 5 (19.23%) Oracle
7 5 (19.23%) Java
7 5 (19.23%) Validation
7 5 (19.23%) Migration
7 5 (19.23%) Subversion
7 5 (19.23%) Software Delivery
8 4 (15.38%) TDD
8 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
9 3 (11.54%) SAP
9 3 (11.54%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (11.54%) Data Modelling
9 3 (11.54%) SOA
9 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
9 3 (11.54%) Linux
9 3 (11.54%) Tomcat
9 3 (11.54%) VXML
9 3 (11.54%) Project Management

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Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 (11.54%) Tomcat
1 3 (11.54%) Confluence
2 1 (3.85%) CMS
2 1 (3.85%) Magnolia
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) DNS
2 1 (3.85%) ADSL
2 1 (3.85%) LAN
2 1 (3.85%) WAN
2 1 (3.85%) Internet
2 1 (3.85%) LLU
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (23.08%) MySQL
1 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 3 (11.54%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (11.54%) SAP BW
2 3 (11.54%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 5 (19.23%) Subversion
2 3 (11.54%) JIRA
2 3 (11.54%) Selenium
2 3 (11.54%) Git (software)
3 2 (7.69%) WebDriver
3 2 (7.69%) SoapUI
3 2 (7.69%) JMeter
4 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (7.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (19.23%) Tester
1 5 (19.23%) Consultant
2 4 (15.38%) Analyst
2 4 (15.38%) Test Analyst
3 3 (11.54%) Software Engineer
3 3 (11.54%) Lead Software Engineer
3 3 (11.54%) QlikView Consultant
4 2 (7.69%) QA Tester
4 2 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Project Manager
4 2 (7.69%) Performance Tester
4 2 (7.69%) QA Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Developer
5 1 (3.85%) Coordinator
5 1 (3.85%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Test Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Data Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Systems Test Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) XML
2 3 (11.54%) VXML
2 3 (11.54%) JSON
2 3 (11.54%) jQuery
3 2 (7.69%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (34.62%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (11.54%) IVR
2 3 (11.54%) Smart Meter
3 2 (7.69%) Open Source
3 2 (7.69%) User Experience
4 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (19.23%) Windows
2 3 (11.54%) Linux
3 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (3.85%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (30.77%) Software Engineering
3 7 (26.92%) Scrum
3 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
4 6 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
5 5 (19.23%) Validation
5 5 (19.23%) Migration
5 5 (19.23%) Software Delivery
6 4 (15.38%) TDD
7 3 (11.54%) Data Modelling
7 3 (11.54%) SOA
7 3 (11.54%) Project Management
7 3 (11.54%) Test Strategy
7 3 (11.54%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (11.54%) Rapid Prototyping
7 3 (11.54%) Performance Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Integration Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Manual Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Data Migration
8 2 (7.69%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 13 (50.00%) SQL
2 5 (19.23%) Java
3 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.85%) PHP
4 1 (3.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 7 (26.92%) Security Cleared
2 6 (23.08%) SC Cleared
3 3 (11.54%) ISEB
4 2 (7.69%) Degree
5 1 (3.85%) ISTQB
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (19.23%) Oracle
2 3 (11.54%) SAP
2 3 (11.54%) Avaya
2 3 (11.54%) Teradata
3 2 (7.69%) Aprimo
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco
4 1 (3.85%) Citrix
4 1 (3.85%) Informatica
4 1 (3.85%) VMware