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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 38 50
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 12 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.75% 2.57% 0.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.09% 40.63% 6.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 2
Average daily rate
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£405 £225 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+80.00% -4.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £217 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £290 £307
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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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
46 32 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 6.73% 6.34% 6.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 19 12
Average daily rate £363 £337 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.48% +22.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £214 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £460 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Average hourly rate £11.50 - £12.42
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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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

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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 29 January 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

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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

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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 29 January 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
South Wales -19 7 £450 +100.00% 7
West Wales - 2 £403 -
North Wales - - - - 1
Mid Wales - - - -
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UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 35 (64.81%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (38.89%) Scrum
3 15 (27.78%) Test Strategy
4 14 (25.93%) Selenium
5 13 (24.07%) Test Scripting
5 13 (24.07%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (20.37%) Validation
7 11 (20.37%) ISEB
8 10 (18.52%) SQL
8 10 (18.52%) Waterfall
9 9 (16.67%) Coaching
9 9 (16.67%) ISTQB
10 8 (14.81%) Degree
10 8 (14.81%) Migration
10 8 (14.81%) Cucumber
10 8 (14.81%) Mentoring
11 7 (12.96%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (12.96%) HP
11 7 (12.96%) Maven
12 6 (11.11%) Software Testing
12 6 (11.11%) JSON
12 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
12 6 (11.11%) XML
12 6 (11.11%) Project Management
12 6 (11.11%) Service Management
12 6 (11.11%) Open Source
12 6 (11.11%) SoapUI
12 6 (11.11%) REST
12 6 (11.11%) User Stories

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Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 1 (1.85%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (5.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (1.85%) SAP SRM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.56%) Internet
1 3 (5.56%) Firewall
1 3 (5.56%) WAN
1 3 (5.56%) ADSL
1 3 (5.56%) DNS
1 3 (5.56%) LLU
2 1 (1.85%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.41%) QlikView
2 3 (5.56%) SAP BW
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server
3 2 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (3.70%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 14 (25.93%) Selenium
2 8 (14.81%) Cucumber
3 7 (12.96%) Maven
4 6 (11.11%) SoapUI
5 3 (5.56%) WebDriver
5 3 (5.56%) Git (software)
5 3 (5.56%) Subversion
6 2 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.85%) RubyMine
7 1 (1.85%) JMeter
General
1 2 (3.70%) Marketing
2 1 (1.85%) Finance
2 1 (1.85%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.85%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 18 (33.33%) Analyst
2 13 (24.07%) Test Analyst
3 8 (14.81%) Test Manager
4 7 (12.96%) Tester
5 6 (11.11%) QA Tester
5 6 (11.11%) Project Manager
5 6 (11.11%) Consultant
5 6 (11.11%) QA Manager
6 5 (9.26%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (7.41%) QA Analyst
7 4 (7.41%) Senior Business Analyst
7 4 (7.41%) Business Analyst
8 3 (5.56%) QlikView Consultant
8 3 (5.56%) Quality Manager
8 3 (5.56%) QA Test Manager
8 3 (5.56%) QA Test Analyst
9 2 (3.70%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.70%) Integration Test Analyst
9 2 (3.70%) Integration Analyst
9 2 (3.70%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.11%) JSON
1 6 (11.11%) XML
1 6 (11.11%) REST
2 5 (9.26%) SOAP
3 3 (5.56%) Gherkin
4 2 (3.70%) Middleware
5 1 (1.85%) HTML5
5 1 (1.85%) CSS3
5 1 (1.85%) HTML
5 1 (1.85%) CSS
5 1 (1.85%) Web Services
5 1 (1.85%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.07%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (11.11%) Open Source
3 5 (9.26%) PMI
3 5 (9.26%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.70%) Digital Media
4 2 (3.70%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.85%) User Experience
5 1 (1.85%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.85%) GIS
5 1 (1.85%) NHS
5 1 (1.85%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (64.81%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (38.89%) Scrum
3 15 (27.78%) Test Strategy
4 13 (24.07%) Test Scripting
5 12 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (20.37%) Validation
7 10 (18.52%) Waterfall
8 9 (16.67%) Coaching
9 8 (14.81%) Migration
9 8 (14.81%) Mentoring
10 6 (11.11%) Software Testing
10 6 (11.11%) Project Management
10 6 (11.11%) Service Management
10 6 (11.11%) User Stories
11 5 (9.26%) Test Planning
11 5 (9.26%) Software Deployment
11 5 (9.26%) Data Management
12 4 (7.41%) Software Engineering
12 4 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (7.41%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.52%) SQL
2 4 (7.41%) Java
3 3 (5.56%) Scala
4 1 (1.85%) PHP
4 1 (1.85%) C#
4 1 (1.85%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 11 (20.37%) ISEB
2 9 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 8 (14.81%) Degree
4 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
5 5 (9.26%) PMI Certification
5 5 (9.26%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (7.41%) SC Cleared
7 3 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.26%) ISO 9000
1 5 (9.26%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 7 (12.96%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (12.96%) HP
2 4 (7.41%) SAP
2 4 (7.41%) Oracle
3 3 (5.56%) Cisco
3 3 (5.56%) IBM
3 3 (5.56%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.70%) Aprimo
4 2 (3.70%) Teradata
5 1 (1.85%) Ventyx
5 1 (1.85%) Open Text
5 1 (1.85%) ESRI
5 1 (1.85%) Sitecore