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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 44 49 50
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 35 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 4.51% 1.08% 0.72%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 72.92% 27.27% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 6 0
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£350 £176 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+98.58% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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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
48 22 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 6.19% 3.96% 4.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 16 9
Average daily rate £350 £288 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% -32.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £150 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £413 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £353 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.38% -3.42%
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 £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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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 22 September 2014.

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

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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 22 September 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
South Wales +10 18 £350 +133.33% 8
West Wales -9 12 £290 +23.40% 2
North Wales - - - -
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UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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 31 (55.36%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (39.29%) Scrum
3 15 (26.79%) Selenium
4 12 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
5 11 (19.64%) Maven
5 11 (19.64%) HP
6 10 (17.86%) SoapUI
7 9 (16.07%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (16.07%) Waterfall
7 9 (16.07%) SOAP
7 9 (16.07%) Test Scripting
8 8 (14.29%) Manual Testing
8 8 (14.29%) ISTQB
8 8 (14.29%) SQL
8 8 (14.29%) ISEB
8 8 (14.29%) Project Management
8 8 (14.29%) Test Automation
8 8 (14.29%) Test Strategy
8 8 (14.29%) REST
9 7 (12.50%) Cucumber
9 7 (12.50%) Mentoring
9 7 (12.50%) Oracle
9 7 (12.50%) Security Cleared
9 7 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (12.50%) Degree
10 6 (10.71%) Microsoft
10 6 (10.71%) MS Excel
10 6 (10.71%) Coaching
10 6 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (10.71%) Test Planning

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Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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 4 (7.14%) Apache
2 1 (1.79%) Umbraco
Applications
1 6 (10.71%) MS Excel
2 4 (7.14%) MS Visio
2 4 (7.14%) MS PowerPoint
2 4 (7.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.57%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (1.79%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.14%) 3G
1 4 (7.14%) 2G
1 4 (7.14%) 4G
2 2 (3.57%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.57%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.79%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 15 (26.79%) Selenium
2 11 (19.64%) Maven
3 10 (17.86%) SoapUI
4 7 (12.50%) Cucumber
5 5 (8.93%) JIRA
5 5 (8.93%) LoadRunner
5 5 (8.93%) Ant
6 4 (7.14%) Toad
6 4 (7.14%) Apache Ivy
6 4 (7.14%) eggPlant
7 3 (5.36%) Git (software)
7 3 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.79%) JBehave
8 1 (1.79%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.79%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.79%) RubyMine
8 1 (1.79%) QuickTest Pro
8 1 (1.79%) Visual Studio
8 1 (1.79%) JMeter
8 1 (1.79%) CruiseControl
General
1 3 (5.36%) Finance
2 2 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (1.79%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 24 (42.86%) Analyst
2 17 (30.36%) Test Analyst
3 7 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
3 7 (12.50%) Tester
4 6 (10.71%) Business Analyst
4 6 (10.71%) QA Tester
5 5 (8.93%) QA Analyst
5 5 (8.93%) Senior Business Analyst
6 4 (7.14%) Project Manager
6 4 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
6 4 (7.14%) QA Leader
6 4 (7.14%) Test Leader
7 3 (5.36%) QA Engineer
7 3 (5.36%) Test Engineer
7 3 (5.36%) Project Planner
7 3 (5.36%) Test Manager
7 3 (5.36%) QA Manager
8 2 (3.57%) Quality Manager
8 2 (3.57%) Technical Architect
8 2 (3.57%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (16.07%) SOAP
2 8 (14.29%) REST
3 5 (8.93%) Web Services
4 4 (7.14%) XML
4 4 (7.14%) J2ME
4 4 (7.14%) WAP
4 4 (7.14%) JSON
5 3 (5.36%) Gherkin
6 2 (3.57%) Middleware
7 1 (1.79%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.93%) Mobile App
2 5 (8.93%) Open Source
3 4 (7.14%) Management Information System
3 4 (7.14%) Handset
4 3 (5.36%) PMI
4 3 (5.36%) Computer Science
5 2 (3.57%) Statistics
5 2 (3.57%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (1.79%) NHS
6 1 (1.79%) GIS
6 1 (1.79%) Data Extraction
6 1 (1.79%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.36%) Windows
1 3 (5.36%) Linux
1 3 (5.36%) Windows 7
1 3 (5.36%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (55.36%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (39.29%) Scrum
3 12 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
4 9 (16.07%) Test Scripting
4 9 (16.07%) Waterfall
5 8 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 8 (14.29%) Test Automation
5 8 (14.29%) Manual Testing
5 8 (14.29%) Project Management
6 7 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (12.50%) Mentoring
7 6 (10.71%) Coaching
7 6 (10.71%) User Stories
7 6 (10.71%) Test Planning
8 5 (8.93%) Line Management
8 5 (8.93%) Performance Testing
8 5 (8.93%) Load Testing
8 5 (8.93%) Automated Testing
8 5 (8.93%) Software Testing
8 5 (8.93%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (14.29%) SQL
2 5 (8.93%) Java
3 3 (5.36%) Scala
4 1 (1.79%) C#
4 1 (1.79%) Ruby
4 1 (1.79%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 8 (14.29%) ISEB
1 8 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 7 (12.50%) Degree
2 7 (12.50%) Security Cleared
3 4 (7.14%) SC Cleared
4 3 (5.36%) PMI Certification
4 3 (5.36%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (3.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.36%) ISO 9000
1 3 (5.36%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (5.36%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (16.07%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (19.64%) HP
2 7 (12.50%) Oracle
3 6 (10.71%) Microsoft
4 4 (7.14%) Sun
4 4 (7.14%) Apple
5 1 (1.79%) ESRI
5 1 (1.79%) Open Text
5 1 (1.79%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.79%) ArcSight
5 1 (1.79%) Ventyx
5 1 (1.79%) Informatica
5 1 (1.79%) Business Objects
5 1 (1.79%) SAP
5 1 (1.79%) IBM
Cardiff
Huxley Associates
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cardiff
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £200 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago