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 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 61 57 39
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -18
Contract jobs citing QA 10 21 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.29% 2.60% 1.87%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 15.15% 38.89% 32.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 14 4
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£273 £356 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.50% +11.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £194 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £435 £329
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+72.09% -19.62%
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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
66 54 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 8.53% 6.69% 5.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 30 12
Average daily rate £430 £363 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.62% +10.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £213 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £450 £386
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 1
Average hourly rate £12.60 - £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +20.00%

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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 22 May 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 22 May 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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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 -11 4 £280 -10.40% 2
West Wales +11 1 £375 -16.66% 1
Mid Wales - 1 - -
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UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 12 (50.00%) SQL
1 12 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 8 (33.33%) Scrum
2 8 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 7 (29.17%) Security Cleared
3 7 (29.17%) SQL Server
3 7 (29.17%) MySQL
4 6 (25.00%) Oracle
4 6 (25.00%) XML
4 6 (25.00%) Java
4 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 6 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (20.83%) Software Delivery
5 5 (20.83%) Validation
5 5 (20.83%) Subversion
5 5 (20.83%) Windows
5 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
6 4 (16.67%) ISEB
6 4 (16.67%) TDD
6 4 (16.67%) Performance Testing
6 4 (16.67%) JIRA
6 4 (16.67%) Selenium
7 3 (12.50%) QlikView
7 3 (12.50%) jQuery
7 3 (12.50%) Degree
7 3 (12.50%) JSON
7 3 (12.50%) V-Model
7 3 (12.50%) Confluence

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Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 (12.50%) Confluence
1 3 (12.50%) Tomcat
2 2 (8.33%) CMS
3 1 (4.17%) Magnolia
Applications
1 5 (20.83%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (4.17%) MS Project
2 1 (4.17%) MS Office
2 1 (4.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (29.17%) SQL Server
1 7 (29.17%) MySQL
2 3 (12.50%) QlikView
2 3 (12.50%) SAP BW
3 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (20.83%) Subversion
2 4 (16.67%) JIRA
2 4 (16.67%) Selenium
3 3 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 3 (12.50%) WebDriver
4 2 (8.33%) JMeter
4 2 (8.33%) SoapUI
5 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
5 1 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (4.17%) JUnit
Job Titles
1 6 (25.00%) Tester
2 5 (20.83%) Analyst
3 4 (16.67%) Test Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) QlikView Consultant
4 3 (12.50%) Consultant
4 3 (12.50%) Software Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) QA Tester
4 3 (12.50%) Lead Software Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) QA Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Tester
5 2 (8.33%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Wintel Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) CRM Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Test Leader
6 1 (4.17%) AWS Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Project Planner
6 1 (4.17%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) XML
2 3 (12.50%) jQuery
2 3 (12.50%) JSON
2 3 (12.50%) VXML
3 2 (8.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.50%) Smart Meter
2 3 (12.50%) IVR
3 2 (8.33%) User Experience
3 2 (8.33%) Open Source
3 2 (8.33%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (20.83%) Windows
2 3 (12.50%) Linux
3 1 (4.17%) Mac OS
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 8 (33.33%) Scrum
2 8 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 6 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 5 (20.83%) Software Delivery
4 5 (20.83%) Validation
5 4 (16.67%) TDD
5 4 (16.67%) Performance Testing
6 3 (12.50%) V-Model
6 3 (12.50%) Rapid Prototyping
6 3 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (12.50%) Project Management
6 3 (12.50%) Data Modelling
6 3 (12.50%) SOA
7 2 (8.33%) Automated Testing
7 2 (8.33%) Migration
7 2 (8.33%) Agile Project Management
7 2 (8.33%) Test Planning
7 2 (8.33%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 12 (50.00%) SQL
2 6 (25.00%) Java
3 3 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 2 (8.33%) PHP
5 1 (4.17%) Scala
5 1 (4.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (29.17%) Security Cleared
2 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (16.67%) ISEB
4 3 (12.50%) Degree
5 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Oracle
2 3 (12.50%) Avaya
2 3 (12.50%) SAP
3 1 (4.17%) VMware
3 1 (4.17%) Teradata
3 1 (4.17%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) Informatica
3 1 (4.17%) Citrix