Period
to 19 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 19 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance (QA)
South Wales > Cardiff
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 50 40 76
Rank change year-on-year -10 +36 -28
Contract jobs citing QA 11 16 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 1.71% 2.83% 1.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 11.58% 23.19% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 15 9
Cardiff median daily rate £313 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +4.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £288 £320 £309
90th Percentile £429 £436 £405
South Wales median daily rate £340 £406 £360
% change year-on-year -16.31% +12.85% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cardiff median hourly rate - - -
South Wales median hourly rate £35.00 - £18.72

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Cardiff
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 95 69 96
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 14.80% 12.19% 11.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 61 79
Cardiff median daily rate £360 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +11.94% -4.29%
10th Percentile £182 £185 £173
90th Percentile £457 £525 £450
South Wales median daily rate £365 £414 £360
% change year-on-year -11.90% +14.93% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Cardiff median hourly rate £15.24 £25.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.04% - -
South Wales median hourly rate £37.50 £25.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year +50.00% +117.39% -28.13%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cardiff.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Cardiff

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Cardiff.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Cardiff

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cardiff over the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Cardiff

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cardiff region with a requirement for QA.

1 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
1 4 (36.36%) Test Automation
2 3 (27.27%) Test Scripting
2 3 (27.27%) Selenium
2 3 (27.27%) Migration
2 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
2 3 (27.27%) HP
2 3 (27.27%) Service Management
2 3 (27.27%) Change Management
2 3 (27.27%) SQL
2 3 (27.27%) ITIL
2 3 (27.27%) PRINCE2
2 3 (27.27%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (18.18%) ServiceNow
3 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (18.18%) Defect Tracking
3 2 (18.18%) Waterfall
3 2 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Finance
3 2 (18.18%) Windows
3 2 (18.18%) BMC
3 2 (18.18%) HP UFT
3 2 (18.18%) LoadRunner
3 2 (18.18%) Remedy
3 2 (18.18%) ITSM
3 2 (18.18%) Service Delivery
3 2 (18.18%) IBM
3 2 (18.18%) Scrum
3 2 (18.18%) Remedy ITSM

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (9.09%) CMS
Business Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Remedy ITSM
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Selenium
2 2 (18.18%) HP UFT
2 2 (18.18%) LoadRunner
3 1 (9.09%) Ant
3 1 (9.09%) Git (software)
3 1 (9.09%) Gradle
3 1 (9.09%) JUnit
3 1 (9.09%) Maven
3 1 (9.09%) Subversion
3 1 (9.09%) TestNG
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Back Office
2 1 (9.09%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Deployment Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Release Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Infrastructure Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Java Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Java Software Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Manual Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Programme Manager
3 1 (9.09%) QA Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Software Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Test Manager
3 1 (9.09%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) REST
1 1 (9.09%) SOAP
1 1 (9.09%) Spring
1 1 (9.09%) Web Services
1 1 (9.09%) XML
1 1 (9.09%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (18.18%) CMDB
2 1 (9.09%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (36.36%) Test Automation
1 4 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Change Management
2 3 (27.27%) ITIL
2 3 (27.27%) Migration
2 3 (27.27%) PRINCE2
2 3 (27.27%) Service Management
2 3 (27.27%) Test Scripting
3 2 (18.18%) Data Migration
3 2 (18.18%) Defect Tracking
3 2 (18.18%) ITSM
3 2 (18.18%) Release Management
3 2 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Scrum
3 2 (18.18%) Service Delivery
3 2 (18.18%) V-Model
3 2 (18.18%) Waterfall
4 1 (9.09%) Acceptance Criteria
4 1 (9.09%) Strategic Thinking
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) C#
2 1 (9.09%) Java
2 1 (9.09%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) Degree
1 1 (9.09%) ISEB
1 1 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 1 (9.09%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (27.27%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (18.18%) BMC Marimba
2 2 (18.18%) SCCM
2 2 (18.18%) WSUS
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) HP
1 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) BMC
2 2 (18.18%) IBM
2 2 (18.18%) Remedy
2 2 (18.18%) ServiceNow
3 1 (9.09%) Citrix
3 1 (9.09%) Dell
3 1 (9.09%) VMware