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 3 months to 29 April 2017 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
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 43 -
Rank change year-on-year +19 -  
Contract jobs citing QA 15 14 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 4.57% 3.84% -
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.79% 31.82% -
Number of daily rates quoted 14 8 0
Median daily rate £330 £388 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.83% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £355
% change year-on-year - +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £19.30 £36.50
% change year-on-year +14.01% -47.13%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 56 44 15
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 17.07% 12.05% 5.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 30 10
Median daily rate £355 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £275 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Median hourly rate £28.75 - £14.13
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.75 - £12.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.75 - £16.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £33.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -27.27% +13.79%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 29 April 2017.

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 29 April 2017, 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 10 (62.50%) Selenium
1 10 (62.50%) Cucumber
2 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (37.50%) SDLC
3 6 (37.50%) JIRA
4 5 (31.25%) Continuous Improvement
4 5 (31.25%) Test Management
4 5 (31.25%) Oracle
4 5 (31.25%) Regression Testing
5 4 (25.00%) MySQL
5 4 (25.00%) Project Management
5 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
5 4 (25.00%) Java
5 4 (25.00%) Subversion
5 4 (25.00%) Git (software)
6 3 (18.75%) Product Management
6 3 (18.75%) SQL
7 2 (12.50%) Risk Management
7 2 (12.50%) Finance
7 2 (12.50%) IBM
7 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
7 2 (12.50%) ISTQB
7 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Business Analysis
7 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
7 2 (12.50%) Automation Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Test Strategy

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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:

Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (25.00%) MySQL
1 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) GIS
Development Applications
1 10 (62.50%) Cucumber
1 10 (62.50%) Selenium
2 6 (37.50%) JIRA
3 4 (25.00%) Git (software)
3 4 (25.00%) Subversion
4 1 (6.25%) JUnit
4 1 (6.25%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (6.25%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
4 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Banking
2 1 (6.25%) Publishing
2 1 (6.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (31.25%) Analyst
1 5 (31.25%) Test Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) QA Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Quality Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Test Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Automation Tester
3 2 (12.50%) Business Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) QA Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) QA Test Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) QA Test Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Business Finance Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Finance Business Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Java Automation Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Lead Tester
4 1 (6.25%) QA Automation Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) QA Automation Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Risk Business Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Selenium Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) .NET
1 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
1 1 (6.25%) SOAP
1 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (6.25%) iSeries
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) SDLC
2 6 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (31.25%) Regression Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Test Management
4 4 (25.00%) Project Management
5 3 (18.75%) Product Management
6 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Automation Testing
6 2 (12.50%) BDD
6 2 (12.50%) Business Analysis
6 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Risk Management
6 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
6 2 (12.50%) Test Strategy
7 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Requirements Management
7 1 (6.25%) Software Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 4 (25.00%) Java
2 3 (18.75%) SQL
3 1 (6.25%) C#
3 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
3 1 (6.25%) Korn
3 1 (6.25%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) ISTQB
1 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (6.25%) ISEB
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (31.25%) Oracle
2 2 (12.50%) IBM
3 1 (6.25%) HP
3 1 (6.25%) Microsoft