Period
to 25 July 2017

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 25 July 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
6 months to
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 45 64
Rank change year-on-year +3 +19 -19
Contract jobs citing QA 21 27 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 3.23% 4.11% 0.31%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.10% 34.18% 3.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 18 1
Cardiff median daily rate £336 £388 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.29% +93.75% -41.82%
South Wales median daily rate £342 £388 £338
% change year-on-year -11.74% +14.81% +9.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cardiff median hourly rate - - -
South Wales median hourly rate - - -

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 116 79 66
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 17.82% 12.02% 10.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 60 50
Cardiff median daily rate £350 £375 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +9.49% +10.93%
10th Percentile £175 £239 £211
90th Percentile £513 £525 £450
South Wales median daily rate £360 £375 £400
% change year-on-year -4.00% -6.25% +31.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Cardiff median hourly rate £25.00 - £14.13
10th Percentile £17.19 - £11.34
90th Percentile £32.00 - £16.41
South Wales median hourly rate £33.75 £71.25 £11.50
% change year-on-year -52.63% +519.57% -46.66%

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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 25 July 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 25 July 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 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 10 (47.62%) Cucumber
2 10 (47.62%) Selenium
3 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (33.33%) SDLC
5 6 (28.57%) Continuous Improvement
5 6 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (28.57%) JIRA
6 5 (23.81%) Business Analysis
6 5 (23.81%) Regression Testing
6 5 (23.81%) Oracle
6 5 (23.81%) SQL Server
6 5 (23.81%) SQL
6 5 (23.81%) Regulatory Compliance
6 5 (23.81%) Test Management
7 4 (19.05%) Git (software)
7 4 (19.05%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (19.05%) Java
7 4 (19.05%) MySQL
7 4 (19.05%) Finance
7 4 (19.05%) Subversion
7 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
8 3 (14.29%) Project Management
8 3 (14.29%) Security Cleared
8 3 (14.29%) Product Management
9 2 (9.52%) Test Scripting
9 2 (9.52%) Load Testing
9 2 (9.52%) Data Migration
9 2 (9.52%) BDD
9 2 (9.52%) 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 2 (9.52%) MS Visio
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (23.81%) SQL Server
2 4 (19.05%) MySQL
3 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.76%) GIS
Development Applications
1 10 (47.62%) Cucumber
1 10 (47.62%) Selenium
2 6 (28.57%) JIRA
3 4 (19.05%) Git (software)
3 4 (19.05%) Subversion
4 1 (4.76%) JUnit
4 1 (4.76%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (4.76%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio
4 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (19.05%) Finance
2 2 (9.52%) Banking
2 2 (9.52%) Retail
3 1 (4.76%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 9 (42.86%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Business Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Test Engineer
3 4 (19.05%) Test Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Data Business Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) QA Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Quality Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Tester
5 2 (9.52%) Automation Tester
5 2 (9.52%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Banking Business Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Data Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Finance Business Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Financial Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Financial Services Business Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Lead Tester
5 2 (9.52%) QA Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) QA Test Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.52%) XML
2 1 (4.76%) .NET
2 1 (4.76%) Gherkin
2 1 (4.76%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (4.76%) Freedom of Information
2 1 (4.76%) iSeries
2 1 (4.76%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.76%) Windows
1 1 (4.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (33.33%) SDLC
4 6 (28.57%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Business Analysis
5 5 (23.81%) Regression Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Regulatory Compliance
5 5 (23.81%) Test Management
6 3 (14.29%) Product Management
6 3 (14.29%) Project Management
7 2 (9.52%) BDD
7 2 (9.52%) Data Migration
7 2 (9.52%) Load Testing
7 2 (9.52%) Migration
7 2 (9.52%) Requirements Management
7 2 (9.52%) Software Testing
7 2 (9.52%) Test Scripting
7 2 (9.52%) Test Strategy
7 2 (9.52%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (23.81%) SQL
2 4 (19.05%) Java
3 2 (9.52%) PL/SQL
4 1 (4.76%) C#
4 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.76%) Korn
4 1 (4.76%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
2 3 (14.29%) Security Cleared
3 2 (9.52%) ISEB
3 2 (9.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) Oracle
2 2 (9.52%) IBM
2 2 (9.52%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.76%) HP