The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 23 June 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.

Software Testing
South Wales / Cardiff
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 31 40
Rank change year-on-year -4 +9  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 4 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 1.25% 2.76% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 3.56% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 3
Median daily rate £325 £350 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +12.90%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% -  

Software Testing is in the process and methodology 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 process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 285 225 274
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 88.79% 77.59% 83.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 169 217
Median daily rate £360 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.09% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £245 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 5 11
Median hourly rate £16.28 £19.63 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.04% +26.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £35.00 £19.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Cardiff

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Cardiff

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing 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 Software Testing.

1 10 (83.33%) SQL
2 8 (66.67%) ISTQB
2 8 (66.67%) Test Automation
3 6 (50.00%) PRINCE2
4 5 (41.67%) Project Management
4 5 (41.67%) Load Testing
4 5 (41.67%) Test Strategy
5 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (33.33%) NHS
6 3 (25.00%) Integration Testing
6 3 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (25.00%) Freedom of Information
6 3 (25.00%) Regression Testing
6 3 (25.00%) Data Protection
6 3 (25.00%) Information Governance
6 3 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (16.67%) Scenario Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
7 2 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (16.67%) Data Migration
7 2 (16.67%) Validation
7 2 (16.67%) Migration
7 2 (16.67%) Software Engineering
7 2 (16.67%) Service Management
7 2 (16.67%) QA
7 2 (16.67%) Test Management
7 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis

Software Testing
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 (8.33%) Apache
1 1 (8.33%) Apache Spark
1 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
1 1 (8.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) Big Data
2 1 (8.33%) Hadoop
2 1 (8.33%) HBase
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (16.67%) Visual Studio
2 1 (8.33%) Grunt
2 1 (8.33%) gulp
2 1 (8.33%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (8.33%) Rational Rhapsody
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Analyst
1 5 (41.67%) Test Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Lead Test Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Test Leader
3 3 (25.00%) Team Leader
3 3 (25.00%) Test Team Leader
4 2 (16.67%) Test Engineer
4 2 (16.67%) Tester
5 1 (8.33%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Java Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Tester
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Web Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Test Manager
5 1 (8.33%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) UAT Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (8.33%) .NET
2 1 (8.33%) Ajax
2 1 (8.33%) AngularJS
2 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET
2 1 (8.33%) CSS
2 1 (8.33%) HTML
2 1 (8.33%) HTML5
2 1 (8.33%) jQuery
2 1 (8.33%) JSON
2 1 (8.33%) Kafka
2 1 (8.33%) Middleware
2 1 (8.33%) REST
2 1 (8.33%) Sass
2 1 (8.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) NHS
2 3 (25.00%) Freedom of Information
3 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (8.33%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (8.33%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (8.33%) User Experience
4 1 (8.33%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Linux
1 1 (8.33%) Windows
1 1 (8.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 6 (50.00%) PRINCE2
3 5 (41.67%) Load Testing
3 5 (41.67%) Project Management
3 5 (41.67%) Test Strategy
4 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 3 (25.00%) Data Protection
5 3 (25.00%) Information Governance
5 3 (25.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 3 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (16.67%) Data Migration
6 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
6 2 (16.67%) Migration
6 2 (16.67%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (16.67%) Test Management
6 2 (16.67%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (83.33%) SQL
2 2 (16.67%) PL/SQL
3 1 (8.33%) C#
3 1 (8.33%) Java
3 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (8.33%) Python
3 1 (8.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (66.67%) ISTQB
2 2 (16.67%) Degree
3 1 (8.33%) ISEB
3 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) IBM