Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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 18 November 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)
Wales > South Wales
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 60 47 89
Rank change year-on-year -13 +42 -31
Contract jobs citing QA 17 41 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.79% 3.64% 1.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 11.26% 32.28% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 34 10
South Wales median daily rate £359 £414 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.35% +14.93% +2.27%
10th Percentile £283 £327 £313
90th Percentile £413 £493 £369
Wales median daily rate £360 £425 £360
% change year-on-year -15.29% +18.06% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
South Wales median hourly rate £35.00 - £18.72
10th Percentile £32.50 - £17.71
90th Percentile £37.50 - £19.72
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 South Wales with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
South Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 151 127 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 15.89% 11.28% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 106 123
South Wales median daily rate £374 £423 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.54% +12.67% +6.84%
10th Percentile £175 £256 £245
90th Percentile £467 £600 £509
Wales median daily rate £375 £425 £385
% change year-on-year -11.76% +10.39% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 8
South Wales median hourly rate £36.25 £70.00 £10.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.21% +551.16% -32.81%
10th Percentile £15.24 £70.00 £9.35
90th Percentile £53.50 £70.00 £27.63
Wales median hourly rate £35.00 £70.00 £11.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +536.36% -35.29%

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Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in South Wales

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in South Wales

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in South Wales over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in South Wales

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in South Wales

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Contract Job Locations in South Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South Wales region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff -18 10 £327 -16.89% 6
Newport +14 2 £300 -31.03%
Caerphilly - 2 £410 - 1
QA
Wales

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 South Wales region with a requirement for QA.

1 8 (47.06%) Test Automation
2 6 (35.29%) IBM
3 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (23.53%) Software Testing
3 4 (23.53%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (17.65%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (17.65%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (17.65%) Rational Rhapsody
4 3 (17.65%) Embedded Systems
4 3 (17.65%) Waterfall
4 3 (17.65%) Use Case
4 3 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (17.65%) Regulatory Compliance
4 3 (17.65%) Business Analysis
4 3 (17.65%) Selenium
4 3 (17.65%) Finance
4 3 (17.65%) Change Management
4 3 (17.65%) Microsoft
4 3 (17.65%) UML
4 3 (17.65%) Ethernet
4 3 (17.65%) PRINCE2
5 2 (11.76%) BMC
5 2 (11.76%) HP UFT
5 2 (11.76%) LoadRunner
5 2 (11.76%) Remedy
5 2 (11.76%) Project Management
5 2 (11.76%) Service Management
5 2 (11.76%) Service Delivery
5 2 (11.76%) Windows

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Co-occurring IT Skills in South Wales 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 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (5.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (17.65%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Rational DOORS
1 3 (17.65%) Rational Rhapsody
1 3 (17.65%) Selenium
2 2 (11.76%) HP UFT
2 2 (11.76%) LoadRunner
3 1 (5.88%) JMeter
3 1 (5.88%) SoapUI
3 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 2 (11.76%) Banking
3 1 (5.88%) Back Office
3 1 (5.88%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Test Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Business Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Senior Software Test Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Senior Test Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Software Test Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Data Business Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Deployment Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Release Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Banking Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Banking Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Data Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Financial Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Manual Tester
5 1 (5.88%) QA Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) .NET
2 1 (5.88%) SOAP
2 1 (5.88%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (17.65%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (11.76%) CMDB
4 1 (5.88%) iSeries
4 1 (5.88%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (47.06%) Test Automation
2 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (23.53%) Software Testing
2 4 (23.53%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (17.65%) Business Analysis
3 3 (17.65%) Change Management
3 3 (17.65%) Continuous Improvement
3 3 (17.65%) PRINCE2
3 3 (17.65%) Regulatory Compliance
3 3 (17.65%) UML
3 3 (17.65%) Use Case
3 3 (17.65%) Waterfall
4 2 (11.76%) Data Migration
4 2 (11.76%) Defect Tracking
4 2 (11.76%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (11.76%) QA Automation
4 2 (11.76%) Release Management
4 2 (11.76%) Scenario Testing
4 2 (11.76%) Test Scripting
4 2 (11.76%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) SQL
2 1 (5.88%) C#
2 1 (5.88%) Java
2 1 (5.88%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) PMI Certification
Systems Management
1 3 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (11.76%) BMC Marimba
2 2 (11.76%) SCCM
2 2 (11.76%) WSUS
3 1 (5.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (35.29%) IBM
2 3 (17.65%) Microsoft
3 2 (11.76%) BMC
3 2 (11.76%) HP
3 2 (11.76%) Remedy
3 2 (11.76%) ServiceNow
4 1 (5.88%) Genesys