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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
Wales / South Wales
Rank 43 57 48
Rank change year-on-year +14 -9  
Contract jobs citing QA 11 13 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.95% 2.26% 0.88%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.75% 14.77% 9.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 5 1
Median daily rate £350 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 South Wales with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 80 88 41
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 14.16% 15.28% 9.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 59 21
Median daily rate £365 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.28% -12.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £187 £138 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £484 £511
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 3
Median hourly rate £45.00 £66.00 £11.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.81% +486.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.65 £66.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.75 £66.00 £15.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales 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 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 3 months to 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff +11 5 £378 -5.43% 4
Newport - 1 £288 -
QA
Wales

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (41.67%) SQL
3 8 (33.33%) SoapUI
4 7 (29.17%) Selenium
4 7 (29.17%) Finance
4 7 (29.17%) Java
4 7 (29.17%) SOAP
4 7 (29.17%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (25.00%) XML
5 6 (25.00%) .NET
5 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (25.00%) Test Strategy
6 5 (20.83%) Performance Testing
6 5 (20.83%) Load Testing
6 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
6 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
6 5 (20.83%) Change Management
7 4 (16.67%) Linux
7 4 (16.67%) ISEB
7 4 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
7 4 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
7 4 (16.67%) Cucumber
7 4 (16.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 4 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
8 3 (12.50%) The Grinder
8 3 (12.50%) Business Process Modelling
8 3 (12.50%) Rational Performance Tester
8 3 (12.50%) V-Model

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Top Related 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (8.33%) WebLogic
2 1 (4.17%) Apache Spark
2 1 (4.17%) Confluence
2 1 (4.17%) Jupyter
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Office
1 1 (4.17%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.33%) Ethernet
2 1 (4.17%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (4.17%) HTTP
2 1 (4.17%) LAN
2 1 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) GIS
1 1 (4.17%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 8 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 7 (29.17%) Selenium
3 4 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 3 (12.50%) HP UFT
4 3 (12.50%) JMeter
4 3 (12.50%) LoadRunner
4 3 (12.50%) Rational Performance Tester
4 3 (12.50%) The Grinder
4 3 (12.50%) WinRunner
5 2 (8.33%) JBehave
5 2 (8.33%) JUnit
5 2 (8.33%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (8.33%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (4.17%) JIRA
General
1 7 (29.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (41.67%) Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Test Analyst
3 5 (20.83%) Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Business Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Finance Business Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Financial Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) XML Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Agile Business Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Java Developer
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) QA Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Risk Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Risk Business Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Software Test Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Test Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Installations Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Performance Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (29.17%) SOAP
2 6 (25.00%) .NET
2 6 (25.00%) XML
3 3 (12.50%) J2EE
3 3 (12.50%) JSON
4 2 (8.33%) CSS
4 2 (8.33%) Dropwizard
4 2 (8.33%) HTML
5 1 (4.17%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (8.33%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (8.33%) Reference Data
3 1 (4.17%) Algorithms
3 1 (4.17%) CESG
3 1 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (4.17%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) Linux
2 2 (8.33%) Unix
2 2 (8.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (25.00%) Test Strategy
2 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (20.83%) Change Management
3 5 (20.83%) Load Testing
3 5 (20.83%) Performance Testing
3 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
4 4 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (16.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 4 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
4 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
5 3 (12.50%) Business Analysis
5 3 (12.50%) Business Process Modelling
5 3 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (12.50%) Migration
5 3 (12.50%) Project Management
5 3 (12.50%) RAD
5 3 (12.50%) Risk Management
5 3 (12.50%) RUP
5 3 (12.50%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 10 (41.67%) SQL
2 7 (29.17%) Java
3 3 (12.50%) C
3 3 (12.50%) Groovy
3 3 (12.50%) PL/SQL
4 2 (8.33%) C#
4 2 (8.33%) VB
4 2 (8.33%) VB6
5 1 (4.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
2 4 (16.67%) ISEB
2 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 2 (8.33%) Degree
3 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.17%) CCNA
4 1 (4.17%) CCNP
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.17%) HNC
4 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.17%) Oozie
Vendors
1 3 (12.50%) HP
1 3 (12.50%) IBM
1 3 (12.50%) Siebel
2 2 (8.33%) Blue Prism
3 1 (4.17%) Blue Coat
3 1 (4.17%) Cisco
3 1 (4.17%) Cloudera
3 1 (4.17%) Intel Security
3 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle
3 1 (4.17%) Riverbed
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £361 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago