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 28 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Wales / South Wales
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 45 61
Rank change year-on-year +9 +16  
Contract jobs citing QA 19 10 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 3.58% 2.11% 1.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.59% 16.95% 7.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 8 5
Median daily rate £342 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.80% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £275 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £407 £450 £356
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +3.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

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 97 59 77
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 18.27% 12.47% 13.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 48 60
Median daily rate £350 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.64% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £311 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £503 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 3
Median hourly rate £25.00 £72.50 £9.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.51% +663.15%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £21.78
% change year-on-year -10.71% +28.58%  

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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 28 June 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 3 months to 28 June 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 +5 16 £330 -12.00% 3
Caerphilly - 2 £410 -
QA
Wales

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 16 (55.17%) Test Automation
2 10 (34.48%) Cucumber
2 10 (34.48%) Continuous Improvement
2 10 (34.48%) Selenium
3 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (27.59%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (24.14%) SQL
5 7 (24.14%) SDLC
6 6 (20.69%) Java
6 6 (20.69%) IBM
6 6 (20.69%) JIRA
6 6 (20.69%) Software Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Business Analysis
7 5 (17.24%) Use Case
7 5 (17.24%) Test Management
7 5 (17.24%) Rational DOORS
7 5 (17.24%) Embedded Systems
7 5 (17.24%) Rational Rhapsody
7 5 (17.24%) Ethernet
7 5 (17.24%) Oracle
7 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
7 5 (17.24%) UML
7 5 (17.24%) Finance
7 5 (17.24%) Regression Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (17.24%) Regulatory Compliance
8 4 (13.79%) .NET
8 4 (13.79%) MySQL
8 4 (13.79%) Security Cleared
8 4 (13.79%) Git (software)

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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 3 (10.34%) MS Visio
2 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) Ethernet
2 1 (3.45%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (3.45%) LAN
2 1 (3.45%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
2 4 (13.79%) MySQL
3 1 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.45%) GIS
Development Applications
1 10 (34.48%) Cucumber
1 10 (34.48%) Selenium
2 6 (20.69%) JIRA
3 5 (17.24%) Rational DOORS
3 5 (17.24%) Rational Rhapsody
4 4 (13.79%) Git (software)
4 4 (13.79%) Subversion
5 2 (6.90%) SoapUI
6 1 (3.45%) JUnit
6 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (3.45%) Visual Studio
6 1 (3.45%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (17.24%) Finance
2 2 (6.90%) Banking
2 2 (6.90%) Retail
3 1 (3.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 10 (34.48%) Analyst
2 9 (31.03%) Test Engineer
3 5 (17.24%) Business Analyst
3 5 (17.24%) Software Test Engineer
3 5 (17.24%) Test Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Data Business Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) QA Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Quality Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Senior Software Test Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Senior Test Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Tester
5 2 (6.90%) Automation Tester
5 2 (6.90%) Data Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Developer
5 2 (6.90%) Finance Business Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Lead Tester
5 2 (6.90%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) QA Test Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) Service Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.79%) .NET
2 3 (10.34%) XML
3 2 (6.90%) SOAP
4 1 (3.45%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (17.24%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (6.90%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.45%) CESG
3 1 (3.45%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (3.45%) iSeries
3 1 (3.45%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.45%) Windows
1 1 (3.45%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (55.17%) Test Automation
2 10 (34.48%) Continuous Improvement
3 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (27.59%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (24.14%) SDLC
6 6 (20.69%) Software Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Business Analysis
7 5 (17.24%) Regression Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Regulatory Compliance
7 5 (17.24%) Test Management
7 5 (17.24%) UML
7 5 (17.24%) Use Case
8 3 (10.34%) Product Management
8 3 (10.34%) Project Management
8 3 (10.34%) Requirements Management
8 3 (10.34%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 3 (10.34%) Test Strategy
9 2 (6.90%) Migration
9 2 (6.90%) Validation
9 2 (6.90%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 7 (24.14%) SQL
2 6 (20.69%) Java
3 3 (10.34%) C#
4 2 (6.90%) PL/SQL
4 2 (6.90%) VB
4 2 (6.90%) VB6
5 1 (3.45%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.45%) Korn
5 1 (3.45%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (13.79%) ISTQB
1 4 (13.79%) Security Cleared
2 2 (6.90%) Degree
2 2 (6.90%) ISEB
2 2 (6.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) CCNA
3 1 (3.45%) CCNP
3 1 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (3.45%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.90%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (3.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (20.69%) IBM
2 5 (17.24%) Oracle
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
4 2 (6.90%) Blue Prism
5 1 (3.45%) Blue Coat
5 1 (3.45%) Cisco
5 1 (3.45%) HP
5 1 (3.45%) McAfee
5 1 (3.45%) Riverbed
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
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