The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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 22 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
Wales / South Wales
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 46 61
Rank change year-on-year +1 +15  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 9 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.68% 1.67% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.94% 2.11% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 3
Median daily rate £353 £350 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.71% +12.90%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +9.23% +4.83%  
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 South Wales with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 464 379 498
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 86.57% 79.12% 84.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 333 271 379
Median daily rate £375 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 19 20
Median hourly rate £36.50 £35.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.28% +129.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.88 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £72.50 £16.80
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 South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales 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 South Wales

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in South Wales

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in South Wales over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in South Wales

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in South Wales

Software Testing
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 Software Testing within the South Wales region over the 3 months to 22 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 -3 5 £325 -7.14%
Caerphilly - 2 £410 -
Software Testing
Wales

For the 6 months to 22 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 South Wales region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 13 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 10 (58.82%) SQL
3 8 (47.06%) ISTQB
4 6 (35.29%) QA
4 6 (35.29%) PRINCE2
4 6 (35.29%) Continuous Improvement
5 5 (29.41%) Test Strategy
5 5 (29.41%) Embedded Systems
5 5 (29.41%) Rational DOORS
5 5 (29.41%) Rational Rhapsody
5 5 (29.41%) Ethernet
5 5 (29.41%) IBM
5 5 (29.41%) Project Management
5 5 (29.41%) UML
5 5 (29.41%) Use Case
5 5 (29.41%) Load Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (23.53%) NHS
6 4 (23.53%) Test Scripting
7 3 (17.65%) Integration Testing
7 3 (17.65%) Data Protection
7 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (17.65%) Information Governance
7 3 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
7 3 (17.65%) Visual Studio
7 3 (17.65%) Freedom of Information
7 3 (17.65%) Regression Testing
7 3 (17.65%) Validation
8 2 (11.76%) Migration

Software Testing
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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.88%) Apache
1 1 (5.88%) Apache Spark
1 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
1 1 (5.88%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 5 (29.41%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.88%) Big Data
2 1 (5.88%) Hadoop
2 1 (5.88%) HBase
Development Applications
1 5 (29.41%) Rational DOORS
1 5 (29.41%) Rational Rhapsody
2 3 (17.65%) Visual Studio
3 2 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (5.88%) Cucumber
4 1 (5.88%) Grunt
4 1 (5.88%) gulp
4 1 (5.88%) Selenium
4 1 (5.88%) Subversion
4 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (5.88%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Test Engineer
2 5 (29.41%) Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Software Test Engineer
2 5 (29.41%) Test Analyst
3 4 (23.53%) Lead Test Analyst
3 4 (23.53%) Senior Test Engineer
3 4 (23.53%) Test Leader
4 3 (17.65%) Senior Software Test Engineer
4 3 (17.65%) Team Leader
4 3 (17.65%) Test Team Leader
5 2 (11.76%) Tester
6 1 (5.88%) Developer
6 1 (5.88%) Integration Engineer
6 1 (5.88%) Senior Developer
6 1 (5.88%) Senior Tester
6 1 (5.88%) Senior Web Developer
6 1 (5.88%) Test and Integration Engineer
6 1 (5.88%) Test Manager
6 1 (5.88%) UAT Analyst
6 1 (5.88%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) Web Services
1 2 (11.76%) XML
2 1 (5.88%) .NET
2 1 (5.88%) Ajax
2 1 (5.88%) AngularJS
2 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET
2 1 (5.88%) CSS
2 1 (5.88%) HTML
2 1 (5.88%) HTML5
2 1 (5.88%) jQuery
2 1 (5.88%) JSON
2 1 (5.88%) Kafka
2 1 (5.88%) Middleware
2 1 (5.88%) REST
2 1 (5.88%) Sass
2 1 (5.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (29.41%) Embedded Systems
2 4 (23.53%) NHS
3 3 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (17.65%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (5.88%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
4 1 (5.88%) User Experience
4 1 (5.88%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.88%) Linux
1 1 (5.88%) Windows
1 1 (5.88%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 6 (35.29%) Continuous Improvement
2 6 (35.29%) PRINCE2
3 5 (29.41%) Load Testing
3 5 (29.41%) Project Management
3 5 (29.41%) Test Strategy
3 5 (29.41%) UML
3 5 (29.41%) Use Case
4 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (23.53%) Test Scripting
5 3 (17.65%) Data Protection
5 3 (17.65%) Information Governance
5 3 (17.65%) Integration Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Regression Testing
5 3 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (17.65%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Validation
6 2 (11.76%) Defect Management
6 2 (11.76%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (11.76%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (58.82%) SQL
2 2 (11.76%) PL/SQL
3 1 (5.88%) C#
3 1 (5.88%) Java
3 1 (5.88%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.88%) Python
3 1 (5.88%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (47.06%) ISTQB
2 2 (11.76%) Degree
3 1 (5.88%) ISEB
3 1 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
3 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (35.29%) QA
2 1 (5.88%) ISO 13485
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) IBM
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft