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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
Wales / South Wales
Rank 45 55 46
Rank change year-on-year +10 -9  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 9 14 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 1.59% 2.42% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.90% 2.81% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 1
Median daily rate £325 £304 £213
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.99% +42.94%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +6.15% +1.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% +20.00%  

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 474 499 332
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 83.89% 86.18% 74.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 346 225
Median daily rate £388 £370 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.72% -1.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 26 15
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £18.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% +58.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £13.00 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £66.00 £34.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 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 +15 8 £254 -17.47%
Software Testing
Wales

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 7 (63.64%) SQL
2 6 (54.55%) PRINCE2
2 6 (54.55%) ISTQB
3 5 (45.45%) Load Testing
3 5 (45.45%) Project Management
3 5 (45.45%) Test Strategy
4 4 (36.36%) NHS
4 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
4 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (27.27%) Freedom of Information
5 3 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Data Protection
5 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Regression Testing
5 3 (27.27%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Information Governance
6 2 (18.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (18.18%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (18.18%) Grunt
6 2 (18.18%) TypeScript
6 2 (18.18%) User Experience
6 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (18.18%) Software Delivery
6 2 (18.18%) gulp
6 2 (18.18%) Mobile First
6 2 (18.18%) Defect Management
6 2 (18.18%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (18.18%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (18.18%) Sass
6 2 (18.18%) AngularJS

Software Testing
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 (18.18%) SharePoint
1 2 (18.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Grunt
1 2 (18.18%) gulp
1 2 (18.18%) Rational DOORS
1 2 (18.18%) Rational Rhapsody
1 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (18.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Analyst
1 5 (45.45%) Test Analyst
2 4 (36.36%) Lead Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Developer
3 2 (18.18%) Senior Developer
3 2 (18.18%) Senior Web Developer
3 2 (18.18%) Software Test Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Test Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Test Leader
3 2 (18.18%) Web Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) SQL Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Team Leader
4 1 (9.09%) Test Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Test Team Leader
4 1 (9.09%) Tester
4 1 (9.09%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) UAT Lead
4 1 (9.09%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (18.18%) .NET
1 2 (18.18%) Ajax
1 2 (18.18%) AngularJS
1 2 (18.18%) ASP.NET
1 2 (18.18%) CSS
1 2 (18.18%) HTML
1 2 (18.18%) HTML5
1 2 (18.18%) jQuery
1 2 (18.18%) REST
1 2 (18.18%) Sass
1 2 (18.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 2 (18.18%) Web Services
1 2 (18.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (36.36%) NHS
2 3 (27.27%) Freedom of Information
3 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (18.18%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (18.18%) User Experience
3 2 (18.18%) W3C
4 1 (9.09%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
1 1 (9.09%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) PRINCE2
2 5 (45.45%) Load Testing
2 5 (45.45%) Project Management
2 5 (45.45%) Test Strategy
3 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
4 3 (27.27%) Data Protection
4 3 (27.27%) Information Governance
4 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
4 3 (27.27%) Regression Testing
4 3 (27.27%) System Integration Testing
4 3 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (18.18%) Defect Management
5 2 (18.18%) Mobile First
5 2 (18.18%) Software Delivery
5 2 (18.18%) Software Engineering
5 2 (18.18%) UML
5 2 (18.18%) Unit Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (63.64%) SQL
2 2 (18.18%) C#
2 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
2 2 (18.18%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (54.55%) ISTQB
2 2 (18.18%) Degree
2 2 (18.18%) SC Cleared
2 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (18.18%) IBM