Period
to 18 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 August 2018 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)
UK > Wales
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 48 55 60
Rank change year-on-year +7 +5 +32
Contract jobs citing QA 59 36 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 4.01% 2.97% 2.68%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.98% 18.27% 25.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 29 23
Wales median daily rate £330 £342 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.51% -19.05% +20.71%
10th Percentile £285 £285 £313
90th Percentile £449 £435 £520
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Wales median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% - -
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £19.25 £22.00
% change year-on-year +55.84% -12.50% -8.33%

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 Wales with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 164 197 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 11.13% 16.23% 10.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 129 92
Wales median daily rate £361 £360 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.35% -10.00% -
10th Percentile £262 £175 £241
90th Percentile £561 £490 £549
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 18 4
Wales median hourly rate £30.75 £25.75 £71.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.42% -63.86% +420.07%
10th Percentile £28.38 £16.47 £42.88
90th Percentile £34.53 £77.50 £73.93
UK median hourly rate £22.40 £22.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +1.82% -2.22% +4.41%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Wales

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Wales

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Wales over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Wales

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Wales

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Contract Job Locations in 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 Wales region over the 6 months to 18 August 2018. 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
South Wales +7 58 £330 -1.79% 13
West Wales +6 1 £425 -10.53%
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Wales region with a requirement for QA.

1 48 (81.36%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (67.80%) Test Automation
3 35 (59.32%) JIRA
4 34 (57.63%) SQL Server
5 32 (54.24%) MySQL
5 32 (54.24%) Oracle
5 32 (54.24%) Cucumber
6 31 (52.54%) Selenium
7 29 (49.15%) Git (software)
7 29 (49.15%) Subversion
8 28 (47.46%) SDLC
9 26 (44.07%) Test Management
9 26 (44.07%) Continuous Improvement
10 24 (40.68%) Regression Testing
11 21 (35.59%) Project Management
12 16 (27.12%) Product Management
12 16 (27.12%) User Acceptance Testing
13 11 (18.64%) Java
14 10 (16.95%) Jenkins
15 8 (13.56%) Scrum
16 7 (11.86%) Red Hat
16 7 (11.86%) C#
16 7 (11.86%) Linux
16 7 (11.86%) Waterfall
16 7 (11.86%) DevOps
17 6 (10.17%) Ansible
17 6 (10.17%) Sonatype Nexus
17 6 (10.17%) Performance Tuning
17 6 (10.17%) JVM Tuning
17 6 (10.17%) Load Balancing

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Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 6 (10.17%) Apache
1 6 (10.17%) JBoss
2 1 (1.69%) Confluence
2 1 (1.69%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.69%) GitHub
1 1 (1.69%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.17%) DNS
1 6 (10.17%) HTTP
1 6 (10.17%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (57.63%) SQL Server
2 32 (54.24%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 35 (59.32%) JIRA
2 32 (54.24%) Cucumber
3 31 (52.54%) Selenium
4 29 (49.15%) Git (software)
4 29 (49.15%) Subversion
5 10 (16.95%) Jenkins
6 6 (10.17%) Maven
6 6 (10.17%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (6.78%) SoapUI
7 4 (6.78%) Visual Studio
8 3 (5.08%) JMeter
8 3 (5.08%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.69%) JBehave
9 1 (1.69%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (10.17%) Finance
2 4 (6.78%) Publishing
3 2 (3.39%) Banking
3 2 (3.39%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.69%) Legal
4 1 (1.69%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 26 (44.07%) Test Engineer
2 14 (23.73%) QA Engineer
3 13 (22.03%) Quality Engineer
3 13 (22.03%) Test Automation Engineer
4 10 (16.95%) JIRA Engineer
5 8 (13.56%) Analyst
5 8 (13.56%) Test Analyst
6 7 (11.86%) Tester
7 6 (10.17%) Administrator
7 6 (10.17%) Automation Tester
7 6 (10.17%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (10.17%) Linux Systems Administrator
7 6 (10.17%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 6 (10.17%) Selenium Tester
7 6 (10.17%) Systems Administrator
8 5 (8.47%) QA Test Engineer
9 4 (6.78%) Agile Tester
9 4 (6.78%) QA Automation Engineer
9 4 (6.78%) Software Test Engineer
9 4 (6.78%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (10.17%) J2EE
1 6 (10.17%) Middleware
2 3 (5.08%) .NET
3 1 (1.69%) Web Services
3 1 (1.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.69%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (11.86%) Linux
2 6 (10.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.69%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (81.36%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (67.80%) Test Automation
3 28 (47.46%) SDLC
4 26 (44.07%) Continuous Improvement
4 26 (44.07%) Test Management
5 24 (40.68%) Regression Testing
6 21 (35.59%) Project Management
7 16 (27.12%) Product Management
7 16 (27.12%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (13.56%) Scrum
9 7 (11.86%) DevOps
9 7 (11.86%) Waterfall
10 6 (10.17%) JVM Tuning
10 6 (10.17%) Load Balancing
10 6 (10.17%) Performance Tuning
11 4 (6.78%) Continuous Integration
11 4 (6.78%) Non-Functional Testing
11 4 (6.78%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 4 (6.78%) Test Scripting
12 3 (5.08%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (18.64%) Java
2 7 (11.86%) C#
3 6 (10.17%) SQL
4 3 (5.08%) PHP
5 2 (3.39%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (3.39%) Degree
2 1 (1.69%) ISEB
2 1 (1.69%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 6 (10.17%) Ansible
Vendors
1 32 (54.24%) Oracle
2 7 (11.86%) Red Hat
3 5 (8.47%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.69%) Cloudera
4 1 (1.69%) Google