Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 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
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 69 65 73
Rank change year-on-year -4 +8 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 35 32 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.33% 2.39% 2.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.83% 16.24% 16.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 28 16
Wales median daily rate £333 £336 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.04% -10.40% -
10th Percentile £285 £240 £279
90th Percentile £488 £443 £475
UK median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Wales median hourly rate £28.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £26.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.77% +15.56% -35.71%

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 168 197 156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 11.19% 14.69% 12.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 144 114
Wales median daily rate £363 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £228 £218 £161
90th Percentile £524 £513 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £433 £400
% change year-on-year +4.05% +8.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 16 7
Wales median hourly rate £39.00 £25.75 £48.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.46% -46.35% +280.95%
10th Percentile £30.25 £19.50 £11.75
90th Percentile £49.52 £77.50 £73.85
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year - -6.25% +20.00%

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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 25 May 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 25 May 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 -13 35 £333 +0.76% 12
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 25 May 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 27 (77.14%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (68.57%) Test Automation
3 21 (60.00%) Selenium
4 18 (51.43%) Cucumber
5 15 (42.86%) Git (software)
5 15 (42.86%) Subversion
5 15 (42.86%) JIRA
5 15 (42.86%) MySQL
5 15 (42.86%) Oracle
6 14 (40.00%) SQL Server
6 14 (40.00%) Regression Testing
7 13 (37.14%) Continuous Improvement
7 13 (37.14%) SDLC
8 11 (31.43%) Test Management
9 10 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (28.57%) Java
10 8 (22.86%) Project Management
10 8 (22.86%) Scrum
11 7 (20.00%) Product Management
12 6 (17.14%) Test Strategy
12 6 (17.14%) Jenkins
13 5 (14.29%) JMeter
13 5 (14.29%) SoapUI
14 4 (11.43%) MongoDB
14 4 (11.43%) BDD
14 4 (11.43%) Waterfall
14 4 (11.43%) Open Source
14 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
14 4 (11.43%) Continuous Integration
14 4 (11.43%) Spring

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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 2 (5.71%) Apache
1 2 (5.71%) JBoss
2 1 (2.86%) CMS
2 1 (2.86%) Confluence
2 1 (2.86%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.86%) GitHub
1 1 (2.86%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.71%) DNS
1 2 (5.71%) HTTP
1 2 (5.71%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (42.86%) MySQL
2 14 (40.00%) SQL Server
3 4 (11.43%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.86%) Event Store
4 1 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.86%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 21 (60.00%) Selenium
2 18 (51.43%) Cucumber
3 15 (42.86%) Git (software)
3 15 (42.86%) JIRA
3 15 (42.86%) Subversion
4 6 (17.14%) Jenkins
5 5 (14.29%) JMeter
5 5 (14.29%) SoapUI
6 4 (11.43%) JUnit
7 3 (8.57%) Capybara
7 3 (8.57%) Maven
7 3 (8.57%) Mockito
8 2 (5.71%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (2.86%) Ant
9 1 (2.86%) Gradle
9 1 (2.86%) JBehave
9 1 (2.86%) TestNG
9 1 (2.86%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (8.57%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Banking
2 2 (5.71%) Publishing
3 1 (2.86%) Legal
3 1 (2.86%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Test Engineer
2 8 (22.86%) QA Engineer
3 6 (17.14%) Analyst
4 5 (14.29%) Quality Engineer
4 5 (14.29%) Test Analyst
5 4 (11.43%) JIRA Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) QA Test Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) QA Automation Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Test Automation Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Test Manager
6 3 (8.57%) Tester
7 2 (5.71%) Administrator
7 2 (5.71%) Automation Tester
7 2 (5.71%) Linux Administrator
7 2 (5.71%) Linux Systems Administrator
7 2 (5.71%) QA Analyst
7 2 (5.71%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 2 (5.71%) Selenium Test Analyst
7 2 (5.71%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (5.71%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.43%) Spring
2 3 (8.57%) AngularJS
2 3 (8.57%) Spring Boot
2 3 (8.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (5.71%) J2EE
3 2 (5.71%) Middleware
3 2 (5.71%) REST
3 2 (5.71%) Web Services
3 2 (5.71%) XML
4 1 (2.86%) Dropwizard
4 1 (2.86%) Play Framework
4 1 (2.86%) SOAP
4 1 (2.86%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.86%) Fintech
2 1 (2.86%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.57%) Linux
2 2 (5.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.86%) CentOS
3 1 (2.86%) Windows
3 1 (2.86%) Windows 10
3 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (77.14%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (68.57%) Test Automation
3 14 (40.00%) Regression Testing
4 13 (37.14%) Continuous Improvement
4 13 (37.14%) SDLC
5 11 (31.43%) Test Management
6 10 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (22.86%) Project Management
7 8 (22.86%) Scrum
8 7 (20.00%) Product Management
9 6 (17.14%) Test Strategy
10 4 (11.43%) BDD
10 4 (11.43%) Continuous Integration
10 4 (11.43%) Open Source
10 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
10 4 (11.43%) Waterfall
11 3 (8.57%) Agile Testing
11 3 (8.57%) ATDD
11 3 (8.57%) Load Balancing
11 3 (8.57%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (28.57%) Java
2 4 (11.43%) Java 8
2 4 (11.43%) JavaScript
2 4 (11.43%) SQL
3 2 (5.71%) C#
3 2 (5.71%) PHP
3 2 (5.71%) Python
4 1 (2.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared
1 2 (5.71%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.86%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (2.86%) Degree
2 1 (2.86%) ISEB
2 1 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 1 (2.86%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) Ansible
2 1 (2.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (42.86%) Oracle
2 3 (8.57%) Red Hat
3 2 (5.71%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.86%) Citrix
4 1 (2.86%) Cloudera
4 1 (2.86%) Dell
4 1 (2.86%) Google
4 1 (2.86%) HP
4 1 (2.86%) VMware