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 3 months to 30 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK / Wales
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 56 51
Rank change year-on-year +12 -5  
Contract jobs citing QA 19 15 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.66% 2.29% 1.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.43% 15.96% 19.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 7 5
Median daily rate £340 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £323 £380
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £670 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

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 Wales with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 109 94 66
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 15.29% 14.37% 9.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 64 28
Median daily rate £375 £363 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% -9.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £201 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £515 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 3
Median hourly rate £35.00 £66.00 £11.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.96% +486.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.60 £23.20 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.50 £66.00 £15.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 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
South Wales +20 17 £330 -17.50% 4
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UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 Wales region with a requirement for QA.

1 31 (67.39%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (60.87%) Selenium
3 27 (58.70%) SQL
4 25 (54.35%) Cucumber
5 24 (52.17%) Java
6 22 (47.83%) Continuous Improvement
7 20 (43.48%) XML
8 18 (39.13%) Analytical Skills
9 17 (36.96%) Linux
9 17 (36.96%) Security Cleared
9 17 (36.96%) Automated Testing
9 17 (36.96%) JSON
10 16 (34.78%) Scrum
10 16 (34.78%) Unix
10 16 (34.78%) CSS
10 16 (34.78%) HTML
10 16 (34.78%) JUnit
10 16 (34.78%) WebLogic
10 16 (34.78%) Mentoring
10 16 (34.78%) Dropwizard
11 15 (32.61%) Windows
11 15 (32.61%) JBehave
12 14 (30.43%) SC Cleared
13 13 (28.26%) User Acceptance Testing
14 10 (21.74%) Software Delivery
15 8 (17.39%) SoapUI
16 7 (15.22%) SOAP
16 7 (15.22%) SDLC
17 6 (13.04%) Test Strategy
17 6 (13.04%) .NET

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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 16 (34.78%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.17%) Apache Spark
2 1 (2.17%) Confluence
2 1 (2.17%) Jupyter
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) MS Office
1 1 (2.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.35%) Ethernet
2 1 (2.17%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (2.17%) HTTP
2 1 (2.17%) LAN
2 1 (2.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.70%) MySQL
1 4 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.17%) GIS
2 1 (2.17%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 28 (60.87%) Selenium
2 25 (54.35%) Cucumber
3 16 (34.78%) JUnit
4 15 (32.61%) JBehave
5 8 (17.39%) SoapUI
6 6 (13.04%) JIRA
7 4 (8.70%) Git (software)
7 4 (8.70%) Subversion
8 3 (6.52%) HP UFT
8 3 (6.52%) JMeter
8 3 (6.52%) LoadRunner
8 3 (6.52%) Rational Performance Tester
8 3 (6.52%) The Grinder
8 3 (6.52%) WinRunner
9 2 (4.35%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (4.35%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 6 (13.04%) Finance
2 1 (2.17%) Electronics
2 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.17%) Marketing
2 1 (2.17%) Publishing
2 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (43.48%) Developer
2 17 (36.96%) Java Developer
3 8 (17.39%) Analyst
4 7 (15.22%) SC Cleared Java Developer
4 7 (15.22%) Test Analyst
5 6 (13.04%) Test Engineer
6 3 (6.52%) Agile Developer
6 3 (6.52%) Agile Java Developer
6 3 (6.52%) QA Engineer
6 3 (6.52%) Quality Engineer
6 3 (6.52%) Tester
6 3 (6.52%) XML Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) Automation Tester
7 2 (4.35%) Lead Tester
7 2 (4.35%) Performance Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) Performance Test Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) QA Test Engineer
7 2 (4.35%) Software Test Engineer
7 2 (4.35%) Test Leader
7 2 (4.35%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (43.48%) XML
2 17 (36.96%) JSON
3 16 (34.78%) CSS
3 16 (34.78%) Dropwizard
3 16 (34.78%) HTML
4 7 (15.22%) SOAP
5 6 (13.04%) .NET
6 3 (6.52%) J2EE
7 1 (2.17%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 18 (39.13%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.35%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.35%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (4.35%) Reference Data
3 1 (2.17%) Algorithms
3 1 (2.17%) CESG
3 1 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (2.17%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 17 (36.96%) Linux
2 16 (34.78%) Unix
3 15 (32.61%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (67.39%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (47.83%) Continuous Improvement
3 17 (36.96%) Automated Testing
4 16 (34.78%) Mentoring
4 16 (34.78%) Scrum
5 13 (28.26%) User Acceptance Testing
6 10 (21.74%) Software Delivery
7 7 (15.22%) SDLC
8 6 (13.04%) Regression Testing
8 6 (13.04%) Test Management
8 6 (13.04%) Test Strategy
9 5 (10.87%) Load Testing
9 5 (10.87%) Performance Testing
9 5 (10.87%) Test Scripting
9 5 (10.87%) Waterfall
10 4 (8.70%) Migration
10 4 (8.70%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 4 (8.70%) Project Management
10 4 (8.70%) System Integration Testing
11 3 (6.52%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (58.70%) SQL
2 24 (52.17%) Java
3 3 (6.52%) C
3 3 (6.52%) C#
3 3 (6.52%) Groovy
3 3 (6.52%) PL/SQL
4 2 (4.35%) Python
4 2 (4.35%) VB
4 2 (4.35%) VB6
5 1 (2.17%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.17%) Korn
Qualifications
1 17 (36.96%) Security Cleared
2 14 (30.43%) SC Cleared
3 6 (13.04%) ISEB
4 4 (8.70%) ISTQB
5 2 (4.35%) Degree
6 1 (2.17%) CCNA
6 1 (2.17%) CCNP
6 1 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (2.17%) HNC
6 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.17%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (2.17%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 4 (8.70%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.17%) Oozie
Vendors
1 6 (13.04%) Oracle
2 3 (6.52%) HP
2 3 (6.52%) IBM
2 3 (6.52%) Siebel
3 2 (4.35%) Blue Prism
3 2 (4.35%) SAP
4 1 (2.17%) Blue Coat
4 1 (2.17%) Cisco
4 1 (2.17%) Cloudera
4 1 (2.17%) Intel Security
4 1 (2.17%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.17%) Riverbed
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