Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 41 66 47
Rank change year-on-year +25 -19 +53
Contract jobs citing QA 78 24 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 4.81% 2.10% 4.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.71% 12.37% 35.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 19 45
Wales median daily rate £360 £375 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -11.24% +17.36%
10th Percentile £285 £305 £319
90th Percentile £446 £513 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +4.65% +4.12% +3.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Wales median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £21.90 £18.94
% change year-on-year +59.82% +15.66% -8.75%

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 167 194 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 10.30% 16.97% 12.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 128 131
Wales median daily rate £360 £379 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.95% -10.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £227 £175 £263
90th Percentile £542 £525 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £415
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.42% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 11 3
Wales median hourly rate £42.50 £26.50 £72.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.38% -63.45% +590.48%
10th Percentile £41.25 £15.24 £70.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £50.60 £73.95
UK median hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year +8.80% -12.42% +5.96%

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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 22 October 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 22 October 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 +24 72 £360 +5.26% 18
West Wales +6 2 £425 -10.53% 5
North Wales +2 2 £288 -29.88% 4
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UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 55 (70.51%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (60.26%) Test Automation
3 42 (53.85%) JIRA
4 41 (52.56%) Oracle
5 39 (50.00%) SQL Server
5 39 (50.00%) Cucumber
6 38 (48.72%) Selenium
7 37 (47.44%) MySQL
8 36 (46.15%) SDLC
9 34 (43.59%) Subversion
10 33 (42.31%) Git (software)
11 30 (38.46%) Test Management
11 30 (38.46%) Regression Testing
12 28 (35.90%) Continuous Improvement
13 25 (32.05%) Project Management
14 22 (28.21%) User Acceptance Testing
15 21 (26.92%) Product Management
16 14 (17.95%) Java
17 12 (15.38%) SQL
18 9 (11.54%) DevOps
18 9 (11.54%) Jenkins
18 9 (11.54%) Scrum
19 8 (10.26%) Waterfall
20 7 (8.97%) Maven
20 7 (8.97%) Security Cleared
21 6 (7.69%) SC Cleared
21 6 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 6 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
21 6 (7.69%) Load Balancing
21 6 (7.69%) Test Scripting

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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 (7.69%) Apache
1 6 (7.69%) JBoss
2 2 (2.56%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.28%) ArcGIS
3 1 (1.28%) Confluence
3 1 (1.28%) FileNet
3 1 (1.28%) SAS
3 1 (1.28%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.28%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.28%) GitHub
1 1 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.28%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.69%) DNS
1 6 (7.69%) HTTP
1 6 (7.69%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 37 (47.44%) MySQL
3 3 (3.85%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.56%) DB2
5 1 (1.28%) GIS
5 1 (1.28%) Spatial Data
5 1 (1.28%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 42 (53.85%) JIRA
2 39 (50.00%) Cucumber
3 38 (48.72%) Selenium
4 34 (43.59%) Subversion
5 33 (42.31%) Git (software)
6 9 (11.54%) Jenkins
7 7 (8.97%) Maven
8 6 (7.69%) Sonatype Nexus
8 6 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (6.41%) SoapUI
9 5 (6.41%) Visual Studio
10 2 (2.56%) JMeter
10 2 (2.56%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (2.56%) WebDriver
11 1 (1.28%) Ant
11 1 (1.28%) Artifactory
11 1 (1.28%) Gradle
11 1 (1.28%) SpecFlow
11 1 (1.28%) TestRail
General
1 6 (7.69%) Finance
2 5 (6.41%) Publishing
3 1 (1.28%) Banking
3 1 (1.28%) Legal
3 1 (1.28%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 33 (42.31%) Test Engineer
2 18 (23.08%) QA Engineer
3 17 (21.79%) Test Automation Engineer
4 16 (20.51%) Quality Engineer
5 11 (14.10%) Analyst
6 10 (12.82%) JIRA Engineer
6 10 (12.82%) QA Test Engineer
6 10 (12.82%) Test Analyst
6 10 (12.82%) Tester
7 9 (11.54%) Software Test Engineer
8 7 (8.97%) QA Automation Engineer
9 6 (7.69%) Administrator
9 6 (7.69%) Linux Systems Administrator
9 6 (7.69%) Network Engineer
9 6 (7.69%) QA Analyst
9 6 (7.69%) QA Specialist
9 6 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
9 6 (7.69%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 6 (7.69%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 6 (7.69%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.69%) J2EE
1 6 (7.69%) Middleware
2 3 (3.85%) .NET
2 3 (3.85%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 2 (2.56%) Web Services
3 2 (2.56%) XML
4 1 (1.28%) Behat
4 1 (1.28%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.85%) Clustering
3 2 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.28%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.28%) DTCC
4 1 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (7.69%) Linux
1 6 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.28%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (70.51%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (60.26%) Test Automation
3 36 (46.15%) SDLC
4 30 (38.46%) Regression Testing
4 30 (38.46%) Test Management
5 28 (35.90%) Continuous Improvement
6 25 (32.05%) Project Management
7 22 (28.21%) User Acceptance Testing
8 21 (26.92%) Product Management
9 9 (11.54%) DevOps
9 9 (11.54%) Scrum
10 8 (10.26%) Waterfall
11 6 (7.69%) Customer Requirements
11 6 (7.69%) JVM Tuning
11 6 (7.69%) Load Balancing
11 6 (7.69%) Network Design
11 6 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
11 6 (7.69%) Test Scripting
12 5 (6.41%) Continuous Integration
12 5 (6.41%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 14 (17.95%) Java
2 12 (15.38%) SQL
3 6 (7.69%) C#
4 3 (3.85%) Python
5 2 (2.56%) PHP
6 1 (1.28%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.28%) Go
6 1 (1.28%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.28%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 7 (8.97%) Security Cleared
2 6 (7.69%) SC Cleared
3 5 (6.41%) CCNA
3 5 (6.41%) CCNP
3 5 (6.41%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (5.13%) HNC
5 2 (2.56%) Degree
5 2 (2.56%) ISEB
5 2 (2.56%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.85%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (3.85%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 6 (7.69%) Ansible
2 3 (3.85%) Data Guard
3 2 (2.56%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 41 (52.56%) Oracle
2 6 (7.69%) Red Hat
3 5 (6.41%) Cisco
3 5 (6.41%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.56%) HP
5 1 (1.28%) Cloudera
5 1 (1.28%) ESRI
5 1 (1.28%) Google