Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 51 70 47
Rank change year-on-year +19 -23 +54
Contract jobs citing QA 72 23 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 4.16% 1.86% 4.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.64% 12.64% 39.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 15 45
Wales median daily rate £360 £342 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -19.53% +18.06%
10th Percentile £285 £238 £327
90th Percentile £467 £430 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Wales median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £21.90 £20.50
% change year-on-year +64.38% +6.83% -4.65%

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 165 182 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 9.53% 14.72% 11.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 118 120
Wales median daily rate £375 £393 £429
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.64% -8.28% +17.47%
10th Percentile £222 £169 £261
90th Percentile £603 £558 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 2
Wales median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -26.32% +219.70%
10th Percentile £41.25 £15.09 £28.15
90th Percentile £43.75 £48.66 £65.65
UK median hourly rate £20.24 £20.80 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.72% -7.56% -

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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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +20 63 £360 +15.20% 27
West Wales +3 3 £425 - 3
North Wales +1 3 £275 -32.93% 3
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UK

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 47 (65.28%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (54.17%) Test Automation
3 33 (45.83%) JIRA
4 29 (40.28%) Selenium
4 29 (40.28%) SQL Server
5 28 (38.89%) Oracle
6 26 (36.11%) Cucumber
7 25 (34.72%) SDLC
8 24 (33.33%) Regression Testing
8 24 (33.33%) Git (software)
9 23 (31.94%) MySQL
10 22 (30.56%) Subversion
11 20 (27.78%) Test Management
11 20 (27.78%) Project Management
12 18 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
13 17 (23.61%) User Acceptance Testing
14 16 (22.22%) Product Management
15 13 (18.06%) SQL
16 11 (15.28%) Scrum
17 10 (13.89%) Java
18 9 (12.50%) Security Cleared
18 9 (12.50%) Finance
19 8 (11.11%) Test Scripting
19 8 (11.11%) C#
19 8 (11.11%) DevOps
20 7 (9.72%) SC Cleared
20 7 (9.72%) Team Foundation Server
20 7 (9.72%) Customer Requirements
20 7 (9.72%) Network Design
21 6 (8.33%) Software Engineering

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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 4 (5.56%) Apache
1 4 (5.56%) JBoss
2 3 (4.17%) Confluence
3 2 (2.78%) ArcGIS
3 2 (2.78%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.39%) FileNet
4 1 (1.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.78%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (1.39%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.39%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.39%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.39%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.56%) DNS
1 4 (5.56%) HTTP
1 4 (5.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (40.28%) SQL Server
2 23 (31.94%) MySQL
3 4 (5.56%) Oracle Database
4 3 (4.17%) DB2
5 2 (2.78%) GIS
5 2 (2.78%) Spatial Data
6 1 (1.39%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 33 (45.83%) JIRA
2 29 (40.28%) Selenium
3 26 (36.11%) Cucumber
4 24 (33.33%) Git (software)
5 22 (30.56%) Subversion
6 7 (9.72%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (6.94%) Jenkins
7 5 (6.94%) Maven
7 5 (6.94%) Visual Studio
7 5 (6.94%) WebDriver
8 4 (5.56%) Sonatype Nexus
8 4 (5.56%) Visual Studio Coded UI
9 3 (4.17%) SoapUI
10 2 (2.78%) Jasmine
10 2 (2.78%) Protractor
10 2 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (1.39%) Artifactory
11 1 (1.39%) Gradle
11 1 (1.39%) SpecFlow
11 1 (1.39%) TestRail
General
1 9 (12.50%) Finance
2 3 (4.17%) Banking
2 3 (4.17%) Publishing
3 2 (2.78%) Legal
4 1 (1.39%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (34.72%) Test Engineer
2 17 (23.61%) QA Engineer
3 16 (22.22%) Test Automation Engineer
4 12 (16.67%) Analyst
5 10 (13.89%) QA Test Engineer
5 10 (13.89%) Quality Engineer
6 9 (12.50%) Software Test Engineer
6 9 (12.50%) Test Analyst
7 8 (11.11%) Tester
8 7 (9.72%) Network Engineer
8 7 (9.72%) QA Automation Engineer
8 7 (9.72%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 6 (8.33%) Developer
9 6 (8.33%) QA Analyst
9 6 (8.33%) QA Specialist
9 6 (8.33%) QA Test Analyst
10 5 (6.94%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (6.94%) Software Analyst
10 5 (6.94%) Software Test Analyst
10 5 (6.94%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.33%) .NET
2 4 (5.56%) J2EE
2 4 (5.56%) Middleware
2 4 (5.56%) Oracle GoldenGate
2 4 (5.56%) RESTful
3 3 (4.17%) JSON
3 3 (4.17%) WCF
4 2 (2.78%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.78%) CSS
4 2 (2.78%) CSS3
4 2 (2.78%) HTML
4 2 (2.78%) HTML5
4 2 (2.78%) LESS
4 2 (2.78%) Sass
4 2 (2.78%) Web Services
5 1 (1.39%) Behat
5 1 (1.39%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (1.39%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.56%) Clustering
2 3 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.17%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.78%) Fintech
3 2 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (2.78%) User Experience
4 1 (1.39%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.39%) DTCC
4 1 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.39%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.56%) Linux
1 4 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.39%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (65.28%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (54.17%) Test Automation
3 25 (34.72%) SDLC
4 24 (33.33%) Regression Testing
5 20 (27.78%) Project Management
5 20 (27.78%) Test Management
6 18 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 17 (23.61%) User Acceptance Testing
8 16 (22.22%) Product Management
9 11 (15.28%) Scrum
10 8 (11.11%) DevOps
10 8 (11.11%) Test Scripting
11 7 (9.72%) Customer Requirements
11 7 (9.72%) Network Design
12 6 (8.33%) Software Engineering
13 5 (6.94%) Continuous Integration
13 5 (6.94%) Data Modelling
13 5 (6.94%) Test Strategy
13 5 (6.94%) Validation
13 5 (6.94%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 13 (18.06%) SQL
2 10 (13.89%) Java
3 8 (11.11%) C#
4 2 (2.78%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.78%) Python
5 1 (1.39%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.39%) ES6
5 1 (1.39%) Go
5 1 (1.39%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.39%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.39%) Ruby
5 1 (1.39%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 9 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 7 (9.72%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.33%) CCNA
3 6 (8.33%) CCNP
3 6 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (6.94%) HNC
5 2 (2.78%) Degree
5 2 (2.78%) ISEB
5 2 (2.78%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.56%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.39%) Def Stans
System Software
1 4 (5.56%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) Ansible
1 4 (5.56%) Data Guard
2 3 (4.17%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 28 (38.89%) Oracle
2 6 (8.33%) Cisco
3 5 (6.94%) Microsoft
4 4 (5.56%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.78%) ESRI
5 2 (2.78%) HP
6 1 (1.39%) Adobe
6 1 (1.39%) Google
6 1 (1.39%) PTC
6 1 (1.39%) TOWER Software
6 1 (1.39%) Twitter