Period
to 22 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 62 49 105
Rank change year-on-year -13 +56 -46
Contract jobs citing QA 25 63 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.09% 4.42% 1.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.23% 40.65% 8.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 45 12
Wales median daily rate £360 £425 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.29% +18.06% -4.00%
10th Percentile £256 £331 £314
90th Percentile £424 £525 £627
UK median daily rate £431 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.62% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Wales median hourly rate £35.00 - £18.72
10th Percentile £32.50 - £17.71
90th Percentile £37.50 - £19.72
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.50% - -

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 189 155 198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 15.79% 10.88% 12.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 120 144
Wales median daily rate £385 £425 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +10.39% +2.67%
10th Percentile £175 £261 £247
90th Percentile £550 £613 £529
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 9
Wales median hourly rate £35.00 £70.00 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +536.36% -35.29%
10th Percentile £15.09 £70.00 £9.40
90th Percentile £52.48 £70.00 £35.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £23.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -14.89% +4.44% +16.88%

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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 November 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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 -11 17 £359 -13.61% 7
North Wales 0 3 £410 -5.20% 1
West Wales -4 2 - - 1
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UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 13 (52.00%) Test Automation
2 10 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (28.00%) PRINCE2
3 7 (28.00%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (24.00%) ITIL
4 6 (24.00%) IBM
4 6 (24.00%) Waterfall
5 5 (20.00%) Selenium
5 5 (20.00%) Project Management
5 5 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Mentoring
5 5 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (16.00%) Test Strategy
6 4 (16.00%) SoapUI
6 4 (16.00%) Coaching
6 4 (16.00%) SDLC
6 4 (16.00%) Windows
6 4 (16.00%) Microsoft
6 4 (16.00%) SQL
6 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Scrum
7 3 (12.00%) Ethernet
7 3 (12.00%) JIRA
7 3 (12.00%) Use Case
7 3 (12.00%) Web Services
7 3 (12.00%) XML
7 3 (12.00%) Java
7 3 (12.00%) JavaScript
7 3 (12.00%) .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 2 (8.00%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (4.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.00%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.00%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) Big Data
1 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (20.00%) Selenium
2 4 (16.00%) SoapUI
3 3 (12.00%) JIRA
3 3 (12.00%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (12.00%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (8.00%) Cucumber
4 2 (8.00%) HP UFT
4 2 (8.00%) JBehave
4 2 (8.00%) JUnit
4 2 (8.00%) LoadRunner
4 2 (8.00%) Visual Studio
5 1 (4.00%) JMeter
5 1 (4.00%) TestComplete
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Banking
3 1 (4.00%) Back Office
3 1 (4.00%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (32.00%) Analyst
2 4 (16.00%) Test Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Business Analyst
3 3 (12.00%) Developer
3 3 (12.00%) Senior Software Test Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Senior Test Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Software Test Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Tester
4 2 (8.00%) Data Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Data Business Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Deployment Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Java Developer
4 2 (8.00%) QA Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) QA Tester
4 2 (8.00%) Release Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) SC Cleared Java Developer
4 2 (8.00%) Test Analyst
5 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
5 1 (4.00%) Finance Business Analyst
5 1 (4.00%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) .NET
1 3 (12.00%) Web Services
1 3 (12.00%) XML
2 2 (8.00%) CSS
2 2 (8.00%) Dropwizard
2 2 (8.00%) HTML
2 2 (8.00%) JSON
3 1 (4.00%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (4.00%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (28.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.00%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (8.00%) CMDB
4 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
4 1 (4.00%) iSeries
4 1 (4.00%) NHS
4 1 (4.00%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.00%) Windows
2 2 (8.00%) Linux
2 2 (8.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (52.00%) Test Automation
2 10 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (28.00%) PRINCE2
4 6 (24.00%) ITIL
4 6 (24.00%) Waterfall
5 5 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
5 5 (20.00%) Mentoring
5 5 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Project Management
6 4 (16.00%) Coaching
6 4 (16.00%) Scrum
6 4 (16.00%) SDLC
6 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Test Strategy
6 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Business Analysis
7 3 (12.00%) Functional Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Regulatory Compliance
7 3 (12.00%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (12.00%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 4 (16.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) Java
2 3 (12.00%) JavaScript
3 2 (8.00%) C#
4 1 (4.00%) Python
4 1 (4.00%) R
4 1 (4.00%) Scala
4 1 (4.00%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (8.00%) Degree
1 2 (8.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (8.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.00%) HND
2 1 (4.00%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (8.00%) BMC Marimba
2 2 (8.00%) SCCM
2 2 (8.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (8.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (24.00%) IBM
2 4 (16.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (12.00%) HP
4 2 (8.00%) BMC
4 2 (8.00%) Remedy
4 2 (8.00%) ServiceNow
5 1 (4.00%) Citrix
5 1 (4.00%) Dell
5 1 (4.00%) Genesys
5 1 (4.00%) VMware