Period
to 24 May 2019

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 24 May 2019 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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 63 68 65
Rank change year-on-year +5 -3 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 36 35 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.38% 2.34% 2.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.43% 20.96% 16.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 28 28
Wales median daily rate £425 £333 £336
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.82% -1.04% -10.40%
10th Percentile £263 £285 £240
90th Percentile £580 £488 £443
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Wales median hourly rate - £28.00 -
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £21.90 £26.00
% change year-on-year +32.42% -15.77% +15.56%

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 111 167 196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 7.34% 11.19% 14.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 121 144
Wales median daily rate £474 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.69% -3.33% -
10th Percentile £270 £225 £218
90th Percentile £606 £525 £513
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 16
Wales median hourly rate £35.00 £39.00 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.26% +51.46% -46.35%
10th Percentile £18.38 £30.25 £19.50
90th Percentile £39.90 £49.52 £77.50
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50

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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 24 May 2019.

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 24 May 2019. 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 +5 31 £425 +27.82% 3
West Wales - 4 £475 - 4
North Wales - 1 £275 - 2
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, 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 18 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (38.89%) Finance
3 11 (30.56%) Test Automation
4 8 (22.22%) TDD
4 8 (22.22%) BDD
5 7 (19.44%) RESTful
5 7 (19.44%) SC Cleared
5 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
5 7 (19.44%) JIRA
5 7 (19.44%) .NET
5 7 (19.44%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (16.67%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (16.67%) SQL Server
6 6 (16.67%) C#
6 6 (16.67%) Scrum
6 6 (16.67%) Software Engineering
6 6 (16.67%) Git (software)
7 5 (13.89%) Confluence
7 5 (13.89%) JSON
7 5 (13.89%) WCF
7 5 (13.89%) Data Modelling
7 5 (13.89%) B2B
7 5 (13.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 5 (13.89%) Software Delivery
7 5 (13.89%) API Development
7 5 (13.89%) API Design
7 5 (13.89%) API Integration
8 4 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (11.11%) User Stories
8 4 (11.11%) Line Management

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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 5 (13.89%) Confluence
2 1 (2.78%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.78%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (8.33%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (2.78%) SAP CO
2 1 (2.78%) SAP FI
2 1 (2.78%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (2.78%) SAP SD
2 1 (2.78%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.33%) SaaS
1 3 (8.33%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.78%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (2.78%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
3 1 (2.78%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (2.78%) Office 365
3 1 (2.78%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.78%) DNS
1 1 (2.78%) HTTP
1 1 (2.78%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.78%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (2.78%) Data Lake
2 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.78%) HDInsight
2 1 (2.78%) OLAP
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (19.44%) JIRA
2 6 (16.67%) Git (software)
3 3 (8.33%) Selenium
4 2 (5.56%) Jasmine
4 2 (5.56%) Protractor
4 2 (5.56%) Visual Studio
4 2 (5.56%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.78%) Android Studio
5 1 (2.78%) Capybara
5 1 (2.78%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.78%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (2.78%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (38.89%) Finance
2 4 (11.11%) Banking
2 4 (11.11%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.56%) Billing
4 1 (2.78%) Marketing
4 1 (2.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (27.78%) Developer
2 6 (16.67%) Senior Developer
3 5 (13.89%) Analyst
4 4 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) JavaScript Developer
5 3 (8.33%) QA Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) Senior JavaScript Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Angular Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Consultant
6 2 (5.56%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 2 (5.56%) HTML CSS Developer
6 2 (5.56%) HTML Developer
6 2 (5.56%) QA Manager
6 2 (5.56%) Senior Front-End Developer
7 1 (2.78%) Architect
7 1 (2.78%) Author
7 1 (2.78%) Programme Manager
7 1 (2.78%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.78%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (19.44%) .NET
1 7 (19.44%) RESTful
2 5 (13.89%) JSON
2 5 (13.89%) WCF
3 4 (11.11%) HTML
4 3 (8.33%) AngularJS
4 3 (8.33%) CSS
4 3 (8.33%) CSS3
4 3 (8.33%) HTML5
5 2 (5.56%) LESS
5 2 (5.56%) Sass
5 2 (5.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (2.78%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.78%) Apache Cordova
6 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET
6 1 (2.78%) Behat
6 1 (2.78%) Gherkin
6 1 (2.78%) MDX
6 1 (2.78%) Node.js
6 1 (2.78%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.67%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (5.56%) Fintech
3 2 (5.56%) User Experience
4 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.78%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.11%) Unix
2 3 (8.33%) Windows
3 1 (2.78%) Android
3 1 (2.78%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (30.56%) Test Automation
3 8 (22.22%) BDD
3 8 (22.22%) TDD
4 7 (19.44%) Problem-Solving
5 6 (16.67%) Scrum
5 6 (16.67%) Software Engineering
6 5 (13.89%) API Design
6 5 (13.89%) API Development
6 5 (13.89%) API Integration
6 5 (13.89%) B2B
6 5 (13.89%) Data Modelling
6 5 (13.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (13.89%) Software Delivery
7 4 (11.11%) Business Analysis
7 4 (11.11%) ERP
7 4 (11.11%) Line Management
7 4 (11.11%) Migration
7 4 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (11.11%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 6 (16.67%) C#
2 3 (8.33%) JavaScript
2 3 (8.33%) SQL
3 2 (5.56%) ES6
3 2 (5.56%) PowerShell
3 2 (5.56%) Ruby
4 1 (2.78%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
4 1 (2.78%) Java
4 1 (2.78%) Python
4 1 (2.78%) R
Qualifications
1 7 (19.44%) SC Cleared
1 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
2 3 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (8.33%) DBS Check
3 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (8.33%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.78%) Def Stans
3 1 (2.78%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) Ansible
1 1 (2.78%) Kubernetes
1 1 (2.78%) Terraform
Vendors
1 3 (8.33%) Ariba
1 3 (8.33%) Concur
1 3 (8.33%) SAP
2 2 (5.56%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.56%) Twitter
3 1 (2.78%) Adobe
3 1 (2.78%) Google
3 1 (2.78%) PTC