Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 82 55 91
Rank change year-on-year -27 +36 -33
Contract jobs citing QA 22 49 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.53% 3.37% 1.75%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 12.79% 26.92% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 38 13
Wales median daily rate £375 £418 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.18% +15.97% -8.57%
10th Percentile £285 £270 £307
90th Percentile £488 £531 £405
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Wales median hourly rate - - £18.72
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £23.34 £23.00
% change year-on-year +39.25% +1.48% -26.84%

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 172 182 200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 11.95% 12.50% 14.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 143 149
Wales median daily rate £380 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.59% +21.43% -9.68%
10th Percentile £189 £276 £173
90th Percentile £575 £600 £506
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 10
Wales median hourly rate £44.34 £25.00 £12.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +77.34% +104.08% -23.44%
10th Percentile £29.95 £14.30 £10.13
90th Percentile £50.62 £32.30 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £21.50 £25.25
% change year-on-year - -14.85% +21.69%

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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 19 February 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 19 February 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 -8 17 £375 -1.96% 11
North Wales +4 3 £410 -5.20% 4
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UK

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 11 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (40.91%) Test Automation
3 8 (36.36%) Test Strategy
4 7 (31.82%) JavaScript
4 7 (31.82%) PRINCE2
4 7 (31.82%) ITIL
5 6 (27.27%) Java
5 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
6 5 (22.73%) Non-Functional Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Selenium
6 5 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Web Services
7 4 (18.18%) JUnit
7 4 (18.18%) HP
7 4 (18.18%) Project Management
7 4 (18.18%) Service Management
7 4 (18.18%) JMeter
7 4 (18.18%) Scrum
7 4 (18.18%) TDD
7 4 (18.18%) Spring
7 4 (18.18%) BDD
7 4 (18.18%) MongoDB
7 4 (18.18%) Open Source
7 4 (18.18%) Waterfall
7 4 (18.18%) SDLC
7 4 (18.18%) Mentoring
8 3 (13.64%) Coaching
8 3 (13.64%) Microservices
8 3 (13.64%) Spring Boot
8 3 (13.64%) Test Planning

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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 1 (4.55%) CMS
Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.55%) Google Analytics
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (18.18%) MongoDB
2 1 (4.55%) Event Store
2 1 (4.55%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
2 5 (22.73%) Selenium
3 4 (18.18%) JMeter
3 4 (18.18%) JUnit
4 3 (13.64%) Capybara
4 3 (13.64%) Cucumber
4 3 (13.64%) JIRA
4 3 (13.64%) Mockito
5 2 (9.09%) HP UFT
5 2 (9.09%) LoadRunner
5 2 (9.09%) Visual Studio
6 1 (4.55%) Ant
6 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
6 1 (4.55%) Gradle
6 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
6 1 (4.55%) Maven
6 1 (4.55%) Subversion
6 1 (4.55%) TestComplete
6 1 (4.55%) TestNG
General
1 2 (9.09%) Finance
2 1 (4.55%) Back Office
2 1 (4.55%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (18.18%) Analyst
2 3 (13.64%) Test Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) Tester
3 2 (9.09%) Architect
3 2 (9.09%) Deployment Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) QA Tester
3 2 (9.09%) Release Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Test Manager
4 1 (4.55%) .NET Software Developer
4 1 (4.55%) C# ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (4.55%) C# Software Developer
4 1 (4.55%) Java Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) QA Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) QA Leader
4 1 (4.55%) Senior Testing Consultant
4 1 (4.55%) Test Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Test Leader
4 1 (4.55%) Testing Consultant
4 1 (4.55%) UAT Manager
4 1 (4.55%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (22.73%) Web Services
2 4 (18.18%) Spring
3 3 (13.64%) AngularJS
3 3 (13.64%) Spring Boot
3 3 (13.64%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 2 (9.09%) .NET
4 2 (9.09%) REST
5 1 (4.55%) .NET Framework
5 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET
5 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (4.55%) Dropwizard
5 1 (4.55%) Play Framework
5 1 (4.55%) SOAP
5 1 (4.55%) XML
5 1 (4.55%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.09%) CMDB
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.55%) Fintech
2 1 (4.55%) NHS
2 1 (4.55%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.64%) Windows
2 1 (4.55%) Windows 10
2 1 (4.55%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (40.91%) Test Automation
3 8 (36.36%) Test Strategy
4 7 (31.82%) ITIL
4 7 (31.82%) PRINCE2
5 5 (22.73%) Non-Functional Testing
5 5 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (18.18%) BDD
6 4 (18.18%) Mentoring
6 4 (18.18%) Open Source
6 4 (18.18%) Project Management
6 4 (18.18%) Scrum
6 4 (18.18%) SDLC
6 4 (18.18%) Service Management
6 4 (18.18%) TDD
6 4 (18.18%) Waterfall
7 3 (13.64%) Change Management
7 3 (13.64%) Coaching
7 3 (13.64%) Microservices
7 3 (13.64%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 7 (31.82%) JavaScript
2 6 (27.27%) Java
3 2 (9.09%) C#
3 2 (9.09%) Scala
3 2 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) Degree
1 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
1 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (4.55%) HND
2 1 (4.55%) ISEB
2 1 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (9.09%) BMC Marimba
2 2 (9.09%) SCCM
2 2 (9.09%) WSUS
3 1 (4.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 4 (18.18%) HP
2 3 (13.64%) Microsoft
3 2 (9.09%) BMC
3 2 (9.09%) Citrix
3 2 (9.09%) Dell
3 2 (9.09%) IBM
3 2 (9.09%) Remedy
3 2 (9.09%) ServiceNow
3 2 (9.09%) VMware
4 1 (4.55%) Genesys
4 1 (4.55%) Google