Period
to 9 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in South Wales with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 9 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Wales > South Wales
6 months to
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 45 45 45
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 +20
Permanent jobs citing QA 75 67 110
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in South Wales 4.71% 4.71% 5.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.12% 43.23% 39.71%
Number of salaries quoted 67 51 101
South Wales median annual salary £47,500 £41,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +15.85% -8.89% +22.45%
10th Percentile £31,900 £26,750 £29,750
90th Percentile £67,500 £54,250 £85,000
Wales median annual salary £36,250 £33,934 £43,000
% change year-on-year +6.83% -21.08% +19.44%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in South Wales with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
South Wales
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 170 155 277
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in South Wales 10.68% 10.88% 12.82%
Number of salaries quoted 152 130 242
South Wales median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -7.89%
10th Percentile £24,275 £24,000 £21,000
90th Percentile £65,925 £58,750 £69,500
Wales median annual salary £37,500 £34,950 £35,000
% change year-on-year +7.30% -0.14% -6.67%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in South Wales.

Job vacancy trend for QA in South Wales

QA
Salary Trend in South Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA in South Wales.

Salary trend for QA in South Wales

QA
Salary Histogram in South Wales

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in South Wales over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Salary histogram for QA in South Wales

QA
Job Locations in South Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South Wales region over the 6 months to 9 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff -6 62 £45,000 +9.76% 20
Newport +12 7 £54,000 +35.00% 2
Torfaen +9 3 £60,000 +26.32% 3
Caerphilly +1 1 £50,000 +29.87%
Bridgend - 1 £27,500 - 2
Neath Port Talbot - 1 £35,000 - 1
QA
Wales

For the 6 months to 9 December 2018, IT 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 permanent job ads across the South Wales region with a requirement for QA.

1 49 (65.33%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (53.33%) Test Automation
3 39 (52.00%) Java
4 29 (38.67%) Selenium
5 26 (34.67%) TDD
6 25 (33.33%) BDD
7 23 (30.67%) Finance
8 20 (26.67%) REST
9 19 (25.33%) Continuous Integration
9 19 (25.33%) Cucumber
10 18 (24.00%) Fintech
11 17 (22.67%) C#
11 17 (22.67%) Software Testing
12 16 (21.33%) Web Services
12 16 (21.33%) Microservices
13 15 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
14 14 (18.67%) Scrum
14 14 (18.67%) NoSQL
14 14 (18.67%) Unit Testing
14 14 (18.67%) SDET
15 13 (17.33%) QA Automation
15 13 (17.33%) Go
15 13 (17.33%) SoapUI
15 13 (17.33%) JMeter
15 13 (17.33%) Acceptance Criteria
16 12 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
16 12 (16.00%) Protractor
17 11 (14.67%) Spring Boot
17 11 (14.67%) WebDriver
17 11 (14.67%) Spring

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in South 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 7 (9.33%) Confluence
2 1 (1.33%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.33%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (1.33%) CMS
2 1 (1.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.33%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.33%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.67%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.33%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (1.33%) Panaya
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (18.67%) NoSQL
2 5 (6.67%) SQL Server
3 3 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (4.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (4.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (4.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.67%) Power BI
5 1 (1.33%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.33%) MySQL
5 1 (1.33%) OLAP
5 1 (1.33%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 29 (38.67%) Selenium
2 19 (25.33%) Cucumber
3 13 (17.33%) JMeter
3 13 (17.33%) SoapUI
4 12 (16.00%) Protractor
5 11 (14.67%) JIRA
5 11 (14.67%) JUnit
5 11 (14.67%) WebDriver
6 6 (8.00%) Git (software)
7 3 (4.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (4.00%) Bitbucket
7 3 (4.00%) Bugzilla
7 3 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (2.67%) Jenkins
8 2 (2.67%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (1.33%) Gerrit
9 1 (1.33%) Gradle
9 1 (1.33%) Mercurial
9 1 (1.33%) TestNG
9 1 (1.33%) webpack
General
1 23 (30.67%) Finance
2 5 (6.67%) Marketing
3 4 (5.33%) Banking
4 3 (4.00%) Electronics
4 3 (4.00%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (20.00%) Developer
2 14 (18.67%) QA Engineer
3 12 (16.00%) Analyst
3 12 (16.00%) Java Engineer
4 10 (13.33%) Tester
5 9 (12.00%) QA Leader
6 7 (9.33%) Automation Engineer
6 7 (9.33%) QA Automation Engineer
7 6 (8.00%) Test Analyst
8 5 (6.67%) QA Manager
8 5 (6.67%) QA Test Manager
8 5 (6.67%) Test Manager
9 4 (5.33%) Java Developer
10 3 (4.00%) Agile Coach
10 3 (4.00%) Business Analyst
10 3 (4.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 3 (4.00%) Programme Manager
10 3 (4.00%) Test Engineer
10 3 (4.00%) Test Leader
11 2 (2.67%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (26.67%) REST
2 16 (21.33%) Web Services
3 11 (14.67%) Spring
3 11 (14.67%) Spring Boot
4 8 (10.67%) Swagger
5 6 (8.00%) HTML
6 3 (4.00%) .NET
7 2 (2.67%) AngularJS
7 2 (2.67%) Apache Camel
7 2 (2.67%) CSS
7 2 (2.67%) Java SE
7 2 (2.67%) JDBC
7 2 (2.67%) JPA
7 2 (2.67%) React
7 2 (2.67%) RESTful
7 2 (2.67%) Sass
7 2 (2.67%) Spring MVC
7 2 (2.67%) Zuul
8 1 (1.33%) Immutable.js
8 1 (1.33%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 18 (24.00%) Fintech
2 5 (6.67%) Mobile App
2 5 (6.67%) User Experience
3 2 (2.67%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.67%) Cloud Native
3 2 (2.67%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.67%) e-Learning
4 1 (1.33%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.33%) Digital TV
4 1 (1.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.33%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.00%) Windows
2 2 (2.67%) Android
2 2 (2.67%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (65.33%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (53.33%) Test Automation
3 26 (34.67%) TDD
4 25 (33.33%) BDD
5 19 (25.33%) Continuous Integration
6 17 (22.67%) Software Testing
7 16 (21.33%) Microservices
8 15 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
9 14 (18.67%) Scrum
9 14 (18.67%) SDET
9 14 (18.67%) Unit Testing
10 13 (17.33%) Acceptance Criteria
10 13 (17.33%) QA Automation
11 12 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
12 10 (13.33%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (13.33%) Coaching
12 10 (13.33%) Issue Tracking
12 10 (13.33%) Non-Functional Testing
13 8 (10.67%) Mentoring
14 7 (9.33%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 39 (52.00%) Java
2 17 (22.67%) C#
3 13 (17.33%) Go
4 8 (10.67%) JavaScript
5 7 (9.33%) SQL
6 5 (6.67%) PHP
7 3 (4.00%) Java 8
7 3 (4.00%) T-SQL
7 3 (4.00%) VBA
8 2 (2.67%) Perl
8 2 (2.67%) Python
8 2 (2.67%) R
9 1 (1.33%) Apple Swift
9 1 (1.33%) C
9 1 (1.33%) ES6
9 1 (1.33%) ES7
9 1 (1.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 3 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (4.00%) Degree
2 2 (2.67%) ISEB
3 1 (1.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.00%) ISO 9001
1 3 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (8.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.33%) Ansible
1 1 (1.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (8.00%) SAP
2 5 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.00%) Apple
4 2 (2.67%) Facebook
4 2 (2.67%) Google
4 2 (2.67%) IBM
5 1 (1.33%) HP
5 1 (1.33%) Oracle
5 1 (1.33%) Remedy
5 1 (1.33%) Sitecore