Period
to 30 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in 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 30 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > Wales
6 months to
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 89 61 31
Rank change year-on-year -28 -30 0
Permanent jobs citing QA 33 32 125
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Wales 2.33% 2.88% 7.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.37% 21.33% 43.10%
Number of salaries quoted 28 27 109
10th Percentile " £27,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £30,500 £31,875 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £38,125 £41,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.13% -7.78% +20.00%
75th Percentile £48,750 £43,750 £52,500
90th Percentile £50,000 £48,000 "
UK median annual salary £55,000 £53,500 £51,000
% change year-on-year +2.80% +4.90% +2.00%

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 Wales with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Wales
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 190 150 290
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Wales 13.39% 13.50% 16.24%
Number of salaries quoted 106 114 249
10th Percentile £26,750 £28,500 £28,500
25th Percentile £31,250 £32,500 £32,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £42,250 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -5.33% -0.59% +13.33%
75th Percentile £50,000 £50,000 £51,000
90th Percentile £55,625 £54,250 £57,500
UK median annual salary £53,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +1.90% +5.00% -

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Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Wales

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Salary Trend in Wales

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in Wales.

Salary trend for QA in Wales

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Salary Histogram in Wales

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in Wales over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

Salary histogram for QA in Wales

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Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Wales region over the 6 months to 30 July 2021. 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
South Wales -5 28 £38,125 -10.29% 8
Mid Wales -11 2 - - 2
North Wales - 1 £30,000 - 3
Dyfed - 1 - -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 30 July 2021, 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 Wales region with a requirement for QA.

1 18 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 12 (36.36%) Selenium
2 12 (36.36%) DevOps
3 11 (33.33%) Finance
4 10 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (30.30%) SDLC
5 9 (27.27%) Scenario Testing
5 9 (27.27%) ISTQB
6 8 (24.24%) Degree
6 8 (24.24%) Data Quality
7 7 (21.21%) Test Strategy
7 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
7 7 (21.21%) Azure
7 7 (21.21%) SQL
7 7 (21.21%) Python
8 6 (18.18%) Oracle
8 6 (18.18%) SQL Server
8 6 (18.18%) Java
8 6 (18.18%) ETL
8 6 (18.18%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (18.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (18.18%) Data Integration
8 6 (18.18%) Kafka
8 6 (18.18%) Tableau
8 6 (18.18%) Databricks
8 6 (18.18%) Data Development
8 6 (18.18%) Power Platform
8 6 (18.18%) DataOps
8 6 (18.18%) Snowflake
8 6 (18.18%) ETL Development

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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 (6.06%) Moodle
2 1 (3.03%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 7 (21.21%) Azure
2 6 (18.18%) Power Platform
2 6 (18.18%) Snowflake
3 5 (15.15%) SaaS
4 2 (6.06%) BlazeMeter
4 2 (6.06%) BrowserStack
5 1 (3.03%) GCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (18.18%) PostgreSQL
1 6 (18.18%) Power BI
1 6 (18.18%) SQL Server
1 6 (18.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 6 (18.18%) Tableau
2 1 (3.03%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (36.36%) Selenium
2 5 (15.15%) Cucumber
2 5 (15.15%) Postman
3 4 (12.12%) Cypress.io
3 4 (12.12%) Jenkins
4 3 (9.09%) JIRA
4 3 (9.09%) JMeter
4 3 (9.09%) JUnit
4 3 (9.09%) Maven
5 2 (6.06%) HP UFT
5 2 (6.06%) LoadRunner
5 2 (6.06%) NeoLoad
5 2 (6.06%) SpecFlow
5 2 (6.06%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (6.06%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (3.03%) Gradle
6 1 (3.03%) Mockito
6 1 (3.03%) SoapUI
6 1 (3.03%) SOAtest
6 1 (3.03%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (33.33%) Finance
2 5 (15.15%) Social Skills
3 2 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.06%) Marketing
3 2 (6.06%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.03%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (33.33%) Analyst
2 10 (30.30%) QA Analyst
3 6 (18.18%) Development Analyst
4 5 (15.15%) Developer
4 5 (15.15%) Test Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Automation Tester
5 4 (12.12%) Business Development Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Test Engineer
5 4 (12.12%) Tester
6 2 (6.06%) QA Leader
6 2 (6.06%) Salesforce Developer
6 2 (6.06%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
6 2 (6.06%) Senior QA Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Senior QA Test Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Team Leader
6 2 (6.06%) Test Data Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.18%) Kafka
2 2 (6.06%) ADO
2 2 (6.06%) RESTful
2 2 (6.06%) Visualforce
2 2 (6.06%) WCF
3 1 (3.03%) AngularJS
3 1 (3.03%) Gherkin
3 1 (3.03%) Hibernate
3 1 (3.03%) React
3 1 (3.03%) RxJava
3 1 (3.03%) Spring
3 1 (3.03%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) Mobile App
2 2 (6.06%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (6.06%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.03%) mPOS
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.03%) Android
1 1 (3.03%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 12 (36.36%) DevOps
3 10 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (30.30%) SDLC
4 9 (27.27%) Scenario Testing
5 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
5 7 (21.21%) Test Strategy
6 6 (18.18%) Analytics
6 6 (18.18%) Data Development
6 6 (18.18%) Data Engineering
6 6 (18.18%) Data Integration
6 6 (18.18%) DataOps
6 6 (18.18%) ETL
6 6 (18.18%) ETL Development
7 5 (15.15%) BDD
7 5 (15.15%) Project Management
7 5 (15.15%) User Stories
8 4 (12.12%) Kanban
8 4 (12.12%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (12.12%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 7 (21.21%) Python
1 7 (21.21%) SQL
2 6 (18.18%) Java
3 5 (15.15%) JavaScript
4 4 (12.12%) C#
5 2 (6.06%) Apex Code
5 2 (6.06%) Perl
5 2 (6.06%) PHP
5 2 (6.06%) SOQL
5 2 (6.06%) SOSL
6 1 (3.03%) C
6 1 (3.03%) Kotlin
6 1 (3.03%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 9 (27.27%) ISTQB
2 8 (24.24%) Degree
3 6 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (6.06%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (6.06%) ECDL
4 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (3.03%) SC Cleared
5 1 (3.03%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (24.24%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.03%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Docker
Vendors
1 6 (18.18%) Databricks
1 6 (18.18%) Oracle
2 5 (15.15%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.06%) MuleSoft
3 2 (6.06%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (6.06%) VMware
4 1 (3.03%) Google