The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cardiff region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 18 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 43 34 -
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 2 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 0.53% 0.37% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.52% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 0
Average daily rate
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£308 £398 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.64% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £332 £310
% change year-on-year
+5.42% +7.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.20% -18.00%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Cardiff region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cardiff
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
278 193 116
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cardiff 73.16% 71.48% 65.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 146 86
Average daily rate £375 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £238 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 3
Average hourly rate £9.50 £16.16 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.21% -7.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.70 £16.16 £16.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.30 £17.26 £55.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the Cardiff region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Cardiff

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation across the Cardiff region.

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cardiff region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation.

1 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (70.59%) Web Services
3 10 (58.82%) SOAP
3 10 (58.82%) Selenium
4 9 (52.94%) SQL
4 9 (52.94%) JIRA
5 8 (47.06%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (47.06%) BDD
5 8 (47.06%) Mobile App
5 8 (47.06%) eggPlant
5 8 (47.06%) Maven
5 8 (47.06%) Scrum
6 7 (41.18%) Finance
6 7 (41.18%) Oracle
6 7 (41.18%) HP
6 7 (41.18%) QA
7 6 (35.29%) SoapUI
7 6 (35.29%) WebDriver
7 6 (35.29%) Apache Ivy
7 6 (35.29%) Ant
7 6 (35.29%) Regression Testing
7 6 (35.29%) Banking
8 5 (29.41%) TDD
8 5 (29.41%) Java
8 5 (29.41%) LoadRunner
8 5 (29.41%) SOA
8 5 (29.41%) Test Planning
8 5 (29.41%) Automation Testing
8 5 (29.41%) REST
9 4 (23.53%) JBehave

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Cardiff by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cardiff region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (23.53%) Apache
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 4 (23.53%) 3G
1 4 (23.53%) 2G
1 4 (23.53%) 4G
2 2 (11.76%) HTTP
2 2 (11.76%) SSL
2 2 (11.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (58.82%) Selenium
2 9 (52.94%) JIRA
3 8 (47.06%) Maven
3 8 (47.06%) eggPlant
4 6 (35.29%) Apache Ivy
4 6 (35.29%) SoapUI
4 6 (35.29%) Ant
4 6 (35.29%) WebDriver
5 5 (29.41%) LoadRunner
6 4 (23.53%) Toad
6 4 (23.53%) Cucumber
6 4 (23.53%) JBehave
6 4 (23.53%) Jenkins
6 4 (23.53%) Calabash
7 2 (11.76%) Robotium
7 2 (11.76%) Mercurial
7 2 (11.76%) Hudson
7 2 (11.76%) Git (software)
7 2 (11.76%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (11.76%) JUnit
General
1 7 (41.18%) Finance
2 6 (35.29%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) Test Leader
2 4 (23.53%) QA Leader
2 4 (23.53%) Test Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Developer
3 3 (17.65%) Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Test Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Senior Test Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Automated Test Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Tester
5 1 (5.88%) QA Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (70.59%) Web Services
2 10 (58.82%) SOAP
3 5 (29.41%) REST
4 4 (23.53%) XML
4 4 (23.53%) J2ME
4 4 (23.53%) WAP
5 3 (17.65%) RESTful
6 2 (11.76%) JSON
6 2 (11.76%) J2EE
6 2 (11.76%) HTML
7 1 (5.88%) .NET
7 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (47.06%) Mobile App
2 4 (23.53%) Mobile Banking
2 4 (23.53%) Handset
3 2 (11.76%) Open Source
4 1 (5.88%) Statistics
4 1 (5.88%) iSeries
4 1 (5.88%) Client/Server
4 1 (5.88%) Blackberry
4 1 (5.88%) AS400
4 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (5.88%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4 (23.53%) UNIX
2 1 (5.88%) Windows
2 1 (5.88%) Android
2 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (47.06%) Scrum
2 8 (47.06%) BDD
3 6 (35.29%) Regression Testing
4 5 (29.41%) SOA
4 5 (29.41%) TDD
4 5 (29.41%) Automation Testing
4 5 (29.41%) Test Planning
5 4 (23.53%) Manual Testing
6 3 (17.65%) Test Management
6 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 3 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (17.65%) Software Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Code Coverage
7 2 (11.76%) Automated Testing
8 1 (5.88%) Risk Management
8 1 (5.88%) Data Management
8 1 (5.88%) E-Commerce
8 1 (5.88%) User Acceptance Testing
8 1 (5.88%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (52.94%) SQL
2 5 (29.41%) Java
3 3 (17.65%) Groovy
4 2 (11.76%) JavaScript
4 2 (11.76%) XQuery
4 2 (11.76%) XPath
5 1 (5.88%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB
1 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (41.18%) QA
Systems Management
1 8 (47.06%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (41.18%) Oracle
1 7 (41.18%) HP
2 4 (23.53%) Sun
2 4 (23.53%) Apple
3 1 (5.88%) Informatica
3 1 (5.88%) IBM