The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 29 June 2017 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.

Automated Testing
South Wales > Cardiff
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 20 17 26
Rank change year-on-year -3 +9  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 23 22 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 6.97% 7.91% 5.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.99% 10.19% 6.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 20 15
Cardiff median daily rate £352 £363 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.82% +13.28%  
10th Percentile £297 £267 £255
90th Percentile £389 £515 £345
South Wales median daily rate £360 £363 £323
% change year-on-year -0.68% +12.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cardiff median hourly rate - - -
South Wales median hourly rate £20.00 - -

Test Automation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 288 216 275
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 87.27% 77.70% 82.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 933 647 699
Cardiff median daily rate £360 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.09% +10.71%  
10th Percentile £264 £248 £228
90th Percentile £524 £525 £455
South Wales median daily rate £375 £390 £356
% change year-on-year -3.84% +9.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 11 18
Cardiff median hourly rate £16.28 £13.50 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% -14.28%  
10th Percentile £12.93 £12.75 £11.64
90th Percentile £52.50 £37.50 £23.05
South Wales median hourly rate £36.50 £35.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +4.28% +129.50%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cardiff.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Cardiff

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cardiff region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 32 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (47.83%) SQL
3 17 (36.96%) Scrum
4 16 (34.78%) Cucumber
4 16 (34.78%) Relational Database
5 15 (32.61%) Oracle
6 14 (30.43%) C#
7 13 (28.26%) Java
7 13 (28.26%) .NET
7 13 (28.26%) Visual Studio
7 13 (28.26%) Windows
7 13 (28.26%) Selenium
7 13 (28.26%) Unit Testing
8 12 (26.09%) WCF
8 12 (26.09%) QA
9 11 (23.91%) LINQ
9 11 (23.91%) .NET Framework
9 11 (23.91%) OOP
9 11 (23.91%) RDBMS
9 11 (23.91%) Entity Framework
9 11 (23.91%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (21.74%) Oracle Database
10 10 (21.74%) Code First Entity Framework
10 10 (21.74%) Oracle Forms
10 10 (21.74%) Oracle9i Database
10 10 (21.74%) PL/SQL
10 10 (21.74%) HTML
10 10 (21.74%) Degree
10 10 (21.74%) Oracle Database 11g
10 10 (21.74%) Informatics

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff 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 (2.17%) Apache
1 1 (2.17%) Apache Spark
1 1 (2.17%) Confluence
1 1 (2.17%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.17%) SharePoint 2013
1 1 (2.17%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.17%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 6 (13.04%) HTTP
2 1 (2.17%) Ethernet
2 1 (2.17%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (34.78%) Relational Database
2 11 (23.91%) RDBMS
3 10 (21.74%) Oracle Database
3 10 (21.74%) Oracle Database 11g
3 10 (21.74%) Oracle9i Database
4 8 (17.39%) MongoDB
5 6 (13.04%) Neo4j
5 6 (13.04%) SQL Server
6 4 (8.70%) MySQL
7 1 (2.17%) Big Data
7 1 (2.17%) Couchbase
7 1 (2.17%) GIS
7 1 (2.17%) Hadoop
7 1 (2.17%) HBase
7 1 (2.17%) NoSQL
7 1 (2.17%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (2.17%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 16 (34.78%) Cucumber
2 13 (28.26%) Selenium
2 13 (28.26%) Visual Studio
3 11 (23.91%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (21.74%) Oracle Forms
5 7 (15.22%) JIRA
5 7 (15.22%) MSBuild
6 6 (13.04%) Git (software)
6 6 (13.04%) Subversion
7 3 (6.52%) Jenkins
8 2 (4.35%) SpecFlow
8 2 (4.35%) WebDriver
9 1 (2.17%) JBehave
9 1 (2.17%) MbUnit
9 1 (2.17%) Mercurial
9 1 (2.17%) MSTest
9 1 (2.17%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (2.17%) Rational Rhapsody
9 1 (2.17%) SoapUI
9 1 (2.17%) TeamCity
General
1 7 (15.22%) Finance
2 2 (4.35%) Banking
2 2 (4.35%) Marketing
3 1 (2.17%) Back Office
3 1 (2.17%) Legal
3 1 (2.17%) Publishing
3 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (50.00%) Developer
2 12 (26.09%) .NET Developer
3 8 (17.39%) Java Developer
4 7 (15.22%) Analyst
5 6 (13.04%) Test Analyst
5 6 (13.04%) Test Engineer
6 5 (10.87%) SQL Developer
7 4 (8.70%) Software Developer
7 4 (8.70%) Test Leader
7 4 (8.70%) Tester
8 3 (6.52%) .NET Software Developer
8 3 (6.52%) Automation Tester
8 3 (6.52%) Oracle Developer
8 3 (6.52%) Oracle Forms Developer
8 3 (6.52%) QA Engineer
8 3 (6.52%) Quality Engineer
8 3 (6.52%) Senior Developer
9 2 (4.35%) Lead Test Analyst
9 2 (4.35%) Senior .NET Developer
9 2 (4.35%) Senior Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (28.26%) .NET
2 12 (26.09%) WCF
3 11 (23.91%) .NET Framework
3 11 (23.91%) Entity Framework
3 11 (23.91%) LINQ
4 10 (21.74%) Code First Entity Framework
4 10 (21.74%) HTML
4 10 (21.74%) WinForms
5 9 (19.57%) JSON
6 8 (17.39%) Kafka
7 7 (15.22%) Dropwizard
7 7 (15.22%) Hibernate
7 7 (15.22%) REST
7 7 (15.22%) RESTful
7 7 (15.22%) Spring
7 7 (15.22%) Spring Boot
8 6 (13.04%) JAX-RS
8 6 (13.04%) Web Services
9 5 (10.87%) AngularJS
9 5 (10.87%) iXBRL
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.87%) NHS
2 3 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.52%) Freedom of Information
3 2 (4.35%) Fintech
3 2 (4.35%) User Experience
3 2 (4.35%) W3C
4 1 (2.17%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.17%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (2.17%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (2.17%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.17%) Handset
4 1 (2.17%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.17%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 13 (28.26%) Windows
2 7 (15.22%) Linux
3 6 (13.04%) Mac OS X
3 6 (13.04%) Unix
4 1 (2.17%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (36.96%) Scrum
3 13 (28.26%) Unit Testing
4 11 (23.91%) OOP
5 10 (21.74%) Informatics
6 9 (19.57%) Software Engineering
7 8 (17.39%) Software Testing
7 8 (17.39%) UML
8 7 (15.22%) Configuration Management
8 7 (15.22%) Continuous Deployment
8 7 (15.22%) Load Testing
8 7 (15.22%) Microservices
8 7 (15.22%) Project Management
8 7 (15.22%) SDLC
8 7 (15.22%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (13.04%) BDD
9 6 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (13.04%) MVVM
9 6 (13.04%) Responsive Web Design
9 6 (13.04%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 22 (47.83%) SQL
2 14 (30.43%) C#
3 13 (28.26%) Java
4 10 (21.74%) PL/SQL
5 4 (8.70%) Go
6 3 (6.52%) JavaScript
7 2 (4.35%) TypeScript
8 1 (2.17%) ActionScript
8 1 (2.17%) ActionScript 2.0
8 1 (2.17%) ActionScript 3.0
8 1 (2.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (21.74%) Degree
2 7 (15.22%) ISTQB
3 6 (13.04%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.52%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (6.52%) SC Cleared
5 2 (4.35%) ISEB
6 1 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (2.17%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (26.09%) QA
2 4 (8.70%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.17%) WAI
3 1 (2.17%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (2.17%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 15 (32.61%) Oracle
2 9 (19.57%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.52%) HP
4 1 (2.17%) CA Agile Central
4 1 (2.17%) IBM