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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
South Wales / Cardiff
Rank 38 54 -
Rank change year-on-year +16 -  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 0.88% 1.44% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 1.67% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Median daily rate £350 £450 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.22% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -5.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 294 359 206
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 86.47% 86.09% 78.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 257 154
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £275 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 10
Median hourly rate £26.00 £13.00 £17.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -27.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.10 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.25 £19.63 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff citing Test Automation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 3 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (66.67%) TDD
2 2 (66.67%) Cucumber
2 2 (66.67%) BDD
2 2 (66.67%) Gherkin
2 2 (66.67%) Selenium
2 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (33.33%) KnockoutJS
3 1 (33.33%) SpecFlow
3 1 (33.33%) Legal
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (33.33%) Scrum
3 1 (33.33%) WCF
3 1 (33.33%) jQuery
3 1 (33.33%) Unit Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (33.33%) Kanban
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (33.33%) TeamCity
3 1 (33.33%) Git (software)
3 1 (33.33%) Mercurial
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (33.33%) Confluence
3 1 (33.33%) MSTest
3 1 (33.33%) HTML5
3 1 (33.33%) MbUnit
3 1 (33.33%) C#

Test Automation
Top Related 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 (33.33%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Couchbase
1 1 (33.33%) MongoDB
1 1 (33.33%) NoSQL
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) Cucumber
1 2 (66.67%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) Git (software)
2 1 (33.33%) Jenkins
2 1 (33.33%) JIRA
2 1 (33.33%) MbUnit
2 1 (33.33%) Mercurial
2 1 (33.33%) MSTest
2 1 (33.33%) NUnit
2 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 1 (33.33%) SpecFlow
2 1 (33.33%) TeamCity
2 1 (33.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) Banking
2 1 (33.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) .NET Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Agile Business Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Automation Test Lead
1 1 (33.33%) Automation Tester
1 1 (33.33%) Banking Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Banking Business Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Business Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Lead Tester
1 1 (33.33%) Test Automation Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Test Leader
1 1 (33.33%) Test Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) Gherkin
2 1 (33.33%) .NET
2 1 (33.33%) AngularJS
2 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET
2 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (33.33%) CSS
2 1 (33.33%) CSS3
2 1 (33.33%) HTML
2 1 (33.33%) HTML5
2 1 (33.33%) jQuery
2 1 (33.33%) KnockoutJS
2 1 (33.33%) Velocity
2 1 (33.33%) WCF
2 1 (33.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (33.33%) Fintech
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (66.67%) BDD
2 2 (66.67%) Root Cause Analysis
2 2 (66.67%) TDD
3 1 (33.33%) ATDD
3 1 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Business Analysis
3 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
3 1 (33.33%) DevOps
3 1 (33.33%) Kanban
3 1 (33.33%) Mobile First
3 1 (33.33%) SDLC
3 1 (33.33%) Software Delivery
3 1 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 1 (33.33%) Test-First Development
3 1 (33.33%) Unit Testing
3 1 (33.33%) User Stories
3 1 (33.33%) Web Development
3 1 (33.33%) Wireframes
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C#
1 1 (33.33%) Java
1 1 (33.33%) JavaScript
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
1 1 (33.33%) TypeScript
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) CA Agile Central