Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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 6 months to 18 November 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
Wales > South Wales
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 20 16 32
Rank change year-on-year -4 +16 -11
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 66 90 85
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 6.95% 7.99% 6.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.33% 9.56% 8.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 63 65
South Wales median daily rate £375 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +11.11% +10.77%
10th Percentile £230 £278 £255
90th Percentile £475 £524 £438
Wales median daily rate £375 £435 £360
% change year-on-year -13.79% +20.83% +10.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South Wales median hourly rate - - £52.03
Wales median hourly rate - - £52.03

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 792 941 1043
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 83.37% 83.57% 81.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 534 675 807
South Wales median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £175 £222 £229
90th Percentile £525 £538 £475
Wales median daily rate £388 £400 £360
% change year-on-year -3.13% +11.27% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 43 34
South Wales median hourly rate £20.69 £18.75 £15.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.35% +18.11% +9.48%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.45 £9.58
90th Percentile £51.00 £61.25 £35.33
Wales median hourly rate £20.69 £18.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +14.94% +14.29% -1.56%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in South Wales

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in South Wales

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in South Wales over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in South Wales

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in South Wales.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in South Wales

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the South Wales region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff -3 39 £375 +3.45% 7
Newport +7 16 £419 -6.94%
Bridgend +10 2 £250 -
Caerphilly - 2 £410 -
Test Automation
Wales

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 South Wales region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 31 (46.97%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (37.88%) SQL
3 23 (34.85%) Oracle
4 21 (31.82%) Microsoft
4 21 (31.82%) TDD
5 20 (30.30%) Scrum
6 17 (25.76%) Software Engineering
7 16 (24.24%) Java
7 16 (24.24%) Test Scripting
8 15 (22.73%) Unit Testing
8 15 (22.73%) HTML
8 15 (22.73%) Configuration Management
9 14 (21.21%) HP
9 14 (21.21%) Software Testing
9 14 (21.21%) Security Cleared
9 14 (21.21%) Relational Database
10 13 (19.70%) Defect Management
10 13 (19.70%) Git (software)
10 13 (19.70%) HP Quality Center
10 13 (19.70%) Responsive Web Design
10 13 (19.70%) SQL Server
10 13 (19.70%) Visual Studio
11 12 (18.18%) CSS
11 12 (18.18%) Microsoft Project
11 12 (18.18%) .NET
11 12 (18.18%) JavaScript
11 12 (18.18%) JSON
11 12 (18.18%) Ajax
11 12 (18.18%) VLAN
11 12 (18.18%) CSS3

Test Automation
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 5 (7.58%) IIS
1 5 (7.58%) MS Exchange
1 5 (7.58%) SharePoint
2 4 (6.06%) Mule
2 4 (6.06%) Tomcat
2 4 (6.06%) WildFly
3 3 (4.55%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (18.18%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (15.15%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 12 (18.18%) VLAN
2 5 (7.58%) VSAN
3 3 (4.55%) Ethernet
3 3 (4.55%) HTTP
4 1 (1.52%) Internet
4 1 (1.52%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.52%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (21.21%) Relational Database
2 13 (19.70%) SQL Server
3 11 (16.67%) RDBMS
4 8 (12.12%) Oracle Database
5 5 (7.58%) Oracle Database 11g
5 5 (7.58%) Oracle9i Database
5 5 (7.58%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (4.55%) MongoDB
6 3 (4.55%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 13 (19.70%) Git (software)
1 13 (19.70%) Visual Studio
2 11 (16.67%) Grunt
2 11 (16.67%) gulp
2 11 (16.67%) SonarQube
3 9 (13.64%) Cucumber
3 9 (13.64%) Selenium
3 9 (13.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (9.09%) Eclipse
4 6 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 5 (7.58%) Oracle Forms
6 4 (6.06%) Rational DOORS
6 4 (6.06%) Subversion
6 4 (6.06%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (6.06%) WebDriver
7 3 (4.55%) Gradle
7 3 (4.55%) JProfiler
7 3 (4.55%) Maven
7 3 (4.55%) MSBuild
7 3 (4.55%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 11 (16.67%) Finance
2 8 (12.12%) Banking
3 6 (9.09%) Romanian Language
4 2 (3.03%) Back Office
4 2 (3.03%) Retail
5 1 (1.52%) Military
5 1 (1.52%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (31.82%) Developer
2 16 (24.24%) Test Engineer
3 8 (12.12%) UI Developer
4 7 (10.61%) .NET Developer
5 6 (9.09%) Analyst
5 6 (9.09%) Java Developer
6 4 (6.06%) DevOps Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Network Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Software Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Software Test Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Systems Test Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Test Analyst
6 4 (6.06%) Tester
7 3 (4.55%) Automation Tester
7 3 (4.55%) C# .NET Developer
7 3 (4.55%) Java Engineer
7 3 (4.55%) Scrum Master
7 3 (4.55%) Senior Software Test Engineer
7 3 (4.55%) Senior Test Engineer
7 3 (4.55%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (22.73%) HTML
2 12 (18.18%) .NET
2 12 (18.18%) Ajax
2 12 (18.18%) CSS
2 12 (18.18%) CSS3
2 12 (18.18%) HTML5
2 12 (18.18%) JSON
2 12 (18.18%) Node.js
3 6 (9.09%) Hibernate
4 5 (7.58%) .NET Framework
4 5 (7.58%) Code First Entity Framework
4 5 (7.58%) Entity Framework
4 5 (7.58%) LINQ
4 5 (7.58%) REST
4 5 (7.58%) WCF
4 5 (7.58%) WinForms
5 4 (6.06%) Spring
5 4 (6.06%) XML
6 3 (4.55%) J2EE
6 3 (4.55%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.06%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.55%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (3.03%) NHS
3 2 (3.03%) User Experience
4 1 (1.52%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 11 (16.67%) Windows
2 5 (7.58%) Windows Server
2 5 (7.58%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (4.55%) Linux
3 3 (4.55%) Mac OS X
3 3 (4.55%) Unix
4 1 (1.52%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (46.97%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (31.82%) TDD
3 20 (30.30%) Scrum
4 17 (25.76%) Software Engineering
5 16 (24.24%) Test Scripting
6 15 (22.73%) Configuration Management
6 15 (22.73%) Unit Testing
7 14 (21.21%) Software Testing
8 13 (19.70%) Defect Management
8 13 (19.70%) Responsive Web Design
9 12 (18.18%) BDD
9 12 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (18.18%) Performance Monitoring
9 12 (18.18%) Test Management
10 10 (15.15%) Performance Optimisation
10 10 (15.15%) PRINCE2
10 10 (15.15%) Project Management
10 10 (15.15%) RUP
10 10 (15.15%) Unified Process
11 7 (10.61%) OO
Programming Languages
1 25 (37.88%) SQL
2 16 (24.24%) Java
3 12 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 11 (16.67%) C#
5 5 (7.58%) C
5 5 (7.58%) PL/SQL
6 4 (6.06%) Python
7 2 (3.03%) Go
7 2 (3.03%) Perl
8 1 (1.52%) ES6
8 1 (1.52%) R
8 1 (1.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 14 (21.21%) Security Cleared
2 12 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 10 (15.15%) ISEB
4 3 (4.55%) Degree
5 2 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.12%) QA
2 1 (1.52%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.52%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (7.58%) Active Directory
1 5 (7.58%) VMware Infrastructure
1 5 (7.58%) VMware Workstation
1 5 (7.58%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (19.70%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (7.58%) SCCM
2 5 (7.58%) SCOM
2 5 (7.58%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 23 (34.85%) Oracle
2 21 (31.82%) Microsoft
3 14 (21.21%) HP
4 10 (15.15%) Perforce
5 5 (7.58%) BMC
5 5 (7.58%) IBM
5 5 (7.58%) VMware