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 3 months to 22 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
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
Wales / South Wales
Rank 52 63 50
Rank change year-on-year +11 -13  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 0.54% 1.20% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.64% 1.38% 0.31%
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 £363 £375 £353
% change year-on-year -3.33% +6.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £39.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -10.25% +4.00%  

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 South Wales with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 469 506 324
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 84.20% 86.50% 74.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 351 220
Median daily rate £375 £370 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% -1.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.25% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 26 16
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.15 £18.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.16% +91.24%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £13.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £66.00 £34.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales 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 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
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 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff +14 3 £350 -22.22% 1
Test Automation
Wales

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 22 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 South Wales region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Java
2 4 (57.14%) SQL
3 3 (42.86%) PL/SQL
3 3 (42.86%) JUnit
3 3 (42.86%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (42.86%) Spring
3 3 (42.86%) Maven
3 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
3 3 (42.86%) TDD
3 3 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (42.86%) Liferay
3 3 (42.86%) Splunk
3 3 (42.86%) Automation Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Continuous Delivery
4 2 (28.57%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (28.57%) Microservices
4 2 (28.57%) Dependency Management
4 2 (28.57%) TypeScript
4 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (28.57%) Couchbase
4 2 (28.57%) AngularJS
4 2 (28.57%) Jenkins
4 2 (28.57%) Git (software)
4 2 (28.57%) CSS3
4 2 (28.57%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (28.57%) KnockoutJS
4 2 (28.57%) Gherkin
4 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (28.57%) Data Analysis

Test Automation
Top Related 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 3 (42.86%) Liferay
2 1 (14.29%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (14.29%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (28.57%) Couchbase
2 2 (28.57%) MongoDB
2 2 (28.57%) NoSQL
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) JUnit
1 3 (42.86%) Maven
2 2 (28.57%) Cucumber
2 2 (28.57%) Git (software)
2 2 (28.57%) Jenkins
2 2 (28.57%) Selenium
2 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
3 1 (14.29%) JIRA
3 1 (14.29%) MbUnit
3 1 (14.29%) Mercurial
3 1 (14.29%) MSTest
3 1 (14.29%) NUnit
3 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
3 1 (14.29%) SpecFlow
3 1 (14.29%) TeamCity
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Legal
2 1 (14.29%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Developer
2 2 (28.57%) .NET Developer
2 2 (28.57%) Software Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Business Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Automation Test Lead
3 1 (14.29%) Automation Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Banking Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Business Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Java Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Lead Tester
3 1 (14.29%) PostgreSQL Developer
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Test Automation Manager
3 1 (14.29%) Test Leader
3 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
3 1 (14.29%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) Spring
2 2 (28.57%) .NET
2 2 (28.57%) AngularJS
2 2 (28.57%) ASP.NET
2 2 (28.57%) ASP.NET Web API
2 2 (28.57%) CSS
2 2 (28.57%) CSS3
2 2 (28.57%) Gherkin
2 2 (28.57%) HTML
2 2 (28.57%) HTML5
2 2 (28.57%) jQuery
2 2 (28.57%) KnockoutJS
2 2 (28.57%) WCF
2 2 (28.57%) Web Services
3 1 (14.29%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (14.29%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (14.29%) RESTful
3 1 (14.29%) Swagger
3 1 (14.29%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (14.29%) Fintech
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Automation Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Continuous Delivery
2 3 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (42.86%) TDD
3 2 (28.57%) BDD
3 2 (28.57%) Data Analysis
3 2 (28.57%) Dependency Management
3 2 (28.57%) Microservices
3 2 (28.57%) MVC
3 2 (28.57%) Open Source
3 2 (28.57%) Root Cause Analysis
3 2 (28.57%) SOA
3 2 (28.57%) Software Engineering
3 2 (28.57%) Unit Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
4 1 (14.29%) Scrum
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) Test-First Development
Programming Languages
1 4 (57.14%) Java
1 4 (57.14%) SQL
2 3 (42.86%) PL/SQL
3 2 (28.57%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
3 2 (28.57%) TypeScript
4 1 (14.29%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) Splunk
2 1 (14.29%) CA Agile Central