The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 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
UK / Wales
Rank 63 70 64
Rank change year-on-year +7 -6  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 7 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 0.71% 1.03% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.86% 1.21% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 1
Median daily rate £350 £450 £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 Wales with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 580 577 547
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 82.27% 84.98% 75.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 425 394 304
Median daily rate £393 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 29 22
Median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £18.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.68% +53.43%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.88 £13.00 £11.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £66.00 £34.50
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 Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 Wales

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Wales

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in 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 Wales region over the 3 months to 25 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
South Wales +12 3 £350 -22.22% 1
West Wales - 1 £275 -
Test Automation
UK

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

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 Wales region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 7 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (66.67%) SQL
3 4 (44.44%) HTML
3 4 (44.44%) Java
3 4 (44.44%) JavaScript
3 4 (44.44%) CSS
3 4 (44.44%) Cucumber
3 4 (44.44%) Gherkin
4 3 (33.33%) Splunk
4 3 (33.33%) Automation Testing
4 3 (33.33%) User Stories
4 3 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
4 3 (33.33%) Liferay
4 3 (33.33%) Spring
4 3 (33.33%) Maven
4 3 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 3 (33.33%) Software Engineering
4 3 (33.33%) Selenium
4 3 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (33.33%) PL/SQL
4 3 (33.33%) JUnit
4 3 (33.33%) TDD
4 3 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (33.33%) Scrum
5 2 (22.22%) Finance
5 2 (22.22%) MVC
5 2 (22.22%) C#
5 2 (22.22%) Data Analysis
5 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio
5 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in 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 (33.33%) Liferay
2 1 (11.11%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (11.11%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (22.22%) Couchbase
2 2 (22.22%) MongoDB
2 2 (22.22%) NoSQL
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Cucumber
2 3 (33.33%) JUnit
2 3 (33.33%) Maven
2 3 (33.33%) Selenium
3 2 (22.22%) Capybara
3 2 (22.22%) Git (software)
3 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
3 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio
4 1 (11.11%) JIRA
4 1 (11.11%) MbUnit
4 1 (11.11%) Mercurial
4 1 (11.11%) MSTest
4 1 (11.11%) NUnit
4 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
4 1 (11.11%) SpecFlow
4 1 (11.11%) TeamCity
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Banking
2 1 (11.11%) Legal
2 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Analyst
1 3 (33.33%) Developer
2 2 (22.22%) .NET Developer
2 2 (22.22%) Software Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Test Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Test Lead
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Banking Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Java Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Lead Tester
3 1 (11.11%) PostgreSQL Developer
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Test Automation Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (44.44%) CSS
1 4 (44.44%) Gherkin
1 4 (44.44%) HTML
2 3 (33.33%) Spring
3 2 (22.22%) .NET
3 2 (22.22%) AngularJS
3 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET
3 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (22.22%) CSS3
3 2 (22.22%) HTML5
3 2 (22.22%) jQuery
3 2 (22.22%) KnockoutJS
3 2 (22.22%) WCF
3 2 (22.22%) Web Services
4 1 (11.11%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (11.11%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (11.11%) RESTful
4 1 (11.11%) Swagger
4 1 (11.11%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) Fintech
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Automation Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
2 3 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (33.33%) Scrum
2 3 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 3 (33.33%) TDD
2 3 (33.33%) User Stories
3 2 (22.22%) BDD
3 2 (22.22%) Data Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) Dependency Management
3 2 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Microservices
3 2 (22.22%) Open Source
3 2 (22.22%) Root Cause Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) SOA
3 2 (22.22%) Test Management
3 2 (22.22%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 4 (44.44%) Java
2 4 (44.44%) JavaScript
3 3 (33.33%) PL/SQL
4 2 (22.22%) C#
4 2 (22.22%) Ruby
4 2 (22.22%) TypeScript
5 1 (11.11%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 3 (33.33%) Splunk
2 1 (11.11%) CA Agile Central