Period
to 20 August 2018

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 6 months to 20 August 2018 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
UK > Wales
6 months to
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 8 27 22
Rank change year-on-year +19 -5 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 193 66 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 13.23% 5.51% 7.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 15.01% 6.48% 9.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 48 62
Wales median daily rate £400 £357 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.97% -7.81% +19.23%
10th Percentile £285 £225 £276
90th Percentile £500 £475 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
Wales median hourly rate £28.00 £20.00 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -54.02% -
UK median hourly rate £40.38 £37.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +7.67% -2.60% +2.67%

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 Wales with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Wales
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,286 1,019 942
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 88.14% 85.13% 81.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 940 715 632
Wales median daily rate £410 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% - +5.63%
10th Percentile £285 £179 £213
90th Percentile £575 £538 £536
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 74 52
Wales median hourly rate £14.23 £30.75 £18.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.72% +65.66% +33.21%
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.23 £10.03
90th Percentile £39.53 £72.25 £61.75
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.86 £23.50
% change year-on-year -15.53% +5.79% +8.82%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

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

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Wales over the 6 months to 20 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Wales

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor hourly 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 6 months to 20 August 2018. 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
South Wales +18 190 £400 +11.11% 30
Test Automation
UK

For the 6 months to 20 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Wales region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 155 (80.31%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (43.52%) Scrum
3 68 (35.23%) Selenium
4 67 (34.72%) Project Management
5 64 (33.16%) TDD
6 60 (31.09%) Git (software)
7 58 (30.05%) PHP
8 56 (29.02%) Software Engineering
9 54 (27.98%) SQL Server
10 53 (27.46%) Web Services
11 52 (26.94%) Kanban
12 50 (25.91%) Java
13 48 (24.87%) Relational Database
14 46 (23.83%) JIRA
14 46 (23.83%) Cucumber
15 45 (23.32%) C#
16 44 (22.80%) Continuous Integration
17 43 (22.28%) Data Warehouse
17 43 (22.28%) SOA
18 42 (21.76%) Oracle
19 41 (21.24%) QA
20 38 (19.69%) Continuous Improvement
21 37 (19.17%) SDLC
22 33 (17.10%) Customer-Centric Approach
22 33 (17.10%) Customer-Centricity
22 33 (17.10%) MySQL
22 33 (17.10%) SQL
23 32 (16.58%) Jenkins
24 29 (15.03%) Subversion
24 29 (15.03%) Python

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 13 (6.74%) Confluence
2 6 (3.11%) WebSphere
2 6 (3.11%) WebSphere Application Server
3 5 (2.59%) Apache
4 4 (2.07%) Apache Spark
4 4 (2.07%) Cloud Foundry
4 4 (2.07%) CMS
4 4 (2.07%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (1.55%) Mule
5 3 (1.55%) SAS
5 3 (1.55%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.55%) WildFly
6 2 (1.04%) IIS
6 2 (1.04%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.04%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 8 (4.15%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.04%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 27 (13.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (4.15%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (3.63%) GitHub
4 1 (0.52%) IaaS
4 1 (0.52%) NuGet
4 1 (0.52%) PaaS
4 1 (0.52%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.59%) Internet
1 5 (2.59%) TCP/IP
1 5 (2.59%) VPN
2 4 (2.07%) Wireless
3 2 (1.04%) HTTP
3 2 (1.04%) SSL
4 1 (0.52%) DNS
4 1 (0.52%) DSL
4 1 (0.52%) SSH
4 1 (0.52%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (27.98%) SQL Server
2 48 (24.87%) Relational Database
3 43 (22.28%) Data Warehouse
4 33 (17.10%) MySQL
5 10 (5.18%) RDBMS
6 9 (4.66%) Oracle Database
7 8 (4.15%) Big Data
8 6 (3.11%) Hadoop
9 5 (2.59%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (2.07%) HPCC
11 2 (1.04%) Apache Hive
11 2 (1.04%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (1.04%) Oracle Exadata
12 1 (0.52%) HBase
12 1 (0.52%) Impala
Development Applications
1 68 (35.23%) Selenium
2 60 (31.09%) Git (software)
3 46 (23.83%) Cucumber
3 46 (23.83%) JIRA
4 32 (16.58%) Jenkins
5 29 (15.03%) Subversion
6 16 (8.29%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (7.25%) Artifactory
8 12 (6.22%) SpecFlow
9 11 (5.70%) WebDriver
10 10 (5.18%) Visual Studio
11 8 (4.15%) SoapUI
12 7 (3.63%) GitLab
12 7 (3.63%) Maven
12 7 (3.63%) Rational DOORS
12 7 (3.63%) Rational Quality Manager
12 7 (3.63%) Rational Team Concert
12 7 (3.63%) Team Foundation Server
13 6 (3.11%) JUnit
14 4 (2.07%) JMeter
General
1 13 (6.74%) Finance
2 9 (4.66%) Publishing
3 4 (2.07%) Games
3 4 (2.07%) Military
4 3 (1.55%) Legal
4 3 (1.55%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.55%) Marketing
5 2 (1.04%) Banking
5 2 (1.04%) Electronics
5 2 (1.04%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 68 (35.23%) Developer
2 45 (23.32%) Test Engineer
3 41 (21.24%) PHP Developer
4 32 (16.58%) Software Engineer
5 31 (16.06%) Tester
6 28 (14.51%) Automation Tester
7 22 (11.40%) PHP Software Engineer
8 21 (10.88%) Agile Developer
9 19 (9.84%) Developer/Software Engineer
10 18 (9.33%) Test Automation Engineer
11 17 (8.81%) PHP Zend Developer
12 14 (7.25%) Java Developer
13 13 (6.74%) Quality Engineer
14 11 (5.70%) Analyst
14 11 (5.70%) QA Engineer
14 11 (5.70%) Software Test Engineer
14 11 (5.70%) Test Analyst
15 10 (5.18%) JIRA Engineer
15 10 (5.18%) Software Developer
16 9 (4.66%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (27.46%) Web Services
2 24 (12.44%) .NET
3 21 (10.88%) SOAP
4 18 (9.33%) HTML
4 18 (9.33%) RESTful
5 16 (8.29%) CSS
5 16 (8.29%) REST
6 12 (6.22%) AngularJS
7 11 (5.70%) .NET Framework
8 10 (5.18%) Laravel
9 9 (4.66%) JSON
9 9 (4.66%) React
10 8 (4.15%) Spring
11 7 (3.63%) ASP.NET
11 7 (3.63%) Node.js
11 7 (3.63%) XML
12 6 (3.11%) J2EE
12 6 (3.11%) JMS
12 6 (3.11%) JSF
12 6 (3.11%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 6 (3.11%) Linux Command Line
2 5 (2.59%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (1.55%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.04%) Oracle Exalogic
4 2 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (1.04%) User Experience
4 2 (1.04%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.52%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.66%) Windows
2 4 (2.07%) Linux
2 4 (2.07%) Unix
3 2 (1.04%) AIX
4 1 (0.52%) CentOS
4 1 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.52%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (80.31%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (43.52%) Scrum
3 67 (34.72%) Project Management
4 64 (33.16%) TDD
5 56 (29.02%) Software Engineering
6 52 (26.94%) Kanban
7 44 (22.80%) Continuous Integration
8 43 (22.28%) SOA
9 38 (19.69%) Continuous Improvement
10 37 (19.17%) SDLC
11 33 (17.10%) Customer-Centric Approach
11 33 (17.10%) Customer-Centricity
12 29 (15.03%) DevOps
13 27 (13.99%) Regression Testing
14 26 (13.47%) Test Management
15 25 (12.95%) Continuous Delivery
16 17 (8.81%) User Acceptance Testing
17 16 (8.29%) API Testing
17 16 (8.29%) Product Management
18 13 (6.74%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 58 (30.05%) PHP
2 50 (25.91%) Java
3 45 (23.32%) C#
4 33 (17.10%) SQL
5 29 (15.03%) Python
6 27 (13.99%) JavaScript
7 12 (6.22%) Groovy
8 10 (5.18%) Scala
9 9 (4.66%) PowerShell
10 6 (3.11%) Java 8
10 6 (3.11%) Ruby
11 5 (2.59%) TypeScript
12 4 (2.07%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.55%) Perl
13 3 (1.55%) R
14 2 (1.04%) Go
14 2 (1.04%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.52%) C++
15 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 21 (10.88%) Security Cleared
2 13 (6.74%) SC Cleared
3 9 (4.66%) Degree
4 8 (4.15%) ISTQB
5 4 (2.07%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (2.07%) ISEB
6 2 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (21.24%) QA
2 3 (1.55%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 13 (6.74%) Docker
2 1 (0.52%) iptables
2 1 (0.52%) NFS
Systems Management
1 8 (4.15%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (2.59%) Ansible
3 1 (0.52%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.52%) Oozie
3 1 (0.52%) Puppet
Vendors
1 42 (21.76%) Oracle
2 29 (15.03%) Zend
3 25 (12.95%) Microsoft
4 15 (7.77%) IBM
5 6 (3.11%) Cloudera
6 4 (2.07%) Sitecore
7 2 (1.04%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.04%) SAP
8 1 (0.52%) DevExpress
8 1 (0.52%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.52%) Nintex
8 1 (0.52%) Remedy
8 1 (0.52%) Tableau