The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 5 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 187 190 195
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +5
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 8 17 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.15% 0.27% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.29% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 15 6
Average daily rate
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£400 £300 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +2.12%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
5118 5803 5851
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 92.94% 92.57% 92.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 3881 4258 4276
Average daily rate £450 £444 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £605 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 80 120
Average hourly rate £17.87 £18.70 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.46% -1.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.50 £42.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.45% -

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester in the job title across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

QA Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Tester across the City of London region.

QA Tester Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

QA Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester across the City of London region.

QA Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 5 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title.

1 21 (100.00%) QA
2 14 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (57.14%) Selenium
3 12 (57.14%) SQL
4 10 (47.62%) ISEB
4 10 (47.62%) Banking
4 10 (47.62%) ISTQB
5 9 (42.86%) Analytics
5 9 (42.86%) .NET
5 9 (42.86%) Finance
6 8 (38.10%) QuickTest Pro
6 8 (38.10%) Investment Banking
6 8 (38.10%) SQL Server
6 8 (38.10%) Test Automation
7 7 (33.33%) Data Migration
7 7 (33.33%) Sybase
7 7 (33.33%) ITIL
7 7 (33.33%) PRINCE2
7 7 (33.33%) MSMQ
7 7 (33.33%) Automated Testing
7 7 (33.33%) Migration
8 5 (23.81%) TDD
9 4 (19.05%) JIRA
9 4 (19.05%) Test Scripting
9 4 (19.05%) Cucumber
9 4 (19.05%) User Stories
9 4 (19.05%) Scrum
9 4 (19.05%) Java
10 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (14.29%) Data Modelling

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (38.10%) SQL Server
2 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (14.29%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (57.14%) Selenium
2 8 (38.10%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (19.05%) JIRA
3 4 (19.05%) Cucumber
4 3 (14.29%) Behat
4 3 (14.29%) Jenkins
4 3 (14.29%) Toad
5 2 (9.52%) Zephyr
6 1 (4.76%) SpecFlow
6 1 (4.76%) Sahi
6 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
6 1 (4.76%) WATIR
6 1 (4.76%) LoadRunner
General
1 10 (47.62%) Banking
2 9 (42.86%) Finance
3 8 (38.10%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (42.86%) .NET
2 7 (33.33%) MSMQ
3 1 (4.76%) Web Services
3 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) NHS
1 3 (14.29%) Algorithms
2 2 (9.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (4.76%) Replication
3 1 (4.76%) Open Source
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (42.86%) Analytics
3 8 (38.10%) Test Automation
4 7 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 7 (33.33%) Migration
4 7 (33.33%) ITIL
4 7 (33.33%) PRINCE2
4 7 (33.33%) Data Migration
5 5 (23.81%) TDD
6 4 (19.05%) Scrum
6 4 (19.05%) Test Scripting
6 4 (19.05%) User Stories
7 3 (14.29%) Data Transformation
7 3 (14.29%) Black-Box Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Predictive Modelling
7 3 (14.29%) Data Modelling
7 3 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (9.52%) BDD
8 2 (9.52%) Test Strategy
8 2 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (57.14%) SQL
2 4 (19.05%) Java
3 2 (9.52%) VBA
3 2 (9.52%) Lua
4 1 (4.76%) Ruby
4 1 (4.76%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (47.62%) ISEB
1 10 (47.62%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (100.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Sybase
2 3 (14.29%) Oracle
3 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.76%) HP