Period
to 18 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Central London with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 18 February 2020 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
London > Central London
6 months to
18 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 63 62 58
Rank change year-on-year -1 -4 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 205 338 351
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 3.43% 3.80% 3.97%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.34% 42.09% 33.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 254 265
Central London median daily rate £515 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.42% +2.70% -2.63%
10th Percentile £318 £318 £313
90th Percentile £635 £621 £623
London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Central London median hourly rate £42.50 £26.39 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +61.06% - -
London median hourly rate £12.00 £36.00 £21.90
% change year-on-year -66.67% +64.38% +6.83%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Central London with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Central London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 597 803 1,058
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 10.00% 9.04% 11.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 421 584 787
Central London median daily rate £475 £488 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.56% - -2.50%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £313
90th Percentile £638 £638 £675
London median daily rate £489 £500 £486
% change year-on-year -2.25% +2.93% +2.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 14
Central London median hourly rate £19.08 £22.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.26% +46.67% -11.76%
London median hourly rate £19.47 £21.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year -10.51% +14.47% -7.32%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Central London

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Central London.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Central London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Central London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Central London.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Central London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Central London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Central London over the 6 months to 18 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Central London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Central London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Central London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Central London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Central London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Central London over the 6 months to 18 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in Central London

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Contract Job Locations in Central London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Central London region over the 6 months to 18 February 2020. 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
City of London +12 176 £515 +7.29% 88
West End of London +22 3 £413 -17.50%
City of Westminster -4 2 £850 +74.36%
Southwark +38 1 £300 -32.01%
Camden - 1 £413 -
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London

For the 6 months to 18 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing QA 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 Central London region with a requirement for QA.

1 98 (47.80%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (25.85%) Finance
3 49 (23.90%) Test Automation
4 44 (21.46%) SQL
5 43 (20.98%) Java
6 39 (19.02%) Scrum
7 27 (13.17%) User Experience
8 26 (12.68%) JIRA
8 26 (12.68%) CSS
9 25 (12.20%) JavaScript
9 25 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
10 24 (11.71%) HTML
10 24 (11.71%) .NET
10 24 (11.71%) TDD
11 23 (11.22%) Business Intelligence
11 23 (11.22%) Analytical Skills
12 22 (10.73%) C#
12 22 (10.73%) Software Engineering
12 22 (10.73%) SDLC
13 21 (10.24%) Banking
13 21 (10.24%) Python
14 20 (9.76%) Data Warehouse
14 20 (9.76%) SQL Server
14 20 (9.76%) Degree
14 20 (9.76%) Selenium
14 20 (9.76%) Azure
14 20 (9.76%) Git (software)
15 19 (9.27%) AWS
15 19 (9.27%) DevOps
16 18 (8.78%) Web Services

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Central London 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 15 (7.32%) Confluence
2 10 (4.88%) CMS
3 7 (3.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (1.95%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.46%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.46%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.98%) Apache
6 2 (0.98%) Apache Airflow
6 2 (0.98%) JBoss
6 2 (0.98%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.49%) WildFly
Applications
1 6 (2.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.95%) Zeplin
3 3 (1.46%) Sketch
4 2 (0.98%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.98%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.98%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.49%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.46%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.98%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.49%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.49%) FastStats
3 1 (0.49%) Magento
3 1 (0.49%) PeopleSoft Financials
3 1 (0.49%) SDL Web 8
3 1 (0.49%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 20 (9.76%) Azure
2 19 (9.27%) AWS
3 17 (8.29%) Power Platform
4 6 (2.93%) SaaS
5 4 (1.95%) Azure Machine Learning
5 4 (1.95%) GitHub
6 3 (1.46%) Apigee
6 3 (1.46%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.46%) GCP
6 3 (1.46%) Serverless
6 3 (1.46%) Tricentis Tosca
7 2 (0.98%) Azure Data Factory
7 2 (0.98%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.98%) PaaS
7 2 (0.98%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.49%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.49%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 1 (0.49%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.98%) 4G
1 2 (0.98%) HTTP
2 1 (0.49%) 802.11
2 1 (0.49%) BGP
2 1 (0.49%) DNS
2 1 (0.49%) EIGRP
2 1 (0.49%) Ethernet
2 1 (0.49%) Firewall
2 1 (0.49%) HSRP
2 1 (0.49%) IGRP
2 1 (0.49%) LAN
2 1 (0.49%) MPLS
2 1 (0.49%) SMS
2 1 (0.49%) Spanning Tree
2 1 (0.49%) VPN
2 1 (0.49%) WAN
2 1 (0.49%) Wireless
2 1 (0.49%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.76%) Data Warehouse
1 20 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 17 (8.29%) Power BI
3 11 (5.37%) Relational Database
4 9 (4.39%) Big Data
5 7 (3.41%) MySQL
5 7 (3.41%) NoSQL
5 7 (3.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (2.93%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.44%) Jackrabbit
7 5 (2.44%) RDBMS
8 4 (1.95%) Data Mining
8 4 (1.95%) Qlik Sense
9 3 (1.46%) Amazon Athena
9 3 (1.46%) Apache Hive
9 3 (1.46%) DB2
9 3 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.98%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.98%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 26 (12.68%) JIRA
2 20 (9.76%) Git (software)
2 20 (9.76%) Selenium
3 14 (6.83%) Cucumber
3 14 (6.83%) Jenkins
4 8 (3.90%) SpecFlow
5 7 (3.41%) TeamCity
6 6 (2.93%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (1.95%) Cypress.io
7 4 (1.95%) JMeter
7 4 (1.95%) REST Assured
7 4 (1.95%) Subversion
7 4 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (1.95%) Visual Studio
7 4 (1.95%) WebDriver
8 3 (1.46%) Appium
9 2 (0.98%) CircleCI
9 2 (0.98%) Gatling
9 2 (0.98%) gulp
9 2 (0.98%) JUnit
General
1 53 (25.85%) Finance
2 21 (10.24%) Banking
3 13 (6.34%) Marketing
4 8 (3.90%) Legal
5 7 (3.41%) Retail
6 6 (2.93%) Law
7 5 (2.44%) Advertising
7 5 (2.44%) Front Office
8 4 (1.95%) Games
8 4 (1.95%) Publishing
9 3 (1.46%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.46%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.98%) French Language
10 2 (0.98%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.49%) Environmental Health
11 1 (0.49%) German Language
11 1 (0.49%) International Banking
11 1 (0.49%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 57 (27.80%) Developer
2 36 (17.56%) Analyst
3 15 (7.32%) QA Engineer
4 14 (6.83%) Business Analyst
4 14 (6.83%) Tester
5 12 (5.85%) Designer
6 11 (5.37%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 11 (5.37%) Consultant
6 11 (5.37%) UX Designer
7 10 (4.88%) Java Developer
8 9 (4.39%) Dashboard Developer
8 9 (4.39%) Power BI Developer
9 8 (3.90%) QA Tester
10 7 (3.41%) Automation Tester
10 7 (3.41%) QA Analyst
10 7 (3.41%) Senior Developer
11 6 (2.93%) Architect
11 6 (2.93%) Senior Designer
11 6 (2.93%) Senior UX Designer
11 6 (2.93%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (12.68%) CSS
2 24 (11.71%) .NET
2 24 (11.71%) HTML
3 18 (8.78%) Web Services
4 16 (7.80%) AngularJS
5 12 (5.85%) React
6 10 (4.88%) XML
7 9 (4.39%) REST
7 9 (4.39%) RESTful
8 7 (3.41%) WPF
9 6 (2.93%) Gherkin
9 6 (2.93%) HTML5
9 6 (2.93%) Redux
9 6 (2.93%) WCF
10 5 (2.44%) Jest
10 5 (2.44%) JSON
10 5 (2.44%) JSR 170
10 5 (2.44%) Node.js
10 5 (2.44%) OSGi
11 4 (1.95%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 27 (13.17%) User Experience
2 23 (11.22%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (5.37%) Derivative
4 9 (4.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 9 (4.39%) Mobile App
5 6 (2.93%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (2.44%) Data Structures
7 4 (1.95%) Fixed Income
7 4 (1.95%) OTC Derivatives
7 4 (1.95%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.46%) 3D Graphics
8 3 (1.46%) Equities
8 3 (1.46%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.98%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.98%) Photography
9 2 (0.98%) PlayStation
9 2 (0.98%) Replication
9 2 (0.98%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.98%) W3C
10 1 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.39%) Windows
2 7 (3.41%) Unix
3 6 (2.93%) Apple iOS
4 5 (2.44%) Linux
5 4 (1.95%) Android
6 2 (0.98%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.49%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.49%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.49%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (47.80%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (23.90%) Test Automation
3 39 (19.02%) Scrum
4 25 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
5 24 (11.71%) TDD
6 23 (11.22%) Business Intelligence
7 22 (10.73%) SDLC
7 22 (10.73%) Software Engineering
8 19 (9.27%) DevOps
9 18 (8.78%) Decision-Making
10 17 (8.29%) Analytics
11 16 (7.80%) BDD
11 16 (7.80%) Data Modelling
12 15 (7.32%) Problem-Solving
12 15 (7.32%) Regression Testing
12 15 (7.32%) Unit Testing
12 15 (7.32%) Validation
13 14 (6.83%) Computer Science
14 13 (6.34%) Continuous Improvement
14 13 (6.34%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 44 (21.46%) SQL
2 43 (20.98%) Java
3 25 (12.20%) JavaScript
4 22 (10.73%) C#
5 21 (10.24%) Python
6 6 (2.93%) C++
6 6 (2.93%) Java 8
6 6 (2.93%) PHP
6 6 (2.93%) Scala
6 6 (2.93%) TypeScript
7 5 (2.44%) Ruby
8 4 (1.95%) Groovy
8 4 (1.95%) Perl
8 4 (1.95%) R
8 4 (1.95%) VBA
9 3 (1.46%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.46%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.46%) VB
10 2 (0.98%) Go
10 2 (0.98%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 20 (9.76%) Degree
2 8 (3.90%) ISEB
3 6 (2.93%) ISTQB
4 5 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (2.44%) Master's Degree
5 2 (0.98%) CBAP
6 1 (0.49%) ACCA
6 1 (0.49%) CIPFA
6 1 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.49%) MCP
6 1 (0.49%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.49%) PMP
6 1 (0.49%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.49%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.46%) Data Quality
2 2 (0.98%) COBIT
2 2 (0.98%) WCAG
3 1 (0.49%) EMIR
3 1 (0.49%) MiFID
3 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 15 (7.32%) Docker
2 2 (0.98%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.49%) Firmware
3 1 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (2.93%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.44%) Ansible
3 4 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (1.95%) Puppet
3 4 (1.95%) Terraform
4 3 (1.46%) Nagios
5 2 (0.98%) CFEngine
5 2 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.98%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.98%) SCCM
6 1 (0.49%) FTK
6 1 (0.49%) Grafana
6 1 (0.49%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.49%) Kibana
6 1 (0.49%) Matomo
6 1 (0.49%) Packer
6 1 (0.49%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 12 (5.85%) Oracle
2 10 (4.88%) Microsoft
3 9 (4.39%) Adobe
3 9 (4.39%) Google
4 6 (2.93%) Atlassian
5 5 (2.44%) Tableau
6 4 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (1.95%) Teradata
7 3 (1.46%) hybris
7 3 (1.46%) Netezza
7 3 (1.46%) New Relic
7 3 (1.46%) PeopleSoft
7 3 (1.46%) SAP
7 3 (1.46%) Splunk
7 3 (1.46%) Sybase
8 2 (0.98%) iManage
8 2 (0.98%) Intapp
9 1 (0.49%) Cellebrite
9 1 (0.49%) Nuix
9 1 (0.49%) Veracode