Period
to 26 June 2019

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 26 June 2019 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 71 69 58
Rank change year-on-year -2 -11 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 300 335 290
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 3.55% 3.67% 3.91%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.93% 32.37% 27.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 252 212
Central London median daily rate £480 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +8.82%
10th Percentile £358 £313 £319
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
London median daily rate £475 £475 £461
% change year-on-year - +2.98% +8.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Central London median hourly rate £38.78 - -
London median hourly rate £29.00 £25.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year +13.73% +20.00% -4.74%

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 791 1,035 1,053
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 9.36% 11.35% 14.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 580 751 786
Central London median daily rate £500 £498 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% -0.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £655 £675 £675
London median daily rate £500 £488 £488
% change year-on-year +2.56% - +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 15
Central London median hourly rate £18.58 £20.10 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.56% +36.27% -53.17%
10th Percentile £11.63 £13.76 £12.88
90th Percentile £57.39 £67.10 £20.40
London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -16.00% +21.95% -7.30%

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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 26 June 2019.

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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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 26 June 2019. 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 -1 213 £496 +4.47% 45
City of Westminster -4 17 £475 +26.67% 1
West End of London +13 15 £500 - 1
Southwark -40 1 £395 -11.14%
QA
London

For the 6 months to 26 June 2019, 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.

1 142 (47.33%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (37.33%) Test Automation
3 94 (31.33%) Finance
3 94 (31.33%) Java
4 70 (23.33%) Scrum
5 65 (21.67%) JavaScript
6 62 (20.67%) Selenium
7 60 (20.00%) SQL
8 56 (18.67%) BDD
9 46 (15.33%) Cucumber
10 45 (15.00%) JIRA
11 44 (14.67%) User Experience
12 43 (14.33%) E-Commerce
13 42 (14.00%) C#
13 42 (14.00%) REST
14 40 (13.33%) TDD
15 39 (13.00%) User Acceptance Testing
15 39 (13.00%) Microservices
16 38 (12.67%) HTML
17 36 (12.00%) Software Engineering
18 35 (11.67%) Web Services
19 34 (11.33%) DevOps
20 33 (11.00%) CSS
20 33 (11.00%) Test Scripting
20 33 (11.00%) WebDriver
20 33 (11.00%) Test Strategy
21 32 (10.67%) Git (software)
22 31 (10.33%) Continuous Integration
22 31 (10.33%) AngularJS
22 31 (10.33%) Banking

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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 19 (6.33%) Confluence
2 12 (4.00%) CMS
3 7 (2.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (1.33%) Apache
4 4 (1.33%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.67%) MS Project Server
5 2 (0.67%) Oracle Workflow
5 2 (0.67%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (0.67%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.33%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.33%) Drupal
6 1 (0.33%) Kentico
6 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 15 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.33%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (1.33%) Sketch
4 3 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.67%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 2 (0.67%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.67%) InVision
5 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (0.67%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.33%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 8 (2.67%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (1.67%) Actimize
2 5 (1.67%) SAP Hybris
3 3 (1.00%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.67%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.67%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.33%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.33%) Fredhopper
5 1 (0.33%) SAP IBP
5 1 (0.33%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 22 (7.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (5.67%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (2.00%) SaaS
3 6 (2.00%) Slack
4 5 (1.67%) Adobe Analytics
4 5 (1.67%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (1.67%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (1.33%) GitHub
5 4 (1.33%) Google Tag Manager
5 4 (1.33%) Power Platform
6 3 (1.00%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (1.00%) Office 365
6 3 (1.00%) PaaS
6 3 (1.00%) Serverless
7 2 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.67%) Azure Data Factory
7 2 (0.67%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.67%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.67%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.00%) HTTP
2 3 (1.00%) RTP
3 2 (0.67%) Firewall
4 1 (0.33%) Cisco IOS
4 1 (0.33%) DHCP
4 1 (0.33%) DNS
4 1 (0.33%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.33%) ISDN
4 1 (0.33%) SAN
4 1 (0.33%) Skype
4 1 (0.33%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (3.00%) NoSQL
4 7 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (2.00%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.00%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.33%) Power BI
7 3 (1.00%) BigQuery
7 3 (1.00%) Blockchain
7 3 (1.00%) MySQL
7 3 (1.00%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.67%) Jackrabbit
8 2 (0.67%) KDB
8 2 (0.67%) MS Access
8 2 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.67%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 62 (20.67%) Selenium
2 46 (15.33%) Cucumber
3 45 (15.00%) JIRA
4 33 (11.00%) WebDriver
5 32 (10.67%) Git (software)
6 21 (7.00%) Jenkins
7 15 (5.00%) SpecFlow
8 13 (4.33%) Visual Studio Team System
9 12 (4.00%) TeamCity
10 10 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (2.67%) JMeter
12 7 (2.33%) Fiddler
12 7 (2.33%) JUnit
13 6 (2.00%) HP UFT
13 6 (2.00%) Visual Studio
13 6 (2.00%) Zephyr
14 5 (1.67%) Appium
14 5 (1.67%) LoadRunner
14 5 (1.67%) PhpStorm
15 4 (1.33%) Mercurial
General
1 94 (31.33%) Finance
2 31 (10.33%) Banking
3 24 (8.00%) Retail
4 20 (6.67%) Marketing
5 12 (4.00%) Financial Institution
6 10 (3.33%) Front Office
6 10 (3.33%) Law
7 6 (2.00%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.00%) Legal
9 2 (0.67%) Electronics
9 2 (0.67%) French Language
9 2 (0.67%) Publishing
10 1 (0.33%) Automotive
10 1 (0.33%) Back Office
10 1 (0.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 64 (21.33%) Developer
2 51 (17.00%) Analyst
3 41 (13.67%) QA Engineer
4 24 (8.00%) Business Analyst
4 24 (8.00%) Tester
5 18 (6.00%) QA Leader
6 17 (5.67%) Java Developer
7 16 (5.33%) Test Analyst
7 16 (5.33%) Test Engineer
8 15 (5.00%) Test Leader
9 13 (4.33%) Full Stack Developer
10 12 (4.00%) Architect
10 12 (4.00%) Mobile Engineer
10 12 (4.00%) QA Analyst
11 11 (3.67%) Project Manager
12 10 (3.33%) QA Automation Engineer
13 9 (3.00%) Automation Engineer
13 9 (3.00%) Automation Tester
14 8 (2.67%) QA Test Analyst
14 8 (2.67%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (14.00%) REST
2 38 (12.67%) HTML
3 35 (11.67%) Web Services
4 33 (11.00%) CSS
5 31 (10.33%) AngularJS
6 29 (9.67%) .NET
7 19 (6.33%) Node.js
8 18 (6.00%) React
8 18 (6.00%) Spring
9 17 (5.67%) RESTful
10 16 (5.33%) Middleware
11 13 (4.33%) HTML5
11 13 (4.33%) SOAP
12 11 (3.67%) jQuery
12 11 (3.67%) WebdriverIO
13 10 (3.33%) ASP.NET
14 8 (2.67%) JSON
14 8 (2.67%) Spring Boot
14 8 (2.67%) XML
15 7 (2.33%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 44 (14.67%) User Experience
2 24 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (8.00%) Mobile App
3 16 (5.33%) Greenfield Project
4 14 (4.67%) Data Structures
5 11 (3.67%) Virtual Team
6 8 (2.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (2.33%) Algorithms
7 7 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (2.00%) Equities
8 6 (2.00%) Tandem
9 5 (1.67%) Online Banking
9 5 (1.67%) SWIFT
10 4 (1.33%) Derivative
10 4 (1.33%) iPad
10 4 (1.33%) NHS
11 3 (1.00%) ASIC
11 3 (1.00%) Fixed Income
11 3 (1.00%) Management Information System
11 3 (1.00%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 27 (9.00%) Android
2 25 (8.33%) Apple iOS
3 16 (5.33%) Linux
4 9 (3.00%) Windows
5 8 (2.67%) Unix
6 6 (2.00%) Mac OS
7 4 (1.33%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.00%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.33%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (47.33%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (37.33%) Test Automation
3 70 (23.33%) Scrum
4 56 (18.67%) BDD
5 43 (14.33%) E-Commerce
6 40 (13.33%) TDD
7 39 (13.00%) Microservices
7 39 (13.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 36 (12.00%) Software Engineering
9 34 (11.33%) DevOps
10 33 (11.00%) Test Scripting
10 33 (11.00%) Test Strategy
11 31 (10.33%) Continuous Integration
11 31 (10.33%) Problem-Solving
11 31 (10.33%) Validation
12 29 (9.67%) Regression Testing
13 27 (9.00%) User Stories
14 26 (8.67%) Continuous Improvement
15 22 (7.33%) API Testing
15 22 (7.33%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (31.33%) Java
2 65 (21.67%) JavaScript
3 60 (20.00%) SQL
4 42 (14.00%) C#
5 18 (6.00%) Python
6 13 (4.33%) Java 8
7 6 (2.00%) Perl
7 6 (2.00%) PHP
8 5 (1.67%) Kotlin
8 5 (1.67%) Ruby
8 5 (1.67%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.67%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.67%) TypeScript
9 4 (1.33%) ES6
9 4 (1.33%) Groovy
9 4 (1.33%) VBA
10 3 (1.00%) C
10 3 (1.00%) Scala
11 2 (0.67%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (6.00%) Degree
2 8 (2.67%) ACCA
3 7 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
4 6 (2.00%) ISTQB
5 4 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (1.33%) Master's Degree
6 2 (0.67%) SC Cleared
6 2 (0.67%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.33%) CCNP
7 1 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.33%) CSQA
7 1 (0.33%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.33%) MBA
7 1 (0.33%) MCSE
7 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.33%) PhD
7 1 (0.33%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.33%) SAFe Agilist
7 1 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.67%) SEPA
2 7 (2.33%) PMO
3 3 (1.00%) EMIR
3 3 (1.00%) MiFID
4 2 (0.67%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.33%) IFRS
5 1 (0.33%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.33%) NIST
5 1 (0.33%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.33%) PSD2
System Software
1 17 (5.67%) Docker
2 8 (2.67%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (3.67%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.00%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.00%) Terraform
4 2 (0.67%) CA Wily
5 1 (0.33%) Ansible
5 1 (0.33%) Automic
5 1 (0.33%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.33%) Puppet
5 1 (0.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (5.00%) Microsoft
2 13 (4.33%) Adobe
2 13 (4.33%) HP
3 11 (3.67%) Oracle
4 7 (2.33%) SAP
5 6 (2.00%) Google
6 5 (1.67%) hybris
6 5 (1.67%) Murex
6 5 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (1.00%) Alteryx
7 3 (1.00%) Atlassian
7 3 (1.00%) CA
7 3 (1.00%) InterSystems
7 3 (1.00%) SnapLogic
7 3 (1.00%) Tealium
8 2 (0.67%) AppDynamics
8 2 (0.67%) Citrix
8 2 (0.67%) Optimizely
8 2 (0.67%) ServiceNow
8 2 (0.67%) Splunk