Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £485 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
Central London > City of London
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 225 213 261
Rank change year-on-year -12 +48 +38
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 24 34 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.34% 0.51% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.53% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 30 5
City of London median daily rate £485 £500 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.00% +47.06% -9.33%
10th Percentile £351 £352 £275
90th Percentile £552 £594 £433
Central London median daily rate £475 £500 £340
% change year-on-year -5.00% +47.06% -9.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 6694 6411 8806
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.55% 95.54% 95.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5291 5101 6921
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £273
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 79 126
City of London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.45% -4.17% +5.88%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.45 £10.25
90th Percentile £29.29 £47.83 £37.88
Central London median hourly rate £18.05 £17.08 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.66% -5.10% +10.23%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the City of London

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in the City of London

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer in the City of London over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Engineer in the City of London

QA Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in the City of London

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 24 (100.00%) QA
2 19 (79.17%) Test Automation
3 18 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (54.17%) Selenium
5 11 (45.83%) BDD
5 11 (45.83%) WebDriver
6 9 (37.50%) TDD
7 8 (33.33%) C#
7 8 (33.33%) Java
7 8 (33.33%) Cucumber
8 7 (29.17%) Mobile App
8 7 (29.17%) QA Automation
8 7 (29.17%) Finance
9 6 (25.00%) Scrum
10 5 (20.83%) Unit Testing
10 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
10 5 (20.83%) Investment Banking
10 5 (20.83%) Banking
10 5 (20.83%) Asset Management
10 5 (20.83%) E-Commerce
10 5 (20.83%) HTML
10 5 (20.83%) .NET
10 5 (20.83%) Agile Testing
10 5 (20.83%) Jenkins
10 5 (20.83%) Process Improvement
10 5 (20.83%) SpecFlow
10 5 (20.83%) JIRA
11 4 (16.67%) Git (software)
11 4 (16.67%) SDET
11 4 (16.67%) Appium

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of 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 1 (4.17%) CMS
1 1 (4.17%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.50%) GitHub
2 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.17%) BrowserStack
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.17%) Sauce Labs
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) Big Data
1 1 (4.17%) Hadoop
1 1 (4.17%) RDBMS
1 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (54.17%) Selenium
2 11 (45.83%) WebDriver
3 8 (33.33%) Cucumber
4 5 (20.83%) Jenkins
4 5 (20.83%) JIRA
4 5 (20.83%) SpecFlow
5 4 (16.67%) Appium
5 4 (16.67%) Git (software)
6 3 (12.50%) Subversion
7 1 (4.17%) Capybara
7 1 (4.17%) FitNesse
7 1 (4.17%) JBehave
7 1 (4.17%) JMeter
7 1 (4.17%) JUnit
7 1 (4.17%) Maven
7 1 (4.17%) Mocha
7 1 (4.17%) RSpec
7 1 (4.17%) TeamCity
7 1 (4.17%) TestNG
7 1 (4.17%) WATIR
General
1 7 (29.17%) Finance
2 5 (20.83%) Banking
2 5 (20.83%) Investment Banking
3 1 (4.17%) Back Office
3 1 (4.17%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) .NET
1 5 (20.83%) HTML
2 3 (12.50%) Gherkin
2 3 (12.50%) HTML5
2 3 (12.50%) RESTful
3 2 (8.33%) Node.js
3 2 (8.33%) Web Services
4 1 (4.17%) JDBC
4 1 (4.17%) PicoContainer
4 1 (4.17%) React
4 1 (4.17%) React Native
4 1 (4.17%) REST
4 1 (4.17%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (4.17%) Spring
4 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Mobile App
2 3 (12.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 3 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.17%) Data Structures
4 1 (4.17%) Derivative
4 1 (4.17%) Equities
4 1 (4.17%) Equity Derivative
4 1 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (4.17%) User Experience
4 1 (4.17%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Linux
1 3 (12.50%) Unix
2 2 (8.33%) Android
2 2 (8.33%) Apple iOS
3 1 (4.17%) Windows
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (79.17%) Test Automation
2 18 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (45.83%) BDD
4 9 (37.50%) TDD
5 7 (29.17%) QA Automation
6 6 (25.00%) Scrum
7 5 (20.83%) Agile Testing
7 5 (20.83%) Asset Management
7 5 (20.83%) E-Commerce
7 5 (20.83%) Process Improvement
7 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
7 5 (20.83%) Unit Testing
8 4 (16.67%) OO
8 4 (16.67%) OOP
8 4 (16.67%) Pair Programming
8 4 (16.67%) Regression Testing
8 4 (16.67%) SDET
9 3 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
9 3 (12.50%) Software Testing
10 2 (8.33%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 8 (33.33%) C#
1 8 (33.33%) Java
2 4 (16.67%) Python
3 3 (12.50%) Bash Shell
3 3 (12.50%) Ruby
3 3 (12.50%) SQL
4 2 (8.33%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) Data Quality
2 1 (4.17%) MiFID
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.17%) Kibana
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) Perforce
2 1 (4.17%) HP
2 1 (4.17%) IBM
2 1 (4.17%) New Relic