Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 216 215 216
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 +72
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 39 27 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.56% 0.42% 0.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.43% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 20 23
City of London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £331 £336 £326
90th Percentile £575 £562 £481
Central London median daily rate £413 £475 £375
% change year-on-year -13.16% +26.67% -6.25%
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 6,659 6,228 6,529
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 95.83% 95.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,232 4,779 5,243
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £300
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £488 £455
% change year-on-year +2.56% +7.14% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 77 80
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.03% -2.87% +1.30%
10th Percentile £12.90 £12.52 £11.48
90th Percentile £29.13 £30.07 £35.86
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.64 £20.00
% change year-on-year +6.04% -11.81% +8.09%

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 22 July 2018.

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 22 July 2018, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 39 (100.00%) QA
2 32 (82.05%) Test Automation
3 22 (56.41%) Java
4 21 (53.85%) Selenium
5 20 (51.28%) Agile Software Development
6 15 (38.46%) BDD
6 15 (38.46%) QA Automation
7 14 (35.90%) C#
8 12 (30.77%) Cucumber
9 11 (28.21%) JavaScript
9 11 (28.21%) SQL
10 10 (25.64%) Finance
10 10 (25.64%) Scrum
10 10 (25.64%) SpecFlow
10 10 (25.64%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (23.08%) Exploratory Testing
11 9 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (20.51%) Software Engineering
12 8 (20.51%) .NET
13 7 (17.95%) Python
13 7 (17.95%) WebDriver
13 7 (17.95%) SDET
13 7 (17.95%) Build Automation
14 6 (15.38%) Appium
14 6 (15.38%) Degree
15 5 (12.82%) Retail
15 5 (12.82%) TDD
15 5 (12.82%) Test Scripting
15 5 (12.82%) Jenkins
15 5 (12.82%) Microservices

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 2 (5.13%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.13%) SaaS
2 2 (5.13%) Sauce Labs
2 2 (5.13%) Serverless
3 1 (2.56%) BrowserStack
3 1 (2.56%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.69%) NoSQL
2 2 (5.13%) Data Lake
2 2 (5.13%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (5.13%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.56%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 21 (53.85%) Selenium
2 12 (30.77%) Cucumber
3 10 (25.64%) SpecFlow
4 7 (17.95%) WebDriver
5 6 (15.38%) Appium
6 5 (12.82%) Jenkins
7 4 (10.26%) JIRA
8 3 (7.69%) JMeter
8 3 (7.69%) Visual Studio
9 2 (5.13%) LoadRunner
9 2 (5.13%) NUnit
9 2 (5.13%) Protractor
9 2 (5.13%) TestNG
9 2 (5.13%) Xcode
10 1 (2.56%) Android Studio
10 1 (2.56%) Calabash
10 1 (2.56%) Git (software)
10 1 (2.56%) Jasmine
10 1 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (2.56%) TeamCity
General
1 10 (25.64%) Finance
2 5 (12.82%) Retail
3 2 (5.13%) Back Office
3 2 (5.13%) Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Advertising
4 1 (2.56%) Front Office
4 1 (2.56%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (20.51%) .NET
2 3 (7.69%) HTML
2 3 (7.69%) JSON
3 2 (5.13%) FIX Protocol
3 2 (5.13%) Lambda Expressions
3 2 (5.13%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (5.13%) XML
4 1 (2.56%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.56%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.56%) HTML5
4 1 (2.56%) iOS SDK
4 1 (2.56%) Nightwatchjs
4 1 (2.56%) React
4 1 (2.56%) Swagger
4 1 (2.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.69%) Derivative
1 3 (7.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 3 (7.69%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (5.13%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.13%) Credit Derivative
2 2 (5.13%) Fintech
2 2 (5.13%) Fixed Income
2 2 (5.13%) Interest Rate Derivative
2 2 (5.13%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.56%) OTC Derivatives
3 1 (2.56%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.69%) Android
1 3 (7.69%) Apple iOS
1 3 (7.69%) Linux
2 2 (5.13%) Unix
3 1 (2.56%) Windows
3 1 (2.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (82.05%) Test Automation
2 20 (51.28%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (38.46%) BDD
3 15 (38.46%) QA Automation
4 10 (25.64%) Problem-Solving
4 10 (25.64%) Scrum
5 9 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
5 9 (23.08%) Exploratory Testing
6 8 (20.51%) Software Engineering
7 7 (17.95%) Build Automation
7 7 (17.95%) SDET
8 5 (12.82%) DevOps
8 5 (12.82%) Microservices
8 5 (12.82%) TDD
8 5 (12.82%) Test Scripting
9 4 (10.26%) Analytics
9 4 (10.26%) API Integration
9 4 (10.26%) OO
9 4 (10.26%) Software Testing
9 4 (10.26%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 22 (56.41%) Java
2 14 (35.90%) C#
3 11 (28.21%) JavaScript
3 11 (28.21%) SQL
4 7 (17.95%) Python
5 3 (7.69%) Ruby
5 3 (7.69%) VBScript
6 2 (5.13%) Apple Swift
6 2 (5.13%) C
6 2 (5.13%) C++
6 2 (5.13%) Scala
7 1 (2.56%) PowerShell
7 1 (2.56%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (15.38%) Degree
2 3 (7.69%) Numerate Degree
3 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.13%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (2.56%) ISEB
4 1 (2.56%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (5.13%) HP ALM
1 2 (5.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (5.13%) HP
1 2 (5.13%) Oracle
2 1 (2.56%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.56%) Automation Anywhere
2 1 (2.56%) Blue Prism
2 1 (2.56%) Google
2 1 (2.56%) Tableau