Period
to 15 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £431 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 222 231 210
Rank change year-on-year +9 -21 +39
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 34 27 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.48% 0.38% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% 0.40% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 22 28
City of London median daily rate £431 £469 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.00% -6.25% +48.15%
10th Percentile £344 £364 £365
90th Percentile £531 £550 £594
Central London median daily rate £425 £463 £488
% change year-on-year -8.11% -5.13% +32.20%
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 6,722 6,807 6,243
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.21% 94.63% 95.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,289 5,407 4,947
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £313
90th Percentile £675 £688 £663
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 94 71
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.00 £17.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.52% -3.11%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £26.50 £30.75 £55.00
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.10 £17.00
% change year-on-year +3.31% +6.47% -5.56%

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 15 December 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 15 December 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 34 (100.00%) QA
2 31 (91.18%) Test Automation
3 23 (67.65%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (58.82%) Selenium
5 17 (50.00%) Java
6 16 (47.06%) BDD
7 13 (38.24%) Finance
7 13 (38.24%) TDD
8 10 (29.41%) Scrum
8 10 (29.41%) SpecFlow
8 10 (29.41%) Appium
9 8 (23.53%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (23.53%) .NET
10 7 (20.59%) C#
10 7 (20.59%) Python
10 7 (20.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (20.59%) Asset Management
10 7 (20.59%) QA Automation
10 7 (20.59%) WebDriver
11 6 (17.65%) Manual Testing
12 5 (14.71%) Test Scripting
12 5 (14.71%) Exploratory Testing
13 4 (11.76%) Computer Science
13 4 (11.76%) Mobile App
13 4 (11.76%) Use Case
13 4 (11.76%) Degree
13 4 (11.76%) Workflow
13 4 (11.76%) JavaScript
14 3 (8.82%) SQL
14 3 (8.82%) JMeter

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 (2.94%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) SaaS
2 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.94%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.94%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.94%) Big Data
2 1 (2.94%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 20 (58.82%) Selenium
2 10 (29.41%) Appium
2 10 (29.41%) SpecFlow
3 7 (20.59%) WebDriver
4 3 (8.82%) Cucumber
4 3 (8.82%) Jenkins
4 3 (8.82%) JMeter
5 2 (5.88%) LoadRunner
5 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.94%) JIRA
6 1 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (38.24%) Finance
2 3 (8.82%) Retail
3 2 (5.88%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Games
4 1 (2.94%) Publishing
4 1 (2.94%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (23.53%) .NET
2 1 (2.94%) AngularJS
2 1 (2.94%) JSON
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle ADF
2 1 (2.94%) RabbitMQ
2 1 (2.94%) Spring
2 1 (2.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (23.53%) Greenfield Project
2 7 (20.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 4 (11.76%) Mobile App
4 3 (8.82%) Fintech
4 3 (8.82%) User Experience
5 1 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.82%) Android
1 3 (8.82%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.94%) Linux
2 1 (2.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (91.18%) Test Automation
2 23 (67.65%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (47.06%) BDD
4 13 (38.24%) TDD
5 10 (29.41%) Scrum
6 7 (20.59%) Asset Management
6 7 (20.59%) QA Automation
7 6 (17.65%) Manual Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Exploratory Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Test Scripting
9 4 (11.76%) Computer Science
9 4 (11.76%) Use Case
9 4 (11.76%) Workflow
10 3 (8.82%) Analytics
10 3 (8.82%) Artificial Intelligence
10 3 (8.82%) Build Automation
10 3 (8.82%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (8.82%) Mathematics
10 3 (8.82%) Problem-Solving
10 3 (8.82%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (50.00%) Java
2 7 (20.59%) C#
2 7 (20.59%) Python
3 4 (11.76%) JavaScript
4 3 (8.82%) Apple Swift
4 3 (8.82%) SQL
5 1 (2.94%) C
5 1 (2.94%) C++
5 1 (2.94%) Ruby
5 1 (2.94%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (11.76%) Degree
2 3 (8.82%) Numerate Degree
3 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) Docker
Vendors
1 2 (5.88%) Oracle
2 1 (2.94%) Google
2 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.94%) Perfecto Mobile
2 1 (2.94%) Tableau