The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 23 June 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
London / City of London
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 156 144 196
Rank change year-on-year -12 +52  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 10 20 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.30% 0.59% 0.086%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.62% 0.091%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 14 3
Median daily rate £450 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £351 £342
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £460 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -2.85% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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

Contract IT Job Roles
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 3152 3240 5510
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.52% 95.74% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2416 2625 4243
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 39 100
Median hourly rate £17.77 £19.00 £19.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.47% -3.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.93 £12.50 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.50 £37.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London that featured QA Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 23 June 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 28 (100.00%) QA
2 25 (89.29%) Test Automation
3 17 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (57.14%) Mobile App
5 14 (50.00%) Selenium
6 10 (35.71%) BDD
6 10 (35.71%) Apple iOS
7 9 (32.14%) Unit Testing
7 9 (32.14%) Xcode
8 8 (28.57%) TDD
8 8 (28.57%) Java
8 8 (28.57%) Test Scripting
9 7 (25.00%) WebDriver
9 7 (25.00%) Apple
9 7 (25.00%) C#
9 7 (25.00%) Process Improvement
9 7 (25.00%) Apple Swift
9 7 (25.00%) HockeyApp
10 6 (21.43%) QA Automation
10 6 (21.43%) Agile Testing
10 6 (21.43%) Pair Programming
10 6 (21.43%) E-Commerce
10 6 (21.43%) OOP
10 6 (21.43%) OO
11 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
11 5 (17.86%) .NET
11 5 (17.86%) SpecFlow
12 4 (14.29%) Manual Testing
12 4 (14.29%) JIRA
12 4 (14.29%) Degree

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 3 (10.71%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) BrowserStack
1 1 (3.57%) GitHub
1 1 (3.57%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.14%) Internet
2 1 (3.57%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) Big Data
1 1 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.57%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 14 (50.00%) Selenium
2 9 (32.14%) Xcode
3 7 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 5 (17.86%) SpecFlow
5 4 (14.29%) JIRA
6 3 (10.71%) Appium
6 3 (10.71%) Cucumber
6 3 (10.71%) Git (software)
6 3 (10.71%) Protractor
7 2 (7.14%) Calabash
7 2 (7.14%) Jenkins
8 1 (3.57%) DbUnit
8 1 (3.57%) Fiddler
8 1 (3.57%) HP UFT
8 1 (3.57%) Robot Framework
General
1 3 (10.71%) Finance
2 2 (7.14%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Front Office
3 1 (3.57%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.86%) .NET
2 3 (10.71%) Ajax
2 3 (10.71%) CSS
2 3 (10.71%) HTML
2 3 (10.71%) JSON
2 3 (10.71%) RESTful
3 2 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 1 (3.57%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (3.57%) Gherkin
4 1 (3.57%) HTML5
4 1 (3.57%) REST
4 1 (3.57%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (57.14%) Mobile App
2 3 (10.71%) Computer Science
3 2 (7.14%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) Apple iOS
2 3 (10.71%) Android
3 1 (3.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (89.29%) Test Automation
2 17 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (35.71%) BDD
4 9 (32.14%) Unit Testing
5 8 (28.57%) TDD
5 8 (28.57%) Test Scripting
6 7 (25.00%) Process Improvement
7 6 (21.43%) Agile Testing
7 6 (21.43%) E-Commerce
7 6 (21.43%) OO
7 6 (21.43%) OOP
7 6 (21.43%) Pair Programming
7 6 (21.43%) QA Automation
8 4 (14.29%) Manual Testing
9 3 (10.71%) Release Management
9 3 (10.71%) SDLC
10 2 (7.14%) Build Automation
10 2 (7.14%) Continuous Delivery
10 2 (7.14%) Functional Testing
10 2 (7.14%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (28.57%) Java
2 7 (25.00%) Apple Swift
2 7 (25.00%) C#
3 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
4 3 (10.71%) Ruby
5 2 (7.14%) Objective-C
6 1 (3.57%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (14.29%) Degree
2 3 (10.71%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) MiFID
Systems Management
1 7 (25.00%) HockeyApp
2 1 (3.57%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) Apple
2 1 (3.57%) CA
2 1 (3.57%) Fidessa
2 1 (3.57%) Google
2 1 (3.57%) HP
2 1 (3.57%) Splunk