Period
to 18 June 2019

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £470 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 18 June 2019.

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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 215 222 207
Rank change year-on-year +7 -15 -10
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 22 32 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.34% 0.46% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.49% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 30 21
City of London median daily rate £470 £433 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.67% +8.13% -
10th Percentile £415 £313 £319
90th Percentile £606 £575 £525
Central London median daily rate £450 £419 £475
% change year-on-year +7.46% -11.84% +18.75%
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 6,034 6,526 5,967
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.81% 94.72% 96.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,666 5,147 4,585
City of London median daily rate £520 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £675 £688 £663
Central London median daily rate £513 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 111 70
City of London median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £17.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.30% +7.56% -11.95%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.50 £12.52
90th Percentile £56.50 £35.25 £30.07
Central London median hourly rate £20.82 £18.70 £16.96
% change year-on-year +11.35% +10.26% -15.17%

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 June 2019.

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 June 2019, 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 22 (100.00%) QA
2 18 (81.82%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (68.18%) Test Automation
4 13 (59.09%) Scrum
5 10 (45.45%) Problem-Solving
6 9 (40.91%) QA Automation
6 9 (40.91%) Java
7 8 (36.36%) JavaScript
7 8 (36.36%) BDD
7 8 (36.36%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (31.82%) C#
8 7 (31.82%) Cucumber
9 6 (27.27%) WebDriver
9 6 (27.27%) Selenium
9 6 (27.27%) JIRA
9 6 (27.27%) .NET
9 6 (27.27%) Build Automation
9 6 (27.27%) Jenkins
10 5 (22.73%) Mobile App
10 5 (22.73%) DevOps
10 5 (22.73%) CSS
10 5 (22.73%) HTML
10 5 (22.73%) Regression Testing
10 5 (22.73%) Software Engineering
10 5 (22.73%) Visual Studio Team System
10 5 (22.73%) SQL
10 5 (22.73%) Android
11 4 (18.18%) TeamCity
11 4 (18.18%) Test Management
11 4 (18.18%) Banking

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 (9.09%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.55%) AWS Lambda
1 1 (4.55%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (4.55%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) Data Lake
1 2 (9.09%) NoSQL
1 2 (9.09%) RDBMS
1 2 (9.09%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (31.82%) Cucumber
2 6 (27.27%) Jenkins
2 6 (27.27%) JIRA
2 6 (27.27%) Selenium
2 6 (27.27%) WebDriver
3 5 (22.73%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (18.18%) SpecFlow
4 4 (18.18%) TeamCity
4 4 (18.18%) Zephyr
5 2 (9.09%) Git (software)
5 2 (9.09%) HP UFT
5 2 (9.09%) TestComplete
5 2 (9.09%) Visual Studio
6 1 (4.55%) Appium
6 1 (4.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (4.55%) Fiddler
6 1 (4.55%) Jasmine
6 1 (4.55%) JBehave
6 1 (4.55%) Mocha
6 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (18.18%) Banking
2 2 (9.09%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) Front Office
2 2 (9.09%) Investment Banking
2 2 (9.09%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (27.27%) .NET
2 5 (22.73%) CSS
2 5 (22.73%) HTML
3 2 (9.09%) .NET Framework
4 1 (4.55%) Chai
4 1 (4.55%) Nightwatchjs
4 1 (4.55%) REST
4 1 (4.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (22.73%) Mobile App
2 2 (9.09%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (9.09%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (4.55%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 5 (22.73%) Android
2 4 (18.18%) Apple iOS
3 1 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (81.82%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (68.18%) Test Automation
3 13 (59.09%) Scrum
4 10 (45.45%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (40.91%) QA Automation
6 8 (36.36%) BDD
6 8 (36.36%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (27.27%) Build Automation
8 5 (22.73%) DevOps
8 5 (22.73%) Regression Testing
8 5 (22.73%) Software Engineering
9 4 (18.18%) Acceptance Criteria
9 4 (18.18%) API Testing
9 4 (18.18%) B2B
9 4 (18.18%) Issue Tracking
9 4 (18.18%) Test Management
10 3 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
10 3 (13.64%) Manual Testing
10 3 (13.64%) OOP
10 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (40.91%) Java
2 8 (36.36%) JavaScript
3 7 (31.82%) C#
4 5 (22.73%) SQL
5 3 (13.64%) Python
6 2 (9.09%) Scala
7 1 (4.55%) Bash Shell
7 1 (4.55%) Perl
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (4.55%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.55%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (100.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) Ansible
1 1 (4.55%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (4.55%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (18.18%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (4.55%) GoldenSource
2 1 (4.55%) Google
2 1 (4.55%) hybris
2 1 (4.55%) SAP