Period
to 23 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £433 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 210 232 217
Rank change year-on-year +22 -15 +53
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 45 20 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.64% 0.29% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.30% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 14 25
City of London median daily rate £433 £488 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.28% -2.50% +44.93%
10th Percentile £344 £316 £326
90th Percentile £537 £557 £594
Central London median daily rate £425 £475 £475
% change year-on-year -10.53% - +35.71%
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 6,703 6,569 6,341
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.38% 94.79% 95.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,302 5,168 5,053
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £307
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £464
% change year-on-year - +7.87% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 87 77
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +2.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.70 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.75 £48.40
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.40 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.66% +5.11% -2.72%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 45 (100.00%) QA
2 41 (91.11%) Test Automation
3 31 (68.89%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (60.00%) Selenium
5 26 (57.78%) Java
6 19 (42.22%) BDD
7 15 (33.33%) Finance
8 14 (31.11%) TDD
8 14 (31.11%) Scrum
9 12 (26.67%) QA Automation
9 12 (26.67%) SpecFlow
9 12 (26.67%) WebDriver
10 11 (24.44%) .NET
10 11 (24.44%) Appium
11 10 (22.22%) Greenfield Project
11 10 (22.22%) JavaScript
11 10 (22.22%) Python
11 10 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 9 (20.00%) C#
13 8 (17.78%) SQL
13 8 (17.78%) Exploratory Testing
14 7 (15.56%) Problem-Solving
14 7 (15.56%) Analytics
14 7 (15.56%) Asset Management
14 7 (15.56%) Continuous Improvement
14 7 (15.56%) Cucumber
15 6 (13.33%) Retail
15 6 (13.33%) Degree
15 6 (13.33%) Manual Testing
16 5 (11.11%) Test Scripting

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 (4.44%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.22%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.44%) SaaS
2 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.22%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.22%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.22%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.89%) NoSQL
2 2 (4.44%) Data Lake
3 1 (2.22%) Big Data
3 1 (2.22%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.22%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.22%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 27 (60.00%) Selenium
2 12 (26.67%) SpecFlow
2 12 (26.67%) WebDriver
3 11 (24.44%) Appium
4 7 (15.56%) Cucumber
5 4 (8.89%) Jenkins
5 4 (8.89%) JMeter
6 3 (6.67%) JIRA
7 2 (4.44%) LoadRunner
7 2 (4.44%) Protractor
7 2 (4.44%) Visual Studio
7 2 (4.44%) Xcode
8 1 (2.22%) Android Studio
8 1 (2.22%) Calabash
8 1 (2.22%) Git (software)
8 1 (2.22%) Jasmine
8 1 (2.22%) JUnit
8 1 (2.22%) Maven
8 1 (2.22%) NUnit
8 1 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 15 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (13.33%) Retail
3 3 (6.67%) Banking
4 2 (4.44%) Back Office
4 2 (4.44%) Games
5 1 (2.22%) Advertising
5 1 (2.22%) Front Office
5 1 (2.22%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.22%) Law
5 1 (2.22%) Publishing
5 1 (2.22%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (24.44%) .NET
2 3 (6.67%) HTML
3 2 (4.44%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (2.22%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.22%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.22%) HTML5
4 1 (2.22%) iOS SDK
4 1 (2.22%) JSON
4 1 (2.22%) Nightwatchjs
4 1 (2.22%) Oracle ADF
4 1 (2.22%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (2.22%) React
4 1 (2.22%) Spring
4 1 (2.22%) Web Services
4 1 (2.22%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 10 (22.22%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (8.89%) Mobile App
3 3 (6.67%) Derivative
3 3 (6.67%) Fintech
3 3 (6.67%) User Experience
4 2 (4.44%) Credit Derivative
4 2 (4.44%) Fixed Income
4 2 (4.44%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (2.22%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.22%) OTC Derivatives
5 1 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.89%) Android
1 4 (8.89%) Apple iOS
2 3 (6.67%) Unix
3 1 (2.22%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (91.11%) Test Automation
2 31 (68.89%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (42.22%) BDD
4 14 (31.11%) Scrum
4 14 (31.11%) TDD
5 12 (26.67%) QA Automation
6 8 (17.78%) Exploratory Testing
7 7 (15.56%) Analytics
7 7 (15.56%) Asset Management
7 7 (15.56%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (15.56%) Problem-Solving
8 6 (13.33%) Manual Testing
9 5 (11.11%) Build Automation
9 5 (11.11%) Test Scripting
10 4 (8.89%) Mathematics
10 4 (8.89%) OOP
10 4 (8.89%) SDET
10 4 (8.89%) Use Case
10 4 (8.89%) Workflow
11 3 (6.67%) Artificial Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 26 (57.78%) Java
2 10 (22.22%) JavaScript
2 10 (22.22%) Python
3 9 (20.00%) C#
4 8 (17.78%) SQL
5 3 (6.67%) Apple Swift
6 2 (4.44%) Ruby
6 2 (4.44%) Scala
6 2 (4.44%) VBScript
7 1 (2.22%) C
7 1 (2.22%) C++
7 1 (2.22%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (13.33%) Degree
2 4 (8.89%) Numerate Degree
3 1 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (2.22%) ISEB
3 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.22%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.22%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (4.44%) HP ALM
1 2 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (4.44%) HP
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle
2 1 (2.22%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.22%) Google
2 1 (2.22%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.22%) Perfecto Mobile
2 1 (2.22%) Tableau