Period
to 12 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 12 November 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
12 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 205 218 221
Rank change year-on-year +13 +3 -7
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 16 41 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.27% 0.59% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.62% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 39 20
City of London median daily rate £450 £425 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -8.11% -7.50%
10th Percentile £316 £340 £357
90th Percentile £475 £532 £551
Central London median daily rate £450 £425 £463
% change year-on-year +5.88% -8.11% -2.63%
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 5,492 6,636 6,652
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.39% 95.36% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,307 5,265 5,253
City of London median daily rate £513 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £313
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 115 95
City of London median hourly rate £19.75 £18.70 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.61% +10.00% -0.96%
10th Percentile £12.04 £13.00 £11.35
90th Percentile £51.75 £26.70 £29.18
Central London median hourly rate £20.50 £18.70 £18.05
% change year-on-year +9.63% +3.60% +6.18%

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 12 November 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 12 November 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 16 (100.00%) QA
2 12 (75.00%) Test Automation
3 11 (68.75%) QA Automation
4 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (56.25%) Java
5 7 (43.75%) Scrum
5 7 (43.75%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (31.25%) Python
6 5 (31.25%) Selenium
6 5 (31.25%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (31.25%) Build Automation
7 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
7 4 (25.00%) C#
8 3 (18.75%) Perl
8 3 (18.75%) PHP
8 3 (18.75%) Finance
8 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
8 3 (18.75%) Test Strategy
8 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
9 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
9 2 (12.50%) SpecFlow
9 2 (12.50%) Process Improvement
9 2 (12.50%) Sitecore
9 2 (12.50%) Cucumber
9 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (12.50%) Jenkins
9 2 (12.50%) Black-Box Testing
9 2 (12.50%) Regression Testing
9 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
9 2 (12.50%) Spring

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 (6.25%) CMS
1 1 (6.25%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (6.25%) Umbraco
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) AWS
1 1 (6.25%) Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 5 (31.25%) Selenium
2 2 (12.50%) Cucumber
2 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 2 (12.50%) Jenkins
2 2 (12.50%) SpecFlow
3 1 (6.25%) Appium
3 1 (6.25%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (6.25%) TeamCity
General
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Banking
2 1 (6.25%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
2 2 (12.50%) CSS
2 2 (12.50%) HTML
2 2 (12.50%) Spring
2 2 (12.50%) XML
3 1 (6.25%) .NET
3 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET
3 1 (6.25%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) Derivative
2 1 (6.25%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.25%) OTC Derivatives
2 1 (6.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Android
1 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 11 (68.75%) QA Automation
3 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (43.75%) Problem-Solving
4 7 (43.75%) Scrum
5 5 (31.25%) Build Automation
5 5 (31.25%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
6 3 (18.75%) Test Strategy
7 2 (12.50%) Black-Box Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Process Improvement
7 2 (12.50%) Regression Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Software Testing
8 1 (6.25%) BDD
8 1 (6.25%) DevOps
8 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing
8 1 (6.25%) Manual Testing
8 1 (6.25%) Mobile Application Development
8 1 (6.25%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) Java
2 5 (31.25%) Python
3 4 (25.00%) C#
3 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 3 (18.75%) Perl
4 3 (18.75%) PHP
5 2 (12.50%) VBA
6 1 (6.25%) Groovy
6 1 (6.25%) Ruby
6 1 (6.25%) Scala
6 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) Computer Science Degree
1 2 (12.50%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) Sitecore