The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
London / City of London
Rank 150 155 170
Rank change year-on-year +5 +15  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 3 3 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.099% 0.091% 0.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.096% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 6
Median daily rate £425 £400 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -15.78%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £310 £320
% change year-on-year +12.90% -3.12%  
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 2888 3140 4850
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.25% 95.32% 96.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2244 2502 3650
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 £313 £300 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 47 76
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.97% +6.92%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £46.10 £27.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the City of London

QA Tester
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 Tester in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the City of London

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in the City of London

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, QA Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (50.00%) Java
2 2 (50.00%) ETL
2 2 (50.00%) JIRA
2 2 (50.00%) Jenkins
2 2 (50.00%) Test Strategy
2 2 (50.00%) API Testing
3 1 (25.00%) TestRail
3 1 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Decision Tree
3 1 (25.00%) Translating Business Requirements
3 1 (25.00%) Defect Management
3 1 (25.00%) QA Automation
3 1 (25.00%) ATDD
3 1 (25.00%) Big Data
3 1 (25.00%) HTML5
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (25.00%) FogBugz
3 1 (25.00%) User Experience
3 1 (25.00%) Microservices
3 1 (25.00%) Spock
3 1 (25.00%) Apache Spark
3 1 (25.00%) Geb
3 1 (25.00%) Physical Data Model
3 1 (25.00%) Separation of Concerns
3 1 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 1 (25.00%) Apache Hive
3 1 (25.00%) Hudson

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 (25.00%) Apache Spark
1 1 (25.00%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Apache Hive
1 1 (25.00%) Big Data
1 1 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (25.00%) Hadoop
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (50.00%) Jenkins
1 2 (50.00%) JIRA
2 1 (25.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (25.00%) Bugzilla
2 1 (25.00%) FogBugz
2 1 (25.00%) Geb
2 1 (25.00%) Hudson
2 1 (25.00%) Selenium
2 1 (25.00%) Spock
2 1 (25.00%) TeamCity
2 1 (25.00%) TestRail
2 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (25.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
1 1 (25.00%) Ajax
1 1 (25.00%) CSS
1 1 (25.00%) HTML
1 1 (25.00%) HTML5
1 1 (25.00%) JSON
1 1 (25.00%) REST
1 1 (25.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
1 1 (25.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (25.00%) Linux
1 1 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) API Testing
2 2 (50.00%) ETL
2 2 (50.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (25.00%) ATDD
3 1 (25.00%) Automated Testing
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Data Modelling
3 1 (25.00%) Defect Management
3 1 (25.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (25.00%) Feature Driven Development
3 1 (25.00%) Microservices
3 1 (25.00%) QA Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) TDD
3 1 (25.00%) Technical Architecture
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Translating Business Requirements
3 1 (25.00%) Use Case
3 1 (25.00%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) Java
2 1 (25.00%) Groovy
2 1 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 1 (25.00%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Oracle