Period
to 17 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 17 October 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 Tester
Central London > City of London
6 months to
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 228 226 275
Rank change year-on-year -2 +49 +18
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 9 18 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.13% 0.27% 0.080%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.28% 0.085%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 14 8
City of London median daily rate £388 £500 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +37.93% +11.54%
10th Percentile £150 £196 £274
90th Percentile £538 £571 £438
Central London median daily rate £375 £430 £350
% change year-on-year -12.79% +22.86% +7.69%
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 6491 6393 9467
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.68% 95.56% 95.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 5079 5101 7405
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £269
90th Percentile £675 £656 £649
Central London median daily rate £500 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 74 147
City of London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £11.70 £11.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £30.75 £45.59 £34.00
Central London median hourly rate £18.10 £17.38 £18.00
% change year-on-year +4.17% -3.47% +5.88%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured QA Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the City of London over the 6 months to 17 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 9 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 3 (33.33%) QA Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 3 (33.33%) BDD
3 3 (33.33%) JIRA
3 3 (33.33%) Python
3 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (22.22%) HTML
4 2 (22.22%) Java
4 2 (22.22%) Perl
4 2 (22.22%) Git (software)
4 2 (22.22%) Linux
4 2 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (22.22%) Selenium
4 2 (22.22%) Mobile App
5 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
5 1 (11.11%) Relational Database
5 1 (11.11%) Docker
5 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
5 1 (11.11%) Gerrit
5 1 (11.11%) Gherkin
5 1 (11.11%) Agile Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Functional Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Capybara
5 1 (11.11%) Analytics
5 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing

QA Tester 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 (11.11%) Confluence
1 1 (11.11%) EPiServer
1 1 (11.11%) Umbraco
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
1 3 (33.33%) Jenkins
1 3 (33.33%) JIRA
2 2 (22.22%) Git (software)
2 2 (22.22%) Selenium
3 1 (11.11%) Capybara
3 1 (11.11%) Gerrit
3 1 (11.11%) IntelliJ
3 1 (11.11%) JMeter
3 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
3 1 (11.11%) RubyGems
3 1 (11.11%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (11.11%) Advertising
1 1 (11.11%) Banking
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Games
1 1 (11.11%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) HTML
2 1 (11.11%) CSS
2 1 (11.11%) Gherkin
2 1 (11.11%) JSON
2 1 (11.11%) XML
2 1 (11.11%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 2 (22.22%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (22.22%) Linux
2 1 (11.11%) Windows
2 1 (11.11%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) BDD
2 3 (33.33%) QA Automation
3 1 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Analytics
3 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (11.11%) Functional Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
3 1 (11.11%) SDET
3 1 (11.11%) Software Engineering
3 1 (11.11%) Software Testing
3 1 (11.11%) TDD
3 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
3 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
3 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Web Analytics
3 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) Python
2 2 (22.22%) Java
2 2 (22.22%) Perl
3 1 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 1 (11.11%) Ruby
3 1 (11.11%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Sitecore