Period
to 4 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 4 July 2020 with a comparison to the 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 (QA)
Central London > City of London
6 months to
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 47 74 68
Rank change year-on-year +27 -6 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 113 214 251
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 4.12% 3.21% 3.53%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.29% 36.39% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 156 186
Median daily rate £514 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.38% +2.63% +1.33%
10th Percentile £306 £360 £313
90th Percentile £619 £638 £622
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £467
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.71% -0.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 0
Median hourly rate £38.50 £38.78 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.71% - -
Central London median hourly rate £38.50 £38.78 -
% change year-on-year -0.71% - -

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 303 588 753
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 11.06% 8.83% 10.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 438 556
Median daily rate £483 £500 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.50% +4.17% -4.00%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £313
90th Percentile £638 £663 £675
Central London median daily rate £475 £500 £488
% change year-on-year -5.00% +2.56% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 9
Median hourly rate £38.48 £17.66 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +117.87% -5.56% +25.93%
10th Percentile £22.73 £11.50 £13.52
90th Percentile £50.00 £71.76 £62.75
Median hourly rate £38.48 £18.58 £20.10
% change year-on-year +107.08% -7.56% +36.27%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the City of London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for QA in the City of London

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Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in the City of London over the 6 months to 4 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for QA in the City of London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for QA in the City of London

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing QA in the City of London over the 6 months to 4 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for QA in the City of London

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Contract Job Locations in the City of London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the City of London region over the 6 months to 4 July 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Moorgate - 1 £550 -
London Bridge - 1 £300 -
QA
Central London

For the 6 months to 4 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for QA.

1 46 (40.71%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (33.63%) Finance
3 29 (25.66%) Test Automation
4 25 (22.12%) Java
5 18 (15.93%) .NET
5 18 (15.93%) Scrum
5 18 (15.93%) Banking
6 17 (15.04%) C#
6 17 (15.04%) SQL
6 17 (15.04%) Analytical Skills
7 16 (14.16%) Azure
7 16 (14.16%) Software Engineering
8 15 (13.27%) User Acceptance Testing
9 14 (12.39%) HTML
9 14 (12.39%) SQL Server
9 14 (12.39%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (11.50%) Degree
10 13 (11.50%) JIRA
10 13 (11.50%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (11.50%) SDLC
11 12 (10.62%) Oracle
11 12 (10.62%) JavaScript
12 10 (8.85%) Regression Testing
12 10 (8.85%) Microsoft
12 10 (8.85%) TDD
12 10 (8.85%) API Testing
12 10 (8.85%) User Experience
12 10 (8.85%) DevOps
12 10 (8.85%) Relational Database
12 10 (8.85%) Test Scripting

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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 4 (3.54%) Confluence
2 3 (2.65%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.77%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.88%) Apache
4 1 (0.88%) Apache Airflow
4 1 (0.88%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.88%) CMS
4 1 (0.88%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (6.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (4.42%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.88%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.88%) Figma
4 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.88%) Sketch
4 1 (0.88%) SPSS
4 1 (0.88%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 3 (2.65%) PeopleSoft Financials
2 2 (1.77%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (1.77%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.88%) Loan IQ
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle iProcurement
3 1 (0.88%) SAP Business ByDesign
Cloud Services
1 16 (14.16%) Azure
2 8 (7.08%) AWS
3 4 (3.54%) Power Platform
4 3 (2.65%) GitHub
4 3 (2.65%) Tricentis Tosca
5 2 (1.77%) AWS Lambda
5 2 (1.77%) Azure Data Factory
5 2 (1.77%) Serverless
6 1 (0.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.88%) AWS CloudTrail
6 1 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.88%) Coveralls
6 1 (0.88%) Responsys
6 1 (0.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.65%) FTP
2 2 (1.77%) BGP
2 2 (1.77%) Cisco ISE
2 2 (1.77%) DHCP
2 2 (1.77%) DNS
2 2 (1.77%) EIGRP
2 2 (1.77%) Ethernet
2 2 (1.77%) Firewall
2 2 (1.77%) LAN
2 2 (1.77%) MPLS
2 2 (1.77%) OSPF
2 2 (1.77%) Spanning Tree
2 2 (1.77%) SSH
2 2 (1.77%) VLAN
2 2 (1.77%) VXLAN
2 2 (1.77%) WAN
2 2 (1.77%) Wireless
3 1 (0.88%) Cisco Wireless
3 1 (0.88%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.88%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (12.39%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.85%) Relational Database
3 8 (7.08%) RDBMS
4 7 (6.19%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (3.54%) Power BI
5 4 (3.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (2.65%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (2.65%) MySQL
6 3 (2.65%) OLAP
6 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2017
6 3 (2.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.77%) Adabas
7 2 (1.77%) Data Mining
7 2 (1.77%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.88%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.88%) Big Data
8 1 (0.88%) Flink
8 1 (0.88%) MS Access
8 1 (0.88%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 13 (11.50%) JIRA
2 10 (8.85%) Git (software)
3 8 (7.08%) TeamCity
4 7 (6.19%) Octopus Deploy
4 7 (6.19%) Selenium
5 6 (5.31%) Ant
5 6 (5.31%) Cucumber
6 4 (3.54%) JUnit
6 4 (3.54%) SpecFlow
7 3 (2.65%) Android Studio
7 3 (2.65%) Jenkins
7 3 (2.65%) Postman
7 3 (2.65%) Subversion
8 2 (1.77%) Appium
8 2 (1.77%) Axure RP
8 2 (1.77%) ClearQuest
8 2 (1.77%) Eclipse
8 2 (1.77%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (1.77%) TestCafe
8 2 (1.77%) WebDriver
General
1 38 (33.63%) Finance
2 18 (15.93%) Banking
3 6 (5.31%) Front Office
4 4 (3.54%) Advertising
5 3 (2.65%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.65%) Law
5 3 (2.65%) Legal
5 3 (2.65%) Marketing
6 2 (1.77%) General Ledger
6 2 (1.77%) International Banking
6 2 (1.77%) Police
6 2 (1.77%) Retail
7 1 (0.88%) Back Office
7 1 (0.88%) French Language
7 1 (0.88%) Private Banking
7 1 (0.88%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 34 (30.09%) Developer
2 29 (25.66%) Analyst
3 7 (6.19%) Business Analyst
3 7 (6.19%) Java Developer
3 7 (6.19%) QA Analyst
3 7 (6.19%) QA Engineer
4 6 (5.31%) Analyst Developer
4 6 (5.31%) Test Analyst
5 4 (3.54%) Data Analyst
5 4 (3.54%) Designer
5 4 (3.54%) Software Engineer
5 4 (3.54%) Tester
6 3 (2.65%) Android Developer
6 3 (2.65%) Project Manager
6 3 (2.65%) QA Automation Engineer
6 3 (2.65%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (2.65%) SQL Developer
6 3 (2.65%) Technical Manager
6 3 (2.65%) UX Designer
6 3 (2.65%) UX Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.93%) .NET
2 14 (12.39%) HTML
3 10 (8.85%) REST
4 8 (7.08%) ASP.NET
4 8 (7.08%) HTML5
4 8 (7.08%) Web Services
5 7 (6.19%) CSS
6 6 (5.31%) AngularJS
6 6 (5.31%) Swing
7 5 (4.42%) FIX Protocol
7 5 (4.42%) WCF
7 5 (4.42%) WPF
8 3 (2.65%) Android SDK
8 3 (2.65%) ASP.NET Core
8 3 (2.65%) JSON
8 3 (2.65%) RESTful
9 2 (1.77%) .NET Core
9 2 (1.77%) Oracle Fusion
9 2 (1.77%) Redux
9 2 (1.77%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 17 (15.04%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (8.85%) User Experience
3 8 (7.08%) Data Structures
3 8 (7.08%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (6.19%) Fixed Income
5 6 (5.31%) Mobile App
6 5 (4.42%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (3.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (3.54%) Management Information System
8 3 (2.65%) Derivative
8 3 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (2.65%) Social Network
8 3 (2.65%) Video on Demand
9 2 (1.77%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.77%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.77%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.77%) Market Risk
9 2 (1.77%) PKI
9 2 (1.77%) Reference Data
9 2 (1.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.08%) Windows
2 6 (5.31%) Linux
3 5 (4.42%) Android
4 4 (3.54%) Unix
5 3 (2.65%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.77%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.88%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (40.71%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (25.66%) Test Automation
3 18 (15.93%) Scrum
4 16 (14.16%) Software Engineering
5 15 (13.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 14 (12.39%) Problem-Solving
7 13 (11.50%) Continuous Integration
7 13 (11.50%) SDLC
8 10 (8.85%) API Testing
8 10 (8.85%) DevOps
8 10 (8.85%) Multithreading
8 10 (8.85%) Regression Testing
8 10 (8.85%) TDD
8 10 (8.85%) Test Scripting
9 9 (7.96%) BDD
9 9 (7.96%) Change Management
9 9 (7.96%) Electronic Trading
9 9 (7.96%) Unit Testing
10 8 (7.08%) Migration
10 8 (7.08%) OO
Programming Languages
1 25 (22.12%) Java
2 17 (15.04%) C#
2 17 (15.04%) SQL
3 12 (10.62%) JavaScript
4 5 (4.42%) Python
5 4 (3.54%) Shell Script
5 4 (3.54%) TypeScript
5 4 (3.54%) VBA
6 3 (2.65%) Java 8
6 3 (2.65%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.77%) C++
7 2 (1.77%) JCL
7 2 (1.77%) Lisp
7 2 (1.77%) Natural
7 2 (1.77%) Perl
7 2 (1.77%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.77%) R
8 1 (0.88%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.88%) Groovy
8 1 (0.88%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 13 (11.50%) Degree
2 4 (3.54%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.65%) ISEB
3 3 (2.65%) ISTQB
3 3 (2.65%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.77%) CCIE
4 2 (1.77%) CCNP
4 2 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (1.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.88%) CCA
5 1 (0.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.54%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.77%) MiFID
2 2 (1.77%) PMO
3 1 (0.88%) EMIR
3 1 (0.88%) GDPR
3 1 (0.88%) IFRS
3 1 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (4.42%) Docker
2 3 (2.65%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.65%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (1.77%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (2.65%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (2.65%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.77%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.77%) Puppet
2 2 (1.77%) TrustSec
3 1 (0.88%) Ansible
3 1 (0.88%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.88%) SCCM
3 1 (0.88%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (10.62%) Oracle
2 10 (8.85%) Microsoft
3 5 (4.42%) HP
4 4 (3.54%) SAP
5 3 (2.65%) Citrix
5 3 (2.65%) Cognos
5 3 (2.65%) HubSpot
5 3 (2.65%) PeopleSoft
5 3 (2.65%) Tableau
6 2 (1.77%) Cisco
6 2 (1.77%) Databricks
6 2 (1.77%) Remedy
6 2 (1.77%) Software AG
7 1 (0.88%) Adobe
7 1 (0.88%) CA
7 1 (0.88%) IBM
7 1 (0.88%) Netezza
7 1 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.88%) Sybase
7 1 (0.88%) Teradata