Period
to 16 January 2021

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 16 January 2021 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
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 59 59 69
Rank change year-on-year 0 +10 -18
Contract jobs citing QA 69 180 245
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 3.38% 3.61% 3.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.01% 37.11% 40.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 132 184
Median daily rate £475 £515 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.77% +8.42% -1.55%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £303
90th Percentile £618 £649 £634
Central London median daily rate £475 £515 £475
% change year-on-year -7.77% +8.42% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £20.00 - £14.00
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 - £14.00

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 209 485 600
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 10.23% 9.74% 8.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 369 443
Median daily rate £488 £480 £477
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.56% +0.63% -4.60%
10th Percentile £322 £300 £263
90th Percentile £638 £653 £638
Central London median daily rate £475 £478 £475
% change year-on-year -0.52% +0.53% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 12
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.21% -13.16% +26.67%
10th Percentile £14.70 £16.50 £14.00
90th Percentile £22.40 £16.50 £26.90
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +21.21% -13.16% +26.67%

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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 16 January 2021.

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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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 16 January 2021. 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 +22 2 £475 -
QA
Central London

For the 6 months to 16 January 2021, 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 32 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (26.09%) Finance
3 15 (21.74%) Test Automation
4 12 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (15.94%) Azure
5 11 (15.94%) Project Management
5 11 (15.94%) Java
6 10 (14.49%) DevOps
7 9 (13.04%) SQL
7 9 (13.04%) Data Warehouse
7 9 (13.04%) Microsoft
8 8 (11.59%) Scrum
8 8 (11.59%) Degree
8 8 (11.59%) Selenium
9 7 (10.14%) Computer Science
9 7 (10.14%) Banking
9 7 (10.14%) Python
9 7 (10.14%) HTML
9 7 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (8.70%) Relational Database
10 6 (8.70%) Project Delivery
10 6 (8.70%) JavaScript
10 6 (8.70%) Systems Analysis
10 6 (8.70%) Law
10 6 (8.70%) Regression Testing
10 6 (8.70%) JIRA
10 6 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (8.70%) SC Cleared
10 6 (8.70%) Security Cleared
10 6 (8.70%) AWS

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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 2 (2.90%) Apache
1 2 (2.90%) Confluence
1 2 (2.90%) IIS
2 1 (1.45%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.45%) Appian
2 1 (1.45%) CMS
2 1 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.45%) JBoss
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (1.45%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (7.25%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (7.25%) Microsoft Project
1 5 (7.25%) MS Visio
2 4 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.90%) AutoCAD
4 2 (2.90%) Revit
Business Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 11 (15.94%) Azure
2 6 (8.70%) AWS
3 3 (4.35%) Dynamics 365
3 3 (4.35%) Power Platform
4 2 (2.90%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.45%) Adobe Analytics
5 1 (1.45%) Amazon ElastiCache
5 1 (1.45%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.45%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.45%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (1.45%) AWS OpsWorks
5 1 (1.45%) AWS Step Functions
5 1 (1.45%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.45%) GCP
5 1 (1.45%) GitHub
5 1 (1.45%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.90%) HTTP
1 2 (2.90%) VPN
2 1 (1.45%) DHCP
2 1 (1.45%) DNS
2 1 (1.45%) Firewall
2 1 (1.45%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.45%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.04%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (8.70%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.80%) Data Lake
4 3 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (4.35%) Power BI
5 2 (2.90%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (2.90%) MySQL
5 2 (2.90%) Semantic Layer
6 1 (1.45%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (1.45%) Big Data
6 1 (1.45%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.45%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.45%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.45%) Redis
6 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (11.59%) Selenium
2 6 (8.70%) JIRA
3 5 (7.25%) PowerBuilder
4 4 (5.80%) Git (software)
4 4 (5.80%) Ranorex
5 2 (2.90%) Cucumber
5 2 (2.90%) Jenkins
5 2 (2.90%) SonarQube
5 2 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (2.90%) webpack
5 2 (2.90%) Zephyr
6 1 (1.45%) Appium
6 1 (1.45%) Cypress.io
6 1 (1.45%) GoCD
6 1 (1.45%) Mocha
6 1 (1.45%) Postman
6 1 (1.45%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (1.45%) TestCafe
6 1 (1.45%) Vagrant
6 1 (1.45%) WebDriver
General
1 18 (26.09%) Finance
2 7 (10.14%) Banking
3 6 (8.70%) Law
4 4 (5.80%) Advertising
4 4 (5.80%) Legal
5 3 (4.35%) Financial Institution
5 3 (4.35%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.90%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.90%) Marketing
6 2 (2.90%) Russian Language
7 1 (1.45%) French Language
7 1 (1.45%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 17 (24.64%) Developer
2 8 (11.59%) Analyst
3 6 (8.70%) Business Analyst
4 5 (7.25%) Full Stack Developer
4 5 (7.25%) PowerBuilder Developer
4 5 (7.25%) QA Engineer
5 4 (5.80%) QA Leader
5 4 (5.80%) Tester
6 3 (4.35%) Architect
6 3 (4.35%) Consultant
6 3 (4.35%) Data Engineer
6 3 (4.35%) Forensic Investigator
7 2 (2.90%) CyberArk Engineer
7 2 (2.90%) PowerBuilder Consultant
7 2 (2.90%) QA Tester
7 2 (2.90%) Ruby Developer
7 2 (2.90%) SailPoint Engineer
7 2 (2.90%) Technical Analyst
7 2 (2.90%) Technical Leader
7 2 (2.90%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.14%) HTML
2 4 (5.80%) CSS
3 3 (4.35%) Ruby on Rails
4 2 (2.90%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.90%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (2.90%) Gherkin
4 2 (2.90%) jQuery
4 2 (2.90%) LDAP
4 2 (2.90%) Node.js
4 2 (2.90%) React
4 2 (2.90%) Redux
4 2 (2.90%) RESTful
4 2 (2.90%) SailPoint
4 2 (2.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (1.45%) Enzyme
5 1 (1.45%) GraphQL
5 1 (1.45%) Jest
5 1 (1.45%) Kafka
5 1 (1.45%) React Native
5 1 (1.45%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.35%) Data Structures
2 3 (4.35%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.90%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.90%) Derivative
3 2 (2.90%) Equities
3 2 (2.90%) Fixed Income
3 2 (2.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 2 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.90%) User Experience
4 1 (1.45%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.45%) Equity Derivative
4 1 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.45%) LIMS
4 1 (1.45%) Market Risk
4 1 (1.45%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.45%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.80%) Apple iOS
2 3 (4.35%) Android
3 2 (2.90%) Linux
3 2 (2.90%) Windows
4 1 (1.45%) Unix
4 1 (1.45%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.45%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.45%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (21.74%) Test Automation
3 12 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (15.94%) Project Management
5 10 (14.49%) DevOps
6 8 (11.59%) Scrum
7 7 (10.14%) Computer Science
8 6 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (8.70%) Project Delivery
8 6 (8.70%) Regression Testing
8 6 (8.70%) Systems Analysis
9 5 (7.25%) Analytics
9 5 (7.25%) BDD
9 5 (7.25%) Information Security
9 5 (7.25%) Mentoring
9 5 (7.25%) SDLC
9 5 (7.25%) Test Strategy
9 5 (7.25%) Unit Testing
9 5 (7.25%) Validation
10 4 (5.80%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.94%) Java
2 9 (13.04%) SQL
3 7 (10.14%) Python
4 6 (8.70%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.80%) Java 8
6 3 (4.35%) Ruby
7 2 (2.90%) BeanShell
8 1 (1.45%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.45%) Groovy
8 1 (1.45%) PHP
8 1 (1.45%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.45%) R
8 1 (1.45%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (11.59%) Degree
2 6 (8.70%) SC Cleared
2 6 (8.70%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (4.35%) EnCE
4 2 (2.90%) BICSI Certification
4 2 (2.90%) BICSI RCDD
5 1 (1.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 1 (1.45%) CCSP
5 1 (1.45%) CISA
5 1 (1.45%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.45%) CISM
5 1 (1.45%) CISSP
5 1 (1.45%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.45%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.45%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 17025
2 1 (1.45%) MiFID
2 1 (1.45%) PMO
2 1 (1.45%) Section 508
2 1 (1.45%) SLA
2 1 (1.45%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (4.35%) Active Directory
1 3 (4.35%) Docker
2 1 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (4.35%) EnCase
1 3 (4.35%) FTK
2 2 (2.90%) Terraform
3 1 (1.45%) Ansible
3 1 (1.45%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.45%) OpenView
3 1 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.45%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (13.04%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.35%) Cellebrite
2 3 (4.35%) iManage
2 3 (4.35%) Nuix
2 3 (4.35%) SAP
3 2 (2.90%) Atlassian
3 2 (2.90%) CyberArk
3 2 (2.90%) Okta
3 2 (2.90%) Oracle
3 2 (2.90%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.45%) Adobe
4 1 (1.45%) Apple
4 1 (1.45%) BT
4 1 (1.45%) Cadence
4 1 (1.45%) CheckPoint
4 1 (1.45%) Cisco
4 1 (1.45%) Citrix
4 1 (1.45%) Google
4 1 (1.45%) HP
4 1 (1.45%) VMware