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 3 months to 24 June 2017 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)
London / City of London
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 59 55
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4  
Contract jobs citing QA 125 120 201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 3.83% 3.55% 3.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.67% 30.85% 30.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 85 144
Median daily rate £500 £440 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% -6.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £341 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £540 £599
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +2.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 487 389 652
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.91% 11.50% 11.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 311 499
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 7
Median hourly rate £15.00 £85.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -82.45% +256.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.02 £85.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.00 £85.50 £63.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.71% +12.00%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the City of London

QA
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 in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the City of London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the City of London over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the City of London

QA
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 in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for QA.

1 112 (44.09%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (35.04%) Test Automation
3 79 (31.10%) Finance
4 62 (24.41%) Java
5 56 (22.05%) JavaScript
6 54 (21.26%) TDD
7 49 (19.29%) Banking
7 49 (19.29%) BDD
8 48 (18.90%) Scrum
9 47 (18.50%) HTML
10 42 (16.54%) CSS
11 41 (16.14%) SQL
12 40 (15.75%) Git (software)
13 38 (14.96%) Web Services
14 36 (14.17%) Continuous Integration
15 32 (12.60%) Amazon AWS
15 32 (12.60%) Pair Programming
16 30 (11.81%) Project Management
16 30 (11.81%) HTML5
16 30 (11.81%) Selenium
16 30 (11.81%) Analytical Skills
16 30 (11.81%) Front End Development
17 29 (11.42%) Kanban
17 29 (11.42%) Software Engineering
17 29 (11.42%) JIRA
17 29 (11.42%) MongoDB
18 28 (11.02%) MVC
18 28 (11.02%) SDLC
19 26 (10.24%) SOA
19 26 (10.24%) Unit Testing

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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 14 (5.51%) Confluence
2 7 (2.76%) CMS
2 7 (2.76%) IIS
3 5 (1.97%) Apache
4 4 (1.57%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.57%) WordPress
5 3 (1.18%) Drupal
6 2 (0.79%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.79%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.79%) SAS
6 2 (0.79%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.39%) Apache Pig
7 1 (0.39%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.39%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.39%) JBoss
7 1 (0.39%) nginx
7 1 (0.39%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.39%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.57%) Photoshop
2 4 (1.57%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.79%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (3.15%) FLEXCUBE
1 8 (3.15%) Loan IQ
2 4 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.57%) SimCorp Dimension
3 3 (1.18%) SAP CRM
3 3 (1.18%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.39%) LatentZero
4 1 (0.39%) Sonata
4 1 (0.39%) Tercero
4 1 (0.39%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 32 (12.60%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (3.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.97%) AWS CloudFormation
3 5 (1.97%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (1.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 4 (1.57%) PaaS
5 3 (1.18%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.18%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.18%) GitHub
5 3 (1.18%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.79%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.79%) BrowserStack
6 2 (0.79%) Slack
7 1 (0.39%) CloudBees
7 1 (0.39%) Google Drive
7 1 (0.39%) Google Tag Manager
7 1 (0.39%) IaaS
7 1 (0.39%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.39%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.39%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.30%) HTTP
2 7 (2.76%) FTP
3 5 (1.97%) Internet
4 4 (1.57%) LAN
4 4 (1.57%) WAN
5 3 (1.18%) LDAP
6 2 (0.79%) Firewall
6 2 (0.79%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.79%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.39%) Converged Networks
7 1 (0.39%) DMZ
7 1 (0.39%) Skype
7 1 (0.39%) SSL
7 1 (0.39%) VPN
7 1 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (11.42%) MongoDB
2 14 (5.51%) SQL Server
3 12 (4.72%) Big Data
4 11 (4.33%) Relational Database
5 8 (3.15%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.76%) Siebel EIM
7 6 (2.36%) NoSQL
8 4 (1.57%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (1.57%) Hadoop
8 4 (1.57%) QlikView
8 4 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (1.18%) Amazon RDS
9 3 (1.18%) RDBMS
9 3 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.79%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (0.79%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.79%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.79%) InterSystems Cache
10 2 (0.79%) SAS Data Integration Studio
10 2 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 40 (15.75%) Git (software)
2 30 (11.81%) Selenium
3 29 (11.42%) JIRA
4 21 (8.27%) Grunt
4 21 (8.27%) gulp
5 20 (7.87%) IntelliJ
6 18 (7.09%) WebDriver
7 16 (6.30%) Jenkins
8 15 (5.91%) Cucumber
9 14 (5.51%) SpecFlow
10 11 (4.33%) Xcode
11 9 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (2.76%) TeamCity
13 6 (2.36%) Protractor
14 5 (1.97%) Jasmine
15 4 (1.57%) Appium
15 4 (1.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 4 (1.57%) Calabash
15 4 (1.57%) Mocha
15 4 (1.57%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 79 (31.10%) Finance
2 49 (19.29%) Banking
3 18 (7.09%) Investment Banking
4 14 (5.51%) Front Office
4 14 (5.51%) Retail
5 13 (5.12%) Financial Institution
6 11 (4.33%) Publishing
7 8 (3.15%) Back Office
7 8 (3.15%) Wholesale Banking
8 5 (1.97%) Games
8 5 (1.97%) Marketing
9 3 (1.18%) Legal
10 2 (0.79%) Billing
11 1 (0.39%) French Language
11 1 (0.39%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (26.77%) Developer
2 61 (24.02%) Analyst
3 39 (15.35%) Business Analyst
4 28 (11.02%) QA Engineer
5 27 (10.63%) Java Developer
6 15 (5.91%) Banking Analyst
7 11 (4.33%) Full Stack Developer
7 11 (4.33%) Project Manager
8 10 (3.94%) Architect
8 10 (3.94%) Test Analyst
9 9 (3.54%) Designer
10 8 (3.15%) Agile Developer
10 8 (3.15%) Automation Engineer
10 8 (3.15%) Banking Business Analyst
10 8 (3.15%) DevOps Engineer
10 8 (3.15%) QA Analyst
10 8 (3.15%) Tester
11 7 (2.76%) Agile Java Developer
11 7 (2.76%) JavaScript Developer
11 7 (2.76%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (18.50%) HTML
2 42 (16.54%) CSS
3 38 (14.96%) Web Services
4 30 (11.81%) HTML5
5 26 (10.24%) AngularJS
6 24 (9.45%) React
7 23 (9.06%) XML
8 22 (8.66%) Play Framework
9 21 (8.27%) .NET
9 21 (8.27%) Dropwizard
9 21 (8.27%) Hystrix
9 21 (8.27%) Scalatra
10 12 (4.72%) JSON
10 12 (4.72%) REST
11 8 (3.15%) FIX Protocol
12 7 (2.76%) Gherkin
12 7 (2.76%) RESTful
13 6 (2.36%) Ajax
13 6 (2.36%) CSS3
13 6 (2.36%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 30 (11.81%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (8.66%) Mobile App
3 19 (7.48%) User Experience
4 16 (6.30%) Computer Science
5 12 (4.72%) Equities
6 10 (3.94%) Fintech
6 10 (3.94%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (3.54%) Hedge funds
8 8 (3.15%) Fixed Income
8 8 (3.15%) Virtual Team
9 6 (2.36%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (1.97%) NHS
11 4 (1.57%) Data Centre
11 4 (1.57%) Derivative
11 4 (1.57%) PMI
12 3 (1.18%) PKI
12 3 (1.18%) SWIFT
13 2 (0.79%) Reference Data
13 2 (0.79%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 24 (9.45%) Linux
2 16 (6.30%) Windows
3 15 (5.91%) Apple iOS
4 10 (3.94%) Unix
5 7 (2.76%) Android
6 4 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.79%) AIX
7 2 (0.79%) CentOS
7 2 (0.79%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.79%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.39%) SUSE
8 1 (0.39%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.39%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.39%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.39%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (44.09%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (35.04%) Test Automation
3 54 (21.26%) TDD
4 49 (19.29%) BDD
5 48 (18.90%) Scrum
6 36 (14.17%) Continuous Integration
7 32 (12.60%) Pair Programming
8 30 (11.81%) Front End Development
8 30 (11.81%) Project Management
9 29 (11.42%) Kanban
9 29 (11.42%) Software Engineering
10 28 (11.02%) MVC
10 28 (11.02%) SDLC
11 26 (10.24%) SOA
11 26 (10.24%) Unit Testing
12 25 (9.84%) Web Development
13 23 (9.06%) DevOps
13 23 (9.06%) SOLID
13 23 (9.06%) Web Application Development
14 22 (8.66%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 62 (24.41%) Java
2 56 (22.05%) JavaScript
3 41 (16.14%) SQL
4 25 (9.84%) Groovy
5 22 (8.66%) C#
6 10 (3.94%) Scala
7 9 (3.54%) Apple Swift
8 7 (2.76%) Python
8 7 (2.76%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
9 6 (2.36%) C++
9 6 (2.36%) ES6
9 6 (2.36%) Ruby
10 5 (1.97%) Bash Shell
10 5 (1.97%) Perl
11 4 (1.57%) Objective-C
11 4 (1.57%) T-SQL
12 3 (1.18%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.79%) PHP
13 2 (0.79%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.79%) VBA
Qualifications
1 22 (8.66%) Degree
2 8 (3.15%) Computer Science Degree
3 7 (2.76%) Siebel Certification
4 5 (1.97%) ISTQB
4 5 (1.97%) PMI Certification
5 4 (1.57%) CFA
5 4 (1.57%) SC Cleared
5 4 (1.57%) Security Cleared
6 3 (1.18%) AWS Certification
6 3 (1.18%) CISSP
6 3 (1.18%) ISEB
6 3 (1.18%) PMP
7 2 (0.79%) CISM
7 2 (0.79%) MCSE
7 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.39%) CSSLP
8 1 (0.39%) OCA
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.12%) MiFID
2 6 (2.36%) PMO
3 4 (1.57%) SEPA
4 3 (1.18%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.79%) SLA
6 1 (0.39%) EMIR
6 1 (0.39%) IFRS
6 1 (0.39%) IFRS 9
6 1 (0.39%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (2.76%) Docker
2 3 (1.18%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.79%) vCloud
4 1 (0.39%) HDFS
4 1 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 8 (3.15%) HockeyApp
1 8 (3.15%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.97%) Puppet
3 4 (1.57%) Terraform
4 3 (1.18%) Ansible
5 2 (0.79%) Nagios
5 2 (0.79%) OpenIDM
5 2 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.39%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.39%) CA Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.39%) Grafana
6 1 (0.39%) Graphite
6 1 (0.39%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.39%) Oozie
6 1 (0.39%) Rancher
6 1 (0.39%) SCCM
6 1 (0.39%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 24 (9.45%) New Relic
2 14 (5.51%) Oracle
3 13 (5.12%) Microsoft
3 13 (5.12%) SAP
4 9 (3.54%) Apple
4 9 (3.54%) Siebel
5 7 (2.76%) Google
6 5 (1.97%) Atlassian
7 4 (1.57%) Serena
7 4 (1.57%) SimCorp
7 4 (1.57%) WorldPay
8 3 (1.18%) hybris
8 3 (1.18%) Red Hat
8 3 (1.18%) TOWER Software
8 3 (1.18%) VMware
9 2 (0.79%) Adobe
9 2 (0.79%) Cisco
9 2 (0.79%) Fidessa
9 2 (0.79%) HP
9 2 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
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