The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 24 June 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 Engineer
England / London
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 361 372 392
Rank change year-on-year +11 +20  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 51 56 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.25% 0.26% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.27% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 38 21
Median daily rate £450 £394 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £314 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £458 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -5.71% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
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 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
London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 19396 20655 22146
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.88% 95.29% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 13838 14981 15430
Median daily rate £500 £463 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +5.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 242 228 376
Median hourly rate £19.82 £17.94 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.46% -4.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.60 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in London

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Engineer in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in London

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Engineer in London

QA Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in London

QA Engineer
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the London region over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London -11 10 £450 +12.50% 10
QA Engineer
England

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, QA Engineer 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 London region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 134 (100.00%) QA
2 103 (76.87%) Test Automation
3 91 (67.91%) Agile Software Development
4 63 (47.01%) Selenium
5 48 (35.82%) Java
6 45 (33.58%) BDD
7 40 (29.85%) Cucumber
8 35 (26.12%) Mobile App
8 35 (26.12%) JavaScript
9 32 (23.88%) Git (software)
10 31 (23.13%) Apple iOS
11 30 (22.39%) E-Commerce
12 29 (21.64%) TDD
12 29 (21.64%) JIRA
13 26 (19.40%) WebDriver
14 25 (18.66%) Test Scripting
14 25 (18.66%) Scrum
14 25 (18.66%) QA Automation
15 22 (16.42%) Kanban
16 21 (15.67%) Continuous Integration
17 20 (14.93%) Exploratory Testing
18 19 (14.18%) Jenkins
18 19 (14.18%) Xcode
19 18 (13.43%) Finance
20 17 (12.69%) Regression Testing
20 17 (12.69%) C#
20 17 (12.69%) Test Strategy
20 17 (12.69%) HockeyApp
21 16 (11.94%) Manual Testing
21 16 (11.94%) Linux

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 (10.45%) Confluence
2 2 (1.49%) Apache
2 2 (1.49%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.75%) ATG Dynamo
3 1 (0.75%) CMS
3 1 (0.75%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.75%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 3 (2.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.72%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (5.97%) Basecamp
3 5 (3.73%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.49%) GitHub
5 1 (0.75%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.75%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 11 (8.21%) HTTP
2 2 (1.49%) Internet
2 2 (1.49%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.22%) RDBMS
1 7 (5.22%) Relational Database
2 6 (4.48%) DB2
2 6 (4.48%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.49%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.49%) MySQL
3 2 (1.49%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.75%) Big Data
4 1 (0.75%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.75%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 63 (47.01%) Selenium
2 40 (29.85%) Cucumber
3 32 (23.88%) Git (software)
4 29 (21.64%) JIRA
5 26 (19.40%) WebDriver
6 19 (14.18%) Jenkins
6 19 (14.18%) Xcode
7 15 (11.19%) JBehave
8 12 (8.96%) JUnit
9 11 (8.21%) SpecFlow
9 11 (8.21%) Subversion
10 9 (6.72%) Appium
10 9 (6.72%) JMeter
11 8 (5.97%) Bugzilla
11 8 (5.97%) TestNG
12 7 (5.22%) Protractor
13 6 (4.48%) TeamCity
14 5 (3.73%) Fiddler
14 5 (3.73%) Gatling
14 5 (3.73%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (13.43%) Finance
2 10 (7.46%) Banking
3 4 (2.99%) Marketing
3 4 (2.99%) Retail
4 3 (2.24%) Electronics
4 3 (2.24%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.24%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.24%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.49%) Front Office
6 1 (0.75%) Advertising
6 1 (0.75%) Automotive
6 1 (0.75%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.45%) .NET
2 12 (8.96%) HTML
3 11 (8.21%) CSS
4 9 (6.72%) RESTful
5 8 (5.97%) Web Services
6 7 (5.22%) JSON
7 6 (4.48%) Ajax
8 5 (3.73%) Gherkin
8 5 (3.73%) REST
9 4 (2.99%) .NET Framework
9 4 (2.99%) Node.js
10 3 (2.24%) AngularJS
10 3 (2.24%) React
10 3 (2.24%) SOAP
11 2 (1.49%) FIX Protocol
11 2 (1.49%) HTML5
11 2 (1.49%) ODBC
11 2 (1.49%) XML
12 1 (0.75%) LAMP
12 1 (0.75%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 35 (26.12%) Mobile App
2 12 (8.96%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (5.22%) Computer Science
4 6 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.99%) Equities
6 3 (2.24%) Fintech
6 3 (2.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 3 (2.24%) User Experience
7 2 (1.49%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.49%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.75%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.75%) Replication
8 1 (0.75%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 31 (23.13%) Apple iOS
2 16 (11.94%) Linux
3 10 (7.46%) Android
4 3 (2.24%) Unix
5 2 (1.49%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (76.87%) Test Automation
2 91 (67.91%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (33.58%) BDD
4 30 (22.39%) E-Commerce
5 29 (21.64%) TDD
6 25 (18.66%) QA Automation
6 25 (18.66%) Scrum
6 25 (18.66%) Test Scripting
7 22 (16.42%) Kanban
8 21 (15.67%) Continuous Integration
9 20 (14.93%) Exploratory Testing
10 17 (12.69%) Regression Testing
10 17 (12.69%) Test Strategy
11 16 (11.94%) Manual Testing
12 15 (11.19%) Continuous Delivery
12 15 (11.19%) OOP
13 11 (8.21%) Performance Testing
13 11 (8.21%) Unit Testing
14 10 (7.46%) OO
14 10 (7.46%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 48 (35.82%) Java
2 35 (26.12%) JavaScript
3 17 (12.69%) C#
4 15 (11.19%) Apple Swift
4 15 (11.19%) Python
5 13 (9.70%) SQL
6 7 (5.22%) Perl
6 7 (5.22%) Ruby
7 5 (3.73%) Groovy
8 4 (2.99%) Scala
9 3 (2.24%) Objective-C
10 2 (1.49%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.49%) C++
10 2 (1.49%) PHP
11 1 (0.75%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.75%) XPath
Qualifications
1 12 (8.96%) Degree
2 10 (7.46%) ISEB
3 3 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (0.75%) CSQA
4 1 (0.75%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 134 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (2.24%) MiFID
3 1 (0.75%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (0.75%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (12.69%) HockeyApp
2 4 (2.99%) Grafana
2 4 (2.99%) Graphite
2 4 (2.99%) ZABBIX
3 2 (1.49%) HP SiteScope
3 2 (1.49%) Nagios
4 1 (0.75%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (0.75%) Kibana
Vendors
1 15 (11.19%) Apple
2 8 (5.97%) Sybase
3 5 (3.73%) Splunk
4 4 (2.99%) Dynatrace
4 4 (2.99%) SAP
5 3 (2.24%) Charles River
5 3 (2.24%) HP
6 2 (1.49%) AppDynamics
6 2 (1.49%) BMC
6 2 (1.49%) Fidessa
6 2 (1.49%) New Relic
6 2 (1.49%) SOASTA, Inc
7 1 (0.75%) Apiary
7 1 (0.75%) ATG
7 1 (0.75%) CA
7 1 (0.75%) Google
7 1 (0.75%) Microsoft
7 1 (0.75%) Sitecore
London
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago