The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 318 386 362
Rank change year-on-year +68 -24  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 82 48 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.42% 0.21% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.22% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 38 50
Median daily rate £450 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.12% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £349 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £455 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -11.72% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £22.84 -
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 18684 21436 20340
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.82% 95.00% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 13292 15400 14048
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 285 370
Median hourly rate £22.00 £17.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.41% -10.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.57 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 +14 18 £373 -6.87% 12
Canary Wharf - 3 £500 -
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 146 (100.00%) QA
2 98 (67.12%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (58.22%) Selenium
4 56 (38.36%) Test Automation
5 49 (33.56%) Java
6 46 (31.51%) Cucumber
7 43 (29.45%) BDD
8 34 (23.29%) Mobile App
9 33 (22.60%) JavaScript
9 33 (22.60%) WebDriver
10 32 (21.92%) JIRA
11 31 (21.23%) Automated Testing
12 29 (19.86%) E-Commerce
12 29 (19.86%) QA Automation
13 28 (19.18%) TDD
13 28 (19.18%) Git (software)
14 26 (17.81%) Scrum
14 26 (17.81%) Exploratory Testing
15 25 (17.12%) Continuous Delivery
16 24 (16.44%) Apple iOS
17 23 (15.75%) Test Scripting
18 22 (15.07%) Manual Testing
18 22 (15.07%) Finance
19 21 (14.38%) Regression Testing
19 21 (14.38%) Continuous Integration
19 21 (14.38%) Automation Testing
20 20 (13.70%) SQL
21 18 (12.33%) C#
21 18 (12.33%) Linux
21 18 (12.33%) Kanban

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 12 (8.22%) Confluence
2 4 (2.74%) Jetty
3 3 (2.05%) CMS
4 1 (0.68%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.68%) ATG Dynamo
4 1 (0.68%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.68%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.05%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.48%) Basecamp
2 6 (4.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.42%) GitHub
4 3 (2.05%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.11%) HTTP
2 1 (0.68%) Internet
2 1 (0.68%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.64%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (9.59%) Big Data
3 10 (6.85%) Relational Database
4 9 (6.16%) RDBMS
5 6 (4.11%) DB2
6 5 (3.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (3.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (3.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (2.74%) NoSQL
8 3 (2.05%) Hadoop
8 3 (2.05%) SQL Server
9 2 (1.37%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (1.37%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.68%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.68%) MySQL
10 1 (0.68%) Sqoop
10 1 (0.68%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 85 (58.22%) Selenium
2 46 (31.51%) Cucumber
3 33 (22.60%) WebDriver
4 32 (21.92%) JIRA
5 28 (19.18%) Git (software)
6 17 (11.64%) Jenkins
7 16 (10.96%) JBehave
7 16 (10.96%) Xcode
8 12 (8.22%) JUnit
9 11 (7.53%) DbUnit
9 11 (7.53%) Robot Framework
10 10 (6.85%) Appium
10 10 (6.85%) Subversion
11 8 (5.48%) Bugzilla
11 8 (5.48%) TestNG
12 6 (4.11%) JMeter
12 6 (4.11%) Protractor
12 6 (4.11%) SpecFlow
13 5 (3.42%) Concordion
13 5 (3.42%) TeamCity
General
1 22 (15.07%) Finance
2 10 (6.85%) Banking
3 5 (3.42%) Marketing
3 5 (3.42%) Retail
4 4 (2.74%) Publishing
5 3 (2.05%) Games
5 3 (2.05%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.37%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.68%) Advertising
7 1 (0.68%) Automotive
7 1 (0.68%) Back Office
7 1 (0.68%) Electronics
7 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.68%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.27%) HTML
1 15 (10.27%) Node.js
2 11 (7.53%) .NET
3 9 (6.16%) AngularJS
3 9 (6.16%) CSS
3 9 (6.16%) Gherkin
3 9 (6.16%) HTML5
4 7 (4.79%) JSON
5 6 (4.11%) RESTful
6 5 (3.42%) Ajax
6 5 (3.42%) XML
7 4 (2.74%) .NET Framework
7 4 (2.74%) RabbitMQ
7 4 (2.74%) Web Services
8 3 (2.05%) Express
9 2 (1.37%) Kafka
9 2 (1.37%) REST
9 2 (1.37%) Ruby on Rails
9 2 (1.37%) WebSockets
9 2 (1.37%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 34 (23.29%) Mobile App
2 10 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.42%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.05%) Equities
5 3 (2.05%) User Experience
6 2 (1.37%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.68%) BBC
7 1 (0.68%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (0.68%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.68%) Derivative
7 1 (0.68%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.68%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.68%) Interest Rate Derivative
7 1 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.68%) NHS
7 1 (0.68%) Replication
7 1 (0.68%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.68%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.68%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 24 (16.44%) Apple iOS
2 18 (12.33%) Linux
3 11 (7.53%) Android
4 10 (6.85%) Unix
5 1 (0.68%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (67.12%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (38.36%) Test Automation
3 43 (29.45%) BDD
4 31 (21.23%) Automated Testing
5 29 (19.86%) E-Commerce
5 29 (19.86%) QA Automation
6 28 (19.18%) TDD
7 26 (17.81%) Exploratory Testing
7 26 (17.81%) Scrum
8 25 (17.12%) Continuous Delivery
9 23 (15.75%) Test Scripting
10 22 (15.07%) Manual Testing
11 21 (14.38%) Automation Testing
11 21 (14.38%) Continuous Integration
11 21 (14.38%) Regression Testing
12 18 (12.33%) Kanban
13 17 (11.64%) Process Improvement
14 16 (10.96%) Software Engineering
15 15 (10.27%) Test Strategy
16 13 (8.90%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 49 (33.56%) Java
2 33 (22.60%) JavaScript
3 20 (13.70%) SQL
4 18 (12.33%) C#
5 17 (11.64%) Python
6 10 (6.85%) Apple Swift
6 10 (6.85%) Perl
6 10 (6.85%) Ruby
7 5 (3.42%) Scala
7 5 (3.42%) T-SQL
8 4 (2.74%) Shell Script
9 3 (2.05%) Groovy
9 3 (2.05%) Objective-C
9 3 (2.05%) PHP
9 3 (2.05%) VBScript
10 1 (0.68%) C++
10 1 (0.68%) VB
10 1 (0.68%) VBA
10 1 (0.68%) XPath
Qualifications
1 13 (8.90%) Degree
2 9 (6.16%) ISEB
3 1 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (0.68%) CSQA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.37%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.37%) SDET
3 1 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.68%) Apache Flume
1 1 (0.68%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 14 (9.59%) HockeyApp
2 2 (1.37%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.68%) Ambari
3 1 (0.68%) Grafana
3 1 (0.68%) Graphite
3 1 (0.68%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.68%) Puppet
3 1 (0.68%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 12 (8.22%) Apple
2 8 (5.48%) Sybase
3 4 (2.74%) HP
4 3 (2.05%) Charles River
4 3 (2.05%) Google
4 3 (2.05%) Microsoft
5 2 (1.37%) SAP
6 1 (0.68%) Apiary
6 1 (0.68%) AppDynamics
6 1 (0.68%) ATG
6 1 (0.68%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.68%) BMC
6 1 (0.68%) Dynatrace
6 1 (0.68%) IBM
6 1 (0.68%) New Relic
6 1 (0.68%) Oracle
6 1 (0.68%) Splunk