Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 497 509 532
Rank change year-on-year +12 +23 +1
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 132 111 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.28% 0.25% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.26% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 91 65
London median daily rate £450 £450 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +18.42% +1.33%
10th Percentile £303 £306 £268
90th Percentile £555 £575 £525
England median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
London median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £39.00 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -11.36% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 44654 42830 44617
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.96% 95.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 32346 30451 31444
London median daily rate £495 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.03% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £269
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 540 562 687
London median hourly rate £20.22 £19.23 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.14% +1.21% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.41 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.64
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in London.

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 6 months to 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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
Central London 0 32 £475 -5.00% 13
West London -4 6 £450 +157.14% 1
South London -26 1 £425 -5.56% 2
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 132 (100.00%) QA
2 97 (73.48%) Test Automation
3 88 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
4 68 (51.52%) Selenium
5 59 (44.70%) Java
6 47 (35.61%) Cucumber
6 47 (35.61%) BDD
7 37 (28.03%) Scrum
8 36 (27.27%) JavaScript
9 32 (24.24%) QA Automation
10 29 (21.97%) Jenkins
11 28 (21.21%) JIRA
12 26 (19.70%) TDD
13 24 (18.18%) Python
13 24 (18.18%) WebDriver
14 22 (16.67%) C#
14 22 (16.67%) HTML
15 21 (15.91%) E-Commerce
15 21 (15.91%) Kanban
16 20 (15.15%) Mobile App
17 19 (14.39%) Test Scripting
18 18 (13.64%) Linux
19 17 (12.88%) Regression Testing
19 17 (12.88%) Banking
19 17 (12.88%) Test Strategy
20 16 (12.12%) Amazon AWS
20 16 (12.12%) Apple iOS
20 16 (12.12%) Continuous Delivery
20 16 (12.12%) API Testing
21 15 (11.36%) Git (software)

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 (9.09%) Confluence
2 3 (2.27%) CMS
3 2 (1.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.76%) Apache
4 1 (0.76%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.76%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.76%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.76%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 16 (12.12%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.79%) GitHub
4 2 (1.52%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.76%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.76%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.76%) FinancialForce
5 1 (0.76%) Force.com
5 1 (0.76%) SaaS
5 1 (0.76%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.06%) HTTP
2 1 (0.76%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.79%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.03%) Big Data
3 3 (2.27%) Hadoop
3 3 (2.27%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.52%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.76%) MySQL
5 1 (0.76%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.76%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 68 (51.52%) Selenium
2 47 (35.61%) Cucumber
3 29 (21.97%) Jenkins
4 28 (21.21%) JIRA
5 24 (18.18%) WebDriver
6 15 (11.36%) Git (software)
7 10 (7.58%) Appium
7 10 (7.58%) JUnit
8 8 (6.06%) Mocha
8 8 (6.06%) Protractor
8 8 (6.06%) SoapUI
8 8 (6.06%) SpecFlow
9 7 (5.30%) JMeter
10 4 (3.03%) FitNesse
10 4 (3.03%) Jasmine
10 4 (3.03%) Subversion
11 3 (2.27%) Capybara
11 3 (2.27%) Fiddler
11 3 (2.27%) TeamCity
11 3 (2.27%) TestNG
General
1 17 (12.88%) Banking
2 13 (9.85%) Finance
3 8 (6.06%) Investment Banking
4 7 (5.30%) Retail
5 5 (3.79%) Front Office
5 5 (3.79%) Marketing
6 2 (1.52%) Advertising
6 2 (1.52%) Automotive
6 2 (1.52%) Publishing
6 2 (1.52%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.76%) Back Office
7 1 (0.76%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.76%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.76%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (16.67%) HTML
2 15 (11.36%) Web Services
3 14 (10.61%) Node.js
4 12 (9.09%) .NET
5 11 (8.33%) Gherkin
6 10 (7.58%) HTML5
7 9 (6.82%) RESTful
8 8 (6.06%) REST
9 7 (5.30%) AngularJS
9 7 (5.30%) CSS
10 6 (4.55%) Nightwatchjs
10 6 (4.55%) React
10 6 (4.55%) SOAP
11 5 (3.79%) JSON
11 5 (3.79%) XML
12 3 (2.27%) Backbone.js
12 3 (2.27%) Chai
12 3 (2.27%) Spring
13 1 (0.76%) Jest
13 1 (0.76%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 20 (15.15%) Mobile App
2 11 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.06%) Computer Science
3 8 (6.06%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (3.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 4 (3.03%) Fintech
6 3 (2.27%) Derivative
6 3 (2.27%) Equities
6 3 (2.27%) Equity Derivative
6 3 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (2.27%) User Experience
6 3 (2.27%) Wiki
7 2 (1.52%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.76%) Analytical Mindset
8 1 (0.76%) CESG
8 1 (0.76%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.76%) Handset
8 1 (0.76%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.76%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.64%) Linux
2 16 (12.12%) Apple iOS
3 14 (10.61%) Android
4 8 (6.06%) Unix
5 4 (3.03%) Windows
6 1 (0.76%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (73.48%) Test Automation
2 88 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (35.61%) BDD
4 37 (28.03%) Scrum
5 32 (24.24%) QA Automation
6 26 (19.70%) TDD
7 21 (15.91%) E-Commerce
7 21 (15.91%) Kanban
8 19 (14.39%) Test Scripting
9 17 (12.88%) Regression Testing
9 17 (12.88%) Test Strategy
10 16 (12.12%) API Testing
10 16 (12.12%) Continuous Delivery
11 12 (9.09%) Exploratory Testing
11 12 (9.09%) OOP
11 12 (9.09%) Performance Testing
11 12 (9.09%) Process Improvement
12 11 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
12 11 (8.33%) Functional Testing
12 11 (8.33%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 59 (44.70%) Java
2 36 (27.27%) JavaScript
3 24 (18.18%) Python
4 22 (16.67%) C#
5 13 (9.85%) SQL
6 9 (6.82%) Bash Shell
7 8 (6.06%) Ruby
8 4 (3.03%) Apple Swift
8 4 (3.03%) C++
8 4 (3.03%) Scala
8 4 (3.03%) VB
9 2 (1.52%) C
9 2 (1.52%) Objective-C
9 2 (1.52%) PHP
10 1 (0.76%) Groovy
10 1 (0.76%) Korn
10 1 (0.76%) Perl
Qualifications
1 11 (8.33%) Degree
2 5 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (3.03%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.27%) ISEB
4 3 (2.27%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.27%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (3.03%) MiFID
3 2 (1.52%) WAI
4 1 (0.76%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.76%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.76%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (0.76%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (3.79%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.03%) Kibana
3 3 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.27%) Puppet
4 1 (0.76%) Grafana
4 1 (0.76%) Graphite
4 1 (0.76%) HP SiteScope
4 1 (0.76%) Nagios
4 1 (0.76%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 4 (3.03%) HP
1 4 (3.03%) Microsoft
1 4 (3.03%) New Relic
1 4 (3.03%) Splunk
2 3 (2.27%) Oracle
3 2 (1.52%) Atlassian
3 2 (1.52%) CA Agile Central
3 2 (1.52%) Charles River
3 2 (1.52%) Perforce
3 2 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.76%) Cloudera
4 1 (0.76%) Dynatrace
4 1 (0.76%) IBM
4 1 (0.76%) Neustar
4 1 (0.76%) Samsung
4 1 (0.76%) SAP
4 1 (0.76%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.76%) SOASTA, Inc