Period
to 25 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 25 July 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 Tester
England > London
6 months to
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 495 526 536
Rank change year-on-year +31 +10 -60
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 89 81 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.21% 0.18% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.19% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 68 39
London median daily rate £413 £394 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +12.50% +7.69%
10th Percentile £210 £203 £256
90th Percentile £520 £525 £475
England median daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
London median hourly rate £115.00 £18.60 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +518.28% - -
England median hourly rate £115.00 £29.30 £20.00
% change year-on-year +292.49% +46.50% -76.26%

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 39807 43218 44188
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.96% 95.11% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 28316 31092 30671
London median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £305 £286 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 512 491 769
London median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £19.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.53% -2.64% +11.51%
10th Percentile £12.37 £10.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.25 £53.05
England median hourly rate £18.10 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.74% +8.57% +2.94%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in London

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in London

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in London over the 6 months to 25 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Tester in London

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in London

QA Tester
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 Tester within the London region over the 6 months to 25 July 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 +2 7 £325 -27.78% 5
West London +30 4 £375 -20.21% 1
East London - 1 £500 - 2
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 2017, QA Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 89 (100.00%) QA
2 50 (56.18%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (55.06%) Test Automation
4 37 (41.57%) Selenium
5 29 (32.58%) JIRA
5 29 (32.58%) Jenkins
6 28 (31.46%) SQL
7 23 (25.84%) Git (software)
8 21 (23.60%) Cucumber
8 21 (23.60%) Scrum
9 19 (21.35%) Python
10 18 (20.22%) BDD
11 16 (17.98%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (17.98%) Java
12 13 (14.61%) TDD
12 13 (14.61%) Scala
12 13 (14.61%) Hadoop
13 12 (13.48%) Test Strategy
13 12 (13.48%) Big Data
13 12 (13.48%) QA Automation
13 12 (13.48%) Shell Script
14 11 (12.36%) Linux
14 11 (12.36%) Performance Testing
14 11 (12.36%) API Testing
14 11 (12.36%) Hortonworks
14 11 (12.36%) Cloudera
14 11 (12.36%) Vagrant
14 11 (12.36%) Data Quality
14 11 (12.36%) Waterfall
14 11 (12.36%) TeamCity

QA Tester 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 10 (11.24%) Apache Spark
2 4 (4.49%) Confluence
3 2 (2.25%) CMS
3 2 (2.25%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (1.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.25%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.12%) BrowserStack
2 1 (1.12%) Google Play
2 1 (1.12%) SaaS
2 1 (1.12%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.74%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.61%) Hadoop
2 12 (13.48%) Big Data
3 4 (4.49%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.37%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.12%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.12%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.12%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 37 (41.57%) Selenium
2 29 (32.58%) Jenkins
2 29 (32.58%) JIRA
3 23 (25.84%) Git (software)
4 21 (23.60%) Cucumber
5 11 (12.36%) TeamCity
5 11 (12.36%) Vagrant
6 10 (11.24%) WebDriver
7 7 (7.87%) JMeter
7 7 (7.87%) SoapUI
8 6 (6.74%) Capybara
9 4 (4.49%) JUnit
9 4 (4.49%) SpecFlow
9 4 (4.49%) WATIR
10 3 (3.37%) Mocha
11 2 (2.25%) Geb
11 2 (2.25%) Hudson
11 2 (2.25%) Karma Test Runner
11 2 (2.25%) Mercurial
11 2 (2.25%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 7 (7.87%) Finance
2 5 (5.62%) Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.37%) Retail
5 2 (2.25%) Front Office
5 2 (2.25%) Games
5 2 (2.25%) Marketing
6 1 (1.12%) Arabic Language
6 1 (1.12%) Back Office
6 1 (1.12%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.11%) XML
2 7 (7.87%) REST
2 7 (7.87%) Web Services
3 6 (6.74%) .NET
3 6 (6.74%) HTML
4 5 (5.62%) JSON
5 4 (4.49%) Gherkin
6 3 (3.37%) CSS
6 3 (3.37%) Node.js
7 2 (2.25%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (2.25%) React
7 2 (2.25%) RESTful
8 1 (1.12%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.12%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (1.12%) Ajax
8 1 (1.12%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.12%) Behat
8 1 (1.12%) HTML5
8 1 (1.12%) Spring
8 1 (1.12%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.74%) Mobile App
2 4 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.49%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (3.37%) Equities
3 3 (3.37%) User Experience
4 2 (2.25%) Derivative
4 2 (2.25%) STB
5 1 (1.12%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.12%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.12%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (1.12%) Fintech
5 1 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.12%) Hedge funds
5 1 (1.12%) iPhone
5 1 (1.12%) Mobile Games
5 1 (1.12%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 11 (12.36%) Linux
2 4 (4.49%) Windows
3 3 (3.37%) Android
3 3 (3.37%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.12%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.12%) Unix
4 1 (1.12%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (1.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (56.18%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (55.06%) Test Automation
3 21 (23.60%) Scrum
4 18 (20.22%) BDD
5 16 (17.98%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (14.61%) TDD
7 12 (13.48%) QA Automation
7 12 (13.48%) Test Strategy
8 11 (12.36%) API Testing
8 11 (12.36%) Performance Testing
8 11 (12.36%) Waterfall
9 10 (11.24%) Software Testing
10 9 (10.11%) SDLC
10 9 (10.11%) Systems Analysis
11 8 (8.99%) Exploratory Testing
11 8 (8.99%) Functional Testing
12 7 (7.87%) Test Scripting
13 6 (6.74%) Kanban
13 6 (6.74%) Manual Testing
13 6 (6.74%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 28 (31.46%) SQL
2 19 (21.35%) Python
3 16 (17.98%) Java
4 13 (14.61%) Scala
5 12 (13.48%) Shell Script
6 10 (11.24%) JavaScript
7 9 (10.11%) Ruby
8 6 (6.74%) C#
9 5 (5.62%) Groovy
10 3 (3.37%) C++
11 1 (1.12%) Go
11 1 (1.12%) Perl
Qualifications
1 8 (8.99%) ISTQB
2 4 (4.49%) ISEB
3 2 (2.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (100.00%) QA
2 11 (12.36%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.12%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.12%) Grafana
1 1 (1.12%) Graphite
1 1 (1.12%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (12.36%) Cloudera
1 11 (12.36%) Hortonworks
2 3 (3.37%) Murex
3 2 (2.25%) Charles River
3 2 (2.25%) Google
3 2 (2.25%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.12%) Adobe
4 1 (1.12%) AppDynamics
4 1 (1.12%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.12%) Bloomberg
4 1 (1.12%) BMC
4 1 (1.12%) Calypso
4 1 (1.12%) Fidessa
4 1 (1.12%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.12%) New Relic
4 1 (1.12%) Oracle
4 1 (1.12%) Reuters
4 1 (1.12%) Splunk
4 1 (1.12%) WorldPay
4 1 (1.12%) Yardi
Croydon
Michael Page Technology
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
TEKsystems
Rate: £349 - £401 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago