Period
to 23 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 515 500 532
Rank change year-on-year -15 +32 -16
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 113 95 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.24% 0.23% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.24% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 68 36
London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -
10th Percentile £261 £196 £256
90th Percentile £528 £465 £444
England median daily rate £356 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +1.79% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
London median hourly rate £12.00 - -
England median hourly rate £12.00 £44.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -72.73% +120.00% +37.93%

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 44,182 39,483 41,678
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 95.00% 95.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,150 28,140 29,428
London median daily rate £500 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.44% +4.39% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £670 £644 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 585 558 647
London median hourly rate £19.82 £20.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.32% +7.89% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.83 £11.22
90th Percentile £47.83 £51.25 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.38 £18.42 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.24% -0.43% +12.12%

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 23 January 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in London over the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 January 2018. 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 -10 20 £375 -6.54% 4
West London -20 10 £393 +57.00% 3
South London - 4 £288 -
East London - 1 £450 -
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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.

1 113 (100.00%) QA
2 68 (60.18%) Test Automation
3 45 (39.82%) Agile Software Development
4 41 (36.28%) Selenium
4 41 (36.28%) JIRA
5 31 (27.43%) Test Scripting
6 30 (26.55%) Cucumber
7 27 (23.89%) Java
8 24 (21.24%) Regression Testing
9 23 (20.35%) BDD
10 19 (16.81%) Analytical Skills
11 18 (15.93%) Manual Testing
12 17 (15.04%) Exploratory Testing
13 16 (14.16%) SQL
14 15 (13.27%) Gherkin
15 14 (12.39%) Jenkins
15 14 (12.39%) Git (software)
15 14 (12.39%) C#
15 14 (12.39%) Degree
16 13 (11.50%) Ruby
16 13 (11.50%) Finance
16 13 (11.50%) SDLC
17 12 (10.62%) QA Automation
17 12 (10.62%) Functional Testing
17 12 (10.62%) Continuous Integration
18 11 (9.73%) Software Testing
18 11 (9.73%) Scrum
18 11 (9.73%) Time Management
18 11 (9.73%) WebDriver
18 11 (9.73%) Mobile App

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 9 (7.96%) Confluence
2 8 (7.08%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 5 (4.42%) CMS
4 2 (1.77%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.88%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.88%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.88%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.88%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (5.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.88%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.88%) Magento
1 1 (0.88%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.65%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.77%) Amazon S3
2 2 (1.77%) PaaS
3 1 (0.88%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.77%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.77%) Amazon Redshift
1 2 (1.77%) MongoDB
1 2 (1.77%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.88%) Apache Hive
2 1 (0.88%) Big Data
2 1 (0.88%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 41 (36.28%) JIRA
1 41 (36.28%) Selenium
2 30 (26.55%) Cucumber
3 14 (12.39%) Git (software)
3 14 (12.39%) Jenkins
4 11 (9.73%) WebDriver
5 10 (8.85%) SpecFlow
6 7 (6.19%) SoapUI
7 6 (5.31%) Appium
8 5 (4.42%) JUnit
9 4 (3.54%) JMeter
10 3 (2.65%) Capybara
10 3 (2.65%) Gerrit
10 3 (2.65%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (2.65%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (2.65%) TeamCity
10 3 (2.65%) TestRail
10 3 (2.65%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.77%) Selendroid
11 2 (1.77%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 13 (11.50%) Finance
2 7 (6.19%) Games
3 5 (4.42%) Banking
4 4 (3.54%) Front Office
5 3 (2.65%) Retail
6 2 (1.77%) Advertising
6 2 (1.77%) Law
6 2 (1.77%) Marketing
7 1 (0.88%) Automotive
7 1 (0.88%) Back Office
7 1 (0.88%) Electronics
7 1 (0.88%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.88%) Publishing
7 1 (0.88%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (13.27%) Gherkin
2 8 (7.08%) .NET
3 7 (6.19%) SOAP
4 6 (5.31%) Web Services
5 5 (4.42%) Node.js
5 5 (4.42%) REST
6 4 (3.54%) HTML
7 2 (1.77%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.77%) Behat
7 2 (1.77%) HTML5
7 2 (1.77%) JSON
7 2 (1.77%) OAuth
7 2 (1.77%) OAuth2
7 2 (1.77%) OpenID
7 2 (1.77%) XML
7 2 (1.77%) YAML
8 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.88%) Natural Language Processing
8 1 (0.88%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.88%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 19 (16.81%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.73%) Mobile App
3 6 (5.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 4 (3.54%) User Experience
4 4 (3.54%) Video on Demand
5 3 (2.65%) Fintech
5 3 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.65%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.77%) Over-the-Top Content
7 1 (0.88%) CESG
7 1 (0.88%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.88%) Derivative
7 1 (0.88%) Equities
7 1 (0.88%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (0.88%) Handset
7 1 (0.88%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.88%) Oculus Rift
7 1 (0.88%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.08%) Android
2 7 (6.19%) Linux
3 4 (3.54%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.65%) Windows
5 2 (1.77%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (60.18%) Test Automation
2 45 (39.82%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (27.43%) Test Scripting
4 24 (21.24%) Regression Testing
5 23 (20.35%) BDD
6 18 (15.93%) Manual Testing
7 17 (15.04%) Exploratory Testing
8 13 (11.50%) SDLC
9 12 (10.62%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (10.62%) Functional Testing
9 12 (10.62%) QA Automation
10 11 (9.73%) Scrum
10 11 (9.73%) Software Testing
10 11 (9.73%) Time Management
11 10 (8.85%) System Testing
12 9 (7.96%) Analytics
12 9 (7.96%) Creative Problem-Solving
12 9 (7.96%) Performance Testing
13 8 (7.08%) API Testing
13 8 (7.08%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 27 (23.89%) Java
2 16 (14.16%) SQL
3 14 (12.39%) C#
4 13 (11.50%) Ruby
5 9 (7.96%) JavaScript
6 8 (7.08%) Python
7 4 (3.54%) Scala
7 4 (3.54%) VBA
8 2 (1.77%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.77%) C
8 2 (1.77%) Perl
9 1 (0.88%) C++
9 1 (0.88%) COBOL
9 1 (0.88%) Go
9 1 (0.88%) Groovy
9 1 (0.88%) JCL
Qualifications
1 14 (12.39%) Degree
2 11 (9.73%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (4.42%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.65%) ISEB
5 3 (2.65%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.77%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (3.54%) WCAG
3 3 (2.65%) MiFID
4 1 (0.88%) WAI
System Software
1 1 (0.88%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (6.19%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.54%) Kibana
3 2 (1.77%) Grafana
Vendors
1 8 (7.08%) Adobe
2 6 (5.31%) Charles River
3 3 (2.65%) Sitecore
4 2 (1.77%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.77%) HP
4 2 (1.77%) Microsoft
4 2 (1.77%) Perfecto Mobile
4 2 (1.77%) Splunk
5 1 (0.88%) Fidessa
5 1 (0.88%) Google
5 1 (0.88%) New Relic
5 1 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.88%) Samsung