Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 21 November 2017 with a comparison to the 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 (QA)
England > London
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 62 73 55
Rank change year-on-year +11 -18 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 1923 1563 1755
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 4.09% 3.48% 3.77%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.33% 30.73% 31.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1429 1127 1183
London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.16%
10th Percentile £312 £291 £280
90th Percentile £638 £600 £610
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 21 18
London median hourly rate £16.95 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.25% +5.26% -9.52%
10th Percentile £11.70 £12.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £24.03 £38.75 £55.23
England median hourly rate £21.90 £20.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year +8.15% +1.25% -

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 6137 5086 5489
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 13.04% 11.32% 11.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4382 3562 3810
London median daily rate £475 £458 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.83% +1.67% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £271 £258
90th Percentile £675 £644 £625
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 65 65
London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.98% +13.16%
10th Percentile £12.21 £12.35 £13.50
90th Percentile £48.80 £62.94 £72.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.67 £21.64
% change year-on-year -11.77% +4.75% +10.97%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for QA in London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in London over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in London over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in London

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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 within the London region over the 6 months to 21 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 +16 378 £475 - 99
West London +9 92 £463 +8.25% 22
South London -2 53 £450 +2.86% 10
East London +11 45 £450 -10.00% 11
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the London region with a requirement for QA.

1 890 (46.28%) Agile Software Development
2 565 (29.38%) Test Automation
3 512 (26.63%) Java
4 511 (26.57%) Finance
5 325 (16.90%) Scrum
6 322 (16.74%) SQL
7 312 (16.22%) JavaScript
8 305 (15.86%) TDD
9 298 (15.50%) BDD
10 268 (13.94%) Banking
11 245 (12.74%) JIRA
12 244 (12.69%) Git (software)
13 240 (12.48%) Selenium
14 234 (12.17%) Project Management
15 229 (11.91%) Analytical Skills
16 223 (11.60%) C#
17 209 (10.87%) Continuous Integration
18 206 (10.71%) Cucumber
19 190 (9.88%) DevOps
20 180 (9.36%) HTML
20 180 (9.36%) Linux
21 177 (9.20%) Web Services
22 174 (9.05%) E-Commerce
22 174 (9.05%) REST
23 173 (9.00%) Software Engineering
24 172 (8.94%) Degree
25 170 (8.84%) Microsoft
25 170 (8.84%) .NET
26 167 (8.68%) User Acceptance Testing
26 167 (8.68%) SDLC

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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 68 (3.54%) Confluence
2 67 (3.48%) CMS
3 44 (2.29%) Apache
4 37 (1.92%) Apache Spark
5 35 (1.82%) WebSphere
6 34 (1.77%) Elasticsearch
7 31 (1.61%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 31 (1.61%) JBoss
8 23 (1.20%) SharePoint
9 22 (1.14%) SAS
10 20 (1.04%) Tomcat
10 20 (1.04%) WebSphere Application Server
11 19 (0.99%) IIS
12 18 (0.94%) Apache Solr
13 17 (0.88%) Drupal
14 14 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 12 (0.62%) nginx
16 10 (0.52%) Sitecore CMS
17 7 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
17 7 (0.36%) Umbraco
Applications
1 105 (5.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 45 (2.34%) MS Visio
3 40 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
4 38 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
5 37 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 18 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.47%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.21%) InVision
9 3 (0.16%) Mingle
10 2 (0.10%) OmniGraffle
11 1 (0.052%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.052%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.052%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.052%) GIMP
11 1 (0.052%) HipChat
11 1 (0.052%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.052%) SPSS
11 1 (0.052%) Stata
Business Applications
1 25 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.83%) Markit EDM
3 13 (0.68%) SAP Hybris
4 6 (0.31%) Actimize
4 6 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.31%) Oracle Cash Management
4 6 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 4 (0.21%) CA PPM
5 4 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
5 4 (0.21%) thinkFolio
5 4 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
6 3 (0.16%) Magento
6 3 (0.16%) Radian6
6 3 (0.16%) SimCorp Dimension
6 3 (0.16%) Social Studio
6 3 (0.16%) Summit
7 2 (0.10%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 2 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.10%) FLEXCUBE
7 2 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 151 (7.85%) Amazon AWS
2 73 (3.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 52 (2.70%) GitHub
4 23 (1.20%) PaaS
5 16 (0.83%) Force.com
5 16 (0.83%) SaaS
6 15 (0.78%) Google Analytics
7 13 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
7 13 (0.68%) npm
7 13 (0.68%) Serverless
8 12 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
9 11 (0.57%) BrowserStack
10 10 (0.52%) Amazon SQS
10 10 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
10 10 (0.52%) IaaS
10 10 (0.52%) OpenShift
11 9 (0.47%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
12 8 (0.42%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 43 (2.24%) Internet
2 42 (2.18%) HTTP
3 19 (0.99%) FTP
4 18 (0.94%) Firewall
5 13 (0.68%) SMS
6 11 (0.57%) TCP/IP
7 8 (0.42%) LDAP
8 6 (0.31%) LAN
9 4 (0.21%) DNS
10 3 (0.16%) CTI
10 3 (0.16%) WAN
11 2 (0.10%) SNA
11 2 (0.10%) SSL
11 2 (0.10%) VPN
12 1 (0.052%) BGP
12 1 (0.052%) Bluetooth
12 1 (0.052%) EIGRP
12 1 (0.052%) ICMP
12 1 (0.052%) SAN
12 1 (0.052%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (6.81%) SQL Server
2 97 (5.04%) NoSQL
3 92 (4.78%) Relational Database
4 88 (4.58%) MongoDB
5 76 (3.95%) Big Data
6 57 (2.96%) MySQL
7 48 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
8 40 (2.08%) Hadoop
9 31 (1.61%) Power BI
10 27 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 23 (1.20%) RDBMS
12 20 (1.04%) Redis
13 19 (0.99%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 18 (0.94%) QlikView
14 18 (0.94%) RavenDB
15 17 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 17 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 16 (0.83%) SAS EBI
17 14 (0.73%) Oracle Database
18 12 (0.62%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 245 (12.74%) JIRA
2 244 (12.69%) Git (software)
3 240 (12.48%) Selenium
4 206 (10.71%) Cucumber
5 163 (8.48%) Jenkins
6 89 (4.63%) TeamCity
7 82 (4.26%) WebDriver
8 80 (4.16%) JUnit
9 65 (3.38%) SpecFlow
10 51 (2.65%) Octopus Deploy
11 50 (2.60%) Grunt
12 45 (2.34%) Maven
12 45 (2.34%) Visual Studio
13 43 (2.24%) Appium
13 43 (2.24%) IntelliJ
13 43 (2.24%) SoapUI
14 39 (2.03%) JMeter
15 36 (1.87%) Team Foundation Server
16 33 (1.72%) gulp
17 31 (1.61%) Mockito
General
1 511 (26.57%) Finance
2 268 (13.94%) Banking
3 123 (6.40%) Investment Banking
4 102 (5.30%) Retail
5 91 (4.73%) Front Office
6 74 (3.85%) Marketing
7 43 (2.24%) Financial Institution
7 43 (2.24%) Games
8 36 (1.87%) Legal
9 30 (1.56%) Publishing
10 17 (0.88%) Back Office
11 15 (0.78%) Advertising
11 15 (0.78%) Telecoms
12 14 (0.73%) Retail Banking
13 13 (0.68%) Law
14 12 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
15 11 (0.57%) Automotive
15 11 (0.57%) Billing
16 8 (0.42%) French Language
17 7 (0.36%) German Language
Job Titles
1 471 (24.49%) Developer
2 415 (21.58%) Analyst
3 174 (9.05%) Tester
4 167 (8.68%) Business Analyst
5 132 (6.86%) QA Engineer
6 130 (6.76%) Java Developer
7 113 (5.88%) Architect
8 111 (5.77%) Test Analyst
9 106 (5.51%) QA Tester
10 79 (4.11%) QA Analyst
11 76 (3.95%) Project Manager
12 73 (3.80%) Test Engineer
13 64 (3.33%) Automation Tester
14 62 (3.22%) C# Developer
15 58 (3.02%) .NET Developer
16 56 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
16 56 (2.91%) Java Engineer
17 51 (2.65%) QA Automation Engineer
18 50 (2.60%) QA Test Analyst
19 49 (2.55%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (9.36%) HTML
2 177 (9.20%) Web Services
3 174 (9.05%) REST
4 170 (8.84%) .NET
5 145 (7.54%) CSS
6 115 (5.98%) RESTful
7 114 (5.93%) AngularJS
8 111 (5.77%) SOAP
9 96 (4.99%) JSON
9 96 (4.99%) XML
10 94 (4.89%) Node.js
11 83 (4.32%) HTML5
12 82 (4.26%) React
13 72 (3.74%) Spring
14 51 (2.65%) jQuery
15 49 (2.55%) ActiveMQ
15 49 (2.55%) J2EE
16 41 (2.13%) Sass
17 39 (2.03%) ASP.NET Web API
17 39 (2.03%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 229 (11.91%) Analytical Skills
2 165 (8.58%) User Experience
3 142 (7.38%) Mobile App
4 109 (5.67%) Derivative
5 97 (5.04%) Computer Science
6 73 (3.80%) Equities
7 71 (3.69%) Virtual Team
8 67 (3.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 62 (3.22%) Greenfield Project
10 57 (2.96%) Fixed Income
11 47 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
12 43 (2.24%) Management Information System
13 40 (2.08%) Fintech
14 36 (1.87%) Data Structures
14 36 (1.87%) OTC Derivatives
15 31 (1.61%) iPad
15 31 (1.61%) Linux Command Line
16 26 (1.35%) Social Media
17 25 (1.30%) Credit Risk
18 21 (1.09%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 180 (9.36%) Linux
2 91 (4.73%) Android
2 91 (4.73%) Unix
3 89 (4.63%) Windows
4 85 (4.42%) Apple iOS
5 17 (0.88%) Windows Server
6 15 (0.78%) CentOS
7 14 (0.73%) Ubuntu
8 12 (0.62%) Mac OS X
9 9 (0.47%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.21%) Solaris
11 3 (0.16%) AIX
12 2 (0.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.10%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.10%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.10%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.052%) CoreOS
13 1 (0.052%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.052%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.052%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 890 (46.28%) Agile Software Development
2 565 (29.38%) Test Automation
3 325 (16.90%) Scrum
4 305 (15.86%) TDD
5 298 (15.50%) BDD
6 234 (12.17%) Project Management
7 209 (10.87%) Continuous Integration
8 190 (9.88%) DevOps
9 174 (9.05%) E-Commerce
10 173 (9.00%) Software Engineering
11 167 (8.68%) SDLC
11 167 (8.68%) User Acceptance Testing
12 156 (8.11%) Kanban
13 151 (7.85%) Continuous Delivery
14 147 (7.64%) Microservices
15 143 (7.44%) Mentoring
16 121 (6.29%) Pair Programming
17 118 (6.14%) Stakeholder Management
18 112 (5.82%) Test Scripting
19 110 (5.72%) Acceptance Criteria
Programming Languages
1 512 (26.63%) Java
2 322 (16.74%) SQL
3 312 (16.22%) JavaScript
4 223 (11.60%) C#
5 156 (8.11%) Python
6 75 (3.90%) C++
7 72 (3.74%) Ruby
8 69 (3.59%) Scala
9 42 (2.18%) Bash Shell
9 42 (2.18%) PHP
10 40 (2.08%) VBA
11 39 (2.03%) Groovy
12 33 (1.72%) ES6
12 33 (1.72%) PowerShell
13 29 (1.51%) R
14 27 (1.40%) Perl
14 27 (1.40%) PL/SQL
15 26 (1.35%) Apple Swift
15 26 (1.35%) Objective-C
16 25 (1.30%) C
Qualifications
1 172 (8.94%) Degree
2 86 (4.47%) Security Cleared
3 65 (3.38%) Computer Science Degree
4 64 (3.33%) SC Cleared
5 36 (1.87%) ISEB
6 33 (1.72%) ISTQB
7 23 (1.20%) PMI Certification
8 21 (1.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 15 (0.78%) PMP
10 9 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 7 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
12 6 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
12 6 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.26%) DV Cleared
13 5 (0.26%) Master's Degree
13 5 (0.26%) Six Sigma Black Belt
14 4 (0.21%) CFA
14 4 (0.21%) MCITP
14 4 (0.21%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (3.90%) MiFID
2 44 (2.29%) PMO
3 31 (1.61%) EMIR
4 22 (1.14%) GDPR
5 21 (1.09%) Data Quality
6 19 (0.99%) Dodd-Frank
7 9 (0.47%) WCAG
8 7 (0.36%) SEPA
9 6 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
9 6 (0.31%) SLA
10 5 (0.26%) AIFMD
11 3 (0.16%) BS7799
11 3 (0.16%) COBIT
11 3 (0.16%) GCP
11 3 (0.16%) WAI
12 2 (0.10%) Solvency II
13 1 (0.052%) FINREP
13 1 (0.052%) ISO 20022
13 1 (0.052%) P3O
13 1 (0.052%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 70 (3.64%) Docker
2 13 (0.68%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.21%) Apache Flume
5 3 (0.16%) Cronacle
5 3 (0.16%) Firmware
6 2 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.052%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.052%) HDFS
7 1 (0.052%) KVM
7 1 (0.052%) NFS
7 1 (0.052%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.052%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.052%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.052%) vSphere
7 1 (0.052%) Xen
7 1 (0.052%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 64 (3.33%) Puppet
2 36 (1.87%) Kubernetes
3 35 (1.82%) HP Quality Center
4 33 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (1.46%) Grafana
6 26 (1.35%) Ansible
7 23 (1.20%) Terraform
8 22 (1.14%) Nagios
9 14 (0.73%) Kibana
10 12 (0.62%) HP SiteScope
11 10 (0.52%) Galera Cluster
11 10 (0.52%) Icinga
11 10 (0.52%) ITRS Geneos
11 10 (0.52%) Prometheus
12 8 (0.42%) ZABBIX
13 7 (0.36%) logstash
13 7 (0.36%) SCCM
13 7 (0.36%) StatsD
14 6 (0.31%) Graphite
15 5 (0.26%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 170 (8.84%) Microsoft
2 125 (6.50%) Oracle
3 53 (2.76%) SAP
4 47 (2.44%) Adobe
5 45 (2.34%) Salesforce.com
6 36 (1.87%) Splunk
7 35 (1.82%) New Relic
8 33 (1.72%) HP
9 31 (1.61%) Google
10 27 (1.40%) AppDynamics
11 23 (1.20%) ATG
12 22 (1.14%) Atlassian
13 20 (1.04%) Sybase
14 19 (0.99%) Red Hat
15 18 (0.94%) Sitecore
15 18 (0.94%) Tableau
16 17 (0.88%) Bloomberg
16 17 (0.88%) hybris
17 15 (0.78%) Charles River
17 15 (0.78%) IBM