Period
to 21 February 2018

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 February 2018 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 61 61 59
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 1,880 1,551 1,561
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 4.00% 3.75% 3.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.87% 31.38% 30.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,359 1,108 1,035
London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £638 £620 £613
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 15
London median hourly rate £21.90 £20.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.83% -6.82% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £9.90 £13.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £63.90 £55.00
England median hourly rate £36.75 £22.90 £22.50
% change year-on-year +60.52% +1.76% -28.44%

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 6,091 4,942 5,112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 12.97% 11.96% 11.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,323 3,424 3,496
London median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £305 £281 £263
90th Percentile £675 £663 £625
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 78 61
London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.75 £22.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.61% -6.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £12.85 £11.82 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £47.25 £55.00
England median hourly rate £21.01 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.30% -14.00% +16.28%

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

QA
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

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in London over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in London

QA
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 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in London

QA
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 February 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 -10 354 £463 -2.63% 134
West London +13 109 £483 +7.22% 80
South London -14 69 £475 +5.56% 34
East London +2 37 £513 +2.50% 27
North London -5 3 £413 -13.16% 6
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for QA.

1 929 (49.41%) Agile Software Development
2 560 (29.79%) Test Automation
3 521 (27.71%) Finance
4 520 (27.66%) Java
5 353 (18.78%) Scrum
6 309 (16.44%) BDD
7 307 (16.33%) SQL
8 295 (15.69%) Banking
9 292 (15.53%) TDD
10 285 (15.16%) JIRA
11 281 (14.95%) JavaScript
12 273 (14.52%) Selenium
13 257 (13.67%) Git (software)
14 249 (13.24%) DevOps
15 246 (13.09%) Cucumber
16 244 (12.98%) C#
17 228 (12.13%) Project Management
18 214 (11.38%) Continuous Integration
19 205 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
20 202 (10.74%) .NET
21 181 (9.63%) Continuous Delivery
22 176 (9.36%) Jenkins
23 173 (9.20%) E-Commerce
24 172 (9.15%) Microsoft
24 172 (9.15%) Linux
25 171 (9.10%) Python
26 170 (9.04%) Degree
27 159 (8.46%) SDLC
28 156 (8.30%) REST
29 155 (8.24%) HTML

QA
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 88 (4.68%) Confluence
2 73 (3.88%) CMS
3 45 (2.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 43 (2.29%) Apache
5 36 (1.91%) IIS
6 32 (1.70%) WebSphere
7 29 (1.54%) Apache Spark
8 28 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
9 23 (1.22%) SharePoint
10 20 (1.06%) SAS
11 18 (0.96%) JBoss
12 17 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
12 17 (0.90%) Drupal
12 17 (0.90%) Tomcat
13 15 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 14 (0.74%) nginx
15 11 (0.59%) Apache Solr
16 9 (0.48%) EPiServer
17 8 (0.43%) Mule
18 7 (0.37%) Jetty
Applications
1 85 (4.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 43 (2.29%) Microsoft Office
3 25 (1.33%) Microsoft Project
4 23 (1.22%) MS Visio
5 22 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.16%) InVision
9 2 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.11%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.11%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.11%) Mingle
10 1 (0.053%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.053%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.053%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.053%) HipChat
10 1 (0.053%) InDesign
10 1 (0.053%) Maya
Business Applications
1 25 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.43%) SAP Hybris
3 7 (0.37%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 6 (0.32%) Actimize
5 5 (0.27%) Adobe Campaign
5 5 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.27%) Magento
5 5 (0.27%) Oracle Cash Management
6 4 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
6 4 (0.21%) Summit
7 3 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
8 2 (0.11%) CODA-Financials
8 2 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.11%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.11%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.053%) Oracle CRM
9 1 (0.053%) SAP MM
9 1 (0.053%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 139 (7.39%) Amazon AWS
2 92 (4.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (2.45%) GitHub
4 26 (1.38%) PaaS
5 25 (1.33%) npm
6 24 (1.28%) SaaS
7 20 (1.06%) Force.com
8 19 (1.01%) Google Analytics
9 18 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
9 18 (0.96%) BrowserStack
10 17 (0.90%) IaaS
11 14 (0.74%) Amazon S3
11 14 (0.74%) Serverless
12 13 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 12 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
13 12 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
14 11 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
15 10 (0.53%) BlazeMeter
15 10 (0.53%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 10 (0.53%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 32 (1.70%) Firewall
2 30 (1.60%) Internet
3 23 (1.22%) HTTP
4 16 (0.85%) SMS
5 15 (0.80%) FTP
6 9 (0.48%) DNS
7 7 (0.37%) DHCP
7 7 (0.37%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.27%) 3G
8 5 (0.27%) ICMP
8 5 (0.27%) LTE
9 4 (0.21%) LAN
9 4 (0.21%) SSL
10 3 (0.16%) OpenLDAP
10 3 (0.16%) SAN
11 2 (0.11%) BGP
11 2 (0.11%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (0.11%) EIGRP
11 2 (0.11%) Intranet
11 2 (0.11%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (6.81%) SQL Server
2 87 (4.63%) Relational Database
3 74 (3.94%) MongoDB
3 74 (3.94%) NoSQL
4 65 (3.46%) MySQL
5 55 (2.93%) Big Data
6 53 (2.82%) Data Warehouse
7 34 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 33 (1.76%) Hadoop
9 32 (1.70%) Power BI
10 23 (1.22%) Redis
11 19 (1.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 18 (0.96%) Amazon Redshift
12 18 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
13 17 (0.90%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 16 (0.85%) SAS EBI
15 15 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 12 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
16 12 (0.64%) RDBMS
17 11 (0.59%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 285 (15.16%) JIRA
2 273 (14.52%) Selenium
3 257 (13.67%) Git (software)
4 246 (13.09%) Cucumber
5 176 (9.36%) Jenkins
6 102 (5.43%) TeamCity
7 94 (5.00%) WebDriver
8 75 (3.99%) Maven
9 71 (3.78%) JUnit
10 59 (3.14%) SpecFlow
11 51 (2.71%) SoapUI
11 51 (2.71%) Visual Studio
12 47 (2.50%) JMeter
13 45 (2.39%) Team Foundation Server
14 43 (2.29%) Appium
15 40 (2.13%) Subversion
16 39 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
17 33 (1.76%) Mockito
17 33 (1.76%) NUnit
18 30 (1.60%) IntelliJ
General
1 521 (27.71%) Finance
2 295 (15.69%) Banking
3 130 (6.91%) Investment Banking
4 88 (4.68%) Retail
5 76 (4.04%) Marketing
6 67 (3.56%) Front Office
7 58 (3.09%) Games
8 39 (2.07%) Legal
9 34 (1.81%) Financial Institution
10 32 (1.70%) Law
11 26 (1.38%) Publishing
12 21 (1.12%) Telecoms
13 19 (1.01%) Retail Banking
14 17 (0.90%) Back Office
15 16 (0.85%) Automotive
16 14 (0.74%) Private Banking
17 11 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
18 10 (0.53%) Advertising
18 10 (0.53%) Billing
19 5 (0.27%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 418 (22.23%) Developer
2 379 (20.16%) Analyst
3 185 (9.84%) Tester
4 142 (7.55%) Business Analyst
5 129 (6.86%) QA Engineer
6 120 (6.38%) Architect
7 119 (6.33%) Test Analyst
8 100 (5.32%) QA Tester
9 98 (5.21%) Java Developer
10 88 (4.68%) Automation Tester
11 86 (4.57%) QA Analyst
12 84 (4.47%) Test Engineer
13 83 (4.41%) DevOps Engineer
14 78 (4.15%) Project Manager
15 64 (3.40%) Java Engineer
16 63 (3.35%) C# Developer
17 56 (2.98%) QA Test Analyst
18 55 (2.93%) Consultant
18 55 (2.93%) Senior Developer
19 51 (2.71%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 202 (10.74%) .NET
2 156 (8.30%) REST
3 155 (8.24%) HTML
4 138 (7.34%) CSS
5 134 (7.13%) Web Services
6 132 (7.02%) RESTful
7 115 (6.12%) SOAP
8 106 (5.64%) Spring
9 86 (4.57%) Node.js
10 77 (4.10%) XML
11 75 (3.99%) HTML5
12 63 (3.35%) jQuery
12 63 (3.35%) JSON
13 58 (3.09%) AngularJS
14 53 (2.82%) Gherkin
15 44 (2.34%) ASP.NET
16 42 (2.23%) Hibernate
17 41 (2.18%) ActiveMQ
17 41 (2.18%) CSS3
17 41 (2.18%) React
Miscellaneous
1 205 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
2 142 (7.55%) User Experience
3 136 (7.23%) Mobile App
4 83 (4.41%) Computer Science
5 70 (3.72%) Derivative
6 60 (3.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 58 (3.09%) Greenfield Project
8 54 (2.87%) Enterprise Software
9 51 (2.71%) Virtual Team
10 44 (2.34%) Equities
10 44 (2.34%) Management Information System
11 41 (2.18%) Linux Command Line
12 36 (1.91%) Data Centre
13 32 (1.70%) Fintech
13 32 (1.70%) Fixed Income
14 22 (1.17%) Data Structures
15 20 (1.06%) Video on Demand
16 19 (1.01%) Online Games
17 18 (0.96%) Algorithms
17 18 (0.96%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 172 (9.15%) Linux
2 106 (5.64%) Unix
3 94 (5.00%) Windows
4 93 (4.95%) Android
5 81 (4.31%) Apple iOS
6 30 (1.60%) Windows Server
7 16 (0.85%) Mac OS X
8 12 (0.64%) CentOS
8 12 (0.64%) Ubuntu
9 9 (0.48%) Windows 10
10 7 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (0.32%) AIX
11 6 (0.32%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.11%) Solaris
15 1 (0.053%) Fedora
15 1 (0.053%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 929 (49.41%) Agile Software Development
2 560 (29.79%) Test Automation
3 353 (18.78%) Scrum
4 309 (16.44%) BDD
5 292 (15.53%) TDD
6 249 (13.24%) DevOps
7 228 (12.13%) Project Management
8 214 (11.38%) Continuous Integration
9 181 (9.63%) Continuous Delivery
10 173 (9.20%) E-Commerce
11 159 (8.46%) SDLC
12 151 (8.03%) Microservices
13 150 (7.98%) User Acceptance Testing
14 148 (7.87%) Kanban
15 128 (6.81%) Migration
15 128 (6.81%) Software Engineering
16 123 (6.54%) Mentoring
16 123 (6.54%) Open Source
17 117 (6.22%) Stakeholder Management
18 114 (6.06%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 520 (27.66%) Java
2 307 (16.33%) SQL
3 281 (14.95%) JavaScript
4 244 (12.98%) C#
5 171 (9.10%) Python
6 89 (4.73%) Ruby
7 64 (3.40%) C++
8 57 (3.03%) Scala
9 48 (2.55%) PowerShell
10 44 (2.34%) Bash Shell
11 40 (2.13%) PHP
11 40 (2.13%) VBA
12 36 (1.91%) ES6
13 32 (1.70%) Groovy
13 32 (1.70%) Perl
14 26 (1.38%) R
14 26 (1.38%) T-SQL
15 25 (1.33%) Shell Script
16 23 (1.22%) VB
17 22 (1.17%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 170 (9.04%) Degree
2 84 (4.47%) Security Cleared
3 65 (3.46%) SC Cleared
4 54 (2.87%) Computer Science Degree
5 37 (1.97%) ISTQB
6 29 (1.54%) ISEB
7 19 (1.01%) PMI Certification
8 18 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 13 (0.69%) PMP
10 10 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (0.48%) Numerate Degree
11 9 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 8 (0.43%) Master's Degree
13 7 (0.37%) AWS Certification
14 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
15 5 (0.27%) DV Cleared
15 5 (0.27%) IIBA
15 5 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 4 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
16 4 (0.21%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (2.45%) PMO
2 38 (2.02%) MiFID
3 20 (1.06%) EMIR
3 20 (1.06%) GDPR
4 19 (1.01%) WCAG
5 15 (0.80%) Data Quality
6 11 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
7 7 (0.37%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 6 (0.32%) GMP
8 6 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 6 (0.32%) SEPA
9 5 (0.27%) IFRS
9 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.16%) BS7799
10 3 (0.16%) GCP
10 3 (0.16%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.16%) SLA
11 2 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.11%) WAI
12 1 (0.053%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 84 (4.47%) Docker
2 17 (0.90%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.16%) Cronacle
4 3 (0.16%) Firmware
4 3 (0.16%) vCloud
4 3 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.11%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.11%) NFS
5 2 (0.11%) OpenDJ
5 2 (0.11%) OpenIDM
6 1 (0.053%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.053%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.053%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 81 (4.31%) Puppet
2 41 (2.18%) Kubernetes
3 35 (1.86%) Ansible
3 35 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
4 34 (1.81%) Grafana
4 34 (1.81%) HP Quality Center
5 32 (1.70%) Terraform
6 19 (1.01%) Kibana
7 15 (0.80%) Docker Swarm
7 15 (0.80%) logstash
8 14 (0.74%) Nagios
9 12 (0.64%) StatsD
10 11 (0.59%) ITRS Geneos
11 8 (0.43%) Galera Cluster
11 8 (0.43%) Icinga
11 8 (0.43%) Prometheus
12 7 (0.37%) ZABBIX
13 6 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
14 5 (0.27%) SCCM
15 4 (0.21%) WMI
Vendors
1 172 (9.15%) Microsoft
2 75 (3.99%) Oracle
3 67 (3.56%) Adobe
4 58 (3.09%) Splunk
5 52 (2.77%) Salesforce.com
6 51 (2.71%) AppDynamics
7 33 (1.76%) MuleSoft
7 33 (1.76%) SAP
8 31 (1.65%) Google
9 26 (1.38%) HP
10 24 (1.28%) Atlassian
10 24 (1.28%) New Relic
11 19 (1.01%) Citrix
12 16 (0.85%) Sitecore
13 15 (0.80%) hybris
13 15 (0.80%) Red Hat
14 14 (0.74%) IBM
15 13 (0.69%) Dynatrace
15 13 (0.69%) Tableau
16 12 (0.64%) iManage