Period
to 26 June 2019

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 26 June 2019 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 69 75 69
Rank change year-on-year +6 -6 0
Contract jobs citing QA 1,425 1,553 1,417
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 3.53% 3.43% 3.53%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.76% 29.49% 29.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 978 1,135 1,010
London median daily rate £475 £475 £461
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.98% +8.53%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £625 £638 £620
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 12
London median hourly rate £29.00 £25.50 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.73% +20.00% -4.74%
10th Percentile £20.81 £15.92 £14.45
90th Percentile £72.32 £56.80 £75.00
England median hourly rate £25.88 £23.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% -2.13% +4.44%

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 3,985 5,267 4,856
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.88% 11.64% 12.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,685 3,662 3,427
London median daily rate £500 £488 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% - +8.33%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 91 62
London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.00% +21.95% -7.30%
10th Percentile £12.50 £14.00 £12.88
90th Percentile £51.35 £65.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £23.34 £23.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -0.68% +23.68% -20.83%

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 26 June 2019.

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 26 June 2019.

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 26 June 2019. 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 -2 300 £480 +1.05% 54
West London +11 83 £450 - 28
South London -2 28 £438 -2.78% 13
East London -7 23 £550 +18.28% 8
North London -16 1 £575 +43.75% 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 2019, 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.

1 746 (52.35%) Agile Software Development
2 506 (35.51%) Test Automation
3 401 (28.14%) Finance
4 374 (26.25%) Java
5 329 (23.09%) Scrum
6 311 (21.82%) JavaScript
7 281 (19.72%) SQL
8 266 (18.67%) Selenium
9 257 (18.04%) BDD
10 240 (16.84%) DevOps
11 218 (15.30%) TDD
12 196 (13.75%) C#
13 192 (13.47%) Jenkins
14 183 (12.84%) JIRA
15 173 (12.14%) Banking
16 165 (11.58%) .NET
17 163 (11.44%) HTML
18 156 (10.95%) Git (software)
19 152 (10.67%) Degree
20 150 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
20 150 (10.53%) Linux
21 147 (10.32%) Cucumber
22 146 (10.25%) CSS
23 143 (10.04%) Web Services
24 142 (9.96%) Python
24 142 (9.96%) User Experience
25 141 (9.89%) Problem-Solving
25 141 (9.89%) Software Engineering
26 140 (9.82%) Test Strategy
26 140 (9.82%) Analytical Skills

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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 93 (6.53%) Confluence
2 71 (4.98%) CMS
3 43 (3.02%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 40 (2.81%) Apache
5 34 (2.39%) SharePoint
6 28 (1.96%) IIS
7 15 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
8 14 (0.98%) WebSphere
9 8 (0.56%) Drupal
10 7 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (0.49%) Sitecore CMS
11 6 (0.42%) Oracle Workflow
11 6 (0.42%) Umbraco
11 6 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
11 6 (0.42%) WordPress
12 5 (0.35%) Apache Spark
12 5 (0.35%) GlassFish
12 5 (0.35%) JCAPS
12 5 (0.35%) Tomcat
12 5 (0.35%) WebLogic
Applications
1 64 (4.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (1.19%) Sketch
3 14 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.91%) Microsoft Office
5 10 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.70%) Photoshop
6 8 (0.56%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.42%) InVision
7 6 (0.42%) MS Visio
8 4 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 4 (0.28%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.14%) Weka
10 1 (0.070%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.070%) Camtasia
10 1 (0.070%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.070%) Marvel
10 1 (0.070%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.070%) Stata
Business Applications
1 17 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.63%) Oracle Financials
3 8 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 6 (0.42%) Actimize
4 6 (0.42%) Eloqua
4 6 (0.42%) Markit EDM
4 6 (0.42%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 6 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 6 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
5 5 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.28%) BusinessWorks
6 4 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.28%) Summit
6 4 (0.28%) thinkFolio
7 3 (0.21%) Endur
7 3 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
8 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.14%) Oracle iProcurement
8 2 (0.14%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 139 (9.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 129 (9.05%) Amazon AWS
3 42 (2.95%) Google Cloud Platform
4 36 (2.53%) SaaS
5 30 (2.11%) GitHub
5 30 (2.11%) Power Platform
6 28 (1.96%) Adobe Analytics
7 25 (1.75%) Serverless
8 22 (1.54%) PaaS
9 21 (1.47%) Google Analytics
10 16 (1.12%) IaaS
10 16 (1.12%) Office 365
11 15 (1.05%) AWS Lambda
12 13 (0.91%) npm
12 13 (0.91%) Slack
13 12 (0.84%) Sauce Labs
14 10 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
14 10 (0.70%) Google Tag Manager
14 10 (0.70%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 10 (0.70%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.11%) HTTP
2 19 (1.33%) Firewall
3 9 (0.63%) DNS
4 8 (0.56%) Intranet
4 8 (0.56%) SSL
5 7 (0.49%) TCP/IP
5 7 (0.49%) VPN
6 6 (0.42%) FTP
6 6 (0.42%) Internet
6 6 (0.42%) Skype
7 5 (0.35%) AMQP
7 5 (0.35%) LAN
8 4 (0.28%) RTP
8 4 (0.28%) WAN
9 3 (0.21%) BGP
9 3 (0.21%) MPLS
9 3 (0.21%) OSPF
9 3 (0.21%) SMS
9 3 (0.21%) VPLS
9 3 (0.21%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (7.23%) SQL Server
2 58 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
3 52 (3.65%) NoSQL
4 43 (3.02%) MySQL
5 42 (2.95%) Relational Database
6 25 (1.75%) Power BI
7 22 (1.54%) Oracle Reports
8 21 (1.47%) Big Data
8 21 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
9 20 (1.40%) SQL Server 2014
10 17 (1.19%) MongoDB
10 17 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 14 (0.98%) Redis
12 12 (0.84%) Azure SQL Database
12 12 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 11 (0.77%) Oracle Database
13 11 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 10 (0.70%) Apache Cassandra
14 10 (0.70%) Blockchain
14 10 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 266 (18.67%) Selenium
2 192 (13.47%) Jenkins
3 183 (12.84%) JIRA
4 156 (10.95%) Git (software)
5 147 (10.32%) Cucumber
6 95 (6.67%) WebDriver
7 59 (4.14%) JUnit
8 47 (3.30%) TeamCity
9 46 (3.23%) SpecFlow
10 45 (3.16%) JMeter
11 44 (3.09%) Appium
12 39 (2.74%) Bitbucket
13 34 (2.39%) Visual Studio Team System
14 32 (2.25%) gulp
14 32 (2.25%) SoapUI
14 32 (2.25%) Visual Studio
15 27 (1.89%) Maven
16 24 (1.68%) LoadRunner
17 23 (1.61%) Mercurial
17 23 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 401 (28.14%) Finance
2 173 (12.14%) Banking
3 114 (8.00%) Marketing
4 64 (4.49%) Retail
5 50 (3.51%) Financial Institution
6 46 (3.23%) Front Office
7 44 (3.09%) Investment Banking
8 24 (1.68%) Legal
9 18 (1.26%) Law
10 15 (1.05%) French Language
11 14 (0.98%) Telecoms
12 13 (0.91%) Back Office
12 13 (0.91%) Publishing
13 12 (0.84%) Games
14 10 (0.70%) Retail Banking
15 9 (0.63%) Electronics
15 9 (0.63%) Manufacturing
16 8 (0.56%) Advertising
17 7 (0.49%) Automotive
18 4 (0.28%) Billing
Job Titles
1 380 (26.67%) Developer
2 224 (15.72%) Analyst
3 135 (9.47%) Tester
4 125 (8.77%) QA Engineer
5 77 (5.40%) Business Analyst
6 73 (5.12%) Java Developer
7 69 (4.84%) Test Engineer
8 68 (4.77%) QA Tester
9 67 (4.70%) Test Analyst
10 62 (4.35%) .NET Developer
10 62 (4.35%) QA Leader
11 61 (4.28%) Architect
12 51 (3.58%) C# Developer
13 50 (3.51%) Test Leader
14 49 (3.44%) Project Manager
15 46 (3.23%) Automation Tester
15 46 (3.23%) QA Analyst
15 46 (3.23%) Senior Developer
15 46 (3.23%) Software Developer
16 44 (3.09%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (11.58%) .NET
2 163 (11.44%) HTML
3 146 (10.25%) CSS
4 143 (10.04%) Web Services
5 132 (9.26%) REST
6 109 (7.65%) AngularJS
7 104 (7.30%) Node.js
8 86 (6.04%) RESTful
9 81 (5.68%) XML
10 70 (4.91%) jQuery
10 70 (4.91%) React
11 57 (4.00%) HTML5
12 56 (3.93%) Spring
13 53 (3.72%) SOAP
14 52 (3.65%) Gherkin
15 51 (3.58%) JSON
16 40 (2.81%) ASP.NET
17 38 (2.67%) Sass
18 33 (2.32%) Middleware
18 33 (2.32%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 142 (9.96%) User Experience
2 140 (9.82%) Analytical Skills
3 126 (8.84%) Mobile App
4 49 (3.44%) Greenfield Project
5 46 (3.23%) Data Structures
6 41 (2.88%) Virtual Team
7 40 (2.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 34 (2.39%) Algorithms
9 26 (1.82%) Social Media
10 25 (1.75%) Management Information System
11 24 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
12 23 (1.61%) Equities
13 20 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
14 17 (1.19%) Fixed Income
14 17 (1.19%) Video on Demand
15 14 (0.98%) Linux Command Line
16 12 (0.84%) Derivative
17 11 (0.77%) Client/Server
17 11 (0.77%) Over-the-Top Content
18 10 (0.70%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 150 (10.53%) Linux
2 94 (6.60%) Windows
3 83 (5.82%) Android
4 76 (5.33%) Apple iOS
5 44 (3.09%) Unix
6 13 (0.91%) Windows 10
7 9 (0.63%) Windows 7
7 9 (0.63%) Windows Server
8 6 (0.42%) Mac OS
8 6 (0.42%) Windows 8
8 6 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.21%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.070%) tvOS
12 1 (0.070%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.070%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 746 (52.35%) Agile Software Development
2 506 (35.51%) Test Automation
3 329 (23.09%) Scrum
4 257 (18.04%) BDD
5 240 (16.84%) DevOps
6 218 (15.30%) TDD
7 150 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
8 141 (9.89%) Problem-Solving
8 141 (9.89%) Software Engineering
9 140 (9.82%) Test Strategy
10 135 (9.47%) SDLC
11 128 (8.98%) User Acceptance Testing
12 124 (8.70%) E-Commerce
13 116 (8.14%) Microservices
14 112 (7.86%) Continuous Improvement
15 104 (7.30%) User Stories
16 100 (7.02%) Regression Testing
17 96 (6.74%) Project Management
17 96 (6.74%) Test Scripting
18 94 (6.60%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 374 (26.25%) Java
2 311 (21.82%) JavaScript
3 281 (19.72%) SQL
4 196 (13.75%) C#
5 142 (9.96%) Python
6 46 (3.23%) Java 8
7 45 (3.16%) PL/SQL
8 37 (2.60%) PHP
9 36 (2.53%) VBA
10 35 (2.46%) C++
11 34 (2.39%) VB
12 32 (2.25%) T-SQL
13 31 (2.18%) Ruby
13 31 (2.18%) VB.NET
14 30 (2.11%) ES6
14 30 (2.11%) PowerShell
15 25 (1.75%) Scala
16 22 (1.54%) TypeScript
17 21 (1.47%) Shell Script
18 19 (1.33%) Perl
Qualifications
1 152 (10.67%) Degree
2 51 (3.58%) Security Cleared
3 41 (2.88%) Computer Science Degree
4 40 (2.81%) SC Cleared
5 33 (2.32%) ISTQB
6 15 (1.05%) ISEB
7 14 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
7 14 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
8 13 (0.91%) Master's Degree
9 11 (0.77%) ACCA
10 8 (0.56%) MCSE
11 7 (0.49%) CTC Cleared
12 6 (0.42%) PMI Certification
13 5 (0.35%) DBS Check
13 5 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.35%) PhD
14 4 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 4 (0.28%) MCPD
15 3 (0.21%) AWS Certification
15 3 (0.21%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (2.11%) Data Quality
1 30 (2.11%) PMO
2 15 (1.05%) MiFID
2 15 (1.05%) SEPA
2 15 (1.05%) SLA
3 10 (0.70%) GDPR
4 5 (0.35%) EMIR
4 5 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.35%) WCAG
5 4 (0.28%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.21%) IFRS
6 3 (0.21%) PSD2
7 2 (0.14%) COBIT
7 2 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.070%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.070%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.070%) TARGET2
8 1 (0.070%) WAI
System Software
1 101 (7.09%) Docker
2 40 (2.81%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.49%) XenApp
5 6 (0.42%) Apache Flume
5 6 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (0.35%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.14%) HDFS
9 2 (0.14%) KVM
9 2 (0.14%) OpenAM
10 1 (0.070%) Postfix
10 1 (0.070%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 46 (3.23%) Kubernetes
2 28 (1.96%) Puppet
3 27 (1.89%) Terraform
4 19 (1.33%) Ansible
5 18 (1.26%) Control-M
6 17 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
7 15 (1.05%) HP Quality Center
8 9 (0.63%) SCCM
9 6 (0.42%) Nagios
9 6 (0.42%) Single Sign-On
10 5 (0.35%) Kibana
11 4 (0.28%) HP ALM
11 4 (0.28%) logstash
11 4 (0.28%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.14%) CA Wily
12 2 (0.14%) Data Guard
12 2 (0.14%) Hadoop YARN
12 2 (0.14%) vRealize
13 1 (0.070%) NetBackup
13 1 (0.070%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 117 (8.21%) Oracle
2 100 (7.02%) Microsoft
3 80 (5.61%) Adobe
4 56 (3.93%) Google
5 42 (2.95%) SAP
6 39 (2.74%) Salesforce.com
7 28 (1.96%) Citrix
8 27 (1.89%) Cadence
9 26 (1.82%) HP
10 22 (1.54%) IBM
11 20 (1.40%) Cypress Semiconductor
12 17 (1.19%) Atlassian
12 17 (1.19%) Tableau
13 13 (0.91%) Informatica
13 13 (0.91%) ServiceNow
14 12 (0.84%) BMC
15 10 (0.70%) Perfecto Mobile
16 9 (0.63%) VMware
17 8 (0.56%) Murex
17 8 (0.56%) Optimizely