Period
to 22 January 2020

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 22 January 2020 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
22 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 79 61 60
Rank change year-on-year -18 -1 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 919 1,772 1,911
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 3.04% 3.98% 4.14%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.89% 38.33% 31.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 616 1,302 1,407
London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £326 £315 £313
90th Percentile £651 £625 £638
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 17 9
London median hourly rate £12.00 £36.00 £21.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -66.67% +64.38% +3.06%
10th Percentile £11.13 £10.65 £12.00
90th Percentile £25.21 £52.20 £29.88
England median hourly rate £19.50 £36.75 £21.90
% change year-on-year -46.94% +67.81% -6.17%

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 2,882 4,623 6,043
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.53% 10.38% 13.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,962 3,128 4,322
London median daily rate £489 £480 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% -1.54% +4.84%
10th Percentile £300 £287 £305
90th Percentile £663 £663 £675
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 68 75
London median hourly rate £18.78 £20.88 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.06% +11.63% -16.89%
10th Percentile £12.70 £10.68 £12.55
90th Percentile £42.78 £47.00 £57.50
England median hourly rate £24.05 £20.25 £20.55
% change year-on-year +18.79% -1.48% -11.95%

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 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 2020. 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 0 215 £518 +8.95% 103
West London -10 55 £535 +13.83% 47
South London -13 22 £450 -2.70% 14
East London +20 8 £400 -16.67% 22
North London +15 5 £450 -5.26% 4
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2020, 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.

1 471 (51.25%) Agile Software Development
2 269 (29.27%) Test Automation
3 217 (23.61%) Finance
4 187 (20.35%) Scrum
5 168 (18.28%) Java
6 167 (18.17%) SQL
7 153 (16.65%) JIRA
8 152 (16.54%) DevOps
9 144 (15.67%) JavaScript
10 133 (14.47%) Selenium
11 132 (14.36%) BDD
12 125 (13.60%) Analytical Skills
13 120 (13.06%) TDD
14 110 (11.97%) Azure
15 104 (11.32%) C#
16 103 (11.21%) AWS
16 103 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
17 102 (11.10%) Git (software)
18 99 (10.77%) Problem-Solving
19 97 (10.55%) Python
20 94 (10.23%) User Experience
21 93 (10.12%) SQL Server
22 91 (9.90%) Business Intelligence
23 88 (9.58%) SDLC
24 85 (9.25%) Degree
25 84 (9.14%) Linux
25 84 (9.14%) Confluence
26 83 (9.03%) HTML
26 83 (9.03%) .NET
26 83 (9.03%) Banking

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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 84 (9.14%) Confluence
2 23 (2.50%) SharePoint
3 18 (1.96%) CMS
4 13 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
5 10 (1.09%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 9 (0.98%) Apache Spark
7 8 (0.87%) OpenStack
8 7 (0.76%) JBoss
9 6 (0.65%) IIS
10 5 (0.54%) Red Hat Fuse
10 5 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.54%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.44%) Apache
12 3 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 2 (0.22%) Alfresco
13 2 (0.22%) Drupal
13 2 (0.22%) MQSeries
13 2 (0.22%) Oracle Coherence
13 2 (0.22%) SAS
13 2 (0.22%) Umbraco
Applications
1 40 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (1.85%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.76%) Sketch
5 7 (0.76%) Zeplin
6 6 (0.65%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.44%) InVision
8 3 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe XD
9 2 (0.22%) Lectora
9 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.11%) Marvel
Business Applications
1 10 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.87%) BusinessWorks
3 6 (0.65%) Misys Opics
4 5 (0.54%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.44%) Magento
6 3 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.33%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
6 3 (0.33%) Shopify
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle AML
7 2 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.22%) SAP PM
8 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.11%) FastStats
8 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
8 1 (0.11%) SDL Web 8
8 1 (0.11%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 110 (11.97%) Azure
2 103 (11.21%) AWS
3 52 (5.66%) Power Platform
4 28 (3.05%) GitHub
5 26 (2.83%) GCP
6 17 (1.85%) SaaS
7 14 (1.52%) Sauce Labs
8 12 (1.31%) Office 365
8 12 (1.31%) Serverless
9 11 (1.20%) Apigee
10 10 (1.09%) Azure Data Factory
11 9 (0.98%) BrowserStack
12 8 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
12 8 (0.87%) PaaS
13 7 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.76%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.76%) TestFlight
14 6 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.65%) BlazeMeter
14 6 (0.65%) ZenHub
Communications & Networking
1 18 (1.96%) Wireshark
2 15 (1.63%) HTTP
3 10 (1.09%) 4G
4 8 (0.87%) Internet
4 8 (0.87%) TCP/IP
5 7 (0.76%) Ethernet
5 7 (0.76%) HTTPS
5 7 (0.76%) Wireless
5 7 (0.76%) WLAN
6 4 (0.44%) LAN
6 4 (0.44%) WAN
7 3 (0.33%) 802.11
7 3 (0.33%) BGP
7 3 (0.33%) EIGRP
7 3 (0.33%) HSRP
7 3 (0.33%) IGRP
7 3 (0.33%) Skype
7 3 (0.33%) Spanning Tree
7 3 (0.33%) SSL
8 2 (0.22%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (10.12%) SQL Server
2 49 (5.33%) Power BI
3 48 (5.22%) Data Warehouse
4 40 (4.35%) Relational Database
5 30 (3.26%) Big Data
5 30 (3.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (2.83%) MySQL
7 17 (1.85%) Oracle Database
8 16 (1.74%) MongoDB
8 16 (1.74%) NoSQL
9 15 (1.63%) RDBMS
10 14 (1.52%) Data Mining
11 13 (1.41%) Blockchain
12 12 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
12 12 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 11 (1.20%) Data Lake
14 10 (1.09%) Hadoop
14 10 (1.09%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 10 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
14 10 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 153 (16.65%) JIRA
2 133 (14.47%) Selenium
3 102 (11.10%) Git (software)
4 80 (8.71%) Cucumber
5 78 (8.49%) Jenkins
6 40 (4.35%) WebDriver
7 35 (3.81%) SpecFlow
8 31 (3.37%) JMeter
9 20 (2.18%) Bitbucket
10 19 (2.07%) Gatling
10 19 (2.07%) Postman
11 18 (1.96%) TeamCity
12 15 (1.63%) SoapUI
13 14 (1.52%) REST Assured
13 14 (1.52%) Visual Studio
13 14 (1.52%) Xcode
14 13 (1.41%) Bugzilla
14 13 (1.41%) Cypress.io
15 12 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
16 11 (1.20%) CircleCI
General
1 217 (23.61%) Finance
2 83 (9.03%) Banking
3 41 (4.46%) Marketing
4 36 (3.92%) Retail
5 30 (3.26%) Public Sector
6 24 (2.61%) Front Office
7 22 (2.39%) Telecoms
8 20 (2.18%) Legal
9 18 (1.96%) Investment Banking
10 16 (1.74%) Games
11 15 (1.63%) Law
12 14 (1.52%) German Language
13 13 (1.41%) Back Office
13 13 (1.41%) Manufacturing
14 11 (1.20%) Financial Institution
15 9 (0.98%) Publishing
16 7 (0.76%) Italian Language
16 7 (0.76%) Retail Banking
17 6 (0.65%) Advertising
17 6 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 231 (25.14%) Developer
2 138 (15.02%) Analyst
3 83 (9.03%) Tester
4 69 (7.51%) QA Engineer
5 61 (6.64%) Business Analyst
6 40 (4.35%) Architect
7 39 (4.24%) Project Manager
8 34 (3.70%) React Developer
9 31 (3.37%) Java Developer
10 29 (3.16%) Test Manager
11 28 (3.05%) Consultant
11 28 (3.05%) QA Tester
12 26 (2.83%) Automation Tester
13 25 (2.72%) QA Analyst
14 23 (2.50%) Designer
14 23 (2.50%) DevOps Engineer
14 23 (2.50%) QA Automation Engineer
15 22 (2.39%) Automation Engineer
15 22 (2.39%) Test Analyst
15 22 (2.39%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (9.03%) .NET
1 83 (9.03%) HTML
2 72 (7.83%) CSS
3 59 (6.42%) AngularJS
3 59 (6.42%) Web Services
4 57 (6.20%) React
5 53 (5.77%) XML
6 45 (4.90%) JSON
7 44 (4.79%) Node.js
7 44 (4.79%) RESTful
8 42 (4.57%) REST
9 30 (3.26%) HTML5
9 30 (3.26%) Redux
10 29 (3.16%) SOAP
11 28 (3.05%) Gherkin
12 23 (2.50%) Spring
13 14 (1.52%) .NET Framework
13 14 (1.52%) WPF
14 13 (1.41%) React Native
15 12 (1.31%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 125 (13.60%) Analytical Skills
2 94 (10.23%) User Experience
3 48 (5.22%) Mobile App
4 25 (2.72%) Management Information System
5 22 (2.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 21 (2.29%) Enterprise Software
7 20 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
8 18 (1.96%) Derivative
8 18 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
9 17 (1.85%) Public Cloud
10 14 (1.52%) Equities
10 14 (1.52%) Wiki
11 11 (1.20%) Algorithms
12 10 (1.09%) Blog
12 10 (1.09%) Data Structures
13 9 (0.98%) Data Centre
14 8 (0.87%) Virtual Team
15 7 (0.76%) FMCG
15 7 (0.76%) iPad
15 7 (0.76%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 84 (9.14%) Linux
2 56 (6.09%) Apple iOS
3 51 (5.55%) Android
3 51 (5.55%) Windows
4 27 (2.94%) Unix
5 17 (1.85%) Windows 10
6 10 (1.09%) Windows Server
7 8 (0.87%) Windows 7
8 7 (0.76%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.33%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.22%) CentOS
11 1 (0.11%) Solaris
11 1 (0.11%) VMS
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 471 (51.25%) Agile Software Development
2 269 (29.27%) Test Automation
3 187 (20.35%) Scrum
4 152 (16.54%) DevOps
5 132 (14.36%) BDD
6 120 (13.06%) TDD
7 103 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
8 99 (10.77%) Problem-Solving
9 91 (9.90%) Business Intelligence
10 88 (9.58%) SDLC
11 74 (8.05%) Analytics
11 74 (8.05%) User Acceptance Testing
12 70 (7.62%) Microservices
13 67 (7.29%) Acceptance Criteria
14 64 (6.96%) Project Management
15 62 (6.75%) Continuous Improvement
16 59 (6.42%) Data Modelling
17 57 (6.20%) Software Engineering
18 56 (6.09%) Kanban
19 54 (5.88%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 168 (18.28%) Java
2 167 (18.17%) SQL
3 144 (15.67%) JavaScript
4 104 (11.32%) C#
5 97 (10.55%) Python
6 27 (2.94%) PowerShell
7 25 (2.72%) Ruby
8 24 (2.61%) VBA
9 23 (2.50%) Scala
10 22 (2.39%) TypeScript
11 21 (2.29%) Bash Shell
12 19 (2.07%) C
12 19 (2.07%) T-SQL
13 18 (1.96%) C++
14 17 (1.85%) PL/SQL
15 15 (1.63%) PHP
15 15 (1.63%) VB
16 14 (1.52%) Java 8
17 12 (1.31%) Apple Swift
17 12 (1.31%) Perl
Qualifications
1 85 (9.25%) Degree
2 61 (6.64%) Security Cleared
3 50 (5.44%) SC Cleared
4 21 (2.29%) ISEB
5 20 (2.18%) ISTQB
6 13 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
7 11 (1.20%) ACCA
8 10 (1.09%) Master's Degree
8 10 (1.09%) PMP
9 8 (0.87%) CREST Certified
9 8 (0.87%) OSCP
10 7 (0.76%) CIMA
10 7 (0.76%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.54%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.44%) CIPFA
12 4 (0.44%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.44%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (0.44%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.50%) Data Quality
2 12 (1.31%) PMO
3 7 (0.76%) WCAG
4 6 (0.65%) SLA
5 4 (0.44%) EMIR
5 4 (0.44%) MiFID
6 3 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
6 3 (0.33%) NCSC
7 2 (0.22%) COBIT
7 2 (0.22%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.22%) Section 508
7 2 (0.22%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.11%) GDPR
8 1 (0.11%) HL7
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) PSD2
System Software
1 67 (7.29%) Docker
2 8 (0.87%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.22%) Firmware
5 2 (0.22%) LXC
5 2 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.22%) XenApp
5 2 (0.22%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.11%) HDFS
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.11%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 33 (3.59%) Kubernetes
2 22 (2.39%) Terraform
3 17 (1.85%) Ansible
3 17 (1.85%) HP Quality Center
4 15 (1.63%) Puppet
5 9 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (0.98%) Packer
6 8 (0.87%) Control-M
7 7 (0.76%) SCCM
8 5 (0.54%) Nagios
8 5 (0.54%) Salt
9 4 (0.44%) HP SiteScope
9 4 (0.44%) Kibana
10 3 (0.33%) CFEngine
10 3 (0.33%) Hadoop YARN
10 3 (0.33%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.33%) logstash
10 3 (0.33%) Matomo
10 3 (0.33%) ZABBIX
11 2 (0.22%) FTK
Vendors
1 75 (8.16%) Oracle
2 73 (7.94%) Microsoft
3 39 (4.24%) SAP
4 33 (3.59%) Google
5 24 (2.61%) Tableau
6 22 (2.39%) Salesforce.com
7 20 (2.18%) HP
8 19 (2.07%) Adobe
9 15 (1.63%) Atlassian
10 12 (1.31%) hybris
11 11 (1.20%) Teradata
12 10 (1.09%) Cadence
12 10 (1.09%) Citrix
12 10 (1.09%) TIBCO
13 9 (0.98%) Apple
14 8 (0.87%) BMC
14 8 (0.87%) IBM
14 8 (0.87%) Splunk
14 8 (0.87%) Xamarin
15 7 (0.76%) Infor