Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 74 63 66
Rank change year-on-year -11 +3 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 1,596 1,412 1,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 3.50% 3.55% 3.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.33% 29.96% 30.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,146 991 996
London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £281
90th Percentile £638 £620 £616
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 12 17
London median hourly rate £24.25 £21.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.12% -5.56% +12.50%
10th Percentile £17.60 £14.45 £12.30
90th Percentile £62.13 £75.00 £32.50
England median hourly rate £21.90 £26.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.77% +15.56% -35.71%

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 5,634 4,713 4,810
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 12.36% 11.86% 11.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,954 3,311 3,398
London median daily rate £500 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% +2.27%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £263
90th Percentile £675 £675 £638
England median daily rate £450 £450 £411
% change year-on-year - +9.42% +2.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 66 57
London median hourly rate £23.50 £21.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.59% -3.41% +10.00%
10th Percentile £13.45 £12.88 £12.60
90th Percentile £53.50 £50.00 £41.95
England median hourly rate £22.67 £21.34 £23.81
% change year-on-year +6.27% -10.39% +17.03%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -11 334 £463 +2.78% 154
West London -14 94 £450 - 101
South London -34 48 £465 +9.41% 16
East London -9 26 £475 +7.04% 32
North London +7 8 £400 - 7
QA
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 812 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
2 506 (31.70%) Test Automation
3 469 (29.39%) Java
4 424 (26.57%) Finance
5 334 (20.93%) Scrum
6 313 (19.61%) SQL
7 304 (19.05%) BDD
8 288 (18.05%) Selenium
8 288 (18.05%) TDD
9 268 (16.79%) JavaScript
10 267 (16.73%) DevOps
11 246 (15.41%) JIRA
12 230 (14.41%) Cucumber
13 220 (13.78%) Banking
14 217 (13.60%) C#
15 204 (12.78%) .NET
16 189 (11.84%) Continuous Integration
17 187 (11.72%) Git (software)
18 176 (11.03%) Jenkins
19 168 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
20 167 (10.46%) Project Management
21 150 (9.40%) Python
22 146 (9.15%) HTML
23 144 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
24 142 (8.90%) Amazon AWS
25 135 (8.46%) E-Commerce
26 132 (8.27%) CSS
27 129 (8.08%) Microservices
28 128 (8.02%) SDLC
29 127 (7.96%) Microsoft

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 93 (5.83%) Confluence
2 52 (3.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 51 (3.20%) CMS
4 36 (2.26%) Apache Spark
5 30 (1.88%) SharePoint
6 26 (1.63%) Elasticsearch
7 24 (1.50%) Apache
8 20 (1.25%) IIS
9 16 (1.00%) Sitecore CMS
10 14 (0.88%) WebSphere
11 13 (0.81%) Tomcat
12 11 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
13 10 (0.63%) EPiServer
13 10 (0.63%) Mule
14 9 (0.56%) Umbraco
14 9 (0.56%) WildFly
14 9 (0.56%) WordPress
15 8 (0.50%) Apache Solr
15 8 (0.50%) Drupal
15 8 (0.50%) OpenStack
Applications
1 62 (3.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 31 (1.94%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.81%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (0.81%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.19%) InVision
7 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
8 2 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.063%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.063%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.063%) Camtasia
9 1 (0.063%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.063%) InDesign
9 1 (0.063%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.063%) Maya
9 1 (0.063%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 15 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.69%) SAP Hybris
3 7 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
4 6 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.38%) Oracle Cash Management
4 6 (0.38%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.31%) Actimize
6 4 (0.25%) Adobe Campaign
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
6 4 (0.25%) Summit
7 3 (0.19%) Eloqua
7 3 (0.19%) Magento
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Internet Expenses
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 3 (0.19%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.13%) FastStats
8 2 (0.13%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.13%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 142 (8.90%) Amazon AWS
2 118 (7.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (2.07%) GitHub
4 25 (1.57%) BrowserStack
5 24 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
6 20 (1.25%) PaaS
7 19 (1.19%) SaaS
8 18 (1.13%) Amazon S3
9 17 (1.07%) npm
10 15 (0.94%) Google Analytics
10 15 (0.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 14 (0.88%) Sauce Labs
12 13 (0.81%) Serverless
13 12 (0.75%) IaaS
13 12 (0.75%) Office 365
14 11 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
15 10 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 10 (0.63%) Amazon ELB
15 10 (0.63%) BlazeMeter
16 8 (0.50%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 29 (1.82%) HTTP
2 23 (1.44%) Firewall
3 19 (1.19%) DNS
4 17 (1.07%) Internet
5 15 (0.94%) SMS
6 13 (0.81%) FTP
7 10 (0.63%) DHCP
7 10 (0.63%) SSL
8 9 (0.56%) Intranet
8 9 (0.56%) TCP/IP
9 5 (0.31%) 3G
9 5 (0.31%) ICMP
9 5 (0.31%) LAN
9 5 (0.31%) LTE
9 5 (0.31%) OpenLDAP
9 5 (0.31%) WAN
10 4 (0.25%) BGP
10 4 (0.25%) OSPF
10 4 (0.25%) Skype
10 4 (0.25%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (6.64%) SQL Server
2 88 (5.51%) Relational Database
3 64 (4.01%) Big Data
4 56 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
5 51 (3.20%) NoSQL
6 48 (3.01%) PostgreSQL
7 44 (2.76%) MongoDB
8 41 (2.57%) MySQL
9 37 (2.32%) Hadoop
10 36 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 32 (2.01%) Apache Cassandra
12 22 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 20 (1.25%) Siebel EIM
14 19 (1.19%) Amazon Redshift
14 19 (1.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 15 (0.94%) Data Lake
16 13 (0.81%) Blockchain
17 12 (0.75%) HBase
18 11 (0.69%) Apache Hive
18 11 (0.69%) Redis
Development Applications
1 288 (18.05%) Selenium
2 246 (15.41%) JIRA
3 230 (14.41%) Cucumber
4 187 (11.72%) Git (software)
5 176 (11.03%) Jenkins
6 97 (6.08%) WebDriver
7 75 (4.70%) SpecFlow
8 70 (4.39%) TeamCity
9 69 (4.32%) Maven
10 61 (3.82%) Team Foundation Server
11 48 (3.01%) SoapUI
12 45 (2.82%) JMeter
13 43 (2.69%) Visual Studio
14 42 (2.63%) JUnit
15 38 (2.38%) Visual Studio Team System
16 36 (2.26%) Protractor
17 28 (1.75%) Sonatype Nexus
18 27 (1.69%) NUnit
18 27 (1.69%) Subversion
19 26 (1.63%) Appium
General
1 424 (26.57%) Finance
2 220 (13.78%) Banking
3 105 (6.58%) Retail
4 86 (5.39%) Investment Banking
5 55 (3.45%) Marketing
6 46 (2.88%) Games
7 45 (2.82%) Financial Institution
8 36 (2.26%) Law
9 33 (2.07%) Legal
10 29 (1.82%) Front Office
11 23 (1.44%) Publishing
12 19 (1.19%) Retail Banking
12 19 (1.19%) Telecoms
13 16 (1.00%) Back Office
14 12 (0.75%) Advertising
14 12 (0.75%) Billing
15 11 (0.69%) Private Banking
16 9 (0.56%) French Language
16 9 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
17 8 (0.50%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 355 (22.24%) Developer
2 283 (17.73%) Analyst
3 155 (9.71%) Tester
4 132 (8.27%) QA Engineer
5 101 (6.33%) Business Analyst
6 98 (6.14%) Test Analyst
7 87 (5.45%) Automation Tester
7 87 (5.45%) QA Tester
8 82 (5.14%) QA Analyst
9 81 (5.08%) Architect
10 77 (4.82%) Java Developer
11 74 (4.64%) Project Manager
12 61 (3.82%) Test Engineer
13 59 (3.70%) QA Automation Engineer
14 56 (3.51%) DevOps Engineer
15 50 (3.13%) QA Leader
16 49 (3.07%) C# Developer
16 49 (3.07%) QA Test Analyst
17 48 (3.01%) Senior Developer
18 44 (2.76%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 204 (12.78%) .NET
2 146 (9.15%) HTML
3 132 (8.27%) CSS
4 120 (7.52%) REST
5 114 (7.14%) Web Services
6 99 (6.20%) RESTful
7 98 (6.14%) Spring
8 83 (5.20%) Node.js
9 66 (4.14%) HTML5
10 65 (4.07%) AngularJS
10 65 (4.07%) XML
11 58 (3.63%) SOAP
12 53 (3.32%) CSS3
12 53 (3.32%) jQuery
13 52 (3.26%) Gherkin
14 49 (3.07%) React
15 44 (2.76%) JSON
16 37 (2.32%) Sass
17 35 (2.19%) Hibernate
18 34 (2.13%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 144 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
2 114 (7.14%) User Experience
3 88 (5.51%) Mobile App
4 58 (3.63%) Greenfield Project
5 53 (3.32%) Computer Science
6 40 (2.51%) Data Centre
6 40 (2.51%) Self-Motivation
7 39 (2.44%) Management Information System
8 32 (2.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 29 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
10 28 (1.75%) Fintech
11 25 (1.57%) Hedge funds
12 24 (1.50%) Equities
12 24 (1.50%) Linux Command Line
13 23 (1.44%) Derivative
13 23 (1.44%) Fixed Income
14 22 (1.38%) Virtual Team
15 21 (1.32%) Video on Demand
16 14 (0.88%) Algorithms
17 13 (0.81%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 121 (7.58%) Linux
2 90 (5.64%) Android
3 80 (5.01%) Apple iOS
4 78 (4.89%) Unix
5 73 (4.57%) Windows
6 16 (1.00%) Windows Server
7 15 (0.94%) CentOS
7 15 (0.94%) Ubuntu
8 14 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (0.75%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.38%) AIX
11 5 (0.31%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.25%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.13%) Debian
13 2 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
14 1 (0.063%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.063%) Mesosphere
14 1 (0.063%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 812 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
2 506 (31.70%) Test Automation
3 334 (20.93%) Scrum
4 304 (19.05%) BDD
5 288 (18.05%) TDD
6 267 (16.73%) DevOps
7 189 (11.84%) Continuous Integration
8 168 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
9 167 (10.46%) Project Management
10 135 (8.46%) E-Commerce
11 129 (8.08%) Microservices
12 128 (8.02%) SDLC
13 123 (7.71%) Continuous Delivery
14 120 (7.52%) Kanban
15 119 (7.46%) Open Source
16 117 (7.33%) Migration
17 115 (7.21%) User Acceptance Testing
18 108 (6.77%) Test Strategy
19 106 (6.64%) Software Engineering
20 104 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 469 (29.39%) Java
2 313 (19.61%) SQL
3 268 (16.79%) JavaScript
4 217 (13.60%) C#
5 150 (9.40%) Python
6 60 (3.76%) Ruby
7 41 (2.57%) Scala
8 35 (2.19%) ES6
8 35 (2.19%) T-SQL
9 33 (2.07%) Bash Shell
10 32 (2.01%) C++
11 31 (1.94%) Java 8
12 30 (1.88%) PowerShell
13 27 (1.69%) TypeScript
14 26 (1.63%) Groovy
15 24 (1.50%) PHP
16 23 (1.44%) Perl
16 23 (1.44%) VBA
17 22 (1.38%) C
18 21 (1.32%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 114 (7.14%) Degree
2 54 (3.38%) Security Cleared
3 46 (2.88%) SC Cleared
4 43 (2.69%) ISTQB
5 35 (2.19%) ISEB
6 30 (1.88%) Computer Science Degree
7 13 (0.81%) Master's Degree
8 11 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (0.69%) PMP
8 11 (0.69%) Siebel Certification
9 10 (0.63%) PMI Certification
10 6 (0.38%) AWS Certification
10 6 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
11 5 (0.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 4 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
12 4 (0.25%) TOGAF Certification
13 3 (0.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 3 (0.19%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.32%) PMO
2 21 (1.32%) GDPR
2 21 (1.32%) MiFID
3 20 (1.25%) WCAG
4 17 (1.07%) Data Quality
5 12 (0.75%) EMIR
6 7 (0.44%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 7 (0.44%) Dodd-Frank
7 6 (0.38%) GMP
7 6 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.38%) SEPA
8 4 (0.25%) IFRS
9 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.13%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.13%) SLA
11 1 (0.063%) COBIT
11 1 (0.063%) COSO
11 1 (0.063%) GxP
11 1 (0.063%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 81 (5.08%) Docker
2 11 (0.69%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.25%) vCloud
4 3 (0.19%) Apache Flume
4 3 (0.19%) NFS
4 3 (0.19%) OpenDJ
4 3 (0.19%) OpenIDM
4 3 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.13%) HDFS
5 2 (0.13%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.13%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.063%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.063%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.063%) Platform Symphony
6 1 (0.063%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 47 (2.94%) Puppet
2 42 (2.63%) Ansible
3 37 (2.32%) Kubernetes
4 31 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
5 30 (1.88%) Terraform
6 19 (1.19%) HP Quality Center
7 18 (1.13%) Grafana
8 14 (0.88%) Kibana
9 13 (0.81%) logstash
10 11 (0.69%) Docker Swarm
10 11 (0.69%) HP ALM
11 9 (0.56%) ITRS Geneos
11 9 (0.56%) Nagios
11 9 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
12 8 (0.50%) ZABBIX
13 5 (0.31%) Consul
13 5 (0.31%) Galera Cluster
13 5 (0.31%) Icinga
13 5 (0.31%) Packer
13 5 (0.31%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 127 (7.96%) Microsoft
2 81 (5.08%) Oracle
3 71 (4.45%) Adobe
4 45 (2.82%) Splunk
5 43 (2.69%) SAP
6 38 (2.38%) AppDynamics
7 32 (2.01%) Salesforce.com
8 29 (1.82%) Google
8 29 (1.82%) MuleSoft
8 29 (1.82%) Sitecore
9 26 (1.63%) Atlassian
10 23 (1.44%) Siebel
11 22 (1.38%) HP
11 22 (1.38%) hybris
12 20 (1.25%) Citrix
13 16 (1.00%) Cisco
14 15 (0.94%) iManage
14 15 (0.94%) Red Hat
15 13 (0.81%) IBM
16 12 (0.75%) New Relic