The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Belfast region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 29 June 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 18 19 21
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 2 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Belfast 2.47% 0.98% 4.08%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.00% 16.67% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 4
Average daily rate
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£175 £400 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-56.25% +45.45%
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.13 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+94.77% +14.16%
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County Antrim

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Belfast region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Belfast
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
8 6 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Belfast 9.88% 5.88% 6.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 5
Average daily rate £513 £375 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.66% +36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £147 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £395 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £364 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.16% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £20.21 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+4.65% +6.34%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Belfast

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Belfast region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Belfast

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Belfast region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

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Top 29 Related IT Skills in Belfast

For the 6 months to 29 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Belfast region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 5 (100.00%) Finance
2 2 (40.00%) Equities
2 2 (40.00%) Information Security
2 2 (40.00%) Derivative
2 2 (40.00%) Degree
2 2 (40.00%) Selenium
2 2 (40.00%) Problem Management
2 2 (40.00%) Manual Testing
2 2 (40.00%) WebDriver
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 2 (40.00%) C#
2 2 (40.00%) Java
2 2 (40.00%) Perl
2 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) Oracle
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL
2 2 (40.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Solaris
2 2 (40.00%) Linux
2 2 (40.00%) OO
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco
2 2 (40.00%) Juniper
3 1 (20.00%) Change Management
3 1 (20.00%) Financial Institution
3 1 (20.00%) Middleware
3 1 (20.00%) SOA
3 1 (20.00%) Banking
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management

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Top Related IT Skills in Belfast by Category

For the 6 months to 29 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Belfast region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (40.00%) Selenium
1 2 (40.00%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (100.00%) Finance
2 1 (20.00%) Banking
2 1 (20.00%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) QA Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) 1st Line Support Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Architect
2 1 (20.00%) Integration Architect
2 1 (20.00%) Support Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) 1st Line Support
2 1 (20.00%) Service Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (20.00%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Equities
1 2 (40.00%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 2 (40.00%) Windows
1 2 (40.00%) Solaris
1 2 (40.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) ITIL
1 2 (40.00%) OO
1 2 (40.00%) Information Security
1 2 (40.00%) Problem Management
1 2 (40.00%) Manual Testing
2 1 (20.00%) SOA
2 1 (20.00%) Change Management
2 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) C#
1 2 (40.00%) Java
1 2 (40.00%) Perl
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (40.00%) Degree
1 2 (40.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) Oracle
1 2 (40.00%) Cisco
1 2 (40.00%) Juniper