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 24 November 2014 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
24 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 25 12 21
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 1 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Belfast 0.81% 6.41% 2.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% 62.50% 41.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 2
Average daily rate
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£325 £260 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +18.18%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +71.05%
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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
3 8 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Belfast 2.42% 10.26% 6.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 8 2
Average daily rate £320 £263 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.90% +19.31%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £16.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.89%

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

QA
Top 16 Related IT Skills in Belfast

For the 6 months to 24 November 2014, 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 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) Back Office
2 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (33.33%) HTML
2 1 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 1 (33.33%) CSS
2 1 (33.33%) PRINCE2
2 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (33.33%) PRINCE
2 1 (33.33%) Project Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Belfast by Category

For the 6 months to 24 November 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
General
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Business Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Test Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) QA Engineer
2 1 (33.33%) Business Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) HTML
1 1 (33.33%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) PRINCE2
1 1 (33.33%) PRINCE
1 1 (33.33%) Project Management
1 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
1 1 (33.33%) Automated Testing
1 1 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
1 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) Java
1 1 (33.33%) JavaScript