The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Northern Ireland region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 24 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 18 12 20
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 6 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 4.17% 5.88% 1.79%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.29% 33.33% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 1
Median daily rate £388 £175 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+121.42% -56.25%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £10.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £14.61
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +54.05%
QA
UK

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 Northern Ireland region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Northern Ireland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
17 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 11.81% 17.65% 4.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 4
Median daily rate £313 £500 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +35.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £175 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £565 £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Median hourly rate £10.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.60% +25.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Northern Ireland region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 24 August 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

QA
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 24 August 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
County Antrim -11 4 £325 +85.71%
County Londonderry - 1 £450 -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 24 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Northern Ireland region with a requirement for QA.

1 3 (42.86%) Java
1 3 (42.86%) SQL
1 3 (42.86%) Finance
1 3 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (28.57%) Selenium
2 2 (28.57%) Data Extraction
2 2 (28.57%) Data Quality
2 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
2 2 (28.57%) WebDriver
2 2 (28.57%) Scrum
2 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 2 (28.57%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
2 2 (28.57%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (14.29%) XML
3 1 (14.29%) Unix
3 1 (14.29%) Linux
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (14.29%) Python
3 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
3 1 (14.29%) ERP
3 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (14.29%) Perl
3 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle
3 1 (14.29%) C#
3 1 (14.29%) HTML
3 1 (14.29%) Change Management
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle EBS

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 1 (14.29%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (28.57%) BusinessObjects
1 2 (28.57%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle BI Publisher
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Selenium
1 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
1 2 (28.57%) WebDriver
2 1 (14.29%) Appium
2 1 (14.29%) JDeveloper
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle APEX
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (14.29%) Zephyr
General
1 3 (42.86%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Investment Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (14.29%) Publishing
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Automation Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Database Specialist
2 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Banking Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Business Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) E-Business Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Technical Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) QA Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) HTML
1 1 (14.29%) HTML5
1 1 (14.29%) Middleware
1 1 (14.29%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Data Extraction
2 1 (14.29%) Derivative
2 1 (14.29%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Android
1 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
1 1 (14.29%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (28.57%) Scrum
3 1 (14.29%) Automation Testing
3 1 (14.29%) BDD
3 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (14.29%) Change Management
3 1 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
3 1 (14.29%) ERP
3 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Kanban
3 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
3 1 (14.29%) TDD
3 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
3 1 (14.29%) Translating Business Requirements
3 1 (14.29%) User Stories
3 1 (14.29%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) Java
1 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
3 1 (14.29%) Bash Shell
3 1 (14.29%) C#
3 1 (14.29%) Korn
3 1 (14.29%) Perl
3 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
3 1 (14.29%) Python
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle