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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 19 21 22
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 3 1 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 3.57% 0.85% 3.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.27% 16.67% 62.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 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 £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+91.02% +44.44%
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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
11 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 13.10% 5.08% 5.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 5
Average daily rate £506 £375 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.00% +36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £147 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £395 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.07 £20.21 £17.75
% change year-on-year
+4.29% +13.83%

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Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Northern Ireland region as a proportion of the total demand within 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

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Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 2 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
County Antrim -1 3 £175 -56.25% 2
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UK

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Top 29 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 2 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Northern Ireland 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 6 (100.00%) Finance
2 3 (50.00%) Derivative
2 3 (50.00%) Degree
2 3 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 3 (50.00%) Equities
2 3 (50.00%) Information Security
2 3 (50.00%) Perl
2 3 (50.00%) SQL
2 3 (50.00%) Oracle
2 3 (50.00%) ITIL
2 3 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) Linux
2 3 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (33.33%) Selenium
3 2 (33.33%) WebDriver
3 2 (33.33%) OO
3 2 (33.33%) Cisco
3 2 (33.33%) Juniper
3 2 (33.33%) Solaris
3 2 (33.33%) C#
3 2 (33.33%) Java
3 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (16.67%) Change Management
4 1 (16.67%) Financial Institution
4 1 (16.67%) Banking
4 1 (16.67%) Middleware
4 1 (16.67%) SOA

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Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Northern Ireland 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 (33.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Selenium
1 2 (33.33%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (100.00%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Banking
2 1 (16.67%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Operations Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) QA Engineer
2 2 (33.33%) Service Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (16.67%) Junior Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) 1st Line Support Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Support Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) 1st Line Support
3 1 (16.67%) Architect
3 1 (16.67%) Integration Architect
3 1 (16.67%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) Equities
1 3 (50.00%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) Windows
1 3 (50.00%) Linux
2 2 (33.33%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) ITIL
1 3 (50.00%) Information Security
1 3 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 2 (33.33%) OO
3 1 (16.67%) SOA
3 1 (16.67%) Change Management
3 1 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) Perl
1 3 (50.00%) SQL
2 2 (33.33%) C#
2 2 (33.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) Degree
1 3 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Oracle
2 2 (33.33%) Cisco
2 2 (33.33%) Juniper