Period
to 18 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Belfast 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 18 December 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)
County Antrim > Belfast
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 51 33
Rank change year-on-year +39 -18 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 36 22 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 10.75% 4.17% 3.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 52.94% 55.00% 36.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 20 7
Belfast median daily rate £400 £318 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.98% +22.12% +48.57%
10th Percentile £305 £265 £238
90th Percentile £510 £346 £293
County Antrim median daily rate £400 £318 £260
% change year-on-year +25.98% +22.12% +48.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Belfast median hourly rate - - £10.00
County Antrim median hourly rate - - £10.00

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 Belfast with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Belfast
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 68 40 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 20.30% 7.58% 8.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 34 14
Belfast median daily rate £400 £331 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.75% +15.22% -11.54%
10th Percentile £308 £265 £238
90th Percentile £510 £393 £346
County Antrim median daily rate £400 £331 £288
% change year-on-year +20.75% +15.22% -11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 4
Belfast median hourly rate £29.63 £14.00 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +111.61% +40.00% -
County Antrim median hourly rate £14.25 £14.00 £10.00
% change year-on-year +1.79% +40.00% -

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Belfast

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Belfast.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Belfast

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Belfast

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Belfast

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Belfast

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Belfast over the 6 months to 18 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Belfast

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 Belfast region with a requirement for QA.

1 18 (50.00%) Java
2 16 (44.44%) SQL
2 16 (44.44%) Test Automation
3 15 (41.67%) Scala
3 15 (41.67%) Selenium
3 15 (41.67%) Unix
3 15 (41.67%) JavaScript
3 15 (41.67%) Functional Programming
4 13 (36.11%) Python
4 13 (36.11%) Finance
4 13 (36.11%) TestComplete
5 12 (33.33%) Requirements Management
5 12 (33.33%) JIRA
5 12 (33.33%) Banking
5 12 (33.33%) HP
5 12 (33.33%) Issue Tracking
5 12 (33.33%) HP ALM
6 8 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (19.44%) VBScript
7 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
7 7 (19.44%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (13.89%) BDD
8 5 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (13.89%) TDD
9 4 (11.11%) Functional Testing
9 4 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
10 3 (8.33%) QA Automation
10 3 (8.33%) Regression Testing
10 3 (8.33%) Front Office
10 3 (8.33%) Investment Banking

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Belfast 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 (2.78%) Drupal
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) MongoDB
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (41.67%) Selenium
2 13 (36.11%) TestComplete
3 12 (33.33%) JIRA
4 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
4 7 (19.44%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.78%) WebDriver
General
1 13 (36.11%) Finance
2 12 (33.33%) Banking
3 3 (8.33%) Front Office
3 3 (8.33%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (13.89%) Automation Tester
1 5 (13.89%) QA Engineer
1 5 (13.89%) Test Engineer
1 5 (13.89%) Tester
2 4 (11.11%) Unix Engineer
3 3 (8.33%) Analyst
3 3 (8.33%) Automation Engineer
3 3 (8.33%) Java Engineer
3 3 (8.33%) JavaScript Engineer
3 3 (8.33%) QA Automation Engineer
3 3 (8.33%) Test Automation Engineer
4 2 (5.56%) Business Analyst
5 1 (2.78%) Agile Test Manager
5 1 (2.78%) C# Developer
5 1 (2.78%) Developer
5 1 (2.78%) QA Manager
5 1 (2.78%) Selenium Tester
5 1 (2.78%) Systems Test Engineer
5 1 (2.78%) Test Analyst
5 1 (2.78%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.33%) FIX Protocol
2 1 (2.78%) .NET
2 1 (2.78%) DOM
2 1 (2.78%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.78%) Equities
2 1 (2.78%) Fixed Income
2 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 15 (41.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 15 (41.67%) Functional Programming
3 12 (33.33%) Issue Tracking
3 12 (33.33%) Requirements Management
4 5 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (13.89%) BDD
4 5 (13.89%) TDD
5 4 (11.11%) Functional Testing
5 4 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (8.33%) Computer Science
6 3 (8.33%) QA Automation
6 3 (8.33%) Regression Testing
7 1 (2.78%) ATDD
7 1 (2.78%) Business Analysis
7 1 (2.78%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (2.78%) Electronic Trading
7 1 (2.78%) Manual Testing
7 1 (2.78%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.78%) Test Strategy
7 1 (2.78%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (50.00%) Java
2 16 (44.44%) SQL
3 15 (41.67%) JavaScript
3 15 (41.67%) Scala
4 13 (36.11%) Python
5 7 (19.44%) VBScript
6 2 (5.56%) C#
7 1 (2.78%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) ISEB
1 2 (5.56%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.78%) BPSS Clearance
Systems Management
1 12 (33.33%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 12 (33.33%) HP
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft