Period
to 22 April 2019

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 22 April 2019 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
22 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 20 34 37
Rank change year-on-year +14 +3 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 26 19 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 7.78% 4.63% 5.19%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.07% 59.38% 61.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 19 20
Belfast median daily rate £335 £313 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.20% +13.64% -
10th Percentile £308 £265 £238
90th Percentile £428 £352 £425
County Antrim median daily rate £335 £313 £275
% change year-on-year +7.20% +13.64% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Belfast median hourly rate - - -
County Antrim median hourly rate - - -

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 59 32 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 17.66% 7.80% 8.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 27 30
Belfast median daily rate £363 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.54% - +13.04%
10th Percentile £308 £265 £238
90th Percentile £439 £430 £449
County Antrim median daily rate £363 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +11.54% - +13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Belfast median hourly rate £32.81 £16.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +105.03% +33.33% -
County Antrim median hourly rate £32.81 £16.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year +105.03% +33.33% -

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 22 April 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Belfast

For the 6 months to 22 April 2019, 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 14 (53.85%) SQL
2 13 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 12 (46.15%) Unix
4 11 (42.31%) JavaScript
4 11 (42.31%) TestComplete
5 10 (38.46%) Selenium
5 10 (38.46%) Python
5 10 (38.46%) HP
5 10 (38.46%) Java
5 10 (38.46%) Finance
6 9 (34.62%) Requirements Management
6 9 (34.62%) JIRA
6 9 (34.62%) Banking
6 9 (34.62%) Scala
6 9 (34.62%) Issue Tracking
6 9 (34.62%) HP ALM
7 8 (30.77%) Functional Programming
8 7 (26.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (23.08%) Git (software)
9 6 (23.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 6 (23.08%) VBScript
10 5 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (15.38%) TDD
11 4 (15.38%) BDD
12 3 (11.54%) Front Office
12 3 (11.54%) Investment Banking
12 3 (11.54%) QA Automation
12 3 (11.54%) Functional Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Non-Functional Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills

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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 (3.85%) Drupal
Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.85%) SQL Server
1 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (42.31%) TestComplete
2 10 (38.46%) Selenium
3 9 (34.62%) JIRA
4 7 (26.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (23.08%) Git (software)
6 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (38.46%) Finance
2 9 (34.62%) Banking
3 3 (11.54%) Front Office
3 3 (11.54%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (15.38%) Automation Tester
1 4 (15.38%) QA Engineer
1 4 (15.38%) Tester
1 4 (15.38%) Unix Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Automation Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) JavaScript Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) QA Automation Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Test Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) Banking Project Manager
3 2 (7.69%) Electronic Trading Project Manager
3 2 (7.69%) Project Manager
4 1 (3.85%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (3.85%) Developer
4 1 (3.85%) QA Manager
4 1 (3.85%) QA Test Manager
4 1 (3.85%) Report Analyst
4 1 (3.85%) Test Analyst
4 1 (3.85%) Test Leader
4 1 (3.85%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.69%) .NET
1 2 (7.69%) FIX Protocol
2 1 (3.85%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.85%) CSS
2 1 (3.85%) HTML
2 1 (3.85%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (23.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (7.69%) Fixed Income
4 1 (3.85%) Data Structures
4 1 (3.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 12 (46.15%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (34.62%) Issue Tracking
2 9 (34.62%) Requirements Management
3 8 (30.77%) Functional Programming
4 5 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (15.38%) BDD
5 4 (15.38%) TDD
6 3 (11.54%) Functional Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (11.54%) QA Automation
7 2 (7.69%) Electronic Trading
7 2 (7.69%) Matrix Organization
7 2 (7.69%) Project Management
7 2 (7.69%) Regression Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Test Strategy
8 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
8 1 (3.85%) Data Analysis
8 1 (3.85%) Data Modelling
8 1 (3.85%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (53.85%) SQL
2 11 (42.31%) JavaScript
3 10 (38.46%) Java
3 10 (38.46%) Python
4 9 (34.62%) Scala
5 6 (23.08%) VBScript
6 1 (3.85%) C#
6 1 (3.85%) PL/SQL
6 1 (3.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (3.85%) ISEB
1 1 (3.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) PMO
Systems Management
1 9 (34.62%) HP ALM
2 1 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (38.46%) HP
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft