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 3 months to 29 March 2017 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 22 20
Rank change year-on-year -9 -2  
Contract jobs citing QA 10 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Belfast 4.81% 2.65% 3.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 52.63% 30.00% 75.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 1 1
Median daily rate £350 £275 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +10.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £366 £350
% change year-on-year +0.54% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Belfast
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 19 10 4
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Belfast 9.13% 8.85% 4.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 4 1
Median daily rate £350 £288 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.73% +15.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £12.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Belfast

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Belfast citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Belfast

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, 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 Belfast region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (59.09%) SQL
2 12 (54.55%) Banking
3 10 (45.45%) Manual Testing
3 10 (45.45%) Non-Functional Testing
3 10 (45.45%) Finance
3 10 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (36.36%) Enterprise Software
4 8 (36.36%) Data Validation
4 8 (36.36%) Validation
5 6 (27.27%) Investment Banking
5 6 (27.27%) JSON
5 6 (27.27%) HTML5
5 6 (27.27%) CSS3
5 6 (27.27%) Twitter
5 6 (27.27%) HTML
5 6 (27.27%) JavaScript
5 6 (27.27%) CSS
5 6 (27.27%) XML
5 6 (27.27%) AngularJS
5 6 (27.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 6 (27.27%) Defect Management
6 3 (13.64%) LoadRunner
6 3 (13.64%) Selenium
7 2 (9.09%) Unit Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
7 2 (9.09%) PhantomJS
7 2 (9.09%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (9.09%) TypeScript
7 2 (9.09%) Coaching
7 2 (9.09%) Jasmine

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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:

Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) BGP
1 1 (4.55%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (4.55%) EIGRP
1 1 (4.55%) Internet
1 1 (4.55%) OSPF
1 1 (4.55%) WAN
Development Applications
1 3 (13.64%) LoadRunner
1 3 (13.64%) Selenium
2 2 (9.09%) Babel
2 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
2 2 (9.09%) Jasmine
2 2 (9.09%) Karma Test Runner
2 2 (9.09%) PhantomJS
3 1 (4.55%) HP UFT
General
1 12 (54.55%) Banking
2 10 (45.45%) Finance
3 6 (27.27%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (40.91%) Analyst
1 9 (40.91%) Test Analyst
2 7 (31.82%) Banking Analyst
3 6 (27.27%) Developer
3 6 (27.27%) JavaScript Developer
4 3 (13.64%) IT Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) QA Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Senior Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Test Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) CRM Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Project Leader
6 1 (4.55%) QA Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) QA Manager
6 1 (4.55%) QA Tester
6 1 (4.55%) Technical Project Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (27.27%) AngularJS
1 6 (27.27%) CSS
1 6 (27.27%) CSS3
1 6 (27.27%) HTML
1 6 (27.27%) HTML5
1 6 (27.27%) JSON
1 6 (27.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 6 (27.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (36.36%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.55%) Smart Energy
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (45.45%) Manual Testing
1 10 (45.45%) Non-Functional Testing
2 8 (36.36%) Data Validation
2 8 (36.36%) Validation
3 6 (27.27%) Defect Management
4 2 (9.09%) Coaching
4 2 (9.09%) CRM
4 2 (9.09%) Functional Testing
4 2 (9.09%) Process Management
4 2 (9.09%) Unit Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (4.55%) ITIL
5 1 (4.55%) PRINCE2
5 1 (4.55%) Project Management
5 1 (4.55%) QA Automation
5 1 (4.55%) Regression Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Risk Management
5 1 (4.55%) SDLC
5 1 (4.55%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 13 (59.09%) SQL
2 6 (27.27%) JavaScript
3 2 (9.09%) C#
3 2 (9.09%) ECMAScript
3 2 (9.09%) ES6
3 2 (9.09%) Java
3 2 (9.09%) TypeScript
3 2 (9.09%) VBScript
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) AppManager
Vendors
1 6 (27.27%) Twitter
2 2 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.55%) Cisco