Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in County Antrim 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 November 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)
Northern Ireland > County Antrim
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 35 24
Rank change year-on-year -31 -11 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 17 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in County Antrim 2.89% 1.81% 3.01%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.74% 25.00% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 1 4
County Antrim median daily rate £315 £325 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.08% +85.71% -51.72%
10th Percentile £265 £313 £163
90th Percentile £340 £338 £196
Northern Ireland median daily rate £315 £388 £175
% change year-on-year -18.71% +121.43% -51.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
County Antrim median hourly rate - £10.00 -
Northern Ireland 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 County Antrim with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
County Antrim
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 38 20 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in County Antrim 6.45% 7.25% 13.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 6 16
County Antrim median daily rate £331 £300 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.42% -33.33% +24.14%
10th Percentile £266 £263 £163
90th Percentile £393 £350 £569
Northern Ireland median daily rate £325 £300 £450
% change year-on-year +8.33% -33.33% +24.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 0
County Antrim median hourly rate £14.00 £10.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% - -
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £14.00 £10.00 -
% change year-on-year +40.00% - -

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Job Vacancy Trend in County Antrim

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in County Antrim

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in County Antrim

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in County Antrim

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Contract Job Locations in County Antrim

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the County Antrim region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Belfast -32 17 £315 -3.08% 1
QA
Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 County Antrim region with a requirement for QA.

1 15 (88.24%) Finance
2 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (82.35%) Test Automation
3 11 (64.71%) Functional Testing
3 11 (64.71%) Non-Functional Testing
3 11 (64.71%) JavaScript
4 9 (52.94%) HP
4 9 (52.94%) ISEB
4 9 (52.94%) Banking
4 9 (52.94%) ISTQB
4 9 (52.94%) JIRA
5 8 (47.06%) Risk Management
5 8 (47.06%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (47.06%) Ruby
5 8 (47.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 8 (47.06%) Java
5 8 (47.06%) Unix
6 7 (41.18%) SQL
7 5 (29.41%) Jenkins
7 5 (29.41%) Hudson
7 5 (29.41%) Issue Tracking
7 5 (29.41%) Python
7 5 (29.41%) Requirements Management
7 5 (29.41%) FIX Protocol
8 4 (23.53%) Performance Testing
8 4 (23.53%) Regression Testing
8 4 (23.53%) Zephyr
9 3 (17.65%) BDD
9 3 (17.65%) TDD
10 2 (11.76%) Low Latency

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Co-occurring IT Skills in County Antrim 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (52.94%) JIRA
2 5 (29.41%) Hudson
2 5 (29.41%) Jenkins
3 4 (23.53%) Zephyr
4 1 (5.88%) Selenium
4 1 (5.88%) SpecFlow
4 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 15 (88.24%) Finance
2 9 (52.94%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (64.71%) Tester
2 6 (35.29%) Automation Tester
3 5 (29.41%) Manual Tester
4 4 (23.53%) Analyst
5 3 (17.65%) Test Analyst
5 3 (17.65%) Test Engineer
6 2 (11.76%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (11.76%) Test Automation Engineer
7 1 (5.88%) Big Data Engineer
7 1 (5.88%) Data Engineer
7 1 (5.88%) Manual Test Analyst
7 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
7 1 (5.88%) Support Engineer
7 1 (5.88%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (29.41%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 8 (47.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (47.06%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (82.35%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (82.35%) Test Automation
2 11 (64.71%) Functional Testing
2 11 (64.71%) Non-Functional Testing
3 8 (47.06%) Risk Management
3 8 (47.06%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (29.41%) Issue Tracking
4 5 (29.41%) Requirements Management
5 4 (23.53%) Performance Testing
5 4 (23.53%) Regression Testing
6 3 (17.65%) BDD
6 3 (17.65%) TDD
7 2 (11.76%) Low Latency
8 1 (5.88%) Defect Management
8 1 (5.88%) Scrum
8 1 (5.88%) Software Testing
8 1 (5.88%) Test Planning
8 1 (5.88%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (64.71%) JavaScript
2 8 (47.06%) Java
2 8 (47.06%) Ruby
3 7 (41.18%) SQL
4 5 (29.41%) Python
Qualifications
1 9 (52.94%) ISEB
1 9 (52.94%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 9 (52.94%) HP
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft