Period
to 16 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 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 16 February 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)
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 16 39 28
Rank change year-on-year +23 -11 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 32 29 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 8.72% 5.64% 5.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.24% 54.72% 67.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 27 19
Northern Ireland median daily rate £330 £315 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +14.55% -
10th Percentile £308 £265 £238
90th Percentile £445 £340 £425
UK median daily rate £450 £432 £418
% change year-on-year +4.23% +3.41% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Northern Ireland median hourly rate - - £10.00
UK median hourly rate £33.75 £32.50 £23.34
% change year-on-year +3.85% +39.25% -6.64%

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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 74 53 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 20.16% 10.31% 8.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 42 28
Northern Ireland median daily rate £350 £325 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +4.00% -19.35%
10th Percentile £308 £265 £238
90th Percentile £461 £400 £425
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 3
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £31.56 £15.00 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +110.37% +50.00% -
UK median hourly rate £20.75 £21.79 £21.50
% change year-on-year -4.77% +1.35% -14.00%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Northern Ireland

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Northern Ireland

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Northern Ireland over the 6 months to 16 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Northern Ireland region over the 6 months to 16 February 2019. 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
County Antrim +23 29 £335 +6.35% 11
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 16 February 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for QA.

1 18 (56.25%) Unix
1 18 (56.25%) Test Automation
2 17 (53.13%) JavaScript
2 17 (53.13%) SQL
3 16 (50.00%) Python
3 16 (50.00%) TestComplete
3 16 (50.00%) Selenium
4 15 (46.88%) JIRA
4 15 (46.88%) Issue Tracking
4 15 (46.88%) HP
4 15 (46.88%) Requirements Management
4 15 (46.88%) HP ALM
5 13 (40.63%) Finance
6 12 (37.50%) Banking
6 12 (37.50%) Java
7 11 (34.38%) Functional Programming
7 11 (34.38%) Scala
8 10 (31.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (28.13%) VBScript
9 9 (28.13%) Git (software)
9 9 (28.13%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (15.63%) TDD
10 5 (15.63%) BDD
11 4 (12.50%) Computer Science
11 4 (12.50%) Functional Testing
11 4 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
12 3 (9.38%) QA Automation
12 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
13 2 (6.25%) Investment Banking

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 (3.13%) Drupal
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (50.00%) Selenium
1 16 (50.00%) TestComplete
2 15 (46.88%) JIRA
3 9 (28.13%) Git (software)
3 9 (28.13%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (40.63%) Finance
2 12 (37.50%) Banking
3 2 (6.25%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.13%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 7 (21.88%) Test Engineer
2 6 (18.75%) Automation Tester
2 6 (18.75%) Tester
3 5 (15.63%) Test Automation Engineer
4 4 (12.50%) QA Engineer
4 4 (12.50%) Unix Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) Automation Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) JavaScript Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) QA Automation Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Agile Test Manager
6 1 (3.13%) Analyst
6 1 (3.13%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (3.13%) C# Developer
6 1 (3.13%) Developer
6 1 (3.13%) IT Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) QA Test Manager
6 1 (3.13%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 1 (3.13%) Selenium Tester
6 1 (3.13%) Systems Test Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.13%) .NET
1 1 (3.13%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 10 (31.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (3.13%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 18 (56.25%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (56.25%) Test Automation
2 15 (46.88%) Issue Tracking
2 15 (46.88%) Requirements Management
3 11 (34.38%) Functional Programming
4 5 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (15.63%) BDD
4 5 (15.63%) TDD
5 4 (12.50%) Computer Science
5 4 (12.50%) Functional Testing
5 4 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (9.38%) QA Automation
6 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
7 1 (3.13%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (3.13%) CRM
7 1 (3.13%) Data Management
7 1 (3.13%) Ergonomics
7 1 (3.13%) Open Source
7 1 (3.13%) Risk Analysis
7 1 (3.13%) Test Strategy
7 1 (3.13%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 17 (53.13%) JavaScript
1 17 (53.13%) SQL
2 16 (50.00%) Python
3 12 (37.50%) Java
4 11 (34.38%) Scala
5 9 (28.13%) VBScript
6 1 (3.13%) C#
6 1 (3.13%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (6.25%) ISEB
1 2 (6.25%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (3.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) GMP
1 1 (3.13%) ISO 13485
1 1 (3.13%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 15 (46.88%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 15 (46.88%) HP
2 1 (3.13%) Microsoft