Period
to 18 November 2018

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 18 November 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)
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 62 34
Rank change year-on-year +39 -28 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 29 22 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 7.57% 3.53% 2.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.77% 50.00% 34.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 20 2
Northern Ireland median daily rate £400 £315 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.98% -18.71% +121.43%
10th Percentile £255 £264 £325
90th Percentile £650 £340 £450
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £420
% change year-on-year +4.65% +2.38% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Northern Ireland median hourly rate - - £10.00
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £23.45 £19.42
% change year-on-year +54.58% +20.75% -2.90%

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 62 44 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 16.19% 7.05% 7.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 38 7
Northern Ireland median daily rate £400 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% +8.33% -33.33%
10th Percentile £283 £265 £265
90th Percentile £650 £415 £395
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 6
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £14.25 £14.00 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.79% +40.00% -
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year +10.00% -12.42% +1.49%

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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 18 November 2018.

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 18 November 2018. 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 +47 27 £400 +26.98% 13
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for QA.

1 17 (58.62%) Java
2 14 (48.28%) Selenium
3 13 (44.83%) JavaScript
3 13 (44.83%) SQL
4 12 (41.38%) Banking
5 11 (37.93%) Test Automation
5 11 (37.93%) Scala
5 11 (37.93%) Functional Programming
6 10 (34.48%) Finance
7 9 (31.03%) Unix
7 9 (31.03%) Python
7 9 (31.03%) HP
7 9 (31.03%) Requirements Management
7 9 (31.03%) JIRA
7 9 (31.03%) Issue Tracking
7 9 (31.03%) HP ALM
8 8 (27.59%) TestComplete
8 8 (27.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 7 (24.14%) Computer Science
10 6 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (17.24%) VBScript
11 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
11 5 (17.24%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (13.79%) FIX Protocol
12 4 (13.79%) MongoDB
12 4 (13.79%) REST
12 4 (13.79%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (13.79%) Investment Banking
12 4 (13.79%) Manual Testing
13 3 (10.34%) TDD

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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:

Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.79%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (48.28%) Selenium
2 9 (31.03%) JIRA
3 8 (27.59%) TestComplete
4 5 (17.24%) Git (software)
4 5 (17.24%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.45%) WebDriver
General
1 12 (41.38%) Banking
2 10 (34.48%) Finance
3 4 (13.79%) Investment Banking
4 3 (10.34%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 5 (17.24%) Test Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) Analyst
2 4 (13.79%) Java Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) Test Automation Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) Automation Tester
3 3 (10.34%) Business Analyst
3 3 (10.34%) Tester
4 1 (3.45%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Banking Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) C# Developer
4 1 (3.45%) Developer
4 1 (3.45%) Electronic Trading Business Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Front Office Business Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) QA Engineer
4 1 (3.45%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 1 (3.45%) Selenium Tester
4 1 (3.45%) Systems Test Engineer
4 1 (3.45%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.79%) FIX Protocol
1 4 (13.79%) REST
2 1 (3.45%) DOM
Miscellaneous
1 8 (27.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 7 (24.14%) Computer Science
3 4 (13.79%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.45%) Equities
4 1 (3.45%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 9 (31.03%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (37.93%) Functional Programming
1 11 (37.93%) Test Automation
2 9 (31.03%) Issue Tracking
2 9 (31.03%) Requirements Management
3 6 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (13.79%) Manual Testing
5 3 (10.34%) BDD
5 3 (10.34%) Regression Testing
5 3 (10.34%) TDD
6 2 (6.90%) Electronic Trading
6 2 (6.90%) Functional Testing
6 2 (6.90%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (6.90%) Project Management
7 1 (3.45%) Business Analysis
7 1 (3.45%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (3.45%) Matrix Organization
7 1 (3.45%) Problem-Solving
7 1 (3.45%) Prototyping
7 1 (3.45%) Scenario Testing
7 1 (3.45%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 17 (58.62%) Java
2 13 (44.83%) JavaScript
2 13 (44.83%) SQL
3 11 (37.93%) Scala
4 9 (31.03%) Python
5 5 (17.24%) VBScript
6 2 (6.90%) C#
7 1 (3.45%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (3.45%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (3.45%) Degree
1 1 (3.45%) ISEB
1 1 (3.45%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 9 (31.03%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 9 (31.03%) HP
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft