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 3 months to 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
UK / Northern Ireland
Rank 32 19 19
Rank change year-on-year -13 0  
Contract jobs citing QA 10 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 4.39% 2.50% 2.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 58.82% 30.00% 50.00%
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 £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 17 10 6
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 7.46% 8.33% 5.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 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 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £12.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 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 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
County Antrim -10 10 £350 +27.27%
QA
UK

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 25 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (56.52%) SQL
2 12 (52.17%) Banking
3 11 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (43.48%) Manual Testing
4 10 (43.48%) Finance
4 10 (43.48%) Non-Functional Testing
5 8 (34.78%) Validation
5 8 (34.78%) Data Validation
5 8 (34.78%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (26.09%) Investment Banking
6 6 (26.09%) JSON
6 6 (26.09%) HTML5
6 6 (26.09%) CSS3
6 6 (26.09%) Twitter
6 6 (26.09%) HTML
6 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
6 6 (26.09%) CSS
6 6 (26.09%) XML
6 6 (26.09%) AngularJS
6 6 (26.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 6 (26.09%) Defect Management
7 3 (13.04%) CRM
7 3 (13.04%) Process Management
7 3 (13.04%) LoadRunner
7 3 (13.04%) Selenium
8 2 (8.70%) Unit Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Cucumber
8 2 (8.70%) Project Management
8 2 (8.70%) ECMAScript
8 2 (8.70%) VBScript

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Top Related 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 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) BGP
1 1 (4.35%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (4.35%) EIGRP
1 1 (4.35%) Internet
1 1 (4.35%) OSPF
1 1 (4.35%) WAN
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) LoadRunner
1 3 (13.04%) Selenium
2 2 (8.70%) Babel
2 2 (8.70%) Cucumber
2 2 (8.70%) Jasmine
2 2 (8.70%) Karma Test Runner
2 2 (8.70%) PhantomJS
3 1 (4.35%) HP UFT
General
1 12 (52.17%) Banking
2 10 (43.48%) Finance
3 6 (26.09%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (39.13%) Analyst
1 9 (39.13%) Test Analyst
2 7 (30.43%) Banking Analyst
3 6 (26.09%) Developer
3 6 (26.09%) JavaScript Developer
4 3 (13.04%) IT Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) QA Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Senior Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Test Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Project Leader
6 1 (4.35%) QA Automation Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) QA Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) QA Manager
6 1 (4.35%) QA Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Senior Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (26.09%) AngularJS
1 6 (26.09%) CSS
1 6 (26.09%) CSS3
1 6 (26.09%) HTML
1 6 (26.09%) HTML5
1 6 (26.09%) JSON
1 6 (26.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 6 (26.09%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (34.78%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.35%) Smart Energy
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (43.48%) Manual Testing
2 10 (43.48%) Non-Functional Testing
3 8 (34.78%) Data Validation
3 8 (34.78%) Validation
4 6 (26.09%) Defect Management
5 3 (13.04%) CRM
5 3 (13.04%) Process Management
6 2 (8.70%) Coaching
6 2 (8.70%) Functional Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Project Management
6 2 (8.70%) SDLC
6 2 (8.70%) Unit Testing
7 1 (4.35%) CMMI
7 1 (4.35%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (4.35%) ITIL
7 1 (4.35%) QA Automation
7 1 (4.35%) Regression Testing
7 1 (4.35%) Risk Management
7 1 (4.35%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 13 (56.52%) SQL
2 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
3 2 (8.70%) C#
3 2 (8.70%) ECMAScript
3 2 (8.70%) ES6
3 2 (8.70%) Java
3 2 (8.70%) TypeScript
3 2 (8.70%) VBScript
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) AppManager
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) Twitter
2 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco