Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 79 27
Rank change year-on-year +46 -52 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 17 4 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 4.38% 0.60% 3.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.53% 16.00% 30.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 2 2
Northern Ireland median daily rate £500 £275 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +81.82% -29.03% +121.43%
10th Percentile £254 £259 £325
90th Percentile £650 £291 £450
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Northern Ireland median hourly rate - - £10.00
UK median hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +102.78% +5.88% -26.09%

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 43 25 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 11.08% 3.77% 10.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 20 9
Northern Ireland median daily rate £500 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.93% +11.54% -27.78%
10th Percentile £255 £273 £270
90th Percentile £650 £469 £443
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £413
% change year-on-year +2.86% +6.06% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 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 £21.63 £21.90 £22.84
% change year-on-year -1.23% -4.09% +5.96%

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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 26 September 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 26 September 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 +56 17 £500 +73.91% 6
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 13 (76.47%) Java
2 8 (47.06%) Scala
2 8 (47.06%) Functional Programming
3 5 (29.41%) SQL
3 5 (29.41%) Banking
3 5 (29.41%) Selenium
4 4 (23.53%) Manual Testing
4 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (23.53%) Finance
4 4 (23.53%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (23.53%) MongoDB
4 4 (23.53%) REST
5 3 (17.65%) Front Office
5 3 (17.65%) JavaScript
5 3 (17.65%) Computer Science
5 3 (17.65%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (11.76%) Electronic Trading
6 2 (11.76%) Investment Banking
6 2 (11.76%) Project Management
6 2 (11.76%) Test Automation
6 2 (11.76%) Scenario Testing
7 1 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
7 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (5.88%) Matrix Organization
7 1 (5.88%) Test Strategy
7 1 (5.88%) ATDD
7 1 (5.88%) User Stories
7 1 (5.88%) BDD
7 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
7 1 (5.88%) C#

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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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (23.53%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 5 (29.41%) Selenium
2 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (29.41%) Banking
2 4 (23.53%) Finance
3 3 (17.65%) Front Office
4 2 (11.76%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (23.53%) Analyst
1 4 (23.53%) Java Engineer
2 3 (17.65%) Business Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Banking Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Electronic Trading Business Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Front Office Business Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) QA Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Test Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Tester
3 1 (5.88%) UAT Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) UAT Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (23.53%) REST
2 3 (17.65%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (5.88%) DOM
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (17.65%) Computer Science
3 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.88%) Equities
3 1 (5.88%) Fixed Income
3 1 (5.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (47.06%) Functional Programming
2 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (23.53%) Manual Testing
3 2 (11.76%) Electronic Trading
3 2 (11.76%) Project Management
3 2 (11.76%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (11.76%) Test Automation
4 1 (5.88%) ATDD
4 1 (5.88%) BDD
4 1 (5.88%) Business Analysis
4 1 (5.88%) Matrix Organization
4 1 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (5.88%) Requirements Analysis
4 1 (5.88%) Risk Management
4 1 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (5.88%) TDD
4 1 (5.88%) Test Strategy
4 1 (5.88%) User Stories
4 1 (5.88%) Validation
4 1 (5.88%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 13 (76.47%) Java
2 8 (47.06%) Scala
3 5 (29.41%) SQL
4 3 (17.65%) JavaScript
5 1 (5.88%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) Degree