Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 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)
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 58 31 24
Rank change year-on-year -27 -7 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 23 8 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 3.72% 2.65% 2.88%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 53.49% 34.78% 19.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 2 4
Northern Ireland median daily rate £315 £388 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.71% +121.43% -51.72%
10th Percentile £265 £325 £163
90th Percentile £340 £450 £196
UK median daily rate £435 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +4.19% +4.38% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate - £10.00 -
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.50% - -

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 23 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 6.96% 7.62% 15.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 7 16
Northern Ireland median daily rate £325 £300 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -33.33% +24.14%
10th Percentile £265 £265 £163
90th Percentile £383 £395 £569
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £409
% change year-on-year +3.53% +3.98% +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £14.00 £10.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% - -
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.11% - +15.38%

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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 24 November 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 6 months to 24 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
County Antrim -27 18 £315 -3.08%
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 24 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for QA.

1 19 (82.61%) Finance
1 19 (82.61%) Agile Software Development
1 19 (82.61%) Test Automation
2 15 (65.22%) Functional Testing
2 15 (65.22%) Non-Functional Testing
2 15 (65.22%) JavaScript
3 13 (56.52%) Banking
4 12 (52.17%) Ruby
4 12 (52.17%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (52.17%) Java
4 12 (52.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 12 (52.17%) Risk Management
5 9 (39.13%) HP
5 9 (39.13%) ISEB
5 9 (39.13%) ISTQB
5 9 (39.13%) Jenkins
5 9 (39.13%) Hudson
5 9 (39.13%) JIRA
5 9 (39.13%) FIX Protocol
6 8 (34.78%) Performance Testing
6 8 (34.78%) Unix
7 7 (30.43%) SQL
8 6 (26.09%) Low Latency
9 5 (21.74%) Issue Tracking
9 5 (21.74%) Python
9 5 (21.74%) Requirements Management
10 4 (17.39%) Regression Testing
10 4 (17.39%) Zephyr
11 3 (13.04%) BDD
11 3 (13.04%) 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (39.13%) Hudson
1 9 (39.13%) Jenkins
1 9 (39.13%) JIRA
2 4 (17.39%) Zephyr
3 2 (8.70%) Selenium
4 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
4 1 (4.35%) WebDriver
General
1 19 (82.61%) Finance
2 13 (56.52%) Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (65.22%) Tester
2 8 (34.78%) Automation Tester
3 5 (21.74%) Analyst
3 5 (21.74%) Manual Tester
4 4 (17.39%) Test Analyst
4 4 (17.39%) Test Engineer
5 3 (13.04%) Automation Test Analyst
5 3 (13.04%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Big Data Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Data Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Manual Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) QA Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) QA Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Software Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Support Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (39.13%) FIX Protocol
2 1 (4.35%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (52.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (34.78%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (82.61%) Agile Software Development
1 19 (82.61%) Test Automation
2 15 (65.22%) Functional Testing
2 15 (65.22%) Non-Functional Testing
3 12 (52.17%) Risk Management
3 12 (52.17%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (34.78%) Performance Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Low Latency
6 5 (21.74%) Issue Tracking
6 5 (21.74%) Requirements Management
7 4 (17.39%) Regression Testing
8 3 (13.04%) BDD
8 3 (13.04%) TDD
9 2 (8.70%) Scrum
10 1 (4.35%) Defect Management
10 1 (4.35%) Defect Tracking
10 1 (4.35%) Software Testing
10 1 (4.35%) Test Management
10 1 (4.35%) Test Planning
10 1 (4.35%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (65.22%) JavaScript
2 12 (52.17%) Java
2 12 (52.17%) Ruby
3 7 (30.43%) SQL
4 5 (21.74%) Python
Qualifications
1 9 (39.13%) ISEB
1 9 (39.13%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 9 (39.13%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft