The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Belfast with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
County Antrim / Belfast
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 22 7
Rank change year-on-year 0 -15  
Permanent jobs citing QA 14 9 13
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Belfast 6.28% 7.83% 18.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 58.33% 60.00% 72.22%
Number of salaries quoted 6 9 12
Median salary £50,000 £35,000 £31,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +42.85% +12.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £32,000 £29,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £62,500 £42,250
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 permanent job vacancies advertised in Belfast with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Belfast
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 24 15 18
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Belfast 10.76% 13.04% 25.71%
Number of salaries quoted 11 11 15
Median salary £55,000 £40,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +37.50% +33.33%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £41,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -3.40% +3.52%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Belfast

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Belfast citing QA as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Belfast

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Salary Trend in Belfast

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing QA in Belfast.

Salary trend for QA in Belfast

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Salary Histogram in Belfast

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Belfast over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Salary histogram for QA in Belfast

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Belfast

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the Belfast region with a requirement for QA.

1 19 (82.61%) SQL
2 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (65.22%) JIRA
4 14 (60.87%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (52.17%) Java
5 12 (52.17%) Finance
6 10 (43.48%) Derivative
6 10 (43.48%) TDD
6 10 (43.48%) Scrum
6 10 (43.48%) ATDD
6 10 (43.48%) Cucumber
6 10 (43.48%) User Stories
7 9 (39.13%) Manual Testing
8 8 (34.78%) SDLC
9 7 (30.43%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (26.09%) Automation Testing
10 6 (26.09%) BDD
10 6 (26.09%) Non-Functional Testing
10 6 (26.09%) Defect Tracking
10 6 (26.09%) Selenium
10 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
10 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
10 6 (26.09%) Credit Derivative
10 6 (26.09%) Automated Testing
10 6 (26.09%) ISEB
10 6 (26.09%) XML
11 5 (21.74%) Oracle
11 5 (21.74%) ERP
11 5 (21.74%) Front Office
11 5 (21.74%) Oracle EBS

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Belfast 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 3 (13.04%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle EBS
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle EBS R12
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (21.74%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle BI EE
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 15 (65.22%) JIRA
2 10 (43.48%) Cucumber
3 6 (26.09%) Selenium
4 3 (13.04%) JDeveloper
4 3 (13.04%) Oracle APEX
4 3 (13.04%) Oracle Forms
General
1 12 (52.17%) Finance
2 5 (21.74%) Front Office
3 4 (17.39%) Banking
4 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
4 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (43.48%) QA Engineer
2 5 (21.74%) Consultant
2 5 (21.74%) E-Business Consultant
2 5 (21.74%) Oracle Consultant
3 4 (17.39%) Senior QA Engineer
3 4 (17.39%) Tester
4 3 (13.04%) Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Oracle Technical Consultant
4 3 (13.04%) QA Tester
4 3 (13.04%) Technical Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Business Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Functional Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Oracle Functional Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Oracle Supply Chain Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Oracle Supply Chain Functional Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Selenium Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Supply Chain Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (26.09%) XML
2 3 (13.04%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 14 (60.87%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (43.48%) Derivative
3 7 (30.43%) Enterprise Software
4 6 (26.09%) Credit Derivative
5 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
5 1 (4.35%) Fintech
5 1 (4.35%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (43.48%) ATDD
2 10 (43.48%) Scrum
2 10 (43.48%) TDD
2 10 (43.48%) User Stories
3 9 (39.13%) Manual Testing
4 8 (34.78%) SDLC
5 6 (26.09%) Automated Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Automation Testing
5 6 (26.09%) BDD
5 6 (26.09%) Defect Tracking
5 6 (26.09%) Non-Functional Testing
5 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
6 5 (21.74%) Change Management
6 5 (21.74%) ERP
6 5 (21.74%) Risk Management
6 5 (21.74%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (13.04%) ITIL
7 3 (13.04%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 19 (82.61%) SQL
2 12 (52.17%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) ISEB
1 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle
2 2 (8.70%) Microsoft