Period
to 25 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 25 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 10 38 38
Rank change year-on-year +28 0 +7
Permanent jobs citing QA 123 12 35
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 16.36% 3.73% 6.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 57.75% 48.00% 39.77%
Number of salaries quoted 44 5 31
10th Percentile £26,250 £31,250 £24,000
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £25,625
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,750 £40,000 £35,000
Median % change year-on-year +34.38% +14.29% -24.32%
75th Percentile £77,500 £44,000 £49,375
90th Percentile £78,375 £44,600 £60,000
UK median annual salary £55,000 £54,000 £51,500
% change year-on-year +1.85% +4.85% +3.00%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Northern Ireland
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 213 25 88
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 28.32% 7.76% 16.21%
Number of salaries quoted 95 14 42
10th Percentile £26,450 £30,625 £24,000
25th Percentile £31,875 £36,250 £26,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £47,500 £36,250
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +31.03% -19.44%
75th Percentile £65,000 £55,000 £50,313
90th Percentile £77,500 £60,250 £61,125
UK median annual salary £55,000 £53,750 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.33% +7.50% -

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Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Northern Ireland

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Salary Trend in Northern Ireland

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing QA in Northern Ireland.

Salary trend for QA in Northern Ireland

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Salary Histogram in Northern Ireland

Salary distribution for jobs citing QA in Northern Ireland over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Salary histogram for QA in Northern Ireland

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Job Locations in Northern Ireland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Northern Ireland region over the 6 months to 25 October 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
County Antrim +23 113 £57,500 +43.75% 10
County Armagh - 3 £25,000 -
County Down - 3 - - 1
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UK

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the Northern Ireland region with a requirement for QA.

1 72 (58.54%) Test Automation
2 60 (48.78%) Python
3 51 (41.46%) Software Testing
4 49 (39.84%) Agile Software Development
5 47 (38.21%) Java
5 47 (38.21%) SQL
6 46 (37.40%) Artificial Intelligence
6 46 (37.40%) AWS
7 43 (34.96%) RESTful
8 41 (33.33%) Software Engineering
8 41 (33.33%) Computer Science
9 40 (32.52%) Deep Learning
9 40 (32.52%) Docker
9 40 (32.52%) Microservices
9 40 (32.52%) Computer Vision
10 32 (26.02%) Linux
10 32 (26.02%) Cloud Computing
11 30 (24.39%) Analytical Skills
12 29 (23.58%) Postman
12 29 (23.58%) C++
13 28 (22.76%) Git (software)
13 28 (22.76%) Integration Testing
13 28 (22.76%) AngularJS
13 28 (22.76%) Azure
14 26 (21.14%) Cybersecurity
14 26 (21.14%) DevOps
14 26 (21.14%) Social Skills
14 26 (21.14%) Degree
15 25 (20.33%) Google
15 25 (20.33%) Performance Testing

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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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (2.44%) Apache
1 3 (2.44%) Apache Spark
1 3 (2.44%) SAS
2 1 (0.81%) CMS
2 1 (0.81%) EPiServer
Applications
1 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (9.76%) Oracle Applications
1 12 (9.76%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (9.76%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 46 (37.40%) AWS
2 32 (26.02%) Cloud Computing
3 28 (22.76%) Azure
4 22 (17.89%) SaaS
5 17 (13.82%) Amazon ECS
5 17 (13.82%) Amazon S3
5 17 (13.82%) AWS CloudFormation
5 17 (13.82%) AWS Lambda
5 17 (13.82%) CloudFront
5 17 (13.82%) Serverless
6 3 (2.44%) dbt
7 2 (1.63%) npm
8 1 (0.81%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 17 (13.82%) SSL
2 7 (5.69%) Broadband
3 4 (3.25%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (18.70%) NoSQL
2 20 (16.26%) Big Data
3 17 (13.82%) Amazon RDS
4 8 (6.50%) SQL Server
5 3 (2.44%) Apache Hive
5 3 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (2.44%) Hadoop
5 3 (2.44%) HBase
5 3 (2.44%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.44%) MySQL
5 3 (2.44%) Parquet
5 3 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (2.44%) RDBMS
5 3 (2.44%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 29 (23.58%) Postman
2 28 (22.76%) Git (software)
3 25 (20.33%) JMeter
3 25 (20.33%) Newman
3 25 (20.33%) REST Assured
4 20 (16.26%) Jenkins
5 10 (8.13%) Selenium
6 5 (4.07%) JIRA
7 4 (3.25%) Appium
7 4 (3.25%) SoapUI
8 3 (2.44%) Cucumber
8 3 (2.44%) GitLab
8 3 (2.44%) webpack
9 2 (1.63%) Babel
9 2 (1.63%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.81%) Cypress.io
10 1 (0.81%) Oracle APEX
General
1 30 (24.39%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (21.14%) Social Skills
3 13 (10.57%) Organisational Skills
4 6 (4.88%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.44%) Banking
6 2 (1.63%) Electronics
6 2 (1.63%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 40 (32.52%) Analyst
2 37 (30.08%) Test Analyst
3 30 (24.39%) Software Engineer
4 25 (20.33%) Automation Test Analyst
5 23 (18.70%) Cloud Engineer
5 23 (18.70%) Cloud Software Engineer
6 17 (13.82%) DevOps Engineer
6 17 (13.82%) Senior DevOps
6 17 (13.82%) Senior DevOps Engineer
7 15 (12.20%) Developer
7 15 (12.20%) Principal Cloud Engineer
7 15 (12.20%) Principal Engineer
7 15 (12.20%) Principal Software Engineer
8 12 (9.76%) ERP Analyst
9 9 (7.32%) QA Engineer
10 8 (6.50%) Python Developer
11 7 (5.69%) Delivery Manager
12 5 (4.07%) Full Stack Developer
13 3 (2.44%) Project Delivery Manager
13 3 (2.44%) Web Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (34.96%) RESTful
2 28 (22.76%) AngularJS
3 8 (6.50%) React
4 4 (3.25%) CSS
4 4 (3.25%) HTML
4 4 (3.25%) HTML5
5 3 (2.44%) Apache Avro
5 3 (2.44%) CSS3
5 3 (2.44%) Kafka
5 3 (2.44%) PySpark
6 2 (1.63%) Next.js
6 2 (1.63%) REST
7 1 (0.81%) Ajax
7 1 (0.81%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.81%) Java EE
7 1 (0.81%) JPA
7 1 (0.81%) Sass
7 1 (0.81%) Spring
7 1 (0.81%) Spring Boot
7 1 (0.81%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 23 (18.70%) Greenfield Project
2 17 (13.82%) Tandem
3 13 (10.57%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (9.76%) Management Information System
5 6 (4.88%) Smartphone
5 6 (4.88%) STB
6 5 (4.07%) Cloud Native
7 4 (3.25%) Internet of Things
7 4 (3.25%) Renewable Energy
8 2 (1.63%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.63%) User Experience
9 1 (0.81%) PlayStation
9 1 (0.81%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 32 (26.02%) Linux
2 7 (5.69%) Android
3 6 (4.88%) Apple iOS
3 6 (4.88%) Unix
4 1 (0.81%) Android TV
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (58.54%) Test Automation
2 51 (41.46%) Software Testing
3 49 (39.84%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (37.40%) Artificial Intelligence
5 41 (33.33%) Computer Science
5 41 (33.33%) Software Engineering
6 40 (32.52%) Computer Vision
6 40 (32.52%) Deep Learning
6 40 (32.52%) Microservices
7 28 (22.76%) Integration Testing
8 26 (21.14%) Cybersecurity
8 26 (21.14%) DevOps
9 25 (20.33%) BDD
9 25 (20.33%) Performance Testing
10 24 (19.51%) Analytics
11 23 (18.70%) Collaborative Working
11 23 (18.70%) Data Analytics
11 23 (18.70%) Threat Analysis
12 21 (17.07%) Machine Learning
13 19 (15.45%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 60 (48.78%) Python
2 47 (38.21%) Java
2 47 (38.21%) SQL
3 29 (23.58%) C++
4 15 (12.20%) JavaScript
5 8 (6.50%) C#
6 6 (4.88%) C
7 3 (2.44%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.63%) ES6
9 1 (0.81%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (21.14%) Degree
2 25 (20.33%) SC Cleared
2 25 (20.33%) Security Cleared
3 23 (18.70%) PhD
4 17 (13.82%) ISTQB
5 12 (9.76%) HNC
5 12 (9.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.81%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 40 (32.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 23 (18.70%) Kubernetes
2 12 (9.76%) HP ALM
2 12 (9.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 25 (20.33%) Google
2 13 (10.57%) Oracle
3 12 (9.76%) HP
3 12 (9.76%) JD Edwards
4 7 (5.69%) Microsoft
5 4 (3.25%) Xamarin
6 2 (1.63%) Sun
7 1 (0.81%) BT
7 1 (0.81%) Samsung