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 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
UK / Northern Ireland
Rank 28 17 14
Rank change year-on-year -11 -3  
Permanent jobs citing QA 13 16 13
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 4.68% 12.50% 12.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.33% 72.73% 68.42%
Number of salaries quoted 6 16 13
Median salary £50,000 £38,750 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +29.03% +29.16%  
90% offered a salary of more than £32,000 £31,250 £28,800
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £58,750 £42,000
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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Northern Ireland
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 30 22 19
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 10.79% 17.19% 18.45%
Number of salaries quoted 18 18 17
Median salary £47,500 £42,500 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.76% +41.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £32,000 £26,100
10% offered a salary of more than £66,250 £41,000 £56,500
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 Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland

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Salary Trend in Northern Ireland

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

Salary trend for QA in Northern Ireland

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Salary Histogram in Northern Ireland

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Northern Ireland over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 3 months to 24 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
County Antrim -3 13 £50,000 +42.85%
QA
UK

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

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

1 18 (81.82%) SQL
2 15 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (63.64%) JIRA
4 13 (59.09%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (50.00%) Java
5 11 (50.00%) Finance
6 10 (45.45%) TDD
6 10 (45.45%) Scrum
6 10 (45.45%) ATDD
6 10 (45.45%) User Stories
7 9 (40.91%) Cucumber
7 9 (40.91%) Derivative
8 8 (36.36%) Manual Testing
9 7 (31.82%) SDLC
10 6 (27.27%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (27.27%) XML
11 5 (22.73%) Oracle
11 5 (22.73%) ERP
11 5 (22.73%) Oracle ERP
11 5 (22.73%) Change Management
11 5 (22.73%) ISEB
11 5 (22.73%) Front Office
11 5 (22.73%) Oracle EBS
11 5 (22.73%) Risk Management
11 5 (22.73%) Oracle EBS R12
11 5 (22.73%) Amazon AWS
11 5 (22.73%) Selenium
11 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
11 5 (22.73%) ISTQB
11 5 (22.73%) Credit Derivative

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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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (22.73%) Oracle EBS
1 5 (22.73%) Oracle EBS R12
1 5 (22.73%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (22.73%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle BI EE
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (63.64%) JIRA
2 9 (40.91%) Cucumber
3 5 (22.73%) Selenium
4 3 (13.64%) JDeveloper
4 3 (13.64%) Oracle APEX
4 3 (13.64%) Oracle Forms
General
1 11 (50.00%) Finance
2 5 (22.73%) Front Office
3 4 (18.18%) Banking
4 2 (9.09%) Manufacturing
4 2 (9.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (40.91%) QA Engineer
2 5 (22.73%) Consultant
2 5 (22.73%) E-Business Consultant
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Consultant
3 4 (18.18%) Senior QA Engineer
3 4 (18.18%) Tester
4 3 (13.64%) Oracle Technical Consultant
4 3 (13.64%) QA Tester
4 3 (13.64%) Technical Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Automation Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Business Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Functional Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Oracle Functional Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Oracle Supply Chain Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Oracle Supply Chain Functional Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Selenium Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Supply Chain Consultant
5 2 (9.09%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (27.27%) XML
2 3 (13.64%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 13 (59.09%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (40.91%) Derivative
3 6 (27.27%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (22.73%) Credit Derivative
5 1 (4.55%) Computer Science
5 1 (4.55%) Fintech
5 1 (4.55%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.64%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (45.45%) ATDD
2 10 (45.45%) Scrum
2 10 (45.45%) TDD
2 10 (45.45%) User Stories
3 8 (36.36%) Manual Testing
4 7 (31.82%) SDLC
5 5 (22.73%) Automated Testing
5 5 (22.73%) Automation Testing
5 5 (22.73%) BDD
5 5 (22.73%) Change Management
5 5 (22.73%) Defect Tracking
5 5 (22.73%) ERP
5 5 (22.73%) Non-Functional Testing
5 5 (22.73%) Risk Management
5 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
6 4 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (13.64%) ITIL
7 3 (13.64%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 18 (81.82%) SQL
2 11 (50.00%) Java
3 3 (13.64%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (22.73%) ISEB
1 5 (22.73%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 5 (22.73%) Oracle
2 2 (9.09%) Microsoft