Period
to 22 January 2020

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 22 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Quality Assurance (QA)
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
22 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 33 44 37
Rank change year-on-year +11 -7 -2
Permanent jobs citing QA 38 34 32
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 6.55% 5.41% 6.84%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 51.35% 66.67% 61.54%
Number of salaries quoted 30 19 10
Northern Ireland median annual salary £35,000 £40,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.50% -5.88% -26.09%
10th Percentile £26,025 £29,000 £24,875
90th Percentile £60,750 £59,250 £51,250
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 74 51 52
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 12.76% 8.11% 11.11%
Number of salaries quoted 45 26 26
Northern Ireland median annual salary £35,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -22.22% +5.88% -15.00%
10th Percentile £24,600 £30,125 £26,875
90th Percentile £60,750 £58,750 £55,000
UK median annual salary £52,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.00% - +5.26%

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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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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 6 months to 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 2020. 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 +19 37 £35,000 -12.50% 7
County Down - 1 £30,000 -
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UK

For the 6 months to 22 January 2020, 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 17 (44.74%) Test Automation
2 16 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (36.84%) SQL
4 13 (34.21%) Java
5 12 (31.58%) Finance
6 9 (23.68%) C#
6 9 (23.68%) Linux
6 9 (23.68%) Software Testing
7 8 (21.05%) Selenium
7 8 (21.05%) JavaScript
8 7 (18.42%) .NET
8 7 (18.42%) Service Management
8 7 (18.42%) Service Delivery
8 7 (18.42%) Local Government
8 7 (18.42%) Public Sector
9 6 (15.79%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (15.79%) DevOps
9 6 (15.79%) SCCM
9 6 (15.79%) ASP.NET
9 6 (15.79%) Python
10 5 (13.16%) Windows
10 5 (13.16%) Regression Testing
10 5 (13.16%) MVC
10 5 (13.16%) Process Management
10 5 (13.16%) Android
10 5 (13.16%) Computer Science
10 5 (13.16%) Cucumber
10 5 (13.16%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (13.16%) Knowledge Management
10 5 (13.16%) Apple iOS

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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 (7.89%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 3 (7.89%) S-PLUS
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) AWS
2 1 (2.63%) Azure
2 1 (2.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.26%) HTTP
2 1 (2.63%) Internet
2 1 (2.63%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.63%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.63%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 8 (21.05%) Selenium
2 5 (13.16%) Cucumber
3 2 (5.26%) JIRA
4 1 (2.63%) Appium
4 1 (2.63%) NUnit
4 1 (2.63%) Telerik Test Studio
4 1 (2.63%) TestNG
4 1 (2.63%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.63%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 12 (31.58%) Finance
2 7 (18.42%) Local Government
2 7 (18.42%) Public Sector
3 2 (5.26%) Retail
4 1 (2.63%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 7 (18.42%) Developer
1 7 (18.42%) QA Engineer
2 6 (15.79%) C# Developer
2 6 (15.79%) Desktop Engineer
2 6 (15.79%) Software Tester
2 6 (15.79%) Tester
3 5 (13.16%) Software QA Engineer
4 4 (10.53%) Applications Developer
4 4 (10.53%) C# Application Developer
4 4 (10.53%) C# Web Application Developer
4 4 (10.53%) C# Web Developer
4 4 (10.53%) Test Automation Engineer
4 4 (10.53%) Test Engineer
4 4 (10.53%) Web Applications Developer
4 4 (10.53%) Web Developer
5 3 (7.89%) Desktop Support
5 3 (7.89%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 3 (7.89%) QA Tester
5 3 (7.89%) Software QA Tester
5 3 (7.89%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (18.42%) .NET
2 6 (15.79%) ASP.NET
3 5 (13.16%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (7.89%) HTML
4 3 (7.89%) Spring
5 2 (5.26%) CSS
5 2 (5.26%) RESTful
5 2 (5.26%) WCF
5 2 (5.26%) Web Services
6 1 (2.63%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.63%) Gherkin
6 1 (2.63%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (2.63%) MSMQ
6 1 (2.63%) React
6 1 (2.63%) Redux
6 1 (2.63%) REST
6 1 (2.63%) SOAP
6 1 (2.63%) XML
6 1 (2.63%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.26%) PMI
2 2 (5.26%) User Experience
3 1 (2.63%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 9 (23.68%) Linux
2 5 (13.16%) Android
2 5 (13.16%) Apple iOS
2 5 (13.16%) Windows
3 4 (10.53%) Unix
4 2 (5.26%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (44.74%) Test Automation
2 16 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (23.68%) Software Testing
4 7 (18.42%) Service Delivery
4 7 (18.42%) Service Management
5 6 (15.79%) DevOps
5 6 (15.79%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (13.16%) Computer Science
6 5 (13.16%) Knowledge Management
6 5 (13.16%) MVC
6 5 (13.16%) Process Management
6 5 (13.16%) Regression Testing
7 4 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (10.53%) Infrastructure Management
7 4 (10.53%) ITIL
7 4 (10.53%) Manual Testing
7 4 (10.53%) Mentoring
7 4 (10.53%) Patch Management
7 4 (10.53%) Test Scripting
7 4 (10.53%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 14 (36.84%) SQL
2 13 (34.21%) Java
3 9 (23.68%) C#
4 8 (21.05%) JavaScript
5 6 (15.79%) Python
6 3 (7.89%) PowerShell
6 3 (7.89%) Ruby
7 2 (5.26%) C
7 2 (5.26%) Perl
8 1 (2.63%) C++
8 1 (2.63%) PHP
8 1 (2.63%) Shell Script
8 1 (2.63%) VB
8 1 (2.63%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (10.53%) Degree
2 2 (5.26%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.53%) SLA
Systems Management
1 6 (15.79%) SCCM
2 3 (7.89%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (5.26%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (5.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 3 (7.89%) HP
1 3 (7.89%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.26%) Cisco
2 2 (5.26%) Dell
2 2 (5.26%) EMC
2 2 (5.26%) Symantec
3 1 (2.63%) Telerik
3 1 (2.63%) Workday
3 1 (2.63%) Xamarin