The first table below looks at the demand for ISEB in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISEB over the 3 months to 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the North West region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
Rank 73 106 80
Rank change year-on-year
+33 -26
Contract jobs citing ISEB 56 26 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.87% 0.96% 1.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.31% 5.18% 9.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 9 29
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £298 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £478 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.51% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
Average hourly rate £31.56 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.22% +11.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £12.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+147.49% -49.00%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
543 502 622
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.09% 18.54% 19.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 231 313
Average daily rate £325 £325 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -10.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £483 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 53 47
Average hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% +39.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.10 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £40.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
ISEB
England

ISEB
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISEB across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

ISEB Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

ISEB
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISEB across the North West region.

ISEB Daily Rate Trend in the North West

ISEB
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISEB across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

ISEB Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

ISEB
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISEB across the North West region.

ISEB Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

ISEB
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISEB across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

ISEB Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

ISEB
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISEB within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +21 19 £320 -24.70% 4
Lancashire -1 16 £375 - 1
Manchester -9 14 £323 +7.50% 14
Merseyside +5 6 £310 -35.58% 2
ISEB
England

ISEB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing ISEB also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISEB.

1 37 (31.62%) PRINCE2
2 36 (30.77%) Finance
2 36 (30.77%) ISEB Practitioner
3 34 (29.06%) ISTQB
4 24 (20.51%) Business Analysis
5 23 (19.66%) APMP
6 22 (18.80%) Software Testing
7 20 (17.09%) Project Management
8 19 (16.24%) Supplier Management
8 19 (16.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 19 (16.24%) Test Scripting
9 17 (14.53%) QA
9 17 (14.53%) Oracle
10 16 (13.68%) Internet
10 16 (13.68%) Integration Testing
10 16 (13.68%) Security Testing
10 16 (13.68%) Degree
10 16 (13.68%) HP Quality Center
11 15 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
11 15 (12.82%) SQL
11 15 (12.82%) Windows
11 15 (12.82%) ITIL
11 15 (12.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 14 (11.97%) Stakeholder Management
12 14 (11.97%) Computer Science
12 14 (11.97%) Performance Testing
13 13 (11.11%) Release Management
14 12 (10.26%) Automated Testing
14 12 (10.26%) HP
15 11 (9.40%) Linux

ISEB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing ISEB also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISEB. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (6.84%) WebLogic Integration
1 8 (6.84%) WebLogic
1 8 (6.84%) Apache
1 8 (6.84%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.71%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.85%) MS Project Server
3 1 (0.85%) CICS
Applications
1 7 (5.98%) MS Visio
2 5 (4.27%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.27%) MS Project
2 5 (4.27%) MS Office
3 1 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.85%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.85%) Agresso
2 1 (0.85%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Communications & Networking
1 16 (13.68%) Internet
2 8 (6.84%) FTP
3 2 (1.71%) SAN
3 2 (1.71%) LAN
4 1 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.85%) VoIP
4 1 (0.85%) WAN
4 1 (0.85%) HTTP
4 1 (0.85%) DNS
4 1 (0.85%) EIGRP
4 1 (0.85%) OSPF
4 1 (0.85%) FWSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.40%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.55%) Oracle Database
3 8 (6.84%) MS Access
4 5 (4.27%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.42%) QlikView
6 3 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.85%) Adabas
8 1 (0.85%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 11 (9.40%) Selenium
2 7 (5.98%) QuickTest Pro
3 5 (4.27%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (3.42%) TestComplete
5 3 (2.56%) WebDriver
6 2 (1.71%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.71%) MSTest
6 2 (1.71%) CaliberRM
7 1 (0.85%) JIRA
7 1 (0.85%) OpenSTA
7 1 (0.85%) Toad
7 1 (0.85%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.85%) JUnit
7 1 (0.85%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.85%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.85%) JMeter
7 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.85%) LoadUI
7 1 (0.85%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.85%) SpecFlow
General
1 36 (30.77%) Finance
2 11 (9.40%) Local Government
2 11 (9.40%) Banking
3 5 (4.27%) Retail
4 3 (2.56%) Marketing
4 3 (2.56%) Retail Banking
4 3 (2.56%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.71%) Legal
5 2 (1.71%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.85%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.85%) Billing
6 1 (0.85%) Games
Job Titles
1 55 (47.01%) Analyst
2 23 (19.66%) Test Analyst
3 22 (18.80%) Business Analyst
4 16 (13.68%) Tester
5 14 (11.97%) Test Manager
6 8 (6.84%) Integration Manager
6 8 (6.84%) Environment Manager
7 7 (5.98%) Senior Analyst
8 6 (5.13%) QA Tester
9 5 (4.27%) Non-Functional Tester
9 5 (4.27%) Agile Coach
10 4 (3.42%) Senior Test Analyst
10 4 (3.42%) QA Test Analyst
10 4 (3.42%) QA Analyst
10 4 (3.42%) Web Analyst
10 4 (3.42%) Software Test Analyst
10 4 (3.42%) Web Test Analyst
10 4 (3.42%) Test Leader
11 3 (2.56%) UAT Test Manager
11 3 (2.56%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.84%) .NET
2 2 (1.71%) Web Services
3 1 (0.85%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.85%) EDI
3 1 (0.85%) Flash
3 1 (0.85%) XML
3 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.85%) JSP
3 1 (0.85%) SOAP
3 1 (0.85%) J2EE
3 1 (0.85%) HTML
3 1 (0.85%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.97%) Computer Science
2 8 (6.84%) N-Tier
3 7 (5.98%) Management Information System
3 7 (5.98%) PMI
4 2 (1.71%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.71%) CMDB
5 1 (0.85%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (0.85%) TRADACOMS
5 1 (0.85%) PKI
5 1 (0.85%) Clustering
5 1 (0.85%) CESG
5 1 (0.85%) NHS
5 1 (0.85%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.85%) Mobile Games
5 1 (0.85%) GIS
5 1 (0.85%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.85%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 15 (12.82%) Windows
2 11 (9.40%) Linux
3 8 (6.84%) SUSE
3 8 (6.84%) HPUX
4 7 (5.98%) UNIX
5 5 (4.27%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.71%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.85%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.85%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.85%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.85%) AIX
7 1 (0.85%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (31.62%) PRINCE2
2 24 (20.51%) Business Analysis
3 22 (18.80%) Software Testing
4 20 (17.09%) Project Management
5 19 (16.24%) Supplier Management
5 19 (16.24%) Test Scripting
6 16 (13.68%) Integration Testing
6 16 (13.68%) Security Testing
7 15 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (12.82%) ITIL
8 14 (11.97%) Stakeholder Management
8 14 (11.97%) Performance Testing
9 13 (11.11%) Release Management
10 12 (10.26%) Automated Testing
11 11 (9.40%) User Acceptance Testing
12 10 (8.55%) Scrum
13 9 (7.69%) PRINCE
14 8 (6.84%) Service Delivery
14 8 (6.84%) Service Management
14 8 (6.84%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.82%) SQL
2 9 (7.69%) VB
2 9 (7.69%) Java
3 8 (6.84%) FoxPro (VFP)
4 1 (0.85%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.85%) C#
4 1 (0.85%) C++
Qualifications
1 36 (30.77%) ISEB Practitioner
2 34 (29.06%) ISTQB
3 23 (19.66%) APMP
4 19 (16.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 16 (13.68%) Degree
6 15 (12.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (6.84%) PMI Certification
7 8 (6.84%) Security Cleared
7 8 (6.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 6 (5.13%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (4.27%) PMP
10 4 (3.42%) SC Cleared
11 3 (2.56%) IIBA
11 3 (2.56%) CBAP
12 2 (1.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.85%) HNC
13 1 (0.85%) HND
13 1 (0.85%) CCNP
13 1 (0.85%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (14.53%) QA
2 1 (0.85%) WCAG
2 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (1.71%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.85%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 16 (13.68%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.56%) SCCM
3 1 (0.85%) SCOM
3 1 (0.85%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 17 (14.53%) Oracle
2 12 (10.26%) HP
3 8 (6.84%) TIBCO
4 6 (5.13%) Microsoft
5 3 (2.56%) Curam
5 3 (2.56%) SAP
5 3 (2.56%) Splunk
6 2 (1.71%) Remedy
6 2 (1.71%) PeopleSoft
6 2 (1.71%) Cisco
7 1 (0.85%) SolarWinds
7 1 (0.85%) Citrix
7 1 (0.85%) Cognos
7 1 (0.85%) Siebel
7 1 (0.85%) Business Objects
7 1 (0.85%) Hyperion
7 1 (0.85%) CODA
7 1 (0.85%) JD Edwards
7 1 (0.85%) McAfee