The table below looks at the statistics 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 31 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
Rank 88 77 110
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +33
Contract jobs citing ISEB 71 56 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.85% 1.86% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.01% 10.31% 5.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 39 9
Average daily rate
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£400 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £278 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £403 £478
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 3
Average hourly rate £43.43 £31.56 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.63% +26.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.56 £12.75
% change year-on-year
-4.92% +147.49%
ISEB
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
788 543 507
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.59% 18.08% 18.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 422 262 233
Average daily rate £400 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £500 £479
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 54 52
Average hourly rate £30.52 £22.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.72% -32.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.00 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £47.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 31 July 2015.

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
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 31 July 2015. 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
Manchester +10 32 £378 +17.20% 17
Merseyside +6 23 £500 +61.29% 4
Cheshire -21 7 £380 +18.75% 6
Lancashire -1 5 £250 -33.33% 4
ISEB
England

ISEB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 41 (30.83%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (28.57%) ISTQB
3 37 (27.82%) Test Scripting
4 36 (27.07%) Finance
5 35 (26.32%) User Acceptance Testing
6 31 (23.31%) QA
6 31 (23.31%) Test Strategy
7 29 (21.80%) PRINCE2
8 26 (19.55%) Scrum
9 24 (18.05%) Security Cleared
10 22 (16.54%) HP Quality Center
11 21 (15.79%) Waterfall
11 21 (15.79%) Software Testing
12 20 (15.04%) Manual Testing
12 20 (15.04%) Test Management
12 20 (15.04%) Non-Functional Testing
13 19 (14.29%) Test Automation
13 19 (14.29%) Integration Testing
13 19 (14.29%) Performance Testing
14 18 (13.53%) Business Analysis
15 17 (12.78%) Supplier Management
15 17 (12.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 16 (12.03%) ISEB Practitioner
17 15 (11.28%) HP
17 15 (11.28%) SC Cleared
18 14 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
18 14 (10.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 14 (10.53%) Microsoft
18 14 (10.53%) Banking
18 14 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management

ISEB
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 3 (2.26%) Apache
1 3 (2.26%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.50%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.50%) WebLogic Integration
2 2 (1.50%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.75%) JBoss
3 1 (0.75%) SugarCRM
3 1 (0.75%) Liferay
3 1 (0.75%) Apache ServiceMix
Applications
1 6 (4.51%) MS Office
2 2 (1.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.50%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (1.50%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (0.75%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.50%) FTP
2 1 (0.75%) HTTP
2 1 (0.75%) Intranet
2 1 (0.75%) Internet
2 1 (0.75%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.26%) Oracle Database
2 5 (3.76%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.01%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.50%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (1.50%) MS Access
5 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.75%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.75%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (3.76%) Selenium
1 5 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (3.01%) LoadRunner
3 3 (2.26%) JMeter
3 3 (2.26%) WebDriver
3 3 (2.26%) SoapUI
4 2 (1.50%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.50%) JIRA
4 2 (1.50%) Rational Performance Tester
4 2 (1.50%) Rational Functional Tester
5 1 (0.75%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.75%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.75%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.75%) Toad
5 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 36 (27.07%) Finance
2 14 (10.53%) Banking
3 8 (6.02%) Retail
4 7 (5.26%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.50%) Military
6 1 (0.75%) Back Office
6 1 (0.75%) Publishing
6 1 (0.75%) Billing
6 1 (0.75%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.75%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.75%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 61 (45.86%) Analyst
2 30 (22.56%) Business Analyst
3 29 (21.80%) Test Leader
4 28 (21.05%) Test Analyst
5 24 (18.05%) Test Manager
6 8 (6.02%) Project Manager
7 7 (5.26%) Tester
8 6 (4.51%) Systems Analyst
8 6 (4.51%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (3.76%) Business Systems Analyst
9 5 (3.76%) Architect
10 4 (3.01%) Senior Business Analyst
10 4 (3.01%) Change Analyst
11 3 (2.26%) Infrastructure Manager
11 3 (2.26%) Senior Systems Analyst
11 3 (2.26%) Senior Test Analyst
11 3 (2.26%) Infrastructure Project Manager
11 3 (2.26%) Performance Test Leader
11 3 (2.26%) Senior Business Systems Analyst
12 2 (1.50%) Business Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.01%) SOAP
2 2 (1.50%) .NET
3 1 (0.75%) J2EE
3 1 (0.75%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.75%) EJB
3 1 (0.75%) JSP
3 1 (0.75%) Servlets
3 1 (0.75%) HTML
3 1 (0.75%) Web Services
3 1 (0.75%) ODBC
3 1 (0.75%) CORBA
3 1 (0.75%) WSDL
3 1 (0.75%) Middleware
3 1 (0.75%) Hibernate
3 1 (0.75%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (0.75%) Spring
3 1 (0.75%) JSF
3 1 (0.75%) Ruby on Rails
3 1 (0.75%) Java EE
3 1 (0.75%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.76%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.50%) N-Tier
4 1 (0.75%) NHS
4 1 (0.75%) BYOD
4 1 (0.75%) Data Centre
4 1 (0.75%) Statistics
4 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 8 (6.02%) UNIX
2 3 (2.26%) Windows
2 3 (2.26%) Linux
3 2 (1.50%) SUSE
3 2 (1.50%) HPUX
4 1 (0.75%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (30.83%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (27.82%) Test Scripting
3 35 (26.32%) User Acceptance Testing
4 31 (23.31%) Test Strategy
5 29 (21.80%) PRINCE2
6 26 (19.55%) Scrum
7 21 (15.79%) Software Testing
7 21 (15.79%) Waterfall
8 20 (15.04%) Non-Functional Testing
8 20 (15.04%) Manual Testing
8 20 (15.04%) Test Management
9 19 (14.29%) Integration Testing
9 19 (14.29%) Test Automation
9 19 (14.29%) Performance Testing
10 18 (13.53%) Business Analysis
11 17 (12.78%) Supplier Management
12 14 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
13 13 (9.77%) Test Planning
13 13 (9.77%) System Integration Testing
14 11 (8.27%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (8.27%) SQL
2 5 (3.76%) Java
3 4 (3.01%) Ruby
4 2 (1.50%) C#
4 2 (1.50%) VB
4 2 (1.50%) FoxPro (VFP)
Qualifications
1 38 (28.57%) ISTQB
2 24 (18.05%) Security Cleared
3 17 (12.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 16 (12.03%) ISEB Practitioner
5 15 (11.28%) SC Cleared
6 14 (10.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (6.02%) Degree
8 6 (4.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 4 (3.01%) BC Cleared
10 3 (2.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.50%) HND
11 2 (1.50%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.50%) IIBA
12 1 (0.75%) CBAP
12 1 (0.75%) APMP
12 1 (0.75%) CISSP
12 1 (0.75%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (23.31%) QA
2 1 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.75%) Squid
Systems Management
1 22 (16.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (11.28%) HP
2 14 (10.53%) Microsoft
3 13 (9.77%) Oracle
4 6 (4.51%) IBM
5 4 (3.01%) Green Hat
6 3 (2.26%) TIBCO
7 2 (1.50%) Hyperion
8 1 (0.75%) Teradata