The table below looks at the statistics for ISEB in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISEB over the 3 months to 15 September 2014 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
Rank 180 151 121
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -30
Contract jobs citing ISEB 719 773 980
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.25% 1.46% 1.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.57% 8.44% 9.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 490 563
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £481 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 13
Average hourly rate £31.56 £20.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.92% -18.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.00 £19.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £49.51 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £15.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+110.36% -50.00%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10941 9162 10362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.08% 17.33% 17.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 6138 5081 5355
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £538 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 440 624
Average hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -11.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -26.53%

ISEB
Jobs Demand Trend

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

ISEB Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

ISEB
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISEB within the UK.

ISEB Daily Rate Trend in the UK

ISEB
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISEB within the UK over the 3 months to 15 September 2014.

ISEB Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

ISEB
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISEB within the UK.

ISEB Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

ISEB
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISEB within the UK over the 3 months to 15 September 2014.

ISEB Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

ISEB
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISEB within the UK over the 3 months to 15 September 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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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
England -25 639 £350 -0.70% 224
London -42 204 £400 - 66
South East -43 135 £350 - 57
South West -8 67 £339 -19.34% 15
City of London -7 57 £425 - 27
North West +7 51 £323 +7.50% 26
East of England -10 46 £350 -0.07% 15
Yorkshire +28 45 £345 +38.00% 17
Wales +10 40 £313 +5.48% 8
West Yorkshire +21 38 £340 +36.00% 11
Hampshire -8 38 £375 -7.69% 9
South Wales +12 35 £325 +23.80% 7
West Midlands -17 35 £375 +13.63% 10
Buckinghamshire -4 30 £273 -14.84% 8
Berkshire -15 28 £375 +20.96% 21
Scotland -28 28 £339 +7.53% 8
Cheshire +21 27 £325 +36.84% 6
East Midlands +10 27 £244 -11.36% 10
North East -22 26 £375 +4.89% 7
Tyne and Wear -13 24 £375 +50.00% 7
Bristol -13 24 £375 -21.05% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne -17 24 £375 +50.00% 7
Leeds +17 20 £345 +38.00% 9
Milton Keynes +5 18 £295 -15.71% 3
Wiltshire -1 17 £313 -27.32% 2
Newport 0 15 £350 -7.28% 2
Manchester -9 15 £323 +28.35% 18
Glasgow -9 15 £356 +36.92% 3
Cardiff +1 14 £320 +8.01% 4
Surrey -13 14 £350 -8.79% 11

ISEB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 629 (38.95%) ISTQB
2 511 (31.64%) Agile Software Development
3 489 (30.28%) Finance
4 365 (22.60%) Software Testing
5 320 (19.81%) SQL
6 317 (19.63%) Test Scripting
7 316 (19.57%) User Acceptance Testing
8 306 (18.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 301 (18.64%) Business Analysis
10 276 (17.09%) HP Quality Center
11 250 (15.48%) QA
12 224 (13.87%) Security Cleared
13 221 (13.68%) Project Management
14 213 (13.19%) Scrum
15 197 (12.20%) Degree
16 196 (12.14%) Oracle
17 194 (12.01%) HP
18 192 (11.89%) PRINCE2
18 192 (11.89%) Selenium
19 189 (11.70%) Test Management
20 187 (11.58%) SC Cleared
20 187 (11.58%) Stakeholder Management
21 186 (11.52%) Microsoft
22 174 (10.77%) Analytical Skills
23 168 (10.40%) Java
24 164 (10.15%) Banking
25 149 (9.23%) Test Strategy
26 143 (8.85%) BDD
27 137 (8.48%) C#
28 130 (8.05%) .NET

ISEB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 59 (3.65%) SharePoint
2 25 (1.55%) CMS
3 20 (1.24%) WebLogic
4 19 (1.18%) WebSphere
5 13 (0.80%) Tomcat
5 13 (0.80%) MQSeries
6 11 (0.68%) Drupal
7 10 (0.62%) Confluence
7 10 (0.62%) Apache
8 9 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
8 9 (0.56%) SAS
8 9 (0.56%) WebLogic Integration
9 6 (0.37%) IBM Notes
9 6 (0.37%) MS Exchange
10 5 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
11 4 (0.25%) IIS
11 4 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.19%) Mule
12 3 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.19%) CICS
Applications
1 110 (6.81%) MS Excel
2 74 (4.58%) MS Office
3 60 (3.72%) MS Project
4 57 (3.53%) MS Visio
5 31 (1.92%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.12%) Mingle
8 1 (0.062%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 28 (1.73%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (0.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 11 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
4 10 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.31%) TRIRIGA
5 5 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.31%) SAP FI
5 5 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
5 5 (0.31%) Summit
5 5 (0.31%) SAP CO
6 4 (0.25%) JDE OneWorld
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (0.25%) Agresso
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 11 (0.68%) Office 365
2 8 (0.50%) SaaS
3 6 (0.37%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.19%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.062%) PaaS
5 1 (0.062%) Heroku
5 1 (0.062%) IBM Blueworks
5 1 (0.062%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.23%) Internet
2 24 (1.49%) TCP/IP
3 20 (1.24%) FTP
4 15 (0.93%) DNS
4 15 (0.93%) SAN
5 11 (0.68%) DVB
5 11 (0.68%) HTTP
5 11 (0.68%) Firewall
5 11 (0.68%) LTE
6 10 (0.62%) GSM
7 9 (0.56%) LAN
7 9 (0.56%) GPRS
7 9 (0.56%) UMTS
7 9 (0.56%) Wireshark
8 8 (0.50%) WAN
9 7 (0.43%) Ethernet
9 7 (0.43%) SSL
9 7 (0.43%) Network Security
9 7 (0.43%) VLAN
9 7 (0.43%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (4.89%) SQL Server
2 48 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
3 39 (2.41%) Relational Database
4 36 (2.23%) Oracle Database
5 28 (1.73%) Oracle Reports
6 23 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 15 (0.93%) DB2
9 12 (0.74%) MS Access
9 12 (0.74%) DbVisualizer
10 11 (0.68%) Data Mining
11 10 (0.62%) QlikView
11 10 (0.62%) Big Data
12 9 (0.56%) Oracle Discoverer
13 8 (0.50%) RDBMS
13 8 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
14 7 (0.43%) Star Schema
15 6 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 6 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
16 5 (0.31%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 192 (11.89%) Selenium
2 118 (7.31%) JIRA
3 103 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
4 98 (6.07%) QuickTest Pro
5 89 (5.51%) WebDriver
6 52 (3.22%) LoadRunner
7 49 (3.03%) Cucumber
8 45 (2.79%) Visual Studio
9 43 (2.66%) JMeter
10 38 (2.35%) JUnit
11 36 (2.23%) TestDirector
12 32 (1.98%) Subversion
12 32 (1.98%) Jenkins
13 31 (1.92%) SpecFlow
13 31 (1.92%) Maven
14 30 (1.86%) SoapUI
15 29 (1.80%) TestNG
15 29 (1.80%) Bugzilla
16 22 (1.36%) TortoiseSVN
17 21 (1.30%) Ant
General
1 489 (30.28%) Finance
2 164 (10.15%) Banking
3 119 (7.37%) Retail
4 87 (5.39%) Telecoms
5 34 (2.11%) Manufacturing
6 30 (1.86%) Marketing
7 29 (1.80%) Legal
7 29 (1.80%) Investment Banking
8 19 (1.18%) Retail Banking
8 19 (1.18%) Publishing
8 19 (1.18%) Electronics
9 17 (1.05%) Automotive
10 16 (0.99%) Local Government
11 15 (0.93%) Billing
11 15 (0.93%) Financial Institution
11 15 (0.93%) Back Office
12 8 (0.50%) Law
12 8 (0.50%) Games
13 7 (0.43%) General Ledger
14 5 (0.31%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 911 (56.41%) Analyst
2 478 (29.60%) Test Analyst
3 384 (23.78%) Business Analyst
4 222 (13.75%) Tester
5 131 (8.11%) Test Manager
6 114 (7.06%) Test Leader
7 72 (4.46%) Senior Analyst
7 72 (4.46%) Test Engineer
8 50 (3.10%) Project Manager
9 38 (2.35%) Senior Test Analyst
9 38 (2.35%) Agile Test Analyst
10 36 (2.23%) QA Analyst
11 35 (2.17%) Agile Business Analyst
12 32 (1.98%) Senior Business Analyst
13 29 (1.80%) Automation Tester
14 27 (1.67%) Systems Analyst
15 25 (1.55%) QA Tester
16 22 (1.36%) Consultant
17 20 (1.24%) Software Test Analyst
18 19 (1.18%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (8.05%) .NET
2 86 (5.33%) XML
3 62 (3.84%) Web Services
4 47 (2.91%) HTML
5 35 (2.17%) ASP.NET
5 35 (2.17%) SOAP
6 27 (1.67%) REST
7 21 (1.30%) JSP
7 21 (1.30%) .NET Framework
8 19 (1.18%) WCF
9 18 (1.11%) Gherkin
10 16 (0.99%) WPF
10 16 (0.99%) Flash
11 15 (0.93%) J2EE
12 12 (0.74%) Middleware
13 8 (0.50%) XSLT
14 4 (0.25%) FpML
14 4 (0.25%) JSON
14 4 (0.25%) CSS
14 4 (0.25%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 174 (10.77%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (4.77%) Computer Science
3 62 (3.84%) Management Information System
4 51 (3.16%) Open Source
5 39 (2.41%) Client/Server
6 38 (2.35%) Mobile App
7 19 (1.18%) NHS
8 18 (1.11%) PMI
8 18 (1.11%) STB
9 17 (1.05%) MPEG
10 14 (0.87%) DTV
11 13 (0.80%) AS400
12 12 (0.74%) Video on Demand
12 12 (0.74%) IPTV
13 10 (0.62%) N-Tier
13 10 (0.62%) User Experience
14 9 (0.56%) Derivative
14 9 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (0.56%) GIS
15 8 (0.50%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 105 (6.50%) UNIX
2 103 (6.38%) Windows
3 66 (4.09%) Linux
4 30 (1.86%) Android
4 30 (1.86%) Apple iOS
5 24 (1.49%) Windows 7
6 16 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (0.68%) Windows XP
8 9 (0.56%) HPUX
8 9 (0.56%) SUSE
9 6 (0.37%) AIX
10 5 (0.31%) Windows NT
11 4 (0.25%) Solaris
11 4 (0.25%) Windows 2000
11 4 (0.25%) Windows Phone
12 3 (0.19%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.062%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.062%) CentOS
13 1 (0.062%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 511 (31.64%) Agile Software Development
2 365 (22.60%) Software Testing
3 317 (19.63%) Test Scripting
4 316 (19.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 301 (18.64%) Business Analysis
6 221 (13.68%) Project Management
7 213 (13.19%) Scrum
8 192 (11.89%) PRINCE2
9 189 (11.70%) Test Management
10 187 (11.58%) Stakeholder Management
11 149 (9.23%) Test Strategy
12 143 (8.85%) BDD
13 130 (8.05%) Test Automation
14 119 (7.37%) ITIL
15 117 (7.24%) Integration Testing
16 114 (7.06%) Automated Testing
17 111 (6.87%) Waterfall
18 100 (6.19%) UML
18 100 (6.19%) Regression Testing
19 98 (6.07%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 320 (19.81%) SQL
2 168 (10.40%) Java
3 137 (8.48%) C#
4 49 (3.03%) JavaScript
5 47 (2.91%) VB
6 30 (1.86%) Python
6 30 (1.86%) Ruby
7 28 (1.73%) VBScript
8 21 (1.30%) Perl
9 19 (1.18%) C
10 17 (1.05%) C++
11 16 (0.99%) T-SQL
12 14 (0.87%) PHP
13 10 (0.62%) Shell Script
14 9 (0.56%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 9 (0.56%) Bash Shell
15 7 (0.43%) Tcl
15 7 (0.43%) VB.NET
16 6 (0.37%) VBA
16 6 (0.37%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 629 (38.95%) ISTQB
2 306 (18.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 224 (13.87%) Security Cleared
4 197 (12.20%) Degree
5 187 (11.58%) SC Cleared
6 107 (6.63%) ISEB Practitioner
7 43 (2.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 43 (2.66%) APMP
8 41 (2.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 39 (2.41%) PMI Certification
10 34 (2.11%) DV Cleared
11 31 (1.92%) CBAP
12 30 (1.86%) IIBA
13 26 (1.61%) PMP
14 25 (1.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 17 (1.05%) ITIL Certification
16 16 (0.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 14 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
18 12 (0.74%) MCITP
19 11 (0.68%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 250 (15.48%) QA
2 10 (0.62%) SLA
3 9 (0.56%) P3O
4 7 (0.43%) EMIR
4 7 (0.43%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
6 5 (0.31%) MiFID
6 5 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.31%) FATCA
7 4 (0.25%) COBIT
8 3 (0.19%) TickIT
8 3 (0.19%) ISO 14001
8 3 (0.19%) ISO 9000
9 2 (0.12%) BS7799
9 2 (0.12%) BS15000
9 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.062%) HL7
10 1 (0.062%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.062%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.062%) WCAG
System Software
1 15 (0.93%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.43%) VMware ESX
2 7 (0.43%) NDS
3 5 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (0.19%) Cygwin
6 2 (0.12%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.062%) NFS
7 1 (0.062%) Xen
Systems Management
1 276 (17.09%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
3 6 (0.37%) SCCM
4 5 (0.31%) Netcool
4 5 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 4 (0.25%) WebInspect
6 3 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (0.19%) nmon
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle EDQ
7 1 (0.062%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.062%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.062%) StatsD
7 1 (0.062%) Puppet
7 1 (0.062%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.062%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.062%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.062%) SCOM
7 1 (0.062%) Ganglia
7 1 (0.062%) Nagios
7 1 (0.062%) Nessus
Vendors
1 196 (12.14%) Oracle
2 194 (12.01%) HP
3 186 (11.52%) Microsoft
4 96 (5.94%) SAP
5 31 (1.92%) Citrix
6 30 (1.86%) Cisco
7 25 (1.55%) IBM
8 18 (1.11%) Siebel
9 17 (1.05%) hybris
10 13 (0.80%) Informatica
10 13 (0.80%) TIBCO
11 11 (0.68%) PeopleSoft
12 10 (0.62%) Remedy
12 10 (0.62%) ATG
12 10 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
13 9 (0.56%) VMware
13 9 (0.56%) JD Edwards
14 8 (0.50%) Business Objects
14 8 (0.50%) McAfee
15 7 (0.43%) Casewise
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 11 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £30 - £35 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £300 - 375 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Wales
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Executive Resource Group
Rate: From £300 to £325 per annum Up to £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
TD Group
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
TDX Group
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £180.00 - £220.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago