The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 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 currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
Rank 116 138 119
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -19
Contract jobs citing ISEB 977 714 976
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.74% 1.50% 1.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.90% 8.24% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 652 409 531
Average daily rate £350 £330 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £248 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £450 £511
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £338
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -5.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 11
Average hourly rate £22.44 £29.25 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.29% +17.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £22.24 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.10 £33.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.38 £30.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-25.41% +26.31%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10976 8669 10495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.50% 18.17% 17.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 6208 4593 5416
Average daily rate £375 £363 £399
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 551 472 579
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +16 897 £350 +1.44% 226
London +28 331 £375 - 74
South East -18 185 £343 -2.14% 44
South West +10 102 £325 +7.43% 27
City of London +15 98 £375 -7.40% 26
Yorkshire +9 64 £305 -3.93% 17
North West +8 62 £380 +27.73% 16
West Yorkshire +12 54 £323 +1.57% 13
Scotland +5 50 £309 +13.30% 5
East of England -15 49 £333 -1.40% 19
West Midlands +8 48 £406 +37.71% 15
Berkshire -10 46 £273 -9.16% 11
Somerset +10 43 £300 -6.25% 9
Surrey -13 43 £360 -5.26% 9
Hampshire +4 39 £365 +6.18% 10
East Midlands +19 37 £300 -13.04% 14
Leeds -1 31 £350 +8.52% 9
Bristol -4 31 £325 +2.76% 12
Lancashire -5 28 £555 +101.81% 3
Edinburgh -15 27 £300 +1.69% 3
Reading +10 24 £269 -19.23% 3
Taunton -4 22 £325 +18.18% 2
Wales -5 21 £289 -2.53% 13
West Sussex +8 20 £330 -2.22%
Manchester -5 19 £313 -3.84% 6
South Wales -4 18 £288 -5.73% 13
North East -21 17 £315 +0.88% 1
Leicestershire 0 16 £307 - 5
Woking -8 15 £365 -2.66%
Buckinghamshire -26 15 £263 -20.75% 4

ISEB
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 582 (34.15%) ISTQB
2 503 (29.52%) Finance
3 371 (21.77%) Software Testing
4 368 (21.60%) Test Scripting
5 340 (19.95%) SQL
6 328 (19.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 287 (16.84%) HP Quality Center
8 276 (16.20%) Agile Software Development
9 263 (15.43%) QA
10 243 (14.26%) Business Analysis
11 232 (13.62%) Banking
12 231 (13.56%) PRINCE2
13 205 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
14 201 (11.80%) Microsoft
15 198 (11.62%) Degree
16 178 (10.45%) Test Management
17 176 (10.33%) Selenium
17 176 (10.33%) Scrum
18 172 (10.09%) Project Management
19 169 (9.92%) HP
20 163 (9.57%) Retail
21 161 (9.45%) Security Cleared
22 153 (8.98%) Oracle
23 143 (8.39%) Test Strategy
24 133 (7.81%) SC Cleared
25 131 (7.69%) Java
26 128 (7.51%) Automated Testing
27 123 (7.22%) Test Automation
28 122 (7.16%) Waterfall
28 122 (7.16%) UML

ISEB
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 66 (3.87%) SharePoint
2 25 (1.47%) CMS
3 23 (1.35%) SharePoint Server
4 18 (1.06%) MS Exchange
5 17 (1.00%) WebSphere
6 16 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
7 15 (0.88%) IIS
8 10 (0.59%) Apache
8 10 (0.59%) MQSeries
9 8 (0.47%) Drupal
10 7 (0.41%) IBM Notes
10 7 (0.41%) SAS
10 7 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
11 6 (0.35%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.35%) WebLogic
12 5 (0.29%) Confluence
13 4 (0.23%) WorkSite
13 4 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
13 4 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.18%) Lync
Applications
1 119 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 97 (5.69%) MS Office
3 56 (3.29%) MS Visio
4 40 (2.35%) MS Project
5 35 (2.05%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.23%) Mingle
7 2 (0.12%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.059%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.059%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.76%) Agresso
2 12 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
3 10 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
5 8 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
7 5 (0.29%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.23%) TRIRIGA
8 4 (0.23%) Summit
9 3 (0.18%) SAP HR
9 3 (0.18%) Lawson
9 3 (0.18%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.18%) Cognos TM1
9 3 (0.18%) Oracle CRM
9 3 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
9 3 (0.18%) Infor M3
9 3 (0.18%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.18%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (0.94%) SaaS
2 13 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.29%) Office 365
4 3 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.059%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.059%) IaaS
5 1 (0.059%) PaaS
5 1 (0.059%) Heroku
5 1 (0.059%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.11%) Internet
2 19 (1.12%) TCP/IP
3 15 (0.88%) GSM
3 15 (0.88%) SAN
4 14 (0.82%) HTTP
5 13 (0.76%) WCDMA
6 12 (0.70%) DVB
6 12 (0.70%) FTP
7 11 (0.65%) LAN
7 11 (0.65%) VoIP
7 11 (0.65%) LTE
7 11 (0.65%) Wireshark
8 10 (0.59%) WAN
8 10 (0.59%) Ethernet
8 10 (0.59%) DNS
9 9 (0.53%) UMTS
10 8 (0.47%) Firewall
10 8 (0.47%) HTTPS
11 7 (0.41%) GPRS
11 7 (0.41%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (5.87%) SQL Server
2 61 (3.58%) Data Warehouse
3 39 (2.29%) Relational Database
4 27 (1.58%) Oracle Database
5 24 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
6 19 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (0.82%) Big Data
8 14 (0.82%) RDBMS
9 12 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (0.70%) MySQL
10 11 (0.65%) DB2
11 9 (0.53%) DbVisualizer
11 9 (0.53%) QlikView
11 9 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
12 8 (0.47%) Data Mining
13 7 (0.41%) Star Schema
14 6 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
14 6 (0.35%) SAP BW
14 6 (0.35%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 176 (10.33%) Selenium
2 121 (7.10%) JIRA
3 114 (6.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 79 (4.64%) Team Foundation Server
5 62 (3.64%) WebDriver
6 61 (3.58%) Cucumber
6 61 (3.58%) LoadRunner
7 41 (2.41%) Visual Studio
8 32 (1.88%) SoapUI
9 27 (1.58%) TestDirector
10 26 (1.53%) SpecFlow
11 25 (1.47%) FitNesse
12 23 (1.35%) JMeter
13 20 (1.17%) WinRunner
14 14 (0.82%) Toad
15 12 (0.70%) WATIR
15 12 (0.70%) JBehave
16 11 (0.65%) Calabash
17 10 (0.59%) Rational Performance Tester
18 9 (0.53%) Bugzilla
General
1 503 (29.52%) Finance
2 232 (13.62%) Banking
3 163 (9.57%) Retail
4 99 (5.81%) Telecoms
5 64 (3.76%) Investment Banking
6 41 (2.41%) Back Office
6 41 (2.41%) Retail Banking
7 27 (1.58%) Legal
8 23 (1.35%) Financial Institution
9 22 (1.29%) Games
10 19 (1.12%) Marketing
11 18 (1.06%) Manufacturing
12 17 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
13 16 (0.94%) Publishing
14 14 (0.82%) Billing
15 13 (0.76%) Local Government
16 11 (0.65%) General Ledger
17 7 (0.41%) Front Office
17 7 (0.41%) Advertising
17 7 (0.41%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 909 (53.35%) Analyst
2 478 (28.05%) Test Analyst
3 393 (23.06%) Business Analyst
4 240 (14.08%) Tester
5 166 (9.74%) Test Manager
6 121 (7.10%) Test Engineer
6 121 (7.10%) Test Leader
7 86 (5.05%) Senior Analyst
8 45 (2.64%) Senior Test Analyst
9 44 (2.58%) Project Manager
10 40 (2.35%) QA Analyst
11 36 (2.11%) Senior Business Analyst
12 33 (1.94%) Developer
13 32 (1.88%) Systems Analyst
14 30 (1.76%) Agile Business Analyst
14 30 (1.76%) Software Tester
15 29 (1.70%) QA Tester
15 29 (1.70%) QA Engineer
16 27 (1.58%) Agile Test Analyst
17 24 (1.41%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (6.28%) .NET
2 85 (4.99%) Web Services
3 81 (4.75%) XML
4 54 (3.17%) HTML
5 44 (2.58%) SOAP
6 26 (1.53%) REST
7 23 (1.35%) WPF
8 21 (1.23%) WCF
9 17 (1.00%) Middleware
10 15 (0.88%) J2EE
11 13 (0.76%) CSS
12 12 (0.70%) Flash
13 11 (0.65%) ASP.NET
14 10 (0.59%) Gherkin
15 9 (0.53%) Ajax
16 8 (0.47%) HTML5
17 7 (0.41%) XSLT
18 6 (0.35%) LAMP
18 6 (0.35%) DHTML
19 5 (0.29%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 73 (4.28%) Computer Science
2 61 (3.58%) Management Information System
3 40 (2.35%) NHS
4 39 (2.29%) Mobile App
5 30 (1.76%) Derivative
6 26 (1.53%) Open Source
7 25 (1.47%) STB
8 23 (1.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 19 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
10 17 (1.00%) Fixed Income
11 16 (0.94%) MPEG
12 13 (0.76%) Equities
13 12 (0.70%) Clustering
13 12 (0.70%) PMI
14 10 (0.59%) Digital Media
14 10 (0.59%) Mainframe
15 9 (0.53%) Client/Server
15 9 (0.53%) EPoS
15 9 (0.53%) IVR
15 9 (0.53%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 115 (6.75%) Windows
2 108 (6.34%) UNIX
3 77 (4.52%) Linux
4 33 (1.94%) Apple iOS
5 28 (1.64%) Windows 7
6 27 (1.58%) Android
7 24 (1.41%) Windows XP
8 17 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (0.82%) SUSE
10 13 (0.76%) AIX
11 9 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.35%) Windows 2000
13 5 (0.29%) HPUX
13 5 (0.29%) Solaris
14 4 (0.23%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.18%) CentOS
16 2 (0.12%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 371 (21.77%) Software Testing
2 368 (21.60%) Test Scripting
3 328 (19.25%) User Acceptance Testing
4 276 (16.20%) Agile Software Development
5 243 (14.26%) Business Analysis
6 231 (13.56%) PRINCE2
7 205 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 178 (10.45%) Test Management
9 176 (10.33%) Scrum
10 172 (10.09%) Project Management
11 143 (8.39%) Test Strategy
12 128 (7.51%) Automated Testing
13 123 (7.22%) Test Automation
14 122 (7.16%) Waterfall
14 122 (7.16%) UML
15 121 (7.10%) E-Commerce
16 120 (7.04%) BDD
17 115 (6.75%) ITIL
18 92 (5.40%) Regression Testing
19 89 (5.22%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 340 (19.95%) SQL
2 131 (7.69%) Java
3 107 (6.28%) C#
4 68 (3.99%) JavaScript
5 42 (2.46%) VBScript
6 41 (2.41%) C
7 37 (2.17%) Python
8 33 (1.94%) C++
9 29 (1.70%) Ruby
10 26 (1.53%) VB
11 21 (1.23%) Shell Script
12 15 (0.88%) Perl
12 15 (0.88%) PHP
13 13 (0.76%) PL/SQL
14 12 (0.70%) T-SQL
14 12 (0.70%) VB.NET
14 12 (0.70%) VBA
15 5 (0.29%) Tcl
16 4 (0.23%) Bash Shell
17 3 (0.18%) RPG
Qualifications
1 582 (34.15%) ISTQB
2 198 (11.62%) Degree
3 161 (9.45%) Security Cleared
4 133 (7.81%) SC Cleared
5 98 (5.75%) ISEB Practitioner
6 39 (2.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 32 (1.88%) IIBA
7 32 (1.88%) PMI Certification
8 30 (1.76%) APMP
9 28 (1.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 25 (1.47%) CBAP
11 23 (1.35%) PMP
12 22 (1.29%) DV Cleared
13 16 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
15 7 (0.41%) HND
15 7 (0.41%) Sun Certification
15 7 (0.41%) CISSP
16 6 (0.35%) MCSE
17 4 (0.23%) CITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 263 (15.43%) QA
2 15 (0.88%) ISO 9001
3 12 (0.70%) EMIR
4 11 (0.65%) P3O
5 8 (0.47%) Dodd-Frank
6 6 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.35%) TickIT
6 6 (0.35%) SLA
7 5 (0.29%) FATCA
8 4 (0.23%) MiFID
8 4 (0.23%) WAI
8 4 (0.23%) ISO 14001
9 2 (0.12%) COBIT
9 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.12%) Solvency II
9 2 (0.12%) ISO 9002
10 1 (0.059%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.059%) BS7799
10 1 (0.059%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.059%) IAS 39
System Software
1 20 (1.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (0.53%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.41%) XenDesktop
4 5 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 4 (0.23%) XenApp
5 4 (0.23%) NDS
6 3 (0.18%) Cygwin
6 3 (0.18%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.12%) vSphere
8 1 (0.059%) NFS
8 1 (0.059%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.059%) RACF
8 1 (0.059%) XenServer
8 1 (0.059%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.059%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 287 (16.84%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (0.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 10 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
3 10 (0.59%) Netcool
4 5 (0.29%) SCCM
5 4 (0.23%) SCOM
6 3 (0.18%) Puppet
7 2 (0.12%) nmon
7 2 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.12%) CA SiteMinder
7 2 (0.12%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.12%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 2 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.059%) Control-M
8 1 (0.059%) Nagios
8 1 (0.059%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.059%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.059%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.059%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.059%) Ganglia
Vendors
1 201 (11.80%) Microsoft
2 169 (9.92%) HP
3 153 (8.98%) Oracle
4 86 (5.05%) SAP
5 43 (2.52%) IBM
6 38 (2.23%) Citrix
7 22 (1.29%) Business Objects
8 20 (1.17%) VMware
9 18 (1.06%) Cognos
10 17 (1.00%) Siebel
10 17 (1.00%) Remedy
11 16 (0.94%) Cisco
12 14 (0.82%) Red Hat
13 13 (0.76%) hybris
14 11 (0.65%) Informatica
14 11 (0.65%) McAfee
15 10 (0.59%) Ericsson
15 10 (0.59%) Novell
15 10 (0.59%) Veritas
16 7 (0.41%) Lotus
Newport, Gwent
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £415 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Edge Recruit Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £400.00 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Newport
DP Connect
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis IT
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicestershire
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £301 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £280 to £330 per day depending on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
East Anglia
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applied Card Technologies
Rate: From £30,000 to £37,000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Nicoll Curtin
Posted: 11 days ago
Blackpool
DP Connect
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Cheshire
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 260-280 Per Day
Posted: 15 days ago
Blackburn
Jam Recruitment
Rate: £77 per hour
Posted: 15 days ago