Period
to 18 July 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for ISEB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 July 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 352 310 235
Rank change year-on-year -42 -75 -9
Contract jobs citing ISEB 588 769 974
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.70% 0.81% 1.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.66% 4.33% 5.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 381 488 647
England median daily rate £400 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £250
90th Percentile £538 £600 £514
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £376
% change year-on-year - +6.31% +0.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 20
England median hourly rate £35.00 £39.50 £44.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.39% -10.48% +7.62%
10th Percentile £21.25 £22.03 £17.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £71.85 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.50 £43.25
% change year-on-year +22.81% -34.10% +21.83%

ISEB is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 16,046 17,770 17,333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.01% 18.82% 19.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,744 10,555 10,635
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £268 £250 £260
90th Percentile £650 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 714 864 881
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £29.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.44% +8.80%
10th Percentile £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.97 £50.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.55 £30.00
% change year-on-year +42.57% -18.17% +7.14%

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing ISEB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISEB in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISEB in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISEB within the England region over the 6 months to 18 July 2019. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +24 174 £400 +6.67% 21
London -59 116 £475 -2.31% 13
South West -4 108 £413 +17.86% 19
North of England +27 75 £360 +5.11% 32
Midlands -19 74 £353 -6.00% 23
West Midlands -14 65 £350 -6.67% 12
East of England -4 42 £450 +12.50% 4
North West +6 29 £385 +12.41% 18
North East +26 26 £340 +4.62% 1
Yorkshire +15 20 £363 -9.38% 13
East Midlands +7 8 £363 +11.54% 11
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 2019, IT contractor jobs citing ISEB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for ISEB.

1 341 (57.99%) ISTQB
2 319 (54.25%) Agile Software Development
3 220 (37.41%) Test Automation
4 150 (25.51%) SQL
5 145 (24.66%) JIRA
6 141 (23.98%) Test Scripting
7 139 (23.64%) Finance
8 126 (21.43%) Selenium
9 122 (20.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 115 (19.56%) Java
11 107 (18.20%) Oracle
11 107 (18.20%) QA
12 106 (18.03%) Scrum
13 93 (15.82%) Software Testing
14 92 (15.65%) User Acceptance Testing
15 90 (15.31%) Security Cleared
15 90 (15.31%) Cucumber
16 85 (14.46%) Test Strategy
17 84 (14.29%) Microsoft
18 83 (14.12%) Stakeholder Management
19 81 (13.78%) Performance Testing
20 79 (13.44%) Business Analysis
21 77 (13.10%) SDLC
22 70 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
23 69 (11.73%) Project Management
24 68 (11.56%) Degree
25 67 (11.39%) Waterfall
26 65 (11.05%) ITIL
27 64 (10.88%) Regression Testing
27 64 (10.88%) Defect Management

ISEB
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 51 (8.67%) Confluence
2 32 (5.44%) WebLogic
3 22 (3.74%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.85%) Apache
4 5 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.85%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.51%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.17%) SAS
Applications
1 57 (9.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 45 (7.65%) Microsoft Office
3 29 (4.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 29 (4.93%) Microsoft Project
4 15 (2.55%) MS Visio
5 12 (2.04%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.17%) FileZilla
6 1 (0.17%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 11 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.02%) SAP CRM
3 5 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.68%) SAP FI-CA
4 4 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.68%) SAP PSCD
5 3 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.51%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 2 (0.34%) SAP MM
7 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 49 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.53%) GitHub
4 6 (1.02%) DigitalOcean
4 6 (1.02%) Office 365
5 5 (0.85%) Azure Functions
5 5 (0.85%) BrowserStack
5 5 (0.85%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
5 5 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (0.85%) SaaS
5 5 (0.85%) Serverless
6 3 (0.51%) Power Platform
7 2 (0.34%) IaaS
8 1 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.17%) BlazeMeter
8 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.17%) CloudSense
8 1 (0.17%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.17%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.04%) Internet
2 6 (1.02%) LAN
2 6 (1.02%) WAN
3 5 (0.85%) Intranet
3 5 (0.85%) SAN
4 4 (0.68%) DNS
4 4 (0.68%) HTTP
4 4 (0.68%) MPLS
4 4 (0.68%) VPN
5 3 (0.51%) Cisco IOS
5 3 (0.51%) DHCP
5 3 (0.51%) Firewall
5 3 (0.51%) IP Telephony
5 3 (0.51%) ISDN
5 3 (0.51%) PBX
5 3 (0.51%) SSL
5 3 (0.51%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.51%) VLAN
5 3 (0.51%) VoIP
6 1 (0.17%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (5.10%) Data Warehouse
1 30 (5.10%) Oracle OWB
2 26 (4.42%) BusinessObjects
2 26 (4.42%) SQL Server
3 13 (2.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (2.04%) MongoDB
5 11 (1.87%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
6 9 (1.53%) Pentaho
7 6 (1.02%) Blockchain
7 6 (1.02%) Impala
7 6 (1.02%) NoSQL
8 5 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (0.85%) Cosmos DB
9 4 (0.68%) Big Data
9 4 (0.68%) SAP HANA
9 4 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.51%) BusinessObjects XI
10 3 (0.51%) Power BI
10 3 (0.51%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 145 (24.66%) JIRA
2 126 (21.43%) Selenium
3 90 (15.31%) Cucumber
4 48 (8.16%) Jenkins
5 47 (7.99%) SoapUI
6 44 (7.48%) JMeter
7 41 (6.97%) LoadRunner
8 28 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
9 23 (3.91%) Toad
10 21 (3.57%) Visual Studio Team System
11 18 (3.06%) SpecFlow
12 15 (2.55%) Visual Studio
13 13 (2.21%) HP UFT
14 12 (2.04%) Git (software)
15 11 (1.87%) Bitbucket
15 11 (1.87%) WebDriver
16 10 (1.70%) LoadUI
16 10 (1.70%) NeoLoad
17 9 (1.53%) Gatling
17 9 (1.53%) TestComplete
General
1 139 (23.64%) Finance
2 33 (5.61%) Retail
3 24 (4.08%) Telecoms
4 19 (3.23%) Banking
5 17 (2.89%) Marketing
6 11 (1.87%) Legal
7 8 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.19%) Front Office
9 3 (0.51%) Billing
10 2 (0.34%) Advertising
10 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.34%) Military
10 2 (0.34%) Private Banking
10 2 (0.34%) Publishing
10 2 (0.34%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.17%) Back Office
11 1 (0.17%) Electronics
11 1 (0.17%) International Banking
11 1 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 337 (57.31%) Analyst
2 189 (32.14%) Test Analyst
3 103 (17.52%) Business Analyst
4 55 (9.35%) Tester
5 53 (9.01%) Test Manager
6 43 (7.31%) Test Engineer
7 42 (7.14%) Test Leader
8 30 (5.10%) Agile Test Analyst
9 27 (4.59%) SAP Analyst
10 25 (4.25%) Automation Test Analyst
11 24 (4.08%) PMO Analyst
12 23 (3.91%) SAP Test Analyst
13 21 (3.57%) SQL Analyst
14 20 (3.40%) Performance Tester
15 18 (3.06%) QA Analyst
16 16 (2.72%) IT Analyst
16 16 (2.72%) Project Manager
17 15 (2.55%) Business IT Analyst
17 15 (2.55%) IT Business Analyst
18 14 (2.38%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (9.52%) XML
2 25 (4.25%) Web Services
3 22 (3.74%) SOAP
4 20 (3.40%) Spring
5 19 (3.23%) .NET
5 19 (3.23%) Gherkin
6 18 (3.06%) HTML
7 14 (2.38%) RESTful
8 11 (1.87%) CSS
8 11 (1.87%) JSON
9 10 (1.70%) RabbitMQ
10 7 (1.19%) REST
11 6 (1.02%) .NET Framework
11 6 (1.02%) ASP.NET
11 6 (1.02%) Hibernate
12 5 (0.85%) Chai
12 5 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
12 5 (0.85%) React
13 3 (0.51%) GraphQL
13 3 (0.51%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 70 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (3.06%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (2.72%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.55%) User Experience
5 11 (1.87%) Client/Server
6 10 (1.70%) Private Cloud
7 9 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
8 8 (1.36%) Mobile App
9 6 (1.02%) Bitcoin
9 6 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (0.85%) Data Structures
10 5 (0.85%) PMI
11 4 (0.68%) Driving Licence
11 4 (0.68%) Frameworx
11 4 (0.68%) NHS
11 4 (0.68%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.68%) Smart Meter
11 4 (0.68%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.51%) Data Centre
12 3 (0.51%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 59 (10.03%) Windows
2 50 (8.50%) Unix
3 25 (4.25%) Linux
4 5 (0.85%) Windows 10
5 4 (0.68%) Android
5 4 (0.68%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.34%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.17%) CentOS
7 1 (0.17%) Solaris
7 1 (0.17%) VMS
7 1 (0.17%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 319 (54.25%) Agile Software Development
2 220 (37.41%) Test Automation
3 141 (23.98%) Test Scripting
4 106 (18.03%) Scrum
5 93 (15.82%) Software Testing
6 92 (15.65%) User Acceptance Testing
7 85 (14.46%) Test Strategy
8 83 (14.12%) Stakeholder Management
9 81 (13.78%) Performance Testing
10 79 (13.44%) Business Analysis
11 77 (13.10%) SDLC
12 69 (11.73%) Project Management
13 67 (11.39%) Waterfall
14 65 (11.05%) ITIL
15 64 (10.88%) Defect Management
15 64 (10.88%) Regression Testing
16 61 (10.37%) BDD
17 59 (10.03%) Functional Testing
17 59 (10.03%) PRINCE2
17 59 (10.03%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 150 (25.51%) SQL
2 115 (19.56%) Java
3 26 (4.42%) C#
4 23 (3.91%) JavaScript
5 17 (2.89%) PL/SQL
6 12 (2.04%) Python
7 11 (1.87%) C++
7 11 (1.87%) T-SQL
8 10 (1.70%) Java 8
9 8 (1.36%) C
10 6 (1.02%) Ruby
10 6 (1.02%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.02%) VB
11 5 (0.85%) F#
12 4 (0.68%) PowerShell
12 4 (0.68%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.51%) Bash Shell
14 1 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 341 (57.99%) ISTQB
2 122 (20.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 90 (15.31%) Security Cleared
4 68 (11.56%) Degree
5 54 (9.18%) SC Cleared
6 53 (9.01%) ISEB Practitioner
7 32 (5.44%) DV Cleared
8 13 (2.21%) APMP
8 13 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (2.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 11 (1.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 10 (1.70%) IIBA
12 9 (1.53%) PMI Certification
13 6 (1.02%) PMP
14 5 (0.85%) CBAP
15 3 (0.51%) CCNA
15 3 (0.51%) Chartered Engineer
15 3 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.51%) CITP
15 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (18.20%) QA
2 31 (5.27%) PMO
3 12 (2.04%) SLA
4 7 (1.19%) Data Quality
4 7 (1.19%) GDPR
5 4 (0.68%) PSD2
6 2 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.34%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.17%) P3O
System Software
1 9 (1.53%) Hyper-V
2 5 (0.85%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.51%) Docker
4 1 (0.17%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.17%) HDFS
4 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 39 (6.63%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (5.27%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.53%) Ansible
3 9 (1.53%) Terraform
4 5 (0.85%) Kibana
5 3 (0.51%) SCCM
6 2 (0.34%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.34%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 1 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.17%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (0.17%) Control-M
7 1 (0.17%) EnCase
7 1 (0.17%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.17%) Nagios
7 1 (0.17%) SCOM
Vendors
1 107 (18.20%) Oracle
2 84 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 61 (10.37%) HP
4 44 (7.48%) SAP
5 25 (4.25%) webMethods
6 14 (2.38%) IBM
7 11 (1.87%) Niku
8 9 (1.53%) CheckPoint
8 9 (1.53%) hybris
9 8 (1.36%) Atlassian
10 7 (1.19%) Google
11 6 (1.02%) Cisco
11 6 (1.02%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (1.02%) ServiceNow
12 5 (0.85%) Guidewire
12 5 (0.85%) Remedy
13 4 (0.68%) Cognos
13 4 (0.68%) Informatica
14 3 (0.51%) Ab Initio
14 3 (0.51%) Citrix