Period
to 28 November 2020

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 28 November 2020 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
28 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 341 357 305
Rank change year-on-year +16 -52 -10
Contract jobs citing ISEB 179 497 839
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.58% 0.66% 0.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.45% 3.22% 4.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 352 503
Median daily rate £423 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.59% +9.68% -3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £300 £275
90th Percentile £533 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £411 £425 £380
% change year-on-year -3.24% +11.84% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 11
Median hourly rate £35.00 £47.97 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.04% +14.21% +204.13%
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £47.97 £31.75
% change year-on-year -27.04% +51.09% +132.52%

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 7,312 15,439 18,052
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.78% 20.62% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,427 9,531 10,743
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +4.29%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £260
90th Percentile £650 £648 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 446 726 856
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +39.33% +0.48%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.36 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £61.92 £51.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £26.21
% change year-on-year - +33.56% +4.32%

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISEB in England.

Daily rate trend for ISEB in England

ISEB
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISEB in England over the 6 months to 28 November 2020.

Daily rate histogram for ISEB in England

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISEB in England.

Hourly rate trend for ISEB in England

ISEB
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing ISEB in England over the 6 months to 28 November 2020.

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 28 November 2020. 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
London +133 47 £425 - 2
Midlands +67 41 £382 -10.12% 4
West Midlands +60 40 £382 -10.12% 3
South East +71 35 £408 -4.12% 6
North of England +62 24 £475 +34.75% 8
North West +72 16 £515 +50.36% 3
South West +28 15 £370 -19.57% 2
East of England +69 11 £350 -22.22% 1
Yorkshire +28 6 £318 -9.29% 4
North East +25 3 £513 +42.36% 1
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 28 November 2020, 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.

1 113 (63.13%) ISTQB
2 84 (46.93%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (44.69%) Test Automation
4 69 (38.55%) SQL
5 62 (34.64%) JIRA
5 62 (34.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 58 (32.40%) Security Cleared
7 54 (30.17%) Java
8 53 (29.61%) Oracle
9 52 (29.05%) Test Scripting
10 51 (28.49%) Cucumber
11 50 (27.93%) Selenium
11 50 (27.93%) Windows
12 47 (26.26%) Microsoft
13 46 (25.70%) XML
13 46 (25.70%) Unix
13 46 (25.70%) Scrum
13 46 (25.70%) BDD
14 43 (24.02%) Customer Requirements
15 39 (21.79%) SC Cleared
16 37 (20.67%) Public Sector
17 34 (18.99%) JMeter
18 32 (17.88%) DevOps
19 31 (17.32%) WebLogic
19 31 (17.32%) QA
19 31 (17.32%) Continuous Integration
20 29 (16.20%) Analytical Skills
21 28 (15.64%) Confluence
22 27 (15.08%) TDD
22 27 (15.08%) Non-Functional Testing

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 31 (17.32%) WebLogic
2 28 (15.64%) Confluence
3 12 (6.70%) SharePoint
4 10 (5.59%) Mule
5 4 (2.23%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (2.23%) IIS
5 4 (2.23%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.68%) Appian
7 2 (1.12%) Apache
7 2 (1.12%) JBoss
7 2 (1.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.56%) SAS
Applications
1 21 (11.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (6.15%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (4.47%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (2.23%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (6.70%) Teamcenter
2 7 (3.91%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (1.68%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (1.12%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.56%) ReMetrica
5 1 (0.56%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 22 (12.29%) Azure
2 11 (6.15%) AWS
2 11 (6.15%) BlazeMeter
3 7 (3.91%) Tricentis Tosca
4 3 (1.68%) GitHub
5 2 (1.12%) Power Platform
5 2 (1.12%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.56%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.56%) GCP
6 1 (0.56%) Office 365
6 1 (0.56%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.23%) Tactical Data Link
2 3 (1.68%) FTP
2 3 (1.68%) Internet
2 3 (1.68%) WinSCP
2 3 (1.68%) Wireshark
3 2 (1.12%) HTTP
3 2 (1.12%) LAN
3 2 (1.12%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.12%) SSL
3 2 (1.12%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.12%) WAN
3 2 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.56%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.47%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.91%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.35%) MySQL
3 6 (3.35%) Oracle Database
3 6 (3.35%) Pentaho
4 5 (2.79%) Oracle OWB
4 5 (2.79%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (2.23%) Apache Hive
5 4 (2.23%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.12%) Power BI
6 2 (1.12%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.12%) Tableau
7 1 (0.56%) Big Data
7 1 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.56%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 62 (34.64%) JIRA
2 51 (28.49%) Cucumber
3 50 (27.93%) Selenium
4 34 (18.99%) JMeter
5 26 (14.53%) Toad
6 24 (13.41%) eggPlant
7 19 (10.61%) Jenkins
7 19 (10.61%) SoapUI
8 17 (9.50%) Postman
9 13 (7.26%) Git (software)
10 12 (6.70%) LoadRunner
10 12 (6.70%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (5.03%) Zephyr
12 8 (4.47%) Gatling
13 6 (3.35%) Visual Studio
14 5 (2.79%) Bitbucket
15 4 (2.23%) HP UFT
15 4 (2.23%) REST Assured
15 4 (2.23%) TestDirector
15 4 (2.23%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 37 (20.67%) Public Sector
2 17 (9.50%) Finance
3 9 (5.03%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.35%) Law
5 5 (2.79%) Military
6 3 (1.68%) Banking
6 3 (1.68%) Front Office
7 2 (1.12%) General Ledger
7 2 (1.12%) Legal
7 2 (1.12%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.12%) Retail
8 1 (0.56%) Advertising
8 1 (0.56%) Automotive
8 1 (0.56%) Billing
8 1 (0.56%) Police
Job Titles
1 80 (44.69%) Analyst
2 53 (29.61%) Test Analyst
3 28 (15.64%) Tester
4 26 (14.53%) Business Analyst
5 21 (11.73%) Test Engineer
6 17 (9.50%) Automation Tester
7 13 (7.26%) Test Manager
8 10 (5.59%) Consultant
8 10 (5.59%) Test Consultant
9 9 (5.03%) Test Automation Consultant
10 8 (4.47%) Test Automation Engineer
11 7 (3.91%) Test Leader
12 6 (3.35%) Architect
12 6 (3.35%) Digital Analyst
12 6 (3.35%) SAP Analyst
12 6 (3.35%) SAP Test Analyst
13 4 (2.23%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 4 (2.23%) Performance Tester
13 4 (2.23%) Process Analyst
13 4 (2.23%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (25.70%) XML
2 20 (11.17%) SOAP
3 14 (7.82%) JSON
4 13 (7.26%) RabbitMQ
5 11 (6.15%) Web Services
6 10 (5.59%) WireMock
7 9 (5.03%) Spring
8 8 (4.47%) Middleware
9 7 (3.91%) Spring Boot
10 5 (2.79%) REST
11 3 (1.68%) Ruby on Rails
11 3 (1.68%) Swagger
12 2 (1.12%) .NET
12 2 (1.12%) J2EE
12 2 (1.12%) J2SE
12 2 (1.12%) XML Messaging
13 1 (0.56%) ADO
13 1 (0.56%) jQuery
13 1 (0.56%) Oracle Fusion
13 1 (0.56%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 29 (16.20%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (6.15%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.79%) Client/Server
3 5 (2.79%) Freedom of Information
3 5 (2.79%) Mobile App
3 5 (2.79%) NHS
4 4 (2.23%) e-Learning
4 4 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.68%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.68%) Freedom of Information Act
5 3 (1.68%) Smart Meter
5 3 (1.68%) User Experience
6 2 (1.12%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.12%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (1.12%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.56%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.56%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.56%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 50 (27.93%) Windows
2 46 (25.70%) Unix
3 22 (12.29%) Linux
4 6 (3.35%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.79%) Android
6 4 (2.23%) Windows Mobile
7 2 (1.12%) zOS
8 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.56%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (46.93%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (44.69%) Test Automation
3 52 (29.05%) Test Scripting
4 46 (25.70%) BDD
4 46 (25.70%) Scrum
5 43 (24.02%) Customer Requirements
6 32 (17.88%) DevOps
7 31 (17.32%) Continuous Integration
8 27 (15.08%) Non-Functional Testing
8 27 (15.08%) TDD
9 24 (13.41%) Test Management
10 23 (12.85%) Test Strategy
11 22 (12.29%) API Testing
11 22 (12.29%) Business Analysis
12 21 (11.73%) Integration Testing
12 21 (11.73%) Microservices
12 21 (11.73%) Stakeholder Management
13 20 (11.17%) Software Testing
14 18 (10.06%) Data Modelling
14 18 (10.06%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 69 (38.55%) SQL
2 54 (30.17%) Java
3 12 (6.70%) C#
4 10 (5.59%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.35%) PL/SQL
6 5 (2.79%) VB
7 4 (2.23%) Python
8 3 (1.68%) Ruby
8 3 (1.68%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.12%) Perl
10 1 (0.56%) C
10 1 (0.56%) COBOL
10 1 (0.56%) Groovy
10 1 (0.56%) Natural
Qualifications
1 113 (63.13%) ISTQB
2 62 (34.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 58 (32.40%) Security Cleared
4 39 (21.79%) SC Cleared
5 10 (5.59%) ISEB Practitioner
6 9 (5.03%) DV Cleared
7 6 (3.35%) Degree
8 5 (2.79%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.79%) CBAP
9 4 (2.23%) Postgraduate
9 4 (2.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (1.12%) BC Cleared
10 2 (1.12%) IIBA
10 2 (1.12%) Six Sigma Green Belt
11 1 (0.56%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (17.32%) QA
2 6 (3.35%) GDPR
3 3 (1.68%) SLA
4 2 (1.12%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.56%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.56%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.56%) PMO
System Software
1 14 (7.82%) Docker
2 5 (2.79%) Active Directory
3 4 (2.23%) HDFS
3 4 (2.23%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (8.38%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (4.47%) Kubernetes
3 7 (3.91%) Rancher
4 3 (1.68%) HP ALM
5 2 (1.12%) Ansible
5 2 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.12%) Puppet
6 1 (0.56%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 53 (29.61%) Oracle
2 47 (26.26%) Microsoft
3 26 (14.53%) webMethods
4 18 (10.06%) SAP
5 10 (5.59%) HP
6 5 (2.79%) CheckPoint
7 4 (2.23%) IBM
8 2 (1.12%) Cisco
8 2 (1.12%) Juniper
8 2 (1.12%) Telerik
8 2 (1.12%) WSO2
9 1 (0.56%) Apple
9 1 (0.56%) Ariba
9 1 (0.56%) Capita
9 1 (0.56%) Concur
9 1 (0.56%) Informatica
9 1 (0.56%) Micro Focus
9 1 (0.56%) Remedy
9 1 (0.56%) UiPath
9 1 (0.56%) VMware