Period
to 9 May 2021

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 9 May 2021 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
9 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 411 338 355
Rank change year-on-year -73 +17 -18
Contract jobs citing ISEB 203 306 613
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.46% 0.66% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.14% 2.89% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 213 379
10th Percentile £272 £305 £300
25th Percentile £336 £343 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £400
75th Percentile £488 £488 £486
90th Percentile £561 £549 £538
UK median daily rate £404 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +0.94% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 9
10th Percentile £25.75 " £21.20
25th Percentile £30.81 £47.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate £51.25 £47.97 £36.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.84% +33.25% +9.09%
75th Percentile £60.94 " £53.00
90th Percentile £61.25 £63.44 "
UK median hourly rate £51.25 £47.97 £30.84
% change year-on-year +6.84% +55.57% +125.81%

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 9,482 10,596 16,417
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.32% 22.75% 19.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,128 6,837 10,333
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £483 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +1.58% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 468 383 662
10th Percentile £14.66 £14.50 £12.50
25th Percentile £20.19 £17.50 £16.83
Median hourly rate £38.96 £27.50 £29.95
Median % change year-on-year +41.67% -8.18% +33.11%
75th Percentile £50.21 £47.97 £47.44
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £38.71 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +29.03% - +37.52%

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 9 May 2021.

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 9 May 2021.

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 9 May 2021. 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 -16 76 £440 -2.22% 6
South East -4 46 £405 +1.25% 7
Midlands 0 33 £360 -2.04% 13
West Midlands -3 32 £360 - 11
North of England +27 20 £388 +0.65% 12
South West +19 15 £497 +16.94% 3
North West +16 12 £388 -13.89% 8
East of England +17 6 £416 +4.04% 2
Yorkshire +14 6 £381 -0.97% 4
North East +27 2 £388 +19.23%
East Midlands +11 1 £373 -6.88% 2
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 9 May 2021, 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.

1 120 (59.11%) ISTQB
2 99 (48.77%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (31.03%) SQL
3 63 (31.03%) Test Automation
4 61 (30.05%) JIRA
5 58 (28.57%) Security Cleared
6 56 (27.59%) Social Skills
7 53 (26.11%) QA
8 51 (25.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 51 (25.12%) Microsoft
9 45 (22.17%) Software Testing
10 44 (21.67%) Defect Management
11 42 (20.69%) Test Scripting
11 42 (20.69%) Scrum
12 39 (19.21%) Business Analysis
13 38 (18.72%) Test Management
13 38 (18.72%) Test Strategy
14 37 (18.23%) SC Cleared
14 37 (18.23%) SAP
15 34 (16.75%) Regression Testing
15 34 (16.75%) Validation
16 33 (16.26%) Stakeholder Management
16 33 (16.26%) Oracle
16 33 (16.26%) Public Sector
17 32 (15.76%) Azure
18 31 (15.27%) User Acceptance Testing
19 29 (14.29%) DevOps
20 28 (13.79%) SharePoint
20 28 (13.79%) Finance
21 27 (13.30%) XML

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 28 (13.79%) SharePoint
2 20 (9.85%) Confluence
3 13 (6.40%) Apache
4 10 (4.93%) Apache Airflow
4 10 (4.93%) Apache Spark
5 5 (2.46%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (1.48%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.99%) WebLogic Integration
8 1 (0.49%) IIS
8 1 (0.49%) JBoss
8 1 (0.49%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (5.91%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.48%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (5.42%) SAP FI-CA
1 11 (5.42%) SAP PSCD
2 7 (3.45%) SAP HCM
3 3 (1.48%) Summit
4 2 (0.99%) Sage CRM
4 2 (0.99%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.99%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.49%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 32 (15.76%) Azure
2 12 (5.91%) GitHub
3 11 (5.42%) Microsoft 365
4 10 (4.93%) Azure Functions
4 10 (4.93%) Serverless
5 8 (3.94%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 7 (3.45%) Azure Synapse Analytics
6 7 (3.45%) SuccessFactors
7 6 (2.96%) AWS
7 6 (2.96%) Azure Storage
8 3 (1.48%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (1.48%) Tricentis Tosca
9 2 (0.99%) GCP
9 2 (0.99%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.99%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.49%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.49%) Google Drive
10 1 (0.49%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.43%) Internet
2 8 (3.94%) HTTP
3 7 (3.45%) 2G
3 7 (3.45%) 3G
3 7 (3.45%) 4G
3 7 (3.45%) 5G
3 7 (3.45%) GSM
3 7 (3.45%) SCCP
3 7 (3.45%) UMTS
4 6 (2.96%) 3GPP
4 6 (2.96%) GPRS
4 6 (2.96%) INAP
4 6 (2.96%) M3UA
4 6 (2.96%) SCTP
4 6 (2.96%) SIGTRAN
4 6 (2.96%) SMPP
4 6 (2.96%) TCAP
4 6 (2.96%) VoIP
5 3 (1.48%) LAN
5 3 (1.48%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.90%) Data Warehouse
2 12 (5.91%) Oracle Database
3 9 (4.43%) MySQL
3 9 (4.43%) SQL Server
4 6 (2.96%) NoSQL
4 6 (2.96%) Redis
5 5 (2.46%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.46%) Snowflake Schema
6 3 (1.48%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.48%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.99%) MS Access
7 2 (0.99%) Power BI
7 2 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.49%) GIS
8 1 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.49%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 61 (30.05%) JIRA
2 22 (10.84%) Selenium
3 17 (8.37%) Cucumber
4 15 (7.39%) JMeter
5 13 (6.40%) SoapUI
6 12 (5.91%) Jenkins
6 12 (5.91%) Postman
7 9 (4.43%) Git (software)
7 9 (4.43%) LoadRunner
7 9 (4.43%) NeoLoad
8 8 (3.94%) Gatling
9 7 (3.45%) eggPlant
9 7 (3.45%) SilkPerformer
9 7 (3.45%) WebLOAD
10 4 (1.97%) Bitbucket
10 4 (1.97%) Rational DOORS
10 4 (1.97%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (1.48%) Appium
11 3 (1.48%) REST Assured
11 3 (1.48%) Zephyr
General
1 56 (27.59%) Social Skills
2 33 (16.26%) Public Sector
3 28 (13.79%) Finance
4 24 (11.82%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (7.88%) Banking
5 16 (7.88%) Influencing Skills
6 10 (4.93%) Presentation Skills
7 8 (3.94%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.46%) Back Office
8 5 (2.46%) Law
9 4 (1.97%) Front Office
9 4 (1.97%) Military
10 3 (1.48%) Games
10 3 (1.48%) Publishing
10 3 (1.48%) Retail
11 2 (0.99%) Organisational Skills
12 1 (0.49%) Billing
12 1 (0.49%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.49%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 81 (39.90%) Analyst
2 40 (19.70%) Test Analyst
3 34 (16.75%) Business Analyst
4 32 (15.76%) Test Manager
5 29 (14.29%) Tester
6 14 (6.90%) Project Manager
6 14 (6.90%) Test Engineer
7 11 (5.42%) QA Analyst
7 11 (5.42%) SAP Analyst
7 11 (5.42%) Test Leader
8 10 (4.93%) Performance Tester
8 10 (4.93%) SAP Test Analyst
9 7 (3.45%) QA Test Analyst
9 7 (3.45%) SAP Manager
9 7 (3.45%) SAP Test Manager
10 6 (2.96%) Lead Tester
10 6 (2.96%) Software Tester
11 5 (2.46%) Integration Engineer
11 5 (2.46%) Senior Analyst
11 5 (2.46%) Test and Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (13.30%) XML
2 17 (8.37%) SOAP
3 12 (5.91%) JSON
4 9 (4.43%) Kafka
5 7 (3.45%) REST
6 3 (1.48%) ADO
6 3 (1.48%) Web Services
7 2 (0.99%) .NET
7 2 (0.99%) Middleware
7 2 (0.99%) Unreal Engine
7 2 (0.99%) WireMock
8 1 (0.49%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.49%) CSS
8 1 (0.49%) GraphQL
8 1 (0.49%) J2EE
8 1 (0.49%) Play Framework
8 1 (0.49%) SAP Fiori
8 1 (0.49%) Spine.js
8 1 (0.49%) Spring
8 1 (0.49%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (3.94%) Smart Meter
2 6 (2.96%) Management Information System
2 6 (2.96%) Replication
2 6 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (1.97%) NHS
3 4 (1.97%) User Experience
4 3 (1.48%) Data Structures
4 3 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (0.99%) Data Centre
5 2 (0.99%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.49%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (0.49%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.49%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.49%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.49%) EPoS
6 1 (0.49%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.49%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (0.49%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.49%) PMI
6 1 (0.49%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 25 (12.32%) Windows
2 21 (10.34%) Unix
3 6 (2.96%) Linux
4 3 (1.48%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.99%) HPUX
5 2 (0.99%) SUSE
6 1 (0.49%) AIX
6 1 (0.49%) Android
6 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.49%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (48.77%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (31.03%) Test Automation
3 45 (22.17%) Software Testing
4 44 (21.67%) Defect Management
5 42 (20.69%) Scrum
5 42 (20.69%) Test Scripting
6 39 (19.21%) Business Analysis
7 38 (18.72%) Test Management
7 38 (18.72%) Test Strategy
8 34 (16.75%) Regression Testing
8 34 (16.75%) Validation
9 33 (16.26%) Stakeholder Management
10 31 (15.27%) User Acceptance Testing
11 29 (14.29%) DevOps
12 26 (12.81%) Problem-Solving
13 25 (12.32%) Waterfall
14 24 (11.82%) PRINCE2
15 22 (10.84%) Scenario Testing
16 21 (10.34%) Non-Functional Testing
16 21 (10.34%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 63 (31.03%) SQL
2 18 (8.87%) Java
3 17 (8.37%) PL/SQL
4 13 (6.40%) T-SQL
5 12 (5.91%) C#
6 9 (4.43%) JavaScript
6 9 (4.43%) VB
7 4 (1.97%) Python
8 2 (0.99%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 2 (0.99%) Java 8
8 2 (0.99%) Perl
8 2 (0.99%) Ruby
9 1 (0.49%) Erlang
9 1 (0.49%) Groovy
9 1 (0.49%) R
Qualifications
1 120 (59.11%) ISTQB
2 58 (28.57%) Security Cleared
3 51 (25.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 37 (18.23%) SC Cleared
5 17 (8.37%) DV Cleared
6 16 (7.88%) Degree
7 12 (5.91%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 8 (3.94%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (3.45%) ISEB Practitioner
10 6 (2.96%) CBAP
11 4 (1.97%) APMP
11 4 (1.97%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 3 (1.48%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (1.48%) IIBA
12 3 (1.48%) Master's Degree
12 3 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (1.48%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.99%) PMP
13 2 (0.99%) RIBA
14 1 (0.49%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (26.11%) QA
2 8 (3.94%) SLA
3 5 (2.46%) GDPR
4 1 (0.49%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.49%) HL7
4 1 (0.49%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.49%) NIST
4 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (2.96%) Docker
2 2 (0.99%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.99%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 17 (8.37%) HP ALM
2 11 (5.42%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (2.96%) Terraform
4 3 (1.48%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.99%) Ansible
5 2 (0.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.49%) Puppet
6 1 (0.49%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 51 (25.12%) Microsoft
2 37 (18.23%) SAP
3 33 (16.26%) Oracle
4 17 (8.37%) HP
5 11 (5.42%) Databricks
6 3 (1.48%) Atlassian
6 3 (1.48%) Micro Focus
6 3 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.48%) webMethods
7 2 (0.99%) Cisco
7 2 (0.99%) Google
7 2 (0.99%) Juniper
7 2 (0.99%) NEC
7 2 (0.99%) Sage
7 2 (0.99%) Splunk
7 2 (0.99%) TIBCO
7 2 (0.99%) UiPath
8 1 (0.49%) Delphix
8 1 (0.49%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.49%) WSO2