Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 323 319 329
Rank change year-on-year -4 +10 -82
Contract jobs citing ISEB 436 717 712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.70% 0.79% 0.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.26% 4.05% 4.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 292 419 465
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £538 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 6
England median hourly rate £47.97 £52.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.75% +65.08% -16.00%
10th Percentile £35.00 £24.48 £13.41
90th Percentile £73.75 £53.00 £59.77
UK median hourly rate £47.97 £34.75 £13.50
% change year-on-year +38.04% +157.41% -64.00%

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 13,391 17,716 17,694
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.60% 19.52% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,283 10,630 10,859
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £230
90th Percentile £640 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 808 792
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.75 £12.56 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.33 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020.

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 21 February 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
South East +53 130 £425 +5.59% 21
London +14 79 £425 -10.53% 2
South West +2 70 £450 +22.45% 17
Midlands +26 69 £425 +20.57% 10
North of England +38 64 £375 +11.11% 32
West Midlands +7 52 £360 +2.86% 4
Yorkshire +44 29 £388 +10.71% 15
North West +30 27 £399 +18.15% 15
East of England +16 22 £395 -1.25% 5
East Midlands +46 17 £450 +28.57% 6
North East +3 8 £358 +10.00% 2
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 218 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 202 (46.33%) Agile Software Development
3 196 (44.95%) Test Automation
4 111 (25.46%) JIRA
5 106 (24.31%) Test Scripting
6 103 (23.62%) Security Cleared
7 102 (23.39%) Selenium
8 101 (23.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 88 (20.18%) Java
10 87 (19.95%) Microsoft
11 85 (19.50%) SQL
11 85 (19.50%) Oracle
12 82 (18.81%) QA
13 68 (15.60%) Business Analysis
14 64 (14.68%) Windows
15 63 (14.45%) Software Testing
15 63 (14.45%) Cucumber
16 62 (14.22%) Waterfall
16 62 (14.22%) Finance
17 61 (13.99%) SC Cleared
18 57 (13.07%) Test Strategy
19 56 (12.84%) Stakeholder Management
20 55 (12.61%) User Acceptance Testing
20 55 (12.61%) Customer Requirements
21 54 (12.39%) Unix
21 54 (12.39%) XML
22 53 (12.16%) SDLC
23 51 (11.70%) Public Sector
24 49 (11.24%) DV Cleared
25 46 (10.55%) Regression 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 39 (8.94%) Confluence
2 17 (3.90%) SharePoint
3 15 (3.44%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.69%) CMS
4 3 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.23%) Apache
5 1 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.23%) Documentum
5 1 (0.23%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 32 (7.34%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (6.65%) Microsoft Office
3 21 (4.82%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (2.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (2.06%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.92%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 12 (2.75%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (2.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (1.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.92%) Workday HCM
5 3 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.69%) SAP FI-CA
5 3 (0.69%) SAP PSCD
6 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.23%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.23%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.23%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.23%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 25 (5.73%) Azure
2 16 (3.67%) GitHub
3 14 (3.21%) AWS
4 9 (2.06%) GCP
5 8 (1.83%) Power Platform
6 4 (0.92%) Office 365
7 3 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.69%) SaaS
8 2 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.46%) G Suite
8 2 (0.46%) Serverless
9 1 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.23%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.23%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.15%) Wireshark
2 4 (0.92%) VPN
3 3 (0.69%) Cisco IPT
3 3 (0.69%) Firewall
3 3 (0.69%) HTTP
3 3 (0.69%) Internet
3 3 (0.69%) PuTTY
3 3 (0.69%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.46%) PPP
4 2 (0.46%) SSL
4 2 (0.46%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.46%) WAN
5 1 (0.23%) DHCP
5 1 (0.23%) DMZ
5 1 (0.23%) DNS
5 1 (0.23%) Intranet
5 1 (0.23%) ISDN
5 1 (0.23%) LAN
5 1 (0.23%) PBX
5 1 (0.23%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (4.13%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.90%) Oracle OWB
3 11 (2.52%) Oracle Reports
4 9 (2.06%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (1.83%) Big Data
5 8 (1.83%) EDRMS
5 8 (1.83%) Power BI
6 7 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.15%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.92%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.69%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.69%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.46%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.46%) MySQL
10 2 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 111 (25.46%) JIRA
2 102 (23.39%) Selenium
3 63 (14.45%) Cucumber
4 37 (8.49%) Jenkins
5 28 (6.42%) SoapUI
6 24 (5.50%) JMeter
7 21 (4.82%) Postman
8 20 (4.59%) HP UFT
9 19 (4.36%) Gatling
10 18 (4.13%) WebDriver
11 17 (3.90%) SpecFlow
12 13 (2.98%) Zephyr
13 12 (2.75%) Git (software)
13 12 (2.75%) Team Foundation Server
14 10 (2.29%) Bitbucket
14 10 (2.29%) Visual Studio Team System
15 8 (1.83%) LoadRunner
16 5 (1.15%) JBehave
16 5 (1.15%) TestNG
16 5 (1.15%) Toad
General
1 62 (14.22%) Finance
2 51 (11.70%) Public Sector
3 16 (3.67%) Banking
3 16 (3.67%) Military
4 13 (2.98%) Retail
5 10 (2.29%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.83%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.15%) Marketing
7 5 (1.15%) Retail Banking
8 4 (0.92%) Advertising
8 4 (0.92%) Automotive
8 4 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.69%) Front Office
9 3 (0.69%) Legal
10 2 (0.46%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.46%) Law
10 2 (0.46%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.23%) Back Office
11 1 (0.23%) Local Government
11 1 (0.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 203 (46.56%) Analyst
2 100 (22.94%) Test Analyst
3 88 (20.18%) Business Analyst
4 56 (12.84%) Test Engineer
5 55 (12.61%) Tester
6 37 (8.49%) Test Manager
7 36 (8.26%) Test Leader
8 21 (4.82%) Automation Tester
8 21 (4.82%) QA Analyst
9 18 (4.13%) Automation Test Analyst
9 18 (4.13%) QA Test Analyst
10 13 (2.98%) Integration Engineer
10 13 (2.98%) Test and Integration Engineer
11 12 (2.75%) Data Business Analyst
12 11 (2.52%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
12 11 (2.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 11 (2.52%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
12 11 (2.52%) Senior Analyst
12 11 (2.52%) Test Automation Engineer
13 10 (2.29%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (12.39%) XML
2 20 (4.59%) Web Services
3 16 (3.67%) .NET
4 14 (3.21%) SOAP
5 10 (2.29%) HTML
5 10 (2.29%) RESTful
6 8 (1.83%) Gherkin
7 7 (1.61%) JSON
8 6 (1.38%) CSS
8 6 (1.38%) Spring
9 5 (1.15%) JMS
9 5 (1.15%) Oracle Fusion
9 5 (1.15%) REST
10 4 (0.92%) Node.js
11 3 (0.69%) J2EE
11 3 (0.69%) Middleware
11 3 (0.69%) RabbitMQ
12 2 (0.46%) FIX Protocol
12 2 (0.46%) Ruby on Rails
12 2 (0.46%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 44 (10.09%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (3.21%) Data Structures
2 14 (3.21%) Management Information System
3 12 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (2.29%) Mobile App
5 8 (1.83%) NHS
6 7 (1.61%) Data Centre
6 7 (1.61%) User Experience
7 6 (1.38%) CESG
7 6 (1.38%) Driving Licence
8 5 (1.15%) Enterprise Cloud
8 5 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.69%) EPoS
10 3 (0.69%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.69%) Smartphone
10 3 (0.69%) Virtual Team
11 2 (0.46%) FMCG
11 2 (0.46%) Life Science
11 2 (0.46%) Shadow IT
Operating Systems
1 64 (14.68%) Windows
2 54 (12.39%) Unix
3 26 (5.96%) Linux
4 15 (3.44%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.38%) Android
5 6 (1.38%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.46%) CentOS
8 2 (0.46%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.46%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.23%) AIX
9 1 (0.23%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 202 (46.33%) Agile Software Development
2 196 (44.95%) Test Automation
3 106 (24.31%) Test Scripting
4 68 (15.60%) Business Analysis
5 63 (14.45%) Software Testing
6 62 (14.22%) Waterfall
7 57 (13.07%) Test Strategy
8 56 (12.84%) Stakeholder Management
9 55 (12.61%) Customer Requirements
9 55 (12.61%) User Acceptance Testing
10 53 (12.16%) SDLC
11 46 (10.55%) Regression Testing
11 46 (10.55%) Scrum
12 39 (8.94%) Problem-Solving
13 38 (8.72%) Project Management
13 38 (8.72%) Test Management
14 37 (8.49%) Migration
14 37 (8.49%) Performance Testing
15 34 (7.80%) Defect Management
16 33 (7.57%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 88 (20.18%) Java
2 85 (19.50%) SQL
3 30 (6.88%) JavaScript
4 25 (5.73%) C#
5 21 (4.82%) Python
6 12 (2.75%) C
7 6 (1.38%) Groovy
7 6 (1.38%) Java 8
8 5 (1.15%) VB
8 5 (1.15%) VBScript
9 3 (0.69%) F#
9 3 (0.69%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.69%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.46%) C++
10 2 (0.46%) Ruby
11 1 (0.23%) PHP
11 1 (0.23%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.23%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 218 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 103 (23.62%) Security Cleared
3 101 (23.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 61 (13.99%) SC Cleared
5 49 (11.24%) DV Cleared
6 43 (9.86%) ISEB Practitioner
7 32 (7.34%) Degree
8 19 (4.36%) IIBA
9 9 (2.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 9 (2.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 7 (1.61%) CBAP
10 7 (1.61%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 6 (1.38%) APMP
11 6 (1.38%) CESG Certified Professional
12 3 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.69%) CISA
12 3 (0.69%) CISM
12 3 (0.69%) CISMP
12 3 (0.69%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (0.69%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (18.81%) QA
2 11 (2.52%) PMO
3 8 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.38%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.38%) GDPR
4 6 (1.38%) ISO 31000
5 2 (0.46%) SLA
6 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.23%) MiFID
6 1 (0.23%) NIST
6 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (4.59%) Active Directory
2 17 (3.90%) vSphere
3 8 (1.83%) Docker
4 3 (0.69%) HDFS
5 2 (0.46%) NDS
6 1 (0.23%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 35 (8.03%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (5.28%) HP ALM
3 14 (3.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 8 (1.83%) Ansible
5 5 (1.15%) Terraform
6 3 (0.69%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 3 (0.69%) Puppet
7 2 (0.46%) SCCM
7 2 (0.46%) SCOM
8 1 (0.23%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 87 (19.95%) Microsoft
2 85 (19.50%) Oracle
3 32 (7.34%) HP
4 17 (3.90%) SAP
5 15 (3.44%) webMethods
6 12 (2.75%) IBM
7 10 (2.29%) Google
7 10 (2.29%) Micro Focus
8 9 (2.06%) CheckPoint
9 7 (1.61%) VMware
10 6 (1.38%) Cisco
10 6 (1.38%) Talend
11 5 (1.15%) Atlassian
12 4 (0.92%) Niku
12 4 (0.92%) Workday
13 3 (0.69%) ForgeRock
13 3 (0.69%) NetIQ
13 3 (0.69%) Red Hat
13 3 (0.69%) Remedy
13 3 (0.69%) Software AG