Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 381 342 325
Rank change year-on-year -39 -17 +13
Contract jobs citing ISEB 179 435 706
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.47% 0.70% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.07% 3.26% 4.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 316 425
Median daily rate £404 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £258 £313 £294
90th Percentile £529 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 7
Median hourly rate £27.98 £48.99 £52.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.88% -5.80% +30.00%
10th Percentile £23.17 £44.43 £24.48
90th Percentile £61.25 £73.75 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £27.98 £48.99 £34.75
% change year-on-year -42.88% +40.96% +157.41%

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 8,658 13,349 17,600
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.66% 21.61% 19.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,558 8,739 10,919
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 496 754
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +9.09% +14.58%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.17 £12.55
90th Percentile £61.25 £55.13 £52.10
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +29.03% +12.73% +14.58%

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 25 February 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 25 February 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 25 February 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 +60 61 £433 +1.76% 4
Midlands +19 39 £368 -13.53% 5
West Midlands +17 38 £368 -13.53% 3
South East +16 35 £425 - 6
South West +31 14 £450 - 2
North of England +16 11 £425 +10.39% 9
East of England +41 10 £350 -10.83%
Yorkshire +21 6 £245 -36.77% 5
North West +29 4 £450 -1.10% 3
North East +25 1 £475 +32.87% 1
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 122 (68.16%) ISTQB
2 91 (50.84%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (36.31%) SQL
3 65 (36.31%) JIRA
4 63 (35.20%) Test Automation
4 63 (35.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 50 (27.93%) QA
6 49 (27.37%) Microsoft
7 48 (26.82%) Test Scripting
8 44 (24.58%) Oracle
8 44 (24.58%) Security Cleared
9 41 (22.91%) Public Sector
9 41 (22.91%) XML
10 39 (21.79%) Scrum
11 36 (20.11%) Windows
12 35 (19.55%) Test Management
13 34 (18.99%) Unix
13 34 (18.99%) Customer Requirements
14 33 (18.44%) SAP
14 33 (18.44%) Java
15 31 (17.32%) Stakeholder Management
15 31 (17.32%) Defect Management
16 30 (16.76%) Selenium
16 30 (16.76%) Regression Testing
17 29 (16.20%) Cucumber
18 28 (15.64%) Test Strategy
19 26 (14.53%) Confluence
19 26 (14.53%) Software Testing
19 26 (14.53%) SC Cleared
20 25 (13.97%) User Acceptance 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 26 (14.53%) Confluence
2 17 (9.50%) SharePoint
3 15 (8.38%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.56%) Apache
4 1 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.56%) JBoss
4 1 (0.56%) Mule
4 1 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (6.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (5.59%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (2.23%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.68%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (5.59%) SAP FI-CA
1 10 (5.59%) SAP PSCD
2 4 (2.23%) SAP HCM
3 3 (1.68%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (1.68%) Summit
4 1 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.56%) ReMetrica
4 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.56%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 22 (12.29%) Azure
2 13 (7.26%) Microsoft 365
3 7 (3.91%) GitHub
4 5 (2.79%) Tricentis Tosca
5 4 (2.23%) AWS
5 4 (2.23%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (2.23%) Power Platform
5 4 (2.23%) SuccessFactors
6 3 (1.68%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (1.12%) GCP
7 2 (1.12%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.56%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.56%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.35%) Internet
2 5 (2.79%) WinSCP
3 4 (2.23%) PuTTY
4 3 (1.68%) HTTP
5 2 (1.12%) 2G
5 2 (1.12%) 3G
5 2 (1.12%) 3GPP
5 2 (1.12%) 4G
5 2 (1.12%) 5G
5 2 (1.12%) GPRS
5 2 (1.12%) GSM
5 2 (1.12%) INAP
5 2 (1.12%) LAN
5 2 (1.12%) M3UA
5 2 (1.12%) SCCP
5 2 (1.12%) SCTP
5 2 (1.12%) SIGTRAN
5 2 (1.12%) SMPP
5 2 (1.12%) TCAP
5 2 (1.12%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.47%) MySQL
1 8 (4.47%) Oracle Database
2 6 (3.35%) Pentaho
2 6 (3.35%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.79%) MongoDB
3 5 (2.79%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (2.23%) Power BI
5 3 (1.68%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (1.12%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (1.12%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (1.12%) Tableau
7 1 (0.56%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.56%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.56%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 65 (36.31%) JIRA
2 30 (16.76%) Selenium
3 29 (16.20%) Cucumber
4 25 (13.97%) JMeter
5 16 (8.94%) Jenkins
5 16 (8.94%) Postman
5 16 (8.94%) SoapUI
6 13 (7.26%) eggPlant
6 13 (7.26%) LoadRunner
6 13 (7.26%) Toad
7 11 (6.15%) Gatling
7 11 (6.15%) Git (software)
7 11 (6.15%) NeoLoad
8 8 (4.47%) SilkPerformer
8 8 (4.47%) WebLOAD
9 6 (3.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (2.23%) Bitbucket
11 3 (1.68%) Maven
11 3 (1.68%) Rational DOORS
11 3 (1.68%) TestDirector
General
1 41 (22.91%) Public Sector
2 15 (8.38%) Finance
3 12 (6.70%) Banking
4 8 (4.47%) Law
5 6 (3.35%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.23%) Military
7 3 (1.68%) Publishing
8 2 (1.12%) Legal
8 2 (1.12%) Retail
9 1 (0.56%) Advertising
9 1 (0.56%) Automotive
9 1 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 79 (44.13%) Analyst
2 47 (26.26%) Test Analyst
3 32 (17.88%) Tester
4 29 (16.20%) Business Analyst
5 26 (14.53%) Test Manager
6 12 (6.70%) Automation Tester
6 12 (6.70%) Test Engineer
7 11 (6.15%) SAP Analyst
7 11 (6.15%) SAP Test Analyst
8 8 (4.47%) Performance Tester
8 8 (4.47%) QA Analyst
9 7 (3.91%) Lead Tester
9 7 (3.91%) Test Leader
10 6 (3.35%) Project Manager
10 6 (3.35%) QA Test Analyst
10 6 (3.35%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (3.35%) Software Tester
11 5 (2.79%) SAP Test Manager
11 5 (2.79%) Senior Business Analyst
11 5 (2.79%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (22.91%) XML
2 19 (10.61%) SOAP
3 11 (6.15%) JSON
4 9 (5.03%) Web Services
5 8 (4.47%) REST
6 6 (3.35%) RabbitMQ
6 6 (3.35%) WireMock
7 4 (2.23%) Spring
7 4 (2.23%) Spring Boot
8 3 (1.68%) Middleware
8 3 (1.68%) Swagger
9 2 (1.12%) .NET
9 2 (1.12%) ADO
10 1 (0.56%) J2EE
10 1 (0.56%) Play Framework
10 1 (0.56%) SAP Fiori
10 1 (0.56%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 24 (13.41%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.47%) Management Information System
2 8 (4.47%) Smart Meter
3 5 (2.79%) Mobile App
3 5 (2.79%) NHS
3 5 (2.79%) User Experience
4 4 (2.23%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.23%) Freedom of Information
5 3 (1.68%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.68%) e-Learning
5 3 (1.68%) Freedom of Information Act
6 2 (1.12%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.12%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.12%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.56%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.56%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (0.56%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.56%) PMI
7 1 (0.56%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 36 (20.11%) Windows
2 34 (18.99%) Unix
3 9 (5.03%) Linux
4 2 (1.12%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.12%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.12%) zOS
5 1 (0.56%) AIX
5 1 (0.56%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (50.84%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (35.20%) Test Automation
3 48 (26.82%) Test Scripting
4 39 (21.79%) Scrum
5 35 (19.55%) Test Management
6 34 (18.99%) Customer Requirements
7 31 (17.32%) Defect Management
7 31 (17.32%) Stakeholder Management
8 30 (16.76%) Regression Testing
9 28 (15.64%) Test Strategy
10 26 (14.53%) Software Testing
11 25 (13.97%) User Acceptance Testing
12 23 (12.85%) Business Analysis
13 21 (11.73%) Open Source
13 21 (11.73%) Validation
13 21 (11.73%) Waterfall
14 19 (10.61%) Continuous Improvement
14 19 (10.61%) Data Modelling
14 19 (10.61%) Migration
15 18 (10.06%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 65 (36.31%) SQL
2 33 (18.44%) Java
3 11 (6.15%) C#
3 11 (6.15%) JavaScript
3 11 (6.15%) PL/SQL
4 10 (5.59%) VB
5 3 (1.68%) Python
5 3 (1.68%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.68%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.12%) Perl
6 2 (1.12%) Ruby
7 1 (0.56%) C
7 1 (0.56%) COBOL
7 1 (0.56%) Groovy
7 1 (0.56%) Natural
7 1 (0.56%) R
Qualifications
1 122 (68.16%) ISTQB
2 63 (35.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 44 (24.58%) Security Cleared
4 26 (14.53%) SC Cleared
5 11 (6.15%) Degree
6 9 (5.03%) ISEB Practitioner
7 7 (3.91%) DV Cleared
8 6 (3.35%) CBAP
8 6 (3.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 4 (2.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 3 (1.68%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (1.68%) Postgraduate
11 2 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (1.12%) IIBA
11 2 (1.12%) Master's Degree
11 2 (1.12%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 1 (0.56%) APMP
12 1 (0.56%) MCP
12 1 (0.56%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (27.93%) QA
2 9 (5.03%) SLA
3 6 (3.35%) GDPR
4 1 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.56%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.56%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (3.91%) Docker
2 1 (0.56%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 12 (6.70%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (5.59%) HP ALM
3 5 (2.79%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.12%) Ansible
4 2 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.12%) Rancher
5 1 (0.56%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.56%) Puppet
5 1 (0.56%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 49 (27.37%) Microsoft
2 44 (24.58%) Oracle
3 33 (18.44%) SAP
4 15 (8.38%) webMethods
5 13 (7.26%) HP
6 3 (1.68%) CheckPoint
6 3 (1.68%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.12%) Cisco
7 2 (1.12%) Google
7 2 (1.12%) IBM
7 2 (1.12%) Juniper
7 2 (1.12%) UiPath
8 1 (0.56%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.56%) Concur
8 1 (0.56%) Databricks
8 1 (0.56%) Delphix
8 1 (0.56%) New Relic
8 1 (0.56%) Pega
8 1 (0.56%) Splunk
8 1 (0.56%) WSO2