Period
to 18 January 2022

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 January 2022 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 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 504 371 361
Rank change year-on-year -133 -10 -47
Contract jobs citing ISEB 259 181 431
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.37% 0.54% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.95% 2.31% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 129 310
10th Percentile £350 £247 £306
25th Percentile £400 £313 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £429 £383 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.88% -9.88% +6.25%
75th Percentile £510 £450 £500
90th Percentile £588 £500 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 12
10th Percentile £27.22 £23.98 £47.00
25th Percentile £29.60 £25.00 £47.73
Median hourly rate £34.64 £27.98 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +23.78% -44.04% -3.85%
75th Percentile £40.10 £60.00 £73.75
90th Percentile £42.74 £61.25 -
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £27.98 £50.00
% change year-on-year +25.09% -44.04% +49.25%

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 13,267 7,839 14,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.05% 23.39% 21.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,583 5,127 9,168
10th Percentile £313 £275 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £466
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% +1.99% +3.50%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 587 392 566
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.19
25th Percentile £17.00 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £38.50 £40.00 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.75% +23.08% +23.04%
75th Percentile £53.73 £52.50 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.99 £61.25 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £39.55 £40.00 £33.23
% change year-on-year -1.13% +20.38% +25.79%

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 18 January 2022.

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 18 January 2022.

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 January 2022. 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 -35 69 £450 +6.51% 18
London -163 69 £500 +17.65% 8
Midlands -68 40 £405 +12.50% 16
West Midlands -68 34 £405 +12.50% 13
South West -35 29 £425 +6.25% 17
North of England -47 25 £413 +37.50% 18
East of England -45 18 £427 +20.73% 6
North West -39 13 £425 +41.67% 13
Yorkshire -41 11 £405 +65.31% 5
East Midlands - 6 £500 - 3
North East +1 2 £425 -10.53%
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, 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.

1 137 (52.90%) ISTQB
2 112 (43.24%) Agile Software Development
3 90 (34.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 89 (34.36%) Test Automation
5 85 (32.82%) Test Scripting
6 83 (32.05%) Social Skills
7 74 (28.57%) Selenium
8 69 (26.64%) JIRA
8 69 (26.64%) Oracle
9 63 (24.32%) QA
10 62 (23.94%) SQL
10 62 (23.94%) Software Testing
11 58 (22.39%) Business Analysis
12 57 (22.01%) Windows
13 56 (21.62%) Security Cleared
14 55 (21.24%) Finance
15 50 (19.31%) Defect Management
16 49 (18.92%) SC Cleared
17 47 (18.15%) Cucumber
18 45 (17.37%) Waterfall
19 44 (16.99%) Java
19 44 (16.99%) Customer Requirements
20 42 (16.22%) Unix
21 41 (15.83%) Public Sector
22 39 (15.06%) Project Management
23 38 (14.67%) Test Strategy
24 36 (13.90%) PRINCE2
25 35 (13.51%) XML
25 35 (13.51%) Microsoft
25 35 (13.51%) Azure

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 (11.97%) Confluence
2 25 (9.65%) WebLogic
3 12 (4.63%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.77%) Apache
4 2 (0.77%) Mule
4 2 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.77%) SAS
5 1 (0.39%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.39%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.39%) CMS
5 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.39%) WebLogic Integration
5 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 28 (10.81%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (10.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (6.56%) MS Visio
4 13 (5.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (1.93%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (5.02%) SAP FI-CA
1 13 (5.02%) SAP PSCD
2 9 (3.47%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (2.32%) SAP HCM
4 4 (1.54%) Maximo
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle Cash Management
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.39%) Oracle CRM
7 1 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.39%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 35 (13.51%) Azure
2 10 (3.86%) Power Platform
3 8 (3.09%) GitHub
4 7 (2.70%) AWS
4 7 (2.70%) Power Automate
4 7 (2.70%) PowerApps
5 6 (2.32%) BrowserStack
5 6 (2.32%) SuccessFactors
6 5 (1.93%) PaaS
7 3 (1.16%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (1.16%) Microsoft 365
7 3 (1.16%) Tricentis Tosca
8 2 (0.77%) AWS KMS
8 2 (0.77%) Azure Functions
8 2 (0.77%) GCP
8 2 (0.77%) Google Tag Manager
8 2 (0.77%) IBM Blueworks
8 2 (0.77%) SaaS
8 2 (0.77%) Serverless
8 2 (0.77%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.93%) Firewall
1 5 (1.93%) LAN
1 5 (1.93%) WAN
1 5 (1.93%) Wireshark
2 3 (1.16%) Cisco IPT
2 3 (1.16%) Ethernet
2 3 (1.16%) HTTP
2 3 (1.16%) MPLS
2 3 (1.16%) Network Security
2 3 (1.16%) SAN
2 3 (1.16%) SSL
2 3 (1.16%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.16%) VPN
3 2 (0.77%) 3G
3 2 (0.77%) 4G
3 2 (0.77%) Diameter Protocol
3 2 (0.77%) Internet
3 2 (0.77%) LTE
3 2 (0.77%) SS7
3 2 (0.77%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.18%) SQL Server
2 15 (5.79%) MongoDB
3 13 (5.02%) Oracle Reports
4 12 (4.63%) Oracle Database
5 11 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.70%) MySQL
6 7 (2.70%) Oracle BI EE
7 6 (2.32%) Big Data
8 5 (1.93%) GIS
9 4 (1.54%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.16%) Geospatial Data
10 3 (1.16%) Power BI
10 3 (1.16%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.77%) Apache Hive
11 2 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.77%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.77%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.77%) Pentaho
11 2 (0.77%) Tableau
12 1 (0.39%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Development Applications
1 74 (28.57%) Selenium
2 69 (26.64%) JIRA
3 47 (18.15%) Cucumber
4 30 (11.58%) Postman
5 28 (10.81%) Jenkins
6 24 (9.27%) Git (software)
6 24 (9.27%) Toad
7 22 (8.49%) Gatling
8 21 (8.11%) SoapUI
9 14 (5.41%) JMeter
10 7 (2.70%) REST Assured
10 7 (2.70%) SpecFlow
11 6 (2.32%) Appium
12 5 (1.93%) Visual Studio
13 4 (1.54%) Bitbucket
13 4 (1.54%) Cypress.io
14 2 (0.77%) Jasmine
14 2 (0.77%) Mocha
14 2 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
14 2 (0.77%) TestNG
General
1 83 (32.05%) Social Skills
2 55 (21.24%) Finance
3 41 (15.83%) Public Sector
4 33 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (6.18%) Influencing Skills
6 13 (5.02%) Law
7 12 (4.63%) Presentation Skills
8 10 (3.86%) Telecoms
9 6 (2.32%) Banking
10 5 (1.93%) Documentation Skills
10 5 (1.93%) Legal
10 5 (1.93%) Marketing
11 4 (1.54%) Organisational Skills
11 4 (1.54%) Retail
12 3 (1.16%) Billing
12 3 (1.16%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.77%) Automotive
13 2 (0.77%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.77%) Local Government
13 2 (0.77%) Military
Job Titles
1 141 (54.44%) Analyst
2 68 (26.25%) Business Analyst
3 63 (24.32%) Test Analyst
4 24 (9.27%) Tester
5 19 (7.34%) IT Analyst
6 18 (6.95%) Business IT Analyst
6 18 (6.95%) IT Business Analyst
6 18 (6.95%) Test Engineer
7 16 (6.18%) Test Leader
8 15 (5.79%) Project Manager
9 13 (5.02%) QA Analyst
10 12 (4.63%) Senior Analyst
11 11 (4.25%) Test Manager
12 8 (3.09%) Agile Business Analyst
12 8 (3.09%) Architect
12 8 (3.09%) QA Tester
13 7 (2.70%) Data Business Analyst
13 7 (2.70%) Senior Business Analyst
14 6 (2.32%) Senior Test Analyst
14 6 (2.32%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (13.51%) XML
2 19 (7.34%) SOAP
3 14 (5.41%) RabbitMQ
4 13 (5.02%) JSON
5 6 (2.32%) FIX Protocol
5 6 (2.32%) Swagger
6 5 (1.93%) Gherkin
6 5 (1.93%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (1.54%) .NET
7 4 (1.54%) REST
8 2 (0.77%) Chai
8 2 (0.77%) CSS
8 2 (0.77%) Enzyme
8 2 (0.77%) HTML
8 2 (0.77%) Jest
8 2 (0.77%) Node.js
8 2 (0.77%) Play Framework
8 2 (0.77%) Web Services
9 1 (0.39%) Nightwatchjs
9 1 (0.39%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.02%) Management Information System
2 8 (3.09%) User Experience
3 7 (2.70%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (1.93%) Data Centre
4 5 (1.93%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.16%) Digital Media
5 3 (1.16%) Legacy Systems
5 3 (1.16%) Mainframe
6 2 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (0.77%) NHS
6 2 (0.77%) N-Tier
6 2 (0.77%) PKI
6 2 (0.77%) PMI
6 2 (0.77%) Robotics
6 2 (0.77%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (0.77%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.39%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.39%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.39%) DataPower
7 1 (0.39%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 57 (22.01%) Windows
2 42 (16.22%) Unix
3 31 (11.97%) Linux
4 9 (3.47%) CentOS
4 9 (3.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (1.93%) Apple iOS
5 5 (1.93%) Windows 10
6 3 (1.16%) Android
6 3 (1.16%) Solaris
7 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.39%) HPUX
8 1 (0.39%) SUSE
8 1 (0.39%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (43.24%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (34.36%) Test Automation
3 85 (32.82%) Test Scripting
4 62 (23.94%) Software Testing
5 58 (22.39%) Business Analysis
6 50 (19.31%) Defect Management
7 45 (17.37%) Waterfall
8 44 (16.99%) Customer Requirements
9 39 (15.06%) Project Management
10 38 (14.67%) Test Strategy
11 36 (13.90%) PRINCE2
12 34 (13.13%) Stakeholder Management
13 33 (12.74%) Use Case
14 32 (12.36%) DevOps
14 32 (12.36%) Requirements Gathering
15 31 (11.97%) User Acceptance Testing
16 30 (11.58%) SDLC
17 29 (11.20%) API Testing
18 28 (10.81%) ITIL
19 27 (10.42%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 62 (23.94%) SQL
2 44 (16.99%) Java
3 14 (5.41%) JavaScript
4 10 (3.86%) C#
5 4 (1.54%) COBOL
5 4 (1.54%) Scala
6 3 (1.16%) Python
6 3 (1.16%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.77%) PL/SQL
7 2 (0.77%) VB
8 1 (0.39%) C
8 1 (0.39%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 1 (0.39%) Groovy
8 1 (0.39%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.39%) VB6
Qualifications
1 137 (52.90%) ISTQB
2 90 (34.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 56 (21.62%) Security Cleared
4 49 (18.92%) SC Cleared
5 25 (9.65%) Degree
5 25 (9.65%) ISEB Practitioner
6 14 (5.41%) DV Cleared
7 12 (4.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 11 (4.25%) IIBA
9 10 (3.86%) APMP
9 10 (3.86%) CEH
10 8 (3.09%) CISA
11 7 (2.70%) MCSA
11 7 (2.70%) MCSE
11 7 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (2.32%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (2.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (1.93%) CBAP
13 5 (1.93%) CISM
13 5 (1.93%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (24.32%) QA
2 17 (6.56%) GDPR
3 8 (3.09%) Accessibility
4 5 (1.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.16%) NIST
6 2 (0.77%) COBIT
6 2 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.77%) SLA
6 2 (0.77%) WCAG
7 1 (0.39%) GRC
7 1 (0.39%) HL7
7 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.39%) PMO
7 1 (0.39%) PSD2
System Software
1 5 (1.93%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.54%) vCloud
3 2 (0.77%) HDFS
3 2 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.77%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (6.95%) HP ALM
2 10 (3.86%) Puppet
3 5 (1.93%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (1.16%) HP Fortify
4 3 (1.16%) SCCM
4 3 (1.16%) WebInspect
5 2 (0.77%) Grafana
5 2 (0.77%) Kibana
5 2 (0.77%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.39%) Terraform
6 1 (0.39%) WSUS
Vendors
1 69 (26.64%) Oracle
2 35 (13.51%) Microsoft
3 28 (10.81%) SAP
4 22 (8.49%) webMethods
5 18 (6.95%) HP
6 7 (2.70%) Splunk
7 5 (1.93%) Micro Focus
7 5 (1.93%) VMware
8 4 (1.54%) Cisco
8 4 (1.54%) Guidewire
9 3 (1.16%) ArcSight
9 3 (1.16%) Black Duck
9 3 (1.16%) Google
9 3 (1.16%) IBM
9 3 (1.16%) Juniper
9 3 (1.16%) Qualys
9 3 (1.16%) Sonatype
9 3 (1.16%) Tripwire
10 2 (0.77%) Apple
10 2 (0.77%) CheckPoint