Period
to 21 September 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 September 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 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 316 360 315
Rank change year-on-year +44 -45 -33
Contract jobs citing ISEB 156 539 807
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.61% 0.67% 0.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.36% 3.42% 4.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 375 504
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £275 £300 £270
90th Percentile £554 £538 £575
UK median daily rate £415 £413 £383
% change year-on-year +0.61% +7.84% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 10
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.69% +1.75%
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year - +20.69% +1.75%

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 6,614 15,779 17,436
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 25.78% 19.61% 18.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,055 9,666 10,300
Median daily rate £475 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 315 704 883
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £24.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +49.50% -12.44%
10th Percentile £17.50 £13.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £63.38 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% +53.06% -14.93%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +150 43 £450 -5.26% 3
South East +78 30 £400 - 10
Midlands +77 28 £423 +9.74% 1
West Midlands +47 28 £423 +8.33% 1
North of England +76 23 £475 +31.03% 3
East of England +77 16 £425 -5.56% 3
North West +75 15 £518 +29.38% 1
South West +19 14 £353 -17.06% 2
Yorkshire +58 6 £263 -25.00% 2
North East +23 3 £513 +42.36%
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 93 (59.62%) ISTQB
2 73 (46.79%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (46.79%) Test Automation
3 60 (38.46%) Security Cleared
4 57 (36.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 56 (35.90%) SQL
6 53 (33.97%) JIRA
7 47 (30.13%) Selenium
8 46 (29.49%) Microsoft
9 42 (26.92%) Java
9 42 (26.92%) Oracle
9 42 (26.92%) Unix
9 42 (26.92%) BDD
10 41 (26.28%) SC Cleared
11 40 (25.64%) Test Scripting
11 40 (25.64%) Cucumber
12 38 (24.36%) Scrum
12 38 (24.36%) Windows
13 32 (20.51%) XML
13 32 (20.51%) Software Testing
13 32 (20.51%) DevOps
14 30 (19.23%) Public Sector
15 29 (18.59%) Customer Requirements
15 29 (18.59%) QA
16 28 (17.95%) TDD
16 28 (17.95%) JMeter
17 27 (17.31%) Test Strategy
18 26 (16.67%) Confluence
18 26 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
18 26 (16.67%) Continuous Integration

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 (16.67%) Confluence
2 20 (12.82%) WebLogic
3 15 (9.62%) SharePoint
4 9 (5.77%) Mule
5 5 (3.21%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (3.21%) IIS
5 5 (3.21%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (2.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (1.92%) Appian
8 1 (0.64%) Apache
8 1 (0.64%) JBoss
8 1 (0.64%) SAS
8 1 (0.64%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 19 (12.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (6.41%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (5.13%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (3.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (2.56%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (7.05%) Teamcenter
2 5 (3.21%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.64%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.64%) ReMetrica
3 1 (0.64%) SAP PSCD
3 1 (0.64%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 19 (12.18%) Azure
2 10 (6.41%) AWS
3 8 (5.13%) BlazeMeter
4 5 (3.21%) Tricentis Tosca
5 2 (1.28%) Power Platform
6 1 (0.64%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.64%) GitHub
6 1 (0.64%) Office 365
6 1 (0.64%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.85%) Tactical Data Link
2 3 (1.92%) Internet
2 3 (1.92%) Wireshark
3 2 (1.28%) HTTP
3 2 (1.28%) LAN
3 2 (1.28%) WAN
3 2 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (1.28%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.64%) 3G
4 1 (0.64%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.64%) FTP
4 1 (0.64%) PBX
4 1 (0.64%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.64%) SMTP
4 1 (0.64%) SSL
4 1 (0.64%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.64%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.21%) MongoDB
2 5 (3.21%) MySQL
2 5 (3.21%) Oracle Database
2 5 (3.21%) Oracle OWB
2 5 (3.21%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.56%) Apache Hive
3 4 (2.56%) Hadoop
3 4 (2.56%) Pentaho
4 2 (1.28%) Power BI
5 1 (0.64%) Big Data
5 1 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.64%) PowerCenter
5 1 (0.64%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 53 (33.97%) JIRA
2 47 (30.13%) Selenium
3 40 (25.64%) Cucumber
4 28 (17.95%) JMeter
5 21 (13.46%) SoapUI
6 19 (12.18%) eggPlant
7 17 (10.90%) Toad
8 16 (10.26%) Postman
9 15 (9.62%) Jenkins
10 14 (8.97%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (6.41%) Git (software)
12 7 (4.49%) HP UFT
12 7 (4.49%) REST Assured
12 7 (4.49%) Visual Studio
12 7 (4.49%) Zephyr
13 5 (3.21%) LoadRunner
13 5 (3.21%) Visual Studio Coded UI
14 4 (2.56%) Bitbucket
14 4 (2.56%) Gatling
14 4 (2.56%) TestDirector
General
1 30 (19.23%) Public Sector
2 17 (10.90%) Finance
3 9 (5.77%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.21%) Law
5 4 (2.56%) Military
6 3 (1.92%) Banking
6 3 (1.92%) Front Office
7 2 (1.28%) Billing
7 2 (1.28%) General Ledger
7 2 (1.28%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.64%) Legal
8 1 (0.64%) Marketing
8 1 (0.64%) Police
Job Titles
1 65 (41.67%) Analyst
2 45 (28.85%) Test Analyst
3 25 (16.03%) Tester
4 19 (12.18%) Business Analyst
5 16 (10.26%) Test Engineer
6 13 (8.33%) Test Manager
7 12 (7.69%) Automation Tester
8 10 (6.41%) Consultant
8 10 (6.41%) Test Consultant
9 9 (5.77%) Test Automation Consultant
10 8 (5.13%) Test Leader
11 7 (4.49%) QA Tester
11 7 (4.49%) Test Automation Engineer
12 6 (3.85%) QA Analyst
13 5 (3.21%) QA Test Analyst
13 5 (3.21%) Senior Tester
14 4 (2.56%) Architect
14 4 (2.56%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 4 (2.56%) Senior QA Tester
14 4 (2.56%) SharePoint Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (20.51%) XML
2 15 (9.62%) SOAP
3 13 (8.33%) Spring
3 13 (8.33%) Web Services
4 11 (7.05%) JSON
4 11 (7.05%) RabbitMQ
4 11 (7.05%) Spring Boot
5 10 (6.41%) WireMock
6 7 (4.49%) Middleware
7 6 (3.85%) J2SE
8 5 (3.21%) .NET
9 3 (1.92%) HTML
9 3 (1.92%) Ruby on Rails
9 3 (1.92%) XBRL
10 2 (1.28%) J2EE
10 2 (1.28%) REST
11 1 (0.64%) COM
11 1 (0.64%) Gherkin
11 1 (0.64%) Node.js
11 1 (0.64%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 19 (12.18%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.13%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.21%) Client/Server
4 4 (2.56%) Freedom of Information
4 4 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.92%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.92%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.92%) e-Learning
5 3 (1.92%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (1.92%) NHS
6 2 (1.28%) Freedom of Information Act
6 2 (1.28%) User Experience
7 1 (0.64%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.64%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 42 (26.92%) Unix
2 38 (24.36%) Windows
3 24 (15.38%) Linux
4 6 (3.85%) Android
4 6 (3.85%) Apple iOS
5 5 (3.21%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (1.28%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.64%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.64%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (46.79%) Agile Software Development
1 73 (46.79%) Test Automation
2 42 (26.92%) BDD
3 40 (25.64%) Test Scripting
4 38 (24.36%) Scrum
5 32 (20.51%) DevOps
5 32 (20.51%) Software Testing
6 29 (18.59%) Customer Requirements
7 28 (17.95%) TDD
8 27 (17.31%) Test Strategy
9 26 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
9 26 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
10 24 (15.38%) Integration Testing
11 22 (14.10%) Functional Testing
11 22 (14.10%) Microservices
11 22 (14.10%) User Acceptance Testing
12 19 (12.18%) Performance Testing
13 18 (11.54%) API Testing
13 18 (11.54%) Business Analysis
13 18 (11.54%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 56 (35.90%) SQL
2 42 (26.92%) Java
3 10 (6.41%) C#
4 6 (3.85%) JavaScript
5 5 (3.21%) Python
6 4 (2.56%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.92%) Ruby
7 3 (1.92%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.28%) VB
9 1 (0.64%) C
9 1 (0.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 93 (59.62%) ISTQB
2 60 (38.46%) Security Cleared
3 57 (36.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 41 (26.28%) SC Cleared
5 11 (7.05%) DV Cleared
5 11 (7.05%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (3.21%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (3.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (1.92%) Degree
7 3 (1.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (1.92%) Postgraduate
8 2 (1.28%) BC Cleared
8 2 (1.28%) IIBA
9 1 (0.64%) CBAP
9 1 (0.64%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (18.59%) QA
2 5 (3.21%) GDPR
3 2 (1.28%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.64%) GPG13
4 1 (0.64%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 11 (7.05%) Docker
2 6 (3.85%) Active Directory
3 5 (3.21%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.56%) HDFS
5 1 (0.64%) Firmware
5 1 (0.64%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (8.97%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (3.21%) Kubernetes
2 5 (3.21%) Rancher
3 1 (0.64%) Ansible
3 1 (0.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.64%) Puppet
Vendors
1 46 (29.49%) Microsoft
2 42 (26.92%) Oracle
3 15 (9.62%) webMethods
4 10 (6.41%) SAP
5 7 (4.49%) HP
6 3 (1.92%) CheckPoint
6 3 (1.92%) Cisco
7 2 (1.28%) IBM
7 2 (1.28%) Juniper
7 2 (1.28%) Tableau
7 2 (1.28%) Telerik
8 1 (0.64%) Ariba
8 1 (0.64%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.64%) Capita
8 1 (0.64%) Concur
8 1 (0.64%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.64%) Pega
8 1 (0.64%) SolarWinds
8 1 (0.64%) Splunk
8 1 (0.64%) WSO2