Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 452 321 368
Rank change year-on-year -131 +47 -48
Contract jobs citing ISEB 291 156 539
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.46% 0.61% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.42% 2.36% 3.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 124 382
10th Percentile £313 £275 £300
25th Percentile £360 £350 £343
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £425 £409
Median % change year-on-year - +3.98% +2.19%
75th Percentile £494 £500 £494
90th Percentile £563 £563 £540
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £404
% change year-on-year +0.59% +4.71% +4.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 5
10th Percentile £41.73 £21.96 £21.49
25th Percentile £42.06 £23.77 £21.86
Median hourly rate £45.25 £26.07 £62.50
Median % change year-on-year +73.59% -58.29% +148.73%
75th Percentile £49.56 £29.12 £63.75
90th Percentile £50.58 £29.65 £76.50
UK median hourly rate £45.25 £26.07 £62.50
% change year-on-year +73.59% -58.29% +129.32%

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 12,008 6,614 15,791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.79% 25.78% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,763 4,493 10,026
10th Percentile £313 £300 £263
25th Percentile £406 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £480 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 578 218 649
10th Percentile £12.36 £15.69 £13.44
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.38 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.50 £33.88 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -1.10% -15.31% +77.78%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £64.50 £60.53
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%

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 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
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 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
South East -45 79 £425 +6.25% 17
London -155 75 £500 +11.11% 11
North of England -61 45 £405 -14.74% 10
Midlands -63 40 £403 -3.01% 17
West Midlands -58 36 £400 -3.61% 9
North West -44 27 £413 -19.51% 3
South West -29 24 £425 +20.57% 10
East of England -47 15 £427 -4.04% 2
Yorkshire -44 14 £408 +55.24% 6
North East -16 5 £363 -23.68% 1
East Midlands - 4 £500 - 8
ISEB
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 142 (48.80%) ISTQB
2 129 (44.33%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (31.62%) Test Automation
4 82 (28.18%) Social Skills
5 81 (27.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 77 (26.46%) SQL
7 73 (25.09%) Test Scripting
8 68 (23.37%) Oracle
9 67 (23.02%) Business Analysis
10 62 (21.31%) JIRA
11 60 (20.62%) Selenium
12 59 (20.27%) Software Testing
12 59 (20.27%) Finance
13 55 (18.90%) QA
14 52 (17.87%) Security Cleared
14 52 (17.87%) Analytical Skills
15 48 (16.49%) Azure
15 48 (16.49%) Defect Management
16 45 (15.46%) Cucumber
17 44 (15.12%) Microsoft
18 42 (14.43%) Windows
19 41 (14.09%) Unix
20 37 (12.71%) Test Strategy
21 36 (12.37%) DevOps
21 36 (12.37%) Microsoft Excel
22 35 (12.03%) SC Cleared
22 35 (12.03%) Problem-Solving
23 34 (11.68%) XML
24 33 (11.34%) PRINCE2
24 33 (11.34%) Requirements Gathering

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 29 (9.97%) Confluence
2 18 (6.19%) SharePoint
3 14 (4.81%) Apache
4 11 (3.78%) Apache Airflow
4 11 (3.78%) Apache Spark
5 10 (3.44%) WebLogic
6 4 (1.37%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (1.03%) WebLogic Integration
8 2 (0.69%) SAS
9 1 (0.34%) IIS
9 1 (0.34%) Mule
9 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 36 (12.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (9.97%) Microsoft Office
3 22 (7.56%) MS Visio
4 15 (5.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (2.41%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (5.15%) SAP HCM
2 5 (1.72%) SAP FI-CA
2 5 (1.72%) SAP PSCD
3 4 (1.37%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (1.03%) Sage CRM
4 3 (1.03%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.69%) Maximo
5 2 (0.69%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.69%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.69%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.69%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.34%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 48 (16.49%) Azure
2 26 (8.93%) AWS
3 17 (5.84%) GitHub
3 17 (5.84%) SuccessFactors
4 14 (4.81%) Serverless
5 12 (4.12%) Azure Functions
6 10 (3.44%) GCP
7 7 (2.41%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 7 (2.41%) Azure Storage
7 7 (2.41%) Azure Synapse Analytics
7 7 (2.41%) GitHub Actions
8 5 (1.72%) PaaS
9 3 (1.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.03%) Google Analytics
9 3 (1.03%) Google Tag Manager
9 3 (1.03%) Trello
10 2 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.69%) BrowserStack
10 2 (0.69%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.75%) HTTP
2 7 (2.41%) Network Security
3 6 (2.06%) 2G
3 6 (2.06%) 3G
3 6 (2.06%) 4G
3 6 (2.06%) 5G
3 6 (2.06%) GSM
3 6 (2.06%) Internet
3 6 (2.06%) SCCP
3 6 (2.06%) UMTS
4 4 (1.37%) 3GPP
4 4 (1.37%) GPRS
4 4 (1.37%) INAP
4 4 (1.37%) LAN
4 4 (1.37%) M3UA
4 4 (1.37%) SCTP
4 4 (1.37%) SMPP
4 4 (1.37%) TCAP
4 4 (1.37%) VoIP
4 4 (1.37%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (5.84%) Oracle Database
1 17 (5.84%) Oracle Reports
2 14 (4.81%) SQL Server
3 13 (4.47%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (2.75%) NoSQL
5 7 (2.41%) MongoDB
5 7 (2.41%) Redis
6 6 (2.06%) Relational Database
6 6 (2.06%) Snowflake Schema
7 4 (1.37%) MySQL
8 3 (1.03%) Big Data
8 3 (1.03%) Geospatial Data
8 3 (1.03%) GIS
8 3 (1.03%) MS Access
8 3 (1.03%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.69%) Amazon Athena
9 2 (0.69%) Amazon Redshift
9 2 (0.69%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.69%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 62 (21.31%) JIRA
2 60 (20.62%) Selenium
3 45 (15.46%) Cucumber
4 31 (10.65%) Gatling
5 22 (7.56%) Postman
6 14 (4.81%) Git (software)
7 13 (4.47%) Jenkins
8 12 (4.12%) SoapUI
9 9 (3.09%) JMeter
10 8 (2.75%) Toad
11 6 (2.06%) SpecFlow
12 5 (1.72%) JUnit
12 5 (1.72%) Visual Studio
13 4 (1.37%) Appium
13 4 (1.37%) eggPlant
13 4 (1.37%) Katalon Studio
13 4 (1.37%) LoadRunner
13 4 (1.37%) NeoLoad
13 4 (1.37%) REST Assured
14 3 (1.03%) Protractor
General
1 82 (28.18%) Social Skills
2 59 (20.27%) Finance
3 52 (17.87%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (10.65%) Public Sector
5 17 (5.84%) Influencing Skills
6 16 (5.50%) Presentation Skills
7 13 (4.47%) Banking
7 13 (4.47%) Law
8 12 (4.12%) Telecoms
9 10 (3.44%) Back Office
10 6 (2.06%) Retail
11 4 (1.37%) Documentation Skills
11 4 (1.37%) Front Office
12 3 (1.03%) Games
12 3 (1.03%) Investment Banking
12 3 (1.03%) Marketing
13 2 (0.69%) Automotive
13 2 (0.69%) Billing
13 2 (0.69%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.69%) Legal
Job Titles
1 138 (47.42%) Analyst
2 76 (26.12%) Business Analyst
3 54 (18.56%) Test Analyst
4 46 (15.81%) Tester
5 21 (7.22%) Business IT Analyst
5 21 (7.22%) IT Analyst
5 21 (7.22%) IT Business Analyst
6 20 (6.87%) Test Engineer
7 16 (5.50%) Project Manager
7 16 (5.50%) Test Manager
8 14 (4.81%) QA Tester
8 14 (4.81%) Test Leader
9 13 (4.47%) Agile Business Analyst
9 13 (4.47%) Data Business Analyst
10 12 (4.12%) QA Analyst
11 10 (3.44%) Architect
11 10 (3.44%) Automation Tester
12 9 (3.09%) QA Test Analyst
13 8 (2.75%) Data Protection Officer
14 7 (2.41%) Information Governance Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (11.68%) XML
2 15 (5.15%) SOAP
3 14 (4.81%) Kafka
4 7 (2.41%) JSON
5 6 (2.06%) Web Services
6 5 (1.72%) Spring
7 4 (1.37%) CSS
7 4 (1.37%) HTML
7 4 (1.37%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (1.37%) RESTful
8 3 (1.03%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.03%) Play Framework
9 2 (0.69%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (0.69%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.69%) Unreal Engine
10 1 (0.34%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.34%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.34%) CSS3
10 1 (0.34%) HTML5
10 1 (0.34%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 11 (3.78%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (2.41%) Management Information System
2 7 (2.41%) Replication
3 5 (1.72%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.37%) Data Protection Act
4 4 (1.37%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.03%) Digital Media
5 3 (1.03%) Mainframe
5 3 (1.03%) NHS
5 3 (1.03%) N-Tier
5 3 (1.03%) Robotics
5 3 (1.03%) User Experience
6 2 (0.69%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.69%) Data Centre
6 2 (0.69%) Fixed Income
6 2 (0.69%) Reinsurance
7 1 (0.34%) Cloud Native
7 1 (0.34%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.34%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.34%) Shadow IT
Operating Systems
1 42 (14.43%) Windows
2 41 (14.09%) Unix
3 12 (4.12%) Linux
4 3 (1.03%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.03%) CentOS
4 3 (1.03%) HPUX
4 3 (1.03%) Solaris
4 3 (1.03%) SUSE
4 3 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (0.69%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 129 (44.33%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (31.62%) Test Automation
3 73 (25.09%) Test Scripting
4 67 (23.02%) Business Analysis
5 59 (20.27%) Software Testing
6 48 (16.49%) Defect Management
7 37 (12.71%) Test Strategy
8 36 (12.37%) DevOps
9 35 (12.03%) Problem-Solving
10 33 (11.34%) PRINCE2
10 33 (11.34%) Requirements Gathering
11 31 (10.65%) Validation
12 30 (10.31%) Customer Requirements
12 30 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
12 30 (10.31%) User Acceptance Testing
13 29 (9.97%) SDLC
14 28 (9.62%) Waterfall
15 27 (9.28%) Open Source
15 27 (9.28%) Scrum
16 26 (8.93%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 77 (26.46%) SQL
2 29 (9.97%) JavaScript
3 20 (6.87%) Java
4 10 (3.44%) T-SQL
5 7 (2.41%) PL/SQL
6 6 (2.06%) C#
7 3 (1.03%) C
7 3 (1.03%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 3 (1.03%) VB
8 2 (0.69%) COBOL
8 2 (0.69%) Java 8
8 2 (0.69%) Python
8 2 (0.69%) Scala
9 1 (0.34%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.34%) Erlang
9 1 (0.34%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 142 (48.80%) ISTQB
2 81 (27.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 52 (17.87%) Security Cleared
4 35 (12.03%) SC Cleared
5 20 (6.87%) ISEB Practitioner
6 19 (6.53%) Degree
7 18 (6.19%) DV Cleared
8 11 (3.78%) IIBA
9 10 (3.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 9 (3.09%) CISA
11 8 (2.75%) APMP
12 7 (2.41%) BPSS Clearance
13 6 (2.06%) CBAP
13 6 (2.06%) CISM
13 6 (2.06%) CISSP
13 6 (2.06%) CRISC
14 5 (1.72%) CEH
15 3 (1.03%) GIAC
15 3 (1.03%) OSCE
15 3 (1.03%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (18.90%) QA
2 20 (6.87%) GDPR
3 8 (2.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (2.75%) NIST
4 4 (1.37%) Accessibility
4 4 (1.37%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.69%) HL7
6 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (0.69%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.34%) HDFS
2 1 (0.34%) vCloud
2 1 (0.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.34%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (5.15%) HP ALM
2 11 (3.78%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.41%) Terraform
4 3 (1.03%) Grafana
4 3 (1.03%) HP Fortify
4 3 (1.03%) Kibana
4 3 (1.03%) Puppet
4 3 (1.03%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 68 (23.37%) Oracle
2 44 (15.12%) Microsoft
3 27 (9.28%) SAP
4 17 (5.84%) HP
5 14 (4.81%) Databricks
6 10 (3.44%) Splunk
7 9 (3.09%) Google
7 9 (3.09%) Micro Focus
8 6 (2.06%) webMethods
9 4 (1.37%) Cisco
9 4 (1.37%) Juniper
9 4 (1.37%) OutSystems
10 3 (1.03%) Apple
10 3 (1.03%) Black Duck
10 3 (1.03%) Qualys
10 3 (1.03%) Sage
10 3 (1.03%) Sonatype
10 3 (1.03%) Sybase
10 3 (1.03%) TIBCO
10 3 (1.03%) Tripwire