Period
to 23 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for ISEB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 23 June 2018 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
6 months to
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 329 233 212
Rank change year-on-year -96 -21 -27
Contract jobs citing ISEB 759 1,011 1,331
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 1.10% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.00% 5.48% 5.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 489 695 953
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £275 £246 £263
90th Percentile £600 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £353 £350
% change year-on-year +6.38% +0.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 21 18
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £43.25 £39.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.32% +10.49% +34.98%
10th Percentile £12.72 £17.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £71.35 £53.00 £178.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £43.25 £39.15
% change year-on-year -65.32% +10.49% +30.48%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18,972 18,449 22,866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.15% 21.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,345 11,387 14,274
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 936 845
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £30.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -0.68% +34.24%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -19.35% -11.43% +55.56%

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISEB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISEB.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISEB over the 6 months to 23 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISEB.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISEB over the 6 months to 23 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISEB within the UK over the 6 months to 23 June 2018. 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
England -92 697 £400 +6.31% 158
UK excluding London -81 527 £375 +6.38% 136
London -95 226 £490 +15.29% 31
South East -80 158 £375 +3.45% 31
Midlands -19 101 £375 +7.14% 16
North of England -48 84 £330 +1.54% 53
South West -45 77 £375 -6.25% 17
West Midlands -3 76 £375 +15.38% 13
East of England +5 52 £400 +14.29% 10
Scotland -37 40 £325 -3.70% 4
Yorkshire -25 32 £400 +14.29% 23
North West -43 32 £330 +11.86% 25
East Midlands -13 24 £350 -22.22% 3
North East +12 22 £330 +1.54% 5
Wales -41 12 £455 +44.44% 5
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 23 June 2018, 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 with a requirement for ISEB.

1 352 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 334 (44.01%) ISTQB
3 212 (27.93%) Test Automation
4 170 (22.40%) Finance
5 169 (22.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 161 (21.21%) Business Analysis
7 147 (19.37%) Selenium
7 147 (19.37%) Java
8 142 (18.71%) Test Scripting
9 137 (18.05%) Scrum
10 132 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
11 129 (17.00%) Waterfall
12 125 (16.47%) Security Cleared
12 125 (16.47%) SQL
13 113 (14.89%) Software Testing
14 111 (14.62%) Test Strategy
15 110 (14.49%) Oracle
16 108 (14.23%) Project Management
17 100 (13.18%) Stakeholder Management
17 100 (13.18%) Windows
18 99 (13.04%) QA
19 97 (12.78%) Microsoft
20 93 (12.25%) PRINCE2
21 90 (11.86%) JIRA
21 90 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
22 82 (10.80%) Functional Testing
23 79 (10.41%) Degree
24 78 (10.28%) HP
25 76 (10.01%) SC Cleared
26 75 (9.88%) System Integration Testing

ISEB
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 33 (4.35%) Confluence
1 33 (4.35%) WebLogic
2 17 (2.24%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (0.53%) Apache
4 4 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 4 (0.53%) SAS
4 4 (0.53%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.53%) WebLogic Integration
5 3 (0.40%) CMS
5 3 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.13%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.13%) ATG Dynamo
7 1 (0.13%) CICS
7 1 (0.13%) Documentum
Applications
1 63 (8.30%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (7.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (4.87%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (1.84%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (1.05%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 8 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
1 8 (1.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.26%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.26%) FastStats
4 2 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.26%) Primavera
4 2 (0.26%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.26%) Unica
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.13%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.13%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.13%) SAP FI-CA
5 1 (0.13%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 58 (7.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (1.98%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (1.71%) Office 365
4 12 (1.58%) SaaS
5 7 (0.92%) IaaS
6 6 (0.79%) BrowserStack
6 6 (0.79%) Slack
7 4 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 4 (0.53%) BlazeMeter
7 4 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
7 4 (0.53%) GitHub
7 4 (0.53%) PaaS
8 3 (0.40%) Google Play
9 2 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.26%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.29%) PuTTY
2 24 (3.16%) WinSCP
3 19 (2.50%) Internet
4 10 (1.32%) SMS
4 10 (1.32%) TCP/IP
5 6 (0.79%) LAN
6 5 (0.66%) DNS
6 5 (0.66%) FTP
7 4 (0.53%) 3G
7 4 (0.53%) Firewall
7 4 (0.53%) Intranet
7 4 (0.53%) Unified Communications
7 4 (0.53%) WLAN
8 3 (0.40%) 2G
8 3 (0.40%) 4G
8 3 (0.40%) GSM
8 3 (0.40%) SCCP
8 3 (0.40%) UMTS
8 3 (0.40%) VoIP
8 3 (0.40%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.74%) Oracle Database
3 27 (3.56%) Oracle Database 10g
4 24 (3.16%) Oracle Database 11g
4 24 (3.16%) SQL Server 2012
4 24 (3.16%) SQL Server 2016
5 18 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
7 8 (1.05%) Oracle OWB
8 7 (0.92%) Impala
8 7 (0.92%) Pentaho
9 6 (0.79%) Big Data
9 6 (0.79%) Power BI
10 5 (0.66%) Relational Database
11 4 (0.53%) Geospatial Data
11 4 (0.53%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.53%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
11 4 (0.53%) SAP BW
11 4 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 147 (19.37%) Selenium
2 90 (11.86%) JIRA
3 63 (8.30%) Cucumber
4 60 (7.91%) SoapUI
5 44 (5.80%) LoadRunner
6 41 (5.40%) SpecFlow
7 36 (4.74%) HP UFT
8 34 (4.48%) Jenkins
9 32 (4.22%) JMeter
10 29 (3.82%) WebDriver
11 28 (3.69%) TestNG
12 27 (3.56%) Oracle APEX
13 25 (3.29%) Team Foundation Server
14 24 (3.16%) Ant
14 24 (3.16%) Eclipse
15 23 (3.03%) Toad
16 13 (1.71%) Git (software)
17 11 (1.45%) Visual Studio
17 11 (1.45%) Zephyr
18 8 (1.05%) JUnit
General
1 170 (22.40%) Finance
2 56 (7.38%) Banking
3 50 (6.59%) Retail
4 31 (4.08%) Legal
5 27 (3.56%) Telecoms
6 19 (2.50%) Law
7 15 (1.98%) Pharmaceutical
8 14 (1.84%) Retail Banking
9 11 (1.45%) Marketing
10 8 (1.05%) Investment Banking
10 8 (1.05%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.92%) Automotive
12 6 (0.79%) Advertising
13 5 (0.66%) Military
14 4 (0.53%) Electronics
15 3 (0.40%) Back Office
15 3 (0.40%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.40%) Private Banking
16 2 (0.26%) Front Office
17 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 434 (57.18%) Analyst
2 213 (28.06%) Test Analyst
3 185 (24.37%) Business Analyst
4 65 (8.56%) Tester
5 54 (7.11%) Test Manager
6 53 (6.98%) Test Leader
7 47 (6.19%) Test Engineer
8 39 (5.14%) Project Manager
9 32 (4.22%) Senior Analyst
10 25 (3.29%) Automation Test Analyst
11 24 (3.16%) Automation Tester
12 21 (2.77%) Senior Business Analyst
12 21 (2.77%) Test Automation Engineer
13 18 (2.37%) Financial Analyst
14 15 (1.98%) Manual Test Analyst
14 15 (1.98%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
15 14 (1.84%) Banking Analyst
15 14 (1.84%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
16 13 (1.71%) IT Business Analyst
16 13 (1.71%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (7.11%) XML
2 53 (6.98%) .NET
3 46 (6.06%) Web Services
4 17 (2.24%) SOAP
5 13 (1.71%) RESTful
6 8 (1.05%) Gherkin
7 6 (0.79%) JSON
8 5 (0.66%) HTML
8 5 (0.66%) Oracle Fusion
8 5 (0.66%) REST
9 3 (0.40%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.40%) ASP.NET
9 3 (0.40%) WebdriverIO
9 3 (0.40%) XSL
10 2 (0.26%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.26%) Velocity
11 1 (0.13%) AngularJS
11 1 (0.13%) HTML5
11 1 (0.13%) Node.js
11 1 (0.13%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 90 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.01%) Management Information System
3 19 (2.50%) User Experience
4 17 (2.24%) PMI
5 14 (1.84%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.58%) Client/Server
6 12 (1.58%) Mobile App
6 12 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 11 (1.45%) NHS
8 10 (1.32%) Reinsurance
9 9 (1.19%) Virtual Team
10 7 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (0.92%) Driving Licence
10 7 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (0.66%) CCTV
11 5 (0.66%) PKI
12 4 (0.53%) Derivative
12 4 (0.53%) Equities
12 4 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 4 (0.53%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 100 (13.18%) Windows
2 55 (7.25%) Linux
3 48 (6.32%) Unix
4 27 (3.56%) Windows Server
5 24 (3.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 21 (2.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (2.37%) Windows 10
8 10 (1.32%) Apple iOS
9 9 (1.19%) Android
10 4 (0.53%) HPUX
10 4 (0.53%) SUSE
11 3 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.40%) VME
11 3 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.26%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.26%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 352 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 212 (27.93%) Test Automation
3 161 (21.21%) Business Analysis
4 142 (18.71%) Test Scripting
5 137 (18.05%) Scrum
6 132 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
7 129 (17.00%) Waterfall
8 113 (14.89%) Software Testing
9 111 (14.62%) Test Strategy
10 108 (14.23%) Project Management
11 100 (13.18%) Stakeholder Management
12 93 (12.25%) PRINCE2
13 82 (10.80%) Functional Testing
14 75 (9.88%) System Integration Testing
15 67 (8.83%) BDD
16 62 (8.17%) Defect Management
17 59 (7.77%) User Stories
18 55 (7.25%) SDLC
19 54 (7.11%) Test Management
20 53 (6.98%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 147 (19.37%) Java
2 125 (16.47%) SQL
3 41 (5.40%) C#
4 23 (3.03%) F#
5 16 (2.11%) Python
6 15 (1.98%) C
7 12 (1.58%) JavaScript
8 7 (0.92%) C++
8 7 (0.92%) Ruby
9 6 (0.79%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.66%) Bash Shell
10 5 (0.66%) Perl
10 5 (0.66%) VB
10 5 (0.66%) VBScript
11 4 (0.53%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 4 (0.53%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.40%) Groovy
13 2 (0.26%) COBOL
13 2 (0.26%) PHP
14 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 334 (44.01%) ISTQB
2 169 (22.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 125 (16.47%) Security Cleared
4 79 (10.41%) Degree
5 76 (10.01%) SC Cleared
6 68 (8.96%) ISEB Practitioner
7 39 (5.14%) DV Cleared
8 29 (3.82%) CBAP
9 26 (3.43%) PMI Certification
10 25 (3.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 17 (2.24%) IIBA
12 13 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
12 13 (1.71%) ITIL Certification
13 10 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 9 (1.19%) APMP
14 9 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
14 9 (1.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 9 (1.19%) PMP
15 6 (0.79%) Master's Degree
16 3 (0.40%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (13.04%) QA
2 46 (6.06%) GDPR
3 23 (3.03%) PMO
4 6 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.66%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.66%) MiFID
6 3 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.40%) EMIR
6 3 (0.40%) SLA
7 2 (0.26%) WCAG
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 23 (3.03%) vSphere
2 7 (0.92%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.26%) ACF2
4 2 (0.26%) Docker
4 2 (0.26%) RACF
4 2 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.26%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.13%) Firmware
5 1 (0.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 61 (8.04%) HP ALM
2 46 (6.06%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (0.92%) vRealize
4 5 (0.66%) SCCM
5 3 (0.40%) SCOM
6 2 (0.26%) Control-M
6 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.26%) Nessus
7 1 (0.13%) Ansible
7 1 (0.13%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.13%) Endace
7 1 (0.13%) Oozie
7 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.13%) Puppet
Vendors
1 110 (14.49%) Oracle
2 97 (12.78%) Microsoft
3 78 (10.28%) HP
4 50 (6.59%) webMethods
5 28 (3.69%) VMware
6 26 (3.43%) SAP
7 25 (3.29%) Software AG
8 24 (3.16%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.32%) Capita
10 9 (1.19%) Atlassian
11 8 (1.05%) Niku
12 6 (0.79%) Cisco
12 6 (0.79%) Google
12 6 (0.79%) IBM
12 6 (0.79%) MuleSoft
12 6 (0.79%) New Relic
13 5 (0.66%) Adobe
13 5 (0.66%) AppDynamics
13 5 (0.66%) Informatica
14 4 (0.53%) Citrix