Period
to 12 December 2017

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 12 December 2017 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 295 236 190
Rank change year-on-year -59 -46 -16
Contract jobs citing ISEB 899 1133 1543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 1.10% 1.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.65% 5.35% 6.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 565 762 1078
UK median daily rate £385 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £260 £233 £256
90th Percentile £519 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 14 9
UK median hourly rate £13.66 £34.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.42% +38.00% -18.77%
10th Percentile £12.88 £14.12 £13.81
90th Percentile £33.00 £57.90 £44.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.66 £34.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -60.42% +38.00% -20.77%

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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 December 2017.

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 12 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 17 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 12 December 2017. 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 -55 810 £400 +6.67% 109
UK excluding London -33 583 £350 - 77
London -40 310 £438 -1.69% 36
South East -22 178 £350 -0.14% 20
Midlands -15 102 £383 +9.36% 15
North of England -3 92 £325 +0.78% 23
West Midlands -21 69 £350 -3.45% 14
South West -25 69 £353 -6.00% 8
East of England +5 62 £350 -6.67% 6
Yorkshire +10 41 £325 +8.33% 7
Scotland -27 38 £350 +7.69% 5
North West -26 35 £325 - 13
Wales -8 33 £340 +4.62%
East Midlands -13 31 £463 +43.41% 1
North East +68 16 £331 -0.75% 3
Northern Ireland -24 10 £308 -27.53%
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISEB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for ISEB.

1 417 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 391 (43.49%) ISTQB
3 237 (26.36%) Test Automation
4 205 (22.80%) Finance
5 203 (22.58%) Business Analysis
6 197 (21.91%) Test Scripting
7 182 (20.24%) User Acceptance Testing
7 182 (20.24%) Software Testing
8 176 (19.58%) SQL
9 169 (18.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 150 (16.69%) Scrum
11 145 (16.13%) HP
12 138 (15.35%) Banking
13 130 (14.46%) Waterfall
14 129 (14.35%) JIRA
15 114 (12.68%) PRINCE2
16 113 (12.57%) HP Quality Center
17 111 (12.35%) Security Cleared
18 108 (12.01%) Stakeholder Management
18 108 (12.01%) Selenium
19 103 (11.46%) Microsoft
20 97 (10.79%) QA
21 95 (10.57%) Degree
22 91 (10.12%) Java
23 87 (9.68%) Project Management
23 87 (9.68%) Defect Management
24 84 (9.34%) SDLC
25 81 (9.01%) BDD
26 80 (8.90%) Oracle
27 77 (8.57%) Analytical Skills

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 34 (3.78%) Confluence
2 31 (3.45%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.11%) WebLogic
4 7 (0.78%) CMS
4 7 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 6 (0.67%) IIS
6 4 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (0.44%) MS Exchange
7 3 (0.33%) Documentum
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.22%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.11%) Apache
9 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.11%) SAS
9 1 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.11%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.11%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 46 (5.12%) Microsoft Excel
1 46 (5.12%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (4.00%) Microsoft Project
3 34 (3.78%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.44%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.44%) SAP MM
4 3 (0.33%) Maximo
4 3 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (0.33%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.33%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.33%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.22%) Actimize
5 2 (0.22%) CA PPM
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.22%) Workfront
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.11%) HiPortfolio
6 1 (0.11%) Primavera
6 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.11%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.00%) Office 365
3 7 (0.78%) SaaS
4 5 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.22%) IaaS
6 2 (0.22%) PaaS
7 1 (0.11%) GitHub
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle CX
7 1 (0.11%) Serverless
7 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.45%) SMS
2 11 (1.22%) VLAN
3 9 (1.00%) PuTTY
3 9 (1.00%) WinSCP
4 8 (0.89%) Firewall
4 8 (0.89%) LAN
4 8 (0.89%) WAN
5 7 (0.78%) Internet
5 7 (0.78%) LDAP
6 6 (0.67%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.56%) IPv4
7 5 (0.56%) IPv6
7 5 (0.56%) POP3
7 5 (0.56%) SMTP
8 4 (0.44%) 3G
8 4 (0.44%) Bluetooth
8 4 (0.44%) VSAN
9 3 (0.33%) NetScaler
10 2 (0.22%) MVNO
10 2 (0.22%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (5.45%) SQL Server
2 31 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 16 (1.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
7 8 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
7 8 (0.89%) Oracle Database 11g
7 8 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
7 8 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
9 5 (0.56%) Pentaho
9 5 (0.56%) SAP BW
10 4 (0.44%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
10 4 (0.44%) Essbase
11 3 (0.33%) Big Data
11 3 (0.33%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.33%) DB2
11 3 (0.33%) OLAP
11 3 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 129 (14.35%) JIRA
2 108 (12.01%) Selenium
3 51 (5.67%) SoapUI
4 43 (4.78%) Team Foundation Server
5 39 (4.34%) HP UFT
6 35 (3.89%) WebDriver
7 34 (3.78%) JMeter
8 33 (3.67%) Cucumber
8 33 (3.67%) LoadRunner
9 29 (3.23%) SpecFlow
10 27 (3.00%) Zephyr
11 22 (2.45%) Jenkins
12 16 (1.78%) Visual Studio
13 15 (1.67%) LoadUI
14 13 (1.45%) Selenium IDE
15 11 (1.22%) Eclipse
16 10 (1.11%) Ant
16 10 (1.11%) Oracle APEX
16 10 (1.11%) TestNG
17 9 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 205 (22.80%) Finance
2 138 (15.35%) Banking
3 63 (7.01%) Retail Banking
4 42 (4.67%) Retail
5 29 (3.23%) Legal
6 25 (2.78%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.67%) Private Banking
8 14 (1.56%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.11%) Marketing
9 10 (1.11%) Publishing
10 9 (1.00%) Back Office
11 7 (0.78%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.67%) Front Office
12 6 (0.67%) Spanish Language
13 5 (0.56%) Automotive
13 5 (0.56%) Romanian Language
14 4 (0.44%) Electronics
14 4 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.33%) Games
15 3 (0.33%) Law
Job Titles
1 555 (61.74%) Analyst
2 280 (31.15%) Test Analyst
3 236 (26.25%) Business Analyst
4 78 (8.68%) Tester
5 64 (7.12%) Senior Analyst
6 63 (7.01%) Test Manager
7 43 (4.78%) Automation Test Analyst
8 42 (4.67%) Test Engineer
9 39 (4.34%) Test Leader
10 36 (4.00%) Banking Analyst
11 34 (3.78%) Senior Test Analyst
12 33 (3.67%) Project Manager
13 32 (3.56%) Agile Test Analyst
14 28 (3.11%) Senior Business Analyst
15 22 (2.45%) Agile Business Analyst
16 21 (2.34%) Performance Analyst
16 21 (2.34%) Performance Test Analyst
17 20 (2.22%) Selenium Test Analyst
18 19 (2.11%) Automation Tester
18 19 (2.11%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (4.23%) Web Services
2 37 (4.12%) .NET
3 24 (2.67%) XML
4 20 (2.22%) SOAP
5 12 (1.33%) Gherkin
6 8 (0.89%) Hibernate
6 8 (0.89%) Spring
7 7 (0.78%) J2EE
8 6 (0.67%) HTML
8 6 (0.67%) Middleware
8 6 (0.67%) REST
8 6 (0.67%) RESTful
9 5 (0.56%) FIX Protocol
10 4 (0.44%) AngularJS
10 4 (0.44%) COM+
10 4 (0.44%) JSON
11 3 (0.33%) HTML5
11 3 (0.33%) Oracle Fusion
12 2 (0.22%) CSS
12 2 (0.22%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 77 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.34%) Management Information System
3 20 (2.22%) PMI
4 17 (1.89%) Computer Science
5 13 (1.45%) Client/Server
5 13 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
5 13 (1.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 13 (1.45%) Mobile App
5 13 (1.45%) User Experience
6 12 (1.33%) NHS
7 11 (1.22%) Data Centre
8 8 (0.89%) Frameworx
8 8 (0.89%) Reference Data
9 7 (0.78%) Derivative
9 7 (0.78%) Equities
9 7 (0.78%) Freedom of Information
10 6 (0.67%) Data Structures
10 6 (0.67%) Mainframe
11 5 (0.56%) Credit Risk
12 4 (0.44%) STB
Operating Systems
1 61 (6.79%) Windows
2 32 (3.56%) Unix
3 25 (2.78%) Linux
4 14 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (1.45%) Windows Server
6 12 (1.33%) Windows 10
7 7 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.78%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.33%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.22%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.11%) AIX
10 1 (0.11%) Android
10 1 (0.11%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 417 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 237 (26.36%) Test Automation
3 203 (22.58%) Business Analysis
4 197 (21.91%) Test Scripting
5 182 (20.24%) Software Testing
5 182 (20.24%) User Acceptance Testing
6 150 (16.69%) Scrum
7 130 (14.46%) Waterfall
8 114 (12.68%) PRINCE2
9 108 (12.01%) Stakeholder Management
10 87 (9.68%) Defect Management
10 87 (9.68%) Project Management
11 84 (9.34%) SDLC
12 81 (9.01%) BDD
13 74 (8.23%) Test Management
13 74 (8.23%) Test Planning
13 74 (8.23%) Test Strategy
14 72 (8.01%) Functional Testing
14 72 (8.01%) User Stories
15 65 (7.23%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 176 (19.58%) SQL
2 91 (10.12%) Java
3 33 (3.67%) C#
4 31 (3.45%) JavaScript
5 23 (2.56%) Python
6 22 (2.45%) C
7 12 (1.33%) Ruby
8 11 (1.22%) PL/SQL
9 9 (1.00%) F#
9 9 (1.00%) VB
9 9 (1.00%) VB.NET
9 9 (1.00%) VBScript
10 7 (0.78%) T-SQL
11 5 (0.56%) Groovy
12 3 (0.33%) ABAP
13 2 (0.22%) C++
13 2 (0.22%) RPG
14 1 (0.11%) PHP
14 1 (0.11%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.11%) R
Qualifications
1 391 (43.49%) ISTQB
2 169 (18.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 111 (12.35%) Security Cleared
4 95 (10.57%) Degree
5 51 (5.67%) SC Cleared
6 44 (4.89%) DV Cleared
7 42 (4.67%) ISEB Practitioner
8 29 (3.23%) PMI Certification
9 27 (3.00%) IIBA
10 26 (2.89%) CBAP
11 20 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 14 (1.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 12 (1.33%) PMP
14 11 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
14 11 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 10 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
16 9 (1.00%) CISSP
17 8 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
18 7 (0.78%) CISM
18 7 (0.78%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (10.79%) QA
2 45 (5.01%) GDPR
3 18 (2.00%) PMO
4 17 (1.89%) Data Quality
5 9 (1.00%) MiFID
6 7 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.56%) COBIT
7 5 (0.56%) EMIR
8 3 (0.33%) GAMP
8 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.22%) SLA
10 1 (0.11%) Basel III
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 18 (2.00%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.22%) vSphere
3 6 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.56%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.44%) Firmware
5 4 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.33%) XenApp
6 3 (0.33%) XenServer
7 2 (0.22%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.11%) HDFS
8 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 113 (12.57%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.00%) SCCM
3 5 (0.56%) SCOM
3 5 (0.56%) WhatsUp Gold
4 3 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.22%) WSUS
6 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.11%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.11%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.11%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 145 (16.13%) HP
2 103 (11.46%) Microsoft
3 80 (8.90%) Oracle
4 28 (3.11%) SAP
5 20 (2.22%) Atlassian
6 16 (1.78%) VMware
7 15 (1.67%) IBM
8 12 (1.33%) webMethods
9 10 (1.11%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (1.00%) Citrix
11 8 (0.89%) CheckPoint
11 8 (0.89%) Cisco
11 8 (0.89%) Sybase
12 7 (0.78%) Red Hat
12 7 (0.78%) Software AG
13 6 (0.67%) Cognos
13 6 (0.67%) Tableau
14 5 (0.56%) BMC
14 5 (0.56%) Fortinet
14 5 (0.56%) Progress