Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 275 229 184
Rank change year-on-year -46 -45 -11
Contract jobs citing ISEB 909 1221 1555
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 1.16% 1.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.92% 5.50% 6.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 570 847 1076
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £255 £256 £250
90th Percentile £500 £521 £504
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 12
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £31.75 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.46% +38.04% -28.19%
10th Percentile £13.40 £13.85 £13.81
90th Percentile £44.88 £59.30 £38.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £31.75 £23.00
% change year-on-year -46.46% +38.04% -28.19%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 22 October 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 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 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 -32 838 £400 +6.31% 74
UK excluding London -32 592 £350 - 61
London -33 311 £438 +2.94% 20
South East -20 197 £350 -6.67% 6
Midlands -19 96 £425 +21.43% 14
North of England +31 94 £328 -2.96% 25
South West +16 90 £374 +1.29% 6
West Midlands -20 58 £385 +10.00% 8
East of England -29 53 £350 - 3
Scotland -12 42 £340 +4.62% 5
North West -4 40 £325 - 14
Yorkshire +1 39 £350 +1.16% 9
East Midlands -7 36 £469 +33.93% 6
Wales -13 21 £325 -7.14% 2
North East +77 15 £375 +7.14% 2
Northern Ireland -48 2 £310 -27.06%

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 (45.87%) Agile Software Development
2 395 (43.45%) ISTQB
3 248 (27.28%) Test Automation
4 214 (23.54%) Finance
5 191 (21.01%) Test Scripting
6 186 (20.46%) User Acceptance Testing
7 182 (20.02%) Business Analysis
8 179 (19.69%) Software Testing
9 167 (18.37%) SQL
10 163 (17.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 162 (17.82%) Scrum
12 149 (16.39%) HP
13 134 (14.74%) Waterfall
14 130 (14.30%) JIRA
15 125 (13.75%) Banking
16 116 (12.76%) Selenium
17 113 (12.43%) HP Quality Center
18 111 (12.21%) Stakeholder Management
19 109 (11.99%) Degree
20 107 (11.77%) PRINCE2
21 102 (11.22%) QA
22 101 (11.11%) Microsoft
23 100 (11.00%) Security Cleared
24 96 (10.56%) SDLC
25 90 (9.90%) Test Planning
25 90 (9.90%) Java
26 86 (9.46%) ITIL
27 82 (9.02%) BDD
28 80 (8.80%) Test Strategy
28 80 (8.80%) User Stories

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 41 (4.51%) Confluence
2 29 (3.19%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 8 (0.88%) WebLogic
5 5 (0.55%) CMS
6 4 (0.44%) Documentum
6 4 (0.44%) IIS
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.33%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.22%) Drupal
8 2 (0.22%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.22%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.11%) Apache
9 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.11%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 37 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (3.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (2.97%) MS Visio
4 26 (2.86%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.55%) Maximo
2 5 (0.55%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.44%) SAP MM
4 3 (0.33%) iTrent
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
4 3 (0.33%) TRIRIGA
5 2 (0.22%) Actimize
5 2 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.22%) Primavera
6 1 (0.11%) HiPortfolio
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.11%) RMDS
6 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 25 (2.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.21%) SaaS
3 7 (0.77%) Office 365
4 4 (0.44%) PaaS
5 2 (0.22%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.22%) GitHub
6 1 (0.11%) IaaS
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.11%) Serverless
6 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.21%) LDAP
1 11 (1.21%) PuTTY
1 11 (1.21%) WinSCP
2 10 (1.10%) SMS
3 8 (0.88%) LAN
3 8 (0.88%) TCP/IP
3 8 (0.88%) VLAN
3 8 (0.88%) WAN
4 7 (0.77%) Firewall
4 7 (0.77%) Internet
5 5 (0.55%) POP3
5 5 (0.55%) SMTP
6 4 (0.44%) IPv4
6 4 (0.44%) IPv6
7 3 (0.33%) DHCP
7 3 (0.33%) DNS
7 3 (0.33%) NetScaler
7 3 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.22%) Bluetooth
8 2 (0.22%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (5.83%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.96%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 20 (2.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (1.21%) BusinessObjects
7 10 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
7 10 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
8 9 (0.99%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 7 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
9 7 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (0.66%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.55%) Big Data
11 5 (0.55%) Pentaho
11 5 (0.55%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.33%) DB2
13 3 (0.33%) SQL Server 2005
13 3 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 130 (14.30%) JIRA
2 116 (12.76%) Selenium
3 52 (5.72%) SoapUI
4 51 (5.61%) Team Foundation Server
5 45 (4.95%) HP UFT
6 40 (4.40%) JMeter
6 40 (4.40%) WebDriver
7 39 (4.29%) Cucumber
8 35 (3.85%) LoadRunner
9 29 (3.19%) SpecFlow
10 28 (3.08%) Jenkins
11 20 (2.20%) LoadUI
12 19 (2.09%) Visual Studio
13 17 (1.87%) Zephyr
14 14 (1.54%) Eclipse
15 12 (1.32%) Ant
15 12 (1.32%) Selenium IDE
15 12 (1.32%) TestNG
16 11 (1.21%) Oracle APEX
17 9 (0.99%) Git (software)
General
1 214 (23.54%) Finance
2 125 (13.75%) Banking
3 49 (5.39%) Retail Banking
4 45 (4.95%) Retail
5 28 (3.08%) Telecoms
6 27 (2.97%) Legal
7 15 (1.65%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.54%) Private Banking
9 12 (1.32%) Publishing
9 12 (1.32%) Spanish Language
10 11 (1.21%) Marketing
11 9 (0.99%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.88%) Back Office
13 7 (0.77%) Automotive
14 6 (0.66%) Front Office
14 6 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.55%) Games
15 5 (0.55%) Law
16 4 (0.44%) Electronics
17 3 (0.33%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 542 (59.63%) Analyst
2 266 (29.26%) Test Analyst
3 232 (25.52%) Business Analyst
4 82 (9.02%) Tester
5 79 (8.69%) Test Manager
6 67 (7.37%) Senior Analyst
7 45 (4.95%) Automation Test Analyst
8 44 (4.84%) Test Leader
9 43 (4.73%) Test Engineer
10 38 (4.18%) Project Manager
10 38 (4.18%) Senior Test Analyst
11 35 (3.85%) Agile Test Analyst
12 25 (2.75%) Banking Analyst
12 25 (2.75%) Performance Analyst
12 25 (2.75%) Performance Test Analyst
12 25 (2.75%) Senior Business Analyst
13 24 (2.64%) Selenium Test Analyst
14 23 (2.53%) Architect
14 23 (2.53%) Business Systems Analyst
15 21 (2.31%) Agile Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (4.95%) Web Services
2 42 (4.62%) .NET
3 31 (3.41%) XML
4 20 (2.20%) SOAP
5 14 (1.54%) J2EE
6 13 (1.43%) Gherkin
6 13 (1.43%) Hibernate
6 13 (1.43%) Spring
7 9 (0.99%) HTML
8 8 (0.88%) Middleware
8 8 (0.88%) RESTful
9 7 (0.77%) AngularJS
9 7 (0.77%) COM+
9 7 (0.77%) REST
10 6 (0.66%) HTML5
10 6 (0.66%) JSON
11 4 (0.44%) Struts
12 3 (0.33%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.33%) WPF
12 3 (0.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 79 (8.69%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (3.96%) Management Information System
3 21 (2.31%) Computer Science
4 17 (1.87%) Mobile App
4 17 (1.87%) PMI
5 15 (1.65%) User Experience
6 13 (1.43%) Client/Server
7 12 (1.32%) Data Centre
8 9 (0.99%) Derivative
9 8 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 8 (0.88%) Frameworx
10 7 (0.77%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (0.77%) Equities
10 7 (0.77%) NHS
11 6 (0.66%) AS400
11 6 (0.66%) Reference Data
12 5 (0.55%) Credit Risk
12 5 (0.55%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.55%) iSeries
12 5 (0.55%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 69 (7.59%) Windows
2 33 (3.63%) Linux
3 27 (2.97%) Unix
4 16 (1.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (1.43%) Windows 10
6 12 (1.32%) Windows Server
7 9 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.33%) Android
8 3 (0.33%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.33%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.22%) AIX
9 2 (0.22%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.22%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.11%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 417 (45.87%) Agile Software Development
2 248 (27.28%) Test Automation
3 191 (21.01%) Test Scripting
4 186 (20.46%) User Acceptance Testing
5 182 (20.02%) Business Analysis
6 179 (19.69%) Software Testing
7 162 (17.82%) Scrum
8 134 (14.74%) Waterfall
9 111 (12.21%) Stakeholder Management
10 107 (11.77%) PRINCE2
11 96 (10.56%) SDLC
12 90 (9.90%) Test Planning
13 86 (9.46%) ITIL
14 82 (9.02%) BDD
15 80 (8.80%) Test Strategy
15 80 (8.80%) User Stories
16 76 (8.36%) Defect Management
16 76 (8.36%) Test Management
17 74 (8.14%) Functional Testing
18 70 (7.70%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 167 (18.37%) SQL
2 90 (9.90%) Java
3 45 (4.95%) C#
4 27 (2.97%) JavaScript
5 19 (2.09%) Python
6 17 (1.87%) PL/SQL
7 16 (1.76%) C
8 14 (1.54%) Ruby
9 12 (1.32%) VB
10 11 (1.21%) F#
11 10 (1.10%) VBScript
12 8 (0.88%) T-SQL
12 8 (0.88%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.55%) Groovy
14 4 (0.44%) C++
15 3 (0.33%) ABAP
15 3 (0.33%) PHP
16 2 (0.22%) ActionScript
16 2 (0.22%) Perl
16 2 (0.22%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 395 (43.45%) ISTQB
2 163 (17.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 109 (11.99%) Degree
4 100 (11.00%) Security Cleared
5 51 (5.61%) SC Cleared
6 36 (3.96%) ISEB Practitioner
7 33 (3.63%) IIBA
8 32 (3.52%) CBAP
9 31 (3.41%) DV Cleared
10 25 (2.75%) PMI Certification
11 22 (2.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 18 (1.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 11 (1.21%) PMP
14 10 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
15 9 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
15 9 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
16 7 (0.77%) MCSA
16 7 (0.77%) MCSE
17 6 (0.66%) CCAA
17 6 (0.66%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (11.22%) QA
2 32 (3.52%) GDPR
3 18 (1.98%) Data Quality
4 11 (1.21%) PMO
5 10 (1.10%) MiFID
6 7 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 7 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.55%) EMIR
9 4 (0.44%) COBIT
10 3 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
10 3 (0.33%) GAMP
10 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 2 (0.22%) IFRS
11 2 (0.22%) IFRS 9
11 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.22%) SLA
12 1 (0.11%) Basel III
System Software
1 16 (1.76%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.21%) vSphere
3 6 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.55%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.44%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.44%) XenApp
6 3 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.33%) XenServer
7 2 (0.22%) Firmware
7 2 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.11%) HDFS
8 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 113 (12.43%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.33%) Cisco IPCC
2 3 (0.33%) SCCM
2 3 (0.33%) SCOM
2 3 (0.33%) vRealize
2 3 (0.33%) WhatsUp Gold
3 2 (0.22%) WSUS
4 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.11%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.11%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.11%) SmoothWall
4 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 149 (16.39%) HP
2 101 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 76 (8.36%) Oracle
4 36 (3.96%) SAP
5 25 (2.75%) IBM
6 22 (2.42%) Atlassian
7 16 (1.76%) VMware
8 15 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
8 15 (1.65%) Sybase
9 10 (1.10%) BMC
10 9 (0.99%) Citrix
10 9 (0.99%) Red Hat
11 8 (0.88%) Cisco
11 8 (0.88%) Cognos
12 7 (0.77%) Snow
13 6 (0.66%) Siebel
13 6 (0.66%) Software AG
13 6 (0.66%) webMethods
14 5 (0.55%) Murex
14 5 (0.55%) Progress