Period
to 18 May 2021

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 18 May 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
6 months to
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 453 365 380
Rank change year-on-year -88 +15 -36
Contract jobs citing ISEB 251 302 612
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.61% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.13% 2.65% 3.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 210 382
10th Percentile £300 £293 £300
25th Percentile £350 £340 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £400
75th Percentile £488 £475 £488
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -4.75% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 10
10th Percentile £30.63 " £20.18
25th Percentile £39.06 £47.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate £51.25 £47.49 £30.84
Median % change year-on-year +7.93% +54.00% +116.39%
75th Percentile £60.31 £47.97 £53.00
90th Percentile £60.88 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.25 £47.49 £30.84
% change year-on-year +7.93% +54.00% +128.41%

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 11,758 11,399 17,592
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.52% 23.06% 19.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,702 7,320 11,054
10th Percentile £305 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £470
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% +1.06% +4.44%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £563
90th Percentile £655 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +7.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 554 462 743
10th Percentile £14.47 £14.75 £12.61
25th Percentile £19.03 £18.00 £16.89
Median hourly rate £37.50 £30.03 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +24.90% +0.08% +39.53%
75th Percentile £50.21 £49.19 £46.19
90th Percentile £61.88 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.47 £25.50 £28.53
% change year-on-year +35.19% -10.62% +35.86%

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISEB.

Daily rate trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISEB over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISEB.

Hourly rate trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing ISEB over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 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
England -74 208 £395 -1.25% 41
UK excluding London -35 132 £381 -4.75% 38
London -19 80 £430 -4.44% 6
Work from Home -189 78 £425 -8.11% 6
South East -19 43 £412 +3.00% 5
Midlands -7 37 £360 -10.00% 13
West Midlands +6 36 £360 -8.28% 10
North of England +16 18 £350 -9.09% 12
South West +25 15 £497 +16.94% 2
North West +10 12 £388 -14.84% 7
Scotland -13 12 £413 -1.49% 2
East of England +17 6 £416 +4.04% 2
Yorkshire +18 5 £381 +1.67% 5
North East +20 1 £300 -7.69%
Wales +12 1 £400 +39.13% 2
East Midlands -3 1 £373 -6.88% 3

For the 6 months to 18 May 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 with a requirement for ISEB.

1 146 (58.17%) ISTQB
2 115 (45.82%) Agile Software Development
3 87 (34.66%) Social Skills
4 79 (31.47%) JIRA
5 76 (30.28%) Test Automation
6 73 (29.08%) SQL
7 70 (27.89%) Security Cleared
8 65 (25.90%) QA
8 65 (25.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 59 (23.51%) Defect Management
10 57 (22.71%) Software Testing
11 56 (22.31%) Microsoft
12 50 (19.92%) Test Scripting
13 49 (19.52%) SC Cleared
14 47 (18.73%) Business Analysis
15 46 (18.33%) Test Strategy
16 44 (17.53%) Public Sector
17 43 (17.13%) Test Management
18 42 (16.73%) Scrum
19 41 (16.33%) Stakeholder Management
19 41 (16.33%) Problem-Solving
20 40 (15.94%) SAP
21 39 (15.54%) Oracle
22 38 (15.14%) Azure
23 36 (14.34%) User Acceptance Testing
23 36 (14.34%) Regression Testing
24 34 (13.55%) Waterfall
25 33 (13.15%) DevOps
25 33 (13.15%) Analytical Skills
25 33 (13.15%) Validation

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 28 (11.16%) SharePoint
2 25 (9.96%) Confluence
3 12 (4.78%) Apache
4 10 (3.98%) Apache Airflow
4 10 (3.98%) Apache Spark
5 6 (2.39%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.20%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.80%) WebLogic Integration
8 1 (0.40%) IIS
8 1 (0.40%) Mule
8 1 (0.40%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
Applications
1 13 (5.18%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.99%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (5.58%) SAP FI-CA
1 14 (5.58%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (3.19%) SAP HCM
3 3 (1.20%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (1.20%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (1.20%) Oracle General Ledger
3 3 (1.20%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (1.20%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (1.20%) SAP IS-U
3 3 (1.20%) Summit
4 2 (0.80%) Sage CRM
4 2 (0.80%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.40%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 38 (15.14%) Azure
2 13 (5.18%) GitHub
3 11 (4.38%) Microsoft 365
4 10 (3.98%) Azure Functions
4 10 (3.98%) Serverless
5 8 (3.19%) AWS
5 8 (3.19%) Azure Cosmos DB
5 8 (3.19%) SuccessFactors
6 7 (2.79%) Azure Synapse Analytics
7 6 (2.39%) Azure Storage
8 5 (1.99%) PaaS
9 4 (1.59%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (1.59%) GCP
9 4 (1.59%) Tricentis Tosca
10 2 (0.80%) IaaS
10 2 (0.80%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.80%) Power Platform
10 2 (0.80%) SaaS
11 1 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (4.78%) 2G
1 12 (4.78%) 3G
1 12 (4.78%) 4G
1 12 (4.78%) 5G
1 12 (4.78%) GSM
1 12 (4.78%) SCCP
1 12 (4.78%) UMTS
2 10 (3.98%) Internet
3 7 (2.79%) HTTP
3 7 (2.79%) Wireshark
4 6 (2.39%) 3GPP
4 6 (2.39%) Diameter Protocol
4 6 (2.39%) GPRS
4 6 (2.39%) INAP
4 6 (2.39%) LTE
4 6 (2.39%) M3UA
4 6 (2.39%) SCTP
4 6 (2.39%) SIGTRAN
4 6 (2.39%) tcpdump
4 6 (2.39%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (5.98%) Oracle Database
2 14 (5.58%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (4.78%) MySQL
4 8 (3.19%) SQL Server
5 7 (2.79%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (2.39%) NoSQL
6 6 (2.39%) Redis
7 5 (1.99%) Snowflake Schema
8 4 (1.59%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.80%) MS Access
9 2 (0.80%) Power BI
9 2 (0.80%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.40%) Data Lake
10 1 (0.40%) Geospatial Data
10 1 (0.40%) GIS
10 1 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.40%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 79 (31.47%) JIRA
2 29 (11.55%) Selenium
3 23 (9.16%) Cucumber
4 19 (7.57%) JMeter
5 17 (6.77%) Postman
6 16 (6.37%) Jenkins
6 16 (6.37%) SoapUI
7 13 (5.18%) Git (software)
8 9 (3.59%) Gatling
8 9 (3.59%) LoadRunner
8 9 (3.59%) NeoLoad
9 8 (3.19%) eggPlant
9 8 (3.19%) Toad
10 7 (2.79%) SilkPerformer
10 7 (2.79%) WebLOAD
11 5 (1.99%) REST Assured
11 5 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (1.59%) Bitbucket
12 4 (1.59%) Cypress.io
12 4 (1.59%) Rational DOORS
General
1 87 (34.66%) Social Skills
2 44 (17.53%) Public Sector
3 33 (13.15%) Analytical Skills
4 30 (11.95%) Finance
5 18 (7.17%) Banking
6 16 (6.37%) Influencing Skills
7 15 (5.98%) Presentation Skills
8 14 (5.58%) Telecoms
9 8 (3.19%) Back Office
10 5 (1.99%) Documentation Skills
10 5 (1.99%) Law
11 4 (1.59%) Front Office
11 4 (1.59%) Retail
12 3 (1.20%) Billing
12 3 (1.20%) Games
12 3 (1.20%) General Ledger
12 3 (1.20%) Military
12 3 (1.20%) Publishing
13 2 (0.80%) Organisational Skills
13 2 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 111 (44.22%) Analyst
2 57 (22.71%) Test Analyst
3 46 (18.33%) Business Analyst
4 42 (16.73%) Test Manager
5 31 (12.35%) Tester
6 17 (6.77%) Test Engineer
7 16 (6.37%) Project Manager
8 12 (4.78%) QA Analyst
8 12 (4.78%) SAP Analyst
8 12 (4.78%) Test Leader
9 11 (4.38%) SAP Test Analyst
10 10 (3.98%) Performance Tester
11 9 (3.59%) Senior Analyst
12 7 (2.79%) QA Test Analyst
12 7 (2.79%) SAP Manager
12 7 (2.79%) SAP Test Manager
13 6 (2.39%) Automation Test Analyst
13 6 (2.39%) Lead Tester
13 6 (2.39%) Network Analyst
13 6 (2.39%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (12.35%) XML
2 18 (7.17%) SOAP
3 17 (6.77%) JSON
4 9 (3.59%) Kafka
5 7 (2.79%) REST
6 5 (1.99%) .NET
7 4 (1.59%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.20%) ADO
8 3 (1.20%) Oracle Fusion
8 3 (1.20%) Web Services
9 2 (0.80%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.80%) Unreal Engine
9 2 (0.80%) WireMock
10 1 (0.40%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.40%) CSS
10 1 (0.40%) CSS3
10 1 (0.40%) GraphQL
10 1 (0.40%) HTML5
10 1 (0.40%) SAP Fiori
10 1 (0.40%) Spine.js
Miscellaneous
1 8 (3.19%) Smart Meter
2 7 (2.79%) User Experience
3 6 (2.39%) Replication
3 6 (2.39%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (1.99%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.59%) Data Structures
5 4 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.20%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.20%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.20%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.20%) NHS
7 2 (0.80%) N-Tier
7 2 (0.80%) PMI
8 1 (0.40%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.40%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.40%) EPoS
8 1 (0.40%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.40%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.40%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.40%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 30 (11.95%) Windows
2 26 (10.36%) Unix
3 7 (2.79%) Linux
4 3 (1.20%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.80%) HPUX
5 2 (0.80%) SUSE
6 1 (0.40%) AIX
6 1 (0.40%) Android
6 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.40%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.40%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (45.82%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (30.28%) Test Automation
3 59 (23.51%) Defect Management
4 57 (22.71%) Software Testing
5 50 (19.92%) Test Scripting
6 47 (18.73%) Business Analysis
7 46 (18.33%) Test Strategy
8 43 (17.13%) Test Management
9 42 (16.73%) Scrum
10 41 (16.33%) Problem-Solving
10 41 (16.33%) Stakeholder Management
11 36 (14.34%) Regression Testing
11 36 (14.34%) User Acceptance Testing
12 34 (13.55%) Waterfall
13 33 (13.15%) DevOps
13 33 (13.15%) Validation
14 27 (10.76%) PRINCE2
14 27 (10.76%) Scenario Testing
15 26 (10.36%) Non-Functional Testing
16 24 (9.56%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 73 (29.08%) SQL
2 22 (8.76%) Java
3 20 (7.97%) PL/SQL
4 14 (5.58%) C#
5 13 (5.18%) T-SQL
6 12 (4.78%) JavaScript
7 9 (3.59%) VB
8 5 (1.99%) Python
9 3 (1.20%) Java 8
9 3 (1.20%) Ruby
9 3 (1.20%) VBA
10 2 (0.80%) C++
10 2 (0.80%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 2 (0.80%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.80%) VBScript
11 1 (0.40%) Erlang
11 1 (0.40%) Perl
11 1 (0.40%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.40%) R
Qualifications
1 146 (58.17%) ISTQB
2 70 (27.89%) Security Cleared
3 65 (25.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 49 (19.52%) SC Cleared
5 23 (9.16%) Degree
6 18 (7.17%) DV Cleared
7 14 (5.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 10 (3.98%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (2.79%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (2.39%) APMP
10 6 (2.39%) CBAP
11 5 (1.99%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (1.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 4 (1.59%) PMI Certification
13 3 (1.20%) CISA
13 3 (1.20%) CISM
13 3 (1.20%) CISSP
13 3 (1.20%) CRISC
13 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (1.20%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (25.90%) QA
2 8 (3.19%) SLA
3 7 (2.79%) GDPR
4 4 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.20%) NIST
6 1 (0.40%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.40%) GRC
6 1 (0.40%) HL7
6 1 (0.40%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 5 (1.99%) Docker
2 2 (0.80%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.80%) vSphere
3 1 (0.40%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 22 (8.76%) HP ALM
2 11 (4.38%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (2.39%) Terraform
4 3 (1.20%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.80%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.40%) Ansible
6 1 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.40%) PingFederate
6 1 (0.40%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 56 (22.31%) Microsoft
2 40 (15.94%) SAP
3 39 (15.54%) Oracle
4 22 (8.76%) HP
5 11 (4.38%) Databricks
6 4 (1.59%) Google
7 3 (1.20%) Atlassian
7 3 (1.20%) Cisco
7 3 (1.20%) IBM
7 3 (1.20%) Juniper
7 3 (1.20%) Micro Focus
7 3 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (1.20%) webMethods
8 2 (0.80%) Blue Prism
8 2 (0.80%) NEC
8 2 (0.80%) Sage
8 2 (0.80%) Splunk
8 2 (0.80%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.40%) JD Edwards
9 1 (0.40%) Omniture