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 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 200 188 171
Rank change year-on-year -12 -17  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 575 689 734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.27% 1.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.10% 6.13% 6.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 475 436
Median daily rate £375 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.31% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £274 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +4.64% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 7
Median hourly rate £50.00 £42.90 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.56% +4.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.49 £12.78 £23.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £170.00 £42.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £42.90 £41.00
% change year-on-year +16.56% +4.62%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9431 11239 10753
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.71% 20.76% 20.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 6019 7043 6111
Median daily rate £420 £405 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 408 495
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +60.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.30 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.07% +73.33%  

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISEB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 525 £375 -3.22% 139
South East +32 154 £361 +3.21% 20
London -18 149 £423 -0.58% 31
South West +28 78 £400 - 16
Hampshire +24 43 £325 -19.25% 5
North West +34 40 £275 -14.72% 23
Surrey +27 39 £400 -1.23% 7
West Midlands -13 31 £335 -11.25% 21
Wales +10 28 £350 +7.69% 4
East of England +3 27 £425 +16.43% 2
Buckinghamshire +3 27 £425 +21.42%
Milton Keynes +5 25 £425 +17.24%
City of London -6 25 £475 +11.76% 15
Devon - 23 £380 -
East Midlands -1 22 £450 +15.38% 4
Gloucestershire +18 19 £400 +8.10% 2
Wiltshire +8 17 £400 -11.11% 3
Exeter - 16 £350 -
South Wales +7 14 £195 -40.00% 4
Yorkshire -11 14 £344 +5.76% 22
Scotland -15 14 £425 +5.59% 3
West Sussex +4 13 £431 +35.29% 1
Lancashire +27 12 £250 -16.66%
Berkshire +23 12 £314 -21.56% 4
Manchester +8 12 £325 -13.33% 19
Swindon +3 12 £425 -5.55% 1
West Wales - 12 £470 -
Swansea - 12 £470 -
Birmingham +7 11 £325 -18.75% 8
Oxfordshire -2 11 £363 +4.31% 1

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 466 (45.55%) Agile Software Development
2 407 (39.78%) ISTQB
3 279 (27.27%) Finance
4 211 (20.63%) Business Analysis
5 210 (20.53%) Test Scripting
6 205 (20.04%) User Acceptance Testing
7 202 (19.75%) SQL
8 179 (17.50%) PRINCE2
9 167 (16.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 165 (16.13%) Selenium
11 161 (15.74%) Software Testing
12 157 (15.35%) Scrum
13 149 (14.57%) JIRA
14 145 (14.17%) Security Cleared
15 137 (13.39%) QA
16 135 (13.20%) ITIL
17 134 (13.10%) Microsoft
18 130 (12.71%) Stakeholder Management
19 124 (12.12%) Java
20 120 (11.73%) Oracle
21 119 (11.63%) Test Automation
21 119 (11.63%) Waterfall
22 113 (11.05%) SDLC
23 112 (10.95%) BDD
23 112 (10.95%) Project Management
24 108 (10.56%) Degree
25 104 (10.17%) Test Strategy
26 96 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
27 89 (8.70%) Banking
28 87 (8.50%) Functional 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 52 (5.08%) Confluence
2 29 (2.83%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 13 (1.27%) WebLogic
4 11 (1.08%) CMS
4 11 (1.08%) SAS
5 10 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
5 10 (0.98%) IIS
6 6 (0.59%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.49%) JBoss
8 4 (0.39%) ATG Dynamo
9 3 (0.29%) Apache
9 3 (0.29%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.29%) JCAPS
9 3 (0.29%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.098%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.098%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 66 (6.45%) MS Excel
2 53 (5.18%) MS Office
3 37 (3.62%) MS Visio
4 21 (2.05%) MS Project
5 15 (1.47%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.29%) Open Workbench
6 3 (0.29%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.49%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.29%) Oracle Retail
5 3 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.20%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.098%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.098%) Lorenzo
7 1 (0.098%) Maximo
7 1 (0.098%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.098%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.098%) SAP APO
7 1 (0.098%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.098%) SAP PM
7 1 (0.098%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 25 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (1.86%) SaaS
3 12 (1.17%) GitHub
4 5 (0.49%) Office 365
5 4 (0.39%) IaaS
6 3 (0.29%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.20%) G Suite
7 2 (0.20%) Taleo
8 1 (0.098%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.098%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.098%) Slack
8 1 (0.098%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.37%) Internet
1 14 (1.37%) PuTTY
2 12 (1.17%) Firewall
2 12 (1.17%) WinSCP
3 8 (0.78%) TCP/IP
4 7 (0.68%) WAN
5 6 (0.59%) LAN
5 6 (0.59%) LDAP
6 5 (0.49%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (0.49%) Network Security
6 5 (0.49%) SSH
6 5 (0.49%) SSL
7 4 (0.39%) DNS
7 4 (0.39%) Reverse Proxy
7 4 (0.39%) VLAN
8 3 (0.29%) DHCP
8 3 (0.29%) HTTP
8 3 (0.29%) SAN
8 3 (0.29%) VoIP
8 3 (0.29%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (4.89%) Data Warehouse
2 41 (4.01%) SQL Server
3 24 (2.35%) Oracle Database
4 22 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (1.76%) Relational Database
6 12 (1.17%) NonStop SQL
6 12 (1.17%) Oracle Database 10g
6 12 (1.17%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (0.98%) RDBMS
8 8 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.59%) Oracle BI EE
10 6 (0.59%) Oracle OWB
11 5 (0.49%) Big Data
11 5 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.49%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.49%) Oracle Database 12c
11 5 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 165 (16.13%) Selenium
2 149 (14.57%) JIRA
3 64 (6.26%) Cucumber
4 55 (5.38%) HP UFT
5 52 (5.08%) SoapUI
6 46 (4.50%) Team Foundation Server
7 43 (4.20%) LoadRunner
7 43 (4.20%) WebDriver
8 39 (3.81%) Jenkins
9 31 (3.03%) JMeter
10 28 (2.74%) SpecFlow
11 24 (2.35%) Visual Studio
12 23 (2.25%) TestRail
13 17 (1.66%) Git (software)
14 16 (1.56%) TeamCity
15 15 (1.47%) Toad
16 13 (1.27%) Oracle APEX
16 13 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
17 12 (1.17%) Ant
18 11 (1.08%) Maven
General
1 279 (27.27%) Finance
2 89 (8.70%) Banking
3 73 (7.14%) Retail
4 35 (3.42%) Telecoms
5 20 (1.96%) Marketing
6 18 (1.76%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.56%) Legal
8 13 (1.27%) Retail Banking
9 10 (0.98%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.78%) Back Office
10 8 (0.78%) Local Government
11 6 (0.59%) Electronics
11 6 (0.59%) Games
11 6 (0.59%) Law
12 4 (0.39%) Automotive
12 4 (0.39%) Military
12 4 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.29%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.29%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.29%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 536 (52.39%) Analyst
2 280 (27.37%) Business Analyst
3 214 (20.92%) Test Analyst
4 151 (14.76%) Tester
5 88 (8.60%) Test Manager
6 61 (5.96%) Test Leader
7 60 (5.87%) Senior Analyst
8 45 (4.40%) Test Engineer
9 36 (3.52%) Automation Tester
10 32 (3.13%) Senior Business Analyst
11 31 (3.03%) Financial Analyst
12 30 (2.93%) Automation Test Analyst
13 29 (2.83%) Architect
13 29 (2.83%) Project Manager
14 24 (2.35%) QA Analyst
14 24 (2.35%) Senior Test Analyst
15 23 (2.25%) Service Analyst
15 23 (2.25%) Test Specialist
16 20 (1.96%) QA Engineer
16 20 (1.96%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (6.16%) XML
2 50 (4.89%) .NET
3 40 (3.91%) Web Services
4 23 (2.25%) SOAP
5 17 (1.66%) AngularJS
5 17 (1.66%) J2EE
5 17 (1.66%) RESTful
6 16 (1.56%) Gherkin
7 13 (1.27%) HTML
8 12 (1.17%) JSON
9 11 (1.08%) Spring
9 11 (1.08%) XSLT
10 10 (0.98%) Hibernate
11 8 (0.78%) Apache Flex
11 8 (0.78%) BlazeDS
11 8 (0.78%) CSS
11 8 (0.78%) Middleware
11 8 (0.78%) REST
11 8 (0.78%) Spring MVC
11 8 (0.78%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 96 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (4.79%) Management Information System
3 22 (2.15%) User Experience
4 21 (2.05%) NHS
5 20 (1.96%) Computer Science
5 20 (1.96%) Equities
6 16 (1.56%) Mobile App
7 15 (1.47%) Hedge funds
7 15 (1.47%) PMI
8 14 (1.37%) CESG
8 14 (1.37%) Data Protection Act
9 12 (1.17%) CESG CLAS
9 12 (1.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 9 (0.88%) Client/Server
10 9 (0.88%) Fintech
11 8 (0.78%) Fixed Income
11 8 (0.78%) Smart Meter
12 7 (0.68%) Derivative
12 7 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
13 6 (0.59%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 70 (6.84%) Windows
2 67 (6.55%) Unix
3 60 (5.87%) Linux
4 16 (1.56%) Android
5 15 (1.47%) Windows Server
6 14 (1.37%) Apple iOS
7 10 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.68%) Windows Vista
10 6 (0.59%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.49%) AIX
12 3 (0.29%) Solaris
13 1 (0.098%) HPUX
13 1 (0.098%) SUSE
13 1 (0.098%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.098%) VMS
13 1 (0.098%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.098%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 466 (45.55%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (20.63%) Business Analysis
3 210 (20.53%) Test Scripting
4 205 (20.04%) User Acceptance Testing
5 179 (17.50%) PRINCE2
6 161 (15.74%) Software Testing
7 157 (15.35%) Scrum
8 135 (13.20%) ITIL
9 130 (12.71%) Stakeholder Management
10 119 (11.63%) Test Automation
10 119 (11.63%) Waterfall
11 113 (11.05%) SDLC
12 112 (10.95%) BDD
12 112 (10.95%) Project Management
13 104 (10.17%) Test Strategy
14 87 (8.50%) Functional Testing
14 87 (8.50%) Test Management
15 84 (8.21%) Automated Testing
16 78 (7.62%) Defect Management
17 76 (7.43%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 202 (19.75%) SQL
2 124 (12.12%) Java
3 40 (3.91%) Python
4 31 (3.03%) C#
5 28 (2.74%) C
6 26 (2.54%) JavaScript
7 20 (1.96%) PL/SQL
7 20 (1.96%) Ruby
8 19 (1.86%) Groovy
9 12 (1.17%) F#
9 12 (1.17%) Perl
10 8 (0.78%) ActionScript
10 8 (0.78%) VBScript
11 7 (0.68%) VB
11 7 (0.68%) VB.NET
12 6 (0.59%) PHP
12 6 (0.59%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.49%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.49%) C++
14 2 (0.20%) Scala
Qualifications
1 407 (39.78%) ISTQB
2 167 (16.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 145 (14.17%) Security Cleared
4 108 (10.56%) Degree
5 82 (8.02%) SC Cleared
6 40 (3.91%) DV Cleared
7 39 (3.81%) CBAP
8 38 (3.71%) IIBA
9 30 (2.93%) ISEB Practitioner
10 27 (2.64%) CISSP
11 21 (2.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 18 (1.76%) PMI Certification
13 17 (1.66%) ITIL Certification
13 17 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 15 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (1.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 14 (1.37%) APMG
16 12 (1.17%) CISA
16 12 (1.17%) CLAS
17 11 (1.08%) CITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (13.39%) QA
2 18 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.66%) PMO
4 16 (1.56%) PCI DSS
5 12 (1.17%) MiFID
6 11 (1.08%) GDPR
7 10 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
8 9 (0.88%) SLA
9 7 (0.68%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
11 4 (0.39%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.39%) ISO 9000
11 4 (0.39%) SEPA
12 3 (0.29%) COBIT
12 3 (0.29%) EMIR
12 3 (0.29%) HL7
12 3 (0.29%) SDET
12 3 (0.29%) TickIT
13 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.20%) Solvency II
System Software
1 21 (2.05%) Active Directory
2 10 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
3 8 (0.78%) vSphere
4 7 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
6 4 (0.39%) Snort
6 4 (0.39%) VMware ESX
7 3 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.20%) Firmware
9 1 (0.098%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.098%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.098%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 55 (5.38%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.68%) SCCM
2 7 (0.68%) vRealize
3 5 (0.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (0.39%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.29%) Graphite
5 3 (0.29%) SCOM
6 2 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (0.20%) Oozie
6 2 (0.20%) SmoothWall
7 1 (0.098%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.098%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.098%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.098%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.098%) Netcool
7 1 (0.098%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.098%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.098%) Puppet
7 1 (0.098%) QRadar
Vendors
1 134 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 120 (11.73%) Oracle
3 78 (7.62%) HP
4 37 (3.62%) SAP
5 19 (1.86%) Sybase
6 18 (1.76%) IBM
6 18 (1.76%) VMware
7 13 (1.27%) Cisco
8 10 (0.98%) Adobe
9 8 (0.78%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.78%) Remedy
10 7 (0.68%) Red Hat
11 6 (0.59%) AppDynamics
11 6 (0.59%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.59%) Fixnetix
11 6 (0.59%) Intel Security
11 6 (0.59%) Teradata
11 6 (0.59%) webMethods
12 5 (0.49%) Apple
12 5 (0.49%) Fiorano
Manchester, Lancashire
Harris Global
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
West London
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 - £310 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East Riding
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Fareham
Spectrum IT
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Surrey
Pioneer Search
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: 3 days ago
London, Greater London
360 Resourcing
Rate: £46,000 - £50,000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago