Period
to 26 June 2019

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 26 June 2019 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
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 350 326 234
Rank change year-on-year -24 -92 -15
Contract jobs citing ISEB 620 755 1,009
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.75% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.60% 3.96% 5.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 392 487 693
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £296 £275 £250
90th Percentile £538 £600 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £370 £353
% change year-on-year +2.70% +4.74% +0.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 21
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £43.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +133.33% -65.32% +10.49%
10th Percentile £21.25 £12.72 £17.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £71.35 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £43.25
% change year-on-year +133.33% -65.32% +10.49%

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 17,216 19,058 18,479
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.89% 18.92% 20.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,362 11,396 11,409
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 813 871 937
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.56 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.51% -18.13% -0.68%
10th Percentile £12.86 £12.63 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% -20.63% -10.00%

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 26 June 2019.

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 26 June 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 15 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 26 June 2019. 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 -35 594 £400 - 31
UK excluding London +8 494 £380 +2.70% 27
South East +11 178 £400 +6.67% 6
London -61 121 £475 -3.06% 6
South West +5 108 £400 +14.29% 5
North of England +16 76 £363 +9.25% 5
Midlands -10 72 £350 -6.67% 8
West Midlands -11 63 £350 -6.67% 2
East of England -11 41 £450 +12.50% 1
North East +33 28 £355 +7.58%
North West +19 26 £385 +14.93% 3
Yorkshire +11 22 £400 - 2
Scotland -13 10 £325 -1.89% 1
Wales +10 9 £390 -8.77% 1
East Midlands +11 8 £363 +7.41% 6

For the 6 months to 26 June 2019, 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.

1 374 (60.32%) ISTQB
2 339 (54.68%) Agile Software Development
3 239 (38.55%) Test Automation
4 164 (26.45%) SQL
5 160 (25.81%) JIRA
6 159 (25.65%) Test Scripting
7 144 (23.23%) Finance
8 138 (22.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 130 (20.97%) Selenium
10 116 (18.71%) QA
11 114 (18.39%) Oracle
12 112 (18.06%) Scrum
13 111 (17.90%) Java
14 101 (16.29%) User Acceptance Testing
15 99 (15.97%) Software Testing
16 92 (14.84%) Microsoft
16 92 (14.84%) Cucumber
17 91 (14.68%) Stakeholder Management
18 89 (14.35%) Security Cleared
19 87 (14.03%) Test Strategy
20 83 (13.39%) Performance Testing
21 78 (12.58%) Business Analysis
22 77 (12.42%) Degree
23 76 (12.26%) Waterfall
24 73 (11.77%) Regression Testing
24 73 (11.77%) Project Management
25 71 (11.45%) Functional Testing
26 70 (11.29%) SDLC
26 70 (11.29%) HP
27 67 (10.81%) Windows

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 57 (9.19%) Confluence
2 30 (4.84%) WebLogic
3 27 (4.35%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.81%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.65%) Apache
6 4 (0.65%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.32%) SAS
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 57 (9.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 48 (7.74%) Microsoft Office
3 30 (4.84%) Microsoft Project
4 28 (4.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (2.26%) Open Workbench
6 10 (1.61%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.16%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.16%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 15 (2.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.45%) SAP CRM
3 5 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.65%) SAP FI-CA
4 4 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.65%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.32%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 49 (7.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (4.52%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (1.61%) Office 365
4 9 (1.45%) GitHub
5 6 (0.97%) BrowserStack
5 6 (0.97%) DigitalOcean
6 5 (0.81%) Azure Functions
6 5 (0.81%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
6 5 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (0.81%) Serverless
7 4 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.48%) Power Platform
8 3 (0.48%) SaaS
9 1 (0.16%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.16%) BlazeMeter
9 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.16%) CloudSense
9 1 (0.16%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.16%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.94%) Internet
2 7 (1.13%) Intranet
3 6 (0.97%) LAN
3 6 (0.97%) WAN
4 5 (0.81%) SAN
5 4 (0.65%) DNS
5 4 (0.65%) HTTP
5 4 (0.65%) MPLS
5 4 (0.65%) VPN
6 3 (0.48%) Cisco IOS
6 3 (0.48%) DHCP
6 3 (0.48%) Firewall
6 3 (0.48%) IP Telephony
6 3 (0.48%) ISDN
6 3 (0.48%) PBX
6 3 (0.48%) SSL
6 3 (0.48%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.48%) VLAN
6 3 (0.48%) VoIP
7 1 (0.16%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (5.00%) BusinessObjects
1 31 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
2 29 (4.68%) Oracle OWB
2 29 (4.68%) SQL Server
3 15 (2.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (2.26%) Oracle Database
4 14 (2.26%) Oracle Reports
5 12 (1.94%) MongoDB
6 10 (1.61%) Pentaho
7 7 (1.13%) NoSQL
8 6 (0.97%) Blockchain
8 6 (0.97%) Impala
9 5 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (0.81%) Cosmos DB
10 4 (0.65%) Big Data
10 4 (0.65%) SAP HANA
10 4 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (0.48%) BusinessObjects XI
11 3 (0.48%) MySQL
11 3 (0.48%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 160 (25.81%) JIRA
2 130 (20.97%) Selenium
3 92 (14.84%) Cucumber
4 52 (8.39%) SoapUI
5 45 (7.26%) JMeter
6 44 (7.10%) Jenkins
7 43 (6.94%) LoadRunner
8 33 (5.32%) Team Foundation Server
9 28 (4.52%) Visual Studio Team System
10 24 (3.87%) Toad
11 19 (3.06%) SpecFlow
12 18 (2.90%) Visual Studio
13 13 (2.10%) Gatling
13 13 (2.10%) HP UFT
14 11 (1.77%) Bitbucket
14 11 (1.77%) Git (software)
14 11 (1.77%) Oracle APEX
14 11 (1.77%) WebDriver
15 10 (1.61%) LoadUI
15 10 (1.61%) NeoLoad
General
1 144 (23.23%) Finance
2 40 (6.45%) Retail
3 23 (3.71%) Banking
4 21 (3.39%) Telecoms
5 15 (2.42%) Marketing
6 10 (1.61%) Legal
7 8 (1.29%) Front Office
8 6 (0.97%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.48%) Billing
9 3 (0.48%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.32%) Advertising
10 2 (0.32%) International Banking
10 2 (0.32%) Private Banking
10 2 (0.32%) Publishing
10 2 (0.32%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.16%) Back Office
11 1 (0.16%) Digital Economy
11 1 (0.16%) Games
11 1 (0.16%) Local Government
11 1 (0.16%) Military
Job Titles
1 357 (57.58%) Analyst
2 215 (34.68%) Test Analyst
3 94 (15.16%) Business Analyst
4 58 (9.35%) Tester
5 56 (9.03%) Test Manager
6 49 (7.90%) Test Engineer
7 44 (7.10%) Test Leader
8 33 (5.32%) Agile Test Analyst
9 32 (5.16%) SAP Analyst
10 28 (4.52%) SAP Test Analyst
11 27 (4.35%) PMO Analyst
12 24 (3.87%) Automation Test Analyst
13 23 (3.71%) SQL Analyst
14 22 (3.55%) QA Analyst
15 20 (3.23%) Performance Tester
15 20 (3.23%) Web Analyst
16 17 (2.74%) Project Manager
16 17 (2.74%) SAP Functional Analyst
17 16 (2.58%) CRM Analyst
17 16 (2.58%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (8.87%) XML
2 31 (5.00%) Web Services
3 24 (3.87%) .NET
4 23 (3.71%) SOAP
5 21 (3.39%) Spring
6 19 (3.06%) Gherkin
6 19 (3.06%) RESTful
7 18 (2.90%) HTML
8 12 (1.94%) JSON
9 10 (1.61%) RabbitMQ
10 9 (1.45%) CSS
10 9 (1.45%) REST
11 7 (1.13%) ASP.NET
12 6 (0.97%) .NET Framework
12 6 (0.97%) Elastic Stack
13 5 (0.81%) Chai
13 5 (0.81%) Hibernate
13 5 (0.81%) React
14 3 (0.48%) GraphQL
14 3 (0.48%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 63 (10.16%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
3 17 (2.74%) User Experience
4 14 (2.26%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.10%) Client/Server
6 11 (1.77%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (1.45%) Private Cloud
8 7 (1.13%) Data Structures
9 6 (0.97%) Bitcoin
9 6 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (0.97%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.81%) Derivative
10 5 (0.81%) PMI
10 5 (0.81%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.81%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.65%) Driving Licence
11 4 (0.65%) Frameworx
11 4 (0.65%) Smart Meter
12 3 (0.48%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 67 (10.81%) Windows
2 55 (8.87%) Unix
3 26 (4.19%) Linux
4 7 (1.13%) Windows 10
5 4 (0.65%) Android
5 4 (0.65%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.32%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.32%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.16%) CentOS
7 1 (0.16%) Solaris
7 1 (0.16%) VMS
7 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 339 (54.68%) Agile Software Development
2 239 (38.55%) Test Automation
3 159 (25.65%) Test Scripting
4 112 (18.06%) Scrum
5 101 (16.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 99 (15.97%) Software Testing
7 91 (14.68%) Stakeholder Management
8 87 (14.03%) Test Strategy
9 83 (13.39%) Performance Testing
10 78 (12.58%) Business Analysis
11 76 (12.26%) Waterfall
12 73 (11.77%) Project Management
12 73 (11.77%) Regression Testing
13 71 (11.45%) Functional Testing
14 70 (11.29%) SDLC
15 64 (10.32%) User Stories
16 63 (10.16%) ITIL
16 63 (10.16%) PRINCE2
17 62 (10.00%) Defect Management
18 61 (9.84%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 164 (26.45%) SQL
2 111 (17.90%) Java
3 29 (4.68%) C#
4 27 (4.35%) JavaScript
5 20 (3.23%) PL/SQL
6 13 (2.10%) Python
6 13 (2.10%) T-SQL
7 11 (1.77%) C++
8 10 (1.61%) Java 8
9 7 (1.13%) Ruby
10 6 (0.97%) C
10 6 (0.97%) Shell Script
10 6 (0.97%) VB
11 5 (0.81%) F#
11 5 (0.81%) PowerShell
12 4 (0.65%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.48%) Bash Shell
14 1 (0.16%) PHP
14 1 (0.16%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 374 (60.32%) ISTQB
2 138 (22.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 89 (14.35%) Security Cleared
4 77 (12.42%) Degree
5 52 (8.39%) SC Cleared
6 41 (6.61%) ISEB Practitioner
7 33 (5.32%) DV Cleared
8 13 (2.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 12 (1.94%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (1.94%) IIBA
9 12 (1.94%) PMI Certification
10 10 (1.61%) APMP
11 9 (1.45%) PMP
11 9 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 5 (0.81%) CBAP
12 5 (0.81%) Master's Degree
13 4 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
13 4 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (0.48%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (18.71%) QA
2 34 (5.48%) PMO
3 11 (1.77%) GDPR
4 7 (1.13%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.97%) SLA
6 4 (0.65%) PSD2
7 3 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.32%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.32%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.16%) HL7
9 1 (0.16%) P3O
System Software
1 10 (1.61%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.97%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.16%) Docker
3 1 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 42 (6.77%) HP Quality Center
2 38 (6.13%) HP ALM
3 10 (1.61%) Ansible
3 10 (1.61%) Terraform
4 6 (0.97%) Kibana
5 1 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.16%) Control-M
5 1 (0.16%) EnCase
5 1 (0.16%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.16%) Nagios
5 1 (0.16%) NetIQ Identity Manager
5 1 (0.16%) SCCM
5 1 (0.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 114 (18.39%) Oracle
2 92 (14.84%) Microsoft
3 70 (11.29%) HP
4 48 (7.74%) SAP
5 21 (3.39%) webMethods
6 13 (2.10%) Niku
7 12 (1.94%) IBM
8 9 (1.45%) hybris
9 8 (1.29%) Atlassian
9 8 (1.29%) Cisco
10 7 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (1.13%) ServiceNow
11 6 (0.97%) Google
12 5 (0.81%) Guidewire
13 4 (0.65%) Charles River
13 4 (0.65%) CheckPoint
13 4 (0.65%) Cognos
13 4 (0.65%) Informatica
14 3 (0.48%) Ab Initio
14 3 (0.48%) Remedy