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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 251 207 175
Rank change year-on-year -44 -32  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 445 653 743
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.94% 1.21% 1.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.92% 5.52% 7.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 479 511
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year - +0.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 10
Median hourly rate £40.00 £14.43 £19.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +177.29% -27.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £12.50 £15.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £91.60 £31.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £14.43 £19.94
% change year-on-year +97.57% -27.65%  

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 9042 11823 10443
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.19% 21.90% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5400 7392 6106
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 490 454 538
Median hourly rate £32.00 £28.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.28% +17.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 -35 409 £400 +6.66% 169
London -54 133 £425 +6.25% 54
South East -25 98 £363 -6.75% 29
South West +28 61 £411 +26.30% 9
Yorkshire +16 28 £365 +4.28% 13
West Midlands -4 28 £325 -4.41% 19
West Yorkshire +10 25 £383 +2.00% 9
Scotland +10 23 £313 -1.41% 3
Hampshire -4 21 £325 -18.75% 7
Surrey -5 20 £363 -21.19% 8
Leeds +10 19 £400 +16.95% 8
City of London -11 18 £488 +15.38% 30
Edinburgh +29 17 £275 -1.78%
North West +2 17 £330 -2.22% 21
East Midlands -7 17 £500 +31.14% 8
East of England -27 15 £258 -30.40% 16
Devon - 14 £433 -
Plymouth - 13 £433 -
West Sussex +9 12 £375 -6.25% 2
Wiltshire +1 12 £425 +41.66% 3
Bristol +1 11 £391 -10.05% 2
Manchester +1 11 £225 -32.07% 16
Wales -11 11 £310 +3.33%
Milton Keynes -12 11 £350 +16.66% 2
Buckinghamshire -20 11 £350 +18.64% 2
North East +73 9 £350 +5.26%
Cardiff -6 9 £310 +4.20%
South Wales -11 9 £310 -4.61%
Basingstoke -18 9 £309 -8.51% 2
Cornwall - 9 £176 -

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 438 (43.50%) Agile Software Development
2 409 (40.62%) ISTQB
3 282 (28.00%) Test Automation
4 281 (27.90%) Finance
5 217 (21.55%) User Acceptance Testing
6 202 (20.06%) Test Scripting
7 200 (19.86%) Business Analysis
8 173 (17.18%) SQL
9 165 (16.39%) JIRA
10 164 (16.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 154 (15.29%) Software Testing
12 153 (15.19%) Scrum
13 148 (14.70%) PRINCE2
14 143 (14.20%) Selenium
15 127 (12.61%) Microsoft
16 126 (12.51%) Waterfall
17 121 (12.02%) QA
18 118 (11.72%) ITIL
19 116 (11.52%) Security Cleared
19 116 (11.52%) Test Strategy
20 113 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
21 110 (10.92%) Degree
22 109 (10.82%) Java
23 103 (10.23%) HP
24 100 (9.93%) Functional Testing
25 98 (9.73%) SDLC
26 96 (9.53%) Defect Management
27 95 (9.43%) Oracle
28 93 (9.24%) Project Management
28 93 (9.24%) Banking

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 54 (5.36%) Confluence
2 25 (2.48%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.39%) WebLogic
4 10 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 9 (0.89%) CMS
6 6 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.50%) IIS
8 4 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.40%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.30%) Apache
9 3 (0.30%) ATG Dynamo
9 3 (0.30%) Drupal
9 3 (0.30%) SAS
9 3 (0.30%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.20%) JBoss
10 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.20%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.099%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.099%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 51 (5.06%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (3.67%) MS Visio
3 34 (3.38%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.30%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.20%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 14 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.70%) Dynamics NAV
2 7 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.70%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.40%) iTrent
4 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.30%) Actimize
5 3 (0.30%) Maximo
5 3 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.20%) TRIRIGA
6 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.20%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.099%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.099%) Primavera
7 1 (0.099%) RMDS
7 1 (0.099%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.099%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 32 (3.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.19%) SaaS
3 11 (1.09%) GitHub
4 6 (0.60%) Office 365
5 3 (0.30%) PaaS
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.20%) BrowserStack
6 2 (0.20%) G Suite
7 1 (0.099%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.099%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.099%) Slack
7 1 (0.099%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.099%) Taleo
7 1 (0.099%) Trello
7 1 (0.099%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.69%) Internet
1 17 (1.69%) PuTTY
2 15 (1.49%) WinSCP
3 14 (1.39%) TCP/IP
3 14 (1.39%) WAN
4 13 (1.29%) LAN
5 11 (1.09%) LDAP
6 8 (0.79%) Firewall
7 6 (0.60%) SSL
8 5 (0.50%) POP3
8 5 (0.50%) SMTP
8 5 (0.50%) VLAN
9 4 (0.40%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (0.40%) DHCP
9 4 (0.40%) DNS
9 4 (0.40%) Reverse Proxy
9 4 (0.40%) SAN
9 4 (0.40%) VPN
10 3 (0.30%) Skype
10 3 (0.30%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
2 38 (3.77%) SQL Server
3 23 (2.28%) Oracle Reports
4 21 (2.09%) Oracle Database
5 17 (1.69%) Relational Database
6 15 (1.49%) Oracle Database 10g
6 15 (1.49%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
8 10 (0.99%) RDBMS
8 10 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
8 10 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
9 9 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
11 6 (0.60%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
12 5 (0.50%) Big Data
12 5 (0.50%) DB2
12 5 (0.50%) Oracle BI EE
12 5 (0.50%) Oracle Database 12c
12 5 (0.50%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 165 (16.39%) JIRA
2 143 (14.20%) Selenium
3 63 (6.26%) Cucumber
4 61 (6.06%) HP UFT
5 54 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
6 49 (4.87%) SoapUI
7 41 (4.07%) Jenkins
8 37 (3.67%) WebDriver
9 35 (3.48%) LoadRunner
10 29 (2.88%) SpecFlow
11 24 (2.38%) JMeter
12 21 (2.09%) TestRail
13 20 (1.99%) TeamCity
14 18 (1.79%) Visual Studio
15 16 (1.59%) Oracle APEX
15 16 (1.59%) Toad
16 15 (1.49%) Git (software)
17 14 (1.39%) Eclipse
18 13 (1.29%) TestNG
19 12 (1.19%) Ant
General
1 281 (27.90%) Finance
2 93 (9.24%) Banking
3 92 (9.14%) Retail
4 40 (3.97%) Telecoms
5 33 (3.28%) Retail Banking
6 18 (1.79%) Legal
7 17 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.69%) Marketing
8 13 (1.29%) Investment Banking
9 11 (1.09%) Spanish Language
10 10 (0.99%) Back Office
11 9 (0.89%) Law
11 9 (0.89%) Local Government
12 8 (0.79%) Games
13 5 (0.50%) Automotive
13 5 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.50%) Publishing
14 4 (0.40%) General Ledger
15 3 (0.30%) Advertising
15 3 (0.30%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 549 (54.52%) Analyst
2 267 (26.51%) Business Analyst
3 233 (23.14%) Test Analyst
4 113 (11.22%) Tester
5 107 (10.63%) Test Manager
6 76 (7.55%) Test Leader
7 61 (6.06%) Senior Analyst
8 43 (4.27%) Test Engineer
9 38 (3.77%) Project Manager
10 33 (3.28%) Automation Test Analyst
11 30 (2.98%) Financial Analyst
12 29 (2.88%) Senior Test Analyst
13 26 (2.58%) Senior Business Analyst
14 25 (2.48%) Agile Test Analyst
14 25 (2.48%) IT Analyst
15 24 (2.38%) Business IT Analyst
16 23 (2.28%) Test Specialist
17 22 (2.18%) Business Systems Analyst
18 21 (2.09%) IT Business Analyst
18 21 (2.09%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (4.07%) .NET
2 40 (3.97%) XML
3 36 (3.57%) Web Services
4 13 (1.29%) SOAP
5 12 (1.19%) Gherkin
5 12 (1.19%) Middleware
6 11 (1.09%) AngularJS
6 11 (1.09%) HTML
6 11 (1.09%) J2EE
7 9 (0.89%) Spring
8 8 (0.79%) Hibernate
8 8 (0.79%) RESTful
9 6 (0.60%) HTML5
9 6 (0.60%) JSON
10 5 (0.50%) CSS
10 5 (0.50%) XSLT
11 4 (0.40%) COM+
11 4 (0.40%) Node.js
11 4 (0.40%) Struts
12 3 (0.30%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 91 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (4.47%) Management Information System
3 22 (2.18%) PMI
4 20 (1.99%) Mobile App
4 20 (1.99%) User Experience
5 17 (1.69%) Equities
5 17 (1.69%) NHS
6 16 (1.59%) Computer Science
7 13 (1.29%) Data Centre
7 13 (1.29%) Hedge funds
8 8 (0.79%) Client/Server
8 8 (0.79%) Derivative
8 8 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 7 (0.70%) Frameworx
9 7 (0.70%) STB
10 6 (0.60%) Data Structures
10 6 (0.60%) Fintech
10 6 (0.60%) Smart Meter
10 6 (0.60%) Virtual Team
11 5 (0.50%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 85 (8.44%) Windows
2 52 (5.16%) Linux
3 44 (4.37%) Unix
4 17 (1.69%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (1.39%) Android
7 13 (1.29%) Windows 10
8 11 (1.09%) Apple iOS
9 10 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.89%) Windows Vista
11 8 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.50%) AIX
13 2 (0.20%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.099%) HPUX
14 1 (0.099%) Kali Linux
14 1 (0.099%) Solaris
14 1 (0.099%) SUSE
14 1 (0.099%) VMS
14 1 (0.099%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 438 (43.50%) Agile Software Development
2 282 (28.00%) Test Automation
3 217 (21.55%) User Acceptance Testing
4 202 (20.06%) Test Scripting
5 200 (19.86%) Business Analysis
6 154 (15.29%) Software Testing
7 153 (15.19%) Scrum
8 148 (14.70%) PRINCE2
9 126 (12.51%) Waterfall
10 118 (11.72%) ITIL
11 116 (11.52%) Test Strategy
12 113 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
13 100 (9.93%) Functional Testing
14 98 (9.73%) SDLC
15 96 (9.53%) Defect Management
16 93 (9.24%) Project Management
17 90 (8.94%) BDD
18 89 (8.84%) User Stories
19 87 (8.64%) Regression Testing
20 86 (8.54%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 173 (17.18%) SQL
2 109 (10.82%) Java
3 47 (4.67%) Python
4 43 (4.27%) C#
5 23 (2.28%) Ruby
6 18 (1.79%) C
6 18 (1.79%) JavaScript
7 17 (1.69%) Groovy
8 15 (1.49%) F#
8 15 (1.49%) PL/SQL
9 14 (1.39%) Perl
10 11 (1.09%) VBScript
11 10 (0.99%) VB
12 8 (0.79%) C++
13 6 (0.60%) PHP
13 6 (0.60%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.50%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.50%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.30%) ActionScript
15 3 (0.30%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 409 (40.62%) ISTQB
2 164 (16.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 116 (11.52%) Security Cleared
4 110 (10.92%) Degree
5 63 (6.26%) SC Cleared
6 41 (4.07%) IIBA
7 36 (3.57%) CBAP
8 34 (3.38%) DV Cleared
9 32 (3.18%) ISEB Practitioner
10 27 (2.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 24 (2.38%) PMI Certification
12 20 (1.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 17 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
14 14 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 9 (0.89%) APMG
15 9 (0.89%) CITP
16 7 (0.70%) Chartered Engineer
17 6 (0.60%) CCAA
17 6 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
17 6 (0.60%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (12.02%) QA
2 14 (1.39%) GDPR
3 12 (1.19%) PMO
4 11 (1.09%) MiFID
5 8 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.79%) SLA
6 7 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 7 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.60%) Data Quality
7 6 (0.60%) Dodd-Frank
7 6 (0.60%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.40%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.40%) SEPA
9 3 (0.30%) FATCA
9 3 (0.30%) TickIT
10 2 (0.20%) EMIR
10 2 (0.20%) IFRS
10 2 (0.20%) IFRS 9
10 2 (0.20%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 13 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
2 12 (1.19%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.09%) vSphere
4 7 (0.70%) VirtualBox
5 6 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
7 4 (0.40%) XenApp
8 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (0.30%) XenServer
9 2 (0.20%) Firmware
10 1 (0.099%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.099%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.099%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.099%) Xen
Systems Management
1 63 (6.26%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (0.99%) vRealize
3 8 (0.79%) SCCM
4 7 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.50%) Cisco IPCC
6 4 (0.40%) SCOM
7 3 (0.30%) SmoothWall
8 1 (0.099%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.099%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.099%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.099%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.099%) Graphite
8 1 (0.099%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.099%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.099%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.099%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.099%) Netcool
8 1 (0.099%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.099%) Puppet
8 1 (0.099%) QRadar
Vendors
1 127 (12.61%) Microsoft
2 103 (10.23%) HP
3 95 (9.43%) Oracle
4 42 (4.17%) SAP
5 21 (2.09%) VMware
6 16 (1.59%) Sybase
7 14 (1.39%) IBM
8 12 (1.19%) Citrix
8 12 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
9 11 (1.09%) Cisco
10 10 (0.99%) Atlassian
10 10 (0.99%) Red Hat
11 9 (0.89%) BMC
12 8 (0.79%) Remedy
13 7 (0.70%) Adobe
13 7 (0.70%) PeopleSoft
13 7 (0.70%) Snow
13 7 (0.70%) Workday
14 6 (0.60%) Fixnetix
15 5 (0.50%) Apple
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