Period
to 21 May 2018

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 21 May 2018 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
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 334 233 202
Rank change year-on-year -101 -31 -19
Contract jobs citing ISEB 752 996 1,358
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 1.11% 1.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.91% 5.44% 5.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 682 955
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £256
90th Percentile £588 £524 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +5.63% +1.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 21 17
UK median hourly rate £14.25 £43.25 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -67.05% +20.14% +80.54%
10th Percentile £12.71 £17.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.95 £53.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £41.63 £36.00
% change year-on-year -67.57% +15.63% +71.43%

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 19,235 18,299 22,732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.11% 20.31% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,560 11,489 14,123
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £240 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 856 930 861
UK median hourly rate £24.28 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.08% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% -14.29% +55.56%

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 21 May 2018.

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 21 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 17 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 21 May 2018. 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 -102 684 £400 +5.26% 170
UK excluding London -75 511 £375 +5.63% 139
London -98 238 £475 +11.76% 36
South East -60 164 £385 +4.41% 39
Midlands -34 83 £375 +7.14% 23
North of England -54 80 £328 -2.96% 51
South West -50 72 £350 -12.50% 9
West Midlands -21 61 £375 +15.38% 12
East of England +7 50 £400 +14.29% 12
Scotland -28 39 £325 - 5
Yorkshire -18 34 £388 +10.71% 26
North West -55 26 £325 +4.84% 21
North East +15 22 £328 -24.06% 4
East Midlands -25 21 £405 -10.00% 11
Wales -29 18 £480 +57.89%
Channel Islands - 4 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 £280 -

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, 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.

1 338 (44.95%) Agile Software Development
2 310 (41.22%) ISTQB
3 198 (26.33%) Test Automation
4 180 (23.94%) Business Analysis
5 172 (22.87%) Finance
6 152 (20.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 133 (17.69%) User Acceptance Testing
8 131 (17.42%) Selenium
9 129 (17.15%) Test Scripting
10 125 (16.62%) Waterfall
11 123 (16.36%) Java
12 118 (15.69%) Project Management
13 117 (15.56%) Scrum
14 116 (15.43%) Security Cleared
15 110 (14.63%) SQL
16 109 (14.49%) Stakeholder Management
16 109 (14.49%) Software Testing
17 104 (13.83%) PRINCE2
18 98 (13.03%) Test Strategy
19 97 (12.90%) Microsoft
20 90 (11.97%) Windows
21 88 (11.70%) Oracle
22 83 (11.04%) JIRA
23 82 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
24 81 (10.77%) QA
24 81 (10.77%) HP
25 77 (10.24%) Defect Management
26 76 (10.11%) System Integration Testing
27 75 (9.97%) Degree
28 74 (9.84%) 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 24 (3.19%) WebLogic
2 23 (3.06%) Confluence
3 22 (2.93%) SharePoint
4 8 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.66%) SAS
6 4 (0.53%) Apache
6 4 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.53%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.53%) WebLogic Integration
7 3 (0.40%) CMS
7 3 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.13%) ATG Dynamo
9 1 (0.13%) CICS
9 1 (0.13%) Documentum
Applications
1 66 (8.78%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (7.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 43 (5.72%) Microsoft Project
4 16 (2.13%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.40%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 14 (1.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.27%) Actimize
4 2 (0.27%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.27%) FastStats
4 2 (0.27%) Primavera
4 2 (0.27%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.27%) Unica
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.13%) Maximo
5 1 (0.13%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.13%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.13%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.13%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 51 (6.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.60%) Office 365
3 10 (1.33%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (1.33%) SaaS
4 7 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
5 6 (0.80%) BrowserStack
6 5 (0.66%) IaaS
7 4 (0.53%) PaaS
7 4 (0.53%) Slack
8 3 (0.40%) Google Play
9 2 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.27%) BlazeMeter
9 2 (0.27%) GitHub
9 2 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.13%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.19%) PuTTY
2 23 (3.06%) WinSCP
3 18 (2.39%) Internet
4 12 (1.60%) SMS
5 9 (1.20%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.80%) 3G
7 5 (0.66%) LAN
8 4 (0.53%) DNS
8 4 (0.53%) Firewall
8 4 (0.53%) FTP
8 4 (0.53%) HTTP
8 4 (0.53%) IPv4
8 4 (0.53%) IPv6
8 4 (0.53%) Unified Communications
8 4 (0.53%) WLAN
9 3 (0.40%) 2G
9 3 (0.40%) 4G
9 3 (0.40%) Intranet
9 3 (0.40%) SAN
9 3 (0.40%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (6.78%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.65%) Oracle Database
3 26 (3.46%) Oracle Database 10g
4 23 (3.06%) Oracle Database 11g
4 23 (3.06%) SQL Server 2012
4 23 (3.06%) SQL Server 2016
5 15 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (1.06%) Oracle OWB
7 6 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
7 6 (0.80%) Power BI
8 5 (0.66%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.53%) Big Data
9 4 (0.53%) MS Access
9 4 (0.53%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.53%) SAP BW
9 4 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.27%) DB2
10 2 (0.27%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 131 (17.42%) Selenium
2 83 (11.04%) JIRA
3 60 (7.98%) Cucumber
4 55 (7.31%) SoapUI
5 40 (5.32%) LoadRunner
6 39 (5.19%) SpecFlow
7 34 (4.52%) HP UFT
8 28 (3.72%) Jenkins
9 27 (3.59%) JMeter
9 27 (3.59%) TestNG
10 26 (3.46%) Oracle APEX
11 25 (3.32%) WebDriver
12 24 (3.19%) Team Foundation Server
13 23 (3.06%) Ant
13 23 (3.06%) Eclipse
14 15 (1.99%) Toad
15 14 (1.86%) Git (software)
16 13 (1.73%) Zephyr
17 10 (1.33%) Visual Studio
18 8 (1.06%) JUnit
General
1 172 (22.87%) Finance
2 65 (8.64%) Banking
3 48 (6.38%) Retail
4 35 (4.65%) Legal
5 30 (3.99%) Telecoms
6 26 (3.46%) Retail Banking
7 17 (2.26%) Law
8 15 (1.99%) Pharmaceutical
9 10 (1.33%) Marketing
10 8 (1.06%) Investment Banking
11 7 (0.93%) Advertising
11 7 (0.93%) Automotive
11 7 (0.93%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.66%) Military
13 4 (0.53%) Electronics
13 4 (0.53%) Private Banking
14 3 (0.40%) Back Office
14 3 (0.40%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.13%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 436 (57.98%) Analyst
2 203 (26.99%) Test Analyst
3 196 (26.06%) Business Analyst
4 58 (7.71%) Tester
5 56 (7.45%) Test Manager
6 54 (7.18%) Test Leader
7 41 (5.45%) Project Manager
8 40 (5.32%) Test Engineer
9 33 (4.39%) Senior Analyst
10 25 (3.32%) Senior Business Analyst
11 21 (2.79%) Automation Test Analyst
12 20 (2.66%) Banking Analyst
12 20 (2.66%) Financial Analyst
12 20 (2.66%) Test Automation Engineer
13 18 (2.39%) Automation Tester
14 16 (2.13%) Consultant
15 15 (1.99%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
15 15 (1.99%) IT Analyst
15 15 (1.99%) Manual Test Analyst
16 14 (1.86%) IT Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (6.25%) .NET
2 43 (5.72%) Web Services
3 41 (5.45%) XML
4 17 (2.26%) SOAP
5 11 (1.46%) RESTful
6 9 (1.20%) Gherkin
7 8 (1.06%) JSON
8 7 (0.93%) HTML
9 5 (0.66%) REST
10 4 (0.53%) Oracle Fusion
11 3 (0.40%) ASP.NET
11 3 (0.40%) WebdriverIO
11 3 (0.40%) XSL
12 2 (0.27%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.27%) CSS
12 2 (0.27%) HTML5
12 2 (0.27%) J2EE
12 2 (0.27%) Velocity
13 1 (0.13%) CSS3
13 1 (0.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 82 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.05%) Management Information System
3 22 (2.93%) PMI
4 17 (2.26%) User Experience
5 13 (1.73%) NHS
6 11 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (1.33%) Virtual Team
8 9 (1.20%) Client/Server
8 9 (1.20%) Computer Science
8 9 (1.20%) Mobile App
9 8 (1.06%) Reinsurance
10 7 (0.93%) Data Protection Act
10 7 (0.93%) Driving Licence
11 6 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (0.80%) PKI
12 5 (0.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 5 (0.66%) Frameworx
13 4 (0.53%) CCTV
13 4 (0.53%) Derivative
13 4 (0.53%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 90 (11.97%) Windows
2 51 (6.78%) Linux
3 37 (4.92%) Unix
4 27 (3.59%) Windows Server
5 23 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 21 (2.79%) Windows 10
7 20 (2.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (1.46%) Apple iOS
9 10 (1.33%) Android
10 4 (0.53%) HPUX
10 4 (0.53%) SUSE
10 4 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.40%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.13%) AIX
13 1 (0.13%) VMS
13 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.13%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (44.95%) Agile Software Development
2 198 (26.33%) Test Automation
3 180 (23.94%) Business Analysis
4 133 (17.69%) User Acceptance Testing
5 129 (17.15%) Test Scripting
6 125 (16.62%) Waterfall
7 118 (15.69%) Project Management
8 117 (15.56%) Scrum
9 109 (14.49%) Software Testing
9 109 (14.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 104 (13.83%) PRINCE2
11 98 (13.03%) Test Strategy
12 77 (10.24%) Defect Management
13 76 (10.11%) System Integration Testing
14 74 (9.84%) Functional Testing
15 60 (7.98%) BDD
16 53 (7.05%) Test Management
17 52 (6.91%) ITIL
17 52 (6.91%) Problem-Solving
18 49 (6.52%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 123 (16.36%) Java
2 110 (14.63%) SQL
3 33 (4.39%) C#
4 22 (2.93%) F#
5 20 (2.66%) C
6 17 (2.26%) Python
7 11 (1.46%) JavaScript
8 7 (0.93%) C++
8 7 (0.93%) T-SQL
9 6 (0.80%) VB
9 6 (0.80%) VB.NET
9 6 (0.80%) VBScript
10 5 (0.66%) Bash Shell
10 5 (0.66%) Perl
11 4 (0.53%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 3 (0.40%) Groovy
13 2 (0.27%) Ruby
14 1 (0.13%) COBOL
14 1 (0.13%) PL/1
14 1 (0.13%) REXX
Qualifications
1 310 (41.22%) ISTQB
2 152 (20.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 116 (15.43%) Security Cleared
4 75 (9.97%) Degree
5 63 (8.38%) ISEB Practitioner
5 63 (8.38%) SC Cleared
6 38 (5.05%) DV Cleared
7 32 (4.26%) PMI Certification
8 27 (3.59%) CBAP
9 26 (3.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 18 (2.39%) IIBA
11 16 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
12 13 (1.73%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (1.60%) PMP
13 12 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 9 (1.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 7 (0.93%) APMP
16 6 (0.80%) CISSP
16 6 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
16 6 (0.80%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (10.77%) QA
2 47 (6.25%) GDPR
3 19 (2.53%) PMO
4 6 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.66%) MiFID
6 3 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.40%) EMIR
6 3 (0.40%) SLA
7 2 (0.27%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 2 (0.27%) WCAG
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 22 (2.93%) vSphere
2 7 (0.93%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.40%) Firmware
5 2 (0.27%) ACF2
5 2 (0.27%) Docker
5 2 (0.27%) RACF
6 1 (0.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 63 (8.38%) HP ALM
2 51 (6.78%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (0.80%) SCCM
3 6 (0.80%) vRealize
4 3 (0.40%) Ansible
4 3 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.40%) Puppet
4 3 (0.40%) SCOM
5 2 (0.27%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.27%) Control-M
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.27%) Nessus
6 1 (0.13%) Endace
Vendors
1 97 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 88 (11.70%) Oracle
3 81 (10.77%) HP
4 40 (5.32%) webMethods
5 28 (3.72%) VMware
6 24 (3.19%) Software AG
7 23 (3.06%) Red Hat
8 22 (2.93%) SAP
9 10 (1.33%) Capita
10 9 (1.20%) Atlassian
11 7 (0.93%) IBM
12 6 (0.80%) Adobe
12 6 (0.80%) CheckPoint
12 6 (0.80%) MuleSoft
13 5 (0.66%) Cisco
13 5 (0.66%) Citrix
13 5 (0.66%) Google
13 5 (0.66%) Informatica
13 5 (0.66%) Niku
14 4 (0.53%) TIBCO