Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 313 242 195
Rank change year-on-year -71 -47 -19
Contract jobs citing ISEB 805 1,036 1,451
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 1.08% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.25% 5.22% 6.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 519 730 991
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -2.26%
10th Percentile £265 £225 £256
90th Percentile £538 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +5.36% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 11
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £37.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.00% +29.31% +72.26%
10th Percentile £12.71 £15.41 £13.81
90th Percentile £47.50 £53.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £37.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -64.00% +29.31% +48.72%

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 18,943 19,863 22,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.82% 20.71% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,583 12,574 13,763
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 845 921 1,001
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.60 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.22 £27.50 £30.17
% change year-on-year -4.67% -8.85% +54.72%

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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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 -80 713 £400 +6.67% 188
UK excluding London -41 528 £369 +5.36% 166
London -52 275 £450 +5.88% 38
South East -59 142 £400 +14.29% 35
Midlands -16 92 £381 +8.71% 29
North of England -17 83 £325 - 47
West Midlands +12 75 £375 +3.45% 16
East of England -2 63 £400 - 19
South West -47 62 £351 -8.47% 20
Scotland +2 38 £274 -26.76% 13
Wales -14 35 £400 +33.33% 2
Yorkshire -2 32 £338 +3.85% 21
North West -37 27 £325 - 18
North East +70 25 £328 -20.61% 8
East Midlands -27 17 £463 +31.21% 13
Northern Ireland -3 10 £308 -27.53% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 335 (41.61%) Agile Software Development
2 319 (39.63%) ISTQB
3 209 (25.96%) Test Automation
4 198 (24.60%) Business Analysis
5 187 (23.23%) Finance
6 178 (22.11%) User Acceptance Testing
7 158 (19.63%) Test Scripting
8 141 (17.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 138 (17.14%) SQL
10 129 (16.02%) Software Testing
11 117 (14.53%) HP
12 115 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
12 115 (14.29%) Security Cleared
12 115 (14.29%) Waterfall
13 113 (14.04%) Project Management
14 112 (13.91%) Scrum
15 109 (13.54%) PRINCE2
16 108 (13.42%) Banking
17 107 (13.29%) Microsoft
18 98 (12.17%) Selenium
19 96 (11.93%) JIRA
20 93 (11.55%) Java
21 91 (11.30%) HP ALM
22 84 (10.43%) HP Quality Center
23 82 (10.19%) System Integration Testing
24 81 (10.06%) QA
25 78 (9.69%) Defect Management
26 76 (9.44%) Oracle
27 75 (9.32%) Windows
27 75 (9.32%) Analytical Skills

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 (3.48%) SharePoint
2 20 (2.48%) Confluence
3 13 (1.61%) WebLogic
4 7 (0.87%) CMS
5 6 (0.75%) IIS
6 5 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.50%) Documentum
7 4 (0.50%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.50%) SAS
8 3 (0.37%) Apache
8 3 (0.37%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.37%) WebLogic Integration
9 1 (0.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 62 (7.70%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (6.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 49 (6.09%) Microsoft Project
4 35 (4.35%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.50%) Maximo
3 4 (0.50%) SAP CO
3 4 (0.50%) SAP FI
3 4 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
3 4 (0.50%) SAP MM
4 3 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.37%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.25%) Actimize
5 2 (0.25%) CA PPM
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.25%) Workfront
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft CRM
6 1 (0.12%) Postilion
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.61%) Office 365
3 8 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
4 7 (0.87%) SaaS
5 2 (0.25%) IaaS
5 2 (0.25%) PaaS
6 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.12%) Serverless
6 1 (0.12%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.37%) VLAN
2 10 (1.24%) Internet
3 9 (1.12%) PuTTY
3 9 (1.12%) SMS
3 9 (1.12%) WinSCP
4 6 (0.75%) 3G
4 6 (0.75%) Bluetooth
4 6 (0.75%) Firewall
5 5 (0.62%) LAN
6 4 (0.50%) IPv4
6 4 (0.50%) IPv6
6 4 (0.50%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.50%) VSAN
7 3 (0.37%) FTP
7 3 (0.37%) Unified Communications
7 3 (0.37%) WAN
7 3 (0.37%) WLAN
8 2 (0.25%) DHCP
8 2 (0.25%) DNS
8 2 (0.25%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.84%) SQL Server
2 21 (2.61%) Oracle Database
3 19 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
5 8 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
5 8 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
6 7 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
7 6 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
7 6 (0.75%) Oracle OWB
7 6 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.50%) Essbase
8 4 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.37%) DB2
9 3 (0.37%) MS Access
9 3 (0.37%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.37%) SAP BW
10 2 (0.25%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.25%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 98 (12.17%) Selenium
2 96 (11.93%) JIRA
3 41 (5.09%) Cucumber
4 34 (4.22%) SoapUI
5 31 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 29 (3.60%) Zephyr
7 27 (3.35%) HP UFT
8 25 (3.11%) LoadRunner
9 22 (2.73%) JMeter
9 22 (2.73%) SpecFlow
10 21 (2.61%) WebDriver
11 15 (1.86%) Jenkins
11 15 (1.86%) Visual Studio
12 12 (1.49%) Oracle APEX
12 12 (1.49%) Toad
13 10 (1.24%) Eclipse
13 10 (1.24%) Git (software)
14 9 (1.12%) Ant
14 9 (1.12%) TestNG
15 8 (0.99%) Selenium IDE
General
1 187 (23.23%) Finance
2 108 (13.42%) Banking
3 53 (6.58%) Retail Banking
4 30 (3.73%) Legal
5 28 (3.48%) Retail
6 26 (3.23%) Telecoms
7 12 (1.49%) Law
8 10 (1.24%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (1.12%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.99%) Private Banking
11 7 (0.87%) Marketing
12 6 (0.75%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.62%) Romanian Language
14 4 (0.50%) Advertising
15 3 (0.37%) Automotive
15 3 (0.37%) Back Office
15 3 (0.37%) Electronics
16 2 (0.25%) Front Office
16 2 (0.25%) Games
16 2 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 487 (60.50%) Analyst
2 232 (28.82%) Business Analyst
3 222 (27.58%) Test Analyst
4 67 (8.32%) Tester
5 55 (6.83%) Test Manager
6 52 (6.46%) Test Leader
7 51 (6.34%) Senior Analyst
8 37 (4.60%) Project Manager
9 36 (4.47%) Test Engineer
10 34 (4.22%) Banking Analyst
11 33 (4.10%) Senior Business Analyst
12 30 (3.73%) Automation Test Analyst
13 24 (2.98%) Agile Business Analyst
14 19 (2.36%) Senior Test Analyst
15 18 (2.24%) Financial Analyst
16 17 (2.11%) Digital Analyst
17 16 (1.99%) Data Business Analyst
18 15 (1.86%) Automation Tester
19 14 (1.74%) Agile Test Analyst
19 14 (1.74%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (4.10%) .NET
2 20 (2.48%) XML
3 19 (2.36%) Web Services
4 14 (1.74%) SOAP
5 6 (0.75%) Gherkin
6 5 (0.62%) HTML
6 5 (0.62%) JSON
6 5 (0.62%) Middleware
7 4 (0.50%) FIX Protocol
7 4 (0.50%) Oracle Fusion
8 3 (0.37%) CSS
8 3 (0.37%) EDI
8 3 (0.37%) J2EE
8 3 (0.37%) LDAP
8 3 (0.37%) RESTful
9 2 (0.25%) Hibernate
9 2 (0.25%) OLE
9 2 (0.25%) Spring
9 2 (0.25%) Velocity
9 2 (0.25%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 75 (9.32%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.98%) Management Information System
3 23 (2.86%) PMI
4 14 (1.74%) Data Protection Act
5 12 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 11 (1.37%) NHS
7 10 (1.24%) Client/Server
7 10 (1.24%) User Experience
8 9 (1.12%) Freedom of Information
8 9 (1.12%) Reference Data
9 8 (0.99%) Computer Science
10 7 (0.87%) Derivative
10 7 (0.87%) Frameworx
10 7 (0.87%) Virtual Team
11 6 (0.75%) Embedded Systems
11 6 (0.75%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.62%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.62%) Freedom of Information Act
12 5 (0.62%) Mainframe
12 5 (0.62%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 75 (9.32%) Windows
2 34 (4.22%) Unix
3 30 (3.73%) Linux
4 24 (2.98%) Windows 10
5 14 (1.74%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (1.24%) Windows 7
7 7 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.37%) Android
9 3 (0.37%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.37%) HPUX
9 3 (0.37%) SUSE
9 3 (0.37%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.25%) AIX
10 2 (0.25%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 335 (41.61%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (25.96%) Test Automation
3 198 (24.60%) Business Analysis
4 178 (22.11%) User Acceptance Testing
5 158 (19.63%) Test Scripting
6 129 (16.02%) Software Testing
7 115 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
7 115 (14.29%) Waterfall
8 113 (14.04%) Project Management
9 112 (13.91%) Scrum
10 109 (13.54%) PRINCE2
11 82 (10.19%) System Integration Testing
12 78 (9.69%) Defect Management
13 74 (9.19%) Test Strategy
14 71 (8.82%) Functional Testing
15 64 (7.95%) BDD
16 63 (7.83%) SDLC
17 60 (7.45%) Test Management
18 59 (7.33%) Scenario Testing
19 57 (7.08%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 138 (17.14%) SQL
2 93 (11.55%) Java
3 30 (3.73%) C#
4 25 (3.11%) C
5 21 (2.61%) Python
6 19 (2.36%) JavaScript
7 11 (1.37%) VB.NET
8 10 (1.24%) VBScript
9 9 (1.12%) F#
9 9 (1.12%) Ruby
10 8 (0.99%) VB
11 6 (0.75%) C++
12 5 (0.62%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.37%) ABAP
13 3 (0.37%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 2 (0.25%) Perl
14 2 (0.25%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.25%) RPG
15 1 (0.12%) Bash Shell
15 1 (0.12%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 319 (39.63%) ISTQB
2 141 (17.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 115 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 73 (9.07%) Degree
5 53 (6.58%) ISEB Practitioner
5 53 (6.58%) SC Cleared
6 47 (5.84%) DV Cleared
7 29 (3.60%) CBAP
8 28 (3.48%) PMI Certification
9 24 (2.98%) IIBA
10 21 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 13 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
12 11 (1.37%) CISSP
12 11 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 10 (1.24%) CISM
14 9 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
16 7 (0.87%) PMP
17 6 (0.75%) MCSA
17 6 (0.75%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (10.06%) QA
2 51 (6.34%) GDPR
3 20 (2.48%) PMO
4 9 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.37%) EMIR
5 3 (0.37%) GAMP
5 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.37%) MiFID
5 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.25%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 2 (0.25%) WCAG
7 1 (0.12%) Basel III
7 1 (0.12%) COBIT
7 1 (0.12%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (1.61%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.37%) vSphere
3 6 (0.75%) Firmware
3 6 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (0.25%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.12%) Docker
6 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 91 (11.30%) HP ALM
2 84 (10.43%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (1.37%) SCCM
4 5 (0.62%) SCOM
4 5 (0.62%) WhatsUp Gold
5 3 (0.37%) Ansible
5 3 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.37%) Puppet
5 3 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.25%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.25%) WSUS
7 1 (0.12%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.12%) Nessus
7 1 (0.12%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 117 (14.53%) HP
2 107 (13.29%) Microsoft
3 76 (9.44%) Oracle
4 27 (3.35%) SAP
5 17 (2.11%) webMethods
6 15 (1.86%) VMware
7 11 (1.37%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (1.24%) CheckPoint
9 9 (1.12%) Atlassian
10 7 (0.87%) Cisco
10 7 (0.87%) IBM
10 7 (0.87%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.87%) Software AG
11 6 (0.75%) Cognos
11 6 (0.75%) Tableau
12 5 (0.62%) BMC
12 5 (0.62%) Fortinet
13 4 (0.50%) Citrix
14 3 (0.37%) JD Edwards
14 3 (0.37%) TIBCO