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 April 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 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 217 216 178
Rank change year-on-year -1 -38  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 530 662 725
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 1.18% 1.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.69% 5.57% 6.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 361 460 451
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £268 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £477
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +3.57% +2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 12
Median hourly rate £45.00 £38.65 £19.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.44% +93.80%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.19 £12.50 £15.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.40 £133.55 £41.64
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.13 £38.65 £18.88
% change year-on-year +14.18% +104.68%  

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 9314 11883 10939
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.10% 21.26% 19.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 5784 7465 6166
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 £265 £255 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £561 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.44% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 399 549
Median hourly rate £34.00 £29.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.25% +31.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £48.36 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +55.55%  

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 April 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 April 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 April 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 +8 497 £380 +1.33% 131
South East +16 146 £366 +4.64% 25
London -30 133 £425 +3.03% 33
South West +34 75 £400 +10.34% 21
Hampshire +15 35 £314 -21.50% 5
Surrey +23 34 £400 -3.03% 7
North West +31 32 £295 -12.59% 13
West Midlands +3 31 £300 -10.44% 11
Milton Keynes +6 27 £425 +17.24% 1
East of England -2 27 £425 +13.33% 9
Buckinghamshire -4 27 £425 +26.39% 2
Devon - 27 £400 - 1
East Midlands +2 23 £463 +22.92% 5
Scotland +9 21 £325 -2.10% 4
City of London -35 20 £475 +11.76% 15
Yorkshire +8 18 £383 +9.28% 12
Exeter - 16 £350 -
Berkshire +25 14 £319 -23.42% 3
West Yorkshire +16 14 £406 +15.92% 8
Gloucestershire +13 14 £475 +39.70% 3
West Sussex +10 14 £390 +7.58% 2
Wiltshire +1 14 £425 +41.66% 3
Edinburgh +14 13 £323 +11.20% 2
Manchester +6 12 £325 -13.33% 11
Cheshire +27 11 £277 -13.59%
Leeds +12 11 £400 +20.75% 7
Plymouth - 11 £423 -
Basingstoke +11 10 £293 - 1
Birmingham +8 10 £275 -16.66% 2
Swindon +3 9 £425 -5.55% 1

For the 6 months to 30 April 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.

1 446 (45.14%) Agile Software Development
2 390 (39.47%) ISTQB
3 285 (28.85%) Finance
4 215 (21.76%) Business Analysis
5 192 (19.43%) User Acceptance Testing
6 188 (19.03%) Test Scripting
7 177 (17.91%) PRINCE2
8 174 (17.61%) SQL
9 157 (15.89%) Selenium
9 157 (15.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 149 (15.08%) JIRA
11 146 (14.78%) Scrum
12 140 (14.17%) Software Testing
13 135 (13.66%) QA
14 134 (13.56%) Microsoft
15 131 (13.26%) Test Automation
16 129 (13.06%) Security Cleared
17 124 (12.55%) Stakeholder Management
18 121 (12.25%) Waterfall
19 119 (12.04%) Java
20 117 (11.84%) ITIL
21 113 (11.44%) Oracle
22 107 (10.83%) Project Management
23 104 (10.53%) BDD
24 99 (10.02%) Degree
25 98 (9.92%) Test Strategy
26 96 (9.72%) SDLC
27 93 (9.41%) Functional Testing
28 88 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
29 87 (8.81%) Defect Management

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 48 (4.86%) Confluence
2 25 (2.53%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.32%) WebLogic
4 11 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 10 (1.01%) CMS
5 10 (1.01%) IIS
6 9 (0.91%) SAS
7 8 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.61%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.40%) ATG Dynamo
10 3 (0.30%) Apache
10 3 (0.30%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.30%) JCAPS
10 3 (0.30%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.20%) JBoss
11 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
11 2 (0.20%) Skype for Business
12 1 (0.10%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 44 (4.45%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (3.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (3.24%) MS Visio
4 15 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.30%) Open Workbench
6 3 (0.30%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (2.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (0.61%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 3 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.20%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.10%) IntelliMatch
8 1 (0.10%) Lorenzo
8 1 (0.10%) Maximo
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.10%) SAP APO
8 1 (0.10%) SAP PM
8 1 (0.10%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 25 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (1.72%) SaaS
3 11 (1.11%) GitHub
4 6 (0.61%) Office 365
5 3 (0.30%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.30%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.20%) G Suite
6 2 (0.20%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.20%) Taleo
7 1 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.10%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.10%) IaaS
7 1 (0.10%) Slack
7 1 (0.10%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 18 (1.82%) Internet
2 14 (1.42%) PuTTY
3 12 (1.21%) Firewall
3 12 (1.21%) WinSCP
4 8 (0.81%) WAN
5 7 (0.71%) LAN
5 7 (0.71%) LDAP
5 7 (0.71%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.51%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (0.51%) Reverse Proxy
6 5 (0.51%) SSH
6 5 (0.51%) SSL
7 4 (0.40%) DNS
7 4 (0.40%) Network Security
7 4 (0.40%) SAN
7 4 (0.40%) Unified Communications
7 4 (0.40%) VLAN
8 3 (0.30%) DHCP
8 3 (0.30%) VoIP
8 3 (0.30%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (4.96%) Data Warehouse
2 41 (4.15%) SQL Server
3 22 (2.23%) Oracle Reports
4 19 (1.92%) Oracle Database
4 19 (1.92%) Relational Database
5 12 (1.21%) Oracle Database 10g
5 12 (1.21%) Oracle Database 11g
6 11 (1.11%) NonStop SQL
7 9 (0.91%) RDBMS
8 8 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
11 5 (0.51%) Big Data
11 5 (0.51%) DB2
11 5 (0.51%) Oracle Database 12c
11 5 (0.51%) Oracle OWB
12 4 (0.40%) BusinessObjects
12 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 157 (15.89%) Selenium
2 149 (15.08%) JIRA
3 67 (6.78%) Cucumber
4 58 (5.87%) HP UFT
5 52 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (5.16%) SoapUI
7 43 (4.35%) Jenkins
8 41 (4.15%) WebDriver
9 34 (3.44%) LoadRunner
10 29 (2.94%) SpecFlow
11 23 (2.33%) JMeter
11 23 (2.33%) TestRail
12 22 (2.23%) Visual Studio
13 17 (1.72%) Git (software)
14 15 (1.52%) TeamCity
15 14 (1.42%) Toad
16 13 (1.32%) Oracle APEX
17 12 (1.21%) Eclipse
17 12 (1.21%) Oracle Forms
18 10 (1.01%) TestNG
General
1 285 (28.85%) Finance
2 83 (8.40%) Banking
3 76 (7.69%) Retail
4 36 (3.64%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.13%) Marketing
6 20 (2.02%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.62%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.01%) Investment Banking
8 10 (1.01%) Legal
9 9 (0.91%) Local Government
10 8 (0.81%) Back Office
11 6 (0.61%) Law
12 5 (0.51%) Automotive
12 5 (0.51%) Electronics
12 5 (0.51%) Games
13 4 (0.40%) Military
13 4 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.30%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.30%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.20%) Billing
Job Titles
1 526 (53.24%) Analyst
2 279 (28.24%) Business Analyst
3 208 (21.05%) Test Analyst
4 128 (12.96%) Tester
5 91 (9.21%) Test Manager
6 73 (7.39%) Test Leader
7 64 (6.48%) Senior Analyst
8 45 (4.55%) Test Engineer
9 35 (3.54%) Automation Tester
10 32 (3.24%) Financial Analyst
10 32 (3.24%) Senior Business Analyst
11 29 (2.94%) Project Manager
12 27 (2.73%) Automation Test Analyst
12 27 (2.73%) Senior Test Analyst
13 25 (2.53%) Architect
14 23 (2.33%) Test Specialist
15 22 (2.23%) Agile Test Analyst
15 22 (2.23%) Insurance Business Analyst
15 22 (2.23%) QA Analyst
16 20 (2.02%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (5.57%) XML
2 48 (4.86%) .NET
3 43 (4.35%) Web Services
4 19 (1.92%) SOAP
5 16 (1.62%) AngularJS
5 16 (1.62%) Gherkin
5 16 (1.62%) RESTful
6 14 (1.42%) J2EE
7 12 (1.21%) HTML
8 10 (1.01%) Spring
8 10 (1.01%) XSLT
9 9 (0.91%) CSS
9 9 (0.91%) Hibernate
9 9 (0.91%) JSON
9 9 (0.91%) Middleware
10 7 (0.71%) Apache Flex
10 7 (0.71%) BlazeDS
10 7 (0.71%) REST
10 7 (0.71%) Spring MVC
10 7 (0.71%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 88 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (4.76%) Management Information System
3 20 (2.02%) NHS
4 19 (1.92%) Computer Science
4 19 (1.92%) PMI
4 19 (1.92%) User Experience
5 18 (1.82%) Equities
6 15 (1.52%) Mobile App
7 14 (1.42%) CESG
8 13 (1.32%) Hedge funds
9 11 (1.11%) CESG CLAS
9 11 (1.11%) Data Protection Act
10 10 (1.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 9 (0.91%) Client/Server
11 9 (0.91%) Data Centre
12 8 (0.81%) Derivative
12 8 (0.81%) Fintech
12 8 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
13 7 (0.71%) Fixed Income
13 7 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 64 (6.48%) Windows
2 58 (5.87%) Unix
3 53 (5.36%) Linux
4 16 (1.62%) Windows Server
5 13 (1.32%) Android
6 10 (1.01%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (0.91%) Windows Vista
8 8 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.71%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.61%) AIX
11 3 (0.30%) Solaris
12 2 (0.20%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.10%) HPUX
13 1 (0.10%) SUSE
13 1 (0.10%) VMS
13 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 446 (45.14%) Agile Software Development
2 215 (21.76%) Business Analysis
3 192 (19.43%) User Acceptance Testing
4 188 (19.03%) Test Scripting
5 177 (17.91%) PRINCE2
6 146 (14.78%) Scrum
7 140 (14.17%) Software Testing
8 131 (13.26%) Test Automation
9 124 (12.55%) Stakeholder Management
10 121 (12.25%) Waterfall
11 117 (11.84%) ITIL
12 107 (10.83%) Project Management
13 104 (10.53%) BDD
14 98 (9.92%) Test Strategy
15 96 (9.72%) SDLC
16 93 (9.41%) Functional Testing
17 87 (8.81%) Defect Management
18 86 (8.70%) Test Management
19 83 (8.40%) Automated Testing
19 83 (8.40%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 174 (17.61%) SQL
2 119 (12.04%) Java
3 48 (4.86%) Python
4 35 (3.54%) C#
5 24 (2.43%) JavaScript
6 22 (2.23%) Ruby
7 19 (1.92%) C
8 18 (1.82%) Groovy
9 16 (1.62%) PL/SQL
10 12 (1.21%) F#
10 12 (1.21%) Perl
11 7 (0.71%) ActionScript
11 7 (0.71%) PHP
11 7 (0.71%) VB
11 7 (0.71%) VBScript
12 6 (0.61%) C++
13 4 (0.40%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.40%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.30%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 390 (39.47%) ISTQB
2 157 (15.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 129 (13.06%) Security Cleared
4 99 (10.02%) Degree
5 66 (6.68%) SC Cleared
6 42 (4.25%) IIBA
7 41 (4.15%) DV Cleared
8 39 (3.95%) CBAP
9 30 (3.04%) ISEB Practitioner
10 26 (2.63%) CISSP
11 22 (2.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 21 (2.13%) PMI Certification
13 18 (1.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 15 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
14 15 (1.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 14 (1.42%) APMG
16 13 (1.32%) CITP
17 12 (1.21%) Chartered Engineer
17 12 (1.21%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (13.66%) QA
2 17 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.62%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.42%) PMO
5 11 (1.11%) GDPR
5 11 (1.11%) MiFID
6 10 (1.01%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.91%) SLA
8 6 (0.61%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.61%) Dodd-Frank
9 4 (0.40%) SEPA
10 3 (0.30%) COBIT
10 3 (0.30%) EMIR
10 3 (0.30%) HL7
10 3 (0.30%) ISO 9000
10 3 (0.30%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.20%) FATCA
11 2 (0.20%) SDET
11 2 (0.20%) Solvency II
11 2 (0.20%) TickIT
System Software
1 17 (1.72%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
3 8 (0.81%) vSphere
4 5 (0.51%) Oracle RAC
4 5 (0.51%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.40%) Snort
5 4 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 41 (4.15%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.81%) SCCM
3 7 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (0.71%) vRealize
4 5 (0.51%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (0.40%) SCOM
6 3 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.30%) SmoothWall
7 2 (0.20%) Graphite
7 2 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
7 2 (0.20%) Oozie
8 1 (0.10%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.10%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.10%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.10%) Netcool
8 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.10%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.10%) Puppet
8 1 (0.10%) QRadar
Vendors
1 134 (13.56%) Microsoft
2 113 (11.44%) Oracle
3 76 (7.69%) HP
4 41 (4.15%) SAP
5 17 (1.72%) Sybase
6 15 (1.52%) IBM
6 15 (1.52%) VMware
7 12 (1.21%) Cisco
8 9 (0.91%) Adobe
9 8 (0.81%) Remedy
10 7 (0.71%) Red Hat
11 6 (0.61%) Fixnetix
12 5 (0.51%) AppDynamics
12 5 (0.51%) Atlassian
12 5 (0.51%) CheckPoint
12 5 (0.51%) Citrix
12 5 (0.51%) Juniper
12 5 (0.51%) PeopleSoft
12 5 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (0.51%) webMethods
Manchester, Lancashire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £350 to £450 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £320 - £370 per day + Depending on Experience
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newquay, Cornwall
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £17 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £460 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £380 to £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cornwall
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £17 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Glossop, Derbyshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £293.79 - £310.58 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Worcestershire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TekSkills
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £550 to £650 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Rullion
Posted: 5 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 24 days ago