Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 284 233 184
Rank change year-on-year -51 -49 -10
Contract jobs citing ISEB 916 1164 1573
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 1.11% 1.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.76% 5.36% 6.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 580 800 1087
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £256 £236 £255
90th Percentile £500 £525 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 10
UK median hourly rate £13.66 £27.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.35% +1.85% -12.27%
10th Percentile £12.88 £13.89 £13.81
90th Percentile £33.00 £58.60 £43.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.66 £27.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -50.35% +1.85% -14.44%

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 19249 21726 22502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.64% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11801 13552 13564
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £221 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 871 1086
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.54 £25.06
% change year-on-year +3.63% +5.90% +31.89%

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 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 16 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 23 November 2017. 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 -51 831 £400 +6.67% 116
UK excluding London -27 597 £350 - 90
London -61 314 £444 +2.90% 34
South East -7 190 £350 - 21
Midlands -22 100 £413 +17.86% 20
North of England 0 95 £325 - 27
South West -9 78 £375 - 4
West Midlands -11 67 £378 +4.14% 18
East of England -8 58 £350 -6.67% 9
Yorkshire -4 42 £338 +3.85% 10
Scotland -25 41 £350 +16.67% 7
North West -23 38 £319 -1.92% 12
East Midlands -17 31 £463 +42.86% 2
Wales -3 28 £325 -7.14% 2
North East +66 15 £338 - 5
Northern Ireland -31 9 £320 -24.71%

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 429 (46.83%) Agile Software Development
2 411 (44.87%) ISTQB
3 241 (26.31%) Test Automation
4 211 (23.03%) Finance
5 200 (21.83%) Test Scripting
6 194 (21.18%) User Acceptance Testing
7 193 (21.07%) Business Analysis
8 181 (19.76%) Software Testing
9 174 (19.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 172 (18.78%) SQL
11 162 (17.69%) Scrum
12 158 (17.25%) HP
13 139 (15.17%) JIRA
13 139 (15.17%) Waterfall
14 138 (15.07%) Banking
15 118 (12.88%) HP Quality Center
16 113 (12.34%) PRINCE2
17 110 (12.01%) Selenium
18 107 (11.68%) Security Cleared
18 107 (11.68%) Stakeholder Management
19 103 (11.24%) Microsoft
19 103 (11.24%) QA
20 101 (11.03%) Degree
21 91 (9.93%) Java
22 90 (9.83%) Test Planning
23 85 (9.28%) Defect Management
24 84 (9.17%) SDLC
24 84 (9.17%) Oracle
25 83 (9.06%) Project Management
26 81 (8.84%) Test 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 44 (4.80%) Confluence
2 28 (3.06%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 10 (1.09%) WebLogic
4 6 (0.66%) CMS
4 6 (0.66%) IIS
5 4 (0.44%) Documentum
5 4 (0.44%) MS Exchange
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.22%) WebLogic Portal
7 2 (0.22%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.11%) Apache
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.11%) Drupal
8 1 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.11%) Tomcat
Applications
1 45 (4.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 41 (4.48%) Microsoft Office
3 35 (3.82%) MS Visio
4 33 (3.60%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.44%) Maximo
3 4 (0.44%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.44%) SAP MM
4 3 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (0.33%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.33%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.33%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.22%) CA PPM
5 2 (0.22%) iTrent
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.22%) Primavera
5 2 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
6 1 (0.11%) HiPortfolio
6 1 (0.11%) Postilion
6 1 (0.11%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
6 1 (0.11%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 24 (2.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.31%) SaaS
3 9 (0.98%) Office 365
4 4 (0.44%) PaaS
5 3 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.22%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.22%) IaaS
7 1 (0.11%) GitHub
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle CX
7 1 (0.11%) Serverless
7 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.31%) VLAN
2 11 (1.20%) SMS
3 10 (1.09%) LDAP
4 9 (0.98%) LAN
4 9 (0.98%) PuTTY
4 9 (0.98%) WAN
4 9 (0.98%) WinSCP
5 8 (0.87%) Firewall
6 7 (0.76%) TCP/IP
7 6 (0.66%) Internet
8 5 (0.55%) 3G
8 5 (0.55%) Bluetooth
8 5 (0.55%) POP3
8 5 (0.55%) SMTP
9 4 (0.44%) IPv4
9 4 (0.44%) IPv6
9 4 (0.44%) VSAN
10 3 (0.33%) DHCP
10 3 (0.33%) DNS
10 3 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (5.46%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.82%) Data Warehouse
3 25 (2.73%) Oracle Database
4 18 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
7 10 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (0.87%) Oracle Database 10g
8 8 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
8 8 (0.87%) SQL Server 2016
9 7 (0.76%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
10 5 (0.55%) Big Data
10 5 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
10 5 (0.55%) Pentaho
10 5 (0.55%) SAP BW
10 5 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.33%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.33%) DB2
11 3 (0.33%) Essbase
11 3 (0.33%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 139 (15.17%) JIRA
2 110 (12.01%) Selenium
3 53 (5.79%) SoapUI
4 42 (4.59%) Team Foundation Server
5 39 (4.26%) JMeter
6 38 (4.15%) Cucumber
6 38 (4.15%) HP UFT
7 36 (3.93%) WebDriver
8 32 (3.49%) LoadRunner
9 27 (2.95%) SpecFlow
10 25 (2.73%) Zephyr
11 23 (2.51%) Jenkins
12 17 (1.86%) LoadUI
13 16 (1.75%) Visual Studio
14 13 (1.42%) Selenium IDE
15 11 (1.20%) Eclipse
16 10 (1.09%) Ant
16 10 (1.09%) Oracle APEX
16 10 (1.09%) TestNG
17 9 (0.98%) Git (software)
General
1 211 (23.03%) Finance
2 138 (15.07%) Banking
3 64 (6.99%) Retail Banking
4 44 (4.80%) Retail
5 26 (2.84%) Telecoms
6 25 (2.73%) Legal
7 15 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 15 (1.64%) Private Banking
8 12 (1.31%) Spanish Language
9 10 (1.09%) Marketing
9 10 (1.09%) Publishing
10 9 (0.98%) Back Office
11 6 (0.66%) Automotive
11 6 (0.66%) Front Office
11 6 (0.66%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.55%) Romanian Language
13 4 (0.44%) Electronics
13 4 (0.44%) Games
13 4 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.33%) Law
Job Titles
1 547 (59.72%) Analyst
2 278 (30.35%) Test Analyst
3 231 (25.22%) Business Analyst
4 78 (8.52%) Test Manager
5 76 (8.30%) Tester
6 62 (6.77%) Senior Analyst
7 50 (5.46%) Test Leader
8 44 (4.80%) Automation Test Analyst
9 43 (4.69%) Test Engineer
10 35 (3.82%) Project Manager
10 35 (3.82%) Senior Test Analyst
11 32 (3.49%) Banking Analyst
12 30 (3.28%) Agile Test Analyst
13 25 (2.73%) Senior Business Analyst
14 22 (2.40%) Performance Analyst
14 22 (2.40%) Performance Test Analyst
14 22 (2.40%) Selenium Test Analyst
15 21 (2.29%) Agile Business Analyst
16 20 (2.18%) Automation Tester
16 20 (2.18%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (4.37%) Web Services
2 36 (3.93%) .NET
3 23 (2.51%) XML
4 19 (2.07%) SOAP
5 12 (1.31%) Hibernate
5 12 (1.31%) Spring
6 11 (1.20%) Gherkin
6 11 (1.20%) J2EE
7 7 (0.76%) COM+
8 6 (0.66%) HTML
8 6 (0.66%) Middleware
8 6 (0.66%) REST
8 6 (0.66%) RESTful
9 5 (0.55%) AngularJS
9 5 (0.55%) FIX Protocol
10 4 (0.44%) JSON
10 4 (0.44%) Struts
11 3 (0.33%) HTML5
11 3 (0.33%) Oracle Fusion
12 2 (0.22%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 79 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (3.93%) Management Information System
3 21 (2.29%) Computer Science
4 17 (1.86%) PMI
5 14 (1.53%) Mobile App
6 13 (1.42%) Client/Server
7 12 (1.31%) Data Centre
7 12 (1.31%) Data Protection Act
7 12 (1.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 11 (1.20%) NHS
8 11 (1.20%) User Experience
9 8 (0.87%) Reference Data
10 7 (0.76%) Derivative
10 7 (0.76%) Equities
10 7 (0.76%) Frameworx
10 7 (0.76%) Freedom of Information
11 6 (0.66%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.55%) Credit Risk
12 5 (0.55%) Embedded Systems
13 4 (0.44%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 68 (7.42%) Windows
2 30 (3.28%) Unix
3 26 (2.84%) Linux
4 15 (1.64%) Windows 10
5 14 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (1.42%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.76%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.33%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.22%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.11%) AIX
10 1 (0.11%) Android
10 1 (0.11%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 429 (46.83%) Agile Software Development
2 241 (26.31%) Test Automation
3 200 (21.83%) Test Scripting
4 194 (21.18%) User Acceptance Testing
5 193 (21.07%) Business Analysis
6 181 (19.76%) Software Testing
7 162 (17.69%) Scrum
8 139 (15.17%) Waterfall
9 113 (12.34%) PRINCE2
10 107 (11.68%) Stakeholder Management
11 90 (9.83%) Test Planning
12 85 (9.28%) Defect Management
13 84 (9.17%) SDLC
14 83 (9.06%) Project Management
15 81 (8.84%) Test Management
16 80 (8.73%) BDD
17 79 (8.62%) Test Strategy
18 72 (7.86%) ITIL
19 71 (7.75%) User Stories
20 70 (7.64%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 172 (18.78%) SQL
2 91 (9.93%) Java
3 37 (4.04%) C#
4 33 (3.60%) JavaScript
5 22 (2.40%) Python
6 21 (2.29%) C
7 16 (1.75%) Ruby
8 15 (1.64%) PL/SQL
9 11 (1.20%) VB
10 9 (0.98%) F#
10 9 (0.98%) VB.NET
10 9 (0.98%) VBScript
11 8 (0.87%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.55%) Groovy
13 3 (0.33%) ABAP
14 2 (0.22%) RPG
15 1 (0.11%) ActionScript
15 1 (0.11%) C++
15 1 (0.11%) PHP
15 1 (0.11%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 411 (44.87%) ISTQB
2 174 (19.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 107 (11.68%) Security Cleared
4 101 (11.03%) Degree
5 54 (5.90%) SC Cleared
6 39 (4.26%) DV Cleared
7 37 (4.04%) ISEB Practitioner
8 27 (2.95%) IIBA
9 25 (2.73%) CBAP
9 25 (2.73%) PMI Certification
10 22 (2.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 20 (2.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 10 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
12 10 (1.09%) PMP
13 9 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (0.98%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 8 (0.87%) CISSP
15 7 (0.76%) MCSA
15 7 (0.76%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (11.24%) QA
2 45 (4.91%) GDPR
3 18 (1.97%) PMO
4 17 (1.86%) Data Quality
5 9 (0.98%) MiFID
6 6 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.55%) COBIT
7 5 (0.55%) EMIR
8 3 (0.33%) GAMP
8 3 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.22%) SLA
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 19 (2.07%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.20%) vSphere
3 6 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.55%) Firmware
4 5 (0.55%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.44%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
5 4 (0.44%) XenApp
6 3 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.33%) XenServer
7 1 (0.11%) HDFS
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 118 (12.88%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.09%) SCCM
3 5 (0.55%) SCOM
3 5 (0.55%) WhatsUp Gold
4 3 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.22%) WSUS
6 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.11%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.11%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.11%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 158 (17.25%) HP
2 103 (11.24%) Microsoft
3 84 (9.17%) Oracle
4 31 (3.38%) SAP
5 23 (2.51%) Atlassian
6 20 (2.18%) IBM
7 16 (1.75%) VMware
8 15 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
9 14 (1.53%) Sybase
10 10 (1.09%) Citrix
11 9 (0.98%) Cisco
11 9 (0.98%) webMethods
12 7 (0.76%) Red Hat
12 7 (0.76%) Software AG
13 6 (0.66%) BMC
13 6 (0.66%) CheckPoint
13 6 (0.66%) Cognos
13 6 (0.66%) Tableau
14 5 (0.55%) Fortinet
14 5 (0.55%) Progress