Period
to 21 February 2020

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 February 2020 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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 352 344 320
Rank change year-on-year -8 -24 -79
Contract jobs citing ISEB 456 753 804
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.76% 0.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.11% 3.91% 4.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 436 520
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £307 £297 £265
90th Percentile £538 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +13.33% +3.45% +2.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 10 12
UK median hourly rate £47.97 £34.75 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.04% +157.41% -64.00%
10th Percentile £35.00 £20.40 £12.72
90th Percentile £73.75 £53.00 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.97 £34.75 £13.50
% change year-on-year +38.04% +157.41% -64.00%

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 14,668 19,258 19,275
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.43% 19.43% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,026 11,524 11,834
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £260 £259 £225
90th Percentile £638 £633 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 669 913 852
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.70 £12.55 £12.03
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £28.62 £25.83
% change year-on-year +15.29% +10.81% -6.07%

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 February 2020.

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 February 2020.

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 21 February 2020. 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 -4 436 £425 +6.25% 90
UK excluding London +10 369 £425 +13.33% 94
South East +53 130 £425 +5.59% 23
London +14 79 £425 -10.53% 2
South West +2 70 £450 +22.45% 17
Midlands +26 69 £425 +20.57% 11
North of England +38 64 £375 +11.11% 31
West Midlands +7 52 £360 +2.86% 5
Yorkshire +44 29 £388 +10.71% 15
North West +30 27 £399 +18.15% 14
East of England +16 22 £395 -1.25% 6
East Midlands +46 17 £450 +28.57% 6
Scotland +19 11 £419 -1.47% 1
North East +3 8 £358 +10.00% 2
Wales +25 3 £275 -31.25% 5
Northern Ireland +14 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 February 2020, 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.

1 228 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 211 (46.27%) Agile Software Development
3 202 (44.30%) Test Automation
4 116 (25.44%) JIRA
5 113 (24.78%) Test Scripting
6 108 (23.68%) Selenium
7 107 (23.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 106 (23.25%) Security Cleared
9 94 (20.61%) SQL
10 91 (19.96%) Oracle
10 91 (19.96%) Microsoft
11 90 (19.74%) Java
12 86 (18.86%) QA
13 71 (15.57%) Business Analysis
14 68 (14.91%) Cucumber
14 68 (14.91%) Windows
15 66 (14.47%) Software Testing
16 65 (14.25%) Waterfall
16 65 (14.25%) Finance
17 64 (14.04%) SC Cleared
18 61 (13.38%) Test Strategy
19 60 (13.16%) XML
20 59 (12.94%) Stakeholder Management
21 58 (12.72%) Unix
22 57 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
23 56 (12.28%) SDLC
23 56 (12.28%) User Acceptance Testing
24 55 (12.06%) Public Sector
25 49 (10.75%) DV Cleared
26 47 (10.31%) Regression 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 42 (9.21%) Confluence
2 17 (3.73%) SharePoint
3 15 (3.29%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.66%) CMS
4 3 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.44%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.22%) Apache
6 1 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.22%) Documentum
6 1 (0.22%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.22%) IIS
6 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 34 (7.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 30 (6.58%) Microsoft Office
3 21 (4.61%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (2.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (1.97%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.88%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 12 (2.63%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (1.10%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.88%) Workday HCM
5 3 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.66%) SAP FI-CA
5 3 (0.66%) SAP PSCD
6 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.22%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.22%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.22%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.22%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.22%) Sonata
6 1 (0.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 26 (5.70%) Azure
2 19 (4.17%) GitHub
3 14 (3.07%) AWS
4 9 (1.97%) GCP
5 8 (1.75%) Power Platform
6 4 (0.88%) Office 365
7 3 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.66%) SaaS
8 2 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.44%) G Suite
8 2 (0.44%) Serverless
9 1 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.22%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.22%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.10%) Wireshark
2 4 (0.88%) Cisco IPT
2 4 (0.88%) VPN
3 3 (0.66%) Firewall
3 3 (0.66%) HTTP
3 3 (0.66%) Internet
3 3 (0.66%) PuTTY
3 3 (0.66%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.44%) PPP
4 2 (0.44%) SSL
4 2 (0.44%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.44%) WAN
5 1 (0.22%) DHCP
5 1 (0.22%) DMZ
5 1 (0.22%) DNS
5 1 (0.22%) Intranet
5 1 (0.22%) ISDN
5 1 (0.22%) LAN
5 1 (0.22%) PBX
5 1 (0.22%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.95%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.73%) Oracle OWB
3 11 (2.41%) Oracle Reports
4 9 (1.97%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (1.75%) Big Data
5 8 (1.75%) EDRMS
5 8 (1.75%) Power BI
6 7 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.10%) MongoDB
7 5 (1.10%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.66%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.66%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.66%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
8 3 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.44%) DB2
9 2 (0.44%) MySQL
9 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 116 (25.44%) JIRA
2 108 (23.68%) Selenium
3 68 (14.91%) Cucumber
4 41 (8.99%) Jenkins
5 29 (6.36%) JMeter
5 29 (6.36%) SoapUI
6 23 (5.04%) Postman
7 22 (4.82%) Gatling
8 21 (4.61%) HP UFT
9 18 (3.95%) WebDriver
10 17 (3.73%) SpecFlow
11 14 (3.07%) Git (software)
12 13 (2.85%) Zephyr
13 12 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
14 11 (2.41%) Visual Studio Team System
15 10 (2.19%) Bitbucket
16 8 (1.75%) LoadRunner
17 5 (1.10%) JBehave
17 5 (1.10%) TestNG
17 5 (1.10%) Toad
General
1 65 (14.25%) Finance
2 55 (12.06%) Public Sector
3 18 (3.95%) Military
4 17 (3.73%) Banking
5 13 (2.85%) Retail
6 10 (2.19%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.75%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.32%) Retail Banking
9 5 (1.10%) Marketing
10 4 (0.88%) Advertising
10 4 (0.88%) Automotive
10 4 (0.88%) Front Office
10 4 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.66%) Law
11 3 (0.66%) Legal
12 2 (0.44%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.44%) Back Office
12 2 (0.44%) Publishing
12 2 (0.44%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.22%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 213 (46.71%) Analyst
2 107 (23.46%) Test Analyst
3 91 (19.96%) Business Analyst
4 61 (13.38%) Test Engineer
5 55 (12.06%) Tester
6 39 (8.55%) Test Manager
7 38 (8.33%) Test Leader
8 23 (5.04%) QA Analyst
9 21 (4.61%) Automation Tester
10 20 (4.39%) QA Test Analyst
11 18 (3.95%) Automation Test Analyst
12 13 (2.85%) Integration Engineer
12 13 (2.85%) Test and Integration Engineer
13 12 (2.63%) Data Business Analyst
14 11 (2.41%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
14 11 (2.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 11 (2.41%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
14 11 (2.41%) Senior Analyst
14 11 (2.41%) Test Automation Engineer
15 10 (2.19%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (13.16%) XML
2 20 (4.39%) Web Services
3 16 (3.51%) .NET
4 14 (3.07%) SOAP
5 10 (2.19%) Gherkin
5 10 (2.19%) HTML
5 10 (2.19%) RESTful
6 9 (1.97%) JSON
7 6 (1.32%) CSS
7 6 (1.32%) Spring
8 5 (1.10%) JMS
8 5 (1.10%) Oracle Fusion
8 5 (1.10%) REST
9 4 (0.88%) Node.js
10 3 (0.66%) J2EE
10 3 (0.66%) Middleware
10 3 (0.66%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (0.44%) FIX Protocol
11 2 (0.44%) Ruby on Rails
11 2 (0.44%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 46 (10.09%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (3.07%) Data Structures
2 14 (3.07%) Management Information System
2 14 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (2.19%) Mobile App
4 8 (1.75%) NHS
4 8 (1.75%) User Experience
5 7 (1.54%) Data Centre
6 6 (1.32%) CESG
6 6 (1.32%) Driving Licence
7 5 (1.10%) Enterprise Cloud
7 5 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (1.10%) Virtual Team
8 4 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.66%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.66%) EPoS
9 3 (0.66%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.66%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.44%) Life Science
10 2 (0.44%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 68 (14.91%) Windows
2 58 (12.72%) Unix
3 26 (5.70%) Linux
4 15 (3.29%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.32%) Android
5 6 (1.32%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.44%) CentOS
8 2 (0.44%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.44%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.22%) AIX
9 1 (0.22%) Solaris
9 1 (0.22%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.22%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 211 (46.27%) Agile Software Development
2 202 (44.30%) Test Automation
3 113 (24.78%) Test Scripting
4 71 (15.57%) Business Analysis
5 66 (14.47%) Software Testing
6 65 (14.25%) Waterfall
7 61 (13.38%) Test Strategy
8 59 (12.94%) Stakeholder Management
9 57 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
10 56 (12.28%) SDLC
10 56 (12.28%) User Acceptance Testing
11 47 (10.31%) Regression Testing
12 46 (10.09%) Scrum
13 42 (9.21%) Test Management
14 41 (8.99%) Problem-Solving
15 40 (8.77%) Project Management
16 39 (8.55%) Performance Testing
17 38 (8.33%) Migration
18 36 (7.89%) Defect Management
19 33 (7.24%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 94 (20.61%) SQL
2 90 (19.74%) Java
3 34 (7.46%) JavaScript
4 27 (5.92%) C#
5 21 (4.61%) Python
6 15 (3.29%) C
7 6 (1.32%) Groovy
7 6 (1.32%) Java 8
8 5 (1.10%) VB
8 5 (1.10%) VBScript
9 3 (0.66%) F#
9 3 (0.66%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.66%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.44%) C++
10 2 (0.44%) Ruby
10 2 (0.44%) VBA
11 1 (0.22%) PHP
11 1 (0.22%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 228 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 107 (23.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 106 (23.25%) Security Cleared
4 64 (14.04%) SC Cleared
5 49 (10.75%) DV Cleared
6 46 (10.09%) ISEB Practitioner
7 36 (7.89%) Degree
8 19 (4.17%) IIBA
9 9 (1.97%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 9 (1.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 7 (1.54%) CBAP
10 7 (1.54%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 6 (1.32%) APMP
11 6 (1.32%) CESG Certified Professional
12 3 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.66%) CISMP
12 3 (0.66%) CISSP
12 3 (0.66%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.66%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (18.86%) QA
2 11 (2.41%) PMO
3 8 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.32%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.32%) GDPR
4 6 (1.32%) ISO 31000
5 2 (0.44%) SLA
6 1 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.22%) MiFID
6 1 (0.22%) NIST
6 1 (0.22%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (4.39%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.95%) vSphere
3 8 (1.75%) Docker
4 3 (0.66%) HDFS
5 2 (0.44%) NDS
6 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 37 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (5.26%) HP ALM
3 14 (3.07%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 8 (1.75%) Ansible
5 5 (1.10%) Terraform
6 3 (0.66%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 3 (0.66%) Puppet
7 2 (0.44%) SCCM
7 2 (0.44%) SCOM
8 1 (0.22%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 91 (19.96%) Microsoft
1 91 (19.96%) Oracle
2 34 (7.46%) HP
3 17 (3.73%) SAP
4 15 (3.29%) webMethods
5 14 (3.07%) IBM
6 10 (2.19%) Google
6 10 (2.19%) Micro Focus
7 9 (1.97%) CheckPoint
8 7 (1.54%) VMware
9 6 (1.32%) Cisco
9 6 (1.32%) Talend
10 5 (1.10%) Atlassian
11 4 (0.88%) Niku
11 4 (0.88%) Workday
12 3 (0.66%) ForgeRock
12 3 (0.66%) NetIQ
12 3 (0.66%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.66%) Remedy
12 3 (0.66%) Software AG