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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 30 June 2022 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
30 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 486 469 354
Rank change year-on-year -17 -115 +14
Contract jobs citing ISEB 385 281 267
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.43% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.18% 2.19% 2.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 205 194
10th Percentile £360 £315 £295
25th Percentile £399 £356 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £420 £415
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +1.20% +3.75%
75th Percentile £500 £495 £488
90th Percentile £600 £591 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile £22.37 £43.75 -
Median hourly rate £24.24 £47.50 -
Median % change year-on-year -48.97% - -
75th Percentile £26.12 £51.25 -
90th Percentile - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.24 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year -48.97% - -

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 17,673 12,828 9,885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.96% 19.68% 24.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,950 8,305 6,414
10th Percentile £350 £306 £290
25th Percentile £438 £400 £387
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £627 £588 £571
90th Percentile £713 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £463 £455
% change year-on-year +8.11% +1.65% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 757 645 386
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.25 £15.50
25th Percentile £20.00 £17.00 £18.44
Median hourly rate £44.50 £33.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +34.85% +10.00% -10.18%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £48.75
90th Percentile £69.23 £64.50 £58.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% +17.65% -23.65%

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISEB as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ISEB.

Daily rate trend for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing ISEB over the 6 months to 30 June 2022.

Daily rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ISEB.

Hourly rate trend 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 30 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England -44 311 £450 +5.88% 40
UK excluding London -4 217 £450 +9.76% 31
Work from Home -40 173 £467 +9.88% 23
South East +42 125 £450 +5.88% 7
London -90 77 £470 +2.06% 11
Midlands -47 35 £408 +8.67% 8
West Midlands -47 33 £406 +8.33% 5
North of England -60 23 £450 +12.50% 7
South West -16 16 £460 -5.45% 6
North West -34 16 £438 +9.38% 3
East of England -12 12 £465 -6.06% 1
Scotland -16 11 £450 +8.76% 1
Yorkshire -37 7 £450 +11.11% 3
East Midlands -10 2 £500 +34.23% 3
Isle of Man - 2 £388 -
Wales -5 1 £375 -6.25% 1

For the 6 months to 30 June 2022, 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.

1 218 (56.62%) ISTQB
2 158 (41.04%) Security Cleared
3 148 (38.44%) Test Automation
4 144 (37.40%) SC Cleared
5 135 (35.06%) Social Skills
6 134 (34.81%) Oracle
7 130 (33.77%) Agile
8 126 (32.73%) JIRA
9 122 (31.69%) Test Management
10 103 (26.75%) ERP
11 102 (26.49%) Functional Testing
12 98 (25.45%) User Acceptance Testing
13 84 (21.82%) Oracle ERP
14 80 (20.78%) PaaS
15 77 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 77 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
15 77 (20.00%) Finance
16 76 (19.74%) Billing
17 75 (19.48%) General Ledger
17 75 (19.48%) Oracle Payables
17 75 (19.48%) Oracle Receivables
17 75 (19.48%) Oracle Cash Management
17 75 (19.48%) Cash Management
18 73 (18.96%) Microsoft
18 73 (18.96%) Scenario Testing
19 65 (16.88%) QA
20 61 (15.84%) Test Scripting
20 61 (15.84%) Oracle Reports
21 59 (15.32%) SQL
22 56 (14.55%) Project 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 41 (10.65%) Confluence
2 21 (5.45%) WebLogic
3 5 (1.30%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.04%) Mule
5 2 (0.52%) SAS
6 1 (0.26%) CMS
6 1 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 30 (7.79%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (6.49%) Microsoft Project
3 20 (5.19%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (3.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (3.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 84 (21.82%) Oracle ERP
2 75 (19.48%) Oracle Cash Management
2 75 (19.48%) Oracle Payables
2 75 (19.48%) Oracle Receivables
3 27 (7.01%) Oracle General Ledger
4 17 (4.42%) SAP FI-CA
4 17 (4.42%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.26%) Maximo
6 1 (0.26%) Misys Midas
6 1 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.26%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.26%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.26%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.26%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 80 (20.78%) PaaS
2 50 (12.99%) Azure
3 29 (7.53%) Azure DevOps
4 16 (4.16%) AWS
5 15 (3.90%) Tricentis Tosca
6 10 (2.60%) GitHub
7 5 (1.30%) Google Analytics
7 5 (1.30%) Google Tag Manager
7 5 (1.30%) Microsoft 365
7 5 (1.30%) Trello
8 4 (1.04%) GCP
8 4 (1.04%) SaaS
9 3 (0.78%) BrowserStack
9 3 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.26%) Azure Functions
10 1 (0.26%) Azure Logic Apps
10 1 (0.26%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 1 (0.26%) IaaS
10 1 (0.26%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.26%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.08%) 5G
2 7 (1.82%) GSM
2 7 (1.82%) LTE
2 7 (1.82%) UMTS
2 7 (1.82%) WinSCP
3 6 (1.56%) 3G
3 6 (1.56%) 4G
3 6 (1.56%) Wireshark
4 5 (1.30%) 2G
5 4 (1.04%) WAN
5 4 (1.04%) Wireless
6 3 (0.78%) 3GPP
6 3 (0.78%) Cisco IPT
6 3 (0.78%) ISUP
6 3 (0.78%) LAN
6 3 (0.78%) PuTTY
6 3 (0.78%) SCCP
6 3 (0.78%) SS7
6 3 (0.78%) tcpdump
6 3 (0.78%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (15.84%) Oracle Reports
2 19 (4.94%) MongoDB
2 19 (4.94%) Oracle Database
3 12 (3.12%) MySQL
4 7 (1.82%) Big Data
5 5 (1.30%) NoSQL
6 4 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.78%) Pentaho
7 3 (0.78%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.52%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.52%) SQL Server
9 1 (0.26%) Amazon Aurora
9 1 (0.26%) Amazon Redshift
9 1 (0.26%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.26%) Data Vault
9 1 (0.26%) DB2
9 1 (0.26%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.26%) Metadata
9 1 (0.26%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 126 (32.73%) JIRA
2 38 (9.87%) Postman
3 35 (9.09%) Selenium
4 32 (8.31%) SoapUI
5 26 (6.75%) Jenkins
6 24 (6.23%) Git (software)
7 23 (5.97%) Cucumber
8 18 (4.68%) Toad
9 6 (1.56%) SpecFlow
9 6 (1.56%) TestRail
9 6 (1.56%) WebDriver
9 6 (1.56%) Zephyr
10 5 (1.30%) Appium
10 5 (1.30%) Gatling
10 5 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (1.04%) JMeter
12 3 (0.78%) Bitbucket
12 3 (0.78%) Cypress.io
12 3 (0.78%) GitLab
13 2 (0.52%) NeoLoad
General
1 135 (35.06%) Social Skills
2 77 (20.00%) Finance
3 76 (19.74%) Billing
4 75 (19.48%) General Ledger
5 52 (13.51%) Public Sector
6 29 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
7 26 (6.75%) Presentation Skills
8 19 (4.94%) Legal
9 18 (4.68%) Telecoms
10 10 (2.60%) Banking
10 10 (2.60%) Manufacturing
10 10 (2.60%) Marketing
11 9 (2.34%) Law
12 7 (1.82%) Influencing Skills
12 7 (1.82%) Retail
13 5 (1.30%) Back Office
14 4 (1.04%) Organisational Skills
15 3 (0.78%) Corporate Banking
15 3 (0.78%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.78%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 130 (33.77%) Analyst
2 69 (17.92%) Test Analyst
3 61 (15.84%) Business Analyst
4 54 (14.03%) Test Leader
5 45 (11.69%) Project Manager
5 45 (11.69%) Test Manager
6 40 (10.39%) Oracle Specialist
7 34 (8.83%) Test Specialist
8 17 (4.42%) Tester
9 16 (4.16%) Architect
10 15 (3.90%) Test Engineer
11 13 (3.38%) Solutions Architect
12 12 (3.12%) Senior Analyst
13 11 (2.86%) SC Cleared Project Manager
13 11 (2.86%) UAT Lead
13 11 (2.86%) UAT Test Lead
14 10 (2.60%) UAT Specialist
15 9 (2.34%) Financial Analyst
15 9 (2.34%) Senior Manager
16 8 (2.08%) IT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (10.13%) XML
2 25 (6.49%) JSON
3 22 (5.71%) SOAP
4 15 (3.90%) RabbitMQ
5 9 (2.34%) CSS
5 9 (2.34%) HTML
6 8 (2.08%) .NET
6 8 (2.08%) Swagger
7 5 (1.30%) Oracle Fusion
7 5 (1.30%) Play Framework
8 4 (1.04%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.04%) Gherkin
8 4 (1.04%) Velocity
9 3 (0.78%) Middleware
9 3 (0.78%) Node.js
9 3 (0.78%) REST
9 3 (0.78%) SailPoint
10 2 (0.52%) ASP.NET
10 2 (0.52%) Web Services
10 2 (0.52%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 12 (3.12%) Management Information System
2 11 (2.86%) Data Protection Act
2 11 (2.86%) Mobile App
3 10 (2.60%) User Experience
4 8 (2.08%) Cloud Native
5 7 (1.82%) Driving Licence
5 7 (1.82%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (1.56%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (1.56%) Robotics
7 4 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.04%) NHS
8 3 (0.78%) Derivative
8 3 (0.78%) Equities
8 3 (0.78%) Fixed Income
8 3 (0.78%) IoT
8 3 (0.78%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.52%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.52%) SCADA
9 2 (0.52%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.52%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 33 (8.57%) Unix
1 33 (8.57%) Windows
2 15 (3.90%) Linux
3 8 (2.08%) Apple iOS
4 3 (0.78%) Android
5 1 (0.26%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.26%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (38.44%) Test Automation
2 130 (33.77%) Agile
3 122 (31.69%) Test Management
4 103 (26.75%) ERP
5 102 (26.49%) Functional Testing
6 98 (25.45%) User Acceptance Testing
7 77 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
8 75 (19.48%) Cash Management
9 73 (18.96%) Scenario Testing
10 61 (15.84%) Test Scripting
11 56 (14.55%) Project Management
12 54 (14.03%) Defect Management
13 51 (13.25%) Business Analysis
13 51 (13.25%) PRINCE2
14 47 (12.21%) Test Strategy
15 46 (11.95%) Project Delivery
15 46 (11.95%) Risk Management
16 43 (11.17%) Software Testing
16 43 (11.17%) Stakeholder Management
16 43 (11.17%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 59 (15.32%) SQL
2 28 (7.27%) Java
3 11 (2.86%) JavaScript
3 11 (2.86%) PL/SQL
4 8 (2.08%) C#
5 7 (1.82%) Python
6 2 (0.52%) VB
6 2 (0.52%) VB6
7 1 (0.26%) C
7 1 (0.26%) Groovy
7 1 (0.26%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.26%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.26%) VBA
7 1 (0.26%) XPath
Qualifications
1 218 (56.62%) ISTQB
2 158 (41.04%) Security Cleared
3 144 (37.40%) SC Cleared
4 77 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 46 (11.95%) Degree
6 35 (9.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 24 (6.23%) APMP
8 18 (4.68%) DV Cleared
9 16 (4.16%) ISEB Practitioner
10 11 (2.86%) IIBA
11 8 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (1.30%) CBAP
13 5 (1.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (1.30%) PMI Certification
13 5 (1.30%) SAFe Agilist
14 4 (1.04%) CISA
14 4 (1.04%) CISM
14 4 (1.04%) CISSP
14 4 (1.04%) CSPO
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (16.88%) QA
2 19 (4.94%) GDPR
3 9 (2.34%) Accessibility
4 7 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.78%) IFRS
7 3 (0.78%) PMO
7 3 (0.78%) Solvency II
8 2 (0.52%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.52%) NIST
9 1 (0.26%) SLA
9 1 (0.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 4 (1.04%) Docker
2 2 (0.52%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.26%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 11 (2.86%) HP ALM
2 6 (1.56%) Grafana
2 6 (1.56%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.56%) Kibana
3 1 (0.26%) Check_MK
3 1 (0.26%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.26%) OPNET
3 1 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (0.26%) Terraform
3 1 (0.26%) WSUS
Vendors
1 134 (34.81%) Oracle
2 73 (18.96%) Microsoft
3 43 (11.17%) SAP
4 17 (4.42%) webMethods
5 12 (3.12%) HP
6 8 (2.08%) ServiceNow
7 6 (1.56%) Atlassian
7 6 (1.56%) Google
7 6 (1.56%) Micro Focus
7 6 (1.56%) Remedy
7 6 (1.56%) Splunk
8 5 (1.30%) Apple
8 5 (1.30%) Guidewire
8 5 (1.30%) IBM
8 5 (1.30%) PagerDuty
9 4 (1.04%) CA
9 4 (1.04%) Sparx
10 3 (0.78%) Charles River
11 2 (0.52%) Informatica
12 1 (0.26%) Sage