Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 254 219 185
Rank change year-on-year -35 -34 -36
Contract jobs citing ISEB 946 1328 1532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.99% 1.22% 1.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.12% 5.76% 7.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 607 924 1050
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
10th Percentile £250 £260 £230
90th Percentile £500 £518 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £347
% change year-on-year - +0.79% +6.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 14
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +29.63% -14.29%
10th Percentile £16.00 £11.25 £15.25
90th Percentile £50.88 £71.50 £43.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% +27.27% -12.77%

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 18473 23037 21886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.31% 21.18% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11197 14368 12827
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 813 1069
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.80 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +17.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £51.22 £48.75 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £28.00 £24.32
% change year-on-year +8.93% +15.16% +21.58%

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 17 August 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 17 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 15 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 17 August 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 -24 878 £384 +0.99% 131
UK excluding London -17 651 £350 - 112
London -74 288 £444 +5.97% 29
South East -7 230 £353 -6.00% 27
South West +32 122 £385 +18.46% 12
North of England -1 104 £325 -4.97% 39
Midlands -38 97 £375 +7.14% 14
West Midlands -31 52 £300 -14.29% 13
North West -1 47 £295 -10.94% 20
Scotland -10 47 £356 +9.62% 8
Yorkshire 0 44 £363 +3.57% 16
East Midlands -7 40 £469 +29.31% 1
East of England -16 39 £320 -14.67% 10
Wales -30 15 £315 -6.67% 1
North East +49 13 £325 -5.80% 3

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 445 (47.04%) Agile Software Development
2 422 (44.61%) ISTQB
3 271 (28.65%) Test Automation
4 242 (25.58%) Finance
5 185 (19.56%) Business Analysis
6 184 (19.45%) Test Scripting
7 175 (18.50%) SQL
8 173 (18.29%) Software Testing
9 170 (17.97%) User Acceptance Testing
10 158 (16.70%) Scrum
11 151 (15.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 148 (15.64%) Selenium
13 142 (15.01%) JIRA
14 128 (13.53%) PRINCE2
15 120 (12.68%) Waterfall
16 118 (12.47%) HP
17 112 (11.84%) QA
18 107 (11.31%) Degree
19 106 (11.21%) Banking
19 106 (11.21%) Java
20 104 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
21 103 (10.89%) ITIL
21 103 (10.89%) Security Cleared
22 102 (10.78%) Microsoft
23 97 (10.25%) SDLC
24 93 (9.83%) User Stories
24 93 (9.83%) Oracle
25 90 (9.51%) Retail
25 90 (9.51%) Test Strategy
26 89 (9.41%) Test Planning

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 (5.07%) Confluence
2 20 (2.11%) SharePoint
3 16 (1.69%) WebLogic
4 14 (1.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (0.53%) IIS
6 4 (0.42%) CMS
6 4 (0.42%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.32%) Drupal
7 3 (0.32%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.21%) Apache
8 2 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
8 2 (0.21%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.11%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.11%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.11%) WebLogic Integration
9 1 (0.11%) WebSphere
Applications
1 29 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (2.22%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.32%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 7 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
1 7 (0.74%) Oracle EBS R12
2 6 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.42%) iTrent
3 4 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.32%) Actimize
4 3 (0.32%) NetSuite
4 3 (0.32%) TRIRIGA
5 2 (0.21%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.21%) Maximo
5 2 (0.21%) Primavera
6 1 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.11%) Sonata
6 1 (0.11%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.11%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 31 (3.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.16%) SaaS
3 10 (1.06%) GitHub
4 6 (0.63%) Office 365
5 4 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.42%) PaaS
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.11%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.11%) IaaS
6 1 (0.11%) Slack
6 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.59%) Internet
2 14 (1.48%) LAN
2 14 (1.48%) LDAP
2 14 (1.48%) WAN
3 13 (1.37%) TCP/IP
4 11 (1.16%) Firewall
4 11 (1.16%) PuTTY
5 10 (1.06%) WinSCP
6 7 (0.74%) SMS
7 5 (0.53%) POP3
7 5 (0.53%) SMTP
7 5 (0.53%) SSL
7 5 (0.53%) VPN
8 4 (0.42%) DHCP
8 4 (0.42%) DNS
8 4 (0.42%) IPv4
8 4 (0.42%) IPv6
8 4 (0.42%) Reverse Proxy
8 4 (0.42%) SAN
8 4 (0.42%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (3.91%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
3 19 (2.01%) Oracle Database
3 19 (2.01%) Oracle Reports
4 17 (1.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (1.16%) Relational Database
5 11 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
6 10 (1.06%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 10 (1.06%) Oracle Database 10g
6 10 (1.06%) Oracle Database 11g
6 10 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
6 10 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
7 9 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
9 6 (0.63%) SAP BW
10 5 (0.53%) Big Data
10 5 (0.53%) Pentaho
10 5 (0.53%) RDBMS
10 5 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.42%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 148 (15.64%) Selenium
2 142 (15.01%) JIRA
3 66 (6.98%) SoapUI
4 61 (6.45%) HP UFT
5 52 (5.50%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (5.39%) Cucumber
7 42 (4.44%) Jenkins
8 41 (4.33%) WebDriver
9 36 (3.81%) JMeter
9 36 (3.81%) LoadRunner
10 30 (3.17%) SpecFlow
11 20 (2.11%) LoadUI
12 16 (1.69%) Visual Studio
13 15 (1.59%) TeamCity
14 13 (1.37%) Eclipse
14 13 (1.37%) Git (software)
15 12 (1.27%) Vagrant
16 11 (1.16%) Oracle APEX
16 11 (1.16%) TestNG
16 11 (1.16%) Toad
General
1 242 (25.58%) Finance
2 106 (11.21%) Banking
3 90 (9.51%) Retail
4 37 (3.91%) Retail Banking
5 30 (3.17%) Telecoms
6 23 (2.43%) Legal
7 14 (1.48%) Marketing
8 13 (1.37%) Back Office
8 13 (1.37%) Investment Banking
8 13 (1.37%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.37%) Spanish Language
9 11 (1.16%) Publishing
10 9 (0.95%) Law
10 9 (0.95%) Private Banking
11 8 (0.85%) Local Government
12 7 (0.74%) Automotive
12 7 (0.74%) Games
13 4 (0.42%) Front Office
13 4 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.32%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 538 (56.87%) Analyst
2 267 (28.22%) Test Analyst
3 223 (23.57%) Business Analyst
4 107 (11.31%) Test Manager
5 93 (9.83%) Tester
6 66 (6.98%) Senior Analyst
7 65 (6.87%) Test Leader
8 45 (4.76%) Project Manager
9 40 (4.23%) Senior Test Analyst
10 39 (4.12%) Automation Test Analyst
11 36 (3.81%) Test Engineer
12 35 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
13 27 (2.85%) Automation Tester
13 27 (2.85%) Business Systems Analyst
14 26 (2.75%) Performance Analyst
14 26 (2.75%) Performance Test Analyst
15 23 (2.43%) Financial Analyst
16 22 (2.33%) Systems Analyst
17 21 (2.22%) IT Analyst
17 21 (2.22%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (5.18%) Web Services
2 41 (4.33%) XML
3 40 (4.23%) .NET
4 19 (2.01%) SOAP
5 14 (1.48%) Gherkin
6 13 (1.37%) J2EE
7 12 (1.27%) AngularJS
7 12 (1.27%) Hibernate
7 12 (1.27%) Spring
8 10 (1.06%) HTML
9 7 (0.74%) COM+
9 7 (0.74%) HTML5
9 7 (0.74%) JSON
9 7 (0.74%) RESTful
10 6 (0.63%) Middleware
11 5 (0.53%) REST
12 4 (0.42%) Node.js
12 4 (0.42%) Struts
12 4 (0.42%) XSLT
13 3 (0.32%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 87 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (4.86%) Management Information System
3 24 (2.54%) Computer Science
4 23 (2.43%) PMI
5 20 (2.11%) Mobile App
6 15 (1.59%) Data Centre
7 14 (1.48%) User Experience
8 12 (1.27%) Client/Server
8 12 (1.27%) NHS
9 10 (1.06%) Equities
10 9 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 9 (0.95%) Frameworx
11 8 (0.85%) Data Structures
11 8 (0.85%) Derivative
12 7 (0.74%) Fixed Income
13 6 (0.63%) STB
14 5 (0.53%) Data Protection Act
14 5 (0.53%) iSeries
14 5 (0.53%) Public Cloud
15 4 (0.42%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 77 (8.14%) Windows
2 42 (4.44%) Linux
3 35 (3.70%) Unix
4 16 (1.69%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (1.37%) Windows 10
7 11 (1.16%) Android
8 10 (1.06%) Apple iOS
8 10 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (0.85%) Windows Vista
10 6 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.53%) AIX
11 5 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.11%) HPUX
12 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.11%) Solaris
12 1 (0.11%) SUSE
12 1 (0.11%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (47.04%) Agile Software Development
2 271 (28.65%) Test Automation
3 185 (19.56%) Business Analysis
4 184 (19.45%) Test Scripting
5 173 (18.29%) Software Testing
6 170 (17.97%) User Acceptance Testing
7 158 (16.70%) Scrum
8 128 (13.53%) PRINCE2
9 120 (12.68%) Waterfall
10 104 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
11 103 (10.89%) ITIL
12 97 (10.25%) SDLC
13 93 (9.83%) User Stories
14 90 (9.51%) Test Strategy
15 89 (9.41%) Test Planning
16 86 (9.09%) BDD
17 84 (8.88%) Defect Management
18 80 (8.46%) Functional Testing
19 77 (8.14%) Regression Testing
20 74 (7.82%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 175 (18.50%) SQL
2 106 (11.21%) Java
3 47 (4.97%) C#
4 40 (4.23%) Python
5 25 (2.64%) JavaScript
6 21 (2.22%) PL/SQL
7 20 (2.11%) Groovy
7 20 (2.11%) Ruby
8 13 (1.37%) C
8 13 (1.37%) VB
9 10 (1.06%) F#
9 10 (1.06%) VBScript
10 7 (0.74%) Perl
10 7 (0.74%) T-SQL
11 5 (0.53%) C++
12 4 (0.42%) PHP
12 4 (0.42%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.42%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.32%) ActionScript
14 1 (0.11%) VBA
Qualifications
1 422 (44.61%) ISTQB
2 151 (15.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 107 (11.31%) Degree
4 103 (10.89%) Security Cleared
5 53 (5.60%) SC Cleared
6 34 (3.59%) IIBA
7 32 (3.38%) ISEB Practitioner
7 32 (3.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 31 (3.28%) DV Cleared
8 31 (3.28%) PMI Certification
9 27 (2.85%) CBAP
10 20 (2.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 13 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
11 13 (1.37%) PMP
12 12 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 7 (0.74%) CISSP
13 7 (0.74%) CITP
13 7 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (0.63%) Chartered Engineer
14 6 (0.63%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (11.84%) QA
2 22 (2.33%) GDPR
3 21 (2.22%) Data Quality
4 11 (1.16%) MiFID
5 9 (0.95%) PMO
6 7 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 7 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.63%) SLA
8 5 (0.53%) EMIR
8 5 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.53%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.42%) COBIT
9 4 (0.42%) Dodd-Frank
10 3 (0.32%) FATCA
10 3 (0.32%) IFRS
10 3 (0.32%) IFRS 9
10 3 (0.32%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.32%) TickIT
11 2 (0.21%) Solvency II
System Software
1 14 (1.48%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
3 11 (1.16%) vSphere
4 9 (0.95%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.42%) XenApp
6 3 (0.32%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.32%) XenServer
7 2 (0.21%) Firmware
7 2 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.11%) HDFS
8 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 83 (8.77%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.06%) vRealize
3 8 (0.85%) SCCM
4 7 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.53%) Cisco IPCC
6 4 (0.42%) SCOM
7 3 (0.32%) SmoothWall
8 1 (0.11%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.11%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.11%) Graphite
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) Netcool
8 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.11%) Puppet
Vendors
1 118 (12.47%) HP
2 102 (10.78%) Microsoft
3 93 (9.83%) Oracle
4 32 (3.38%) SAP
5 21 (2.22%) IBM
6 17 (1.80%) Atlassian
6 17 (1.80%) Sybase
7 13 (1.37%) VMware
8 12 (1.27%) Cisco
8 12 (1.27%) Citrix
9 11 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
10 10 (1.06%) Red Hat
11 8 (0.85%) BMC
12 7 (0.74%) Snow
13 6 (0.63%) PeopleSoft
14 5 (0.53%) Adobe
14 5 (0.53%) Progress
14 5 (0.53%) Siebel
14 5 (0.53%) Workday
15 4 (0.42%) ServiceNow