Period
to 19 August 2018

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 19 August 2018 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 314 261 224
Rank change year-on-year -53 -37 -39
Contract jobs citing ISEB 845 959 1,333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.99% 1.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.42% 5.12% 5.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 542 617 927
UK median daily rate £400 £378 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.96% +0.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £260
90th Percentile £600 £500 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 20
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £40.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.75% +14.29% +29.63%
10th Percentile £15.00 £16.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £66.08 £50.88 £71.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -27.50% +14.29% +27.27%

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 19,104 18,740 23,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.69% 19.43% 21.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,315 11,359 14,388
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £249 £250 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 926 949 813
UK median hourly rate £22.66 £29.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.83% +8.18% +22.22%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.19 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £31.25 £28.00
% change year-on-year -26.40% +11.61% +16.67%

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 19 August 2018.

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 19 August 2018.

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 19 August 2018. 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 -44 796 £400 +2.89% 191
UK excluding London -25 613 £375 +7.14% 160
London -76 220 £488 +11.43% 37
South East -36 203 £375 +5.63% 44
Midlands +10 120 £378 +0.67% 33
South West -20 110 £350 -8.50% 20
West Midlands +17 98 £378 +23.77% 21
North of England -45 76 £350 +7.69% 47
East of England +24 66 £400 +23.08% 10
North West -18 36 £350 +18.64% 27
Yorkshire -17 34 £350 -4.11% 19
Scotland -59 30 £338 -5.26% 5
East Midlands -17 21 £343 -26.93% 12
North East -12 7 £393 +20.77% 1
Wales -24 6 £406 +28.97% 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, 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.

1 437 (51.72%) ISTQB
2 407 (48.17%) Agile Software Development
3 283 (33.49%) Test Automation
4 240 (28.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 219 (25.92%) Java
6 213 (25.21%) Test Scripting
7 195 (23.08%) SQL
8 193 (22.84%) Selenium
9 192 (22.72%) Oracle
10 184 (21.78%) Finance
11 157 (18.58%) Windows
12 152 (17.99%) Scrum
13 146 (17.28%) Security Cleared
14 139 (16.45%) QA
15 135 (15.98%) Test Strategy
16 130 (15.38%) Business Analysis
17 125 (14.79%) Software Testing
18 121 (14.32%) User Acceptance Testing
19 111 (13.14%) JIRA
20 110 (13.02%) XML
21 109 (12.90%) SoapUI
22 108 (12.78%) Microsoft
23 105 (12.43%) Waterfall
24 103 (12.19%) SC Cleared
25 101 (11.95%) Unix
26 99 (11.72%) Analytical Skills
27 95 (11.24%) Functional Testing
27 95 (11.24%) Cucumber
27 95 (11.24%) Project Management
28 91 (10.77%) Stakeholder 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 68 (8.05%) WebLogic
2 59 (6.98%) Confluence
3 12 (1.42%) CMS
3 12 (1.42%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.07%) Drupal
5 8 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.36%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.12%) Apache
10 1 (0.12%) Appian
10 1 (0.12%) ATG Dynamo
10 1 (0.12%) CICS
10 1 (0.12%) IIS
10 1 (0.12%) LiveLink
10 1 (0.12%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.12%) SAS
10 1 (0.12%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 58 (6.86%) Microsoft Excel
1 58 (6.86%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (3.67%) Microsoft Project
3 16 (1.89%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (1.07%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 9 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.24%) Primavera
5 2 (0.24%) SAP FI-CA
5 2 (0.24%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.24%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.12%) BASE24
6 1 (0.12%) FastStats
6 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.12%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 73 (8.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.30%) BrowserStack
3 11 (1.30%) SaaS
4 9 (1.07%) Office 365
5 8 (0.95%) IaaS
6 6 (0.71%) BlazeMeter
7 5 (0.59%) Slack
8 4 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (0.47%) GitHub
8 4 (0.47%) PaaS
9 3 (0.36%) Boomi
9 3 (0.36%) Google Play
9 3 (0.36%) iPaaS
9 3 (0.36%) Sauce Labs
10 2 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.12%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.20%) PuTTY
2 26 (3.08%) WinSCP
3 21 (2.49%) Internet
4 13 (1.54%) SAN
5 12 (1.42%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.30%) SMS
7 8 (0.95%) DNS
8 6 (0.71%) LAN
8 6 (0.71%) VoIP
9 5 (0.59%) HTTP
9 5 (0.59%) Intranet
9 5 (0.59%) MPLS
9 5 (0.59%) VPN
10 4 (0.47%) DHCP
10 4 (0.47%) Firewall
10 4 (0.47%) IP Telephony
10 4 (0.47%) PBX
10 4 (0.47%) SSL
10 4 (0.47%) VLAN
10 4 (0.47%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.26%) Oracle Database
3 30 (3.55%) Oracle Database 10g
4 26 (3.08%) Oracle Database 11g
4 26 (3.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 26 (3.08%) SQL Server 2016
5 19 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
6 18 (2.13%) Oracle Reports
7 12 (1.42%) BusinessObjects
8 10 (1.18%) MongoDB
8 10 (1.18%) Pentaho
9 9 (1.07%) Relational Database
10 8 (0.95%) Big Data
11 7 (0.83%) Impala
12 6 (0.71%) Oracle OWB
12 6 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
13 5 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.59%) Power BI
14 4 (0.47%) Geospatial Data
14 4 (0.47%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 193 (22.84%) Selenium
2 111 (13.14%) JIRA
3 109 (12.90%) SoapUI
4 95 (11.24%) Cucumber
5 60 (7.10%) LoadRunner
6 59 (6.98%) Toad
7 55 (6.51%) Jenkins
8 53 (6.27%) JMeter
9 52 (6.15%) SpecFlow
10 46 (5.44%) WebDriver
11 40 (4.73%) HP UFT
12 36 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
13 30 (3.55%) Oracle APEX
14 28 (3.31%) TestNG
15 26 (3.08%) Eclipse
16 25 (2.96%) Ant
17 14 (1.66%) Git (software)
17 14 (1.66%) Zephyr
18 13 (1.54%) Gatling
19 12 (1.42%) Appium
General
1 184 (21.78%) Finance
2 58 (6.86%) Retail
3 52 (6.15%) Banking
4 25 (2.96%) Legal
5 20 (2.37%) Telecoms
6 15 (1.78%) Law
7 12 (1.42%) Retail Banking
8 11 (1.30%) Marketing
9 9 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (0.95%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.83%) Automotive
11 7 (0.83%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.71%) Advertising
13 4 (0.47%) Military
14 3 (0.36%) Back Office
14 3 (0.36%) Electronics
14 3 (0.36%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.36%) Front Office
14 3 (0.36%) Private Banking
15 2 (0.24%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 467 (55.27%) Analyst
2 265 (31.36%) Test Analyst
3 161 (19.05%) Business Analyst
4 95 (11.24%) Tester
5 61 (7.22%) Test Engineer
6 58 (6.86%) Test Manager
7 48 (5.68%) Test Leader
8 30 (3.55%) Automation Test Analyst
9 29 (3.43%) Automation Tester
10 28 (3.31%) Project Manager
11 27 (3.20%) Senior Analyst
12 25 (2.96%) Test Automation Engineer
13 24 (2.84%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
14 19 (2.25%) Financial Analyst
15 18 (2.13%) Business IT Analyst
15 18 (2.13%) IT Analyst
15 18 (2.13%) IT Business Analyst
16 17 (2.01%) Agile Test Analyst
17 14 (1.66%) Performance Tester
17 14 (1.66%) PMO Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (13.02%) XML
2 63 (7.46%) .NET
3 58 (6.86%) Web Services
4 40 (4.73%) SOAP
5 23 (2.72%) RESTful
6 21 (2.49%) HTML
7 13 (1.54%) Gherkin
8 9 (1.07%) RabbitMQ
9 7 (0.83%) ASP.NET
10 6 (0.71%) JSON
10 6 (0.71%) REST
11 5 (0.59%) Oracle Fusion
12 3 (0.36%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.36%) Nightwatchjs
12 3 (0.36%) WebdriverIO
13 2 (0.24%) HTML5
13 2 (0.24%) Middleware
13 2 (0.24%) WPF
14 1 (0.12%) XSD
14 1 (0.12%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 99 (11.72%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (4.26%) Management Information System
3 21 (2.49%) User Experience
4 18 (2.13%) Computer Science
5 17 (2.01%) Mobile App
6 15 (1.78%) Client/Server
7 13 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.42%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.18%) PMI
9 10 (1.18%) Reinsurance
10 9 (1.07%) NHS
11 7 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
12 6 (0.71%) Data Protection Act
13 5 (0.59%) CCTV
13 5 (0.59%) Driving Licence
13 5 (0.59%) Equities
13 5 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
14 4 (0.47%) PKI
14 4 (0.47%) Smartphone
14 4 (0.47%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 157 (18.58%) Windows
2 101 (11.95%) Unix
3 54 (6.39%) Linux
4 30 (3.55%) Windows Server
5 26 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 23 (2.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (1.66%) Apple iOS
8 13 (1.54%) Android
9 6 (0.71%) VME
9 6 (0.71%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.36%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.36%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.12%) HPUX
12 1 (0.12%) SUSE
12 1 (0.12%) VMS
12 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 407 (48.17%) Agile Software Development
2 283 (33.49%) Test Automation
3 213 (25.21%) Test Scripting
4 152 (17.99%) Scrum
5 135 (15.98%) Test Strategy
6 130 (15.38%) Business Analysis
7 125 (14.79%) Software Testing
8 121 (14.32%) User Acceptance Testing
9 105 (12.43%) Waterfall
10 95 (11.24%) Functional Testing
10 95 (11.24%) Project Management
11 91 (10.77%) Stakeholder Management
12 87 (10.30%) API Testing
13 86 (10.18%) BDD
14 81 (9.59%) SDLC
15 80 (9.47%) Customer Requirements
16 76 (8.99%) PRINCE2
17 75 (8.88%) User Stories
18 73 (8.64%) Performance Testing
19 71 (8.40%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 219 (25.92%) Java
2 195 (23.08%) SQL
3 61 (7.22%) C#
4 26 (3.08%) F#
5 25 (2.96%) JavaScript
6 16 (1.89%) VB
7 14 (1.66%) C
7 14 (1.66%) Python
7 14 (1.66%) VBScript
8 9 (1.07%) PowerShell
9 7 (0.83%) Perl
10 6 (0.71%) Ruby
10 6 (0.71%) T-SQL
11 5 (0.59%) C++
11 5 (0.59%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.47%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.47%) Groovy
12 4 (0.47%) PHP
13 3 (0.36%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.24%) HiveQL
Qualifications
1 437 (51.72%) ISTQB
2 240 (28.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 146 (17.28%) Security Cleared
4 103 (12.19%) SC Cleared
5 85 (10.06%) Degree
6 73 (8.64%) ISEB Practitioner
7 37 (4.38%) DV Cleared
8 25 (2.96%) CBAP
9 24 (2.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 18 (2.13%) PMI Certification
11 17 (2.01%) IIBA
11 17 (2.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 12 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
13 11 (1.30%) APMP
13 11 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 8 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
15 8 (0.95%) PMP
16 6 (0.71%) Master's Degree
17 4 (0.47%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 139 (16.45%) QA
2 35 (4.14%) GDPR
3 28 (3.31%) PMO
4 10 (1.18%) Data Quality
4 10 (1.18%) WCAG
5 6 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.24%) MiFID
6 2 (0.24%) SLA
7 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (2.96%) vSphere
2 10 (1.18%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.71%) Docker
4 5 (0.59%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.24%) ACF2
5 2 (0.24%) RACF
5 2 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.24%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.12%) HDFS
6 1 (0.12%) IAG
6 1 (0.12%) Snort
Systems Management
1 72 (8.52%) HP ALM
2 41 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.07%) WMI
4 7 (0.83%) SCCM
4 7 (0.83%) vRealize
5 4 (0.47%) SCOM
6 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.24%) Control-M
8 1 (0.12%) Ansible
8 1 (0.12%) Endace
8 1 (0.12%) Nessus
8 1 (0.12%) Oozie
8 1 (0.12%) Puppet
8 1 (0.12%) QRadar
Vendors
1 192 (22.72%) Oracle
2 108 (12.78%) Microsoft
3 88 (10.41%) HP
3 88 (10.41%) webMethods
4 40 (4.73%) SAP
5 31 (3.67%) VMware
6 27 (3.20%) Software AG
7 26 (3.08%) Red Hat
8 14 (1.66%) Atlassian
9 12 (1.42%) Capita
10 10 (1.18%) Cisco
11 6 (0.71%) Google
11 6 (0.71%) IBM
11 6 (0.71%) LogRhythm
11 6 (0.71%) MuleSoft
11 6 (0.71%) New Relic
11 6 (0.71%) Niku
12 4 (0.47%) AppDynamics
12 4 (0.47%) ArcSight
12 4 (0.47%) Dynatrace