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 3 months to 23 May 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
3 months to
23 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 221 205 183
Rank change year-on-year -16 -22  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 475 665 714
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.24% 1.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.41% 5.77% 6.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 462 473
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £349
% change year-on-year - +0.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 13 11
Median hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.67% +69.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £12.50 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £48.05 £41.72
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £19.94
% change year-on-year +12.67% +78.03%  

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 8774 11526 10763
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.57% 21.56% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5337 7170 6138
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £252 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +7.89% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 412 554
Median hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.07% +41.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISEB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 23 May 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 3 months to 23 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -15 447 £375 - 126
London -38 135 £425 +6.25% 32
South East 0 121 £360 -2.70% 29
South West +40 71 £400 +23.07% 11
Hampshire +14 30 £320 -20.12% 7
Surrey +8 28 £400 -11.11% 8
West Midlands -3 27 £300 -14.28% 10
North West +17 25 £295 -12.59% 21
Milton Keynes +1 23 £423 +16.55% 1
Buckinghamshire -15 23 £423 +26.11% 1
Yorkshire +5 22 £400 +14.28% 10
City of London -22 20 £475 +11.76% 14
Scotland +14 19 £275 -22.20% 5
East Midlands -11 19 £475 +31.03% 3
Devon - 19 £423 -
East of England -8 18 £280 -24.83% 10
West Yorkshire +15 17 £403 +15.00% 7
Wiltshire +2 16 £425 +41.66% 4
Leeds +10 15 £401 +18.10% 4
Gloucestershire +12 12 £400 +8.10% 1
Exeter - 12 £375 -
Cheshire +35 11 £295 -15.71% 1
Edinburgh +18 11 £270 -3.57% 3
Manchester +10 11 £325 -3.70% 16
Berkshire +18 10 £338 -17.17% 4
Basingstoke +7 10 £309 -20.32% 1
West Sussex +16 9 £375 -6.83% 3
Swindon +4 9 £425 +21.42% 2
Chester +18 7 £275 -4.43% 1
Cambridgeshire +4 7 £240 -32.39% 2

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 (44.06%) Agile Software Development
2 396 (39.21%) ISTQB
3 298 (29.50%) Finance
3 298 (29.50%) Test Automation
4 217 (21.49%) Business Analysis
5 204 (20.20%) User Acceptance Testing
6 196 (19.41%) Test Scripting
7 170 (16.83%) SQL
8 166 (16.44%) PRINCE2
9 160 (15.84%) Selenium
10 154 (15.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 154 (15.25%) Software Testing
11 153 (15.15%) JIRA
12 142 (14.06%) Scrum
13 136 (13.47%) Microsoft
14 132 (13.07%) QA
15 128 (12.67%) Stakeholder Management
16 125 (12.38%) Security Cleared
17 122 (12.08%) Waterfall
18 121 (11.98%) Java
19 113 (11.19%) Test Strategy
20 112 (11.09%) ITIL
21 106 (10.50%) Degree
22 104 (10.30%) BDD
23 103 (10.20%) Oracle
24 102 (10.10%) Project Management
25 101 (10.00%) Functional Testing
26 92 (9.11%) SDLC
26 92 (9.11%) Test Management
27 91 (9.01%) Defect 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 48 (4.75%) Confluence
2 23 (2.28%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.19%) WebLogic
4 10 (0.99%) IIS
4 10 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 9 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
5 9 (0.89%) CMS
6 6 (0.59%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 4 (0.40%) ATG Dynamo
7 4 (0.40%) SAS
7 4 (0.40%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.30%) Apache
8 3 (0.30%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.30%) JCAPS
9 2 (0.20%) Drupal
9 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.20%) JBoss
9 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.20%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 48 (4.75%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (3.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (3.07%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.29%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.30%) Open Workbench
6 3 (0.30%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 19 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.69%) Dynamics NAV
2 7 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.20%) Actimize
6 2 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.20%) iTrent
6 2 (0.20%) Maximo
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.20%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.099%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.099%) SAP APO
7 1 (0.099%) Tercero
7 1 (0.099%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 28 (2.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.19%) GitHub
3 8 (0.79%) SaaS
4 6 (0.59%) Office 365
5 3 (0.30%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.20%) G Suite
6 2 (0.20%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.20%) Taleo
7 1 (0.099%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.099%) PaaS
7 1 (0.099%) Slack
7 1 (0.099%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.68%) Internet
1 17 (1.68%) PuTTY
2 15 (1.49%) WinSCP
3 11 (1.09%) Firewall
4 8 (0.79%) LDAP
4 8 (0.79%) TCP/IP
4 8 (0.79%) WAN
5 7 (0.69%) LAN
6 5 (0.50%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (0.50%) SSH
6 5 (0.50%) SSL
6 5 (0.50%) Unified Communications
7 4 (0.40%) Reverse Proxy
7 4 (0.40%) SAN
7 4 (0.40%) VLAN
8 3 (0.30%) Cisco IOS
8 3 (0.30%) DHCP
8 3 (0.30%) DMZ
8 3 (0.30%) DNS
8 3 (0.30%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
4 19 (1.88%) Oracle Database
5 16 (1.58%) Relational Database
6 15 (1.49%) Oracle Database 10g
6 15 (1.49%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
8 10 (0.99%) RDBMS
8 10 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
8 10 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
9 8 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (0.59%) Oracle BI EE
10 6 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.50%) Big Data
11 5 (0.50%) DB2
11 5 (0.50%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.50%) Oracle Database 12c
11 5 (0.50%) Oracle OWB
12 4 (0.40%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 160 (15.84%) Selenium
2 153 (15.15%) JIRA
3 67 (6.63%) Cucumber
3 67 (6.63%) HP UFT
4 58 (5.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 51 (5.05%) SoapUI
6 49 (4.85%) Jenkins
7 40 (3.96%) LoadRunner
8 39 (3.86%) WebDriver
9 33 (3.27%) SpecFlow
10 27 (2.67%) JMeter
11 25 (2.48%) Visual Studio
12 23 (2.28%) TestRail
13 20 (1.98%) TeamCity
14 16 (1.58%) Git (software)
14 16 (1.58%) Oracle APEX
14 16 (1.58%) Toad
15 14 (1.39%) Eclipse
16 12 (1.19%) Ant
16 12 (1.19%) TestNG
General
1 298 (29.50%) Finance
2 89 (8.81%) Banking
3 76 (7.52%) Retail
4 38 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 23 (2.28%) Marketing
6 21 (2.08%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.88%) Retail Banking
8 14 (1.39%) Legal
9 12 (1.19%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.89%) Law
10 9 (0.89%) Local Government
11 8 (0.79%) Back Office
12 6 (0.59%) Automotive
12 6 (0.59%) Games
12 6 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.40%) Electronics
13 4 (0.40%) General Ledger
13 4 (0.40%) Publishing
14 3 (0.30%) Aerospace
14 3 (0.30%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 545 (53.96%) Analyst
2 284 (28.12%) Business Analyst
3 218 (21.58%) Test Analyst
4 137 (13.56%) Tester
5 100 (9.90%) Test Manager
6 71 (7.03%) Test Leader
7 65 (6.44%) Senior Analyst
8 46 (4.55%) Test Engineer
9 35 (3.47%) Project Manager
10 33 (3.27%) Automation Test Analyst
11 32 (3.17%) Automation Tester
12 30 (2.97%) Financial Analyst
12 30 (2.97%) Senior Business Analyst
12 30 (2.97%) Senior Test Analyst
13 25 (2.48%) Agile Test Analyst
14 24 (2.38%) Insurance Business Analyst
15 23 (2.28%) Business IT Analyst
15 23 (2.28%) IT Analyst
15 23 (2.28%) QA Engineer
15 23 (2.28%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (5.05%) XML
2 50 (4.95%) .NET
3 44 (4.36%) Web Services
4 19 (1.88%) SOAP
5 17 (1.68%) Gherkin
6 14 (1.39%) AngularJS
6 14 (1.39%) RESTful
7 13 (1.29%) HTML
7 13 (1.29%) J2EE
8 11 (1.09%) Middleware
9 9 (0.89%) XSLT
10 8 (0.79%) CSS
10 8 (0.79%) Spring
11 7 (0.69%) Hibernate
11 7 (0.69%) JSON
11 7 (0.69%) REST
11 7 (0.69%) WCF
12 5 (0.50%) Apache Flex
12 5 (0.50%) BlazeDS
12 5 (0.50%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 91 (9.01%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (4.85%) Management Information System
3 24 (2.38%) PMI
4 19 (1.88%) NHS
4 19 (1.88%) User Experience
5 18 (1.78%) Mobile App
6 16 (1.58%) Computer Science
6 16 (1.58%) Equities
7 13 (1.29%) Hedge funds
8 10 (0.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (0.89%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.79%) Fintech
11 7 (0.69%) Data Centre
11 7 (0.69%) Data Protection Act
11 7 (0.69%) Derivative
11 7 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
12 6 (0.59%) Frameworx
12 6 (0.59%) Smart Meter
12 6 (0.59%) STB
Operating Systems
1 68 (6.73%) Windows
2 56 (5.54%) Linux
3 54 (5.35%) Unix
4 17 (1.68%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.49%) Android
5 15 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (1.19%) Apple iOS
7 10 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.89%) Windows 10
8 9 (0.89%) Windows Vista
9 8 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.50%) AIX
11 2 (0.20%) Solaris
11 2 (0.20%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.099%) HPUX
12 1 (0.099%) SUSE
12 1 (0.099%) VMS
12 1 (0.099%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (44.06%) Agile Software Development
2 298 (29.50%) Test Automation
3 217 (21.49%) Business Analysis
4 204 (20.20%) User Acceptance Testing
5 196 (19.41%) Test Scripting
6 166 (16.44%) PRINCE2
7 154 (15.25%) Software Testing
8 142 (14.06%) Scrum
9 128 (12.67%) Stakeholder Management
10 122 (12.08%) Waterfall
11 113 (11.19%) Test Strategy
12 112 (11.09%) ITIL
13 104 (10.30%) BDD
14 102 (10.10%) Project Management
15 101 (10.00%) Functional Testing
16 92 (9.11%) SDLC
16 92 (9.11%) Test Management
17 91 (9.01%) Defect Management
18 83 (8.22%) Scenario Testing
18 83 (8.22%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 170 (16.83%) SQL
2 121 (11.98%) Java
3 46 (4.55%) Python
4 42 (4.16%) C#
5 23 (2.28%) Ruby
6 21 (2.08%) JavaScript
7 19 (1.88%) C
8 17 (1.68%) Groovy
9 15 (1.49%) F#
10 14 (1.39%) Perl
10 14 (1.39%) PL/SQL
11 10 (0.99%) VBScript
12 8 (0.79%) C++
12 8 (0.79%) VB
13 7 (0.69%) PHP
14 5 (0.50%) ActionScript
14 5 (0.50%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.40%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.30%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 396 (39.21%) ISTQB
2 154 (15.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 125 (12.38%) Security Cleared
4 106 (10.50%) Degree
5 63 (6.24%) SC Cleared
6 50 (4.95%) IIBA
7 46 (4.55%) CBAP
8 40 (3.96%) DV Cleared
9 37 (3.66%) ISEB Practitioner
10 26 (2.57%) PMI Certification
11 23 (2.28%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 17 (1.68%) CISSP
12 17 (1.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 15 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
14 14 (1.39%) APMG
15 13 (1.29%) CISA
15 13 (1.29%) CITP
15 13 (1.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 11 (1.09%) Chartered Engineer
17 9 (0.89%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (13.07%) QA
2 13 (1.29%) PCI DSS
3 12 (1.19%) GDPR
3 12 (1.19%) PMO
4 11 (1.09%) MiFID
5 10 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
6 8 (0.79%) SLA
7 7 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (0.59%) Data Quality
8 6 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
8 6 (0.59%) ISO19770
9 4 (0.40%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.40%) SEPA
10 3 (0.30%) COBIT
10 3 (0.30%) FATCA
10 3 (0.30%) HL7
10 3 (0.30%) TickIT
11 2 (0.20%) EMIR
11 2 (0.20%) IFRS
11 2 (0.20%) Solvency II
System Software
1 16 (1.58%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
3 11 (1.09%) vSphere
4 6 (0.59%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (0.50%) VirtualBox
6 4 (0.40%) Snort
7 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.099%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.099%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.099%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 51 (5.05%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (0.99%) vRealize
3 7 (0.69%) SCCM
3 7 (0.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (0.50%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (0.40%) SCOM
6 3 (0.30%) SmoothWall
7 2 (0.20%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
7 2 (0.20%) Oozie
8 1 (0.099%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.099%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.099%) Graphite
8 1 (0.099%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.099%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.099%) Netcool
8 1 (0.099%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.099%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.099%) Puppet
8 1 (0.099%) QRadar
Vendors
1 136 (13.47%) Microsoft
2 103 (10.20%) Oracle
3 85 (8.42%) HP
4 42 (4.16%) SAP
5 18 (1.78%) VMware
6 15 (1.49%) IBM
7 13 (1.29%) Sybase
8 11 (1.09%) Cisco
9 10 (0.99%) Red Hat
10 9 (0.89%) Adobe
11 8 (0.79%) BMC
11 8 (0.79%) Remedy
12 7 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.59%) CheckPoint
13 6 (0.59%) Fixnetix
13 6 (0.59%) PeopleSoft
13 6 (0.59%) Snow
13 6 (0.59%) Workday
14 5 (0.50%) Citrix
14 5 (0.50%) Juniper
Swindon, Wiltshire
Sanderson
Posted: 6 hours ago
West Midlands
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 19 days ago