Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 321 238 188
Rank change year-on-year -83 -50 -13
Contract jobs citing ISEB 790 1,003 1,417
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 1.09% 1.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.07% 5.32% 6.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 512 708 982
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +1.35% +4.23%
10th Percentile £275 £235 £256
90th Percentile £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 18
UK median hourly rate £13.66 £46.25 £38.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -70.48% +19.68% +134.21%
10th Percentile £12.72 £15.62 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.10 £53.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £45.00 £38.65
% change year-on-year -70.00% +16.44% +131.86%

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 19,392 18,844 22,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.17% 20.48% 21.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,668 11,930 14,055
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.79% +2.38%
10th Percentile £239 £252 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 866 928 897
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £29.92 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.46% +6.86% +40.00%
10th Percentile £12.35 £12.00 £11.65
90th Percentile £50.37 £52.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £32.00
% change year-on-year -16.44% -6.50% +60.00%

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 April 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 21 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 17 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 April 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 -96 699 £400 +6.67% 173
UK excluding London -66 528 £375 +7.14% 133
London -56 257 £463 +8.82% 46
South East -65 157 £400 +14.29% 29
Midlands -39 82 £375 +10.29% 33
North of England -62 80 £325 - 38
South West -45 71 £350 -12.50% 11
West Midlands -4 66 £375 +13.64% 18
East of England +7 56 £400 +2.56% 16
Scotland -20 42 £323 +3.20% 5
Yorkshire -17 36 £400 +14.29% 16
Wales -23 28 £480 +69.91% 1
North East +43 24 £330 +10.00% 2
North West -60 22 £300 -2.44% 20
East Midlands -24 15 £440 +3.53% 15
Northern Ireland - 8 £308 -
Channel Islands - 4 - -

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 349 (44.18%) Agile Software Development
2 324 (41.01%) ISTQB
3 194 (24.56%) Business Analysis
4 188 (23.80%) Test Automation
5 183 (23.16%) Finance
6 156 (19.75%) User Acceptance Testing
6 156 (19.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 144 (18.23%) Test Scripting
8 133 (16.84%) Project Management
9 127 (16.08%) SQL
10 121 (15.32%) PRINCE2
10 121 (15.32%) Software Testing
11 119 (15.06%) Waterfall
12 117 (14.81%) Selenium
13 114 (14.43%) Scrum
14 113 (14.30%) Security Cleared
15 112 (14.18%) Java
16 105 (13.29%) Stakeholder Management
17 102 (12.91%) Microsoft
18 96 (12.15%) JIRA
18 96 (12.15%) Test Strategy
19 91 (11.52%) HP
20 87 (11.01%) Oracle
20 87 (11.01%) Defect Management
21 85 (10.76%) Windows
22 84 (10.63%) Analytical Skills
23 83 (10.51%) System Integration Testing
24 81 (10.25%) Banking
25 80 (10.13%) QA
26 75 (9.49%) Functional 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 25 (3.16%) SharePoint
2 22 (2.78%) WebLogic
3 21 (2.66%) Confluence
4 8 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.63%) SAS
6 4 (0.51%) Apache
6 4 (0.51%) CMS
6 4 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.51%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.51%) WebLogic Integration
7 3 (0.38%) IIS
8 2 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.25%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.13%) ATG Dynamo
9 1 (0.13%) CICS
9 1 (0.13%) Documentum
Applications
1 68 (8.61%) Microsoft Office
2 58 (7.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 44 (5.57%) Microsoft Project
4 23 (2.91%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.25%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 14 (1.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
3 3 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.25%) Actimize
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.25%) Workfront
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.13%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.13%) Primavera
5 1 (0.13%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.13%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.13%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.13%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.13%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 42 (5.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (1.77%) SaaS
3 13 (1.65%) Office 365
4 7 (0.89%) Dynamics 365
5 6 (0.76%) IaaS
6 5 (0.63%) PaaS
7 4 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
8 3 (0.38%) Google Play
9 2 (0.25%) BrowserStack
9 2 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.25%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.53%) PuTTY
2 19 (2.41%) WinSCP
3 17 (2.15%) Internet
4 9 (1.14%) 3G
4 9 (1.14%) SMS
5 7 (0.89%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.76%) Bluetooth
7 5 (0.63%) LAN
8 4 (0.51%) Firewall
8 4 (0.51%) FTP
8 4 (0.51%) HTTP
8 4 (0.51%) IPv4
8 4 (0.51%) IPv6
8 4 (0.51%) Unified Communications
8 4 (0.51%) VLAN
8 4 (0.51%) WLAN
9 3 (0.38%) 2G
9 3 (0.38%) 4G
9 3 (0.38%) SCCP
9 3 (0.38%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (5.82%) SQL Server
2 29 (3.67%) Oracle Database
3 20 (2.53%) Oracle Database 10g
3 20 (2.53%) SQL Server 2012
4 18 (2.28%) Oracle Database 11g
4 18 (2.28%) SQL Server 2016
5 17 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
7 6 (0.76%) BusinessObjects
8 5 (0.63%) Oracle OWB
8 5 (0.63%) Power BI
8 5 (0.63%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.51%) Essbase
9 4 (0.51%) MS Access
9 4 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.51%) SAP BW
9 4 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.38%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (0.25%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 117 (14.81%) Selenium
2 96 (12.15%) JIRA
3 52 (6.58%) Cucumber
4 45 (5.70%) SoapUI
5 34 (4.30%) SpecFlow
6 32 (4.05%) HP UFT
6 32 (4.05%) LoadRunner
7 23 (2.91%) Jenkins
7 23 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
8 22 (2.78%) Oracle APEX
8 22 (2.78%) TestNG
9 20 (2.53%) JMeter
10 19 (2.41%) Ant
10 19 (2.41%) Eclipse
11 18 (2.28%) WebDriver
11 18 (2.28%) Zephyr
12 17 (2.15%) Toad
13 13 (1.65%) Git (software)
14 7 (0.89%) JUnit
14 7 (0.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 183 (23.16%) Finance
2 81 (10.25%) Banking
3 44 (5.57%) Retail
4 42 (5.32%) Retail Banking
5 33 (4.18%) Legal
6 29 (3.67%) Telecoms
7 18 (2.28%) Law
8 15 (1.90%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (0.89%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.89%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.89%) Marketing
10 6 (0.76%) Advertising
10 6 (0.76%) Automotive
11 5 (0.63%) Back Office
12 4 (0.51%) Military
12 4 (0.51%) Private Banking
13 2 (0.25%) Electronics
13 2 (0.25%) Games
13 2 (0.25%) Romanian Language
14 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 457 (57.85%) Analyst
2 215 (27.22%) Test Analyst
3 205 (25.95%) Business Analyst
4 62 (7.85%) Test Leader
4 62 (7.85%) Tester
5 60 (7.59%) Test Manager
6 45 (5.70%) Project Manager
7 37 (4.68%) Test Engineer
8 36 (4.56%) Senior Analyst
9 30 (3.80%) Senior Business Analyst
10 27 (3.42%) Banking Analyst
11 20 (2.53%) Automation Test Analyst
11 20 (2.53%) Automation Tester
12 19 (2.41%) Financial Analyst
13 17 (2.15%) Consultant
13 17 (2.15%) Test Automation Engineer
14 16 (2.03%) Manual Tester
15 15 (1.90%) Agile Business Analyst
15 15 (1.90%) Manual Test Analyst
16 14 (1.77%) Data Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (5.19%) .NET
2 34 (4.30%) XML
3 31 (3.92%) Web Services
4 15 (1.90%) SOAP
5 8 (1.01%) Gherkin
6 7 (0.89%) JSON
7 6 (0.76%) RESTful
8 4 (0.51%) FIX Protocol
8 4 (0.51%) HTML
8 4 (0.51%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.38%) EDI
9 3 (0.38%) REST
9 3 (0.38%) XSL
10 2 (0.25%) CSS
10 2 (0.25%) OpenGL
10 2 (0.25%) Velocity
10 2 (0.25%) WebdriverIO
10 2 (0.25%) WebGL
11 1 (0.13%) OLE
11 1 (0.13%) VRML
Miscellaneous
1 84 (10.63%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.94%) Management Information System
3 29 (3.67%) PMI
4 17 (2.15%) User Experience
5 15 (1.90%) NHS
6 11 (1.39%) Data Protection Act
6 11 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 11 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (1.01%) Reinsurance
7 8 (1.01%) Virtual Team
8 7 (0.89%) Client/Server
8 7 (0.89%) Computer Science
8 7 (0.89%) Freedom of Information
8 7 (0.89%) Mobile App
9 6 (0.76%) Embedded Systems
9 6 (0.76%) Mainframe
10 5 (0.63%) Driving Licence
10 5 (0.63%) Frameworx
10 5 (0.63%) PKI
11 4 (0.51%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 85 (10.76%) Windows
2 44 (5.57%) Linux
3 37 (4.68%) Unix
4 25 (3.16%) Windows 10
4 25 (3.16%) Windows Server
5 19 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 19 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (1.01%) Android
6 8 (1.01%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.01%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.51%) HPUX
7 4 (0.51%) SUSE
8 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.25%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.13%) AIX
10 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.13%) VMS
10 1 (0.13%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 349 (44.18%) Agile Software Development
2 194 (24.56%) Business Analysis
3 188 (23.80%) Test Automation
4 156 (19.75%) User Acceptance Testing
5 144 (18.23%) Test Scripting
6 133 (16.84%) Project Management
7 121 (15.32%) PRINCE2
7 121 (15.32%) Software Testing
8 119 (15.06%) Waterfall
9 114 (14.43%) Scrum
10 105 (13.29%) Stakeholder Management
11 96 (12.15%) Test Strategy
12 87 (11.01%) Defect Management
13 83 (10.51%) System Integration Testing
14 75 (9.49%) Functional Testing
15 56 (7.09%) BDD
15 56 (7.09%) Test Management
16 54 (6.84%) ITIL
16 54 (6.84%) Problem-Solving
17 50 (6.33%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 127 (16.08%) SQL
2 112 (14.18%) Java
3 29 (3.67%) C#
4 25 (3.16%) C
5 22 (2.78%) Python
6 18 (2.28%) F#
7 16 (2.03%) JavaScript
8 8 (1.01%) VB.NET
8 8 (1.01%) VBScript
9 7 (0.89%) C++
10 6 (0.76%) Ruby
10 6 (0.76%) VB
11 5 (0.63%) T-SQL
12 4 (0.51%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.51%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 4 (0.51%) Perl
13 3 (0.38%) Groovy
14 1 (0.13%) COBOL
14 1 (0.13%) REXX
14 1 (0.13%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 324 (41.01%) ISTQB
2 156 (19.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 113 (14.30%) Security Cleared
4 67 (8.48%) Degree
5 62 (7.85%) ISEB Practitioner
6 57 (7.22%) SC Cleared
7 44 (5.57%) DV Cleared
8 38 (4.81%) PMI Certification
9 28 (3.54%) CBAP
10 27 (3.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 21 (2.66%) IIBA
12 15 (1.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 14 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
14 13 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (1.39%) PMP
16 10 (1.27%) CISSP
17 9 (1.14%) CISM
18 8 (1.01%) APMP
18 8 (1.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
19 5 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (10.13%) QA
2 51 (6.46%) GDPR
3 24 (3.04%) PMO
4 8 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.38%) EMIR
5 3 (0.38%) MiFID
5 3 (0.38%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.38%) SLA
6 2 (0.25%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.25%) WCAG
7 1 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 20 (2.53%) vSphere
2 8 (1.01%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.76%) Firmware
4 5 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.25%) ACF2
5 2 (0.25%) Docker
5 2 (0.25%) RACF
5 2 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 71 (8.99%) HP ALM
2 66 (8.35%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (1.52%) SCCM
4 4 (0.51%) SCOM
4 4 (0.51%) vRealize
5 3 (0.38%) Ansible
5 3 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.38%) Puppet
6 2 (0.25%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.25%) Nessus
6 2 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.25%) WhatsUp Gold
7 1 (0.13%) Endace
7 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 102 (12.91%) Microsoft
2 91 (11.52%) HP
3 87 (11.01%) Oracle
4 34 (4.30%) webMethods
5 25 (3.16%) VMware
6 23 (2.91%) SAP
7 19 (2.41%) Red Hat
7 19 (2.41%) Software AG
8 8 (1.01%) Capita
8 8 (1.01%) CheckPoint
9 7 (0.89%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (0.76%) Informatica
10 6 (0.76%) MuleSoft
11 5 (0.63%) Atlassian
11 5 (0.63%) Google
11 5 (0.63%) Niku
12 4 (0.51%) Adobe
12 4 (0.51%) Cisco
12 4 (0.51%) Citrix
12 4 (0.51%) TIBCO