Period
to 22 October 2020

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 22 October 2020 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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 351 369 322
Rank change year-on-year +18 -47 -39
Contract jobs citing ISEB 184 551 839
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.65% 0.81%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.35% 3.24% 4.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 391 512
Median daily rate £425 £425 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.75% -4.06%
10th Percentile £286 £300 £270
90th Percentile £540 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £365
% change year-on-year +1.19% +15.07% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.69% +70.59%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +16.67% +76.47%

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 7,835 16,986 19,181
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.64% 20.02% 18.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,734 10,428 11,340
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £260 £244
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £449 £415
% change year-on-year +0.22% +8.19% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 843 957
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.33 £12.55
90th Percentile £62.00 £59.97 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -16.67%

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 22 October 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing ISEB over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 2020. 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 +35 163 £425 - 23
UK excluding London +20 118 £425 +1.19% 19
London +162 46 £450 -1.10% 5
Work from Home -56 37 £400 -3.03% 1
Midlands +70 35 £432 +4.22% 3
West Midlands +65 34 £432 +1.65% 2
South East +57 27 £425 -3.41% 6
North of England +62 24 £475 +35.71% 1
North West +86 16 £515 +37.33%
South West +36 15 £355 -23.24% 4
East of England +71 14 £425 -5.56% 3
Yorkshire +43 6 £263 -25.00% 1
North East +21 3 £513 +42.36%
Scotland +67 2 £373 +6.43% 1
Wales +30 1 £450 +30.43% 1

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 111 (60.33%) ISTQB
2 91 (49.46%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (43.48%) Test Automation
4 68 (36.96%) SQL
5 66 (35.87%) Security Cleared
6 64 (34.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 51 (27.72%) Java
7 51 (27.72%) JIRA
7 51 (27.72%) BDD
8 50 (27.17%) Selenium
8 50 (27.17%) Oracle
9 49 (26.63%) Scrum
10 48 (26.09%) Test Scripting
10 48 (26.09%) Unix
10 48 (26.09%) Microsoft
10 48 (26.09%) Cucumber
11 47 (25.54%) SC Cleared
12 41 (22.28%) Windows
12 41 (22.28%) Public Sector
13 38 (20.65%) Customer Requirements
14 36 (19.57%) XML
15 32 (17.39%) DevOps
16 31 (16.85%) JMeter
17 30 (16.30%) TDD
17 30 (16.30%) Non-Functional Testing
18 29 (15.76%) QA
19 28 (15.22%) Continuous Integration
19 28 (15.22%) Analytical Skills
20 27 (14.67%) Integration Testing
21 26 (14.13%) Software 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 26 (14.13%) WebLogic
2 23 (12.50%) Confluence
3 13 (7.07%) SharePoint
4 10 (5.43%) Mule
5 6 (3.26%) IIS
6 5 (2.72%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (1.63%) Appian
8 1 (0.54%) Apache
8 1 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.54%) JBoss
8 1 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.54%) SAS
Applications
1 20 (10.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (5.43%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (4.89%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (2.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (2.72%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (2.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (6.52%) Teamcenter
2 5 (2.72%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.54%) ReMetrica
3 1 (0.54%) SAP PSCD
3 1 (0.54%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 22 (11.96%) Azure
2 12 (6.52%) AWS
3 11 (5.98%) BlazeMeter
4 5 (2.72%) Tricentis Tosca
5 3 (1.63%) Power Platform
6 1 (0.54%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.54%) GCP
6 1 (0.54%) Office 365
6 1 (0.54%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.80%) Tactical Data Link
2 3 (1.63%) Internet
2 3 (1.63%) WinSCP
2 3 (1.63%) Wireshark
3 2 (1.09%) FTP
3 2 (1.09%) HTTP
3 2 (1.09%) LAN
3 2 (1.09%) WAN
3 2 (1.09%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.54%) 3G
4 1 (0.54%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.54%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.54%) SMTP
4 1 (0.54%) SSL
4 1 (0.54%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.98%) Pentaho
2 6 (3.26%) Oracle Database
2 6 (3.26%) Oracle OWB
2 6 (3.26%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.72%) MongoDB
3 5 (2.72%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (2.17%) Apache Hive
4 4 (2.17%) Hadoop
4 4 (2.17%) MySQL
5 3 (1.63%) Power BI
5 3 (1.63%) Tableau
6 2 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.54%) Big Data
7 1 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.54%) PowerCenter
7 1 (0.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 51 (27.72%) JIRA
2 50 (27.17%) Selenium
3 48 (26.09%) Cucumber
4 31 (16.85%) JMeter
5 25 (13.59%) eggPlant
6 24 (13.04%) SoapUI
7 20 (10.87%) Toad
8 16 (8.70%) Jenkins
8 16 (8.70%) Postman
9 13 (7.07%) Team Foundation Server
10 11 (5.98%) Git (software)
10 11 (5.98%) REST Assured
11 8 (4.35%) LoadRunner
12 7 (3.80%) Visual Studio
12 7 (3.80%) Zephyr
13 6 (3.26%) Bitbucket
14 5 (2.72%) HP UFT
14 5 (2.72%) Visual Studio Coded UI
15 4 (2.17%) TestDirector
15 4 (2.17%) WebDriver
General
1 41 (22.28%) Public Sector
2 19 (10.33%) Finance
3 9 (4.89%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.72%) Law
5 4 (2.17%) Military
6 3 (1.63%) Banking
6 3 (1.63%) Front Office
7 2 (1.09%) General Ledger
7 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.54%) Automotive
8 1 (0.54%) Billing
8 1 (0.54%) Legal
8 1 (0.54%) Police
8 1 (0.54%) Retail
Job Titles
1 79 (42.93%) Analyst
2 52 (28.26%) Test Analyst
3 33 (17.93%) Tester
4 26 (14.13%) Business Analyst
5 23 (12.50%) Test Engineer
6 16 (8.70%) Automation Tester
7 15 (8.15%) Test Manager
8 10 (5.43%) Consultant
8 10 (5.43%) QA Tester
8 10 (5.43%) Test Consultant
9 9 (4.89%) Test Automation Consultant
9 9 (4.89%) Test Automation Engineer
10 6 (3.26%) Architect
10 6 (3.26%) Digital Analyst
11 5 (2.72%) Senior Tester
11 5 (2.72%) Test Leader
12 4 (2.17%) Senior QA Tester
12 4 (2.17%) SharePoint Specialist
12 4 (2.17%) Test Architect
12 4 (2.17%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (19.57%) XML
2 18 (9.78%) SOAP
3 15 (8.15%) Spring
4 14 (7.61%) Web Services
5 12 (6.52%) JSON
5 12 (6.52%) Spring Boot
6 11 (5.98%) RabbitMQ
7 10 (5.43%) WireMock
8 7 (3.80%) J2SE
8 7 (3.80%) Middleware
8 7 (3.80%) REST
9 3 (1.63%) Ruby on Rails
10 2 (1.09%) Gherkin
10 2 (1.09%) J2EE
11 1 (0.54%) jQuery
11 1 (0.54%) Node.js
11 1 (0.54%) Oracle Fusion
11 1 (0.54%) RESTful
11 1 (0.54%) Swagger
11 1 (0.54%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 28 (15.22%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.43%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.72%) Client/Server
3 5 (2.72%) Mobile App
3 5 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.17%) Freedom of Information
4 4 (2.17%) NHS
5 3 (1.63%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.63%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.63%) e-Learning
5 3 (1.63%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (1.63%) User Experience
6 2 (1.09%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (0.54%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (0.54%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.54%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.54%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.54%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 48 (26.09%) Unix
2 41 (22.28%) Windows
3 21 (11.41%) Linux
4 7 (3.80%) Apple iOS
5 6 (3.26%) Android
6 5 (2.72%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.54%) Solaris
7 1 (0.54%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.54%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.54%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (49.46%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (43.48%) Test Automation
3 51 (27.72%) BDD
4 49 (26.63%) Scrum
5 48 (26.09%) Test Scripting
6 38 (20.65%) Customer Requirements
7 32 (17.39%) DevOps
8 30 (16.30%) Non-Functional Testing
8 30 (16.30%) TDD
9 28 (15.22%) Continuous Integration
10 27 (14.67%) Integration Testing
11 26 (14.13%) Software Testing
11 26 (14.13%) Test Strategy
12 24 (13.04%) Data Modelling
12 24 (13.04%) Microservices
13 23 (12.50%) Business Analysis
14 21 (11.41%) API Testing
14 21 (11.41%) Stakeholder Management
15 20 (10.87%) Functional Testing
15 20 (10.87%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (36.96%) SQL
2 51 (27.72%) Java
3 10 (5.43%) C#
4 5 (2.72%) JavaScript
4 5 (2.72%) Python
5 4 (2.17%) PL/SQL
6 3 (1.63%) Ruby
6 3 (1.63%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.63%) VB
7 1 (0.54%) C
7 1 (0.54%) C++
7 1 (0.54%) Groovy
7 1 (0.54%) Perl
7 1 (0.54%) Scala
Qualifications
1 111 (60.33%) ISTQB
2 66 (35.87%) Security Cleared
3 64 (34.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 47 (25.54%) SC Cleared
5 11 (5.98%) ISEB Practitioner
6 9 (4.89%) DV Cleared
7 6 (3.26%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (3.26%) Degree
8 5 (2.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 4 (2.17%) CBAP
10 3 (1.63%) Postgraduate
11 2 (1.09%) BC Cleared
11 2 (1.09%) IIBA
11 2 (1.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (1.09%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 1 (0.54%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (15.76%) QA
2 6 (3.26%) GDPR
3 2 (1.09%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 13 (7.07%) Docker
2 6 (3.26%) Active Directory
3 5 (2.72%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.17%) HDFS
5 1 (0.54%) Firmware
5 1 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.54%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (8.15%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.80%) Kubernetes
2 7 (3.80%) Rancher
3 1 (0.54%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.54%) Ansible
3 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.54%) Puppet
Vendors
1 50 (27.17%) Oracle
2 48 (26.09%) Microsoft
3 21 (11.41%) webMethods
4 9 (4.89%) HP
4 9 (4.89%) SAP
5 6 (3.26%) CheckPoint
6 3 (1.63%) IBM
6 3 (1.63%) Telerik
7 2 (1.09%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.09%) Cisco
7 2 (1.09%) Juniper
8 1 (0.54%) Apple
8 1 (0.54%) Ariba
8 1 (0.54%) Capita
8 1 (0.54%) Citrix
8 1 (0.54%) Concur
8 1 (0.54%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.54%) Informatica
8 1 (0.54%) TIBCO
8 1 (0.54%) WSO2