Period
to 28 January 2021

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 28 January 2021 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
28 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 389 357 332
Rank change year-on-year -32 -25 -12
Contract jobs citing ISEB 202 460 774
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.64% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.07% 2.99% 4.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 342 472
Median daily rate £401 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.59% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £300 £286
90th Percentile £523 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £382 £425 £380
% change year-on-year -10.12% +11.84% +8.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 9
Median hourly rate £27.98 £50.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.04% +19.05% +211.11%
10th Percentile £23.17 £47.00 £23.85
90th Percentile £61.25 £73.75 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.49 £50.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -17.02% +19.05% +211.11%

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 9,773 15,391 19,026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.72% 21.36% 19.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,387 9,930 11,707
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £278 £256 £256
90th Percentile £650 £640 £626
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 637 846
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +20.75% +12.77%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.91 £27.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year +37.86% +3.77% +6.00%

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 28 January 2021.

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 28 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 14 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 28 January 2021. 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 -14 173 £388 -8.82% 31
UK excluding London -24 108 £382 -10.12% 32
Work from Home -134 69 £405 -8.73% 5
London +75 60 £425 - 6
Midlands +41 43 £360 -17.71% 10
West Midlands +47 42 £360 -15.29% 7
South East +32 31 £415 -7.78% 5
South West +43 13 £450 -
East of England +50 10 £350 -11.39% 2
North of England +27 7 £345 -3.50% 8
Scotland +34 4 £363 -12.12% 6
Yorkshire +14 4 £245 -35.53% 4
North West +47 2 £360 +6.67% 3
North East +27 1 £475 +31.94% 1

For the 6 months to 28 January 2021, 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.

1 134 (66.34%) ISTQB
2 95 (47.03%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (37.62%) Test Automation
4 75 (37.13%) JIRA
5 72 (35.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 71 (35.15%) SQL
7 60 (29.70%) Microsoft
7 60 (29.70%) Test Scripting
8 52 (25.74%) Oracle
9 51 (25.25%) Security Cleared
9 51 (25.25%) Public Sector
10 49 (24.26%) XML
10 49 (24.26%) QA
11 44 (21.78%) Windows
12 43 (21.29%) Java
12 43 (21.29%) Customer Requirements
13 42 (20.79%) Unix
14 41 (20.30%) Scrum
15 38 (18.81%) SC Cleared
16 37 (18.32%) Cucumber
16 37 (18.32%) Selenium
17 35 (17.33%) Test Management
18 33 (16.34%) SAP
19 32 (15.84%) Confluence
19 32 (15.84%) Defect Management
20 31 (15.35%) JMeter
21 28 (13.86%) Regression Testing
22 26 (12.87%) Test Strategy
23 25 (12.38%) Continuous Improvement
23 25 (12.38%) 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 32 (15.84%) Confluence
2 21 (10.40%) SharePoint
3 19 (9.41%) WebLogic
4 3 (1.49%) Appian
4 3 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.49%) IIS
4 3 (1.49%) Mule
4 3 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.50%) Apache
5 1 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.50%) JBoss
5 1 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.50%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 17 (8.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (5.94%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.97%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.98%) MS Visio
4 4 (1.98%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (5.94%) SAP FI-CA
2 10 (4.95%) SAP PSCD
3 4 (1.98%) SAP HCM
4 3 (1.49%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.50%) ReMetrica
6 1 (0.50%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.50%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 22 (10.89%) Azure
2 8 (3.96%) GitHub
2 8 (3.96%) Office 365
3 7 (3.47%) AWS
3 7 (3.47%) BlazeMeter
4 5 (2.48%) Power Platform
4 5 (2.48%) Tricentis Tosca
5 4 (1.98%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (1.98%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.99%) OpenShift
6 2 (0.99%) PaaS
7 1 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.50%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.50%) GCP
7 1 (0.50%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.48%) WinSCP
2 4 (1.98%) Internet
2 4 (1.98%) PuTTY
3 2 (0.99%) FTP
3 2 (0.99%) LAN
3 2 (0.99%) WAN
3 2 (0.99%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.50%) Cisco IPT
4 1 (0.50%) HTTP
4 1 (0.50%) Skype
4 1 (0.50%) SSL
4 1 (0.50%) Tactical Data Link
4 1 (0.50%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.50%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.45%) Pentaho
2 10 (4.95%) MySQL
2 10 (4.95%) Oracle Database
3 9 (4.46%) SQL Server
4 7 (3.47%) MongoDB
4 7 (3.47%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.48%) Power BI
6 4 (1.98%) Oracle OWB
7 3 (1.49%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.49%) Tableau
8 2 (0.99%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.99%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.50%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.50%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 75 (37.13%) JIRA
2 37 (18.32%) Cucumber
2 37 (18.32%) Selenium
3 31 (15.35%) JMeter
4 22 (10.89%) Jenkins
5 19 (9.41%) SoapUI
6 18 (8.91%) Postman
7 16 (7.92%) Toad
8 15 (7.43%) eggPlant
8 15 (7.43%) Git (software)
9 11 (5.45%) Gatling
9 11 (5.45%) LoadRunner
10 10 (4.95%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (3.96%) NeoLoad
12 5 (2.48%) HP UFT
12 5 (2.48%) REST Assured
12 5 (2.48%) SilkPerformer
12 5 (2.48%) WebLOAD
13 4 (1.98%) Bitbucket
13 4 (1.98%) Maven
General
1 51 (25.25%) Public Sector
2 12 (5.94%) Finance
3 10 (4.95%) Banking
4 9 (4.46%) Law
5 6 (2.97%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.98%) Military
7 3 (1.49%) Legal
8 2 (0.99%) Billing
8 2 (0.99%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.99%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.99%) Retail
9 1 (0.50%) Advertising
9 1 (0.50%) Automotive
9 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 95 (47.03%) Analyst
2 65 (32.18%) Test Analyst
3 38 (18.81%) Tester
4 28 (13.86%) Business Analyst
5 20 (9.90%) Test Manager
6 16 (7.92%) Automation Tester
7 14 (6.93%) Test Engineer
8 12 (5.94%) SAP Analyst
8 12 (5.94%) SAP Test Analyst
9 9 (4.46%) QA Analyst
10 8 (3.96%) QA Test Analyst
11 6 (2.97%) Senior Analyst
11 6 (2.97%) Senior Business Analyst
11 6 (2.97%) Software Tester
11 6 (2.97%) Test Leader
12 5 (2.48%) Performance Tester
12 5 (2.48%) Project Manager
12 5 (2.48%) QA Tester
12 5 (2.48%) Senior Tester
13 4 (1.98%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (24.26%) XML
2 19 (9.41%) SOAP
3 14 (6.93%) JSON
4 12 (5.94%) Web Services
5 9 (4.46%) WireMock
6 8 (3.96%) RabbitMQ
6 8 (3.96%) REST
7 5 (2.48%) Spring
7 5 (2.48%) Spring Boot
8 4 (1.98%) Middleware
9 3 (1.49%) Gherkin
9 3 (1.49%) Ruby on Rails
9 3 (1.49%) Swagger
10 2 (0.99%) .NET
10 2 (0.99%) Oracle Fusion
11 1 (0.50%) ADO
11 1 (0.50%) HTML
11 1 (0.50%) J2EE
11 1 (0.50%) RESTful
11 1 (0.50%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 24 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.47%) Management Information System
3 6 (2.97%) NHS
4 5 (2.48%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.48%) Smart Meter
5 4 (1.98%) Client/Server
5 4 (1.98%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.98%) Freedom of Information
6 3 (1.49%) e-Learning
6 3 (1.49%) Freedom of Information Act
7 2 (0.99%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.99%) Data Structures
7 2 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.99%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.99%) User Experience
8 1 (0.50%) Analytical Mindset
8 1 (0.50%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.50%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.50%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 44 (21.78%) Windows
2 42 (20.79%) Unix
3 13 (6.44%) Linux
4 5 (2.48%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.98%) Android
6 3 (1.49%) Windows Mobile
7 2 (0.99%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.99%) zOS
8 1 (0.50%) AIX
8 1 (0.50%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (47.03%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (37.62%) Test Automation
3 60 (29.70%) Test Scripting
4 43 (21.29%) Customer Requirements
5 41 (20.30%) Scrum
6 35 (17.33%) Test Management
7 32 (15.84%) Defect Management
8 28 (13.86%) Regression Testing
9 26 (12.87%) Test Strategy
10 25 (12.38%) Continuous Improvement
10 25 (12.38%) Software Testing
11 24 (11.88%) BDD
12 23 (11.39%) Stakeholder Management
12 23 (11.39%) Waterfall
13 22 (10.89%) Business Analysis
13 22 (10.89%) Data Modelling
13 22 (10.89%) User Acceptance Testing
14 20 (9.90%) API Testing
14 20 (9.90%) Migration
15 19 (9.41%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 71 (35.15%) SQL
2 43 (21.29%) Java
3 13 (6.44%) JavaScript
4 11 (5.45%) C#
4 11 (5.45%) PL/SQL
5 8 (3.96%) VB
6 6 (2.97%) Ruby
7 5 (2.48%) Python
8 3 (1.49%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.99%) Groovy
9 2 (0.99%) Perl
10 1 (0.50%) C
10 1 (0.50%) C++
10 1 (0.50%) COBOL
10 1 (0.50%) Natural
10 1 (0.50%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.50%) R
10 1 (0.50%) Scala
10 1 (0.50%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 134 (66.34%) ISTQB
2 72 (35.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 51 (25.25%) Security Cleared
4 38 (18.81%) SC Cleared
5 15 (7.43%) Degree
6 12 (5.94%) ISEB Practitioner
7 8 (3.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 7 (3.47%) CBAP
9 6 (2.97%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (1.49%) IIBA
10 3 (1.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (1.49%) Postgraduate
11 2 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.99%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.99%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 1 (0.50%) APMP
12 1 (0.50%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.50%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (24.26%) QA
2 7 (3.47%) GDPR
3 6 (2.97%) SLA
4 1 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.50%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.50%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (4.46%) Docker
2 4 (1.98%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.49%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.99%) HDFS
5 1 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (6.93%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.97%) HP ALM
3 5 (2.48%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.99%) Ansible
4 2 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.99%) Rancher
5 1 (0.50%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.50%) Puppet
5 1 (0.50%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 60 (29.70%) Microsoft
2 52 (25.74%) Oracle
3 33 (16.34%) SAP
4 17 (8.42%) webMethods
5 10 (4.95%) HP
6 4 (1.98%) CheckPoint
7 3 (1.49%) IBM
8 2 (0.99%) Cisco
8 2 (0.99%) Juniper
8 2 (0.99%) UiPath
9 1 (0.50%) Apple
9 1 (0.50%) Ariba
9 1 (0.50%) Google
9 1 (0.50%) Micro Focus
9 1 (0.50%) Omniture
9 1 (0.50%) Pega
9 1 (0.50%) Remedy
9 1 (0.50%) Splunk
9 1 (0.50%) VMware
9 1 (0.50%) WSO2