Period
to 10 August 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 10 August 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 346 379 319
Rank change year-on-year +33 -60 -64
Contract jobs citing ISEB 211 597 848
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.65% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.42% 3.41% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 157 399 543
Median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £282 £300 £275
90th Percentile £540 £538 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £368
% change year-on-year -6.25% +8.84% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.69% -27.50%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year - +20.69% -27.50%

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 8,707 17,525 19,361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.87% 19.10% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,203 10,651 11,470
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £641 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 848 942
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.75 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.10% +55.43% -23.13%
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.65 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.88 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +53.19% -24.19%

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 10 August 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
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 10 August 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 +32 196 £400 -5.04% 25
UK excluding London +23 155 £375 -6.25% 22
London +146 48 £450 -5.26% 4
South East +48 44 £370 -7.50% 4
Midlands +76 39 £415 +10.67% 3
West Midlands +58 35 £415 +10.67% 3
North of England +76 32 £431 +18.48% 4
North West +81 23 £475 +18.75% 1
South West +10 22 £350 -17.65% 8
Work from Home -3 16 £351 +8.00% 3
East of England +56 12 £460 +2.22% 2
Yorkshire +64 6 £304 -14.74% 1
Scotland +77 4 £416 +28.08% 1
East Midlands +56 4 £310 -14.48%
North East +17 4 £475 +31.94% 2
Wales +33 2 £450 +28.57%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 10 August 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.

1 113 (53.55%) ISTQB
2 99 (46.92%) Test Automation
3 98 (46.45%) Agile Software Development
4 70 (33.18%) Security Cleared
5 68 (32.23%) Selenium
6 65 (30.81%) JIRA
7 64 (30.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 62 (29.38%) Java
9 61 (28.91%) SQL
10 60 (28.44%) Microsoft
11 59 (27.96%) Test Scripting
12 54 (25.59%) SC Cleared
13 48 (22.75%) BDD
14 46 (21.80%) Oracle
15 45 (21.33%) QA
16 44 (20.85%) Unix
17 43 (20.38%) Cucumber
18 40 (18.96%) Software Testing
19 39 (18.48%) Windows
19 39 (18.48%) Test Strategy
19 39 (18.48%) DevOps
20 38 (18.01%) Performance Testing
21 37 (17.54%) Scrum
22 33 (15.64%) Public Sector
23 31 (14.69%) XML
23 31 (14.69%) TDD
23 31 (14.69%) User Acceptance Testing
24 30 (14.22%) Integration Testing
24 30 (14.22%) Test Management
24 30 (14.22%) Continuous Integration

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 (11.85%) Confluence
2 22 (10.43%) WebLogic
3 12 (5.69%) SharePoint
4 9 (4.27%) Mule
5 4 (1.90%) IIS
5 4 (1.90%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.95%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.47%) Apache
8 1 (0.47%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.47%) JBoss
8 1 (0.47%) SAS
8 1 (0.47%) WebSphere
Applications
1 21 (9.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (6.16%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (3.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (2.37%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (5.69%) Teamcenter
2 4 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.90%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (1.42%) Workday HCM
4 1 (0.47%) Endur
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.47%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.47%) SAP Business ByDesign
4 1 (0.47%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.47%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.47%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.47%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 19 (9.00%) Azure
2 10 (4.74%) AWS
3 7 (3.32%) BlazeMeter
4 5 (2.37%) Tricentis Tosca
5 3 (1.42%) GCP
5 3 (1.42%) GitHub
6 2 (0.95%) Office 365
7 1 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.47%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.47%) G Suite
7 1 (0.47%) Google Drive
7 1 (0.47%) PaaS
7 1 (0.47%) Power Platform
7 1 (0.47%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.84%) Tactical Data Link
2 5 (2.37%) Wireshark
3 2 (0.95%) HTTP
3 2 (0.95%) Internet
3 2 (0.95%) LAN
3 2 (0.95%) PBX
3 2 (0.95%) Unified Communications
3 2 (0.95%) WAN
3 2 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.47%) 3G
4 1 (0.47%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.47%) Cisco IPT
4 1 (0.47%) FTP
4 1 (0.47%) Intranet
4 1 (0.47%) SMTP
4 1 (0.47%) SSL
4 1 (0.47%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.21%) Oracle OWB
2 10 (4.74%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.84%) MySQL
4 5 (2.37%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.90%) Apache Hive
5 4 (1.90%) Hadoop
5 4 (1.90%) MongoDB
5 4 (1.90%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.42%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.95%) Big Data
8 1 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.47%) Looker
8 1 (0.47%) Lumira
8 1 (0.47%) Power BI
8 1 (0.47%) PowerCenter
8 1 (0.47%) QlikView
8 1 (0.47%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.47%) Spotfire
8 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 68 (32.23%) Selenium
2 65 (30.81%) JIRA
3 43 (20.38%) Cucumber
4 29 (13.74%) JMeter
4 29 (13.74%) SoapUI
5 20 (9.48%) Jenkins
6 18 (8.53%) eggPlant
7 15 (7.11%) Toad
8 14 (6.64%) Postman
9 13 (6.16%) Git (software)
10 12 (5.69%) Team Foundation Server
11 11 (5.21%) Zephyr
12 9 (4.27%) REST Assured
13 7 (3.32%) Bitbucket
13 7 (3.32%) HP UFT
14 6 (2.84%) WebDriver
15 5 (2.37%) LoadRunner
15 5 (2.37%) Visual Studio
16 4 (1.90%) TestRail
16 4 (1.90%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 33 (15.64%) Public Sector
2 28 (13.27%) Finance
3 8 (3.79%) Military
3 8 (3.79%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.90%) Banking
4 4 (1.90%) Front Office
5 3 (1.42%) Billing
6 2 (0.95%) General Ledger
6 2 (0.95%) Law
6 2 (0.95%) Legal
6 2 (0.95%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.47%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.47%) Marketing
7 1 (0.47%) Police
7 1 (0.47%) Retail
Job Titles
1 93 (44.08%) Analyst
2 60 (28.44%) Test Analyst
3 36 (17.06%) Tester
4 28 (13.27%) Business Analyst
5 26 (12.32%) Test Engineer
6 17 (8.06%) Test Manager
7 12 (5.69%) Automation Tester
8 11 (5.21%) Consultant
8 11 (5.21%) QA Tester
8 11 (5.21%) Test Automation Engineer
8 11 (5.21%) Test Consultant
8 11 (5.21%) Test Leader
9 9 (4.27%) QA Analyst
9 9 (4.27%) Test Automation Consultant
10 8 (3.79%) Senior Analyst
10 8 (3.79%) Senior Tester
11 7 (3.32%) QA Test Analyst
12 6 (2.84%) Senior QA Tester
13 5 (2.37%) Senior Test Analyst
13 5 (2.37%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (14.69%) XML
2 16 (7.58%) SOAP
2 16 (7.58%) Spring
3 15 (7.11%) Web Services
4 10 (4.74%) JSON
5 9 (4.27%) .NET
5 9 (4.27%) J2SE
5 9 (4.27%) Spring Boot
5 9 (4.27%) WireMock
6 7 (3.32%) RabbitMQ
7 6 (2.84%) Middleware
8 4 (1.90%) Gherkin
8 4 (1.90%) JMS
9 3 (1.42%) HTML
9 3 (1.42%) XBRL
10 2 (0.95%) FIX Protocol
10 2 (0.95%) J2EE
10 2 (0.95%) Node.js
10 2 (0.95%) REST
10 2 (0.95%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.43%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.27%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (2.37%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.90%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.42%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.42%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (0.95%) Data Structures
6 2 (0.95%) Mobile App
6 2 (0.95%) User Experience
7 1 (0.47%) Derivative
7 1 (0.47%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.47%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.47%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.47%) Robotics
7 1 (0.47%) Shadow IT
7 1 (0.47%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 44 (20.85%) Unix
2 39 (18.48%) Windows
3 27 (12.80%) Linux
4 5 (2.37%) Android
4 5 (2.37%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.42%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (0.95%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.47%) Solaris
7 1 (0.47%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.47%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (46.92%) Test Automation
2 98 (46.45%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (27.96%) Test Scripting
4 48 (22.75%) BDD
5 40 (18.96%) Software Testing
6 39 (18.48%) DevOps
6 39 (18.48%) Test Strategy
7 38 (18.01%) Performance Testing
8 37 (17.54%) Scrum
9 31 (14.69%) TDD
9 31 (14.69%) User Acceptance Testing
10 30 (14.22%) Continuous Integration
10 30 (14.22%) Customer Requirements
10 30 (14.22%) Integration Testing
10 30 (14.22%) Non-Functional Testing
10 30 (14.22%) Test Management
11 27 (12.80%) Microservices
12 26 (12.32%) Problem-Solving
13 25 (11.85%) Business Analysis
14 24 (11.37%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 62 (29.38%) Java
2 61 (28.91%) SQL
3 14 (6.64%) C#
4 9 (4.27%) Python
5 7 (3.32%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.90%) Java 8
6 4 (1.90%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.42%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.47%) Perl
8 1 (0.47%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 113 (53.55%) ISTQB
2 70 (33.18%) Security Cleared
3 64 (30.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 54 (25.59%) SC Cleared
5 21 (9.95%) ISEB Practitioner
6 15 (7.11%) DV Cleared
7 7 (3.32%) Degree
7 7 (3.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 6 (2.84%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.90%) IIBA
10 3 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.95%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.47%) CBAP
12 1 (0.47%) ECDL
12 1 (0.47%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.47%) MBA
12 1 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
12 1 (0.47%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (21.33%) QA
2 2 (0.95%) Data Quality
2 2 (0.95%) GDPR
2 2 (0.95%) SLA
3 1 (0.47%) GPG13
3 1 (0.47%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.47%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (4.74%) Docker
2 5 (2.37%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.90%) HDFS
4 3 (1.42%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.95%) vSphere
6 1 (0.47%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 10 (4.74%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.37%) Ansible
2 5 (2.37%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.37%) Rancher
3 4 (1.90%) Terraform
4 1 (0.47%) Grafana
4 1 (0.47%) Kibana
4 1 (0.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 60 (28.44%) Microsoft
2 46 (21.80%) Oracle
3 15 (7.11%) webMethods
4 12 (5.69%) SAP
5 8 (3.79%) IBM
6 7 (3.32%) CheckPoint
7 6 (2.84%) HP
8 4 (1.90%) Atlassian
8 4 (1.90%) Cisco
9 3 (1.42%) Telerik
9 3 (1.42%) Workday
10 2 (0.95%) Google
10 2 (0.95%) Guidewire
10 2 (0.95%) Juniper
10 2 (0.95%) Remedy
11 1 (0.47%) Citrix
11 1 (0.47%) Niku
11 1 (0.47%) OpenLink
11 1 (0.47%) Teradata
11 1 (0.47%) VMware