Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 305 254 186
Rank change year-on-year -51 -68 -11
Contract jobs citing ISEB 812 988 1,493
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 1.02% 1.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.28% 4.98% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 522 670 1,014
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -2.25%
10th Percentile £263 £222 £256
90th Percentile £525 £519 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +0.36% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 10
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £34.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.87% +27.78% +60.38%
10th Percentile £12.71 £14.85 £13.81
90th Percentile £43.00 £51.58 £62.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £34.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -60.87% +27.78% +28.57%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -54 720 £400 +6.67% 207
UK excluding London -31 533 £351 +0.36% 167
London -47 278 £425 -5.56% 52
South East -40 162 £380 +8.57% 38
Midlands -44 85 £403 +15.00% 26
North of England -13 75 £325 -3.70% 55
South West -20 67 £364 -3.00% 22
East of England +10 61 £350 - 14
West Midlands -21 59 £375 +3.45% 16
Yorkshire +13 38 £305 -1.61% 24
Scotland -9 38 £333 +2.31% 11
Wales +6 36 £400 +40.35%
North West -32 26 £325 -4.41% 24
East Midlands -19 24 £475 +46.15% 10
North East +49 11 £438 +6.06% 7
Northern Ireland -14 10 £308 -27.53%
Channel Islands - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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.

1 365 (44.95%) Agile Software Development
2 337 (41.50%) ISTQB
3 224 (27.59%) Test Automation
4 188 (23.15%) Finance
5 184 (22.66%) Business Analysis
6 171 (21.06%) Test Scripting
7 166 (20.44%) User Acceptance Testing
8 160 (19.70%) Software Testing
9 148 (18.23%) SQL
9 148 (18.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 128 (15.76%) Scrum
11 123 (15.15%) HP
12 114 (14.04%) Security Cleared
13 113 (13.92%) JIRA
13 113 (13.92%) Banking
14 112 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
15 111 (13.67%) Waterfall
16 110 (13.55%) PRINCE2
17 105 (12.93%) Selenium
18 97 (11.95%) Project Management
19 95 (11.70%) Microsoft
20 93 (11.45%) HP Quality Center
21 88 (10.84%) Java
22 85 (10.47%) Defect Management
23 82 (10.10%) QA
24 80 (9.85%) Degree
25 73 (8.99%) Oracle
26 71 (8.74%) BDD
26 71 (8.74%) Test Strategy
27 70 (8.62%) SDLC

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 27 (3.33%) SharePoint
2 26 (3.20%) Confluence
3 8 (0.99%) WebLogic
4 7 (0.86%) CMS
5 6 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (0.74%) IIS
6 5 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.49%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.37%) Documentum
8 3 (0.37%) SAS
9 2 (0.25%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.12%) Apache
10 1 (0.12%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 48 (5.91%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (5.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (4.93%) Microsoft Project
4 34 (4.19%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.49%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.49%) SAP MM
4 3 (0.37%) Maximo
4 3 (0.37%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.37%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.37%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.25%) Actimize
5 2 (0.25%) CA PPM
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.25%) Workfront
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft CRM
6 1 (0.12%) Postilion
6 1 (0.12%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 16 (1.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (0.86%) Office 365
3 6 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
4 5 (0.62%) SaaS
5 2 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.12%) IaaS
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.12%) PaaS
6 1 (0.12%) Serverless
6 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.35%) SMS
1 11 (1.35%) VLAN
2 10 (1.23%) Internet
3 9 (1.11%) PuTTY
3 9 (1.11%) WinSCP
4 6 (0.74%) 3G
4 6 (0.74%) Bluetooth
4 6 (0.74%) Firewall
5 5 (0.62%) LDAP
6 4 (0.49%) VSAN
7 3 (0.37%) IPv4
7 3 (0.37%) IPv6
7 3 (0.37%) LAN
7 3 (0.37%) WAN
8 2 (0.25%) DAB
8 2 (0.25%) DHCP
8 2 (0.25%) DNS
8 2 (0.25%) HTTP
8 2 (0.25%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.12%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (5.54%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
2 20 (2.46%) Oracle Database
3 13 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
5 8 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
5 8 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
6 7 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.62%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (0.49%) Essbase
8 4 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.37%) Data Mining
9 3 (0.37%) DB2
9 3 (0.37%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.25%) Pentaho
10 2 (0.25%) Power BI
11 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 113 (13.92%) JIRA
2 105 (12.93%) Selenium
3 39 (4.80%) Team Foundation Server
4 38 (4.68%) SoapUI
5 37 (4.56%) Cucumber
6 32 (3.94%) HP UFT
7 29 (3.57%) WebDriver
7 29 (3.57%) Zephyr
8 28 (3.45%) JMeter
9 27 (3.33%) SpecFlow
10 25 (3.08%) LoadRunner
11 20 (2.46%) Jenkins
12 18 (2.22%) Visual Studio
13 11 (1.35%) Eclipse
13 11 (1.35%) Selenium IDE
14 10 (1.23%) Ant
14 10 (1.23%) Oracle APEX
15 9 (1.11%) TestNG
15 9 (1.11%) TestRail
16 8 (0.99%) Git (software)
General
1 188 (23.15%) Finance
2 113 (13.92%) Banking
3 57 (7.02%) Retail Banking
4 30 (3.69%) Retail
5 25 (3.08%) Legal
5 25 (3.08%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.72%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.48%) Private Banking
8 11 (1.35%) Law
9 10 (1.23%) Marketing
10 6 (0.74%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.74%) Publishing
11 5 (0.62%) Electronics
11 5 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.62%) Romanian Language
12 4 (0.49%) Advertising
12 4 (0.49%) Automotive
12 4 (0.49%) Front Office
13 3 (0.37%) Back Office
14 2 (0.25%) Games
Job Titles
1 505 (62.19%) Analyst
2 244 (30.05%) Test Analyst
3 221 (27.22%) Business Analyst
4 77 (9.48%) Tester
5 62 (7.64%) Senior Analyst
6 52 (6.40%) Test Manager
7 40 (4.93%) Test Leader
8 38 (4.68%) Automation Test Analyst
9 37 (4.56%) Project Manager
10 34 (4.19%) Banking Analyst
10 34 (4.19%) Senior Business Analyst
11 33 (4.06%) Test Engineer
12 27 (3.33%) Senior Test Analyst
13 23 (2.83%) Agile Business Analyst
13 23 (2.83%) Agile Test Analyst
14 19 (2.34%) Selenium Test Analyst
15 17 (2.09%) Business Systems Analyst
16 16 (1.97%) Automation Tester
16 16 (1.97%) Digital Analyst
17 14 (1.72%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.43%) .NET
2 30 (3.69%) Web Services
3 21 (2.59%) XML
4 14 (1.72%) SOAP
5 10 (1.23%) Gherkin
6 7 (0.86%) HTML
7 6 (0.74%) Hibernate
7 6 (0.74%) J2EE
7 6 (0.74%) Spring
8 5 (0.62%) FIX Protocol
8 5 (0.62%) Middleware
8 5 (0.62%) RESTful
9 4 (0.49%) AngularJS
9 4 (0.49%) CSS
9 4 (0.49%) JSON
9 4 (0.49%) Oracle Fusion
9 4 (0.49%) REST
10 3 (0.37%) EDI
10 3 (0.37%) HTML5
11 2 (0.25%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 69 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.82%) Management Information System
3 21 (2.59%) PMI
4 16 (1.97%) Client/Server
4 16 (1.97%) User Experience
5 15 (1.85%) Computer Science
6 14 (1.72%) Data Protection Act
7 13 (1.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 10 (1.23%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.23%) NHS
9 8 (0.99%) Frameworx
9 8 (0.99%) Reference Data
10 7 (0.86%) Freedom of Information
11 6 (0.74%) Data Structures
11 6 (0.74%) Embedded Systems
12 5 (0.62%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.62%) Derivative
12 5 (0.62%) Mainframe
12 5 (0.62%) Smart Meter
13 4 (0.49%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 60 (7.39%) Windows
2 28 (3.45%) Unix
3 27 (3.33%) Linux
4 18 (2.22%) Windows 10
5 14 (1.72%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (0.99%) Windows 7
7 7 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.49%) Windows 8
8 4 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.37%) Android
9 3 (0.37%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.25%) AIX
10 2 (0.25%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 365 (44.95%) Agile Software Development
2 224 (27.59%) Test Automation
3 184 (22.66%) Business Analysis
4 171 (21.06%) Test Scripting
5 166 (20.44%) User Acceptance Testing
6 160 (19.70%) Software Testing
7 128 (15.76%) Scrum
8 112 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
9 111 (13.67%) Waterfall
10 110 (13.55%) PRINCE2
11 97 (11.95%) Project Management
12 85 (10.47%) Defect Management
13 71 (8.74%) BDD
13 71 (8.74%) Test Strategy
14 70 (8.62%) SDLC
15 69 (8.50%) Functional Testing
16 68 (8.37%) System Integration Testing
17 60 (7.39%) Test Management
18 59 (7.27%) Scenario Testing
19 57 (7.02%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 148 (18.23%) SQL
2 88 (10.84%) Java
3 29 (3.57%) C
3 29 (3.57%) C#
3 29 (3.57%) JavaScript
4 21 (2.59%) Python
5 11 (1.35%) Ruby
6 10 (1.23%) VB.NET
7 9 (1.11%) F#
7 9 (1.11%) VBScript
8 8 (0.99%) PL/SQL
9 7 (0.86%) VB
10 4 (0.49%) C++
11 3 (0.37%) ABAP
11 3 (0.37%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.25%) Groovy
12 2 (0.25%) RPG
13 1 (0.12%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.12%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.12%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 337 (41.50%) ISTQB
2 148 (18.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 114 (14.04%) Security Cleared
4 80 (9.85%) Degree
5 51 (6.28%) SC Cleared
6 48 (5.91%) DV Cleared
7 41 (5.05%) ISEB Practitioner
8 28 (3.45%) CBAP
9 26 (3.20%) IIBA
10 25 (3.08%) PMI Certification
11 17 (2.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 15 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 10 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
13 10 (1.23%) CISM
13 10 (1.23%) CISSP
14 9 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
15 7 (0.86%) CITP
15 7 (0.86%) MCSA
15 7 (0.86%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (10.10%) QA
2 45 (5.54%) GDPR
3 22 (2.71%) PMO
4 10 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.86%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.74%) MiFID
7 5 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.49%) COBIT
9 3 (0.37%) EMIR
9 3 (0.37%) GAMP
9 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 2 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.25%) SLA
11 1 (0.12%) IFRS
11 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
11 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 15288
11 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 17 (2.09%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.35%) vSphere
3 6 (0.74%) Firmware
3 6 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.49%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (0.25%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.12%) HDFS
6 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.12%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 93 (11.45%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.35%) SCCM
3 5 (0.62%) SCOM
3 5 (0.62%) WhatsUp Gold
4 3 (0.37%) Ansible
4 3 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.37%) Puppet
4 3 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.25%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.25%) WSUS
6 1 (0.12%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.12%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 123 (15.15%) HP
2 95 (11.70%) Microsoft
3 73 (8.99%) Oracle
4 22 (2.71%) SAP
5 16 (1.97%) Atlassian
6 15 (1.85%) VMware
7 13 (1.60%) IBM
8 12 (1.48%) webMethods
9 11 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (0.99%) CheckPoint
11 7 (0.86%) Cisco
11 7 (0.86%) Red Hat
11 7 (0.86%) Software AG
12 6 (0.74%) Cognos
12 6 (0.74%) Tableau
13 5 (0.62%) BMC
13 5 (0.62%) Citrix
13 5 (0.62%) Fortinet
13 5 (0.62%) Sybase
14 4 (0.49%) JD Edwards