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 3 months to 27 March 2017 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
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 194 190 165
Rank change year-on-year -4 -25  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 562 680 744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.25% 1.28% 1.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.02% 6.13% 6.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 465 439
Median daily rate £375 £375 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £270 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +4.64% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 7
Median hourly rate £50.00 £44.75 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.73% +9.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.34 £15.58 £23.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £170.00 £42.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £44.75 £41.00
% change year-on-year +11.73% +9.14%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9336 11096 10841
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.84% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5942 6920 6146
Median daily rate £420 £405 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 405 500
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISEB as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 512 £375 -2.91% 157
South East +29 150 £360 +2.85% 22
London -31 142 £423 -0.58% 46
South West +27 78 £400 -1.53% 17
Hampshire +29 42 £325 -7.14% 4
North West +31 40 £276 -13.82% 26
Surrey +27 39 £400 - 8
West Midlands -10 32 £335 -10.66% 18
Wales +10 28 £350 +7.69% 6
East of England -5 27 £425 +16.43% 6
Buckinghamshire -5 25 £413 +17.92% 1
Milton Keynes +4 23 £413 +10.06%
City of London -17 23 £475 +11.76% 26
Devon - 23 £380 -
Gloucestershire +19 21 £400 +8.10% 3
East Midlands -2 20 £450 +15.38% 5
Exeter - 16 £350 -
Wiltshire +4 15 £400 -11.11% 4
South Wales +4 14 £195 -40.00% 6
Scotland -9 14 £425 +25.92% 3
Berkshire +29 13 £325 -17.72% 5
Lancashire +28 12 £250 -16.66%
Manchester +6 12 £325 -8.77% 21
Yorkshire -16 12 £344 +5.76% 17
Swansea - 12 £470 -
West Wales - 12 £470 -
Birmingham +7 11 £325 -18.75% 9
Swindon +3 11 £400 -11.11% 2
West Sussex -1 11 £425 +33.33% 1
Oxfordshire -2 11 £363 +0.34% 1

ISEB
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, 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.

1 469 (45.85%) Agile Software Development
2 412 (40.27%) ISTQB
3 283 (27.66%) Finance
4 213 (20.82%) Test Scripting
5 210 (20.53%) Business Analysis
6 204 (19.94%) User Acceptance Testing
7 199 (19.45%) SQL
8 176 (17.20%) PRINCE2
9 167 (16.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 165 (16.13%) Selenium
10 165 (16.13%) Software Testing
11 156 (15.25%) Scrum
12 152 (14.86%) JIRA
13 143 (13.98%) Security Cleared
14 137 (13.39%) QA
15 134 (13.10%) Microsoft
16 133 (13.00%) ITIL
16 133 (13.00%) Stakeholder Management
17 125 (12.22%) Java
18 119 (11.63%) Waterfall
19 116 (11.34%) Test Automation
20 115 (11.24%) BDD
20 115 (11.24%) Oracle
20 115 (11.24%) Project Management
21 114 (11.14%) SDLC
22 106 (10.36%) Degree
23 99 (9.68%) Test Strategy
24 94 (9.19%) Analytical Skills
25 89 (8.70%) Banking
26 86 (8.41%) Automated 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 52 (5.08%) Confluence
2 29 (2.83%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 13 (1.27%) WebLogic
5 11 (1.08%) CMS
5 11 (1.08%) SAS
6 10 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
6 10 (0.98%) IIS
7 6 (0.59%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.49%) JBoss
9 4 (0.39%) ATG Dynamo
10 3 (0.29%) Apache
10 3 (0.29%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.29%) JCAPS
10 3 (0.29%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
12 1 (0.098%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.098%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 64 (6.26%) MS Excel
2 52 (5.08%) MS Office
3 37 (3.62%) MS Visio
4 22 (2.15%) MS Project
5 15 (1.47%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.29%) Open Workbench
6 3 (0.29%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.29%) Oracle Retail
5 3 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.20%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.098%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.098%) Maximo
7 1 (0.098%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.098%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.098%) SAP APO
7 1 (0.098%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.098%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.098%) SAP PM
7 1 (0.098%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 25 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (2.05%) SaaS
3 12 (1.17%) GitHub
4 5 (0.49%) IaaS
4 5 (0.49%) Office 365
5 3 (0.29%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.20%) G Suite
6 2 (0.20%) Taleo
7 1 (0.098%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.098%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.098%) Slack
7 1 (0.098%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.37%) Internet
2 13 (1.27%) PuTTY
3 12 (1.17%) Firewall
4 11 (1.08%) WinSCP
5 7 (0.68%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.59%) LDAP
6 6 (0.59%) WAN
7 5 (0.49%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (0.49%) LAN
7 5 (0.49%) Network Security
7 5 (0.49%) SSH
8 4 (0.39%) Reverse Proxy
8 4 (0.39%) SSL
9 3 (0.29%) DMZ
9 3 (0.29%) DNS
9 3 (0.29%) HTTP
9 3 (0.29%) SAN
9 3 (0.29%) Unified Communications
9 3 (0.29%) VLAN
9 3 (0.29%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (5.08%) Data Warehouse
2 40 (3.91%) SQL Server
3 23 (2.25%) Oracle Database
4 19 (1.86%) Oracle Reports
5 17 (1.66%) Relational Database
6 13 (1.27%) NonStop SQL
7 11 (1.08%) Oracle Database 10g
7 11 (1.08%) Oracle Database 11g
8 10 (0.98%) RDBMS
9 7 (0.68%) Hadoop
9 7 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.59%) Big Data
10 6 (0.59%) Oracle BI EE
10 6 (0.59%) Oracle OWB
10 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2005
10 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
11 5 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.49%) DB2
11 5 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 165 (16.13%) Selenium
2 152 (14.86%) JIRA
3 64 (6.26%) Cucumber
4 54 (5.28%) HP UFT
5 51 (4.99%) SoapUI
6 45 (4.40%) Team Foundation Server
7 44 (4.30%) WebDriver
8 43 (4.20%) LoadRunner
9 40 (3.91%) Jenkins
10 31 (3.03%) JMeter
11 26 (2.54%) SpecFlow
12 24 (2.35%) Visual Studio
13 23 (2.25%) TestRail
14 19 (1.86%) Git (software)
15 16 (1.56%) TeamCity
16 14 (1.37%) Toad
17 13 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
18 12 (1.17%) Ant
18 12 (1.17%) Maven
18 12 (1.17%) Oracle APEX
General
1 283 (27.66%) Finance
2 89 (8.70%) Banking
3 71 (6.94%) Retail
4 35 (3.42%) Telecoms
5 20 (1.96%) Marketing
6 19 (1.86%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.56%) Legal
8 13 (1.27%) Retail Banking
9 10 (0.98%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.78%) Back Office
10 8 (0.78%) Local Government
11 7 (0.68%) Electronics
12 6 (0.59%) Games
12 6 (0.59%) Law
13 4 (0.39%) Automotive
13 4 (0.39%) Military
13 4 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.29%) Billing
14 3 (0.29%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.29%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 532 (52.00%) Analyst
2 276 (26.98%) Business Analyst
3 215 (21.02%) Test Analyst
4 156 (15.25%) Tester
5 85 (8.31%) Test Manager
6 65 (6.35%) Test Leader
7 61 (5.96%) Senior Analyst
8 46 (4.50%) Test Engineer
9 36 (3.52%) Automation Tester
10 34 (3.32%) Financial Analyst
11 32 (3.13%) Senior Business Analyst
12 31 (3.03%) Architect
13 30 (2.93%) Project Manager
14 29 (2.83%) Automation Test Analyst
15 26 (2.54%) Service Analyst
16 25 (2.44%) Senior Test Analyst
17 23 (2.25%) QA Analyst
17 23 (2.25%) Test Specialist
18 22 (2.15%) Software Tester
19 20 (1.96%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (5.87%) XML
2 49 (4.79%) .NET
3 40 (3.91%) Web Services
4 22 (2.15%) SOAP
5 18 (1.76%) J2EE
6 17 (1.66%) AngularJS
6 17 (1.66%) RESTful
7 16 (1.56%) Gherkin
8 13 (1.27%) HTML
9 12 (1.17%) JSON
10 11 (1.08%) Spring
10 11 (1.08%) XSLT
11 10 (0.98%) Hibernate
12 8 (0.78%) Apache Flex
12 8 (0.78%) BlazeDS
12 8 (0.78%) CSS
12 8 (0.78%) Middleware
12 8 (0.78%) REST
12 8 (0.78%) Spring MVC
12 8 (0.78%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 94 (9.19%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (4.89%) Management Information System
3 23 (2.25%) User Experience
4 21 (2.05%) Computer Science
5 20 (1.96%) Equities
5 20 (1.96%) NHS
6 17 (1.66%) Mobile App
7 15 (1.47%) CESG
7 15 (1.47%) Hedge funds
8 14 (1.37%) Data Protection Act
8 14 (1.37%) PMI
9 13 (1.27%) CESG CLAS
10 12 (1.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 9 (0.88%) Fintech
12 8 (0.78%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.78%) Fixed Income
12 8 (0.78%) Smart Meter
13 7 (0.68%) Derivative
14 6 (0.59%) Data Centre
14 6 (0.59%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 65 (6.35%) Unix
2 64 (6.26%) Windows
3 57 (5.57%) Linux
4 16 (1.56%) Android
5 14 (1.37%) Apple iOS
5 14 (1.37%) Windows Server
6 10 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (0.59%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.49%) AIX
9 5 (0.49%) Windows Vista
10 3 (0.29%) Solaris
11 1 (0.098%) HPUX
11 1 (0.098%) SUSE
11 1 (0.098%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.098%) VMS
11 1 (0.098%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.098%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 469 (45.85%) Agile Software Development
2 213 (20.82%) Test Scripting
3 210 (20.53%) Business Analysis
4 204 (19.94%) User Acceptance Testing
5 176 (17.20%) PRINCE2
6 165 (16.13%) Software Testing
7 156 (15.25%) Scrum
8 133 (13.00%) ITIL
8 133 (13.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 119 (11.63%) Waterfall
10 116 (11.34%) Test Automation
11 115 (11.24%) BDD
11 115 (11.24%) Project Management
12 114 (11.14%) SDLC
13 99 (9.68%) Test Strategy
14 86 (8.41%) Automated Testing
15 85 (8.31%) Test Management
16 84 (8.21%) Functional Testing
17 78 (7.62%) Defect Management
18 75 (7.33%) UML
Programming Languages
1 199 (19.45%) SQL
2 125 (12.22%) Java
3 41 (4.01%) Python
4 31 (3.03%) C#
5 28 (2.74%) C
6 27 (2.64%) JavaScript
7 20 (1.96%) Ruby
8 19 (1.86%) Groovy
8 19 (1.86%) PL/SQL
9 13 (1.27%) Perl
10 11 (1.08%) F#
11 8 (0.78%) ActionScript
11 8 (0.78%) VBScript
12 7 (0.68%) Shell Script
12 7 (0.68%) VB
12 7 (0.68%) VB.NET
13 6 (0.59%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.59%) PHP
14 5 (0.49%) C++
15 2 (0.20%) VBA
Qualifications
1 412 (40.27%) ISTQB
2 167 (16.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 143 (13.98%) Security Cleared
4 106 (10.36%) Degree
5 81 (7.92%) SC Cleared
6 38 (3.71%) DV Cleared
7 37 (3.62%) CBAP
8 36 (3.52%) IIBA
9 28 (2.74%) CISSP
10 27 (2.64%) ISEB Practitioner
11 18 (1.76%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 17 (1.66%) ITIL Certification
12 17 (1.66%) PMI Certification
12 17 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 15 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
13 15 (1.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 14 (1.37%) APMG
15 13 (1.27%) CLAS
16 12 (1.17%) CISA
17 10 (0.98%) EXIN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (13.39%) QA
2 19 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (1.76%) PMO
4 16 (1.56%) PCI DSS
5 12 (1.17%) MiFID
6 11 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
6 11 (1.08%) GDPR
7 9 (0.88%) SLA
8 6 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
8 6 (0.59%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.39%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.39%) ISO 9000
9 4 (0.39%) SEPA
10 3 (0.29%) COBIT
10 3 (0.29%) EMIR
10 3 (0.29%) HL7
10 3 (0.29%) SDET
10 3 (0.29%) Solvency II
11 2 (0.20%) Basel II
11 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 21 (2.05%) Active Directory
2 9 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.68%) vSphere
4 5 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
5 4 (0.39%) Snort
5 4 (0.39%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (0.20%) Firmware
8 1 (0.098%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.098%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.098%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 56 (5.47%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.59%) vRealize
3 5 (0.49%) SCCM
4 4 (0.39%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.29%) Graphite
5 3 (0.29%) SCOM
5 3 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (0.20%) Oozie
6 2 (0.20%) SmoothWall
7 1 (0.098%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.098%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.098%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.098%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.098%) Netcool
7 1 (0.098%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.098%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.098%) Puppet
7 1 (0.098%) QRadar
Vendors
1 134 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 115 (11.24%) Oracle
3 78 (7.62%) HP
4 38 (3.71%) SAP
5 19 (1.86%) IBM
5 19 (1.86%) Sybase
6 17 (1.66%) VMware
7 11 (1.08%) Cisco
8 10 (0.98%) Adobe
9 8 (0.78%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.78%) Remedy
10 6 (0.59%) AppDynamics
10 6 (0.59%) CheckPoint
10 6 (0.59%) Fixnetix
10 6 (0.59%) Intel Security
10 6 (0.59%) Red Hat
10 6 (0.59%) Teradata
11 5 (0.49%) Apple
11 5 (0.49%) Fiorano
11 5 (0.49%) webMethods
Surrey
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £275 to £350 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Surrey
Pioneer Search
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £350 - £420 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Excellent benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
South East London
360 Resourcing Solutions
Rate: £46000.00 to £50000.00 per year
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £501 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: From £150 to £160 per day
Posted: 6 days ago