Period
to 28 January 2022

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 2022 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 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 526 412 367
Rank change year-on-year -114 -45 -25
Contract jobs citing ISEB 314 202 460
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.47% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.87% 2.09% 2.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 149 332
10th Percentile £350 £256 £300
25th Percentile £405 £325 £343
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £400 £423
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% -5.33% +5.63%
75th Percentile £500 £460 £488
90th Percentile £575 £519 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £382 £414
% change year-on-year +11.26% -7.67% +8.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 11
10th Percentile £23.35 £23.17 £47.00
25th Percentile £24.82 £24.89 £47.49
Median hourly rate £30.64 £27.98 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.49% -44.04% +19.05%
75th Percentile £37.38 £60.63 £68.75
90th Percentile £41.65 £61.25 £73.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.62 £41.49 £50.00
% change year-on-year -18.97% -17.02% +19.05%

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 16,818 9,685 15,386
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.16% 22.72% 21.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,017 6,387 9,927
10th Percentile £313 £278 £256
25th Percentile £415 £380 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £620 £568 £556
90th Percentile £700 £650 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £485 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.78% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 657 511 637
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.71 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.55 £40.00 £32.00
Median % change year-on-year -1.13% +25.00% +20.75%
75th Percentile £53.75 £53.88 £49.19
90th Percentile £65.54 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.69 £37.91 £27.50
% change year-on-year -8.51% +37.86% +3.77%

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 2022.

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 2022.

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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -136 253 £441 +13.50% 80
UK excluding London -31 205 £425 +11.26% 71
Work from Home -140 93 £455 +12.22% 11
South East -24 77 £450 +5.88% 15
London -170 62 £500 +18.34% 11
Midlands -68 43 £405 +12.50% 17
West Midlands -64 36 £405 +12.50% 13
South West -37 28 £425 +6.25% 13
Scotland -41 19 £425 +17.24% 1
East of England -38 18 £432 +30.98% 6
North of England -48 18 £405 -3.57% 19
North West -33 11 £392 +8.75% 13
Yorkshire -32 7 £405 +21.80% 5
East Midlands - 7 £500 - 4
Northern Ireland - 5 £500 -
Isle of Man - 1 £425 -
Wales - 1 £450 - 1

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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.

1 157 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 133 (42.36%) Agile Software Development
3 112 (35.67%) Social Skills
4 103 (32.80%) Test Automation
5 101 (32.17%) Test Scripting
5 101 (32.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 83 (26.43%) Selenium
6 83 (26.43%) JIRA
7 78 (24.84%) Oracle
8 77 (24.52%) SQL
9 73 (23.25%) Software Testing
10 71 (22.61%) QA
11 67 (21.34%) Public Sector
12 66 (21.02%) Business Analysis
12 66 (21.02%) Security Cleared
13 64 (20.38%) Windows
14 60 (19.11%) Finance
15 58 (18.47%) SC Cleared
16 57 (18.15%) Java
16 57 (18.15%) Defect Management
17 56 (17.83%) Test Strategy
18 52 (16.56%) Waterfall
19 50 (15.92%) Customer Requirements
20 49 (15.61%) Microsoft
21 48 (15.29%) Unix
21 48 (15.29%) Cucumber
22 46 (14.65%) Azure
22 46 (14.65%) User Acceptance Testing
23 44 (14.01%) Project Management
24 42 (13.38%) XML

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 33 (10.51%) WebLogic
2 31 (9.87%) Confluence
3 13 (4.14%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (0.96%) Apache
5 3 (0.96%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.96%) WebLogic Integration
6 2 (0.64%) Mule
6 2 (0.64%) SAS
7 1 (0.32%) Appian
7 1 (0.32%) CMS
Applications
1 30 (9.55%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (8.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (4.46%) MS Visio
4 12 (3.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (2.55%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (4.78%) SAP FI-CA
1 15 (4.78%) SAP PSCD
2 8 (2.55%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (1.91%) SAP HCM
4 5 (1.59%) Oracle Cash Management
4 5 (1.59%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (1.59%) Oracle General Ledger
4 5 (1.59%) Oracle Payables
4 5 (1.59%) Oracle Receivables
5 4 (1.27%) Maximo
6 2 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.32%) Oracle CRM
7 1 (0.32%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.32%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 46 (14.65%) Azure
2 14 (4.46%) AWS
3 11 (3.50%) PaaS
3 11 (3.50%) Power Platform
4 8 (2.55%) Power Automate
4 8 (2.55%) PowerApps
4 8 (2.55%) SaaS
5 7 (2.23%) GitHub
6 6 (1.91%) BrowserStack
6 6 (1.91%) Microsoft 365
6 6 (1.91%) SuccessFactors
7 5 (1.59%) Tricentis Tosca
8 3 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (0.96%) IaaS
9 2 (0.64%) AWS KMS
9 2 (0.64%) GCP
9 2 (0.64%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.64%) IBM Blueworks
9 2 (0.64%) Sauce Labs
9 2 (0.64%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.23%) Firewall
1 7 (2.23%) Wireshark
2 6 (1.91%) Cisco IPT
3 5 (1.59%) LAN
3 5 (1.59%) WAN
4 4 (1.27%) 2G
4 4 (1.27%) 3G
4 4 (1.27%) 4G
4 4 (1.27%) 5G
4 4 (1.27%) GSM
4 4 (1.27%) HTTP
4 4 (1.27%) ISUP
4 4 (1.27%) LTE
4 4 (1.27%) Network Security
4 4 (1.27%) SCCP
4 4 (1.27%) SS7
4 4 (1.27%) SSL
4 4 (1.27%) TCP/IP
4 4 (1.27%) tcpdump
4 4 (1.27%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.37%) SQL Server
2 17 (5.41%) MongoDB
3 15 (4.78%) Oracle Database
4 12 (3.82%) Oracle Reports
5 11 (3.50%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (3.18%) Big Data
7 7 (2.23%) MySQL
8 6 (1.91%) Oracle BI EE
9 5 (1.59%) GIS
9 5 (1.59%) Relational Database
10 4 (1.27%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.96%) Geospatial Data
11 3 (0.96%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.96%) MS Access
11 3 (0.96%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.96%) Power BI
12 2 (0.64%) Apache Hive
12 2 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.64%) Pentaho
12 2 (0.64%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 83 (26.43%) JIRA
1 83 (26.43%) Selenium
2 48 (15.29%) Cucumber
3 33 (10.51%) Jenkins
3 33 (10.51%) Postman
4 32 (10.19%) Toad
5 30 (9.55%) Git (software)
6 25 (7.96%) SoapUI
7 21 (6.69%) Gatling
8 15 (4.78%) JMeter
9 9 (2.87%) SpecFlow
10 8 (2.55%) Cypress.io
11 7 (2.23%) REST Assured
12 6 (1.91%) Appium
12 6 (1.91%) Bitbucket
13 5 (1.59%) Visual Studio
14 3 (0.96%) LoadRunner
14 3 (0.96%) Subversion
14 3 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
14 3 (0.96%) TeamCity
General
1 112 (35.67%) Social Skills
2 67 (21.34%) Public Sector
3 60 (19.11%) Finance
4 36 (11.46%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (5.73%) Influencing Skills
6 16 (5.10%) Presentation Skills
7 14 (4.46%) Law
7 14 (4.46%) Telecoms
8 10 (3.18%) Legal
9 8 (2.55%) Marketing
10 7 (2.23%) Banking
11 5 (1.59%) Billing
11 5 (1.59%) Documentation Skills
11 5 (1.59%) General Ledger
12 4 (1.27%) Organisational Skills
13 3 (0.96%) Retail
14 2 (0.64%) Automotive
14 2 (0.64%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.64%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.64%) Military
Job Titles
1 165 (52.55%) Analyst
2 79 (25.16%) Business Analyst
3 78 (24.84%) Test Analyst
4 28 (8.92%) Tester
5 22 (7.01%) Test Leader
6 21 (6.69%) Test Engineer
7 19 (6.05%) Project Manager
7 19 (6.05%) Senior Analyst
8 18 (5.73%) IT Analyst
9 17 (5.41%) Business IT Analyst
9 17 (5.41%) IT Business Analyst
10 14 (4.46%) Test Manager
11 13 (4.14%) Senior Business Analyst
12 12 (3.82%) QA Analyst
13 11 (3.50%) Architect
14 7 (2.23%) Consultant
14 7 (2.23%) Financial Analyst
14 7 (2.23%) Senior Test Analyst
15 6 (1.91%) Data Consultant
15 6 (1.91%) Information Governance Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (13.38%) XML
2 21 (6.69%) SOAP
3 18 (5.73%) RabbitMQ
4 15 (4.78%) JSON
5 8 (2.55%) .NET
5 8 (2.55%) Swagger
6 6 (1.91%) FIX Protocol
6 6 (1.91%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (1.27%) Gherkin
8 3 (0.96%) REST
8 3 (0.96%) WireMock
9 2 (0.64%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.64%) Chai
9 2 (0.64%) CSS
9 2 (0.64%) Enzyme
9 2 (0.64%) HTML
9 2 (0.64%) Jest
9 2 (0.64%) Node.js
9 2 (0.64%) Play Framework
9 2 (0.64%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.41%) Management Information System
2 13 (4.14%) Data Protection Act
3 10 (3.18%) User Experience
4 9 (2.87%) Mobile App
5 7 (2.23%) Data Centre
6 6 (1.91%) Client/Server
7 4 (1.27%) Cloud Native
7 4 (1.27%) Digital Media
7 4 (1.27%) NHS
7 4 (1.27%) N-Tier
8 3 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (0.96%) Legacy Systems
8 3 (0.96%) Mainframe
8 3 (0.96%) Robotics
8 3 (0.96%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (0.96%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.64%) PKI
9 2 (0.64%) PMI
9 2 (0.64%) Smart Meter
10 1 (0.32%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 64 (20.38%) Windows
2 48 (15.29%) Unix
3 36 (11.46%) Linux
4 9 (2.87%) CentOS
4 9 (2.87%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (2.23%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.59%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.27%) Solaris
8 3 (0.96%) Android
8 3 (0.96%) HPUX
8 3 (0.96%) SUSE
9 2 (0.64%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (42.36%) Agile Software Development
2 103 (32.80%) Test Automation
3 101 (32.17%) Test Scripting
4 73 (23.25%) Software Testing
5 66 (21.02%) Business Analysis
6 57 (18.15%) Defect Management
7 56 (17.83%) Test Strategy
8 52 (16.56%) Waterfall
9 50 (15.92%) Customer Requirements
10 46 (14.65%) User Acceptance Testing
11 44 (14.01%) Project Management
12 39 (12.42%) DevOps
13 38 (12.10%) PRINCE2
13 38 (12.10%) Stakeholder Management
13 38 (12.10%) Use Case
14 37 (11.78%) SDLC
15 33 (10.51%) Requirements Gathering
15 33 (10.51%) Scrum
15 33 (10.51%) Workshop Facilitation
16 32 (10.19%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 77 (24.52%) SQL
2 57 (18.15%) Java
3 18 (5.73%) C#
4 15 (4.78%) JavaScript
5 7 (2.23%) VB
6 5 (1.59%) COBOL
7 4 (1.27%) Python
8 3 (0.96%) C++
8 3 (0.96%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 3 (0.96%) Scala
8 3 (0.96%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.96%) VBA
8 3 (0.96%) VBScript
9 2 (0.64%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.64%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.64%) VB6
10 1 (0.32%) C
10 1 (0.32%) Groovy
10 1 (0.32%) PHP
10 1 (0.32%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 157 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 101 (32.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 66 (21.02%) Security Cleared
4 58 (18.47%) SC Cleared
5 33 (10.51%) Degree
5 33 (10.51%) ISEB Practitioner
6 19 (6.05%) DV Cleared
7 16 (5.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 11 (3.50%) CEH
9 10 (3.18%) CISA
9 10 (3.18%) IIBA
10 9 (2.87%) APMP
11 7 (2.23%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (2.23%) MCSA
11 7 (2.23%) MCSE
11 7 (2.23%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (1.91%) CISM
12 6 (1.91%) CISSP
12 6 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (1.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (22.61%) QA
2 28 (8.92%) GDPR
3 9 (2.87%) Accessibility
4 7 (2.23%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (2.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (1.91%) SLA
6 4 (1.27%) NIST
7 3 (0.96%) COBIT
7 3 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.96%) WCAG
8 1 (0.32%) GRC
8 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.32%) PMO
8 1 (0.32%) PSD2
System Software
1 7 (2.23%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.96%) vCloud
2 3 (0.96%) vSphere
3 2 (0.64%) HDFS
4 1 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 24 (7.64%) HP ALM
2 10 (3.18%) Puppet
3 8 (2.55%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.27%) HP Fortify
4 4 (1.27%) WebInspect
5 3 (0.96%) SCCM
6 2 (0.64%) Grafana
6 2 (0.64%) Kibana
6 2 (0.64%) vCenter Server
6 2 (0.64%) WSUS
Vendors
1 78 (24.84%) Oracle
2 49 (15.61%) Microsoft
3 35 (11.15%) SAP
4 28 (8.92%) webMethods
5 26 (8.28%) HP
6 8 (2.55%) Micro Focus
6 8 (2.55%) Splunk
7 5 (1.59%) Guidewire
7 5 (1.59%) IBM
7 5 (1.59%) VMware
8 4 (1.27%) ArcSight
8 4 (1.27%) Black Duck
8 4 (1.27%) Blue Prism
8 4 (1.27%) Cisco
8 4 (1.27%) Qualys
8 4 (1.27%) Sonatype
8 4 (1.27%) Tripwire
9 3 (0.96%) Google
9 3 (0.96%) Informatica
9 3 (0.96%) Juniper