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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 208 199 179
Rank change year-on-year -9 -20  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 557 687 759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.20% 1.23% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.94% 5.75% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 477 472
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £267 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +3.57% +2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 11
Median hourly rate £50.00 £38.65 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.38% +104.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.84 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £133.55 £41.72
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £38.65 £17.69
% change year-on-year +29.38% +118.45%  

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 9371 11951 11203
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.24% 21.38% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5881 7505 6353
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.31% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 407 548
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +1.53% +44.44%  

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 24 April 2017.

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 3 months to 24 April 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 24 April 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 +6 521 £380 +1.33% 126
South East +29 152 £360 +2.85% 21
London -23 145 £425 +2.10% 31
South West +30 80 £410 +9.33% 15
North West +31 39 £295 -7.81% 16
Hampshire +16 37 £314 -21.50% 9
Surrey +24 36 £400 - 5
Milton Keynes +12 30 £420 +12.00%
Buckinghamshire +1 30 £420 +24.44% 1
West Midlands 0 30 £300 -10.44% 14
Devon - 29 £400 - 1
East of England +4 26 £413 +3.12% 6
City of London -16 23 £488 +12.71% 15
East Midlands -9 21 £450 +24.13% 8
Scotland -8 19 £363 -4.60% 1
Wiltshire +6 18 £425 +41.66% 3
Yorkshire +13 17 £383 +9.28% 13
Exeter - 16 £350 -
West Yorkshire +8 14 £406 +15.92% 9
Gloucestershire +7 14 £475 +39.70% 2
Swindon +9 13 £438 -2.77% 1
Manchester +8 13 £325 -7.14% 13
West Sussex +6 13 £408 +27.84%
Plymouth - 13 £433 -
Berkshire +22 12 £338 -18.91% 1
Cheshire +27 11 £277 -13.59% 1
Leeds +12 11 £400 +23.07% 5
Edinburgh +2 11 £344 -8.33% 1
Oxfordshire -4 11 £363 +3.57% 2
Lancashire +18 10 £250 -16.66%

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 461 (46.42%) Agile Software Development
2 400 (40.28%) ISTQB
3 282 (28.40%) Finance
4 212 (21.35%) Business Analysis
5 195 (19.64%) User Acceptance Testing
6 193 (19.44%) Test Scripting
7 183 (18.43%) SQL
8 180 (18.13%) PRINCE2
9 165 (16.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 159 (16.01%) Selenium
11 151 (15.21%) Software Testing
12 149 (15.01%) Scrum
13 147 (14.80%) JIRA
14 136 (13.70%) Microsoft
15 133 (13.39%) QA
16 132 (13.29%) Test Automation
17 130 (13.09%) Security Cleared
18 128 (12.89%) Stakeholder Management
19 121 (12.19%) Waterfall
20 119 (11.98%) Java
21 118 (11.88%) ITIL
22 113 (11.38%) Oracle
23 109 (10.98%) Project Management
24 106 (10.67%) BDD
25 102 (10.27%) SDLC
26 99 (9.97%) Test Strategy
26 99 (9.97%) Degree
27 90 (9.06%) Analytical Skills
28 87 (8.76%) Functional Testing
29 85 (8.56%) Test Management

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 49 (4.93%) Confluence
2 25 (2.52%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.31%) WebLogic
4 12 (1.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 10 (1.01%) CMS
5 10 (1.01%) IIS
6 9 (0.91%) SAS
7 8 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.60%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.40%) ATG Dynamo
10 3 (0.30%) Apache
10 3 (0.30%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.30%) JCAPS
10 3 (0.30%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.20%) JBoss
11 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
11 2 (0.20%) Skype for Business
12 1 (0.10%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 45 (4.53%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (3.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (3.32%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.91%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.30%) Open Workbench
6 3 (0.30%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.70%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.20%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.10%) IntelliMatch
8 1 (0.10%) Lorenzo
8 1 (0.10%) Maximo
8 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.10%) SAP APO
8 1 (0.10%) SAP PM
8 1 (0.10%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 28 (2.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (1.81%) SaaS
3 11 (1.11%) GitHub
4 6 (0.60%) Office 365
5 4 (0.40%) IaaS
6 3 (0.30%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.20%) G Suite
7 2 (0.20%) Taleo
8 1 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.10%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.10%) Slack
8 1 (0.10%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.61%) Internet
2 14 (1.41%) PuTTY
3 12 (1.21%) Firewall
3 12 (1.21%) WinSCP
4 8 (0.81%) TCP/IP
4 8 (0.81%) WAN
5 7 (0.70%) LAN
5 7 (0.70%) LDAP
6 5 (0.50%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (0.50%) Reverse Proxy
6 5 (0.50%) SSH
6 5 (0.50%) SSL
7 4 (0.40%) DNS
7 4 (0.40%) Network Security
7 4 (0.40%) SAN
7 4 (0.40%) Unified Communications
7 4 (0.40%) VLAN
8 3 (0.30%) DHCP
8 3 (0.30%) VoIP
8 3 (0.30%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (4.83%) Data Warehouse
2 40 (4.03%) SQL Server
3 22 (2.22%) Oracle Reports
4 19 (1.91%) Oracle Database
5 17 (1.71%) Relational Database
6 12 (1.21%) Oracle Database 10g
6 12 (1.21%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.11%) NonStop SQL
8 9 (0.91%) RDBMS
9 8 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2005
10 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
11 6 (0.60%) Oracle BI EE
12 5 (0.50%) Big Data
12 5 (0.50%) DB2
12 5 (0.50%) Oracle Database 12c
12 5 (0.50%) Oracle OWB
13 4 (0.40%) BusinessObjects
13 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 159 (16.01%) Selenium
2 147 (14.80%) JIRA
3 66 (6.65%) Cucumber
4 58 (5.84%) HP UFT
5 54 (5.44%) Team Foundation Server
6 51 (5.14%) SoapUI
7 43 (4.33%) Jenkins
8 42 (4.23%) WebDriver
9 34 (3.42%) LoadRunner
10 29 (2.92%) SpecFlow
11 24 (2.42%) JMeter
12 23 (2.32%) TestRail
13 21 (2.11%) Visual Studio
14 17 (1.71%) Git (software)
15 15 (1.51%) TeamCity
16 14 (1.41%) Toad
17 13 (1.31%) Oracle APEX
17 13 (1.31%) Oracle Forms
18 11 (1.11%) Eclipse
19 10 (1.01%) TestNG
General
1 282 (28.40%) Finance
2 83 (8.36%) Banking
3 75 (7.55%) Retail
4 36 (3.63%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.11%) Marketing
6 20 (2.01%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.61%) Retail Banking
8 13 (1.31%) Legal
9 10 (1.01%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.91%) Local Government
11 8 (0.81%) Back Office
12 6 (0.60%) Law
13 5 (0.50%) Automotive
13 5 (0.50%) Electronics
14 4 (0.40%) Games
14 4 (0.40%) Military
14 4 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.30%) General Ledger
15 3 (0.30%) Spanish Language
16 2 (0.20%) Billing
Job Titles
1 519 (52.27%) Analyst
2 275 (27.69%) Business Analyst
3 207 (20.85%) Test Analyst
4 135 (13.60%) Tester
5 91 (9.16%) Test Manager
6 73 (7.35%) Test Leader
7 61 (6.14%) Senior Analyst
8 45 (4.53%) Test Engineer
9 35 (3.52%) Automation Tester
10 33 (3.32%) Project Manager
11 31 (3.12%) Financial Analyst
12 30 (3.02%) Senior Business Analyst
13 29 (2.92%) Automation Test Analyst
14 27 (2.72%) Senior Test Analyst
15 26 (2.62%) Architect
16 23 (2.32%) Test Specialist
17 22 (2.22%) QA Analyst
18 21 (2.11%) Agile Test Analyst
18 21 (2.11%) Insurance Business Analyst
19 20 (2.01%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (5.54%) XML
2 46 (4.63%) .NET
3 41 (4.13%) Web Services
4 19 (1.91%) SOAP
5 17 (1.71%) AngularJS
6 16 (1.61%) Gherkin
6 16 (1.61%) RESTful
7 14 (1.41%) J2EE
8 11 (1.11%) Spring
8 11 (1.11%) XSLT
9 10 (1.01%) Hibernate
9 10 (1.01%) HTML
9 10 (1.01%) JSON
10 9 (0.91%) Middleware
11 8 (0.81%) Apache Flex
11 8 (0.81%) BlazeDS
11 8 (0.81%) CSS
11 8 (0.81%) Spring MVC
11 8 (0.81%) XSL
12 7 (0.70%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 90 (9.06%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (4.63%) Management Information System
3 21 (2.11%) NHS
4 20 (2.01%) Computer Science
5 19 (1.91%) PMI
6 18 (1.81%) Equities
6 18 (1.81%) User Experience
7 14 (1.41%) CESG
7 14 (1.41%) Hedge funds
7 14 (1.41%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.21%) Data Protection Act
9 11 (1.11%) CESG CLAS
10 10 (1.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 9 (0.91%) Client/Server
11 9 (0.91%) Data Centre
12 8 (0.81%) Derivative
12 8 (0.81%) Fintech
12 8 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
13 7 (0.70%) Fixed Income
13 7 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 64 (6.45%) Windows
2 57 (5.74%) Unix
3 53 (5.34%) Linux
4 16 (1.61%) Windows Server
5 12 (1.21%) Android
6 10 (1.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (0.91%) Apple iOS
7 9 (0.91%) Windows Vista
8 8 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.70%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.60%) AIX
11 3 (0.30%) Solaris
12 2 (0.20%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.10%) HPUX
13 1 (0.10%) SUSE
13 1 (0.10%) VMS
13 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 461 (46.42%) Agile Software Development
2 212 (21.35%) Business Analysis
3 195 (19.64%) User Acceptance Testing
4 193 (19.44%) Test Scripting
5 180 (18.13%) PRINCE2
6 151 (15.21%) Software Testing
7 149 (15.01%) Scrum
8 132 (13.29%) Test Automation
9 128 (12.89%) Stakeholder Management
10 121 (12.19%) Waterfall
11 118 (11.88%) ITIL
12 109 (10.98%) Project Management
13 106 (10.67%) BDD
14 102 (10.27%) SDLC
15 99 (9.97%) Test Strategy
16 87 (8.76%) Functional Testing
17 85 (8.56%) Test Management
18 84 (8.46%) Use Case
19 83 (8.36%) Defect Management
20 79 (7.96%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 183 (18.43%) SQL
2 119 (11.98%) Java
3 46 (4.63%) Python
4 34 (3.42%) C#
5 23 (2.32%) JavaScript
6 22 (2.22%) Ruby
7 20 (2.01%) C
8 18 (1.81%) Groovy
9 17 (1.71%) PL/SQL
10 12 (1.21%) F#
10 12 (1.21%) Perl
11 8 (0.81%) ActionScript
12 7 (0.70%) VB
12 7 (0.70%) VBScript
13 6 (0.60%) PHP
14 4 (0.40%) C++
14 4 (0.40%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.40%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.30%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 400 (40.28%) ISTQB
2 165 (16.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 130 (13.09%) Security Cleared
4 99 (9.97%) Degree
5 65 (6.55%) SC Cleared
6 43 (4.33%) DV Cleared
7 39 (3.93%) CBAP
7 39 (3.93%) IIBA
8 29 (2.92%) ISEB Practitioner
9 26 (2.62%) CISSP
10 23 (2.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 21 (2.11%) PMI Certification
12 18 (1.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 16 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
15 14 (1.41%) APMG
16 13 (1.31%) CITP
16 13 (1.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 12 (1.21%) Chartered Engineer
17 12 (1.21%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (13.39%) QA
2 18 (1.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.61%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.41%) PMO
5 11 (1.11%) GDPR
5 11 (1.11%) MiFID
6 10 (1.01%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.91%) SLA
8 6 (0.60%) Dodd-Frank
9 4 (0.40%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.40%) SEPA
10 3 (0.30%) COBIT
10 3 (0.30%) EMIR
10 3 (0.30%) HL7
10 3 (0.30%) ISO 9000
10 3 (0.30%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.20%) FATCA
11 2 (0.20%) SDET
11 2 (0.20%) Solvency II
11 2 (0.20%) TickIT
System Software
1 17 (1.71%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
3 8 (0.81%) vSphere
4 5 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
4 5 (0.50%) VirtualBox
5 4 (0.40%) Snort
5 4 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 41 (4.13%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.81%) SCCM
3 7 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (0.70%) vRealize
4 4 (0.40%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (0.40%) SCOM
5 3 (0.30%) Cisco IPCC
5 3 (0.30%) Graphite
5 3 (0.30%) SmoothWall
6 2 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (0.20%) Oozie
7 1 (0.10%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.10%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.10%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.10%) Netcool
7 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.10%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.10%) Puppet
7 1 (0.10%) QRadar
Vendors
1 136 (13.70%) Microsoft
2 113 (11.38%) Oracle
3 73 (7.35%) HP
4 37 (3.73%) SAP
5 18 (1.81%) Sybase
6 16 (1.61%) IBM
7 15 (1.51%) VMware
8 12 (1.21%) Cisco
9 10 (1.01%) Adobe
10 8 (0.81%) Remedy
11 7 (0.70%) Red Hat
12 6 (0.60%) AppDynamics
12 6 (0.60%) CheckPoint
12 6 (0.60%) Fixnetix
13 5 (0.50%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.50%) Citrix
13 5 (0.50%) Fiorano
13 5 (0.50%) Juniper
13 5 (0.50%) PeopleSoft
13 5 (0.50%) webMethods
Worcestershire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Difrent
Rate: From £300 to £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
C4 Commerce
Rate: From £300 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £285 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
networx
Rate: From £44,400 to £48,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
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Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
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Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 18 days ago