Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 320 233 219
Rank change year-on-year -87 -14 -35
Contract jobs citing ISEB 833 1,054 1,363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 1.11% 1.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.30% 5.63% 5.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 711 969
UK median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £263
90th Percentile £600 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +4.23% +1.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 21 20
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £43.25 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.10% +21.83% +31.48%
10th Percentile £12.98 £17.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £71.35 £53.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £43.25 £35.50
% change year-on-year -34.10% +21.83% +29.09%

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 19,383 18,725 23,688
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.77% 19.68% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,493 11,496 14,836
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +0.38%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £590 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £378
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.96% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 958 955 827
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.71 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.36 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -18.20% +10.71% +24.44%

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 23 July 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 23 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 16 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 23 July 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 -75 782 £400 - 177
UK excluding London -56 592 £370 +4.23% 152
London -101 229 £490 +12.00% 36
South East -56 181 £375 +3.45% 37
Midlands -3 115 £375 +7.14% 26
South West -29 102 £350 -12.50% 16
West Midlands +9 93 £375 +18.11% 21
North of England -36 87 £350 +7.69% 47
East of England +13 67 £400 +14.29% 15
North West -44 38 £350 +18.64% 27
Scotland -44 35 £338 -3.57% 8
Yorkshire -28 30 £400 +6.67% 16
North East +9 21 £328 +0.77% 4
East Midlands -12 21 £340 -26.49% 5
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Wales -43 2 £369 +10.07% 3

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, 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.

1 407 (48.86%) Agile Software Development
2 397 (47.66%) ISTQB
3 259 (31.09%) Test Automation
4 217 (26.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 190 (22.81%) Finance
6 189 (22.69%) Java
7 185 (22.21%) Test Scripting
8 176 (21.13%) Selenium
9 172 (20.65%) SQL
10 167 (20.05%) Oracle
11 158 (18.97%) Business Analysis
12 155 (18.61%) Scrum
13 139 (16.69%) Windows
13 139 (16.69%) Test Strategy
13 139 (16.69%) Security Cleared
14 135 (16.21%) User Acceptance Testing
15 132 (15.85%) QA
16 128 (15.37%) Waterfall
17 126 (15.13%) Software Testing
18 114 (13.69%) Microsoft
19 107 (12.85%) Project Management
19 107 (12.85%) Analytical Skills
20 105 (12.61%) Stakeholder Management
20 105 (12.61%) JIRA
21 95 (11.40%) Functional Testing
21 95 (11.40%) SC Cleared
22 93 (11.16%) HP
23 89 (10.68%) SoapUI
24 88 (10.56%) XML
25 83 (9.96%) Degree

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 59 (7.08%) WebLogic
2 49 (5.88%) Confluence
3 17 (2.04%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.20%) CMS
5 7 (0.84%) Drupal
6 6 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.48%) Apache
7 4 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.48%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.48%) WebLogic Integration
8 2 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.24%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.24%) SAS
9 1 (0.12%) ATG Dynamo
9 1 (0.12%) CICS
9 1 (0.12%) Documentum
Applications
1 67 (8.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 66 (7.92%) Microsoft Office
3 37 (4.44%) Microsoft Project
4 15 (1.80%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.96%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 8 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
1 8 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.24%) FastStats
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.24%) Primavera
5 2 (0.24%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.24%) Unica
6 1 (0.12%) Actimize
6 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.12%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.12%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 70 (8.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (2.16%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (1.80%) Office 365
4 11 (1.32%) SaaS
5 8 (0.96%) BrowserStack
6 7 (0.84%) IaaS
7 6 (0.72%) BlazeMeter
7 6 (0.72%) Slack
8 4 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.48%) GitHub
8 4 (0.48%) PaaS
9 3 (0.36%) Google Play
9 3 (0.36%) Sauce Labs
10 2 (0.24%) Boomi
10 2 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.24%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.24%) PuTTY
2 26 (3.12%) WinSCP
3 19 (2.28%) Internet
4 11 (1.32%) TCP/IP
5 9 (1.08%) SMS
6 7 (0.84%) DNS
6 7 (0.84%) LAN
6 7 (0.84%) SAN
7 5 (0.60%) FTP
7 5 (0.60%) Unified Communications
8 4 (0.48%) Firewall
8 4 (0.48%) Intranet
8 4 (0.48%) VoIP
8 4 (0.48%) WAN
8 4 (0.48%) WLAN
9 3 (0.36%) DHCP
9 3 (0.36%) GSM
9 3 (0.36%) ISDN
9 3 (0.36%) PBX
9 3 (0.36%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (7.56%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.80%) Oracle Database
3 30 (3.60%) Oracle Database 10g
4 26 (3.12%) Oracle Database 11g
4 26 (3.12%) SQL Server 2012
4 26 (3.12%) SQL Server 2016
5 22 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (1.80%) Oracle Reports
7 12 (1.44%) BusinessObjects
8 10 (1.20%) Pentaho
9 8 (0.96%) Big Data
9 8 (0.96%) Oracle OWB
10 7 (0.84%) Impala
11 6 (0.72%) Power BI
11 6 (0.72%) Relational Database
11 6 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
12 5 (0.60%) MongoDB
12 5 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
13 4 (0.48%) Geospatial Data
13 4 (0.48%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 176 (21.13%) Selenium
2 105 (12.61%) JIRA
3 89 (10.68%) SoapUI
4 79 (9.48%) Cucumber
5 58 (6.96%) LoadRunner
6 52 (6.24%) JMeter
6 52 (6.24%) SpecFlow
7 47 (5.64%) Toad
8 44 (5.28%) HP UFT
8 44 (5.28%) Jenkins
9 41 (4.92%) WebDriver
10 33 (3.96%) Team Foundation Server
11 31 (3.72%) Oracle APEX
12 28 (3.36%) TestNG
13 24 (2.88%) Ant
13 24 (2.88%) Eclipse
14 14 (1.68%) Git (software)
14 14 (1.68%) Visual Studio
15 11 (1.32%) Zephyr
16 10 (1.20%) Appium
General
1 190 (22.81%) Finance
2 63 (7.56%) Banking
3 53 (6.36%) Retail
4 29 (3.48%) Legal
5 22 (2.64%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.68%) Law
6 14 (1.68%) Pharmaceutical
6 14 (1.68%) Retail Banking
7 11 (1.32%) Marketing
8 9 (1.08%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.84%) Automotive
9 7 (0.84%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.72%) Military
11 5 (0.60%) Advertising
12 4 (0.48%) Back Office
13 3 (0.36%) Electronics
13 3 (0.36%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.36%) Private Banking
14 2 (0.24%) Front Office
14 2 (0.24%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 463 (55.58%) Analyst
2 241 (28.93%) Test Analyst
3 183 (21.97%) Business Analyst
4 83 (9.96%) Tester
5 62 (7.44%) Test Manager
6 57 (6.84%) Test Engineer
6 57 (6.84%) Test Leader
7 29 (3.48%) Automation Test Analyst
7 29 (3.48%) Project Manager
8 28 (3.36%) Senior Analyst
9 26 (3.12%) Automation Tester
10 25 (3.00%) Test Automation Engineer
11 22 (2.64%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 19 (2.28%) Financial Analyst
13 16 (1.92%) Business IT Analyst
13 16 (1.92%) IT Analyst
13 16 (1.92%) IT Business Analyst
13 16 (1.92%) Senior Business Analyst
14 15 (1.80%) Agile Test Analyst
15 14 (1.68%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (10.56%) XML
2 65 (7.80%) .NET
3 52 (6.24%) Web Services
4 29 (3.48%) SOAP
5 18 (2.16%) RESTful
6 16 (1.92%) HTML
7 10 (1.20%) Gherkin
8 8 (0.96%) JSON
9 7 (0.84%) ASP.NET
10 6 (0.72%) REST
11 4 (0.48%) Oracle Fusion
11 4 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (0.48%) WebdriverIO
12 3 (0.36%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.36%) XSL
13 2 (0.24%) Middleware
14 1 (0.12%) HTML5
14 1 (0.12%) J2EE
14 1 (0.12%) XML Messaging
14 1 (0.12%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 107 (12.85%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (4.44%) Management Information System
3 22 (2.64%) User Experience
4 18 (2.16%) Computer Science
5 17 (2.04%) Mobile App
6 14 (1.68%) PMI
7 13 (1.56%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.44%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.20%) Reinsurance
10 9 (1.08%) Mainframe
10 9 (1.08%) NHS
11 8 (0.96%) Virtual Team
12 7 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
13 6 (0.72%) Driving Licence
14 5 (0.60%) CCTV
14 5 (0.60%) PKI
15 4 (0.48%) Equities
15 4 (0.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 4 (0.48%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 139 (16.69%) Windows
2 82 (9.84%) Unix
3 58 (6.96%) Linux
4 30 (3.60%) Windows Server
5 26 (3.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 23 (2.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (1.68%) Apple iOS
8 13 (1.56%) Android
9 12 (1.44%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.60%) VME
11 4 (0.48%) HPUX
11 4 (0.48%) SUSE
11 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (0.36%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.36%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.24%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.12%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 407 (48.86%) Agile Software Development
2 259 (31.09%) Test Automation
3 185 (22.21%) Test Scripting
4 158 (18.97%) Business Analysis
5 155 (18.61%) Scrum
6 139 (16.69%) Test Strategy
7 135 (16.21%) User Acceptance Testing
8 128 (15.37%) Waterfall
9 126 (15.13%) Software Testing
10 107 (12.85%) Project Management
11 105 (12.61%) Stakeholder Management
12 95 (11.40%) Functional Testing
13 82 (9.84%) PRINCE2
14 81 (9.72%) BDD
15 80 (9.60%) User Stories
16 74 (8.88%) SDLC
16 74 (8.88%) System Integration Testing
17 69 (8.28%) Performance Testing
18 66 (7.92%) API Testing
19 65 (7.80%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 189 (22.69%) Java
2 172 (20.65%) SQL
3 56 (6.72%) C#
4 25 (3.00%) F#
5 18 (2.16%) JavaScript
6 16 (1.92%) Python
7 14 (1.68%) C
8 12 (1.44%) VB
8 12 (1.44%) VBScript
9 8 (0.96%) T-SQL
10 7 (0.84%) PowerShell
10 7 (0.84%) Ruby
11 6 (0.72%) C++
11 6 (0.72%) Perl
12 4 (0.48%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.48%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 4 (0.48%) PHP
12 4 (0.48%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.48%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.36%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 397 (47.66%) ISTQB
2 217 (26.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 139 (16.69%) Security Cleared
4 95 (11.40%) SC Cleared
5 83 (9.96%) Degree
6 77 (9.24%) ISEB Practitioner
7 36 (4.32%) DV Cleared
8 29 (3.48%) CBAP
9 23 (2.76%) PMI Certification
10 18 (2.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 17 (2.04%) IIBA
11 17 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 15 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
14 11 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
15 10 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 9 (1.08%) PMP
17 7 (0.84%) APMP
18 6 (0.72%) Master's Degree
19 3 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (15.85%) QA
2 40 (4.80%) GDPR
3 27 (3.24%) PMO
4 10 (1.20%) Data Quality
5 9 (1.08%) WCAG
6 6 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.48%) MiFID
8 3 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.36%) SLA
9 2 (0.24%) EMIR
10 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (3.00%) vSphere
2 9 (1.08%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.48%) Docker
5 2 (0.24%) ACF2
5 2 (0.24%) RACF
5 2 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.24%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.12%) HDFS
6 1 (0.12%) Snort
Systems Management
1 72 (8.64%) HP ALM
2 43 (5.16%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (0.84%) vRealize
3 7 (0.84%) WMI
4 6 (0.72%) SCCM
5 4 (0.48%) SCOM
6 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.24%) Control-M
7 2 (0.24%) Nessus
8 1 (0.12%) Endace
8 1 (0.12%) Oozie
8 1 (0.12%) Puppet
8 1 (0.12%) QRadar
Vendors
1 167 (20.05%) Oracle
2 114 (13.69%) Microsoft
3 93 (11.16%) HP
4 78 (9.36%) webMethods
5 32 (3.84%) SAP
6 30 (3.60%) VMware
7 27 (3.24%) Software AG
8 26 (3.12%) Red Hat
9 11 (1.32%) Atlassian
9 11 (1.32%) Capita
10 8 (0.96%) Cisco
11 6 (0.72%) Google
11 6 (0.72%) MuleSoft
11 6 (0.72%) New Relic
11 6 (0.72%) Niku
11 6 (0.72%) TIBCO
12 5 (0.60%) AppDynamics
12 5 (0.60%) IBM
12 5 (0.60%) Informatica
12 5 (0.60%) LogRhythm