Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 489 354 379
Rank change year-on-year -135 +25 -58
Contract jobs citing ISEB 346 181 549
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.58% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.21% 2.35% 3.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 144 394
10th Percentile £314 £282 £300
25th Percentile £363 £350 £345
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £425 £425
75th Percentile £495 £493 £500
90th Percentile £565 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £423 £413
% change year-on-year +0.59% +2.42% +13.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 8
10th Percentile £27.22 £21.96 £21.67
25th Percentile £29.60 £23.77 £42.96
Median hourly rate £34.64 £26.07 £56.25
Median % change year-on-year +32.87% -53.66% +106.38%
75th Percentile £40.10 £29.12 £66.25
90th Percentile £42.74 £29.65 £77.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £26.81 £56.25
% change year-on-year +60.42% -52.35% +87.50%

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 15,676 7,715 16,902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.62% 24.74% 20.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,151 5,184 10,747
10th Percentile £313 £290 £261
25th Percentile £413 £385 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £644 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £460 £441
% change year-on-year +3.26% +4.43% +6.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 307 771
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.02 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.15 £17.50
Median hourly rate £34.15 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.04% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £54.09 £48.46 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.54 £62.25 £59.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +14.55% -31.25% +71.49%

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021. 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 -139 286 £425 - 68
UK excluding London -66 226 £425 +0.59% 64
Work from Home -171 96 £450 +11.80% 11
London -172 73 £500 +11.11% 11
South East -57 69 £413 -2.94% 18
North of England -60 44 £408 -11.89% 6
Midlands -72 42 £405 -4.14% 20
West Midlands -60 37 £400 -5.33% 14
South West -37 26 £425 +19.72% 9
North West -52 25 £413 -19.12% 1
Scotland -60 24 £425 +14.09% 5
East of England -39 19 £427 -1.84% 2
Yorkshire -35 16 £408 +55.24% 4
East Midlands - 5 £500 - 6
North East -10 4 £425 -10.53% 1
Northern Ireland - 3 £525 - 2
Isle of Man - 2 £463 -

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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.

1 179 (51.73%) ISTQB
2 160 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (34.68%) Social Skills
4 113 (32.66%) Test Automation
5 96 (27.75%) SQL
6 89 (25.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 85 (24.57%) Test Scripting
8 80 (23.12%) Oracle
9 78 (22.54%) Selenium
10 77 (22.25%) JIRA
11 74 (21.39%) Business Analysis
12 70 (20.23%) QA
13 69 (19.94%) Software Testing
14 67 (19.36%) Finance
15 61 (17.63%) Security Cleared
16 57 (16.47%) Analytical Skills
17 56 (16.18%) Public Sector
17 56 (16.18%) Test Strategy
18 55 (15.90%) Defect Management
19 54 (15.61%) Cucumber
20 53 (15.32%) Windows
21 52 (15.03%) Azure
22 51 (14.74%) Microsoft
23 46 (13.29%) Unix
24 45 (13.01%) XML
24 45 (13.01%) SC Cleared
25 43 (12.43%) Waterfall
25 43 (12.43%) Problem-Solving
26 40 (11.56%) SDLC
26 40 (11.56%) User Acceptance 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 34 (9.83%) Confluence
2 16 (4.62%) WebLogic
3 11 (3.18%) SharePoint
4 7 (2.02%) Apache
5 4 (1.16%) Apache Airflow
5 4 (1.16%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 4 (1.16%) SAS
6 3 (0.87%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.87%) WebLogic Integration
6 3 (0.87%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.29%) Mule
Applications
1 38 (10.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 35 (10.12%) Microsoft Office
3 24 (6.94%) MS Visio
4 17 (4.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (1.73%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (4.62%) SAP HCM
2 7 (2.02%) SAP FI-CA
2 7 (2.02%) SAP PSCD
3 6 (1.73%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.87%) Maximo
4 3 (0.87%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.58%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.58%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.29%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.29%) Sage CRM
6 1 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 52 (15.03%) Azure
2 26 (7.51%) AWS
3 18 (5.20%) SuccessFactors
4 13 (3.76%) GitHub
5 12 (3.47%) GCP
6 9 (2.60%) PaaS
6 9 (2.60%) SaaS
7 7 (2.02%) Serverless
8 5 (1.45%) Azure Functions
8 5 (1.45%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (1.16%) Google Analytics
9 4 (1.16%) Google Tag Manager
9 4 (1.16%) Trello
10 3 (0.87%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.87%) BrowserStack
10 3 (0.87%) IaaS
10 3 (0.87%) Tricentis Tosca
11 2 (0.58%) Amazon SageMaker
11 2 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.58%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.02%) Network Security
2 4 (1.16%) HTTP
2 4 (1.16%) LAN
2 4 (1.16%) WAN
2 4 (1.16%) Wireshark
3 3 (0.87%) Firewall
3 3 (0.87%) FTP
3 3 (0.87%) SSL
3 3 (0.87%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.58%) 2G
4 2 (0.58%) 3G
4 2 (0.58%) 4G
4 2 (0.58%) 5G
4 2 (0.58%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (0.58%) Internet
4 2 (0.58%) LTE
4 2 (0.58%) MPLS
4 2 (0.58%) SAN
4 2 (0.58%) SS7
4 2 (0.58%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (5.78%) Oracle Database
2 17 (4.91%) Oracle Reports
3 16 (4.62%) SQL Server
4 15 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (3.47%) MongoDB
6 8 (2.31%) Big Data
7 6 (1.73%) NoSQL
7 6 (1.73%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (1.16%) Geospatial Data
8 4 (1.16%) GIS
9 3 (0.87%) MS Access
9 3 (0.87%) MySQL
9 3 (0.87%) Oracle BI EE
9 3 (0.87%) PowerCenter
9 3 (0.87%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (0.58%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.58%) Pentaho
10 2 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 78 (22.54%) Selenium
2 77 (22.25%) JIRA
3 54 (15.61%) Cucumber
4 36 (10.40%) Gatling
5 32 (9.25%) Postman
6 25 (7.23%) Git (software)
6 25 (7.23%) Jenkins
7 17 (4.91%) JMeter
7 17 (4.91%) Toad
8 16 (4.62%) SoapUI
9 8 (2.31%) REST Assured
10 6 (1.73%) SpecFlow
11 5 (1.45%) JUnit
11 5 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (1.45%) Visual Studio
12 4 (1.16%) Appium
12 4 (1.16%) Cypress.io
12 4 (1.16%) eggPlant
12 4 (1.16%) Katalon Studio
12 4 (1.16%) NeoLoad
General
1 120 (34.68%) Social Skills
2 67 (19.36%) Finance
3 57 (16.47%) Analytical Skills
4 56 (16.18%) Public Sector
5 25 (7.23%) Influencing Skills
6 18 (5.20%) Presentation Skills
7 13 (3.76%) Banking
7 13 (3.76%) Law
8 10 (2.89%) Telecoms
9 9 (2.60%) Back Office
10 8 (2.31%) Retail
11 5 (1.45%) Marketing
12 3 (0.87%) Documentation Skills
12 3 (0.87%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.58%) Advertising
13 2 (0.58%) Automotive
13 2 (0.58%) Legal
13 2 (0.58%) Local Government
13 2 (0.58%) Military
13 2 (0.58%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 171 (49.42%) Analyst
2 89 (25.72%) Business Analyst
3 73 (21.10%) Test Analyst
4 51 (14.74%) Tester
5 26 (7.51%) Test Engineer
6 25 (7.23%) Test Manager
7 22 (6.36%) Business IT Analyst
7 22 (6.36%) IT Analyst
7 22 (6.36%) IT Business Analyst
8 18 (5.20%) Senior Analyst
9 16 (4.62%) Architect
9 16 (4.62%) QA Tester
10 15 (4.34%) Automation Tester
10 15 (4.34%) Test Leader
11 14 (4.05%) Senior Business Analyst
12 13 (3.76%) Agile Business Analyst
12 13 (3.76%) Project Manager
13 12 (3.47%) Data Business Analyst
14 11 (3.18%) QA Analyst
15 9 (2.60%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (13.01%) XML
2 15 (4.34%) SOAP
3 12 (3.47%) JSON
4 8 (2.31%) Kafka
5 7 (2.02%) Gherkin
6 6 (1.73%) .NET
6 6 (1.73%) RabbitMQ
6 6 (1.73%) Web Services
7 5 (1.45%) Spring
8 4 (1.16%) CSS
8 4 (1.16%) HTML
8 4 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
8 4 (1.16%) Play Framework
8 4 (1.16%) RESTful
9 3 (0.87%) REST
10 2 (0.58%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.58%) FIX Protocol
10 2 (0.58%) PySpark
11 1 (0.29%) Software Packaging
11 1 (0.29%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 11 (3.18%) Management Information System
2 9 (2.60%) Mobile App
2 9 (2.60%) User Experience
3 8 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (1.73%) Client/Server
5 5 (1.45%) Data Structures
6 4 (1.16%) Cloud Native
6 4 (1.16%) Data Protection Act
6 4 (1.16%) Mainframe
6 4 (1.16%) NHS
6 4 (1.16%) N-Tier
6 4 (1.16%) Robotics
7 3 (0.87%) Digital Media
7 3 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (0.58%) Algorithms
8 2 (0.58%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.58%) Fixed Income
8 2 (0.58%) PKI
8 2 (0.58%) Reinsurance
8 2 (0.58%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 53 (15.32%) Windows
2 46 (13.29%) Unix
3 15 (4.34%) Linux
4 5 (1.45%) CentOS
4 5 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (1.16%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.87%) HPUX
6 3 (0.87%) Solaris
6 3 (0.87%) SUSE
7 2 (0.58%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.58%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (32.66%) Test Automation
3 85 (24.57%) Test Scripting
4 74 (21.39%) Business Analysis
5 69 (19.94%) Software Testing
6 56 (16.18%) Test Strategy
7 55 (15.90%) Defect Management
8 43 (12.43%) Problem-Solving
8 43 (12.43%) Waterfall
9 40 (11.56%) SDLC
9 40 (11.56%) User Acceptance Testing
10 39 (11.27%) DevOps
11 36 (10.40%) PRINCE2
11 36 (10.40%) Requirements Gathering
12 35 (10.12%) Customer Requirements
12 35 (10.12%) Stakeholder Management
13 31 (8.96%) Scrum
14 29 (8.38%) Test Management
14 29 (8.38%) User Stories
14 29 (8.38%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 96 (27.75%) SQL
2 34 (9.83%) JavaScript
3 33 (9.54%) Java
4 8 (2.31%) C#
5 6 (1.73%) PL/SQL
5 6 (1.73%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.45%) VBA
7 4 (1.16%) Scala
8 3 (0.87%) C
8 3 (0.87%) C++
8 3 (0.87%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 3 (0.87%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.87%) VB
8 3 (0.87%) VBScript
9 2 (0.58%) COBOL
10 1 (0.29%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.29%) Erlang
10 1 (0.29%) Groovy
10 1 (0.29%) Java 8
10 1 (0.29%) Python
Qualifications
1 179 (51.73%) ISTQB
2 89 (25.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 61 (17.63%) Security Cleared
4 45 (13.01%) SC Cleared
5 31 (8.96%) ISEB Practitioner
6 29 (8.38%) Degree
7 17 (4.91%) DV Cleared
8 12 (3.47%) IIBA
9 9 (2.60%) CISA
10 7 (2.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 6 (1.73%) APMP
11 6 (1.73%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (1.73%) CEH
11 6 (1.73%) CISM
11 6 (1.73%) CISSP
11 6 (1.73%) CRISC
12 5 (1.45%) CBAP
13 3 (0.87%) GIAC
13 3 (0.87%) OSCE
13 3 (0.87%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (20.23%) QA
2 24 (6.94%) GDPR
3 7 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.02%) NIST
4 6 (1.73%) Accessibility
5 4 (1.16%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.87%) COBIT
6 3 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.58%) HL7
7 2 (0.58%) SLA
8 1 (0.29%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.29%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 4 (1.16%) vCloud
2 2 (0.58%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.29%) HDFS
3 1 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.29%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (4.62%) HP ALM
2 13 (3.76%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (1.73%) Puppet
4 4 (1.16%) Grafana
4 4 (1.16%) Kibana
5 3 (0.87%) HP Fortify
5 3 (0.87%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.58%) Terraform
7 1 (0.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 80 (23.12%) Oracle
2 51 (14.74%) Microsoft
3 32 (9.25%) SAP
4 19 (5.49%) HP
5 12 (3.47%) webMethods
6 11 (3.18%) Google
7 10 (2.89%) Splunk
8 8 (2.31%) Databricks
8 8 (2.31%) Micro Focus
9 5 (1.45%) IBM
10 4 (1.16%) Apple
10 4 (1.16%) Cisco
10 4 (1.16%) Informatica
10 4 (1.16%) Juniper
10 4 (1.16%) OutSystems
10 4 (1.16%) PagerDuty
10 4 (1.16%) VMware
11 3 (0.87%) Black Duck
11 3 (0.87%) Blue Prism
11 3 (0.87%) Sonatype