Period
to 14 October 2019

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 14 October 2019 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
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 362 320 286
Rank change year-on-year -42 -34 -51
Contract jobs citing ISEB 559 829 913
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.81% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.30% 4.37% 4.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 508 567
UK median daily rate £425 £381 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.48% -4.69% +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £268 £255
90th Percentile £540 £556 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +10.34% +3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 13
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.69% +70.59% -19.72%
10th Percentile £23.17 £24.80 £13.80
90th Percentile £72.75 £64.57 £44.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +76.47% -38.18%

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 16,963 18,978 18,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.86% 18.57% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,387 11,214 11,194
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £260 £250 £225
90th Percentile £643 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 830 949 891
UK median hourly rate £36.25 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.00% -9.09% -
10th Percentile £14.37 £12.73 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.12 £30.00
% change year-on-year +49.28% -16.27% +8.89%

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 14 October 2019.

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 14 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for ISEB in the UK

ISEB
Top 15 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 14 October 2019. 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 -45 526 £425 +8.97% 122
UK excluding London -21 452 £400 +10.34% 122
South East +17 158 £425 +13.33% 32
South West -25 98 £460 +26.90% 17
London -49 95 £455 -4.21% 6
North of England +35 83 £353 +0.71% 25
Midlands -16 56 £398 +6.85% 38
West Midlands -19 47 £398 +6.13% 21
Yorkshire +45 39 £350 - 13
East of England +6 35 £450 +15.76% 4
North West -4 25 £388 +1.97% 12
North East +28 19 £360 +2.86%
Wales +31 11 £345 -15.08% 4
Scotland +12 11 £325 - 2
East Midlands +18 9 £400 +18.52% 17

For the 6 months to 14 October 2019, 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.

1 298 (53.31%) ISTQB
2 296 (52.95%) Agile Software Development
3 210 (37.57%) Test Automation
4 144 (25.76%) Selenium
5 140 (25.04%) JIRA
6 130 (23.26%) Test Scripting
7 129 (23.08%) SQL
8 124 (22.18%) Finance
9 115 (20.57%) Oracle
10 108 (19.32%) QA
11 105 (18.78%) Security Cleared
12 101 (18.07%) Microsoft
12 101 (18.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 100 (17.89%) Java
14 98 (17.53%) Cucumber
15 90 (16.10%) Scrum
16 87 (15.56%) Business Analysis
17 85 (15.21%) User Acceptance Testing
18 82 (14.67%) Software Testing
19 78 (13.95%) Stakeholder Management
20 76 (13.60%) Test Strategy
21 69 (12.34%) Waterfall
22 67 (11.99%) Degree
22 67 (11.99%) Windows
23 64 (11.45%) HP
24 63 (11.27%) XML
24 63 (11.27%) Performance Testing
25 62 (11.09%) SDLC
25 62 (11.09%) Public Sector
26 61 (10.91%) ISEB Practitioner

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 55 (9.84%) Confluence
2 24 (4.29%) SharePoint
3 18 (3.22%) WebLogic
4 6 (1.07%) Apache
4 6 (1.07%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.54%) CMS
7 2 (0.36%) IBM HTTP Server
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 56 (10.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 43 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (4.83%) Microsoft Project
4 25 (4.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 24 (4.29%) MS Visio
6 11 (1.97%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.18%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.18%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 10 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.25%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (1.07%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.72%) SimCorp Dimension
4 4 (0.72%) thinkFolio
5 3 (0.54%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 2 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.36%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 45 (8.05%) Azure
2 18 (3.22%) GitHub
3 13 (2.33%) AWS
4 9 (1.61%) Office 365
5 6 (1.07%) SaaS
6 4 (0.72%) BrowserStack
6 4 (0.72%) IaaS
7 3 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (0.54%) GCP
7 3 (0.54%) Power Platform
8 2 (0.36%) Serverless
9 1 (0.18%) BlazeMeter
9 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.18%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.61%) Intranet
2 7 (1.25%) Internet
3 5 (0.89%) SAN
3 5 (0.89%) WAN
4 4 (0.72%) Firewall
4 4 (0.72%) LAN
4 4 (0.72%) VPN
5 3 (0.54%) Cisco IOS
5 3 (0.54%) Cisco IPT
5 3 (0.54%) DHCP
5 3 (0.54%) DNS
5 3 (0.54%) IP Telephony
5 3 (0.54%) MPLS
5 3 (0.54%) PBX
5 3 (0.54%) PuTTY
5 3 (0.54%) SSL
5 3 (0.54%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.54%) VLAN
5 3 (0.54%) VoIP
5 3 (0.54%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (4.47%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.29%) Oracle OWB
3 23 (4.11%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (3.40%) BusinessObjects
5 17 (3.04%) Oracle Database
6 16 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.72%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.72%) NoSQL
8 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.54%) Big Data
9 3 (0.54%) Impala
9 3 (0.54%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
9 3 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.54%) Pentaho
9 3 (0.54%) Power BI
9 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.36%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 144 (25.76%) Selenium
2 140 (25.04%) JIRA
3 98 (17.53%) Cucumber
4 51 (9.12%) Jenkins
5 44 (7.87%) JMeter
6 37 (6.62%) SoapUI
7 34 (6.08%) Team Foundation Server
8 25 (4.47%) WebDriver
9 24 (4.29%) Gatling
10 22 (3.94%) LoadRunner
10 22 (3.94%) SpecFlow
11 19 (3.40%) Visual Studio Team System
12 12 (2.15%) HP UFT
13 10 (1.79%) Zephyr
14 9 (1.61%) Ant
14 9 (1.61%) Git (software)
15 8 (1.43%) Oracle APEX
16 7 (1.25%) LoadUI
16 7 (1.25%) NeoLoad
17 6 (1.07%) Subversion
General
1 124 (22.18%) Finance
2 62 (11.09%) Public Sector
3 19 (3.40%) Telecoms
4 16 (2.86%) Banking
5 14 (2.50%) Front Office
6 13 (2.33%) Manufacturing
6 13 (2.33%) Retail
7 12 (2.15%) Legal
8 9 (1.61%) Military
9 8 (1.43%) Back Office
9 8 (1.43%) Marketing
10 5 (0.89%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.54%) Advertising
11 3 (0.54%) Law
11 3 (0.54%) Local Government
11 3 (0.54%) Police
11 3 (0.54%) Publishing
11 3 (0.54%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.36%) Automotive
12 2 (0.36%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 281 (50.27%) Analyst
2 142 (25.40%) Test Analyst
3 110 (19.68%) Business Analyst
4 58 (10.38%) Tester
5 55 (9.84%) Test Engineer
6 53 (9.48%) Test Manager
7 33 (5.90%) Test Leader
8 25 (4.47%) QA Analyst
9 23 (4.11%) QA Test Analyst
10 19 (3.40%) Project Manager
11 18 (3.22%) Automation Tester
11 18 (3.22%) PMO Analyst
12 17 (3.04%) Automation Test Analyst
12 17 (3.04%) IT Analyst
12 17 (3.04%) Performance Tester
13 16 (2.86%) Business IT Analyst
13 16 (2.86%) IT Business Analyst
14 15 (2.68%) Developer
14 15 (2.68%) Developer in Test
15 11 (1.97%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (11.27%) XML
2 28 (5.01%) Web Services
3 24 (4.29%) .NET
3 24 (4.29%) HTML
3 24 (4.29%) SOAP
4 17 (3.04%) Spring
5 16 (2.86%) CSS
6 13 (2.33%) RESTful
7 9 (1.61%) Gherkin
8 8 (1.43%) .NET Framework
9 6 (1.07%) Hibernate
10 5 (0.89%) Chai
10 5 (0.89%) Kafka
11 4 (0.72%) ASP.NET
11 4 (0.72%) Elastic Stack
11 4 (0.72%) Node.js
11 4 (0.72%) REST
11 4 (0.72%) WebdriverIO
11 4 (0.72%) WSDL
11 4 (0.72%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 54 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.94%) Self-Motivation
3 20 (3.58%) User Experience
4 16 (2.86%) Management Information System
5 11 (1.97%) Data Centre
5 11 (1.97%) NHS
6 9 (1.61%) Private Cloud
6 9 (1.61%) Public Cloud
7 8 (1.43%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.25%) Virtual Team
9 6 (1.07%) CESG
10 5 (0.89%) Client/Server
10 5 (0.89%) EPoS
10 5 (0.89%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 4 (0.72%) PMI
12 3 (0.54%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.54%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.54%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 67 (11.99%) Windows
2 53 (9.48%) Unix
3 17 (3.04%) Linux
4 9 (1.61%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (0.89%) CentOS
6 5 (0.89%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.54%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.18%) Android
8 1 (0.18%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.18%) Solaris
8 1 (0.18%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (52.95%) Agile Software Development
2 210 (37.57%) Test Automation
3 130 (23.26%) Test Scripting
4 90 (16.10%) Scrum
5 87 (15.56%) Business Analysis
6 85 (15.21%) User Acceptance Testing
7 82 (14.67%) Software Testing
8 78 (13.95%) Stakeholder Management
9 76 (13.60%) Test Strategy
10 69 (12.34%) Waterfall
11 63 (11.27%) Performance Testing
12 62 (11.09%) SDLC
13 58 (10.38%) PRINCE2
13 58 (10.38%) Project Management
14 56 (10.02%) Regression Testing
15 53 (9.48%) Test Management
16 51 (9.12%) ITIL
17 49 (8.77%) Integration Testing
17 49 (8.77%) User Stories
18 47 (8.41%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 129 (23.08%) SQL
2 100 (17.89%) Java
3 45 (8.05%) JavaScript
4 33 (5.90%) C#
5 13 (2.33%) C
6 11 (1.97%) PL/SQL
6 11 (1.97%) Python
7 10 (1.79%) Java 8
8 8 (1.43%) F#
8 8 (1.43%) Ruby
9 5 (0.89%) C++
9 5 (0.89%) VB
10 4 (0.72%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.54%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.36%) Groovy
12 2 (0.36%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.18%) PHP
Qualifications
1 298 (53.31%) ISTQB
2 105 (18.78%) Security Cleared
3 101 (18.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 67 (11.99%) Degree
5 61 (10.91%) ISEB Practitioner
6 57 (10.20%) SC Cleared
7 41 (7.33%) DV Cleared
8 17 (3.04%) IIBA
9 15 (2.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 13 (2.33%) APMP
10 13 (2.33%) PMI Certification
11 10 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
12 9 (1.61%) PMP
13 7 (1.25%) CISM
13 7 (1.25%) CISSP
13 7 (1.25%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 6 (1.07%) CBAP
14 6 (1.07%) CESG Certified Professional
14 6 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 4 (0.72%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (19.32%) QA
2 22 (3.94%) PMO
3 13 (2.33%) GDPR
4 12 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (1.97%) SLA
6 6 (1.07%) ISO 31000
6 6 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 5 (0.89%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.72%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.72%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.36%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.18%) HL7
10 1 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.18%) P3O
10 1 (0.18%) PSD2
System Software
1 18 (3.22%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.97%) vSphere
3 9 (1.61%) Docker
3 9 (1.61%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.36%) NDS
Systems Management
1 60 (10.73%) HP Quality Center
2 35 (6.26%) HP ALM
3 8 (1.43%) Ansible
3 8 (1.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 7 (1.25%) SCCM
4 7 (1.25%) Terraform
5 6 (1.07%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 5 (0.89%) SCOM
7 4 (0.72%) Kibana
8 2 (0.36%) BladeLogic
9 1 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.18%) Cisco UCCX
9 1 (0.18%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.18%) Nagios
Vendors
1 115 (20.57%) Oracle
2 101 (18.07%) Microsoft
3 64 (11.45%) HP
4 21 (3.76%) SAP
5 19 (3.40%) webMethods
6 14 (2.50%) IBM
7 11 (1.97%) CheckPoint
8 10 (1.79%) Niku
9 9 (1.61%) ServiceNow
10 8 (1.43%) Remedy
10 8 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.43%) VMware
11 7 (1.25%) Snow
12 6 (1.07%) NetIQ
13 5 (0.89%) Cisco
14 4 (0.72%) Adobe
14 4 (0.72%) Charles River
14 4 (0.72%) SimCorp
15 3 (0.54%) Google
15 3 (0.54%) Sparx