Period
to 26 September 2017

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 26 September 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
6 months to
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 273 228 181
Rank change year-on-year -45 -47 -14
Contract jobs citing ISEB 909 1270 1553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 1.19% 1.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.90% 5.60% 7.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 569 894 1085
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £250 £263 £253
90th Percentile £500 £519 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 14
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £14.85 £17.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.48% -16.05% -43.94%
10th Percentile £13.80 £11.76 £13.81
90th Percentile £44.98 £58.60 £36.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £14.89 £18.88
% change year-on-year +14.19% -21.15% -40.17%

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 18557 22686 21774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 21.25% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11261 14098 12915
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £233 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 828 1077
UK median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.36% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.12 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.42 £47.88 £48.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.36% +14.01% +20.60%

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 26 September 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 6 months to 26 September 2017.

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 26 September 2017. 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 -48 845 £400 +4.23% 80
UK excluding London -20 604 £350 - 60
London -73 301 £450 +5.88% 25
South East -8 204 £353 -6.93% 14
North of England +19 105 £335 -4.29% 23
Midlands -30 95 £400 +14.29% 8
South West +17 93 £380 +10.14% 5
West Midlands -23 51 £344 -1.79% 5
Yorkshire +10 50 £350 - 7
East of England -16 50 £350 -6.67% 5
Scotland -27 43 £336 +3.23% 5
North West -5 42 £325 - 15
East Midlands -14 40 £475 +33.80% 2
Wales -28 17 £320 -1.54%
North East +80 13 £350 +2.94% 1

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 414 (45.54%) Agile Software Development
2 385 (42.35%) ISTQB
3 243 (26.73%) Test Automation
4 221 (24.31%) Finance
5 183 (20.13%) Business Analysis
6 175 (19.25%) Test Scripting
7 173 (19.03%) Software Testing
8 172 (18.92%) User Acceptance Testing
9 168 (18.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 167 (18.37%) SQL
11 147 (16.17%) Scrum
12 134 (14.74%) HP
13 129 (14.19%) Waterfall
14 127 (13.97%) JIRA
15 120 (13.20%) Selenium
16 115 (12.65%) Degree
16 115 (12.65%) PRINCE2
17 108 (11.88%) Stakeholder Management
17 108 (11.88%) QA
18 107 (11.77%) Banking
18 107 (11.77%) Microsoft
19 99 (10.89%) Security Cleared
19 99 (10.89%) HP Quality Center
19 99 (10.89%) SDLC
20 95 (10.45%) Java
21 90 (9.90%) ITIL
22 85 (9.35%) Test Strategy
23 82 (9.02%) Test Planning
23 82 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
24 81 (8.91%) Oracle

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 40 (4.40%) Confluence
2 24 (2.64%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 9 (0.99%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.44%) IIS
5 4 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.33%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.22%) CMS
7 2 (0.22%) Documentum
7 2 (0.22%) Drupal
7 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.22%) WebLogic Portal
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.11%) IBM HTTP Server
8 1 (0.11%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.11%) SAS
8 1 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.11%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 32 (3.52%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (3.08%) MS Visio
3 26 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (1.87%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.44%) iTrent
2 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.33%) Maximo
3 3 (0.33%) NetSuite
3 3 (0.33%) TRIRIGA
4 2 (0.22%) Actimize
4 2 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 2 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.22%) Primavera
4 2 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 2 (0.22%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.11%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.11%) Sonata
5 1 (0.11%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.21%) SaaS
3 8 (0.88%) Office 365
4 4 (0.44%) PaaS
5 2 (0.22%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.22%) GitHub
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.11%) IaaS
6 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.32%) LDAP
1 12 (1.32%) PuTTY
1 12 (1.32%) WinSCP
2 11 (1.21%) Internet
3 10 (1.10%) LAN
3 10 (1.10%) WAN
4 9 (0.99%) SMS
4 9 (0.99%) TCP/IP
5 7 (0.77%) Firewall
6 5 (0.55%) POP3
6 5 (0.55%) SMTP
6 5 (0.55%) VLAN
7 4 (0.44%) IPv4
7 4 (0.44%) IPv6
8 3 (0.33%) NetScaler
8 3 (0.33%) Skype
8 3 (0.33%) SSL
8 3 (0.33%) VPN
9 2 (0.22%) MVNO
9 2 (0.22%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (4.84%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.96%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (2.97%) Oracle Database
4 18 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (1.21%) Oracle Database 10g
6 11 (1.21%) Oracle Database 11g
6 11 (1.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
7 10 (1.10%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7 10 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
8 7 (0.77%) Relational Database
8 7 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (0.66%) SAP BW
9 6 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (0.55%) Big Data
10 5 (0.55%) Pentaho
11 4 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
12 3 (0.33%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 127 (13.97%) JIRA
2 120 (13.20%) Selenium
3 57 (6.27%) SoapUI
3 57 (6.27%) Team Foundation Server
4 55 (6.05%) HP UFT
5 42 (4.62%) Cucumber
6 37 (4.07%) JMeter
7 36 (3.96%) WebDriver
8 34 (3.74%) Jenkins
9 33 (3.63%) LoadRunner
10 32 (3.52%) SpecFlow
11 20 (2.20%) LoadUI
12 17 (1.87%) Eclipse
12 17 (1.87%) Visual Studio
13 15 (1.65%) Zephyr
14 13 (1.43%) Ant
14 13 (1.43%) TestNG
15 12 (1.32%) Oracle APEX
16 10 (1.10%) Hudson
17 9 (0.99%) Git (software)
General
1 221 (24.31%) Finance
2 107 (11.77%) Banking
3 78 (8.58%) Retail
4 37 (4.07%) Retail Banking
5 28 (3.08%) Telecoms
6 26 (2.86%) Legal
7 17 (1.87%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.65%) Marketing
9 12 (1.32%) Private Banking
9 12 (1.32%) Publishing
9 12 (1.32%) Spanish Language
10 10 (1.10%) Investment Banking
11 8 (0.88%) Automotive
11 8 (0.88%) Back Office
12 6 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.55%) Front Office
13 5 (0.55%) Games
13 5 (0.55%) Law
14 3 (0.33%) Advertising
14 3 (0.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 528 (58.09%) Analyst
2 257 (28.27%) Test Analyst
3 225 (24.75%) Business Analyst
4 86 (9.46%) Test Manager
5 81 (8.91%) Tester
6 60 (6.60%) Senior Analyst
7 54 (5.94%) Test Leader
8 41 (4.51%) Automation Test Analyst
9 40 (4.40%) Project Manager
10 37 (4.07%) Agile Test Analyst
11 36 (3.96%) Test Engineer
12 35 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
13 26 (2.86%) Business Systems Analyst
14 25 (2.75%) Performance Analyst
14 25 (2.75%) Performance Test Analyst
15 23 (2.53%) Architect
15 23 (2.53%) Selenium Test Analyst
16 22 (2.42%) Systems Analyst
17 21 (2.31%) Agile Business Analyst
18 20 (2.20%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (5.17%) Web Services
2 44 (4.84%) .NET
3 36 (3.96%) XML
4 21 (2.31%) SOAP
5 14 (1.54%) J2EE
6 13 (1.43%) Gherkin
6 13 (1.43%) Hibernate
6 13 (1.43%) Spring
7 8 (0.88%) Middleware
8 7 (0.77%) AngularJS
8 7 (0.77%) COM+
8 7 (0.77%) HTML
8 7 (0.77%) REST
8 7 (0.77%) RESTful
9 6 (0.66%) JSON
10 5 (0.55%) HTML5
11 4 (0.44%) Struts
12 3 (0.33%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.33%) WPF
12 3 (0.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 82 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.18%) Management Information System
3 24 (2.64%) Computer Science
4 21 (2.31%) PMI
5 16 (1.76%) Mobile App
5 16 (1.76%) User Experience
6 14 (1.54%) Data Centre
7 11 (1.21%) Client/Server
8 9 (0.99%) Derivative
9 8 (0.88%) NHS
10 7 (0.77%) Equities
10 7 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (0.77%) IVR
11 6 (0.66%) Frameworx
11 6 (0.66%) STB
12 5 (0.55%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.55%) Fixed Income
12 5 (0.55%) iSeries
12 5 (0.55%) Public Cloud
13 4 (0.44%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 72 (7.92%) Windows
2 40 (4.40%) Linux
3 33 (3.63%) Unix
4 14 (1.54%) Windows Server
4 14 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (1.32%) Windows 10
6 10 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.55%) Windows Vista
8 4 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.33%) AIX
9 3 (0.33%) Android
9 3 (0.33%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.11%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.11%) Solaris
10 1 (0.11%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 414 (45.54%) Agile Software Development
2 243 (26.73%) Test Automation
3 183 (20.13%) Business Analysis
4 175 (19.25%) Test Scripting
5 173 (19.03%) Software Testing
6 172 (18.92%) User Acceptance Testing
7 147 (16.17%) Scrum
8 129 (14.19%) Waterfall
9 115 (12.65%) PRINCE2
10 108 (11.88%) Stakeholder Management
11 99 (10.89%) SDLC
12 90 (9.90%) ITIL
13 85 (9.35%) Test Strategy
14 82 (9.02%) Test Planning
15 80 (8.80%) User Stories
16 79 (8.69%) BDD
17 77 (8.47%) Defect Management
18 75 (8.25%) Test Management
19 71 (7.81%) Regression Testing
20 68 (7.48%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 167 (18.37%) SQL
2 95 (10.45%) Java
3 48 (5.28%) C#
4 28 (3.08%) Python
5 26 (2.86%) JavaScript
6 20 (2.20%) PL/SQL
7 18 (1.98%) Ruby
8 13 (1.43%) VB
9 12 (1.32%) C
9 12 (1.32%) F#
10 11 (1.21%) VBScript
11 9 (0.99%) Groovy
12 8 (0.88%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.77%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.44%) C++
15 3 (0.33%) PHP
15 3 (0.33%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.22%) ABAP
16 2 (0.22%) ActionScript
16 2 (0.22%) RPG
Qualifications
1 385 (42.35%) ISTQB
2 168 (18.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 115 (12.65%) Degree
4 99 (10.89%) Security Cleared
5 50 (5.50%) SC Cleared
6 39 (4.29%) ISEB Practitioner
7 35 (3.85%) IIBA
8 33 (3.63%) CBAP
9 31 (3.41%) DV Cleared
10 28 (3.08%) PMI Certification
11 23 (2.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 21 (2.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 11 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (1.10%) PMP
14 10 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 7 (0.77%) CITP
15 7 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
16 6 (0.66%) CCAA
16 6 (0.66%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (11.88%) QA
2 28 (3.08%) GDPR
3 18 (1.98%) Data Quality
4 11 (1.21%) MiFID
5 10 (1.10%) PMO
6 7 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 7 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.55%) EMIR
9 4 (0.44%) COBIT
9 4 (0.44%) Dodd-Frank
9 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.33%) IFRS
10 3 (0.33%) IFRS 9
10 3 (0.33%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.33%) TickIT
11 2 (0.22%) FATCA
11 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.22%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (1.43%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.32%) vSphere
3 9 (0.99%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.44%) XenApp
5 3 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.33%) XenServer
6 2 (0.22%) Firmware
7 1 (0.11%) HDFS
7 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 99 (10.89%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.66%) SCCM
3 5 (0.55%) Cisco IPCC
3 5 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (0.44%) SCOM
4 4 (0.44%) vRealize
5 2 (0.22%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.11%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.11%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 134 (14.74%) HP
2 107 (11.77%) Microsoft
3 81 (8.91%) Oracle
4 32 (3.52%) SAP
5 25 (2.75%) IBM
6 21 (2.31%) Atlassian
7 15 (1.65%) Sybase
8 14 (1.54%) VMware
9 12 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
10 10 (1.10%) Citrix
10 10 (1.10%) Red Hat
11 9 (0.99%) Cisco
12 8 (0.88%) Cognos
13 7 (0.77%) BMC
13 7 (0.77%) Snow
13 7 (0.77%) webMethods
14 6 (0.66%) Software AG
15 5 (0.55%) Progress
15 5 (0.55%) Siebel
15 5 (0.55%) Workday