The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for ISEB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB)
England / West Midlands
Rank 85 72 99
Rank change year-on-year -13 +27  
Contract jobs citing ISEB 33 59 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.46% 2.19% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.53% 10.48% 5.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 25 14
Median daily rate £330 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.00% -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £280 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £560 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +3.57% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £16.49 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £44.75 £41.00
% change year-on-year +11.73% +9.14%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 438 563 452
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.35% 20.90% 17.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 316 231
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £249 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £483
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 21 45
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -43.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.63 £36.70 £39.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

ISEB
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISEB in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISEB in the West Midlands

ISEB
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISEB in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISEB in the West Midlands

ISEB
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISEB in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISEB in the West Midlands

ISEB
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISEB within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 March 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
Birmingham +7 12 £310 -22.50% 8
Worcestershire - 6 £350 -
Warwickshire -5 4 £300 -50.00% 2
Staffordshire +1 3 - - 2
Shropshire +19 2 - -
Coventry -3 1 £310 +10.71% 3
ISEB
England

ISEB
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for ISEB.

1 41 (59.42%) ISTQB
2 32 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 16 (23.19%) QA
5 13 (18.84%) SQL
5 13 (18.84%) Migration
6 12 (17.39%) Finance
6 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
6 12 (17.39%) Selenium
6 12 (17.39%) Data Migration
7 11 (15.94%) User Acceptance Testing
7 11 (15.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 10 (14.49%) System Testing
8 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (14.49%) BDD
8 10 (14.49%) Scrum
9 9 (13.04%) JIRA
9 9 (13.04%) Functional Testing
9 9 (13.04%) Manual Testing
10 8 (11.59%) Cucumber
10 8 (11.59%) SDLC
10 8 (11.59%) MS Excel
11 7 (10.14%) CRM
11 7 (10.14%) PRINCE2
11 7 (10.14%) Defect Management
11 7 (10.14%) Waterfall
11 7 (10.14%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (10.14%) Test Automation
12 6 (8.70%) Kanban
12 6 (8.70%) Test Management

ISEB
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 2 (2.90%) Confluence
1 2 (2.90%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (11.59%) MS Excel
2 4 (5.80%) MS Office
3 3 (4.35%) MS Project
3 3 (4.35%) Open Workbench
4 1 (1.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (7.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.45%) Lorenzo
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.45%) Cisco IPT
1 1 (1.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.90%) BusinessObjects
1 2 (2.90%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.45%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (1.45%) NonStop SQL
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle OWB
2 1 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (17.39%) Selenium
2 9 (13.04%) JIRA
3 8 (11.59%) Cucumber
4 3 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (4.35%) YouTrack
5 2 (2.90%) Gatling
5 2 (2.90%) Toad
6 1 (1.45%) Eclipse
6 1 (1.45%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (1.45%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (17.39%) Finance
2 4 (5.80%) Retail
3 2 (2.90%) Automotive
3 2 (2.90%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 37 (53.62%) Analyst
2 26 (37.68%) Test Analyst
3 12 (17.39%) Test Leader
4 9 (13.04%) Test Manager
4 9 (13.04%) Tester
5 8 (11.59%) QA Analyst
5 8 (11.59%) QA Test Analyst
6 7 (10.14%) Agile Test Analyst
6 7 (10.14%) Software Analyst
6 7 (10.14%) Software Test Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Automation Test Lead
7 6 (8.70%) Business Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) QA Engineer
7 6 (8.70%) QA Test Engineer
7 6 (8.70%) QA Tester
7 6 (8.70%) Software QA Engineer
7 6 (8.70%) Software QA Tester
7 6 (8.70%) Software Test Engineer
7 6 (8.70%) Software Tester
7 6 (8.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.70%) XML
2 5 (7.25%) Gherkin
3 3 (4.35%) .NET
3 3 (4.35%) CSS
3 3 (4.35%) HTML
4 1 (1.45%) SOAP
4 1 (1.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.35%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.90%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.90%) NHS
4 1 (1.45%) CESG
4 1 (1.45%) CESG CLAS
4 1 (1.45%) CMDB
4 1 (1.45%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.45%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.45%) PMI
4 1 (1.45%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.25%) Unix
1 5 (7.25%) Windows
2 2 (2.90%) Linux
3 1 (1.45%) AIX
3 1 (1.45%) Solaris
3 1 (1.45%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.45%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.45%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.45%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (46.38%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 13 (18.84%) Migration
4 12 (17.39%) Data Migration
5 11 (15.94%) User Acceptance Testing
6 10 (14.49%) BDD
6 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (14.49%) Scrum
6 10 (14.49%) System Testing
7 9 (13.04%) Functional Testing
7 9 (13.04%) Manual Testing
8 8 (11.59%) SDLC
9 7 (10.14%) CRM
9 7 (10.14%) Defect Management
9 7 (10.14%) PRINCE2
9 7 (10.14%) Test Automation
9 7 (10.14%) Waterfall
10 6 (8.70%) Automated Testing
10 6 (8.70%) Project Management
10 6 (8.70%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (18.84%) SQL
2 4 (5.80%) JavaScript
3 3 (4.35%) Java
4 1 (1.45%) COBOL
4 1 (1.45%) PHP
Qualifications
1 41 (59.42%) ISTQB
2 11 (15.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (5.80%) Degree
3 4 (5.80%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.80%) Security Cleared
4 3 (4.35%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (2.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.45%) CISSP
6 1 (1.45%) CLAS
6 1 (1.45%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (23.19%) QA
2 3 (4.35%) PMO
3 1 (1.45%) COBIT
3 1 (1.45%) GDPR
3 1 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.45%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.45%) SEPA
Systems Management
1 7 (10.14%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.70%) Oracle
3 3 (4.35%) HP
3 3 (4.35%) Remedy
3 3 (4.35%) SAP
4 2 (2.90%) Niku
4 2 (2.90%) webMethods
5 1 (1.45%) CA Agile Central
5 1 (1.45%) Cerner
5 1 (1.45%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.45%) CODA
5 1 (1.45%) Demandware
5 1 (1.45%) Guidewire
5 1 (1.45%) hybris