Period
to 26 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for DBS Check qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 26 July 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks
UK > England
6 months to
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 482 402 565
Rank change year-on-year -80 +163 +50
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 210 145 271
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.37% 0.43% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.89% 1.79% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 116 190
10th Percentile £129 £158 £125
25th Percentile £166 £267 £202
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £314 £500 £456
Median % change year-on-year -37.25% +9.59% +14.06%
75th Percentile £438 £550 £550
90th Percentile £538 £619 £614
UK median daily rate £350 £500 £465
% change year-on-year -30.00% +7.53% +18.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 7 15
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.77 "
25th Percentile £14.13 £13.63 £15.25
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.03% -4.69% -0.31%
75th Percentile £21.05 £16.25 £23.00
90th Percentile £24.07 £17.70 £23.62
UK median hourly rate £17.75 £15.63 £16.00
% change year-on-year +13.60% -2.34% -0.31%

DBS Check 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 advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 11,108 8,082 16,147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.65% 24.21% 19.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,121 5,384 10,174
10th Percentile £306 £300 £269
25th Percentile £401 £400 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £482 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.84% +1.37% +5.56%
75th Percentile £594 £575 £575
90th Percentile £676 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 571 270 662
10th Percentile £12.50 £15.25 £12.32
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £31.00 £31.39 £34.00
Median % change year-on-year -1.24% -7.68% +51.11%
75th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £60.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £31.39 £35.07
% change year-on-year -7.61% -10.48% +59.39%

DBS Check
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing DBS Check as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for DBS Check in England

DBS Check
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DBS Check in England.

Daily rate trend for DBS Check in England

DBS Check
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DBS Check in England over the 6 months to 26 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for DBS Check in England

DBS Check
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DBS Check in England.

Hourly rate trend for DBS Check in England

DBS Check
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DBS Check in England over the 6 months to 26 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DBS Check in England

DBS Check
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DBS Check within the England region over the 6 months to 26 July 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
North of England -32 49 £215 -59.05% 38
London -128 49 £375 -25.00% 38
Midlands -8 38 £220 +46.67% 56
North West -15 29 £175 -64.65% 20
South East -35 28 £406 -18.75% 62
East of England +2 23 £173 +7.81% 30
West Midlands -22 22 £250 +81.82% 33
Yorkshire -23 19 £450 -15.49% 13
East Midlands +1 16 £190 +5.56% 22
South West -2 14 £178 -51.03% 25
North East -4 1 £170 -64.58% 5
DBS Check
UK

For the 6 months to 26 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing DBS Check 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 across the England region with a requirement for DBS Check.

1 63 (30.00%) Microsoft 365
2 56 (26.67%) Windows
3 53 (25.24%) Microsoft
4 44 (20.95%) Active Directory
5 39 (18.57%) Agile Software Development
6 38 (18.10%) Social Skills
7 28 (13.33%) NHS
8 27 (12.86%) Azure
9 25 (11.90%) Windows 10
10 24 (11.43%) DevOps
10 24 (11.43%) Security Cleared
11 22 (10.48%) Driving Licence
12 21 (10.00%) BPSS Clearance
12 21 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
13 20 (9.52%) ITIL
13 20 (9.52%) SQL
13 20 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
13 20 (9.52%) Public Sector
14 19 (9.05%) Finance
14 19 (9.05%) SCCM
15 18 (8.57%) Migration
16 17 (8.10%) Apple
17 16 (7.62%) Windows Server
17 16 (7.62%) Coaching
18 15 (7.14%) Service Delivery
18 15 (7.14%) Python
19 14 (6.67%) Google
20 13 (6.19%) Project Management
21 12 (5.71%) Business Analysis
21 12 (5.71%) Network Management

DBS Check
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 5 (2.38%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.90%) Apache
2 4 (1.90%) Confluence
3 3 (1.43%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.43%) Cloud Foundry
3 3 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (1.43%) JBoss
3 3 (1.43%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.43%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.48%) nginx
4 1 (0.48%) SAS
4 1 (0.48%) Tomcat
Applications
1 21 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.90%) Tesseract
2 3 (1.43%) Relativity
3 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 63 (30.00%) Microsoft 365
2 27 (12.86%) Azure
3 10 (4.76%) AWS
3 10 (4.76%) Azure Active Directory
3 10 (4.76%) Power Platform
4 4 (1.90%) GCP
4 4 (1.90%) Mimecast
5 3 (1.43%) IaaS
6 2 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.95%) GitHub
6 2 (0.95%) Google Workspace
6 2 (0.95%) PaaS
6 2 (0.95%) Power Automate
7 1 (0.48%) Azure Logic Apps
7 1 (0.48%) Azure Sentinel
7 1 (0.48%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.48%) npm
7 1 (0.48%) PowerApps
7 1 (0.48%) SaaS
7 1 (0.48%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.29%) WAN
2 8 (3.81%) Wireless
3 7 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
4 6 (2.86%) Firewall
4 6 (2.86%) SD-WAN
5 5 (2.38%) VPN
6 3 (1.43%) DHCP
6 3 (1.43%) DNS
6 3 (1.43%) LAN
6 3 (1.43%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.95%) Skype
7 2 (0.95%) VoIP
7 2 (0.95%) WebEx
8 1 (0.48%) BIG-IP
8 1 (0.48%) Intranet
8 1 (0.48%) Network Security
8 1 (0.48%) OpenVPN
8 1 (0.48%) SSL
8 1 (0.48%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.48%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.81%) Power BI
2 4 (1.90%) NoSQL
2 4 (1.90%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.43%) GIS
3 3 (1.43%) Parquet
3 3 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.95%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (0.95%) MySQL
4 2 (0.95%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.48%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.48%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.48%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.48%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.48%) QlikView
5 1 (0.48%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.48%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 6 (2.86%) JIRA
2 5 (2.38%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.38%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.43%) Gradle
3 3 (1.43%) IntelliJ
4 1 (0.48%) Artifactory
4 1 (0.48%) GitLab
4 1 (0.48%) gulp
4 1 (0.48%) Maven
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (0.48%) Selenium
4 1 (0.48%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.48%) Yeoman
General
1 38 (18.10%) Social Skills
2 20 (9.52%) Public Sector
3 19 (9.05%) Finance
4 11 (5.24%) Legal
5 8 (3.81%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.38%) Local Government
7 4 (1.90%) Influencing Skills
8 3 (1.43%) Law
8 3 (1.43%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (1.43%) Retail
8 3 (1.43%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.95%) Marketing
10 1 (0.48%) Advertising
10 1 (0.48%) Back Office
10 1 (0.48%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (0.48%) Electronics
10 1 (0.48%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.48%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.48%) Social Science
Job Titles
1 42 (20.00%) Analyst
2 26 (12.38%) Support Engineer
3 19 (9.05%) 2nd Line Support
4 15 (7.14%) Developer
5 14 (6.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 13 (6.19%) Desktop Support
7 12 (5.71%) Service Analyst
8 11 (5.24%) Service Desk Analyst
9 10 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 10 (4.76%) Business Analyst
10 8 (3.81%) Desktop Engineer
11 7 (3.33%) Architect
12 6 (2.86%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 6 (2.86%) Database Engineer
12 6 (2.86%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 6 (2.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 6 (2.86%) IT Engineer
12 6 (2.86%) IT Support
12 6 (2.86%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
12 6 (2.86%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.43%) Spring
1 3 (1.43%) Spring Boot
2 2 (0.95%) REST
2 2 (0.95%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 2 (0.95%) XMPP
3 1 (0.48%) AngularJS
3 1 (0.48%) Apache Camel
3 1 (0.48%) Express
3 1 (0.48%) jQuery
3 1 (0.48%) Kafka
3 1 (0.48%) Laravel
3 1 (0.48%) LDAP
3 1 (0.48%) Node.js
3 1 (0.48%) NumPy
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.48%) Regular Expression
3 1 (0.48%) RESTful
3 1 (0.48%) SAML
3 1 (0.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (0.48%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 28 (13.33%) NHS
2 22 (10.48%) Driving Licence
3 7 (3.33%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.43%) Clustering
5 2 (0.95%) Data Structures
5 2 (0.95%) HoloLens
5 2 (0.95%) User Experience
6 1 (0.48%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.48%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.48%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.48%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.48%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.48%) iPhone
6 1 (0.48%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.48%) Marketing Technology
6 1 (0.48%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.48%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 56 (26.67%) Windows
2 25 (11.90%) Windows 10
3 16 (7.62%) Windows Server
4 7 (3.33%) Windows 7
5 5 (2.38%) Linux
5 5 (2.38%) Windows Server 2016
6 3 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.43%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (0.95%) Android
7 2 (0.95%) VMS
8 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.48%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.48%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.48%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (18.57%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (11.43%) DevOps
3 20 (9.52%) ITIL
3 20 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (8.57%) Migration
5 16 (7.62%) Coaching
6 15 (7.14%) Service Delivery
7 13 (6.19%) Project Management
8 12 (5.71%) Business Analysis
8 12 (5.71%) Network Management
9 9 (4.29%) Business Intelligence
9 9 (4.29%) Problem Management
10 8 (3.81%) IT Strategy
10 8 (3.81%) Scrum
11 7 (3.33%) Contract Management
11 7 (3.33%) Proactive Monitoring
11 7 (3.33%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (2.86%) Computer Science
12 6 (2.86%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 6 (2.86%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 20 (9.52%) SQL
2 15 (7.14%) Python
3 5 (2.38%) Java
3 5 (2.38%) JavaScript
4 4 (1.90%) C#
4 4 (1.90%) PowerShell
5 2 (0.95%) Bash Shell
5 2 (0.95%) PHP
5 2 (0.95%) PL/SQL
5 2 (0.95%) R
5 2 (0.95%) TypeScript
6 1 (0.48%) C
6 1 (0.48%) Groovy
6 1 (0.48%) Perl
6 1 (0.48%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (11.43%) Security Cleared
2 21 (10.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 9 (4.29%) Degree
3 9 (4.29%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.38%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.43%) CCNP
7 2 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.95%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.48%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.48%) CCNA
8 1 (0.48%) ISEB
8 1 (0.48%) JNCIA
8 1 (0.48%) MCSE
8 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.48%) Postgraduate
8 1 (0.48%) SSCP
8 1 (0.48%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.29%) SLA
2 5 (2.38%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.90%) QA
4 3 (1.43%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.95%) GDPR
5 2 (0.95%) PMO
6 1 (0.48%) HL7
System Software
1 44 (20.95%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.86%) Firmware
3 4 (1.90%) Docker
4 3 (1.43%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.48%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (9.05%) SCCM
2 9 (4.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (2.86%) FortiGate
4 4 (1.90%) Kubernetes
5 3 (1.43%) Ansible
5 3 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (1.43%) Terraform
6 1 (0.48%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 1 (0.48%) Graylog
6 1 (0.48%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.48%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.48%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 53 (25.24%) Microsoft
2 17 (8.10%) Apple
3 14 (6.67%) Google
4 11 (5.24%) HP
5 8 (3.81%) Oracle
6 7 (3.33%) Cisco
7 6 (2.86%) Fortinet
7 6 (2.86%) Ubiquiti
8 5 (2.38%) Brio
9 4 (1.90%) Red Hat
9 4 (1.90%) ServiceNow
10 3 (1.43%) CA
10 3 (1.43%) CA Agile Central
10 3 (1.43%) Citrix
10 3 (1.43%) Databricks
10 3 (1.43%) MobileIron
10 3 (1.43%) Nuix
10 3 (1.43%) VMware
11 2 (0.95%) McAfee
11 2 (0.95%) ZyXEL