Period
to 18 October 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 18 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks
UK > England
6 months to
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 494 367 537
Rank change year-on-year -127 +170 +69
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 255 123 248
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.38% 0.46% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.03% 1.85% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 96 159
10th Percentile £118 £160 £127
25th Percentile £160 £392 £198
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £288 £500 £425
Median % change year-on-year -42.50% +17.65% +13.33%
75th Percentile £475 £550 £550
90th Percentile £571 £625 £663
UK median daily rate £350 £500 £425
% change year-on-year -30.00% +17.65% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 13 19
10th Percentile £12.99 £11.10 £14.87
25th Percentile £14.13 £14.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate £16.25 £19.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -14.47% +18.75% +18.52%
75th Percentile £18.00 £21.05 £21.16
90th Percentile £20.45 " £23.21
UK median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +25.81% +14.81%

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 12,573 6,651 15,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.73% 25.03% 20.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,104 4,515 9,979
10th Percentile £308 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £394 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £485 £470
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +3.19% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 596 238 654
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.13 £20.14 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.25 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.02% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.81 £48.61 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £63.98 £62.15
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%

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 18 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for DBS Check in England

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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

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Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DBS Check in England over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DBS Check in England

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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 18 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
London -179 71 £325 -40.91% 70
North of England -45 58 £375 -28.57% 76
Midlands -44 40 £165 +22.22% 56
South East -94 34 £400 -20.00% 57
West Midlands -40 28 £150 +15.38% 38
North West -45 27 £345 -34.29% 30
Yorkshire -36 26 £475 -9.52% 25
East of England -32 23 £286 +78.91% 26
South West -33 22 £173 -63.10% 20
East Midlands -28 12 £190 +40.74% 18
North East - 5 £150 - 21
DBS Check
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 74 (29.02%) Windows
2 71 (27.84%) Microsoft 365
3 58 (22.75%) Microsoft
4 55 (21.57%) Active Directory
4 55 (21.57%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (15.69%) Social Skills
6 33 (12.94%) NHS
7 30 (11.76%) BPSS Clearance
8 29 (11.37%) Microsoft Office
9 27 (10.59%) SQL
10 26 (10.20%) Security Cleared
10 26 (10.20%) Azure
10 26 (10.20%) Public Sector
11 25 (9.80%) Coaching
12 24 (9.41%) Apple
13 23 (9.02%) Project Management
13 23 (9.02%) DevOps
13 23 (9.02%) Windows 10
14 22 (8.63%) Windows Server
15 21 (8.24%) ITIL
16 20 (7.84%) Python
16 20 (7.84%) Driving Licence
16 20 (7.84%) Problem-Solving
17 19 (7.45%) SCCM
18 18 (7.06%) Google
19 17 (6.67%) Scrum
20 16 (6.27%) Wireless
20 16 (6.27%) Finance
20 16 (6.27%) Migration
21 15 (5.88%) Windows Server 2016

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 7 (2.75%) Cloud Foundry
2 4 (1.57%) Apache
2 4 (1.57%) Apache Spark
2 4 (1.57%) Confluence
2 4 (1.57%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.18%) JBoss
3 3 (1.18%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.78%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.39%) nginx
5 1 (0.39%) SAS
5 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
Applications
1 29 (11.37%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.78%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.39%) SPSS
4 1 (0.39%) Stata
Business Applications
1 3 (1.18%) Relativity
2 1 (0.39%) Sage CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.39%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 71 (27.84%) Microsoft 365
2 26 (10.20%) Azure
3 14 (5.49%) AWS
4 11 (4.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (2.75%) GCP
6 6 (2.35%) Power Platform
7 2 (0.78%) GitHub
7 2 (0.78%) Google Workspace
7 2 (0.78%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.78%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.78%) Serverless
8 1 (0.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.39%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.39%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.39%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.39%) IaaS
8 1 (0.39%) Route 53
8 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.27%) Wireless
2 12 (4.71%) Firewall
3 8 (3.14%) WAN
4 6 (2.35%) SD-WAN
4 6 (2.35%) VPN
4 6 (2.35%) Wi-Fi
5 5 (1.96%) VoIP
6 3 (1.18%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.78%) DHCP
7 2 (0.78%) DNS
7 2 (0.78%) LAN
7 2 (0.78%) Skype
7 2 (0.78%) WebEx
8 1 (0.39%) 2.5G
8 1 (0.39%) 3G
8 1 (0.39%) Intranet
8 1 (0.39%) SMS
8 1 (0.39%) SSL
8 1 (0.39%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.39%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.14%) NoSQL
2 5 (1.96%) Power BI
3 4 (1.57%) Electronic Patient Records
3 4 (1.57%) GIS
4 3 (1.18%) Parquet
4 3 (1.18%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.78%) Apache Hive
5 2 (0.78%) MySQL
5 2 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.78%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.78%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.39%) Big Data
6 1 (0.39%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.39%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.39%) Redis
6 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.39%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 10 (3.92%) Jenkins
2 9 (3.53%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.75%) Gradle
3 7 (2.75%) IntelliJ
3 7 (2.75%) JIRA
4 3 (1.18%) Selenium
5 2 (0.78%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.39%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.39%) GitLab
6 1 (0.39%) gulp
6 1 (0.39%) Maven
6 1 (0.39%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (0.39%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.39%) TestRail
6 1 (0.39%) Yeoman
General
1 40 (15.69%) Social Skills
2 26 (10.20%) Public Sector
3 16 (6.27%) Finance
4 13 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (3.53%) Legal
6 4 (1.57%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.18%) Influencing Skills
7 3 (1.18%) Law
7 3 (1.18%) Organisational Skills
7 3 (1.18%) Retail
8 2 (0.78%) Back Office
8 2 (0.78%) Marketing
9 1 (0.39%) Automotive
9 1 (0.39%) Billing
9 1 (0.39%) Electronics
9 1 (0.39%) Games
9 1 (0.39%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 1 (0.39%) Local Government
9 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.39%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 50 (19.61%) Analyst
2 32 (12.55%) Support Engineer
3 21 (8.24%) 1st Line Support
4 17 (6.67%) Developer
5 16 (6.27%) Service Analyst
5 16 (6.27%) Service Desk Analyst
6 13 (5.10%) Business Analyst
7 11 (4.31%) 2nd Line Support
7 11 (4.31%) Project Manager
8 10 (3.92%) 1st Line Engineer
8 10 (3.92%) 1st Line Support Engineer
8 10 (3.92%) Desktop Engineer
8 10 (3.92%) ICT Engineer
8 10 (3.92%) ICT Support
8 10 (3.92%) ICT Support Engineer
9 9 (3.53%) IT Support
9 9 (3.53%) IT Technician
10 8 (3.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 8 (3.14%) Architect
10 8 (3.14%) Database Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.14%) Spring Boot
2 7 (2.75%) Spring
3 6 (2.35%) REST
4 2 (0.78%) Kafka
4 2 (0.78%) RESTful
4 2 (0.78%) Web Services
4 2 (0.78%) XML
4 2 (0.78%) XMPP
5 1 (0.39%) .NET
5 1 (0.39%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.39%) Hibernate
5 1 (0.39%) JPA
5 1 (0.39%) jQuery
5 1 (0.39%) JSON
5 1 (0.39%) LDAP
5 1 (0.39%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.39%) SAML
5 1 (0.39%) SOAP
5 1 (0.39%) XSD
5 1 (0.39%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 33 (12.94%) NHS
2 20 (7.84%) Driving Licence
3 8 (3.14%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.18%) Data Structures
4 3 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (1.18%) User Experience
5 2 (0.78%) Clustering
5 2 (0.78%) CMDB
5 2 (0.78%) EPoS
6 1 (0.39%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.39%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.39%) Linked Data
6 1 (0.39%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.39%) Marketing Technology
6 1 (0.39%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 74 (29.02%) Windows
2 23 (9.02%) Windows 10
3 22 (8.63%) Windows Server
4 15 (5.88%) Windows Server 2016
4 15 (5.88%) Windows Server 2019
5 7 (2.75%) Linux
5 7 (2.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.96%) Windows 7
8 4 (1.57%) Windows Vista
8 4 (1.57%) Windows XP
9 3 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.78%) Android
10 2 (0.78%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.78%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (21.57%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (9.80%) Coaching
3 23 (9.02%) DevOps
3 23 (9.02%) Project Management
4 21 (8.24%) ITIL
5 20 (7.84%) Problem-Solving
6 17 (6.67%) Scrum
7 16 (6.27%) Migration
8 14 (5.49%) Business Analysis
8 14 (5.49%) Network Management
8 14 (5.49%) TDD
9 13 (5.10%) Service Delivery
10 12 (4.71%) SDLC
10 12 (4.71%) Software Engineering
11 11 (4.31%) Project Delivery
12 9 (3.53%) Software Delivery
13 8 (3.14%) Contract Management
13 8 (3.14%) IT Strategy
13 8 (3.14%) Stakeholder Management
14 7 (2.75%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 27 (10.59%) SQL
2 20 (7.84%) Python
3 12 (4.71%) Java
4 9 (3.53%) JavaScript
5 5 (1.96%) C#
6 4 (1.57%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.18%) Ruby
8 2 (0.78%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.78%) Groovy
8 2 (0.78%) Java 11
8 2 (0.78%) PHP
8 2 (0.78%) R
8 2 (0.78%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.39%) C
9 1 (0.39%) Perl
9 1 (0.39%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.39%) Scala
9 1 (0.39%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (11.76%) BPSS Clearance
2 26 (10.20%) Security Cleared
3 11 (4.31%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.35%) Degree
5 4 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.18%) ISEB
6 3 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.18%) MCP
7 2 (0.78%) CCNA
7 2 (0.78%) CCNP
8 1 (0.39%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.39%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.39%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.39%) JNCIA
8 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.39%) NVQ Level 4
8 1 (0.39%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.35%) GDPR
2 5 (1.96%) Cyber Essentials
2 5 (1.96%) QA
2 5 (1.96%) SLA
3 2 (0.78%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.39%) PMO
System Software
1 55 (21.57%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.14%) Docker
3 3 (1.18%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.78%) Firmware
4 2 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (7.45%) SCCM
2 9 (3.53%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (2.75%) Kubernetes
4 6 (2.35%) FortiGate
5 4 (1.57%) Terraform
6 3 (1.18%) SmoothWall
7 2 (0.78%) Ansible
7 2 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.78%) PaperCut
8 1 (0.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 1 (0.39%) Grafana
8 1 (0.39%) Graylog
8 1 (0.39%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.39%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 58 (22.75%) Microsoft
2 24 (9.41%) Apple
3 18 (7.06%) Google
4 12 (4.71%) Brio
5 8 (3.14%) CA
5 8 (3.14%) HP
5 8 (3.14%) Oracle
6 7 (2.75%) CA Agile Central
7 6 (2.35%) Cisco
7 6 (2.35%) Fortinet
7 6 (2.35%) Ubiquiti
8 4 (1.57%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.18%) Citrix
9 3 (1.18%) Databricks
9 3 (1.18%) Nuix
9 3 (1.18%) Sophos
9 3 (1.18%) VMware
10 2 (0.78%) MobileIron
10 2 (0.78%) ServiceNow
10 2 (0.78%) ZyXEL