Period
to 23 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for DBS Check qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 23 January 2020 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
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 480 606 712
Rank change year-on-year +126 +106 -9
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 281 284 175
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.28% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.82% 1.48% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 211 108
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +128.57% +4.48%
10th Percentile £133 £119 £125
90th Percentile £650 £550 £547
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £161
% change year-on-year - +148.06% -3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 33 29
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -18.92% +17.46%
10th Percentile £11.93 £10.21 £12.20
90th Percentile £81.50 £20.00 £69.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.65 £13.50
% change year-on-year -0.96% +15.93% -6.90%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 15,448 19,170 19,193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.33% 19.24% 19.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,514 11,422 11,800
UK median daily rate £458 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.67% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £256 £256 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 723 898 840
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £28.62 £24.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.28% +15.55% -4.50%
10th Percentile £14.34 £12.56 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.40 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £25.69
% change year-on-year +27.27% +7.05% -5.72%

DBS Check
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing DBS Check as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DBS Check.

Contractor daily rate trend for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DBS Check over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DBS Check.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DBS Check over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
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 DBS Check within the UK over the 6 months to 23 January 2020. 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 +129 255 £414 +3.44% 173
UK excluding London +81 189 £400 - 155
London +138 85 £478 +27.33% 27
North of England +8 55 £475 +11.76% 51
South East +70 51 £350 -12.50% 40
South West +36 34 £406 -2.69% 6
North West +32 30 £450 +28.57% 31
Wales +37 16 £538 -6.52% 6
Yorkshire +36 16 £475 +5.56% 15
East of England +25 14 £183 -47.86% 16
Midlands +30 12 £109 -63.58% 33
North East -10 9 £495 +16.47% 5
West Midlands +39 8 £109 -73.52% 20
Scotland +31 7 £135 -78.40% 3
East Midlands +30 4 £220 +93.80% 13

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, 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 with a requirement for DBS Check.

1 91 (32.38%) Windows
2 89 (31.67%) BPSS Clearance
3 77 (27.40%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (17.79%) Security Cleared
5 48 (17.08%) Public Sector
6 47 (16.73%) Active Directory
7 46 (16.37%) Microsoft
8 44 (15.66%) Windows 10
9 38 (13.52%) Java
9 38 (13.52%) Apple
10 37 (13.17%) Azure
11 35 (12.46%) Office 365
11 35 (12.46%) Python
12 33 (11.74%) SQL
13 32 (11.39%) JavaScript
13 32 (11.39%) Windows 7
13 32 (11.39%) Windows Server
14 31 (11.03%) R
15 30 (10.68%) Migration
15 30 (10.68%) DevOps
16 28 (9.96%) Scrum
17 27 (9.61%) Windows Server 2012
18 26 (9.25%) Windows Server 2008
19 22 (7.83%) C#
20 21 (7.47%) Kanban
21 20 (7.12%) SC Cleared
21 20 (7.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 20 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
21 20 (7.12%) Power BI
21 20 (7.12%) Power Platform

DBS Check
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 16 (5.69%) R Markdown
2 9 (3.20%) SharePoint
3 7 (2.49%) MS Exchange
4 6 (2.14%) Apache Spark
5 5 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.71%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.36%) Apache
7 1 (0.36%) CMS
7 1 (0.36%) Confluence
7 1 (0.36%) IIS
7 1 (0.36%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (6.76%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.36%) OmniGraffle
3 1 (0.36%) Sketch
3 1 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (4.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.42%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (1.07%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.71%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.36%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.36%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.36%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.36%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.36%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 37 (13.17%) Azure
2 35 (12.46%) Office 365
3 20 (7.12%) Power Platform
4 18 (6.41%) AWS
5 17 (6.05%) Serverless
6 14 (4.98%) Dynamics 365
7 13 (4.63%) Azure Functions
8 9 (3.20%) GitHub
9 8 (2.85%) PaaS
10 6 (2.14%) G Suite
10 6 (2.14%) Route 53
11 5 (1.78%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (1.78%) Data Lake Analytics
11 5 (1.78%) SaaS
12 4 (1.42%) Google Analytics
12 4 (1.42%) OpenShift
12 4 (1.42%) SuccessFactors
13 3 (1.07%) Amazon EMR
13 3 (1.07%) GCP
13 3 (1.07%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.56%) DNS
2 9 (3.20%) LAN
2 9 (3.20%) Wireless
3 8 (2.85%) TCP/IP
4 6 (2.14%) HTTP
4 6 (2.14%) SSL
4 6 (2.14%) WAN
5 4 (1.42%) DHCP
5 4 (1.42%) Internet
5 4 (1.42%) VPN
6 3 (1.07%) Firewall
6 3 (1.07%) Network Security
6 3 (1.07%) VLAN
6 3 (1.07%) WebEx
7 2 (0.71%) Intranet
7 2 (0.71%) VoIP
8 1 (0.36%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.36%) IPv4
8 1 (0.36%) SAN
8 1 (0.36%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (7.12%) Power BI
1 20 (7.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 19 (6.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 10 (3.56%) Data Lake
3 10 (3.56%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (3.20%) SQL Server
5 8 (2.85%) HDInsight
6 7 (2.49%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.49%) Azure SQL Database
6 7 (2.49%) PowerPivot
6 7 (2.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (1.78%) Cosmos DB
7 5 (1.78%) Hadoop
8 4 (1.42%) Big Data
9 3 (1.07%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.71%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.71%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.36%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.36%) Impala
Development Applications
1 18 (6.41%) Jenkins
2 14 (4.98%) Git (software)
3 8 (2.85%) JUnit
4 6 (2.14%) JMeter
5 5 (1.78%) Selenium
6 4 (1.42%) git-flow
6 4 (1.42%) JIRA
6 4 (1.42%) Spock
7 3 (1.07%) Bugzilla
7 3 (1.07%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.71%) ERwin
8 2 (0.71%) Gatling
8 2 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.36%) Gerrit
9 1 (0.36%) Jasmine
9 1 (0.36%) Karma Test Runner
9 1 (0.36%) Postman
9 1 (0.36%) Protractor
9 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.36%) WebDriver
General
1 48 (17.08%) Public Sector
2 14 (4.98%) Finance
3 8 (2.85%) Retail
4 6 (2.14%) Local Government
5 5 (1.78%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.42%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.42%) Publishing
7 3 (1.07%) Electronics
7 3 (1.07%) Legal
7 3 (1.07%) Marketing
7 3 (1.07%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.71%) Banking
8 2 (0.71%) Law
9 1 (0.36%) Advertising
9 1 (0.36%) Back Office
9 1 (0.36%) Billing
9 1 (0.36%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.36%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.36%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 52 (18.51%) Developer
2 32 (11.39%) Support Engineer
3 31 (11.03%) Analyst
4 28 (9.96%) IT Support
5 24 (8.54%) IT Engineer
6 17 (6.05%) IT Support Engineer
7 16 (5.69%) Support Analyst
8 15 (5.34%) Consultant
9 12 (4.27%) R Developer
10 11 (3.91%) Field Engineer
10 11 (3.91%) IT Technician
11 10 (3.56%) Architect
11 10 (3.56%) Deployment Engineer
11 10 (3.56%) IT Analyst
12 9 (3.20%) Desktop Support
13 8 (2.85%) Business Analyst
13 8 (2.85%) Data Scientist
13 8 (2.85%) Microsoft Developer
13 8 (2.85%) Windows Engineer
14 7 (2.49%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.69%) .NET
2 14 (4.98%) ASP.NET
3 11 (3.91%) Node.js
4 10 (3.56%) React
5 9 (3.20%) AngularJS
6 8 (2.85%) HTML
6 8 (2.85%) Web Services
7 7 (2.49%) MDX
8 6 (2.14%) CSS
8 6 (2.14%) RESTful
8 6 (2.14%) Vue.js
8 6 (2.14%) XML
9 5 (1.78%) hapi
9 5 (1.78%) REST
9 5 (1.78%) SOAP
9 5 (1.78%) Spring
9 5 (1.78%) Spring Boot
10 4 (1.42%) Hibernate
10 4 (1.42%) jQuery
11 3 (1.07%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (5.34%) Driving Licence
3 9 (3.20%) iPad
3 9 (3.20%) NHS
4 8 (2.85%) User Experience
5 7 (2.49%) iPhone
6 5 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (1.42%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.07%) Blog
8 3 (1.07%) Handset
8 3 (1.07%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.71%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.71%) Graphic Design
10 1 (0.36%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.36%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.36%) Reference Data
10 1 (0.36%) Social Media
10 1 (0.36%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 91 (32.38%) Windows
2 44 (15.66%) Windows 10
3 32 (11.39%) Windows 7
3 32 (11.39%) Windows Server
4 27 (9.61%) Windows Server 2012
5 26 (9.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (6.05%) Linux
7 16 (5.69%) Apple iOS
8 14 (4.98%) Mac OS X
9 8 (2.85%) Unix
10 5 (1.78%) CentOS
11 3 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (1.07%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.71%) Android
12 2 (0.71%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.36%) Fedora
13 1 (0.36%) Solaris
13 1 (0.36%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (27.40%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (10.68%) DevOps
2 30 (10.68%) Migration
3 28 (9.96%) Scrum
4 21 (7.47%) Kanban
5 18 (6.41%) Analytics
5 18 (6.41%) Workflow
6 16 (5.69%) Business Intelligence
6 16 (5.69%) Test Automation
7 15 (5.34%) CRM
7 15 (5.34%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (4.98%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (4.98%) TDD
9 13 (4.63%) Case Management
9 13 (4.63%) ITIL
10 11 (3.91%) Continuous Deployment
10 11 (3.91%) Data Science
10 11 (3.91%) ETL
10 11 (3.91%) Service Delivery
10 11 (3.91%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (13.52%) Java
2 35 (12.46%) Python
3 33 (11.74%) SQL
4 32 (11.39%) JavaScript
5 31 (11.03%) R
6 22 (7.83%) C#
7 14 (4.98%) Bash Shell
8 13 (4.63%) Ruby
9 7 (2.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 6 (2.14%) Go
11 5 (1.78%) U-SQL
12 4 (1.42%) ES6
12 4 (1.42%) Java 8
13 3 (1.07%) C++
13 3 (1.07%) Perl
14 2 (0.71%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.71%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.71%) SPARQL
14 2 (0.71%) XPath
15 1 (0.36%) Scala
Qualifications
1 89 (31.67%) BPSS Clearance
2 50 (17.79%) Security Cleared
3 20 (7.12%) SC Cleared
4 5 (1.78%) Degree
5 4 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.07%) CCNA
6 3 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.71%) ACTC
7 2 (0.71%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.36%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.36%) CCNP
8 1 (0.36%) ISEB
8 1 (0.36%) MCP
8 1 (0.36%) MCSE
8 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.36%) OCP
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.36%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.05%) SLA
2 15 (5.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 14 (4.98%) QA
4 3 (1.07%) PMO
5 2 (0.71%) GxP
5 2 (0.71%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.36%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.36%) GDPR
6 1 (0.36%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.36%) NCSC
System Software
1 47 (16.73%) Active Directory
2 13 (4.63%) Hyper-V
3 12 (4.27%) Virtual Servers
3 12 (4.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.14%) Docker
5 2 (0.71%) vSphere
6 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 15 (5.34%) SCCM
2 12 (4.27%) Terraform
3 11 (3.91%) Ansible
3 11 (3.91%) Kubernetes
4 9 (3.20%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (3.20%) Puppet
5 6 (2.14%) Salt
6 3 (1.07%) Docker Swarm
6 3 (1.07%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.07%) Rancher
7 2 (0.71%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.71%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.71%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (0.71%) WSUS
8 1 (0.36%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.36%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.36%) Oozie
Vendors
1 46 (16.37%) Microsoft
2 38 (13.52%) Apple
3 17 (6.05%) VMware
4 12 (4.27%) Oracle
5 11 (3.91%) Google
6 8 (2.85%) SAP
7 6 (2.14%) Cisco
7 6 (2.14%) Databricks
7 6 (2.14%) Lets Encrypt
7 6 (2.14%) Red Hat
8 5 (1.78%) Citrix
8 5 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.42%) Ariba
9 4 (1.42%) Cloudera
9 4 (1.42%) Concur
9 4 (1.42%) Hortonworks
10 3 (1.07%) Aruba
10 3 (1.07%) Extreme Networks
10 3 (1.07%) Polycom
10 3 (1.07%) Samsung