Period
to 8 April 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 8 April 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
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 434 572 677
Rank change year-on-year +138 +105 +18
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 255 318 204
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.33% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.90% 1.69% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 242 138
Median daily rate £425 £438 £244
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +79.49% +52.34%
10th Percentile £122 £136 £124
90th Percentile £625 £588 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £195
% change year-on-year - +117.95% +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 20 25
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.06 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.92% -28.29% +44.83%
10th Percentile £12.39 £12.11 £13.20
90th Percentile £159.00 £24.20 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.14% +1.47% +17.24%

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 13,435 18,825 19,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.03% 19.42% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,119 11,353 11,864
Median daily rate £475 £455 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.40% +1.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £235
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £405
% change year-on-year +4.65% +6.17% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 653 863 868
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +36.84% -16.21%
10th Percentile £15.69 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.90 £50.08
Median hourly rate £34.77 £29.45 £25.00
% change year-on-year +18.06% +17.80% -13.79%

DBS Check
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DBS Check over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DBS Check over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Top 16 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 8 April 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 +124 228 £425 - 94
UK excluding London +90 180 £425 - 88
London +124 71 £430 -18.05% 7
North of England +22 55 £495 +10.00% 27
South East +110 39 £350 -12.50% 33
South West +52 35 £425 +1.80% 6
Yorkshire +24 23 £540 +8.00% 7
North West +39 21 £438 +9.38% 18
Wales +38 21 £550 +22.22%
Midlands +49 14 £110 -68.57% 15
East of England +28 14 £183 -20.65% 6
North East +13 11 £495 +13.14% 2
West Midlands +56 10 £110 -75.89% 9
East Midlands +21 4 £158 +38.74% 6
Work from Home +9 4 £575 +15.00% 23
Scotland +32 2 £413 -34.00%

For the 6 months to 8 April 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 80 (31.37%) Windows
2 79 (30.98%) BPSS Clearance
3 77 (30.20%) Agile Software Development
4 51 (20.00%) Security Cleared
5 45 (17.65%) Active Directory
6 38 (14.90%) Windows 10
6 38 (14.90%) Public Sector
7 36 (14.12%) Office 365
8 33 (12.94%) SQL
9 29 (11.37%) Java
9 29 (11.37%) JavaScript
9 29 (11.37%) Windows Server
10 28 (10.98%) Python
10 28 (10.98%) Windows 7
11 26 (10.20%) Microsoft
12 25 (9.80%) R
13 23 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
13 23 (9.02%) Windows Server 2016
14 22 (8.63%) Windows Server 2012
15 20 (7.84%) SC Cleared
15 20 (7.84%) Windows Server 2008
16 19 (7.45%) Azure
16 19 (7.45%) Git (software)
16 19 (7.45%) DevOps
16 19 (7.45%) CSS
17 18 (7.06%) Apple
18 17 (6.67%) Finance
19 16 (6.27%) Kubernetes
19 16 (6.27%) R Markdown
19 16 (6.27%) VMware

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 (6.27%) R Markdown
2 8 (3.14%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.35%) Apache
4 5 (1.96%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.57%) CMS
5 4 (1.57%) MS Exchange
6 3 (1.18%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.78%) Confluence
7 2 (0.78%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.78%) SAS
7 2 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.39%) Headless CMS
8 1 (0.39%) IIS
8 1 (0.39%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.39%) WebLogic
Applications
1 14 (5.49%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.57%) Sketch
3 2 (0.78%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 2 (0.78%) InfoPath
3 2 (0.78%) InVision
3 2 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.39%) OmniGraffle
4 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.18%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.39%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.39%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.39%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.39%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.39%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 36 (14.12%) Office 365
2 19 (7.45%) Azure
3 16 (6.27%) AWS
4 10 (3.92%) GCP
5 7 (2.75%) G Suite
6 6 (2.35%) GitHub
6 6 (2.35%) Serverless
7 4 (1.57%) Trello
8 3 (1.18%) Firebase
8 3 (1.18%) Google Analytics
8 3 (1.18%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.18%) SaaS
9 2 (0.78%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.78%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.78%) PaaS
9 2 (0.78%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.39%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.39%) Boomi
10 1 (0.39%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.14%) Wireless
2 5 (1.96%) HTTP
2 5 (1.96%) LAN
2 5 (1.96%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.57%) DNS
3 4 (1.57%) Internet
4 3 (1.18%) DHCP
4 3 (1.18%) Network Security
4 3 (1.18%) VLAN
4 3 (1.18%) VPN
4 3 (1.18%) WAN
4 3 (1.18%) WebEx
5 2 (0.78%) Intranet
6 1 (0.39%) AMQP
6 1 (0.39%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.39%) IPv4
6 1 (0.39%) SAN
6 1 (0.39%) SSL
6 1 (0.39%) Unified Communications
6 1 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.96%) PostgreSQL
1 5 (1.96%) Relational Database
1 5 (1.96%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.18%) Big Data
3 3 (1.18%) MySQL
3 3 (1.18%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.78%) Apache Hive
4 2 (0.78%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.78%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.78%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.39%) Amazon Athena
5 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.39%) Apache Zeppelin
5 1 (0.39%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.39%) Impala
5 1 (0.39%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.39%) Parquet
5 1 (0.39%) Redis
5 1 (0.39%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 19 (7.45%) Git (software)
2 13 (5.10%) Jenkins
2 13 (5.10%) JUnit
3 8 (3.14%) Cucumber
4 5 (1.96%) JIRA
5 4 (1.57%) git-flow
5 4 (1.57%) Selenium
5 4 (1.57%) Spock
6 3 (1.18%) Bugzilla
6 3 (1.18%) CircleCI
6 3 (1.18%) JMeter
7 2 (0.78%) Ant
7 2 (0.78%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.78%) ERwin
7 2 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.78%) Toad
8 1 (0.39%) Mocha
8 1 (0.39%) Mockito
8 1 (0.39%) MSI
8 1 (0.39%) WebDriver
General
1 38 (14.90%) Public Sector
2 17 (6.67%) Finance
3 6 (2.35%) Local Government
3 6 (2.35%) Retail
4 5 (1.96%) Manufacturing
4 5 (1.96%) Publishing
5 4 (1.57%) Law
5 4 (1.57%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (1.18%) Banking
6 3 (1.18%) Electronics
6 3 (1.18%) Marketing
6 3 (1.18%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.78%) Digital Economy
7 2 (0.78%) Legal
8 1 (0.39%) Back Office
8 1 (0.39%) Billing
8 1 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 50 (19.61%) Developer
2 27 (10.59%) Support Engineer
3 25 (9.80%) Analyst
4 24 (9.41%) IT Support
5 17 (6.67%) Architect
5 17 (6.67%) IT Engineer
6 15 (5.88%) IT Technician
7 12 (4.71%) Designer
7 12 (4.71%) IT Support Engineer
7 12 (4.71%) R Developer
8 11 (4.31%) Java Developer
8 11 (4.31%) Support Analyst
9 9 (3.53%) Business Analyst
9 9 (3.53%) Full Stack Developer
9 9 (3.53%) Windows Engineer
10 8 (3.14%) 2nd Line Support
10 8 (3.14%) Consultant
10 8 (3.14%) Data Scientist
10 8 (3.14%) Software Engineer
11 7 (2.75%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (7.45%) CSS
2 16 (6.27%) Web Services
3 14 (5.49%) HTML
4 11 (4.31%) React
4 11 (4.31%) RESTful
5 10 (3.92%) AngularJS
5 10 (3.92%) Node.js
5 10 (3.92%) Spring
6 9 (3.53%) REST
6 9 (3.53%) SOAP
6 9 (3.53%) XML
7 7 (2.75%) Gherkin
7 7 (2.75%) Vue.js
8 6 (2.35%) .NET
8 6 (2.35%) JSON
9 5 (1.96%) Spring Boot
9 5 (1.96%) Spring MVC
10 4 (1.57%) Django
11 3 (1.18%) jQuery
11 3 (1.18%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 23 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.92%) Driving Licence
3 9 (3.53%) NHS
4 8 (3.14%) User Experience
5 6 (2.35%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.35%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (1.57%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.57%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.18%) Handset
7 3 (1.18%) iPhone
8 2 (0.78%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.78%) Graphic Design
8 2 (0.78%) iPad
8 2 (0.78%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.39%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.39%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.39%) Reference Data
9 1 (0.39%) Social Media
9 1 (0.39%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 80 (31.37%) Windows
2 38 (14.90%) Windows 10
3 29 (11.37%) Windows Server
4 28 (10.98%) Windows 7
5 23 (9.02%) Windows Server 2016
6 22 (8.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (7.84%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (6.27%) Linux
9 8 (3.14%) Apple iOS
10 7 (2.75%) Unix
11 5 (1.96%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.18%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.78%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.39%) Android
14 1 (0.39%) CentOS
14 1 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (30.20%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (7.45%) DevOps
3 16 (6.27%) Open Source
3 16 (6.27%) Test Automation
4 15 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
4 15 (5.88%) Data Science
4 15 (5.88%) Service Design
5 14 (5.49%) Mentoring
5 14 (5.49%) Scrum
6 13 (5.10%) ITIL
6 13 (5.10%) Microservices
6 13 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
7 12 (4.71%) Coaching
7 12 (4.71%) Migration
8 10 (3.92%) Prototyping
8 10 (3.92%) Software Engineering
8 10 (3.92%) TDD
9 9 (3.53%) Analytics
9 9 (3.53%) Continuous Deployment
9 9 (3.53%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 33 (12.94%) SQL
2 29 (11.37%) Java
2 29 (11.37%) JavaScript
3 28 (10.98%) Python
4 25 (9.80%) R
5 6 (2.35%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.35%) C#
5 6 (2.35%) Ruby
6 5 (1.96%) PowerShell
7 4 (1.57%) ES6
7 4 (1.57%) Go
7 4 (1.57%) Java 8
8 3 (1.18%) C++
9 2 (0.78%) Scala
9 2 (0.78%) SPARQL
9 2 (0.78%) XPath
10 1 (0.39%) ABAP
10 1 (0.39%) Perl
10 1 (0.39%) PHP
10 1 (0.39%) SAPscript
Qualifications
1 79 (30.98%) BPSS Clearance
2 51 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 20 (7.84%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.35%) Degree
5 3 (1.18%) BC Cleared
5 3 (1.18%) CCNA
5 3 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.78%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.78%) MCSE
7 1 (0.39%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.39%) CISM
7 1 (0.39%) ISEB
7 1 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.39%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.39%) MCP
7 1 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.39%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.92%) SLA
2 9 (3.53%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (2.35%) QA
4 5 (1.96%) GxP
5 3 (1.18%) PMO
6 1 (0.39%) COBIT
6 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.39%) IFRS
6 1 (0.39%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.39%) NCSC
6 1 (0.39%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.39%) PSD2
System Software
1 45 (17.65%) Active Directory
2 10 (3.92%) Hyper-V
3 9 (3.53%) Virtual Servers
3 9 (3.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (3.14%) Docker
5 5 (1.96%) vSphere
6 2 (0.78%) XenApp
7 1 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 16 (6.27%) Kubernetes
2 13 (5.10%) SCCM
3 6 (2.35%) Terraform
4 5 (1.96%) Puppet
5 4 (1.57%) Ansible
5 4 (1.57%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.18%) Salt
7 2 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.39%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.39%) Oozie
8 1 (0.39%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.39%) Rancher
8 1 (0.39%) SCOM
8 1 (0.39%) WSUS
Vendors
1 26 (10.20%) Microsoft
2 18 (7.06%) Apple
3 16 (6.27%) VMware
4 15 (5.88%) Google
4 15 (5.88%) Oracle
5 8 (3.14%) Citrix
5 8 (3.14%) SAP
6 4 (1.57%) Adobe
6 4 (1.57%) Twitter
7 3 (1.18%) Polycom
7 3 (1.18%) Proofpoint
7 3 (1.18%) Samsung
7 3 (1.18%) Sony
8 2 (0.78%) Cloudera
8 2 (0.78%) HP
8 2 (0.78%) McAfee
8 2 (0.78%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.78%) Talend
8 2 (0.78%) Zoho