Period
to 28 September 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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 378 544 623
Rank change year-on-year +166 +79 +137
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 132 282 282
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.32% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.75% 1.65% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 186 194
Median daily rate £500 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% +114.29%
10th Percentile £140 £129 £119
90th Percentile £625 £650 £569
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £396 £400
% change year-on-year +24.92% -0.94% +137.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 22 31
Median hourly rate £19.00 £15.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.63% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £11.80 £15.25 £10.20
90th Percentile £21.05 £23.92 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £15.50 £15.65
% change year-on-year +29.03% -0.96% +6.10%

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 7,544 17,052 19,048
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.62% 19.60% 18.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,563 10,404 11,257
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £293 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £415
% change year-on-year +2.27% +6.02% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 382 826 963
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +50.00% -15.97%
10th Percentile £17.53 £14.00 £12.80
90th Percentile £61.13 £59.93 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £38.12 £25.00
% change year-on-year -8.18% +52.47% -21.88%

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 28 September 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
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 28 September 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 +200 112 £523 +24.40% 77
UK excluding London +181 87 £495 +24.92% 74
London +166 43 £550 +2.33% 11
South East +170 25 £318 -14.19% 22
North of England +92 22 £525 +16.67% 19
Wales +34 16 £140 -75.65% 7
Work from Home -66 13 £466 +43.27% 4
North West +73 12 £525 +10.53% 14
Yorkshire +63 10 £525 +40.00% 5
South West +111 8 £451 +125.31% 8
Midlands +94 8 £133 -47.00% 8
East of England +84 6 £215 -18.87% 9
West Midlands +72 6 £130 -35.00% 3
Scotland +79 2 £473 +250.00% 1
East Midlands +66 2 £135 -61.43% 5

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 64 (48.48%) Security Cleared
2 57 (43.18%) BPSS Clearance
3 47 (35.61%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 31 (23.48%) Public Sector
6 29 (21.97%) Java
7 27 (20.45%) AWS
8 26 (19.70%) Azure
8 26 (19.70%) Unix
9 25 (18.94%) Windows
10 24 (18.18%) Linux
10 24 (18.18%) Test Automation
11 23 (17.42%) TDD
12 21 (15.91%) Mac OS X
12 21 (15.91%) Docker
12 21 (15.91%) Problem-Solving
12 21 (15.91%) Continuous Deployment
13 20 (15.15%) Responsive Web Design
13 20 (15.15%) Web Design
14 19 (14.39%) Git (software)
15 18 (13.64%) Kubernetes
16 17 (12.88%) User Experience
16 17 (12.88%) Web Development
17 16 (12.12%) Active Directory
18 15 (11.36%) HTML
18 15 (11.36%) Microservices
18 15 (11.36%) Cybersecurity
19 14 (10.61%) Java 8
19 14 (10.61%) CSS
20 13 (9.85%) JavaScript

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 2 (1.52%) CMS
1 2 (1.52%) Confluence
1 2 (1.52%) MS Exchange
1 2 (1.52%) SAS
1 2 (1.52%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (0.76%) Skype for Business
2 1 (0.76%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (1.52%) InfoPath
1 2 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.76%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.76%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.76%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 4 (3.03%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (2.27%) Oracle Payroll
2 3 (2.27%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 27 (20.45%) AWS
2 26 (19.70%) Azure
3 6 (4.55%) Office 365
4 5 (3.79%) Amazon Cognito
4 5 (3.79%) Amazon S3
5 3 (2.27%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.52%) Firebase
6 2 (1.52%) G Suite
6 2 (1.52%) GitHub
6 2 (1.52%) IaaS
6 2 (1.52%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.76%) GCP
7 1 (0.76%) PaaS
7 1 (0.76%) SaaS
7 1 (0.76%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.06%) Firewall
2 3 (2.27%) LAN
2 3 (2.27%) WAN
3 2 (1.52%) Internet
3 2 (1.52%) Network Security
3 2 (1.52%) SAN
3 2 (1.52%) Skype
3 2 (1.52%) VLAN
3 2 (1.52%) VPN
3 2 (1.52%) Wireless
4 1 (0.76%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.76%) DHCP
4 1 (0.76%) HTTP
4 1 (0.76%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (0.76%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.76%) VoIP
4 1 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.09%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.03%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.27%) Oracle Discoverer
3 3 (2.27%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.52%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 2 (1.52%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.52%) SAP BW
4 2 (1.52%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.76%) Big Data
5 1 (0.76%) InfluxDB
5 1 (0.76%) MS Access
5 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 19 (14.39%) Git (software)
2 12 (9.09%) Mockito
3 8 (6.06%) Grunt
3 8 (6.06%) gulp
3 8 (6.06%) Jasmine
3 8 (6.06%) Jenkins
3 8 (6.06%) Mocha
3 8 (6.06%) Subversion
4 5 (3.79%) GoCD
4 5 (3.79%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (2.27%) CA Gen
5 3 (2.27%) Oracle APEX
5 3 (2.27%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (2.27%) Toad
6 2 (1.52%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.52%) JIRA
6 2 (1.52%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.76%) Locust
7 1 (0.76%) REST Assured
7 1 (0.76%) SoapUI
General
1 31 (23.48%) Public Sector
2 10 (7.58%) Finance
3 4 (3.03%) Local Government
4 2 (1.52%) Digital Economy
4 2 (1.52%) Legal
Job Titles
1 32 (24.24%) Developer
2 14 (10.61%) Java Developer
3 11 (8.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 8 (6.06%) Analyst
5 7 (5.30%) Architect
5 7 (5.30%) Consultant
5 7 (5.30%) Desktop Support
5 7 (5.30%) Support Engineer
6 6 (4.55%) Designer
6 6 (4.55%) IT Engineer
6 6 (4.55%) IT Technician
7 5 (3.79%) IT Support
7 5 (3.79%) IT Support Engineer
7 5 (3.79%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.03%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (3.03%) Security Architect
8 4 (3.03%) Security Consultant
8 4 (3.03%) Software Engineer
9 3 (2.27%) Delivery Manager
9 3 (2.27%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.36%) HTML
2 14 (10.61%) CSS
3 12 (9.09%) ActiveMQ
3 12 (9.09%) JAX-RS
4 10 (7.58%) Node.js
5 8 (6.06%) Mustache
6 7 (5.30%) HTML5
6 7 (5.30%) jQuery
6 7 (5.30%) Sass
7 2 (1.52%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.52%) Lambda Expressions
7 2 (1.52%) React
7 2 (1.52%) REST
7 2 (1.52%) SAP Fiori
7 2 (1.52%) Vue.js
8 1 (0.76%) Jest
8 1 (0.76%) Jinja
8 1 (0.76%) OAuth
8 1 (0.76%) RESTful
8 1 (0.76%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.88%) User Experience
2 9 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.27%) Analytical Mindset
4 3 (2.27%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.27%) Public Cloud
5 2 (1.52%) Cyberattack
5 2 (1.52%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (1.52%) NHS
5 2 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.76%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.76%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.76%) Graphic Design
6 1 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 26 (19.70%) Unix
2 25 (18.94%) Windows
3 24 (18.18%) Linux
4 21 (15.91%) Mac OS X
5 9 (6.82%) Windows 10
6 6 (4.55%) Windows 7
6 6 (4.55%) Windows Server
7 3 (2.27%) AIX
7 3 (2.27%) Apple iOS
7 3 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.52%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.76%) Android
9 1 (0.76%) Data ONTAP
9 1 (0.76%) Solaris
9 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (35.61%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (18.18%) Test Automation
3 23 (17.42%) TDD
4 21 (15.91%) Continuous Deployment
4 21 (15.91%) Problem-Solving
5 20 (15.15%) Responsive Web Design
5 20 (15.15%) Web Design
6 17 (12.88%) Web Development
7 15 (11.36%) Cybersecurity
7 15 (11.36%) Microservices
8 13 (9.85%) Front End Development
9 12 (9.09%) Pair Programming
10 11 (8.33%) BDD
10 11 (8.33%) ITIL
11 10 (7.58%) Security Monitoring
11 10 (7.58%) Software Engineering
12 8 (6.06%) Vulnerability Management
12 8 (6.06%) Web Accessibility
13 7 (5.30%) Data Protection
13 7 (5.30%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 29 (21.97%) Java
2 14 (10.61%) Java 8
3 13 (9.85%) JavaScript
3 13 (9.85%) Python
4 7 (5.30%) Bash Shell
4 7 (5.30%) C
4 7 (5.30%) Perl
5 5 (3.79%) Ruby
6 4 (3.03%) PowerShell
6 4 (3.03%) SQL
7 3 (2.27%) Korn
7 3 (2.27%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.27%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.52%) Go
9 1 (0.76%) ABAP
9 1 (0.76%) C#
9 1 (0.76%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.76%) R
9 1 (0.76%) SAPscript
9 1 (0.76%) Scala
Qualifications
1 64 (48.48%) Security Cleared
2 57 (43.18%) BPSS Clearance
3 33 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 6 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (3.79%) CCNA
5 5 (3.79%) Degree
6 4 (3.03%) CCIE
6 4 (3.03%) CCNP
6 4 (3.03%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (2.27%) CISA
7 3 (2.27%) CISM
7 3 (2.27%) CISSP
7 3 (2.27%) DV Cleared
7 3 (2.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.52%) JNCIA
8 2 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.76%) EXIN
9 1 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.09%) Disclosure Scotland
2 8 (6.06%) WCAG
3 3 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.27%) NCSC
3 3 (2.27%) PMO
3 3 (2.27%) QA
3 3 (2.27%) SLA
4 1 (0.76%) COBIT
4 1 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.76%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.76%) GDPR
4 1 (0.76%) NIST
4 1 (0.76%) P3O
System Software
1 21 (15.91%) Docker
2 16 (12.12%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.76%) Samba
4 1 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.76%) vSphere
4 1 (0.76%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 18 (13.64%) Kubernetes
2 8 (6.06%) Ansible
3 7 (5.30%) Puppet
3 7 (5.30%) SCCM
4 5 (3.79%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (3.79%) Rundeck
5 3 (2.27%) Terraform
5 3 (2.27%) WSUS
6 1 (0.76%) Avamar
6 1 (0.76%) Consul
6 1 (0.76%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.76%) Grafana
6 1 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.76%) Nagios
6 1 (0.76%) SCOM
6 1 (0.76%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.76%) StackStorm
Vendors
1 12 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 11 (8.33%) Oracle
3 6 (4.55%) VMware
4 5 (3.79%) Atlassian
4 5 (3.79%) Google
4 5 (3.79%) SaltStack
5 4 (3.03%) SAP
6 3 (2.27%) CA
6 3 (2.27%) Cisco
6 3 (2.27%) IBM
7 2 (1.52%) Adobe
7 2 (1.52%) Apple
7 2 (1.52%) Concur
7 2 (1.52%) Dell
7 2 (1.52%) Juniper
7 2 (1.52%) NetApp
7 2 (1.52%) SolarWinds
7 2 (1.52%) Talend
8 1 (0.76%) MobileIron
8 1 (0.76%) ServiceNow