Period
to 15 August 2018

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 15 August 2018 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 612 749 770
Rank change year-on-year +137 +21 -37
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 275 118 147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.44% 0.63% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 63 93
UK median daily rate £375 £180 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +108.33% -38.98% +18.00%
10th Percentile £121 £105 £116
90th Percentile £593 £535 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £175 £313
% change year-on-year +128.57% -44.00% +17.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 20 17
UK median hourly rate £16.10 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.03% -3.33% -9.39%
10th Percentile £13.50 £9.61 £12.35
90th Percentile £34.09 £20.07 £137.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -9.69%

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 19,094 18,588 23,242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 19.44% 21.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,319 11,277 14,506
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £598 £592
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 925 930 812
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.75 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.53% +6.25% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.06 £51.59 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.25 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -22.50% +7.14% +16.09%

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 15 August 2018.

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 15 August 2018.

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 15 August 2018. 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 +121 258 £385 +92.50% 125
UK excluding London +72 163 £400 +128.57% 103
London +41 105 £373 +16.20% 23
South East +12 41 £385 +10.00% 27
North of England -1 41 £188 +7.14% 34
Midlands +2 36 £413 +175.00% 24
South West +4 25 £413 +117.11% 4
West Midlands -11 23 £425 +183.33% 20
North West 0 19 £201 +54.81% 10
Yorkshire -9 16 £375 +114.29% 21
East of England -8 14 £363 +133.87% 13
East Midlands +10 13 £400 +37.93% 4
North East 0 9 £152 -32.44% 3
Wales - 6 £575 - 1
Scotland -41 4 - -

For the 6 months to 15 August 2018, 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.

1 107 (38.91%) Windows
2 74 (26.91%) BPSS Clearance
3 65 (23.64%) Microsoft
4 61 (22.18%) Security Cleared
5 60 (21.82%) Active Directory
6 55 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
7 41 (14.91%) Office 365
8 38 (13.82%) Windows Server
8 38 (13.82%) Migration
9 31 (11.27%) Windows 10
10 30 (10.91%) VMware
11 29 (10.55%) Finance
11 29 (10.55%) Microsoft Azure
12 27 (9.82%) Apple
12 27 (9.82%) Microsoft Office
13 26 (9.45%) SQL
14 25 (9.09%) Java
14 25 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
15 24 (8.73%) Disclosure Scotland
15 24 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
15 24 (8.73%) SCCM
16 22 (8.00%) Windows Server 2012
17 21 (7.64%) ITIL
17 21 (7.64%) Firewall
18 20 (7.27%) Stakeholder Management
18 20 (7.27%) Windows Server 2008
19 18 (6.55%) SC Cleared
20 17 (6.18%) VMware Infrastructure
20 17 (6.18%) HP
20 17 (6.18%) DHCP

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 11 (4.00%) SharePoint
2 9 (3.27%) Confluence
3 7 (2.55%) MS Exchange
4 6 (2.18%) CMS
5 4 (1.45%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.09%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.73%) Oracle Application Server
7 2 (0.73%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.36%) Apache
8 1 (0.36%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.36%) IIS
8 1 (0.36%) Marvel
8 1 (0.36%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.36%) SAS
8 1 (0.36%) WordPress
Applications
1 27 (9.82%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.09%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.73%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.36%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.36%) InVision
6 1 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 41 (14.91%) Office 365
2 29 (10.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (5.09%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.55%) SaaS
5 6 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.18%) PaaS
6 5 (1.82%) Boomi
7 3 (1.09%) G Suite
7 3 (1.09%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.73%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.73%) IaaS
8 2 (0.73%) iPaaS
9 1 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.36%) GitHub
9 1 (0.36%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 21 (7.64%) Firewall
2 17 (6.18%) DHCP
2 17 (6.18%) DNS
3 11 (4.00%) VPN
4 10 (3.64%) SMS
4 10 (3.64%) Wireless
5 8 (2.91%) Internet
5 8 (2.91%) LAN
5 8 (2.91%) SAN
6 7 (2.55%) WAN
7 5 (1.82%) Cisco Firepower
7 5 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (1.45%) Network Security
8 4 (1.45%) Skype
9 3 (1.09%) HTTP
9 3 (1.09%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.73%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (0.73%) TCP/IP
10 2 (0.73%) VoIP
11 1 (0.36%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.09%) Data Warehouse
2 13 (4.73%) MongoDB
3 9 (3.27%) Relational Database
3 9 (3.27%) SQL Server
4 6 (2.18%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (1.45%) Neo4j
5 4 (1.45%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.09%) Data Mining
6 3 (1.09%) SQLPlus
7 2 (0.73%) Amazon Aurora
7 2 (0.73%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.73%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.73%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.36%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.36%) Electronic Patient Records
8 1 (0.36%) HBase
8 1 (0.36%) Impala
8 1 (0.36%) Pentaho
8 1 (0.36%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 12 (4.36%) Git (software)
1 12 (4.36%) JIRA
2 9 (3.27%) Cucumber
3 7 (2.55%) Maven
4 6 (2.18%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.18%) Subversion
5 4 (1.45%) Mockito
5 4 (1.45%) Selenium
6 3 (1.09%) Ant
6 3 (1.09%) Hudson
7 2 (0.73%) Dreamweaver
7 2 (0.73%) GitLab
7 2 (0.73%) JMeter
7 2 (0.73%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.36%) Gatling
8 1 (0.36%) Protractor
8 1 (0.36%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.36%) The Grinder
8 1 (0.36%) Travis CI
General
1 29 (10.55%) Finance
2 7 (2.55%) Legal
2 7 (2.55%) Retail
3 6 (2.18%) Marketing
4 4 (1.45%) Publishing
5 3 (1.09%) Games
6 2 (0.73%) Back Office
6 2 (0.73%) Law
6 2 (0.73%) Local Government
6 2 (0.73%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.36%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 37 (13.45%) Support Engineer
2 34 (12.36%) Developer
3 28 (10.18%) Analyst
4 17 (6.18%) IT Support
5 16 (5.82%) 2nd Line Support
5 16 (5.82%) Consultant
5 16 (5.82%) Desktop Support
6 15 (5.45%) Database Engineer
7 14 (5.09%) IT Engineer
7 14 (5.09%) Project Manager
8 13 (4.73%) Architect
8 13 (4.73%) Customer Engineer
9 12 (4.36%) Customer Support Engineer
10 11 (4.00%) IT Support Engineer
10 11 (4.00%) Windows Engineer
11 10 (3.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 10 (3.64%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 10 (3.64%) Desktop Engineer
11 10 (3.64%) Java Developer
12 9 (3.27%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.82%) HTML
2 11 (4.00%) CSS
3 8 (2.91%) AngularJS
3 8 (2.91%) REST
4 7 (2.55%) Node.js
4 7 (2.55%) Web Services
5 6 (2.18%) Hibernate
5 6 (2.18%) SOAP
6 5 (1.82%) MEAN Stack
6 5 (1.82%) Spring
6 5 (1.82%) Spring Boot
6 5 (1.82%) XML
7 4 (1.45%) CSS3
7 4 (1.45%) Dropwizard
7 4 (1.45%) JAX-RS
8 3 (1.09%) Apache Camel
8 3 (1.09%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.09%) HTML5
8 3 (1.09%) jQuery
8 3 (1.09%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (5.09%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (4.36%) Management Information System
4 11 (4.00%) NHS
5 10 (3.64%) Driving Licence
6 8 (2.91%) Data Centre
6 8 (2.91%) User Experience
7 6 (2.18%) Clustering
8 5 (1.82%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.45%) Data Structures
9 4 (1.45%) Reference Data
10 3 (1.09%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (1.09%) iPhone
10 3 (1.09%) Mobile App
10 3 (1.09%) Video\Live Streaming
11 2 (0.73%) Blackberry
11 2 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.73%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 107 (38.91%) Windows
2 38 (13.82%) Windows Server
3 31 (11.27%) Windows 10
4 22 (8.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (7.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (5.09%) Windows 7
7 13 (4.73%) Linux
8 9 (3.27%) Windows 8
9 8 (2.91%) Mac OS X
10 6 (2.18%) Apple iOS
10 6 (2.18%) Unix
11 5 (1.82%) Mac OS
11 5 (1.82%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.73%) Android
12 2 (0.73%) Solaris
13 1 (0.36%) AIX
13 1 (0.36%) VMS
13 1 (0.36%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (13.82%) Migration
3 25 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
4 21 (7.64%) ITIL
5 20 (7.27%) Stakeholder Management
6 15 (5.45%) TDD
7 14 (5.09%) DevOps
7 14 (5.09%) Project Management
7 14 (5.09%) Test Automation
8 13 (4.73%) Incident Management
9 12 (4.36%) Change Management
9 12 (4.36%) Decision-Making
9 12 (4.36%) Scrum
9 12 (4.36%) Service Delivery
10 11 (4.00%) Data Migration
10 11 (4.00%) Network Management
11 10 (3.64%) Data Modelling
11 10 (3.64%) Time Management
12 9 (3.27%) ETL
13 8 (2.91%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 26 (9.45%) SQL
2 25 (9.09%) Java
3 16 (5.82%) JavaScript
4 8 (2.91%) C#
5 7 (2.55%) Java 8
5 7 (2.55%) PL/SQL
6 6 (2.18%) Python
7 4 (1.45%) C
7 4 (1.45%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.09%) Go
8 3 (1.09%) Java 9
8 3 (1.09%) Scala
8 3 (1.09%) VBA
9 2 (0.73%) C++
9 2 (0.73%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.73%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.36%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.36%) PHP
10 1 (0.36%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 74 (26.91%) BPSS Clearance
2 61 (22.18%) Security Cleared
3 18 (6.55%) SC Cleared
4 9 (3.27%) Degree
5 8 (2.91%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (2.18%) MCP
7 5 (1.82%) MCSA
8 4 (1.45%) MCSE
9 3 (1.09%) BC Cleared
9 3 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.73%) CCNP
10 2 (0.73%) CISA
10 2 (0.73%) CISM
10 2 (0.73%) CISSP
10 2 (0.73%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.73%) ISEB
10 2 (0.73%) ISSAP
10 2 (0.73%) ISSEP
10 2 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 1 (0.36%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (8.73%) Disclosure Scotland
2 14 (5.09%) Data Quality
3 8 (2.91%) PMO
3 8 (2.91%) QA
3 8 (2.91%) SLA
4 3 (1.09%) GDPR
4 3 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 1 (0.36%) COBIT
6 1 (0.36%) HL7
System Software
1 60 (21.82%) Active Directory
2 17 (6.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.82%) Hyper-V
4 9 (3.27%) Docker
5 5 (1.82%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.36%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.36%) XenApp
7 1 (0.36%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 24 (8.73%) SCCM
2 5 (1.82%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (1.82%) WSUS
3 4 (1.45%) Ansible
3 4 (1.45%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (1.45%) Puppet
3 4 (1.45%) Terraform
4 2 (0.73%) Data Guard
4 2 (0.73%) SCOM
5 1 (0.36%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.36%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.36%) SmoothWall
5 1 (0.36%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.36%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.36%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 65 (23.64%) Microsoft
2 30 (10.91%) VMware
3 27 (9.82%) Apple
4 17 (6.18%) HP
5 15 (5.45%) Cisco
6 14 (5.09%) Citrix
6 14 (5.09%) Oracle
7 9 (3.27%) CheckPoint
7 9 (3.27%) Dell
8 8 (2.91%) Fujitsu
9 7 (2.55%) Google
9 7 (2.55%) McAfee
9 7 (2.55%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (2.18%) SAP
11 5 (1.82%) Aruba
11 5 (1.82%) F5
12 4 (1.45%) Progress
13 3 (1.09%) Aerohive Networks
13 3 (1.09%) IBM
13 3 (1.09%) Informatica