Period
to 13 December 2017

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 13 December 2017 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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 698 702 747
Rank change year-on-year +4 +45 -4
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 176 180 156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.17% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 0.85% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 98 79
UK median daily rate £180 £231 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.16% -7.50% -16.67%
10th Percentile £115 £106 £123
90th Percentile £546 £477 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £175 £250 £250
% change year-on-year -30.00% - -23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 20 45
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £14.75 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.42% -4.84% +8.77%
10th Percentile £10.85 £12.80 £10.50
90th Percentile £69.00 £38.51 £22.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.25 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% -6.45% +7.83%

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 19327 21140 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.48% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11870 13230 13642
UK median daily rate £425 £418 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +1.27%
10th Percentile £224 £238 £248
90th Percentile £606 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £388
% change year-on-year +1.91% +1.29% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 885 858 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.83 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.65% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.23 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £47.88 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017. 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 -19 161 £175 -26.32% 39
UK excluding London -25 89 £175 -30.00% 33
London +18 82 £261 +26.82% 8
South East -26 22 £157 -43.60% 9
Midlands +3 20 £225 -41.94% 2
North of England +44 16 £155 -38.00% 7
South West +2 15 £175 +55.56% 2
West Midlands +23 12 £281 +108.33% 2
North West +8 11 £175 -48.53% 1
East Midlands -24 8 £200 -50.92%
East of England -32 6 £145 -13.43% 11
Scotland -9 5 £218 - 2
Wales - 5 £475 -
Yorkshire +23 4 £155 -24.85% 3
North East +60 1 £100 -20.00% 3

For the 6 months to 13 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DBS Check also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for DBS Check.

1 81 (46.02%) Windows
2 55 (31.25%) Active Directory
3 39 (22.16%) Microsoft
4 35 (19.89%) VMware
5 34 (19.32%) Windows Server
6 27 (15.34%) Security Cleared
6 27 (15.34%) Apple
7 26 (14.77%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (13.64%) VMware Infrastructure
8 24 (13.64%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (12.50%) DNS
10 21 (11.93%) ITIL
10 21 (11.93%) Service Delivery
10 21 (11.93%) SCCM
10 21 (11.93%) Network Management
11 19 (10.80%) DHCP
12 18 (10.23%) Microsoft Office
12 18 (10.23%) Office 365
13 17 (9.66%) Windows 10
13 17 (9.66%) Java
14 16 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
14 16 (9.09%) SLA
14 16 (9.09%) REST
15 15 (8.52%) GitHub
15 15 (8.52%) SC Cleared
15 15 (8.52%) Spring Boot
15 15 (8.52%) Docker
15 15 (8.52%) SQL
15 15 (8.52%) Spring
16 14 (7.95%) HTML

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 9 (5.11%) MS Exchange
2 7 (3.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (2.27%) Apache Solr
3 4 (2.27%) Apache Spark
4 3 (1.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (1.70%) Confluence
4 3 (1.70%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (1.70%) IIS
4 3 (1.70%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.14%) Apache
5 2 (1.14%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (1.14%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.57%) CMS
6 1 (0.57%) DNN
6 1 (0.57%) Drupal
6 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.57%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 18 (10.23%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.14%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.57%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.57%) Adobe Premiere
4 1 (0.57%) InDesign
4 1 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.57%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.57%) SystmOne
1 1 (0.57%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 18 (10.23%) Office 365
2 15 (8.52%) GitHub
3 6 (3.41%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (2.27%) PaaS
5 3 (1.70%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.57%) Dropbox
6 1 (0.57%) G Suite
6 1 (0.57%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.57%) IaaS
6 1 (0.57%) Serverless
6 1 (0.57%) Slack
6 1 (0.57%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (12.50%) DNS
2 19 (10.80%) DHCP
3 13 (7.39%) SMS
4 10 (5.68%) Firewall
4 10 (5.68%) WAN
5 9 (5.11%) SAN
6 8 (4.55%) LAN
6 8 (4.55%) Wireless
7 5 (2.84%) Internet
7 5 (2.84%) VLAN
8 4 (2.27%) Kerberos
8 4 (2.27%) TCP/IP
9 3 (1.70%) Intranet
9 3 (1.70%) VPLS
9 3 (1.70%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.14%) IP Telephony
11 1 (0.57%) 802.11
11 1 (0.57%) FTP
11 1 (0.57%) VoIP
11 1 (0.57%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.82%) PostgreSQL
2 11 (6.25%) MongoDB
3 10 (5.68%) NoSQL
3 10 (5.68%) SQL Server
4 6 (3.41%) Big Data
5 4 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.27%) HBase
5 4 (2.27%) MySQL
6 2 (1.14%) MariaDB
6 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.57%) DataStax
7 1 (0.57%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.57%) OLAP
7 1 (0.57%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.57%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.57%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (6.82%) GitLab
2 11 (6.25%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.84%) Git (software)
4 4 (2.27%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.70%) JIRA
6 2 (1.14%) JHipster
6 2 (1.14%) Liquibase
6 2 (1.14%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.57%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.57%) Maven
7 1 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (6.25%) Finance
2 6 (3.41%) Marketing
3 3 (1.70%) Multimedia
4 2 (1.14%) Banking
4 2 (1.14%) Legal
4 2 (1.14%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.57%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 36 (20.45%) Support Engineer
2 30 (17.05%) IT Technician
3 21 (11.93%) Database Engineer
3 21 (11.93%) IT Support
4 18 (10.23%) Developer
5 17 (9.66%) Customer Engineer
5 17 (9.66%) Customer Support Engineer
6 16 (9.09%) Support Technician
7 14 (7.95%) IT Support Technician
8 12 (6.82%) 2nd Line Support
9 11 (6.25%) Desktop Support
10 9 (5.11%) Analyst
10 9 (5.11%) Java Developer
10 9 (5.11%) Project Manager
11 7 (3.98%) 2nd Line Support Technician
11 7 (3.98%) Administrator
11 7 (3.98%) IT Engineer
12 6 (3.41%) Architect
12 6 (3.41%) Technical Support
12 6 (3.41%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (9.09%) REST
2 15 (8.52%) Spring
2 15 (8.52%) Spring Boot
3 14 (7.95%) CSS
3 14 (7.95%) HTML
4 13 (7.39%) HTML5
4 13 (7.39%) Node.js
5 10 (5.68%) SOAP
6 5 (2.84%) .NET
6 5 (2.84%) CSS3
6 5 (2.84%) Kafka
6 5 (2.84%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 5 (2.84%) Web Services
7 4 (2.27%) AngularJS
7 4 (2.27%) Drools
7 4 (2.27%) jQuery
8 3 (1.70%) 802.1X
8 3 (1.70%) Apache Camel
8 3 (1.70%) RESTful
8 3 (1.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (3.98%) Driving Licence
1 7 (3.98%) Management Information System
1 7 (3.98%) Virtual Team
2 6 (3.41%) User Experience
3 5 (2.84%) Algorithms
4 4 (2.27%) NHS
5 3 (1.70%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.70%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.14%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.14%) BYOD
6 2 (1.14%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.14%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.14%) Handset
6 2 (1.14%) Media Streaming
7 1 (0.57%) Clustering
7 1 (0.57%) Graphic Design
7 1 (0.57%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.57%) Video Editing
7 1 (0.57%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 81 (46.02%) Windows
2 34 (19.32%) Windows Server
3 26 (14.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (13.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (9.66%) Windows 10
6 13 (7.39%) Windows 7
7 7 (3.98%) Mac OS X
8 6 (3.41%) Android
8 6 (3.41%) Linux
9 5 (2.84%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.70%) Unix
10 3 (1.70%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.14%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.57%) Mac OS X Server
12 1 (0.57%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (11.93%) ITIL
1 21 (11.93%) Network Management
1 21 (11.93%) Service Delivery
2 16 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (7.39%) Time Management
4 11 (6.25%) Incident Management
5 10 (5.68%) Mobile Device Management
6 9 (5.11%) Hardware Maintenance
6 9 (5.11%) Project Management
6 9 (5.11%) TDD
7 8 (4.55%) BDD
7 8 (4.55%) Collaborative Working
7 8 (4.55%) Migration
7 8 (4.55%) Scrum
8 7 (3.98%) Microservices
9 6 (3.41%) Break/Fix
9 6 (3.41%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (2.84%) Creative Thinking
10 5 (2.84%) Kalman Filter
10 5 (2.84%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 17 (9.66%) Java
2 15 (8.52%) SQL
3 9 (5.11%) Scala
4 8 (4.55%) PHP
5 7 (3.98%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.27%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.70%) Python
7 3 (1.70%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.14%) C#
9 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.57%) C
9 1 (0.57%) VB
9 1 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 27 (15.34%) Security Cleared
2 15 (8.52%) SC Cleared
3 10 (5.68%) Degree
4 8 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (3.98%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (2.27%) MCSE
7 3 (1.70%) CISSP
8 2 (1.14%) CCNP
8 2 (1.14%) CISA
8 2 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.14%) CISM
8 2 (1.14%) CISMP
8 2 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.14%) MCP
8 2 (1.14%) MCSA
9 1 (0.57%) CCNA
9 1 (0.57%) HND
9 1 (0.57%) MCDST
9 1 (0.57%) MCITP
9 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (9.09%) SLA
2 11 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.14%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.14%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.14%) PMO
5 1 (0.57%) HL7
5 1 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 55 (31.25%) Active Directory
2 24 (13.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (8.52%) Docker
4 10 (5.68%) Hyper-V
5 5 (2.84%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (2.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 4 (2.27%) HDFS
7 1 (0.57%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.57%) vSphere
7 1 (0.57%) XenApp
7 1 (0.57%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (11.93%) SCCM
2 13 (7.39%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.70%) Ansible
3 3 (1.70%) Backup Exec
3 3 (1.70%) SmoothWall
3 3 (1.70%) Terraform
4 2 (1.14%) Failover Clustering
4 2 (1.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.57%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.57%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (0.57%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.57%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 39 (22.16%) Microsoft
2 35 (19.89%) VMware
3 27 (15.34%) Apple
4 14 (7.95%) Citrix
5 11 (6.25%) Google
6 10 (5.68%) Cisco
7 5 (2.84%) Dell
7 5 (2.84%) Sophos
8 4 (2.27%) Veeam
9 3 (1.70%) HP
9 3 (1.70%) Oracle
9 3 (1.70%) SonicWALL
10 2 (1.14%) Forcepoint
10 2 (1.14%) Meraki
10 2 (1.14%) Ruckus Wireless
11 1 (0.57%) Aruba
11 1 (0.57%) EqualLogic
11 1 (0.57%) Hortonworks
11 1 (0.57%) LANDesk
11 1 (0.57%) SolarWinds