Period
to 18 October 2021

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 18 October 2021 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 526 382 557
Rank change year-on-year -144 +175 +66
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 310 150 275
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.49% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.98% 1.96% 1.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 120 182
10th Percentile £119 £155 £130
25th Percentile £163 £372 £192
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £500 £425
Median % change year-on-year -30.00% +17.65% +13.33%
75th Percentile £495 £550 £550
90th Percentile £592 £625 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £278 £500 £413
% change year-on-year -44.50% +21.21% -0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 16 21
10th Percentile £13.28 £11.16 "
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £15.50
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +25.81% +14.81%
75th Percentile £18.00 £21.05 £21.16
90th Percentile £20.45 " £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £21.05 £15.50
% change year-on-year -22.80% +35.81% +14.81%

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 15,621 7,664 17,000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.63% 24.83% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,129 5,151 10,818
10th Percentile £313 £290 £261
25th Percentile £413 £387 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £644 £649
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £461 £441
% change year-on-year +2.98% +4.59% +6.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 693 301 772
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.04 £14.01
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £54.00 £48.17 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.53 £61.25 £59.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% -31.25% +73.91%

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 18 October 2021.

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 18 October 2021.

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 18 October 2021. 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 -127 255 £288 -42.50% 306
UK excluding London -63 217 £278 -44.50% 246
London -179 71 £325 -40.91% 70
North of England -45 58 £375 -28.57% 76
Work from Home -221 42 £500 +0.50% 50
Midlands -44 40 £165 +22.22% 56
Wales -10 35 £525 +4.90% 8
South East -94 34 £400 -20.00% 57
West Midlands -40 28 £150 +15.38% 38
North West -45 27 £345 -34.29% 30
Yorkshire -36 26 £475 -9.52% 25
East of England -32 23 £286 +78.91% 26
South West -33 22 £173 -63.10% 20
East Midlands -28 12 £190 +40.74% 18
Scotland -67 5 £245 -48.15% 3
North East - 5 £150 - 21

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, 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 77 (24.84%) Windows
2 72 (23.23%) Microsoft 365
3 71 (22.90%) Agile Software Development
4 66 (21.29%) Microsoft
5 57 (18.39%) Active Directory
6 47 (15.16%) Social Skills
7 35 (11.29%) Public Sector
7 35 (11.29%) BPSS Clearance
7 35 (11.29%) Azure
8 33 (10.65%) NHS
8 33 (10.65%) SQL
9 32 (10.32%) Python
10 31 (10.00%) Security Cleared
11 30 (9.68%) Coaching
11 30 (9.68%) Microsoft Office
12 29 (9.35%) DevOps
13 26 (8.39%) Apple
14 25 (8.06%) Project Management
15 24 (7.74%) Windows 10
16 22 (7.10%) Windows Server
16 22 (7.10%) ITIL
16 22 (7.10%) Finance
17 21 (6.77%) Migration
17 21 (6.77%) Scrum
17 21 (6.77%) Google
17 21 (6.77%) Driving Licence
18 20 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
19 19 (6.13%) SCCM
20 17 (5.48%) AWS
20 17 (5.48%) Analytical Skills

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 8 (2.58%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.26%) Cloud Foundry
3 6 (1.94%) Confluence
4 5 (1.61%) Apache
5 4 (1.29%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.29%) CMS
5 4 (1.29%) JBoss
6 3 (0.97%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.65%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
8 1 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.32%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.32%) nginx
8 1 (0.32%) OpenROAD
8 1 (0.32%) SAS
8 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 30 (9.68%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.65%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.32%) SPSS
4 1 (0.32%) Stata
Business Applications
1 3 (0.97%) Relativity
2 2 (0.65%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.32%) Sage CRM
3 1 (0.32%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.32%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.32%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 72 (23.23%) Microsoft 365
2 35 (11.29%) Azure
3 17 (5.48%) AWS
4 12 (3.87%) Serverless
5 11 (3.55%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (3.55%) Power Platform
6 9 (2.90%) GCP
7 7 (2.26%) Azure Functions
8 4 (1.29%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.29%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (1.29%) GitHub
9 3 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.97%) AWS Step Functions
9 3 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (0.97%) Azure Synapse Analytics
9 3 (0.97%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.97%) PaaS
9 3 (0.97%) PowerApps
9 3 (0.97%) SaaS
10 2 (0.65%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.16%) Wireless
2 14 (4.52%) Firewall
3 8 (2.58%) VPN
3 8 (2.58%) WAN
4 6 (1.94%) SD-WAN
4 6 (1.94%) Wi-Fi
5 5 (1.61%) VoIP
6 3 (0.97%) DNS
6 3 (0.97%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.65%) DHCP
7 2 (0.65%) LAN
7 2 (0.65%) Skype
7 2 (0.65%) WebEx
8 1 (0.32%) 5G
8 1 (0.32%) Converged Networks
8 1 (0.32%) HTTP
8 1 (0.32%) SMS
8 1 (0.32%) SSL
8 1 (0.32%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.32%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.90%) Power BI
2 8 (2.58%) NoSQL
3 6 (1.94%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.29%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 4 (1.29%) Electronic Patient Records
4 4 (1.29%) GIS
5 3 (0.97%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.97%) Data Lake
5 3 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.97%) Parquet
5 3 (0.97%) Triplestore
6 2 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.65%) Apache Hive
6 2 (0.65%) Big Data
6 2 (0.65%) MySQL
6 2 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.65%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.65%) SQL Server
7 1 (0.32%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (4.19%) JIRA
2 11 (3.55%) Jenkins
3 9 (2.90%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.26%) Gradle
4 7 (2.26%) IntelliJ
5 5 (1.61%) Selenium
6 2 (0.65%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.65%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.65%) GitLab
6 2 (0.65%) JMeter
6 2 (0.65%) Postman
7 1 (0.32%) gulp
7 1 (0.32%) Maven
7 1 (0.32%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.32%) RStudio
7 1 (0.32%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.32%) TestRail
7 1 (0.32%) Yeoman
General
1 47 (15.16%) Social Skills
2 35 (11.29%) Public Sector
3 22 (7.10%) Finance
4 17 (5.48%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (3.23%) Legal
6 6 (1.94%) Influencing Skills
7 5 (1.61%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.97%) Law
8 3 (0.97%) Marketing
8 3 (0.97%) Organisational Skills
8 3 (0.97%) Retail
9 2 (0.65%) Back Office
9 2 (0.65%) Banking
9 2 (0.65%) Presentation Skills
10 1 (0.32%) Automotive
10 1 (0.32%) Billing
10 1 (0.32%) Electronics
10 1 (0.32%) Games
10 1 (0.32%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 56 (18.06%) Analyst
2 33 (10.65%) Support Engineer
3 22 (7.10%) Developer
4 21 (6.77%) 1st Line Support
5 16 (5.16%) Architect
5 16 (5.16%) Business Analyst
5 16 (5.16%) Service Analyst
5 16 (5.16%) Service Desk Analyst
6 12 (3.87%) 2nd Line Support
7 11 (3.55%) IT Technician
7 11 (3.55%) Project Manager
8 10 (3.23%) 1st Line Engineer
8 10 (3.23%) 1st Line Support Engineer
8 10 (3.23%) Desktop Engineer
8 10 (3.23%) ICT Engineer
8 10 (3.23%) ICT Support
8 10 (3.23%) ICT Support Engineer
9 9 (2.90%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 9 (2.90%) Delivery Manager
9 9 (2.90%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.58%) REST
1 8 (2.58%) Spring Boot
2 7 (2.26%) RESTful
2 7 (2.26%) Spring
3 5 (1.61%) HTML
3 5 (1.61%) JSON
3 5 (1.61%) PySpark
4 4 (1.29%) XML
5 3 (0.97%) JSON-LD
5 3 (0.97%) Kafka
5 3 (0.97%) Web Services
6 2 (0.65%) CSS
6 2 (0.65%) XMPP
6 2 (0.65%) XSLT
6 2 (0.65%) YAML
7 1 (0.32%) .NET
7 1 (0.32%) LDAP
7 1 (0.32%) SAML
7 1 (0.32%) SOAP
7 1 (0.32%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 33 (10.65%) NHS
2 21 (6.77%) Driving Licence
3 9 (2.90%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.61%) Algorithms
4 5 (1.61%) User Experience
5 4 (1.29%) Linked Data
5 4 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (0.97%) Data Structures
6 3 (0.97%) Reference Data
6 3 (0.97%) Semantic Web
6 3 (0.97%) Social Media
6 3 (0.97%) W3C
7 2 (0.65%) Clustering
7 2 (0.65%) CMDB
7 2 (0.65%) EPoS
8 1 (0.32%) Blog
8 1 (0.32%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.32%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.32%) PKI
8 1 (0.32%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 77 (24.84%) Windows
2 24 (7.74%) Windows 10
3 22 (7.10%) Windows Server
4 15 (4.84%) Windows Server 2016
4 15 (4.84%) Windows Server 2019
5 9 (2.90%) Linux
6 7 (2.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (1.61%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.29%) Windows Vista
9 4 (1.29%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.65%) Android
10 2 (0.65%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.65%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (22.90%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (9.68%) Coaching
3 29 (9.35%) DevOps
4 25 (8.06%) Project Management
5 22 (7.10%) ITIL
6 21 (6.77%) Migration
6 21 (6.77%) Scrum
7 20 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
8 17 (5.48%) Software Engineering
8 17 (5.48%) TDD
9 14 (4.52%) Business Analysis
9 14 (4.52%) Network Management
10 13 (4.19%) Project Delivery
10 13 (4.19%) Service Delivery
11 12 (3.87%) Analytics
11 12 (3.87%) SDLC
11 12 (3.87%) Service Design
12 11 (3.55%) Data Modelling
12 11 (3.55%) Stakeholder Management
12 11 (3.55%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 33 (10.65%) SQL
2 32 (10.32%) Python
3 14 (4.52%) Java
4 13 (4.19%) JavaScript
5 7 (2.26%) C#
6 5 (1.61%) PowerShell
6 5 (1.61%) R
7 3 (0.97%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.97%) Groovy
7 3 (0.97%) Ruby
7 3 (0.97%) Scala
7 3 (0.97%) SPARQL
8 2 (0.65%) Go
8 2 (0.65%) Java 11
8 2 (0.65%) PHP
8 2 (0.65%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.32%) C
9 1 (0.32%) Perl
9 1 (0.32%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 35 (11.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 31 (10.00%) Security Cleared
3 14 (4.52%) SC Cleared
4 6 (1.94%) Degree
5 4 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (0.97%) ISEB
6 3 (0.97%) MCP
7 2 (0.65%) CCNA
7 2 (0.65%) CCNP
8 1 (0.32%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.32%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.32%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.32%) JNCIA
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.32%) NVQ Level 4
8 1 (0.32%) SAP Certification
8 1 (0.32%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.94%) GDPR
1 6 (1.94%) QA
2 5 (1.61%) Cyber Essentials
2 5 (1.61%) SLA
3 4 (1.29%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.29%) PMO
4 3 (0.97%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.65%) WCAG
6 1 (0.32%) Accessibility
6 1 (0.32%) IFRS
System Software
1 57 (18.39%) Active Directory
2 10 (3.23%) Docker
3 3 (0.97%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.65%) Firmware
4 2 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (6.13%) SCCM
2 9 (2.90%) Microsoft Intune
2 9 (2.90%) Terraform
3 8 (2.58%) Kubernetes
4 6 (1.94%) FortiGate
5 3 (0.97%) Ansible
5 3 (0.97%) SmoothWall
6 2 (0.65%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.65%) PaperCut
7 1 (0.32%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 1 (0.32%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.32%) Grafana
7 1 (0.32%) Graylog
7 1 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.32%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 66 (21.29%) Microsoft
2 26 (8.39%) Apple
3 21 (6.77%) Google
4 12 (3.87%) Brio
5 10 (3.23%) Oracle
6 8 (2.58%) CA
6 8 (2.58%) HP
7 7 (2.26%) CA Agile Central
7 7 (2.26%) Cisco
8 6 (1.94%) Databricks
8 6 (1.94%) Fortinet
8 6 (1.94%) Red Hat
8 6 (1.94%) Ubiquiti
9 3 (0.97%) Citrix
9 3 (0.97%) Nuix
9 3 (0.97%) SAP
9 3 (0.97%) ServiceNow
9 3 (0.97%) Sophos
9 3 (0.97%) VMware
10 2 (0.65%) Openreach