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 3 months to 27 April 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
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 529 597 543
Rank change year-on-year +68 -54  
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 66 58 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.10% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.71% 0.49% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 35 24
Median daily rate £158 £263 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -40.00% +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £109 £118 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £909 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £250 £356
% change year-on-year -40.00% -29.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 34
Median hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -15.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.80 £12.98 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.80 £21.05 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £17.86
% change year-on-year -3.33% -16.01%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9360 11887 10983
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.14% 21.27% 19.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 5834 7454 6225
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £258 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 404 533
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.95 £48.25 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £31.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +4.83% +37.77%  

DBS Check
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing DBS Check as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 27 April 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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DBS Check in the UK

DBS Check
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +44 66 £158 -40.00% 47
London +32 19 £180 -38.98% 15
North West +36 10 £338 +35.00% 2
South West +15 10 £120 -93.49% 2
West Midlands +27 7 £126 -62.86% 1
Manchester +17 7 £350 -6.66% 1
South East +9 7 £510 +121.73% 7
Gloucestershire +10 6 £120 -87.79%
Gloucester +4 6 £120 -93.49%
East of England -3 5 - - 9
Yorkshire +29 4 - - 10
Warwickshire +11 3 £150 +15.38%
Hertfordshire +7 3 - -
Watford -2 3 - -
East Midlands -3 3 - -
Rugby - 3 £150 -
City of London - 3 £200 - 2
Berkshire +19 2 - - 1
Lancashire +9 2 £130 -48.00%
Hampshire +3 2 £885 +337.03% 2
Buckinghamshire - 2 £170 - 1
West Yorkshire - 2 - - 2
Orpington - 2 - -
Salford - 2 £325 -
Leeds - 2 - - 1
Burnley - 2 £130 -
Dudley - 2 £103 -
Bristol - 2 - -
Cheshire +35 1 - -
North East +15 1 £225 - 1

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 86 (56.95%) Windows
2 52 (34.44%) Active Directory
3 43 (28.48%) Windows 7
4 40 (26.49%) Apple
5 38 (25.17%) Microsoft
6 32 (21.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (18.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (17.88%) Network Management
9 26 (17.22%) SLA
10 25 (16.56%) VMware
11 24 (15.89%) Service Delivery
11 24 (15.89%) Microsoft Office
12 22 (14.57%) Windows Server
13 19 (12.58%) Office 365
14 18 (11.92%) Internet
15 17 (11.26%) Wireless
15 17 (11.26%) DHCP
15 17 (11.26%) DNS
16 16 (10.60%) SQL
17 15 (9.93%) Security Cleared
17 15 (9.93%) VMware Infrastructure
17 15 (9.93%) SCCM
18 14 (9.27%) Time Management
18 14 (9.27%) MS Exchange
19 12 (7.95%) Firewall
19 12 (7.95%) Cisco
19 12 (7.95%) Windows Server 2003
19 12 (7.95%) Citrix
19 12 (7.95%) Exchange Server 2010
20 11 (7.28%) Spreadsheet

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 14 (9.27%) MS Exchange
2 12 (7.95%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (4.64%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (2.65%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.32%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (1.32%) CMS
7 1 (0.66%) IIS
7 1 (0.66%) Moodle
Applications
1 24 (15.89%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (7.28%) Spreadsheet
3 6 (3.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.32%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (1.32%) InDesign
4 2 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.32%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (3.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.66%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 19 (12.58%) Office 365
2 2 (1.32%) PaaS
3 1 (0.66%) G Suite
3 1 (0.66%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 18 (11.92%) Internet
2 17 (11.26%) DHCP
2 17 (11.26%) DNS
2 17 (11.26%) Wireless
3 12 (7.95%) Firewall
4 7 (4.64%) Intranet
5 6 (3.97%) LAN
5 6 (3.97%) VoIP
6 4 (2.65%) Broadband
6 4 (2.65%) WAN
7 3 (1.99%) SAN
8 2 (1.32%) IP Telephony
8 2 (1.32%) VLAN
9 1 (0.66%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (0.66%) MPLS
9 1 (0.66%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.66%) VPN
9 1 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.62%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.97%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (3.31%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (3.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (2.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.32%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.32%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.32%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.66%) MS Access
7 1 (0.66%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Cucumber
1 2 (1.32%) DbUnit
1 2 (1.32%) JUnit
1 2 (1.32%) Mockito
1 2 (1.32%) Selenium
1 2 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (1.32%) WebDriver
2 1 (0.66%) Git (software)
General
1 6 (3.97%) Finance
1 6 (3.97%) Telecoms
2 3 (1.99%) Banking
2 3 (1.99%) Investment Banking
3 2 (1.32%) Electronics
3 2 (1.32%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.32%) Marketing
3 2 (1.32%) Multimedia
3 2 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.66%) Advertising
4 1 (0.66%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 51 (33.77%) Support Engineer
2 26 (17.22%) Database Engineer
3 21 (13.91%) Customer Engineer
3 21 (13.91%) Customer Support Engineer
4 16 (10.60%) IT Support
5 14 (9.27%) IT Engineer
6 13 (8.61%) Developer
7 12 (7.95%) 1st Line Support
7 12 (7.95%) 2nd Line Support
7 12 (7.95%) Analyst
8 11 (7.28%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 10 (6.62%) IT Support Engineer
10 9 (5.96%) IT Technician
11 8 (5.30%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 8 (5.30%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 8 (5.30%) Desktop Engineer
12 7 (4.64%) 1st Line Engineer
12 7 (4.64%) 1st Line Support Engineer
12 7 (4.64%) Project Manager
12 7 (4.64%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.31%) .NET
2 2 (1.32%) CSS
2 2 (1.32%) Django
2 2 (1.32%) Flask
2 2 (1.32%) HTML
2 2 (1.32%) Node.js
2 2 (1.32%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.66%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.66%) AngularJS
3 1 (0.66%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.66%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (0.66%) Entity Framework
3 1 (0.66%) REST
3 1 (0.66%) WCF
3 1 (0.66%) Web Services
3 1 (0.66%) WinForms
3 1 (0.66%) XHTML
3 1 (0.66%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.30%) Driving Licence
2 3 (1.99%) Credit Risk
2 3 (1.99%) NHS
2 3 (1.99%) Replication
3 2 (1.32%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.32%) Data Centre
3 2 (1.32%) Fat Client
3 2 (1.32%) iPad
3 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.32%) Thin Client
4 1 (0.66%) CCTV
4 1 (0.66%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (0.66%) EPoS
4 1 (0.66%) PACS
4 1 (0.66%) User Experience
4 1 (0.66%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 86 (56.95%) Windows
2 43 (28.48%) Windows 7
3 32 (21.19%) Windows Server 2012
4 28 (18.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (14.57%) Windows Server
6 12 (7.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (6.62%) Mac OS X
8 8 (5.30%) Apple iOS
9 6 (3.97%) Windows 10
9 6 (3.97%) Windows 8
10 5 (3.31%) Mac OS
10 5 (3.31%) Windows XP
11 4 (2.65%) Unix
11 4 (2.65%) Windows Vista
12 3 (1.99%) Linux
13 2 (1.32%) NetWare
14 1 (0.66%) Android
14 1 (0.66%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (17.88%) Network Management
2 24 (15.89%) Service Delivery
3 14 (9.27%) Time Management
4 9 (5.96%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (5.96%) Incident Management
4 9 (5.96%) Migration
4 9 (5.96%) Project Management
5 7 (4.64%) CRM
5 7 (4.64%) Mentoring
6 5 (3.31%) ITIL
6 5 (3.31%) Programme Management
6 5 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (2.65%) DevOps
7 4 (2.65%) Fault Management
7 4 (2.65%) Service Design
8 3 (1.99%) BDD
8 3 (1.99%) Document Management
8 3 (1.99%) Front End Development
8 3 (1.99%) Kalman Filter
8 3 (1.99%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 16 (10.60%) SQL
2 4 (2.65%) C
2 4 (2.65%) C#
2 4 (2.65%) C++
2 4 (2.65%) Java
3 3 (1.99%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.32%) Bash Shell
4 2 (1.32%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.32%) Python
4 2 (1.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (9.93%) Security Cleared
2 8 (5.30%) Degree
2 8 (5.30%) SC Cleared
3 7 (4.64%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (3.31%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (3.31%) CCNP
5 3 (1.99%) CCNA
5 3 (1.99%) MCSA
5 3 (1.99%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.32%) MCP
6 2 (1.32%) NVQ Level 3
6 2 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.66%) HND
7 1 (0.66%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.66%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (17.22%) SLA
2 5 (3.31%) QA
3 3 (1.99%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.66%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 52 (34.44%) Active Directory
2 15 (9.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (5.30%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.66%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.66%) vSphere
4 1 (0.66%) XenApp
4 1 (0.66%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (9.93%) SCCM
2 4 (2.65%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.32%) Jamf Pro
3 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 2 (1.32%) Nagios
3 2 (1.32%) SmoothWall
3 2 (1.32%) WSUS
4 1 (0.66%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.66%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 40 (26.49%) Apple
2 38 (25.17%) Microsoft
3 25 (16.56%) VMware
4 12 (7.95%) Cisco
4 12 (7.95%) Citrix
5 5 (3.31%) Google
5 5 (3.31%) Oracle
6 4 (2.65%) Computacenter
6 4 (2.65%) Juniper
7 3 (1.99%) Dell
7 3 (1.99%) SAP
8 2 (1.32%) Adobe
8 2 (1.32%) CommVault
8 2 (1.32%) HP
8 2 (1.32%) NetApp
8 2 (1.32%) Veeam
9 1 (0.66%) Meraki
9 1 (0.66%) Ruckus Wireless
9 1 (0.66%) SonicWALL
9 1 (0.66%) Tableau
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