Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 681 664 735
Rank change year-on-year -17 +71 +18
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 188 180 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 0.91% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 90 63
UK median daily rate £180 £160 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -38.46% +15.56%
10th Percentile £115 £105 £124
90th Percentile £546 £425 £574
UK excluding London median daily rate £175 £160 £225
% change year-on-year +9.38% -28.89% -18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 23 59
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £14.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.59% - +11.54%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.00 £10.20
90th Percentile £80.50 £22.80 £21.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -6.90% - +7.41%

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 19,034 19,727 22,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 20.70% 20.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,669 12,489 13,569
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 856 903 1,004
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.22 £27.50 £30.11
% change year-on-year -4.67% -8.65% +54.38%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 -41 177 £180 +12.50% 116
UK excluding London -51 100 £175 +9.38% 96
London +26 87 £244 +54.76% 25
South East -15 29 £151 -11.47% 32
Midlands -7 24 £225 -40.00% 15
North of England +27 23 £161 -35.80% 24
West Midlands +19 18 £225 +66.67% 9
North West +11 14 £188 -46.43% 8
South West -6 9 £175 +45.83% 7
Yorkshire -5 7 £161 -8.29% 11
East Midlands -19 6 £200 -50.00% 6
Wales - 6 £475 - 4
East of England -25 5 £140 -15.15% 13
Scotland -13 4 £191 -35.39% 1
North East +46 2 £111 -11.60% 5

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 90 (47.87%) Windows
2 54 (28.72%) Active Directory
3 47 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 35 (18.62%) Apple
4 35 (18.62%) VMware
5 33 (17.55%) Security Cleared
6 32 (17.02%) Windows Server
7 31 (16.49%) Office 365
8 26 (13.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (13.83%) VMware Infrastructure
8 26 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (13.83%) ITIL
9 25 (13.30%) DNS
9 25 (13.30%) Windows 10
10 24 (12.77%) Service Delivery
11 23 (12.23%) Microsoft Office
11 23 (12.23%) SQL
12 22 (11.70%) BPSS Clearance
12 22 (11.70%) DHCP
13 21 (11.17%) Network Management
14 20 (10.64%) Windows 7
14 20 (10.64%) SCCM
14 20 (10.64%) Agile Software Development
15 18 (9.57%) Citrix
15 18 (9.57%) SC Cleared
16 16 (8.51%) Java
16 16 (8.51%) CSS
17 15 (7.98%) HTML
17 15 (7.98%) SLA
18 13 (6.91%) Project Management

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 10 (5.32%) MS Exchange
1 10 (5.32%) SharePoint
2 7 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (2.13%) IIS
4 3 (1.60%) Apache
4 3 (1.60%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.06%) Apache Solr
5 2 (1.06%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (1.06%) CMS
5 2 (1.06%) Confluence
5 2 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.53%) Jetty
6 1 (0.53%) Mongrel
6 1 (0.53%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.53%) nginx
6 1 (0.53%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.53%) WebSphere
Applications
1 23 (12.23%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.53%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 31 (16.49%) Office 365
2 12 (6.38%) GitHub
3 8 (4.26%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (2.13%) OneDrive
4 4 (2.13%) PaaS
5 3 (1.60%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.53%) Boomi
6 1 (0.53%) G Suite
6 1 (0.53%) Google App Engine
6 1 (0.53%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.53%) IaaS
6 1 (0.53%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 25 (13.30%) DNS
2 22 (11.70%) DHCP
3 11 (5.85%) Firewall
3 11 (5.85%) WAN
4 9 (4.79%) LAN
4 9 (4.79%) SMS
4 9 (4.79%) TCP/IP
5 7 (3.72%) Wireless
6 6 (3.19%) SAN
6 6 (3.19%) VLAN
7 4 (2.13%) Internet
8 3 (1.60%) IMAP
8 3 (1.60%) POP3
8 3 (1.60%) SMTP
9 2 (1.06%) Intranet
9 2 (1.06%) Kerberos
9 2 (1.06%) VPLS
9 2 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.53%) IPsec
10 1 (0.53%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.85%) MongoDB
2 10 (5.32%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (5.32%) SQL Server
3 9 (4.79%) NoSQL
4 3 (1.60%) Big Data
5 2 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.06%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.06%) HBase
5 2 (1.06%) MariaDB
5 2 (1.06%) MySQL
5 2 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.53%) OLAP
6 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.53%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.53%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.53%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 11 (5.85%) Jenkins
2 10 (5.32%) GitLab
3 5 (2.66%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.60%) NUnit
5 2 (1.06%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.06%) JHipster
5 2 (1.06%) JIRA
5 2 (1.06%) Liquibase
5 2 (1.06%) Subversion
6 1 (0.53%) Grunt
6 1 (0.53%) gulp
6 1 (0.53%) Jasmine
6 1 (0.53%) JMeter
6 1 (0.53%) Mocha
6 1 (0.53%) MSTest
6 1 (0.53%) Selenium
6 1 (0.53%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.53%) Travis CI
General
1 11 (5.85%) Finance
2 4 (2.13%) Marketing
3 3 (1.60%) Back Office
4 2 (1.06%) Multimedia
4 2 (1.06%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.53%) Law
5 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 37 (19.68%) Support Engineer
2 24 (12.77%) IT Technician
3 23 (12.23%) IT Support
4 21 (11.17%) Database Engineer
5 20 (10.64%) Developer
6 18 (9.57%) Customer Engineer
6 18 (9.57%) Customer Support Engineer
7 13 (6.91%) Support Technician
8 12 (6.38%) IT Support Technician
9 10 (5.32%) Analyst
9 10 (5.32%) Technical Engineer
9 10 (5.32%) Technical Support
9 10 (5.32%) Technical Support Engineer
10 9 (4.79%) IT Engineer
11 8 (4.26%) Project Manager
12 7 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support
12 7 (3.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 7 (3.72%) Java Developer
12 7 (3.72%) Technical Customer Support
13 6 (3.19%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.51%) CSS
2 15 (7.98%) HTML
3 13 (6.91%) HTML5
3 13 (6.91%) REST
4 12 (6.38%) Node.js
4 12 (6.38%) Spring
4 12 (6.38%) Spring Boot
5 11 (5.85%) SOAP
6 7 (3.72%) .NET
6 7 (3.72%) Web Services
7 5 (2.66%) CSS3
8 4 (2.13%) AngularJS
8 4 (2.13%) XML
9 3 (1.60%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.60%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (1.60%) jQuery
9 3 (1.60%) MAPI
9 3 (1.60%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 2 (1.06%) Drools
10 2 (1.06%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 7 (3.72%) Management Information System
2 6 (3.19%) Virtual Team
3 5 (2.66%) User Experience
4 4 (2.13%) Algorithms
4 4 (2.13%) Smartphone
5 3 (1.60%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.60%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.60%) NHS
6 2 (1.06%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.06%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.06%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.06%) Handset
6 2 (1.06%) iPad
6 2 (1.06%) Media Streaming
7 1 (0.53%) BYOD
7 1 (0.53%) Clustering
7 1 (0.53%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.53%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 90 (47.87%) Windows
2 32 (17.02%) Windows Server
3 26 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
3 26 (13.83%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (13.30%) Windows 10
5 20 (10.64%) Windows 7
6 6 (3.19%) Linux
7 5 (2.66%) Apple iOS
7 5 (2.66%) Mac OS X
8 4 (2.13%) Mac OS
8 4 (2.13%) Unix
8 4 (2.13%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.60%) Android
10 1 (0.53%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (13.83%) ITIL
2 24 (12.77%) Service Delivery
3 21 (11.17%) Network Management
4 20 (10.64%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (6.91%) Project Management
6 12 (6.38%) Mobile Device Management
7 11 (5.85%) Collaborative Working
7 11 (5.85%) Migration
8 10 (5.32%) Hardware Maintenance
9 9 (4.79%) Incident Management
10 8 (4.26%) PRINCE2
10 8 (4.26%) Scrum
10 8 (4.26%) Time Management
11 7 (3.72%) Disaster Recovery
12 6 (3.19%) Change Management
12 6 (3.19%) High Availability
12 6 (3.19%) Risk Management
13 5 (2.66%) Break/Fix
13 5 (2.66%) TDD
14 4 (2.13%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (12.23%) SQL
2 16 (8.51%) Java
3 9 (4.79%) JavaScript
4 8 (4.26%) PHP
4 8 (4.26%) Scala
5 6 (3.19%) C#
6 4 (2.13%) PowerShell
6 4 (2.13%) VBA
7 3 (1.60%) Python
7 3 (1.60%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.06%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.06%) Ruby
9 1 (0.53%) C
9 1 (0.53%) R
9 1 (0.53%) VB
Qualifications
1 33 (17.55%) Security Cleared
2 22 (11.70%) BPSS Clearance
3 18 (9.57%) SC Cleared
4 13 (6.91%) Degree
5 12 (6.38%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (3.72%) MCP
7 6 (3.19%) MCSE
8 3 (1.60%) CISSP
8 3 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (1.06%) CISA
9 2 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (1.06%) CISM
9 2 (1.06%) CISMP
9 2 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.06%) MCSA
10 1 (0.53%) CCNA
10 1 (0.53%) CCNP
10 1 (0.53%) MCDST
10 1 (0.53%) MCITP
10 1 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.98%) SLA
2 9 (4.79%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.60%) PMO
5 2 (1.06%) GDPR
5 2 (1.06%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.53%) HL7
6 1 (0.53%) P3O
6 1 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.53%) WCAG
System Software
1 54 (28.72%) Active Directory
2 26 (13.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (6.38%) Docker
4 10 (5.32%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.06%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (1.06%) HDFS
7 1 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.53%) Xen
Systems Management
1 20 (10.64%) SCCM
2 10 (5.32%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.60%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.06%) Ansible
4 2 (1.06%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.06%) Puppet
4 2 (1.06%) Salt
4 2 (1.06%) SmoothWall
4 2 (1.06%) SolarWinds Orion
4 2 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (1.06%) Terraform
5 1 (0.53%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.53%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 47 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 35 (18.62%) Apple
2 35 (18.62%) VMware
3 18 (9.57%) Citrix
4 9 (4.79%) Google
5 7 (3.72%) Cisco
5 7 (3.72%) Dell
6 4 (2.13%) Oracle
6 4 (2.13%) ServiceNow
6 4 (2.13%) Symantec
7 3 (1.60%) Sophos
7 3 (1.60%) Veeam
8 2 (1.06%) Fortinet
8 2 (1.06%) HP
8 2 (1.06%) SolarWinds
9 1 (0.53%) ArcSight
9 1 (0.53%) RedGate
9 1 (0.53%) SonicWALL
9 1 (0.53%) Spiceworks
9 1 (0.53%) Tableau