Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 665 697 778
Rank change year-on-year +32 +81 -67
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 222 149 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.16% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.16% 0.81% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 78 54
UK median daily rate £300 £158 £268
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +90.48% -41.12% +18.89%
10th Percentile £110 £105 £108
90th Percentile £554 £425 £609
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £150 £263
% change year-on-year +111.31% -42.76% -4.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 33
UK median hourly rate £18.79 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.59% +3.57% -6.67%
10th Percentile £12.88 £9.63 £10.30
90th Percentile £87.72 £19.55 £114.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.79 £14.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year +29.59% - -7.94%

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 19,205 18,312 22,734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.06% 20.27% 21.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,521 11,459 14,134
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £249
90th Percentile £625 £600 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.19% +1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 856 921 854
UK median hourly rate £24.91 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.98% -7.69% +47.13%
10th Percentile £12.47 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% -14.29% +55.56%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 +21 210 £338 +114.29% 113
UK excluding London -3 127 £318 +111.31% 90
London +10 90 £350 +89.19% 31
South East +3 38 £363 +123.08% 20
North of England -13 34 £181 +11.54% 29
Midlands +2 29 £350 +133.33% 15
West Midlands -4 22 £350 +191.67% 8
North West -14 14 £201 -42.50% 9
South West -2 12 £375 +209.28% 10
Yorkshire -11 12 £305 +87.69% 12
North East +8 9 £120 -4.20% 8
East of England -5 9 £388 +142.19% 8
East Midlands 0 7 £400 +34.45% 7
Wales - 4 £343 - 4
Scotland -35 3 £128 -56.93% 4

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 85 (38.29%) Windows
2 58 (26.13%) BPSS Clearance
3 56 (25.23%) Microsoft
4 54 (24.32%) Security Cleared
5 52 (23.42%) Active Directory
6 42 (18.92%) Office 365
7 36 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (13.96%) Windows 10
9 30 (13.51%) Windows Server
10 29 (13.06%) Apple
11 27 (12.16%) VMware
12 26 (11.71%) Finance
12 26 (11.71%) SQL
12 26 (11.71%) Windows Server 2008
13 24 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
14 23 (10.36%) Microsoft Office
14 23 (10.36%) Migration
14 23 (10.36%) Windows Server 2012
15 22 (9.91%) Disclosure Scotland
16 20 (9.01%) Windows 7
16 20 (9.01%) SC Cleared
17 19 (8.56%) DNS
17 19 (8.56%) DHCP
17 19 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
18 18 (8.11%) ITIL
19 16 (7.21%) Firewall
20 15 (6.76%) Citrix
20 15 (6.76%) Java
21 14 (6.31%) SharePoint
21 14 (6.31%) Microsoft Azure

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 (6.31%) SharePoint
2 12 (5.41%) MS Exchange
3 6 (2.70%) CMS
4 5 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.80%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.35%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.90%) IIS
8 1 (0.45%) Apache
8 1 (0.45%) Confluence
8 1 (0.45%) Jetty
8 1 (0.45%) Marvel
8 1 (0.45%) Mongrel
8 1 (0.45%) nginx
8 1 (0.45%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.45%) SAS
8 1 (0.45%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.45%) WordPress
Applications
1 23 (10.36%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.45%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (0.45%) InVision
4 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.45%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.45%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 42 (18.92%) Office 365
2 14 (6.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.15%) OneDrive
4 2 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (0.90%) GitHub
4 2 (0.90%) IaaS
5 1 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.45%) Boomi
5 1 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.45%) G Suite
5 1 (0.45%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.45%) PaaS
5 1 (0.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.56%) DHCP
1 19 (8.56%) DNS
2 16 (7.21%) Firewall
3 13 (5.86%) LAN
4 12 (5.41%) WAN
5 9 (4.05%) TCP/IP
6 8 (3.60%) VPN
7 6 (2.70%) SMS
7 6 (2.70%) Wireless
8 4 (1.80%) HTTP
8 4 (1.80%) IMAP
8 4 (1.80%) Internet
8 4 (1.80%) POP3
8 4 (1.80%) Skype
8 4 (1.80%) SMTP
8 4 (1.80%) VLAN
9 3 (1.35%) Cisco Firepower
9 3 (1.35%) Kerberos
10 2 (0.90%) SAN
10 2 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.95%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (3.60%) MongoDB
2 8 (3.60%) SQL Server
3 7 (3.15%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.80%) Neo4j
5 3 (1.35%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.35%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.90%) Data Mining
6 2 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.45%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.45%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.45%) MS Access
7 1 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.45%) Power BI
7 1 (0.45%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.45%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 6 (2.70%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.25%) Subversion
3 4 (1.80%) NUnit
4 3 (1.35%) Cucumber
4 3 (1.35%) Maven
4 3 (1.35%) Mockito
5 2 (0.90%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.45%) GitLab
6 1 (0.45%) Grunt
6 1 (0.45%) gulp
6 1 (0.45%) Jasmine
6 1 (0.45%) JIRA
6 1 (0.45%) JMeter
6 1 (0.45%) Mocha
6 1 (0.45%) MSTest
6 1 (0.45%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.45%) Selenium
6 1 (0.45%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.45%) Travis CI
6 1 (0.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 26 (11.71%) Finance
2 4 (1.80%) Back Office
2 4 (1.80%) Publishing
2 4 (1.80%) Retail
3 3 (1.35%) Legal
4 2 (0.90%) Law
4 2 (0.90%) Local Government
5 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (13.96%) Support Engineer
2 24 (10.81%) Developer
3 20 (9.01%) Analyst
3 20 (9.01%) IT Support
4 16 (7.21%) Database Engineer
4 16 (7.21%) Desktop Support
5 13 (5.86%) Customer Engineer
6 12 (5.41%) Customer Support Engineer
6 12 (5.41%) Windows Engineer
7 10 (4.50%) Architect
7 10 (4.50%) Desktop Engineer
7 10 (4.50%) IT Engineer
8 9 (4.05%) 1st Line Support
8 9 (4.05%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 9 (4.05%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (4.05%) Deployment Engineer
8 9 (4.05%) Java Developer
8 9 (4.05%) Technical Engineer
9 8 (3.60%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 8 (3.60%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.86%) HTML
2 10 (4.50%) CSS
3 6 (2.70%) .NET
3 6 (2.70%) REST
4 5 (2.25%) Hibernate
4 5 (2.25%) HTML5
5 4 (1.80%) ASP.NET
5 4 (1.80%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (1.80%) Dropwizard
5 4 (1.80%) JAX-RS
5 4 (1.80%) MAPI
5 4 (1.80%) Web Services
6 3 (1.35%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (1.35%) CSS3
6 3 (1.35%) OAuth
6 3 (1.35%) OAuth2
6 3 (1.35%) SOAP
6 3 (1.35%) Spring
6 3 (1.35%) Spring Boot
6 3 (1.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.50%) NHS
2 10 (4.50%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (3.15%) Data Centre
3 7 (3.15%) User Experience
4 4 (1.80%) Data Structures
4 4 (1.80%) Driving Licence
4 4 (1.80%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.80%) Smartphone
5 3 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.35%) iPad
5 3 (1.35%) Reference Data
6 2 (0.90%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.90%) Handset
6 2 (0.90%) iPhone
6 2 (0.90%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.45%) Digital Signage
7 1 (0.45%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.45%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.45%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 85 (38.29%) Windows
2 31 (13.96%) Windows 10
3 30 (13.51%) Windows Server
4 26 (11.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (10.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (9.01%) Windows 7
7 11 (4.95%) Linux
8 9 (4.05%) Mac OS X
8 9 (4.05%) Windows 8
9 6 (2.70%) Mac OS
10 4 (1.80%) Unix
10 4 (1.80%) Windows XP
11 3 (1.35%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.90%) Android
13 1 (0.45%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
3 23 (10.36%) Migration
4 18 (8.11%) ITIL
5 13 (5.86%) Project Management
5 13 (5.86%) Service Delivery
6 12 (5.41%) Network Management
7 11 (4.95%) Change Management
7 11 (4.95%) Collaborative Working
7 11 (4.95%) Decision-Making
8 9 (4.05%) High Availability
8 9 (4.05%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (3.60%) Data Modelling
9 8 (3.60%) Project Governance
9 8 (3.60%) Scrum
9 8 (3.60%) TDD
9 8 (3.60%) Time Management
10 7 (3.15%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (3.15%) Data Management
10 7 (3.15%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 26 (11.71%) SQL
2 15 (6.76%) Java
3 9 (4.05%) JavaScript
4 8 (3.60%) Python
5 7 (3.15%) C#
6 5 (2.25%) PL/SQL
6 5 (2.25%) VBA
7 4 (1.80%) Scala
8 3 (1.35%) C
8 3 (1.35%) Java 8
8 3 (1.35%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.90%) C++
9 2 (0.90%) PHP
9 2 (0.90%) PowerShell
9 2 (0.90%) Ruby
9 2 (0.90%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.45%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.45%) R
Qualifications
1 58 (26.13%) BPSS Clearance
2 54 (24.32%) Security Cleared
3 20 (9.01%) SC Cleared
4 12 (5.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (4.50%) MCP
6 8 (3.60%) Degree
7 7 (3.15%) MCSE
8 4 (1.80%) MCSA
9 3 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.90%) A+ Certification
10 2 (0.90%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.90%) CCNP
10 2 (0.90%) CISA
10 2 (0.90%) CISM
10 2 (0.90%) CISMP
10 2 (0.90%) CISSP
10 2 (0.90%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.45%) CCNA
11 1 (0.45%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (9.91%) Disclosure Scotland
2 10 (4.50%) Data Quality
3 5 (2.25%) SLA
4 4 (1.80%) GDPR
4 4 (1.80%) PMO
5 3 (1.35%) QA
6 2 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.90%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.45%) HL7
7 1 (0.45%) P3O
7 1 (0.45%) WCAG
System Software
1 52 (23.42%) Active Directory
2 19 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.60%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.25%) BitLocker
5 2 (0.90%) Docker
5 2 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.45%) Xen
6 1 (0.45%) XenApp
6 1 (0.45%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (5.41%) SCCM
2 4 (1.80%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 3 (1.35%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (1.35%) WSUS
4 2 (0.90%) Backup Exec
4 2 (0.90%) Data Guard
4 2 (0.90%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.90%) Puppet
4 2 (0.90%) Salt
4 2 (0.90%) SCOM
4 2 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.45%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.45%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.45%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 56 (25.23%) Microsoft
2 29 (13.06%) Apple
3 27 (12.16%) VMware
4 15 (6.76%) Citrix
5 12 (5.41%) Cisco
6 10 (4.50%) Oracle
7 8 (3.60%) Dell
8 7 (3.15%) CheckPoint
8 7 (3.15%) Google
9 5 (2.25%) McAfee
9 5 (2.25%) ServiceNow
9 5 (2.25%) Symantec
10 4 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (1.35%) F5
11 3 (1.35%) IBM
11 3 (1.35%) Progress
11 3 (1.35%) SAP
12 2 (0.90%) HP
12 2 (0.90%) SolarWinds
12 2 (0.90%) Spiceworks