Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 471 456 553
Rank change year-on-year -15 +97 +143
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 185 252 322
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.42% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.67% 1.89% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 192 262
10th Percentile £120 £140 £138
25th Percentile £163 £204 £279
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £313 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year -34.21% +5.56% +71.43%
75th Percentile £525 £550 £538
90th Percentile £566 £638 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £188 £470 £425
% change year-on-year -60.11% +10.59% +112.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 9 19
10th Percentile £11.26 £12.05 £12.10
25th Percentile £14.25 £12.75 £12.63
Median hourly rate £21.05 £15.00 £15.06
Median % change year-on-year +40.33% -0.40% -26.54%
75th Percentile " £16.00 £20.88
90th Percentile £26.95 £16.30 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.05 £15.00 £16.13
% change year-on-year +40.33% -6.98% +15.18%

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 11,089 13,312 18,711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.13% 22.22% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,249 8,586 11,687
10th Percentile £300 £258 £263
25th Percentile £400 £369 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £571 £556
90th Percentile £650 £648 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +6.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 581 535 789
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.75 £12.38
25th Percentile £20.27 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £28.42
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% +5.56% +32.96%
75th Percentile £51.56 £49.35 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £52.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +48.00% -9.09% +24.35%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -1 143 £178 -60.56% 134
UK excluding London +63 129 £188 -60.11% 118
London 0 36 £350 -30.00% 20
North of England +38 35 £173 -65.15% 34
South East +66 34 £413 +6.45% 24
Work from Home -221 32 £475 -17.39% 31
Wales +20 23 £500 -2.44% 3
North West +33 22 £175 -60.00% 19
Midlands +33 17 £140 +23.35% 41
Yorkshire +26 12 £173 -68.06% 13
South West +39 9 £300 -25.00% 5
West Midlands +24 9 £138 +21.15% 29
East Midlands +31 8 £153 -3.17% 12
Scotland +9 6 £475 +15.15% 1
East of England +32 5 £161 -14.00% 10
North East +23 1 £140 -71.72% 2

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 49 (26.49%) Windows
2 42 (22.70%) Microsoft 365
3 41 (22.16%) Microsoft
4 40 (21.62%) Security Cleared
5 37 (20.00%) Active Directory
6 33 (17.84%) Agile Software Development
7 27 (14.59%) BPSS Clearance
8 26 (14.05%) Public Sector
9 23 (12.43%) Windows 10
9 23 (12.43%) Coaching
10 22 (11.89%) Microsoft Office
11 20 (10.81%) ITIL
11 20 (10.81%) SCCM
12 19 (10.27%) Apple
12 19 (10.27%) Service Delivery
12 19 (10.27%) Problem-Solving
13 18 (9.73%) Google
14 16 (8.65%) Problem Management
14 16 (8.65%) Windows Server
15 15 (8.11%) DevOps
15 15 (8.11%) Finance
15 15 (8.11%) SLA
16 14 (7.57%) Project Management
16 14 (7.57%) Disclosure Scotland
17 13 (7.03%) Network Management
17 13 (7.03%) Python
17 13 (7.03%) Software Engineering
18 12 (6.49%) Local Government
18 12 (6.49%) ITIL Certification
18 12 (6.49%) Stakeholder 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 4 (2.16%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.08%) Confluence
2 2 (1.08%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.08%) SAS
3 1 (0.54%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (0.54%) CMS
3 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.54%) WordPress
Applications
1 22 (11.89%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.54%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.54%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.54%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.62%) Tesseract
2 1 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.54%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.54%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 42 (22.70%) Microsoft 365
2 11 (5.95%) GCP
3 10 (5.41%) Azure
4 7 (3.78%) AWS
5 5 (2.70%) Power Platform
6 4 (2.16%) GitHub
7 3 (1.62%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (1.08%) Google Workspace
8 2 (1.08%) IaaS
8 2 (1.08%) Mimecast
8 2 (1.08%) PaaS
9 1 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
9 1 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.54%) Scribe Online
9 1 (0.54%) Serverless
9 1 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.54%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.24%) Firewall
1 6 (3.24%) Wi-Fi
2 5 (2.70%) VPN
3 3 (1.62%) LAN
3 3 (1.62%) WAN
4 2 (1.08%) Broadband
4 2 (1.08%) DNS
4 2 (1.08%) Intranet
5 1 (0.54%) ATM
5 1 (0.54%) BIG-IP
5 1 (0.54%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (0.54%) DHCP
5 1 (0.54%) HTTP
5 1 (0.54%) Network Security
5 1 (0.54%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.54%) VLAN
5 1 (0.54%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.16%) Power BI
1 4 (2.16%) Relational Database
2 3 (1.62%) Electronic Patient Records
2 3 (1.62%) MongoDB
2 3 (1.62%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (1.08%) Big Data
3 2 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.08%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.54%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.54%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.54%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.54%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.54%) MySQL
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.54%) QlikView
4 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (2.70%) Git (software)
1 5 (2.70%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.08%) Grunt
2 2 (1.08%) gulp
2 2 (1.08%) Jasmine
2 2 (1.08%) JIRA
3 1 (0.54%) Gradle
3 1 (0.54%) IntelliJ
3 1 (0.54%) Mocha
3 1 (0.54%) Subversion
3 1 (0.54%) webpack
General
1 26 (14.05%) Public Sector
2 15 (8.11%) Finance
3 12 (6.49%) Local Government
4 4 (2.16%) Legal
4 4 (2.16%) Publishing
5 2 (1.08%) Retail
5 2 (1.08%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.54%) Advertising
6 1 (0.54%) Banking
6 1 (0.54%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 23 (12.43%) 2nd Line Support
1 23 (12.43%) Support Engineer
2 19 (10.27%) Analyst
3 15 (8.11%) Desktop Support
4 13 (7.03%) Desktop Engineer
4 13 (7.03%) Developer
5 12 (6.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 11 (5.95%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 9 (4.86%) IT Support
8 8 (4.32%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 8 (4.32%) Architect
8 8 (4.32%) Database Engineer
8 8 (4.32%) IT Technician
8 8 (4.32%) Project Manager
9 7 (3.78%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
9 7 (3.78%) Delivery Manager
9 7 (3.78%) IT Engineer
10 6 (3.24%) Hardware Technician
10 6 (3.24%) Software Engineer
11 5 (2.70%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.16%) REST
2 3 (1.62%) CSS
2 3 (1.62%) HTML
2 3 (1.62%) Kafka
3 2 (1.08%) HTML5
3 2 (1.08%) Mustache
3 2 (1.08%) Node.js
3 2 (1.08%) PostGIS
3 2 (1.08%) Sass
3 2 (1.08%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 1 (0.54%) jQuery
4 1 (0.54%) NumPy
4 1 (0.54%) OAuth
4 1 (0.54%) OpenID
4 1 (0.54%) RESTful
4 1 (0.54%) scikit-learn
4 1 (0.54%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.54%) Spring
4 1 (0.54%) Spring Boot
4 1 (0.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.86%) Management Information System
2 7 (3.78%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.78%) Driving Licence
2 7 (3.78%) User Experience
3 6 (3.24%) NHS
4 3 (1.62%) iPhone
5 2 (1.08%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.08%) HoloLens
5 2 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.54%) Clustering
6 1 (0.54%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.54%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.54%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.54%) Lidar
6 1 (0.54%) PKI
6 1 (0.54%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.54%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.54%) Social Media
6 1 (0.54%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 49 (26.49%) Windows
2 23 (12.43%) Windows 10
3 16 (8.65%) Windows Server
4 7 (3.78%) Windows 7
5 5 (2.70%) Linux
6 4 (2.16%) Android
7 3 (1.62%) Windows 8
7 3 (1.62%) Windows XP
8 2 (1.08%) Unix
8 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.54%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.54%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (17.84%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (12.43%) Coaching
3 20 (10.81%) ITIL
4 19 (10.27%) Problem-Solving
4 19 (10.27%) Service Delivery
5 16 (8.65%) Problem Management
6 15 (8.11%) DevOps
7 14 (7.57%) Project Management
8 13 (7.03%) Network Management
8 13 (7.03%) Software Engineering
9 12 (6.49%) Decision-Making
9 12 (6.49%) Proactive Monitoring
9 12 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (5.41%) Continuous Improvement
10 10 (5.41%) Migration
10 10 (5.41%) Project Delivery
11 9 (4.86%) Change Management
12 8 (4.32%) Mentoring
13 7 (3.78%) TDD
14 6 (3.24%) Business Case
Programming Languages
1 13 (7.03%) Python
2 11 (5.95%) SQL
3 10 (5.41%) Java
4 5 (2.70%) C#
5 4 (2.16%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.62%) Go
6 3 (1.62%) R
7 2 (1.08%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.08%) Scala
8 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.54%) C
8 1 (0.54%) C++
8 1 (0.54%) ES6
8 1 (0.54%) Groovy
8 1 (0.54%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.54%) Perl
8 1 (0.54%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.54%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.54%) VB
8 1 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 40 (21.62%) Security Cleared
2 27 (14.59%) BPSS Clearance
3 12 (6.49%) ITIL Certification
4 10 (5.41%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.16%) Degree
6 2 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.54%) ACCA
7 1 (0.54%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.54%) CCAB
7 1 (0.54%) CIMA
7 1 (0.54%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (0.54%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.54%) GCFA
7 1 (0.54%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.54%) MCITP
7 1 (0.54%) MCSA
7 1 (0.54%) MCSE
7 1 (0.54%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.54%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (8.11%) SLA
2 14 (7.57%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.62%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.62%) PMO
3 3 (1.62%) QA
4 2 (1.08%) WCAG
5 1 (0.54%) GDPR
5 1 (0.54%) HL7
System Software
1 37 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.70%) Docker
3 4 (2.16%) Firmware
4 1 (0.54%) BitLocker
4 1 (0.54%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 20 (10.81%) SCCM
2 5 (2.70%) Terraform
3 4 (2.16%) Ansible
3 4 (2.16%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.54%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.54%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.54%) Puppet
5 1 (0.54%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 41 (22.16%) Microsoft
2 19 (10.27%) Apple
3 18 (9.73%) Google
4 6 (3.24%) Citrix
5 4 (2.16%) ServiceNow
6 3 (1.62%) Avaya
6 3 (1.62%) Cisco
6 3 (1.62%) HP
6 3 (1.62%) IBM
6 3 (1.62%) Oracle
6 3 (1.62%) Samsung
7 2 (1.08%) McAfee
7 2 (1.08%) VMware
8 1 (0.54%) Adobe
8 1 (0.54%) Aruba
8 1 (0.54%) F5
8 1 (0.54%) Meraki
8 1 (0.54%) MobileIron
8 1 (0.54%) Riverbed
8 1 (0.54%) Twitter