Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 607 721 739
Rank change year-on-year +114 +18 +3
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 292 172 169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.17% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.50% 0.89% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 104 90
UK median daily rate £375 £175 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +114.29% -33.33% +5.00%
10th Percentile £119 £115 £106
90th Percentile £562 £535 £481
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £160 £275
% change year-on-year +150.00% -41.82% +22.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 27 21
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.63% +6.67% -1.64%
10th Percentile £10.20 £10.70 £11.00
90th Percentile £20.00 £80.50 £137.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year -12.90% +6.90% -3.33%

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 19,466 19,372 22,212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.73% 18.83% 20.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,490 11,845 13,819
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £223 £242
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.63% +3.23% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 951 928 874
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.41% +3.85% +4.00%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.05 £12.14
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.31 £29.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -12.72% +7.41% +8.00%

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 16 November 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 16 November 2018.

Contractor 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 16 November 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 +89 279 £375 +114.29% 118
UK excluding London +81 196 £400 +150.00% 96
London +18 88 £344 +34.80% 27
North of England +23 65 £403 +159.68% 27
South East +35 45 £423 +201.79% 33
Midlands +10 40 £413 +14.58% 10
North East +25 27 £425 +325.00% 3
West Midlands +1 27 £419 +16.32% 3
South West -14 24 £425 +126.67% 7
Yorkshire 0 21 £413 +166.13% 14
East of England +17 20 £363 +141.67% 14
North West -8 20 £350 +100.00% 10
East Midlands +9 13 £400 +37.93% 7
Wales -21 3 £575 +21.05% 4
Scotland -13 2 - - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £123 -

For the 6 months to 16 November 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.

1 111 (38.01%) Windows
2 70 (23.97%) Agile Software Development
3 68 (23.29%) BPSS Clearance
4 66 (22.60%) Microsoft
5 62 (21.23%) Active Directory
6 46 (15.75%) Office 365
7 38 (13.01%) Windows 10
8 35 (11.99%) Windows Server
9 32 (10.96%) Migration
9 32 (10.96%) Security Cleared
10 30 (10.27%) Microsoft Azure
11 29 (9.93%) SCCM
11 29 (9.93%) Apple
12 28 (9.59%) SQL
13 27 (9.25%) Java
14 25 (8.56%) Windows 7
14 25 (8.56%) Windows Server 2012
15 24 (8.22%) Disclosure Scotland
16 23 (7.88%) Test Automation
16 23 (7.88%) JIRA
16 23 (7.88%) HTML
16 23 (7.88%) Microsoft Office
16 23 (7.88%) VMware
17 22 (7.53%) JavaScript
18 21 (7.19%) Scrum
19 20 (6.85%) SharePoint
19 20 (6.85%) Selenium
19 20 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
20 19 (6.51%) User Experience
21 18 (6.16%) 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 20 (6.85%) SharePoint
2 17 (5.82%) Confluence
3 10 (3.42%) MS Exchange
4 9 (3.08%) CMS
5 4 (1.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.03%) Moodle
6 3 (1.03%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.68%) Apache Solr
7 2 (0.68%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.68%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.68%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.34%) Apache
8 1 (0.34%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.34%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.34%) SAS
8 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.34%) WildFly
Applications
1 23 (7.88%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.68%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.68%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.03%) Workday HCM
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.34%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 46 (15.75%) Office 365
2 30 (10.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (6.16%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.05%) SaaS
5 5 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (1.71%) G Suite
5 5 (1.71%) PaaS
6 4 (1.37%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.37%) Boomi
6 4 (1.37%) GitHub
7 2 (0.68%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.68%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.68%) iPaaS
8 1 (0.34%) Amazon Glacier
8 1 (0.34%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.34%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.34%) Heroku
8 1 (0.34%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 17 (5.82%) Firewall
2 14 (4.79%) Wireless
3 12 (4.11%) DHCP
4 11 (3.77%) DNS
4 11 (3.77%) VPN
5 7 (2.40%) SAN
6 6 (2.05%) IPsec
6 6 (2.05%) LAN
6 6 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (1.71%) Internet
7 5 (1.71%) SMS
7 5 (1.71%) WAN
8 4 (1.37%) Cisco Firepower
9 3 (1.03%) BGP
9 3 (1.03%) Cisco Wireless
9 3 (1.03%) EIGRP
9 3 (1.03%) NX-OS
9 3 (1.03%) OSPF
9 3 (1.03%) PPTP
9 3 (1.03%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.77%) Relational Database
2 9 (3.08%) SQL Server
3 8 (2.74%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (2.74%) MongoDB
3 8 (2.74%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.71%) Power BI
5 4 (1.37%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.68%) Amazon Aurora
6 2 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.68%) MySQL
6 2 (0.68%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.68%) SQLPlus
7 1 (0.34%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.34%) HBase
7 1 (0.34%) Impala
7 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 23 (7.88%) JIRA
2 20 (6.85%) Selenium
3 18 (6.16%) Jenkins
4 17 (5.82%) Git (software)
5 14 (4.79%) Cucumber
6 9 (3.08%) Maven
7 6 (2.05%) JMeter
7 6 (2.05%) Subversion
8 5 (1.71%) JUnit
8 5 (1.71%) SoapUI
8 5 (1.71%) WebDriver
9 4 (1.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (1.37%) GitLab
9 4 (1.37%) Zephyr
10 3 (1.03%) Ant
10 3 (1.03%) Bugzilla
10 3 (1.03%) Gatling
10 3 (1.03%) HP UFT
10 3 (1.03%) SonarQube
10 3 (1.03%) TestComplete
General
1 18 (6.16%) Finance
2 10 (3.42%) Publishing
3 6 (2.05%) Marketing
3 6 (2.05%) Retail
4 5 (1.71%) Legal
5 3 (1.03%) Aerospace
5 3 (1.03%) Games
6 2 (0.68%) Back Office
6 2 (0.68%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.34%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.34%) Law
Job Titles
1 45 (15.41%) Developer
2 40 (13.70%) Support Engineer
3 26 (8.90%) Analyst
4 18 (6.16%) 2nd Line Support
4 18 (6.16%) IT Support
5 17 (5.82%) Field Engineer
6 16 (5.48%) Designer
7 14 (4.79%) Database Engineer
7 14 (4.79%) Field Service Engineer
7 14 (4.79%) IT Engineer
8 13 (4.45%) Consultant
8 13 (4.45%) Project Manager
9 12 (4.11%) Content Designer
10 11 (3.77%) Desktop Support
10 11 (3.77%) Digital Designer
10 11 (3.77%) IT Support Engineer
11 10 (3.42%) Digital Transformation
11 10 (3.42%) Tester
12 9 (3.08%) Customer Support Engineer
12 9 (3.08%) Digital Content Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (7.88%) HTML
2 16 (5.48%) CSS
3 11 (3.77%) AngularJS
3 11 (3.77%) Node.js
4 10 (3.42%) REST
5 9 (3.08%) HTML5
5 9 (3.08%) Web Services
6 8 (2.74%) jQuery
7 7 (2.40%) SOAP
8 6 (2.05%) .NET
8 6 (2.05%) Gherkin
8 6 (2.05%) Spring
8 6 (2.05%) Spring Boot
9 5 (1.71%) MEAN Stack
9 5 (1.71%) React
9 5 (1.71%) RESTful
9 5 (1.71%) Sass
10 4 (1.37%) Hibernate
10 4 (1.37%) XML
11 3 (1.03%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.51%) User Experience
2 18 (6.16%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (5.14%) Driving Licence
4 12 (4.11%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.40%) NHS
6 6 (2.05%) Clustering
6 6 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.71%) Data Centre
7 5 (1.71%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.03%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.03%) iPad
8 3 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.03%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.03%) Video\Live Streaming
9 2 (0.68%) Blog
9 2 (0.68%) Reference Data
9 2 (0.68%) Smart Meter
9 2 (0.68%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 111 (38.01%) Windows
2 38 (13.01%) Windows 10
3 35 (11.99%) Windows Server
4 25 (8.56%) Windows 7
4 25 (8.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (6.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (4.79%) Linux
7 7 (2.40%) Unix
8 6 (2.05%) Windows XP
9 5 (1.71%) Mac OS X
9 5 (1.71%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.03%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.03%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.68%) Debian
11 2 (0.68%) Solaris
12 1 (0.34%) AIX
12 1 (0.34%) Mac OS X Server
12 1 (0.34%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.34%) VMS
12 1 (0.34%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (23.97%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (10.96%) Migration
3 23 (7.88%) Test Automation
4 21 (7.19%) Scrum
5 20 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
6 16 (5.48%) TDD
7 15 (5.14%) DevOps
8 14 (4.79%) Incident Management
8 14 (4.79%) ITIL
8 14 (4.79%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (4.45%) Service Delivery
10 12 (4.11%) Digital Transformation Programme
10 12 (4.11%) Project Management
11 11 (3.77%) CRM
11 11 (3.77%) Network Management
12 10 (3.42%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (3.42%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (3.08%) BDD
13 9 (3.08%) Break/Fix
13 9 (3.08%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 28 (9.59%) SQL
2 27 (9.25%) Java
3 22 (7.53%) JavaScript
4 11 (3.77%) Java 8
5 10 (3.42%) C#
6 6 (2.05%) PowerShell
7 4 (1.37%) Python
8 3 (1.03%) C++
8 3 (1.03%) Go
8 3 (1.03%) Java 9
8 3 (1.03%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.03%) Scala
8 3 (1.03%) TypeScript
9 2 (0.68%) C
9 2 (0.68%) Groovy
9 2 (0.68%) Ruby
9 2 (0.68%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.68%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.68%) VB
10 1 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 68 (23.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 32 (10.96%) Security Cleared
3 14 (4.79%) SC Cleared
4 13 (4.45%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (4.11%) MCSA
6 10 (3.42%) MCP
7 8 (2.74%) ISTQB
8 7 (2.40%) Degree
9 6 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (1.71%) CCNA
10 5 (1.71%) ISEB
11 4 (1.37%) CISA
11 4 (1.37%) CISM
11 4 (1.37%) CISSP
11 4 (1.37%) ISSAP
11 4 (1.37%) ISSEP
11 4 (1.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (1.03%) BC Cleared
12 3 (1.03%) CCA
12 3 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (8.22%) Disclosure Scotland
2 14 (4.79%) QA
3 10 (3.42%) SLA
4 7 (2.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (2.40%) PMO
5 6 (2.05%) Data Quality
6 3 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 2 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.34%) COBIT
8 1 (0.34%) GDPR
8 1 (0.34%) HL7
System Software
1 62 (21.23%) Active Directory
2 16 (5.48%) Docker
2 16 (5.48%) Hyper-V
3 10 (3.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.03%) Terminal Services
4 3 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (0.68%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.68%) XenApp
6 1 (0.34%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.34%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.34%) vSphere
6 1 (0.34%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (9.93%) SCCM
2 5 (1.71%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.71%) Terraform
3 4 (1.37%) Ansible
3 4 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (1.37%) Puppet
3 4 (1.37%) WSUS
4 3 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.68%) Grafana
5 2 (0.68%) Graphite
5 2 (0.68%) Kibana
6 1 (0.34%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.34%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 66 (22.60%) Microsoft
2 29 (9.93%) Apple
3 23 (7.88%) VMware
4 17 (5.82%) HP
5 15 (5.14%) Cisco
6 13 (4.45%) Citrix
7 8 (2.74%) Fujitsu
7 8 (2.74%) Oracle
8 7 (2.40%) Google
9 6 (2.05%) Dell
10 5 (1.71%) CheckPoint
10 5 (1.71%) McAfee
11 4 (1.37%) Adobe
11 4 (1.37%) Aruba
11 4 (1.37%) F5
11 4 (1.37%) Informatica
11 4 (1.37%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (1.37%) SAP
11 4 (1.37%) Sophos
12 3 (1.03%) Aerohive Networks