Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 533 611 744
Rank change year-on-year +78 +133 -10
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 273 291 146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.28% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.61% 1.52% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 190 90
UK median daily rate £423 £363 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.55% +107.14% -36.36%
10th Percentile £129 £119 £113
90th Percentile £650 £550 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £406 £400 £175
% change year-on-year +1.56% +128.57% -37.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 31 23
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £13.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -6.90% -3.33%
10th Percentile £15.25 £10.20 £10.25
90th Percentile £23.92 £20.00 £97.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.30 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.31% -1.29% +6.90%

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 16,975 19,192 18,808
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.04% 18.55% 18.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,423 11,339 11,480
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £260 £245 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £448 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +7.83% +3.75% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 847 956 915
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.00% -9.09% +3.77%
10th Percentile £14.29 £12.55 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.91 £51.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +44.00% -16.67% +9.09%

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019. 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 +59 246 £413 +13.79% 235
UK excluding London +43 174 £406 +1.56% 204
London +81 92 £475 +52.00% 38
North of England +24 60 £450 +20.00% 67
South East +57 52 £350 -16.67% 64
North West +30 33 £465 +32.86% 29
Yorkshire +34 24 £375 -16.67% 31
South West -10 17 £200 -52.94% 17
Wales +36 15 £575 - 6
East of England +20 11 £198 -47.33% 23
Midlands +28 10 £205 -47.10% 26
Scotland +34 9 £135 - 1
West Midlands +19 8 £200 -42.86% 17
North East -6 3 £461 +13.83% 7
East Midlands +19 2 £350 -12.50% 9

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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 94 (34.43%) Windows
2 78 (28.57%) BPSS Clearance
3 68 (24.91%) Agile Software Development
4 63 (23.08%) Active Directory
5 60 (21.98%) Microsoft
5 60 (21.98%) Security Cleared
6 46 (16.85%) Windows 10
7 44 (16.12%) Public Sector
8 37 (13.55%) DevOps
9 36 (13.19%) JavaScript
10 34 (12.45%) Java
10 34 (12.45%) Azure
10 34 (12.45%) Windows Server
11 33 (12.09%) Office 365
12 32 (11.72%) Migration
12 32 (11.72%) Apple
13 31 (11.36%) Python
13 31 (11.36%) Finance
13 31 (11.36%) Windows 7
14 28 (10.26%) Scrum
15 25 (9.16%) SC Cleared
15 25 (9.16%) C#
16 23 (8.42%) Microsoft Office
17 22 (8.06%) SLA
17 22 (8.06%) TDD
17 22 (8.06%) Windows Server 2012
18 20 (7.33%) Continuous Integration
18 20 (7.33%) Kanban
18 20 (7.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 20 (7.33%) Power BI

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 13 (4.76%) SharePoint
2 11 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2010
2 11 (4.03%) MS Exchange
3 7 (2.56%) WordPress
4 6 (2.20%) Apache Spark
4 6 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.73%) Confluence
6 1 (0.37%) Apache
6 1 (0.37%) Captiva
6 1 (0.37%) Documentum
6 1 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 23 (8.42%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 15 (5.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (2.93%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.73%) CA PPM
3 2 (0.73%) SAP CCM
3 2 (0.73%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.73%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.73%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (0.73%) SAP WM
4 1 (0.37%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.37%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.37%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.37%) PeopleSoft HRMS
4 1 (0.37%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 34 (12.45%) Azure
2 33 (12.09%) Office 365
3 20 (7.33%) Power Platform
4 18 (6.59%) AWS
5 15 (5.49%) Dynamics 365
6 14 (5.13%) Serverless
7 12 (4.40%) Azure Functions
8 8 (2.93%) PaaS
8 8 (2.93%) SaaS
8 8 (2.93%) SuccessFactors
9 7 (2.56%) GitHub
10 6 (2.20%) Route 53
11 5 (1.83%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (1.83%) Data Lake Analytics
12 4 (1.47%) BrowserStack
13 3 (1.10%) Amazon EMR
13 3 (1.10%) G Suite
13 3 (1.10%) OneDrive
13 3 (1.10%) Sauce Labs
14 2 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.86%) Wireless
2 14 (5.13%) TCP/IP
3 13 (4.76%) DNS
3 13 (4.76%) LAN
4 11 (4.03%) Firewall
4 11 (4.03%) WAN
5 8 (2.93%) HTTP
5 8 (2.93%) SSL
6 7 (2.56%) DHCP
7 6 (2.20%) Internet
7 6 (2.20%) SAN
7 6 (2.20%) VoIP
8 5 (1.83%) VPN
9 4 (1.47%) Broadband
9 4 (1.47%) NAS
9 4 (1.47%) SMTP
9 4 (1.47%) SNMP
10 3 (1.10%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (1.10%) VLAN
10 3 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (7.33%) Power BI
1 20 (7.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 19 (6.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (6.23%) SQL Server
4 10 (3.66%) Data Lake
5 9 (3.30%) MySQL
6 8 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (2.93%) HDInsight
7 7 (2.56%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 7 (2.56%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (2.56%) PowerPivot
7 7 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (1.83%) Cosmos DB
9 5 (1.83%) Hadoop
9 5 (1.83%) NoSQL
10 4 (1.47%) MongoDB
10 4 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
11 3 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 18 (6.59%) Git (software)
2 14 (5.13%) Jenkins
3 9 (3.30%) Selenium
4 5 (1.83%) JMeter
5 4 (1.47%) JUnit
5 4 (1.47%) WinDbg
6 3 (1.10%) Cucumber
6 3 (1.10%) Gatling
6 3 (1.10%) JIRA
6 3 (1.10%) Subversion
7 2 (0.73%) Gerrit
7 2 (0.73%) gulp
7 2 (0.73%) Maven
7 2 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.73%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.73%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.73%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.37%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.37%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.37%) SpecFlow
General
1 44 (16.12%) Public Sector
2 31 (11.36%) Finance
3 7 (2.56%) Legal
3 7 (2.56%) Publishing
4 5 (1.83%) Retail
5 3 (1.10%) Billing
6 2 (0.73%) Advertising
6 2 (0.73%) Back Office
6 2 (0.73%) Law
7 1 (0.37%) Banking
7 1 (0.37%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.37%) Military
Job Titles
1 40 (14.65%) Developer
2 34 (12.45%) Support Engineer
3 26 (9.52%) IT Support
4 23 (8.42%) IT Engineer
5 22 (8.06%) Analyst
6 19 (6.96%) Consultant
7 18 (6.59%) IT Support Engineer
8 16 (5.86%) Desktop Support
9 14 (5.13%) Desktop Engineer
10 13 (4.76%) Team Leader
11 12 (4.40%) Senior Developer
12 11 (4.03%) Field Engineer
13 10 (3.66%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 10 (3.66%) Deployment Engineer
13 10 (3.66%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 9 (3.30%) Database Engineer
14 9 (3.30%) Support Analyst
15 8 (2.93%) 2nd Line Support
15 8 (2.93%) Microsoft Developer
15 8 (2.93%) Support Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.59%) .NET
2 15 (5.49%) HTML
3 13 (4.76%) ASP.NET
3 13 (4.76%) CSS
4 10 (3.66%) HTML5
4 10 (3.66%) jQuery
5 8 (2.93%) Vue.js
6 7 (2.56%) LAMP
6 7 (2.56%) MDX
6 7 (2.56%) Node.js
6 7 (2.56%) Web Services
7 6 (2.20%) AngularJS
8 4 (1.47%) JSON
8 4 (1.47%) Kafka
8 4 (1.47%) RESTful
8 4 (1.47%) Spring
8 4 (1.47%) Spring Boot
8 4 (1.47%) Velocity
9 3 (1.10%) .NET Core
10 2 (0.73%) Nunjucks
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.40%) Driving Licence
2 8 (2.93%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (2.93%) NHS
3 7 (2.56%) iPad
4 5 (1.83%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.47%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.47%) Blog
5 4 (1.47%) Handset
5 4 (1.47%) iPhone
5 4 (1.47%) User Experience
6 3 (1.10%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.10%) Clustering
6 3 (1.10%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.73%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.37%) CCTV
8 1 (0.37%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.37%) Graphic Design
8 1 (0.37%) Linked Data
8 1 (0.37%) Social Media
8 1 (0.37%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 94 (34.43%) Windows
2 46 (16.85%) Windows 10
3 34 (12.45%) Windows Server
4 31 (11.36%) Windows 7
5 22 (8.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (6.59%) Apple iOS
7 17 (6.23%) Linux
7 17 (6.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (5.49%) Mac OS X
9 5 (1.83%) Android
9 5 (1.83%) CentOS
10 4 (1.47%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.10%) Unix
12 2 (0.73%) Fedora
12 2 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.73%) Solaris
12 2 (0.73%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.73%) VMS
13 1 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (24.91%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (13.55%) DevOps
3 32 (11.72%) Migration
4 28 (10.26%) Scrum
5 22 (8.06%) TDD
6 20 (7.33%) Continuous Integration
6 20 (7.33%) Kanban
7 17 (6.23%) CRM
8 16 (5.86%) Test Automation
8 16 (5.86%) Workflow
9 15 (5.49%) ITIL
9 15 (5.49%) Open Source
9 15 (5.49%) Problem-Solving
10 14 (5.13%) Continuous Delivery
11 13 (4.76%) Case Management
11 13 (4.76%) Creative Thinking
11 13 (4.76%) Mentoring
11 13 (4.76%) Web Application Development
12 12 (4.40%) Analytics
12 12 (4.40%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (13.19%) JavaScript
2 34 (12.45%) Java
3 31 (11.36%) Python
4 25 (9.16%) C#
5 18 (6.59%) SQL
6 14 (5.13%) Ruby
7 11 (4.03%) Bash Shell
8 8 (2.93%) R
9 7 (2.56%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 7 (2.56%) PHP
9 7 (2.56%) PHP 7
10 6 (2.20%) Go
10 6 (2.20%) PowerShell
11 5 (1.83%) C
11 5 (1.83%) U-SQL
11 5 (1.83%) VBScript
12 4 (1.47%) PL/SQL
13 3 (1.10%) Java 8
13 3 (1.10%) Perl
14 2 (0.73%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 78 (28.57%) BPSS Clearance
2 60 (21.98%) Security Cleared
3 25 (9.16%) SC Cleared
4 11 (4.03%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (3.66%) CCNP
6 6 (2.20%) MCSE
6 6 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (1.47%) CCNA
8 4 (1.47%) CCSP
8 4 (1.47%) CCVP
8 4 (1.47%) Degree
9 2 (0.73%) ACTC
9 2 (0.73%) APMP
9 2 (0.73%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.73%) MCP
10 1 (0.37%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.37%) CISM
10 1 (0.37%) CISSP
10 1 (0.37%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (8.06%) SLA
2 18 (6.59%) Disclosure Scotland
3 16 (5.86%) QA
4 5 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.73%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.37%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.37%) GDPR
6 1 (0.37%) PMO
System Software
1 63 (23.08%) Active Directory
2 17 (6.23%) Docker
3 8 (2.93%) Hyper-V
3 8 (2.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.20%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (1.47%) ISA Server
6 2 (0.73%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 19 (6.96%) SCCM
2 16 (5.86%) Kubernetes
3 13 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (4.76%) Terraform
4 12 (4.40%) Puppet
5 11 (4.03%) Ansible
6 8 (2.93%) Salt
7 3 (1.10%) Docker Swarm
7 3 (1.10%) Rancher
7 3 (1.10%) WSUS
8 2 (0.73%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.73%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.73%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (0.73%) FortiGate
8 2 (0.73%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.37%) Consul
9 1 (0.37%) Nessus
9 1 (0.37%) Nmap
9 1 (0.37%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 60 (21.98%) Microsoft
2 32 (11.72%) Apple
3 13 (4.76%) Cisco
3 13 (4.76%) VMware
4 12 (4.40%) Google
5 9 (3.30%) SAP
6 8 (2.93%) Ariba
6 8 (2.93%) Concur
6 8 (2.93%) HP
7 6 (2.20%) Dell
7 6 (2.20%) Lets Encrypt
7 6 (2.20%) Oracle
8 5 (1.83%) Databricks
8 5 (1.83%) Red Hat
9 4 (1.47%) Extreme Networks
9 4 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.47%) Sonus
10 3 (1.10%) Aruba
10 3 (1.10%) F5
10 3 (1.10%) Hortonworks