Period
to 20 October 2017

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 October 2017 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 735 719 751
Rank change year-on-year -16 +32 -41
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 143 173 153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.77% 0.77% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 95 77
UK median daily rate £178 £275 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.45% +10.00% -16.67%
10th Percentile £113 £106 £116
90th Percentile £514 £485 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £180 £275 £250
% change year-on-year -34.55% +10.00% -21.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 19 35
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% - -5.00%
10th Percentile £10.25 £12.30 £10.60
90th Percentile £97.20 £137.50 £23.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.90% -3.33% -3.23%

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 18486 22349 22280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.61% 21.03% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11289 13874 13354
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 850 1087
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.74 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.83% +12.60% +21.79%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 20 October 2017.

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 October 2017.

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 October 2017. 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 +3 124 £180 -34.55% 44
UK excluding London +2 79 £180 -34.55% 30
London +31 56 £180 -36.84% 15
North of England +64 19 £175 -42.62% 11
Midlands +17 15 £360 -11.66% 3
South West +11 14 £200 +77.78% 2
South East -14 12 £163 -40.91% 9
Yorkshire +36 10 £165 -45.90% 4
West Midlands +28 10 £360 +166.67% 2
Scotland +19 9 £180 - 1
North West +11 7 £175 -44.44% 4
East of England -19 7 £155 -20.00% 4
East Midlands -21 5 £290 -30.12% 1
Wales - 3 £475 -
North East - 2 £163 - 3

For the 6 months to 20 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DBS Check also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for DBS Check.

1 68 (47.55%) Windows
2 49 (34.27%) Active Directory
3 33 (23.08%) VMware
4 29 (20.28%) Windows Server
5 26 (18.18%) Microsoft
6 25 (17.48%) SCCM
6 25 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
7 24 (16.78%) Apple
8 23 (16.08%) Security Cleared
9 22 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (14.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 19 (13.29%) Network Management
11 19 (13.29%) Office 365
11 19 (13.29%) DNS
12 18 (12.59%) DHCP
13 16 (11.19%) Windows 7
14 15 (10.49%) SLA
14 15 (10.49%) Citrix
15 13 (9.09%) Service Delivery
15 13 (9.09%) ITIL
15 13 (9.09%) SQL
15 13 (9.09%) TDD
15 13 (9.09%) Time Management
15 13 (9.09%) SC Cleared
16 12 (8.39%) Java
16 12 (8.39%) Microsoft Office
16 12 (8.39%) Firewall
17 11 (7.69%) SAN
17 11 (7.69%) BDD
18 10 (6.99%) REST

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 9 (6.29%) MS Exchange
2 8 (5.59%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (4.20%) Apache Solr
3 6 (4.20%) Apache Spark
4 5 (3.50%) Confluence
5 4 (2.80%) SharePoint
6 3 (2.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (2.10%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (2.10%) IIS
7 2 (1.40%) Apache
7 2 (1.40%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.40%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.70%) CMS
8 1 (0.70%) DNN
8 1 (0.70%) Drupal
8 1 (0.70%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.70%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 12 (8.39%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.40%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.70%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.70%) Adobe Premiere
4 1 (0.70%) InDesign
4 1 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.70%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (1.40%) SystmOne
2 1 (0.70%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 19 (13.29%) Office 365
2 7 (4.90%) GitHub
3 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.80%) PaaS
4 3 (2.10%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.70%) Dropbox
5 1 (0.70%) G Suite
5 1 (0.70%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.70%) IaaS
5 1 (0.70%) Serverless
5 1 (0.70%) Slack
5 1 (0.70%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.29%) DNS
2 18 (12.59%) DHCP
3 12 (8.39%) Firewall
4 11 (7.69%) SAN
5 10 (6.99%) SMS
6 9 (6.29%) Wireless
7 8 (5.59%) WAN
8 6 (4.20%) Kerberos
8 6 (4.20%) LAN
9 5 (3.50%) VLAN
9 5 (3.50%) VoIP
10 4 (2.80%) Internet
10 4 (2.80%) TCP/IP
11 3 (2.10%) Intranet
11 3 (2.10%) VPLS
12 2 (1.40%) Cisco ASA
12 2 (1.40%) IP Telephony
12 2 (1.40%) Remote Desktop
12 2 (1.40%) VPN
13 1 (0.70%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.59%) Big Data
2 7 (4.90%) Hadoop
2 7 (4.90%) PostgreSQL
2 7 (4.90%) SQL Server
3 6 (4.20%) HBase
4 5 (3.50%) MySQL
5 3 (2.10%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.10%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.40%) MariaDB
6 2 (1.40%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.40%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.70%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.70%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.70%) OLAP
7 1 (0.70%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (4.20%) Cucumber
1 6 (4.20%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.50%) JIRA
3 4 (2.80%) GitLab
4 3 (2.10%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.40%) IntelliJ
5 2 (1.40%) JHipster
5 2 (1.40%) Liquibase
5 2 (1.40%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.70%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.70%) Maven
6 1 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.70%) Vagrant
General
1 10 (6.99%) Finance
2 7 (4.90%) Marketing
3 3 (2.10%) Multimedia
4 2 (1.40%) Banking
4 2 (1.40%) Legal
5 1 (0.70%) Publishing
5 1 (0.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 38 (26.57%) Support Engineer
2 24 (16.78%) Database Engineer
3 17 (11.89%) IT Technician
4 15 (10.49%) Customer Engineer
4 15 (10.49%) Customer Support Engineer
5 14 (9.79%) Desktop Support
6 12 (8.39%) Developer
6 12 (8.39%) IT Support
7 10 (6.99%) 2nd Line Support
7 10 (6.99%) Project Manager
7 10 (6.99%) Support Technician
8 9 (6.29%) Analyst
9 8 (5.59%) Desktop Engineer
9 8 (5.59%) IT Support Technician
10 7 (4.90%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 7 (4.90%) IT Engineer
11 6 (4.20%) 2nd Line Support Technician
11 6 (4.20%) Administrator
12 5 (3.50%) 1st Line Support
12 5 (3.50%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.99%) REST
2 9 (6.29%) Spring
2 9 (6.29%) Spring Boot
3 7 (4.90%) Kafka
4 6 (4.20%) CSS
4 6 (4.20%) Drools
4 6 (4.20%) HTML
4 6 (4.20%) Node.js
5 5 (3.50%) Apache Camel
5 5 (3.50%) HTML5
5 5 (3.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 4 (2.80%) .NET
6 4 (2.80%) AngularJS
6 4 (2.80%) CSS3
6 4 (2.80%) jQuery
6 4 (2.80%) RESTful
7 3 (2.10%) 802.1X
7 3 (2.10%) Web Services
7 3 (2.10%) XML
8 2 (1.40%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.99%) Driving Licence
2 7 (4.90%) User Experience
3 5 (3.50%) Algorithms
4 4 (2.80%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.10%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.10%) NHS
6 2 (1.40%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.40%) BYOD
6 2 (1.40%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.40%) Streaming Media
7 1 (0.70%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.70%) Clustering
7 1 (0.70%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.70%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.70%) iPad
7 1 (0.70%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.70%) Replication
7 1 (0.70%) Social Media
7 1 (0.70%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 68 (47.55%) Windows
2 29 (20.28%) Windows Server
3 22 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 21 (14.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (11.19%) Windows 7
6 9 (6.29%) Windows 10
7 5 (3.50%) Linux
8 4 (2.80%) Android
8 4 (2.80%) Mac OS X
9 3 (2.10%) Mac OS
9 3 (2.10%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (1.40%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.40%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.70%) Mac OS X Server
11 1 (0.70%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.70%) Unix
11 1 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (13.29%) Network Management
2 13 (9.09%) ITIL
2 13 (9.09%) Service Delivery
2 13 (9.09%) TDD
2 13 (9.09%) Time Management
3 11 (7.69%) BDD
4 10 (6.99%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (6.99%) Microservices
5 7 (4.90%) Incident Management
5 7 (4.90%) Migration
5 7 (4.90%) Scrum
6 6 (4.20%) Data Architecture
7 4 (2.80%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (2.80%) Creative Thinking
7 4 (2.80%) Data Protection
7 4 (2.80%) DevOps
7 4 (2.80%) ITIL V3
7 4 (2.80%) Kalman Filter
7 4 (2.80%) PRINCE2
7 4 (2.80%) Product Marketing
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.09%) SQL
2 12 (8.39%) Java
3 7 (4.90%) JavaScript
4 4 (2.80%) PowerShell
4 4 (2.80%) Python
5 3 (2.10%) C
6 2 (1.40%) C#
6 2 (1.40%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.70%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.70%) Scala
7 1 (0.70%) VB
7 1 (0.70%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (16.08%) Security Cleared
2 13 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 8 (5.59%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (4.20%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (3.50%) Degree
6 4 (2.80%) MCSE
7 3 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (2.10%) MCSA
8 2 (1.40%) CCNP
8 2 (1.40%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.70%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.70%) CCNA
9 1 (0.70%) ECDL
9 1 (0.70%) HND
9 1 (0.70%) MCITP
9 1 (0.70%) MCP
9 1 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (10.49%) SLA
2 10 (6.99%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.40%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.40%) PMO
4 1 (0.70%) HL7
System Software
1 49 (34.27%) Active Directory
2 25 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (6.99%) Docker
4 8 (5.59%) Hyper-V
5 6 (4.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 6 (4.20%) HDFS
6 3 (2.10%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.40%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.70%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.70%) vSphere
8 1 (0.70%) XenApp
8 1 (0.70%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 25 (17.48%) SCCM
2 8 (5.59%) Kubernetes
3 6 (4.20%) Ansible
4 5 (3.50%) SmoothWall
4 5 (3.50%) Terraform
5 2 (1.40%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.40%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (1.40%) WSUS
6 1 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.70%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 33 (23.08%) VMware
2 26 (18.18%) Microsoft
3 24 (16.78%) Apple
4 15 (10.49%) Citrix
5 8 (5.59%) Dell
6 7 (4.90%) Cisco
7 5 (3.50%) Google
7 5 (3.50%) HP
7 5 (3.50%) Sophos
8 4 (2.80%) SonicWALL
8 4 (2.80%) Veeam
9 3 (2.10%) Oracle
10 2 (1.40%) Forcepoint
10 2 (1.40%) Fortinet
10 2 (1.40%) Mitel
10 2 (1.40%) Ruckus Wireless
11 1 (0.70%) Avaya
11 1 (0.70%) D-Link
11 1 (0.70%) LANDesk
11 1 (0.70%) Meraki