Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 493 411 559
Rank change year-on-year -82 +148 +77
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 271 169 295
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.46% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.98% 1.89% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 140 208
10th Percentile £128 £160 £127
25th Percentile £166 £327 £239
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £500 £465
Median % change year-on-year -30.00% +7.53% +16.25%
75th Percentile £455 £550 £550
90th Percentile £550 £625 £627
UK excluding London median daily rate £253 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -49.50% +11.11% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 8 17
10th Percentile £14.00 £10.96 "
25th Percentile £14.13 £12.38 £15.25
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.13 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +15.70% -5.47% -0.31%
75th Percentile £20.75 £16.88 £23.00
90th Percentile £23.46 £20.78 £23.41
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +34.62% -16.13% -3.13%

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 13,703 8,952 17,496
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.09% 24.37% 19.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,866 5,882 10,950
10th Percentile £310 £288 £263
25th Percentile £402 £393 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £644 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £468 £463 £448
% change year-on-year +1.08% +3.35% +8.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 678 342 766
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.75 £12.93
25th Percentile £16.25 £19.43 £17.50
Median hourly rate £29.00 £31.56 £35.28
Median % change year-on-year -8.10% -10.56% +60.38%
75th Percentile £51.48 £48.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £63.86 £59.98 £55.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year - -23.61% +60.00%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -73 218 £330 -34.00% 256
UK excluding London -3 197 £253 -49.50% 226
North of England -14 54 £255 -51.43% 37
London -135 51 £375 -25.00% 41
Work from Home -241 42 £500 +227.87% 27
Wales +11 38 £450 -10.00% 4
Midlands -12 38 £220 +46.67% 64
North West -17 31 £255 -49.85% 18
South East -49 27 £406 -18.75% 60
East of England +8 23 £173 +7.81% 31
West Midlands -17 22 £250 +81.82% 38
Yorkshire -21 20 £425 -21.30% 17
East Midlands -3 16 £190 +5.56% 25
South West -15 15 £175 -51.72% 23
North East -3 3 £130 -81.43% 2
Scotland -51 2 £110 -76.84% 7

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 65 (23.99%) Microsoft 365
2 63 (23.25%) Microsoft
2 63 (23.25%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (22.51%) Windows
4 46 (16.97%) Active Directory
5 45 (16.61%) Social Skills
6 36 (13.28%) DevOps
7 35 (12.92%) Azure
8 32 (11.81%) Security Cleared
8 32 (11.81%) NHS
9 29 (10.70%) SQL
10 28 (10.33%) BPSS Clearance
11 26 (9.59%) Public Sector
12 25 (9.23%) Python
12 25 (9.23%) Finance
13 24 (8.86%) Coaching
13 24 (8.86%) Windows 10
14 23 (8.49%) Migration
14 23 (8.49%) ITIL
14 23 (8.49%) Microsoft Office
15 22 (8.12%) Driving Licence
16 20 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
17 19 (7.01%) Apple
17 19 (7.01%) Google
17 19 (7.01%) SCCM
18 17 (6.27%) Project Management
19 16 (5.90%) Windows Server
20 15 (5.54%) Service Delivery
20 15 (5.54%) AWS
21 14 (5.17%) SC Cleared

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 7 (2.58%) Confluence
2 6 (2.21%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.85%) Apache
3 5 (1.85%) Cloud Foundry
3 5 (1.85%) CMS
3 5 (1.85%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.48%) JBoss
5 3 (1.11%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.11%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.37%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.37%) Jupyter
6 1 (0.37%) nginx
6 1 (0.37%) SAS
6 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.37%) WordPress
Applications
1 23 (8.49%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.48%) Tesseract
2 3 (1.11%) Relativity
3 1 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.37%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.37%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.37%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 65 (23.99%) Microsoft 365
2 35 (12.92%) Azure
3 15 (5.54%) AWS
4 14 (5.17%) Power Platform
5 10 (3.69%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (3.69%) Serverless
6 9 (3.32%) GCP
7 5 (1.85%) Azure Functions
8 4 (1.48%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.48%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (1.48%) Azure Data Factory
8 4 (1.48%) Azure Synapse Analytics
8 4 (1.48%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (1.48%) GitHub
8 4 (1.48%) Mimecast
8 4 (1.48%) PaaS
9 3 (1.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (1.11%) Azure Logic Apps
9 3 (1.11%) IaaS
9 3 (1.11%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.32%) Firewall
1 9 (3.32%) WAN
2 8 (2.95%) Wireless
3 7 (2.58%) Wi-Fi
4 6 (2.21%) SD-WAN
5 5 (1.85%) VPN
6 4 (1.48%) DNS
7 3 (1.11%) DHCP
7 3 (1.11%) Intranet
7 3 (1.11%) LAN
7 3 (1.11%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.74%) Skype
8 2 (0.74%) VoIP
8 2 (0.74%) WebEx
9 1 (0.37%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (0.37%) HTTP
9 1 (0.37%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.37%) SSL
9 1 (0.37%) Structured Cabling
9 1 (0.37%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.43%) Power BI
2 8 (2.95%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.21%) NoSQL
4 5 (1.85%) Electronic Patient Records
5 4 (1.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 4 (1.48%) SQL Server
6 3 (1.11%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.11%) Data Lake
6 3 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.11%) GIS
6 3 (1.11%) Parquet
6 3 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.11%) Triplestore
7 2 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.74%) Big Data
7 2 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
7 2 (0.74%) Metadata
7 2 (0.74%) MySQL
7 2 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (4.43%) JIRA
2 9 (3.32%) Jenkins
3 7 (2.58%) Git (software)
4 5 (1.85%) Gradle
4 5 (1.85%) IntelliJ
5 3 (1.11%) Selenium
6 2 (0.74%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.74%) GitLab
6 2 (0.74%) JMeter
6 2 (0.74%) Postman
7 1 (0.37%) gulp
7 1 (0.37%) Maven
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.37%) RStudio
7 1 (0.37%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.37%) Yeoman
General
1 45 (16.61%) Social Skills
2 26 (9.59%) Public Sector
3 25 (9.23%) Finance
4 12 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (4.06%) Legal
6 7 (2.58%) Influencing Skills
7 5 (1.85%) Local Government
8 4 (1.48%) Presentation Skills
8 4 (1.48%) Telecoms
9 3 (1.11%) Law
9 3 (1.11%) Marketing
9 3 (1.11%) Organisational Skills
9 3 (1.11%) Retail
10 2 (0.74%) Banking
10 2 (0.74%) Publishing
11 1 (0.37%) Advertising
11 1 (0.37%) Back Office
11 1 (0.37%) Electronics
11 1 (0.37%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.37%) Social Science
Job Titles
1 53 (19.56%) Analyst
2 26 (9.59%) Support Engineer
3 20 (7.38%) Developer
4 19 (7.01%) 2nd Line Support
5 16 (5.90%) Architect
6 15 (5.54%) Business Analyst
7 14 (5.17%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 14 (5.17%) Desktop Support
7 14 (5.17%) Service Analyst
8 13 (4.80%) Service Desk Analyst
9 10 (3.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 9 (3.32%) 1st Line Support
10 9 (3.32%) Desktop Engineer
11 7 (2.58%) Data Engineer
11 7 (2.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 7 (2.58%) IT Technician
11 7 (2.58%) Project Manager
12 6 (2.21%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 6 (2.21%) IT Analyst
12 6 (2.21%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.21%) RESTful
2 5 (1.85%) HTML
2 5 (1.85%) PySpark
2 5 (1.85%) Spring
2 5 (1.85%) Spring Boot
3 4 (1.48%) JSON
4 3 (1.11%) JSON-LD
5 2 (0.74%) CSS
5 2 (0.74%) Kafka
5 2 (0.74%) REST
5 2 (0.74%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 2 (0.74%) Web Services
5 2 (0.74%) XML
5 2 (0.74%) XMPP
5 2 (0.74%) XSLT
6 1 (0.37%) LDAP
6 1 (0.37%) Node.js
6 1 (0.37%) NumPy
6 1 (0.37%) SAML
6 1 (0.37%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 32 (11.81%) NHS
2 22 (8.12%) Driving Licence
3 8 (2.95%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.21%) User Experience
5 4 (1.48%) Reference Data
6 3 (1.11%) Clustering
6 3 (1.11%) Linked Data
6 3 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.11%) Semantic Web
6 3 (1.11%) W3C
7 2 (0.74%) Algorithms
7 2 (0.74%) Data Structures
7 2 (0.74%) HoloLens
7 2 (0.74%) Social Media
8 1 (0.37%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.37%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.37%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.37%) Marketing Technology
8 1 (0.37%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.37%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 61 (22.51%) Windows
2 24 (8.86%) Windows 10
3 16 (5.90%) Windows Server
4 9 (3.32%) Windows 7
5 7 (2.58%) Linux
6 5 (1.85%) Windows Server 2016
7 4 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.11%) Windows Server 2019
9 2 (0.74%) Android
9 2 (0.74%) VMS
10 1 (0.37%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.37%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.37%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.37%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (23.25%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (13.28%) DevOps
3 24 (8.86%) Coaching
4 23 (8.49%) ITIL
4 23 (8.49%) Migration
5 20 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
6 17 (6.27%) Project Management
7 15 (5.54%) Service Delivery
8 14 (5.17%) Business Analysis
8 14 (5.17%) Scrum
9 13 (4.80%) Business Intelligence
10 12 (4.43%) IT Strategy
10 12 (4.43%) Network Management
10 12 (4.43%) Project Delivery
10 12 (4.43%) Software Engineering
10 12 (4.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (4.06%) Data Modelling
11 11 (4.06%) Decision-Making
12 10 (3.69%) Problem Management
12 10 (3.69%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 29 (10.70%) SQL
2 25 (9.23%) Python
3 9 (3.32%) Java
4 7 (2.58%) JavaScript
5 6 (2.21%) C#
6 5 (1.85%) PowerShell
6 5 (1.85%) R
7 3 (1.11%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.11%) SPARQL
8 2 (0.74%) Go
8 2 (0.74%) Groovy
8 2 (0.74%) PHP
8 2 (0.74%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.74%) Scala
8 2 (0.74%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.37%) C
9 1 (0.37%) Java 11
9 1 (0.37%) Perl
9 1 (0.37%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (11.81%) Security Cleared
2 28 (10.33%) BPSS Clearance
3 14 (5.17%) SC Cleared
4 9 (3.32%) Degree
5 8 (2.95%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.11%) CCNP
8 2 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.74%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.74%) MCP
9 1 (0.37%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.37%) CCNA
9 1 (0.37%) ISEB
9 1 (0.37%) JNCIA
9 1 (0.37%) MCSE
9 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.37%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.37%) SSCP
9 1 (0.37%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.95%) SLA
2 7 (2.58%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (1.85%) PMO
3 5 (1.85%) QA
4 4 (1.48%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.74%) GDPR
5 2 (0.74%) HL7
5 2 (0.74%) WCAG
6 1 (0.37%) Accessibility
6 1 (0.37%) IFRS
System Software
1 46 (16.97%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.21%) Docker
2 6 (2.21%) Firmware
3 3 (1.11%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.74%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.37%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (7.01%) SCCM
2 9 (3.32%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (2.58%) Terraform
4 6 (2.21%) FortiGate
4 6 (2.21%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.48%) Ansible
6 3 (1.11%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.37%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 1 (0.37%) Capistrano
8 1 (0.37%) Graylog
8 1 (0.37%) Puppet
8 1 (0.37%) SmoothWall
8 1 (0.37%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.37%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 63 (23.25%) Microsoft
2 19 (7.01%) Apple
2 19 (7.01%) Google
3 11 (4.06%) HP
4 10 (3.69%) Oracle
5 7 (2.58%) Cisco
6 6 (2.21%) Brio
6 6 (2.21%) Databricks
6 6 (2.21%) Fortinet
6 6 (2.21%) Red Hat
6 6 (2.21%) Ubiquiti
7 5 (1.85%) CA
7 5 (1.85%) CA Agile Central
8 4 (1.48%) ServiceNow
9 3 (1.11%) Citrix
9 3 (1.11%) MobileIron
9 3 (1.11%) Nuix
9 3 (1.11%) VMware
10 2 (0.74%) Openreach
10 2 (0.74%) SAP