Period
to 25 January 2022

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 25 January 2022 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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 587 432 498
Rank change year-on-year -155 +66 +130
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 268 171 275
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.41% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.60% 1.79% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 120 195
10th Percentile £118 £130 £133
25th Percentile £150 £166 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £250 £475 £448
Median % change year-on-year -47.37% +6.03% +12.00%
75th Percentile £488 £538 £575
90th Percentile £599 £623 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £178 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -55.63% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 27 15
10th Percentile £11.90 £9.95 £11.56
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.18
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £15.50
Median % change year-on-year -15.00% +29.03% +3.33%
75th Percentile £20.31 £21.05 £18.28
90th Percentile £26.70 - £21.16
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.31 £21.05 £15.50
% change year-on-year -27.26% +35.81% +1.31%

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 16,798 9,528 15,278
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.14% 22.78% 21.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,991 6,300 9,862
10th Percentile £313 £277 £256
25th Percentile £415 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £619 £563 £556
90th Percentile £700 £650 £639
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +7.22% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 661 501 633
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.71 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.55 £40.50 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.35% +24.62% +22.64%
75th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £49.50
90th Percentile £65.54 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £38.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +32.76% +9.43%

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -123 233 £200 -50.00% 399
UK excluding London -83 163 £178 -55.63% 280
London -159 73 £288 -45.24% 133
North of England -21 62 £363 +93.33% 67
Work from Home -144 39 £488 -2.50% 121
North West -30 32 £354 +3.28% 32
South East -84 28 £250 -38.46% 85
Yorkshire -29 23 £413 +22.68% 29
Midlands -57 23 £150 +11.11% 60
South West -46 21 £130 -31.13% 20
West Midlands -46 19 £150 +11.11% 39
Wales -32 13 £275 -45.00%
East of England -35 8 £140 -12.50% 34
Scotland -47 8 £370 -17.78% 14
North East +2 7 £140 - 6
East Midlands -33 3 £179 +27.68% 19

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, 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 83 (30.97%) Windows
2 65 (24.25%) Social Skills
3 60 (22.39%) Microsoft 365
4 57 (21.27%) Microsoft
5 53 (19.78%) Active Directory
6 51 (19.03%) Agile Software Development
7 42 (15.67%) Public Sector
8 36 (13.43%) Project Management
9 35 (13.06%) Microsoft Office
10 33 (12.31%) Security Cleared
10 33 (12.31%) BPSS Clearance
11 32 (11.94%) Apple
12 31 (11.57%) Windows 10
13 28 (10.45%) Finance
14 27 (10.07%) Coaching
15 23 (8.58%) Windows Server
15 23 (8.58%) Migration
16 22 (8.21%) SQL
16 22 (8.21%) Problem-Solving
17 21 (7.84%) Project Delivery
18 19 (7.09%) Wireless
18 19 (7.09%) Python
18 19 (7.09%) SC Cleared
19 18 (6.72%) Scrum
19 18 (6.72%) Google
19 18 (6.72%) Windows Server 2019
20 17 (6.34%) Windows Server 2016
20 17 (6.34%) Service Delivery
20 17 (6.34%) Azure
20 17 (6.34%) SCCM

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 (3.36%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.87%) Cloud Foundry
3 2 (0.75%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.75%) Confluence
4 1 (0.37%) CMS
4 1 (0.37%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.37%) OpenROAD
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (0.37%) SAS
4 1 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.37%) WebLogic
Applications
1 35 (13.06%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (2.24%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.37%) SPSS
5 1 (0.37%) Stata
Business Applications
1 1 (0.37%) Sage CRM
1 1 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 60 (22.39%) Microsoft 365
2 17 (6.34%) Azure
3 11 (4.10%) AWS
4 9 (3.36%) OneDrive
5 7 (2.61%) GCP
6 6 (2.24%) Power Platform
7 3 (1.12%) Serverless
8 2 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.75%) Azure Functions
8 2 (0.75%) GitHub
8 2 (0.75%) SaaS
9 1 (0.37%) Azure Monitor
9 1 (0.37%) Azure Pipelines
9 1 (0.37%) Azure Sentinel
9 1 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.37%) Google Workspace
9 1 (0.37%) IaaS
9 1 (0.37%) PaaS
9 1 (0.37%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 19 (7.09%) Wireless
2 13 (4.85%) Firewall
3 8 (2.99%) VoIP
4 7 (2.61%) LAN
5 6 (2.24%) VPN
5 6 (2.24%) Wi-Fi
6 5 (1.87%) WLAN
7 4 (1.49%) Internet
7 4 (1.49%) WiMAX
8 3 (1.12%) ATM
9 1 (0.37%) 4G
9 1 (0.37%) Converged Networks
9 1 (0.37%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.37%) LTE
9 1 (0.37%) Network Security
9 1 (0.37%) Skype
9 1 (0.37%) Structured Cabling
9 1 (0.37%) Unified Communications
9 1 (0.37%) VoLTE
9 1 (0.37%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.87%) NoSQL
1 5 (1.87%) Power BI
2 4 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.12%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (0.75%) Apache Hive
4 2 (0.75%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.75%) Tableau
5 1 (0.37%) GIS
5 1 (0.37%) Impala
5 1 (0.37%) Ingres
5 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.37%) Parquet
5 1 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.37%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.37%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.37%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 9 (3.36%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.61%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.24%) JIRA
4 5 (1.87%) Gradle
4 5 (1.87%) IntelliJ
5 2 (0.75%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.75%) Selenium
5 2 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.37%) Cypress.io
6 1 (0.37%) GitLab
6 1 (0.37%) Hudson
6 1 (0.37%) Subversion
6 1 (0.37%) TestRail
General
1 65 (24.25%) Social Skills
2 42 (15.67%) Public Sector
3 28 (10.45%) Finance
4 12 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.49%) Marketing
5 4 (1.49%) Organisational Skills
5 4 (1.49%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.12%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (0.75%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.75%) Influencing Skills
7 2 (0.75%) Local Government
7 2 (0.75%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.75%) Presentation Skills
7 2 (0.75%) Retail
8 1 (0.37%) Automotive
8 1 (0.37%) Back Office
8 1 (0.37%) Electronics
8 1 (0.37%) Games
8 1 (0.37%) Legal
8 1 (0.37%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 44 (16.42%) Support Engineer
2 27 (10.07%) Analyst
3 22 (8.21%) 1st Line Support
4 20 (7.46%) Developer
5 19 (7.09%) Project Manager
6 18 (6.72%) IT Technician
7 15 (5.60%) Desktop Engineer
8 13 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
8 13 (4.85%) IT Support
9 12 (4.48%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 12 (4.48%) ICT Engineer
10 11 (4.10%) Business Analyst
10 11 (4.10%) ICT Support
10 11 (4.10%) ICT Support Engineer
11 10 (3.73%) 1st Line Engineer
12 9 (3.36%) 1st Line Support Engineer
12 9 (3.36%) Desktop Support
12 9 (3.36%) User Researcher
12 9 (3.36%) Windows Engineer
13 8 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.73%) REST
2 6 (2.24%) Spring Boot
3 5 (1.87%) .NET
3 5 (1.87%) Spring
4 3 (1.12%) SOAP
4 3 (1.12%) XML
5 2 (0.75%) GraphQL
5 2 (0.75%) Middleware
5 2 (0.75%) Node.js
5 2 (0.75%) RESTful
5 2 (0.75%) XSD
6 1 (0.37%) 802.1X
6 1 (0.37%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.37%) Apache Avro
6 1 (0.37%) CSS
6 1 (0.37%) Express
6 1 (0.37%) JSON
6 1 (0.37%) Kafka
6 1 (0.37%) PySpark
6 1 (0.37%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 10 (3.73%) Management Information System
1 10 (3.73%) NHS
2 8 (2.99%) Data Centre
3 7 (2.61%) User Experience
4 4 (1.49%) Cyberthreat
4 4 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.12%) Algorithms
5 3 (1.12%) CMDB
5 3 (1.12%) Driving Licence
5 3 (1.12%) Public Cloud
6 2 (0.75%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (0.75%) Data Structures
6 2 (0.75%) EPoS
7 1 (0.37%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.37%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (0.37%) Linked Data
7 1 (0.37%) PKI
7 1 (0.37%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.37%) Social Media
7 1 (0.37%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 83 (30.97%) Windows
2 31 (11.57%) Windows 10
3 23 (8.58%) Windows Server
4 18 (6.72%) Windows Server 2019
5 17 (6.34%) Windows Server 2016
6 16 (5.97%) Windows 7
7 6 (2.24%) Linux
7 6 (2.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.49%) Windows Vista
8 4 (1.49%) Windows XP
9 3 (1.12%) Android
9 3 (1.12%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.37%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.37%) Solaris
10 1 (0.37%) Unix
10 1 (0.37%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (19.03%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (13.43%) Project Management
3 27 (10.07%) Coaching
4 23 (8.58%) Migration
5 22 (8.21%) Problem-Solving
6 21 (7.84%) Project Delivery
7 18 (6.72%) Scrum
8 17 (6.34%) Service Delivery
9 15 (5.60%) ITIL
10 14 (5.22%) User Stories
11 13 (4.85%) Network Management
11 13 (4.85%) SDLC
11 13 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
12 11 (4.10%) TDD
13 10 (3.73%) DevOps
13 10 (3.73%) Software Engineering
14 9 (3.36%) Collaborative Working
14 9 (3.36%) Data Modelling
14 9 (3.36%) PRINCE2
14 9 (3.36%) User Research
Programming Languages
1 22 (8.21%) SQL
2 19 (7.09%) Python
3 11 (4.10%) Java
4 10 (3.73%) JavaScript
5 7 (2.61%) C#
6 4 (1.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 4 (1.49%) Ruby
7 3 (1.12%) R
8 2 (0.75%) Groovy
8 2 (0.75%) Java 11
8 2 (0.75%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.37%) ABAP
9 1 (0.37%) Bash
9 1 (0.37%) C
9 1 (0.37%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.37%) SAPscript
9 1 (0.37%) Scala
9 1 (0.37%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.37%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 33 (12.31%) BPSS Clearance
1 33 (12.31%) Security Cleared
2 19 (7.09%) SC Cleared
3 6 (2.24%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (1.49%) ISEB
5 3 (1.12%) Degree
5 3 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (1.12%) MCP
6 2 (0.75%) CCNA
6 2 (0.75%) CTC Cleared
6 2 (0.75%) HNC
6 2 (0.75%) HND
6 2 (0.75%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.37%) NVQ Level 4
7 1 (0.37%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.61%) SLA
2 6 (2.24%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (1.87%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (1.87%) GDPR
4 4 (1.49%) Accessibility
5 3 (1.12%) QA
6 2 (0.75%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.75%) PMO
7 1 (0.37%) WCAG
System Software
1 53 (19.78%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.24%) Docker
3 1 (0.37%) HDFS
3 1 (0.37%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 17 (6.34%) SCCM
2 7 (2.61%) Terraform
3 5 (1.87%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.75%) Kibana
4 2 (0.75%) PaperCut
4 2 (0.75%) SmoothWall
5 1 (0.37%) Ansible
5 1 (0.37%) Capistrano
5 1 (0.37%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.37%) Grafana
5 1 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.37%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.37%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.37%) WSUS
Vendors
1 57 (21.27%) Microsoft
2 32 (11.94%) Apple
3 18 (6.72%) Google
4 11 (4.10%) Cisco
5 9 (3.36%) Brio
6 7 (2.61%) CA
7 6 (2.24%) Oracle
7 6 (2.24%) ServiceNow
8 5 (1.87%) CA Agile Central
9 4 (1.49%) Citrix
10 3 (1.12%) Avaya
10 3 (1.12%) IBM
10 3 (1.12%) Remedy
10 3 (1.12%) Sophos
11 2 (0.75%) Cloudera
11 2 (0.75%) Computacenter
11 2 (0.75%) HubSpot
11 2 (0.75%) SAP
11 2 (0.75%) UiPath
11 2 (0.75%) VMware