Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 422 484 613
Rank change year-on-year +62 +129 +115
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 178 272 285
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.38% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.83% 1.78% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 195 231
Median daily rate £498 £448 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.05% +12.00% +128.57%
10th Percentile £130 £136 £119
90th Percentile £624 £650 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +146.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 16 32
Median hourly rate £18.50 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.35% +3.33% -11.76%
10th Percentile £10.42 £11.69 £10.21
90th Percentile £21.05 £21.16 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.05 £15.50 £15.30
% change year-on-year +35.81% +1.31% +13.33%

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 9,739 15,265 18,858
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.73% 21.34% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,374 9,844 11,587
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.49%
10th Percentile £276 £256 £256
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 508 633 844
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +20.75% +12.77%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £37.91 £27.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year +37.86% +3.77% +6.00%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +68 141 £413 -7.92% 75
UK excluding London +104 124 £413 +3.13% 76
South East +127 46 £413 +17.86% 14
London +59 41 £525 -4.55% 7
Work from Home -181 26 £500 -13.04% 10
North of England +61 24 £188 -60.53% 22
Wales +27 18 £500 -0.50% 7
Midlands +65 15 £135 +18.94% 14
North West +40 13 £188 -58.33% 13
West Midlands +51 11 £135 +18.94% 10
South West +68 10 £205 -49.54% 9
Yorkshire +48 9 £336 -38.86% 6
Scotland +44 6 £450 +233.33%
East of England +58 5 £160 -17.95% 9
East Midlands +38 4 £140 -36.36% 4
North East +29 2 £140 -71.72% 3

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 63 (35.39%) Security Cleared
2 50 (28.09%) BPSS Clearance
3 45 (25.28%) Windows
4 39 (21.91%) Agile Software Development
5 32 (17.98%) Active Directory
6 30 (16.85%) Microsoft
6 30 (16.85%) Public Sector
7 29 (16.29%) SC Cleared
8 26 (14.61%) Office 365
9 23 (12.92%) ITIL
10 20 (11.24%) Windows 10
11 18 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
12 17 (9.55%) Disclosure Scotland
12 17 (9.55%) Python
13 16 (8.99%) Java
13 16 (8.99%) Software Engineering
13 16 (8.99%) Continuous Improvement
14 15 (8.43%) Coaching
14 15 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
14 15 (8.43%) Problem Management
14 15 (8.43%) SLA
15 14 (7.87%) Service Delivery
15 14 (7.87%) AWS
16 13 (7.30%) Azure
16 13 (7.30%) Microsoft Office
16 13 (7.30%) Google
17 12 (6.74%) Local Government
17 12 (6.74%) Firewall
17 12 (6.74%) Finance
17 12 (6.74%) ITIL Certification

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 4 (2.25%) SharePoint
2 3 (1.69%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.12%) SAS
3 2 (1.12%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.56%) Confluence
4 1 (0.56%) Drupal
Applications
1 13 (7.30%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.25%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.56%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.56%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.56%) SPSS
Cloud Services
1 26 (14.61%) Office 365
2 14 (7.87%) AWS
3 13 (7.30%) Azure
4 7 (3.93%) GCP
5 5 (2.81%) Amazon Cognito
6 4 (2.25%) GitHub
7 3 (1.69%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (1.69%) Amazon S3
8 2 (1.12%) G Suite
8 2 (1.12%) Logic Apps
8 2 (1.12%) Power Platform
8 2 (1.12%) PowerApps
9 1 (0.56%) IaaS
9 1 (0.56%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.56%) PaaS
9 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.74%) Firewall
2 5 (2.81%) VPN
3 4 (2.25%) Skype
3 4 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (1.69%) LAN
5 2 (1.12%) ATM
5 2 (1.12%) Broadband
5 2 (1.12%) HTTP
5 2 (1.12%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.12%) WAN
5 2 (1.12%) Wireless
6 1 (0.56%) DHCP
6 1 (0.56%) DNS
6 1 (0.56%) Network Security
6 1 (0.56%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.56%) VLAN
6 1 (0.56%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.25%) MongoDB
2 3 (1.69%) Big Data
2 3 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.12%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (1.12%) Power BI
3 2 (1.12%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.56%) Cosmos DB
4 1 (0.56%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.56%) InfluxDB
4 1 (0.56%) MySQL
4 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.56%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (0.56%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 12 (6.74%) Jenkins
2 11 (6.18%) Git (software)
3 5 (2.81%) GoCD
3 5 (2.81%) Octopus Deploy
4 4 (2.25%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.69%) CA Gen
5 3 (1.69%) JIRA
5 3 (1.69%) Maven
5 3 (1.69%) Selenium
6 2 (1.12%) Ant
6 2 (1.12%) Eclipse
6 2 (1.12%) GitLab
6 2 (1.12%) Gradle
6 2 (1.12%) Grunt
6 2 (1.12%) gulp
6 2 (1.12%) Jasmine
6 2 (1.12%) JMeter
6 2 (1.12%) Toad
7 1 (0.56%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.56%) webpack
General
1 30 (16.85%) Public Sector
2 12 (6.74%) Finance
2 12 (6.74%) Local Government
3 3 (1.69%) Publishing
4 2 (1.12%) Banking
4 2 (1.12%) Legal
4 2 (1.12%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.56%) Digital Economy
5 1 (0.56%) Multimedia
5 1 (0.56%) Police
Job Titles
1 17 (9.55%) Support Engineer
2 15 (8.43%) Analyst
2 15 (8.43%) IT Technician
3 12 (6.74%) 2nd Line Support
3 12 (6.74%) Desktop Support
3 12 (6.74%) Developer
3 12 (6.74%) Hardware Technician
4 9 (5.06%) Delivery Manager
4 9 (5.06%) Desktop Engineer
4 9 (5.06%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 9 (5.06%) IT Support
5 8 (4.49%) Active Directory Technician
5 8 (4.49%) Database Engineer
6 7 (3.93%) IT Engineer
7 6 (3.37%) Architect
7 6 (3.37%) IT Support Engineer
7 6 (3.37%) Software Engineer
8 5 (2.81%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 5 (2.81%) Cloud Engineer
8 5 (2.81%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.37%) HTML
1 6 (3.37%) REST
2 4 (2.25%) CSS
3 3 (1.69%) Kafka
3 3 (1.69%) Spring Boot
4 2 (1.12%) HTML5
4 2 (1.12%) JSF
4 2 (1.12%) Mustache
4 2 (1.12%) Node.js
4 2 (1.12%) PostGIS
4 2 (1.12%) PrimeFaces
4 2 (1.12%) React
4 2 (1.12%) RESTful
4 2 (1.12%) Sass
5 1 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (0.56%) jQuery
5 1 (0.56%) JSON
5 1 (0.56%) SOAP
5 1 (0.56%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.56%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.06%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.37%) User Experience
4 4 (2.25%) Driving Licence
4 4 (2.25%) NHS
4 4 (2.25%) Public Cloud
5 3 (1.69%) Analytical Mindset
6 2 (1.12%) Cyberattack
6 2 (1.12%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.12%) iPhone
6 2 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.56%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.56%) Lidar
7 1 (0.56%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.56%) PKI
7 1 (0.56%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.56%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.56%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 45 (25.28%) Windows
2 20 (11.24%) Windows 10
3 10 (5.62%) Linux
3 10 (5.62%) Windows Server
4 7 (3.93%) Unix
5 6 (3.37%) Windows 7
6 3 (1.69%) AIX
6 3 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.12%) Android
7 2 (1.12%) Mac OS X
7 2 (1.12%) Windows 8
7 2 (1.12%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (1.12%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.56%) Data ONTAP
8 1 (0.56%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.56%) Solaris
8 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (21.91%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (12.92%) ITIL
3 16 (8.99%) Continuous Improvement
3 16 (8.99%) Software Engineering
4 15 (8.43%) Coaching
4 15 (8.43%) Problem Management
4 15 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (7.87%) Service Delivery
6 12 (6.74%) Cybersecurity
6 12 (6.74%) Proactive Monitoring
7 10 (5.62%) DevOps
7 10 (5.62%) Project Management
7 10 (5.62%) Security Monitoring
8 9 (5.06%) Business Case
8 9 (5.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (5.06%) Vulnerability Management
9 8 (4.49%) Decision-Making
9 8 (4.49%) Network Management
9 8 (4.49%) Project Delivery
9 8 (4.49%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 17 (9.55%) Python
2 16 (8.99%) Java
3 9 (5.06%) SQL
4 8 (4.49%) Bash Shell
4 8 (4.49%) Perl
5 6 (3.37%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.81%) C
6 5 (2.81%) Ruby
7 4 (2.25%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.69%) Go
8 3 (1.69%) Korn
8 3 (1.69%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.12%) C#
9 2 (1.12%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.12%) R
10 1 (0.56%) C++
10 1 (0.56%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.56%) PHP
10 1 (0.56%) VB
10 1 (0.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 63 (35.39%) Security Cleared
2 50 (28.09%) BPSS Clearance
3 29 (16.29%) SC Cleared
4 12 (6.74%) ITIL Certification
5 6 (3.37%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (2.81%) CCNA
7 4 (2.25%) CCIE
7 4 (2.25%) CCNP
7 4 (2.25%) CISSP
8 3 (1.69%) CISA
8 3 (1.69%) CISM
8 3 (1.69%) Degree
9 2 (1.12%) DV Cleared
9 2 (1.12%) JNCIA
9 2 (1.12%) MCSA
9 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.56%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.56%) CompTIA Security+
10 1 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.55%) Disclosure Scotland
2 15 (8.43%) SLA
3 6 (3.37%) QA
4 3 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.69%) NCSC
4 3 (1.69%) PMO
5 2 (1.12%) WCAG
6 1 (0.56%) COBIT
6 1 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.56%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.56%) GDPR
6 1 (0.56%) P3O
System Software
1 32 (17.98%) Active Directory
2 10 (5.62%) Docker
3 3 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.56%) Samba
Systems Management
1 11 (6.18%) Ansible
1 11 (6.18%) SCCM
2 9 (5.06%) Kubernetes
3 7 (3.93%) Puppet
4 6 (3.37%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (2.81%) Rundeck
6 4 (2.25%) Terraform
7 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.56%) Avamar
8 1 (0.56%) Capistrano
8 1 (0.56%) Consul
8 1 (0.56%) Grafana
8 1 (0.56%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.56%) Nagios
8 1 (0.56%) StackStorm
8 1 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 30 (16.85%) Microsoft
2 13 (7.30%) Google
3 10 (5.62%) Apple
4 9 (5.06%) Oracle
5 6 (3.37%) IBM
6 5 (2.81%) Atlassian
6 5 (2.81%) SaltStack
7 4 (2.25%) CA
7 4 (2.25%) Citrix
8 2 (1.12%) Avaya
8 2 (1.12%) Cisco
8 2 (1.12%) Dell
8 2 (1.12%) Juniper
8 2 (1.12%) Progress
8 2 (1.12%) Samsung
8 2 (1.12%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.12%) Splunk
8 2 (1.12%) Talend
8 2 (1.12%) Twitter
9 1 (0.56%) MobileIron