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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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 649 498 393
Rank change year-on-year -151 -105 +202
Contract jobs citing DBS Check 202 285 150
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.38% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.11% 1.95% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 148 126
10th Percentile £130 £130 £161
25th Percentile £150 £166 £403
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £200 £360 £500
Median % change year-on-year -44.44% -28.00% +6.38%
75th Percentile £428 £488 £550
90th Percentile £548 £575 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £200 £345 £500
% change year-on-year -42.03% -31.00% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 43 8
10th Percentile - £14.00 £10.96
25th Percentile £11.00 £14.13 £12.38
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £15.13
Median % change year-on-year - +12.40% -2.42%
75th Percentile £20.00 £20.45 £16.88
90th Percentile £35.73 £23.46 £20.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year - +30.77% -16.13%

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 18,182 14,607 8,598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.79% 19.58% 25.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,393 9,493 5,669
10th Percentile £353 £313 £290
25th Percentile £450 £410 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £600 £575
90th Percentile £725 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £507 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +6.74% +3.26% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 705 672 316
10th Percentile £13.41 £12.30 £15.63
25th Percentile £19.06 £16.13 £20.00
Median hourly rate £45.00 £27.87 £33.09
Median % change year-on-year +61.49% -15.78% -14.58%
75th Percentile £61.25 £52.50 £48.16
90th Percentile £73.58 £64.73 £59.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £27.50 £31.61
% change year-on-year +63.64% -13.00% -18.95%

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 18 August 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 18 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for DBS Check in the UK

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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 18 August 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 -109 178 £200 -42.86% 249
UK excluding London -73 152 £200 -42.03% 218
Work from Home -60 56 £475 +2.70% 84
North of England -42 44 £200 -42.03% 63
Midlands -25 39 £200 -9.09% 38
London -77 34 £400 +6.67% 47
West Midlands -27 24 £330 +32.00% 20
South East -22 22 £150 -71.43% 59
North West -31 20 £425 +23.19% 29
South West -8 18 £196 +13.77% 20
East of England -9 17 £200 +15.94% 22
Yorkshire -17 16 £175 -61.11% 29
East Midlands -3 13 £160 -15.79% 18
North East -7 8 £140 +7.69% 6
Wales -32 7 £200 -59.92% 3
Scotland +9 6 £150 -34.78% 13

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 85 (42.08%) Windows
2 73 (36.14%) Microsoft
3 63 (31.19%) Active Directory
4 61 (30.20%) Microsoft 365
4 61 (30.20%) Social Skills
5 48 (23.76%) Windows 10
6 32 (15.84%) Security Cleared
7 27 (13.37%) BPSS Clearance
8 25 (12.38%) Microsoft Office
8 25 (12.38%) Azure
9 23 (11.39%) Windows 7
9 23 (11.39%) Asset Management
10 22 (10.89%) Agile
11 20 (9.90%) SQL
11 20 (9.90%) Wi-Fi
12 19 (9.41%) Problem-Solving
13 17 (8.42%) DevOps
13 17 (8.42%) Finance
13 17 (8.42%) SLA
14 16 (7.92%) Customer Service
15 15 (7.43%) Proactive Maintenance
15 15 (7.43%) Dell
15 15 (7.43%) Migration
15 15 (7.43%) Retail
16 14 (6.93%) PCI DSS
16 14 (6.93%) Apple
16 14 (6.93%) Break/Fix
16 14 (6.93%) Windows Server
16 14 (6.93%) KVM
17 13 (6.44%) CI/CD

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 6 (2.97%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.48%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.50%) Confluence
3 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.50%) IIS
3 1 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.50%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 25 (12.38%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.50%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 61 (30.20%) Microsoft 365
2 25 (12.38%) Azure
3 11 (5.45%) AWS
3 11 (5.45%) OneDrive
4 9 (4.46%) Azure DevOps
5 5 (2.48%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (2.48%) Azure App Service
5 5 (2.48%) Serverless
6 4 (1.98%) GitHub
7 3 (1.49%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 3 (1.49%) Azure Functions
7 3 (1.49%) Azure Logic Apps
7 3 (1.49%) Azure Service Bus
8 2 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (0.99%) Google Workspace
9 1 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.50%) AWS CodePipeline
9 1 (0.50%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.50%) PaaS
9 1 (0.50%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.90%) Wi-Fi
2 13 (6.44%) Wireless
3 10 (4.95%) DNS
4 9 (4.46%) Firewall
5 8 (3.96%) VPN
6 6 (2.97%) TCP/IP
7 4 (1.98%) DHCP
7 4 (1.98%) LAN
7 4 (1.98%) WAN
8 3 (1.49%) Internet
8 3 (1.49%) Network Security
8 3 (1.49%) VoIP
9 2 (0.99%) ATM
9 2 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
9 2 (0.99%) WiMAX
9 2 (0.99%) WLAN
10 1 (0.50%) MPLS
10 1 (0.50%) SAN
10 1 (0.50%) Skype
10 1 (0.50%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.96%) Azure SQL Database
2 7 (3.47%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.99%) MySQL
5 2 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.50%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.50%) Metadata
6 1 (0.50%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.50%) Redis
6 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (3.96%) Git (software)
1 8 (3.96%) JIRA
2 4 (1.98%) Bitbucket
2 4 (1.98%) Hudson
3 3 (1.49%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.49%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.99%) Artifactory
4 2 (0.99%) GitLab
4 2 (0.99%) PhpStorm
4 2 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.99%) Subversion
5 1 (0.50%) JUnit
5 1 (0.50%) Maven
5 1 (0.50%) Mockito
5 1 (0.50%) Moq
5 1 (0.50%) NUnit
5 1 (0.50%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.50%) Selenium
5 1 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 61 (30.20%) Social Skills
2 17 (8.42%) Finance
3 15 (7.43%) Retail
4 11 (5.45%) Public Sector
5 6 (2.97%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.49%) Banking
6 3 (1.49%) Presentation Skills
7 2 (0.99%) Games
7 2 (0.99%) Influencing Skills
7 2 (0.99%) Marketing
7 2 (0.99%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (0.50%) Aviation
8 1 (0.50%) Legal
8 1 (0.50%) Local Government
8 1 (0.50%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (15.35%) Analyst
2 28 (13.86%) IT Engineer
3 26 (12.87%) Support Engineer
4 22 (10.89%) Deployment Engineer
5 19 (9.41%) Field Engineer
5 19 (9.41%) IT Support
6 14 (6.93%) Support Analyst
7 13 (6.44%) 2nd Line Support
7 13 (6.44%) EPoS Engineer
7 13 (6.44%) EPoS Field Engineer
8 12 (5.94%) Developer
9 8 (3.96%) Active Directory Support
9 8 (3.96%) DevOps Engineer
9 8 (3.96%) Exchange Support
9 8 (3.96%) IT Support Engineer
9 8 (3.96%) Project Manager
10 7 (3.47%) IT Analyst
10 7 (3.47%) IT Support Analyst
10 7 (3.47%) Service Analyst
10 7 (3.47%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.97%) .NET
1 6 (2.97%) React
2 5 (2.48%) YAML
3 4 (1.98%) AngularJS
3 4 (1.98%) CSS
3 4 (1.98%) HTML
3 4 (1.98%) Node.js
4 3 (1.49%) ARM Templates
4 3 (1.49%) JSON
4 3 (1.49%) Next.js
4 3 (1.49%) REST
4 3 (1.49%) Vue.js
5 2 (0.99%) .NET Core
5 2 (0.99%) Express
5 2 (0.99%) Laravel
5 2 (0.99%) Sass
6 1 (0.50%) Backbone.js
6 1 (0.50%) Behat
6 1 (0.50%) Kafka
6 1 (0.50%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.44%) EPoS
2 6 (2.97%) Driving Licence
3 2 (0.99%) Blockchain
3 2 (0.99%) Cyberthreat
3 2 (0.99%) Data Centre
3 2 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (0.99%) NHS
3 2 (0.99%) Online Games
4 1 (0.50%) CCTV
4 1 (0.50%) Derivative
4 1 (0.50%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (0.50%) iPad
4 1 (0.50%) iPhone
4 1 (0.50%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (0.50%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.50%) Online Banking
4 1 (0.50%) PMI
4 1 (0.50%) Public Cloud
4 1 (0.50%) Virtual Team
4 1 (0.50%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 85 (42.08%) Windows
2 48 (23.76%) Windows 10
3 23 (11.39%) Windows 7
4 14 (6.93%) Windows Server
5 12 (5.94%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (4.46%) Windows Server 2019
7 8 (3.96%) Windows 8
8 3 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.99%) Android
9 2 (0.99%) Linux
9 2 (0.99%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.50%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.50%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (11.39%) Asset Management
2 22 (10.89%) Agile
3 19 (9.41%) Problem-Solving
4 17 (8.42%) DevOps
5 16 (7.92%) Customer Service
6 15 (7.43%) Migration
6 15 (7.43%) Proactive Maintenance
7 14 (6.93%) Break/Fix
8 13 (6.44%) CI/CD
9 11 (5.45%) Project Management
10 10 (4.95%) Incident Management
11 9 (4.46%) Mentoring
11 9 (4.46%) Service Delivery
12 8 (3.96%) Coaching
12 8 (3.96%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (3.96%) ITIL
12 8 (3.96%) Network Management
12 8 (3.96%) Test Automation
13 7 (3.47%) Disaster Recovery
13 7 (3.47%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 20 (9.90%) SQL
2 10 (4.95%) Python
3 8 (3.96%) JavaScript
4 7 (3.47%) PowerShell
5 5 (2.48%) C#
5 5 (2.48%) Java
5 5 (2.48%) TypeScript
6 4 (1.98%) Bash
6 4 (1.98%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.49%) PHP
7 3 (1.49%) Ruby
7 3 (1.49%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.99%) C
9 1 (0.50%) ES6
9 1 (0.50%) Go
9 1 (0.50%) Groovy
9 1 (0.50%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 32 (15.84%) Security Cleared
2 27 (13.37%) BPSS Clearance
3 12 (5.94%) SC Cleared
4 9 (4.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 3 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.99%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.50%) CCNA
8 1 (0.50%) CCNP
8 1 (0.50%) ISEB
8 1 (0.50%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.50%) MCTS
8 1 (0.50%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.42%) SLA
2 14 (6.93%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.48%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (1.98%) Accessibility
4 4 (1.98%) WCAG
5 2 (0.99%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.99%) PMO
6 1 (0.50%) GDPR
System Software
1 63 (31.19%) Active Directory
2 14 (6.93%) KVM
3 12 (5.94%) Docker
4 3 (1.49%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.50%) Firmware
5 1 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.50%) Terminal Services
5 1 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (6.44%) SCCM
2 8 (3.96%) Terraform
3 5 (2.48%) Kubernetes
4 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.99%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.99%) SmoothWall
6 1 (0.50%) Ansible
6 1 (0.50%) Grafana
6 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.50%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.50%) Puppet
6 1 (0.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.50%) VxRail
6 1 (0.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 73 (36.14%) Microsoft
2 15 (7.43%) Dell
3 14 (6.93%) Apple
4 11 (5.45%) Google
5 7 (3.47%) VMware
6 6 (2.97%) Cisco
7 4 (1.98%) Aruba
8 3 (1.49%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.99%) Citrix
9 2 (0.99%) Sophos
9 2 (0.99%) Veeam
9 2 (0.99%) Veritas
10 1 (0.50%) Juniper
10 1 (0.50%) New Relic
10 1 (0.50%) Palo Alto
10 1 (0.50%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.50%) SaltStack
10 1 (0.50%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.50%) WSO2
10 1 (0.50%) Xamarin