The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Def Stans skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Def Stans over the 3 months to 28 March 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.

UK Defence Standards (Def Stans)
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 588 629 631
Rank change year-on-year +41 +2  
Contract jobs citing Def Stans 20 10 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.019% 0.020%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.38% 0.17% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 6
Median daily rate £550 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.41% -3.02%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £381 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £445 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £625 £425 £438
% change year-on-year +47.05% -3.02%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 3
Median hourly rate £47.00 £55.34 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.06% +145.93%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £55.34 -
% change year-on-year -15.06% -  

Def Stans is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 5248 5961 6417
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.64% 11.13% 11.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3457 3789 3890
Median daily rate £450 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £581 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 199 181
Median hourly rate £19.90 £37.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.93% +29.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.72 £11.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £60.98 £52.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

Def Stans
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Def Stans as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for Def Stans in the UK

Def Stans
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Def Stans.

Contractor daily rate trend for Def Stans in the UK

Def Stans
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Def Stans over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Def Stans in the UK

Def Stans
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Def Stans.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Def Stans in the UK

Def Stans
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Def Stans over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Def Stans in the UK

Def Stans
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Def Stans within the UK over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +39 17 £283 -33.52% 2
South East +17 6 - - 1
Hampshire +15 6 - - 1
London - 6 £283 -
South West -3 4 - - 1
Bristol - 4 - - 1
South Wales - 3 £625 -
Wales - 3 £625 -
Cardiff - 2 £638 -
Greenford - 2 £283 -
North West +28 1 - -
Barrow-in-Furness - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Cumbria - 1 - -

Def Stans
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Def Stans 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 Def Stans.

1 19 (61.29%) Security Cleared
2 18 (58.06%) Hazard Analysis
3 16 (51.61%) IEC 61508
4 15 (48.39%) SC Cleared
5 13 (41.94%) Rational DOORS
6 11 (35.48%) MS Office
7 10 (32.26%) C
7 10 (32.26%) DO-178B
8 8 (25.81%) Military
9 7 (22.58%) C++
9 7 (22.58%) MS Excel
9 7 (22.58%) Rational Rhapsody
9 7 (22.58%) MISRA C
9 7 (22.58%) MISRA
10 6 (19.35%) SharePoint
10 6 (19.35%) Microsoft
11 5 (16.13%) CA
11 5 (16.13%) CAE
11 5 (16.13%) Risk Assessment
11 5 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (16.13%) ISO26262
11 5 (16.13%) DO-254
11 5 (16.13%) ARP4754
11 5 (16.13%) ARP4761
11 5 (16.13%) Unit Testing
11 5 (16.13%) FMECA
11 5 (16.13%) Requirements Analysis
11 5 (16.13%) Degree
12 4 (12.90%) MS PowerPoint
12 4 (12.90%) DV Cleared

Def Stans
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 (19.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (35.48%) MS Office
2 7 (22.58%) MS Excel
3 4 (12.90%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (6.45%) Simulink
5 1 (3.23%) MS Visio
5 1 (3.23%) Siemens NX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) MS Access
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 13 (41.94%) Rational DOORS
2 7 (22.58%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (6.45%) Eclipse
3 2 (6.45%) NetBeans
General
1 8 (25.81%) Military
2 2 (6.45%) Finance
2 2 (6.45%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (19.35%) Systems Engineer
2 2 (6.45%) C Software Engineer
2 2 (6.45%) C/C++ Software Engineer
2 2 (6.45%) C++ Software Engineer
2 2 (6.45%) Configuration Engineer
2 2 (6.45%) Software Engineer
2 2 (6.45%) Test Engineer
3 1 (3.23%) Designer
3 1 (3.23%) Principal Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.90%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.45%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.45%) Linux
1 2 (6.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (58.06%) Hazard Analysis
2 5 (16.13%) CAE
2 5 (16.13%) FMECA
2 5 (16.13%) Requirements Analysis
2 5 (16.13%) Risk Assessment
2 5 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
2 5 (16.13%) Unit Testing
3 4 (12.90%) Configuration Management
3 4 (12.90%) Programme Management
4 2 (6.45%) CMMI
4 2 (6.45%) Data Management
4 2 (6.45%) Integration Testing
4 2 (6.45%) Logistics
4 2 (6.45%) Six Sigma
4 2 (6.45%) Software Engineering
4 2 (6.45%) Test Strategy
5 1 (3.23%) Human Factors
5 1 (3.23%) Requirements Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (32.26%) C
2 7 (22.58%) C++
3 2 (6.45%) Java
3 2 (6.45%) MATLAB
4 1 (3.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 19 (61.29%) Security Cleared
2 15 (48.39%) SC Cleared
3 5 (16.13%) Degree
4 4 (12.90%) DV Cleared
5 2 (6.45%) HNC
6 1 (3.23%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (51.61%) IEC 61508
2 10 (32.26%) DO-178B
3 7 (22.58%) MISRA
3 7 (22.58%) MISRA C
4 5 (16.13%) ARP4754
4 5 (16.13%) ARP4761
4 5 (16.13%) DO-254
4 5 (16.13%) ISO26262
5 4 (12.90%) ISO 14001
6 2 (6.45%) ISO 9000
Vendors
1 6 (19.35%) Microsoft
2 5 (16.13%) CA
3 1 (3.23%) Fujitsu
3 1 (3.23%) HP
3 1 (3.23%) Oracle