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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 589 633 626
Rank change year-on-year +44 -7  
Contract jobs citing Def Stans 26 12 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.055% 0.022% 0.030%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.48% 0.19% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 3 6
Median daily rate £418 £326 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.26% -9.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £381 £394
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £326 £360
% change year-on-year +28.26% -9.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 3
Median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £49.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.79% -12.58%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £49.19
% change year-on-year -12.79% -12.58%  

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 5445 6174 6534
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.62% 11.45% 11.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3504 3977 4198
Median daily rate £450 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £598 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 179 218 204
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.71% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £51.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.28% +14.00%  

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 22 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 22 June 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 22 June 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 +52 15 £300 -7.83% 3
South West +22 13 £363 - 1
Wales - 8 £418 -
South Wales - 8 £418 -
Wiltshire - 7 £300 -
Bristol +1 6 £425 -
Caerphilly - 4 £435 -
South East +19 1 - - 2
Hampshire +9 1 - -
Portsmouth - 1 - -
London - 1 £283 -
Greenford - 1 £283 -
Corsham - 1 £300 -
Cardiff - 1 £418 -

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 26 (56.52%) C
2 22 (47.83%) Security Cleared
3 17 (36.96%) SC Cleared
4 16 (34.78%) C++
5 15 (32.61%) Software Engineering
5 15 (32.61%) IEC 61508
5 15 (32.61%) MISRA C
5 15 (32.61%) MISRA
6 14 (30.43%) Rational Rhapsody
7 13 (28.26%) Rational DOORS
8 12 (26.09%) Configuration Management
9 11 (23.91%) Linux
9 11 (23.91%) Hazard Analysis
10 10 (21.74%) DO-178B
10 10 (21.74%) Microsoft
11 9 (19.57%) Unit Testing
12 8 (17.39%) Multithreading
12 8 (17.39%) Change Control
12 8 (17.39%) Multithreaded Programming
12 8 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
12 8 (17.39%) Green Hills
12 8 (17.39%) Aerospace
12 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Office
13 7 (15.22%) Windows
13 7 (15.22%) Java
13 7 (15.22%) Eclipse
13 7 (15.22%) Validation
13 7 (15.22%) NetBeans
13 7 (15.22%) Military
13 7 (15.22%) Integration Testing

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 4 (8.70%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (13.04%) Simulink
3 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (4.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.35%) 4G
1 2 (4.35%) EIGRP
1 2 (4.35%) Firewall
1 2 (4.35%) ICMP
1 2 (4.35%) IPsec
1 2 (4.35%) iSCSI
1 2 (4.35%) LTE
1 2 (4.35%) MPLS
1 2 (4.35%) NAS
1 2 (4.35%) OSPF
1 2 (4.35%) RIP
1 2 (4.35%) SNMP
1 2 (4.35%) SSH
1 2 (4.35%) VoIP
1 2 (4.35%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.17%) MS Access
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (30.43%) Rational Rhapsody
2 13 (28.26%) Rational DOORS
3 7 (15.22%) Eclipse
3 7 (15.22%) NetBeans
4 5 (10.87%) Subversion
4 5 (10.87%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (17.39%) Aerospace
2 7 (15.22%) Military
3 5 (10.87%) Automotive
4 3 (6.52%) Finance
5 2 (4.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (32.61%) Software Engineer
2 10 (21.74%) Test Engineer
3 8 (17.39%) Senior Software Engineer
4 4 (8.70%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (6.52%) C Software Engineer
5 3 (6.52%) C/C++ Software Engineer
5 3 (6.52%) C++ Software Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Software Test Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Test and Validation Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Validation Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Designer
7 1 (2.17%) Embedded Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Integration Specialist
7 1 (2.17%) Network Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Principal Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.17%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.70%) HTML
1 4 (8.70%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 8 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.70%) Device Driver
3 1 (2.17%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 11 (23.91%) Linux
2 7 (15.22%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (32.61%) Software Engineering
2 12 (26.09%) Configuration Management
3 11 (23.91%) Hazard Analysis
4 9 (19.57%) Unit Testing
5 8 (17.39%) Change Control
5 8 (17.39%) Multithreaded Programming
5 8 (17.39%) Multithreading
6 7 (15.22%) Integration Testing
6 7 (15.22%) Validation
7 5 (10.87%) OO
7 5 (10.87%) OOD
7 5 (10.87%) Static Code Analysis
7 5 (10.87%) UML
8 4 (8.70%) Device Driver Development
8 4 (8.70%) SDLC
8 4 (8.70%) Software Architecture
9 3 (6.52%) Requirements Analysis
9 3 (6.52%) Risk Assessment
9 3 (6.52%) Test Strategy
10 2 (4.35%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (56.52%) C
2 16 (34.78%) C++
3 7 (15.22%) Java
4 6 (13.04%) MATLAB
5 1 (2.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (47.83%) Security Cleared
2 17 (36.96%) SC Cleared
3 4 (8.70%) DV Cleared
4 3 (6.52%) Degree
4 3 (6.52%) HNC
5 1 (2.17%) CCDP
5 1 (2.17%) CCIE
5 1 (2.17%) CCNP
5 1 (2.17%) Chartered Engineer
5 1 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.17%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (32.61%) IEC 61508
1 15 (32.61%) MISRA
1 15 (32.61%) MISRA C
2 10 (21.74%) DO-178B
3 4 (8.70%) ISO 14001
4 3 (6.52%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 2 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
1 2 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (4.35%) vSphere
Vendors
1 10 (21.74%) Microsoft
2 8 (17.39%) Green Hills
3 4 (8.70%) Intel
4 3 (6.52%) CA
5 2 (4.35%) Cisco
5 2 (4.35%) VMware
6 1 (2.17%) EMC
6 1 (2.17%) Fujitsu
6 1 (2.17%) Oracle