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 23 May 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
23 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 556 640 619
Rank change year-on-year +84 -21  
Contract jobs citing Def Stans 25 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.056% 0.019% 0.015%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.49% 0.17% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 4
Median daily rate £346 £425 £437
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.52% -2.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £345 £379
10% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £445 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £425 £437
% change year-on-year -4.70% -2.68%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 0
Median hourly rate £40.50 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year -10.00% -  

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 5106 6049 6432
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.39% 11.31% 11.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3311 3905 4048
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 £265 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £578
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 204 189
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +4.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.54 £11.68 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £50.50 £47.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year +11.11% +4.40%  

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 23 May 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 23 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Def Stans in the UK

Def Stans
Top 15 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 23 May 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 +62 21 £291 -31.47% 1
South West +22 13 £363 - 1
Wiltshire - 7 £300 -
Bristol +8 6 £425 - 1
London - 4 £283 -
South East +35 3 - -
Hampshire +22 3 - -
South Wales - 2 £405 -
Greenford - 2 £283 -
Wales - 2 £405 -
North West - 1 - -
Barrow-in-Furness - 1 - -
Corsham - 1 £300 -
Cumbria - 1 - -
Cardiff - 1 £418 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 24 (60.00%) C
2 21 (52.50%) Security Cleared
3 16 (40.00%) IEC 61508
3 16 (40.00%) SC Cleared
4 14 (35.00%) Rational DOORS
5 13 (32.50%) C++
6 12 (30.00%) Hazard Analysis
6 12 (30.00%) MISRA C
6 12 (30.00%) MISRA
7 11 (27.50%) DO-178B
7 11 (27.50%) Rational Rhapsody
8 10 (25.00%) Unit Testing
9 9 (22.50%) Software Engineering
9 9 (22.50%) Linux
10 8 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
10 8 (20.00%) Configuration Management
11 7 (17.50%) Windows
11 7 (17.50%) Java
11 7 (17.50%) Eclipse
11 7 (17.50%) Validation
11 7 (17.50%) NetBeans
11 7 (17.50%) Military
11 7 (17.50%) Integration Testing
12 6 (15.00%) MATLAB
12 6 (15.00%) Simulink
13 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
14 4 (10.00%) SharePoint
14 4 (10.00%) CA
14 4 (10.00%) HTML
14 4 (10.00%) Risk Assessment

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 (10.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (15.00%) Simulink
3 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (5.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (2.50%) MS Visio
4 1 (2.50%) Siemens NX
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.00%) 4G
1 2 (5.00%) EIGRP
1 2 (5.00%) Firewall
1 2 (5.00%) ICMP
1 2 (5.00%) IPsec
1 2 (5.00%) iSCSI
1 2 (5.00%) LTE
1 2 (5.00%) MPLS
1 2 (5.00%) NAS
1 2 (5.00%) OSPF
1 2 (5.00%) RIP
1 2 (5.00%) SNMP
1 2 (5.00%) SSH
1 2 (5.00%) VoIP
1 2 (5.00%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.50%) MS Access
1 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (35.00%) Rational DOORS
2 11 (27.50%) Rational Rhapsody
3 7 (17.50%) Eclipse
3 7 (17.50%) NetBeans
4 1 (2.50%) Subversion
4 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (17.50%) Military
2 4 (10.00%) Aerospace
3 3 (7.50%) Finance
4 2 (5.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (25.00%) Test Engineer
2 9 (22.50%) Software Engineer
3 4 (10.00%) Systems Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) C Software Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) C/C++ Software Engineer
4 3 (7.50%) C++ Software Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Senior Software Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Software Test Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Test and Validation Engineer
5 2 (5.00%) Validation Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Designer
6 1 (2.50%) Embedded Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Network Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Principal Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Project Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) HTML
2 2 (5.00%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (5.00%) Device Driver
2 1 (2.50%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 9 (22.50%) Linux
2 7 (17.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.00%) Hazard Analysis
2 10 (25.00%) Unit Testing
3 9 (22.50%) Software Engineering
4 8 (20.00%) Configuration Management
5 7 (17.50%) Integration Testing
5 7 (17.50%) Validation
6 4 (10.00%) Requirements Analysis
6 4 (10.00%) Risk Assessment
6 4 (10.00%) SDLC
7 3 (7.50%) Test Strategy
8 2 (5.00%) Change Control
8 2 (5.00%) Device Driver Development
8 2 (5.00%) Logistics
8 2 (5.00%) Multithreaded Programming
8 2 (5.00%) Multithreading
8 2 (5.00%) Network Management
8 2 (5.00%) Programme Management
9 1 (2.50%) Human Factors
9 1 (2.50%) Performance Improvement
9 1 (2.50%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (60.00%) C
2 13 (32.50%) C++
3 7 (17.50%) Java
4 6 (15.00%) MATLAB
5 1 (2.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 21 (52.50%) Security Cleared
2 16 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.00%) DV Cleared
4 3 (7.50%) HNC
5 2 (5.00%) Degree
6 1 (2.50%) CCDP
6 1 (2.50%) CCIE
6 1 (2.50%) CCNP
6 1 (2.50%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (2.50%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (40.00%) IEC 61508
2 12 (30.00%) MISRA
2 12 (30.00%) MISRA C
3 11 (27.50%) DO-178B
4 4 (10.00%) ISO 14001
4 4 (10.00%) ISO26262
System Software
1 2 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
1 2 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (5.00%) vSphere
Vendors
1 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 4 (10.00%) CA
3 2 (5.00%) Cisco
3 2 (5.00%) Green Hills
3 2 (5.00%) Intel
3 2 (5.00%) VMware
4 1 (2.50%) Fujitsu
4 1 (2.50%) Oracle