The table below looks at the statistics for DNS skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited DNS over the 3 months to 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Domain Name System (DNS)
Rank 62 73 86
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +13
Contract jobs citing DNS 87 57 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.78% 1.97% 1.60%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.42% 14.88% 10.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 26 16
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£300 £263 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -38.23%
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 14 14
Average hourly rate £27.00 £31.56 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.43% +23.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.38 £18.25 £19.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.25 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +5.26%
DNS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
448 383 518
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.29% 13.23% 15.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 179 181
Average daily rate £300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £201 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £463 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 43 57
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.41% +45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.15 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.88 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

DNS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing DNS across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

DNS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

DNS
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing DNS across the North West region.

DNS Daily Rate Trend in the North West

DNS
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing DNS across the North West region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

DNS Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

DNS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing DNS across the North West region.

DNS Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

DNS
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing DNS across the North West region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

DNS Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

DNS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS within the North West region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire +15 31 £277 +10.99% 4
Cheshire +14 31 £305 +22.00% 3
Manchester -16 16 £428 +43.69% 14
Merseyside -6 3 - - 5
Cumbria -3 1 - - 1
DNS
England

DNS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing DNS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited DNS.

1 147 (77.78%) DHCP
2 136 (71.96%) Windows
3 111 (58.73%) Active Directory
4 92 (48.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 87 (46.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 68 (35.98%) VMware
7 64 (33.86%) Citrix
8 53 (28.04%) Microsoft
9 47 (24.87%) TCP/IP
10 44 (23.28%) Firewall
11 43 (22.75%) SharePoint
11 43 (22.75%) XenApp
12 42 (22.22%) HP
13 38 (20.11%) Microsoft Certification
14 37 (19.58%) MS Exchange
14 37 (19.58%) VMware Infrastructure
15 36 (19.05%) MCSE
16 34 (17.99%) SQL
16 34 (17.99%) LAN
16 34 (17.99%) XenServer
17 33 (17.46%) SCCM
18 32 (16.93%) Clustering
18 32 (16.93%) ITIL
18 32 (16.93%) Security Cleared
19 30 (15.87%) SC Cleared
19 30 (15.87%) Hyper-V
19 30 (15.87%) IIS
20 29 (15.34%) Windows XP
21 27 (14.29%) WAN
22 26 (13.76%) Configuration Management

DNS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing DNS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited DNS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 43 (22.75%) SharePoint
2 37 (19.58%) MS Exchange
3 30 (15.87%) IIS
4 24 (12.70%) SharePoint 2010
5 22 (11.64%) Exchange Server 2010
6 15 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2003
7 10 (5.29%) Tomcat
8 9 (4.76%) Lync
8 9 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (4.23%) Jetty
9 8 (4.23%) nginx
9 8 (4.23%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (4.23%) OpenStack
9 8 (4.23%) WebSphere
9 8 (4.23%) Apache
10 3 (1.59%) Adobe CQ
11 1 (0.53%) CMS
11 1 (0.53%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (7.41%) MS Excel
2 10 (5.29%) MS Office
3 2 (1.06%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.65%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 24 (12.70%) Amazon AWS
1 24 (12.70%) Amazon EC2
1 24 (12.70%) Amazon S3
1 24 (12.70%) Route 53
1 24 (12.70%) Amazon ELB
2 17 (8.99%) SaaS
3 15 (7.94%) PaaS
4 4 (2.12%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (1.06%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 147 (77.78%) DHCP
2 47 (24.87%) TCP/IP
3 44 (23.28%) Firewall
4 34 (17.99%) LAN
5 27 (14.29%) WAN
6 26 (13.76%) SAN
7 15 (7.94%) 3G
7 15 (7.94%) Wi-Fi
8 14 (7.41%) SMS
9 13 (6.88%) HTTP
9 13 (6.88%) Wireless
9 13 (6.88%) VLAN
10 10 (5.29%) VPN
11 9 (4.76%) Internet
12 7 (3.70%) NetScaler
13 6 (3.17%) Structured Cabling
13 6 (3.17%) BGP
13 6 (3.17%) SSL
14 5 (2.65%) DMZ
15 4 (2.12%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 16 (8.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (7.94%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (4.23%) Big Data
4 8 (4.23%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 24 (12.70%) Maven
1 24 (12.70%) Hudson
1 24 (12.70%) Jenkins
2 8 (4.23%) JUnit
2 8 (4.23%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.53%) OpenSTA
4 1 (0.53%) LoadUI
4 1 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.53%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.53%) JMeter
General
1 14 (7.41%) Finance
2 4 (2.12%) Manufacturing
2 4 (2.12%) Banking
3 3 (1.59%) Local Government
4 2 (1.06%) Marketing
5 1 (0.53%) German Language
5 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (14.81%) Support Engineer
2 15 (7.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 15 (7.94%) Analyst
2 15 (7.94%) Server Engineer
2 15 (7.94%) DevOps Engineer
3 14 (7.41%) Desktop Support
4 13 (6.88%) Architect
5 12 (6.35%) Administrator
6 11 (5.82%) Desktop Engineer
7 10 (5.29%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 9 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support
9 8 (4.23%) Windows Server Engineer
9 8 (4.23%) Wintel Analyst
10 7 (3.70%) Network Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) Wintel Engineer
11 6 (3.17%) Infrastructure Architect
12 5 (2.65%) SharePoint Administrator
12 5 (2.65%) Consultant
12 5 (2.65%) Support Analyst
12 5 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.52%) .NET
2 8 (4.23%) Servlets
3 6 (3.17%) Web Services
4 4 (2.12%) ODBC
4 4 (2.12%) JSP
5 3 (1.59%) LAMP
6 1 (0.53%) Spring
6 1 (0.53%) Spring MVC
6 1 (0.53%) Struts
6 1 (0.53%) HTML
6 1 (0.53%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.53%) Flash
6 1 (0.53%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 32 (16.93%) Clustering
2 24 (12.70%) Open Source
3 8 (4.23%) Thin Client
3 8 (4.23%) Fat Client
4 7 (3.70%) Smartcard
5 6 (3.17%) Firmware
6 4 (2.12%) Replication
7 3 (1.59%) EqualLogic
7 3 (1.59%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.59%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.06%) Web 2.0
8 2 (1.06%) Social Media
8 2 (1.06%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.06%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.06%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.53%) iPhone
9 1 (0.53%) NHS
9 1 (0.53%) PKI
9 1 (0.53%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 136 (71.96%) Windows
2 92 (48.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 87 (46.03%) Windows Server 2003
4 29 (15.34%) Windows XP
5 26 (13.76%) CentOS
6 25 (13.23%) Windows 7
7 22 (11.64%) Linux
8 20 (10.58%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (2.65%) Windows 8
9 5 (2.65%) UNIX
10 3 (1.59%) Solaris
10 3 (1.59%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.06%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.06%) AIX
11 2 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.53%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.53%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (16.93%) ITIL
2 26 (13.76%) Configuration Management
2 26 (13.76%) Migration
3 24 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
4 23 (12.17%) DevOps
5 21 (11.11%) Load Balancing
6 14 (7.41%) Project Management
7 11 (5.82%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (5.29%) Incident Management
9 9 (4.76%) Performance Testing
10 8 (4.23%) JVM Tuning
11 7 (3.70%) Capacity Management
11 7 (3.70%) Capacity Planning
11 7 (3.70%) Problem Management
12 6 (3.17%) High Availability
13 5 (2.65%) Web Development
13 5 (2.65%) CRM
14 4 (2.12%) Information Security
14 4 (2.12%) User Acceptance Testing
15 3 (1.59%) Procure-to-pay
Programming Languages
1 34 (17.99%) SQL
2 23 (12.17%) PowerShell
3 15 (7.94%) Java
4 8 (4.23%) Ruby
5 7 (3.70%) C
6 2 (1.06%) VBScript
6 2 (1.06%) VB
6 2 (1.06%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.53%) C#
7 1 (0.53%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 38 (20.11%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (19.05%) MCSE
3 32 (16.93%) Security Cleared
4 30 (15.87%) SC Cleared
5 16 (8.47%) MCITP
6 12 (6.35%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (6.35%) MCTS
7 9 (4.76%) CCNP
8 7 (3.70%) MCP
9 3 (1.59%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (1.59%) CCIP
9 3 (1.59%) CCNA
9 3 (1.59%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.53%) PMP
10 1 (0.53%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.53%) JNCIP
10 1 (0.53%) JNCIE
10 1 (0.53%) CCDP
10 1 (0.53%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.47%) QA
2 1 (0.53%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 111 (58.73%) Active Directory
2 43 (22.75%) XenApp
3 37 (19.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 34 (17.99%) XenServer
5 30 (15.87%) Hyper-V
6 24 (12.70%) XenDesktop
7 23 (12.17%) vSphere
8 9 (4.76%) VMware ESX
9 7 (3.70%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (3.17%) ISA Server
11 4 (2.12%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (1.06%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 2 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.53%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 33 (17.46%) SCCM
2 24 (12.70%) Puppet
2 24 (12.70%) Vagrant
3 20 (10.58%) SCOM
4 11 (5.82%) Backup Exec
5 7 (3.70%) HP Data Protector
6 6 (3.17%) NetBackup
7 4 (2.12%) SCSM
8 3 (1.59%) WSUS
9 2 (1.06%) SCVMM
9 2 (1.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (1.06%) PureDisk
9 2 (1.06%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.53%) HP SIM
10 1 (0.53%) DatAdvantage
10 1 (0.53%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 68 (35.98%) VMware
2 64 (33.86%) Citrix
3 53 (28.04%) Microsoft
4 42 (22.22%) HP
5 26 (13.76%) Red Hat
6 25 (13.23%) Cisco
6 25 (13.23%) Dell
7 23 (12.17%) RightScale
8 17 (8.99%) Compaq
9 8 (4.23%) IBM
9 8 (4.23%) Juniper
9 8 (4.23%) AppSense
9 8 (4.23%) F5
10 6 (3.17%) NetApp
10 6 (3.17%) EMC
11 4 (2.12%) Avaya
11 4 (2.12%) Oracle
11 4 (2.12%) Blue Coat
11 4 (2.12%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.12%) Apple
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