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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Domain Name System (DNS)
Rank 62 84 94
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +10
Contract jobs citing DNS 83 48 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.61% 1.62% 1.46%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.29% 11.71% 9.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 19 14
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£300 £295 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.83% -30.58%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 12
Average hourly rate £18.50 £31.56 £24.99
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.37% +26.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.25 £19.40 £17.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £87.60 £35.00 £31.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -
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
480 410 503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.09% 13.86% 15.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 210 182
Average daily rate £320 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 41 52
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.72% +55.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.84 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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
Cheshire +20 28 £310 +19.23% 4
Manchester -13 17 £335 +7.63% 17
Merseyside -4 2 - - 2
Cumbria -7 1 - -
DNS
England

DNS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 128 (74.85%) Windows
1 128 (74.85%) DHCP
2 103 (60.23%) Active Directory
3 87 (50.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 77 (45.03%) Windows Server 2003
5 69 (40.35%) VMware
6 54 (31.58%) Citrix
7 52 (30.41%) TCP/IP
8 49 (28.65%) Microsoft
9 39 (22.81%) SharePoint
9 39 (22.81%) MS Exchange
10 36 (21.05%) SQL
10 36 (21.05%) XenApp
11 35 (20.47%) VMware Infrastructure
11 35 (20.47%) IIS
12 34 (19.88%) Clustering
13 31 (18.13%) LAN
13 31 (18.13%) HP
14 30 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
15 29 (16.96%) Firewall
15 29 (16.96%) SCCM
15 29 (16.96%) Windows 7
16 28 (16.37%) MCSE
17 27 (15.79%) Windows XP
17 27 (15.79%) XenServer
17 27 (15.79%) Hyper-V
18 26 (15.20%) WAN
19 25 (14.62%) ITIL
19 25 (14.62%) Exchange Server 2010
20 24 (14.04%) PowerShell

DNS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 39 (22.81%) SharePoint
1 39 (22.81%) MS Exchange
2 35 (20.47%) IIS
3 25 (14.62%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (11.70%) SharePoint 2010
5 15 (8.77%) Exchange Server 2003
6 11 (6.43%) Lync
7 9 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2007
7 9 (5.26%) Tomcat
8 8 (4.68%) Apache
9 7 (4.09%) nginx
9 7 (4.09%) Jetty
9 7 (4.09%) WebSphere
10 4 (2.34%) OpenStack
11 3 (1.75%) Adobe CQ
12 2 (1.17%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.58%) CMS
13 1 (0.58%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 12 (7.02%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.26%) MS Office
3 3 (1.75%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (12.28%) Amazon EC2
2 17 (9.94%) SaaS
3 16 (9.36%) Amazon ELB
3 16 (9.36%) Route 53
3 16 (9.36%) Amazon S3
3 16 (9.36%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (8.19%) PaaS
5 5 (2.92%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (2.92%) Google App Engine
6 4 (2.34%) Microsoft Azure
7 2 (1.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 128 (74.85%) DHCP
2 52 (30.41%) TCP/IP
3 31 (18.13%) LAN
4 29 (16.96%) Firewall
5 26 (15.20%) WAN
6 23 (13.45%) SAN
7 14 (8.19%) Wi-Fi
8 13 (7.60%) SMS
9 12 (7.02%) 3G
10 11 (6.43%) HTTP
11 10 (5.85%) Wireless
12 9 (5.26%) IPsec
13 8 (4.68%) SSL
13 8 (4.68%) VLAN
14 5 (2.92%) FTP
14 5 (2.92%) Internet
15 4 (2.34%) VPN
15 4 (2.34%) Wireshark
16 3 (1.75%) MPLS
17 2 (1.17%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (12.87%) SQL Server
2 18 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (9.94%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (2.34%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 19 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 16 (9.36%) Maven
2 16 (9.36%) Hudson
3 4 (2.34%) JUnit
3 4 (2.34%) Cucumber
4 3 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.58%) LoadUI
5 1 (0.58%) OpenSTA
5 1 (0.58%) JMeter
5 1 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.58%) LoadRunner
General
1 11 (6.43%) Finance
2 5 (2.92%) Banking
2 5 (2.92%) Manufacturing
3 4 (2.34%) Local Government
4 2 (1.17%) Marketing
4 2 (1.17%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.17%) Retail
5 1 (0.58%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.58%) German Language
Job Titles
1 24 (14.04%) Support Engineer
2 14 (8.19%) Analyst
3 13 (7.60%) DevOps Engineer
3 13 (7.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 13 (7.60%) Architect
4 12 (7.02%) Administrator
5 11 (6.43%) Desktop Support
6 9 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
6 9 (5.26%) Server Engineer
6 9 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (4.68%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 8 (4.68%) Wintel Analyst
8 7 (4.09%) Consultant
9 6 (3.51%) SharePoint Administrator
9 6 (3.51%) Infrastructure Architect
9 6 (3.51%) Wintel Engineer
10 5 (2.92%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 5 (2.92%) Technical Engineer
10 5 (2.92%) SharePoint Developer
10 5 (2.92%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (13.45%) .NET
2 7 (4.09%) ODBC
2 7 (4.09%) Servlets
3 4 (2.34%) JSP
4 3 (1.75%) LAMP
4 3 (1.75%) J2EE
5 2 (1.17%) Web Services
6 1 (0.58%) Spring
6 1 (0.58%) Spring MVC
6 1 (0.58%) Struts
6 1 (0.58%) HTML
6 1 (0.58%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.58%) Flash
6 1 (0.58%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 34 (19.88%) Clustering
2 21 (12.28%) Open Source
3 17 (9.94%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (4.68%) Thin Client
4 8 (4.68%) Fat Client
5 5 (2.92%) Replication
6 4 (2.34%) Smartcard
6 4 (2.34%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.75%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.75%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.17%) Firmware
8 2 (1.17%) PKI
8 2 (1.17%) Web 2.0
8 2 (1.17%) Social Media
8 2 (1.17%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.58%) User Experience
9 1 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.58%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.58%) Online Banking
9 1 (0.58%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 128 (74.85%) Windows
2 87 (50.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 77 (45.03%) Windows Server 2003
4 29 (16.96%) Windows 7
5 27 (15.79%) Windows XP
6 22 (12.87%) Linux
7 20 (11.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 18 (10.53%) CentOS
9 5 (2.92%) Solaris
10 4 (2.34%) UNIX
10 4 (2.34%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.75%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.17%) AIX
12 2 (1.17%) HPUX
13 1 (0.58%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.58%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.58%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (14.62%) ITIL
2 24 (14.04%) Configuration Management
3 23 (13.45%) Migration
4 21 (12.28%) Continuous Integration
5 19 (11.11%) Load Balancing
6 17 (9.94%) DevOps
7 13 (7.60%) Project Management
8 8 (4.68%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (4.09%) Capacity Management
10 6 (3.51%) High Availability
11 5 (2.92%) Incident Management
11 5 (2.92%) Web Development
11 5 (2.92%) Performance Testing
11 5 (2.92%) Problem Management
11 5 (2.92%) CRM
12 4 (2.34%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (2.34%) Stakeholder Management
12 4 (2.34%) Change Management
12 4 (2.34%) Information Security
12 4 (2.34%) JVM Tuning
Programming Languages
1 36 (21.05%) SQL
2 24 (14.04%) PowerShell
3 15 (8.77%) Java
4 8 (4.68%) C
5 4 (2.34%) Ruby
6 2 (1.17%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.17%) VBScript
6 2 (1.17%) VB
7 1 (0.58%) C#
7 1 (0.58%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.58%) PHP
Qualifications
1 30 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (16.37%) MCSE
3 22 (12.87%) Security Cleared
4 21 (12.28%) SC Cleared
5 16 (9.36%) MCITP
6 13 (7.60%) MCTS
7 7 (4.09%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (3.51%) MCP
9 5 (2.92%) CCNA
10 3 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.17%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (1.17%) CCNP
12 1 (0.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.58%) JNCIP
12 1 (0.58%) JNCIE
12 1 (0.58%) MCSA
12 1 (0.58%) CCIE
12 1 (0.58%) PMP
12 1 (0.58%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.58%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.60%) QA
2 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.58%) SLA
System Software
1 103 (60.23%) Active Directory
2 36 (21.05%) XenApp
3 35 (20.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (15.79%) XenServer
4 27 (15.79%) Hyper-V
5 15 (8.77%) XenDesktop
6 12 (7.02%) vSphere
7 11 (6.43%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (5.26%) VMware ESX
9 7 (4.09%) ISA Server
10 5 (2.92%) Xen
11 4 (2.34%) Forefront TMG
12 3 (1.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (1.17%) VMware Workstation
14 1 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
14 1 (0.58%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.58%) ProxySG
14 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 29 (16.96%) SCCM
2 21 (12.28%) Puppet
3 20 (11.70%) SCOM
4 16 (9.36%) Vagrant
5 12 (7.02%) Backup Exec
6 8 (4.68%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (2.34%) NetBackup
7 4 (2.34%) SCSM
8 2 (1.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (1.17%) WSUS
8 2 (1.17%) HP SIM
8 2 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.17%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.58%) DatAdvantage
9 1 (0.58%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.58%) PureDisk
9 1 (0.58%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.58%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 69 (40.35%) VMware
2 54 (31.58%) Citrix
3 49 (28.65%) Microsoft
4 31 (18.13%) HP
5 21 (12.28%) Cisco
6 19 (11.11%) Red Hat
7 16 (9.36%) RightScale
8 14 (8.19%) Dell
9 12 (7.02%) AppSense
10 7 (4.09%) IBM
10 7 (4.09%) Oracle
10 7 (4.09%) Compaq
11 5 (2.92%) SolarWinds
11 5 (2.92%) Google
12 4 (2.34%) Juniper
12 4 (2.34%) NetApp
12 4 (2.34%) Avaya
12 4 (2.34%) Symantec
12 4 (2.34%) McAfee
12 4 (2.34%) 3PAR
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