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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Domain Name System (DNS)
Rank 68 81 104
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +23
Contract jobs citing DNS 77 45 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.40% 1.58% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.63% 10.32% 7.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 10 8
Average daily rate
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£300 £285 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £223 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £361 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 6
Average hourly rate £25.00 £28.03 £24.99
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.80% +12.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.15 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £96.95 £35.00 £28.99
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.78% +11.76%
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
463 436 452
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.41% 15.28% 14.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 205 181
Average daily rate £340 £315 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.93% -3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 40 32
Average hourly rate £21.50 £26.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.30% +30.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.00 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +10 28 £300 +13.20% 1
Cheshire +10 26 £363 +39.42% 8
Manchester -9 12 £290 -7.20% 15
Merseyside -2 6 - - 1
Cumbria - - - - 1
DNS
England

DNS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 115 (78.23%) Windows
2 108 (73.47%) DHCP
3 95 (64.63%) Active Directory
4 80 (54.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 72 (48.98%) Windows Server 2003
6 64 (43.54%) VMware
7 51 (34.69%) Citrix
8 44 (29.93%) TCP/IP
9 41 (27.89%) Microsoft
10 36 (24.49%) XenApp
11 32 (21.77%) SharePoint
11 32 (21.77%) Clustering
12 31 (21.09%) VMware Infrastructure
12 31 (21.09%) MS Exchange
12 31 (21.09%) SQL
13 30 (20.41%) Microsoft Certification
14 28 (19.05%) MCSE
14 28 (19.05%) Windows 7
15 27 (18.37%) HP
15 27 (18.37%) IIS
16 26 (17.69%) SCCM
17 24 (16.33%) PowerShell
17 24 (16.33%) XenServer
18 23 (15.65%) Windows XP
19 22 (14.97%) SQL Server
20 21 (14.29%) .NET
20 21 (14.29%) Hyper-V
20 21 (14.29%) Migration
21 20 (13.61%) ITIL
21 20 (13.61%) Linux

DNS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 32 (21.77%) SharePoint
2 31 (21.09%) MS Exchange
3 27 (18.37%) IIS
4 19 (12.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (10.88%) SharePoint 2010
6 15 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2003
7 10 (6.80%) Lync
8 9 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (4.76%) Apache
9 7 (4.76%) Tomcat
10 5 (3.40%) WebSphere
10 5 (3.40%) Jetty
10 5 (3.40%) nginx
11 2 (1.36%) OpenStack
11 2 (1.36%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (1.36%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.68%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.68%) CMS
12 1 (0.68%) Adobe CQ
Applications
1 11 (7.48%) MS Office
2 8 (5.44%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.40%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (10.88%) Amazon EC2
2 11 (7.48%) Amazon S3
2 11 (7.48%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (7.48%) Route 53
2 11 (7.48%) Amazon ELB
3 10 (6.80%) SaaS
4 9 (6.12%) PaaS
5 5 (3.40%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (3.40%) Google App Engine
6 3 (2.04%) Office 365
7 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 108 (73.47%) DHCP
2 44 (29.93%) TCP/IP
3 20 (13.61%) Firewall
3 20 (13.61%) LAN
3 20 (13.61%) SAN
4 16 (10.88%) WAN
5 13 (8.84%) SMS
6 12 (8.16%) Wi-Fi
7 10 (6.80%) 3G
8 9 (6.12%) HTTP
9 6 (4.08%) FTP
9 6 (4.08%) VLAN
10 5 (3.40%) Wireless
10 5 (3.40%) IPsec
11 4 (2.72%) Wireshark
11 4 (2.72%) SSL
12 3 (2.04%) SMTP
13 2 (1.36%) IP Telephony
13 2 (1.36%) VPN
13 2 (1.36%) OpenLDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (14.97%) SQL Server
2 18 (12.24%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (11.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.36%) Big Data
4 2 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 14 (9.52%) Jenkins
2 11 (7.48%) Maven
2 11 (7.48%) Hudson
3 3 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.36%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.36%) JUnit
5 1 (0.68%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.68%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.68%) JMeter
5 1 (0.68%) OpenSTA
5 1 (0.68%) LoadUI
General
1 12 (8.16%) Finance
2 5 (3.40%) Banking
3 4 (2.72%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.04%) Local Government
4 3 (2.04%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.36%) Retail
6 1 (0.68%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.68%) German Language
Job Titles
1 17 (11.56%) Support Engineer
2 15 (10.20%) Analyst
3 13 (8.84%) Administrator
3 13 (8.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (6.12%) Desktop Support
5 8 (5.44%) 3rd Line Support
5 8 (5.44%) Server Engineer
5 8 (5.44%) Wintel Analyst
5 8 (5.44%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (4.76%) Wintel Engineer
6 7 (4.76%) Architect
7 6 (4.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 6 (4.08%) SharePoint Administrator
7 6 (4.08%) Desktop Engineer
8 5 (3.40%) SharePoint Developer
8 5 (3.40%) Developer
8 5 (3.40%) Consultant
8 5 (3.40%) Support Analyst
9 4 (2.72%) Project Manager
9 4 (2.72%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (14.29%) .NET
2 7 (4.76%) ODBC
3 5 (3.40%) Servlets
4 3 (2.04%) J2EE
5 2 (1.36%) Web Services
6 1 (0.68%) HTML
6 1 (0.68%) Struts
6 1 (0.68%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.68%) JSP
6 1 (0.68%) Flash
6 1 (0.68%) Middleware
6 1 (0.68%) Spring
6 1 (0.68%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 32 (21.77%) Clustering
2 16 (10.88%) Open Source
3 12 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (4.76%) Fat Client
4 7 (4.76%) Thin Client
5 5 (3.40%) Replication
6 3 (2.04%) Smartcard
6 3 (2.04%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.36%) PKI
7 2 (1.36%) User Experience
8 1 (0.68%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.68%) CCTV
8 1 (0.68%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.68%) NHS
8 1 (0.68%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 115 (78.23%) Windows
2 80 (54.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 72 (48.98%) Windows Server 2003
4 28 (19.05%) Windows 7
5 23 (15.65%) Windows XP
6 20 (13.61%) Linux
7 13 (8.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (8.84%) CentOS
8 6 (4.08%) Solaris
9 5 (3.40%) UNIX
10 4 (2.72%) Windows 2000
11 3 (2.04%) HPUX
11 3 (2.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (2.04%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.36%) AIX
13 1 (0.68%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.68%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (14.29%) Migration
2 20 (13.61%) ITIL
3 19 (12.93%) Configuration Management
3 19 (12.93%) Load Balancing
4 16 (10.88%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (9.52%) Project Management
6 12 (8.16%) DevOps
7 7 (4.76%) Capacity Management
8 5 (3.40%) High Availability
8 5 (3.40%) Problem Management
9 4 (2.72%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (2.72%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (2.72%) Change Management
9 4 (2.72%) Incident Management
10 3 (2.04%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (2.04%) PRINCE2
10 3 (2.04%) Automated Testing
10 3 (2.04%) Performance Analysis
10 3 (2.04%) Unit Testing
10 3 (2.04%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (21.09%) SQL
2 24 (16.33%) PowerShell
3 11 (7.48%) Java
4 8 (5.44%) C
5 2 (1.36%) PHP
5 2 (1.36%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.36%) Ruby
6 1 (0.68%) C#
6 1 (0.68%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 30 (20.41%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (19.05%) MCSE
3 19 (12.93%) Security Cleared
4 18 (12.24%) SC Cleared
5 16 (10.88%) MCITP
6 13 (8.84%) MCTS
7 7 (4.76%) MCP
8 6 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (4.08%) CCNA
9 3 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.36%) PMP
10 2 (1.36%) PMI Certification
10 2 (1.36%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.68%) ISEB
11 1 (0.68%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.12%) QA
2 2 (1.36%) SLA
3 1 (0.68%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 95 (64.63%) Active Directory
2 36 (24.49%) XenApp
3 31 (21.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (16.33%) XenServer
5 21 (14.29%) Hyper-V
6 12 (8.16%) XenDesktop
7 11 (7.48%) vSphere
8 9 (6.12%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (5.44%) VMware ESX
10 6 (4.08%) ISA Server
11 5 (3.40%) Xen
12 3 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
14 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.68%) ProxySG
14 1 (0.68%) Firmware
14 1 (0.68%) Forefront TMG
14 1 (0.68%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 26 (17.69%) SCCM
2 16 (10.88%) Puppet
3 14 (9.52%) SCOM
4 11 (7.48%) Vagrant
5 8 (5.44%) HP Data Protector
5 8 (5.44%) Backup Exec
6 4 (2.72%) NetBackup
7 3 (2.04%) WSUS
8 2 (1.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.36%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (1.36%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.68%) PureDisk
9 1 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.68%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.68%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 64 (43.54%) VMware
2 51 (34.69%) Citrix
3 41 (27.89%) Microsoft
4 27 (18.37%) HP
5 15 (10.20%) Cisco
6 14 (9.52%) Dell
6 14 (9.52%) Red Hat
7 11 (7.48%) AppSense
8 9 (6.12%) RightScale
9 7 (4.76%) IBM
9 7 (4.76%) Oracle
10 6 (4.08%) Compaq
11 5 (3.40%) Google
11 5 (3.40%) SolarWinds
12 4 (2.72%) McAfee
12 4 (2.72%) Symantec
13 3 (2.04%) NetApp
13 3 (2.04%) Spiceworks
14 2 (1.36%) F5
14 2 (1.36%) Infor
Manchester
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Rate: £90 - £120 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Blackpool
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £236 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £100 - £175 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Liverpool
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £30k - 35k per year
Posted: 15 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
CFD Holdings Ltd
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 19 days ago