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 30 March 2015 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Domain Name System (DNS)
Rank 100 63 86
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +23
Contract jobs citing DNS 51 74 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.40% 2.58% 1.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.43% 21.45% 9.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 30 8
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +32.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £220 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £428 £337
UK excluding London average daily rate £346 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 11
Average hourly rate £16.50 £28.50 £25.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.10% +9.74%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+48.43% +3.22%
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
489 345 326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.42% 12.05% 14.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 137 120
Average daily rate £361 £300 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.41% -0.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £195 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.57% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 32 46
Average hourly rate £18.50 £31.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.32% +55.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.67 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 30 March 2015.

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 30 March 2015.

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 30 March 2015. 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
Merseyside +1 19 £325 - 2
Cheshire -18 15 £301 -9.39% 9
Manchester -23 10 £275 -27.63% 22
Lancashire -15 7 £288 +21.05% 4
Cumbria - - - -
DNS
England

DNS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, 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 73 (82.95%) DHCP
2 62 (70.45%) Windows
3 51 (57.95%) Active Directory
4 34 (38.64%) VMware
5 31 (35.23%) Windows Server 2008
5 31 (35.23%) Citrix
6 29 (32.95%) Firewall
7 28 (31.82%) Microsoft
8 26 (29.55%) TCP/IP
9 21 (23.86%) VMware Infrastructure
9 21 (23.86%) Windows Server 2012
10 20 (22.73%) ITIL
11 18 (20.45%) WAN
11 18 (20.45%) Microsoft Certification
11 18 (20.45%) Hyper-V
12 17 (19.32%) XenApp
12 17 (19.32%) Windows 7
12 17 (19.32%) Clustering
12 17 (19.32%) LAN
13 16 (18.18%) Cisco
13 16 (18.18%) SAN
13 16 (18.18%) PowerShell
13 16 (18.18%) SCCM
14 15 (17.05%) Windows Server 2003
15 14 (15.91%) Cisco Certification
15 14 (15.91%) Security Cleared
16 13 (14.77%) XenDesktop
16 13 (14.77%) Configuration Management
16 13 (14.77%) VPN
17 12 (13.64%) HP

DNS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, 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 12 (13.64%) MS Exchange
1 12 (13.64%) IIS
2 8 (9.09%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.55%) Lync
3 4 (4.55%) Apache
3 4 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (3.41%) WebSphere
4 3 (3.41%) Tomcat
4 3 (3.41%) Jetty
4 3 (3.41%) nginx
4 3 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.27%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.27%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.14%) OpenStack
Applications
1 9 (10.23%) MS Excel
2 6 (6.82%) MS Office
3 1 (1.14%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (6.82%) Amazon EC2
2 6 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (5.68%) Amazon S3
3 5 (5.68%) Route 53
3 5 (5.68%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (3.41%) Office 365
5 2 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.14%) SaaS
6 1 (1.14%) PaaS
6 1 (1.14%) Google App Engine
6 1 (1.14%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 73 (82.95%) DHCP
2 29 (32.95%) Firewall
3 26 (29.55%) TCP/IP
4 18 (20.45%) WAN
5 17 (19.32%) LAN
6 16 (18.18%) SAN
7 13 (14.77%) VPN
8 9 (10.23%) VoIP
9 8 (9.09%) HTTP
9 8 (9.09%) SSL
9 8 (9.09%) Wireless
9 8 (9.09%) VLAN
10 6 (6.82%) DMZ
10 6 (6.82%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (6.82%) FTP
11 5 (5.68%) SNMP
11 5 (5.68%) SMTP
11 5 (5.68%) Network Security
12 4 (4.55%) iSCSI
12 4 (4.55%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.41%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.41%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.14%) Big Data
3 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.14%) MySQL
3 1 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (7.95%) Jenkins
2 5 (5.68%) Hudson
2 5 (5.68%) Maven
3 3 (3.41%) Fiddler
4 1 (1.14%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.14%) JIRA
4 1 (1.14%) JUnit
4 1 (1.14%) MSI
4 1 (1.14%) Subversion
General
1 4 (4.55%) Finance
2 3 (3.41%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.27%) Law
4 1 (1.14%) Banking
4 1 (1.14%) Retail
4 1 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.14%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 10 (11.36%) Analyst
1 10 (11.36%) Support Engineer
2 8 (9.09%) Server Engineer
3 7 (7.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (7.95%) Consultant
4 6 (6.82%) Network Engineer
4 6 (6.82%) Administrator
5 5 (5.68%) IT Support
5 5 (5.68%) Wintel Analyst
5 5 (5.68%) DevOps Engineer
6 4 (4.55%) Architect
7 3 (3.41%) Desktop Support
7 3 (3.41%) Service Analyst
7 3 (3.41%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (3.41%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (3.41%) Network Technician
7 3 (3.41%) Desktop Administrator
7 3 (3.41%) Wintel Engineer
7 3 (3.41%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 3 (3.41%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.41%) Middleware
1 3 (3.41%) Application Packaging
2 2 (2.27%) HTML
2 2 (2.27%) .NET
2 2 (2.27%) J2EE
2 2 (2.27%) Servlets
2 2 (2.27%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (19.32%) Clustering
2 6 (6.82%) Open Source
3 5 (5.68%) Fat Client
3 5 (5.68%) Thin Client
3 5 (5.68%) Replication
4 4 (4.55%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.41%) Blackberry
5 3 (3.41%) iPhone
5 3 (3.41%) Smartphone
5 3 (3.41%) iPad
6 2 (2.27%) Life Science
6 2 (2.27%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.14%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.14%) User Experience
7 1 (1.14%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.14%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.14%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 62 (70.45%) Windows
2 31 (35.23%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (23.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (19.32%) Windows 7
5 15 (17.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (7.95%) Linux
7 6 (6.82%) Windows 2000
7 6 (6.82%) Windows XP
8 5 (5.68%) CentOS
9 4 (4.55%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.27%) Windows Vista
11 1 (1.14%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (1.14%) HPUX
11 1 (1.14%) Solaris
11 1 (1.14%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.14%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (22.73%) ITIL
2 13 (14.77%) Configuration Management
3 12 (13.64%) Migration
4 9 (10.23%) Performance Tuning
5 8 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (7.95%) DevOps
6 7 (7.95%) Network Management
7 6 (6.82%) High Availability
7 6 (6.82%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (5.68%) Auto-Scaling
9 4 (4.55%) Mentoring
9 4 (4.55%) Project Management
9 4 (4.55%) Network Design
9 4 (4.55%) Incident Management
10 3 (3.41%) ERP
10 3 (3.41%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (3.41%) Root Cause Analysis
10 3 (3.41%) Software Deployment
10 3 (3.41%) Time Management
10 3 (3.41%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 16 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 7 (7.95%) SQL
3 5 (5.68%) VBScript
4 4 (4.55%) Java
5 2 (2.27%) Python
5 2 (2.27%) Ruby
6 1 (1.14%) C
6 1 (1.14%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.14%) Perl
6 1 (1.14%) PHP
6 1 (1.14%) VB
6 1 (1.14%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 18 (20.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (15.91%) Security Cleared
2 14 (15.91%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 11 (12.50%) MCSE
4 9 (10.23%) CCNA
5 7 (7.95%) MCP
6 6 (6.82%) Citrix Certification
7 5 (5.68%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (4.55%) MCITP
8 4 (4.55%) Degree
9 3 (3.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (3.41%) CCEE
9 3 (3.41%) CCIA
9 3 (3.41%) CCEA
9 3 (3.41%) MCSA
9 3 (3.41%) CCIE
10 2 (2.27%) CCNP
11 1 (1.14%) HNC
11 1 (1.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.55%) SLA
1 4 (4.55%) QA
2 2 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 1 (1.14%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 51 (57.95%) Active Directory
2 21 (23.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (20.45%) Hyper-V
4 17 (19.32%) XenApp
5 13 (14.77%) XenDesktop
6 9 (10.23%) VMware ESX
7 7 (7.95%) DFS Replication
8 6 (6.82%) vSphere
8 6 (6.82%) XenServer
8 6 (6.82%) Firmware
9 5 (5.68%) Terminal Services
9 5 (5.68%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (5.68%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (3.41%) Xen
10 3 (3.41%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (3.41%) Terminal Server
11 2 (2.27%) NFS
12 1 (1.14%) Samba
12 1 (1.14%) iptables
Systems Management
1 16 (18.18%) SCCM
2 8 (9.09%) Puppet
3 6 (6.82%) SCVMM
4 5 (5.68%) Vagrant
5 4 (4.55%) WSUS
6 3 (3.41%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (2.27%) CiscoWorks
8 1 (1.14%) MOM
8 1 (1.14%) Nagios
8 1 (1.14%) SCOM
8 1 (1.14%) Ansible
8 1 (1.14%) Opsview
8 1 (1.14%) PureDisk
Vendors
1 34 (38.64%) VMware
2 31 (35.23%) Citrix
3 28 (31.82%) Microsoft
4 16 (18.18%) Cisco
5 12 (13.64%) HP
6 11 (12.50%) Dell
7 8 (9.09%) AppSense
8 6 (6.82%) McAfee
8 6 (6.82%) Red Hat
9 5 (5.68%) CheckPoint
10 4 (4.55%) Compaq
11 3 (3.41%) EMC
11 3 (3.41%) Oracle
11 3 (3.41%) Wyse
12 2 (2.27%) Stellent
12 2 (2.27%) SolarWinds
12 2 (2.27%) RightScale
12 2 (2.27%) NetApp
13 1 (1.14%) Siemens
13 1 (1.14%) StorageTek
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