The table below looks at the statistics for DNS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited DNS over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Domain Name System (DNS)
Rank 106 103 131
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +28
Contract jobs citing DNS 1172 1101 871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.00% 1.98% 1.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.47% 13.48% 12.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 676 597 430
Average daily rate
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£355 £348 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.08% +4.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £210 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £475 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £321 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.94% +7.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 60 81
Average hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.89% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £50.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+19.58% -10.00%

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

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8102 8165 7151
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.83% 14.68% 13.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4615 4419 3855
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 442 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

DNS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

DNS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

DNS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing DNS within the UK.

DNS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

DNS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing DNS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

DNS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

DNS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing DNS within the UK.

DNS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

DNS
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing DNS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

DNS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

DNS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 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
England +2 1102 £355 +1.42% 330
London +4 480 £375 -1.31% 101
South East +4 246 £350 +16.18% 77
City of London +15 114 £400 - 21
East of England +13 84 £315 -10.00% 30
North West -29 84 £320 +6.66% 34
Berkshire -15 70 £380 +12.59% 15
South West -7 68 £350 +7.69% 25
Yorkshire -12 50 £311 -2.73% 35
Hampshire -16 43 £343 -1.43% 13
North East -10 37 £280 -20.00% 7
Surrey +6 35 £350 +20.68% 19
Reading -14 35 £388 +14.81% 11
Manchester -3 34 £320 -21.95% 20
West Midlands -9 34 £300 - 9
Scotland -24 33 £294 -9.08% 11
West Sussex 0 32 £350 +57.30% 7
West Yorkshire -11 30 £311 +2.04% 23
Hertfordshire +15 28 £315 +27.27% 12
Wiltshire -2 27 £275 -38.88% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne -15 27 £350 - 3
Tyne and Wear -15 27 £350 - 4
Gloucestershire +1 25 £410 +19.27% 6
Leeds -18 25 £310 +1.63% 20
Buckinghamshire +9 22 £400 - 10
Oxfordshire -8 21 £288 -14.81% 7
Edinburgh -5 19 £288 -21.01% 5
Essex +12 18 £388 -3.12% 4
Wales +4 18 £375 - 7
East Sussex +1 18 £330 +32.00% 1

DNS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1367 (61.69%) Windows
2 1260 (56.86%) DHCP
3 1053 (47.52%) Active Directory
4 880 (39.71%) VMware
5 820 (37.00%) Microsoft
6 741 (33.44%) TCP/IP
7 708 (31.95%) Firewall
8 641 (28.93%) Windows Server 2008
9 588 (26.53%) Cisco
10 555 (25.05%) VMware Infrastructure
11 543 (24.50%) Linux
12 431 (19.45%) Windows Server 2012
13 414 (18.68%) LAN
14 413 (18.64%) WAN
15 411 (18.55%) ITIL
16 409 (18.46%) MS Exchange
17 403 (18.19%) Windows Server 2003
18 399 (18.01%) Citrix
19 358 (16.16%) PowerShell
20 356 (16.06%) SQL
21 339 (15.30%) VPN
21 339 (15.30%) Finance
22 326 (14.71%) SAN
23 307 (13.85%) SQL Server
24 295 (13.31%) HP
25 294 (13.27%) Windows 7
26 291 (13.13%) IIS
27 285 (12.86%) Cisco Certification
28 277 (12.50%) Security Cleared
29 272 (12.27%) UNIX

DNS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 409 (18.46%) MS Exchange
2 291 (13.13%) IIS
3 219 (9.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 183 (8.26%) SharePoint
5 159 (7.18%) Apache
6 150 (6.77%) Tomcat
7 138 (6.23%) Lync
8 137 (6.18%) Exchange Server 2013
9 106 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2007
10 81 (3.66%) WebSphere
11 76 (3.43%) nginx
12 63 (2.84%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 62 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2003
14 59 (2.66%) Jetty
15 49 (2.21%) JBoss
16 37 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
17 33 (1.49%) OpenStack
18 26 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
19 25 (1.13%) WebLogic
20 24 (1.08%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 245 (11.06%) MS Excel
2 187 (8.44%) MS Office
3 32 (1.44%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.50%) MS Project
6 7 (0.32%) Acrobat
7 6 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 4 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.090%) PowerPivot
9 2 (0.090%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.045%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.045%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.045%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 12 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.36%) Tridion
2 8 (0.36%) RMDS
3 6 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.090%) ResourceLink
5 2 (0.090%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.090%) Remedy AR System
6 1 (0.045%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.045%) Agresso
6 1 (0.045%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 178 (8.03%) Amazon AWS
2 132 (5.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 109 (4.92%) Office 365
4 79 (3.56%) Amazon EC2
5 59 (2.66%) Google Cloud Platform
6 58 (2.62%) Cloud Computing
7 55 (2.48%) IaaS
8 53 (2.39%) Google App Engine
8 53 (2.39%) SaaS
9 40 (1.81%) PaaS
10 17 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (0.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 10 (0.45%) Amazon ELB
13 9 (0.41%) Amazon SQS
13 9 (0.41%) Yammer
14 8 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 6 (0.27%) Google Apps
16 5 (0.23%) Route 53
16 5 (0.23%) Amazon S3
17 4 (0.18%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1260 (56.86%) DHCP
2 741 (33.44%) TCP/IP
3 708 (31.95%) Firewall
4 414 (18.68%) LAN
5 413 (18.64%) WAN
6 339 (15.30%) VPN
7 326 (14.71%) SAN
8 226 (10.20%) HTTP
9 212 (9.57%) VLAN
10 206 (9.30%) Internet
11 201 (9.07%) SSL
12 196 (8.84%) BGP
13 175 (7.90%) IPsec
14 169 (7.63%) Network Security
15 164 (7.40%) OSPF
16 160 (7.22%) LDAP
17 154 (6.95%) MPLS
18 153 (6.90%) Wireless
19 149 (6.72%) Cisco ASA
20 136 (6.14%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 307 (13.85%) SQL Server
2 112 (5.05%) MySQL
3 59 (2.66%) Oracle Database
4 48 (2.17%) SQL Server 2008
5 43 (1.94%) MongoDB
6 39 (1.76%) SQL Server 2012
7 38 (1.71%) SQL Server 2005
8 30 (1.35%) Relational Database
9 23 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
10 22 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
11 16 (0.72%) NoSQL
12 15 (0.68%) Hadoop
12 15 (0.68%) Oracle Database 12c
13 14 (0.63%) RDBMS
14 12 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 12 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
15 6 (0.27%) SQL Server 2000
15 6 (0.27%) Big Data
15 6 (0.27%) MariaDB
16 5 (0.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 148 (6.68%) Jenkins
2 55 (2.48%) Git (software)
3 37 (1.67%) Subversion
4 36 (1.62%) Maven
5 34 (1.53%) JIRA
6 24 (1.08%) Hudson
7 20 (0.90%) MSI
8 18 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 10 (0.45%) Selenium
9 10 (0.45%) Visual Studio
10 8 (0.36%) Metasploit
11 7 (0.32%) Ant
12 6 (0.27%) Fiddler
12 6 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
12 6 (0.27%) RSpec
12 6 (0.27%) Cucumber
13 5 (0.23%) JMeter
13 5 (0.23%) GitLab
14 4 (0.18%) Grunt
14 4 (0.18%) StarTeam
General
1 339 (15.30%) Finance
2 119 (5.37%) Telecoms
3 103 (4.65%) Banking
4 64 (2.89%) Retail
5 32 (1.44%) Marketing
6 30 (1.35%) Manufacturing
7 29 (1.31%) Back Office
8 27 (1.22%) Legal
9 24 (1.08%) Advertising
10 22 (0.99%) Multimedia
11 20 (0.90%) Law
11 20 (0.90%) Investment Banking
12 18 (0.81%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.72%) Electronics
14 12 (0.54%) Publishing
14 12 (0.54%) Games
15 11 (0.50%) Local Government
16 10 (0.45%) Online Betting
17 7 (0.32%) French Language
17 7 (0.32%) Billing
Job Titles
1 250 (11.28%) Analyst
2 229 (10.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 223 (10.06%) Network Engineer
4 175 (7.90%) Administrator
5 167 (7.54%) Support Engineer
6 142 (6.41%) Consultant
7 126 (5.69%) Architect
8 104 (4.69%) 3rd Line Support
9 94 (4.24%) Support Analyst
10 86 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support
11 84 (3.79%) Systems Administrator
12 83 (3.75%) Server Engineer
12 83 (3.75%) Wintel Engineer
13 80 (3.61%) DevOps Engineer
14 73 (3.29%) Systems Engineer
15 59 (2.66%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 51 (2.30%) Desktop Support
16 51 (2.30%) Infrastructure Architect
17 47 (2.12%) IT Support
18 44 (1.99%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (4.74%) .NET
2 95 (4.29%) J2EE
3 70 (3.16%) Web Services
4 61 (2.75%) 802.1X
5 58 (2.62%) HTML
6 57 (2.57%) Servlets
7 41 (1.85%) CSS
8 37 (1.67%) Middleware
9 31 (1.40%) XML
10 26 (1.17%) LAMP
11 18 (0.81%) Application Packaging
12 17 (0.77%) ASP.NET
13 14 (0.63%) Java EE
13 14 (0.63%) HTML5
14 13 (0.59%) REST
14 13 (0.59%) Ajax
14 13 (0.59%) SAML
14 13 (0.59%) MCollective
15 12 (0.54%) jQuery
16 11 (0.50%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 272 (12.27%) Data Centre
2 179 (8.08%) Clustering
3 102 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
4 86 (3.88%) PKI
5 83 (3.75%) Blackberry
6 76 (3.43%) Replication
7 61 (2.75%) Management Information System
8 40 (1.81%) iPhone
9 39 (1.76%) Client/Server
10 36 (1.62%) iPad
11 35 (1.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 31 (1.40%) Computer Science
13 29 (1.31%) Thin Client
13 29 (1.31%) Fat Client
14 26 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
15 23 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
16 18 (0.81%) Device Driver
17 15 (0.68%) EqualLogic
18 14 (0.63%) User Experience
19 13 (0.59%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1367 (61.69%) Windows
2 641 (28.93%) Windows Server 2008
3 543 (24.50%) Linux
4 431 (19.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 403 (18.19%) Windows Server 2003
6 294 (13.27%) Windows 7
7 272 (12.27%) UNIX
8 154 (6.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 131 (5.91%) Windows XP
10 98 (4.42%) Windows 8
11 92 (4.15%) Solaris
12 58 (2.62%) Android
13 38 (1.71%) CentOS
14 30 (1.35%) Windows 2000 Server
15 29 (1.31%) Debian
16 24 (1.08%) Ubuntu
16 24 (1.08%) AIX
17 21 (0.95%) Windows Vista
17 21 (0.95%) Apple iOS
18 20 (0.90%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 411 (18.55%) ITIL
2 267 (12.05%) Migration
3 200 (9.03%) Load Balancing
4 181 (8.17%) Configuration Management
5 156 (7.04%) DevOps
6 111 (5.01%) Agile Software Development
7 109 (4.92%) Project Management
8 95 (4.29%) Service Delivery
9 91 (4.11%) Service Management
9 91 (4.11%) Continuous Integration
10 85 (3.84%) Open Source
11 84 (3.79%) Change Management
11 84 (3.79%) Disaster Recovery
12 79 (3.56%) Performance Tuning
13 69 (3.11%) Server Building
14 62 (2.80%) Network Management
15 61 (2.75%) Change Control
16 54 (2.44%) Kalman Filter
17 53 (2.39%) Incident Management
18 52 (2.35%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 358 (16.16%) PowerShell
2 356 (16.06%) SQL
3 168 (7.58%) Java
4 132 (5.96%) Python
5 110 (4.96%) Perl
6 98 (4.42%) Shell Script
7 70 (3.16%) VBScript
8 57 (2.57%) C
9 54 (2.44%) Ruby
10 53 (2.39%) VB
11 51 (2.30%) Bash Shell
12 49 (2.21%) PHP
13 45 (2.03%) JavaScript
14 30 (1.35%) C#
15 25 (1.13%) C++
16 13 (0.59%) T-SQL
17 8 (0.36%) PL/SQL
18 6 (0.27%) VB.NET
18 6 (0.27%) C-shell
19 5 (0.23%) Korn
Qualifications
1 285 (12.86%) Cisco Certification
2 277 (12.50%) Security Cleared
3 250 (11.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 178 (8.03%) CCNA
5 177 (7.99%) SC Cleared
6 157 (7.08%) MCSE
7 138 (6.23%) CCNP
8 88 (3.97%) Degree
9 74 (3.34%) MCITP
10 61 (2.75%) DV Cleared
11 59 (2.66%) CCIE
12 56 (2.53%) MCSA
12 56 (2.53%) MCP
13 43 (1.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 33 (1.49%) CCSA
15 28 (1.26%) CISSP
16 27 (1.22%) CCSE
17 24 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
18 23 (1.04%) CCDA
19 22 (0.99%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (5.32%) SLA
2 44 (1.99%) QA
3 18 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (0.63%) PCI DSS
5 11 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 4 (0.18%) WAI
8 1 (0.045%) COBIT
8 1 (0.045%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.045%) BS7799
System Software
1 1053 (47.52%) Active Directory
2 555 (25.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 245 (11.06%) vSphere
4 193 (8.71%) Hyper-V
5 191 (8.62%) XenApp
6 132 (5.96%) VMware ESXi
7 125 (5.64%) VMware ESX
8 98 (4.42%) XenDesktop
9 66 (2.98%) Microsoft App-V
10 63 (2.84%) NFS
11 56 (2.53%) Xen
12 46 (2.08%) vCloud
13 45 (2.03%) Terminal Services
14 38 (1.71%) XenServer
15 34 (1.53%) Docker
16 33 (1.49%) ISA Server
17 27 (1.22%) DFS Replication
18 26 (1.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 25 (1.13%) Firmware
20 23 (1.04%) Squid
Systems Management
1 220 (9.93%) SCCM
2 191 (8.62%) Puppet
3 127 (5.73%) SCOM
4 116 (5.23%) Opscode Chef
5 65 (2.93%) WSUS
6 62 (2.80%) Nagios
7 58 (2.62%) NetBackup
8 48 (2.17%) Backup Exec
9 34 (1.53%) AirWatch
10 33 (1.49%) vMotion
11 31 (1.40%) OpenView
12 29 (1.31%) SCVMM
13 26 (1.17%) Ansible
14 24 (1.08%) McAfee ePO
15 22 (0.99%) Cacti
15 22 (0.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 20 (0.90%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 20 (0.90%) Vagrant
17 19 (0.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
18 18 (0.81%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 880 (39.71%) VMware
2 820 (37.00%) Microsoft
3 588 (26.53%) Cisco
4 399 (18.01%) Citrix
5 295 (13.31%) HP
6 199 (8.98%) Oracle
7 194 (8.75%) CheckPoint
8 173 (7.81%) Red Hat
9 149 (6.72%) F5
10 145 (6.54%) Juniper
11 125 (5.64%) Dell
12 114 (5.14%) NetApp
13 109 (4.92%) Symantec
14 79 (3.56%) McAfee
15 77 (3.47%) Google
16 72 (3.25%) IBM
17 71 (3.20%) SolarWinds
18 63 (2.84%) EMC
19 57 (2.57%) Blue Coat
20 55 (2.48%) Apple
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 200 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £382.00 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Coal Intelligent Technology Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Coal Intelligent Technology Limited
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £400 to £470 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Wales
People Source Consulting
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Yorkshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Intapeople
Rate: £470 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Energon People
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hudson IT
Rate: £400 - £401 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day c£400-£550 p/day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago