The table below looks at the statistics for DSL skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited DSL over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 554 552 539
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -13
Contract jobs citing DSL 52 22 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.042% 0.092%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.62% 0.31% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 11 23
Average daily rate
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£339 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.31% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £120 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £500 £499
UK excluding London average daily rate £238 £120 £309
% change year-on-year
+97.91% -61.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £38.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £38.75

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
8412 7118 9036
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.55% 13.48% 15.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 4643 3883 4097
Average daily rate £365 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 408 696
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50

DSL
Jobs Demand Trend

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

DSL Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

DSL
Daily Rate Trend

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

DSL Daily Rate Trend in the UK

DSL
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing DSL within the UK over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

DSL Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

DSL
Hourly Rate Trend

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

DSL Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

DSL
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 DSL within the UK over the 3 months to 22 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -9 50 £339 -15.31% 15
London +28 29 £345 -31.00% 6
City of London +31 8 £312 -37.65% 2
South East -10 8 £224 +86.25% 4
Berkshire +10 7 £235 +95.83% 1
Reading - 3 - - 1
Bracknell +2 2 - -
North West - 2 £425 -
Birmingham -9 1 £160 -
West Midlands -12 1 £160 - 2
East of England - 1 - - 1
Cardiff - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £425 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Surrey - - - - 2
Worcestershire - - - - 1
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Derbyshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Peterborough - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
South West - - - - 1

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing DSL 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 DSL.

1 50 (60.24%) Cisco
2 43 (51.81%) WAN
3 42 (50.60%) LAN
3 42 (50.60%) Firewall
4 41 (49.40%) Windows
5 37 (44.58%) MPLS
6 30 (36.14%) MS Office
6 30 (36.14%) Microsoft
7 26 (31.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 26 (31.33%) ITIL
7 26 (31.33%) MS Exchange
7 26 (31.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (31.33%) Windows 7
8 25 (30.12%) Active Directory
9 24 (28.92%) CheckPoint
10 23 (27.71%) Blackberry
10 23 (27.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 23 (27.71%) BIG-IP
11 22 (26.51%) Service Management
11 22 (26.51%) Cisco Certification
12 21 (25.30%) VMware
12 21 (25.30%) WSUS
12 21 (25.30%) NLBS
13 20 (24.10%) Citrix
13 20 (24.10%) VMware Infrastructure
14 19 (22.89%) Hyper-V
15 18 (21.69%) BGP
15 18 (21.69%) Performance Management
16 17 (20.48%) Fat Client
16 17 (20.48%) Xen

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing DSL 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 DSL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 26 (31.33%) MS Exchange
2 23 (27.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (2.41%) IIS
3 2 (2.41%) Oracle Coherence
3 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.20%) Lync
4 1 (1.20%) Apache
4 1 (1.20%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 30 (36.14%) MS Office
2 6 (7.23%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.41%) MS Project
4 1 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.20%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 43 (51.81%) WAN
2 42 (50.60%) LAN
2 42 (50.60%) Firewall
3 37 (44.58%) MPLS
4 23 (27.71%) BIG-IP
5 18 (21.69%) BGP
6 16 (19.28%) SAN
6 16 (19.28%) Ethernet
6 16 (19.28%) TCP/IP
7 15 (18.07%) VPN
8 12 (14.46%) OSPF
8 12 (14.46%) ISDN
9 10 (12.05%) Internet
9 10 (12.05%) Wireless
10 8 (9.64%) VLAN
10 8 (9.64%) SDH
10 8 (9.64%) LDAP
11 7 (8.43%) Broadband
11 7 (8.43%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (8.43%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.20%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (9.64%) Maven
General
1 15 (18.07%) Telecoms
2 9 (10.84%) Finance
3 6 (7.23%) Dutch Language
4 4 (4.82%) Marketing
5 3 (3.61%) Investment Banking
5 3 (3.61%) Banking
6 2 (2.41%) Russian Language
7 1 (1.20%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 28 (33.73%) Analyst
2 11 (13.25%) Operations Analyst
3 9 (10.84%) Developer
3 9 (10.84%) Architect
4 8 (9.64%) Network Engineer
4 8 (9.64%) Support Analyst
4 8 (9.64%) Java Developer
5 7 (8.43%) 3rd Line Support
5 7 (8.43%) Solutions Architect
6 6 (7.23%) Support Engineer
6 6 (7.23%) Network Architect
7 5 (6.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (6.02%) Team Leader
7 5 (6.02%) Business Analyst
8 4 (4.82%) Data Analyst
8 4 (4.82%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 4 (4.82%) Product Manager
8 4 (4.82%) Business Data Analyst
8 4 (4.82%) Network Design Architect
9 3 (3.61%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (9.64%) JMS
1 8 (9.64%) ActiveMQ
1 8 (9.64%) JNDI
1 8 (9.64%) Akka
1 8 (9.64%) Apache Camel
2 4 (4.82%) FpML
3 3 (3.61%) Middleware
4 2 (2.41%) XSLT
4 2 (2.41%) Spring
5 1 (1.20%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (27.71%) Blackberry
2 17 (20.48%) Thin Client
2 17 (20.48%) Fat Client
3 3 (3.61%) EqualLogic
3 3 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.61%) STB
3 3 (3.61%) Statistics
4 2 (2.41%) Derivative
4 2 (2.41%) CMDB
4 2 (2.41%) e-Health
4 2 (2.41%) SecurID
4 2 (2.41%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (2.41%) Clustering
4 2 (2.41%) Reference Data
4 2 (2.41%) Open Source
5 1 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.20%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.20%) Device Driver
5 1 (1.20%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 41 (49.40%) Windows
2 26 (31.33%) Windows Server 2003
2 26 (31.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 26 (31.33%) Windows 7
3 14 (16.87%) Linux
4 6 (7.23%) UNIX
5 5 (6.02%) Windows 8
6 2 (2.41%) Solaris
7 1 (1.20%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.20%) CentOS
7 1 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.20%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.20%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (31.33%) ITIL
2 22 (26.51%) Service Management
3 18 (21.69%) Performance Management
4 16 (19.28%) Problem Management
5 11 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (13.25%) Configuration Management
6 10 (12.05%) Project Management
6 10 (12.05%) Disaster Recovery
6 10 (12.05%) Kalman Filter
7 9 (10.84%) Migration
8 8 (9.64%) ITSM
9 7 (8.43%) BCP
9 7 (8.43%) OOD
9 7 (8.43%) Multithreading
9 7 (8.43%) Project Planning
9 7 (8.43%) Business Continuity
9 7 (8.43%) Business Continuity Planning
10 6 (7.23%) Network Design
10 6 (7.23%) OO
11 5 (6.02%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 11 (13.25%) Java
2 10 (12.05%) C++
3 8 (9.64%) Groovy
3 8 (9.64%) Scala
4 4 (4.82%) C
5 3 (3.61%) PowerHouse
6 2 (2.41%) Python
7 1 (1.20%) Embedded C++
7 1 (1.20%) Assembly Language
7 1 (1.20%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.20%) Perl
7 1 (1.20%) SQL
7 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.20%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 22 (26.51%) Cisco Certification
2 12 (14.46%) CCNA
3 11 (13.25%) CCNP
4 9 (10.84%) Security Cleared
5 8 (9.64%) CCIE
6 6 (7.23%) SC Cleared
7 3 (3.61%) CCA
7 3 (3.61%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (3.61%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (3.61%) MCSE
8 2 (2.41%) CCIP
8 2 (2.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (2.41%) MCITP
8 2 (2.41%) Degree
8 2 (2.41%) BC Cleared
9 1 (1.20%) CCENT
9 1 (1.20%) CCDP
9 1 (1.20%) MCSA
9 1 (1.20%) CCSP
9 1 (1.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.23%) SLA
2 2 (2.41%) QA
System Software
1 25 (30.12%) Active Directory
2 21 (25.30%) NLBS
3 20 (24.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (22.89%) Hyper-V
5 17 (20.48%) Xen
6 12 (14.46%) XenApp
7 11 (13.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (2.41%) VMware ESX
8 2 (2.41%) ProxySG
8 2 (2.41%) vSphere
9 1 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.20%) XenServer
9 1 (1.20%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 21 (25.30%) WSUS
2 3 (3.61%) WhatsUp Gold
2 3 (3.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (1.20%) XenMobile
3 1 (1.20%) Cisco Prime
3 1 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (1.20%) CA Spectrum
3 1 (1.20%) SCOM
3 1 (1.20%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (1.20%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 50 (60.24%) Cisco
2 30 (36.14%) Microsoft
3 24 (28.92%) CheckPoint
4 21 (25.30%) VMware
5 20 (24.10%) Citrix
6 9 (10.84%) Juniper
7 8 (9.64%) Perforce
8 4 (4.82%) F5
8 4 (4.82%) Blue Coat
8 4 (4.82%) Symantec
8 4 (4.82%) NetApp
9 3 (3.61%) Cramer
10 2 (2.41%) Oracle
10 2 (2.41%) Proofpoint
10 2 (2.41%) NetQoS
10 2 (2.41%) Adobe
10 2 (2.41%) HP
11 1 (1.20%) Dell
11 1 (1.20%) Nortel
11 1 (1.20%) Genesys
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