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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 643 573 584
Rank change year-on-year
-70 +11
Contract jobs citing DSL 15 58 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.027% 0.10% 0.062%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.18% 0.70% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 44 21
Average daily rate £335 £336 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.37% -10.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £283 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £393 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £295 £368
% change year-on-year
+13.55% -19.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £167.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1092.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £164.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +1071.42%

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
8550 8291 7322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.30% 14.85% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5171 4513 3872
Average daily rate £388 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 459 407
Average hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year
- +46.34%

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 30 April 2016.

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 18 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 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -71 14 £368 +10.94% 7
London -30 6 £268 -21.32% 4
South East -38 3 £335 +15.51% 1
South West - 2 £450 -
Taunton - 2 £450 -
Somerset - 2 £450 -
East of England +2 1 £300 -10.78%
Bracknell -5 1 - -
West Midlands -6 1 - -
Berkshire -10 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £335 - 1
Shropshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Norwich - 1 £300 -
Telford - 1 - -
Gatwick - 1 £335 - 1
Derbyshire - 1 - -
Norfolk - 1 £300 -

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 20 (51.28%) Cisco
2 17 (43.59%) Ethernet
2 17 (43.59%) Cisco Certification
3 16 (41.03%) MPLS
4 14 (35.90%) BGP
4 14 (35.90%) Firewall
5 11 (28.21%) Wireless
6 10 (25.64%) Python
7 9 (23.08%) Juniper
7 9 (23.08%) Migration
8 8 (20.51%) OSPF
8 8 (20.51%) Cisco Nexus
9 7 (17.95%) ATM
10 6 (15.38%) LAN
10 6 (15.38%) ITIL
10 6 (15.38%) WAN
10 6 (15.38%) CCIE
10 6 (15.38%) CCNA
10 6 (15.38%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (15.38%) Telecoms
10 6 (15.38%) SolarWinds
11 5 (12.82%) SolarWinds Orion
11 5 (12.82%) Scala
11 5 (12.82%) Data Centre
11 5 (12.82%) IPsec
11 5 (12.82%) Management Information System
11 5 (12.82%) Information Management
11 5 (12.82%) Load Balancing
11 5 (12.82%) TACACS
11 5 (12.82%) CiscoWorks

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 4 (10.26%) Apache
1 4 (10.26%) Apache Spark
2 2 (5.13%) Oracle Coherence
3 1 (2.56%) Confluence
3 1 (2.56%) Node.js
Communications & Networking
1 17 (43.59%) Ethernet
2 16 (41.03%) MPLS
3 14 (35.90%) BGP
3 14 (35.90%) Firewall
4 11 (28.21%) Wireless
5 8 (20.51%) Cisco Nexus
5 8 (20.51%) OSPF
6 7 (17.95%) ATM
7 6 (15.38%) LAN
7 6 (15.38%) WAN
7 6 (15.38%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (12.82%) Broadband
8 5 (12.82%) DDNS
8 5 (12.82%) DHCP
8 5 (12.82%) DNS
8 5 (12.82%) IPsec
8 5 (12.82%) SSL
8 5 (12.82%) TACACS
9 4 (10.26%) Junos
9 4 (10.26%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.26%) Hadoop
1 4 (10.26%) HBase
2 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
1 2 (5.13%) Jenkins
1 2 (5.13%) JIRA
2 1 (2.56%) Cucumber
2 1 (2.56%) Gatling
2 1 (2.56%) Maven
2 1 (2.56%) Selenium
2 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (15.38%) Telecoms
2 4 (10.26%) Banking
2 4 (10.26%) Investment Banking
3 3 (7.69%) Finance
4 1 (2.56%) Marketing
4 1 (2.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (33.33%) Network Engineer
2 6 (15.38%) Analyst
3 5 (12.82%) Developer
4 4 (10.26%) Senior Network Engineer
5 3 (7.69%) Architect
5 3 (7.69%) Scala Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Apache Spark Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Consultant
6 2 (5.13%) Hadoop Developer
6 2 (5.13%) IP Engineer
6 2 (5.13%) Java Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Network Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Java Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Network Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Network Architect
7 1 (2.56%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) Kafka
1 4 (10.26%) Samza
1 4 (10.26%) Spark Streaming
1 4 (10.26%) SparkR
2 2 (5.13%) DOM
2 2 (5.13%) JAXB
2 2 (5.13%) JiBX
2 2 (5.13%) Saxon XSLT
2 2 (5.13%) Spring
2 2 (5.13%) XSLT
3 1 (2.56%) CSS
3 1 (2.56%) HTML
3 1 (2.56%) XML
3 1 (2.56%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.82%) Data Centre
1 5 (12.82%) Management Information System
2 3 (7.69%) PKI
3 2 (5.13%) Computer Science
3 2 (5.13%) Mathematics
4 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.56%) CMDB
4 1 (2.56%) Derivative
4 1 (2.56%) Equities
4 1 (2.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (2.56%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.13%) Linux
1 2 (5.13%) Unix
2 1 (2.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (23.08%) Migration
2 6 (15.38%) ITIL
3 5 (12.82%) Information Management
3 5 (12.82%) Load Balancing
4 4 (10.26%) Change Control
4 4 (10.26%) ETL
4 4 (10.26%) Network Design
4 4 (10.26%) Operations Management
4 4 (10.26%) Predictive Modelling
5 3 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (7.69%) User Stories
5 3 (7.69%) WAN Optimisation
6 2 (5.13%) BDD
6 2 (5.13%) Business Analysis
6 2 (5.13%) Change Management
6 2 (5.13%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (5.13%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (5.13%) Line Management
6 2 (5.13%) TDD
6 2 (5.13%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.64%) Python
2 5 (12.82%) Scala
3 4 (10.26%) HiveQL
3 4 (10.26%) R
3 4 (10.26%) Ruby
4 2 (5.13%) Java
5 1 (2.56%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 17 (43.59%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (15.38%) CCIE
2 6 (15.38%) CCNA
3 4 (10.26%) CCNP
3 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
4 3 (7.69%) Degree
5 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.56%) BC Cleared
6 1 (2.56%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.56%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.56%) ISEB
6 1 (2.56%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.82%) SLA
2 2 (5.13%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (12.82%) CiscoWorks
1 5 (12.82%) SolarWinds Orion
2 2 (5.13%) SCCM
2 2 (5.13%) WSUS
Vendors
1 20 (51.28%) Cisco
2 9 (23.08%) Juniper
3 6 (15.38%) SolarWinds
4 4 (10.26%) Barracuda Networks
4 4 (10.26%) F5
4 4 (10.26%) Palo Alto
5 2 (5.13%) Forcepoint
5 2 (5.13%) Oracle
6 1 (2.56%) CheckPoint
6 1 (2.56%) EMC
6 1 (2.56%) VMware