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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 578 561 571
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +10
Contract jobs citing DSL 55 49 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.094% 0.088% 0.031%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.68% 0.60% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 21 7
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £275 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £380 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £318 £350 £120
% change year-on-year
-9.28% +191.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
8062 8177 7057
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.64% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4616 4454 3809
Average daily rate £375 £363 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 456 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 4 September 2015.

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 27 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 4 September 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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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 +3 54 £350 +1.44% 8
London +7 28 £365 +5.79% 3
South East -16 16 £260 -7.53% 2
City of London +9 10 £345 +1.54%
Milton Keynes - 8 - -
Buckinghamshire - 8 - -
North West -29 5 £370 -
South West - 4 £338 -
Hampshire +1 3 £210 -1.10%
Berkshire -6 3 £310 -11.42% 2
Bracknell -6 2 - -
Canary Wharf - 2 - -
Cheltenham - 2 £283 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £283 -
Wiltshire - 2 £350 -
Swindon - 2 £350 -
Manchester - 2 £390 -
Cumbria - 2 £413 -
Hook +7 1 £210 -1.10%
Yorkshire -28 1 £170 -51.42%
West Midlands - 1 - - 2
South Yorkshire - 1 £170 -
Lancashire - 1 £170 -
Blackburn - 1 £170 -
Rotherham - 1 £170 -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Newbury - 1 £310 -

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 73 (68.22%) Cisco
2 64 (59.81%) MPLS
3 58 (54.21%) WAN
4 56 (52.34%) LAN
5 52 (48.60%) CheckPoint
6 49 (45.79%) Firewall
7 44 (41.12%) Windows
8 34 (31.78%) Active Directory
9 32 (29.91%) Wireless
10 31 (28.97%) Cisco Certification
10 31 (28.97%) Microsoft
10 31 (28.97%) ITIL
11 30 (28.04%) Windows Server 2003
11 30 (28.04%) Windows Server 2008
12 29 (27.10%) MS Exchange
13 28 (26.17%) Blackberry
13 28 (26.17%) Service Management
13 28 (26.17%) Windows 7
13 28 (26.17%) Performance Management
14 27 (25.23%) WSUS
14 27 (25.23%) Business Continuity
14 27 (25.23%) BIG-IP
14 27 (25.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 27 (25.23%) BCP
14 27 (25.23%) BGP
14 27 (25.23%) MS Office
14 27 (25.23%) Business Continuity Planning
15 26 (24.30%) VPN
15 26 (24.30%) NLBS
16 25 (23.36%) Problem Management

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 29 (27.10%) MS Exchange
2 27 (25.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (1.87%) Confluence
Applications
1 27 (25.23%) MS Office
2 1 (0.93%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 64 (59.81%) MPLS
2 58 (54.21%) WAN
3 56 (52.34%) LAN
4 49 (45.79%) Firewall
5 32 (29.91%) Wireless
6 27 (25.23%) BIG-IP
6 27 (25.23%) BGP
7 26 (24.30%) VPN
8 24 (22.43%) OSPF
9 21 (19.63%) DNS
10 19 (17.76%) DHCP
10 19 (17.76%) Cisco ASA
11 15 (14.02%) EIGRP
12 13 (12.15%) Ethernet
12 13 (12.15%) IPsec
13 12 (11.21%) SDH
13 12 (11.21%) TCP/IP
14 11 (10.28%) Internet
14 11 (10.28%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (10.28%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.80%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.87%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.93%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (8.41%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.80%) JIRA
2 3 (2.80%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.87%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.87%) JBehave
3 2 (1.87%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.87%) SpecFlow
3 2 (1.87%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.93%) ClearQuest
4 1 (0.93%) Trac
General
1 18 (16.82%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.61%) Finance
2 6 (5.61%) Banking
2 6 (5.61%) Investment Banking
3 1 (0.93%) Marketing
3 1 (0.93%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.93%) Back Office
3 1 (0.93%) Electronics
3 1 (0.93%) Law
3 1 (0.93%) Legal
Job Titles
1 34 (31.78%) Network Engineer
2 24 (22.43%) Analyst
3 14 (13.08%) Operations Analyst
4 12 (11.21%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (8.41%) Security Engineer
6 8 (7.48%) Network Security Engineer
7 7 (6.54%) Architect
8 6 (5.61%) Support Engineer
8 6 (5.61%) Network Architect
8 6 (5.61%) Operations Engineer
9 5 (4.67%) Security Manager
10 4 (3.74%) IT Security Manager
10 4 (3.74%) Developer
10 4 (3.74%) Business Analyst
11 3 (2.80%) Senior Network Engineer
11 3 (2.80%) Report Analyst
11 3 (2.80%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 2 (1.87%) IP Engineer
12 2 (1.87%) Wintel Analyst
12 2 (1.87%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.61%) .NET
2 5 (4.67%) CSS
3 4 (3.74%) Middleware
4 2 (1.87%) FpML
4 2 (1.87%) HTML
4 2 (1.87%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.93%) WCF
5 1 (0.93%) WPF
5 1 (0.93%) HTML5
5 1 (0.93%) CGI
5 1 (0.93%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 28 (26.17%) Blackberry
2 12 (11.21%) Thin Client
2 12 (11.21%) Fat Client
3 9 (8.41%) e-Health
4 8 (7.48%) Data Centre
5 7 (6.54%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (4.67%) PKI
7 4 (3.74%) Reference Data
8 3 (2.80%) CMDB
9 2 (1.87%) NHS
9 2 (1.87%) Handset
9 2 (1.87%) Clustering
9 2 (1.87%) Derivative
9 2 (1.87%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.93%) DTCC
10 1 (0.93%) ASIC
10 1 (0.93%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.93%) FlexPod
10 1 (0.93%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 44 (41.12%) Windows
2 30 (28.04%) Windows Server 2003
2 30 (28.04%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (26.17%) Windows 7
4 11 (10.28%) Linux
5 10 (9.35%) UNIX
6 3 (2.80%) Solaris
7 1 (0.93%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (28.97%) ITIL
2 28 (26.17%) Service Management
2 28 (26.17%) Performance Management
3 27 (25.23%) Business Continuity Planning
3 27 (25.23%) BCP
3 27 (25.23%) Business Continuity
4 25 (23.36%) Problem Management
4 25 (23.36%) Disaster Recovery
5 20 (18.69%) ITSM
6 11 (10.28%) Migration
7 8 (7.48%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (7.48%) Capacity Planning
8 7 (6.54%) Network Management
8 7 (6.54%) Technical Architecture
8 7 (6.54%) Information Security
9 5 (4.67%) PRINCE2
9 5 (4.67%) Data Modelling
9 5 (4.67%) ITIL V2
9 5 (4.67%) Cyber Security
10 4 (3.74%) Malware Detection\Protection
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.80%) C
2 2 (1.87%) VBA
2 2 (1.87%) Scala
3 1 (0.93%) Ruby
3 1 (0.93%) C#
3 1 (0.93%) Java
3 1 (0.93%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.93%) SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (28.97%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (23.36%) CCNP
3 19 (17.76%) CCNA
4 14 (13.08%) Security Cleared
5 9 (8.41%) SC Cleared
6 5 (4.67%) Check Point Certification
6 5 (4.67%) CCSA
6 5 (4.67%) CCSE
7 4 (3.74%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (2.80%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.80%) MCSE
9 2 (1.87%) CCIE
9 2 (1.87%) Degree
9 2 (1.87%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.87%) QA
1 2 (1.87%) EMIR
2 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.93%) MiFID
System Software
1 34 (31.78%) Active Directory
2 26 (24.30%) NLBS
3 22 (20.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (11.21%) Hyper-V
4 12 (11.21%) Xen
5 6 (5.61%) XenApp
6 5 (4.67%) Snort
6 5 (4.67%) Squid
6 5 (4.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.93%) Firmware
7 1 (0.93%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 27 (25.23%) WSUS
2 10 (9.35%) CiscoWorks
3 9 (8.41%) OpenView
3 9 (8.41%) CA Spectrum
3 9 (8.41%) Cisco Prime
3 9 (8.41%) AirWatch
4 7 (6.54%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.93%) Iperf
5 1 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 73 (68.22%) Cisco
2 52 (48.60%) CheckPoint
3 31 (28.97%) Microsoft
4 23 (21.50%) VMware
5 20 (18.69%) Juniper
6 17 (15.89%) SolarWinds
6 17 (15.89%) F5
7 14 (13.08%) Citrix
8 12 (11.21%) Websense
9 11 (10.28%) HP
10 9 (8.41%) Nokia
10 9 (8.41%) CA
10 9 (8.41%) Aruba
11 8 (7.48%) Blue Coat
12 7 (6.54%) Polycom
12 7 (6.54%) McAfee
12 7 (6.54%) Nortel
13 5 (4.67%) Ericsson
13 5 (4.67%) TippingPoint
13 5 (4.67%) Huawei
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