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 14 February 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.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 600 566 565
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -1
Contract jobs citing DSL 26 39 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.050% 0.076% 0.069%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.35% 0.51% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 28 18
Average daily rate £488 £291 £291
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+67.38% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £194 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £500 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £284 £291
% change year-on-year
+58.59% -2.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £43.00 - £14.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.00 - £14.00

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
7470 7611 6637
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.49% 14.87% 13.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4415 4207 3456
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £219 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 321 449 384
Average hourly rate £28.38 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.50% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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 14 February 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 22 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 14 February 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 -26 22 £488 +67.38% 10
South East -1 5 £288 +0.87% 3
London -5 5 £575 +69.74% 4
Leeds - 4 £500 - 1
Surrey - 4 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 4 £500 - 1
Yorkshire - 4 £500 - 1
North West - 2 £308 - 1
Lancashire - 2 £308 -
Somerset - 2 £450 -
Redhill - 2 - -
Reigate - 2 - -
Taunton - 2 £450 -
South West - 2 £450 -
Berkshire -9 1 £288 +0.87% 1
West Midlands -18 1 - - 1
Scotland - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
Telford - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Nelson - 1 £315 -
Reading - 1 £288 - 1

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 26 (57.78%) Cisco
2 24 (53.33%) Cisco Certification
3 20 (44.44%) Ethernet
4 18 (40.00%) BGP
5 14 (31.11%) MPLS
6 13 (28.89%) CCNA
7 12 (26.67%) OSPF
7 12 (26.67%) Firewall
7 12 (26.67%) Wi-Fi
8 11 (24.44%) Wireless
9 10 (22.22%) TACACS
9 10 (22.22%) CCNP
9 10 (22.22%) Python
10 9 (20.00%) 3G
10 9 (20.00%) 4G
11 8 (17.78%) Cisco Nexus
11 8 (17.78%) Juniper
11 8 (17.78%) Telecoms
12 7 (15.56%) LAN
12 7 (15.56%) Test Strategy
12 7 (15.56%) Scala
13 6 (13.33%) Hadoop
13 6 (13.33%) SolarWinds
13 6 (13.33%) HSRP
13 6 (13.33%) RIP
13 6 (13.33%) SNMP
13 6 (13.33%) WAN
13 6 (13.33%) DNS
13 6 (13.33%) ATM
13 6 (13.33%) CCIE

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 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 (8.89%) Apache
1 4 (8.89%) Apache Spark
2 3 (6.67%) Confluence
3 2 (4.44%) Oracle Coherence
4 1 (2.22%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (2.22%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 20 (44.44%) Ethernet
2 18 (40.00%) BGP
3 14 (31.11%) MPLS
4 12 (26.67%) Firewall
4 12 (26.67%) OSPF
4 12 (26.67%) Wi-Fi
5 11 (24.44%) Wireless
6 10 (22.22%) TACACS
7 9 (20.00%) 3G
7 9 (20.00%) 4G
8 8 (17.78%) Cisco Nexus
9 7 (15.56%) LAN
10 6 (13.33%) ATM
10 6 (13.33%) DNS
10 6 (13.33%) EIGRP
10 6 (13.33%) HSRP
10 6 (13.33%) RIP
10 6 (13.33%) SNMP
10 6 (13.33%) WAN
11 5 (11.11%) DMVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) Hadoop
2 4 (8.89%) HBase
3 2 (4.44%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.22%) Big Data
4 1 (2.22%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 4 (8.89%) Git (software)
2 4 (8.89%) JIRA
3 3 (6.67%) Cucumber
4 2 (4.44%) JBehave
4 2 (4.44%) JIRA Agile
4 2 (4.44%) SonarQube
4 2 (4.44%) SpecFlow
5 1 (2.22%) Gatling
5 1 (2.22%) Maven
5 1 (2.22%) Selenium
5 1 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.22%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (17.78%) Telecoms
2 5 (11.11%) Banking
2 5 (11.11%) Investment Banking
3 3 (6.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (42.22%) Network Engineer
2 5 (11.11%) Consultant
2 5 (11.11%) Developer
3 4 (8.89%) Analyst
3 4 (8.89%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Scala Developer
4 3 (6.67%) Test Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Apache Spark Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Architect
5 2 (4.44%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Hadoop Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Java Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Network Consultant
5 2 (4.44%) Project Manager
5 2 (4.44%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Senior Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Senior Java Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.89%) Kafka
1 4 (8.89%) Samza
1 4 (8.89%) Spark Streaming
2 2 (4.44%) .NET
2 2 (4.44%) DOM
2 2 (4.44%) JAXB
2 2 (4.44%) JiBX
2 2 (4.44%) Saxon XSLT
2 2 (4.44%) Spring
2 2 (4.44%) XSLT
3 1 (2.22%) 802.1X
3 1 (2.22%) CSS
3 1 (2.22%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.11%) Data Centre
2 4 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.89%) Management Information System
3 2 (4.44%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.44%) Mathematics
3 2 (4.44%) PKI
4 1 (2.22%) e-Health
4 1 (2.22%) NHS
4 1 (2.22%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.44%) Linux
1 2 (4.44%) Unix
1 2 (4.44%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (15.56%) Test Strategy
2 6 (13.33%) Migration
3 5 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (11.11%) ITIL
3 5 (11.11%) Load Balancing
4 4 (8.89%) BDD
4 4 (8.89%) ETL
4 4 (8.89%) Information Management
4 4 (8.89%) Network Design
4 4 (8.89%) Predictive Modelling
4 4 (8.89%) TDD
4 4 (8.89%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (8.89%) User Stories
5 3 (6.67%) Change Control
5 3 (6.67%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (6.67%) Operations Management
6 2 (4.44%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (4.44%) Stress Testing
6 2 (4.44%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 10 (22.22%) Python
2 7 (15.56%) Scala
3 5 (11.11%) Ruby
4 4 (8.89%) HiveQL
4 4 (8.89%) R
5 2 (4.44%) Java
5 2 (4.44%) VBA
6 1 (2.22%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 24 (53.33%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (28.89%) CCNA
3 10 (22.22%) CCNP
4 6 (13.33%) CCIE
4 6 (13.33%) Degree
5 2 (4.44%) Security Cleared
6 1 (2.22%) ISEB
6 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.89%) SLA
2 1 (2.22%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.44%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (11.11%) CiscoWorks
1 5 (11.11%) Iperf
2 4 (8.89%) SolarWinds Orion
3 3 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (4.44%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (4.44%) SCCM
4 2 (4.44%) WSUS
5 1 (2.22%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.22%) CA Spectrum
5 1 (2.22%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 26 (57.78%) Cisco
2 8 (17.78%) Juniper
3 6 (13.33%) SolarWinds
4 5 (11.11%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 4 (8.89%) F5
6 3 (6.67%) Barracuda Networks
6 3 (6.67%) CheckPoint
6 3 (6.67%) Forcepoint
6 3 (6.67%) Palo Alto
7 2 (4.44%) Oracle
8 1 (2.22%) Aruba
8 1 (2.22%) CA
8 1 (2.22%) HP
8 1 (2.22%) VMware