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 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 545 564 547
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -17
Contract jobs citing DSL 59 23 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.044% 0.090%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.70% 0.32% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 11 21
Average daily rate
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£338 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.62% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £120 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £500 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £238 £120 £303
% change year-on-year
+97.91% -60.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £38.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 - £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
8373 7144 8918
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.43% 13.53% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4638 3900 4055
Average daily rate £363 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 411 701
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.22% -

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 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 30 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 +11 57 £338 -15.62% 14
London +39 31 £340 -32.00% 8
South East -13 11 £212 +76.66% 2
Berkshire +8 9 £175 +45.83% 1
City of London +35 8 £304 -39.15% 1
Reading - 4 - -
North West - 3 £425 -
Bracknell +4 2 - -
West Midlands -19 2 £160 -
Manchester - 2 £425 -
Birmingham -3 1 £160 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - - 2
South West - - - - 1
Leicestershire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Peterborough - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
Bournemouth - - - -
Loughborough - - - -
Brighton - - - - 1
Camberley - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Epsom - - - -
Farnham - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Redditch - - - -

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 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 57 (61.96%) Cisco
2 49 (53.26%) LAN
2 49 (53.26%) WAN
3 47 (51.09%) Windows
3 47 (51.09%) Firewall
4 43 (46.74%) MPLS
5 35 (38.04%) Microsoft
6 33 (35.87%) MS Office
7 31 (33.70%) Windows Server 2008
8 30 (32.61%) Windows 7
8 30 (32.61%) Windows Server 2003
8 30 (32.61%) ITIL
8 30 (32.61%) MS Exchange
9 28 (30.43%) Active Directory
10 27 (29.35%) CheckPoint
10 27 (29.35%) Service Management
11 26 (28.26%) BIG-IP
11 26 (28.26%) Blackberry
11 26 (28.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 25 (27.17%) Cisco Certification
13 24 (26.09%) NLBS
13 24 (26.09%) VMware
14 23 (25.00%) WSUS
14 23 (25.00%) Citrix
14 23 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
15 22 (23.91%) Hyper-V
16 21 (22.83%) Performance Management
17 20 (21.74%) Fat Client
17 20 (21.74%) Xen
17 20 (21.74%) VPN

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 30 (32.61%) MS Exchange
2 26 (28.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (2.17%) IIS
3 2 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.09%) Apache
4 1 (1.09%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2000
4 1 (1.09%) Oracle Coherence
4 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.09%) Lync
Applications
1 33 (35.87%) MS Office
2 7 (7.61%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (2.17%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 49 (53.26%) LAN
1 49 (53.26%) WAN
2 47 (51.09%) Firewall
3 43 (46.74%) MPLS
4 26 (28.26%) BIG-IP
5 20 (21.74%) BGP
5 20 (21.74%) VPN
6 19 (20.65%) SAN
7 18 (19.57%) Ethernet
7 18 (19.57%) TCP/IP
8 14 (15.22%) OSPF
9 13 (14.13%) ISDN
10 11 (11.96%) Internet
10 11 (11.96%) Wireless
11 8 (8.70%) VLAN
11 8 (8.70%) SDH
11 8 (8.70%) LDAP
11 8 (8.70%) ADSL
11 8 (8.70%) Broadband
12 7 (7.61%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (8.70%) Maven
General
1 18 (19.57%) Telecoms
2 9 (9.78%) Finance
3 6 (6.52%) Dutch Language
4 4 (4.35%) Marketing
5 3 (3.26%) Investment Banking
5 3 (3.26%) Banking
6 2 (2.17%) Russian Language
7 1 (1.09%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 32 (34.78%) Analyst
2 13 (14.13%) Operations Analyst
3 11 (11.96%) Architect
4 10 (10.87%) Support Analyst
5 9 (9.78%) Developer
5 9 (9.78%) Network Engineer
5 9 (9.78%) Solutions Architect
6 8 (8.70%) 3rd Line Support
6 8 (8.70%) Java Developer
7 6 (6.52%) Support Engineer
7 6 (6.52%) Network Architect
8 5 (5.43%) Team Leader
8 5 (5.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (5.43%) Business Analyst
9 4 (4.35%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 4 (4.35%) Data Analyst
9 4 (4.35%) Product Manager
9 4 (4.35%) Citrix Support
9 4 (4.35%) Business Data Analyst
9 4 (4.35%) Network Design Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.70%) JMS
1 8 (8.70%) ActiveMQ
1 8 (8.70%) JNDI
1 8 (8.70%) Akka
1 8 (8.70%) Apache Camel
2 4 (4.35%) FpML
3 3 (3.26%) Middleware
4 2 (2.17%) HTML
5 1 (1.09%) XSLT
5 1 (1.09%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 26 (28.26%) Blackberry
2 20 (21.74%) Thin Client
2 20 (21.74%) Fat Client
3 4 (4.35%) STB
3 4 (4.35%) Statistics
4 3 (3.26%) EqualLogic
4 3 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.26%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (2.17%) Clustering
5 2 (2.17%) e-Health
5 2 (2.17%) SecurID
5 2 (2.17%) IPTV
5 2 (2.17%) Derivative
5 2 (2.17%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (2.17%) Reference Data
5 2 (2.17%) Open Source
5 2 (2.17%) CMDB
6 1 (1.09%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.09%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 47 (51.09%) Windows
2 31 (33.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (32.61%) Windows Server 2003
3 30 (32.61%) Windows 7
4 15 (16.30%) Linux
5 7 (7.61%) UNIX
6 6 (6.52%) Windows 8
7 2 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.17%) Solaris
7 2 (2.17%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (1.09%) CentOS
8 1 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.09%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.09%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (32.61%) ITIL
2 27 (29.35%) Service Management
3 21 (22.83%) Performance Management
4 19 (20.65%) Problem Management
5 13 (14.13%) Disaster Recovery
6 12 (13.04%) Configuration Management
7 11 (11.96%) Project Management
7 11 (11.96%) ITSM
7 11 (11.96%) Migration
7 11 (11.96%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (10.87%) BCP
8 10 (10.87%) Business Continuity
8 10 (10.87%) Business Continuity Planning
8 10 (10.87%) Kalman Filter
9 7 (7.61%) OOD
9 7 (7.61%) Multithreading
9 7 (7.61%) Project Planning
10 6 (6.52%) Network Design
10 6 (6.52%) OO
11 5 (5.43%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (10.87%) C++
1 10 (10.87%) Java
2 8 (8.70%) Groovy
2 8 (8.70%) Scala
3 4 (4.35%) C
4 3 (3.26%) PowerHouse
5 2 (2.17%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.17%) Python
6 1 (1.09%) Embedded C++
6 1 (1.09%) Assembly Language
6 1 (1.09%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.09%) Perl
6 1 (1.09%) SQL
6 1 (1.09%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 25 (27.17%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (15.22%) CCNA
3 13 (14.13%) CCNP
4 10 (10.87%) Security Cleared
5 9 (9.78%) CCIE
6 7 (7.61%) SC Cleared
7 3 (3.26%) CCA
7 3 (3.26%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (3.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (3.26%) MCSE
7 3 (3.26%) CCIP
8 2 (2.17%) CCDP
8 2 (2.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (2.17%) MCITP
8 2 (2.17%) Degree
8 2 (2.17%) BC Cleared
9 1 (1.09%) CCENT
9 1 (1.09%) MCSA
9 1 (1.09%) CCSP
9 1 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.78%) SLA
2 2 (2.17%) QA
System Software
1 28 (30.43%) Active Directory
2 24 (26.09%) NLBS
3 23 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (23.91%) Hyper-V
5 20 (21.74%) Xen
6 15 (16.30%) XenApp
7 14 (15.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (2.17%) VMware ESX
8 2 (2.17%) ProxySG
8 2 (2.17%) vSphere
9 1 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.09%) XenServer
9 1 (1.09%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 23 (25.00%) WSUS
2 3 (3.26%) WhatsUp Gold
2 3 (3.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (1.09%) XenMobile
3 1 (1.09%) Cisco Prime
3 1 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (1.09%) CA Spectrum
3 1 (1.09%) SCOM
3 1 (1.09%) Netcool
3 1 (1.09%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (1.09%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 57 (61.96%) Cisco
2 35 (38.04%) Microsoft
3 27 (29.35%) CheckPoint
4 24 (26.09%) VMware
5 23 (25.00%) Citrix
6 10 (10.87%) Juniper
7 8 (8.70%) Perforce
8 4 (4.35%) F5
8 4 (4.35%) Blue Coat
8 4 (4.35%) Symantec
8 4 (4.35%) NetApp
9 3 (3.26%) Cramer
10 2 (2.17%) Mitel
10 2 (2.17%) Tandberg
10 2 (2.17%) Proofpoint
10 2 (2.17%) NetQoS
10 2 (2.17%) Genesys
10 2 (2.17%) Adobe
10 2 (2.17%) HP
11 1 (1.09%) Dell
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