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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 560 573 561
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -12
Contract jobs citing DSL 60 38 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.070% 0.035%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.77% 0.50% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 24 6
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£340 £333 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.25% -33.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £196 £275 £369
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £390 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £13.00 - -
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
7831 7646 6987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.77% 13.99% 13.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4478 4078 3617
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 477 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

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 31 July 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 29 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 31 July 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 59 £340 +4.61% 11
London +11 31 £350 +2.94% 6
South East -3 16 £230 -29.23% 4
City of London -5 11 £320 -4.47%
Berkshire +6 6 £270 -22.85%
Buckinghamshire +1 5 - - 1
North West -22 5 £370 -
Milton Keynes - 5 - - 1
South West -6 4 £338 +3.84% 1
Hampshire - 3 £210 - 1
Gloucestershire 0 2 £283 -13.07%
Cheltenham -5 2 £283 -13.07%
Bracknell -5 2 - -
Yorkshire -23 2 £145 -58.57%
West Midlands - 2 - -
Wiltshire - 2 £350 -
Slough - 2 - -
Manchester - 2 £390 -
Cumbria - 2 £413 -
Swindon - 2 £350 -
North Yorkshire - 1 £120 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £170 -
Lancashire - 1 £170 -
Newbury - 1 £310 -
Basingstoke - 1 - - 1
Hook - 1 £210 -
Blackburn - 1 £170 -
Rotherham - 1 £170 -
Birmingham - 1 - -

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 77 (64.71%) MPLS
2 75 (63.03%) Cisco
3 60 (50.42%) WAN
3 60 (50.42%) LAN
4 52 (43.70%) CheckPoint
5 50 (42.02%) Firewall
6 45 (37.82%) Windows
7 43 (36.13%) Wireless
8 34 (28.57%) Active Directory
9 33 (27.73%) Telecoms
10 31 (26.05%) Cisco Certification
10 31 (26.05%) Microsoft
10 31 (26.05%) ITIL
11 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2003
11 30 (25.21%) BGP
11 30 (25.21%) Performance Management
11 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2008
12 29 (24.37%) MS Exchange
13 28 (23.53%) VPN
13 28 (23.53%) Blackberry
13 28 (23.53%) Service Management
13 28 (23.53%) Windows 7
14 27 (22.69%) WSUS
14 27 (22.69%) Business Continuity
14 27 (22.69%) BIG-IP
14 27 (22.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 27 (22.69%) BCP
14 27 (22.69%) MS Office
14 27 (22.69%) Business Continuity Planning
15 26 (21.85%) OSPF

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 (24.37%) MS Exchange
2 27 (22.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 27 (22.69%) MS Office
2 2 (1.68%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.84%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 77 (64.71%) MPLS
2 60 (50.42%) LAN
2 60 (50.42%) WAN
3 50 (42.02%) Firewall
4 43 (36.13%) Wireless
5 30 (25.21%) BGP
6 28 (23.53%) VPN
7 27 (22.69%) BIG-IP
8 26 (21.85%) OSPF
9 25 (21.01%) SDH
10 22 (18.49%) Wi-Fi
11 20 (16.81%) DNS
12 19 (15.97%) DHCP
13 18 (15.13%) EIGRP
13 18 (15.13%) Cisco ASA
14 17 (14.29%) TCP/IP
15 16 (13.45%) Ethernet
16 14 (11.76%) UMTS
16 14 (11.76%) GPRS
16 14 (11.76%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.68%) Hadoop
1 2 (1.68%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 7 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.84%) Trac
2 1 (0.84%) ClearQuest
2 1 (0.84%) JIRA
General
1 33 (27.73%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.04%) Finance
2 6 (5.04%) Banking
2 6 (5.04%) Investment Banking
3 1 (0.84%) Marketing
3 1 (0.84%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.84%) Back Office
3 1 (0.84%) Electronics
3 1 (0.84%) Law
3 1 (0.84%) Legal
Job Titles
1 36 (30.25%) Network Engineer
2 24 (20.17%) Analyst
3 14 (11.76%) Operations Analyst
4 12 (10.08%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (7.56%) Security Engineer
6 8 (6.72%) Network Security Engineer
7 7 (5.88%) Architect
8 6 (5.04%) Support Engineer
8 6 (5.04%) Network Architect
8 6 (5.04%) Operations Engineer
9 5 (4.20%) Security Manager
10 4 (3.36%) IP Engineer
10 4 (3.36%) IP Network Engineer
10 4 (3.36%) IT Security Manager
10 4 (3.36%) Developer
11 3 (2.52%) Business Analyst
11 3 (2.52%) Support Analyst
11 3 (2.52%) Technical Support
11 3 (2.52%) 2nd Line Support
11 3 (2.52%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.36%) .NET
1 4 (3.36%) CSS
2 3 (2.52%) Middleware
3 2 (1.68%) FpML
4 1 (0.84%) Spring
4 1 (0.84%) WCF
4 1 (0.84%) WPF
4 1 (0.84%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.84%) CGI
4 1 (0.84%) J2EE
4 1 (0.84%) COM
4 1 (0.84%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (23.53%) Blackberry
2 12 (10.08%) Thin Client
2 12 (10.08%) Fat Client
3 8 (6.72%) e-Health
4 7 (5.88%) Video Conferencing
4 7 (5.88%) Data Centre
5 5 (4.20%) PKI
6 4 (3.36%) Reference Data
7 3 (2.52%) Clustering
8 2 (1.68%) CMDB
8 2 (1.68%) NHS
8 2 (1.68%) Handset
8 2 (1.68%) Derivative
8 2 (1.68%) Statistics
8 2 (1.68%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.84%) DTCC
9 1 (0.84%) ASIC
9 1 (0.84%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.84%) FlexPod
9 1 (0.84%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 45 (37.82%) Windows
2 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2003
2 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (23.53%) Windows 7
4 12 (10.08%) Linux
5 11 (9.24%) UNIX
6 4 (3.36%) Solaris
7 1 (0.84%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (26.05%) ITIL
2 30 (25.21%) Performance Management
3 28 (23.53%) Service Management
4 27 (22.69%) Business Continuity
4 27 (22.69%) BCP
4 27 (22.69%) Business Continuity Planning
5 25 (21.01%) Disaster Recovery
5 25 (21.01%) Problem Management
6 20 (16.81%) ITSM
7 15 (12.61%) Migration
8 14 (11.76%) Network Planning
9 9 (7.56%) Capacity Planning
10 7 (5.88%) Network Management
10 7 (5.88%) Technical Architecture
10 7 (5.88%) Information Security
11 6 (5.04%) Agile Software Development
12 5 (4.20%) PRINCE2
12 5 (4.20%) Data Modelling
12 5 (4.20%) ITIL V2
12 5 (4.20%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (9.24%) C
2 1 (0.84%) C#
2 1 (0.84%) Java
2 1 (0.84%) JavaScript
2 1 (0.84%) SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (26.05%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (21.01%) CCNP
3 20 (16.81%) CCNA
4 17 (14.29%) Security Cleared
5 12 (10.08%) SC Cleared
6 5 (4.20%) BC Cleared
6 5 (4.20%) Check Point Certification
6 5 (4.20%) CCSA
6 5 (4.20%) CCSE
7 4 (3.36%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (2.52%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.52%) Degree
8 3 (2.52%) MCSE
9 2 (1.68%) CCIE
10 1 (0.84%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.68%) QA
1 2 (1.68%) EMIR
2 1 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.84%) MiFID
System Software
1 34 (28.57%) Active Directory
2 26 (21.85%) NLBS
3 22 (18.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (10.08%) Hyper-V
4 12 (10.08%) Xen
5 6 (5.04%) XenApp
6 5 (4.20%) Snort
6 5 (4.20%) Squid
6 5 (4.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.84%) Firmware
7 1 (0.84%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 27 (22.69%) WSUS
2 10 (8.40%) CiscoWorks
3 9 (7.56%) OpenView
3 9 (7.56%) AirWatch
4 8 (6.72%) CA Spectrum
5 7 (5.88%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (5.04%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.84%) Iperf
7 1 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 75 (63.03%) Cisco
2 52 (43.70%) CheckPoint
3 31 (26.05%) Microsoft
4 23 (19.33%) VMware
5 22 (18.49%) Juniper
6 16 (13.45%) SolarWinds
7 15 (12.61%) F5
7 15 (12.61%) Ericsson
8 14 (11.76%) Citrix
9 12 (10.08%) Websense
10 11 (9.24%) Huawei
10 11 (9.24%) HP
11 9 (7.56%) Nokia
11 9 (7.56%) Aruba
12 8 (6.72%) CA
12 8 (6.72%) Nortel
12 8 (6.72%) Blue Coat
13 7 (5.88%) Polycom
13 7 (5.88%) McAfee
14 5 (4.20%) TippingPoint
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