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 1 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 557 570 540
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -30
Contract jobs citing DSL 51 33 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.091% 0.061% 0.043%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.64% 0.45% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 24 9
Average daily rate
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£339 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.21% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £290 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £413 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £88.50 - £15.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £164.00 - £15.00

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
8000 7309 7055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.29% 13.58% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4493 3952 3587
Average daily rate £355 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 387 527
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -24.00%

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 1 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing DSL within the UK over the 3 months to 1 July 2015.

DSL Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

DSL
Top 21 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 1 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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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 +1 51 £339 -1.81% 20
London +9 34 £340 -1.44% 6
City of London -1 10 £325 -7.14% 1
South East -15 7 £230 -29.23% 6
Buckinghamshire -2 4 - - 2
Milton Keynes - 4 - - 2
Berkshire 0 3 £230 -34.28% 2
South West 0 3 £325 - 3
West Midlands - 3 - - 1
East of England - 3 £336 - 1
Gloucestershire -2 2 £283 -13.07% 1
Cheltenham -4 2 £283 -13.07%
Birmingham - 2 - -
Brentwood - 2 £328 -
Slough - 2 - -
Essex - 2 £328 -
Yorkshire -15 1 £120 -65.71%
Swindon - 1 £350 - 1
Hertfordshire - 1 £345 -
North Yorkshire - 1 £120 -
Wiltshire - 1 £350 - 1

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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 69 (67.65%) MPLS
2 66 (64.71%) Cisco
3 52 (50.98%) WAN
3 52 (50.98%) LAN
4 45 (44.12%) CheckPoint
5 43 (42.16%) Wireless
6 42 (41.18%) Firewall
7 39 (38.24%) Windows
8 31 (30.39%) Telecoms
8 31 (30.39%) BGP
9 27 (26.47%) OSPF
9 27 (26.47%) Active Directory
10 26 (25.49%) Cisco Certification
10 26 (25.49%) VPN
10 26 (25.49%) ITIL
11 24 (23.53%) SDH
11 24 (23.53%) Microsoft
11 24 (23.53%) Performance Management
12 23 (22.55%) Windows Server 2008
12 23 (22.55%) Windows Server 2003
12 23 (22.55%) Wi-Fi
13 22 (21.57%) Service Management
13 22 (21.57%) BCP
13 22 (21.57%) MS Exchange
13 22 (21.57%) Business Continuity
13 22 (21.57%) Business Continuity Planning
14 21 (20.59%) VMware
14 21 (20.59%) BIG-IP
14 21 (20.59%) Problem Management
14 21 (20.59%) Windows 7

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 22 (21.57%) MS Exchange
2 20 (19.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 20 (19.61%) MS Office
2 2 (1.96%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.98%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 69 (67.65%) MPLS
2 52 (50.98%) LAN
2 52 (50.98%) WAN
3 43 (42.16%) Wireless
4 42 (41.18%) Firewall
5 31 (30.39%) BGP
6 27 (26.47%) OSPF
7 26 (25.49%) VPN
8 24 (23.53%) SDH
9 23 (22.55%) Wi-Fi
10 21 (20.59%) BIG-IP
11 19 (18.63%) EIGRP
11 19 (18.63%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (17.65%) WiMAX
12 18 (17.65%) DHCP
12 18 (17.65%) Ethernet
12 18 (17.65%) DNS
13 17 (16.67%) CDMA2000
13 17 (16.67%) UMTS
13 17 (16.67%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.98%) Hadoop
1 1 (0.98%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.98%) Trac
2 1 (0.98%) ClearQuest
2 1 (0.98%) JIRA
General
1 31 (30.39%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.90%) Finance
3 4 (3.92%) Banking
4 3 (2.94%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.98%) Marketing
5 1 (0.98%) Legal
5 1 (0.98%) Back Office
5 1 (0.98%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 34 (33.33%) Network Engineer
2 20 (19.61%) Analyst
3 12 (11.76%) Operations Analyst
4 10 (9.80%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (8.82%) Security Engineer
6 8 (7.84%) Network Security Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Senior Network Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) IP Network Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) IT Security Manager
7 4 (3.92%) Security Manager
7 4 (3.92%) Operations Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) IP Engineer
7 4 (3.92%) Support Engineer
8 3 (2.94%) Support Analyst
8 3 (2.94%) Technical Support
9 2 (1.96%) Developer
9 2 (1.96%) 2nd Line Support
9 2 (1.96%) Architect
9 2 (1.96%) Project Manager
9 2 (1.96%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.92%) .NET
2 3 (2.94%) CSS
3 1 (0.98%) CGI
3 1 (0.98%) Middleware
3 1 (0.98%) FpML
3 1 (0.98%) Spring
3 1 (0.98%) WCF
3 1 (0.98%) WPF
3 1 (0.98%) J2EE
3 1 (0.98%) COM
3 1 (0.98%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (20.59%) Blackberry
2 9 (8.82%) Thin Client
2 9 (8.82%) Fat Client
3 8 (7.84%) Video Conferencing
3 8 (7.84%) Data Centre
4 7 (6.86%) e-Health
5 4 (3.92%) PKI
6 3 (2.94%) Clustering
7 2 (1.96%) Derivative
7 2 (1.96%) Statistics
7 2 (1.96%) Reference Data
7 2 (1.96%) NHS
7 2 (1.96%) Handset
7 2 (1.96%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.98%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.98%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.98%) CMDB
8 1 (0.98%) ASIC
8 1 (0.98%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 39 (38.24%) Windows
2 23 (22.55%) Windows Server 2003
2 23 (22.55%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (20.59%) Windows 7
4 10 (9.80%) Linux
5 9 (8.82%) UNIX
6 3 (2.94%) Solaris
7 1 (0.98%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (25.49%) ITIL
2 24 (23.53%) Performance Management
3 22 (21.57%) BCP
3 22 (21.57%) Service Management
3 22 (21.57%) Business Continuity
3 22 (21.57%) Business Continuity Planning
4 21 (20.59%) Problem Management
5 20 (19.61%) Disaster Recovery
6 17 (16.67%) ITSM
6 17 (16.67%) Network Planning
7 10 (9.80%) Migration
8 9 (8.82%) Capacity Planning
9 8 (7.84%) Technical Architecture
10 7 (6.86%) Network Management
11 6 (5.88%) Information Security
12 5 (4.90%) Service Delivery
13 4 (3.92%) PRINCE2
13 4 (3.92%) Data Modelling
13 4 (3.92%) Agile Software Development
13 4 (3.92%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (14.71%) C
2 1 (0.98%) C#
2 1 (0.98%) Java
2 1 (0.98%) JavaScript
2 1 (0.98%) SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (25.49%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (19.61%) CCNA
2 20 (19.61%) CCNP
3 10 (9.80%) Security Cleared
4 9 (8.82%) SC Cleared
5 5 (4.90%) BC Cleared
6 4 (3.92%) Check Point Certification
6 4 (3.92%) CCSA
6 4 (3.92%) CCSE
7 3 (2.94%) Degree
7 3 (2.94%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.96%) CCIP
8 2 (1.96%) MCSE
8 2 (1.96%) CCIE
9 1 (0.98%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.94%) QA
2 1 (0.98%) EMIR
2 1 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.98%) MiFID
System Software
1 27 (26.47%) Active Directory
2 20 (19.61%) NLBS
3 19 (18.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (8.82%) Hyper-V
4 9 (8.82%) Xen
5 6 (5.88%) XenApp
6 5 (4.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (3.92%) Snort
7 4 (3.92%) Squid
8 1 (0.98%) Firmware
8 1 (0.98%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (19.61%) WSUS
2 10 (9.80%) CiscoWorks
3 9 (8.82%) OpenView
3 9 (8.82%) AirWatch
4 7 (6.86%) Cisco CUCM
4 7 (6.86%) CA Spectrum
5 5 (4.90%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.98%) Iperf
6 1 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 66 (64.71%) Cisco
2 45 (44.12%) CheckPoint
3 24 (23.53%) Microsoft
4 21 (20.59%) VMware
5 18 (17.65%) Ericsson
6 16 (15.69%) SolarWinds
7 15 (14.71%) Huawei
7 15 (14.71%) Juniper
8 12 (11.76%) Websense
9 11 (10.78%) Citrix
9 11 (10.78%) F5
10 10 (9.80%) HP
11 9 (8.82%) Nokia
11 9 (8.82%) Aruba
12 8 (7.84%) Nortel
12 8 (7.84%) Blue Coat
13 7 (6.86%) McAfee
13 7 (6.86%) Polycom
13 7 (6.86%) CA
14 5 (4.90%) TippingPoint
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