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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Rank 533 523 491
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -32
Contract jobs citing DSL 38 36 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.074% 0.088%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.52% 0.56% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 19 15
Average daily rate
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£338 £250 £160
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.00% +56.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £144 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £405 £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £269 £150 £160
% change year-on-year
+79.16% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £22.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.25

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
7319 6447 7117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.20% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4100 3421 3411
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 399 378 636
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.60 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.68% -17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 29 January 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 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 29 January 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 -15 38 £338 +35.00% 18
London +17 18 £338 +16.27% 6
South East -6 14 £288 +139.58% 4
Berkshire +9 10 £269 +123.95% 4
West Midlands +2 5 £200 +33.33%
Birmingham -3 5 £200 +33.33%
Bracknell +4 4 - -
Newbury - 2 £288 - 2
City of London +13 1 - -
Surrey +1 1 - -
East of England 0 1 £510 -
Slough -5 1 £115 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £510 -
Derbyshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Shropshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Stirlingshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 1
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Stirling - - - -
Studley - - - -

DSL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 56 (55.45%) Cisco
2 51 (50.50%) MPLS
3 43 (42.57%) LAN
4 41 (40.59%) WAN
5 38 (37.62%) Firewall
5 38 (37.62%) Telecoms
6 34 (33.66%) Windows
6 34 (33.66%) BGP
7 30 (29.70%) VPN
8 28 (27.72%) Cisco Certification
9 26 (25.74%) OSPF
9 26 (25.74%) Ethernet
10 21 (20.79%) CCNP
10 21 (20.79%) CCNA
11 20 (19.80%) TCP/IP
12 19 (18.81%) Microsoft
12 19 (18.81%) Windows Server 2008
13 18 (17.82%) Windows 7
13 18 (17.82%) ADSL
13 18 (17.82%) Internet
14 17 (16.83%) Windows Server 2003
14 17 (16.83%) Active Directory
14 17 (16.83%) MS Exchange
15 16 (15.84%) MS Office
15 16 (15.84%) ITIL
15 16 (15.84%) xDSL
16 15 (14.85%) Java
16 15 (14.85%) Linux
16 15 (14.85%) Blackberry
16 15 (14.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server

DSL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 17 (16.83%) MS Exchange
2 15 (14.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 6 (5.94%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.98%) IIS
4 2 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (1.98%) Lync
5 1 (0.99%) Apache
5 1 (0.99%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.99%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 16 (15.84%) MS Office
2 5 (4.95%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.99%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.95%) Amazon EC2
1 5 (4.95%) Amazon S3
1 5 (4.95%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (4.95%) Amazon ELB
2 2 (1.98%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 51 (50.50%) MPLS
2 43 (42.57%) LAN
3 41 (40.59%) WAN
4 38 (37.62%) Firewall
5 34 (33.66%) BGP
6 30 (29.70%) VPN
7 26 (25.74%) OSPF
7 26 (25.74%) Ethernet
8 20 (19.80%) TCP/IP
9 18 (17.82%) ADSL
9 18 (17.82%) Internet
10 16 (15.84%) xDSL
11 15 (14.85%) IPsec
12 14 (13.86%) ISDN
12 14 (13.86%) SDH
13 13 (12.87%) ATM
14 12 (11.88%) SAN
15 11 (10.89%) Wireless
15 11 (10.89%) BIG-IP
16 10 (9.90%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.95%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.99%) MySQL
2 1 (0.99%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (7.92%) Maven
2 5 (4.95%) RSpec
General
1 38 (37.62%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.95%) Finance
3 4 (3.96%) Banking
4 3 (2.97%) Dutch Language
4 3 (2.97%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.98%) Marketing
5 2 (1.98%) Russian Language
6 1 (0.99%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.99%) Electronics
6 1 (0.99%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 23 (22.77%) Analyst
2 22 (21.78%) Network Engineer
3 15 (14.85%) Architect
4 13 (12.87%) Developer
4 13 (12.87%) Solutions Architect
5 12 (11.88%) Support Analyst
6 9 (8.91%) Operations Analyst
7 8 (7.92%) Java Developer
8 7 (6.93%) IP Engineer
8 7 (6.93%) 3rd Line Support
8 7 (6.93%) IP Network Engineer
9 6 (5.94%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
10 5 (4.95%) Consultant
11 4 (3.96%) NOC Engineer
11 4 (3.96%) Support Engineer
11 4 (3.96%) Network Architect
11 4 (3.96%) Project Engineer
11 4 (3.96%) Business Analyst
11 4 (3.96%) Network Consultant
12 3 (2.97%) Network Design Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.92%) JNDI
1 8 (7.92%) ActiveMQ
1 8 (7.92%) JMS
1 8 (7.92%) Akka
1 8 (7.92%) Apache Camel
2 4 (3.96%) HTML
3 3 (2.97%) FpML
4 2 (1.98%) XML
4 2 (1.98%) RESTful
5 1 (0.99%) Drools
5 1 (0.99%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.85%) Blackberry
2 9 (8.91%) Video Conferencing
3 8 (7.92%) Fat Client
3 8 (7.92%) Thin Client
4 4 (3.96%) IPTV
4 4 (3.96%) Statistics
5 3 (2.97%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.97%) DTV
5 3 (2.97%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.97%) STB
6 2 (1.98%) SecurID
6 2 (1.98%) e-Health
6 2 (1.98%) Streaming Video
6 2 (1.98%) Clustering
6 2 (1.98%) MPEG
6 2 (1.98%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.99%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.99%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.99%) Replication
7 1 (0.99%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 34 (33.66%) Windows
2 19 (18.81%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (17.82%) Windows 7
4 17 (16.83%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (14.85%) Linux
6 6 (5.94%) UNIX
6 6 (5.94%) CentOS
7 5 (4.95%) Windows 8
8 4 (3.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (1.98%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (1.98%) Windows XP
9 2 (1.98%) Solaris
10 1 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (15.84%) ITIL
2 15 (14.85%) Service Management
2 15 (14.85%) Migration
3 13 (12.87%) Performance Management
4 12 (11.88%) Project Management
5 11 (10.89%) ITSM
5 11 (10.89%) Disaster Recovery
5 11 (10.89%) Problem Management
6 10 (9.90%) Business Continuity
6 10 (9.90%) BCP
6 10 (9.90%) Business Continuity Planning
7 9 (8.91%) Kalman Filter
7 9 (8.91%) Configuration Management
8 8 (7.92%) Technical Architecture
9 7 (6.93%) OOD
9 7 (6.93%) Service Delivery
9 7 (6.93%) Network Planning
9 7 (6.93%) Load Balancing
9 7 (6.93%) Multithreading
10 6 (5.94%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (14.85%) Java
2 10 (9.90%) C++
3 8 (7.92%) Groovy
3 8 (7.92%) Bash Shell
3 8 (7.92%) Scala
4 7 (6.93%) C
5 5 (4.95%) Ruby
6 2 (1.98%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.98%) SQL
7 1 (0.99%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.99%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.99%) Assembly Language
7 1 (0.99%) Python
7 1 (0.99%) Perl
7 1 (0.99%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 28 (27.72%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (20.79%) CCNP
2 21 (20.79%) CCNA
3 12 (11.88%) Security Cleared
3 12 (11.88%) SC Cleared
4 11 (10.89%) CCIE
5 9 (8.91%) CCIP
6 8 (7.92%) BC Cleared
7 6 (5.94%) CCDP
8 2 (1.98%) PMP
8 2 (1.98%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.99%) CCSP
9 1 (0.99%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.91%) SLA
2 1 (0.99%) QA
System Software
1 17 (16.83%) Active Directory
2 11 (10.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (10.89%) NLBS
3 10 (9.90%) XenApp
4 8 (7.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 8 (7.92%) Xen
4 8 (7.92%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.98%) vSphere
6 1 (0.99%) XenServer
6 1 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (12.87%) WSUS
2 5 (4.95%) Puppet
3 3 (2.97%) Netcool
4 1 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.99%) Ionix
4 1 (0.99%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (0.99%) XenMobile
4 1 (0.99%) CA Spectrum
4 1 (0.99%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.99%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.99%) SCOM
Vendors
1 56 (55.45%) Cisco
2 19 (18.81%) Microsoft
3 13 (12.87%) CheckPoint
3 13 (12.87%) VMware
4 12 (11.88%) Citrix
5 11 (10.89%) Juniper
6 8 (7.92%) Perforce
7 6 (5.94%) Tandberg
7 6 (5.94%) Huawei
8 4 (3.96%) Ericsson
9 3 (2.97%) Cramer
9 3 (2.97%) BT
10 2 (1.98%) Fortinet
10 2 (1.98%) Mitel
10 2 (1.98%) Remedy
10 2 (1.98%) Genesys
11 1 (0.99%) Trend Micro
11 1 (0.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 1 (0.99%) Proofpoint
11 1 (0.99%) F5
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