Period
to 3 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for DNS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited DNS over the 6 months to 3 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Domain Name System (DNS)
UK > England
6 months to
3 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 166 119 145
Rank change year-on-year -47 +26 +3
Contract jobs citing DNS 921 653 1,610
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.60% 2.04% 1.92%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.93% 15.36% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 586 418 1,081
10th Percentile £220 £248 £188
25th Percentile £325 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
75th Percentile £525 £536 £513
90th Percentile £593 £600 £595
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 31 48
10th Percentile £12.50 £16.25 £14.38
25th Percentile £18.00 £29.13 £16.25
Median hourly rate £23.21 £40.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -41.98% +77.78% +28.57%
75th Percentile £53.25 £47.83 £47.81
90th Percentile £55.50 £50.00 £59.13
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -37.50% +90.48% +20.00%

DNS is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 6,613 4,250 10,784
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.45% 13.28% 12.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,262 2,690 6,811
10th Percentile £246 £200 £200
25th Percentile £352 £321 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £448 £425
Median % change year-on-year +0.50% +5.35% -
75th Percentile £550 £540 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 193 487
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.01 £12.00
25th Percentile £14.25 £16.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £26.81 £21.15
Median % change year-on-year -17.94% +26.76% +5.75%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.00 £45.13
90th Percentile £64.35 £50.00 £51.35
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.00% +33.33% +18.42%

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing DNS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for DNS in England

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DNS in England.

Daily rate trend for DNS in England

DNS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DNS in England over the 6 months to 3 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for DNS in England

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DNS in England.

Hourly rate trend for DNS in England

DNS
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DNS in England over the 6 months to 3 August 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DNS in England

DNS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS within the England region over the 6 months to 3 August 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -49 432 £450 - 145
South East -17 158 £425 -5.56% 122
North of England -29 110 £424 -0.13% 107
North West -38 65 £425 +13.33% 51
South West +7 59 £384 -14.61% 67
East of England +7 55 £350 +7.69% 51
Midlands -30 53 £368 -9.54% 92
Yorkshire -18 35 £400 -20.00% 39
West Midlands -31 33 £345 -6.44% 54
East Midlands -17 19 £368 -22.53% 36
North East +2 10 £450 +28.57% 17
DNS
UK

For the 6 months to 3 August 2021, IT contractor jobs citing DNS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for DNS.

1 513 (55.70%) Active Directory
2 469 (50.92%) Windows
3 453 (49.19%) DHCP
4 367 (39.85%) Microsoft
5 334 (36.26%) Azure
6 326 (35.40%) VMware
7 290 (31.49%) Microsoft 365
8 253 (27.47%) Windows Server
9 248 (26.93%) Firewall
10 223 (24.21%) Linux
10 223 (24.21%) VMware Infrastructure
11 205 (22.26%) PowerShell
11 205 (22.26%) Cisco
12 191 (20.74%) Social Skills
13 180 (19.54%) TCP/IP
14 169 (18.35%) AWS
15 161 (17.48%) Security Cleared
16 151 (16.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 141 (15.31%) Finance
18 140 (15.20%) VPN
19 136 (14.77%) ITIL
20 129 (14.01%) Windows Server 2012
21 126 (13.68%) SC Cleared
22 124 (13.46%) Python
23 120 (13.03%) WAN
23 120 (13.03%) SCCM
24 118 (12.81%) DevOps
25 115 (12.49%) Agile Software Development
26 112 (12.16%) Ansible
27 108 (11.73%) Windows 10

DNS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 78 (8.47%) SharePoint
2 73 (7.93%) MS Exchange
3 43 (4.67%) Apache
4 39 (4.23%) IIS
5 32 (3.47%) Confluence
6 25 (2.71%) Tomcat
7 22 (2.39%) nginx
7 22 (2.39%) Skype for Business
8 20 (2.17%) WebSphere
9 17 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
10 13 (1.41%) Apache Spark
11 11 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
12 7 (0.76%) IBM Domino
12 7 (0.76%) Jetty
12 7 (0.76%) Mongrel
12 7 (0.76%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.54%) CMS
13 5 (0.54%) WebLogic
13 5 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 76 (8.25%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (2.06%) MS Visio
3 15 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.65%) Magento
2 5 (0.54%) Adobe Campaign
2 5 (0.54%) Shopify
3 4 (0.43%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.22%) Maximo
5 2 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.11%) Primavera
6 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 334 (36.26%) Azure
2 290 (31.49%) Microsoft 365
3 169 (18.35%) AWS
4 102 (11.07%) Azure Active Directory
5 58 (6.30%) GCP
6 52 (5.65%) IaaS
7 49 (5.32%) PaaS
8 41 (4.45%) Amazon EC2
9 36 (3.91%) SaaS
10 33 (3.58%) Serverless
11 30 (3.26%) GitHub
12 29 (3.15%) Mimecast
13 28 (3.04%) Route 53
14 27 (2.93%) OneDrive
15 25 (2.71%) AWS Lambda
15 25 (2.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 24 (2.61%) Amazon S3
17 22 (2.39%) Akamai
18 21 (2.28%) Amazon ECS
19 16 (1.74%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 453 (49.19%) DHCP
2 248 (26.93%) Firewall
3 180 (19.54%) TCP/IP
4 140 (15.20%) VPN
5 120 (13.03%) WAN
6 97 (10.53%) LAN
7 93 (10.10%) HTTP
8 78 (8.47%) SSL
9 72 (7.82%) SAN
10 69 (7.49%) Network Security
11 68 (7.38%) VLAN
12 59 (6.41%) Internet
13 53 (5.75%) SMTP
14 51 (5.54%) Wireless
15 40 (4.34%) FTP
15 40 (4.34%) MPLS
16 35 (3.80%) SD-WAN
17 33 (3.58%) SNMP
17 33 (3.58%) Wi-Fi
18 31 (3.37%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (9.23%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.34%) MySQL
3 23 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
4 15 (1.63%) Azure SQL Database
4 15 (1.63%) SQL Server 2012
5 14 (1.52%) Hadoop
6 13 (1.41%) Amazon RDS
6 13 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
8 11 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (1.19%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.19%) Relational Database
9 9 (0.98%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 9 (0.98%) RDBMS
10 7 (0.76%) NoSQL
10 7 (0.76%) Redis
11 5 (0.54%) CockroachDB
11 5 (0.54%) DB2
11 5 (0.54%) Riak
11 5 (0.54%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 60 (6.51%) JIRA
2 53 (5.75%) Git (software)
3 51 (5.54%) Jenkins
4 13 (1.41%) SonarQube
4 13 (1.41%) Subversion
5 12 (1.30%) GitLab
6 9 (0.98%) Bitbucket
6 9 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.98%) TeamCity
7 8 (0.87%) JUnit
7 8 (0.87%) Selenium
8 7 (0.76%) Artifactory
8 7 (0.76%) Cucumber
8 7 (0.76%) Travis CI
9 6 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (0.54%) Cypress.io
10 5 (0.54%) Maven
10 5 (0.54%) Mockito
11 4 (0.43%) Arsenale Dataplane
11 4 (0.43%) TestRail
General
1 191 (20.74%) Social Skills
2 141 (15.31%) Finance
3 53 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
4 52 (5.65%) Public Sector
5 41 (4.45%) Telecoms
6 37 (4.02%) Banking
7 32 (3.47%) Retail
8 24 (2.61%) Documentation Skills
9 20 (2.17%) Marketing
10 16 (1.74%) Legal
11 14 (1.52%) Manufacturing
12 12 (1.30%) Organisational Skills
13 9 (0.98%) Electronics
13 9 (0.98%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.98%) Presentation Skills
14 7 (0.76%) Back Office
14 7 (0.76%) Influencing Skills
15 6 (0.65%) Automotive
16 5 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 137 (14.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 103 (11.18%) Architect
3 89 (9.66%) Support Engineer
4 74 (8.03%) Network Engineer
5 62 (6.73%) Analyst
6 47 (5.10%) Consultant
7 44 (4.78%) Azure Engineer
8 40 (4.34%) DevOps Engineer
9 39 (4.23%) Administrator
10 37 (4.02%) IT Support
11 36 (3.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 35 (3.80%) IT Engineer
13 34 (3.69%) Security Engineer
14 32 (3.47%) Cloud Engineer
15 28 (3.04%) Technical Architect
16 26 (2.82%) 3rd Line Support
16 26 (2.82%) AWS Engineer
16 26 (2.82%) Systems Administrator
17 25 (2.71%) 2nd Line Support
18 24 (2.61%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (7.93%) LDAP
2 36 (3.91%) REST
3 33 (3.58%) JSON
4 28 (3.04%) Web Services
5 27 (2.93%) .NET
6 24 (2.61%) SOAP
7 22 (2.39%) 802.1X
8 20 (2.17%) HTML
9 17 (1.85%) LAMP
9 17 (1.85%) Node.js
10 16 (1.74%) CSS
11 15 (1.63%) XML
12 12 (1.30%) Kafka
13 10 (1.09%) ARM Templates
13 10 (1.09%) HTML5
13 10 (1.09%) jQuery
13 10 (1.09%) Middleware
13 10 (1.09%) React
13 10 (1.09%) YAML
14 9 (0.98%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 62 (6.73%) PKI
2 58 (6.30%) Data Centre
3 54 (5.86%) Clustering
4 42 (4.56%) Management Information System
5 36 (3.91%) Public Cloud
6 29 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
7 27 (2.93%) Replication
8 16 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
9 15 (1.63%) Video Conferencing
10 14 (1.52%) iPad
11 12 (1.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 11 (1.19%) Mobile App
13 10 (1.09%) NHS
14 9 (0.98%) Private Cloud
14 9 (0.98%) Tandem
15 7 (0.76%) Algorithms
15 7 (0.76%) Driving Licence
15 7 (0.76%) Enterprise Cloud
15 7 (0.76%) Life Science
15 7 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 469 (50.92%) Windows
2 253 (27.47%) Windows Server
3 223 (24.21%) Linux
4 129 (14.01%) Windows Server 2012
5 108 (11.73%) Windows 10
6 91 (9.88%) Windows Server 2019
7 80 (8.69%) Windows Server 2016
8 62 (6.73%) Windows Server 2008
9 43 (4.67%) Unix
10 42 (4.56%) Windows 7
11 40 (4.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 24 (2.61%) CentOS
13 20 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
14 14 (1.52%) Android
15 13 (1.41%) Apple iOS
15 13 (1.41%) Solaris
15 13 (1.41%) Ubuntu
16 12 (1.30%) Mac OS
17 11 (1.19%) AIX
18 9 (0.98%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (16.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 136 (14.77%) ITIL
3 118 (12.81%) DevOps
4 115 (12.49%) Agile Software Development
5 100 (10.86%) Problem-Solving
6 99 (10.75%) Migration
7 89 (9.66%) Load Balancing
8 54 (5.86%) Change Management
9 52 (5.65%) Cybersecurity
10 50 (5.43%) Configuration Management
11 47 (5.10%) Infrastructure as Code
12 46 (4.99%) Continuous Integration
13 42 (4.56%) High Availability
14 38 (4.13%) Identity Management
14 38 (4.13%) Incident Management
15 37 (4.02%) ITSM
15 37 (4.02%) Mobile Device Management
15 37 (4.02%) Service Management
16 35 (3.80%) Change Control
16 35 (3.80%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 205 (22.26%) PowerShell
2 124 (13.46%) Python
3 102 (11.07%) SQL
4 59 (6.41%) Java
5 55 (5.97%) Bash Shell
6 34 (3.69%) Shell Script
7 31 (3.37%) JavaScript
8 26 (2.82%) Perl
9 23 (2.50%) PHP
10 21 (2.28%) C
10 21 (2.28%) Go
11 17 (1.85%) VBScript
12 16 (1.74%) TypeScript
13 10 (1.09%) Ruby
14 9 (0.98%) C++
15 5 (0.54%) C#
15 5 (0.54%) ES6
15 5 (0.54%) Rust
15 5 (0.54%) VB
15 5 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 161 (17.48%) Security Cleared
2 126 (13.68%) SC Cleared
3 68 (7.38%) Cisco Certification
4 60 (6.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 51 (5.54%) CCNA
6 48 (5.21%) MCSE
7 44 (4.78%) Degree
8 40 (4.34%) CCNP
9 30 (3.26%) DV Cleared
10 25 (2.71%) ITIL Certification
11 21 (2.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
13 11 (1.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 10 (1.09%) AWS Certification
14 10 (1.09%) MCSA
15 8 (0.87%) CISSP
15 8 (0.87%) MCP
15 8 (0.87%) VCP6
16 6 (0.65%) CCIE
16 6 (0.65%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.69%) SLA
2 26 (2.82%) QA
3 22 (2.39%) GDPR
4 15 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (1.19%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.87%) PMO
8 5 (0.54%) Accessibility
8 5 (0.54%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.43%) COBIT
9 4 (0.43%) NIST
10 2 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.22%) HL7
11 1 (0.11%) GLBA
11 1 (0.11%) GxP
11 1 (0.11%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.11%) NCSC
11 1 (0.11%) SOC 1
11 1 (0.11%) SOC 2
System Software
1 513 (55.70%) Active Directory
2 223 (24.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 97 (10.53%) Hyper-V
4 79 (8.58%) Docker
5 59 (6.41%) vSphere
6 58 (6.30%) VMware ESXi
7 36 (3.91%) Virtual Machines
8 29 (3.15%) NFS
9 26 (2.82%) XenApp
10 15 (1.63%) Virtual Servers
11 14 (1.52%) VMware NSX
11 14 (1.52%) XenDesktop
12 13 (1.41%) Xen
13 9 (0.98%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 9 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
14 8 (0.87%) KVM
14 8 (0.87%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 7 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 7 (0.76%) iptables
16 6 (0.65%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 120 (13.03%) SCCM
2 112 (12.16%) Ansible
3 103 (11.18%) Terraform
4 75 (8.14%) Kubernetes
5 59 (6.41%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 58 (6.30%) Microsoft Intune
7 48 (5.21%) Puppet
8 46 (4.99%) WSUS
9 28 (3.04%) Opscode Chef
10 23 (2.50%) vCenter Server
11 19 (2.06%) Single Sign-On
12 18 (1.95%) Prometheus
13 15 (1.63%) AirWatch
14 14 (1.52%) Nagios
14 14 (1.52%) vRealize
15 13 (1.41%) Cisco CUCM
15 13 (1.41%) NetBackup
16 12 (1.30%) FortiGate
16 12 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
17 11 (1.19%) Grafana
Vendors
1 367 (39.85%) Microsoft
2 326 (35.40%) VMware
3 205 (22.26%) Cisco
4 105 (11.40%) Citrix
5 66 (7.17%) F5
6 60 (6.51%) Oracle
7 59 (6.41%) HP
8 56 (6.08%) Dell
9 55 (5.97%) Juniper
9 55 (5.97%) Red Hat
10 54 (5.86%) CheckPoint
11 49 (5.32%) Palo Alto
12 47 (5.10%) ServiceNow
13 45 (4.89%) Infoblox
14 41 (4.45%) Splunk
15 38 (4.13%) EMC
16 36 (3.91%) Meraki
17 34 (3.69%) Google
17 34 (3.69%) McAfee
18 33 (3.58%) NetApp