Period
to 3 March 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 March 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 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 161 114 137
Rank change year-on-year -47 +23 +21
Contract jobs citing DNS 622 1,266 1,714
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.60% 2.09% 1.92%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.72% 15.75% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 479 908 1,170
Median daily rate £425 £380 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% -9.52% +12.00%
10th Percentile £250 £192 £200
90th Percentile £594 £577 £615
UK median daily rate £463 £385 £420
% change year-on-year +20.13% -8.33% +16.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 68 61
Median hourly rate £32.61 £19.00 £22.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +71.63% -15.29% +30.03%
10th Percentile £15.23 £13.25 £13.25
90th Percentile £63.25 £65.00 £66.81
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £20.00 £21.86
% change year-on-year +137.50% -8.50% +28.57%

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 4,532 8,038 11,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.68% 13.29% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,866 5,036 7,097
Median daily rate £430 £418 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.99% -1.76% +3.03%
10th Percentile £205 £181 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £440 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +6.02% -2.35% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 426 487
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +11.11% -7.69%
10th Percentile £12.94 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.88 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +42.86% +16.67% -5.26%

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 March 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 March 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 March 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 -32 234 £475 +18.75% 62
South East +2 143 £430 +7.50% 72
North of England -46 60 £400 +14.29% 63
Midlands -16 58 £363 +11.54% 63
South West +23 47 £375 -11.76% 23
East of England +25 45 £340 -15.00% 30
West Midlands -11 39 £375 +3.45% 32
North West -8 37 £400 +10.34% 37
Yorkshire -15 19 £400 +14.29% 20
East Midlands -4 18 £285 -8.80% 31
North East -18 4 £400 +9.97% 6
DNS
UK

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 329 (52.89%) Active Directory
2 315 (50.64%) Windows
3 305 (49.04%) DHCP
4 285 (45.82%) Microsoft
5 237 (38.10%) VMware
6 211 (33.92%) Azure
7 197 (31.67%) Firewall
8 174 (27.97%) Linux
8 174 (27.97%) VMware Infrastructure
9 166 (26.69%) Windows Server
10 159 (25.56%) Microsoft 365
11 146 (23.47%) Security Cleared
12 140 (22.51%) Cisco
13 127 (20.42%) TCP/IP
14 109 (17.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 108 (17.36%) PowerShell
16 106 (17.04%) WAN
17 105 (16.88%) VPN
18 100 (16.08%) Windows 10
19 96 (15.43%) Agile Software Development
20 93 (14.95%) AWS
21 92 (14.79%) SC Cleared
21 92 (14.79%) LAN
21 92 (14.79%) Load Balancing
22 87 (13.99%) Migration
23 86 (13.83%) DevOps
24 85 (13.67%) Windows Server 2012
24 85 (13.67%) Python
25 84 (13.50%) Finance
26 83 (13.34%) ITIL

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 63 (10.13%) SharePoint
2 56 (9.00%) MS Exchange
3 50 (8.04%) IIS
4 27 (4.34%) Apache
5 22 (3.54%) Skype for Business
6 18 (2.89%) Tomcat
7 15 (2.41%) Confluence
8 14 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2010
9 13 (2.09%) nginx
10 12 (1.93%) WebSphere
11 9 (1.45%) JBoss
12 7 (1.13%) CMS
13 6 (0.96%) IBM Domino
14 5 (0.80%) Apache ServiceMix
14 5 (0.80%) Apache Spark
14 5 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
14 5 (0.80%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.80%) WebSphere Application Server
15 4 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
16 3 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 56 (9.00%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (4.82%) MS Visio
3 27 (4.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.64%) CATIA
5 2 (0.32%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (1.13%) Magento
2 5 (0.80%) Shopify
3 3 (0.48%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.16%) assyst
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Maximo
4 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 211 (33.92%) Azure
2 159 (25.56%) Microsoft 365
3 93 (14.95%) AWS
4 57 (9.16%) Azure Active Directory
5 50 (8.04%) IaaS
5 50 (8.04%) PaaS
6 31 (4.98%) GCP
7 27 (4.34%) SaaS
8 23 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
9 20 (3.22%) Serverless
10 19 (3.05%) Amazon EC2
11 18 (2.89%) GitHub
12 15 (2.41%) OneDrive
13 12 (1.93%) AWS Lambda
13 12 (1.93%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 11 (1.77%) Route 53
15 9 (1.45%) Amazon ECS
15 9 (1.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 8 (1.29%) Azure Functions
16 8 (1.29%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 305 (49.04%) DHCP
2 197 (31.67%) Firewall
3 127 (20.42%) TCP/IP
4 106 (17.04%) WAN
5 105 (16.88%) VPN
6 92 (14.79%) LAN
7 69 (11.09%) VLAN
8 56 (9.00%) SAN
9 54 (8.68%) SMTP
10 51 (8.20%) Network Security
11 49 (7.88%) Internet
11 49 (7.88%) SSL
12 47 (7.56%) HTTP
13 41 (6.59%) Wireless
14 39 (6.27%) IPsec
15 37 (5.95%) MPLS
16 33 (5.31%) FTP
17 31 (4.98%) Skype
18 30 (4.82%) NAS
19 26 (4.18%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (10.77%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.54%) MySQL
3 21 (3.38%) PostgreSQL
4 14 (2.25%) Azure SQL Database
5 12 (1.93%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (1.77%) MongoDB
7 10 (1.61%) Amazon RDS
8 8 (1.29%) Cosmos DB
8 8 (1.29%) NoSQL
8 8 (1.29%) SQL Server 2016
9 7 (1.13%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.80%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 5 (0.80%) Big Data
10 5 (0.80%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.64%) DB2
11 4 (0.64%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.64%) Power BI
12 3 (0.48%) Bigtable
12 3 (0.48%) CockroachDB
Development Applications
1 44 (7.07%) JIRA
2 35 (5.63%) Jenkins
3 32 (5.14%) Git (software)
4 13 (2.09%) Bitbucket
5 12 (1.93%) GitLab
6 11 (1.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (1.61%) TeamCity
8 8 (1.29%) Octopus Deploy
8 8 (1.29%) Subversion
9 7 (1.13%) Selenium
9 7 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
10 6 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
11 5 (0.80%) Artifactory
12 4 (0.64%) CircleCI
12 4 (0.64%) JUnit
12 4 (0.64%) SonarQube
13 3 (0.48%) Cypress.io
13 3 (0.48%) Maven
13 3 (0.48%) Serena SBM
13 3 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 84 (13.50%) Finance
2 31 (4.98%) Public Sector
3 22 (3.54%) Telecoms
4 21 (3.38%) Banking
5 13 (2.09%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.93%) Financial Institution
7 9 (1.45%) Marketing
8 7 (1.13%) Front Office
9 6 (0.96%) Back Office
9 6 (0.96%) Electronics
9 6 (0.96%) Law
9 6 (0.96%) Retail
10 5 (0.80%) Legal
10 5 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.64%) Automotive
11 4 (0.64%) Spanish Language
12 3 (0.48%) Advertising
12 3 (0.48%) Retail Finance
13 2 (0.32%) International Banking
13 2 (0.32%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 96 (15.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 95 (15.27%) Architect
3 67 (10.77%) Network Engineer
4 49 (7.88%) Cloud Engineer
5 35 (5.63%) Azure Engineer
5 35 (5.63%) Support Engineer
6 34 (5.47%) Administrator
7 33 (5.31%) DevOps Engineer
8 22 (3.54%) Consultant
8 22 (3.54%) Systems Administrator
9 20 (3.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 20 (3.22%) Analyst
9 20 (3.22%) Windows Engineer
10 19 (3.05%) Cloud Architect
11 16 (2.57%) 3rd Line Support
11 16 (2.57%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
11 16 (2.57%) Technical Architect
12 15 (2.41%) Network Architect
12 15 (2.41%) Security Engineer
13 14 (2.25%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (4.82%) 802.1X
2 29 (4.66%) Middleware
3 28 (4.50%) LDAP
4 18 (2.89%) REST
5 17 (2.73%) Node.js
6 15 (2.41%) Web Services
7 14 (2.25%) .NET
7 14 (2.25%) SOAP
8 10 (1.61%) Elastic Stack
9 9 (1.45%) RESTful
9 9 (1.45%) XML
10 8 (1.29%) AngularJS
11 7 (1.13%) CSS
11 7 (1.13%) HTML
11 7 (1.13%) Spring
12 6 (0.96%) JSON
12 6 (0.96%) Kafka
12 6 (0.96%) RabbitMQ
13 5 (0.80%) J2EE
13 5 (0.80%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 48 (7.72%) Data Centre
2 44 (7.07%) PKI
3 38 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (5.47%) Clustering
5 33 (5.31%) Management Information System
6 31 (4.98%) Replication
7 24 (3.86%) Private Cloud
8 23 (3.70%) Hybrid Cloud
9 18 (2.89%) EMC VNX
10 16 (2.57%) Public Cloud
11 12 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
11 12 (1.93%) Video Conferencing
12 11 (1.77%) NHS
13 10 (1.61%) User Experience
14 8 (1.29%) Cloud Native
14 8 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (1.13%) Fat Client
15 7 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (1.13%) Tandem
15 7 (1.13%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 315 (50.64%) Windows
2 174 (27.97%) Linux
3 166 (26.69%) Windows Server
4 100 (16.08%) Windows 10
5 85 (13.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 47 (7.56%) Windows Server 2016
7 42 (6.75%) Unix
7 42 (6.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 38 (6.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 38 (6.11%) Windows 7
9 31 (4.98%) Windows Server 2019
10 18 (2.89%) Windows XP
11 11 (1.77%) CentOS
11 11 (1.77%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (1.61%) Mac OS
13 9 (1.45%) Apple iOS
13 9 (1.45%) Solaris
14 8 (1.29%) AIX
14 8 (1.29%) Ubuntu
14 8 (1.29%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (17.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 96 (15.43%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (14.79%) Load Balancing
4 87 (13.99%) Migration
5 86 (13.83%) DevOps
6 83 (13.34%) ITIL
7 48 (7.72%) Problem-Solving
8 39 (6.27%) Change Management
9 38 (6.11%) Patch Management
10 36 (5.79%) Continuous Integration
10 36 (5.79%) Kalman Filter
11 35 (5.63%) High Availability
12 33 (5.31%) Web Filtering
13 32 (5.14%) Computer Science
14 31 (4.98%) Continuous Improvement
15 30 (4.82%) Identity Management
16 29 (4.66%) Project Delivery
17 27 (4.34%) Disaster Recovery
17 27 (4.34%) Service Management
18 24 (3.86%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (17.36%) PowerShell
2 85 (13.67%) Python
3 51 (8.20%) SQL
4 33 (5.31%) Java
5 28 (4.50%) Bash Shell
6 27 (4.34%) Perl
7 24 (3.86%) JavaScript
8 20 (3.22%) Shell Script
9 18 (2.89%) C
10 14 (2.25%) TypeScript
11 13 (2.09%) PHP
12 12 (1.93%) Go
13 9 (1.45%) C++
14 8 (1.29%) C#
14 8 (1.29%) VBScript
15 7 (1.13%) Ruby
16 5 (0.80%) Groovy
16 5 (0.80%) Java 8
16 5 (0.80%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.80%) VB
Qualifications
1 146 (23.47%) Security Cleared
2 92 (14.79%) SC Cleared
3 57 (9.16%) Cisco Certification
3 57 (9.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 53 (8.52%) DV Cleared
5 48 (7.72%) Degree
6 44 (7.07%) CCNA
7 41 (6.59%) CCNP
8 29 (4.66%) MCSE
9 20 (3.22%) Computer Science Degree
10 13 (2.09%) CCIE
11 12 (1.93%) ITIL Certification
11 12 (1.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 9 (1.45%) CISSP
12 9 (1.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 8 (1.29%) A+ Certification
13 8 (1.29%) MCSA
14 6 (0.96%) AWS Certification
14 6 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
15 3 (0.48%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.98%) SLA
2 15 (2.41%) QA
3 11 (1.77%) GDPR
4 8 (1.29%) NCSC
5 6 (0.96%) Government Security Classifications
6 4 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 4 (0.64%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.48%) COBIT
7 3 (0.48%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.32%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.32%) NIST
9 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.16%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.16%) NIST 800
System Software
1 329 (52.89%) Active Directory
2 174 (27.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (10.45%) VMware ESXi
4 46 (7.40%) vSphere
5 45 (7.23%) Hyper-V
6 44 (7.07%) Virtual Machines
7 41 (6.59%) Docker
8 25 (4.02%) NFS
9 24 (3.86%) VMware NSX
10 13 (2.09%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 12 (1.93%) Firmware
12 9 (1.45%) VMFS
13 8 (1.29%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 8 (1.29%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (1.13%) Postfix
14 7 (1.13%) qmail
14 7 (1.13%) VMware Server
14 7 (1.13%) XenApp
15 6 (0.96%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 5 (0.80%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 79 (12.70%) SCCM
2 69 (11.09%) Terraform
3 51 (8.20%) Ansible
4 45 (7.23%) Kubernetes
4 45 (7.23%) Microsoft Intune
5 35 (5.63%) vCenter Server
6 25 (4.02%) WSUS
7 21 (3.38%) Microsoft Clustering
7 21 (3.38%) Opscode Chef
8 20 (3.22%) vRealize
9 17 (2.73%) Puppet
10 16 (2.57%) IBM BigFix
11 14 (2.25%) Norton AntiVirus
12 13 (2.09%) SCOM
13 12 (1.93%) AirWatch
13 12 (1.93%) Single Sign-On
14 11 (1.77%) Nessus
14 11 (1.77%) vMotion
15 9 (1.45%) Cisco CUCM
16 8 (1.29%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 285 (45.82%) Microsoft
2 237 (38.10%) VMware
3 140 (22.51%) Cisco
4 67 (10.77%) Citrix
5 54 (8.68%) Palo Alto
6 53 (8.52%) Red Hat
7 50 (8.04%) Dell
8 48 (7.72%) HP
9 35 (5.63%) F5
9 35 (5.63%) Oracle
10 32 (5.14%) EMC
11 30 (4.82%) CheckPoint
12 24 (3.86%) Symantec
13 22 (3.54%) Juniper
14 21 (3.38%) Google
14 21 (3.38%) Infoblox
15 19 (3.05%) SolarWinds
16 18 (2.89%) IBM
16 18 (2.89%) Veeam
17 16 (2.57%) ServiceNow