Period
to 26 September 2020

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 26 September 2020 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
26 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 125 123 150
Rank change year-on-year -2 +27 +3
Contract jobs citing DNS 528 1,658 1,748
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.06% 2.06% 1.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.18% 15.65% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 1,122 1,060
Median daily rate £450 £402 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.94% +0.50% +9.97%
10th Percentile £281 £188 £188
90th Percentile £575 £575 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +10.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 70 96
Median hourly rate £35.00 £39.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.95% +109.21% +8.57%
10th Percentile £18.05 £16.13 £11.53
90th Percentile £49.01 £82.50 £47.42
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +55.56% +21.62% -1.07%

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 3,479 10,596 12,500
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.59% 13.17% 13.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,032 6,505 7,628
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +4.94%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £610 £613
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.35% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 517 645
Median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.08% +32.50% +10.50%
10th Percentile £14.02 £12.75 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.63 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +26.13% +38.75% +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 26 September 2020.

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 26 September 2020.

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 26 September 2020. 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 +40 255 £475 +11.76% 51
South East +3 119 £425 +2.41% 77
North of England -2 60 £425 +6.25% 63
South West +30 46 £465 +9.41% 45
North West +9 38 £363 -9.38% 35
Midlands +20 21 £425 +21.43% 48
Yorkshire +17 21 £500 +29.03% 26
East of England +17 12 £335 -16.25% 26
West Midlands +10 11 £425 +11.11% 29
East Midlands +56 10 £500 +60.00% 19
North East +23 1 £350 -32.69% 2
DNS
UK

For the 6 months to 26 September 2020, 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.

1 296 (56.06%) Windows
2 255 (48.30%) Active Directory
3 243 (46.02%) DHCP
4 183 (34.66%) Microsoft
4 183 (34.66%) Azure
5 180 (34.09%) Firewall
6 172 (32.58%) Linux
7 169 (32.01%) VMware
8 158 (29.92%) Windows Server
9 139 (26.33%) Security Cleared
10 136 (25.76%) PowerShell
11 125 (23.67%) VMware Infrastructure
12 117 (22.16%) Office 365
13 115 (21.78%) SC Cleared
14 107 (20.27%) Migration
15 104 (19.70%) Python
16 103 (19.51%) AWS
17 102 (19.32%) DevOps
18 96 (18.18%) Cisco
19 95 (17.99%) VPN
20 93 (17.61%) TCP/IP
21 91 (17.23%) Agile Software Development
22 86 (16.29%) Finance
22 86 (16.29%) SQL Server
23 82 (15.53%) Windows Server 2012
24 81 (15.34%) PaaS
25 79 (14.96%) SaaS
25 79 (14.96%) SQL
25 79 (14.96%) Windows Server 2016
26 77 (14.58%) 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 41 (7.77%) Apache
1 41 (7.77%) IIS
2 39 (7.39%) MS Exchange
2 39 (7.39%) SharePoint
2 39 (7.39%) Skype for Business
3 33 (6.25%) Confluence
3 33 (6.25%) Tomcat
4 24 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (3.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 16 (3.03%) nginx
7 15 (2.84%) WebLogic
8 14 (2.65%) JBoss
9 12 (2.27%) Apache Solr
9 12 (2.27%) Cloud Foundry
10 11 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
11 10 (1.89%) WebSphere
12 8 (1.52%) Mule
13 6 (1.14%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
14 5 (0.95%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 22 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.38%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (1.14%) Magento
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.38%) Siebel CRM
3 1 (0.19%) assyst
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.19%) Maximo
3 1 (0.19%) Traffica
3 1 (0.19%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 183 (34.66%) Azure
2 117 (22.16%) Office 365
3 103 (19.51%) AWS
4 81 (15.34%) PaaS
5 79 (14.96%) SaaS
6 60 (11.36%) IaaS
7 37 (7.01%) GCP
8 30 (5.68%) Azure Active Directory
9 26 (4.92%) Serverless
10 24 (4.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 22 (4.17%) AWS CloudFormation
12 20 (3.79%) AWS Lambda
13 19 (3.60%) OpenShift
14 18 (3.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 17 (3.22%) GitHub
15 17 (3.22%) Slack
16 16 (3.03%) Coveralls
17 15 (2.84%) Cloud Computing
18 14 (2.65%) OneDrive
19 13 (2.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 243 (46.02%) DHCP
2 180 (34.09%) Firewall
3 95 (17.99%) VPN
4 93 (17.61%) TCP/IP
5 71 (13.45%) HTTP
5 71 (13.45%) WAN
6 70 (13.26%) SSL
7 53 (10.04%) SAN
8 52 (9.85%) Skype
9 45 (8.52%) LAN
10 41 (7.77%) SNMP
11 39 (7.39%) DMZ
12 37 (7.01%) Network Security
13 35 (6.63%) BGP
14 33 (6.25%) Internet
14 33 (6.25%) OSPF
15 32 (6.06%) MPLS
15 32 (6.06%) Wireless
16 31 (5.87%) VoIP
17 30 (5.68%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (16.29%) SQL Server
2 33 (6.25%) MySQL
3 26 (4.92%) Relational Database
4 19 (3.60%) Azure SQL Database
4 19 (3.60%) NoSQL
4 19 (3.60%) PostgreSQL
5 18 (3.41%) Cosmos DB
5 18 (3.41%) RDBMS
5 18 (3.41%) SQL Server 2016
6 15 (2.84%) Oracle ODI
7 12 (2.27%) Amazon RDS
8 10 (1.89%) Geospatial Data
8 10 (1.89%) GIS
8 10 (1.89%) MongoDB
8 10 (1.89%) QGIS
9 9 (1.70%) DB2
9 9 (1.70%) Power BI
10 7 (1.33%) Oracle Database
10 7 (1.33%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (1.33%) Redis
Development Applications
1 57 (10.80%) Jenkins
2 51 (9.66%) Git (software)
3 36 (6.82%) JIRA
4 30 (5.68%) Maven
5 26 (4.92%) TeamCity
6 25 (4.73%) JUnit
7 21 (3.98%) SonarQube
7 21 (3.98%) Sonatype Nexus
8 17 (3.22%) Bitbucket Server
8 17 (3.22%) Gradle
9 12 (2.27%) Bitbucket
10 10 (1.89%) Selenium
11 8 (1.52%) GitLab
11 8 (1.52%) Mockito
12 6 (1.14%) Octopus Deploy
13 5 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
14 3 (0.57%) Visual Studio
15 2 (0.38%) Ant
15 2 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 2 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 86 (16.29%) Finance
2 36 (6.82%) Public Sector
3 24 (4.55%) Telecoms
4 18 (3.41%) Manufacturing
5 14 (2.65%) Banking
5 14 (2.65%) Marketing
6 11 (2.08%) Electronics
6 11 (2.08%) Legal
7 9 (1.70%) Retail
8 8 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
9 6 (1.14%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.76%) Advertising
10 4 (0.76%) Retail Finance
11 3 (0.57%) French Language
11 3 (0.57%) International Banking
11 3 (0.57%) Military
11 3 (0.57%) Police
11 3 (0.57%) Publishing
12 2 (0.38%) German Language
12 2 (0.38%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 53 (10.04%) Architect
2 47 (8.90%) Network Engineer
3 46 (8.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 41 (7.77%) Cloud Engineer
5 39 (7.39%) DevOps Engineer
6 29 (5.49%) Support Engineer
7 27 (5.11%) Developer
7 27 (5.11%) Linux Engineer
8 24 (4.55%) Azure Engineer
8 24 (4.55%) Consultant
8 24 (4.55%) Windows Engineer
9 23 (4.36%) Systems Engineer
10 21 (3.98%) Wintel Engineer
11 19 (3.60%) AWS Engineer
12 18 (3.41%) Administrator
12 18 (3.41%) Analyst
12 18 (3.41%) Office 365 Engineer
13 15 (2.84%) Security Engineer
13 15 (2.84%) Technical Architect
14 14 (2.65%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (4.92%) Oracle Fusion
1 26 (4.92%) SAML
2 25 (4.73%) LDAP
3 23 (4.36%) JSON
4 21 (3.98%) .NET
5 19 (3.60%) REST
5 19 (3.60%) Web Services
6 16 (3.03%) RabbitMQ
7 15 (2.84%) Middleware
8 13 (2.46%) Node.js
9 12 (2.27%) LAMP
10 11 (2.08%) PostGIS
11 10 (1.89%) OAuth
12 9 (1.70%) 802.1X
12 9 (1.70%) HTML
12 9 (1.70%) Spring
12 9 (1.70%) Spring Boot
12 9 (1.70%) WireMock
13 8 (1.52%) Jest
13 8 (1.52%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.95%) Data Centre
2 38 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (7.20%) PKI
3 32 (6.06%) Management Information System
4 27 (5.11%) Public Cloud
5 26 (4.92%) Replication
6 24 (4.55%) Private Cloud
7 20 (3.79%) Clustering
8 15 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
9 13 (2.46%) Hybrid Cloud
10 12 (2.27%) Mobile App
11 11 (2.08%) Social Media
12 10 (1.89%) Client/Server
12 10 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
13 9 (1.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 8 (1.52%) CMDB
14 8 (1.52%) Linux Command Line
14 8 (1.52%) User Experience
15 7 (1.33%) Cloud Native
15 7 (1.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 296 (56.06%) Windows
2 172 (32.58%) Linux
3 158 (29.92%) Windows Server
4 82 (15.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 79 (14.96%) Windows Server 2016
6 71 (13.45%) Unix
7 65 (12.31%) Windows 10
8 38 (7.20%) Windows Server 2008
9 28 (5.30%) Windows 7
10 20 (3.79%) Windows Server 2019
11 18 (3.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 12 (2.27%) Solaris
13 9 (1.70%) CentOS
14 8 (1.52%) Ubuntu
15 7 (1.33%) AIX
15 7 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (1.14%) Debian
16 6 (1.14%) Windows XP
17 4 (0.76%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.76%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (20.27%) Migration
2 102 (19.32%) DevOps
3 91 (17.23%) Agile Software Development
4 77 (14.58%) ITIL
5 74 (14.02%) Load Balancing
6 66 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
7 55 (10.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 46 (8.71%) Configuration Management
9 45 (8.52%) Continuous Integration
9 45 (8.52%) High Availability
10 37 (7.01%) Scrum
11 36 (6.82%) Patch Management
12 34 (6.44%) Cybersecurity
12 34 (6.44%) Test Automation
13 31 (5.87%) Change Management
14 29 (5.49%) Dashboard Development
15 27 (5.11%) Continuous Improvement
15 27 (5.11%) Data Protection
15 27 (5.11%) Microservices
16 26 (4.92%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 136 (25.76%) PowerShell
2 104 (19.70%) Python
3 79 (14.96%) SQL
4 68 (12.88%) Java
5 47 (8.90%) Bash Shell
5 47 (8.90%) C
6 42 (7.95%) Shell Script
7 33 (6.25%) Perl
8 18 (3.41%) Ruby
9 13 (2.46%) VBScript
10 11 (2.08%) C#
10 11 (2.08%) PHP
11 10 (1.89%) JavaScript
12 8 (1.52%) ES6
13 5 (0.95%) Groovy
13 5 (0.95%) VB
14 4 (0.76%) Go
15 2 (0.38%) sed
15 2 (0.38%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.38%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 139 (26.33%) Security Cleared
2 115 (21.78%) SC Cleared
3 45 (8.52%) Cisco Certification
4 38 (7.20%) DV Cleared
5 33 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
6 26 (4.92%) CCNA
6 26 (4.92%) CCNP
7 22 (4.17%) Degree
8 15 (2.84%) MCSE
9 13 (2.46%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (1.89%) CCIE
10 10 (1.89%) MCSA
11 6 (1.14%) CCDP
11 6 (1.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.95%) CISSP
13 4 (0.76%) CCIP
13 4 (0.76%) JNCIA
13 4 (0.76%) JNCIS
13 4 (0.76%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (6.25%) QA
1 33 (6.25%) SLA
2 29 (5.49%) GDPR
3 16 (3.03%) Cyber Essentials
3 16 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (2.84%) HIPAA
5 12 (2.27%) NCSC
6 8 (1.52%) Government Security Classifications
6 8 (1.52%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.95%) COBIT
8 4 (0.76%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.57%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.57%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.38%) NIST
11 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 255 (48.30%) Active Directory
2 125 (23.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (10.98%) Docker
4 54 (10.23%) Hyper-V
5 44 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
5 44 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
5 44 (8.33%) vSphere
6 25 (4.73%) VMware NSX
7 17 (3.22%) XenApp
8 13 (2.46%) XenDesktop
9 11 (2.08%) Firmware
9 11 (2.08%) VMware Workstation
10 9 (1.70%) Virtual Desktop
11 8 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (0.95%) GeoWebCache
12 5 (0.95%) Squid
13 4 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (0.57%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.57%) DFS Replication
14 3 (0.57%) iptables
Systems Management
1 66 (12.50%) Puppet
2 63 (11.93%) Ansible
3 61 (11.55%) Kubernetes
4 56 (10.61%) SCCM
5 53 (10.04%) Opscode Chef
6 49 (9.28%) Terraform
7 41 (7.77%) Microsoft Intune
8 35 (6.63%) Single Sign-On
9 21 (3.98%) SCOM
9 21 (3.98%) WSUS
10 15 (2.84%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 15 (2.84%) vCenter Server
11 12 (2.27%) Nagios
11 12 (2.27%) Salt
12 11 (2.08%) Failover Clustering
12 11 (2.08%) Nessus
13 9 (1.70%) Cisco CUCM
13 9 (1.70%) vRealize
14 6 (1.14%) HAProxy
14 6 (1.14%) Packer
Vendors
1 183 (34.66%) Microsoft
2 169 (32.01%) VMware
3 96 (18.18%) Cisco
4 74 (14.02%) Citrix
5 73 (13.83%) Oracle
6 56 (10.61%) Splunk
7 52 (9.85%) F5
8 38 (7.20%) Juniper
9 36 (6.82%) HP
10 30 (5.68%) Palo Alto
11 27 (5.11%) Red Hat
12 26 (4.92%) CheckPoint
13 24 (4.55%) SolarWinds
14 22 (4.17%) Dell
14 22 (4.17%) Veeam
15 21 (3.98%) Infoblox
16 20 (3.79%) AppDynamics
17 19 (3.60%) Google
18 18 (3.41%) ServiceNow
19 17 (3.22%) SAP