Period
to 10 May 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 10 May 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
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 161 124 144
Rank change year-on-year -37 +20 +10
Contract jobs citing DNS 699 922 1,654
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.58% 1.98% 1.95%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.02% 14.74% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 603 1,141
10th Percentile £206 £200 £205
25th Percentile £331 £306 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £388 £425
Median % change year-on-year +9.68% -8.82% +13.33%
75th Percentile £500 £491 £538
90th Percentile £583 £574 £625
UK median daily rate £447 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +11.63% -5.88% +21.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 54 44
10th Percentile £12.95 £14.08 £15.37
25th Percentile £19.00 £16.25 £16.25
Median hourly rate £27.11 £19.25 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year +40.81% -12.50% +15.79%
75th Percentile £55.25 £46.01 £48.13
90th Percentile £61.45 £48.57 £66.81
UK median hourly rate £36.06 £21.25 £21.50
% change year-on-year +69.67% -1.16% +22.86%

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 4,986 6,257 10,643
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.27% 13.44% 12.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,230 3,877 6,746
10th Percentile £220 £181 £206
25th Percentile £340 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £425 £429
Median % change year-on-year +2.94% -0.93% +0.94%
75th Percentile £530 £526 £538
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 332 467
10th Percentile £12.53 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.31 £15.25 £14.27
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +4.00% -1.32%
75th Percentile £50.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +28.57% +10.53% +1.60%

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 10 May 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 10 May 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 10 May 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 -32 300 £450 +14.29% 85
South East +4 124 £432 +7.93% 78
North of England -29 80 £425 +21.43% 90
East of England +21 55 £325 -18.75% 27
Midlands -11 51 £375 +11.94% 80
South West +30 48 £375 -21.05% 29
North West -24 44 £412 +9.85% 53
West Midlands -19 32 £356 -1.72% 47
Yorkshire +2 29 £413 +21.32% 31
East Midlands 0 17 £394 +26.00% 31
North East -8 7 £450 +28.57% 6
DNS
UK

For the 6 months to 10 May 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.

1 401 (57.37%) Active Directory
2 368 (52.65%) Windows
3 320 (45.78%) Microsoft
4 318 (45.49%) DHCP
5 269 (38.48%) VMware
6 256 (36.62%) Azure
7 217 (31.04%) Microsoft 365
8 215 (30.76%) Firewall
9 203 (29.04%) Windows Server
10 191 (27.32%) VMware Infrastructure
11 177 (25.32%) Linux
12 162 (23.18%) Social Skills
13 153 (21.89%) Cisco
14 152 (21.75%) TCP/IP
15 139 (19.89%) Security Cleared
16 137 (19.60%) PowerShell
17 122 (17.45%) VPN
18 114 (16.31%) WAN
19 111 (15.88%) AWS
20 109 (15.59%) Finance
21 108 (15.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 101 (14.45%) Windows Server 2012
23 97 (13.88%) LAN
24 96 (13.73%) SC Cleared
24 96 (13.73%) SCCM
25 94 (13.45%) ITIL
26 91 (13.02%) DevOps
27 89 (12.73%) Windows 10
28 85 (12.16%) Load Balancing
29 84 (12.02%) Python

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 75 (10.73%) SharePoint
2 60 (8.58%) MS Exchange
3 50 (7.15%) IIS
4 31 (4.43%) Apache
5 21 (3.00%) Skype for Business
6 20 (2.86%) Confluence
6 20 (2.86%) Tomcat
6 20 (2.86%) WebSphere
7 14 (2.00%) nginx
8 11 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
9 10 (1.43%) IBM Domino
10 9 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (1.00%) Apache ServiceMix
11 7 (1.00%) Jetty
11 7 (1.00%) Mongrel
11 7 (1.00%) OpenStack
11 7 (1.00%) WebSphere Application Server
12 5 (0.72%) Apache Spark
12 5 (0.72%) CMS
13 4 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 56 (8.01%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (3.15%) MS Visio
3 21 (3.00%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.29%) Magento
2 7 (1.00%) Shopify
3 5 (0.72%) Adobe Campaign
4 3 (0.43%) Maximo
4 3 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.29%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.14%) assyst
6 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Primavera
6 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 256 (36.62%) Azure
2 217 (31.04%) Microsoft 365
3 111 (15.88%) AWS
4 72 (10.30%) Azure Active Directory
5 50 (7.15%) PaaS
6 49 (7.01%) IaaS
7 42 (6.01%) GCP
8 34 (4.86%) SaaS
9 26 (3.72%) GitHub
10 23 (3.29%) Amazon EC2
10 23 (3.29%) Cloud Computing
11 22 (3.15%) Mimecast
11 22 (3.15%) OneDrive
12 18 (2.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 17 (2.43%) AWS Lambda
13 17 (2.43%) Serverless
14 16 (2.29%) Akamai
14 16 (2.29%) Amazon S3
15 14 (2.00%) Route 53
16 13 (1.86%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 318 (45.49%) DHCP
2 215 (30.76%) Firewall
3 152 (21.75%) TCP/IP
4 122 (17.45%) VPN
5 114 (16.31%) WAN
6 97 (13.88%) LAN
7 74 (10.59%) VLAN
8 71 (10.16%) SSL
9 67 (9.59%) HTTP
10 61 (8.73%) Internet
11 58 (8.30%) Network Security
11 58 (8.30%) SAN
12 56 (8.01%) SMTP
13 46 (6.58%) FTP
13 46 (6.58%) MPLS
14 39 (5.58%) Wireless
15 38 (5.44%) IPsec
16 33 (4.72%) NAS
17 28 (4.01%) Skype
18 26 (3.72%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (10.59%) SQL Server
2 25 (3.58%) MySQL
3 19 (2.72%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
5 10 (1.43%) Azure SQL Database
6 9 (1.29%) NoSQL
7 8 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (1.14%) Relational Database
8 7 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.86%) DB2
9 6 (0.86%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (0.72%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 5 (0.72%) CockroachDB
10 5 (0.72%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.72%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.72%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.57%) HDInsight
11 4 (0.57%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 54 (7.73%) JIRA
2 45 (6.44%) Jenkins
3 36 (5.15%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.86%) GitLab
5 11 (1.57%) Subversion
6 9 (1.29%) Selenium
7 7 (1.00%) Cucumber
7 7 (1.00%) JUnit
7 7 (1.00%) SonarQube
7 7 (1.00%) Travis CI
8 6 (0.86%) Bitbucket
8 6 (0.86%) TeamCity
9 5 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (0.72%) Cypress.io
9 5 (0.72%) Mockito
10 4 (0.57%) Artifactory
10 4 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.43%) JMeter
11 3 (0.43%) Maven
11 3 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 162 (23.18%) Social Skills
2 109 (15.59%) Finance
3 54 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
4 36 (5.15%) Public Sector
5 29 (4.15%) Banking
6 23 (3.29%) Telecoms
7 12 (1.72%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.72%) Organisational Skills
7 12 (1.72%) Retail
8 11 (1.57%) Marketing
9 8 (1.14%) Financial Institution
9 8 (1.14%) Presentation Skills
10 7 (1.00%) Influencing Skills
10 7 (1.00%) Legal
11 5 (0.72%) Back Office
11 5 (0.72%) Law
11 5 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.43%) Electronics
12 3 (0.43%) Front Office
12 3 (0.43%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 106 (15.16%) Architect
2 95 (13.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 61 (8.73%) Network Engineer
4 42 (6.01%) Support Engineer
5 41 (5.87%) Analyst
6 38 (5.44%) Cloud Engineer
7 36 (5.15%) Administrator
8 33 (4.72%) Azure Engineer
9 30 (4.29%) Consultant
10 29 (4.15%) DevOps Engineer
11 25 (3.58%) Security Engineer
12 24 (3.43%) Systems Administrator
12 24 (3.43%) Technical Architect
13 21 (3.00%) Solutions Architect
14 19 (2.72%) IT Support
15 18 (2.58%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
16 17 (2.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 17 (2.43%) AWS Engineer
16 17 (2.43%) Windows Engineer
17 16 (2.29%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (5.87%) LDAP
2 28 (4.01%) Middleware
3 27 (3.86%) 802.1X
4 24 (3.43%) Web Services
5 22 (3.15%) .NET
6 21 (3.00%) REST
7 20 (2.86%) Node.js
8 14 (2.00%) JSON
9 13 (1.86%) XML
10 12 (1.72%) SOAP
11 11 (1.57%) CSS
12 9 (1.29%) AngularJS
12 9 (1.29%) Elastic Stack
12 9 (1.29%) HTML
12 9 (1.29%) J2EE
13 8 (1.14%) RESTful
14 7 (1.00%) Servlets
14 7 (1.00%) Spring
14 7 (1.00%) WebSphere MQ
15 6 (0.86%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 58 (8.30%) Data Centre
2 49 (7.01%) Clustering
3 44 (6.29%) PKI
4 35 (5.01%) Management Information System
5 29 (4.15%) Replication
6 24 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
7 22 (3.15%) Public Cloud
8 20 (2.86%) EMC VNX
9 13 (1.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 13 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
10 12 (1.72%) NHS
10 12 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.29%) Private Cloud
11 9 (1.29%) Tandem
11 9 (1.29%) User Experience
12 8 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (1.14%) iPad
13 7 (1.00%) Fat Client
13 7 (1.00%) Mobile App
13 7 (1.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 368 (52.65%) Windows
2 203 (29.04%) Windows Server
3 177 (25.32%) Linux
4 101 (14.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 89 (12.73%) Windows 10
6 66 (9.44%) Windows Server 2016
7 57 (8.15%) Windows Server 2019
8 56 (8.01%) Windows Server 2008
9 46 (6.58%) Unix
10 43 (6.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 30 (4.29%) Windows 7
12 17 (2.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 16 (2.29%) Windows XP
14 11 (1.57%) Solaris
15 10 (1.43%) AIX
15 10 (1.43%) CentOS
15 10 (1.43%) Mac OS
16 8 (1.14%) Apple iOS
17 7 (1.00%) Android
17 7 (1.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (15.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 94 (13.45%) ITIL
3 91 (13.02%) DevOps
4 85 (12.16%) Load Balancing
5 80 (11.44%) Agile Software Development
6 75 (10.73%) Migration
7 72 (10.30%) Problem-Solving
8 54 (7.73%) Change Management
9 42 (6.01%) Continuous Integration
10 40 (5.72%) Configuration Management
11 38 (5.44%) Identity Management
12 35 (5.01%) Service Delivery
13 33 (4.72%) Continuous Improvement
13 33 (4.72%) Cybersecurity
14 32 (4.58%) Disaster Recovery
14 32 (4.58%) Kalman Filter
14 32 (4.58%) Project Delivery
15 30 (4.29%) High Availability
16 29 (4.15%) Capacity Planning
16 29 (4.15%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 137 (19.60%) PowerShell
2 84 (12.02%) Python
3 67 (9.59%) SQL
4 48 (6.87%) Java
5 29 (4.15%) Bash Shell
6 28 (4.01%) Shell Script
7 26 (3.72%) JavaScript
8 24 (3.43%) Perl
9 20 (2.86%) TypeScript
10 17 (2.43%) C
11 16 (2.29%) PHP
12 11 (1.57%) Go
13 9 (1.29%) C++
13 9 (1.29%) VBScript
14 7 (1.00%) Java 8
15 6 (0.86%) C#
15 6 (0.86%) ES6
15 6 (0.86%) Ruby
16 4 (0.57%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 139 (19.89%) Security Cleared
2 96 (13.73%) SC Cleared
3 58 (8.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 56 (8.01%) Cisco Certification
5 43 (6.15%) CCNA
6 42 (6.01%) CCNP
7 41 (5.87%) Degree
8 38 (5.44%) DV Cleared
8 38 (5.44%) MCSE
9 14 (2.00%) Computer Science Degree
10 12 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
11 11 (1.57%) CCIE
12 9 (1.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 9 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 8 (1.14%) MCSA
14 7 (1.00%) A+ Certification
14 7 (1.00%) AWS Certification
14 7 (1.00%) CISSP
15 6 (0.86%) MCITP
16 5 (0.72%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (5.44%) SLA
2 20 (2.86%) QA
3 15 (2.15%) GDPR
4 6 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.72%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.72%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.72%) PMO
6 4 (0.57%) COBIT
7 3 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.29%) NIST
9 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.14%) GLBA
9 1 (0.14%) GxP
9 1 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 401 (57.37%) Active Directory
2 191 (27.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (8.87%) Hyper-V
4 59 (8.44%) VMware ESXi
5 47 (6.72%) Docker
6 28 (4.01%) vSphere
7 27 (3.86%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (2.72%) NFS
9 17 (2.43%) XenApp
10 11 (1.57%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 11 (1.57%) VMware NSX
10 11 (1.57%) XenDesktop
11 9 (1.29%) Postfix
11 9 (1.29%) qmail
11 9 (1.29%) Xen
12 8 (1.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 7 (1.00%) Firmware
13 7 (1.00%) Veritas File System
14 6 (0.86%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 6 (0.86%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 96 (13.73%) SCCM
2 73 (10.44%) Ansible
3 62 (8.87%) Microsoft Intune
3 62 (8.87%) Terraform
4 54 (7.73%) Kubernetes
5 27 (3.86%) Puppet
6 24 (3.43%) vCenter Server
7 22 (3.15%) Microsoft Clustering
8 18 (2.58%) AirWatch
8 18 (2.58%) Opscode Chef
8 18 (2.58%) WSUS
9 16 (2.29%) IBM BigFix
10 13 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
11 11 (1.57%) Norton AntiVirus
11 11 (1.57%) SCOM
12 10 (1.43%) Cisco CUCM
13 9 (1.29%) Failover Clustering
14 8 (1.14%) BladeLogic
15 7 (1.00%) Red Hat Satellite
15 7 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 320 (45.78%) Microsoft
2 269 (38.48%) VMware
3 153 (21.89%) Cisco
4 76 (10.87%) Citrix
5 56 (8.01%) Red Hat
6 49 (7.01%) F5
7 48 (6.87%) Oracle
8 47 (6.72%) EMC
9 45 (6.44%) HP
10 42 (6.01%) Dell
11 35 (5.01%) Infoblox
12 34 (4.86%) Palo Alto
13 33 (4.72%) Juniper
14 32 (4.58%) CheckPoint
15 30 (4.29%) SolarWinds
16 27 (3.86%) Google
16 27 (3.86%) Symantec
17 25 (3.58%) IBM
18 24 (3.43%) Meraki
18 24 (3.43%) ServiceNow