Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 174 126 133
Rank change year-on-year -48 +7 +13
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,070 544 1,569
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.61% 2.05% 2.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.15% 15.26% 15.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 697 338 1,037
10th Percentile £203 £250 £178
25th Percentile £326 £350 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £400
Median % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
75th Percentile £545 £540 £488
90th Percentile £638 £600 £556
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £400
% change year-on-year +2.78% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 15 72
10th Percentile £12.56 £14.55 £15.57
25th Percentile £19.63 £16.38 £18.51
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £41.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.71% -31.71% +115.79%
75th Percentile £46.31 £40.00 £54.69
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.50 £82.50
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.91% +23.33% +21.62%

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 7,564 3,564 10,287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.36% 13.42% 13.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,922 2,283 6,421
10th Percentile £213 £213 £191
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £579 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £634 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 347 152 491
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.88 £17.44 £16.00
Median hourly rate £20.51 £30.50 £25.12
Median % change year-on-year -32.75% +21.42% +32.21%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £47.06
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.90 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.12
% change year-on-year -30.16% +25.40% +33.69%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -46 492 £500 - 165
South East -51 180 £438 +6.32% 132
North of England -23 119 £425 -5.56% 153
South West -21 70 £407 -12.00% 62
East of England +5 68 £375 +11.94% 50
North West -23 67 £439 +23.09% 76
Midlands -39 66 £334 +45.11% 81
West Midlands -33 46 £325 - 43
Yorkshire -27 42 £330 -34.00% 57
East Midlands -35 20 £367 +205.83% 38
North East -1 11 £413 +17.86% 20
DNS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 572 (53.46%) Active Directory
2 549 (51.31%) Windows
3 529 (49.44%) DHCP
4 389 (36.36%) Microsoft
5 369 (34.49%) Azure
6 364 (34.02%) VMware
7 321 (30.00%) Microsoft 365
8 313 (29.25%) Firewall
9 295 (27.57%) Linux
10 287 (26.82%) Windows Server
11 258 (24.11%) PowerShell
12 248 (23.18%) VMware Infrastructure
13 225 (21.03%) TCP/IP
14 220 (20.56%) Cisco
15 212 (19.81%) AWS
16 199 (18.60%) Social Skills
17 188 (17.57%) VPN
18 163 (15.23%) ITIL
19 160 (14.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 157 (14.67%) Security Cleared
21 156 (14.58%) DevOps
21 156 (14.58%) Finance
22 155 (14.49%) Terraform
23 146 (13.64%) Python
24 142 (13.27%) Windows 10
25 140 (13.08%) WAN
25 140 (13.08%) SCCM
26 138 (12.90%) Migration
27 137 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
28 129 (12.06%) SC Cleared

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 85 (7.94%) MS Exchange
1 85 (7.94%) SharePoint
2 47 (4.39%) Apache
3 42 (3.93%) Confluence
4 37 (3.46%) IIS
5 28 (2.62%) Tomcat
6 26 (2.43%) nginx
7 24 (2.24%) Apache Spark
8 23 (2.15%) Elasticsearch
9 21 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2010
10 20 (1.87%) Skype for Business
11 14 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
11 14 (1.31%) OpenStack
11 14 (1.31%) WebSphere
12 13 (1.21%) WebLogic
13 11 (1.03%) CMS
14 10 (0.93%) Drupal
15 8 (0.75%) JBoss
16 7 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
16 7 (0.65%) Traefik
Applications
1 78 (7.29%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.12%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.75%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.093%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 8 (0.75%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 7 (0.65%) Sentinel
3 5 (0.47%) assyst
4 3 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.093%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.093%) Maximo
6 1 (0.093%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.093%) Primavera
6 1 (0.093%) RMDS
6 1 (0.093%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.093%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 369 (34.49%) Azure
2 321 (30.00%) Microsoft 365
3 212 (19.81%) AWS
4 108 (10.09%) Azure Active Directory
5 69 (6.45%) Amazon EC2
6 62 (5.79%) GCP
6 62 (5.79%) IaaS
7 58 (5.42%) PaaS
8 45 (4.21%) Route 53
9 40 (3.74%) SaaS
10 36 (3.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 34 (3.18%) OneDrive
12 33 (3.08%) Amazon ECS
13 31 (2.90%) Serverless
14 29 (2.71%) Amazon S3
15 26 (2.43%) AWS CloudFormation
15 26 (2.43%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 26 (2.43%) GitHub
16 25 (2.34%) Amazon EKS
17 23 (2.15%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 529 (49.44%) DHCP
2 313 (29.25%) Firewall
3 225 (21.03%) TCP/IP
4 188 (17.57%) VPN
5 140 (13.08%) WAN
6 111 (10.37%) LAN
7 90 (8.41%) HTTP
8 83 (7.76%) SSL
9 73 (6.82%) Network Security
9 73 (6.82%) SAN
10 72 (6.73%) VLAN
11 63 (5.89%) Wireless
12 53 (4.95%) Internet
13 52 (4.86%) BGP
14 49 (4.58%) MPLS
15 45 (4.21%) SD-WAN
16 42 (3.93%) SMTP
17 41 (3.83%) SNMP
17 41 (3.83%) VoIP
18 39 (3.64%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (9.25%) SQL Server
2 46 (4.30%) MySQL
3 28 (2.62%) Hadoop
4 23 (2.15%) PostgreSQL
5 19 (1.78%) Azure SQL Database
5 19 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
6 14 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
6 14 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
6 14 (1.31%) SQL Server 2016
7 13 (1.21%) Relational Database
8 11 (1.03%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.03%) Redis
9 10 (0.93%) RDBMS
10 6 (0.56%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 6 (0.56%) DB2
10 6 (0.56%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.56%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.56%) Riak
11 5 (0.47%) Couchbase
11 5 (0.47%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 76 (7.10%) Git (software)
2 60 (5.61%) Jenkins
3 56 (5.23%) JIRA
4 24 (2.24%) GitLab
5 21 (1.96%) Bitbucket
6 18 (1.68%) Sonatype Nexus
7 17 (1.59%) Subversion
8 15 (1.40%) SonarQube
9 10 (0.93%) Artifactory
10 9 (0.84%) TeamCity
11 7 (0.65%) Maven
12 5 (0.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 4 (0.37%) Arsenale Dataplane
13 4 (0.37%) Bitbucket Server
13 4 (0.37%) CircleCI
13 4 (0.37%) Gradle
13 4 (0.37%) Metasploit
13 4 (0.37%) TestRail
13 4 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 3 (0.28%) Postman
General
1 199 (18.60%) Social Skills
2 156 (14.58%) Finance
3 60 (5.61%) Public Sector
4 51 (4.77%) Analytical Skills
5 48 (4.49%) Telecoms
6 36 (3.36%) Banking
7 31 (2.90%) Retail
8 23 (2.15%) Legal
9 19 (1.78%) Documentation Skills
9 19 (1.78%) Financial Institution
10 15 (1.40%) Organisational Skills
10 15 (1.40%) Presentation Skills
11 14 (1.31%) Marketing
12 13 (1.21%) Influencing Skills
13 11 (1.03%) Manufacturing
14 10 (0.93%) Back Office
15 8 (0.75%) Electronics
15 8 (0.75%) Games
16 7 (0.65%) Automotive
16 7 (0.65%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 136 (12.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 126 (11.78%) Architect
3 101 (9.44%) Support Engineer
4 86 (8.04%) Network Engineer
5 73 (6.82%) Consultant
6 70 (6.54%) DevOps Engineer
7 56 (5.23%) Analyst
8 54 (5.05%) Administrator
9 49 (4.58%) Security Engineer
10 48 (4.49%) Azure Engineer
11 45 (4.21%) IT Engineer
11 45 (4.21%) IT Support
12 43 (4.02%) Cloud Engineer
13 42 (3.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 38 (3.55%) AWS Engineer
15 37 (3.46%) 2nd Line Support
16 32 (2.99%) Desktop Support
17 31 (2.90%) Technical Architect
18 28 (2.62%) Solutions Architect
18 28 (2.62%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (7.01%) LDAP
2 42 (3.93%) JSON
3 34 (3.18%) REST
4 29 (2.71%) Web Services
5 23 (2.15%) Middleware
6 22 (2.06%) HTML
6 22 (2.06%) SOAP
7 20 (1.87%) .NET
7 20 (1.87%) 802.1X
7 20 (1.87%) Kafka
8 18 (1.68%) ARM Templates
9 15 (1.40%) LAMP
9 15 (1.40%) XML
10 14 (1.31%) CSS
11 13 (1.21%) HTML5
11 13 (1.21%) YAML
12 10 (0.93%) Elastic Stack
12 10 (0.93%) JMS
12 10 (0.93%) OAuth
13 9 (0.84%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 87 (8.13%) Data Centre
2 84 (7.85%) PKI
3 54 (5.05%) Clustering
4 42 (3.93%) Public Cloud
5 34 (3.18%) Management Information System
5 34 (3.18%) Replication
6 23 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
7 17 (1.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 16 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
9 15 (1.40%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.31%) Mobile App
11 13 (1.21%) iPad
12 12 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
13 11 (1.03%) NHS
13 11 (1.03%) Virtual Team
14 10 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
14 10 (0.93%) Hedge funds
15 9 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
16 8 (0.75%) iPhone
17 7 (0.65%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 549 (51.31%) Windows
2 295 (27.57%) Linux
3 287 (26.82%) Windows Server
4 142 (13.27%) Windows 10
5 129 (12.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 92 (8.60%) Windows Server 2016
6 92 (8.60%) Windows Server 2019
7 69 (6.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 55 (5.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 52 (4.86%) Unix
9 52 (4.86%) Windows 7
10 30 (2.80%) CentOS
11 26 (2.43%) Ubuntu
12 25 (2.34%) Mac OS
13 21 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
14 18 (1.68%) Android
14 18 (1.68%) Apple iOS
15 16 (1.50%) Solaris
16 12 (1.12%) AIX
16 12 (1.12%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (15.23%) ITIL
2 160 (14.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 156 (14.58%) DevOps
4 138 (12.90%) Migration
5 137 (12.80%) Agile Software Development
6 121 (11.31%) Problem-Solving
7 93 (8.69%) Load Balancing
8 78 (7.29%) Infrastructure as Code
9 64 (5.98%) Cybersecurity
10 61 (5.70%) Configuration Management
11 53 (4.95%) Change Management
12 50 (4.67%) Service Management
13 47 (4.39%) Continuous Integration
13 47 (4.39%) High Availability
14 46 (4.30%) Information Security
15 43 (4.02%) Change Control
15 43 (4.02%) Disaster Recovery
16 40 (3.74%) Patch Management
17 39 (3.64%) Data Protection
17 39 (3.64%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 258 (24.11%) PowerShell
2 146 (13.64%) Python
3 119 (11.12%) SQL
4 80 (7.48%) Bash Shell
5 56 (5.23%) Java
6 43 (4.02%) Shell Script
7 32 (2.99%) VBScript
8 29 (2.71%) Go
8 29 (2.71%) Perl
9 21 (1.96%) JavaScript
9 21 (1.96%) Ruby
10 19 (1.78%) PHP
11 17 (1.59%) C
12 13 (1.21%) VB
13 8 (0.75%) C++
13 8 (0.75%) VBA
14 6 (0.56%) TypeScript
15 4 (0.37%) Kotlin
15 4 (0.37%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.37%) Rust
Qualifications
1 157 (14.67%) Security Cleared
2 129 (12.06%) SC Cleared
3 81 (7.57%) Cisco Certification
4 57 (5.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 53 (4.95%) Degree
6 48 (4.49%) MCSE
7 47 (4.39%) CCNP
8 46 (4.30%) CCNA
9 25 (2.34%) DV Cleared
10 22 (2.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 20 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
12 16 (1.50%) MCP
12 16 (1.50%) MCSA
13 14 (1.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 11 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
15 10 (0.93%) CCIE
15 10 (0.93%) RHCE
16 9 (0.84%) AWS Certification
17 8 (0.75%) MCITP
18 7 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (4.58%) SLA
2 27 (2.52%) GDPR
3 23 (2.15%) QA
4 18 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (1.40%) PCI DSS
6 11 (1.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.75%) NCSC
8 6 (0.56%) NIST
9 5 (0.47%) COBIT
10 4 (0.37%) Accessibility
10 4 (0.37%) PMO
11 3 (0.28%) HL7
12 2 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.19%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.093%) Cyber Essentials
13 1 (0.093%) DICOM
13 1 (0.093%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.093%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.093%) SOC 1
13 1 (0.093%) SOC 2
System Software
1 572 (53.46%) Active Directory
2 248 (23.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 111 (10.37%) Docker
4 99 (9.25%) Hyper-V
5 79 (7.38%) vSphere
6 53 (4.95%) VMware ESXi
7 41 (3.83%) Virtual Machines
8 31 (2.90%) NFS
9 29 (2.71%) XenApp
10 22 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
11 15 (1.40%) VMware NSX
11 15 (1.40%) XenDesktop
12 12 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
13 11 (1.03%) KVM
14 9 (0.84%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 9 (0.84%) Firmware
14 9 (0.84%) iptables
14 9 (0.84%) vCloud
14 9 (0.84%) Xen
15 8 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 155 (14.49%) Terraform
2 140 (13.08%) SCCM
3 122 (11.40%) Ansible
4 89 (8.32%) Kubernetes
5 75 (7.01%) Microsoft Intune
6 69 (6.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 58 (5.42%) Puppet
8 55 (5.14%) WSUS
9 40 (3.74%) Prometheus
10 31 (2.90%) vCenter Server
11 29 (2.71%) Opscode Chef
12 24 (2.24%) NetBackup
13 21 (1.96%) Single Sign-On
14 18 (1.68%) ZABBIX
15 17 (1.59%) FortiGate
16 16 (1.50%) Grafana
16 16 (1.50%) HAProxy
16 16 (1.50%) Nagios
16 16 (1.50%) vRealize
17 15 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 389 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 364 (34.02%) VMware
3 220 (20.56%) Cisco
4 113 (10.56%) Citrix
5 78 (7.29%) HP
6 74 (6.92%) Oracle
7 71 (6.64%) Splunk
8 70 (6.54%) F5
8 70 (6.54%) Red Hat
9 66 (6.17%) Dell
10 57 (5.33%) Juniper
11 52 (4.86%) CheckPoint
12 51 (4.77%) ServiceNow
13 49 (4.58%) Palo Alto
14 46 (4.30%) Infoblox
15 43 (4.02%) McAfee
16 37 (3.46%) EMC
17 35 (3.27%) NetApp
18 33 (3.08%) Google
19 32 (2.99%) Symantec