Period
to 1 April 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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 117 141 153
Rank change year-on-year +24 +12 -20
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,136 1,682 1,645
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.03% 1.91% 1.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.16% 15.08% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 766 1,156 1,071
Median daily rate £375 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +13.33% -
10th Percentile £202 £200 £151
90th Percentile £588 £613 £595
UK median daily rate £380 £425 £365
% change year-on-year -10.59% +16.44% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 52 65
Median hourly rate £19.50 £25.67 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.04% +46.69% -34.15%
10th Percentile £13.25 £14.18 £12.80
90th Percentile £49.25 £66.81 £53.63
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £24.09 £17.25
% change year-on-year -11.77% +39.62% -28.13%

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 7,491 11,153 12,314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.39% 12.66% 13.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,465 6,863 7,630
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £180 £205 £200
90th Percentile £603 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 496 656
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.94
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.13 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.02
% change year-on-year +20.32% -1.66% -11.56%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 -9 369 £394 -12.50% 101
South East +25 242 £400 -0.93% 104
North of England +52 231 £350 -21.79% 101
Midlands +83 130 £319 -11.46% 60
North West +35 103 £375 -21.47% 59
South West -5 83 £465 +24.00% 56
West Midlands +66 77 £350 -9.68% 36
Yorkshire +15 77 £350 -20.00% 20
East of England +13 76 £400 +6.67% 39
North East +63 53 £370 +5.71% 22
East Midlands +50 53 £313 -3.85% 23
DNS
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 710 (62.50%) Windows
2 683 (60.12%) Active Directory
3 658 (57.92%) DHCP
4 443 (39.00%) Microsoft
5 435 (38.29%) Windows Server
6 389 (34.24%) VMware
7 346 (30.46%) Azure
8 317 (27.90%) Firewall
9 297 (26.14%) PowerShell
10 295 (25.97%) Office 365
11 286 (25.18%) TCP/IP
12 243 (21.39%) VMware Infrastructure
13 238 (20.95%) Security Cleared
14 224 (19.72%) Cisco
14 224 (19.72%) Linux
15 210 (18.49%) ITIL
16 203 (17.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 198 (17.43%) Windows Server 2012
18 192 (16.90%) WAN
19 189 (16.64%) SC Cleared
20 185 (16.29%) SCCM
20 185 (16.29%) LAN
20 185 (16.29%) Citrix
21 184 (16.20%) VPN
22 179 (15.76%) AWS
23 177 (15.58%) Migration
24 172 (15.14%) Windows 10
25 158 (13.91%) Windows Server 2008
26 150 (13.20%) SQL
27 147 (12.94%) Hyper-V

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
1 123 (10.83%) MS Exchange
2 84 (7.39%) Skype for Business
3 83 (7.31%) SharePoint
4 79 (6.95%) IIS
5 52 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2010
6 49 (4.31%) Apache
7 41 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2013
8 30 (2.64%) Confluence
8 30 (2.64%) Tomcat
9 28 (2.46%) nginx
10 24 (2.11%) Elasticsearch
11 20 (1.76%) WebSphere
12 18 (1.58%) Jetty
12 18 (1.58%) Mongrel
13 17 (1.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 16 (1.41%) OpenStack
15 12 (1.06%) Apache Spark
16 10 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
17 8 (0.70%) CMS
17 8 (0.70%) JBoss
Applications
1 104 (9.15%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.06%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.088%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.088%) Houdini
6 1 (0.088%) Maya
Business Applications
1 5 (0.44%) Payment Gateway
1 5 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.18%) Magento
2 2 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.088%) assyst
3 1 (0.088%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.088%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 346 (30.46%) Azure
2 295 (25.97%) Office 365
3 179 (15.76%) AWS
4 104 (9.15%) IaaS
5 96 (8.45%) Azure Active Directory
6 93 (8.19%) PaaS
7 60 (5.28%) SaaS
8 44 (3.87%) GCP
9 35 (3.08%) Serverless
10 30 (2.64%) GitHub
11 27 (2.38%) Amazon EC2
12 23 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
13 20 (1.76%) AWS CloudFormation
13 20 (1.76%) Google App Engine
14 19 (1.67%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 18 (1.58%) OneDrive
16 16 (1.41%) Route 53
16 16 (1.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 15 (1.32%) AWS Lambda
17 15 (1.32%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 658 (57.92%) DHCP
2 317 (27.90%) Firewall
3 286 (25.18%) TCP/IP
4 192 (16.90%) WAN
5 185 (16.29%) LAN
6 184 (16.20%) VPN
7 133 (11.71%) SAN
8 96 (8.45%) SSL
9 95 (8.36%) Skype
10 84 (7.39%) HTTP
11 75 (6.60%) Internet
12 72 (6.34%) Network Security
13 68 (5.99%) BGP
13 68 (5.99%) IPsec
14 66 (5.81%) VLAN
15 62 (5.46%) MPLS
16 58 (5.11%) VoIP
17 53 (4.67%) NetScaler
17 53 (4.67%) OSPF
18 49 (4.31%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (11.36%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.08%) MySQL
3 26 (2.29%) MongoDB
4 25 (2.20%) Amazon RDS
5 21 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
6 19 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
7 18 (1.58%) Big Data
8 17 (1.50%) Azure SQL Database
9 16 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
10 11 (0.97%) NoSQL
10 11 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
11 10 (0.88%) Redis
12 9 (0.79%) Apache Hive
12 9 (0.79%) Cosmos DB
12 9 (0.79%) Impala
12 9 (0.79%) Pentaho
13 7 (0.62%) Relational Database
14 6 (0.53%) Power BI
15 5 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
15 5 (0.44%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 76 (6.69%) Git (software)
2 72 (6.34%) Jenkins
3 46 (4.05%) JIRA
4 26 (2.29%) GitLab
5 19 (1.67%) Travis CI
6 17 (1.50%) TeamCity
7 14 (1.23%) Bitbucket
7 14 (1.23%) Gradle
7 14 (1.23%) Selenium
8 12 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (0.88%) AdminStudio
9 10 (0.88%) Artifactory
9 10 (0.88%) InstallShield
10 9 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
11 8 (0.70%) Gatling
11 8 (0.70%) Geb
11 8 (0.70%) Spock
12 7 (0.62%) SonarQube
13 6 (0.53%) Bitbucket Server
13 6 (0.53%) Subversion
General
1 104 (9.15%) Finance
2 72 (6.34%) Public Sector
3 61 (5.37%) Telecoms
4 32 (2.82%) Banking
5 31 (2.73%) Retail
6 24 (2.11%) Manufacturing
7 20 (1.76%) Marketing
8 18 (1.58%) Electronics
9 17 (1.50%) Military
10 13 (1.14%) Law
11 9 (0.79%) Back Office
11 9 (0.79%) Legal
11 9 (0.79%) Local Government
12 5 (0.44%) Publishing
13 4 (0.35%) Billing
13 4 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.35%) French Language
13 4 (0.35%) Games
13 4 (0.35%) Mandarin Language
13 4 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 147 (12.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 113 (9.95%) Network Engineer
3 89 (7.83%) Support Engineer
4 82 (7.22%) Architect
5 81 (7.13%) Windows Engineer
6 79 (6.95%) Analyst
7 71 (6.25%) Consultant
8 59 (5.19%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 54 (4.75%) DevOps Engineer
10 47 (4.14%) Active Directory Engineer
11 46 (4.05%) IT Engineer
11 46 (4.05%) Server Engineer
12 43 (3.79%) Administrator
13 42 (3.70%) Azure Engineer
14 41 (3.61%) Systems Engineer
15 37 (3.26%) IT Support
16 36 (3.17%) Cloud Engineer
17 35 (3.08%) Desktop Support
18 34 (2.99%) 3rd Line Support
19 33 (2.90%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (4.31%) .NET
2 46 (4.05%) LDAP
3 25 (2.20%) Web Services
4 23 (2.02%) OAuth
4 23 (2.02%) YAML
5 21 (1.85%) J2EE
6 20 (1.76%) 802.1X
6 20 (1.76%) Servlets
7 16 (1.41%) JSON
8 15 (1.32%) REST
9 13 (1.14%) AngularJS
9 13 (1.14%) Elastic Stack
9 13 (1.14%) Velocity
10 12 (1.06%) Middleware
10 12 (1.06%) SOAP
11 11 (0.97%) CSS
11 11 (0.97%) HTML
11 11 (0.97%) SAML
11 11 (0.97%) Spring
12 10 (0.88%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 132 (11.62%) Data Centre
2 91 (8.01%) PKI
3 87 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
4 50 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 48 (4.23%) Replication
6 47 (4.14%) Clustering
7 26 (2.29%) Public Cloud
7 26 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
8 24 (2.11%) Blackberry
9 22 (1.94%) Fat Client
9 22 (1.94%) Thin Client
10 17 (1.50%) Cloud Native
10 17 (1.50%) Private Cloud
11 15 (1.32%) iPhone
11 15 (1.32%) Social Media
11 15 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
12 14 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
13 13 (1.14%) Smartphone
14 12 (1.06%) CMDB
15 11 (0.97%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 710 (62.50%) Windows
2 435 (38.29%) Windows Server
3 224 (19.72%) Linux
4 198 (17.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 172 (15.14%) Windows 10
6 158 (13.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 140 (12.32%) Windows Server 2016
8 124 (10.92%) Windows 7
9 54 (4.75%) Unix
10 50 (4.40%) Windows Server 2019
11 44 (3.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 38 (3.35%) Windows Server 2003
13 34 (2.99%) Android
14 22 (1.94%) CentOS
14 22 (1.94%) VMS
15 19 (1.67%) Ubuntu
16 16 (1.41%) Windows 8
17 12 (1.06%) Solaris
18 10 (0.88%) Mac OS
19 7 (0.62%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (18.49%) ITIL
2 203 (17.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 177 (15.58%) Migration
4 133 (11.71%) DevOps
5 121 (10.65%) Agile Software Development
6 118 (10.39%) Problem-Solving
7 81 (7.13%) Load Balancing
8 67 (5.90%) High Availability
9 61 (5.37%) Change Management
10 59 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
11 54 (4.75%) Configuration Management
12 48 (4.23%) Service Management
13 46 (4.05%) Kalman Filter
14 43 (3.79%) Disaster Recovery
14 43 (3.79%) Infrastructure as Code
15 41 (3.61%) Open Source
15 41 (3.61%) Project Delivery
16 37 (3.26%) Project Management
17 36 (3.17%) Incident Management
17 36 (3.17%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 297 (26.14%) PowerShell
2 150 (13.20%) SQL
3 90 (7.92%) Python
4 72 (6.34%) Bash Shell
5 71 (6.25%) Java
6 31 (2.73%) C
7 30 (2.64%) Perl
8 29 (2.55%) JavaScript
8 29 (2.55%) Ruby
8 29 (2.55%) VB
9 24 (2.11%) PHP
10 23 (2.02%) VBScript
11 22 (1.94%) Shell Script
12 15 (1.32%) C#
13 14 (1.23%) Go
13 14 (1.23%) TypeScript
14 10 (0.88%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.79%) C++
15 9 (0.79%) Java 8
16 7 (0.62%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 238 (20.95%) Security Cleared
2 189 (16.64%) SC Cleared
3 105 (9.24%) Microsoft Certification
4 95 (8.36%) Cisco Certification
5 71 (6.25%) CCNP
6 66 (5.81%) MCSE
7 63 (5.55%) CCNA
8 51 (4.49%) DV Cleared
9 46 (4.05%) Degree
10 39 (3.43%) MCSA
11 33 (2.90%) ITIL Certification
12 29 (2.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 24 (2.11%) Citrix Certification
14 21 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
15 18 (1.58%) CCIE
16 17 (1.50%) CCA
17 16 (1.41%) MCP
18 14 (1.23%) BC Cleared
19 13 (1.14%) CCIP
20 12 (1.06%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (5.11%) SLA
2 29 (2.55%) QA
3 18 (1.58%) GDPR
4 12 (1.06%) NCSC
5 7 (0.62%) Government Security Classifications
6 6 (0.53%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (0.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.26%) NIST
8 3 (0.26%) RMADS
9 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.18%) Web Application Security Consortium
10 1 (0.088%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.088%) GAAP
10 1 (0.088%) GxP
10 1 (0.088%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.088%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.088%) PMO
System Software
1 683 (60.12%) Active Directory
2 243 (21.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 147 (12.94%) Hyper-V
4 93 (8.19%) VMware ESXi
5 89 (7.83%) XenApp
6 83 (7.31%) vSphere
7 67 (5.90%) XenDesktop
8 56 (4.93%) Docker
9 53 (4.67%) Virtual Machines
10 23 (2.02%) Virtual Servers
11 20 (1.76%) VMware NSX
12 19 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
13 18 (1.58%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 18 (1.58%) Xen
14 17 (1.50%) DFS Replication
15 15 (1.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 10 (0.88%) BitLocker
17 9 (0.79%) NFS
18 7 (0.62%) Firmware
18 7 (0.62%) Squid
Systems Management
1 185 (16.29%) SCCM
2 88 (7.75%) Ansible
2 88 (7.75%) Terraform
3 60 (5.28%) Puppet
4 59 (5.19%) Kubernetes
5 50 (4.40%) SCOM
6 46 (4.05%) Microsoft Intune
7 42 (3.70%) WSUS
8 28 (2.46%) AirWatch
8 28 (2.46%) Microsoft Clustering
9 27 (2.38%) Opscode Chef
10 23 (2.02%) Single Sign-On
11 21 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
12 20 (1.76%) NetBackup
12 20 (1.76%) vCenter Server
13 19 (1.67%) McAfee ePO
14 15 (1.32%) Failover Clustering
14 15 (1.32%) HP SIM
14 15 (1.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 13 (1.14%) Nagios
Vendors
1 443 (39.00%) Microsoft
2 389 (34.24%) VMware
3 224 (19.72%) Cisco
4 185 (16.29%) Citrix
5 88 (7.75%) HP
6 66 (5.81%) Juniper
7 59 (5.19%) Google
8 56 (4.93%) Dell
9 54 (4.75%) CheckPoint
10 46 (4.05%) Red Hat
11 44 (3.87%) F5
12 42 (3.70%) McAfee
12 42 (3.70%) Symantec
13 40 (3.52%) Palo Alto
14 39 (3.43%) Ivanti
14 39 (3.43%) NetApp
14 39 (3.43%) SolarWinds
15 37 (3.26%) Oracle
16 25 (2.20%) ServiceNow
17 24 (2.11%) EMC