Period
to 4 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for DSL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited DSL over the 6 months to 4 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.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
UK > England
6 months to
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 609 765 808
Rank change year-on-year +156 +43 -18
Contract jobs citing DSL 55 79 70
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.099% 0.090% 0.075%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.74% 0.71% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 57 40
Median daily rate £400 £550 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +29.41% +37.10%
10th Percentile £280 £383 £400
90th Percentile £638 £625 £551
UK median daily rate £495 £550 £425
% change year-on-year -10.00% +29.41% +25.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 3
Median hourly rate £19.25 £18.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.48% +35.19% -
10th Percentile £15.67 £15.20 £12.75
90th Percentile £27.13 £21.95 £16.85
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year +6.85% +35.19% -

DSL 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 7,423 11,138 12,348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.39% 12.64% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,415 6,894 7,635
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% +1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 433 498 662
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 £11.83
90th Percentile £50.80 £48.98 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.09
% change year-on-year +20.32% -2.04% -11.21%

DSL
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing DSL as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for DSL in England

DSL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DSL in England.

Daily rate trend for DSL in England

DSL
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DSL in England over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for DSL in England

DSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DSL in England.

Hourly rate trend for DSL in England

DSL
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DSL in England over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for DSL in England

DSL
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 DSL within the England region over the 6 months to 4 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
South East +81 18 £563 -2.17% 3
London +132 13 £500 -9.09% 4
East of England - 9 £400 -
Midlands +61 8 £351 -22.11% 3
West Midlands +59 7 £351 -22.11% 3
North of England +69 5 £263 -41.67% 1
Yorkshire - 4 - -
South West - 2 £225 - 2
North West +29 1 £263 -47.50% 1
East Midlands - 1 - -
DSL
UK

For the 6 months to 4 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing DSL 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 DSL.

1 35 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (61.82%) Jenkins
3 25 (45.45%) Scrum
3 25 (45.45%) Groovy
4 23 (41.82%) Git (software)
4 23 (41.82%) Test Automation
5 22 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
6 20 (36.36%) Python
7 18 (32.73%) Linux
8 16 (29.09%) TCP/IP
8 16 (29.09%) Cisco
9 15 (27.27%) Ethernet
9 15 (27.27%) JIRA
10 14 (25.45%) Performance Testing
10 14 (25.45%) Firewall
10 14 (25.45%) Java
10 14 (25.45%) Internet
10 14 (25.45%) Scala
10 14 (25.45%) Cucumber
11 13 (23.64%) Confluence
11 13 (23.64%) DevOps
11 13 (23.64%) Docker
11 13 (23.64%) Selenium
12 12 (21.82%) Test Management
12 12 (21.82%) TDD
12 12 (21.82%) Ansible
12 12 (21.82%) Kubernetes
12 12 (21.82%) Defect Management
12 12 (21.82%) Kafka
13 11 (20.00%) Opscode Chef

DSL
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 13 (23.64%) Confluence
2 9 (16.36%) Cloud Foundry
3 5 (9.09%) Apache Spark
3 5 (9.09%) GemFire
3 5 (9.09%) nginx
3 5 (9.09%) Tomcat
3 5 (9.09%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.82%) IIS
4 1 (1.82%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.82%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 10 (18.18%) AWS
2 9 (16.36%) GitHub
3 8 (14.55%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (14.55%) Amazon ECS
3 8 (14.55%) Amazon ELB
3 8 (14.55%) Amazon EMR
3 8 (14.55%) Amazon S3
4 6 (10.91%) BrowserStack
4 6 (10.91%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (9.09%) Amazon Kinesis
5 5 (9.09%) OpenShift
6 3 (5.45%) Office 365
7 1 (1.82%) Azure
7 1 (1.82%) IaaS
7 1 (1.82%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 16 (29.09%) TCP/IP
2 15 (27.27%) Ethernet
3 14 (25.45%) Firewall
3 14 (25.45%) Internet
4 10 (18.18%) HTTP
4 10 (18.18%) LAN
4 10 (18.18%) WAN
4 10 (18.18%) Wireless
4 10 (18.18%) WLAN
5 9 (16.36%) 802.11
5 9 (16.36%) Broadband
6 8 (14.55%) DOCSIS
6 8 (14.55%) HTTPS
6 8 (14.55%) IPv4
6 8 (14.55%) IPv6
6 8 (14.55%) Telnet
6 8 (14.55%) UPnP
6 8 (14.55%) WPA
6 8 (14.55%) WPA2
7 7 (12.73%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.55%) MariaDB
2 7 (12.73%) Apache Cassandra
2 7 (12.73%) NoSQL
3 5 (9.09%) MongoDB
3 5 (9.09%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon QuickSight
4 1 (1.82%) Big Data
4 1 (1.82%) MySQL
4 1 (1.82%) Scylla
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 34 (61.82%) Jenkins
2 23 (41.82%) Git (software)
3 15 (27.27%) JIRA
4 14 (25.45%) Cucumber
5 13 (23.64%) Selenium
6 9 (16.36%) Sonatype Nexus
7 8 (14.55%) Liquibase
8 7 (12.73%) Gatling
8 7 (12.73%) WebDriver
9 5 (9.09%) Gradle
9 5 (9.09%) Protractor
10 1 (1.82%) GitLab
10 1 (1.82%) Postman
10 1 (1.82%) Redmine
10 1 (1.82%) REST Assured
10 1 (1.82%) Subversion
General
1 9 (16.36%) Finance
2 6 (10.91%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (29.09%) Developer
2 12 (21.82%) DevOps Engineer
3 9 (16.36%) Network Engineer
4 8 (14.55%) Tester
5 6 (10.91%) Automation Tester
5 6 (10.91%) Linux Developer
5 6 (10.91%) Python Developer
6 5 (9.09%) Analyst
6 5 (9.09%) C Developer
6 5 (9.09%) Scala Developer
7 3 (5.45%) Development Engineer
7 3 (5.45%) Test Analyst
8 2 (3.64%) Cloud Engineer
8 2 (3.64%) Developer in Test
8 2 (3.64%) IP Engineer
8 2 (3.64%) IP Network Engineer
8 2 (3.64%) Software Engineer
9 1 (1.82%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 1 (1.82%) Senior DevOps Engineer
9 1 (1.82%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (21.82%) Kafka
2 11 (20.00%) CSS
2 11 (20.00%) HTML
3 9 (16.36%) 802.1X
4 6 (10.91%) JSON
4 6 (10.91%) Node.js
4 6 (10.91%) REST
5 5 (9.09%) Ajax
5 5 (9.09%) AngularJS
5 5 (9.09%) Apache Avro
5 5 (9.09%) CSS3
5 5 (9.09%) HTML5
5 5 (9.09%) LEMP Stack
5 5 (9.09%) Play Framework
5 5 (9.09%) RabbitMQ
5 5 (9.09%) WireMock
6 2 (3.64%) Grails
6 2 (3.64%) Spring
7 1 (1.82%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.82%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (14.55%) IPTV
2 6 (10.91%) Robotics
3 2 (3.64%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.82%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.82%) Fibre Optics
4 1 (1.82%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (1.82%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.82%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.82%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.82%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.82%) STB
Operating Systems
1 18 (32.73%) Linux
2 5 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (5.45%) Windows
4 1 (1.82%) Android
4 1 (1.82%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.82%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.82%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.82%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2016
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (45.45%) Scrum
3 23 (41.82%) Test Automation
4 22 (40.00%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (25.45%) Performance Testing
6 13 (23.64%) DevOps
7 12 (21.82%) Defect Management
7 12 (21.82%) TDD
7 12 (21.82%) Test Management
8 9 (16.36%) Scenario Testing
9 8 (14.55%) BDD
9 8 (14.55%) Kanban
9 8 (14.55%) Open Source
9 8 (14.55%) Scaled Agile Framework
9 8 (14.55%) SDLC
9 8 (14.55%) Test Scripting
9 8 (14.55%) Use Case
10 7 (12.73%) Network Management
10 7 (12.73%) Unit Testing
10 7 (12.73%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 25 (45.45%) Groovy
2 20 (36.36%) Python
3 14 (25.45%) Java
3 14 (25.45%) Scala
4 9 (16.36%) Shell Script
5 8 (14.55%) C
6 7 (12.73%) Java 8
7 5 (9.09%) Bash Shell
8 3 (5.45%) Korn
9 1 (1.82%) Embedded C
9 1 (1.82%) PHP
9 1 (1.82%) SQL
9 1 (1.82%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 7 (12.73%) CCNA
1 7 (12.73%) Cisco Certification
1 7 (12.73%) SC Cleared
1 7 (12.73%) Security Cleared
2 6 (10.91%) BPSS Clearance
2 6 (10.91%) CCIP
2 6 (10.91%) CCNP
3 5 (9.09%) BC Cleared
4 4 (7.27%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.27%) QA
2 1 (1.82%) GDPR
2 1 (1.82%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.82%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (23.64%) Docker
2 7 (12.73%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (3.64%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.82%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.82%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (1.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (21.82%) Ansible
1 12 (21.82%) Kubernetes
2 11 (20.00%) Opscode Chef
3 10 (18.18%) Terraform
4 6 (10.91%) HP ALM
4 6 (10.91%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (10.91%) Kibana
5 2 (3.64%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (29.09%) Cisco
2 7 (12.73%) HP
2 7 (12.73%) Splunk
3 6 (10.91%) Alcatel-Lucent
3 6 (10.91%) Juniper
4 5 (9.09%) Oracle
5 2 (3.64%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.64%) Nortel
6 1 (1.82%) Aruba
6 1 (1.82%) Bloomberg
6 1 (1.82%) BT
6 1 (1.82%) FactSet
6 1 (1.82%) Reuters
6 1 (1.82%) Tableau
6 1 (1.82%) Twitter
6 1 (1.82%) VMware