Period
to 22 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 22 September 2019 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)
England > North West
6 months to
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 86 111 52
Rank change year-on-year +25 -59 +55
Contract jobs citing DNS 118 118 197
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.26% 2.00% 3.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.48% 14.50% 22.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 61 114
North West median daily rate £413 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £206 £235 £165
90th Percentile £575 £638 £538
England median daily rate £401 £400 £365
% change year-on-year +0.13% +9.59% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 15
North West median hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.35% +9.68% -16.78%
10th Percentile £17.75 £13.45 £12.70
90th Percentile £27.25 £32.00 £127.25
England median hourly rate £37.25 £19.00 £18.10
% change year-on-year +96.05% +4.97% -35.36%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 675 814 863
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.90% 13.81% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 416 487 506
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £180 £206 £215
90th Percentile £575 £571 £543
England median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 81 66
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £15.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.19% -4.22%
10th Percentile £11.52 £12.45 £11.00
90th Percentile £28.75 £43.25 £51.71
England median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £18.10
% change year-on-year +25.60% +10.50% -23.79%

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing DNS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for DNS in the North West

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DNS in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for DNS in the North West

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DNS in the North West over the 6 months to 22 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DNS in the North West

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DNS in the North West

DNS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS within the North West region over the 6 months to 22 September 2019. 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
Manchester +28 72 £438 +25.00% 48
Cheshire +6 18 £425 +25.93% 18
Merseyside -7 15 £240 -26.15% 14
Cumbria 0 5 £473 +110.00% 1
Lancashire -4 3 £388 -24.39% 9
DNS
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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 North West region with a requirement for DNS.

1 87 (73.73%) DHCP
2 66 (55.93%) Active Directory
3 60 (50.85%) Windows
4 38 (32.20%) Microsoft
5 37 (31.36%) Cisco
5 37 (31.36%) TCP/IP
6 35 (29.66%) VMware
7 34 (28.81%) Linux
7 34 (28.81%) Windows Server
8 31 (26.27%) DevOps
8 31 (26.27%) ITIL
8 31 (26.27%) Firewall
9 30 (25.42%) LAN
10 28 (23.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 26 (22.03%) AWS
11 26 (22.03%) SSL
12 24 (20.34%) VPN
12 24 (20.34%) PowerShell
12 24 (20.34%) Azure
13 23 (19.49%) VMware Infrastructure
13 23 (19.49%) WAN
14 21 (17.80%) Puppet
14 21 (17.80%) Office 365
14 21 (17.80%) Jenkins
15 19 (16.10%) Configuration Management
15 19 (16.10%) Java
16 18 (15.25%) HTTP
16 18 (15.25%) Citrix
17 17 (14.41%) Telecoms
18 16 (13.56%) Windows Server 2008

DNS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 10 (8.47%) IIS
1 10 (8.47%) MS Exchange
2 8 (6.78%) Apache
2 8 (6.78%) nginx
2 8 (6.78%) Skype for Business
3 6 (5.08%) SharePoint
4 5 (4.24%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (4.24%) IBM Notes
5 4 (3.39%) Jetty
5 4 (3.39%) Mongrel
5 4 (3.39%) Tomcat
5 4 (3.39%) WebSphere
6 3 (2.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (2.54%) Confluence
6 3 (2.54%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.85%) CMS
8 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 6 (5.08%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 26 (22.03%) AWS
2 24 (20.34%) Azure
3 21 (17.80%) Office 365
4 12 (10.17%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (4.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 5 (4.24%) Amazon S3
5 5 (4.24%) GCP
5 5 (4.24%) SaaS
5 5 (4.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 4 (3.39%) Amazon Kinesis
6 4 (3.39%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (3.39%) AWS Lambda
6 4 (3.39%) IaaS
6 4 (3.39%) PaaS
6 4 (3.39%) Serverless
7 3 (2.54%) Akamai
7 3 (2.54%) Amazon EMR
7 3 (2.54%) Amazon SQS
7 3 (2.54%) AWS CloudTrail
7 3 (2.54%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 87 (73.73%) DHCP
2 37 (31.36%) TCP/IP
3 31 (26.27%) Firewall
4 30 (25.42%) LAN
5 26 (22.03%) SSL
6 24 (20.34%) VPN
7 23 (19.49%) WAN
8 18 (15.25%) HTTP
9 14 (11.86%) FTP
10 13 (11.02%) IPsec
10 13 (11.02%) Network Security
11 12 (10.17%) VLAN
12 11 (9.32%) Internet
12 11 (9.32%) VoIP
13 9 (7.63%) MPLS
13 9 (7.63%) Wireless
14 8 (6.78%) BGP
14 8 (6.78%) Skype
15 7 (5.93%) Cisco IOS
15 7 (5.93%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.47%) MySQL
2 8 (6.78%) NoSQL
2 8 (6.78%) RDBMS
2 8 (6.78%) Relational Database
3 7 (5.93%) MongoDB
4 5 (4.24%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (4.24%) SQL Server
5 4 (3.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 2 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.85%) Endeca
7 1 (0.85%) Power BI
7 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 21 (17.80%) Jenkins
2 11 (9.32%) Travis CI
3 3 (2.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (2.54%) JIRA
3 3 (2.54%) Maven
3 3 (2.54%) Subversion
4 1 (0.85%) Git (software)
General
1 17 (14.41%) Telecoms
2 16 (13.56%) Public Sector
3 9 (7.63%) Finance
4 5 (4.24%) Legal
5 4 (3.39%) Law
6 3 (2.54%) Banking
7 2 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.69%) Retail
8 1 (0.85%) Electronics
8 1 (0.85%) Games
8 1 (0.85%) Local Government
8 1 (0.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 21 (17.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 21 (17.80%) Network Engineer
2 16 (13.56%) DevOps Engineer
3 7 (5.93%) Administrator
4 6 (5.08%) Analyst
4 6 (5.08%) Desktop Support
4 6 (5.08%) Linux/Unix DevOps
4 6 (5.08%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (4.24%) AWS Engineer
5 5 (4.24%) Linux Engineer
5 5 (4.24%) Server Engineer
5 5 (4.24%) Systems Administrator
5 5 (4.24%) Team Leader
6 4 (3.39%) Cisco Engineer
6 4 (3.39%) Consultant
6 4 (3.39%) Desktop Analyst
6 4 (3.39%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 4 (3.39%) Support Analyst
6 4 (3.39%) Support Engineer
6 4 (3.39%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.08%) .NET
1 6 (5.08%) Web Services
2 4 (3.39%) J2EE
2 4 (3.39%) Servlets
3 2 (1.69%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.69%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (1.69%) LAMP
3 2 (1.69%) LDAP
3 2 (1.69%) LEMP Stack
3 2 (1.69%) Middleware
3 2 (1.69%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.85%) FreeSWITCH
4 1 (0.85%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (11.02%) Data Centre
2 12 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.78%) Management Information System
4 6 (5.08%) PKI
4 6 (5.08%) Smartphone
5 4 (3.39%) VxBlock/Vblock
6 3 (2.54%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.54%) NHS
7 2 (1.69%) Clustering
7 2 (1.69%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (1.69%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.85%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.85%) Handset
8 1 (0.85%) iPad
8 1 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 60 (50.85%) Windows
2 34 (28.81%) Linux
2 34 (28.81%) Windows Server
3 16 (13.56%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (12.71%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (8.47%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (7.63%) Windows 10
7 6 (5.08%) Windows 7
8 5 (4.24%) Unix
9 3 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.69%) CentOS
10 2 (1.69%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.85%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.85%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.85%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.85%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (26.27%) DevOps
1 31 (26.27%) ITIL
2 28 (23.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 19 (16.10%) Configuration Management
4 14 (11.86%) Open Source
5 13 (11.02%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (11.02%) Change Management
5 13 (11.02%) Test Automation
6 12 (10.17%) Migration
6 12 (10.17%) Problem-Solving
7 11 (9.32%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (9.32%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (8.47%) Service Management
9 8 (6.78%) Load Balancing
9 8 (6.78%) Microservices
9 8 (6.78%) Network Design
9 8 (6.78%) Problem Management
10 7 (5.93%) OO
10 7 (5.93%) OOP
11 6 (5.08%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 24 (20.34%) PowerShell
2 19 (16.10%) Java
3 11 (9.32%) Bash Shell
3 11 (9.32%) Python
4 9 (7.63%) SQL
5 5 (4.24%) VB
5 5 (4.24%) VBScript
6 4 (3.39%) Ruby
7 3 (2.54%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
8 2 (1.69%) PHP
9 1 (0.85%) Groovy
9 1 (0.85%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (11.86%) Cisco Certification
2 12 (10.17%) SC Cleared
2 12 (10.17%) Security Cleared
3 10 (8.47%) CCNA
4 9 (7.63%) CCNP
5 6 (5.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (4.24%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (4.24%) MCSE
7 4 (3.39%) CISSP
7 4 (3.39%) Degree
8 3 (2.54%) VCP5
8 3 (2.54%) VCP6
8 3 (2.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.69%) CCDP
9 2 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.69%) JNCIA
9 2 (1.69%) JNCIP
9 2 (1.69%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.08%) SLA
2 3 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.69%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.85%) GDPR
4 1 (0.85%) ISO 22301
4 1 (0.85%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.85%) PMO
System Software
1 66 (55.93%) Active Directory
2 23 (19.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (10.17%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (8.47%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (6.78%) Docker
5 8 (6.78%) Hyper-V
5 8 (6.78%) vSphere
6 5 (4.24%) BitLocker
6 5 (4.24%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (3.39%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 4 (3.39%) ProxySG
7 4 (3.39%) Xen
8 3 (2.54%) XenApp
9 2 (1.69%) DFS Replication
9 2 (1.69%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (1.69%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.85%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (0.85%) Kamailio
10 1 (0.85%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.85%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 21 (17.80%) Puppet
2 15 (12.71%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (10.17%) SCCM
4 7 (5.93%) Kubernetes
5 6 (5.08%) Ansible
6 5 (4.24%) WSUS
7 4 (3.39%) SCOM
8 3 (2.54%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (2.54%) Salt
8 3 (2.54%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (1.69%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (1.69%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (1.69%) Terraform
9 2 (1.69%) vCenter Server
10 1 (0.85%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.85%) Cisco UCCX
10 1 (0.85%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.85%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 38 (32.20%) Microsoft
2 37 (31.36%) Cisco
3 35 (29.66%) VMware
4 18 (15.25%) Citrix
5 10 (8.47%) Juniper
6 9 (7.63%) CheckPoint
7 7 (5.93%) Blue Coat
7 7 (5.93%) F5
7 7 (5.93%) HP
8 6 (5.08%) Google
8 6 (5.08%) Oracle
9 5 (4.24%) Fortinet
9 5 (4.24%) Lotus
9 5 (4.24%) McAfee
10 4 (3.39%) Dell
10 4 (3.39%) Palo Alto
10 4 (3.39%) SonicWALL
11 3 (2.54%) AppDynamics
11 3 (2.54%) Progress
11 3 (2.54%) Sony