Period
to 15 October 2018

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 15 October 2018 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 107 53 120
Rank change year-on-year -54 +67 -19
Contract jobs citing DNS 119 190 127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.01% 3.40% 1.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.44% 23.11% 11.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 110 81
North West median daily rate £356 £373 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.36% -6.88% +29.03%
10th Percentile £240 £156 £210
90th Percentile £538 £538 £571
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 14 6
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.75 £18.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.43% -10.07% +7.47%
10th Percentile £13.65 £12.65 £13.50
90th Percentile £32.00 £137.63 £44.38
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £28.00
% change year-on-year +1.60% -33.21% +40.00%

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 824 822 1,060
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.92% 14.71% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 492 617
North West median daily rate £398 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.63% -3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £206 £180 £213
90th Percentile £554 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 60 57
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.85 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.44% -0.97% -5.44%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.10 £53.04 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

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 15 October 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DNS in the North West over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 15 October 2018. 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 -22 68 £350 +7.69% 40
Cheshire -14 26 £350 +7.69% 18
Merseyside +15 12 £338 +77.63% 9
Lancashire -51 9 £475 +13.10% 3
Cumbria -3 2 £225 -50.00% 1
DNS
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, 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 (73.11%) Windows
2 75 (63.03%) Active Directory
3 73 (61.34%) DHCP
4 51 (42.86%) VMware
5 48 (40.34%) Microsoft
5 48 (40.34%) Office 365
5 48 (40.34%) Windows Server
6 37 (31.09%) TCP/IP
7 36 (30.25%) Microsoft Azure
8 34 (28.57%) Cisco
9 33 (27.73%) MS Exchange
10 32 (26.89%) WAN
10 32 (26.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 31 (26.05%) LAN
12 30 (25.21%) Firewall
13 29 (24.37%) ITIL
14 28 (23.53%) VMware Infrastructure
15 26 (21.85%) Amazon AWS
16 25 (21.01%) Linux
17 22 (18.49%) Citrix
17 22 (18.49%) Problem-Solving
18 21 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2010
18 21 (17.65%) SC Cleared
18 21 (17.65%) Security Cleared
19 20 (16.81%) VPN
20 19 (15.97%) Windows 7
20 19 (15.97%) PowerShell
20 19 (15.97%) Windows Server 2012
21 18 (15.13%) SAN
21 18 (15.13%) Migration

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 33 (27.73%) MS Exchange
2 21 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (14.29%) Skype for Business
4 10 (8.40%) IIS
4 10 (8.40%) SharePoint
5 7 (5.88%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (4.20%) Apache
6 5 (4.20%) nginx
7 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.68%) IBM HTTP Server
7 2 (1.68%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 2 (1.68%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.68%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.68%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.84%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.84%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 10 (8.40%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.84%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 48 (40.34%) Office 365
2 36 (30.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (21.85%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (7.56%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (6.72%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (4.20%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (3.36%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (2.52%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (2.52%) IaaS
8 3 (2.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (1.68%) PaaS
10 1 (0.84%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.84%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.84%) G Suite
10 1 (0.84%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 73 (61.34%) DHCP
2 37 (31.09%) TCP/IP
3 32 (26.89%) WAN
4 31 (26.05%) LAN
5 30 (25.21%) Firewall
6 20 (16.81%) VPN
7 18 (15.13%) SAN
8 16 (13.45%) Skype
8 16 (13.45%) VLAN
9 14 (11.76%) SSL
10 10 (8.40%) HTTP
11 9 (7.56%) DMZ
11 9 (7.56%) Network Security
12 8 (6.72%) Cisco Nexus
12 8 (6.72%) ISDN
12 8 (6.72%) MPLS
12 8 (6.72%) VoIP
13 7 (5.88%) Internet
14 6 (5.04%) BGP
14 6 (5.04%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.24%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (3.36%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.68%) Amazon Redshift
4 2 (1.68%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (1.68%) Big Data
4 2 (1.68%) DB2
4 2 (1.68%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.68%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.84%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 8 (6.72%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.68%) Artifactory
2 2 (1.68%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.68%) JIRA
2 2 (1.68%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.84%) GitLab
3 1 (0.84%) Maven
3 1 (0.84%) MSI
3 1 (0.84%) RStudio
3 1 (0.84%) Subversion
3 1 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.84%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.84%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 9 (7.56%) Manufacturing
2 7 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.68%) Finance
4 1 (0.84%) Banking
4 1 (0.84%) Billing
4 1 (0.84%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (10.92%) Architect
3 11 (9.24%) Network Engineer
4 9 (7.56%) Systems Engineer
5 8 (6.72%) Administrator
5 8 (6.72%) Technical Engineer
6 7 (5.88%) AWS Engineer
6 7 (5.88%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (5.88%) Support Engineer
7 6 (5.04%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 6 (5.04%) Analyst
7 6 (5.04%) Senior Windows Administrator
7 6 (5.04%) Technical Architect
7 6 (5.04%) Windows Administrator
8 5 (4.20%) AWS DevOps
8 5 (4.20%) DevOps Engineer
8 5 (4.20%) Office 365 Engineer
9 4 (3.36%) Active Directory Engineer
9 4 (3.36%) Senior DevOps
9 4 (3.36%) SharePoint Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.56%) Web Services
2 5 (4.20%) .NET
2 5 (4.20%) 802.1X
3 4 (3.36%) LAPP Stack
4 2 (1.68%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.68%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (1.68%) Middleware
4 2 (1.68%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (1.68%) SAML
4 2 (1.68%) Servlets
4 2 (1.68%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (1.68%) WSGI
5 1 (0.84%) OAuth
5 1 (0.84%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 17 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (10.08%) Data Centre
3 9 (7.56%) Blackberry
4 8 (6.72%) Fat Client
4 8 (6.72%) Thin Client
5 6 (5.04%) Client/Server
5 6 (5.04%) Computer Science
5 6 (5.04%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.36%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.68%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.68%) PKI
7 2 (1.68%) RSA SecurID
7 2 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.68%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.84%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.84%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.84%) Handset
8 1 (0.84%) NHS
8 1 (0.84%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.84%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 87 (73.11%) Windows
2 48 (40.34%) Windows Server
3 25 (21.01%) Linux
4 19 (15.97%) Windows 7
4 19 (15.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (13.45%) Windows 10
5 16 (13.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (10.08%) Unix
7 10 (8.40%) AIX
7 10 (8.40%) Solaris
8 8 (6.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (6.72%) Windows 2000
8 8 (6.72%) Windows XP
9 7 (5.88%) Windows Embedded Compact
9 7 (5.88%) Windows NT
10 4 (3.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (1.68%) CentOS
11 2 (1.68%) SUSE
12 1 (0.84%) Android
12 1 (0.84%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (26.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 29 (24.37%) ITIL
3 22 (18.49%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (15.13%) Migration
5 12 (10.08%) Load Balancing
6 9 (7.56%) Configuration Management
6 9 (7.56%) DevOps
6 9 (7.56%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (7.56%) Informatics
7 7 (5.88%) Service Delivery
7 7 (5.88%) Service Management
8 6 (5.04%) Change Control
8 6 (5.04%) Network Design
9 5 (4.20%) Capacity Planning
9 5 (4.20%) Change Management
9 5 (4.20%) Infrastructure Management
9 5 (4.20%) Network Monitoring
9 5 (4.20%) Test Automation
10 4 (3.36%) ITSM
10 4 (3.36%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.97%) PowerShell
2 11 (9.24%) SQL
3 9 (7.56%) VB
3 9 (7.56%) VBScript
4 8 (6.72%) Bash Shell
5 7 (5.88%) Java
6 5 (4.20%) Python
7 3 (2.52%) C
8 2 (1.68%) Jython
8 2 (1.68%) Perl
8 2 (1.68%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 21 (17.65%) SC Cleared
1 21 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 14 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
3 13 (10.92%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (10.08%) Degree
4 12 (10.08%) MCSE
5 10 (8.40%) CCNP
6 8 (6.72%) MCSA
7 7 (5.88%) CCNA
8 5 (4.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 4 (3.36%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (3.36%) ISEB
9 4 (3.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (2.52%) CCIE
11 2 (1.68%) CCDP
11 2 (1.68%) HP APS
12 1 (0.84%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.84%) MCP
12 1 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.68%) SLA
2 1 (0.84%) PMO
System Software
1 75 (63.03%) Active Directory
2 28 (23.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (6.72%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (6.72%) vSphere
3 8 (6.72%) XenApp
3 8 (6.72%) XenDesktop
4 7 (5.88%) Hyper-V
5 6 (5.04%) Forefront TMG
6 3 (2.52%) XenServer
7 2 (1.68%) Docker
7 2 (1.68%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.68%) Xen
8 1 (0.84%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.84%) MetaFrame
8 1 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.84%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.84%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 16 (13.45%) SCCM
2 8 (6.72%) Puppet
3 7 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (5.04%) Ansible
4 6 (5.04%) WSUS
5 5 (4.20%) Salt
5 5 (4.20%) vCenter Server
6 4 (3.36%) SCOM
7 3 (2.52%) Kibana
7 3 (2.52%) logstash
7 3 (2.52%) NetBackup
7 3 (2.52%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (2.52%) Terraform
8 2 (1.68%) DameWare
8 2 (1.68%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (1.68%) FortiGate
8 2 (1.68%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (1.68%) HAProxy
8 2 (1.68%) Kubernetes
8 2 (1.68%) Nagios
Vendors
1 51 (42.86%) VMware
2 48 (40.34%) Microsoft
3 34 (28.57%) Cisco
4 22 (18.49%) Citrix
5 11 (9.24%) IBM
5 11 (9.24%) Palo Alto
6 9 (7.56%) Google
6 9 (7.56%) Red Hat
7 8 (6.72%) Clearswift
7 8 (6.72%) EMC
7 8 (6.72%) HP
7 8 (6.72%) Sun
8 7 (5.88%) Hitachi
9 6 (5.04%) IronPort
10 5 (4.20%) F5
10 5 (4.20%) NetApp
10 5 (4.20%) Teradici
11 4 (3.36%) CheckPoint
11 4 (3.36%) Juniper
11 4 (3.36%) Wyse