Period
to 25 November 2017

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 25 November 2017 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
25 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 69 110 94
Rank change year-on-year +41 -16 -19
Contract jobs citing DNS 159 121 168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.81% 1.79% 1.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.00% 11.90% 15.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 75 92
North West median daily rate £350 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.70% +12.50%
10th Percentile £115 £202 £206
90th Percentile £498 £571 £508
England median daily rate £375 £375 £368
% change year-on-year - +2.04% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 15
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £19.63 £17.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.92% +13.24% -22.98%
10th Percentile £11.50 £13.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £168.75 £44.00 £34.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £28.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -33.21% +36.59% +7.89%

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 757 1017 1109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.39% 15.02% 12.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 589 642
North West median daily rate £388 £408 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.91% +8.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £163 £213 £205
90th Percentile £543 £575 £538
England median daily rate £403 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +0.75% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 56 103
North West median hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -4.99% -12.52%
10th Percentile £11.13 £12.54 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.61 £40.00 £41.80
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.84 £21.00
% change year-on-year -18.11% +8.74% +5.00%

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 25 November 2017.

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 25 November 2017.

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 25 November 2017. 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 +9 72 £320 -6.91% 20
Lancashire +50 52 £425 -
Cheshire +8 17 £375 -14.29% 11
Merseyside +8 11 £200 -52.94% 2
Cumbria -1 3 £450 - 1
DNS
England

For the 6 months to 25 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DNS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for DNS.

1 86 (54.09%) Windows
1 86 (54.09%) Active Directory
2 77 (48.43%) DHCP
3 59 (37.11%) Windows Server
4 52 (32.70%) ITIL
4 52 (32.70%) Microsoft
5 49 (30.82%) Migration
6 47 (29.56%) VMware
7 39 (24.53%) Security Cleared
8 35 (22.01%) SC Cleared
8 35 (22.01%) TCP/IP
9 34 (21.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 34 (21.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 33 (20.75%) Cisco
11 32 (20.13%) Data Centre
12 28 (17.61%) Office 365
12 28 (17.61%) MS Exchange
12 28 (17.61%) Firewall
13 26 (16.35%) Citrix
13 26 (16.35%) SCCM
14 24 (15.09%) Solaris
15 23 (14.47%) Linux
16 22 (13.84%) VMware Infrastructure
17 21 (13.21%) VLAN
17 21 (13.21%) Hyper-V
17 21 (13.21%) LAN
17 21 (13.21%) WAN
18 18 (11.32%) VPN
19 17 (10.69%) Microsoft Certification
19 17 (10.69%) MPLS

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 28 (17.61%) MS Exchange
2 16 (10.06%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (8.18%) Skype for Business
4 9 (5.66%) IIS
5 6 (3.77%) Apache
5 6 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (3.14%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.89%) Tomcat
8 2 (1.26%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.26%) JBoss
8 2 (1.26%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.26%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.26%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.63%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.63%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.63%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.63%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 1 (0.63%) SAS
9 1 (0.63%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 15 (9.43%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 28 (17.61%) Office 365
2 16 (10.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.40%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (3.77%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.89%) OneDrive
6 2 (1.26%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 77 (48.43%) DHCP
2 35 (22.01%) TCP/IP
3 28 (17.61%) Firewall
4 21 (13.21%) LAN
4 21 (13.21%) VLAN
4 21 (13.21%) WAN
5 18 (11.32%) VPN
6 17 (10.69%) MPLS
7 16 (10.06%) VoIP
8 13 (8.18%) SAN
9 12 (7.55%) Junos
10 11 (6.92%) Skype
11 10 (6.29%) NAS
12 9 (5.66%) ISDN
13 8 (5.03%) Network Security
13 8 (5.03%) SSL
13 8 (5.03%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (3.77%) SNMP
14 6 (3.77%) Wireless
15 5 (3.14%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.29%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.77%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.26%) MySQL
4 2 (1.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.26%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.63%) DB2
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 3 (1.89%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.63%) Subversion
3 1 (0.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (5.03%) Telecoms
2 5 (3.14%) Finance
3 3 (1.89%) Local Government
4 2 (1.26%) Back Office
4 2 (1.26%) Law
4 2 (1.26%) Legal
4 2 (1.26%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.26%) Publishing
4 2 (1.26%) Retail
5 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 16 (10.06%) Network Engineer
2 15 (9.43%) 3rd Line Support
2 15 (9.43%) Analyst
3 11 (6.92%) Architect
3 11 (6.92%) IT Support
4 10 (6.29%) Support Analyst
5 9 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (5.66%) Administrator
5 9 (5.66%) Consultant
5 9 (5.66%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (5.03%) Desktop Support
6 8 (5.03%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 8 (5.03%) Server Engineer
6 8 (5.03%) Technical Support
7 7 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (4.40%) Support Engineer
8 6 (3.77%) Linux Specialist
8 6 (3.77%) Server Support
9 5 (3.14%) IT Support Technician
9 5 (3.14%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.40%) .NET
2 5 (3.14%) CSS
2 5 (3.14%) Middleware
2 5 (3.14%) Web Services
3 4 (2.52%) ASP.NET
3 4 (2.52%) HTML
4 3 (1.89%) JSON
5 2 (1.26%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.26%) Ajax
5 2 (1.26%) CSS3
5 2 (1.26%) HTML5
5 2 (1.26%) Node.js
5 2 (1.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 2 (1.26%) WAP
5 2 (1.26%) XML
6 1 (0.63%) 802.1X
6 1 (0.63%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (0.63%) J2EE
6 1 (0.63%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 32 (20.13%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.66%) Replication
3 7 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.77%) Blackberry
5 5 (3.14%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.52%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.89%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (1.89%) Fat Client
7 3 (1.89%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.89%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.89%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.26%) iPhone
8 2 (1.26%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.26%) PKI
9 1 (0.63%) EMC VNX
9 1 (0.63%) Life Science
9 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Licensing
9 1 (0.63%) Smart Meter
9 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 86 (54.09%) Windows
2 59 (37.11%) Windows Server
3 34 (21.38%) Windows Server 2008
3 34 (21.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (15.09%) Solaris
5 23 (14.47%) Linux
6 15 (9.43%) Windows 7
7 14 (8.81%) AIX
7 14 (8.81%) Windows 10
8 13 (8.18%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (5.66%) Apple iOS
10 8 (5.03%) HPUX
10 8 (5.03%) Unix
11 7 (4.40%) Windows 8
11 7 (4.40%) Windows XP
12 6 (3.77%) SUSE
13 4 (2.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (1.89%) Android
14 3 (1.89%) Windows 2000
15 2 (1.26%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (32.70%) ITIL
2 49 (30.82%) Migration
3 12 (7.55%) Change Management
3 12 (7.55%) Disaster Recovery
4 11 (6.92%) Service Management
5 9 (5.66%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (5.66%) Network Management
6 8 (5.03%) Cybersecurity
6 8 (5.03%) Kalman Filter
7 7 (4.40%) ITSM
7 7 (4.40%) SIEM
8 6 (3.77%) Business Continuity
8 6 (3.77%) Load Balancing
8 6 (3.77%) Network Design
8 6 (3.77%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (3.77%) Task Automation
8 6 (3.77%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 5 (3.14%) Break/Fix
9 5 (3.14%) Email Filtering
9 5 (3.14%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 15 (9.43%) PowerShell
2 8 (5.03%) SQL
3 4 (2.52%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.89%) C#
4 3 (1.89%) Perl
4 3 (1.89%) VBScript
5 2 (1.26%) PHP
5 2 (1.26%) Python
5 2 (1.26%) Ruby
6 1 (0.63%) C
6 1 (0.63%) Java
6 1 (0.63%) Jython
6 1 (0.63%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.63%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (24.53%) Security Cleared
2 35 (22.01%) SC Cleared
3 17 (10.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (7.55%) CCNA
4 12 (7.55%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (5.03%) MCITP
5 8 (5.03%) MCSA
5 8 (5.03%) MCSE
6 7 (4.40%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (3.14%) DBS Check
7 5 (3.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (3.14%) MCP
8 4 (2.52%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (2.52%) CCNP
8 4 (2.52%) JNCIA
9 3 (1.89%) A+ Certification
9 3 (1.89%) CCIE
9 3 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (1.89%) Degree
9 3 (1.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.66%) SLA
2 3 (1.89%) QA
3 2 (1.26%) COBIT
3 2 (1.26%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.26%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.63%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.63%) PMO
System Software
1 86 (54.09%) Active Directory
2 22 (13.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (13.21%) Hyper-V
4 15 (9.43%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (5.66%) XenDesktop
6 8 (5.03%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (5.03%) XenApp
7 6 (3.77%) ProxySG
8 4 (2.52%) XenServer
9 2 (1.26%) UAG
9 2 (1.26%) VMware Server
9 2 (1.26%) vSphere
10 1 (0.63%) Firmware
10 1 (0.63%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.63%) iptables
10 1 (0.63%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.63%) NFS
10 1 (0.63%) Xen
Systems Management
1 26 (16.35%) SCCM
2 8 (5.03%) WSUS
3 6 (3.77%) Nagios
3 6 (3.77%) Puppet
4 5 (3.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (3.14%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (3.14%) SCOM
5 4 (2.52%) NetBackup
5 4 (2.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (2.52%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (1.89%) AppDNA
6 3 (1.89%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (1.26%) BladeLogic
7 2 (1.26%) Cacti
7 2 (1.26%) OpenNMS
7 2 (1.26%) RANCID
8 1 (0.63%) Ansible
8 1 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.63%) vMotion
8 1 (0.63%) yum
Vendors
1 52 (32.70%) Microsoft
2 47 (29.56%) VMware
3 33 (20.75%) Cisco
4 26 (16.35%) Citrix
5 14 (8.81%) Juniper
6 13 (8.18%) Apple
7 12 (7.55%) CheckPoint
7 12 (7.55%) HP
8 7 (4.40%) NetApp
8 7 (4.40%) Palo Alto
8 7 (4.40%) Veeam
9 6 (3.77%) AppSense
9 6 (3.77%) Blue Coat
9 6 (3.77%) IronPort
9 6 (3.77%) Lumension
9 6 (3.77%) McAfee
9 6 (3.77%) Red Hat
10 5 (3.14%) Clearswift
10 5 (3.14%) Dell
10 5 (3.14%) Micro Focus