Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 106 50 109
Rank change year-on-year -56 +59 -11
Contract jobs citing DNS 115 200 138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.89% 3.46% 1.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.50% 24.13% 12.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 116 89
North West median daily rate £393 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.67% - +25.00%
10th Percentile £225 £170 £204
90th Percentile £638 £538 £478
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 5
North West median hourly rate £17.25 £15.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.29% -22.50% +16.52%
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.80 £13.50
90th Percentile £32.00 £106.50 £36.50
England median hourly rate £19.00 £23.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -17.39% -17.86% +30.08%

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 793 829 1,129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.03% 14.35% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 474 648
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £210 £218 £250
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 72 50
North West median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.68% - -4.08%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.00 £10.95
90th Percentile £43.03 £51.04 £42.33
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.05 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.80% -27.80% +21.95%

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 19 August 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 19 August 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 19 August 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 -28 57 £375 +7.14% 26
Cheshire -16 24 £350 - 14
Lancashire -43 17 £569 +33.82% 3
Merseyside +16 10 £325 +8.33% 6
Cumbria -6 2 £225 -47.06%
DNS
England

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 86 (74.78%) Windows
2 71 (61.74%) Active Directory
3 69 (60.00%) DHCP
4 51 (44.35%) Windows Server
5 43 (37.39%) Microsoft
6 38 (33.04%) Office 365
7 37 (32.17%) Cisco
7 37 (32.17%) Firewall
8 33 (28.70%) ITIL
8 33 (28.70%) VMware
9 30 (26.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 29 (25.22%) Linux
10 29 (25.22%) TCP/IP
10 29 (25.22%) MS Exchange
11 27 (23.48%) WAN
12 26 (22.61%) Amazon AWS
13 25 (21.74%) Problem-Solving
14 24 (20.87%) LAN
14 24 (20.87%) VMware Infrastructure
15 23 (20.00%) SAN
16 22 (19.13%) Citrix
16 22 (19.13%) Windows Server 2008
16 22 (19.13%) SC Cleared
16 22 (19.13%) Security Cleared
17 20 (17.39%) Windows 7
17 20 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
17 20 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
18 19 (16.52%) SCCM
18 19 (16.52%) PowerShell
18 19 (16.52%) VLAN

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 29 (25.22%) MS Exchange
2 17 (14.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (13.91%) Skype for Business
4 13 (11.30%) IIS
5 8 (6.96%) SharePoint
6 6 (5.22%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (1.74%) Apache
7 2 (1.74%) Apache Spark
7 2 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.74%) IBM HTTP Server
7 2 (1.74%) nginx
7 2 (1.74%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 2 (1.74%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.74%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.74%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.87%) Amazon Alexa
8 1 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.87%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 11 (9.57%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.87%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.87%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 38 (33.04%) Office 365
2 26 (22.61%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (6.96%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (3.48%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (2.61%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (2.61%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (2.61%) PaaS
7 3 (2.61%) SaaS
8 2 (1.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.87%) G Suite
9 1 (0.87%) GitHub
9 1 (0.87%) IaaS
9 1 (0.87%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 69 (60.00%) DHCP
2 37 (32.17%) Firewall
3 29 (25.22%) TCP/IP
4 27 (23.48%) WAN
5 24 (20.87%) LAN
6 23 (20.00%) SAN
7 19 (16.52%) VLAN
8 15 (13.04%) Skype
9 12 (10.43%) DMZ
9 12 (10.43%) Network Security
10 10 (8.70%) VPN
11 9 (7.83%) HTTP
11 9 (7.83%) IP Telephony
12 8 (6.96%) MPLS
12 8 (6.96%) SSL
12 8 (6.96%) VoIP
13 5 (4.35%) BGP
13 5 (4.35%) Fibre Channel
13 5 (4.35%) Internet
13 5 (4.35%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.96%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.61%) Big Data
3 3 (2.61%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.74%) DB2
4 2 (1.74%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.87%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.87%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 9 (7.83%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.74%) Artifactory
2 2 (1.74%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.74%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.87%) GitLab
3 1 (0.87%) JIRA
3 1 (0.87%) RStudio
3 1 (0.87%) Subversion
3 1 (0.87%) Visual Studio Code
3 1 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 9 (7.83%) Telecoms
2 8 (6.96%) Manufacturing
3 6 (5.22%) Finance
4 1 (0.87%) Billing
4 1 (0.87%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (25.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (8.70%) Network Engineer
2 10 (8.70%) Server Engineer
3 9 (7.83%) Architect
3 9 (7.83%) AWS Engineer
4 8 (6.96%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
4 8 (6.96%) Systems Engineer
4 8 (6.96%) Technical Architect
4 8 (6.96%) Windows Engineer
5 7 (6.09%) Analyst
6 6 (5.22%) Administrator
6 6 (5.22%) Senior Windows Administrator
6 6 (5.22%) Support Engineer
6 6 (5.22%) Windows Administrator
6 6 (5.22%) Windows Server Engineer
7 5 (4.35%) AWS DevOps
7 5 (4.35%) DevOps Engineer
8 4 (3.48%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 4 (3.48%) AWS DevOps Engineer
8 4 (3.48%) Senior Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.57%) Web Services
2 4 (3.48%) .NET
3 2 (1.74%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (1.74%) IBM Integration Bus
3 2 (1.74%) LAPP Stack
3 2 (1.74%) Middleware
3 2 (1.74%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (1.74%) SAML
3 2 (1.74%) WebSphere MQ
4 1 (0.87%) JSON
4 1 (0.87%) Node.js
4 1 (0.87%) OAuth
4 1 (0.87%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.17%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (8.70%) Client/Server
2 10 (8.70%) Data Centre
3 9 (7.83%) Blackberry
4 8 (6.96%) Fat Client
4 8 (6.96%) Thin Client
5 6 (5.22%) Computer Science
6 5 (4.35%) Management Information System
7 4 (3.48%) PKI
7 4 (3.48%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.74%) Clustering
8 2 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.74%) RSA SecurID
8 2 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.87%) NHS
9 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 86 (74.78%) Windows
2 51 (44.35%) Windows Server
3 29 (25.22%) Linux
4 22 (19.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 20 (17.39%) Windows 7
5 20 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (15.65%) Windows 2000
7 16 (13.91%) Unix
8 15 (13.04%) Windows 10
9 14 (12.17%) AIX
9 14 (12.17%) Solaris
10 13 (11.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (10.43%) Windows XP
12 11 (9.57%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 11 (9.57%) Windows NT
12 11 (9.57%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (2.61%) CentOS
13 3 (2.61%) SUSE
14 2 (1.74%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.87%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (28.70%) ITIL
2 30 (26.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 25 (21.74%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (9.57%) Disaster Recovery
4 11 (9.57%) Load Balancing
5 10 (8.70%) DevOps
6 9 (7.83%) Problem Management
7 8 (6.96%) Change Management
7 8 (6.96%) Infrastructure Management
7 8 (6.96%) Network Design
7 8 (6.96%) Service Delivery
7 8 (6.96%) Service Management
8 7 (6.09%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (6.09%) Configuration Management
8 7 (6.09%) Migration
9 6 (5.22%) Open Source
9 6 (5.22%) Project Management
9 6 (5.22%) Server Virtualisation
10 5 (4.35%) Decision-Making
10 5 (4.35%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 19 (16.52%) PowerShell
2 14 (12.17%) VBScript
3 11 (9.57%) SQL
4 8 (6.96%) VB
5 6 (5.22%) Bash Shell
6 5 (4.35%) Java
7 3 (2.61%) Ruby
8 2 (1.74%) C
8 2 (1.74%) Jython
8 2 (1.74%) Perl
8 2 (1.74%) Python
Qualifications
1 22 (19.13%) SC Cleared
1 22 (19.13%) Security Cleared
2 14 (12.17%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (9.57%) CCNP
4 10 (8.70%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (7.83%) MCSE
6 8 (6.96%) Degree
7 6 (5.22%) CCIE
8 5 (4.35%) CCNA
9 4 (3.48%) CCDP
9 4 (3.48%) Chartered Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) CISM
9 4 (3.48%) CISSP
9 4 (3.48%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (3.48%) ISEB
9 4 (3.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (3.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 4 (3.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 3 (2.61%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (2.61%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.87%) SLA
System Software
1 71 (61.74%) Active Directory
2 24 (20.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (8.70%) Hyper-V
4 9 (7.83%) vSphere
5 8 (6.96%) Docker
6 7 (6.09%) XenApp
6 7 (6.09%) XenDesktop
7 6 (5.22%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (4.35%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (1.74%) VMware NSX
9 2 (1.74%) Xen
9 2 (1.74%) XenServer
10 1 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.87%) MetaFrame
10 1 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.87%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.87%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 19 (16.52%) SCCM
2 11 (9.57%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (6.96%) WSUS
4 7 (6.09%) Puppet
4 7 (6.09%) vCenter Server
5 4 (3.48%) SCOM
5 4 (3.48%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.61%) Ansible
6 3 (2.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (2.61%) NetBackup
6 3 (2.61%) Salt
6 3 (2.61%) Terraform
7 2 (1.74%) DameWare
7 2 (1.74%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.74%) HAProxy
7 2 (1.74%) Kibana
7 2 (1.74%) Kubernetes
7 2 (1.74%) logstash
7 2 (1.74%) MaaS360
7 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 43 (37.39%) Microsoft
2 37 (32.17%) Cisco
3 33 (28.70%) VMware
4 22 (19.13%) Citrix
5 16 (13.91%) IBM
6 14 (12.17%) Red Hat
7 13 (11.30%) EMC
8 12 (10.43%) Palo Alto
8 12 (10.43%) Sun
9 11 (9.57%) Hitachi
10 9 (7.83%) Clearswift
11 8 (6.96%) IronPort
12 6 (5.22%) NetApp
13 5 (4.35%) Google
13 5 (4.35%) HP
13 5 (4.35%) Teradici
14 4 (3.48%) Wyse
15 3 (2.61%) McAfee
15 3 (2.61%) Micro Focus
15 3 (2.61%) Nimble Storage