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 3 months to 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Domain Name System (DNS)
England / North West
Rank 66 79 105
Rank change year-on-year +13 +26  
Contract jobs citing DNS 68 79 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.63% 2.06% 1.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.18% 13.91% 10.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 47 17
Median daily rate £350 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £200 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £500 £403
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £343
% change year-on-year - +2.18%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 7
Median hourly rate £16.25 £27.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.90% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.26 £16.50 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.35 £35.00 £31.77
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.43 £20.50 £24.38
% change year-on-year +14.26% -15.89%  

DNS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next 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 and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 374 568 499
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 14.48% 14.80% 13.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 245 326 234
Median daily rate £388 £425 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.82% +19.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 28 43
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.84 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.98% -8.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £51.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +23.33%  

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing DNS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +11 37 £345 -13.75% 17
Lancashire +21 15 £453 +34.14% 2
Cheshire +10 7 £381 -4.68% 7
Merseyside +2 7 £300 -29.41% 3
DNS
England

DNS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 62 (54.87%) Windows
2 60 (53.10%) Active Directory
3 52 (46.02%) DHCP
4 36 (31.86%) Microsoft
5 35 (30.97%) TCP/IP
6 34 (30.09%) Linux
7 33 (29.20%) VMware
8 30 (26.55%) Firewall
8 30 (26.55%) Migration
9 28 (24.78%) LAN
10 25 (22.12%) WAN
10 25 (22.12%) Windows Server
11 21 (18.58%) Windows Server 2008
11 21 (18.58%) Windows Server 2012
12 20 (17.70%) VLAN
13 19 (16.81%) Cisco
13 19 (16.81%) Security Cleared
13 19 (16.81%) VMware Infrastructure
14 17 (15.04%) MS Exchange
15 16 (14.16%) SC Cleared
15 16 (14.16%) Data Centre
16 15 (13.27%) Exchange Server 2010
16 15 (13.27%) IIS
16 15 (13.27%) Cisco Certification
17 14 (12.39%) PowerShell
18 13 (11.50%) SQL Server
18 13 (11.50%) ITIL
19 12 (10.62%) VPN
19 12 (10.62%) Office 365
20 11 (9.73%) Amazon AWS

DNS
Top Related 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 17 (15.04%) MS Exchange
2 15 (13.27%) Exchange Server 2010
2 15 (13.27%) IIS
3 7 (6.19%) Apache
3 7 (6.19%) WebSphere
4 6 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2007
4 6 (5.31%) Jetty
4 6 (5.31%) nginx
4 6 (5.31%) Skype for Business
5 5 (4.42%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (4.42%) Mongrel
5 5 (4.42%) Tomcat
6 4 (3.54%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (1.77%) IBM HTTP Server
7 2 (1.77%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.77%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 2 (1.77%) SharePoint
7 2 (1.77%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.77%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.88%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (7.96%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.42%) MS Office
3 1 (0.88%) MS Project
3 1 (0.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.88%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 12 (10.62%) Office 365
2 11 (9.73%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (7.08%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (4.42%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (4.42%) Google App Engine
4 5 (4.42%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (3.54%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.88%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 1 (0.88%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.88%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.88%) G Suite
6 1 (0.88%) PaaS
6 1 (0.88%) Rackspace Cloud
6 1 (0.88%) Route 53
6 1 (0.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 52 (46.02%) DHCP
2 35 (30.97%) TCP/IP
3 30 (26.55%) Firewall
4 28 (24.78%) LAN
5 25 (22.12%) WAN
6 20 (17.70%) VLAN
7 12 (10.62%) VPN
8 9 (7.96%) Network Security
8 9 (7.96%) OSPF
8 9 (7.96%) SSL
9 8 (7.08%) BGP
9 8 (7.08%) HTTP
9 8 (7.08%) Internet
9 8 (7.08%) VoIP
10 7 (6.19%) FTP
10 7 (6.19%) IPsec
10 7 (6.19%) LDAP
11 6 (5.31%) EIGRP
11 6 (5.31%) SAN
11 6 (5.31%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.50%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.54%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.54%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (2.65%) MySQL
3 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.77%) DB2
4 2 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.88%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (0.88%) Couchbase
5 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.88%) MS Access
5 1 (0.88%) Redis
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 10 (8.85%) Jenkins
2 5 (4.42%) Travis CI
3 2 (1.77%) Subversion
4 1 (0.88%) JIRA
4 1 (0.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (7.96%) Finance
2 3 (2.65%) Banking
2 3 (2.65%) Manufacturing
2 3 (2.65%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.88%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 14 (12.39%) Network Engineer
2 12 (10.62%) Administrator
2 12 (10.62%) Architect
3 10 (8.85%) Analyst
4 8 (7.08%) Consultant
5 7 (6.19%) Linux Engineer
6 6 (5.31%) Infrastructure Architect
6 6 (5.31%) Support Engineer
7 5 (4.42%) Linux Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.42%) Systems Administrator
7 5 (4.42%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.42%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (3.54%) Active Directory Administrator
8 4 (3.54%) Cisco Engineer
8 4 (3.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 4 (3.54%) Linux Administrator
8 4 (3.54%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 4 (3.54%) Migration Architect
8 4 (3.54%) Senior Analyst
8 4 (3.54%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.96%) Middleware
2 7 (6.19%) .NET
3 5 (4.42%) J2EE
3 5 (4.42%) Memcached
3 5 (4.42%) Servlets
4 2 (1.77%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.77%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (1.77%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (1.77%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.88%) Node.js
5 1 (0.88%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.88%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.16%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.54%) Clustering
3 4 (3.54%) Mainframe
4 3 (2.65%) Life Science
4 3 (2.65%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.65%) NHS
4 3 (2.65%) PKI
4 3 (2.65%) Replication
4 3 (2.65%) Security Operations Centre
5 2 (1.77%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.77%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.77%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.77%) Smartphone
5 2 (1.77%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.77%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.88%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.88%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 62 (54.87%) Windows
2 34 (30.09%) Linux
3 25 (22.12%) Windows Server
4 21 (18.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (18.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (9.73%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (8.85%) Solaris
6 10 (8.85%) Unix
7 7 (6.19%) AIX
8 6 (5.31%) Windows 7
9 4 (3.54%) CentOS
9 4 (3.54%) HPUX
10 3 (2.65%) Apple iOS
10 3 (2.65%) Windows 10
11 2 (1.77%) Android
11 2 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.88%) Debian
12 1 (0.88%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.88%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.88%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (26.55%) Migration
2 13 (11.50%) ITIL
3 10 (8.85%) Load Balancing
3 10 (8.85%) Service Management
4 9 (7.96%) Configuration Management
4 9 (7.96%) DevOps
5 8 (7.08%) High Availability
6 7 (6.19%) Change Management
6 7 (6.19%) Disaster Recovery
7 6 (5.31%) Open Source
8 5 (4.42%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (4.42%) ITSM
8 5 (4.42%) Network Design
8 5 (4.42%) Network Monitoring
8 5 (4.42%) Server Building
8 5 (4.42%) SIEM
9 4 (3.54%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (3.54%) Patch Management
9 4 (3.54%) Security Hardening
9 4 (3.54%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 14 (12.39%) PowerShell
2 9 (7.96%) Java
2 9 (7.96%) Perl
3 5 (4.42%) Bash Shell
3 5 (4.42%) PHP
4 4 (3.54%) Python
4 4 (3.54%) SQL
5 2 (1.77%) Jython
6 1 (0.88%) C++
6 1 (0.88%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.88%) Ruby
6 1 (0.88%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (16.81%) Security Cleared
2 16 (14.16%) SC Cleared
3 15 (13.27%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (8.85%) CCNP
5 9 (7.96%) CCNA
6 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (3.54%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (3.54%) MCSE
8 3 (2.65%) MCITP
9 2 (1.77%) CCIE
9 2 (1.77%) CISSP
9 2 (1.77%) ISEB
9 2 (1.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.77%) MCSA
9 2 (1.77%) SANS
9 2 (1.77%) SSCP
10 1 (0.88%) CCDP
10 1 (0.88%) Degree
10 1 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.31%) SLA
2 3 (2.65%) QA
System Software
1 60 (53.10%) Active Directory
2 19 (16.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.31%) VMware ESX
4 5 (4.42%) iptables
4 5 (4.42%) Postfix
4 5 (4.42%) Squid
4 5 (4.42%) Varnish
5 4 (3.54%) Hyper-V
5 4 (3.54%) Xen
6 3 (2.65%) XenApp
7 2 (1.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.77%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 10 (8.85%) SCCM
2 9 (7.96%) Puppet
3 6 (5.31%) Nagios
4 4 (3.54%) BladeLogic
5 3 (2.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (2.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (1.77%) Backup Exec
6 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.77%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 2 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.77%) QRadar
6 2 (1.77%) WSUS
7 1 (0.88%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.88%) Nessus
7 1 (0.88%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.88%) Nmap
7 1 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 36 (31.86%) Microsoft
2 33 (29.20%) VMware
3 19 (16.81%) Cisco
4 10 (8.85%) IBM
5 9 (7.96%) F5
5 9 (7.96%) HP
6 8 (7.08%) Citrix
6 8 (7.08%) Oracle
7 6 (5.31%) Google
7 6 (5.31%) Red Hat
8 5 (4.42%) Apple
8 5 (4.42%) Intel
8 5 (4.42%) IronPort
8 5 (4.42%) Juniper
8 5 (4.42%) RightFax
9 4 (3.54%) AppDynamics
9 4 (3.54%) SolarWinds
9 4 (3.54%) Symantec
10 3 (2.65%) Dell
10 3 (2.65%) Palo Alto
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