Period
to 22 May 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 22 May 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
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 133 69 95
Rank change year-on-year -64 +26 +24
Contract jobs citing DNS 89 152 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.53% 2.81% 2.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.53% 18.98% 13.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 91 92
North West median daily rate £398 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.00% - +36.36%
10th Percentile £191 £231 £214
90th Percentile £638 £550 £500
England median daily rate £375 £388 £375
% change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 5
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -55.71% +112.12%
10th Percentile £13.50 £14.70 £15.10
90th Percentile £25.65 £65.00 £37.50
England median hourly rate £19.00 £19.90 £23.25
% change year-on-year -4.52% -14.41% +1.84%

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 772 801 1,156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.29% 14.78% 15.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 463 653
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £414
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.38% +10.40%
10th Percentile £200 £256 £255
90th Percentile £600 £550 £575
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 70 55
North West median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.68% -26.19% +15.83%
10th Percentile £12.27 £10.50 £11.10
90th Percentile £38.75 £57.50 £42.70
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.89 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.57% -20.45% +16.28%

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 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -50 38 £350 +1.45% 29
Lancashire -31 21 £524 +20.33% 4
Cheshire -15 16 £360 +2.86% 11
Merseyside +18 7 £385 +28.33% 7
Cumbria - 2 £200 -
DNS
England

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 56 (62.92%) Windows
1 56 (62.92%) Active Directory
2 48 (53.93%) DHCP
3 37 (41.57%) Windows Server
4 35 (39.33%) Cisco
5 32 (35.96%) Microsoft
6 30 (33.71%) Firewall
7 25 (28.09%) Linux
7 25 (28.09%) ITIL
8 23 (25.84%) VMware
8 23 (25.84%) Office 365
9 21 (23.60%) TCP/IP
10 20 (22.47%) Windows Server 2012
11 18 (20.22%) SCCM
11 18 (20.22%) Security Cleared
11 18 (20.22%) SAN
12 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
12 17 (19.10%) Amazon AWS
13 16 (17.98%) WAN
14 15 (16.85%) Windows 2000
14 15 (16.85%) Citrix
14 15 (16.85%) VMware Infrastructure
14 15 (16.85%) PowerShell
15 14 (15.73%) Windows Server 2008
15 14 (15.73%) Microsoft Azure
15 14 (15.73%) Problem-Solving
16 13 (14.61%) Skype for Business
16 13 (14.61%) VLAN
16 13 (14.61%) Cisco Certification
16 13 (14.61%) Unix

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 13 (14.61%) Skype for Business
2 12 (13.48%) IIS
3 10 (11.24%) MS Exchange
4 3 (3.37%) Amazon Alexa
4 3 (3.37%) Apache
5 2 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.25%) IBM HTTP Server
5 2 (2.25%) nginx
5 2 (2.25%) Oracle HTTP Server
5 2 (2.25%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.25%) WebLogic
5 2 (2.25%) WebSphere
5 2 (2.25%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (1.12%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 9 (10.11%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 23 (25.84%) Office 365
2 17 (19.10%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (15.73%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (4.49%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (3.37%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (3.37%) GitHub
5 3 (3.37%) PaaS
5 3 (3.37%) SaaS
5 3 (3.37%) Serverless
6 2 (2.25%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (2.25%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.12%) G Suite
7 1 (1.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 48 (53.93%) DHCP
2 30 (33.71%) Firewall
3 21 (23.60%) TCP/IP
4 18 (20.22%) SAN
5 16 (17.98%) WAN
6 13 (14.61%) LAN
6 13 (14.61%) VLAN
7 11 (12.36%) Skype
8 9 (10.11%) VPN
9 8 (8.99%) BGP
9 8 (8.99%) DMZ
9 8 (8.99%) HTTP
9 8 (8.99%) Network Security
9 8 (8.99%) OSPF
10 6 (6.74%) IP Telephony
10 6 (6.74%) MPLS
10 6 (6.74%) VoIP
11 5 (5.62%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (5.62%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (5.62%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.37%) Amazon RDS
1 3 (3.37%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.25%) Big Data
2 2 (2.25%) DB2
2 2 (2.25%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.25%) MS Access
2 2 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.12%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (1.12%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.12%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.12%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (8.99%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.37%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.37%) Visual Studio Code
3 2 (2.25%) Artifactory
3 2 (2.25%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.25%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (2.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (1.12%) GitLab
4 1 (1.12%) Subversion
General
1 10 (11.24%) Finance
2 6 (6.74%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.12%) Billing
3 1 (1.12%) Local Government
3 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.12%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (22.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (11.24%) Network Engineer
2 10 (11.24%) Server Engineer
3 9 (10.11%) Windows Engineer
4 8 (8.99%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (7.87%) Windows Server Engineer
6 6 (6.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 6 (6.74%) Analyst
6 6 (6.74%) Architect
6 6 (6.74%) AWS Engineer
7 5 (5.62%) Senior Windows Engineer
7 5 (5.62%) Support Engineer
7 5 (5.62%) Support Technician
7 5 (5.62%) Technical Architect
8 4 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
8 4 (4.49%) IT Support
8 4 (4.49%) Migration Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Senior Server Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Senior Windows Server Engineer
8 4 (4.49%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.99%) Web Services
2 3 (3.37%) Node.js
3 2 (2.25%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (2.25%) IBM Integration Bus
3 2 (2.25%) LAPP Stack
3 2 (2.25%) Middleware
3 2 (2.25%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (2.25%) WebSphere MQ
4 1 (1.12%) JSON
4 1 (1.12%) OAuth
4 1 (1.12%) SAML
4 1 (1.12%) XMPP
4 1 (1.12%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.48%) Data Centre
2 8 (8.99%) Blackberry
3 7 (7.87%) Client/Server
4 6 (6.74%) Management Information System
5 5 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.37%) Computer Science
6 3 (3.37%) PKI
7 2 (2.25%) Clustering
7 2 (2.25%) Fat Client
7 2 (2.25%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (2.25%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (2.25%) Thin Client
8 1 (1.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (1.12%) Private Cloud
8 1 (1.12%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 56 (62.92%) Windows
2 37 (41.57%) Windows Server
3 25 (28.09%) Linux
4 20 (22.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (16.85%) Windows 2000
6 14 (15.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (14.61%) Unix
8 11 (12.36%) AIX
8 11 (12.36%) Solaris
8 11 (12.36%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (11.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (11.24%) Windows 7
10 8 (8.99%) Windows 10
10 8 (8.99%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 8 (8.99%) Windows NT
10 8 (8.99%) Windows XP
11 4 (4.49%) SUSE
12 3 (3.37%) Android
12 3 (3.37%) Windows 8
13 2 (2.25%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (28.09%) ITIL
2 14 (15.73%) Problem-Solving
3 9 (10.11%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (10.11%) DevOps
4 8 (8.99%) Problem Management
5 7 (7.87%) Disaster Recovery
5 7 (7.87%) Infrastructure Management
5 7 (7.87%) Load Balancing
5 7 (7.87%) Migration
6 6 (6.74%) Change Management
6 6 (6.74%) High Availability
6 6 (6.74%) Project Management
6 6 (6.74%) Server Virtualisation
7 5 (5.62%) Network Design
7 5 (5.62%) Network Management
7 5 (5.62%) Open Source
7 5 (5.62%) Service Management
8 4 (4.49%) Configuration Management
8 4 (4.49%) Identity Management
8 4 (4.49%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.85%) PowerShell
2 11 (12.36%) VBScript
3 8 (8.99%) SQL
4 6 (6.74%) Java
5 5 (5.62%) Python
5 5 (5.62%) VB
6 4 (4.49%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.37%) Perl
7 3 (3.37%) Ruby
8 2 (2.25%) Jython
8 2 (2.25%) PHP
9 1 (1.12%) Go
Qualifications
1 18 (20.22%) Security Cleared
2 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
3 13 (14.61%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (12.36%) CCNP
5 8 (8.99%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (5.62%) CCIE
6 5 (5.62%) Degree
7 4 (4.49%) CCDP
7 4 (4.49%) Chartered Engineer
7 4 (4.49%) CISM
7 4 (4.49%) CISSP
7 4 (4.49%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (4.49%) MCSA
7 4 (4.49%) MCSE
7 4 (4.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 3 (3.37%) CCNA
8 3 (3.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (2.25%) DBS Check
10 1 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.25%) GDPR
2 1 (1.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 56 (62.92%) Active Directory
2 15 (16.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (8.99%) Docker
4 6 (6.74%) Hyper-V
4 6 (6.74%) vSphere
5 5 (5.62%) XenApp
5 5 (5.62%) XenDesktop
6 4 (4.49%) Forefront TMG
6 4 (4.49%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (2.25%) VMware NSX
7 2 (2.25%) XenServer
8 1 (1.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (1.12%) MetaFrame
8 1 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 18 (20.22%) SCCM
2 7 (7.87%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (5.62%) Puppet
4 4 (4.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 4 (4.49%) WSUS
5 3 (3.37%) SCOM
5 3 (3.37%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (2.25%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (2.25%) HAProxy
6 2 (2.25%) Kibana
6 2 (2.25%) Kubernetes
6 2 (2.25%) logstash
6 2 (2.25%) MaaS360
6 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (2.25%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.25%) vCenter Server
7 1 (1.12%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (1.12%) FortiGate
7 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (1.12%) RANCID
Vendors
1 35 (39.33%) Cisco
2 32 (35.96%) Microsoft
3 23 (25.84%) VMware
4 15 (16.85%) Citrix
5 13 (14.61%) IBM
6 11 (12.36%) Red Hat
7 10 (11.24%) EMC
8 9 (10.11%) Sun
9 8 (8.99%) Hitachi
9 8 (8.99%) IronPort
9 8 (8.99%) NetApp
9 8 (8.99%) Palo Alto
10 5 (5.62%) Apple
10 5 (5.62%) Clearswift
11 4 (4.49%) Google
11 4 (4.49%) HP
11 4 (4.49%) Micro Focus
12 3 (3.37%) Bomgar
13 2 (2.25%) MobileIron
13 2 (2.25%) Polycom