Period
to 22 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 September 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)
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 137 153 104
Rank change year-on-year +16 -49 +8
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,932 1,739 2,490
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.90% 1.76% 2.32%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.30% 12.92% 14.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,167 1,087 1,601
UK median daily rate £400 £360 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -1.37% +4.29%
10th Percentile £187 £155 £213
90th Percentile £588 £550 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £338 £335
% change year-on-year +7.41% +0.75% -3.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 82 140
UK median hourly rate £17.75 £18.85 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.84% -32.68% +37.64%
10th Percentile £11.80 £12.53 £13.48
90th Percentile £47.33 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £19.90 £28.00
% change year-on-year -7.04% -28.93% +30.16%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,510 13,455 16,721
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.63% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,199 8,152 10,194
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £195 £220
90th Percentile £606 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 716 739 832
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £12.21 £10.96 £11.52
90th Percentile £47.92 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.39 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.78% -26.00% +23.85%

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing DNS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DNS.

Contractor daily rate trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DNS over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DNS over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS within the UK over the 6 months to 22 September 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
England +2 1,738 £400 +9.59% 566
UK excluding London -12 1,103 £363 +7.41% 424
London +42 798 £438 +3.55% 173
South East -32 342 £380 +8.57% 90
North of England -58 242 £358 +2.14% 118
East of England +61 174 £425 +46.55% 81
Scotland +15 124 £283 -19.29% 21
North West -58 118 £375 -3.23% 64
Midlands -44 104 £330 +4.35% 58
Yorkshire -25 84 £375 -15.49% 45
South West -10 78 £300 -11.11% 47
West Midlands -34 67 £330 -9.59% 34
North East -30 42 £333 +19.82% 9
East Midlands -14 38 £288 - 24
Wales -5 32 £398 +46.54% 9
Northern Ireland +46 13 £145 -42.20%

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 with a requirement for DNS.

1 1,119 (57.92%) Windows
2 1,044 (54.04%) DHCP
3 1,033 (53.47%) Active Directory
4 830 (42.96%) Microsoft
5 673 (34.83%) VMware
6 624 (32.30%) Windows Server
7 587 (30.38%) Linux
8 582 (30.12%) TCP/IP
9 519 (26.86%) Firewall
10 478 (24.74%) VMware Infrastructure
11 405 (20.96%) Office 365
12 390 (20.19%) Cisco
13 370 (19.15%) PowerShell
14 356 (18.43%) Citrix
15 341 (17.65%) Security Cleared
16 336 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
17 335 (17.34%) Amazon AWS
17 335 (17.34%) ITIL
18 329 (17.03%) Microsoft Azure
19 310 (16.05%) Windows 7
20 291 (15.06%) VPN
20 291 (15.06%) LAN
21 285 (14.75%) WAN
22 279 (14.44%) DevOps
23 266 (13.77%) MS Exchange
24 262 (13.56%) Windows 10
25 259 (13.41%) SC Cleared
26 257 (13.30%) Windows Server 2012
27 243 (12.58%) Finance
28 239 (12.37%) SCCM

DNS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 266 (13.77%) MS Exchange
2 173 (8.95%) Apache
3 159 (8.23%) IIS
4 142 (7.35%) Skype for Business
5 137 (7.09%) SharePoint
6 131 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2010
7 103 (5.33%) nginx
8 76 (3.93%) Tomcat
9 59 (3.05%) Exchange Server 2013
10 58 (3.00%) Elasticsearch
11 43 (2.23%) Confluence
12 38 (1.97%) OpenStack
13 37 (1.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 35 (1.81%) WebSphere
15 30 (1.55%) Apache Spark
16 28 (1.45%) JBoss
17 27 (1.40%) Jetty
17 27 (1.40%) Mongrel
18 24 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
19 20 (1.04%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 204 (10.56%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (1.19%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.16%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.16%) Mozilla Thunderbird
7 1 (0.052%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.052%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.052%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.052%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.052%) HipChat
7 1 (0.052%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 7 (0.36%) Eikon
2 3 (0.16%) RMDS
3 2 (0.10%) ION MarketView
3 2 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.10%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.052%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.052%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.052%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.052%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.052%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.052%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 405 (20.96%) Office 365
2 335 (17.34%) Amazon AWS
3 329 (17.03%) Microsoft Azure
4 80 (4.14%) IaaS
5 60 (3.11%) Amazon EC2
5 60 (3.11%) Azure Active Directory
6 47 (2.43%) PaaS
7 46 (2.38%) SaaS
8 45 (2.33%) Google Cloud Platform
9 40 (2.07%) Cloud Computing
10 39 (2.02%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 38 (1.97%) Heroku
12 33 (1.71%) Amazon S3
13 32 (1.66%) Mimecast
14 27 (1.40%) Google App Engine
15 26 (1.35%) OneDrive
16 25 (1.29%) Serverless
17 23 (1.19%) G Suite
18 20 (1.04%) GitHub
19 19 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 1,044 (54.04%) DHCP
2 582 (30.12%) TCP/IP
3 519 (26.86%) Firewall
4 291 (15.06%) LAN
4 291 (15.06%) VPN
5 285 (14.75%) WAN
6 237 (12.27%) SSL
7 222 (11.49%) HTTP
8 168 (8.70%) SAN
9 161 (8.33%) Internet
10 150 (7.76%) FTP
11 121 (6.26%) OSPF
12 118 (6.11%) VLAN
13 117 (6.06%) BGP
13 117 (6.06%) Skype
14 116 (6.00%) Wireless
15 109 (5.64%) IPsec
16 106 (5.49%) MPLS
17 100 (5.18%) SMTP
18 98 (5.07%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 181 (9.37%) SQL Server
2 114 (5.90%) PostgreSQL
3 110 (5.69%) MySQL
4 104 (5.38%) MongoDB
5 51 (2.64%) Amazon RDS
5 51 (2.64%) Big Data
6 50 (2.59%) NoSQL
7 49 (2.54%) Hadoop
8 38 (1.97%) SQL Server 2008
9 33 (1.71%) Relational Database
10 30 (1.55%) Oracle Database
11 29 (1.50%) Apache Cassandra
11 29 (1.50%) Redis
12 23 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
13 19 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
14 18 (0.93%) RDBMS
15 16 (0.83%) HBase
16 15 (0.78%) MariaDB
17 12 (0.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 7 (0.36%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 194 (10.04%) Jenkins
2 172 (8.90%) Git (software)
3 60 (3.11%) JIRA
4 48 (2.48%) Artifactory
4 48 (2.48%) GitLab
5 43 (2.23%) Vagrant
6 41 (2.12%) Travis CI
7 38 (1.97%) Sonatype Nexus
8 36 (1.86%) HP UFT
8 36 (1.86%) WinRunner
9 33 (1.71%) Gradle
10 30 (1.55%) Maven
11 28 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
12 26 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
13 25 (1.29%) gulp
14 24 (1.24%) Visual Studio
15 20 (1.04%) Bitbucket
16 19 (0.98%) MSI
17 17 (0.88%) Subversion
18 13 (0.67%) Ant
General
1 243 (12.58%) Finance
2 89 (4.61%) Telecoms
3 42 (2.17%) Banking
4 34 (1.76%) Retail
5 29 (1.50%) Back Office
6 26 (1.35%) Law
7 22 (1.14%) Manufacturing
8 19 (0.98%) Legal
9 15 (0.78%) Spanish Language
10 13 (0.67%) Financial Institution
11 12 (0.62%) Military
12 11 (0.57%) Investment Banking
13 9 (0.47%) French Language
13 9 (0.47%) Front Office
14 8 (0.41%) German Language
14 8 (0.41%) Marketing
14 8 (0.41%) Multimedia
14 8 (0.41%) Publishing
15 7 (0.36%) Italian Language
15 7 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 214 (11.08%) Analyst
2 205 (10.61%) Support Engineer
3 203 (10.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 171 (8.85%) DevOps Engineer
5 158 (8.18%) Network Engineer
6 131 (6.78%) Architect
7 97 (5.02%) Administrator
8 89 (4.61%) Consultant
9 80 (4.14%) IT Support
10 75 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support
10 75 (3.88%) Developer
11 74 (3.83%) Desktop Support
12 73 (3.78%) Windows Engineer
13 70 (3.62%) Support Analyst
14 61 (3.16%) Systems Engineer
15 60 (3.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 59 (3.05%) IT Engineer
16 59 (3.05%) Server Engineer
17 55 (2.85%) Systems Administrator
18 54 (2.80%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (4.97%) LDAP
2 74 (3.83%) Web Services
3 68 (3.52%) REST
4 65 (3.36%) HTML
5 63 (3.26%) Elastic Stack
6 55 (2.85%) CSS
7 54 (2.80%) LAMP
7 54 (2.80%) OAuth
8 53 (2.74%) .NET
9 44 (2.28%) Kafka
9 44 (2.28%) SOAP
10 40 (2.07%) AngularJS
10 40 (2.07%) J2EE
10 40 (2.07%) LEMP Stack
10 40 (2.07%) RabbitMQ
11 39 (2.02%) 802.1X
12 38 (1.97%) HTML5
12 38 (1.97%) Middleware
12 38 (1.97%) OAuth2
13 34 (1.76%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 178 (9.21%) Data Centre
2 168 (8.70%) PKI
3 133 (6.88%) Clustering
4 90 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
5 67 (3.47%) Blackberry
5 67 (3.47%) Replication
6 59 (3.05%) Public Cloud
7 58 (3.00%) Computer Science
8 54 (2.80%) Fat Client
8 54 (2.80%) Thin Client
9 50 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
10 43 (2.23%) Management Information System
11 41 (2.12%) PDA
12 40 (2.07%) Linux Command Line
12 40 (2.07%) Video Conferencing
13 37 (1.92%) iPhone
14 30 (1.55%) Private Cloud
15 22 (1.14%) Virtual Team
16 21 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
16 21 (1.09%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1,119 (57.92%) Windows
2 624 (32.30%) Windows Server
3 587 (30.38%) Linux
4 336 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 310 (16.05%) Windows 7
6 262 (13.56%) Windows 10
7 257 (13.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 185 (9.58%) Unix
9 161 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
10 130 (6.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 83 (4.30%) Solaris
12 76 (3.93%) Apple iOS
13 70 (3.62%) Windows 8
14 60 (3.11%) CentOS
15 58 (3.00%) AIX
16 55 (2.85%) Android
17 44 (2.28%) Mac OS
18 39 (2.02%) Mac OS X
19 33 (1.71%) Ubuntu
19 33 (1.71%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 335 (17.34%) ITIL
2 279 (14.44%) DevOps
3 234 (12.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 214 (11.08%) Agile Software Development
5 202 (10.46%) Load Balancing
6 179 (9.27%) Configuration Management
7 172 (8.90%) Migration
8 154 (7.97%) Problem-Solving
9 130 (6.73%) Continuous Integration
10 119 (6.16%) Change Management
11 112 (5.80%) Service Management
12 102 (5.28%) Microservices
12 102 (5.28%) Open Source
13 97 (5.02%) Test Automation
14 85 (4.40%) High Availability
15 81 (4.19%) Project Management
16 75 (3.88%) Disaster Recovery
16 75 (3.88%) Problem Management
17 70 (3.62%) Patch Management
18 64 (3.31%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 370 (19.15%) PowerShell
2 225 (11.65%) SQL
3 178 (9.21%) Python
4 170 (8.80%) Java
5 131 (6.78%) Bash Shell
6 115 (5.95%) Perl
7 107 (5.54%) Ruby
8 85 (4.40%) JavaScript
9 66 (3.42%) C
10 54 (2.80%) Shell Script
11 39 (2.02%) PHP
12 38 (1.97%) Java 8
13 37 (1.92%) VBScript
14 35 (1.81%) ES6
15 27 (1.40%) C#
16 25 (1.29%) TypeScript
17 20 (1.04%) VB
18 19 (0.98%) C++
19 18 (0.93%) Groovy
20 10 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 341 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 259 (13.41%) SC Cleared
3 164 (8.49%) Cisco Certification
4 133 (6.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 103 (5.33%) Degree
6 101 (5.23%) CCNP
7 91 (4.71%) CCNA
8 69 (3.57%) MCSE
9 63 (3.26%) DV Cleared
10 46 (2.38%) MCSA
11 41 (2.12%) Computer Science Degree
11 41 (2.12%) ISTQB
12 36 (1.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 34 (1.76%) CCIE
14 26 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
14 26 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
15 18 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
15 18 (0.93%) MCP
16 17 (0.88%) A+ Certification
16 17 (0.88%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (3.73%) SLA
2 35 (1.81%) QA
3 31 (1.60%) GDPR
4 30 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 23 (1.19%) PCI DSS
6 20 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.21%) COBIT
8 4 (0.21%) PMO
9 2 (0.10%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.052%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.052%) GPG13
10 1 (0.052%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.052%) HL7
10 1 (0.052%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.052%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.052%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.052%) SAS 70
System Software
1 1,033 (53.47%) Active Directory
2 478 (24.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 194 (10.04%) Hyper-V
4 193 (9.99%) Docker
5 168 (8.70%) XenApp
6 160 (8.28%) VMware ESXi
7 153 (7.92%) vSphere
8 105 (5.43%) XenDesktop
9 93 (4.81%) Virtual Desktop
10 88 (4.55%) Microsoft App-V
11 73 (3.78%) Virtual Machines
12 41 (2.12%) Xen
12 41 (2.12%) XenServer
13 39 (2.02%) DFS Replication
14 37 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
15 26 (1.35%) VMware NSX
16 24 (1.24%) NFS
16 24 (1.24%) Postfix
17 23 (1.19%) BitLocker
18 20 (1.04%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 239 (12.37%) SCCM
2 238 (12.32%) Puppet
3 198 (10.25%) Ansible
4 143 (7.40%) Opscode Chef
5 132 (6.83%) Kubernetes
6 86 (4.45%) Terraform
7 81 (4.19%) WSUS
8 78 (4.04%) SCOM
9 74 (3.83%) McAfee ePO
10 53 (2.74%) vCenter Server
11 45 (2.33%) Microsoft Intune
12 44 (2.28%) Backup Exec
13 43 (2.23%) Microsoft Clustering
14 41 (2.12%) Nagios
15 39 (2.02%) HP ALM
15 39 (2.02%) NetBackup
16 37 (1.92%) Docker Swarm
17 35 (1.81%) logstash
18 32 (1.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
19 29 (1.50%) Kibana
Vendors
1 830 (42.96%) Microsoft
2 673 (34.83%) VMware
3 390 (20.19%) Cisco
4 356 (18.43%) Citrix
5 192 (9.94%) HP
6 157 (8.13%) Red Hat
7 122 (6.31%) McAfee
8 108 (5.59%) Ivanti
9 100 (5.18%) F5
10 96 (4.97%) Oracle
11 93 (4.81%) SolarWinds
12 92 (4.76%) CheckPoint
13 86 (4.45%) Apple
14 77 (3.99%) NetApp
15 74 (3.83%) Veritas
16 73 (3.78%) Google
16 73 (3.78%) Juniper
17 71 (3.67%) Dell
17 71 (3.67%) Symantec
18 59 (3.05%) IBM