Period
to 29 July 2021

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 29 July 2021 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 165 128 145
Rank change year-on-year -37 +17 -1
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,161 721 1,736
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.62% 1.96% 1.89%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.25% 14.75% 14.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 745 455 1,152
10th Percentile £232 £231 £190
25th Percentile £360 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £415
Median % change year-on-year - +8.43% +10.67%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £513
90th Percentile £600 £590 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 36 72
10th Percentile £12.72 £16.25 £14.80
25th Percentile £19.00 £20.00 £16.63
Median hourly rate £31.00 £41.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -25.30% +97.62% +20.00%
75th Percentile £55.50 £47.83 £40.56
90th Percentile £64.50 £49.38 £57.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.21 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.05% -11.11% +28.57%

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 8,149 4,889 11,763
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.36% 13.31% 12.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,201 3,012 7,346
10th Percentile £244 £200 £200
25th Percentile £360 £320 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £550 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £609
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 374 249 562
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.27 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £17.00 £15.27
Median hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -25.00% +33.33% +18.14%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.25 £44.99
90th Percentile £64.85 £52.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.50 £21.33
% change year-on-year -2.44% -3.87% +12.24%

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DNS.

Daily rate trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DNS over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DNS.

Hourly rate trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DNS over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 17 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 29 July 2021. 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 -46 912 £425 -5.56% 591
UK excluding London -18 511 £413 -2.94% 454
London -52 428 £450 - 156
Work from Home -74 350 £500 +17.65% 72
South East -14 155 £425 -5.56% 114
North of England -32 107 £424 -0.26% 121
Scotland -20 74 £470 +29.66% 12
North West -37 63 £424 +9.54% 68
South West -1 59 £384 -19.11% 59
East of England +19 58 £350 +7.69% 50
Midlands -33 51 £368 -9.54% 87
Yorkshire -16 34 £400 -17.95% 42
West Midlands -31 31 £345 -6.44% 46
East Midlands -11 19 £368 -22.53% 40
North East 0 10 £450 +28.57% 11
Wales +1 8 £380 +55.10% 9
Northern Ireland -3 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, 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.

1 669 (57.62%) Active Directory
2 607 (52.28%) Windows
3 520 (44.79%) DHCP
4 465 (40.05%) Microsoft
5 457 (39.36%) Azure
6 376 (32.39%) VMware
7 345 (29.72%) Microsoft 365
8 337 (29.03%) Firewall
9 314 (27.05%) Windows Server
10 295 (25.41%) Linux
11 267 (23.00%) PowerShell
12 260 (22.39%) VMware Infrastructure
13 235 (20.24%) Social Skills
14 229 (19.72%) Cisco
15 221 (19.04%) Security Cleared
16 217 (18.69%) TCP/IP
17 205 (17.66%) AWS
18 186 (16.02%) DevOps
19 185 (15.93%) Python
20 171 (14.73%) ITIL
20 171 (14.73%) SC Cleared
20 171 (14.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 166 (14.30%) Terraform
22 158 (13.61%) VPN
23 152 (13.09%) Windows Server 2012
24 150 (12.92%) Finance
25 145 (12.49%) SCCM
26 140 (12.06%) Ansible
27 139 (11.97%) Agile Software Development
28 138 (11.89%) WAN

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
1 114 (9.82%) SharePoint
2 85 (7.32%) MS Exchange
3 46 (3.96%) Apache
4 42 (3.62%) IIS
5 38 (3.27%) Confluence
6 31 (2.67%) Skype for Business
7 29 (2.50%) Tomcat
8 24 (2.07%) WebSphere
9 22 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
10 19 (1.64%) nginx
11 14 (1.21%) Apache Spark
12 13 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
13 11 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
13 11 (0.95%) IBM Domino
14 9 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (0.60%) CMS
15 7 (0.60%) Jetty
15 7 (0.60%) Mongrel
16 6 (0.52%) Apache ServiceMix
16 6 (0.52%) Drupal
Applications
1 87 (7.49%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (2.07%) MS Visio
3 20 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.34%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.086%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (0.86%) Magento
2 9 (0.78%) Shopify
3 5 (0.43%) Adobe Campaign
3 5 (0.43%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.17%) Maximo
5 2 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.086%) Primavera
6 1 (0.086%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 457 (39.36%) Azure
2 345 (29.72%) Microsoft 365
3 205 (17.66%) AWS
4 137 (11.80%) Azure Active Directory
5 71 (6.12%) GCP
6 68 (5.86%) IaaS
7 62 (5.34%) PaaS
8 45 (3.88%) SaaS
9 42 (3.62%) Amazon EC2
10 40 (3.45%) GitHub
11 37 (3.19%) OneDrive
12 35 (3.01%) Serverless
13 33 (2.84%) Mimecast
14 29 (2.50%) Route 53
15 28 (2.41%) AWS Lambda
16 26 (2.24%) Amazon S3
16 26 (2.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 25 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
18 24 (2.07%) Akamai
19 22 (1.89%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 520 (44.79%) DHCP
2 337 (29.03%) Firewall
3 217 (18.69%) TCP/IP
4 158 (13.61%) VPN
5 138 (11.89%) WAN
6 112 (9.65%) HTTP
6 112 (9.65%) LAN
7 86 (7.41%) SAN
8 85 (7.32%) SSL
9 83 (7.15%) Network Security
10 78 (6.72%) VLAN
11 73 (6.29%) Internet
12 67 (5.77%) SMTP
13 53 (4.57%) Wireless
14 50 (4.31%) FTP
14 50 (4.31%) Kerberos
15 46 (3.96%) MPLS
16 42 (3.62%) SD-WAN
16 42 (3.62%) Skype
17 41 (3.53%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (8.61%) SQL Server
2 43 (3.70%) MySQL
3 20 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
4 19 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
5 18 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 15 (1.29%) Hadoop
6 15 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 14 (1.21%) Azure SQL Database
8 13 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
9 11 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 11 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
9 11 (0.95%) Oracle Database
9 11 (0.95%) Relational Database
10 9 (0.78%) RDBMS
11 7 (0.60%) NoSQL
11 7 (0.60%) Redis
11 7 (0.60%) Tableau
12 6 (0.52%) DB2
12 6 (0.52%) HDInsight
13 5 (0.43%) CockroachDB
Development Applications
1 109 (9.39%) Jenkins
2 97 (8.35%) Git (software)
3 70 (6.03%) JIRA
4 19 (1.64%) TeamCity
5 15 (1.29%) SonarQube
6 13 (1.12%) Subversion
7 11 (0.95%) GitLab
8 9 (0.78%) Bitbucket
8 9 (0.78%) Travis CI
9 8 (0.69%) Artifactory
9 8 (0.69%) JUnit
9 8 (0.69%) Selenium
9 8 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
10 7 (0.60%) Cucumber
11 6 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (0.52%) Maven
12 5 (0.43%) CircleCI
12 5 (0.43%) Cypress.io
12 5 (0.43%) Mockito
13 4 (0.34%) Arsenale Dataplane
General
1 235 (20.24%) Social Skills
2 150 (12.92%) Finance
3 71 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
4 67 (5.77%) Public Sector
5 47 (4.05%) Banking
6 45 (3.88%) Telecoms
7 37 (3.19%) Documentation Skills
7 37 (3.19%) Retail
8 20 (1.72%) Marketing
9 18 (1.55%) Legal
10 15 (1.29%) Manufacturing
11 13 (1.12%) Organisational Skills
12 12 (1.03%) Influencing Skills
13 9 (0.78%) Back Office
13 9 (0.78%) Financial Institution
14 8 (0.69%) Electronics
15 6 (0.52%) Automotive
15 6 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.52%) Presentation Skills
16 5 (0.43%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 154 (13.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 126 (10.85%) Architect
3 96 (8.27%) DevOps Engineer
4 95 (8.18%) Azure Engineer
5 91 (7.84%) Support Engineer
6 83 (7.15%) Network Engineer
7 75 (6.46%) Analyst
8 68 (5.86%) Consultant
9 48 (4.13%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 47 (4.05%) Azure DevOps
11 45 (3.88%) Cloud Engineer
12 39 (3.36%) Administrator
13 38 (3.27%) IT Support
14 37 (3.19%) Security Engineer
15 36 (3.10%) IT Engineer
16 33 (2.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 30 (2.58%) Technical Architect
18 29 (2.50%) 2nd Line Support
19 28 (2.41%) AWS Engineer
19 28 (2.41%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (8.53%) LDAP
2 51 (4.39%) REST
3 46 (3.96%) Web Services
4 39 (3.36%) JSON
5 35 (3.01%) SOAP
6 31 (2.67%) .NET
6 31 (2.67%) XML
7 28 (2.41%) 802.1X
8 26 (2.24%) HTML
9 24 (2.07%) CSS
10 23 (1.98%) Node.js
11 19 (1.64%) LAMP
12 14 (1.21%) jQuery
13 12 (1.03%) Kafka
13 12 (1.03%) YAML
14 11 (0.95%) HTML5
14 11 (0.95%) JMS
14 11 (0.95%) React
15 10 (0.86%) Middleware
15 10 (0.86%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 89 (7.67%) PKI
2 72 (6.20%) Data Centre
3 58 (5.00%) Clustering
4 56 (4.82%) Management Information System
5 51 (4.39%) Public Cloud
6 44 (3.79%) Replication
7 43 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
8 19 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
9 16 (1.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 16 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
10 13 (1.12%) CMDB
10 13 (1.12%) iPad
10 13 (1.12%) Private Cloud
11 12 (1.03%) Algorithms
11 12 (1.03%) Mobile App
12 11 (0.95%) NHS
13 10 (0.86%) Cloud Native
14 9 (0.78%) Life Science
14 9 (0.78%) Tandem
15 8 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 607 (52.28%) Windows
2 314 (27.05%) Windows Server
3 295 (25.41%) Linux
4 152 (13.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 122 (10.51%) Windows 10
6 107 (9.22%) Windows Server 2019
7 102 (8.79%) Windows Server 2016
8 84 (7.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 51 (4.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 50 (4.31%) Unix
11 44 (3.79%) Windows 7
12 23 (1.98%) Android
12 23 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
13 22 (1.89%) Apple iOS
14 21 (1.81%) CentOS
15 17 (1.46%) Solaris
16 15 (1.29%) VMS
17 14 (1.21%) Ubuntu
18 12 (1.03%) AIX
18 12 (1.03%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (16.02%) DevOps
2 171 (14.73%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 171 (14.73%) ITIL
3 139 (11.97%) Agile Software Development
4 121 (10.42%) Migration
5 115 (9.91%) Problem-Solving
6 95 (8.18%) Load Balancing
7 74 (6.37%) Microservices
8 65 (5.60%) Cybersecurity
9 61 (5.25%) Infrastructure as Code
10 60 (5.17%) Configuration Management
11 59 (5.08%) Identity Management
12 57 (4.91%) Change Management
13 56 (4.82%) High Availability
14 52 (4.48%) Continuous Integration
15 51 (4.39%) ITSM
16 49 (4.22%) Project Delivery
16 49 (4.22%) Service Management
17 48 (4.13%) Computer Science
18 42 (3.62%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 267 (23.00%) PowerShell
2 185 (15.93%) Python
3 120 (10.34%) SQL
4 74 (6.37%) Java
5 64 (5.51%) Bash Shell
6 45 (3.88%) JavaScript
7 38 (3.27%) Shell Script
8 29 (2.50%) Perl
9 28 (2.41%) PHP
10 27 (2.33%) Go
11 24 (2.07%) C
12 22 (1.89%) VBScript
13 20 (1.72%) TypeScript
14 10 (0.86%) C++
15 8 (0.69%) Ruby
16 7 (0.60%) Groovy
16 7 (0.60%) Rust
17 5 (0.43%) ES6
17 5 (0.43%) Java 8
17 5 (0.43%) VBA
Qualifications
1 221 (19.04%) Security Cleared
2 171 (14.73%) SC Cleared
3 91 (7.84%) Microsoft Certification
4 76 (6.55%) Cisco Certification
5 71 (6.12%) Degree
6 70 (6.03%) MCSE
7 58 (5.00%) CCNA
8 47 (4.05%) CCNP
8 47 (4.05%) DV Cleared
9 30 (2.58%) Computer Science Degree
10 29 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
11 24 (2.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 18 (1.55%) MCSA
13 11 (0.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 10 (0.86%) AWS Certification
14 10 (0.86%) MCITP
15 9 (0.78%) CISSP
16 8 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
16 8 (0.69%) CCIE
16 8 (0.69%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (3.10%) SLA
2 30 (2.58%) QA
3 21 (1.81%) GDPR
4 17 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (0.95%) PCI DSS
6 10 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.69%) PMO
8 7 (0.60%) Data Quality
9 5 (0.43%) Accessibility
10 4 (0.34%) COBIT
10 4 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
10 4 (0.34%) NCSC
11 3 (0.26%) NIST
12 2 (0.17%) HL7
12 2 (0.17%) ISO 9000
12 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.086%) GxP
13 1 (0.086%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.086%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.086%) SOC 2
System Software
1 669 (57.62%) Active Directory
2 260 (22.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 104 (8.96%) Hyper-V
4 86 (7.41%) Docker
5 75 (6.46%) VMware ESXi
6 64 (5.51%) vSphere
7 45 (3.88%) Virtual Machines
8 39 (3.36%) Virtual Desktop
9 31 (2.67%) NFS
10 30 (2.58%) XenApp
11 25 (2.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 18 (1.55%) VMware NSX
13 17 (1.46%) Virtual Servers
14 15 (1.29%) XenDesktop
15 11 (0.95%) KVM
15 11 (0.95%) Xen
16 9 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
17 8 (0.69%) iptables
17 8 (0.69%) Postfix
17 8 (0.69%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 166 (14.30%) Terraform
2 145 (12.49%) SCCM
3 140 (12.06%) Ansible
4 93 (8.01%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 88 (7.58%) Kubernetes
6 79 (6.80%) Microsoft Intune
7 58 (5.00%) WSUS
8 51 (4.39%) Puppet
9 33 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
10 27 (2.33%) vCenter Server
11 24 (2.07%) Single Sign-On
12 22 (1.89%) Prometheus
13 18 (1.55%) Grafana
14 15 (1.29%) AirWatch
14 15 (1.29%) Failover Clustering
15 14 (1.21%) vRealize
16 13 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
16 13 (1.12%) NetBackup
16 13 (1.12%) SCOM
17 12 (1.03%) Nagios
Vendors
1 465 (40.05%) Microsoft
2 376 (32.39%) VMware
3 229 (19.72%) Cisco
4 112 (9.65%) Citrix
5 75 (6.46%) Oracle
6 73 (6.29%) F5
7 68 (5.86%) HP
8 64 (5.51%) Dell
9 63 (5.43%) Red Hat
10 61 (5.25%) Palo Alto
11 58 (5.00%) Juniper
12 55 (4.74%) CheckPoint
13 49 (4.22%) Infoblox
14 48 (4.13%) ServiceNow
15 46 (3.96%) EMC
15 46 (3.96%) Splunk
16 44 (3.79%) NetApp
17 39 (3.36%) Meraki
18 38 (3.27%) Google
18 38 (3.27%) IBM