Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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.

Domain Name System (DNS)
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 151 104 120
Rank change year-on-year -47 +16 -8
Contract jobs citing DNS 1825 2406 2169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.77% 2.29% 1.91%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.91% 14.74% 13.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1122 1536 1326
UK median daily rate £370 £360 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -0.69% +3.57%
10th Percentile £143 £205 £203
90th Percentile £570 £525 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £340 £350
% change year-on-year -0.74% -2.86% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 139 145
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £28.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.14% +40.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £12.50 £13.45 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.63 £48.00 £46.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £28.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +33.33% +10.53%

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 14137 16320 15778
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.71% 15.50% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8593 9844 9128
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 746 837 1018
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.82 £48.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.27 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -26.92% +19.05% +5.00%

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017.

Contractor 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 23 November 2017. 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 -49 1692 £375 - 289
UK excluding London -32 1146 £338 -0.74% 180
London -71 641 £423 -0.59% 117
South East -6 402 £370 +8.82% 51
North of England -12 321 £335 -1.47% 55
North West +52 162 £350 - 31
Midlands +24 148 £313 -8.09% 26
Yorkshire -8 91 £438 -2.78% 19
South West -20 90 £325 -4.41% 14
East of England -54 87 £300 -14.29% 26
Scotland -45 85 £363 +6.62% 7
West Midlands +13 78 £325 -4.41% 20
East Midlands +16 68 £288 -24.34% 5
North East -18 68 £307 -2.70% 5
Wales +12 11 £338 -10.00% 1
Northern Ireland -39 3 £250 +25.00%
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 with a requirement for DNS.

1 1089 (59.67%) Windows
2 975 (53.42%) DHCP
3 965 (52.88%) Active Directory
4 677 (37.10%) Microsoft
5 606 (33.21%) TCP/IP
6 591 (32.38%) VMware
7 570 (31.23%) Linux
8 567 (31.07%) Windows Server
9 539 (29.53%) Firewall
10 405 (22.19%) Cisco
11 368 (20.16%) ITIL
12 350 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
13 347 (19.01%) Windows Server 2012
14 338 (18.52%) Amazon AWS
15 335 (18.36%) Windows Server 2008
16 326 (17.86%) Citrix
17 317 (17.37%) WAN
18 309 (16.93%) Security Cleared
19 289 (15.84%) Office 365
20 284 (15.56%) PowerShell
21 277 (15.18%) VPN
22 276 (15.12%) LAN
23 264 (14.47%) DevOps
24 245 (13.42%) Data Centre
25 236 (12.93%) Microsoft Azure
26 235 (12.88%) SC Cleared
27 226 (12.38%) MS Exchange
28 224 (12.27%) Migration
29 222 (12.16%) SCCM
30 219 (12.00%) Windows 7

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
1 226 (12.38%) MS Exchange
2 151 (8.27%) IIS
3 147 (8.05%) Apache
4 125 (6.85%) Tomcat
5 90 (4.93%) SharePoint
6 87 (4.77%) Exchange Server 2010
6 87 (4.77%) Skype for Business
7 71 (3.89%) nginx
8 61 (3.34%) Exchange Server 2013
8 61 (3.34%) JBoss
9 53 (2.90%) WebLogic
10 50 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2007
11 42 (2.30%) Elasticsearch
12 38 (2.08%) WebSphere
13 33 (1.81%) OpenStack
14 31 (1.70%) Confluence
15 24 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 21 (1.15%) Apache Spark
17 18 (0.99%) CMS
17 18 (0.99%) Mongrel
Applications
1 159 (8.71%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.37%) MS Visio
3 18 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.38%) HipChat
4 7 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.33%) AutoCAD
5 6 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.055%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.055%) Revit
Business Applications
1 8 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 6 (0.33%) Teamcenter
3 5 (0.27%) SDL Web 8
4 4 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.11%) Eikon
6 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.11%) RMDS
7 1 (0.055%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.055%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 338 (18.52%) Amazon AWS
2 289 (15.84%) Office 365
3 236 (12.93%) Microsoft Azure
4 57 (3.12%) IaaS
5 55 (3.01%) Amazon EC2
6 45 (2.47%) SaaS
6 45 (2.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 41 (2.25%) PaaS
8 38 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
9 36 (1.97%) Amazon ELB
9 36 (1.97%) Google Cloud Platform
10 32 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
11 28 (1.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 23 (1.26%) Amazon S3
13 21 (1.15%) OpenDNS
14 20 (1.10%) Google App Engine
15 19 (1.04%) Route 53
16 16 (0.88%) GitHub
17 15 (0.82%) G Suite
18 14 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 975 (53.42%) DHCP
2 606 (33.21%) TCP/IP
3 539 (29.53%) Firewall
4 317 (17.37%) WAN
5 277 (15.18%) VPN
6 276 (15.12%) LAN
7 186 (10.19%) SAN
8 185 (10.14%) SSL
9 159 (8.71%) HTTP
10 153 (8.38%) LDAP
11 131 (7.18%) Internet
12 130 (7.12%) VLAN
13 114 (6.25%) Network Security
14 113 (6.19%) IPsec
15 107 (5.86%) Wireless
16 106 (5.81%) VoIP
17 91 (4.99%) MPLS
18 79 (4.33%) BGP
19 73 (4.00%) FTP
20 67 (3.67%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 180 (9.86%) SQL Server
2 65 (3.56%) PostgreSQL
3 63 (3.45%) MySQL
4 55 (3.01%) MongoDB
5 51 (2.79%) Amazon RDS
6 37 (2.03%) Relational Database
7 35 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
8 34 (1.86%) NoSQL
9 30 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 19 (1.04%) Big Data
10 19 (1.04%) Maltego
11 18 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
12 15 (0.82%) RDBMS
13 12 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
13 12 (0.66%) Parquet
14 11 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
15 10 (0.55%) Hadoop
15 10 (0.55%) Oracle Database
16 9 (0.49%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 169 (9.26%) Git (software)
1 169 (9.26%) Jenkins
2 74 (4.05%) Sonatype Nexus
3 67 (3.67%) JIRA
4 58 (3.18%) Artifactory
5 32 (1.75%) Maven
6 27 (1.48%) Bitbucket
7 23 (1.26%) Team Foundation Server
8 22 (1.21%) SonarQube
9 21 (1.15%) Ant
10 20 (1.10%) Travis CI
11 17 (0.93%) JUnit
11 17 (0.93%) Liquibase
12 14 (0.77%) Subversion
12 14 (0.77%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 11 (0.60%) Vagrant
14 10 (0.55%) Gradle
15 9 (0.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 9 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
15 9 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 198 (10.85%) Finance
2 83 (4.55%) Banking
3 76 (4.16%) Telecoms
4 38 (2.08%) Manufacturing
5 32 (1.75%) Retail
6 22 (1.21%) Law
6 22 (1.21%) Publishing
7 21 (1.15%) Legal
8 19 (1.04%) Marketing
9 18 (0.99%) Electronics
10 17 (0.93%) Investment Banking
11 13 (0.71%) Back Office
12 10 (0.55%) Advertising
13 9 (0.49%) Billing
14 7 (0.38%) Local Government
15 6 (0.33%) German Language
16 5 (0.27%) Aerospace
16 5 (0.27%) French Language
16 5 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
16 5 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 197 (10.79%) Analyst
2 165 (9.04%) Network Engineer
3 158 (8.66%) Support Engineer
4 154 (8.44%) DevOps Engineer
5 144 (7.89%) Architect
6 142 (7.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 130 (7.12%) Administrator
8 99 (5.42%) Consultant
9 90 (4.93%) Desktop Support
10 82 (4.49%) Windows Engineer
11 76 (4.16%) Support Analyst
12 72 (3.95%) Cloud Engineer
13 71 (3.89%) Systems Administrator
14 67 (3.67%) Systems Engineer
15 64 (3.51%) 2nd Line Support
15 64 (3.51%) Linux Engineer
16 63 (3.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 59 (3.23%) IT Support
18 56 (3.07%) Desktop Engineer
19 52 (2.85%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (5.70%) Web Services
2 89 (4.88%) Elastic Stack
3 61 (3.34%) .NET
4 52 (2.85%) JSON
5 40 (2.19%) J2EE
6 34 (1.86%) Middleware
7 30 (1.64%) LAMP
8 29 (1.59%) REST
9 28 (1.53%) CSS
10 27 (1.48%) XML
11 26 (1.42%) Regular Expression
12 25 (1.37%) 802.1X
13 23 (1.26%) Kafka
14 21 (1.15%) HTML
15 20 (1.10%) Servlets
16 18 (0.99%) Node.js
17 17 (0.93%) MCollective
18 16 (0.88%) ASP.NET
18 16 (0.88%) Sensu
18 16 (0.88%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 245 (13.42%) Data Centre
2 111 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
3 95 (5.21%) PKI
4 89 (4.88%) Replication
5 80 (4.38%) Clustering
6 67 (3.67%) Management Information System
7 63 (3.45%) Public Cloud
8 56 (3.07%) Computer Science
9 38 (2.08%) Blackberry
10 34 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
11 26 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
12 24 (1.32%) iPhone
12 24 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
12 24 (1.32%) Virtual Team
13 22 (1.21%) Driving Licence
13 22 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
14 19 (1.04%) Client/Server
15 18 (0.99%) NHS
15 18 (0.99%) Private Cloud
16 16 (0.88%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 1089 (59.67%) Windows
2 570 (31.23%) Linux
3 567 (31.07%) Windows Server
4 347 (19.01%) Windows Server 2012
5 335 (18.36%) Windows Server 2008
6 219 (12.00%) Windows 7
7 213 (11.67%) Unix
8 161 (8.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 159 (8.71%) Windows 10
10 148 (8.11%) Windows Server 2003
11 118 (6.47%) CentOS
12 89 (4.88%) Solaris
13 64 (3.51%) Windows XP
14 53 (2.90%) Windows 8
15 45 (2.47%) AIX
16 36 (1.97%) SUSE
17 35 (1.92%) Apple iOS
18 30 (1.64%) HPUX
18 30 (1.64%) Ubuntu
19 28 (1.53%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 368 (20.16%) ITIL
2 264 (14.47%) DevOps
3 224 (12.27%) Migration
4 207 (11.34%) Configuration Management
5 200 (10.96%) Load Balancing
6 190 (10.41%) Agile Software Development
7 130 (7.12%) Open Source
8 111 (6.08%) Disaster Recovery
9 96 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
10 95 (5.21%) Change Management
11 86 (4.71%) Incident Management
12 73 (4.00%) Problem Management
12 73 (4.00%) Service Delivery
13 72 (3.95%) High Availability
14 68 (3.73%) Service Management
15 65 (3.56%) Project Management
16 55 (3.01%) Kalman Filter
17 50 (2.74%) Server Building
18 49 (2.68%) Continuous Delivery
18 49 (2.68%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 284 (15.56%) PowerShell
2 218 (11.95%) Python
3 197 (10.79%) SQL
4 193 (10.58%) Bash Shell
5 155 (8.49%) Perl
6 135 (7.40%) Java
7 93 (5.10%) Ruby
8 53 (2.90%) Korn
9 45 (2.47%) VBScript
10 43 (2.36%) C#
10 43 (2.36%) Shell Script
11 36 (1.97%) Go
12 33 (1.81%) PHP
13 31 (1.70%) C
13 31 (1.70%) Groovy
14 28 (1.53%) JavaScript
15 26 (1.42%) C-shell
16 23 (1.26%) PL/SQL
17 11 (0.60%) C++
18 9 (0.49%) VB
Qualifications
1 309 (16.93%) Security Cleared
2 235 (12.88%) SC Cleared
3 209 (11.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 128 (7.01%) Cisco Certification
5 114 (6.25%) MCSE
6 103 (5.64%) Degree
7 69 (3.78%) CCNA
8 66 (3.62%) CCNP
9 51 (2.79%) MCSA
10 47 (2.58%) DV Cleared
11 43 (2.36%) MCDST
11 43 (2.36%) MCP
12 37 (2.03%) MCITP
13 34 (1.86%) CCIE
13 34 (1.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 32 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
15 29 (1.59%) CISSP
15 29 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
16 27 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
17 23 (1.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (3.84%) SLA
2 26 (1.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (1.26%) QA
4 20 (1.10%) PCI DSS
5 16 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.22%) PA-DSS
6 4 (0.22%) PMO
7 3 (0.16%) COBIT
7 3 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.16%) GCP
7 3 (0.16%) GDPR
7 3 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
7 3 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.11%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.055%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.055%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 965 (52.88%) Active Directory
2 350 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 184 (10.08%) Hyper-V
4 144 (7.89%) VMware ESXi
5 124 (6.79%) XenApp
6 119 (6.52%) Docker
7 83 (4.55%) vSphere
8 73 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
9 71 (3.89%) Microsoft App-V
10 57 (3.12%) NFS
11 55 (3.01%) XenDesktop
12 46 (2.52%) Samba
13 37 (2.03%) Xen
14 29 (1.59%) XenServer
15 27 (1.48%) KVM
16 25 (1.37%) Squid
17 24 (1.32%) vCloud
18 21 (1.15%) Postfix
18 21 (1.15%) Terminal Services
19 20 (1.10%) iptables
Systems Management
1 222 (12.16%) SCCM
2 219 (12.00%) Puppet
3 179 (9.81%) Ansible
4 105 (5.75%) SCOM
5 99 (5.42%) Opscode Chef
6 74 (4.05%) Kubernetes
7 66 (3.62%) Terraform
8 62 (3.40%) WSUS
9 60 (3.29%) logstash
9 60 (3.29%) Nagios
10 55 (3.01%) Kibana
11 47 (2.58%) NetBackup
12 38 (2.08%) Backup Exec
13 37 (2.03%) McAfee ePO
13 37 (2.03%) vCenter Server
14 29 (1.59%) Docker Swarm
14 29 (1.59%) ZABBIX
15 22 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
16 21 (1.15%) AirWatch
16 21 (1.15%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 677 (37.10%) Microsoft
2 591 (32.38%) VMware
3 405 (22.19%) Cisco
4 326 (17.86%) Citrix
5 187 (10.25%) Red Hat
6 181 (9.92%) HP
7 133 (7.29%) Oracle
8 128 (7.01%) Juniper
9 92 (5.04%) CheckPoint
10 89 (4.88%) F5
11 82 (4.49%) Dell
12 81 (4.44%) NetApp
13 75 (4.11%) SolarWinds
14 69 (3.78%) McAfee
15 64 (3.51%) Splunk
16 63 (3.45%) Apple
17 59 (3.23%) Palo Alto
17 59 (3.23%) Symantec
18 58 (3.18%) Google
19 48 (2.63%) Veeam