Period
to 22 October 2019

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 October 2019 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 130 150 154
Rank change year-on-year +20 +4 -49
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,689 1,910 1,768
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.99% 1.85% 1.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.99% 14.04% 13.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,087 1,160 1,114
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.59% +2.82%
10th Percentile £178 £180 £150
90th Percentile £559 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £343
% change year-on-year +6.67% +9.49% +2.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 102 83
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -1.32% -32.14%
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.28 £12.80
90th Percentile £82.13 £46.98 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +18.42% -11.63% -23.21%

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 11,264 13,602 13,516
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.28% 13.17% 13.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,796 8,190 8,242
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £195 £200 £188
90th Percentile £600 £600 £581
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 619 666 724
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £19.00 £19.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +65.79% -1.63% -15.41%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.20 £11.32
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.12 £18.79 £19.56
% change year-on-year +33.69% -3.95% -21.75%

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 October 2019.

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 October 2019.

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 22 October 2019. 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 +23 1,560 £400 - 812
UK excluding London +44 1,138 £400 +6.67% 651
London -28 516 £400 -8.57% 198
South East +60 477 £400 +1.59% 209
North of England +13 206 £388 +5.23% 142
South West +45 142 £425 +30.77% 85
Midlands +67 119 £340 -8.11% 105
North West -1 107 £388 +5.08% 83
West Midlands +54 91 £365 -1.35% 56
Scotland +11 87 £375 +31.58% 22
East of England -28 85 £400 -5.88% 73
Yorkshire +22 83 £375 - 44
East Midlands +13 26 £313 -8.09% 48
Wales +20 18 £390 -8.24% 13
North East +6 17 £520 +73.33% 15
Northern Ireland +5 5 £195 +34.95% 2
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -

For the 6 months to 22 October 2019, 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 1,071 (63.41%) Windows
2 1,033 (61.16%) Active Directory
3 925 (54.77%) DHCP
4 712 (42.16%) Microsoft
5 566 (33.51%) VMware
6 550 (32.56%) Windows Server
7 470 (27.83%) Firewall
8 450 (26.64%) Azure
9 433 (25.64%) Office 365
10 430 (25.46%) TCP/IP
11 412 (24.39%) PowerShell
12 370 (21.91%) Cisco
13 352 (20.84%) VMware Infrastructure
14 324 (19.18%) ITIL
15 323 (19.12%) VPN
15 323 (19.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 321 (19.01%) Security Cleared
17 315 (18.65%) Linux
18 305 (18.06%) Windows Server 2008
19 302 (17.88%) Windows Server 2012
20 300 (17.76%) SCCM
21 288 (17.05%) Windows 10
22 278 (16.46%) WAN
23 272 (16.10%) Citrix
24 236 (13.97%) SQL
25 234 (13.85%) SC Cleared
26 231 (13.68%) LAN
26 231 (13.68%) Finance
27 218 (12.91%) AWS
28 213 (12.61%) Migration

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
1 200 (11.84%) MS Exchange
2 143 (8.47%) Skype for Business
3 137 (8.11%) SharePoint
4 109 (6.45%) IIS
5 67 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2010
6 56 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2013
7 53 (3.14%) Apache
8 29 (1.72%) Confluence
9 24 (1.42%) Tomcat
10 22 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 21 (1.24%) OpenStack
11 21 (1.24%) WebSphere
12 18 (1.07%) nginx
13 14 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
13 14 (0.83%) Jetty
14 13 (0.77%) Apache Spark
15 12 (0.71%) IBM Domino
15 12 (0.71%) JBoss
16 10 (0.59%) Mongrel
16 10 (0.59%) WebLogic
Applications
1 190 (11.25%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.059%) Houdini
5 1 (0.059%) Maya
Business Applications
1 10 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
2 7 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.30%) assyst
4 4 (0.24%) Veritas eDiscovery
5 3 (0.18%) BusinessWorks
5 3 (0.18%) CA PPM
6 2 (0.12%) Distributed Ledger
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.059%) Eikon
7 1 (0.059%) Exchequer
7 1 (0.059%) Magento
7 1 (0.059%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.059%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.059%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.059%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.059%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 1 (0.059%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 450 (26.64%) Azure
2 433 (25.64%) Office 365
3 218 (12.91%) AWS
4 126 (7.46%) IaaS
5 100 (5.92%) PaaS
6 99 (5.86%) SaaS
7 88 (5.21%) Azure Active Directory
8 61 (3.61%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 42 (2.49%) GCP
10 34 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
10 34 (2.01%) OneDrive
11 32 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
12 23 (1.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 18 (1.07%) GitHub
13 18 (1.07%) Route 53
13 18 (1.07%) Yammer
14 16 (0.95%) G Suite
15 15 (0.89%) Amazon S3
15 15 (0.89%) Mimecast
16 13 (0.77%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 925 (54.77%) DHCP
2 470 (27.83%) Firewall
3 430 (25.46%) TCP/IP
4 323 (19.12%) VPN
5 278 (16.46%) WAN
6 231 (13.68%) LAN
7 198 (11.72%) Internet
8 197 (11.66%) SAN
9 146 (8.64%) Skype
10 136 (8.05%) Network Security
11 123 (7.28%) SSL
12 119 (7.05%) HTTP
13 117 (6.93%) VLAN
14 99 (5.86%) VoIP
15 98 (5.80%) BGP
16 97 (5.74%) IPsec
17 95 (5.62%) Wireless
18 90 (5.33%) MPLS
19 85 (5.03%) NAS
20 78 (4.62%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (9.53%) SQL Server
2 55 (3.26%) MySQL
3 39 (2.31%) Azure SQL Database
4 26 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
5 23 (1.36%) MongoDB
6 21 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
6 21 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
7 20 (1.18%) NoSQL
7 20 (1.18%) Relational Database
8 19 (1.12%) RDBMS
9 18 (1.07%) Big Data
10 14 (0.83%) Oracle Database
10 14 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
11 13 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
12 12 (0.71%) Cosmos DB
13 9 (0.53%) Apache Hive
13 9 (0.53%) Impala
13 9 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
13 9 (0.53%) Pentaho
14 6 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 97 (5.74%) Jenkins
2 71 (4.20%) Git (software)
3 54 (3.20%) JIRA
4 29 (1.72%) GitLab
5 24 (1.42%) Travis CI
6 20 (1.18%) Visual Studio Team System
7 18 (1.07%) Gradle
7 18 (1.07%) Maven
8 16 (0.95%) Rational DOORS
8 16 (0.95%) Visual Studio
9 12 (0.71%) Artifactory
9 12 (0.71%) Bitbucket
10 11 (0.65%) Gatling
10 11 (0.65%) Geb
10 11 (0.65%) Spock
10 11 (0.65%) Subversion
11 8 (0.47%) TeamCity
12 7 (0.41%) GoCD
12 7 (0.41%) gulp
13 6 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 231 (13.68%) Finance
2 122 (7.22%) Public Sector
3 111 (6.57%) Telecoms
4 58 (3.43%) Banking
5 42 (2.49%) Military
6 39 (2.31%) Retail
7 26 (1.54%) Electronics
7 26 (1.54%) Manufacturing
8 25 (1.48%) Marketing
9 16 (0.95%) Back Office
10 15 (0.89%) Law
10 15 (0.89%) Legal
11 14 (0.83%) Investment Banking
12 13 (0.77%) Local Government
13 10 (0.59%) Financial Institution
14 9 (0.53%) Multimedia
15 7 (0.41%) German Language
16 6 (0.36%) Advertising
16 6 (0.36%) Billing
17 5 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 264 (15.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 199 (11.78%) Network Engineer
3 147 (8.70%) Architect
4 144 (8.53%) Support Engineer
5 124 (7.34%) Windows Engineer
6 93 (5.51%) Analyst
7 81 (4.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 81 (4.80%) Administrator
8 79 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support
9 74 (4.38%) Server Engineer
10 68 (4.03%) DevOps Engineer
11 65 (3.85%) Azure Engineer
12 59 (3.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 58 (3.43%) Consultant
14 53 (3.14%) Active Directory Engineer
14 53 (3.14%) Desktop Support
14 53 (3.14%) Systems Administrator
15 51 (3.02%) 3rd Line Support
16 50 (2.96%) IT Engineer
17 45 (2.66%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (5.27%) LDAP
2 70 (4.14%) Web Services
3 38 (2.25%) .NET
4 35 (2.07%) REST
5 28 (1.66%) 802.1X
6 21 (1.24%) JSON
7 20 (1.18%) LAMP
7 20 (1.18%) OAuth
8 19 (1.12%) Kafka
8 19 (1.12%) SOAP
9 18 (1.07%) SAML
10 17 (1.01%) Spring
11 16 (0.95%) HTML
11 16 (0.95%) J2EE
12 15 (0.89%) AngularJS
12 15 (0.89%) Dropwizard
12 15 (0.89%) OAuth2
12 15 (0.89%) Regular Expression
12 15 (0.89%) Spring Boot
13 13 (0.77%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 174 (10.30%) Data Centre
2 117 (6.93%) Replication
3 101 (5.98%) PKI
4 100 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
5 70 (4.14%) Public Cloud
6 63 (3.73%) Clustering
7 60 (3.55%) Management Information System
8 36 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
9 31 (1.84%) Fat Client
9 31 (1.84%) Thin Client
10 29 (1.72%) NHS
11 27 (1.60%) Smartphone
12 26 (1.54%) Blackberry
13 23 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
14 21 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
15 18 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
16 17 (1.01%) Enterprise Storage
17 16 (0.95%) ASIC
17 16 (0.95%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
18 15 (0.89%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1,071 (63.41%) Windows
2 550 (32.56%) Windows Server
3 315 (18.65%) Linux
4 305 (18.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 302 (17.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 288 (17.05%) Windows 10
7 191 (11.31%) Windows 7
8 89 (5.27%) Unix
9 74 (4.38%) Windows Server 2003
10 62 (3.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 45 (2.66%) Android
12 42 (2.49%) Windows 8
13 39 (2.31%) CentOS
14 32 (1.89%) Solaris
15 31 (1.84%) Mac OS
16 29 (1.72%) Ubuntu
17 28 (1.66%) Apple iOS
18 21 (1.24%) Mac OS X
19 18 (1.07%) AIX
20 17 (1.01%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 324 (19.18%) ITIL
2 323 (19.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 213 (12.61%) Migration
4 205 (12.14%) DevOps
5 168 (9.95%) Problem-Solving
6 136 (8.05%) Load Balancing
7 128 (7.58%) Agile Software Development
8 125 (7.40%) Disaster Recovery
9 116 (6.87%) Configuration Management
10 96 (5.68%) Change Management
11 88 (5.21%) Information Security
12 83 (4.91%) Service Management
13 76 (4.50%) Cybersecurity
14 72 (4.26%) Continuous Integration
15 66 (3.91%) Computer Science
16 62 (3.67%) Project Management
17 60 (3.55%) Project Delivery
18 59 (3.49%) Incident Management
19 55 (3.26%) Service Delivery
20 54 (3.20%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 412 (24.39%) PowerShell
2 236 (13.97%) SQL
3 135 (7.99%) Python
4 97 (5.74%) Java
5 66 (3.91%) Bash Shell
6 64 (3.79%) C
7 52 (3.08%) Perl
8 40 (2.37%) JavaScript
9 34 (2.01%) VBScript
10 32 (1.89%) Ruby
11 29 (1.72%) PHP
12 26 (1.54%) C++
13 18 (1.07%) TypeScript
14 17 (1.01%) VB
15 15 (0.89%) Shell Script
16 12 (0.71%) Java 8
17 11 (0.65%) C#
18 9 (0.53%) Go
19 8 (0.47%) Kotlin
20 6 (0.36%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 321 (19.01%) Security Cleared
2 234 (13.85%) SC Cleared
3 172 (10.18%) Cisco Certification
4 143 (8.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 110 (6.51%) Degree
6 107 (6.34%) DV Cleared
7 101 (5.98%) CCNA
8 98 (5.80%) MCSE
9 97 (5.74%) CCNP
10 56 (3.32%) MCP
11 54 (3.20%) MCSA
12 43 (2.55%) CCIE
13 37 (2.19%) ITIL Certification
14 33 (1.95%) Citrix Certification
15 27 (1.60%) CCA
16 26 (1.54%) BPSS Clearance
17 22 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 21 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
19 20 (1.18%) CCDP
20 17 (1.01%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (5.98%) SLA
2 37 (2.19%) QA
3 26 (1.54%) GDPR
3 26 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 23 (1.36%) PCI DSS
5 16 (0.95%) NCSC
6 12 (0.71%) NIST
7 10 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials
8 7 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
9 6 (0.36%) Government Security Classifications
9 6 (0.36%) PMO
10 5 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 4 (0.24%) Web Application Security Consortium
12 3 (0.18%) COBIT
13 2 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 1 (0.059%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1,033 (61.16%) Active Directory
2 352 (20.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 184 (10.89%) Hyper-V
4 158 (9.35%) VMware ESXi
5 122 (7.22%) XenApp
6 100 (5.92%) vSphere
7 94 (5.57%) XenDesktop
8 85 (5.03%) Docker
9 74 (4.38%) Virtual Machines
10 34 (2.01%) DFS Replication
11 31 (1.84%) VMware NSX
12 23 (1.36%) NFS
12 23 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
13 21 (1.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 21 (1.24%) Virtual Desktop
14 20 (1.18%) Xen
15 16 (0.95%) Firmware
16 13 (0.77%) Samba
17 11 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 10 (0.59%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 300 (17.76%) SCCM
2 111 (6.57%) Ansible
3 85 (5.03%) Puppet
4 71 (4.20%) Kubernetes
4 71 (4.20%) WSUS
5 66 (3.91%) SCOM
6 62 (3.67%) Terraform
7 58 (3.43%) Opscode Chef
8 57 (3.37%) Single Sign-On
8 57 (3.37%) vCenter Server
9 55 (3.26%) Microsoft Intune
10 30 (1.78%) Nagios
11 28 (1.66%) Nessus
12 26 (1.54%) SCVMM
13 21 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
14 20 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
14 20 (1.18%) Salt
14 20 (1.18%) vRealize
15 16 (0.95%) Backup Exec
15 16 (0.95%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 712 (42.16%) Microsoft
2 566 (33.51%) VMware
3 370 (21.91%) Cisco
4 272 (16.10%) Citrix
5 131 (7.76%) HP
6 104 (6.16%) CheckPoint
7 95 (5.62%) Juniper
8 89 (5.27%) Google
9 76 (4.50%) Apple
9 76 (4.50%) Dell
10 73 (4.32%) SolarWinds
11 70 (4.14%) Palo Alto
12 69 (4.09%) Red Hat
13 65 (3.85%) F5
14 62 (3.67%) Oracle
15 52 (3.08%) McAfee
15 52 (3.08%) Symantec
16 46 (2.72%) Veeam
17 41 (2.43%) EMC
18 40 (2.37%) ServiceNow