Period
to 2 April 2020

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 2 April 2020 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
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 113 142 156
Rank change year-on-year +29 +14 -26
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,252 1,826 1,832
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.02% 1.89% 1.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.87% 14.99% 13.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 827 1,258 1,187
Median daily rate £385 £425 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +16.44% -2.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £151
90th Percentile £593 £603 £589
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £309
% change year-on-year -6.25% +29.45% -11.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 55 79
Median hourly rate £21.25 £25.67 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.22% +46.69% -27.08%
10th Percentile £13.25 £13.75 £11.20
90th Percentile £48.75 £66.81 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £26.59 £17.00
% change year-on-year -34.17% +56.38% -27.43%

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 8,421 12,180 13,353
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.62% 12.63% 13.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,943 7,475 8,229
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 564 716
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% -1.89% -11.35%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.21% -10.59%

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 2 April 2020.

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 2 April 2020.

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 2 April 2020. 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 +25 1,134 £375 -11.76% 456
UK excluding London +35 849 £375 -6.25% 388
London -10 370 £388 -13.89% 99
South East +20 242 £400 -2.44% 96
North of England +64 232 £350 -21.79% 109
Midlands +78 128 £319 -11.46% 57
North West +32 104 £375 -21.05% 64
South West -4 81 £475 +28.81% 57
Scotland +22 78 £450 +20.00% 17
Yorkshire +26 77 £350 -20.00% 22
West Midlands +69 76 £350 -9.68% 34
East of England +9 76 £400 +6.67% 38
North East +61 53 £370 -7.50% 23
East Midlands +39 52 £313 -3.85% 22
Work from Home +33 49 £410 -18.81% 22
Wales +23 15 £400 -5.88% 14
Northern Ireland +5 1 £140 -57.89%

For the 6 months to 2 April 2020, 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.

1 758 (60.54%) Windows
2 745 (59.50%) Active Directory
3 708 (56.55%) DHCP
4 501 (40.02%) Microsoft
5 455 (36.34%) Windows Server
6 420 (33.55%) VMware
7 375 (29.95%) Azure
8 330 (26.36%) Office 365
9 325 (25.96%) Firewall
9 325 (25.96%) TCP/IP
10 312 (24.92%) PowerShell
11 287 (22.92%) Security Cleared
12 270 (21.57%) VMware Infrastructure
13 246 (19.65%) Linux
14 235 (18.77%) Cisco
15 230 (18.37%) SC Cleared
16 223 (17.81%) ITIL
17 215 (17.17%) Windows Server 2012
18 212 (16.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 207 (16.53%) WAN
20 201 (16.05%) AWS
20 201 (16.05%) SCCM
21 199 (15.89%) Citrix
22 197 (15.73%) Migration
23 195 (15.58%) LAN
23 195 (15.58%) Windows 10
24 192 (15.34%) VPN
25 171 (13.66%) Windows Server 2008
26 159 (12.70%) SQL
27 157 (12.54%) Hyper-V

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
1 134 (10.70%) MS Exchange
2 98 (7.83%) SharePoint
3 97 (7.75%) IIS
4 89 (7.11%) Skype for Business
5 68 (5.43%) Apache
6 58 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2010
7 50 (3.99%) Exchange Server 2013
8 45 (3.59%) Tomcat
9 40 (3.19%) nginx
10 32 (2.56%) WebSphere
11 31 (2.48%) Confluence
12 28 (2.24%) Jetty
12 28 (2.24%) Mongrel
13 25 (2.00%) Elasticsearch
14 18 (1.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 16 (1.28%) OpenStack
16 12 (0.96%) Apache Spark
17 11 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
18 10 (0.80%) CMS
18 10 (0.80%) JBoss
Applications
1 109 (8.71%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.04%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.080%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.080%) Houdini
6 1 (0.080%) Maya
Business Applications
1 6 (0.48%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.16%) Magento
3 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.080%) assyst
4 1 (0.080%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.080%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.080%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 375 (29.95%) Azure
2 330 (26.36%) Office 365
3 201 (16.05%) AWS
4 109 (8.71%) Azure Active Directory
4 109 (8.71%) IaaS
5 96 (7.67%) PaaS
6 62 (4.95%) SaaS
7 55 (4.39%) GCP
8 37 (2.96%) Amazon EC2
9 35 (2.80%) Serverless
10 31 (2.48%) GitHub
11 30 (2.40%) Google App Engine
12 27 (2.16%) Cloud Computing
13 26 (2.08%) OneDrive
14 21 (1.68%) AWS CloudFormation
15 19 (1.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 16 (1.28%) Route 53
16 16 (1.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 15 (1.20%) AWS Lambda
17 15 (1.20%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 708 (56.55%) DHCP
2 325 (25.96%) Firewall
2 325 (25.96%) TCP/IP
3 207 (16.53%) WAN
4 195 (15.58%) LAN
5 192 (15.34%) VPN
6 142 (11.34%) SAN
7 112 (8.95%) HTTP
8 107 (8.55%) Skype
9 104 (8.31%) SSL
10 100 (7.99%) Internet
11 80 (6.39%) IPsec
12 78 (6.23%) Network Security
13 71 (5.67%) BGP
14 68 (5.43%) VLAN
15 63 (5.03%) MPLS
15 63 (5.03%) VoIP
16 59 (4.71%) FTP
17 57 (4.55%) OSPF
18 53 (4.23%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (10.78%) SQL Server
2 36 (2.88%) MySQL
3 31 (2.48%) MongoDB
4 26 (2.08%) Amazon RDS
5 22 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
6 19 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
7 18 (1.44%) Big Data
8 17 (1.36%) Azure SQL Database
9 15 (1.20%) Relational Database
9 15 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
10 12 (0.96%) NoSQL
11 11 (0.88%) Oracle Reports
12 10 (0.80%) Redis
13 9 (0.72%) Apache Hive
13 9 (0.72%) Cosmos DB
13 9 (0.72%) Impala
13 9 (0.72%) Pentaho
14 8 (0.64%) RDBMS
15 6 (0.48%) DB2
15 6 (0.48%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 85 (6.79%) Jenkins
2 83 (6.63%) Git (software)
3 48 (3.83%) JIRA
4 29 (2.32%) Travis CI
5 27 (2.16%) GitLab
6 19 (1.52%) TeamCity
7 15 (1.20%) Gradle
8 14 (1.12%) Bitbucket
8 14 (1.12%) Selenium
9 12 (0.96%) Octopus Deploy
10 10 (0.80%) AdminStudio
10 10 (0.80%) Artifactory
10 10 (0.80%) InstallShield
11 9 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
12 8 (0.64%) Gatling
12 8 (0.64%) Geb
12 8 (0.64%) Maven
12 8 (0.64%) SonarQube
12 8 (0.64%) Spock
13 7 (0.56%) Bitbucket Server
General
1 118 (9.42%) Finance
2 110 (8.79%) Public Sector
3 63 (5.03%) Telecoms
4 35 (2.80%) Retail
5 33 (2.64%) Banking
6 25 (2.00%) Manufacturing
7 21 (1.68%) Marketing
8 19 (1.52%) Electronics
9 17 (1.36%) Military
10 15 (1.20%) Back Office
11 13 (1.04%) Law
12 9 (0.72%) Legal
12 9 (0.72%) Local Government
13 5 (0.40%) Publishing
14 4 (0.32%) Billing
14 4 (0.32%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.32%) Games
14 4 (0.32%) Mandarin Language
14 4 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.32%) Police
Job Titles
1 157 (12.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 124 (9.90%) Network Engineer
3 96 (7.67%) Analyst
4 91 (7.27%) Support Engineer
5 87 (6.95%) Architect
6 86 (6.87%) Windows Engineer
7 75 (5.99%) Consultant
8 61 (4.87%) Active Directory Engineer
9 60 (4.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 60 (4.79%) DevOps Engineer
10 50 (3.99%) Server Engineer
11 48 (3.83%) IT Engineer
12 45 (3.59%) Azure Engineer
13 44 (3.51%) Administrator
14 43 (3.43%) Systems Engineer
15 40 (3.19%) Desktop Support
15 40 (3.19%) IT Support
16 36 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
16 36 (2.88%) 3rd Line Support
16 36 (2.88%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (5.03%) LDAP
2 59 (4.71%) .NET
3 32 (2.56%) Servlets
4 30 (2.40%) J2EE
5 26 (2.08%) Web Services
6 24 (1.92%) OAuth
7 23 (1.84%) YAML
8 22 (1.76%) 802.1X
9 18 (1.44%) JSON
10 17 (1.36%) REST
11 15 (1.20%) Elastic Stack
12 14 (1.12%) HTML
13 13 (1.04%) AngularJS
13 13 (1.04%) CSS
13 13 (1.04%) Middleware
13 13 (1.04%) RESTful
13 13 (1.04%) SOAP
13 13 (1.04%) Velocity
14 11 (0.88%) SAML
14 11 (0.88%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 137 (10.94%) Data Centre
2 117 (9.35%) PKI
3 89 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (5.03%) Replication
5 56 (4.47%) Management Information System
6 49 (3.91%) Clustering
7 37 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
8 27 (2.16%) Public Cloud
9 25 (2.00%) Blackberry
10 22 (1.76%) Fat Client
10 22 (1.76%) Thin Client
11 17 (1.36%) Cloud Native
12 16 (1.28%) Private Cloud
13 15 (1.20%) iPhone
13 15 (1.20%) Smartphone
13 15 (1.20%) Social Media
13 15 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
14 14 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
14 14 (1.12%) User Experience
15 12 (0.96%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 758 (60.54%) Windows
2 455 (36.34%) Windows Server
3 246 (19.65%) Linux
4 215 (17.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 195 (15.58%) Windows 10
6 171 (13.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 150 (11.98%) Windows Server 2016
8 142 (11.34%) Windows 7
9 63 (5.03%) Unix
10 52 (4.15%) Windows Server 2019
11 50 (3.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 43 (3.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 35 (2.80%) Android
14 24 (1.92%) CentOS
14 24 (1.92%) VMS
15 23 (1.84%) Windows 8
16 19 (1.52%) Ubuntu
17 14 (1.12%) Mac OS
17 14 (1.12%) Solaris
18 8 (0.64%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (17.81%) ITIL
2 212 (16.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 197 (15.73%) Migration
4 148 (11.82%) DevOps
5 133 (10.62%) Agile Software Development
6 125 (9.98%) Problem-Solving
7 85 (6.79%) Load Balancing
8 71 (5.67%) Continuous Integration
9 69 (5.51%) Change Management
10 68 (5.43%) Configuration Management
10 68 (5.43%) High Availability
11 51 (4.07%) Open Source
12 50 (3.99%) Service Management
13 46 (3.67%) Kalman Filter
14 45 (3.59%) Disaster Recovery
14 45 (3.59%) Infrastructure as Code
15 40 (3.19%) Incident Management
16 39 (3.12%) Mobile Device Management
16 39 (3.12%) Project Management
17 38 (3.04%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 312 (24.92%) PowerShell
2 159 (12.70%) SQL
3 92 (7.35%) Python
4 83 (6.63%) Java
5 82 (6.55%) Bash Shell
6 35 (2.80%) Perl
7 31 (2.48%) C
7 31 (2.48%) JavaScript
8 29 (2.32%) Ruby
8 29 (2.32%) VB
9 27 (2.16%) PHP
9 27 (2.16%) Shell Script
10 23 (1.84%) VBScript
11 15 (1.20%) C#
12 14 (1.12%) Go
12 14 (1.12%) TypeScript
13 13 (1.04%) Java 8
14 10 (0.80%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.72%) C++
16 7 (0.56%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 287 (22.92%) Security Cleared
2 230 (18.37%) SC Cleared
3 119 (9.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 104 (8.31%) Cisco Certification
5 74 (5.91%) CCNP
6 72 (5.75%) CCNA
6 72 (5.75%) MCSE
7 56 (4.47%) DV Cleared
8 53 (4.23%) Degree
9 41 (3.27%) MCSA
10 39 (3.12%) BPSS Clearance
11 34 (2.72%) ITIL Certification
12 29 (2.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 24 (1.92%) Citrix Certification
14 22 (1.76%) MCP
15 18 (1.44%) CCIE
16 17 (1.36%) BC Cleared
16 17 (1.36%) CCA
17 14 (1.12%) CCIP
18 13 (1.04%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.63%) SLA
2 34 (2.72%) QA
3 19 (1.52%) GDPR
4 17 (1.36%) NCSC
5 15 (1.20%) PCI DSS
6 14 (1.12%) Cyber Essentials
7 13 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 8 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 7 (0.56%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.24%) NIST
10 3 (0.24%) RMADS
11 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.16%) Web Application Security Consortium
12 1 (0.080%) GAAP
12 1 (0.080%) GxP
12 1 (0.080%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.080%) NIST 800
12 1 (0.080%) PMO
System Software
1 745 (59.50%) Active Directory
2 270 (21.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 157 (12.54%) Hyper-V
4 95 (7.59%) VMware ESXi
5 91 (7.27%) XenApp
6 86 (6.87%) vSphere
7 72 (5.75%) XenDesktop
8 60 (4.79%) Docker
9 56 (4.47%) Virtual Machines
10 28 (2.24%) Xen
11 25 (2.00%) Virtual Servers
12 21 (1.68%) VMware NSX
13 19 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
14 18 (1.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 17 (1.36%) DFS Replication
15 17 (1.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (1.04%) NFS
17 12 (0.96%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
18 10 (0.80%) BitLocker
19 8 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 201 (16.05%) SCCM
2 96 (7.67%) Ansible
3 91 (7.27%) Terraform
4 72 (5.75%) Puppet
5 62 (4.95%) Kubernetes
6 52 (4.15%) Microsoft Intune
6 52 (4.15%) SCOM
7 42 (3.35%) WSUS
8 29 (2.32%) Microsoft Clustering
9 28 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
10 27 (2.16%) AirWatch
11 22 (1.76%) Single Sign-On
12 21 (1.68%) NetBackup
12 21 (1.68%) Norton AntiVirus
13 20 (1.60%) McAfee ePO
13 20 (1.60%) vCenter Server
14 16 (1.28%) HP SIM
15 15 (1.20%) Failover Clustering
15 15 (1.20%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 14 (1.12%) Nagios
Vendors
1 501 (40.02%) Microsoft
2 420 (33.55%) VMware
3 235 (18.77%) Cisco
4 199 (15.89%) Citrix
5 94 (7.51%) HP
6 70 (5.59%) Google
7 68 (5.43%) Juniper
8 61 (4.87%) Dell
9 55 (4.39%) CheckPoint
10 53 (4.23%) Red Hat
11 49 (3.91%) Symantec
12 43 (3.43%) SolarWinds
13 42 (3.35%) F5
13 42 (3.35%) NetApp
14 41 (3.27%) McAfee
15 40 (3.19%) Ivanti
15 40 (3.19%) Oracle
16 39 (3.12%) Palo Alto
17 26 (2.08%) EMC
18 25 (2.00%) ServiceNow