Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 112 146 164
Rank change year-on-year +34 +18 -39
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,459 1,838 1,661
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.11% 1.87% 1.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.60% 14.65% 12.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 970 1,192 1,036
UK median daily rate £385 £414 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.95% +10.33% -
10th Percentile £200 £193 £150
90th Percentile £592 £602 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £325
% change year-on-year -6.25% +23.08% -5.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 65 72
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £22.43 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.31% +31.94% -33.33%
10th Percentile £13.55 £12.95 £12.05
90th Percentile £70.25 £66.81 £44.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.25 £24.05 £16.45
% change year-on-year -11.64% +46.18% -37.92%

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 9,355 12,550 13,145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.55% 12.75% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,625 7,598 8,120
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.12% +0.13%
10th Percentile £181 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £603 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 558 689
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £19.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.30% -3.58% -9.79%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.03
90th Percentile £52.35 £48.75 £47.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.41 £19.51
% change year-on-year +14.88% -10.76% -9.26%

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 18 February 2020.

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 18 February 2020.

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 18 February 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 +28 1,331 £380 -9.52% 821
UK excluding London +44 1,023 £375 -6.25% 674
London -15 404 £400 -11.11% 205
South East +38 335 £393 -1.88% 177
North of England +48 248 £350 -17.65% 169
Midlands +91 143 £313 -13.19% 114
South West +25 113 £425 +6.25% 73
North West +19 96 £375 -21.05% 95
Yorkshire +36 92 £350 -17.65% 61
West Midlands +80 91 £350 -5.41% 73
Scotland +24 84 £450 +38.46% 34
East of England -13 84 £400 - 83
North East +63 62 £413 +37.50% 13
East Midlands +46 50 £313 -3.85% 41
Wales +32 19 £400 -5.88% 21
Northern Ireland +4 1 £238 -48.92% 3

For the 6 months to 18 February 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.

1 885 (60.66%) Windows
2 878 (60.18%) Active Directory
3 811 (55.59%) DHCP
4 594 (40.71%) Microsoft
5 499 (34.20%) Windows Server
6 480 (32.90%) VMware
7 426 (29.20%) Azure
8 391 (26.80%) TCP/IP
9 370 (25.36%) Office 365
10 368 (25.22%) PowerShell
11 360 (24.67%) Firewall
12 346 (23.71%) Security Cleared
13 294 (20.15%) VMware Infrastructure
14 280 (19.19%) Linux
15 270 (18.51%) SC Cleared
16 263 (18.03%) ITIL
17 262 (17.96%) Cisco
18 255 (17.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 249 (17.07%) SCCM
20 238 (16.31%) Windows Server 2012
20 238 (16.31%) VPN
21 229 (15.70%) AWS
22 226 (15.49%) Citrix
23 223 (15.28%) Windows 10
24 219 (15.01%) WAN
25 209 (14.32%) SQL
26 205 (14.05%) Windows Server 2008
27 200 (13.71%) LAN
28 189 (12.95%) Migration
29 173 (11.86%) 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
1 150 (10.28%) MS Exchange
2 115 (7.88%) SharePoint
3 112 (7.68%) IIS
4 102 (6.99%) Skype for Business
5 70 (4.80%) Apache
6 61 (4.18%) Exchange Server 2010
7 54 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
8 45 (3.08%) Tomcat
9 39 (2.67%) nginx
10 33 (2.26%) WebSphere
11 30 (2.06%) Confluence
11 30 (2.06%) Jetty
11 30 (2.06%) Mongrel
12 28 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
13 19 (1.30%) OpenStack
14 18 (1.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 14 (0.96%) Apache Spark
16 11 (0.75%) CMS
16 11 (0.75%) JBoss
17 10 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 138 (9.46%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.96%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.069%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.069%) Houdini
6 1 (0.069%) Maya
Business Applications
1 6 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (0.41%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.21%) CA PPM
4 2 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.069%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.069%) Exchequer
5 1 (0.069%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.069%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.069%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.069%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 426 (29.20%) Azure
2 370 (25.36%) Office 365
3 229 (15.70%) AWS
4 119 (8.16%) IaaS
5 108 (7.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 97 (6.65%) PaaS
7 70 (4.80%) SaaS
8 64 (4.39%) GCP
9 45 (3.08%) Amazon EC2
10 37 (2.54%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 37 (2.54%) GitHub
11 32 (2.19%) Cloud Computing
11 32 (2.19%) Google App Engine
11 32 (2.19%) OneDrive
12 30 (2.06%) Serverless
13 22 (1.51%) Route 53
14 20 (1.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 17 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
16 12 (0.82%) Azure Functions
16 12 (0.82%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 811 (55.59%) DHCP
2 391 (26.80%) TCP/IP
3 360 (24.67%) Firewall
4 238 (16.31%) VPN
5 219 (15.01%) WAN
6 200 (13.71%) LAN
7 156 (10.69%) SAN
8 145 (9.94%) Internet
9 120 (8.22%) Skype
9 120 (8.22%) SSL
10 119 (8.16%) HTTP
11 105 (7.20%) IPsec
12 88 (6.03%) VLAN
13 87 (5.96%) BGP
14 83 (5.69%) VoIP
15 81 (5.55%) Network Security
16 74 (5.07%) FTP
16 74 (5.07%) Wireless
17 67 (4.59%) MPLS
17 67 (4.59%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 151 (10.35%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.26%) MySQL
3 31 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
4 25 (1.71%) Azure SQL Database
4 25 (1.71%) MongoDB
5 23 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
6 22 (1.51%) Big Data
6 22 (1.51%) SQL Server 2016
7 19 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (0.96%) Apache Hive
8 14 (0.96%) Impala
8 14 (0.96%) Pentaho
9 13 (0.89%) Redis
10 9 (0.62%) Cosmos DB
10 9 (0.62%) Relational Database
11 8 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
12 7 (0.48%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
13 6 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
14 5 (0.34%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 105 (7.20%) Jenkins
2 88 (6.03%) Git (software)
3 59 (4.04%) JIRA
4 30 (2.06%) Travis CI
5 28 (1.92%) GitLab
6 18 (1.23%) Artifactory
7 15 (1.03%) Bitbucket
8 14 (0.96%) Selenium
8 14 (0.96%) TeamCity
9 13 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
10 12 (0.82%) Gradle
10 12 (0.82%) Octopus Deploy
11 11 (0.75%) Gatling
11 11 (0.75%) Geb
11 11 (0.75%) Spock
12 10 (0.69%) AdminStudio
12 10 (0.69%) InstallShield
13 8 (0.55%) Sonatype Nexus
13 8 (0.55%) Subversion
14 7 (0.48%) Maven
General
1 155 (10.62%) Finance
2 137 (9.39%) Public Sector
3 80 (5.48%) Telecoms
4 43 (2.95%) Retail
5 29 (1.99%) Military
6 28 (1.92%) Banking
7 26 (1.78%) Manufacturing
8 23 (1.58%) Marketing
9 20 (1.37%) Back Office
10 19 (1.30%) Electronics
11 14 (0.96%) Law
12 12 (0.82%) Local Government
13 8 (0.55%) Multimedia
14 6 (0.41%) Mandarin Language
15 5 (0.34%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.34%) Games
15 5 (0.34%) Legal
16 4 (0.27%) Publishing
17 3 (0.21%) Investment Banking
17 3 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 189 (12.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 143 (9.80%) Network Engineer
3 114 (7.81%) Support Engineer
4 100 (6.85%) Analyst
4 100 (6.85%) Architect
5 98 (6.72%) Windows Engineer
6 78 (5.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 74 (5.07%) Consultant
8 70 (4.80%) Administrator
9 68 (4.66%) Active Directory Engineer
10 64 (4.39%) DevOps Engineer
11 56 (3.84%) 2nd Line Support
12 51 (3.50%) Azure Engineer
12 51 (3.50%) Desktop Support
13 47 (3.22%) Server Engineer
14 45 (3.08%) Systems Administrator
14 45 (3.08%) Systems Engineer
15 44 (3.02%) IT Engineer
16 42 (2.88%) 3rd Line Support
16 42 (2.88%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (5.48%) LDAP
2 74 (5.07%) .NET
3 40 (2.74%) Web Services
4 33 (2.26%) Servlets
5 32 (2.19%) J2EE
6 31 (2.12%) JSON
7 28 (1.92%) 802.1X
8 25 (1.71%) OAuth
8 25 (1.71%) REST
9 20 (1.37%) AngularJS
10 18 (1.23%) Elastic Stack
10 18 (1.23%) YAML
11 16 (1.10%) SOAP
11 16 (1.10%) Spring
12 15 (1.03%) .NET Framework
13 14 (0.96%) CSS
13 14 (0.96%) Kafka
14 13 (0.89%) HTML
14 13 (0.89%) SAML
15 12 (0.82%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 164 (11.24%) Data Centre
2 133 (9.12%) PKI
3 97 (6.65%) Replication
4 67 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
5 48 (3.29%) Clustering
6 46 (3.15%) Public Cloud
7 43 (2.95%) Management Information System
8 34 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
9 30 (2.06%) Blackberry
10 28 (1.92%) Fat Client
10 28 (1.92%) Thin Client
11 23 (1.58%) Smartphone
12 21 (1.44%) Video Conferencing
13 18 (1.23%) Private Cloud
14 17 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
14 17 (1.17%) iPhone
15 16 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
16 15 (1.03%) Cloud Native
16 15 (1.03%) Enterprise Storage
17 14 (0.96%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 885 (60.66%) Windows
2 499 (34.20%) Windows Server
3 280 (19.19%) Linux
4 238 (16.31%) Windows Server 2012
5 223 (15.28%) Windows 10
6 205 (14.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 173 (11.86%) Windows 7
8 57 (3.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 57 (3.91%) Unix
9 44 (3.02%) Windows Server 2003
10 40 (2.74%) Android
11 32 (2.19%) CentOS
12 27 (1.85%) Ubuntu
12 27 (1.85%) Windows 8
13 24 (1.64%) VMS
14 16 (1.10%) Mac OS
15 12 (0.82%) Solaris
16 11 (0.75%) Windows 2000 Server
17 9 (0.62%) Windows XP
18 7 (0.48%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 263 (18.03%) ITIL
2 255 (17.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 189 (12.95%) Migration
4 172 (11.79%) DevOps
5 159 (10.90%) Agile Software Development
6 135 (9.25%) Problem-Solving
7 100 (6.85%) Load Balancing
8 76 (5.21%) Configuration Management
9 75 (5.14%) Continuous Integration
10 71 (4.87%) Change Management
11 66 (4.52%) Disaster Recovery
12 61 (4.18%) High Availability
12 61 (4.18%) Service Management
13 59 (4.04%) Open Source
14 54 (3.70%) Project Delivery
15 50 (3.43%) Project Management
16 49 (3.36%) Information Security
17 48 (3.29%) Incident Management
18 47 (3.22%) Service Delivery
19 46 (3.15%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 368 (25.22%) PowerShell
2 209 (14.32%) SQL
3 101 (6.92%) Python
4 89 (6.10%) Bash Shell
4 89 (6.10%) Java
5 51 (3.50%) C
6 39 (2.67%) Perl
7 36 (2.47%) JavaScript
8 31 (2.12%) Ruby
9 26 (1.78%) Shell Script
10 24 (1.64%) PHP
10 24 (1.64%) VB
11 21 (1.44%) C++
12 20 (1.37%) C#
12 20 (1.37%) TypeScript
12 20 (1.37%) VBScript
13 19 (1.30%) Go
14 16 (1.10%) Java 8
15 9 (0.62%) T-SQL
16 7 (0.48%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 346 (23.71%) Security Cleared
2 270 (18.51%) SC Cleared
3 137 (9.39%) Microsoft Certification
4 115 (7.88%) Cisco Certification
5 96 (6.58%) MCSE
6 79 (5.41%) DV Cleared
7 77 (5.28%) CCNA
8 76 (5.21%) CCNP
9 75 (5.14%) Degree
10 48 (3.29%) MCSA
11 42 (2.88%) BPSS Clearance
12 34 (2.33%) MCP
13 33 (2.26%) ITIL Certification
14 31 (2.12%) Citrix Certification
15 27 (1.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 24 (1.64%) CCA
17 17 (1.17%) CCIE
18 16 (1.10%) CCIP
18 16 (1.10%) MCITP
19 14 (0.96%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (4.46%) SLA
2 35 (2.40%) QA
3 21 (1.44%) PCI DSS
4 18 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (1.17%) GDPR
5 17 (1.17%) NCSC
6 13 (0.89%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 5 (0.34%) NIST
9 4 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.27%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.21%) RMADS
11 2 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.14%) PMO
11 2 (0.14%) Web Application Security Consortium
12 1 (0.069%) GAAP
12 1 (0.069%) GxP
12 1 (0.069%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.069%) NIST 800
System Software
1 878 (60.18%) Active Directory
2 294 (20.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 161 (11.03%) Hyper-V
4 111 (7.61%) VMware ESXi
4 111 (7.61%) XenApp
5 93 (6.37%) vSphere
6 91 (6.24%) XenDesktop
7 74 (5.07%) Docker
8 50 (3.43%) Virtual Machines
9 33 (2.26%) Xen
10 30 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
11 25 (1.71%) VMware NSX
12 24 (1.64%) DFS Replication
13 18 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 17 (1.17%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 15 (1.03%) NFS
16 14 (0.96%) Firmware
17 13 (0.89%) BitLocker
17 13 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
18 12 (0.82%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 249 (17.07%) SCCM
2 122 (8.36%) Ansible
3 103 (7.06%) Terraform
4 81 (5.55%) Kubernetes
5 80 (5.48%) Puppet
6 54 (3.70%) SCOM
6 54 (3.70%) WSUS
7 47 (3.22%) Microsoft Intune
8 40 (2.74%) Single Sign-On
9 31 (2.12%) McAfee ePO
10 25 (1.71%) AirWatch
11 24 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
12 23 (1.58%) Nagios
13 21 (1.44%) Microsoft Clustering
13 21 (1.44%) NetBackup
14 20 (1.37%) vCenter Server
15 19 (1.30%) Norton AntiVirus
16 16 (1.10%) Docker Swarm
16 16 (1.10%) Salt
17 15 (1.03%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 594 (40.71%) Microsoft
2 480 (32.90%) VMware
3 262 (17.96%) Cisco
4 226 (15.49%) Citrix
5 92 (6.31%) Google
6 86 (5.89%) HP
7 72 (4.93%) Juniper
8 65 (4.46%) CheckPoint
9 63 (4.32%) McAfee
10 59 (4.04%) Red Hat
10 59 (4.04%) SolarWinds
11 57 (3.91%) Dell
12 51 (3.50%) Palo Alto
13 50 (3.43%) Symantec
14 45 (3.08%) F5
15 44 (3.02%) Ivanti
16 43 (2.95%) Oracle
17 40 (2.74%) NetApp
18 37 (2.54%) ServiceNow
19 31 (2.12%) Apple