Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 138 160 108
Rank change year-on-year +22 -52 +16
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,891 1,719 2,165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.91% 1.72% 2.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.92% 12.80% 14.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,216 1,056 1,373
UK median daily rate £413 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.79% -3.33% +2.74%
10th Percentile £199 £143 £213
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £325 £350
% change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 76 110
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £17.00 £25.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.47% -32.67% +12.22%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £11.47
90th Percentile £47.66 £42.63 £47.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.88 £17.38 £26.50
% change year-on-year +2.88% -34.43% +26.18%

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 12,673 13,428 14,551
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.83% 13.40% 15.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,634 8,298 8,847
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £200 £181 £213
90th Percentile £610 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 608 680 753
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.13% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.88 £11.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year -7.28% -16.11% +6.50%

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 19 January 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 19 January 2019.

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 19 January 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 +22 1,756 £417 +14.25% 626
UK excluding London +11 1,115 £400 +23.08% 452
London +28 743 £450 +12.50% 207
South East +1 404 £400 +6.67% 125
North of England +4 251 £400 +23.08% 115
East of England +55 171 £425 +32.81% 68
North West 0 123 £425 +27.82% 66
Yorkshire +28 114 £417 -0.42% 46
South West -23 94 £400 +23.08% 49
Midlands -49 94 £370 +32.14% 63
Scotland -4 82 £325 -13.33% 19
West Midlands -25 57 £373 +37.96% 36
East Midlands -20 37 £350 +25.00% 27
Wales -10 21 £400 +14.29% 11
North East -36 14 £300 - 3
Northern Ireland +24 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 19 January 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 1,007 (53.25%) Windows
2 936 (49.50%) DHCP
3 931 (49.23%) Active Directory
4 797 (42.15%) Microsoft
5 610 (32.26%) VMware
6 608 (32.15%) TCP/IP
7 575 (30.41%) Linux
8 538 (28.45%) Firewall
9 513 (27.13%) Windows Server
10 389 (20.57%) Amazon AWS
11 388 (20.52%) Microsoft Azure
12 385 (20.36%) PowerShell
13 382 (20.20%) VMware Infrastructure
14 366 (19.35%) VPN
15 353 (18.67%) Cisco
16 350 (18.51%) DevOps
17 348 (18.40%) Office 365
18 308 (16.29%) LAN
18 308 (16.29%) Security Cleared
19 299 (15.81%) WAN
20 297 (15.71%) ITIL
21 285 (15.07%) HTTP
22 273 (14.44%) Windows Server 2012
23 264 (13.96%) SSL
24 257 (13.59%) Finance
25 249 (13.17%) Migration
26 246 (13.01%) Puppet
27 245 (12.96%) Citrix
28 240 (12.69%) Jenkins
28 240 (12.69%) Infrastructure Engineering

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
1 218 (11.53%) MS Exchange
2 191 (10.10%) Apache
3 145 (7.67%) IIS
4 126 (6.66%) SharePoint
5 108 (5.71%) Skype for Business
6 105 (5.55%) nginx
7 101 (5.34%) Tomcat
8 85 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2010
9 60 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2013
9 60 (3.17%) WebSphere
10 58 (3.07%) Confluence
11 51 (2.70%) Elasticsearch
11 51 (2.70%) Jetty
11 51 (2.70%) Mongrel
12 42 (2.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 33 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2007
14 28 (1.48%) OpenStack
15 27 (1.43%) JBoss
16 25 (1.32%) Apache Spark
17 23 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 173 (9.15%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.42%) InfoPath
4 8 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.11%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.053%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.053%) HipChat
6 1 (0.053%) Maya
6 1 (0.053%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.053%) NUKE
6 1 (0.053%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (0.85%) Eikon
2 8 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.11%) assyst
5 2 (0.11%) Infor SunSystems
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 2 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.053%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.053%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.053%) Sage 50
6 1 (0.053%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 389 (20.57%) Amazon AWS
2 388 (20.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 348 (18.40%) Office 365
4 122 (6.45%) IaaS
5 110 (5.82%) Amazon EC2
6 98 (5.18%) Google Cloud Platform
7 84 (4.44%) PaaS
8 77 (4.07%) SaaS
9 71 (3.75%) Azure Active Directory
10 66 (3.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 59 (3.12%) Serverless
12 58 (3.07%) Amazon S3
13 52 (2.75%) Google App Engine
14 49 (2.59%) Cloud Computing
15 47 (2.49%) AWS CloudFormation
16 44 (2.33%) AWS Lambda
17 39 (2.06%) Route 53
18 27 (1.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 26 (1.37%) Heroku
20 25 (1.32%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 936 (49.50%) DHCP
2 608 (32.15%) TCP/IP
3 538 (28.45%) Firewall
4 366 (19.35%) VPN
5 308 (16.29%) LAN
6 299 (15.81%) WAN
7 285 (15.07%) HTTP
8 264 (13.96%) SSL
9 171 (9.04%) FTP
10 154 (8.14%) Internet
11 146 (7.72%) IPsec
11 146 (7.72%) SAN
12 119 (6.29%) BGP
13 117 (6.19%) OSPF
14 115 (6.08%) Wireless
15 100 (5.29%) Skype
16 97 (5.13%) MPLS
17 93 (4.92%) VoIP
18 87 (4.60%) Cisco ASA
19 86 (4.55%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 181 (9.57%) SQL Server
2 98 (5.18%) MySQL
3 88 (4.65%) MongoDB
4 72 (3.81%) PostgreSQL
5 56 (2.96%) Amazon RDS
6 51 (2.70%) NoSQL
7 45 (2.38%) Hadoop
8 44 (2.33%) Relational Database
9 43 (2.27%) Big Data
10 40 (2.12%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 36 (1.90%) RDBMS
12 33 (1.75%) Apache Cassandra
13 26 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
14 17 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
14 17 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
15 14 (0.74%) Oracle Database
15 14 (0.74%) Redis
16 12 (0.63%) MariaDB
16 12 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 10 (0.53%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 240 (12.69%) Jenkins
2 126 (6.66%) Git (software)
3 81 (4.28%) JIRA
3 81 (4.28%) Travis CI
4 58 (3.07%) GitLab
5 32 (1.69%) Visual Studio
6 28 (1.48%) Gradle
7 26 (1.37%) Maven
8 25 (1.32%) gulp
9 24 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
10 23 (1.22%) Sonatype Nexus
11 22 (1.16%) Vagrant
12 21 (1.11%) MSI
13 20 (1.06%) Bitbucket
14 19 (1.00%) Octopus Deploy
15 18 (0.95%) Artifactory
15 18 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
16 13 (0.69%) TeamCity
17 12 (0.63%) SonarQube
18 11 (0.58%) Spock
General
1 257 (13.59%) Finance
2 69 (3.65%) Telecoms
3 58 (3.07%) Retail
4 40 (2.12%) Banking
5 33 (1.75%) Law
6 26 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 20 (1.06%) Back Office
8 18 (0.95%) Legal
9 17 (0.90%) Front Office
10 13 (0.69%) Publishing
10 13 (0.69%) Spanish Language
11 12 (0.63%) Advertising
12 11 (0.58%) Billing
13 10 (0.53%) Military
14 8 (0.42%) Investment Banking
14 8 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
15 7 (0.37%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.26%) German Language
17 4 (0.21%) French Language
17 4 (0.21%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 190 (10.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 189 (9.99%) DevOps Engineer
3 167 (8.83%) Architect
4 166 (8.78%) Analyst
5 163 (8.62%) Support Engineer
6 160 (8.46%) Network Engineer
7 98 (5.18%) Consultant
8 96 (5.08%) Administrator
9 78 (4.12%) Developer
10 65 (3.44%) IT Support
10 65 (3.44%) Linux Engineer
11 63 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support
12 61 (3.23%) Windows Engineer
13 57 (3.01%) Systems Administrator
14 56 (2.96%) Support Analyst
15 52 (2.75%) AWS Engineer
15 52 (2.75%) IT Engineer
15 52 (2.75%) Systems Engineer
16 51 (2.70%) Desktop Support
17 50 (2.64%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (5.24%) Web Services
2 93 (4.92%) .NET
3 91 (4.81%) LDAP
4 58 (3.07%) J2EE
4 58 (3.07%) REST
5 57 (3.01%) Servlets
6 51 (2.70%) 802.1X
6 51 (2.70%) HTML
7 45 (2.38%) CSS
8 41 (2.17%) OAuth
9 39 (2.06%) LAMP
9 39 (2.06%) Middleware
10 36 (1.90%) JSON
11 33 (1.75%) OAuth2
11 33 (1.75%) SOAP
12 32 (1.69%) AngularJS
12 32 (1.69%) Spring
13 31 (1.64%) Elastic Stack
13 31 (1.64%) XML
14 27 (1.43%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 176 (9.31%) Data Centre
2 129 (6.82%) PKI
3 98 (5.18%) Analytical Skills
4 90 (4.76%) Public Cloud
5 71 (3.75%) Clustering
6 62 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
7 57 (3.01%) Replication
8 54 (2.86%) Blackberry
9 50 (2.64%) Management Information System
10 34 (1.80%) Private Cloud
11 26 (1.37%) Fat Client
11 26 (1.37%) Thin Client
12 25 (1.32%) Cloud Native
12 25 (1.32%) iPhone
13 24 (1.27%) Linux Command Line
13 24 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
14 23 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
15 22 (1.16%) Microsoft Licensing
15 22 (1.16%) Smartphone
16 20 (1.06%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1,007 (53.25%) Windows
2 575 (30.41%) Linux
3 513 (27.13%) Windows Server
4 273 (14.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 235 (12.43%) Windows 7
6 233 (12.32%) Windows Server 2008
7 224 (11.85%) Windows 10
8 154 (8.14%) Unix
9 102 (5.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 90 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
11 63 (3.33%) Solaris
12 53 (2.80%) Android
12 53 (2.80%) Apple iOS
13 43 (2.27%) CentOS
14 40 (2.12%) Ubuntu
15 39 (2.06%) Windows 8
16 24 (1.27%) Mac OS X
16 24 (1.27%) Windows XP
17 23 (1.22%) SUSE
18 20 (1.06%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (18.51%) DevOps
2 297 (15.71%) ITIL
3 249 (13.17%) Migration
4 240 (12.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 208 (11.00%) Configuration Management
6 198 (10.47%) Agile Software Development
7 191 (10.10%) Load Balancing
8 184 (9.73%) Problem-Solving
9 156 (8.25%) Open Source
10 150 (7.93%) Continuous Integration
11 106 (5.61%) Service Management
12 101 (5.34%) Test Automation
13 94 (4.97%) Change Management
14 91 (4.81%) Disaster Recovery
15 85 (4.49%) Microservices
15 85 (4.49%) Project Management
16 84 (4.44%) High Availability
17 68 (3.60%) Kalman Filter
17 68 (3.60%) Root Cause Analysis
18 62 (3.28%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 385 (20.36%) PowerShell
2 206 (10.89%) Java
3 201 (10.63%) SQL
4 170 (8.99%) Python
5 112 (5.92%) Bash Shell
6 99 (5.24%) JavaScript
6 99 (5.24%) Perl
7 82 (4.34%) Ruby
8 53 (2.80%) Shell Script
9 45 (2.38%) C
10 43 (2.27%) C#
11 33 (1.75%) PHP
12 29 (1.53%) Java 8
13 26 (1.37%) C++
14 25 (1.32%) ES6
14 25 (1.32%) TypeScript
15 22 (1.16%) VBScript
16 12 (0.63%) Go
17 11 (0.58%) VB
18 9 (0.48%) Korn
Qualifications
1 308 (16.29%) Security Cleared
2 225 (11.90%) SC Cleared
3 172 (9.10%) Microsoft Certification
4 153 (8.09%) Cisco Certification
5 110 (5.82%) MCSE
6 100 (5.29%) Degree
7 93 (4.92%) CCNP
8 82 (4.34%) CCNA
9 62 (3.28%) MCSA
10 61 (3.23%) DV Cleared
11 40 (2.12%) MCP
12 32 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
13 26 (1.37%) CCIE
14 23 (1.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 22 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
15 22 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 16 (0.85%) Citrix Certification
17 15 (0.79%) MCITP
18 14 (0.74%) DBS Check
19 13 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (3.65%) SLA
2 31 (1.64%) QA
3 18 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (0.90%) GDPR
5 16 (0.85%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.37%) HL7
8 6 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.32%) HIPAA
8 6 (0.32%) PMO
9 3 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.11%) COBIT
10 2 (0.11%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.053%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.053%) GPG13
11 1 (0.053%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.053%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.053%) OASIS TOSCA
11 1 (0.053%) RMADS
System Software
1 931 (49.23%) Active Directory
2 382 (20.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 147 (7.77%) Docker
3 147 (7.77%) VMware ESXi
4 145 (7.67%) Hyper-V
5 132 (6.98%) vSphere
6 120 (6.35%) XenApp
7 82 (4.34%) Virtual Machines
8 81 (4.28%) XenDesktop
9 59 (3.12%) Xen
10 53 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
11 50 (2.64%) Virtual Desktop
12 49 (2.59%) DFS Replication
13 39 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
14 28 (1.48%) XenServer
15 24 (1.27%) VMware NSX
16 23 (1.22%) Terminal Services
16 23 (1.22%) VMware Workstation
17 21 (1.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 21 (1.11%) NFS
Systems Management
1 246 (13.01%) Puppet
2 211 (11.16%) SCCM
3 162 (8.57%) Ansible
4 141 (7.46%) Opscode Chef
5 115 (6.08%) Kubernetes
6 92 (4.87%) Terraform
7 70 (3.70%) SCOM
8 57 (3.01%) WSUS
9 52 (2.75%) Nagios
10 47 (2.49%) vCenter Server
11 39 (2.06%) Red Hat Satellite
12 36 (1.90%) Microsoft Intune
13 34 (1.80%) Docker Swarm
14 30 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 29 (1.53%) Failover Clustering
16 28 (1.48%) Backup Exec
16 28 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
17 27 (1.43%) Salt
17 27 (1.43%) ZABBIX
18 26 (1.37%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 797 (42.15%) Microsoft
2 610 (32.26%) VMware
3 353 (18.67%) Cisco
4 245 (12.96%) Citrix
5 135 (7.14%) Red Hat
6 134 (7.09%) HP
7 121 (6.40%) Google
8 115 (6.08%) F5
9 88 (4.65%) Juniper
10 87 (4.60%) CheckPoint
11 74 (3.91%) Dell
12 68 (3.60%) McAfee
13 67 (3.54%) Oracle
14 66 (3.49%) SolarWinds
15 54 (2.86%) Symantec
16 53 (2.80%) Ivanti
17 52 (2.75%) Apple
18 50 (2.64%) NetApp
19 48 (2.54%) Veeam
20 47 (2.49%) Palo Alto