Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 126 133 151
Rank change year-on-year +7 +18 +5
Contract jobs citing DNS 632 1,676 1,894
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.01% 1.99% 1.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.14% 14.96% 14.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 408 1,117 1,157
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +9.97%
10th Percentile £263 £180 £180
90th Percentile £588 £556 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +8.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 101 100
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.94% +25.33% +0.27%
10th Percentile £16.00 £15.50 £12.23
90th Percentile £45.12 £82.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.75 £23.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +11.96% +21.05% -4.76%

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 4,173 11,203 13,466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.27% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,395 6,751 8,100
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £195 £200
90th Percentile £625 £600 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 611 659
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +57.89% -1.30%
10th Percentile £14.30 £13.75 £12.20
90th Percentile £54.80 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +47.37% +25.00% -2.56%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 +1 553 £432 +8.02% 297
UK excluding London -5 334 £410 +2.50% 251
London +32 249 £488 +20.00% 57
South East +12 139 £422 +5.50% 68
Work from Home -45 97 £450 +3.45% 42
South West +40 55 £450 +5.88% 27
North of England +3 55 £419 +8.06% 88
Scotland +26 37 £550 +51.79% 7
North West +19 33 £350 -9.68% 38
Midlands +5 29 £230 -32.35% 40
Yorkshire +21 19 £501 +33.47% 38
East Midlands +37 15 £120 -61.60% 16
East of England +25 15 £335 -16.25% 17
West Midlands +3 14 £325 -10.96% 24
North East +22 3 £350 -32.69% 12
Wales +23 2 £400 +2.56% 5
Northern Ireland +8 2 - -

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 334 (52.85%) Windows
2 320 (50.63%) Active Directory
3 304 (48.10%) DHCP
4 221 (34.97%) Microsoft
5 212 (33.54%) Linux
6 203 (32.12%) Firewall
7 198 (31.33%) Azure
8 190 (30.06%) VMware
9 186 (29.43%) Security Cleared
10 180 (28.48%) Windows Server
11 146 (23.10%) PowerShell
12 140 (22.15%) SC Cleared
13 139 (21.99%) VMware Infrastructure
14 128 (20.25%) Cisco
15 123 (19.46%) Office 365
16 122 (19.30%) Migration
17 118 (18.67%) TCP/IP
17 118 (18.67%) Python
17 118 (18.67%) DevOps
18 114 (18.04%) AWS
19 112 (17.72%) Agile Software Development
20 102 (16.14%) VPN
21 96 (15.19%) ITIL
22 95 (15.03%) SQL Server
23 93 (14.72%) Finance
24 92 (14.56%) SQL
24 92 (14.56%) WAN
25 82 (12.97%) Load Balancing
25 82 (12.97%) Windows Server 2016
26 80 (12.66%) Windows Server 2012

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 46 (7.28%) Apache
1 46 (7.28%) Skype for Business
2 45 (7.12%) MS Exchange
3 41 (6.49%) IIS
3 41 (6.49%) SharePoint
4 37 (5.85%) Tomcat
5 34 (5.38%) Confluence
6 24 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
7 22 (3.48%) nginx
8 19 (3.01%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 16 (2.53%) JBoss
10 15 (2.37%) WebLogic
11 12 (1.90%) Apache Solr
12 11 (1.74%) Cloud Foundry
13 10 (1.58%) WebSphere
14 9 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
14 9 (1.42%) Mule
15 6 (0.95%) NetWeaver
16 5 (0.79%) CMS
16 5 (0.79%) OpenStack
Applications
1 28 (4.43%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.74%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.63%) CATIA
6 2 (0.32%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (0.79%) Magento
2 2 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.32%) Siebel CRM
3 1 (0.16%) assyst
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.16%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 198 (31.33%) Azure
2 123 (19.46%) Office 365
3 114 (18.04%) AWS
4 73 (11.55%) PaaS
5 70 (11.08%) SaaS
6 57 (9.02%) IaaS
7 40 (6.33%) GCP
8 37 (5.85%) Azure Active Directory
9 23 (3.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 21 (3.32%) Serverless
11 18 (2.85%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 18 (2.85%) Cloud Computing
11 18 (2.85%) Slack
12 17 (2.69%) AWS CloudFormation
12 17 (2.69%) OpenShift
13 16 (2.53%) GitHub
14 14 (2.22%) Amazon EC2
14 14 (2.22%) AWS Lambda
15 12 (1.90%) Power Platform
15 12 (1.90%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 304 (48.10%) DHCP
2 203 (32.12%) Firewall
3 118 (18.67%) TCP/IP
4 102 (16.14%) VPN
5 92 (14.56%) WAN
6 74 (11.71%) HTTP
7 71 (11.23%) SSL
8 69 (10.92%) LAN
9 60 (9.49%) SAN
9 60 (9.49%) Skype
10 47 (7.44%) Network Security
11 45 (7.12%) Wireless
12 43 (6.80%) SNMP
13 41 (6.49%) DMZ
14 40 (6.33%) Internet
15 39 (6.17%) BGP
16 38 (6.01%) OSPF
17 36 (5.70%) SMTP
18 35 (5.54%) VoIP
19 33 (5.22%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (15.03%) SQL Server
2 34 (5.38%) MySQL
3 26 (4.11%) Relational Database
4 20 (3.16%) Azure SQL Database
4 20 (3.16%) PostgreSQL
5 19 (3.01%) Cosmos DB
6 17 (2.69%) SQL Server 2016
7 15 (2.37%) Oracle ODI
8 14 (2.22%) NoSQL
9 12 (1.90%) RDBMS
10 10 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (1.58%) Geospatial Data
10 10 (1.58%) GIS
10 10 (1.58%) Oracle Database
10 10 (1.58%) Power BI
10 10 (1.58%) QGIS
11 9 (1.42%) MongoDB
12 8 (1.27%) DB2
12 8 (1.27%) Redis
13 7 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 62 (9.81%) Jenkins
2 58 (9.18%) Git (software)
3 39 (6.17%) JIRA
4 26 (4.11%) Maven
5 24 (3.80%) Sonatype Nexus
6 21 (3.32%) JUnit
7 20 (3.16%) TeamCity
8 17 (2.69%) SonarQube
9 16 (2.53%) Bitbucket
10 12 (1.90%) Bitbucket Server
10 12 (1.90%) Gradle
11 11 (1.74%) Selenium
12 9 (1.42%) Mockito
13 8 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
14 7 (1.11%) GitLab
14 7 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
15 5 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 4 (0.63%) Visual Studio
17 2 (0.32%) Ant
17 2 (0.32%) MSI
General
1 93 (14.72%) Finance
2 37 (5.85%) Public Sector
3 26 (4.11%) Telecoms
4 21 (3.32%) Banking
5 14 (2.22%) Marketing
6 13 (2.06%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.58%) Legal
8 9 (1.42%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.42%) Retail
9 8 (1.27%) Electronics
9 8 (1.27%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.95%) Automotive
11 5 (0.79%) Advertising
12 4 (0.63%) Front Office
12 4 (0.63%) Retail Finance
13 3 (0.47%) Back Office
13 3 (0.47%) International Banking
13 3 (0.47%) Military
13 3 (0.47%) Police
14 2 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 62 (9.81%) Architect
2 60 (9.49%) Network Engineer
3 57 (9.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 51 (8.07%) DevOps Engineer
5 41 (6.49%) Cloud Engineer
6 38 (6.01%) Azure Engineer
7 34 (5.38%) Support Engineer
8 33 (5.22%) Developer
9 30 (4.75%) Linux Engineer
10 29 (4.59%) Administrator
11 27 (4.27%) Consultant
12 26 (4.11%) Analyst
13 24 (3.80%) Systems Engineer
13 24 (3.80%) Wintel Engineer
14 22 (3.48%) Active Directory Engineer
15 20 (3.16%) Azure DevOps Engineer
16 18 (2.85%) Cloud Architect
17 17 (2.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 17 (2.69%) AWS Engineer
18 16 (2.53%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (8.23%) LDAP
2 27 (4.27%) .NET
2 27 (4.27%) Oracle Fusion
3 25 (3.96%) REST
4 24 (3.80%) SAML
5 23 (3.64%) JSON
6 17 (2.69%) Web Services
7 16 (2.53%) Node.js
8 15 (2.37%) Middleware
8 15 (2.37%) RabbitMQ
9 13 (2.06%) 802.1X
9 13 (2.06%) LAMP
10 12 (1.90%) CSS
10 12 (1.90%) HTML
10 12 (1.90%) Spring
11 11 (1.74%) PostGIS
12 10 (1.58%) SOAP
12 10 (1.58%) Spring Boot
12 10 (1.58%) WireMock
13 9 (1.42%) Jest
Miscellaneous
1 71 (11.23%) PKI
2 51 (8.07%) Data Centre
3 48 (7.59%) Replication
4 40 (6.33%) Management Information System
5 38 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (4.59%) Public Cloud
7 27 (4.27%) Private Cloud
8 18 (2.85%) Hybrid Cloud
9 16 (2.53%) Clustering
10 15 (2.37%) Linux Command Line
10 15 (2.37%) Self-Motivation
11 14 (2.22%) Video Conferencing
12 13 (2.06%) Mobile App
13 11 (1.74%) Client/Server
13 11 (1.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 10 (1.58%) CMDB
14 10 (1.58%) HP StoreVirtual
14 10 (1.58%) User Experience
15 8 (1.27%) Fat Client
15 8 (1.27%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 334 (52.85%) Windows
2 212 (33.54%) Linux
3 180 (28.48%) Windows Server
4 82 (12.97%) Windows Server 2016
5 80 (12.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 75 (11.87%) Windows 10
7 74 (11.71%) Unix
8 47 (7.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 33 (5.22%) Windows 7
10 30 (4.75%) Windows Server 2019
11 23 (3.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (3.01%) Solaris
13 14 (2.22%) CentOS
14 10 (1.58%) AIX
14 10 (1.58%) Ubuntu
15 8 (1.27%) Apple iOS
16 7 (1.11%) Windows 8
17 6 (0.95%) Debian
17 6 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
17 6 (0.95%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (19.30%) Migration
2 118 (18.67%) DevOps
3 112 (17.72%) Agile Software Development
4 96 (15.19%) ITIL
5 82 (12.97%) Load Balancing
6 66 (10.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 61 (9.65%) Problem-Solving
8 56 (8.86%) High Availability
9 50 (7.91%) Configuration Management
10 44 (6.96%) Change Management
11 43 (6.80%) Patch Management
12 42 (6.65%) Continuous Integration
13 38 (6.01%) Cybersecurity
13 38 (6.01%) Scrum
14 36 (5.70%) Microservices
15 35 (5.54%) Continuous Improvement
16 32 (5.06%) Service Management
16 32 (5.06%) Test Automation
17 31 (4.91%) Data Protection
18 30 (4.75%) Dashboard Development
Programming Languages
1 146 (23.10%) PowerShell
2 118 (18.67%) Python
3 92 (14.56%) SQL
4 65 (10.28%) Java
5 54 (8.54%) C
6 53 (8.39%) Bash Shell
7 38 (6.01%) Shell Script
8 36 (5.70%) Perl
9 21 (3.32%) Ruby
10 14 (2.22%) C#
10 14 (2.22%) JavaScript
11 13 (2.06%) PHP
12 12 (1.90%) VBScript
13 9 (1.42%) ES6
14 5 (0.79%) VB
15 4 (0.63%) MATLAB
16 3 (0.47%) Go
16 3 (0.47%) Groovy
17 2 (0.32%) TypeScript
17 2 (0.32%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 186 (29.43%) Security Cleared
2 140 (22.15%) SC Cleared
3 66 (10.44%) DV Cleared
4 53 (8.39%) Cisco Certification
5 46 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
6 33 (5.22%) Degree
7 32 (5.06%) CCNA
8 31 (4.91%) CCNP
9 22 (3.48%) MCSE
10 17 (2.69%) ITIL Certification
11 13 (2.06%) MCSA
12 12 (1.90%) CCIE
13 10 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
13 10 (1.58%) Novell Certification
14 9 (1.42%) CISSP
14 9 (1.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 8 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 7 (1.11%) BPSS Clearance
16 7 (1.11%) CCDP
17 5 (0.79%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (5.70%) SLA
2 30 (4.75%) QA
3 24 (3.80%) GDPR
4 18 (2.85%) NCSC
5 16 (2.53%) Cyber Essentials
5 16 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (2.37%) HIPAA
7 14 (2.22%) Government Security Classifications
8 10 (1.58%) PCI DSS
9 8 (1.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 7 (1.11%) COBIT
11 3 (0.47%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.47%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.32%) NIST
12 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
System Software
1 320 (50.63%) Active Directory
2 139 (21.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 67 (10.60%) Hyper-V
4 57 (9.02%) Docker
4 57 (9.02%) Virtual Machines
5 51 (8.07%) vSphere
6 46 (7.28%) VMware ESXi
7 30 (4.75%) VMware NSX
8 22 (3.48%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 13 (2.06%) XenApp
10 11 (1.74%) Firmware
10 11 (1.74%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (1.42%) NFS
12 8 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
12 8 (1.27%) XenDesktop
13 7 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
14 6 (0.95%) BitLocker
15 5 (0.79%) GeoWebCache
15 5 (0.79%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 4 (0.63%) Squid
Systems Management
1 72 (11.39%) Ansible
2 66 (10.44%) Terraform
3 65 (10.28%) Puppet
4 61 (9.65%) SCCM
5 59 (9.34%) Kubernetes
6 51 (8.07%) Opscode Chef
7 36 (5.70%) Single Sign-On
8 31 (4.91%) Microsoft Intune
9 29 (4.59%) WSUS
10 23 (3.64%) SCOM
11 18 (2.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 17 (2.69%) vCenter Server
13 16 (2.53%) Nessus
14 15 (2.37%) vRealize
15 14 (2.22%) Salt
16 12 (1.90%) Norton AntiVirus
17 11 (1.74%) Cisco CUCM
18 10 (1.58%) Nagios
19 9 (1.42%) Failover Clustering
19 9 (1.42%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 221 (34.97%) Microsoft
2 190 (30.06%) VMware
3 128 (20.25%) Cisco
4 80 (12.66%) Citrix
5 75 (11.87%) Oracle
6 59 (9.34%) F5
6 59 (9.34%) Splunk
7 53 (8.39%) HP
8 46 (7.28%) Palo Alto
9 36 (5.70%) Red Hat
10 35 (5.54%) CheckPoint
10 35 (5.54%) Juniper
11 29 (4.59%) Dell
12 24 (3.80%) Veeam
13 23 (3.64%) SolarWinds
14 22 (3.48%) Infoblox
15 20 (3.16%) ServiceNow
16 19 (3.01%) AppDynamics
17 18 (2.85%) NetApp
18 16 (2.53%) SAP