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 3 months to 27 May 2017 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
3 months to
27 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 147 92 114
Rank change year-on-year -55 +22  
Contract jobs citing DNS 816 1345 1050
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.79% 2.47% 1.93%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.31% 15.61% 13.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 528 861 617
Median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £229 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +6.06% +1.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 70 80
Median hourly rate £22.85 £26.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.77% +6.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £13.85 £12.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £44.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.43 £28.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -16.33% +12.00%  

DNS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6129 8619 8052
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.46% 15.80% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3651 5221 4486
Median daily rate £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £245 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £370 £340
% change year-on-year +4.86% +8.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 366 387 469
Median hourly rate £27.38 £27.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.43% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £29.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -10.34% +11.53%  

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing DNS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 27 May 2017.

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 3 months to 27 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -39 766 £375 - 311
London -36 301 £408 -2.97% 119
South East -35 149 £375 +2.73% 58
North West +45 104 £388 +3.33% 35
South West +12 51 £338 +7.14% 20
Lancashire +31 46 £440 +17.33% 4
Berkshire -13 46 £350 -1.75% 13
East of England -7 41 £338 +3.84% 25
Yorkshire -11 39 £325 -27.77% 18
Preston +6 35 £440 +6.66% 1
East Midlands 0 32 £290 -9.09% 9
City of London -42 32 £406 -4.41% 28
Manchester +7 31 £406 +8.33% 22
Hampshire -25 30 £488 +39.28% 10
West Midlands +25 28 £375 +7.14% 27
Reading -5 23 £338 -10.00% 7
Surrey -14 22 £453 +13.12% 13
North East -26 22 £198 -27.18% 1
Kent +21 21 £338 -20.58% 2
Cheshire +37 19 £350 +6.06% 7
South Yorkshire +6 19 £325 -35.00% 2
Tyne and Wear -22 19 £198 -27.18%
Cambridgeshire +8 17 £325 -4.41% 8
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 17 £198 -27.18%
Bristol 0 15 £306 -5.76% 10
West Yorkshire -8 14 £363 -19.44% 14
Leeds +3 13 £363 -19.80% 4
Essex 0 12 £425 +32.81% 2
Scotland -53 12 £165 -49.23% 6
Leicestershire +5 11 £258 -6.36% 2

For the 6 months to 27 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DNS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for DNS.

1 914 (54.80%) Windows
2 821 (49.22%) DHCP
3 805 (48.26%) Active Directory
4 570 (34.17%) VMware
5 545 (32.67%) Microsoft
6 491 (29.44%) Windows Server
7 484 (29.02%) Linux
8 481 (28.84%) Firewall
9 472 (28.30%) TCP/IP
10 374 (22.42%) Cisco
11 358 (21.46%) VMware Infrastructure
12 339 (20.32%) Windows Server 2008
13 329 (19.72%) LAN
14 310 (18.59%) Windows Server 2012
15 298 (17.87%) WAN
15 298 (17.87%) Security Cleared
16 271 (16.25%) Amazon AWS
17 260 (15.59%) VPN
18 252 (15.11%) DevOps
19 247 (14.81%) PowerShell
20 245 (14.69%) ITIL
21 240 (14.39%) Citrix
22 231 (13.85%) SC Cleared
22 231 (13.85%) Data Centre
23 228 (13.67%) MS Exchange
24 226 (13.55%) Puppet
25 223 (13.37%) Migration
26 220 (13.19%) SQL
27 218 (13.07%) SQL Server
28 201 (12.05%) Agile Software Development

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
1 228 (13.67%) MS Exchange
2 180 (10.79%) IIS
3 158 (9.47%) Apache
4 110 (6.59%) SharePoint
5 109 (6.53%) Exchange Server 2010
6 95 (5.70%) Skype for Business
7 88 (5.28%) Exchange Server 2013
8 85 (5.10%) Tomcat
9 64 (3.84%) nginx
10 47 (2.82%) WebSphere
11 38 (2.28%) Exchange Server 2007
12 35 (2.10%) Elasticsearch
13 34 (2.04%) OpenStack
13 34 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
14 25 (1.50%) Confluence
15 24 (1.44%) Jetty
16 23 (1.38%) JBoss
16 23 (1.38%) Mongrel
17 20 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
18 15 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 128 (7.67%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.66%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.18%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.18%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.18%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.12%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.12%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.12%) SketchUp
8 1 (0.060%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 15 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
6 2 (0.12%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.060%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.060%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 271 (16.25%) Amazon AWS
2 190 (11.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 177 (10.61%) Office 365
4 84 (5.04%) IaaS
5 52 (3.12%) PaaS
6 44 (2.64%) Amazon EC2
7 39 (2.34%) SaaS
8 36 (2.16%) Cloud Computing
9 32 (1.92%) Azure Active Directory
9 32 (1.92%) Google Cloud Platform
10 31 (1.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 23 (1.38%) Google App Engine
12 20 (1.20%) Amazon S3
13 16 (0.96%) GitHub
14 15 (0.90%) Amazon ELB
15 12 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
15 12 (0.72%) Mimecast
16 11 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 9 (0.54%) Akamai
17 9 (0.54%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 821 (49.22%) DHCP
2 481 (28.84%) Firewall
3 472 (28.30%) TCP/IP
4 329 (19.72%) LAN
5 298 (17.87%) WAN
6 260 (15.59%) VPN
7 186 (11.15%) HTTP
8 163 (9.77%) SSL
9 145 (8.69%) SAN
10 144 (8.63%) Internet
11 119 (7.13%) Wireless
12 114 (6.83%) MPLS
13 106 (6.35%) Network Security
14 101 (6.06%) BGP
15 97 (5.82%) LDAP
16 87 (5.22%) VLAN
17 85 (5.10%) IPsec
18 80 (4.80%) SMTP
19 79 (4.74%) OSPF
20 77 (4.62%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 218 (13.07%) SQL Server
2 60 (3.60%) MySQL
3 54 (3.24%) PostgreSQL
4 50 (3.00%) MongoDB
5 47 (2.82%) Relational Database
6 38 (2.28%) SQL Server 2012
7 29 (1.74%) Apache Cassandra
7 29 (1.74%) Hadoop
8 27 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
9 24 (1.44%) Oracle Database
10 19 (1.14%) NoSQL
11 18 (1.08%) RDBMS
12 17 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
13 14 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
14 13 (0.78%) MS Access
15 12 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 11 (0.66%) Big Data
16 11 (0.66%) SQL Server 2014
17 10 (0.60%) Redis
17 10 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 129 (7.73%) Jenkins
2 114 (6.83%) Git (software)
3 42 (2.52%) JIRA
4 34 (2.04%) Maven
4 34 (2.04%) Sonatype Nexus
4 34 (2.04%) Vagrant
5 24 (1.44%) Travis CI
6 20 (1.20%) Bitbucket
7 19 (1.14%) Ant
7 19 (1.14%) Artifactory
8 18 (1.08%) Subversion
9 16 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (0.84%) TeamCity
11 13 (0.78%) Octopus Deploy
12 12 (0.72%) Selenium
12 12 (0.72%) Visual Studio
13 11 (0.66%) Grunt
14 10 (0.60%) JUnit
14 10 (0.60%) SonarQube
15 9 (0.54%) Liquibase
General
1 193 (11.57%) Finance
2 75 (4.50%) Telecoms
3 62 (3.72%) Banking
4 39 (2.34%) Retail
5 33 (1.98%) Manufacturing
6 32 (1.92%) Back Office
7 17 (1.02%) Legal
7 17 (1.02%) Marketing
8 16 (0.96%) Billing
9 14 (0.84%) Law
10 9 (0.54%) Publishing
11 8 (0.48%) Electronics
12 7 (0.42%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.36%) Front Office
14 5 (0.30%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.24%) Advertising
15 4 (0.24%) Games
15 4 (0.24%) Japanese Language
16 3 (0.18%) Automotive
16 3 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 185 (11.09%) Analyst
2 179 (10.73%) Architect
3 154 (9.23%) Network Engineer
4 138 (8.27%) Support Engineer
5 135 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 128 (7.67%) DevOps Engineer
7 107 (6.41%) Consultant
8 95 (5.70%) Administrator
9 71 (4.26%) Windows Engineer
10 65 (3.90%) Desktop Support
10 65 (3.90%) Systems Administrator
11 59 (3.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 57 (3.42%) Infrastructure Architect
13 54 (3.24%) Server Engineer
14 52 (3.12%) 2nd Line Support
15 51 (3.06%) Technical Architect
16 50 (3.00%) Systems Engineer
17 48 (2.88%) Linux Engineer
18 45 (2.70%) Developer
19 43 (2.58%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (5.58%) .NET
2 77 (4.62%) Elastic Stack
3 57 (3.42%) Web Services
4 42 (2.52%) Middleware
5 38 (2.28%) Node.js
5 38 (2.28%) REST
6 36 (2.16%) JSON
7 34 (2.04%) CSS
8 33 (1.98%) HTML
9 31 (1.86%) 802.1X
10 29 (1.74%) LAMP
11 28 (1.68%) J2EE
12 27 (1.62%) XML
13 26 (1.56%) RabbitMQ
14 24 (1.44%) LAPP Stack
15 22 (1.32%) Servlets
16 20 (1.20%) Ajax
16 20 (1.20%) SAML
17 18 (1.08%) Sensu
18 16 (0.96%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 231 (13.85%) Data Centre
2 113 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (4.44%) PKI
4 70 (4.20%) Management Information System
5 64 (3.84%) Clustering
6 54 (3.24%) Replication
7 35 (2.10%) Linux Command Line
7 35 (2.10%) Public Cloud
8 31 (1.86%) Computer Science
9 28 (1.68%) Client/Server
9 28 (1.68%) Fat Client
9 28 (1.68%) Thin Client
10 27 (1.62%) Video Conferencing
11 24 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (1.14%) NHS
12 19 (1.14%) Private Cloud
13 17 (1.02%) Driving Licence
13 17 (1.02%) PDA
14 15 (0.90%) Enterprise Storage
14 15 (0.90%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 914 (54.80%) Windows
2 491 (29.44%) Windows Server
3 484 (29.02%) Linux
4 339 (20.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 310 (18.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 193 (11.57%) Unix
7 187 (11.21%) Windows 7
8 183 (10.97%) Windows Server 2003
9 147 (8.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 128 (7.67%) Windows 10
11 96 (5.76%) CentOS
12 82 (4.92%) Solaris
13 44 (2.64%) Ubuntu
14 42 (2.52%) AIX
14 42 (2.52%) Android
15 40 (2.40%) Windows 8
16 39 (2.34%) Windows XP
17 29 (1.74%) Apple iOS
18 28 (1.68%) Mac OS X
19 18 (1.08%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (15.11%) DevOps
2 245 (14.69%) ITIL
3 223 (13.37%) Migration
4 201 (12.05%) Agile Software Development
5 195 (11.69%) Load Balancing
6 174 (10.43%) Configuration Management
7 98 (5.88%) Change Management
7 98 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
8 95 (5.70%) Open Source
9 72 (4.32%) Service Management
10 71 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
10 71 (4.26%) High Availability
10 71 (4.26%) Incident Management
11 67 (4.02%) Project Management
12 64 (3.84%) Continuous Delivery
13 59 (3.54%) Problem Management
14 57 (3.42%) Network Management
14 57 (3.42%) Scrum
15 55 (3.30%) Information Security
16 52 (3.12%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 247 (14.81%) PowerShell
2 220 (13.19%) SQL
3 168 (10.07%) Python
4 143 (8.57%) Java
5 134 (8.03%) Perl
6 127 (7.61%) Bash Shell
7 82 (4.92%) Ruby
8 62 (3.72%) JavaScript
9 49 (2.94%) C
10 44 (2.64%) PHP
11 39 (2.34%) Shell Script
12 33 (1.98%) C#
13 24 (1.44%) Korn
14 22 (1.32%) VBScript
15 20 (1.20%) VB
16 16 (0.96%) C++
17 12 (0.72%) Groovy
18 10 (0.60%) Go
19 8 (0.48%) Scala
20 7 (0.42%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 298 (17.87%) Security Cleared
2 231 (13.85%) SC Cleared
3 150 (8.99%) Cisco Certification
4 116 (6.95%) Microsoft Certification
5 97 (5.82%) CCNA
6 96 (5.76%) CCNP
7 77 (4.62%) Degree
8 54 (3.24%) MCSE
9 37 (2.22%) DV Cleared
10 28 (1.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 25 (1.50%) MCSA
12 22 (1.32%) MCDST
13 20 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
14 19 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
14 19 (1.14%) CCIE
14 19 (1.14%) CISSP
15 17 (1.02%) JNCIA
16 16 (0.96%) DBS Check
17 15 (0.90%) MCITP
18 14 (0.84%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (4.14%) SLA
2 28 (1.68%) PCI DSS
3 21 (1.26%) QA
4 15 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
4 15 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.48%) PMO
6 3 (0.18%) GDPR
7 2 (0.12%) COBIT
8 1 (0.060%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.060%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.060%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 805 (48.26%) Active Directory
2 358 (21.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (8.51%) Hyper-V
4 139 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
5 100 (6.00%) Docker
6 89 (5.34%) XenApp
7 68 (4.08%) vSphere
8 50 (3.00%) Microsoft App-V
9 45 (2.70%) vCloud
10 43 (2.58%) Virtual Machines
11 40 (2.40%) NFS
12 36 (2.16%) XenDesktop
13 32 (1.92%) Xen
14 30 (1.80%) Virtual Desktop
15 23 (1.38%) KVM
16 20 (1.20%) Squid
16 20 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
17 18 (1.08%) Oracle RAC
18 16 (0.96%) BitLocker
19 15 (0.90%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 226 (13.55%) Puppet
2 186 (11.15%) SCCM
3 143 (8.57%) Ansible
4 107 (6.41%) Opscode Chef
5 95 (5.70%) Nagios
6 74 (4.44%) SCOM
7 60 (3.60%) NetBackup
8 59 (3.54%) Kubernetes
9 57 (3.42%) WSUS
10 45 (2.70%) logstash
10 45 (2.70%) ZABBIX
11 44 (2.64%) Terraform
12 35 (2.10%) Kibana
13 32 (1.92%) vCenter Server
14 28 (1.68%) AirWatch
14 28 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
15 25 (1.50%) FortiGate
15 25 (1.50%) Salt
16 24 (1.44%) Tivoli Storage Manager
17 23 (1.38%) yum
Vendors
1 570 (34.17%) VMware
2 545 (32.67%) Microsoft
3 374 (22.42%) Cisco
4 240 (14.39%) Citrix
5 156 (9.35%) Oracle
6 155 (9.29%) HP
7 146 (8.75%) Red Hat
8 128 (7.67%) CheckPoint
9 116 (6.95%) F5
10 108 (6.47%) Juniper
11 90 (5.40%) Dell
12 86 (5.16%) IBM
13 60 (3.60%) Palo Alto
14 59 (3.54%) NetApp
15 57 (3.42%) EMC
16 52 (3.12%) Apple
17 48 (2.88%) Splunk
18 46 (2.76%) Symantec
19 44 (2.64%) McAfee
20 41 (2.46%) Infoblox
Bristol, Avon
Accudo Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day Adam
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Ashdown IT
Rate: £120 - £130 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Robert Walters
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Premier IT
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Itecco
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Ashdown IT
Rate: £130 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: From £175 to £210 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Netresolve
Rate: £130 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Dorset
TELSTRA Associates
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day £450-500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridgeshire
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £250 - 280 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Verticality Ltd
Rate: £140 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £550 per day + excellent working hours
Posted: Yesterday
Preston, Lancashire
Gibbs S3
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Modis International
Rate: £250.00 - £280.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + none
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £460 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £460 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Premier IT
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Network ITR
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Premier IT
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
IT Resource Transformation
Rate: Excellent day rate
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
La Fosse Associates
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Eastleigh, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £445 - £555 per day
Posted: 5 days ago