Period
to 11 December 2017

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 11 December 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
6 months to
11 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 154 106 120
Rank change year-on-year -48 +14 -10
Contract jobs citing DNS 1825 2306 2149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.77% 2.25% 1.90%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.93% 14.66% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1117 1486 1309
UK median daily rate £363 £366 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.02% +0.34% +4.29%
10th Percentile £143 £207 £200
90th Percentile £575 £530 £537
UK excluding London median daily rate £333 £340 £350
% change year-on-year -2.21% -2.86% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 124 150
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £27.50 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.91% +35.80% +1.71%
10th Percentile £12.20 £13.08 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.00 £48.00 £45.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +40.00% +0.45%

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 14116 15732 16000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.67% 15.32% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 8662 9556 9261
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £180 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 712 801 995
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £22.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.78% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.23 £48.75 £45.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.56 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -25.75% +21.95% -2.38%

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 11 December 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 6 months to 11 December 2017.

Contractor 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 11 December 2017. 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 -49 1690 £370 -1.33% 273
UK excluding London -29 1138 £333 -2.21% 188
London -73 651 £403 -5.29% 92
South East -6 401 £370 +8.82% 48
North of England -8 305 £350 +2.94% 77
North West +44 146 £350 - 44
Midlands +15 145 £290 -14.71% 16
South West -14 93 £325 -2.99% 16
Yorkshire -5 92 £440 +3.53% 29
East of England -43 92 £320 -7.25% 24
Scotland -40 88 £375 +10.29% 6
West Midlands -2 77 £325 -4.41% 9
North East -13 67 £307 -4.06% 4
East Midlands +16 66 £288 -23.33% 6
Wales +12 12 £350 -6.67% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Northern Ireland -40 2 £250 -41.86%

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 1077 (59.01%) Windows
2 980 (53.70%) DHCP
3 954 (52.27%) Active Directory
4 689 (37.75%) Microsoft
5 625 (34.25%) TCP/IP
6 591 (32.38%) VMware
7 562 (30.79%) Linux
8 559 (30.63%) Windows Server
9 540 (29.59%) Firewall
10 422 (23.12%) Cisco
11 364 (19.95%) ITIL
12 350 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
13 347 (19.01%) Windows Server 2012
14 338 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
14 338 (18.52%) Amazon AWS
15 329 (18.03%) Citrix
16 318 (17.42%) WAN
17 294 (16.11%) Security Cleared
18 288 (15.78%) PowerShell
19 285 (15.62%) Office 365
20 274 (15.01%) LAN
21 271 (14.85%) VPN
22 265 (14.52%) DevOps
23 250 (13.70%) Data Centre
24 237 (12.99%) Microsoft Azure
25 232 (12.71%) SCCM
26 230 (12.60%) Windows 7
27 227 (12.44%) Migration
28 219 (12.00%) SC Cleared
29 218 (11.95%) MS Exchange

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 (11.95%) MS Exchange
2 148 (8.11%) IIS
3 146 (8.00%) Apache
4 126 (6.90%) Tomcat
5 89 (4.88%) SharePoint
6 87 (4.77%) Skype for Business
7 80 (4.38%) Exchange Server 2010
8 71 (3.89%) nginx
9 68 (3.73%) JBoss
10 59 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
11 52 (2.85%) WebLogic
12 49 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2007
13 38 (2.08%) Elasticsearch
14 37 (2.03%) WebSphere
15 32 (1.75%) Confluence
15 32 (1.75%) OpenStack
16 24 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 21 (1.15%) Apache Spark
18 18 (0.99%) Jetty
18 18 (0.99%) Mongrel
Applications
1 166 (9.10%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.10%) MS Visio
3 18 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.38%) HipChat
4 7 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.27%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.055%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.055%) Revit
7 1 (0.055%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 6 (0.33%) Teamcenter
3 5 (0.27%) SDL Web 8
4 3 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.11%) Eikon
5 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.11%) RMDS
6 1 (0.055%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.055%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.055%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 338 (18.52%) Amazon AWS
2 285 (15.62%) Office 365
3 237 (12.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 61 (3.34%) IaaS
5 59 (3.23%) Amazon EC2
6 49 (2.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 46 (2.52%) PaaS
8 45 (2.47%) SaaS
9 42 (2.30%) Cloud Computing
10 40 (2.19%) Amazon ELB
11 36 (1.97%) Google Cloud Platform
12 30 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
13 27 (1.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 24 (1.32%) Route 53
15 22 (1.21%) Amazon S3
16 21 (1.15%) OpenDNS
17 20 (1.10%) Google App Engine
18 17 (0.93%) G Suite
19 15 (0.82%) GitHub
20 13 (0.71%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 980 (53.70%) DHCP
2 625 (34.25%) TCP/IP
3 540 (29.59%) Firewall
4 318 (17.42%) WAN
5 274 (15.01%) LAN
6 271 (14.85%) VPN
7 187 (10.25%) SSL
8 185 (10.14%) SAN
9 155 (8.49%) HTTP
10 148 (8.11%) LDAP
11 138 (7.56%) Internet
12 131 (7.18%) VLAN
13 118 (6.47%) IPsec
14 114 (6.25%) Wireless
15 111 (6.08%) Network Security
16 106 (5.81%) VoIP
17 92 (5.04%) MPLS
18 87 (4.77%) BGP
19 77 (4.22%) OSPF
20 76 (4.16%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 167 (9.15%) SQL Server
2 69 (3.78%) PostgreSQL
3 58 (3.18%) MySQL
4 56 (3.07%) MongoDB
5 54 (2.96%) Amazon RDS
6 35 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
7 34 (1.86%) Relational Database
8 32 (1.75%) NoSQL
9 22 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
10 21 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
11 20 (1.10%) Big Data
12 19 (1.04%) Maltego
13 16 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
14 13 (0.71%) Power BI
15 12 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
15 12 (0.66%) Parquet
15 12 (0.66%) RDBMS
16 11 (0.60%) Hadoop
16 11 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
17 10 (0.55%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 180 (9.86%) Git (software)
2 179 (9.81%) Jenkins
3 78 (4.27%) Sonatype Nexus
4 68 (3.73%) JIRA
5 63 (3.45%) Artifactory
6 29 (1.59%) Maven
7 27 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (1.42%) Bitbucket
9 21 (1.15%) SonarQube
10 20 (1.10%) Ant
10 20 (1.10%) Travis CI
11 16 (0.88%) JUnit
11 16 (0.88%) Liquibase
12 13 (0.71%) Visual Studio
13 12 (0.66%) Subversion
14 11 (0.60%) GitLab
14 11 (0.60%) Gradle
14 11 (0.60%) Vagrant
14 11 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
14 11 (0.60%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 208 (11.40%) Finance
2 90 (4.93%) Banking
3 78 (4.27%) Telecoms
4 35 (1.92%) Manufacturing
5 28 (1.53%) Retail
6 23 (1.26%) Law
7 22 (1.21%) Legal
7 22 (1.21%) Publishing
8 19 (1.04%) Electronics
8 19 (1.04%) Investment Banking
8 19 (1.04%) Marketing
9 11 (0.60%) Back Office
10 9 (0.49%) Advertising
10 9 (0.49%) Billing
11 7 (0.38%) Local Government
11 7 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (0.33%) German Language
13 5 (0.27%) French Language
14 4 (0.22%) Music Industry
14 4 (0.22%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 191 (10.47%) Analyst
2 176 (9.64%) Network Engineer
3 166 (9.10%) Support Engineer
4 156 (8.55%) DevOps Engineer
5 150 (8.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 144 (7.89%) Architect
7 113 (6.19%) Administrator
8 96 (5.26%) Consultant
9 92 (5.04%) Desktop Support
10 85 (4.66%) Windows Engineer
11 70 (3.84%) Cloud Engineer
12 69 (3.78%) Support Analyst
13 66 (3.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 63 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
14 63 (3.45%) Linux Engineer
15 61 (3.34%) Systems Engineer
16 57 (3.12%) IT Support
17 56 (3.07%) Desktop Engineer
18 55 (3.01%) Systems Administrator
19 53 (2.90%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (5.70%) Web Services
2 85 (4.66%) Elastic Stack
3 62 (3.40%) .NET
4 55 (3.01%) JSON
5 41 (2.25%) J2EE
5 41 (2.25%) Middleware
6 31 (1.70%) 802.1X
6 31 (1.70%) CSS
7 30 (1.64%) REST
8 29 (1.59%) LAMP
9 27 (1.48%) XML
10 26 (1.42%) Regular Expression
11 24 (1.32%) HTML
12 21 (1.15%) Kafka
12 21 (1.15%) YAML
13 20 (1.10%) Servlets
14 17 (0.93%) SOAP
15 16 (0.88%) AngularJS
15 16 (0.88%) MCollective
16 15 (0.82%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 250 (13.70%) Data Centre
2 107 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
3 88 (4.82%) Replication
4 86 (4.71%) PKI
5 80 (4.38%) Clustering
6 66 (3.62%) Management Information System
7 63 (3.45%) Public Cloud
8 49 (2.68%) Computer Science
9 38 (2.08%) Blackberry
10 37 (2.03%) Hybrid Cloud
11 26 (1.42%) Video Conferencing
12 25 (1.37%) Linux Command Line
13 24 (1.32%) iPhone
13 24 (1.32%) Virtual Team
14 22 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
15 19 (1.04%) Driving Licence
15 19 (1.04%) Private Cloud
16 16 (0.88%) NHS
17 15 (0.82%) Client/Server
18 14 (0.77%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 1077 (59.01%) Windows
2 562 (30.79%) Linux
3 559 (30.63%) Windows Server
4 347 (19.01%) Windows Server 2012
5 338 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 230 (12.60%) Windows 7
7 203 (11.12%) Unix
8 169 (9.26%) Windows 10
9 157 (8.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 147 (8.05%) Windows Server 2003
11 95 (5.21%) CentOS
12 84 (4.60%) Solaris
13 61 (3.34%) Windows XP
14 53 (2.90%) Windows 8
15 44 (2.41%) AIX
16 34 (1.86%) Apple iOS
17 33 (1.81%) SUSE
18 30 (1.64%) HPUX
19 26 (1.42%) Android
20 25 (1.37%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 364 (19.95%) ITIL
2 265 (14.52%) DevOps
3 227 (12.44%) Migration
4 206 (11.29%) Configuration Management
5 200 (10.96%) Load Balancing
6 199 (10.90%) Agile Software Development
7 127 (6.96%) Open Source
8 111 (6.08%) Disaster Recovery
9 99 (5.42%) Change Management
10 96 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
11 86 (4.71%) Incident Management
12 83 (4.55%) Problem Management
13 77 (4.22%) Service Delivery
14 73 (4.00%) High Availability
15 64 (3.51%) Service Management
16 63 (3.45%) Project Management
17 57 (3.12%) Kalman Filter
17 57 (3.12%) Root Cause Analysis
18 52 (2.85%) Patch Management
19 50 (2.74%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 288 (15.78%) PowerShell
2 216 (11.84%) Python
3 194 (10.63%) SQL
4 187 (10.25%) Bash Shell
5 153 (8.38%) Perl
6 134 (7.34%) Java
7 92 (5.04%) Ruby
8 49 (2.68%) Korn
9 42 (2.30%) C#
10 41 (2.25%) Shell Script
11 40 (2.19%) VBScript
12 34 (1.86%) JavaScript
13 31 (1.70%) Go
13 31 (1.70%) PHP
14 30 (1.64%) Groovy
15 27 (1.48%) C
16 26 (1.42%) C-shell
17 23 (1.26%) PL/SQL
18 9 (0.49%) C++
19 8 (0.44%) Scala
Qualifications
1 294 (16.11%) Security Cleared
2 219 (12.00%) SC Cleared
3 205 (11.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 127 (6.96%) Cisco Certification
5 114 (6.25%) MCSE
6 101 (5.53%) Degree
7 67 (3.67%) CCNA
8 65 (3.56%) CCNP
9 50 (2.74%) MCSA
10 48 (2.63%) DV Cleared
11 43 (2.36%) MCP
12 40 (2.19%) MCDST
13 39 (2.14%) MCITP
14 36 (1.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 34 (1.86%) CCIE
16 30 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
17 26 (1.42%) CISSP
17 26 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
18 22 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
18 22 (1.21%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (3.95%) SLA
2 27 (1.48%) QA
3 24 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 22 (1.21%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.27%) GDPR
7 4 (0.22%) PA-DSS
8 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.16%) GCP
8 3 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
8 3 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.16%) PMO
9 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.11%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.055%) COBIT
10 1 (0.055%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.055%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 954 (52.27%) Active Directory
2 350 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 179 (9.81%) Hyper-V
4 147 (8.05%) VMware ESXi
5 129 (7.07%) XenApp
6 121 (6.63%) Docker
7 92 (5.04%) vSphere
8 76 (4.16%) Microsoft App-V
9 74 (4.05%) Virtual Machines
10 62 (3.40%) XenDesktop
11 58 (3.18%) NFS
12 45 (2.47%) Samba
13 36 (1.97%) Xen
14 35 (1.92%) XenServer
15 27 (1.48%) vCloud
16 22 (1.21%) Squid
17 21 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
18 20 (1.10%) Postfix
18 20 (1.10%) Terminal Services
18 20 (1.10%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 232 (12.71%) SCCM
2 214 (11.73%) Puppet
3 174 (9.53%) Ansible
4 111 (6.08%) SCOM
5 92 (5.04%) Opscode Chef
6 70 (3.84%) Kubernetes
7 68 (3.73%) Terraform
8 67 (3.67%) WSUS
9 56 (3.07%) logstash
10 54 (2.96%) Kibana
11 53 (2.90%) Nagios
12 45 (2.47%) NetBackup
13 42 (2.30%) vCenter Server
14 41 (2.25%) Backup Exec
14 41 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
15 31 (1.70%) ZABBIX
16 30 (1.64%) Docker Swarm
17 24 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
18 22 (1.21%) AirWatch
19 21 (1.15%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 689 (37.75%) Microsoft
2 591 (32.38%) VMware
3 422 (23.12%) Cisco
4 329 (18.03%) Citrix
5 179 (9.81%) HP
5 179 (9.81%) Red Hat
6 126 (6.90%) Juniper
7 124 (6.79%) Oracle
8 100 (5.48%) CheckPoint
9 94 (5.15%) F5
10 87 (4.77%) NetApp
11 79 (4.33%) SolarWinds
12 78 (4.27%) Dell
13 71 (3.89%) McAfee
14 64 (3.51%) Google
15 62 (3.40%) Apple
15 62 (3.40%) Splunk
16 61 (3.34%) Symantec
17 57 (3.12%) Palo Alto
18 47 (2.58%) Veeam