Period
to 12 August 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 12 August 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
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 114 140 141
Rank change year-on-year +26 +1 +11
Contract jobs citing DNS 697 1,761 2,008
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.02% 1.94% 1.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.87% 15.03% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 454 1,176 1,277
Median daily rate £444 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.58% +10.00% +3.45%
10th Percentile £250 £190 £176
90th Percentile £575 £575 £597
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £400 £330
% change year-on-year +4.75% +21.21% -5.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 80 120
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +64.71% +21.43% -23.41%
10th Percentile £19.40 £15.18 £10.80
90th Percentile £48.63 £60.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £18.13
% change year-on-year +59.09% +21.38% -21.20%

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 4,687 11,720 13,776
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.56% 12.90% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,665 7,149 8,455
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £603 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +0.13% +1.27% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 282 597 772
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.37% +18.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.90 £12.44 £12.20
90th Percentile £53.63 £52.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £32.50 £22.68 £19.00
% change year-on-year +43.30% +19.37% +2.70%

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 12 August 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 12 August 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 12 August 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 +22 638 £440 +3.53% 244
UK excluding London 0 370 £419 +4.75% 199
London +29 291 £450 +2.86% 50
South East +4 129 £450 +5.88% 59
North of England +43 99 £388 -3.13% 60
Work from Home +17 80 £438 - 13
North West +42 69 £350 -17.65% 35
South West +9 42 £463 +15.63% 30
Midlands +17 37 £425 +11.11% 35
Scotland +23 34 £400 +6.67% 5
Yorkshire +35 27 £500 +25.00% 18
East of England +23 24 £335 -16.25% 10
West Midlands +22 20 £425 +8.97% 17
East Midlands +45 17 £450 +38.46% 17
North East +38 3 £350 -17.65% 7
Wales +25 3 £90 -78.57% 1
Northern Ireland +13 2 £140 -28.21%

For the 6 months to 12 August 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.

1 408 (58.54%) Windows
2 363 (52.08%) Active Directory
3 337 (48.35%) DHCP
4 258 (37.02%) Windows Server
5 234 (33.57%) Microsoft
6 233 (33.43%) VMware
7 231 (33.14%) Firewall
8 221 (31.71%) Azure
9 207 (29.70%) Linux
10 180 (25.82%) Security Cleared
11 171 (24.53%) PowerShell
12 158 (22.67%) VMware Infrastructure
12 158 (22.67%) TCP/IP
13 153 (21.95%) Office 365
14 145 (20.80%) SC Cleared
15 142 (20.37%) Migration
16 133 (19.08%) Cisco
17 128 (18.36%) VPN
18 127 (18.22%) AWS
19 121 (17.36%) WAN
20 118 (16.93%) Windows Server 2016
21 117 (16.79%) DevOps
22 115 (16.50%) Windows Server 2012
23 107 (15.35%) ITIL
24 104 (14.92%) Python
25 101 (14.49%) SQL Server
26 98 (14.06%) Windows 10
27 96 (13.77%) SQL
28 93 (13.34%) LAN
29 91 (13.06%) Citrix

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 73 (10.47%) MS Exchange
2 50 (7.17%) SharePoint
3 47 (6.74%) Skype for Business
4 43 (6.17%) Confluence
4 43 (6.17%) IIS
5 40 (5.74%) Apache
6 36 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2010
7 28 (4.02%) Tomcat
8 20 (2.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 17 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
10 15 (2.15%) WebLogic
11 13 (1.87%) Cloud Foundry
11 13 (1.87%) nginx
12 11 (1.58%) Apache Solr
12 11 (1.58%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (1.29%) Mule
13 9 (1.29%) WebSphere
14 8 (1.15%) JBoss
15 7 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 7 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 30 (4.30%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.43%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.86%) Magento
2 4 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.29%) assyst
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.29%) Siebel CRM
3 2 (0.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) Maximo
4 1 (0.14%) Traffica
4 1 (0.14%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 221 (31.71%) Azure
2 153 (21.95%) Office 365
3 127 (18.22%) AWS
4 88 (12.63%) SaaS
5 87 (12.48%) PaaS
6 79 (11.33%) IaaS
7 49 (7.03%) GCP
8 41 (5.88%) Azure Active Directory
9 28 (4.02%) AWS CloudFormation
9 28 (4.02%) Serverless
10 26 (3.73%) AWS Lambda
11 25 (3.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 21 (3.01%) Slack
13 20 (2.87%) Cloud Computing
13 20 (2.87%) GitHub
14 19 (2.73%) Coveralls
15 17 (2.44%) OpenShift
16 13 (1.87%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 13 (1.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 13 (1.87%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 337 (48.35%) DHCP
2 231 (33.14%) Firewall
3 158 (22.67%) TCP/IP
4 128 (18.36%) VPN
5 121 (17.36%) WAN
6 93 (13.34%) LAN
7 81 (11.62%) SSL
8 79 (11.33%) SAN
9 75 (10.76%) HTTP
10 66 (9.47%) Network Security
11 61 (8.75%) Skype
12 54 (7.75%) SNMP
13 49 (7.03%) Internet
14 44 (6.31%) MPLS
15 43 (6.17%) BGP
16 41 (5.88%) OSPF
17 39 (5.60%) VoIP
18 38 (5.45%) VLAN
19 36 (5.16%) SMTP
20 32 (4.59%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (14.49%) SQL Server
2 39 (5.60%) MySQL
3 30 (4.30%) Relational Database
4 25 (3.59%) NoSQL
5 21 (3.01%) RDBMS
6 20 (2.87%) Cosmos DB
7 19 (2.73%) MongoDB
8 18 (2.58%) Azure SQL Database
8 18 (2.58%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (2.30%) Amazon RDS
9 16 (2.30%) SQL Server 2016
10 15 (2.15%) Oracle ODI
10 15 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
11 12 (1.72%) Big Data
12 10 (1.43%) Geospatial Data
12 10 (1.43%) GIS
12 10 (1.43%) QGIS
13 9 (1.29%) Oracle Database
13 9 (1.29%) Power BI
14 8 (1.15%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 63 (9.04%) Jenkins
2 62 (8.90%) Git (software)
3 45 (6.46%) JIRA
4 32 (4.59%) Maven
5 28 (4.02%) JUnit
6 24 (3.44%) SonarQube
7 23 (3.30%) Sonatype Nexus
7 23 (3.30%) TeamCity
8 22 (3.16%) Gradle
9 19 (2.73%) Bitbucket Server
10 14 (2.01%) Bitbucket
10 14 (2.01%) GitLab
11 12 (1.72%) Selenium
12 9 (1.29%) Mockito
13 4 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 3 (0.43%) Gatling
14 3 (0.43%) Robot Framework
14 3 (0.43%) Spock
14 3 (0.43%) TestRail
14 3 (0.43%) Visual Studio
General
1 91 (13.06%) Finance
2 45 (6.46%) Public Sector
3 36 (5.16%) Telecoms
4 27 (3.87%) Banking
5 22 (3.16%) Manufacturing
6 20 (2.87%) Marketing
7 17 (2.44%) Legal
8 14 (2.01%) Electronics
9 8 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
9 8 (1.15%) Retail
10 5 (0.72%) Law
11 4 (0.57%) Police
11 4 (0.57%) Publishing
12 3 (0.43%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.43%) French Language
12 3 (0.43%) Games
12 3 (0.43%) International Banking
12 3 (0.43%) Military
13 2 (0.29%) Advertising
13 2 (0.29%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 75 (10.76%) Network Engineer
2 70 (10.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 66 (9.47%) Architect
4 40 (5.74%) Cloud Engineer
5 39 (5.60%) Analyst
5 39 (5.60%) DevOps Engineer
6 38 (5.45%) Support Engineer
7 37 (5.31%) Windows Engineer
8 36 (5.16%) Systems Engineer
9 33 (4.73%) Developer
10 32 (4.59%) Consultant
11 30 (4.30%) Linux Engineer
12 27 (3.87%) Security Engineer
13 26 (3.73%) Server Engineer
14 24 (3.44%) Administrator
15 22 (3.16%) Active Directory Engineer
15 22 (3.16%) Azure Engineer
15 22 (3.16%) IT Engineer
16 21 (3.01%) Network Security Engineer
16 21 (3.01%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (7.17%) LDAP
2 31 (4.45%) JSON
3 30 (4.30%) SAML
4 27 (3.87%) Oracle Fusion
4 27 (3.87%) REST
5 25 (3.59%) Web Services
6 24 (3.44%) .NET
7 17 (2.44%) OAuth
8 16 (2.30%) Node.js
8 16 (2.30%) RabbitMQ
9 15 (2.15%) HTML
10 13 (1.87%) Middleware
10 13 (1.87%) XML
10 13 (1.87%) YAML
11 12 (1.72%) 802.1X
11 12 (1.72%) LAMP
11 12 (1.72%) Spring
11 12 (1.72%) Spring Boot
11 12 (1.72%) WireMock
12 11 (1.58%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 76 (10.90%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (9.47%) PKI
3 64 (9.18%) Data Centre
4 55 (7.89%) Management Information System
5 37 (5.31%) Clustering
6 34 (4.88%) Public Cloud
7 30 (4.30%) Replication
8 26 (3.73%) Self-Motivation
9 17 (2.44%) User Experience
10 16 (2.30%) Mobile App
10 16 (2.30%) Private Cloud
11 14 (2.01%) Hybrid Cloud
11 14 (2.01%) Social Media
12 13 (1.87%) Client/Server
13 11 (1.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 11 (1.58%) HP StoreVirtual
13 11 (1.58%) Virtual Team
14 10 (1.43%) Cloud Native
14 10 (1.43%) CMDB
14 10 (1.43%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 408 (58.54%) Windows
2 258 (37.02%) Windows Server
3 207 (29.70%) Linux
4 118 (16.93%) Windows Server 2016
5 115 (16.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 98 (14.06%) Windows 10
7 88 (12.63%) Unix
8 73 (10.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 41 (5.88%) Windows 7
10 35 (5.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 35 (5.02%) Windows Server 2019
11 21 (3.01%) Windows Server 2003
12 18 (2.58%) Solaris
13 16 (2.30%) CentOS
14 10 (1.43%) Apple iOS
15 8 (1.15%) Android
16 7 (1.00%) VMS
17 6 (0.86%) Debian
17 6 (0.86%) Mac OS X
18 5 (0.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (20.37%) Migration
2 117 (16.79%) DevOps
3 107 (15.35%) ITIL
4 90 (12.91%) Problem-Solving
5 86 (12.34%) Agile Software Development
5 86 (12.34%) Load Balancing
6 77 (11.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 63 (9.04%) High Availability
8 58 (8.32%) Configuration Management
9 55 (7.89%) Change Management
10 48 (6.89%) Continuous Integration
11 44 (6.31%) Test Automation
12 43 (6.17%) Patch Management
13 40 (5.74%) Scrum
14 36 (5.16%) Cybersecurity
14 36 (5.16%) Data Protection
15 35 (5.02%) Disaster Recovery
16 33 (4.73%) Service Management
17 30 (4.30%) Kanban
18 29 (4.16%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 171 (24.53%) PowerShell
2 104 (14.92%) Python
3 96 (13.77%) SQL
4 82 (11.76%) Java
5 63 (9.04%) Bash Shell
6 53 (7.60%) Shell Script
7 50 (7.17%) C
8 33 (4.73%) Perl
9 22 (3.16%) Ruby
10 20 (2.87%) JavaScript
11 18 (2.58%) C#
11 18 (2.58%) VBScript
12 16 (2.30%) PHP
13 9 (1.29%) ES6
13 9 (1.29%) VB
14 7 (1.00%) Groovy
15 5 (0.72%) TypeScript
16 4 (0.57%) Go
16 4 (0.57%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.43%) CQL
Qualifications
1 180 (25.82%) Security Cleared
2 145 (20.80%) SC Cleared
3 67 (9.61%) Cisco Certification
4 59 (8.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 47 (6.74%) CCNP
5 47 (6.74%) DV Cleared
6 44 (6.31%) CCNA
7 31 (4.45%) Degree
8 29 (4.16%) MCSE
9 20 (2.87%) ITIL Certification
10 16 (2.30%) MCSA
11 15 (2.15%) CCIE
12 13 (1.87%) BC Cleared
13 11 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
13 11 (1.58%) CCDP
13 11 (1.58%) CISSP
13 11 (1.58%) JNCIA
13 11 (1.58%) JNCIP
13 11 (1.58%) JNCIS
13 11 (1.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (5.74%) QA
2 38 (5.45%) SLA
3 31 (4.45%) GDPR
4 15 (2.15%) Cyber Essentials
4 15 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (2.15%) NCSC
5 14 (2.01%) Government Security Classifications
5 14 (2.01%) HIPAA
6 7 (1.00%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 5 (0.72%) COBIT
9 3 (0.43%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 363 (52.08%) Active Directory
2 158 (22.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 91 (13.06%) Hyper-V
4 69 (9.90%) Docker
5 62 (8.90%) VMware ESXi
6 59 (8.46%) Virtual Machines
7 56 (8.03%) vSphere
8 31 (4.45%) XenApp
9 20 (2.87%) VMware NSX
10 14 (2.01%) XenDesktop
11 13 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
11 13 (1.87%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (1.72%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 11 (1.58%) VMware Workstation
14 10 (1.43%) Squid
15 9 (1.29%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 7 (1.00%) Firmware
16 7 (1.00%) ProxySG
17 5 (0.72%) GeoWebCache
17 5 (0.72%) NFS
Systems Management
1 73 (10.47%) Puppet
2 66 (9.47%) SCCM
3 65 (9.33%) Ansible
4 60 (8.61%) Opscode Chef
5 55 (7.89%) Kubernetes
6 54 (7.75%) Terraform
7 49 (7.03%) Microsoft Intune
8 37 (5.31%) Single Sign-On
9 29 (4.16%) SCOM
10 23 (3.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 23 (3.30%) WSUS
11 21 (3.01%) vCenter Server
12 20 (2.87%) Failover Clustering
12 20 (2.87%) Microsoft Clustering
13 17 (2.44%) Nagios
14 15 (2.15%) Norton AntiVirus
15 11 (1.58%) Packer
16 9 (1.29%) Nessus
16 9 (1.29%) Salt
17 8 (1.15%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 234 (33.57%) Microsoft
2 233 (33.43%) VMware
3 133 (19.08%) Cisco
4 91 (13.06%) Citrix
5 87 (12.48%) Oracle
6 66 (9.47%) F5
7 59 (8.46%) HP
8 55 (7.89%) Splunk
9 54 (7.75%) Juniper
10 45 (6.46%) CheckPoint
11 37 (5.31%) Palo Alto
11 37 (5.31%) Red Hat
12 35 (5.02%) Dell
13 27 (3.87%) SolarWinds
14 25 (3.59%) Symantec
15 23 (3.30%) Google
16 22 (3.16%) EMC
17 21 (3.01%) AppDynamics
17 21 (3.01%) Fortinet
17 21 (3.01%) NetApp