Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 144 149 143
Rank change year-on-year +5 -6 -39
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,694 1,871 1,644
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.86% 1.87% 1.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.74% 14.03% 12.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,128 1,178 1,083
UK median daily rate £425 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.24% -3.33% +4.90%
10th Percentile £200 £176 £164
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £310 £350
% change year-on-year +33.06% -11.43% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 111 69
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -23.41% -18.39%
10th Percentile £15.37 £12.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £61.22 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £17.50 £22.68
% change year-on-year +34.29% -22.82% -19.02%

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 11,489 13,338 12,713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 13.30% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,064 8,204 7,703
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £203 £205 £207
90th Percentile £610 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £391 £385
% change year-on-year +5.63% +1.44% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 734 748
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.06 £19.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.18% -4.22% -23.46%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.72 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.46% - -29.76%

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 24 June 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 24 June 2019.

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 24 June 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 +13 1,564 £425 +13.33% 122
UK excluding London +3 994 £413 +33.06% 100
London -10 671 £450 +5.88% 29
South East +42 378 £425 +18.06% 28
North of England +4 208 £425 +37.10% 36
South West +9 123 £400 +33.33% 8
North West +24 108 £449 +12.19% 20
Midlands +21 96 £390 +30.00% 9
Yorkshire +46 88 £419 +5.02% 12
East of England -9 87 £400 +6.67% 12
Scotland -53 74 £375 +36.36% 7
West Midlands +8 63 £405 +24.62% 7
East Midlands +18 33 £325 +30.00% 2
Wales -3 19 £425 +30.77%
North East -51 12 £425 +49.12% 4
Northern Ireland +3 8 £198 +38.11%
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 953 (56.26%) Windows
2 930 (54.90%) DHCP
3 924 (54.55%) Active Directory
4 741 (43.74%) Microsoft
5 581 (34.30%) VMware
6 505 (29.81%) Firewall
7 490 (28.93%) Windows Server
8 488 (28.81%) Microsoft Azure
9 431 (25.44%) TCP/IP
10 429 (25.32%) Cisco
11 410 (24.20%) Linux
12 402 (23.73%) PowerShell
13 392 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
14 382 (22.55%) Office 365
15 336 (19.83%) Amazon AWS
16 309 (18.24%) ITIL
17 304 (17.95%) DevOps
18 300 (17.71%) VPN
19 296 (17.47%) WAN
20 287 (16.94%) Windows Server 2012
21 284 (16.77%) Migration
22 283 (16.71%) SCCM
23 270 (15.94%) LAN
24 255 (15.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 254 (14.99%) Citrix
26 251 (14.82%) Finance
27 248 (14.64%) Windows Server 2008
28 243 (14.34%) Windows 10
29 239 (14.11%) Data Centre
30 214 (12.63%) Hyper-V

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
1 213 (12.57%) MS Exchange
2 150 (8.85%) Skype for Business
3 134 (7.91%) IIS
4 130 (7.67%) SharePoint
5 78 (4.60%) Apache
6 66 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2010
7 60 (3.54%) Tomcat
8 55 (3.25%) nginx
9 49 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2013
10 38 (2.24%) WebSphere
11 34 (2.01%) Confluence
11 34 (2.01%) Jetty
12 30 (1.77%) Mongrel
13 22 (1.30%) Apache Spark
13 22 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 19 (1.12%) OpenStack
14 19 (1.12%) SharePoint Server
15 18 (1.06%) JBoss
16 17 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
17 14 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 153 (9.03%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.53%) InfoPath
5 6 (0.35%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.059%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.059%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.059%) Stata
Business Applications
1 13 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
2 5 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.24%) Eikon
3 4 (0.24%) Relativity
3 4 (0.24%) Veritas eDiscovery
4 3 (0.18%) assyst
4 3 (0.18%) BusinessWorks
4 3 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.12%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.059%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.059%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 488 (28.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 382 (22.55%) Office 365
3 336 (19.83%) Amazon AWS
4 130 (7.67%) IaaS
5 112 (6.61%) Azure Active Directory
6 87 (5.14%) PaaS
7 85 (5.02%) Google Cloud Platform
8 64 (3.78%) Amazon EC2
9 41 (2.42%) Cloud Computing
10 35 (2.07%) SaaS
11 32 (1.89%) Google App Engine
12 29 (1.71%) OpenShift
13 28 (1.65%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 27 (1.59%) Amazon S3
14 27 (1.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 25 (1.48%) Serverless
16 24 (1.42%) AWS CloudFormation
17 22 (1.30%) AWS Lambda
18 18 (1.06%) Akamai
19 16 (0.94%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 930 (54.90%) DHCP
2 505 (29.81%) Firewall
3 431 (25.44%) TCP/IP
4 300 (17.71%) VPN
5 296 (17.47%) WAN
6 270 (15.94%) LAN
7 209 (12.34%) HTTP
8 204 (12.04%) SSL
9 186 (10.98%) SAN
10 164 (9.68%) FTP
11 146 (8.62%) IPsec
12 134 (7.91%) Internet
13 131 (7.73%) Skype
14 125 (7.38%) Network Security
15 124 (7.32%) VLAN
16 112 (6.61%) Wireless
17 102 (6.02%) OSPF
18 99 (5.84%) Cisco ASA
18 99 (5.84%) SMTP
19 95 (5.61%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (11.04%) SQL Server
2 97 (5.73%) MySQL
3 75 (4.43%) MongoDB
4 72 (4.25%) NoSQL
5 69 (4.07%) Relational Database
6 64 (3.78%) RDBMS
7 33 (1.95%) PostgreSQL
8 30 (1.77%) Azure SQL Database
9 26 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
10 24 (1.42%) Big Data
11 20 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
12 18 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
13 14 (0.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 13 (0.77%) Apache Hive
15 12 (0.71%) Pentaho
16 11 (0.65%) Hadoop
17 10 (0.59%) Apache Cassandra
17 10 (0.59%) Impala
18 9 (0.53%) Oracle Database
19 8 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 137 (8.09%) Jenkins
2 90 (5.31%) Git (software)
3 82 (4.84%) Travis CI
4 40 (2.36%) JIRA
5 28 (1.65%) Visual Studio
6 26 (1.53%) GitLab
7 25 (1.48%) Gradle
8 22 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
9 19 (1.12%) Bitbucket
10 18 (1.06%) gulp
11 17 (1.00%) Maven
12 15 (0.89%) Gatling
12 15 (0.89%) Geb
12 15 (0.89%) Spock
13 14 (0.83%) Artifactory
13 14 (0.83%) MSI
14 13 (0.77%) Hudson
15 12 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
16 11 (0.65%) Subversion
17 8 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 251 (14.82%) Finance
2 104 (6.14%) Telecoms
3 83 (4.90%) Banking
4 62 (3.66%) Retail
5 24 (1.42%) Investment Banking
6 21 (1.24%) Financial Institution
6 21 (1.24%) Law
7 20 (1.18%) Legal
8 18 (1.06%) Manufacturing
9 16 (0.94%) Marketing
10 15 (0.89%) Advertising
10 15 (0.89%) Electronics
11 14 (0.83%) Billing
12 9 (0.53%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.30%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.30%) Military
14 4 (0.24%) Local Government
14 4 (0.24%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.18%) Back Office
16 2 (0.12%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 205 (12.10%) Network Engineer
2 195 (11.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 168 (9.92%) Architect
4 140 (8.26%) DevOps Engineer
5 131 (7.73%) Support Engineer
6 119 (7.02%) Analyst
7 109 (6.43%) Consultant
8 78 (4.60%) Administrator
8 78 (4.60%) Windows Engineer
9 59 (3.48%) Server Engineer
10 57 (3.36%) 2nd Line Support
11 56 (3.31%) 3rd Line Support
12 52 (3.07%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 52 (3.07%) Security Engineer
13 51 (3.01%) IT Engineer
14 50 (2.95%) Cloud Engineer
15 48 (2.83%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 48 (2.83%) Desktop Support
15 48 (2.83%) IT Support
16 47 (2.77%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (5.37%) LDAP
2 61 (3.60%) Web Services
3 59 (3.48%) .NET
4 48 (2.83%) J2EE
5 38 (2.24%) 802.1X
6 31 (1.83%) CSS
6 31 (1.83%) REST
7 30 (1.77%) HTML
7 30 (1.77%) Servlets
8 26 (1.53%) Middleware
9 25 (1.48%) SOAP
10 23 (1.36%) OAuth
11 22 (1.30%) Kafka
11 22 (1.30%) Spring
11 22 (1.30%) XML
12 21 (1.24%) OAuth2
13 20 (1.18%) Dropwizard
14 19 (1.12%) JSON
15 18 (1.06%) Spring Boot
16 17 (1.00%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 239 (14.11%) Data Centre
2 96 (5.67%) PKI
3 91 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
4 77 (4.55%) Public Cloud
5 68 (4.01%) Clustering
6 66 (3.90%) Replication
7 52 (3.07%) Management Information System
8 37 (2.18%) Fat Client
8 37 (2.18%) Thin Client
9 36 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
10 30 (1.77%) Video Conferencing
11 27 (1.59%) Blackberry
12 26 (1.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 22 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
14 21 (1.24%) User Experience
15 18 (1.06%) EMC VNX
15 18 (1.06%) iPad
16 17 (1.00%) Smartphone
17 16 (0.94%) NHS
17 16 (0.94%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 953 (56.26%) Windows
2 490 (28.93%) Windows Server
3 410 (24.20%) Linux
4 287 (16.94%) Windows Server 2012
5 248 (14.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 243 (14.34%) Windows 10
7 159 (9.39%) Windows 7
8 114 (6.73%) Unix
9 77 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 63 (3.72%) Windows Server 2003
11 47 (2.77%) Solaris
12 43 (2.54%) Windows 8
13 38 (2.24%) Android
14 36 (2.13%) CentOS
15 34 (2.01%) Apple iOS
16 24 (1.42%) Mac OS
17 21 (1.24%) Ubuntu
18 16 (0.94%) AIX
19 15 (0.89%) Debian
20 12 (0.71%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (18.24%) ITIL
2 304 (17.95%) DevOps
3 284 (16.77%) Migration
4 255 (15.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 189 (11.16%) Agile Software Development
6 174 (10.27%) Configuration Management
7 159 (9.39%) Problem-Solving
8 122 (7.20%) Disaster Recovery
9 119 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
10 109 (6.43%) Open Source
11 105 (6.20%) Load Balancing
12 98 (5.79%) High Availability
13 92 (5.43%) Service Management
14 82 (4.84%) Change Management
14 82 (4.84%) Test Automation
15 81 (4.78%) Microservices
16 80 (4.72%) Project Management
17 67 (3.96%) Computer Science
18 60 (3.54%) OO
19 54 (3.19%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 402 (23.73%) PowerShell
2 200 (11.81%) SQL
3 185 (10.92%) Java
4 143 (8.44%) Python
5 60 (3.54%) Bash Shell
6 53 (3.13%) Perl
7 51 (3.01%) JavaScript
8 36 (2.13%) Shell Script
8 36 (2.13%) VBScript
9 35 (2.07%) C
10 32 (1.89%) Ruby
11 23 (1.36%) PHP
12 20 (1.18%) C#
13 18 (1.06%) Java 8
13 18 (1.06%) TypeScript
13 18 (1.06%) VB
14 17 (1.00%) ES6
15 6 (0.35%) C++
15 6 (0.35%) Scala
16 5 (0.30%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 204 (12.04%) Security Cleared
2 176 (10.39%) Cisco Certification
3 147 (8.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 127 (7.50%) SC Cleared
5 103 (6.08%) CCNP
6 95 (5.61%) MCSE
7 90 (5.31%) CCNA
8 75 (4.43%) Degree
9 55 (3.25%) MCSA
10 54 (3.19%) CCIE
11 51 (3.01%) DV Cleared
12 49 (2.89%) MCP
13 36 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
14 22 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
15 20 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 17 (1.00%) CCDP
17 16 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
18 14 (0.83%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 13 (0.77%) A+ Certification
20 12 (0.71%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (5.31%) SLA
2 38 (2.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 37 (2.18%) GDPR
4 35 (2.07%) QA
5 21 (1.24%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.47%) NCSC
8 7 (0.41%) PMO
9 6 (0.35%) NIST
10 5 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
11 4 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 4 (0.24%) HL7
11 4 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.12%) Web Application Security Consortium
13 1 (0.059%) COBIT
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 1 (0.059%) JSP 440
System Software
1 924 (54.55%) Active Directory
2 392 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 214 (12.63%) Hyper-V
4 164 (9.68%) VMware ESXi
5 114 (6.73%) vSphere
6 109 (6.43%) Docker
6 109 (6.43%) Virtual Machines
7 95 (5.61%) XenApp
8 87 (5.14%) XenDesktop
9 40 (2.36%) Xen
10 30 (1.77%) Microsoft App-V
10 30 (1.77%) VMware NSX
11 28 (1.65%) NFS
12 25 (1.48%) DFS Replication
13 24 (1.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 23 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
15 22 (1.30%) Virtual Desktop
16 21 (1.24%) VMware Workstation
17 19 (1.12%) ProxySG
18 17 (1.00%) Squid
Systems Management
1 283 (16.71%) SCCM
2 178 (10.51%) Puppet
3 116 (6.85%) Ansible
4 100 (5.90%) Kubernetes
5 97 (5.73%) Opscode Chef
6 96 (5.67%) Terraform
7 82 (4.84%) SCOM
8 74 (4.37%) WSUS
9 66 (3.90%) vCenter Server
10 42 (2.48%) Microsoft Intune
11 40 (2.36%) Failover Clustering
12 35 (2.07%) SCVMM
13 30 (1.77%) vRealize
14 23 (1.36%) Single Sign-On
15 21 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
16 20 (1.18%) Nagios
17 17 (1.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 17 (1.00%) Packer
18 16 (0.94%) Docker Swarm
18 16 (0.94%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 741 (43.74%) Microsoft
2 581 (34.30%) VMware
3 429 (25.32%) Cisco
4 254 (14.99%) Citrix
5 138 (8.15%) CheckPoint
6 126 (7.44%) F5
7 124 (7.32%) HP
8 93 (5.49%) Dell
8 93 (5.49%) Google
9 89 (5.25%) Red Hat
10 88 (5.19%) Oracle
11 79 (4.66%) Juniper
12 75 (4.43%) Palo Alto
13 54 (3.19%) Symantec
14 53 (3.13%) NetApp
15 50 (2.95%) EMC
15 50 (2.95%) SolarWinds
16 47 (2.77%) Blue Coat
17 43 (2.54%) ServiceNow
18 39 (2.30%) IBM