Period
to 23 July 2018

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 23 July 2018 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 139 151 101
Rank change year-on-year +12 -50 +17
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,979 1,635 2,501
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.92% 1.72% 2.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.39% 12.60% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,236 1,043 1,613
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.63% +1.43%
10th Percentile £175 £160 £213
90th Percentile £594 £568 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £330
% change year-on-year -7.14% +6.06% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 71 135
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £23.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.91% -17.86% +40.00%
10th Percentile £10.78 £12.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £23.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -19.57% -17.86% +30.23%

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 13,754 12,977 16,967
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.32% 13.64% 15.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,462 7,788 10,281
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £204 £223
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 761 789
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.56% -22.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +19.23%

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 23 July 2018.

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 23 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 16 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 23 July 2018. 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 +3 1,744 £400 +6.67% 516
UK excluding London 0 1,098 £325 -7.14% 368
London +31 858 £450 +9.09% 173
South East +11 343 £375 +1.69% 111
North of England -46 245 £333 -5.00% 108
Scotland +63 174 £275 -17.29% 17
East of England +20 115 £378 +28.14% 57
North West -71 103 £393 +6.08% 53
Midlands -40 97 £303 -19.27% 43
South West -18 88 £293 -20.95% 24
North East +25 80 £285 +0.88% 7
Yorkshire -35 65 £413 -8.33% 48
West Midlands -29 59 £330 -17.50% 30
East Midlands -15 40 £250 -13.04% 13
Wales 0 27 £395 -1.25% 8
Northern Ireland +35 17 £143 -42.80%

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, 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 1,169 (59.07%) Windows
2 1,130 (57.10%) DHCP
3 1,093 (55.23%) Active Directory
4 826 (41.74%) Microsoft
5 693 (35.02%) Windows Server
6 668 (33.75%) VMware
7 626 (31.63%) TCP/IP
8 566 (28.60%) Linux
9 551 (27.84%) Firewall
10 496 (25.06%) VMware Infrastructure
11 453 (22.89%) Citrix
12 432 (21.83%) Security Cleared
13 420 (21.22%) Cisco
14 417 (21.07%) Windows Server 2008
15 382 (19.30%) Office 365
16 369 (18.65%) ITIL
17 356 (17.99%) PowerShell
18 341 (17.23%) SC Cleared
19 318 (16.07%) Amazon AWS
20 315 (15.92%) Windows 7
21 303 (15.31%) WAN
22 300 (15.16%) LAN
23 296 (14.96%) Microsoft Azure
24 289 (14.60%) VPN
25 275 (13.90%) MS Exchange
25 275 (13.90%) SCCM
26 270 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
27 268 (13.54%) SQL
28 267 (13.49%) DevOps
29 258 (13.04%) 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
1 275 (13.90%) MS Exchange
2 161 (8.14%) IIS
3 155 (7.83%) Skype for Business
4 132 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
5 122 (6.16%) SharePoint
6 108 (5.46%) nginx
7 105 (5.31%) Apache
8 53 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2013
9 50 (2.53%) Tomcat
10 47 (2.37%) Elasticsearch
11 30 (1.52%) Apache Spark
12 28 (1.41%) Confluence
13 24 (1.21%) WebSphere
14 23 (1.16%) OpenStack
15 21 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 16 (0.81%) CMS
16 16 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2007
16 16 (0.81%) Jetty
16 16 (0.81%) Mongrel
17 14 (0.71%) JBoss
Applications
1 201 (10.16%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (0.91%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.15%) Mozilla Thunderbird
8 1 (0.051%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.051%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.051%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.051%) CINEMA 4D
8 1 (0.051%) HipChat
8 1 (0.051%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 10 (0.51%) RMDS
2 3 (0.15%) ION MarketView
3 2 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.10%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.051%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.051%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 382 (19.30%) Office 365
2 318 (16.07%) Amazon AWS
3 296 (14.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 89 (4.50%) IaaS
5 57 (2.88%) PaaS
6 55 (2.78%) Azure Active Directory
7 51 (2.58%) SaaS
8 50 (2.53%) Google Cloud Platform
9 45 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
10 41 (2.07%) Amazon EC2
11 38 (1.92%) Heroku
12 34 (1.72%) GitHub
13 29 (1.47%) Mimecast
13 29 (1.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 28 (1.41%) G Suite
15 25 (1.26%) Serverless
16 23 (1.16%) OneDrive
17 20 (1.01%) Akamai
18 16 (0.81%) Amazon S3
18 16 (0.81%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 1,130 (57.10%) DHCP
2 626 (31.63%) TCP/IP
3 551 (27.84%) Firewall
4 303 (15.31%) WAN
5 300 (15.16%) LAN
6 289 (14.60%) VPN
7 250 (12.63%) SSL
8 189 (9.55%) SAN
9 185 (9.35%) HTTP
10 148 (7.48%) Internet
11 147 (7.43%) FTP
12 137 (6.92%) Wireless
13 134 (6.77%) BGP
14 133 (6.72%) OSPF
15 128 (6.47%) VLAN
16 120 (6.06%) MPLS
17 116 (5.86%) Skype
18 112 (5.66%) IPsec
19 107 (5.41%) Network Security
20 105 (5.31%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 178 (8.99%) SQL Server
2 145 (7.33%) MongoDB
3 140 (7.07%) MySQL
4 125 (6.32%) PostgreSQL
5 64 (3.23%) NoSQL
6 43 (2.17%) Amazon RDS
7 39 (1.97%) Relational Database
8 37 (1.87%) Big Data
9 36 (1.82%) Hadoop
10 29 (1.47%) RDBMS
11 27 (1.36%) Redis
12 26 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
13 23 (1.16%) Oracle Database
14 19 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
15 18 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
16 14 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
17 10 (0.51%) HBase
17 10 (0.51%) Neo4j
18 8 (0.40%) Power BI
19 7 (0.35%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 213 (10.76%) Jenkins
2 189 (9.55%) Git (software)
3 79 (3.99%) Artifactory
4 59 (2.98%) Sonatype Nexus
5 42 (2.12%) Travis CI
6 41 (2.07%) GitLab
7 38 (1.92%) JIRA
8 33 (1.67%) Gradle
9 31 (1.57%) HP UFT
9 31 (1.57%) WinRunner
10 29 (1.47%) Vagrant
11 25 (1.26%) gulp
12 21 (1.06%) MSI
13 20 (1.01%) Maven
14 18 (0.91%) Visual Studio
15 17 (0.86%) Spock
15 17 (0.86%) Subversion
15 17 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
16 15 (0.76%) Gatling
16 15 (0.76%) Geb
General
1 216 (10.91%) Finance
2 74 (3.74%) Telecoms
3 52 (2.63%) Banking
4 29 (1.47%) Retail
5 25 (1.26%) Back Office
6 22 (1.11%) Manufacturing
7 17 (0.86%) Financial Institution
8 16 (0.81%) Marketing
9 15 (0.76%) Investment Banking
10 13 (0.66%) Electronics
10 13 (0.66%) Legal
11 11 (0.56%) Law
12 10 (0.51%) Military
13 8 (0.40%) Advertising
13 8 (0.40%) French Language
13 8 (0.40%) Publishing
14 7 (0.35%) German Language
14 7 (0.35%) Spanish Language
15 6 (0.30%) Italian Language
16 5 (0.25%) Games
Job Titles
1 231 (11.67%) Support Engineer
2 203 (10.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 198 (10.01%) Analyst
4 185 (9.35%) Network Engineer
5 167 (8.44%) DevOps Engineer
6 125 (6.32%) Architect
7 102 (5.15%) Consultant
8 82 (4.14%) 2nd Line Support
9 77 (3.89%) Administrator
10 76 (3.84%) Desktop Support
10 76 (3.84%) IT Support
10 76 (3.84%) Windows Engineer
11 65 (3.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 62 (3.13%) AWS Engineer
12 62 (3.13%) Developer
13 61 (3.08%) IT Engineer
14 60 (3.03%) Support Analyst
15 59 (2.98%) Server Engineer
16 51 (2.58%) Cloud Engineer
17 49 (2.48%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (4.50%) Elastic Stack
2 80 (4.04%) Web Services
3 76 (3.84%) LDAP
4 61 (3.08%) LEMP Stack
5 60 (3.03%) HTML
5 60 (3.03%) REST
6 58 (2.93%) CSS
7 52 (2.63%) Kafka
7 52 (2.63%) OAuth
7 52 (2.63%) RabbitMQ
8 50 (2.53%) .NET
9 44 (2.22%) 802.1X
10 43 (2.17%) AngularJS
10 43 (2.17%) HTML5
10 43 (2.17%) SOAP
11 41 (2.07%) OAuth2
12 35 (1.77%) ActiveMQ
12 35 (1.77%) JSON
12 35 (1.77%) Sensu
13 28 (1.41%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 216 (10.91%) Data Centre
2 154 (7.78%) PKI
3 125 (6.32%) Clustering
4 88 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
5 77 (3.89%) Computer Science
6 70 (3.54%) Fat Client
6 70 (3.54%) Thin Client
7 60 (3.03%) Management Information System
8 54 (2.73%) Blackberry
9 52 (2.63%) Replication
10 49 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
11 48 (2.43%) Linux Command Line
12 41 (2.07%) Public Cloud
13 37 (1.87%) PDA
14 33 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
15 28 (1.41%) Private Cloud
16 24 (1.21%) iPhone
17 22 (1.11%) CMDB
18 20 (1.01%) Client/Server
19 19 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,169 (59.07%) Windows
2 693 (35.02%) Windows Server
3 566 (28.60%) Linux
4 417 (21.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 315 (15.92%) Windows 7
6 270 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 252 (12.73%) Windows 10
8 201 (10.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 177 (8.94%) Unix
10 98 (4.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 91 (4.60%) Apple iOS
12 84 (4.24%) Windows 8
13 70 (3.54%) Android
14 61 (3.08%) Solaris
15 55 (2.78%) AIX
16 46 (2.32%) CentOS
17 43 (2.17%) Windows XP
18 41 (2.07%) Mac OS
19 34 (1.72%) Mac OS X
20 30 (1.52%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 369 (18.65%) ITIL
2 267 (13.49%) DevOps
3 258 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
4 233 (11.77%) Load Balancing
5 220 (11.12%) Configuration Management
6 158 (7.98%) Migration
7 135 (6.82%) Continuous Integration
8 133 (6.72%) Problem-Solving
9 131 (6.62%) Open Source
10 128 (6.47%) Microservices
11 123 (6.22%) Change Management
12 98 (4.95%) High Availability
13 92 (4.65%) Service Management
13 92 (4.65%) Test Automation
14 86 (4.35%) Project Management
15 81 (4.09%) Problem Management
16 70 (3.54%) Incident Management
17 69 (3.49%) Service Delivery
18 64 (3.23%) Mentoring
19 62 (3.13%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 356 (17.99%) PowerShell
2 268 (13.54%) SQL
3 196 (9.90%) Python
4 165 (8.34%) Java
5 138 (6.97%) Bash Shell
6 126 (6.37%) Ruby
7 115 (5.81%) Perl
8 69 (3.49%) JavaScript
9 56 (2.83%) C
10 53 (2.68%) VBScript
11 38 (1.92%) Java 8
12 35 (1.77%) ES6
13 33 (1.67%) C#
13 33 (1.67%) Shell Script
14 30 (1.52%) PHP
15 29 (1.47%) VB
16 25 (1.26%) TypeScript
17 21 (1.06%) Go
18 20 (1.01%) Groovy
19 19 (0.96%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 432 (21.83%) Security Cleared
2 341 (17.23%) SC Cleared
3 177 (8.94%) Cisco Certification
4 155 (7.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 129 (6.52%) Degree
6 115 (5.81%) CCNP
7 90 (4.55%) CCNA
8 72 (3.64%) MCSE
9 64 (3.23%) DV Cleared
10 57 (2.88%) Computer Science Degree
11 54 (2.73%) MCSA
12 53 (2.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 48 (2.43%) BPSS Clearance
14 37 (1.87%) Citrix Certification
15 36 (1.82%) CCIE
15 36 (1.82%) ISTQB
16 27 (1.36%) MCP
17 22 (1.11%) MCITP
18 20 (1.01%) DBS Check
19 19 (0.96%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (3.69%) SLA
2 40 (2.02%) Disclosure Scotland
3 30 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (1.52%) QA
4 27 (1.36%) GDPR
5 23 (1.16%) PCI DSS
6 17 (0.86%) GCP
7 9 (0.45%) PMO
8 8 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.10%) COBIT
11 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.051%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.051%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.051%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.051%) SAS 70
System Software
1 1,093 (55.23%) Active Directory
2 496 (25.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 218 (11.02%) XenApp
4 201 (10.16%) Hyper-V
5 200 (10.11%) Docker
6 164 (8.29%) VMware ESXi
7 154 (7.78%) vSphere
8 115 (5.81%) XenDesktop
9 100 (5.05%) Microsoft App-V
10 92 (4.65%) Virtual Machines
11 72 (3.64%) Virtual Desktop
12 57 (2.88%) XenServer
13 42 (2.12%) VMware NSX
14 30 (1.52%) NFS
14 30 (1.52%) Virtual Servers
15 28 (1.41%) Xen
16 19 (0.96%) DFS Replication
17 18 (0.91%) KVM
17 18 (0.91%) Terminal Services
18 16 (0.81%) Samba
Systems Management
1 275 (13.90%) SCCM
2 221 (11.17%) Puppet
3 174 (8.79%) Ansible
4 126 (6.37%) Opscode Chef
5 122 (6.16%) Kubernetes
6 94 (4.75%) Terraform
7 83 (4.19%) WSUS
8 79 (3.99%) SCOM
9 58 (2.93%) McAfee ePO
10 56 (2.83%) HAProxy
11 54 (2.73%) vCenter Server
12 51 (2.58%) logstash
13 50 (2.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 43 (2.17%) Microsoft Intune
15 42 (2.12%) Backup Exec
16 37 (1.87%) AirWatch
17 35 (1.77%) HP ALM
18 33 (1.67%) Docker Swarm
18 33 (1.67%) Grafana
18 33 (1.67%) Kibana
Vendors
1 826 (41.74%) Microsoft
2 668 (33.75%) VMware
3 453 (22.89%) Citrix
4 420 (21.22%) Cisco
5 219 (11.07%) HP
6 133 (6.72%) Ivanti
7 110 (5.56%) McAfee
8 102 (5.15%) Apple
8 102 (5.15%) CheckPoint
9 98 (4.95%) Red Hat
10 89 (4.50%) F5
11 88 (4.45%) Oracle
12 87 (4.40%) SolarWinds
13 86 (4.35%) Dell
14 83 (4.19%) Juniper
15 72 (3.64%) Veritas
16 65 (3.28%) Palo Alto
17 64 (3.23%) NetApp
18 62 (3.13%) Symantec
19 61 (3.08%) SAP