Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 147 152 103
Rank change year-on-year +5 -49 +17
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,886 1,812 2,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.83% 1.76% 2.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.00% 12.95% 15.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,158 1,119 1,573
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% +4.23% -2.74%
10th Percentile £181 £146 £205
90th Percentile £589 £565 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £338 £340
% change year-on-year +12.59% -0.74% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 85 140
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -32.14% +40.00%
10th Percentile £11.95 £12.50 £13.48
90th Percentile £45.54 £49.50 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.13 £20.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -9.38% -28.57% +33.33%

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 13,475 13,987 16,221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.07% 13.60% 15.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,095 8,532 9,822
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.63%
10th Percentile £200 £181 £213
90th Percentile £606 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 633 743 831
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.63% -15.56% +9.76%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.20 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - -24.00% +21.95%

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 17 November 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 17 November 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 17 November 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 +7 1,734 £410 +9.33% 571
UK excluding London -17 1,082 £380 +12.59% 405
London +40 772 £430 +1.78% 198
South East -13 375 £400 +8.11% 94
North of England -46 247 £381 +8.93% 131
East of England +58 171 £425 +44.07% 57
North West -35 127 £395 +12.70% 66
Yorkshire +1 101 £375 -14.29% 60
Scotland +3 94 £310 -14.48% 15
Midlands -62 91 £370 +18.40% 44
South West -27 81 £375 +15.38% 47
West Midlands -46 51 £370 +13.85% 30
East Midlands -18 40 £350 +21.74% 14
Wales -4 24 £400 - 17
North East -49 19 £290 -5.38% 5
Northern Ireland +32 3 - -

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 1,068 (56.63%) Windows
2 995 (52.76%) Active Directory
3 970 (51.43%) DHCP
4 802 (42.52%) Microsoft
5 617 (32.71%) VMware
6 571 (30.28%) Linux
7 569 (30.17%) TCP/IP
8 568 (30.12%) Windows Server
9 538 (28.53%) Firewall
10 392 (20.78%) VMware Infrastructure
10 392 (20.78%) PowerShell
11 371 (19.67%) Office 365
12 363 (19.25%) Cisco
13 345 (18.29%) Microsoft Azure
14 333 (17.66%) Amazon AWS
15 327 (17.34%) VPN
16 305 (16.17%) ITIL
17 297 (15.75%) LAN
17 297 (15.75%) DevOps
18 292 (15.48%) WAN
19 284 (15.06%) Security Cleared
20 278 (14.74%) Windows 7
21 270 (14.32%) Finance
22 269 (14.26%) Citrix
23 267 (14.16%) Windows Server 2008
24 265 (14.05%) Windows Server 2012
25 261 (13.84%) MS Exchange
26 237 (12.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 233 (12.35%) Windows 10
28 232 (12.30%) HTTP

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
1 261 (13.84%) MS Exchange
2 189 (10.02%) Apache
3 135 (7.16%) IIS
4 134 (7.10%) SharePoint
5 118 (6.26%) Skype for Business
6 117 (6.20%) Exchange Server 2010
7 87 (4.61%) nginx
8 82 (4.35%) Tomcat
9 63 (3.34%) Exchange Server 2013
10 59 (3.13%) Confluence
11 56 (2.97%) Elasticsearch
12 45 (2.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 40 (2.12%) WebSphere
14 34 (1.80%) JBoss
14 34 (1.80%) OpenStack
15 31 (1.64%) Jetty
15 31 (1.64%) Mongrel
16 29 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2007
17 27 (1.43%) Apache Spark
18 19 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 190 (10.07%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.06%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.16%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.11%) Mozilla Thunderbird
8 1 (0.053%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.053%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.053%) CINEMA 4D
8 1 (0.053%) HipChat
8 1 (0.053%) SketchUp
8 1 (0.053%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (0.80%) Eikon
2 5 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.11%) Infor SunSystems
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 2 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.053%) assyst
6 1 (0.053%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.053%) RMDS
6 1 (0.053%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.053%) Sage 50
6 1 (0.053%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 371 (19.67%) Office 365
2 345 (18.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 333 (17.66%) Amazon AWS
4 99 (5.25%) IaaS
5 79 (4.19%) Amazon EC2
6 76 (4.03%) PaaS
7 69 (3.66%) SaaS
8 64 (3.39%) Azure Active Directory
9 61 (3.23%) Google Cloud Platform
10 54 (2.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 47 (2.49%) Amazon S3
11 47 (2.49%) Serverless
12 39 (2.07%) Cloud Computing
13 35 (1.86%) AWS CloudFormation
13 35 (1.86%) AWS Lambda
14 34 (1.80%) Mimecast
15 31 (1.64%) Google App Engine
15 31 (1.64%) Route 53
16 27 (1.43%) Heroku
17 25 (1.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 970 (51.43%) DHCP
2 569 (30.17%) TCP/IP
3 538 (28.53%) Firewall
4 327 (17.34%) VPN
5 297 (15.75%) LAN
6 292 (15.48%) WAN
7 232 (12.30%) HTTP
8 221 (11.72%) SSL
9 163 (8.64%) Internet
10 154 (8.17%) SAN
11 146 (7.74%) FTP
12 121 (6.42%) Wireless
13 120 (6.36%) BGP
14 118 (6.26%) OSPF
15 112 (5.94%) IPsec
16 110 (5.83%) Skype
17 99 (5.25%) VoIP
18 94 (4.98%) VLAN
19 85 (4.51%) MPLS
20 78 (4.14%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 184 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 88 (4.67%) MySQL
3 81 (4.29%) PostgreSQL
4 74 (3.92%) MongoDB
5 54 (2.86%) Amazon RDS
6 45 (2.39%) Big Data
6 45 (2.39%) Hadoop
7 39 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
8 31 (1.64%) NoSQL
9 30 (1.59%) Apache Cassandra
9 30 (1.59%) Relational Database
10 28 (1.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 21 (1.11%) Oracle Database
11 21 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
12 20 (1.06%) Redis
13 16 (0.85%) RDBMS
14 15 (0.80%) MariaDB
15 14 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
16 12 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
17 9 (0.48%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 211 (11.19%) Jenkins
2 150 (7.95%) Git (software)
3 82 (4.35%) JIRA
4 53 (2.81%) GitLab
5 42 (2.23%) Travis CI
6 32 (1.70%) Visual Studio
7 31 (1.64%) Maven
8 30 (1.59%) Sonatype Nexus
9 29 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
9 29 (1.54%) Vagrant
9 29 (1.54%) Visual Studio Team System
10 28 (1.48%) Gradle
11 26 (1.38%) Bitbucket
12 24 (1.27%) gulp
13 21 (1.11%) Artifactory
14 20 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
15 18 (0.95%) HP UFT
15 18 (0.95%) MSI
15 18 (0.95%) WinRunner
16 15 (0.80%) TeamCity
General
1 270 (14.32%) Finance
2 72 (3.82%) Telecoms
3 51 (2.70%) Retail
4 40 (2.12%) Banking
5 38 (2.01%) Law
6 33 (1.75%) Back Office
7 26 (1.38%) Manufacturing
8 21 (1.11%) Legal
9 17 (0.90%) Spanish Language
10 16 (0.85%) Front Office
11 14 (0.74%) Publishing
12 12 (0.64%) Billing
13 11 (0.58%) French Language
13 11 (0.58%) Military
14 9 (0.48%) Italian Language
15 8 (0.42%) Multimedia
15 8 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
16 7 (0.37%) Investment Banking
17 6 (0.32%) Financial Institution
17 6 (0.32%) German Language
Job Titles
1 206 (10.92%) Analyst
2 191 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 176 (9.33%) Support Engineer
4 159 (8.43%) DevOps Engineer
5 155 (8.22%) Architect
6 150 (7.95%) Network Engineer
7 100 (5.30%) Administrator
8 94 (4.98%) Consultant
9 79 (4.19%) 2nd Line Support
10 76 (4.03%) Developer
11 72 (3.82%) IT Support
11 72 (3.82%) Support Analyst
12 68 (3.61%) Desktop Support
13 59 (3.13%) Windows Engineer
14 58 (3.08%) IT Engineer
15 57 (3.02%) Systems Engineer
16 51 (2.70%) AWS Engineer
16 51 (2.70%) Linux Engineer
17 49 (2.60%) Systems Administrator
18 48 (2.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (5.09%) LDAP
2 78 (4.14%) Web Services
3 74 (3.92%) .NET
4 64 (3.39%) REST
5 55 (2.92%) HTML
6 49 (2.60%) 802.1X
6 49 (2.60%) Middleware
7 48 (2.55%) LAMP
8 46 (2.44%) CSS
9 42 (2.23%) J2EE
10 41 (2.17%) OAuth
11 40 (2.12%) Elastic Stack
12 33 (1.75%) Servlets
13 32 (1.70%) JSON
13 32 (1.70%) Kafka
13 32 (1.70%) SOAP
13 32 (1.70%) Spring
14 31 (1.64%) AngularJS
15 29 (1.54%) HTML5
16 28 (1.48%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 172 (9.12%) Data Centre
2 133 (7.05%) PKI
3 99 (5.25%) Analytical Skills
4 78 (4.14%) Clustering
5 76 (4.03%) Public Cloud
6 67 (3.55%) Blackberry
7 56 (2.97%) Self-Motivation
8 53 (2.81%) Computer Science
8 53 (2.81%) Replication
9 47 (2.49%) Management Information System
10 36 (1.91%) iPhone
11 35 (1.86%) Video Conferencing
12 29 (1.54%) Linux Command Line
13 27 (1.43%) Fat Client
13 27 (1.43%) Thin Client
14 25 (1.33%) Private Cloud
15 23 (1.22%) Smartphone
16 21 (1.11%) iPad
16 21 (1.11%) NHS
17 20 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,068 (56.63%) Windows
2 571 (30.28%) Linux
3 568 (30.12%) Windows Server
4 278 (14.74%) Windows 7
5 267 (14.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 265 (14.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 233 (12.35%) Windows 10
8 190 (10.07%) Unix
9 127 (6.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 124 (6.57%) Windows Server 2003
11 81 (4.29%) Solaris
12 59 (3.13%) Apple iOS
13 55 (2.92%) Android
13 55 (2.92%) CentOS
14 48 (2.55%) Windows 8
15 41 (2.17%) Ubuntu
16 38 (2.01%) AIX
17 34 (1.80%) Mac OS X
18 27 (1.43%) SUSE
18 27 (1.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (16.17%) ITIL
2 297 (15.75%) DevOps
3 237 (12.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 217 (11.51%) Migration
5 194 (10.29%) Load Balancing
6 186 (9.86%) Agile Software Development
7 166 (8.80%) Configuration Management
8 162 (8.59%) Problem-Solving
9 121 (6.42%) Continuous Integration
10 112 (5.94%) Service Management
11 111 (5.89%) Change Management
12 106 (5.62%) Open Source
13 90 (4.77%) Test Automation
14 78 (4.14%) Disaster Recovery
15 75 (3.98%) Root Cause Analysis
16 74 (3.92%) Project Management
17 69 (3.66%) Kalman Filter
18 66 (3.50%) Microservices
19 64 (3.39%) Patch Management
19 64 (3.39%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 392 (20.78%) PowerShell
2 219 (11.61%) SQL
3 161 (8.54%) Java
4 158 (8.38%) Python
5 122 (6.47%) Bash Shell
6 112 (5.94%) Perl
7 81 (4.29%) JavaScript
8 77 (4.08%) Ruby
9 62 (3.29%) Shell Script
10 57 (3.02%) C
11 38 (2.01%) C#
12 34 (1.80%) PHP
13 31 (1.64%) VBScript
14 29 (1.54%) Java 8
15 26 (1.38%) ES6
16 24 (1.27%) TypeScript
17 21 (1.11%) C++
18 15 (0.80%) Groovy
19 13 (0.69%) VB
20 11 (0.58%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 284 (15.06%) Security Cleared
2 215 (11.40%) SC Cleared
3 165 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 158 (8.38%) Cisco Certification
5 106 (5.62%) CCNP
6 98 (5.20%) MCSE
7 97 (5.14%) Degree
8 81 (4.29%) CCNA
9 64 (3.39%) MCSA
10 52 (2.76%) DV Cleared
11 37 (1.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 30 (1.59%) CCIE
12 30 (1.59%) MCP
13 27 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
14 26 (1.38%) MCITP
15 22 (1.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 21 (1.11%) Citrix Certification
17 20 (1.06%) ISTQB
18 14 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
19 12 (0.64%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (4.08%) SLA
2 33 (1.75%) QA
3 26 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.01%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.90%) GDPR
6 6 (0.32%) HL7
6 6 (0.32%) PMO
7 5 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.16%) COBIT
9 3 (0.16%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.11%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.053%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.053%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.053%) GPG13
11 1 (0.053%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.053%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.053%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 995 (52.76%) Active Directory
2 392 (20.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 160 (8.48%) Docker
4 156 (8.27%) Hyper-V
5 136 (7.21%) VMware ESXi
6 125 (6.63%) XenApp
7 123 (6.52%) vSphere
8 77 (4.08%) Virtual Machines
9 73 (3.87%) XenDesktop
10 69 (3.66%) Virtual Desktop
11 46 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
12 45 (2.39%) DFS Replication
13 43 (2.28%) Xen
14 38 (2.01%) Virtual Servers
15 27 (1.43%) XenServer
16 25 (1.33%) Firmware
16 25 (1.33%) Terminal Services
17 24 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
18 23 (1.22%) Postfix
19 22 (1.17%) NFS
Systems Management
1 215 (11.40%) Puppet
2 214 (11.35%) SCCM
3 183 (9.70%) Ansible
4 135 (7.16%) Opscode Chef
5 113 (5.99%) Kubernetes
6 83 (4.40%) SCOM
6 83 (4.40%) Terraform
7 71 (3.76%) WSUS
8 52 (2.76%) Nagios
9 43 (2.28%) vCenter Server
10 42 (2.23%) McAfee ePO
11 37 (1.96%) NetBackup
12 36 (1.91%) Docker Swarm
12 36 (1.91%) Red Hat Satellite
13 33 (1.75%) Backup Exec
14 32 (1.70%) ZABBIX
15 31 (1.64%) Microsoft Clustering
16 26 (1.38%) Microsoft Intune
16 26 (1.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 24 (1.27%) SELinux
Vendors
1 802 (42.52%) Microsoft
2 617 (32.71%) VMware
3 363 (19.25%) Cisco
4 269 (14.26%) Citrix
5 158 (8.38%) Red Hat
6 150 (7.95%) HP
7 97 (5.14%) F5
8 96 (5.09%) Google
9 86 (4.56%) Oracle
10 83 (4.40%) CheckPoint
11 80 (4.24%) McAfee
12 79 (4.19%) SolarWinds
13 70 (3.71%) NetApp
14 69 (3.66%) Apple
14 69 (3.66%) Juniper
15 61 (3.23%) Dell
15 61 (3.23%) Ivanti
16 52 (2.76%) Symantec
17 51 (2.70%) EMC
18 47 (2.49%) Veritas