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 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 139 94 114
Rank change year-on-year -45 +20  
Contract jobs citing DNS 846 1321 1060
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.80% 2.45% 1.92%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.12% 15.16% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 548 825 629
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £223 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £534 £495 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 83 58
Median hourly rate £19.45 £28.00 £20.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.53% +39.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £17.80 £10.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.59 £47.71 £42.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £28.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -28.92% +38.71%  

DNS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6447 8714 7937
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.68% 16.14% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3816 5270 4473
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 433 468
Median hourly rate £28.27 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing DNS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -39 798 £375 +7.14% 298
London -44 289 £410 -1.79% 119
South East -8 165 £360 +5.64% 51
North West +53 123 £391 -2.18% 39
Lancashire +35 57 £425 +3.03% 4
Yorkshire +30 51 £450 +1.69% 13
Preston +6 44 £425 +3.03% 2
Berkshire -14 43 £350 +17.05% 11
West Midlands +31 42 £365 +7.74% 15
South West -12 42 £370 +13.84% 17
Manchester +21 39 £381 -1.61% 24
Hampshire +7 38 £463 +37.24% 14
East of England -25 38 £206 -39.33% 31
City of London -39 37 £425 -5.55% 24
Surrey +13 29 £375 -6.25% 7
Scotland -49 26 £325 -1.51% 13
East Midlands -5 25 £280 -30.00% 6
South Yorkshire +15 24 £500 - 1
Cheshire +32 21 £350 +6.06% 10
West Yorkshire +6 21 £444 +0.28% 9
Kent +16 20 £338 -20.58% 1
North East -26 20 £200 -28.57% 7
Leeds +9 18 £450 - 2
Reading +1 18 £338 -10.00% 5
Sheffield +18 17 £575 +15.00%
Cambridgeshire 0 17 £200 -41.17% 7
Birmingham +18 16 £375 +17.64% 8
Croydon +9 16 £463 +28.02%
Cambridge +3 16 £200 -41.17% 3
Bristol -2 16 £375 +15.38% 5

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 893 (53.70%) Windows
2 802 (48.23%) DHCP
3 798 (47.99%) Active Directory
4 562 (33.79%) VMware
5 527 (31.69%) Microsoft
6 492 (29.59%) Firewall
7 491 (29.52%) Linux
8 483 (29.04%) Windows Server
9 466 (28.02%) TCP/IP
10 376 (22.61%) Cisco
11 349 (20.99%) VMware Infrastructure
12 316 (19.00%) Windows Server 2008
13 310 (18.64%) LAN
14 308 (18.52%) Windows Server 2012
15 292 (17.56%) Security Cleared
16 286 (17.20%) WAN
17 273 (16.42%) ITIL
18 271 (16.30%) Amazon AWS
19 263 (15.81%) VPN
20 246 (14.79%) DevOps
21 240 (14.43%) PowerShell
22 230 (13.83%) Data Centre
23 229 (13.77%) Citrix
24 225 (13.53%) Migration
24 225 (13.53%) Puppet
25 224 (13.47%) SC Cleared
26 219 (13.17%) SQL
27 215 (12.93%) MS Exchange
28 214 (12.87%) SQL Server
29 207 (12.45%) Load Balancing

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
1 215 (12.93%) MS Exchange
2 175 (10.52%) IIS
3 155 (9.32%) Apache
4 110 (6.61%) SharePoint
5 105 (6.31%) Exchange Server 2010
6 93 (5.59%) Tomcat
7 91 (5.47%) Skype for Business
8 90 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2013
9 59 (3.55%) nginx
10 44 (2.65%) WebSphere
11 39 (2.35%) OpenStack
12 37 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
12 37 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
13 36 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2007
14 27 (1.62%) Confluence
15 26 (1.56%) JBoss
16 25 (1.50%) SharePoint 2010
17 22 (1.32%) Jetty
17 22 (1.32%) Mongrel
18 18 (1.08%) WebLogic
Applications
1 140 (8.42%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (0.84%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.24%) Acrobat
4 4 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 4 (0.24%) AutoCAD
4 4 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.18%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.12%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.12%) CINEMA 4D
6 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.12%) SketchUp
7 1 (0.060%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 11 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 9 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.12%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.060%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.060%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 271 (16.30%) Amazon AWS
2 186 (11.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 184 (11.06%) Office 365
4 71 (4.27%) IaaS
5 50 (3.01%) PaaS
6 45 (2.71%) Amazon EC2
7 43 (2.59%) SaaS
8 33 (1.98%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 32 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
10 31 (1.86%) Google Cloud Platform
11 28 (1.68%) Azure Active Directory
12 23 (1.38%) Amazon S3
13 22 (1.32%) Google App Engine
14 18 (1.08%) Amazon ELB
15 17 (1.02%) GitHub
16 16 (0.96%) OpenDNS
17 13 (0.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 13 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
18 11 (0.66%) Mimecast
19 10 (0.60%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 802 (48.23%) DHCP
2 492 (29.59%) Firewall
3 466 (28.02%) TCP/IP
4 310 (18.64%) LAN
5 286 (17.20%) WAN
6 263 (15.81%) VPN
7 190 (11.43%) HTTP
8 161 (9.68%) SSL
9 146 (8.78%) SAN
10 132 (7.94%) Internet
11 120 (7.22%) Wireless
12 107 (6.43%) LDAP
13 98 (5.89%) Network Security
14 95 (5.71%) MPLS
15 90 (5.41%) BGP
16 88 (5.29%) VLAN
17 82 (4.93%) SMTP
18 79 (4.75%) IPsec
19 77 (4.63%) Cisco ASA
20 75 (4.51%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 214 (12.87%) SQL Server
2 68 (4.09%) MySQL
3 52 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
4 49 (2.95%) MongoDB
5 45 (2.71%) Relational Database
6 43 (2.59%) SQL Server 2012
7 30 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
8 28 (1.68%) Apache Cassandra
9 24 (1.44%) Hadoop
10 22 (1.32%) NoSQL
11 21 (1.26%) Oracle Database
12 20 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
13 18 (1.08%) RDBMS
14 17 (1.02%) SQL Server 2014
15 16 (0.96%) Maltego
16 15 (0.90%) Big Data
16 15 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
17 13 (0.78%) MS Access
17 13 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 10 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 129 (7.76%) Jenkins
2 120 (7.22%) Git (software)
3 49 (2.95%) JIRA
4 35 (2.10%) Sonatype Nexus
5 30 (1.80%) Maven
6 29 (1.74%) Vagrant
7 21 (1.26%) Ant
7 21 (1.26%) Bitbucket
7 21 (1.26%) Travis CI
8 20 (1.20%) Artifactory
9 19 (1.14%) Subversion
10 14 (0.84%) Visual Studio
11 13 (0.78%) TeamCity
12 12 (0.72%) SonarQube
12 12 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 11 (0.66%) JUnit
13 11 (0.66%) Liquibase
13 11 (0.66%) Octopus Deploy
14 8 (0.48%) Selenium
General
1 181 (10.88%) Finance
2 67 (4.03%) Telecoms
3 61 (3.67%) Banking
4 38 (2.29%) Retail
5 34 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 28 (1.68%) Back Office
7 13 (0.78%) Law
8 12 (0.72%) Marketing
9 11 (0.66%) Billing
9 11 (0.66%) Legal
10 9 (0.54%) Investment Banking
11 8 (0.48%) Electronics
11 8 (0.48%) Publishing
12 5 (0.30%) Retail Banking
12 5 (0.30%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.24%) Advertising
13 4 (0.24%) Japanese Language
14 3 (0.18%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.18%) French Language
14 3 (0.18%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 190 (11.43%) Analyst
2 160 (9.62%) Network Engineer
3 157 (9.44%) Architect
4 136 (8.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 133 (8.00%) DevOps Engineer
6 124 (7.46%) Support Engineer
7 103 (6.19%) Consultant
8 101 (6.07%) Administrator
9 70 (4.21%) Systems Administrator
10 69 (4.15%) Windows Engineer
11 63 (3.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 62 (3.73%) Systems Engineer
13 59 (3.55%) Desktop Support
14 55 (3.31%) Developer
15 54 (3.25%) Linux Engineer
15 54 (3.25%) Support Analyst
16 50 (3.01%) Server Engineer
17 48 (2.89%) 2nd Line Support
17 48 (2.89%) 3rd Line Support
17 48 (2.89%) Linux Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (5.89%) .NET
2 83 (4.99%) Elastic Stack
3 67 (4.03%) Web Services
4 41 (2.47%) REST
5 39 (2.35%) JSON
6 38 (2.29%) Node.js
7 37 (2.22%) 802.1X
8 36 (2.16%) XML
9 35 (2.10%) Middleware
10 31 (1.86%) J2EE
11 30 (1.80%) CSS
12 29 (1.74%) HTML
13 27 (1.62%) LAMP
14 24 (1.44%) RabbitMQ
15 22 (1.32%) Sensu
16 21 (1.26%) Ajax
16 21 (1.26%) Servlets
17 20 (1.20%) .NET Framework
17 20 (1.20%) SAML
18 19 (1.14%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 230 (13.83%) Data Centre
2 110 (6.61%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (4.09%) PKI
4 67 (4.03%) Clustering
5 62 (3.73%) Management Information System
6 55 (3.31%) Replication
7 38 (2.29%) Public Cloud
8 37 (2.22%) Linux Command Line
9 34 (2.04%) Computer Science
10 30 (1.80%) Client/Server
11 29 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
12 23 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
13 22 (1.32%) NHS
14 20 (1.20%) Driving Licence
14 20 (1.20%) Private Cloud
15 19 (1.14%) Fat Client
15 19 (1.14%) Thin Client
16 16 (0.96%) Blackberry
16 16 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
16 16 (0.96%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 893 (53.70%) Windows
2 491 (29.52%) Linux
3 483 (29.04%) Windows Server
4 316 (19.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 308 (18.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 204 (12.27%) Unix
7 172 (10.34%) Windows Server 2003
8 168 (10.10%) Windows 7
9 142 (8.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 119 (7.16%) CentOS
11 116 (6.98%) Windows 10
12 83 (4.99%) Solaris
13 48 (2.89%) AIX
14 46 (2.77%) Ubuntu
15 40 (2.41%) Windows XP
16 37 (2.22%) Windows 8
17 34 (2.04%) Android
18 29 (1.74%) Apple iOS
19 24 (1.44%) SUSE
20 23 (1.38%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 273 (16.42%) ITIL
2 246 (14.79%) DevOps
3 225 (13.53%) Migration
4 207 (12.45%) Load Balancing
5 201 (12.09%) Agile Software Development
6 181 (10.88%) Configuration Management
7 101 (6.07%) Continuous Integration
8 98 (5.89%) Open Source
9 92 (5.53%) Change Management
10 80 (4.81%) High Availability
11 79 (4.75%) Disaster Recovery
12 76 (4.57%) Service Management
13 74 (4.45%) Project Management
14 69 (4.15%) Continuous Delivery
15 64 (3.85%) Incident Management
16 57 (3.43%) Scrum
17 56 (3.37%) Problem Management
18 55 (3.31%) Network Design
19 46 (2.77%) SIEM
20 42 (2.53%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 240 (14.43%) PowerShell
2 219 (13.17%) SQL
3 175 (10.52%) Python
4 146 (8.78%) Java
5 142 (8.54%) Perl
6 135 (8.12%) Bash Shell
7 81 (4.87%) Ruby
8 57 (3.43%) JavaScript
9 50 (3.01%) PHP
10 46 (2.77%) C
11 42 (2.53%) Shell Script
12 37 (2.22%) C#
13 29 (1.74%) Korn
14 27 (1.62%) VBScript
15 18 (1.08%) Groovy
15 18 (1.08%) VB
16 14 (0.84%) C++
17 12 (0.72%) Go
18 7 (0.42%) Scala
19 6 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 292 (17.56%) Security Cleared
2 224 (13.47%) SC Cleared
3 150 (9.02%) Cisco Certification
4 118 (7.10%) Microsoft Certification
5 96 (5.77%) CCNP
6 95 (5.71%) CCNA
7 83 (4.99%) Degree
8 54 (3.25%) MCSE
9 38 (2.29%) DV Cleared
10 28 (1.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 25 (1.50%) MCSA
12 24 (1.44%) CISSP
13 22 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
14 21 (1.26%) CCIE
14 21 (1.26%) MCITP
15 20 (1.20%) MCDST
16 18 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
17 16 (0.96%) MCP
18 15 (0.90%) SANS
19 14 (0.84%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (4.15%) SLA
2 24 (1.44%) QA
3 21 (1.26%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
6 8 (0.48%) PMO
7 5 (0.30%) COBIT
8 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.18%) GDPR
9 1 (0.060%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 798 (47.99%) Active Directory
2 349 (20.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 149 (8.96%) Hyper-V
4 127 (7.64%) VMware ESXi
5 104 (6.25%) Docker
6 74 (4.45%) XenApp
7 60 (3.61%) vSphere
8 47 (2.83%) Virtual Machines
9 42 (2.53%) vCloud
10 37 (2.22%) KVM
10 37 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
11 36 (2.16%) Xen
12 32 (1.92%) NFS
13 24 (1.44%) Squid
13 24 (1.44%) XenDesktop
14 23 (1.38%) Virtual Servers
15 21 (1.26%) Virtual Desktop
16 20 (1.20%) Oracle RAC
17 17 (1.02%) Postfix
18 16 (0.96%) iptables
Systems Management
1 225 (13.53%) Puppet
2 159 (9.56%) Ansible
3 155 (9.32%) SCCM
4 107 (6.43%) Opscode Chef
5 79 (4.75%) Nagios
6 65 (3.91%) Kubernetes
7 60 (3.61%) SCOM
8 58 (3.49%) NetBackup
9 56 (3.37%) WSUS
10 52 (3.13%) logstash
11 48 (2.89%) Terraform
12 41 (2.47%) ZABBIX
13 37 (2.22%) Kibana
14 32 (1.92%) vCenter Server
15 30 (1.80%) yum
16 26 (1.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
17 22 (1.32%) Grafana
18 21 (1.26%) AirWatch
18 21 (1.26%) FortiGate
18 21 (1.26%) Salt
Vendors
1 562 (33.79%) VMware
2 527 (31.69%) Microsoft
3 376 (22.61%) Cisco
4 229 (13.77%) Citrix
5 174 (10.46%) HP
6 157 (9.44%) Red Hat
7 151 (9.08%) Oracle
8 113 (6.79%) F5
9 112 (6.73%) CheckPoint
10 104 (6.25%) Juniper
11 96 (5.77%) Dell
12 88 (5.29%) IBM
13 64 (3.85%) Palo Alto
14 61 (3.67%) NetApp
15 50 (3.01%) EMC
15 50 (3.01%) Splunk
16 48 (2.89%) SolarWinds
17 47 (2.83%) Apple
18 44 (2.65%) McAfee
19 41 (2.47%) Infoblox
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £160 - £220 per day + Ext
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 16 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £29.00 - £29.50 per hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
City, London
I.T. Skillfinder
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Central London / West End
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £28000 - £30000 per annum + great benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 12 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £100 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Oxford
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Network ITR
Rate: £175.68 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £475 to £525 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £575.00 - £615.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Durham
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £9.50 - £12.50 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Bury St. Edmunds
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £180.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Premier IT
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
JM
Posted: 5 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Smarterways Ltd.
Rate: From £20,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Cititec
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £550 per day + excellent working hours
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
PBIT Consultants
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
ECMWF
Posted: 14 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Roc Search
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 8 days ago