Period
to 22 October 2017

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 22 October 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
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 152 102 114
Rank change year-on-year -50 +12 -1
Contract jobs citing DNS 1768 2410 2258
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.78% 2.29% 1.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.92% 14.53% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1114 1561 1373
UK median daily rate £365 £355 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.82% -1.39% +2.86%
10th Percentile £150 £213 £200
90th Percentile £550 £513 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £343 £335 £350
% change year-on-year +2.24% -4.29% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 134 142
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £28.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.14% +47.37% +0.80%
10th Percentile £12.80 £13.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.73 £47.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £28.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -23.21% +33.33% +16.67%

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 13679 16586 15894
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.77% 15.73% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8310 10065 9102
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £361
% change year-on-year - +3.88% +3.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 724 830 1034
UK median hourly rate £19.32 £23.59 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.12% +17.95% -
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.56 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -21.75% +25.00% -

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 22 October 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 6 months to 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 2017. 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 -45 1635 £375 +2.74% 220
UK excluding London -27 1111 £343 +2.24% 147
London -66 615 £420 -1.18% 79
South East -3 395 £375 +11.11% 42
North of England -2 332 £350 +6.06% 45
North West +54 170 £358 -10.63% 19
Midlands +33 135 £313 -8.09% 20
Yorkshire +9 95 £450 - 21
South West -11 81 £325 -5.80% 17
Scotland -38 80 £363 +9.85% 2
East of England -51 77 £289 -15.07% 17
West Midlands +13 71 £325 -4.41% 12
North East -20 67 £301 -3.98% 5
East Midlands +24 62 £288 -24.34% 8
Wales +4 12 £425 +13.33% 2
Northern Ireland -49 3 £250 +25.00% 1

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 1028 (58.14%) Windows
2 940 (53.17%) DHCP
3 911 (51.53%) Active Directory
4 631 (35.69%) Microsoft
5 575 (32.52%) VMware
6 568 (32.13%) TCP/IP
7 537 (30.37%) Linux
8 536 (30.32%) Firewall
8 536 (30.32%) Windows Server
9 379 (21.44%) Cisco
10 344 (19.46%) ITIL
10 344 (19.46%) VMware Infrastructure
11 324 (18.33%) Amazon AWS
12 322 (18.21%) Windows Server 2008
13 314 (17.76%) Windows Server 2012
14 309 (17.48%) WAN
15 292 (16.52%) Citrix
16 291 (16.46%) LAN
17 282 (15.95%) Security Cleared
18 272 (15.38%) VPN
19 267 (15.10%) PowerShell
20 262 (14.82%) Office 365
21 258 (14.59%) DevOps
22 247 (13.97%) Data Centre
23 232 (13.12%) Microsoft Azure
24 229 (12.95%) MS Exchange
25 226 (12.78%) Unix
25 226 (12.78%) Puppet
26 222 (12.56%) Python
27 218 (12.33%) SC Cleared

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
1 229 (12.95%) MS Exchange
2 160 (9.05%) IIS
3 155 (8.77%) Apache
4 123 (6.96%) Tomcat
5 98 (5.54%) Exchange Server 2010
6 90 (5.09%) SharePoint
7 78 (4.41%) Skype for Business
8 66 (3.73%) nginx
9 57 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2013
9 57 (3.22%) JBoss
10 49 (2.77%) WebLogic
11 44 (2.49%) Elasticsearch
12 43 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2007
12 43 (2.43%) OpenStack
13 32 (1.81%) WebSphere
14 28 (1.58%) Confluence
15 24 (1.36%) SharePoint 2013
16 22 (1.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 19 (1.07%) CMS
18 18 (1.02%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 163 (9.22%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (1.24%) MS Visio
3 13 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.40%) HipChat
5 6 (0.34%) AutoCAD
5 6 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.057%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.057%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.057%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.057%) SketchUp
7 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 6 (0.34%) Teamcenter
3 4 (0.23%) SDL Web 8
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.11%) Eikon
5 2 (0.11%) RMDS
5 2 (0.11%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 324 (18.33%) Amazon AWS
2 262 (14.82%) Office 365
3 232 (13.12%) Microsoft Azure
4 57 (3.22%) IaaS
5 49 (2.77%) SaaS
6 47 (2.66%) Amazon EC2
7 45 (2.55%) PaaS
8 42 (2.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 31 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
10 30 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
10 30 (1.70%) Google Cloud Platform
11 29 (1.64%) Amazon ELB
12 26 (1.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 26 (1.47%) OpenDNS
13 19 (1.07%) Amazon S3
14 15 (0.85%) Google App Engine
15 14 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
16 13 (0.74%) G Suite
16 13 (0.74%) Route 53
17 11 (0.62%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 940 (53.17%) DHCP
2 568 (32.13%) TCP/IP
3 536 (30.32%) Firewall
4 309 (17.48%) WAN
5 291 (16.46%) LAN
6 272 (15.38%) VPN
7 166 (9.39%) SAN
8 165 (9.33%) SSL
9 164 (9.28%) HTTP
10 158 (8.94%) LDAP
11 125 (7.07%) VLAN
12 117 (6.62%) Internet
13 108 (6.11%) Wireless
14 107 (6.05%) Network Security
15 102 (5.77%) MPLS
16 98 (5.54%) VoIP
17 97 (5.49%) IPsec
18 76 (4.30%) BGP
19 71 (4.02%) Cisco ASA
20 68 (3.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 188 (10.63%) SQL Server
2 57 (3.22%) MySQL
3 55 (3.11%) MongoDB
4 54 (3.05%) PostgreSQL
5 35 (1.98%) Relational Database
6 32 (1.81%) Amazon RDS
7 31 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
8 30 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
9 29 (1.64%) NoSQL
10 24 (1.36%) Maltego
11 18 (1.02%) Big Data
12 16 (0.90%) Apache Cassandra
13 15 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
14 12 (0.68%) Parquet
14 12 (0.68%) RDBMS
15 11 (0.62%) Hadoop
15 11 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
15 11 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 9 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
16 9 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 163 (9.22%) Git (software)
2 154 (8.71%) Jenkins
3 62 (3.51%) Sonatype Nexus
4 57 (3.22%) JIRA
5 50 (2.83%) Artifactory
6 35 (1.98%) Maven
7 26 (1.47%) Bitbucket
8 23 (1.30%) Ant
9 19 (1.07%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (1.02%) SonarQube
11 17 (0.96%) Subversion
12 16 (0.90%) Travis CI
13 14 (0.79%) JUnit
13 14 (0.79%) Liquibase
14 12 (0.68%) Vagrant
15 10 (0.57%) Gradle
15 10 (0.57%) TeamCity
15 10 (0.57%) Visual Studio
15 10 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 9 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 201 (11.37%) Finance
2 86 (4.86%) Banking
3 80 (4.52%) Telecoms
4 39 (2.21%) Retail
5 35 (1.98%) Manufacturing
6 22 (1.24%) Law
6 22 (1.24%) Legal
6 22 (1.24%) Publishing
7 18 (1.02%) Back Office
8 16 (0.90%) Investment Banking
9 15 (0.85%) Marketing
10 14 (0.79%) Electronics
11 11 (0.62%) Billing
12 8 (0.45%) Advertising
12 8 (0.45%) Spanish Language
13 7 (0.40%) Local Government
14 5 (0.28%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.28%) German Language
14 5 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.23%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 205 (11.60%) Analyst
2 155 (8.77%) Network Engineer
3 150 (8.48%) DevOps Engineer
4 146 (8.26%) Support Engineer
5 138 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 135 (7.64%) Administrator
7 128 (7.24%) Architect
8 103 (5.83%) Consultant
9 85 (4.81%) Desktop Support
10 79 (4.47%) Support Analyst
11 76 (4.30%) Systems Administrator
12 74 (4.19%) Windows Engineer
13 68 (3.85%) Linux Engineer
14 67 (3.79%) Cloud Engineer
14 67 (3.79%) Systems Engineer
15 66 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 63 (3.56%) 2nd Line Support
17 58 (3.28%) IT Support
18 57 (3.22%) AWS Engineer
19 56 (3.17%) Linux Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (5.54%) Elastic Stack
2 92 (5.20%) Web Services
3 59 (3.34%) .NET
4 48 (2.71%) JSON
5 34 (1.92%) J2EE
5 34 (1.92%) LAMP
5 34 (1.92%) XML
6 32 (1.81%) 802.1X
6 32 (1.81%) CSS
7 30 (1.70%) Middleware
8 29 (1.64%) Node.js
9 26 (1.47%) HTML
9 26 (1.47%) RabbitMQ
10 25 (1.41%) Kafka
11 24 (1.36%) REST
12 21 (1.19%) LAPP Stack
13 19 (1.07%) Regular Expression
13 19 (1.07%) Sensu
14 16 (0.90%) RESTful
15 15 (0.85%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 247 (13.97%) Data Centre
2 117 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
3 83 (4.69%) PKI
4 75 (4.24%) Replication
5 73 (4.13%) Clustering
6 63 (3.56%) Computer Science
7 59 (3.34%) Management Information System
8 58 (3.28%) Public Cloud
9 35 (1.98%) Blackberry
10 34 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
11 31 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
12 30 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
13 27 (1.53%) Linux Command Line
14 24 (1.36%) Client/Server
15 22 (1.24%) Driving Licence
15 22 (1.24%) iPhone
15 22 (1.24%) Virtual Team
16 21 (1.19%) Private Cloud
17 19 (1.07%) PDA
18 16 (0.90%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1028 (58.14%) Windows
2 537 (30.37%) Linux
3 536 (30.32%) Windows Server
4 322 (18.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 314 (17.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 226 (12.78%) Unix
7 192 (10.86%) Windows 7
8 151 (8.54%) Windows Server 2003
9 149 (8.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 132 (7.47%) Windows 10
11 119 (6.73%) CentOS
12 88 (4.98%) Solaris
13 64 (3.62%) Windows XP
14 47 (2.66%) Windows 8
15 44 (2.49%) AIX
16 33 (1.87%) Apple iOS
16 33 (1.87%) Ubuntu
17 32 (1.81%) SUSE
18 29 (1.64%) Android
18 29 (1.64%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (19.46%) ITIL
2 258 (14.59%) DevOps
3 209 (11.82%) Migration
4 206 (11.65%) Configuration Management
5 201 (11.37%) Load Balancing
6 164 (9.28%) Agile Software Development
7 118 (6.67%) Open Source
8 96 (5.43%) Disaster Recovery
9 92 (5.20%) Change Management
10 84 (4.75%) Continuous Integration
11 83 (4.69%) Incident Management
12 75 (4.24%) High Availability
12 75 (4.24%) Problem Management
13 71 (4.02%) Project Management
14 65 (3.68%) Service Delivery
15 61 (3.45%) Service Management
16 55 (3.11%) Capacity Planning
17 53 (3.00%) Cybersecurity
18 52 (2.94%) SIEM
19 51 (2.88%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 267 (15.10%) PowerShell
2 222 (12.56%) Python
3 197 (11.14%) SQL
4 180 (10.18%) Bash Shell
5 162 (9.16%) Perl
6 133 (7.52%) Java
7 91 (5.15%) Ruby
8 52 (2.94%) Korn
9 48 (2.71%) C#
10 47 (2.66%) Shell Script
11 43 (2.43%) VBScript
12 38 (2.15%) PHP
13 36 (2.04%) JavaScript
14 30 (1.70%) C
15 29 (1.64%) Go
16 27 (1.53%) Groovy
17 24 (1.36%) C-shell
18 22 (1.24%) PL/SQL
19 13 (0.74%) VB
20 11 (0.62%) C++
Qualifications
1 282 (15.95%) Security Cleared
2 218 (12.33%) SC Cleared
3 202 (11.43%) Microsoft Certification
4 117 (6.62%) Cisco Certification
5 108 (6.11%) Degree
5 108 (6.11%) MCSE
6 68 (3.85%) CCNA
7 67 (3.79%) CCNP
8 46 (2.60%) MCSA
9 40 (2.26%) MCP
10 38 (2.15%) MCDST
11 35 (1.98%) MCITP
12 34 (1.92%) CISSP
13 32 (1.81%) DV Cleared
13 32 (1.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 31 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
15 30 (1.70%) BPSS Clearance
16 29 (1.64%) CCIE
17 24 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
18 22 (1.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (3.68%) SLA
2 27 (1.53%) QA
3 21 (1.19%) Disclosure Scotland
4 20 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.96%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.28%) COBIT
7 3 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.17%) GCP
7 3 (0.17%) PMO
8 1 (0.057%) GDPR
8 1 (0.057%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.057%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.057%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.057%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.057%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 911 (51.53%) Active Directory
2 344 (19.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 168 (9.50%) Hyper-V
4 131 (7.41%) VMware ESXi
5 114 (6.45%) XenApp
6 110 (6.22%) Docker
7 72 (4.07%) Virtual Machines
8 68 (3.85%) vSphere
9 55 (3.11%) Microsoft App-V
9 55 (3.11%) NFS
10 46 (2.60%) XenDesktop
11 42 (2.38%) Samba
12 36 (2.04%) KVM
12 36 (2.04%) Xen
13 25 (1.41%) Virtual Servers
14 24 (1.36%) XenServer
15 23 (1.30%) ProxySG
15 23 (1.30%) Squid
16 22 (1.24%) iptables
17 20 (1.13%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 226 (12.78%) Puppet
2 193 (10.92%) SCCM
3 181 (10.24%) Ansible
4 100 (5.66%) Opscode Chef
5 96 (5.43%) SCOM
6 70 (3.96%) Kubernetes
7 64 (3.62%) logstash
8 62 (3.51%) Nagios
9 59 (3.34%) NetBackup
9 59 (3.34%) WSUS
10 56 (3.17%) Kibana
11 53 (3.00%) Terraform
12 32 (1.81%) Backup Exec
13 28 (1.58%) vCenter Server
13 28 (1.58%) ZABBIX
14 26 (1.47%) Docker Swarm
15 25 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
16 24 (1.36%) AirWatch
17 22 (1.24%) Norton AntiVirus
18 21 (1.19%) Grafana
Vendors
1 631 (35.69%) Microsoft
2 575 (32.52%) VMware
3 379 (21.44%) Cisco
4 292 (16.52%) Citrix
5 185 (10.46%) Red Hat
6 175 (9.90%) HP
7 145 (8.20%) Oracle
8 125 (7.07%) Juniper
9 101 (5.71%) F5
10 97 (5.49%) CheckPoint
11 86 (4.86%) Dell
12 72 (4.07%) Palo Alto
13 67 (3.79%) NetApp
13 67 (3.79%) Splunk
14 63 (3.56%) SolarWinds
15 59 (3.34%) Symantec
16 58 (3.28%) Apple
17 54 (3.05%) McAfee
18 48 (2.71%) IBM
19 47 (2.66%) Google