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 28 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 139 92 116
Rank change year-on-year -47 +24  
Contract jobs citing DNS 842 1315 1059
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.79% 2.44% 1.92%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.06% 15.07% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 828 650
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £213 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 82 60
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 £10.48 £18.50 £10.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.59 £47.83 £44.11
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 6449 8728 7938
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.69% 16.21% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10114 13811 12506
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 £206 £230 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1013 1078 1091
Median hourly rate £29.00 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.75% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -12.69% +34.04%  

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 3 months to 28 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 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 11 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 28 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 -41 796 £375 +7.14% 271
UK excluding London -42 539 £350 +7.69% 174
London -39 288 £410 -0.60% 110
North of England -9 196 £375 +20.65% 55
South East +1 163 £363 +7.40% 47
Midlands +31 69 £325 -7.14% 22
South West -16 42 £375 +13.63% 14
East of England -26 38 £200 -41.17% 23
Scotland -53 25 £325 -1.51% 11
Wales -13 6 £450 +28.57% 1
Northern Ireland -47 2 £250 - 1

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 894 (53.69%) Windows
2 802 (48.17%) DHCP
3 798 (47.93%) Active Directory
4 562 (33.75%) VMware
5 529 (31.77%) Microsoft
6 495 (29.73%) Firewall
7 492 (29.55%) Linux
8 488 (29.31%) Windows Server
9 468 (28.11%) TCP/IP
10 375 (22.52%) Cisco
11 349 (20.96%) VMware Infrastructure
12 316 (18.98%) Windows Server 2008
13 309 (18.56%) LAN
13 309 (18.56%) Windows Server 2012
14 293 (17.60%) Security Cleared
15 284 (17.06%) WAN
16 273 (16.40%) ITIL
17 272 (16.34%) Amazon AWS
18 266 (15.98%) VPN
19 247 (14.83%) DevOps
20 241 (14.47%) PowerShell
21 227 (13.63%) Citrix
21 227 (13.63%) Migration
21 227 (13.63%) Data Centre
22 225 (13.51%) Puppet
22 225 (13.51%) SC Cleared
23 220 (13.21%) SQL
24 216 (12.97%) SQL Server
24 216 (12.97%) MS Exchange
25 208 (12.49%) 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
1 216 (12.97%) MS Exchange
2 176 (10.57%) IIS
3 155 (9.31%) Apache
4 107 (6.43%) SharePoint
5 106 (6.37%) Exchange Server 2010
6 93 (5.59%) Tomcat
7 91 (5.47%) Skype for Business
8 90 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2013
9 59 (3.54%) nginx
10 45 (2.70%) WebSphere
11 39 (2.34%) 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 (8.41%) 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 8 (0.48%) 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
1 272 (16.34%) Amazon AWS
2 186 (11.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 185 (11.11%) Office 365
4 71 (4.26%) IaaS
5 50 (3.00%) PaaS
6 45 (2.70%) Amazon EC2
7 44 (2.64%) 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
14 18 (1.08%) GitHub
15 16 (0.96%) OpenDNS
16 14 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
17 13 (0.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 11 (0.66%) Mimecast
19 10 (0.60%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 802 (48.17%) DHCP
2 495 (29.73%) Firewall
3 468 (28.11%) TCP/IP
4 309 (18.56%) LAN
5 284 (17.06%) WAN
6 266 (15.98%) VPN
7 190 (11.41%) HTTP
8 161 (9.67%) SSL
9 148 (8.89%) SAN
10 132 (7.93%) Internet
11 120 (7.21%) Wireless
12 106 (6.37%) LDAP
13 98 (5.89%) Network Security
14 96 (5.77%) MPLS
15 92 (5.53%) VLAN
16 90 (5.41%) BGP
17 83 (4.98%) SMTP
18 79 (4.74%) IPsec
19 76 (4.56%) Cisco ASA
20 75 (4.50%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 216 (12.97%) SQL Server
2 69 (4.14%) MySQL
3 52 (3.12%) PostgreSQL
4 49 (2.94%) MongoDB
5 46 (2.76%) Relational Database
6 43 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
7 31 (1.86%) SQL Server 2008
8 28 (1.68%) Apache Cassandra
9 25 (1.50%) Hadoop
10 23 (1.38%) NoSQL
11 21 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
11 21 (1.26%) Oracle Database
12 18 (1.08%) RDBMS
13 17 (1.02%) SQL Server 2014
14 16 (0.96%) Big Data
14 16 (0.96%) Maltego
15 15 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
16 13 (0.78%) MS Access
16 13 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 10 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 130 (7.81%) Jenkins
2 120 (7.21%) Git (software)
3 49 (2.94%) JIRA
4 36 (2.16%) Sonatype Nexus
5 30 (1.80%) Maven
6 28 (1.68%) Vagrant
7 21 (1.26%) Ant
7 21 (1.26%) Artifactory
7 21 (1.26%) Bitbucket
7 21 (1.26%) Travis CI
8 19 (1.14%) Subversion
9 15 (0.90%) Visual Studio
10 13 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
10 13 (0.78%) TeamCity
10 13 (0.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 12 (0.72%) SonarQube
12 11 (0.66%) JUnit
12 11 (0.66%) Liquibase
12 11 (0.66%) Octopus Deploy
13 8 (0.48%) Hudson
General
1 181 (10.87%) Finance
2 67 (4.02%) Telecoms
3 61 (3.66%) Banking
4 38 (2.28%) Retail
5 34 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 29 (1.74%) 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%) French Language
14 3 (0.18%) Local Government
14 3 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 190 (11.41%) Analyst
2 159 (9.55%) Network Engineer
3 156 (9.37%) Architect
4 136 (8.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 134 (8.05%) DevOps Engineer
6 124 (7.45%) Support Engineer
7 103 (6.19%) Consultant
8 101 (6.07%) Administrator
9 70 (4.20%) Systems Administrator
10 69 (4.14%) Windows Engineer
11 64 (3.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 61 (3.66%) Systems Engineer
13 58 (3.48%) Desktop Support
14 56 (3.36%) Developer
15 55 (3.30%) Support Analyst
16 53 (3.18%) Linux Engineer
17 49 (2.94%) Server Engineer
18 48 (2.88%) 3rd Line Support
18 48 (2.88%) Linux Administrator
19 47 (2.82%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (5.95%) .NET
2 84 (5.05%) Elastic Stack
3 68 (4.08%) Web Services
4 41 (2.46%) REST
5 39 (2.34%) JSON
6 38 (2.28%) Node.js
7 37 (2.22%) 802.1X
7 37 (2.22%) XML
8 36 (2.16%) Middleware
9 31 (1.86%) CSS
9 31 (1.86%) J2EE
10 30 (1.80%) HTML
11 27 (1.62%) LAMP
12 24 (1.44%) RabbitMQ
13 22 (1.32%) Ajax
13 22 (1.32%) Sensu
14 21 (1.26%) .NET Framework
14 21 (1.26%) Servlets
15 20 (1.20%) SAML
16 19 (1.14%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 227 (13.63%) Data Centre
2 109 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (4.08%) PKI
4 67 (4.02%) Clustering
5 62 (3.72%) Management Information System
6 56 (3.36%) Replication
7 39 (2.34%) 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%) Private Cloud
15 19 (1.14%) Driving Licence
15 19 (1.14%) Fat Client
15 19 (1.14%) Thin Client
16 16 (0.96%) Blackberry
16 16 (0.96%) Enterprise Storage
16 16 (0.96%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 894 (53.69%) Windows
2 492 (29.55%) Linux
3 488 (29.31%) Windows Server
4 316 (18.98%) Windows Server 2008
5 309 (18.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 205 (12.31%) Unix
7 171 (10.27%) Windows Server 2003
8 165 (9.91%) Windows 7
9 142 (8.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 119 (7.15%) CentOS
11 116 (6.97%) Windows 10
12 84 (5.05%) Solaris
13 48 (2.88%) AIX
14 46 (2.76%) Ubuntu
15 41 (2.46%) Windows XP
16 39 (2.34%) Windows 8
17 35 (2.10%) Android
18 30 (1.80%) Apple iOS
19 24 (1.44%) SUSE
20 23 (1.38%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 273 (16.40%) ITIL
2 247 (14.83%) DevOps
3 227 (13.63%) Migration
4 208 (12.49%) Load Balancing
5 202 (12.13%) Agile Software Development
6 182 (10.93%) Configuration Management
7 101 (6.07%) Continuous Integration
8 99 (5.95%) Open Source
9 92 (5.53%) Change Management
10 79 (4.74%) Disaster Recovery
10 79 (4.74%) High Availability
11 75 (4.50%) Service Management
12 74 (4.44%) Project Management
13 69 (4.14%) Continuous Delivery
14 64 (3.84%) Incident Management
15 57 (3.42%) Scrum
16 56 (3.36%) Problem Management
17 55 (3.30%) Network Design
18 46 (2.76%) SIEM
19 42 (2.52%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 241 (14.47%) PowerShell
2 220 (13.21%) SQL
3 175 (10.51%) Python
4 145 (8.71%) Java
5 141 (8.47%) Perl
6 134 (8.05%) Bash Shell
7 81 (4.86%) Ruby
8 58 (3.48%) JavaScript
9 49 (2.94%) PHP
10 46 (2.76%) C
11 42 (2.52%) Shell Script
12 38 (2.28%) C#
13 30 (1.80%) Korn
14 27 (1.62%) VBScript
15 18 (1.08%) Groovy
15 18 (1.08%) VB
16 14 (0.84%) C++
17 13 (0.78%) Go
18 7 (0.42%) Scala
19 6 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 293 (17.60%) Security Cleared
2 225 (13.51%) SC Cleared
3 149 (8.95%) Cisco Certification
4 118 (7.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 96 (5.77%) CCNP
6 94 (5.65%) CCNA
7 83 (4.98%) Degree
8 54 (3.24%) MCSE
9 38 (2.28%) 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 (4.14%) SLA
2 24 (1.44%) QA
3 20 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.20%) PCI DSS
4 14 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.48%) PMO
6 5 (0.30%) COBIT
7 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.18%) GDPR
8 1 (0.060%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 798 (47.93%) Active Directory
2 349 (20.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 151 (9.07%) Hyper-V
4 125 (7.51%) VMware ESXi
5 105 (6.31%) Docker
6 73 (4.38%) XenApp
7 59 (3.54%) vSphere
8 47 (2.82%) Virtual Machines
9 41 (2.46%) vCloud
10 37 (2.22%) KVM
11 36 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
11 36 (2.16%) Xen
12 32 (1.92%) NFS
13 23 (1.38%) Squid
13 23 (1.38%) Virtual Servers
13 23 (1.38%) XenDesktop
14 20 (1.20%) Oracle RAC
14 20 (1.20%) Virtual Desktop
15 16 (0.96%) Postfix
16 15 (0.90%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 225 (13.51%) Puppet
2 160 (9.61%) Ansible
3 154 (9.25%) SCCM
4 108 (6.49%) Opscode Chef
5 78 (4.68%) Nagios
6 66 (3.96%) Kubernetes
7 60 (3.60%) SCOM
8 58 (3.48%) NetBackup
9 56 (3.36%) WSUS
10 52 (3.12%) logstash
11 49 (2.94%) Terraform
12 41 (2.46%) 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 (33.75%) VMware
2 529 (31.77%) Microsoft
3 375 (22.52%) Cisco
4 227 (13.63%) Citrix
5 173 (10.39%) HP
6 157 (9.43%) Red Hat
7 152 (9.13%) Oracle
8 112 (6.73%) CheckPoint
8 112 (6.73%) F5
9 104 (6.25%) Juniper
10 96 (5.77%) Dell
11 87 (5.23%) IBM
12 64 (3.84%) Palo Alto
13 61 (3.66%) NetApp
14 50 (3.00%) EMC
14 50 (3.00%) Splunk
15 48 (2.88%) Apple
15 48 (2.88%) SolarWinds
16 44 (2.64%) McAfee
17 41 (2.46%) Infoblox
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £160 - £220 per day + Ext
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
MAPP - IT, Digital, Broadcasting & Media Recruitment Specialists
Rate: £35,000 per annum pro rata
Posted: 13 hours ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £280.00 - £295.00 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £29.00 - £29.50 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £28000 - £30000 per annum + great benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £100 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £500 per day - 3 Month Contract (initially)
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Oxford
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
London
Network ITR
Rate: £175.68 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £475 to £525 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Roc Search
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £575.00 - £615.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Premier IT
Posted: 6 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Smarterways Ltd.
Rate: From £20,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
JM
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £550 per day + excellent working hours
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
PBIT Consultants
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
ECMWF
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 9 days ago