Period
to 20 October 2021

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 20 October 2021 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
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 172 128 136
Rank change year-on-year -44 +8 +17
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,336 632 1,676
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.58% 2.01% 1.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.15% 15.13% 14.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 871 381 1,090
10th Percentile £206 £260 £177
25th Percentile £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £463 £450 £400
Median % change year-on-year +2.78% +12.50% -
75th Percentile £550 £550 £488
90th Percentile £638 £600 £557
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 19 100
10th Percentile £13.46 £14.85 £15.49
25th Percentile £21.19 £17.75 £17.38
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.71% +24.44% +21.62%
75th Percentile £53.00 £40.00 £48.75
90th Percentile £64.50 £48.62 £82.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year +13.92% -12.22% +21.62%

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 9,444 4,177 11,204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.19% 13.26% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,109 2,620 6,923
10th Percentile £213 £210 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £445 £425
Median % change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
75th Percentile £581 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 182 592
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.50
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.31 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £32.00 £25.84
Median % change year-on-year -31.25% +23.84% +38.18%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £46.10
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -34.43% +29.79% +27.03%

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing DNS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DNS.

Daily rate trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DNS over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DNS.

Hourly rate trend for DNS in the UK

DNS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DNS over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 17 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 20 October 2021. 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 -42 1,082 £450 - 627
UK excluding London -42 580 £425 - 511
London -55 495 £500 - 143
Work from Home -58 344 £503 +11.67% 93
South East -50 181 £438 +6.32% 138
North of England -17 125 £425 -5.56% 153
North West -20 71 £439 +23.09% 77
East of England 0 68 £375 +11.94% 51
South West -33 68 £407 -10.79% 61
Midlands -40 66 £340 +47.83% 76
Scotland -58 62 £475 -15.59% 22
West Midlands -32 46 £326 +0.38% 44
Yorkshire -21 44 £350 -30.00% 55
East Midlands -25 20 £367 +205.83% 32
North East -1 11 £413 +13.79% 21
Wales -17 10 £263 -34.38% 8
Northern Ireland -5 3 £140 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, 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.

1 706 (52.84%) Active Directory
2 696 (52.10%) Windows
3 605 (45.28%) DHCP
4 503 (37.65%) Microsoft
5 483 (36.15%) Azure
6 433 (32.41%) VMware
7 402 (30.09%) Firewall
8 392 (29.34%) Microsoft 365
9 381 (28.52%) Linux
10 367 (27.47%) Windows Server
11 338 (25.30%) PowerShell
12 300 (22.46%) VMware Infrastructure
13 286 (21.41%) TCP/IP
14 260 (19.46%) AWS
15 259 (19.39%) Social Skills
16 251 (18.79%) Cisco
17 215 (16.09%) DevOps
18 213 (15.94%) VPN
19 211 (15.79%) Terraform
20 209 (15.64%) Security Cleared
21 202 (15.12%) ITIL
22 191 (14.30%) Python
23 180 (13.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 176 (13.17%) Finance
25 175 (13.10%) SCCM
26 173 (12.95%) Windows 10
27 167 (12.50%) SC Cleared
27 167 (12.50%) WAN
28 166 (12.43%) Migration
29 164 (12.28%) 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
1 113 (8.46%) SharePoint
2 108 (8.08%) MS Exchange
3 61 (4.57%) Apache
4 54 (4.04%) IIS
5 45 (3.37%) Confluence
6 41 (3.07%) Tomcat
7 32 (2.40%) nginx
8 30 (2.25%) Elasticsearch
9 29 (2.17%) Skype for Business
10 28 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2010
11 24 (1.80%) Apache Spark
12 20 (1.50%) WebSphere
13 19 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
14 15 (1.12%) OpenStack
15 14 (1.05%) WebLogic
16 13 (0.97%) CMS
16 13 (0.97%) Drupal
17 8 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
17 8 (0.60%) JBoss
17 8 (0.60%) Traefik
Applications
1 91 (6.81%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (1.27%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 4 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.15%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.075%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 8 (0.60%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 7 (0.52%) Sentinel
3 6 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.37%) assyst
5 3 (0.22%) Magento
5 3 (0.22%) Shopify
6 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.075%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.075%) Maximo
7 1 (0.075%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.075%) Primavera
7 1 (0.075%) RMDS
7 1 (0.075%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.075%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 483 (36.15%) Azure
2 392 (29.34%) Microsoft 365
3 260 (19.46%) AWS
4 139 (10.40%) Azure Active Directory
5 82 (6.14%) GCP
6 79 (5.91%) IaaS
7 77 (5.76%) Amazon EC2
7 77 (5.76%) PaaS
8 50 (3.74%) SaaS
9 44 (3.29%) Route 53
10 42 (3.14%) OneDrive
11 40 (2.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 34 (2.54%) GitHub
12 34 (2.54%) Serverless
13 33 (2.47%) Amazon ECS
14 32 (2.40%) Cloud Computing
15 30 (2.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 29 (2.17%) AWS CloudFormation
17 28 (2.10%) Amazon S3
18 25 (1.87%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 605 (45.28%) DHCP
2 402 (30.09%) Firewall
3 286 (21.41%) TCP/IP
4 213 (15.94%) VPN
5 167 (12.50%) WAN
6 133 (9.96%) LAN
7 117 (8.76%) HTTP
8 97 (7.26%) SSL
9 96 (7.19%) SAN
10 85 (6.36%) Network Security
11 80 (5.99%) VLAN
12 71 (5.31%) Wireless
13 67 (5.01%) Internet
14 60 (4.49%) BGP
15 57 (4.27%) SMTP
16 54 (4.04%) MPLS
17 51 (3.82%) SNMP
18 50 (3.74%) VoIP
19 48 (3.59%) SD-WAN
20 45 (3.37%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (9.51%) SQL Server
2 50 (3.74%) MySQL
3 32 (2.40%) Hadoop
4 28 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
5 26 (1.95%) Amazon RDS
5 26 (1.95%) SQL Server 2012
6 22 (1.65%) Azure SQL Database
7 17 (1.27%) Relational Database
7 17 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
8 16 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
9 14 (1.05%) Oracle Database
10 13 (0.97%) RDBMS
11 12 (0.90%) Redis
12 10 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 10 (0.75%) NoSQL
13 8 (0.60%) MongoDB
14 7 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
15 6 (0.45%) Couchbase
15 6 (0.45%) DB2
15 6 (0.45%) Riak
Development Applications
1 104 (7.78%) Git (software)
2 98 (7.34%) Jenkins
3 64 (4.79%) JIRA
4 31 (2.32%) GitLab
5 24 (1.80%) TeamCity
6 23 (1.72%) Bitbucket
6 23 (1.72%) Sonatype Nexus
7 19 (1.42%) Subversion
8 15 (1.12%) Artifactory
9 14 (1.05%) SonarQube
10 11 (0.82%) Maven
11 7 (0.52%) Gradle
12 6 (0.45%) Metasploit
12 6 (0.45%) Postman
12 6 (0.45%) SoapUI
13 5 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 4 (0.30%) Arsenale Dataplane
14 4 (0.30%) CircleCI
14 4 (0.30%) TestRail
14 4 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 259 (19.39%) Social Skills
2 176 (13.17%) Finance
3 77 (5.76%) Public Sector
4 72 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
5 52 (3.89%) Telecoms
6 46 (3.44%) Banking
7 35 (2.62%) Retail
8 29 (2.17%) Documentation Skills
9 26 (1.95%) Legal
10 21 (1.57%) Financial Institution
11 20 (1.50%) Presentation Skills
12 18 (1.35%) Influencing Skills
12 18 (1.35%) Organisational Skills
13 15 (1.12%) Marketing
14 14 (1.05%) Back Office
15 13 (0.97%) Manufacturing
16 8 (0.60%) Electronics
16 8 (0.60%) Games
17 7 (0.52%) Automotive
17 7 (0.52%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 159 (11.90%) Architect
2 151 (11.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 117 (8.76%) Support Engineer
4 111 (8.31%) DevOps Engineer
5 101 (7.56%) Network Engineer
6 93 (6.96%) Consultant
7 79 (5.91%) Azure Engineer
8 64 (4.79%) Analyst
9 56 (4.19%) Administrator
10 55 (4.12%) Cloud Engineer
11 53 (3.97%) Security Engineer
12 50 (3.74%) IT Support
13 49 (3.67%) IT Engineer
14 47 (3.52%) 2nd Line Support
15 44 (3.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 41 (3.07%) AWS Engineer
17 38 (2.84%) Desktop Support
18 37 (2.77%) Technical Architect
19 32 (2.40%) Solutions Architect
19 32 (2.40%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (7.41%) LDAP
2 47 (3.52%) JSON
2 47 (3.52%) REST
3 42 (3.14%) Web Services
4 33 (2.47%) .NET
5 31 (2.32%) SOAP
6 30 (2.25%) Middleware
6 30 (2.25%) XML
7 29 (2.17%) HTML
8 24 (1.80%) Kafka
9 22 (1.65%) 802.1X
9 22 (1.65%) ARM Templates
9 22 (1.65%) CSS
10 17 (1.27%) HTML5
10 17 (1.27%) Node.js
11 16 (1.20%) LAMP
12 14 (1.05%) Elastic Stack
12 14 (1.05%) JMS
12 14 (1.05%) OAuth
12 14 (1.05%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 106 (7.93%) Data Centre
2 104 (7.78%) PKI
3 64 (4.79%) Public Cloud
4 63 (4.72%) Clustering
5 49 (3.67%) Replication
6 45 (3.37%) Management Information System
7 40 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
8 19 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 19 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
9 18 (1.35%) Private Cloud
9 18 (1.35%) Virtual Team
10 16 (1.20%) Cloud Native
10 16 (1.20%) Mobile App
11 14 (1.05%) CMDB
11 14 (1.05%) iPad
12 12 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
13 10 (0.75%) Algorithms
13 10 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
13 10 (0.75%) Hedge funds
13 10 (0.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 696 (52.10%) Windows
2 381 (28.52%) Linux
3 367 (27.47%) Windows Server
4 173 (12.95%) Windows 10
5 161 (12.05%) Windows Server 2012
6 128 (9.58%) Windows Server 2016
7 117 (8.76%) Windows Server 2019
8 95 (7.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 79 (5.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 71 (5.31%) Unix
11 61 (4.57%) Windows 7
12 36 (2.69%) CentOS
13 33 (2.47%) Ubuntu
14 31 (2.32%) Android
14 31 (2.32%) Apple iOS
15 28 (2.10%) Mac OS
16 27 (2.02%) Windows Server 2003
17 22 (1.65%) Solaris
18 15 (1.12%) VMS
19 13 (0.97%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (16.09%) DevOps
2 202 (15.12%) ITIL
3 180 (13.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 166 (12.43%) Migration
5 164 (12.28%) Agile Software Development
6 150 (11.23%) Problem-Solving
7 113 (8.46%) Load Balancing
8 107 (8.01%) Infrastructure as Code
9 80 (5.99%) Configuration Management
10 79 (5.91%) Cybersecurity
11 67 (5.01%) Change Management
12 61 (4.57%) Disaster Recovery
12 61 (4.57%) High Availability
12 61 (4.57%) Microservices
13 60 (4.49%) Identity Management
14 59 (4.42%) Service Management
15 53 (3.97%) Continuous Integration
16 52 (3.89%) Information Security
17 47 (3.52%) Patch Management
18 44 (3.29%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 338 (25.30%) PowerShell
2 191 (14.30%) Python
3 157 (11.75%) SQL
4 96 (7.19%) Bash Shell
5 78 (5.84%) Java
6 52 (3.89%) Shell Script
7 42 (3.14%) VBScript
8 36 (2.69%) Go
8 36 (2.69%) JavaScript
9 34 (2.54%) Perl
10 27 (2.02%) Ruby
11 24 (1.80%) PHP
12 20 (1.50%) C
12 20 (1.50%) VB
13 10 (0.75%) C++
14 9 (0.67%) C#
14 9 (0.67%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.60%) TypeScript
15 8 (0.60%) VBA
16 6 (0.45%) Rust
Qualifications
1 209 (15.64%) Security Cleared
2 167 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 95 (7.11%) Cisco Certification
4 84 (6.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 76 (5.69%) Degree
6 69 (5.16%) MCSE
7 57 (4.27%) CCNP
8 54 (4.04%) CCNA
9 41 (3.07%) DV Cleared
10 26 (1.95%) Computer Science Degree
11 25 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
11 25 (1.87%) MCSA
12 24 (1.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 17 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 17 (1.27%) MCP
14 12 (0.90%) MCITP
15 11 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (0.82%) CCIE
16 10 (0.75%) RHCE
17 8 (0.60%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (4.04%) SLA
2 33 (2.47%) QA
3 29 (2.17%) GDPR
4 20 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (1.12%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 10 (0.75%) NCSC
8 7 (0.52%) NIST
9 5 (0.37%) COBIT
9 5 (0.37%) PMO
10 4 (0.30%) Accessibility
11 3 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.22%) HL7
12 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.15%) HIPAA
12 2 (0.15%) ISO 9000
12 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.075%) DICOM
13 1 (0.075%) GxP
13 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 706 (52.84%) Active Directory
2 300 (22.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 134 (10.03%) Docker
4 113 (8.46%) Hyper-V
5 86 (6.44%) vSphere
6 68 (5.09%) VMware ESXi
7 58 (4.34%) Virtual Machines
8 39 (2.92%) NFS
9 33 (2.47%) XenApp
10 30 (2.25%) Virtual Desktop
11 26 (1.95%) Virtual Servers
12 23 (1.72%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 19 (1.42%) XenDesktop
14 17 (1.27%) VMware NSX
15 15 (1.12%) KVM
16 14 (1.05%) VMware Workstation
17 11 (0.82%) Firmware
18 10 (0.75%) iptables
18 10 (0.75%) vCloud
19 9 (0.67%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 211 (15.79%) Terraform
2 175 (13.10%) SCCM
3 157 (11.75%) Ansible
4 112 (8.38%) Kubernetes
5 109 (8.16%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 98 (7.34%) Microsoft Intune
7 69 (5.16%) Puppet
8 67 (5.01%) WSUS
9 48 (3.59%) Prometheus
10 38 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
11 36 (2.69%) vCenter Server
12 26 (1.95%) Grafana
12 26 (1.95%) SCOM
13 25 (1.87%) NetBackup
14 23 (1.72%) Nagios
14 23 (1.72%) Single Sign-On
15 22 (1.65%) ZABBIX
16 21 (1.57%) FortiGate
17 20 (1.50%) HAProxy
18 17 (1.27%) QRadar
Vendors
1 503 (37.65%) Microsoft
2 433 (32.41%) VMware
3 251 (18.79%) Cisco
4 132 (9.88%) Citrix
5 98 (7.34%) Oracle
6 92 (6.89%) Red Hat
7 90 (6.74%) HP
8 87 (6.51%) F5
9 82 (6.14%) Splunk
10 79 (5.91%) Dell
11 61 (4.57%) Juniper
11 61 (4.57%) Palo Alto
12 57 (4.27%) CheckPoint
13 55 (4.12%) ServiceNow
14 51 (3.82%) NetApp
15 48 (3.59%) Infoblox
16 47 (3.52%) EMC
16 47 (3.52%) McAfee
17 40 (2.99%) Google
17 40 (2.99%) IBM