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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 May 2022 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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 160 164 126
Rank change year-on-year +4 -38 +18
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,528 920 987
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.75% 1.61% 1.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.94% 14.23% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,080 596 636
10th Percentile £215 £230 £200
25th Percentile £386 £357 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £447 £400
Median % change year-on-year +11.98% +11.63% -5.88%
75th Percentile £588 £525 £500
90th Percentile £675 £600 £572
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £388
% change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% -4.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 40 59
10th Percentile - £13.46 £14.25
25th Percentile £20.75 £19.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate £30.50 £32.61 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -6.47% +44.93% +5.88%
75th Percentile £47.60 £60.06 £44.98
90th Percentile £66.00 £66.00 £48.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £23.21 £18.25
% change year-on-year -7.37% +27.18% -31.35%

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 9,586 6,463 6,800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.96% 11.33% 13.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,261 4,167 4,151
10th Percentile £233 £225 £178
25th Percentile £388 £350 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £613 £538 £525
90th Percentile £700 £625 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 370 291 391
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.94 £13.38
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.48 £16.25
Median hourly rate £28.41 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.64% +11.11% +20.00%
75th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £46.88
90th Percentile £66.00 £63.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £23.21 £19.50
% change year-on-year -7.37% +19.03% +11.43%

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 18 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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England +21 1,280 £500 +17.65% 421
Work from Home -2 722 £500 +5.50% 133
UK excluding London +19 708 £425 +3.03% 330
London +7 543 £545 +22.47% 121
South East +9 197 £450 +2.74% 85
North of England +30 191 £450 +6.02% 93
North West +23 126 £550 +33.51% 43
East of England +1 95 £450 +38.46% 25
Midlands +1 94 £325 -13.27% 57
South West -4 79 £425 +11.84% 40
Yorkshire -1 65 £375 -9.09% 34
West Midlands -21 52 £300 -15.79% 35
East Midlands +7 38 £398 +0.95% 22
Scotland -53 30 £450 -3.49% 16
Wales -7 19 £450 +1.12% 11
North East +3 17 £663 +47.22% 16
Northern Ireland -2 4 £305 - 4
Isle of Man - 3 £550 -

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, 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.

1 862 (56.41%) Windows
2 844 (55.24%) Active Directory
3 758 (49.61%) DHCP
4 650 (42.54%) Microsoft
5 598 (39.14%) Azure
6 544 (35.60%) VMware
7 458 (29.97%) Firewall
8 447 (29.25%) Windows Server
9 446 (29.19%) Linux
10 424 (27.75%) VMware Infrastructure
11 394 (25.79%) Microsoft 365
12 387 (25.33%) PowerShell
13 369 (24.15%) AWS
14 337 (22.05%) Social Skills
15 331 (21.66%) TCP/IP
16 285 (18.65%) DevOps
17 278 (18.19%) Terraform
18 265 (17.34%) Ansible
19 256 (16.75%) Security Cleared
19 256 (16.75%) Python
20 248 (16.23%) SCCM
21 237 (15.51%) Problem-Solving
22 232 (15.18%) Load Balancing
23 228 (14.92%) Cisco
24 222 (14.53%) SC Cleared
25 221 (14.46%) Finance
26 220 (14.40%) ITIL
27 219 (14.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 219 (14.33%) CI/CD
28 218 (14.27%) Agile

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
1 151 (9.88%) MS Exchange
2 91 (5.96%) SharePoint
3 62 (4.06%) IIS
4 59 (3.86%) nginx
5 57 (3.73%) Confluence
6 55 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2013
7 43 (2.81%) Skype for Business
8 42 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2010
9 35 (2.29%) Apache
10 30 (1.96%) Traefik
11 20 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2007
11 20 (1.31%) OpenStack
12 17 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
13 11 (0.72%) Tomcat
14 10 (0.65%) WebSphere
15 9 (0.59%) JBoss
16 8 (0.52%) Cloud Foundry
16 8 (0.52%) CMS
17 7 (0.46%) Drupal
18 6 (0.39%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 125 (8.18%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (1.18%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.065%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.065%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.065%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 16 (1.05%) Shopify
2 12 (0.79%) assyst
2 12 (0.79%) Payment Gateway
3 4 (0.26%) Magento
4 2 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.065%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.065%) Maximo
5 1 (0.065%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.065%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 598 (39.14%) Azure
2 394 (25.79%) Microsoft 365
3 369 (24.15%) AWS
4 171 (11.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 131 (8.57%) GCP
6 105 (6.87%) Amazon EC2
7 94 (6.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 91 (5.96%) IaaS
9 82 (5.37%) PaaS
10 78 (5.10%) GitHub
11 76 (4.97%) AWS CloudFormation
12 66 (4.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 66 (4.32%) SaaS
13 59 (3.86%) Amazon S3
14 50 (3.27%) Azure Monitor
15 41 (2.68%) OneDrive
16 38 (2.49%) Cloud Computing
17 37 (2.42%) Route 53
18 35 (2.29%) AWS Lambda
19 32 (2.09%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 758 (49.61%) DHCP
2 458 (29.97%) Firewall
3 331 (21.66%) TCP/IP
4 200 (13.09%) VPN
5 192 (12.57%) WAN
6 147 (9.62%) LAN
7 136 (8.90%) Network Security
8 106 (6.94%) Internet
9 105 (6.87%) HTTP
10 103 (6.74%) SSL
11 100 (6.54%) BGP
12 85 (5.56%) OSPF
13 82 (5.37%) VLAN
14 80 (5.24%) IPsec
15 79 (5.17%) Wireless
16 74 (4.84%) SD-WAN
17 72 (4.71%) MPLS
18 67 (4.38%) Wi-Fi
19 61 (3.99%) SAN
20 53 (3.47%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 208 (13.61%) SQL Server
2 50 (3.27%) MySQL
3 44 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
4 37 (2.42%) Amazon RDS
5 24 (1.57%) Azure SQL Database
6 21 (1.37%) Power BI
7 17 (1.11%) DB2
7 17 (1.11%) MongoDB
8 16 (1.05%) Redis
8 16 (1.05%) Relational Database
9 9 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
9 9 (0.59%) Hadoop
9 9 (0.59%) MariaDB
10 8 (0.52%) NoSQL
11 7 (0.46%) Couchbase
12 6 (0.39%) Geospatial Data
12 6 (0.39%) ObjectStore
13 5 (0.33%) Oracle Database
14 4 (0.26%) Big Data
15 3 (0.20%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 145 (9.49%) Git (software)
2 116 (7.59%) Jenkins
3 85 (5.56%) JIRA
4 78 (5.10%) GitLab
5 31 (2.03%) Subversion
6 25 (1.64%) Bitbucket
7 22 (1.44%) Sonatype Nexus
8 16 (1.05%) Artifactory
9 15 (0.98%) Visual Studio Code
10 11 (0.72%) Maven
10 11 (0.72%) SonarQube
11 9 (0.59%) TeamCity
12 6 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 6 (0.39%) Eclipse
13 5 (0.33%) Arsenale Dataplane
13 5 (0.33%) TestRail
14 4 (0.26%) CircleCI
14 4 (0.26%) GoCD
14 4 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
15 3 (0.20%) MSI
General
1 337 (22.05%) Social Skills
2 221 (14.46%) Finance
3 127 (8.31%) Public Sector
4 113 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
5 53 (3.47%) Telecoms
6 49 (3.21%) Banking
7 35 (2.29%) Influencing Skills
8 29 (1.90%) Retail
9 27 (1.77%) Documentation Skills
10 22 (1.44%) Presentation Skills
11 20 (1.31%) Financial Institution
12 14 (0.92%) Billing
12 14 (0.92%) Law
12 14 (0.92%) Organisational Skills
12 14 (0.92%) Police
13 11 (0.72%) Advertising
14 9 (0.59%) Back Office
14 9 (0.59%) Manufacturing
15 8 (0.52%) Publishing
16 7 (0.46%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 191 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 164 (10.73%) Architect
3 131 (8.57%) DevOps Engineer
4 125 (8.18%) Support Engineer
5 119 (7.79%) Network Engineer
6 82 (5.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 80 (5.24%) Cloud Engineer
8 77 (5.04%) Consultant
9 74 (4.84%) Wintel Engineer
10 73 (4.78%) Azure Engineer
11 62 (4.06%) 2nd Line Support
12 58 (3.80%) Analyst
13 54 (3.53%) Security Engineer
14 51 (3.34%) IT Engineer
15 48 (3.14%) Network Architect
16 47 (3.08%) Administrator
17 38 (2.49%) AWS Engineer
17 38 (2.49%) Developer
18 37 (2.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 37 (2.42%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (5.56%) LDAP
2 40 (2.62%) HTML
3 39 (2.55%) .NET
4 37 (2.42%) cloud-init
5 36 (2.36%) JSON
6 27 (1.77%) CSS
7 26 (1.70%) XML
8 25 (1.64%) Kafka
9 24 (1.57%) REST
10 22 (1.44%) Middleware
10 22 (1.44%) Node.js
10 22 (1.44%) OAuth
11 21 (1.37%) 802.1X
11 21 (1.37%) Elastic Stack
12 20 (1.31%) RESTful
13 17 (1.11%) Web Services
14 16 (1.05%) .NET Framework
14 16 (1.05%) SOAP
15 15 (0.98%) jQuery
15 15 (0.98%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 196 (12.83%) PKI
2 152 (9.95%) Data Centre
3 117 (7.66%) Clustering
4 114 (7.46%) Replication
5 110 (7.20%) Public Cloud
6 56 (3.66%) Cloud Native
7 54 (3.53%) Management Information System
8 41 (2.68%) Private Cloud
9 35 (2.29%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 35 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
10 32 (2.09%) Hybrid Cloud
11 26 (1.70%) CMDB
12 23 (1.51%) iPad
13 22 (1.44%) Video Conferencing
14 20 (1.31%) Linux Command Line
15 19 (1.24%) CCTV
15 19 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
16 16 (1.05%) Driving Licence
17 13 (0.85%) Legacy Systems
18 12 (0.79%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 862 (56.41%) Windows
2 447 (29.25%) Windows Server
3 446 (29.19%) Linux
4 200 (13.09%) Windows 10
5 139 (9.10%) Unix
6 128 (8.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 116 (7.59%) Windows Server 2016
8 113 (7.40%) Windows Server 2008
9 109 (7.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 92 (6.02%) Windows Server 2019
11 65 (4.25%) CentOS
12 55 (3.60%) Windows 7
12 55 (3.60%) Windows Server 2003
13 40 (2.62%) Ubuntu
14 38 (2.49%) Android
15 35 (2.29%) Apple iOS
16 31 (2.03%) VMS
17 28 (1.83%) Mac OS
18 17 (1.11%) Windows 8
19 16 (1.05%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (18.65%) DevOps
2 237 (15.51%) Problem-Solving
3 232 (15.18%) Load Balancing
4 220 (14.40%) ITIL
5 219 (14.33%) CI/CD
5 219 (14.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 218 (14.27%) Agile
7 190 (12.43%) Migration
8 127 (8.31%) Infrastructure as Code
9 123 (8.05%) Configuration Management
10 116 (7.59%) Change Management
11 95 (6.22%) Project Delivery
12 91 (5.96%) High Availability
12 91 (5.96%) Patch Management
13 81 (5.30%) Test Automation
14 78 (5.10%) Cybersecurity
15 76 (4.97%) Incident Management
16 75 (4.91%) Identity Management
17 74 (4.84%) Disaster Recovery
18 68 (4.45%) Data Loss Prevention
Programming Languages
1 387 (25.33%) PowerShell
2 256 (16.75%) Python
3 202 (13.22%) SQL
4 150 (9.82%) Bash
5 60 (3.93%) Java
6 57 (3.73%) Go
6 57 (3.73%) JavaScript
7 52 (3.40%) VBScript
8 51 (3.34%) Ruby
9 41 (2.68%) Perl
10 37 (2.42%) C
11 29 (1.90%) PHP
12 25 (1.64%) C#
13 23 (1.51%) Shell Script
14 18 (1.18%) VB
15 10 (0.65%) Groovy
16 7 (0.46%) C++
16 7 (0.46%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.33%) C-shell
17 5 (0.33%) Rust
Qualifications
1 256 (16.75%) Security Cleared
2 222 (14.53%) SC Cleared
3 125 (8.18%) Cisco Certification
4 90 (5.89%) Microsoft Certification
5 72 (4.71%) Degree
6 65 (4.25%) CCNP
7 63 (4.12%) CCNA
7 63 (4.12%) MCSE
8 35 (2.29%) ITIL Certification
9 33 (2.16%) DV Cleared
10 32 (2.09%) MCSA
11 30 (1.96%) CCIE
12 25 (1.64%) MCP
13 23 (1.51%) Computer Science Degree
14 21 (1.37%) CISSP
15 20 (1.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 18 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 16 (1.05%) AWS Certification
17 16 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
18 13 (0.85%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (6.74%) SLA
2 57 (3.73%) QA
3 41 (2.68%) GDPR
4 36 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 36 (2.36%) NCSC
5 24 (1.57%) PCI DSS
6 18 (1.18%) NIST
7 13 (0.85%) PMO
8 10 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (0.59%) Accessibility
10 8 (0.52%) NIST 800
11 6 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.33%) GRC
13 3 (0.20%) COBIT
13 3 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.20%) DICOM
14 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
14 2 (0.13%) HL7
15 1 (0.065%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 844 (55.24%) Active Directory
2 424 (27.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 185 (12.11%) Hyper-V
4 154 (10.08%) vSphere
5 129 (8.44%) Docker
6 91 (5.96%) VMware ESXi
7 62 (4.06%) Virtual Machines
8 60 (3.93%) XenApp
9 53 (3.47%) NFS
10 46 (3.01%) Virtual Servers
11 33 (2.16%) Firmware
11 33 (2.16%) XenDesktop
12 28 (1.83%) Microsoft App-V
13 27 (1.77%) VMware NSX
14 25 (1.64%) KVM
15 23 (1.51%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 21 (1.37%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 21 (1.37%) BitLocker
17 20 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
18 19 (1.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 278 (18.19%) Terraform
2 265 (17.34%) Ansible
3 248 (16.23%) SCCM
4 175 (11.45%) Kubernetes
5 111 (7.26%) Microsoft Intune
6 110 (7.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 82 (5.37%) Puppet
8 75 (4.91%) vCenter Server
9 59 (3.86%) Prometheus
10 51 (3.34%) WSUS
11 50 (3.27%) HAProxy
12 45 (2.95%) Single Sign-On
12 45 (2.95%) ZABBIX
13 43 (2.81%) Packer
14 42 (2.75%) Consul
14 42 (2.75%) Microsoft Clustering
15 35 (2.29%) Docker Swarm
15 35 (2.29%) Graphite
16 31 (2.03%) Grafana
16 31 (2.03%) Podman
Vendors
1 650 (42.54%) Microsoft
2 544 (35.60%) VMware
3 228 (14.92%) Cisco
4 172 (11.26%) Citrix
5 97 (6.35%) F5
6 96 (6.28%) HP
7 94 (6.15%) Splunk
8 88 (5.76%) Red Hat
9 82 (5.37%) Oracle
10 76 (4.97%) Infoblox
11 69 (4.52%) SolarWinds
12 60 (3.93%) Google
12 60 (3.93%) ServiceNow
13 59 (3.86%) NetApp
14 57 (3.73%) Palo Alto
15 52 (3.40%) Veeam
16 51 (3.34%) Ivanti
17 50 (3.27%) Dell
18 47 (3.08%) Symantec
19 45 (2.95%) McAfee