Period
to 16 April 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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 161 117 138
Rank change year-on-year -44 +21 +16
Contract jobs citing DNS 838 1,195 1,841
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.58% 2.04% 1.91%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.86% 14.86% 15.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 560 782 1,273
10th Percentile £239 £200 £194
25th Percentile £356 £305 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £440 £385 £425
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -9.41% +17.24%
75th Percentile £526 £495 £538
90th Percentile £600 £591 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 71 50
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.25 £14.69
25th Percentile £19.25 £16.25 £16.06
Median hourly rate £35.50 £20.00 £22.36
Median % change year-on-year +77.50% -10.54% +31.51%
75th Percentile £63.25 £43.00 £47.38
90th Percentile £66.00 £47.83 £66.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.21 £17.16 £25.67
% change year-on-year +35.26% -33.15% +55.58%

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 6,045 8,042 12,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 13.72% 12.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,900 4,910 7,645
10th Percentile £220 £176 £200
25th Percentile £342 £310 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £446 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +4.82% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £531
90th Percentile £613 £606 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £404
% change year-on-year - -0.93% +4.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 479 545
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.20 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.02 £15.75 £14.28
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £18.06
Median % change year-on-year +30.95% +16.31% -3.45%
75th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £43.38
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.82 £49.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +31.58% +11.76% -5.93%

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 16 April 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 16 April 2021.

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 16 April 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 -44 667 £425 +13.33% 319
UK excluding London -27 409 £400 +6.67% 241
London -28 282 £450 +16.50% 90
Work from Home -72 271 £474 +15.59% 46
South East +4 126 £456 +14.06% 44
North of England -39 74 £424 +21.11% 78
Scotland -12 58 £425 -5.56% 8
Midlands -22 55 £381 +17.31% 54
East of England +27 48 £325 -18.75% 20
North West -16 43 £413 +10.00% 46
South West +22 42 £382 -19.63% 33
West Midlands -18 36 £369 +5.36% 43
Yorkshire -10 23 £400 +14.29% 21
East Midlands -3 17 £394 +26.00% 11
North East -8 8 £438 +19.86% 11
Wales +10 6 £445 +11.25% 2

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 499 (59.55%) Active Directory
2 430 (51.31%) Windows
3 380 (45.35%) Microsoft
4 356 (42.48%) DHCP
5 336 (40.10%) Azure
6 287 (34.25%) VMware
7 261 (31.15%) Firewall
8 235 (28.04%) Microsoft 365
9 228 (27.21%) Windows Server
10 226 (26.97%) Linux
11 203 (24.22%) VMware Infrastructure
12 194 (23.15%) Security Cleared
13 157 (18.74%) Cisco
14 154 (18.38%) TCP/IP
15 152 (18.14%) PowerShell
16 145 (17.30%) SC Cleared
17 135 (16.11%) DevOps
18 132 (15.75%) VPN
19 129 (15.39%) WAN
20 121 (14.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 120 (14.32%) Python
21 120 (14.32%) AWS
22 117 (13.96%) Windows Server 2012
23 115 (13.72%) LAN
24 112 (13.37%) Terraform
25 109 (13.01%) Finance
26 106 (12.65%) Migration
26 106 (12.65%) ITIL
27 105 (12.53%) Load Balancing
28 104 (12.41%) SCCM

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 89 (10.62%) SharePoint
2 71 (8.47%) MS Exchange
3 55 (6.56%) IIS
4 29 (3.46%) Apache
5 24 (2.86%) Skype for Business
6 21 (2.51%) Confluence
7 18 (2.15%) WebSphere
8 16 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2010
8 16 (1.91%) Tomcat
9 15 (1.79%) nginx
10 11 (1.31%) OpenStack
11 8 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
11 8 (0.95%) IBM Domino
12 7 (0.84%) Apache ServiceMix
12 7 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.84%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (0.72%) Apache Spark
14 5 (0.60%) Jetty
14 5 (0.60%) Mongrel
14 5 (0.60%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 57 (6.80%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (3.34%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.36%) InfoPath
4 3 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (1.19%) Magento
2 7 (0.84%) Shopify
3 5 (0.60%) Adobe Campaign
4 3 (0.36%) Sentinel
5 2 (0.24%) Maximo
5 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.12%) assyst
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 336 (40.10%) Azure
2 235 (28.04%) Microsoft 365
3 120 (14.32%) AWS
4 94 (11.22%) Azure Active Directory
5 59 (7.04%) IaaS
6 54 (6.44%) PaaS
7 45 (5.37%) GCP
8 40 (4.77%) SaaS
9 26 (3.10%) GitHub
10 25 (2.98%) Cloud Computing
10 25 (2.98%) OneDrive
11 23 (2.74%) Akamai
11 23 (2.74%) Amazon EC2
12 19 (2.27%) Mimecast
13 18 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
13 18 (2.15%) Serverless
14 14 (1.67%) Amazon S3
14 14 (1.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 13 (1.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 12 (1.43%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 356 (42.48%) DHCP
2 261 (31.15%) Firewall
3 154 (18.38%) TCP/IP
4 132 (15.75%) VPN
5 129 (15.39%) WAN
6 115 (13.72%) LAN
7 75 (8.95%) VLAN
8 72 (8.59%) Network Security
9 68 (8.11%) Internet
10 64 (7.64%) SAN
11 62 (7.40%) SSL
12 60 (7.16%) HTTP
13 55 (6.56%) SMTP
14 48 (5.73%) Kerberos
15 47 (5.61%) MPLS
16 42 (5.01%) FTP
16 42 (5.01%) IPsec
17 41 (4.89%) X.500
18 39 (4.65%) Wireless
19 32 (3.82%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (9.90%) SQL Server
2 28 (3.34%) MySQL
3 19 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (1.43%) Azure SQL Database
5 11 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
6 9 (1.07%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.07%) NoSQL
7 8 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (0.84%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.72%) Big Data
9 6 (0.72%) DB2
9 6 (0.72%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (0.60%) CockroachDB
10 5 (0.60%) Cosmos DB
10 5 (0.60%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.60%) SAP HANA
11 4 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 79 (9.43%) Jenkins
2 66 (7.88%) Git (software)
3 57 (6.80%) JIRA
4 13 (1.55%) Bitbucket
4 13 (1.55%) GitLab
5 10 (1.19%) Selenium
5 10 (1.19%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (1.07%) Subversion
7 7 (0.84%) Cucumber
7 7 (0.84%) JUnit
7 7 (0.84%) SonarQube
7 7 (0.84%) Travis CI
8 6 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (0.60%) CircleCI
9 5 (0.60%) Cypress.io
9 5 (0.60%) Maven
9 5 (0.60%) Mockito
9 5 (0.60%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.48%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.36%) Gerrit
General
1 109 (13.01%) Finance
2 61 (7.28%) Public Sector
3 28 (3.34%) Telecoms
4 24 (2.86%) Banking
5 11 (1.31%) Manufacturing
5 11 (1.31%) Retail
6 9 (1.07%) Marketing
7 8 (0.95%) Legal
8 7 (0.84%) Financial Institution
8 7 (0.84%) Law
9 6 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.60%) Back Office
11 4 (0.48%) Electronics
12 3 (0.36%) Fire and Rescue
12 3 (0.36%) Front Office
12 3 (0.36%) Police
12 3 (0.36%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.24%) International Banking
13 2 (0.24%) Local Government
14 1 (0.12%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 117 (13.96%) Architect
2 111 (13.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 67 (8.00%) Network Engineer
4 66 (7.88%) DevOps Engineer
5 63 (7.52%) Azure Engineer
6 46 (5.49%) Cloud Engineer
7 45 (5.37%) Analyst
7 45 (5.37%) Support Engineer
8 41 (4.89%) Consultant
9 37 (4.42%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 34 (4.06%) Administrator
10 34 (4.06%) Azure DevOps
11 28 (3.34%) Security Engineer
12 27 (3.22%) Active Directory Engineer
13 24 (2.86%) Windows Engineer
14 23 (2.74%) Systems Administrator
14 23 (2.74%) Technical Architect
15 21 (2.51%) Solutions Architect
16 19 (2.27%) 3rd Line Support
16 19 (2.27%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (8.00%) LDAP
2 35 (4.18%) Middleware
3 32 (3.82%) 802.1X
3 32 (3.82%) Web Services
4 24 (2.86%) .NET
4 24 (2.86%) REST
5 22 (2.63%) Node.js
6 15 (1.79%) SOAP
6 15 (1.79%) XML
7 13 (1.55%) CSS
7 13 (1.55%) Elastic Stack
8 11 (1.31%) JSON
9 10 (1.19%) HTML
10 9 (1.07%) OAuth
11 8 (0.95%) LAMP
11 8 (0.95%) RESTful
12 7 (0.84%) AngularJS
12 7 (0.84%) J2EE
12 7 (0.84%) Spring
12 7 (0.84%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 82 (9.79%) PKI
2 62 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (7.28%) Data Centre
4 57 (6.80%) Replication
5 55 (6.56%) Clustering
6 39 (4.65%) Management Information System
7 28 (3.34%) Public Cloud
8 25 (2.98%) EMC VNX
9 22 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
10 19 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
10 19 (2.27%) Private Cloud
11 14 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
12 13 (1.55%) Cloud Native
12 13 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 10 (1.19%) CMDB
13 10 (1.19%) NHS
13 10 (1.19%) User Experience
14 9 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (1.07%) Tandem
15 6 (0.72%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 430 (51.31%) Windows
2 228 (27.21%) Windows Server
3 226 (26.97%) Linux
4 117 (13.96%) Windows Server 2012
5 103 (12.29%) Windows 10
6 72 (8.59%) Windows Server 2008
6 72 (8.59%) Windows Server 2016
7 56 (6.68%) Windows Server 2019
8 50 (5.97%) Unix
9 47 (5.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 36 (4.30%) Windows 7
11 23 (2.74%) Windows XP
12 16 (1.91%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (1.79%) CentOS
14 13 (1.55%) AIX
15 11 (1.31%) Mac OS
16 10 (1.19%) Solaris
17 8 (0.95%) Apple iOS
18 7 (0.84%) Android
18 7 (0.84%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 135 (16.11%) DevOps
2 121 (14.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 106 (12.65%) ITIL
3 106 (12.65%) Migration
4 105 (12.53%) Load Balancing
5 100 (11.93%) Agile Software Development
6 76 (9.07%) Problem-Solving
7 56 (6.68%) Change Management
8 52 (6.21%) Identity Management
9 51 (6.09%) Microservices
10 43 (5.13%) Cybersecurity
11 42 (5.01%) Continuous Integration
11 42 (5.01%) Service Delivery
12 40 (4.77%) Project Delivery
13 38 (4.53%) Kalman Filter
14 37 (4.42%) High Availability
14 37 (4.42%) Service Management
15 36 (4.30%) Configuration Management
16 34 (4.06%) Release Management
17 33 (3.94%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 152 (18.14%) PowerShell
2 120 (14.32%) Python
3 62 (7.40%) SQL
4 41 (4.89%) Java
5 33 (3.94%) JavaScript
6 31 (3.70%) Bash Shell
7 28 (3.34%) Shell Script
8 22 (2.63%) Perl
9 18 (2.15%) TypeScript
10 15 (1.79%) C
11 14 (1.67%) Go
11 14 (1.67%) PHP
12 9 (1.07%) C#
13 8 (0.95%) C++
13 8 (0.95%) Groovy
14 7 (0.84%) Java 8
15 6 (0.72%) ES6
15 6 (0.72%) Ruby
15 6 (0.72%) VBScript
16 5 (0.60%) VB
Qualifications
1 194 (23.15%) Security Cleared
2 145 (17.30%) SC Cleared
3 81 (9.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 61 (7.28%) Cisco Certification
5 57 (6.80%) MCSE
6 50 (5.97%) DV Cleared
7 49 (5.85%) CCNA
7 49 (5.85%) Degree
8 48 (5.73%) CCNP
9 19 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
10 17 (2.03%) Novell Certification
11 13 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
12 11 (1.31%) CCIE
12 11 (1.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 10 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 9 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
15 8 (0.95%) CISSP
16 7 (0.84%) A+ Certification
17 6 (0.72%) AWS Certification
17 6 (0.72%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.89%) SLA
2 24 (2.86%) QA
3 16 (1.91%) GDPR
4 8 (0.95%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.72%) NCSC
6 5 (0.60%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.60%) PMO
6 5 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.48%) COBIT
7 4 (0.48%) NIST
8 2 (0.24%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.12%) GLBA
9 1 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 499 (59.55%) Active Directory
2 203 (24.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (8.71%) VMware ESXi
4 63 (7.52%) Hyper-V
5 51 (6.09%) Docker
6 40 (4.77%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 35 (4.18%) Virtual Machines
7 35 (4.18%) vSphere
8 25 (2.98%) NFS
9 19 (2.27%) VMware NSX
10 18 (2.15%) Virtual Desktop
11 15 (1.79%) XenApp
12 12 (1.43%) Firmware
13 10 (1.19%) XenDesktop
14 9 (1.07%) DFS Replication
14 9 (1.07%) Postfix
14 9 (1.07%) qmail
15 8 (0.95%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 8 (0.95%) Xen
16 7 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 112 (13.37%) Terraform
2 104 (12.41%) SCCM
3 79 (9.43%) Ansible
4 70 (8.35%) Microsoft Intune
5 61 (7.28%) Kubernetes
6 33 (3.94%) vCenter Server
7 28 (3.34%) Microsoft Clustering
8 24 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
8 24 (2.86%) Puppet
8 24 (2.86%) WSUS
9 23 (2.74%) Single Sign-On
10 22 (2.63%) IBM BigFix
11 19 (2.27%) AirWatch
12 14 (1.67%) SCOM
12 14 (1.67%) vRealize
13 11 (1.31%) Cisco CUCM
13 11 (1.31%) Norton AntiVirus
14 10 (1.19%) Prometheus
15 9 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
15 9 (1.07%) Grafana
Vendors
1 380 (45.35%) Microsoft
2 287 (34.25%) VMware
3 157 (18.74%) Cisco
4 70 (8.35%) Citrix
5 62 (7.40%) Red Hat
6 56 (6.68%) HP
7 53 (6.32%) F5
8 49 (5.85%) Dell
8 49 (5.85%) EMC
9 47 (5.61%) Oracle
10 44 (5.25%) Palo Alto
11 35 (4.18%) Infoblox
11 35 (4.18%) Juniper
12 32 (3.82%) CheckPoint
13 29 (3.46%) Google
14 27 (3.22%) SolarWinds
15 25 (2.98%) Symantec
16 24 (2.86%) ServiceNow
17 23 (2.74%) IBM
18 20 (2.39%) McAfee