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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 140 116 117
Rank change year-on-year -24 +1  
Contract jobs citing DNS 828 1103 995
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.82% 2.04% 1.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.62% 13.81% 12.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 549 703 569
Median daily rate £375 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year - +1.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 53 84
Median hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -12.39%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.23 £11.10 £13.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.60 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.43 £20.00 £24.38
% change year-on-year +17.12% -17.94%  

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 6563 7989 7930
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.41% 14.76% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4035 4785 4336
Median daily rate £400 £383 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.57% +5.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 338 438
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing DNS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 30 March 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 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 30 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 30 March 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 -24 772 £390 +3.93% 284
London -6 309 £425 +6.25% 99
South East -53 149 £356 +1.78% 73
East of England +19 68 £345 -10.96% 24
North West +21 67 £348 -7.33% 32
South West +16 67 £350 +6.06% 10
Hampshire -32 44 £403 +19.25% 15
East Midlands +7 41 £315 +14.54% 6
Berkshire -19 40 £356 -10.93% 24
City of London -4 39 £402 +7.06% 21
Manchester +16 35 £341 -14.68% 19
Yorkshire -5 31 £425 -5.55% 23
West Midlands +16 28 £413 +17.85% 12
Cambridgeshire +23 22 £419 +59.52% 12
Bristol +13 22 £338 -6.25% 5
Buckinghamshire +7 19 £350 -12.50% 8
Milton Keynes +9 18 £350 -17.64% 2
Scotland -25 18 £395 +5.33% 8
South Yorkshire +10 17 £425 +14.86% 4
Essex -7 17 £200 -34.69% 1
Leicestershire +10 16 £263 +5.00% 2
Derbyshire -3 16 £385 +10.00%
North East -11 16 £290 +15.88% 5
Gloucestershire +9 15 £250 +48.14%
Wiltshire +2 15 £365 +1.38%
Tyne and Wear -10 15 £290 +20.83% 4
Reading -22 15 £400 - 16
Surrey -33 15 £375 +4.94% 10
Lancashire +19 14 £465 +37.77% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -8 13 £290 +20.83% 2

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 1040 (55.44%) Windows
2 940 (50.11%) DHCP
3 924 (49.25%) Active Directory
4 693 (36.94%) VMware
5 663 (35.34%) Microsoft
6 563 (30.01%) Linux
7 545 (29.05%) Windows Server
8 535 (28.52%) TCP/IP
9 525 (27.99%) Firewall
10 433 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 426 (22.71%) VMware Infrastructure
12 416 (22.17%) Cisco
13 374 (19.94%) Security Cleared
14 344 (18.34%) Windows Server 2012
15 337 (17.96%) LAN
16 312 (16.63%) WAN
17 305 (16.26%) PowerShell
18 302 (16.10%) ITIL
19 297 (15.83%) VPN
20 291 (15.51%) SC Cleared
21 282 (15.03%) Amazon AWS
22 275 (14.66%) SQL
23 263 (14.02%) Puppet
24 262 (13.97%) DevOps
25 260 (13.86%) Citrix
26 241 (12.85%) SQL Server
27 239 (12.74%) Finance
28 235 (12.53%) Windows 7
28 235 (12.53%) Data Centre
29 232 (12.37%) 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
1 223 (11.89%) MS Exchange
2 199 (10.61%) IIS
3 196 (10.45%) Apache
4 123 (6.56%) SharePoint
5 120 (6.40%) Exchange Server 2010
6 110 (5.86%) Skype for Business
7 91 (4.85%) Tomcat
8 86 (4.58%) nginx
9 69 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2013
10 56 (2.99%) WebSphere
11 44 (2.35%) Elasticsearch
12 42 (2.24%) Confluence
13 37 (1.97%) JBoss
14 35 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2007
15 27 (1.44%) BizTalk Server
16 26 (1.39%) Jetty
16 26 (1.39%) OpenStack
17 25 (1.33%) Mongrel
17 25 (1.33%) WebLogic
18 23 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 209 (11.14%) MS Excel
2 154 (8.21%) MS Office
3 17 (0.91%) HipChat
4 12 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 12 (0.64%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.16%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.11%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
5 3 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.16%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 3 (0.16%) Sentinel
6 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.11%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.053%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 282 (15.03%) Amazon AWS
2 215 (11.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 182 (9.70%) Office 365
4 89 (4.74%) IaaS
5 51 (2.72%) PaaS
6 40 (2.13%) Cloud Computing
7 37 (1.97%) Amazon EC2
8 32 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
8 32 (1.71%) Google Cloud Platform
8 32 (1.71%) SaaS
9 25 (1.33%) Google App Engine
10 22 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 15 (0.80%) Amazon ELB
11 15 (0.80%) Amazon S3
12 14 (0.75%) OneDrive
13 12 (0.64%) GitHub
14 11 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
14 11 (0.59%) Yammer
15 9 (0.48%) IBM Cloud
16 8 (0.43%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 940 (50.11%) DHCP
2 535 (28.52%) TCP/IP
3 525 (27.99%) Firewall
4 337 (17.96%) LAN
5 312 (16.63%) WAN
6 297 (15.83%) VPN
7 198 (10.55%) SSL
8 195 (10.39%) HTTP
9 187 (9.97%) LDAP
10 185 (9.86%) SAN
11 148 (7.89%) Internet
12 128 (6.82%) Network Security
13 123 (6.56%) MPLS
14 122 (6.50%) SMTP
15 119 (6.34%) Wireless
16 115 (6.13%) BGP
17 109 (5.81%) IPsec
18 108 (5.76%) VLAN
19 100 (5.33%) SNMP
20 98 (5.22%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 241 (12.85%) SQL Server
2 88 (4.69%) PostgreSQL
3 69 (3.68%) Oracle Database
4 60 (3.20%) Relational Database
5 57 (3.04%) MySQL
6 55 (2.93%) Hadoop
7 53 (2.83%) Oracle Database 11g
8 41 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
9 31 (1.65%) RDBMS
10 27 (1.44%) MongoDB
11 25 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
12 16 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
13 15 (0.80%) NoSQL
14 14 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
14 14 (0.75%) Big Data
15 12 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
16 11 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 10 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
18 9 (0.48%) Redis
19 8 (0.43%) Riak
Development Applications
1 159 (8.48%) Jenkins
2 121 (6.45%) Git (software)
3 73 (3.89%) JIRA
4 48 (2.56%) Sonatype Nexus
5 47 (2.51%) Maven
6 43 (2.29%) Vagrant
7 32 (1.71%) JUnit
8 31 (1.65%) Ant
9 29 (1.55%) SonarQube
9 29 (1.55%) Travis CI
10 28 (1.49%) Bitbucket
10 28 (1.49%) Subversion
11 25 (1.33%) Selenium
12 24 (1.28%) Liquibase
13 20 (1.07%) TeamCity
14 19 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
15 18 (0.96%) JIRA Agile
16 15 (0.80%) Grunt
16 15 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
17 10 (0.53%) QUnit
General
1 239 (12.74%) Finance
2 76 (4.05%) Telecoms
3 65 (3.46%) Banking
4 41 (2.19%) Manufacturing
5 34 (1.81%) Retail
6 29 (1.55%) Back Office
7 26 (1.39%) Law
8 22 (1.17%) Legal
9 21 (1.12%) Marketing
10 18 (0.96%) Billing
11 11 (0.59%) Electronics
11 11 (0.59%) Publishing
12 9 (0.48%) Investment Banking
13 8 (0.43%) Games
14 6 (0.32%) Advertising
14 6 (0.32%) Front Office
14 6 (0.32%) Local Government
15 5 (0.27%) Japanese Language
16 4 (0.21%) French Language
17 3 (0.16%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 194 (10.34%) Architect
2 183 (9.75%) Network Engineer
3 181 (9.65%) Support Engineer
4 172 (9.17%) Analyst
5 150 (8.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 145 (7.73%) Administrator
7 115 (6.13%) Consultant
8 108 (5.76%) DevOps Engineer
9 85 (4.53%) Systems Administrator
10 84 (4.48%) Windows Engineer
11 71 (3.78%) Infrastructure Architect
12 69 (3.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 68 (3.62%) Systems Engineer
14 64 (3.41%) 3rd Line Support
15 63 (3.36%) Server Engineer
16 60 (3.20%) Active Directory Engineer
17 59 (3.14%) 2nd Line Support
18 56 (2.99%) Linux Administrator
19 55 (2.93%) Linux Engineer
20 52 (2.77%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (4.26%) .NET
2 67 (3.57%) Elastic Stack
3 50 (2.67%) Web Services
4 49 (2.61%) Middleware
5 47 (2.51%) HTML
6 43 (2.29%) CSS
7 39 (2.08%) LAMP
8 37 (1.97%) REST
9 31 (1.65%) J2EE
9 31 (1.65%) JSON
10 30 (1.60%) Software Packaging
11 29 (1.55%) Node.js
12 26 (1.39%) SAML
12 26 (1.39%) XML
13 25 (1.33%) Servlets
14 24 (1.28%) LAPP Stack
14 24 (1.28%) MCollective
15 23 (1.23%) 802.1X
16 22 (1.17%) Oracle GoldenGate
17 17 (0.91%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 235 (12.53%) Data Centre
2 123 (6.56%) PKI
3 111 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
4 88 (4.69%) Clustering
5 87 (4.64%) Management Information System
6 86 (4.58%) Replication
7 44 (2.35%) Fat Client
7 44 (2.35%) Thin Client
8 31 (1.65%) Client/Server
9 30 (1.60%) Computer Science
10 27 (1.44%) Public Cloud
11 26 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
12 24 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
13 23 (1.23%) NHS
14 21 (1.12%) Driving Licence
15 19 (1.01%) Blackberry
16 18 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
17 17 (0.91%) Private Cloud
18 16 (0.85%) Mobile App
19 15 (0.80%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 1040 (55.44%) Windows
2 563 (30.01%) Linux
3 545 (29.05%) Windows Server
4 433 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 344 (18.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 235 (12.53%) Windows 7
7 220 (11.73%) Windows Server 2003
8 215 (11.46%) Unix
9 176 (9.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 138 (7.36%) Windows 10
11 93 (4.96%) Solaris
12 91 (4.85%) CentOS
13 62 (3.30%) Ubuntu
14 57 (3.04%) AIX
15 51 (2.72%) Windows XP
16 49 (2.61%) Windows 8
17 46 (2.45%) Android
18 43 (2.29%) Apple iOS
19 35 (1.87%) Mac OS X
20 21 (1.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (16.10%) ITIL
2 262 (13.97%) DevOps
3 206 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
4 200 (10.66%) Migration
5 194 (10.34%) Configuration Management
6 191 (10.18%) Load Balancing
7 135 (7.20%) Continuous Integration
8 110 (5.86%) Service Management
9 104 (5.54%) Change Management
10 97 (5.17%) Continuous Delivery
11 83 (4.42%) High Availability
12 82 (4.37%) Incident Management
12 82 (4.37%) Open Source
13 80 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
14 77 (4.10%) Scrum
15 70 (3.73%) Project Management
16 68 (3.62%) Problem Management
17 60 (3.20%) Information Security
18 55 (2.93%) Kalman Filter
19 54 (2.88%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 305 (16.26%) PowerShell
2 275 (14.66%) SQL
3 186 (9.91%) Python
4 171 (9.12%) Perl
5 141 (7.52%) Java
6 122 (6.50%) Bash Shell
7 73 (3.89%) JavaScript
8 67 (3.57%) Ruby
9 60 (3.20%) Shell Script
10 51 (2.72%) C
11 40 (2.13%) PHP
12 37 (1.97%) Korn
13 28 (1.49%) VB
14 26 (1.39%) VBScript
15 23 (1.23%) C#
16 15 (0.80%) C++
17 10 (0.53%) Go
17 10 (0.53%) PL/SQL
18 7 (0.37%) T-SQL
18 7 (0.37%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 374 (19.94%) Security Cleared
2 291 (15.51%) SC Cleared
3 167 (8.90%) Cisco Certification
4 136 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 106 (5.65%) CCNA
6 97 (5.17%) CCNP
7 74 (3.94%) Degree
8 60 (3.20%) MCSE
9 44 (2.35%) DV Cleared
10 40 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 32 (1.71%) MCP
12 29 (1.55%) MCSA
13 26 (1.39%) CCIE
14 25 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
15 24 (1.28%) MCTS
16 20 (1.07%) CISSP
16 20 (1.07%) DBS Check
17 19 (1.01%) MCDST
18 17 (0.91%) JNCIA
19 16 (0.85%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (4.58%) SLA
2 35 (1.87%) PCI DSS
3 31 (1.65%) Disclosure Scotland
4 25 (1.33%) QA
5 17 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.32%) PMO
7 3 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.11%) GDPR
9 1 (0.053%) BS7799
9 1 (0.053%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.053%) GxP
9 1 (0.053%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 924 (49.25%) Active Directory
2 426 (22.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 164 (8.74%) Hyper-V
4 130 (6.93%) XenApp
5 126 (6.72%) VMware ESX
6 114 (6.08%) vSphere
7 94 (5.01%) Docker
8 87 (4.64%) Microsoft App-V
9 74 (3.94%) VMware ESXi
10 69 (3.68%) NFS
11 68 (3.62%) XenDesktop
12 62 (3.30%) vCloud
13 49 (2.61%) Virtual Desktop
14 38 (2.03%) Virtual Machines
15 31 (1.65%) Squid
16 30 (1.60%) Postfix
17 24 (1.28%) Xen
18 23 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
19 20 (1.07%) BitLocker
20 18 (0.96%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 263 (14.02%) Puppet
2 232 (12.37%) SCCM
3 150 (8.00%) Ansible
4 120 (6.40%) Opscode Chef
5 114 (6.08%) Nagios
6 95 (5.06%) SCOM
7 78 (4.16%) ZABBIX
8 70 (3.73%) Terraform
9 59 (3.14%) Kubernetes
10 58 (3.09%) WSUS
11 47 (2.51%) logstash
12 45 (2.40%) NetBackup
13 41 (2.19%) Microsoft Intune
14 38 (2.03%) Kibana
15 35 (1.87%) vRealize
16 34 (1.81%) Consul
16 34 (1.81%) Packer
17 33 (1.76%) Microsoft Clustering
18 30 (1.60%) yum
19 28 (1.49%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 693 (36.94%) VMware
2 663 (35.34%) Microsoft
3 416 (22.17%) Cisco
4 260 (13.86%) Citrix
5 196 (10.45%) Oracle
6 170 (9.06%) Red Hat
7 163 (8.69%) HP
8 141 (7.52%) CheckPoint
9 125 (6.66%) F5
10 120 (6.40%) Juniper
11 100 (5.33%) Dell
12 83 (4.42%) IBM
13 69 (3.68%) Symantec
14 65 (3.46%) EMC
15 63 (3.36%) Apple
16 61 (3.25%) Palo Alto
17 58 (3.09%) Splunk
18 57 (3.04%) NetApp
19 43 (2.29%) Sun
20 42 (2.24%) Intel Security
Leicestershire
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £230 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Search Consultancy
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Premier IT
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton, Somerset
Offer Recruitment
Rate: Up to £525 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Net Talent
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West End
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
FT Select
Rate: Unspecified Market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15.00 - £15.30 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
MAPP - IT, Digital, Broadcasting & Media Recruitment Specialists
Rate: From £220 to £280 per day or FTC at £35K per annum pro rata
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Venturi
Rate: £14 - £17 per hour + likelihood of extension
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Hertfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £300 - 340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £100 Per Day
Posted: 9 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Candour Solutions
Rate: Above Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £18 - £20 Per Hour
Posted: 16 days ago
Abingdon
Sophos
Rate: Highly Competitive + bonus & benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £235 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Spinnaker Red
Rate: From £100 to £150 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
London
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £550.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago