Period
to 26 September 2017

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 26 September 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
6 months to
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 147 101 113
Rank change year-on-year -46 +12 0
Contract jobs citing DNS 1750 2493 2250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.77% 2.34% 1.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.83% 14.77% 14.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1097 1595 1364
UK median daily rate £361 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.41% +3.57% -
10th Percentile £155 £213 £200
90th Percentile £550 £510 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £335 £340
% change year-on-year +0.75% -1.47% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 141 155
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £28.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.14% +38.72% +12.14%
10th Percentile £12.58 £13.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.28 £28.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -24.02% +30.23% +26.47%

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 13638 16883 15878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.77% 15.81% 14.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8233 10261 9032
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £195 £221 £206
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 842 1024
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +24.42% +0.92%
10th Percentile £10.96 £11.52 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.96 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -24.16% +25.00% +1.50%

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 6 months to 26 September 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 6 months to 26 September 2017.

Contractor 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 26 September 2017. 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 -47 1624 £365 -2.67% 196
UK excluding London -25 1131 £338 +0.75% 131
London -74 581 £423 -0.59% 69
South East +3 386 £350 - 29
North of England -4 362 £350 +6.06% 43
North West +59 199 £388 -3.13% 28
Midlands +37 137 £313 -8.09% 30
Yorkshire +18 97 £450 - 14
South West -17 82 £338 -0.74% 10
Scotland -61 78 £350 +6.06% 1
East of England -30 75 £295 -13.24% 15
West Midlands +32 74 £350 +2.94% 16
North East -18 66 £280 -6.67% 1
East Midlands +12 60 £288 -28.13% 13
Wales -16 11 £271 -22.50% 1
Northern Ireland -50 2 £250 +25.00% 2

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 974 (55.66%) Windows
2 895 (51.14%) DHCP
3 872 (49.83%) Active Directory
4 591 (33.77%) Microsoft
5 579 (33.09%) VMware
6 545 (31.14%) TCP/IP
7 525 (30.00%) Firewall
8 522 (29.83%) Linux
9 505 (28.86%) Windows Server
10 377 (21.54%) Cisco
11 335 (19.14%) ITIL
11 335 (19.14%) VMware Infrastructure
12 311 (17.77%) Windows Server 2008
13 305 (17.43%) Amazon AWS
14 298 (17.03%) Security Cleared
15 288 (16.46%) WAN
16 284 (16.23%) LAN
17 281 (16.06%) Windows Server 2012
18 276 (15.77%) Citrix
19 260 (14.86%) VPN
20 257 (14.69%) Data Centre
21 256 (14.63%) DevOps
22 238 (13.60%) SC Cleared
23 234 (13.37%) Migration
24 230 (13.14%) Unix
25 227 (12.97%) MS Exchange
25 227 (12.97%) Puppet
26 221 (12.63%) PowerShell
27 218 (12.46%) Office 365
28 213 (12.17%) 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
1 227 (12.97%) MS Exchange
2 173 (9.89%) Apache
3 165 (9.43%) IIS
4 121 (6.91%) Tomcat
5 102 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2010
6 90 (5.14%) SharePoint
7 74 (4.23%) Skype for Business
8 72 (4.11%) nginx
9 65 (3.71%) Exchange Server 2013
10 53 (3.03%) JBoss
11 47 (2.69%) WebLogic
12 45 (2.57%) OpenStack
13 43 (2.46%) Elasticsearch
14 38 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
15 35 (2.00%) WebSphere
16 32 (1.83%) Confluence
17 31 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
18 20 (1.14%) SharePoint 2010
19 18 (1.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
20 17 (0.97%) CMS
Applications
1 154 (8.80%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (1.26%) MS Visio
3 16 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.40%) AutoCAD
5 6 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.23%) HipChat
8 3 (0.17%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.11%) 3ds Max
9 2 (0.11%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.11%) SketchUp
10 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 6 (0.34%) Teamcenter
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.11%) Eikon
5 2 (0.11%) RMDS
5 2 (0.11%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 305 (17.43%) Amazon AWS
2 218 (12.46%) Office 365
3 199 (11.37%) Microsoft Azure
4 45 (2.57%) Amazon EC2
4 45 (2.57%) IaaS
5 43 (2.46%) SaaS
6 37 (2.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 35 (2.00%) PaaS
8 30 (1.71%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 29 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
9 29 (1.66%) Google Cloud Platform
10 28 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
11 26 (1.49%) OpenDNS
12 24 (1.37%) Amazon ELB
13 23 (1.31%) Amazon S3
14 15 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
15 14 (0.80%) Google App Engine
16 12 (0.69%) Akamai
17 11 (0.63%) G Suite
17 11 (0.63%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 895 (51.14%) DHCP
2 545 (31.14%) TCP/IP
3 525 (30.00%) Firewall
4 288 (16.46%) WAN
5 284 (16.23%) LAN
6 260 (14.86%) VPN
7 174 (9.94%) HTTP
8 164 (9.37%) SSL
9 147 (8.40%) SAN
10 141 (8.06%) LDAP
11 114 (6.51%) Internet
12 111 (6.34%) VLAN
13 110 (6.29%) Wireless
14 105 (6.00%) MPLS
15 102 (5.83%) Network Security
16 98 (5.60%) IPsec
17 86 (4.91%) BGP
17 86 (4.91%) VoIP
18 77 (4.40%) Cisco ASA
19 75 (4.29%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 179 (10.23%) SQL Server
2 64 (3.66%) PostgreSQL
3 63 (3.60%) MongoDB
4 62 (3.54%) MySQL
5 41 (2.34%) Relational Database
6 29 (1.66%) SQL Server 2008
6 29 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
7 25 (1.43%) NoSQL
8 24 (1.37%) Amazon RDS
8 24 (1.37%) Apache Cassandra
8 24 (1.37%) Maltego
9 17 (0.97%) Big Data
10 14 (0.80%) SQL Server 2014
11 13 (0.74%) RDBMS
12 12 (0.69%) MS Access
12 12 (0.69%) Parquet
12 12 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
13 11 (0.63%) Hadoop
14 10 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 9 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 154 (8.80%) Git (software)
2 146 (8.34%) Jenkins
3 58 (3.31%) Sonatype Nexus
4 57 (3.26%) JIRA
5 41 (2.34%) Artifactory
6 35 (2.00%) Maven
7 27 (1.54%) Ant
8 26 (1.49%) Bitbucket
9 21 (1.20%) SonarQube
10 20 (1.14%) Team Foundation Server
11 18 (1.03%) JUnit
11 18 (1.03%) Liquibase
12 15 (0.86%) Travis CI
13 14 (0.80%) Subversion
13 14 (0.80%) Vagrant
14 12 (0.69%) Visual Studio
15 11 (0.63%) TeamCity
15 11 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 10 (0.57%) Gradle
17 9 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 200 (11.43%) Finance
2 79 (4.51%) Banking
3 77 (4.40%) Telecoms
4 32 (1.83%) Manufacturing
4 32 (1.83%) Retail
5 24 (1.37%) Back Office
6 21 (1.20%) Law
7 20 (1.14%) Publishing
8 18 (1.03%) Legal
9 15 (0.86%) Investment Banking
10 12 (0.69%) Electronics
10 12 (0.69%) Marketing
11 10 (0.57%) Billing
12 8 (0.46%) Spanish Language
13 7 (0.40%) Advertising
14 6 (0.34%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.34%) Local Government
14 6 (0.34%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.23%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 191 (10.91%) Analyst
2 153 (8.74%) Network Engineer
3 142 (8.11%) DevOps Engineer
4 138 (7.89%) Support Engineer
5 137 (7.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 130 (7.43%) Administrator
7 128 (7.31%) Architect
8 92 (5.26%) Consultant
9 85 (4.86%) Desktop Support
10 75 (4.29%) Systems Administrator
10 75 (4.29%) Windows Engineer
11 72 (4.11%) Support Analyst
12 69 (3.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 61 (3.49%) IT Support
14 60 (3.43%) 2nd Line Support
15 59 (3.37%) Linux Engineer
16 55 (3.14%) Systems Engineer
17 53 (3.03%) Cloud Engineer
18 52 (2.97%) AWS Engineer
19 51 (2.91%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (6.11%) Elastic Stack
2 88 (5.03%) Web Services
3 72 (4.11%) .NET
4 42 (2.40%) JSON
4 42 (2.40%) XML
5 37 (2.11%) J2EE
5 37 (2.11%) Middleware
5 37 (2.11%) Node.js
6 36 (2.06%) LAMP
7 35 (2.00%) CSS
8 34 (1.94%) 802.1X
9 32 (1.83%) REST
10 30 (1.71%) RabbitMQ
11 26 (1.49%) HTML
12 25 (1.43%) LAPP Stack
13 24 (1.37%) Kafka
13 24 (1.37%) Sensu
14 18 (1.03%) .NET Framework
14 18 (1.03%) MCollective
15 17 (0.97%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 257 (14.69%) Data Centre
2 111 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (4.63%) PKI
4 64 (3.66%) Computer Science
5 61 (3.49%) Clustering
6 56 (3.20%) Management Information System
7 52 (2.97%) Public Cloud
8 47 (2.69%) Replication
9 33 (1.89%) Linux Command Line
10 32 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
11 31 (1.77%) Blackberry
12 28 (1.60%) Video Conferencing
13 26 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
14 24 (1.37%) Client/Server
15 19 (1.09%) Driving Licence
15 19 (1.09%) iPhone
16 18 (1.03%) NHS
17 17 (0.97%) PDA
17 17 (0.97%) Private Cloud
18 16 (0.91%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 974 (55.66%) Windows
2 522 (29.83%) Linux
3 505 (28.86%) Windows Server
4 311 (17.77%) Windows Server 2008
5 281 (16.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 230 (13.14%) Unix
7 183 (10.46%) Windows 7
8 153 (8.74%) Windows Server 2003
9 144 (8.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 124 (7.09%) Windows 10
11 123 (7.03%) CentOS
12 99 (5.66%) Solaris
13 59 (3.37%) Windows XP
14 49 (2.80%) Windows 8
15 47 (2.69%) AIX
16 35 (2.00%) HPUX
17 34 (1.94%) SUSE
18 32 (1.83%) Ubuntu
19 30 (1.71%) Android
20 26 (1.49%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 335 (19.14%) ITIL
2 256 (14.63%) DevOps
3 234 (13.37%) Migration
4 213 (12.17%) Load Balancing
5 191 (10.91%) Configuration Management
6 167 (9.54%) Agile Software Development
7 108 (6.17%) Open Source
8 94 (5.37%) Change Management
9 88 (5.03%) Continuous Integration
10 86 (4.91%) Disaster Recovery
11 82 (4.69%) Incident Management
12 78 (4.46%) Project Management
13 77 (4.40%) High Availability
14 75 (4.29%) Problem Management
15 73 (4.17%) Service Management
16 62 (3.54%) Service Delivery
17 57 (3.26%) Capacity Planning
18 55 (3.14%) SIEM
19 54 (3.09%) Continuous Delivery
20 51 (2.91%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 221 (12.63%) PowerShell
2 208 (11.89%) Python
3 200 (11.43%) SQL
4 178 (10.17%) Bash Shell
5 163 (9.31%) Perl
6 147 (8.40%) Java
7 95 (5.43%) Ruby
8 50 (2.86%) Shell Script
9 48 (2.74%) Korn
10 45 (2.57%) C#
11 43 (2.46%) PHP
12 37 (2.11%) JavaScript
13 33 (1.89%) C
14 32 (1.83%) VBScript
15 27 (1.54%) Groovy
16 25 (1.43%) Go
17 23 (1.31%) C-shell
18 18 (1.03%) PL/SQL
19 16 (0.91%) VB
20 10 (0.57%) C++
Qualifications
1 298 (17.03%) Security Cleared
2 238 (13.60%) SC Cleared
3 168 (9.60%) Microsoft Certification
4 129 (7.37%) Cisco Certification
5 103 (5.89%) Degree
6 86 (4.91%) MCSE
7 76 (4.34%) CCNP
8 72 (4.11%) CCNA
9 37 (2.11%) CISSP
10 34 (1.94%) MCP
10 34 (1.94%) MCSA
11 33 (1.89%) DV Cleared
12 31 (1.77%) CCIE
12 31 (1.77%) MCITP
13 30 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
14 29 (1.66%) BPSS Clearance
14 29 (1.66%) MCDST
15 27 (1.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 21 (1.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 20 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (3.77%) SLA
2 27 (1.54%) QA
3 19 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
3 19 (1.09%) PCI DSS
4 18 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.29%) COBIT
5 5 (0.29%) PMO
6 3 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.17%) GCP
7 1 (0.057%) GDPR
7 1 (0.057%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.057%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.057%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.057%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.057%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 872 (49.83%) Active Directory
2 335 (19.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 159 (9.09%) Hyper-V
4 118 (6.74%) VMware ESXi
5 111 (6.34%) Docker
6 108 (6.17%) XenApp
7 70 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
8 69 (3.94%) vSphere
9 50 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
10 49 (2.80%) NFS
11 42 (2.40%) XenDesktop
12 39 (2.23%) Xen
13 38 (2.17%) KVM
14 36 (2.06%) Samba
15 30 (1.71%) Virtual Servers
16 29 (1.66%) Squid
17 26 (1.49%) vCloud
18 22 (1.26%) Postfix
18 22 (1.26%) ProxySG
19 21 (1.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 227 (12.97%) Puppet
2 176 (10.06%) Ansible
3 173 (9.89%) SCCM
4 94 (5.37%) Opscode Chef
5 81 (4.63%) Kubernetes
6 75 (4.29%) SCOM
7 73 (4.17%) logstash
8 63 (3.60%) Kibana
9 60 (3.43%) NetBackup
10 59 (3.37%) Nagios
11 52 (2.97%) WSUS
12 47 (2.69%) Terraform
13 31 (1.77%) Docker Swarm
14 30 (1.71%) vCenter Server
14 30 (1.71%) ZABBIX
15 26 (1.49%) Grafana
16 24 (1.37%) Backup Exec
16 24 (1.37%) HAProxy
16 24 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
16 24 (1.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 591 (33.77%) Microsoft
2 579 (33.09%) VMware
3 377 (21.54%) Cisco
4 276 (15.77%) Citrix
5 185 (10.57%) Red Hat
6 174 (9.94%) HP
7 152 (8.69%) Oracle
8 124 (7.09%) Juniper
9 107 (6.11%) F5
10 99 (5.66%) CheckPoint
11 78 (4.46%) Dell
12 74 (4.23%) Palo Alto
13 67 (3.83%) Splunk
14 63 (3.60%) NetApp
15 57 (3.26%) SolarWinds
16 56 (3.20%) IBM
17 54 (3.09%) Apple
18 53 (3.03%) McAfee
18 53 (3.03%) Symantec
19 48 (2.74%) EMC