Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 148 101 111
Rank change year-on-year -47 +10 +9
Contract jobs citing DNS 1708 2567 2204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.79% 2.36% 1.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.91% 14.99% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1071 1665 1325
UK median daily rate £363 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.69% +2.86% +0.73%
10th Percentile £156 £213 £189
90th Percentile £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £335 £330
% change year-on-year +4.48% +1.52% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 138 155
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £28.00 £21.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.86% +30.08% +23.00%
10th Percentile £12.80 £12.93 £11.55
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.90 £46.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.14 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -17.36% +24.44% +36.36%

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 13225 17127 16250
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.82% 15.74% 14.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 7928 10383 9139
UK median daily rate £408 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £223 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 825 962
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +21.65% +5.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.18
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £26.00 £20.77
% change year-on-year -28.85% +25.20% +6.50%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -41 1597 £375 - 322
UK excluding London -41 1056 £350 +4.48% 218
London -63 600 £413 -1.79% 111
North of England -7 355 £350 +7.69% 61
South East -37 341 £350 - 64
North West +49 200 £375 - 29
Midlands +25 134 £325 -7.14% 42
Yorkshire +13 94 £450 - 27
South West -20 87 £344 +2.61% 24
East of England -26 83 £300 -7.69% 21
West Midlands +21 66 £375 +10.70% 27
East Midlands +9 64 £288 -19.92% 15
North East -22 61 £285 +7.55% 5
Scotland -59 49 £338 +2.27% 6
Wales -16 12 £325 -7.14% 1
Northern Ireland -49 2 £250 +25.00%

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 933 (54.63%) Windows
2 888 (51.99%) DHCP
3 842 (49.30%) Active Directory
4 572 (33.49%) VMware
5 566 (33.14%) Microsoft
6 528 (30.91%) TCP/IP
7 515 (30.15%) Linux
8 512 (29.98%) Firewall
9 494 (28.92%) Windows Server
10 382 (22.37%) Cisco
11 332 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
12 306 (17.92%) Windows Server 2008
13 297 (17.39%) ITIL
14 295 (17.27%) LAN
15 291 (17.04%) WAN
16 289 (16.92%) Windows Server 2012
17 288 (16.86%) Security Cleared
18 283 (16.57%) Amazon AWS
19 261 (15.28%) VPN
20 256 (14.99%) Migration
21 253 (14.81%) DevOps
22 248 (14.52%) Citrix
23 243 (14.23%) Data Centre
24 232 (13.58%) MS Exchange
25 230 (13.47%) SC Cleared
26 229 (13.41%) Load Balancing
27 228 (13.35%) Unix
28 226 (13.23%) PowerShell
29 224 (13.11%) Puppet
30 211 (12.35%) Python

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
1 232 (13.58%) MS Exchange
2 162 (9.48%) Apache
3 155 (9.07%) IIS
4 115 (6.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 108 (6.32%) Tomcat
6 98 (5.74%) SharePoint
7 84 (4.92%) Skype for Business
8 73 (4.27%) Exchange Server 2013
9 68 (3.98%) nginx
10 46 (2.69%) WebLogic
11 45 (2.63%) JBoss
11 45 (2.63%) OpenStack
12 43 (2.52%) Elasticsearch
13 40 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
14 37 (2.17%) WebSphere
15 32 (1.87%) Confluence
16 28 (1.64%) SharePoint 2013
17 20 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
18 17 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
19 15 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 150 (8.78%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.17%) MS Visio
3 18 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.35%) AutoCAD
5 6 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.18%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.12%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.12%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.12%) SketchUp
8 1 (0.059%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 12 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 5 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.12%) Sentinel
6 2 (0.12%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 283 (16.57%) Amazon AWS
2 200 (11.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 198 (11.59%) Office 365
4 59 (3.45%) IaaS
5 46 (2.69%) Amazon EC2
6 45 (2.63%) SaaS
7 44 (2.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 43 (2.52%) PaaS
9 30 (1.76%) Azure Active Directory
9 30 (1.76%) Cloud Computing
10 27 (1.58%) Amazon ELB
10 27 (1.58%) Google Cloud Platform
11 26 (1.52%) OpenDNS
12 25 (1.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 24 (1.41%) Amazon S3
14 14 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
14 14 (0.82%) GitHub
14 14 (0.82%) Google App Engine
15 13 (0.76%) Mimecast
16 11 (0.64%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 888 (51.99%) DHCP
2 528 (30.91%) TCP/IP
3 512 (29.98%) Firewall
4 295 (17.27%) LAN
5 291 (17.04%) WAN
6 261 (15.28%) VPN
7 183 (10.71%) HTTP
8 156 (9.13%) SSL
9 153 (8.96%) SAN
10 125 (7.32%) LDAP
11 118 (6.91%) Wireless
12 112 (6.56%) VLAN
13 110 (6.44%) Internet
14 108 (6.32%) MPLS
15 101 (5.91%) Network Security
16 96 (5.62%) BGP
17 84 (4.92%) IPsec
18 79 (4.63%) Cisco ASA
18 79 (4.63%) VoIP
19 71 (4.16%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 195 (11.42%) SQL Server
2 66 (3.86%) MySQL
3 64 (3.75%) PostgreSQL
4 62 (3.63%) MongoDB
5 43 (2.52%) Relational Database
6 34 (1.99%) SQL Server 2012
7 28 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
8 27 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
9 24 (1.41%) Apache Cassandra
9 24 (1.41%) Maltego
10 23 (1.35%) NoSQL
11 16 (0.94%) RDBMS
12 15 (0.88%) Big Data
13 14 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
14 13 (0.76%) MS Access
14 13 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
14 13 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 12 (0.70%) Oracle Database
16 11 (0.64%) Hadoop
17 10 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 149 (8.72%) Git (software)
2 148 (8.67%) Jenkins
3 60 (3.51%) Sonatype Nexus
4 51 (2.99%) JIRA
5 39 (2.28%) Artifactory
6 34 (1.99%) Maven
7 27 (1.58%) Ant
8 24 (1.41%) Bitbucket
9 18 (1.05%) JUnit
9 18 (1.05%) Liquibase
9 18 (1.05%) SonarQube
9 18 (1.05%) Vagrant
10 17 (1.00%) Subversion
10 17 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
11 15 (0.88%) Visual Studio
12 14 (0.82%) Travis CI
13 13 (0.76%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 8 (0.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 8 (0.47%) Gradle
14 8 (0.47%) Hudson
General
1 185 (10.83%) Finance
2 80 (4.68%) Banking
3 79 (4.63%) Telecoms
4 37 (2.17%) Manufacturing
5 35 (2.05%) Retail
6 25 (1.46%) Back Office
7 16 (0.94%) Investment Banking
7 16 (0.94%) Law
8 15 (0.88%) Marketing
8 15 (0.88%) Publishing
9 13 (0.76%) Electronics
10 12 (0.70%) Legal
11 11 (0.64%) Billing
12 8 (0.47%) Spanish Language
13 6 (0.35%) Local Government
14 5 (0.29%) Front Office
14 5 (0.29%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.23%) Advertising
15 4 (0.23%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.23%) French Language
Job Titles
1 191 (11.18%) Analyst
2 159 (9.31%) Network Engineer
3 142 (8.31%) DevOps Engineer
4 139 (8.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 135 (7.90%) Architect
6 132 (7.73%) Support Engineer
7 125 (7.32%) Administrator
8 101 (5.91%) Consultant
9 73 (4.27%) Desktop Support
9 73 (4.27%) Systems Administrator
10 71 (4.16%) Windows Engineer
11 60 (3.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 60 (3.51%) Support Analyst
12 59 (3.45%) Linux Engineer
13 55 (3.22%) Systems Engineer
14 53 (3.10%) 2nd Line Support
14 53 (3.10%) IT Support
15 51 (2.99%) Developer
16 50 (2.93%) AWS Engineer
17 46 (2.69%) Linux Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (6.09%) Elastic Stack
2 81 (4.74%) .NET
3 73 (4.27%) Web Services
4 42 (2.46%) 802.1X
5 41 (2.40%) Node.js
6 40 (2.34%) XML
7 39 (2.28%) JSON
8 36 (2.11%) REST
9 32 (1.87%) LAMP
9 32 (1.87%) Middleware
10 31 (1.81%) J2EE
11 29 (1.70%) RabbitMQ
12 27 (1.58%) CSS
13 25 (1.46%) HTML
14 24 (1.41%) LAPP Stack
14 24 (1.41%) Sensu
15 20 (1.17%) .NET Framework
16 18 (1.05%) Ajax
16 18 (1.05%) MCollective
17 17 (1.00%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 243 (14.23%) Data Centre
2 95 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (3.69%) Clustering
4 60 (3.51%) Management Information System
4 60 (3.51%) PKI
5 51 (2.99%) Computer Science
6 49 (2.87%) Public Cloud
7 40 (2.34%) Replication
8 38 (2.22%) Linux Command Line
9 32 (1.87%) Enterprise Software
10 29 (1.70%) Video Conferencing
11 24 (1.41%) Client/Server
12 23 (1.35%) Blackberry
13 21 (1.23%) NHS
14 20 (1.17%) PDA
15 19 (1.11%) Driving Licence
15 19 (1.11%) Private Cloud
16 18 (1.05%) iPhone
17 17 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
18 16 (0.94%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 933 (54.63%) Windows
2 515 (30.15%) Linux
3 494 (28.92%) Windows Server
4 306 (17.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 289 (16.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 228 (13.35%) Unix
7 177 (10.36%) Windows 7
8 153 (8.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 150 (8.78%) Windows Server 2003
10 125 (7.32%) CentOS
11 113 (6.62%) Windows 10
12 106 (6.21%) Solaris
13 58 (3.40%) Windows XP
14 48 (2.81%) AIX
15 46 (2.69%) Windows 8
16 36 (2.11%) SUSE
17 33 (1.93%) Android
17 33 (1.93%) Ubuntu
18 32 (1.87%) HPUX
19 29 (1.70%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 297 (17.39%) ITIL
2 256 (14.99%) Migration
3 253 (14.81%) DevOps
4 229 (13.41%) Load Balancing
5 190 (11.12%) Configuration Management
6 174 (10.19%) Agile Software Development
7 106 (6.21%) Continuous Integration
8 103 (6.03%) Open Source
9 83 (4.86%) Disaster Recovery
10 79 (4.63%) Change Management
11 78 (4.57%) Project Management
11 78 (4.57%) Service Management
12 77 (4.51%) High Availability
13 67 (3.92%) Incident Management
14 64 (3.75%) Network Design
15 58 (3.40%) Problem Management
16 57 (3.34%) Continuous Delivery
17 54 (3.16%) SIEM
18 53 (3.10%) Capacity Planning
19 50 (2.93%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 226 (13.23%) PowerShell
2 211 (12.35%) Python
3 202 (11.83%) SQL
4 170 (9.95%) Perl
5 163 (9.54%) Bash Shell
6 147 (8.61%) Java
7 96 (5.62%) Ruby
8 52 (3.04%) Korn
9 45 (2.63%) PHP
10 44 (2.58%) Shell Script
11 43 (2.52%) JavaScript
12 37 (2.17%) C
13 36 (2.11%) C#
14 32 (1.87%) VBScript
15 25 (1.46%) Groovy
16 22 (1.29%) Go
17 20 (1.17%) VB
18 19 (1.11%) C-shell
19 18 (1.05%) PL/SQL
20 11 (0.64%) C++
Qualifications
1 288 (16.86%) Security Cleared
2 230 (13.47%) SC Cleared
3 142 (8.31%) Cisco Certification
3 142 (8.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 94 (5.50%) Degree
5 87 (5.09%) CCNA
6 85 (4.98%) CCNP
7 72 (4.22%) MCSE
8 28 (1.64%) MCITP
9 27 (1.58%) CCIE
9 27 (1.58%) CISSP
9 27 (1.58%) DV Cleared
10 25 (1.46%) MCDST
10 25 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 24 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
11 24 (1.41%) MCSA
12 23 (1.35%) MCP
13 22 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
14 17 (1.00%) JNCIS
15 16 (0.94%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (3.45%) SLA
2 22 (1.29%) QA
3 18 (1.05%) PCI DSS
4 16 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 13 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.41%) PMO
7 5 (0.29%) COBIT
8 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.18%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.18%) GCP
8 3 (0.18%) GDPR
9 1 (0.059%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.059%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.059%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.059%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 842 (49.30%) Active Directory
2 332 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 157 (9.19%) Hyper-V
4 116 (6.79%) Docker
5 105 (6.15%) VMware ESXi
6 101 (5.91%) XenApp
7 65 (3.81%) Virtual Machines
8 60 (3.51%) vSphere
9 59 (3.45%) NFS
10 38 (2.22%) Xen
11 37 (2.17%) KVM
11 37 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
12 33 (1.93%) XenDesktop
13 28 (1.64%) vCloud
13 28 (1.64%) Virtual Servers
14 26 (1.52%) Samba
15 25 (1.46%) Squid
16 20 (1.17%) Oracle RAC
17 18 (1.05%) Postfix
17 18 (1.05%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 224 (13.11%) Puppet
2 177 (10.36%) Ansible
3 156 (9.13%) SCCM
4 103 (6.03%) Opscode Chef
5 78 (4.57%) Kubernetes
6 72 (4.22%) logstash
7 62 (3.63%) Kibana
7 62 (3.63%) NetBackup
8 60 (3.51%) SCOM
9 58 (3.40%) WSUS
10 54 (3.16%) Nagios
11 53 (3.10%) Terraform
12 32 (1.87%) ZABBIX
13 30 (1.76%) Docker Swarm
13 30 (1.76%) vCenter Server
14 26 (1.52%) AirWatch
15 25 (1.46%) Grafana
16 23 (1.35%) HAProxy
17 22 (1.29%) Salt
18 21 (1.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 572 (33.49%) VMware
2 566 (33.14%) Microsoft
3 382 (22.37%) Cisco
4 248 (14.52%) Citrix
5 193 (11.30%) Red Hat
6 183 (10.71%) HP
7 167 (9.78%) Oracle
8 119 (6.97%) Juniper
9 108 (6.32%) F5
10 98 (5.74%) Dell
11 94 (5.50%) CheckPoint
12 69 (4.04%) Palo Alto
13 66 (3.86%) NetApp
14 59 (3.45%) IBM
15 53 (3.10%) EMC
16 52 (3.04%) SolarWinds
17 48 (2.81%) Splunk
18 46 (2.69%) Apple
19 43 (2.52%) Sophos
20 39 (2.28%) Fortinet