Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 151 108 147
Rank change year-on-year -43 +39 +10
Contract jobs citing DNS 717 1,613 1,898
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.71% 2.23% 1.90%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.70% 16.13% 14.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 564 1,112 1,265
Median daily rate £465 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.25% -3.03% +17.86%
10th Percentile £257 £193 £188
90th Percentile £600 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £391 £400
% change year-on-year +5.43% -2.19% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 95 69
Median hourly rate £57.50 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +155.56% +12.50% +17.65%
10th Percentile £17.00 £14.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £66.00 £82.50 £48.31
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +77.78% +18.42% +11.76%

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 5,234 9,998 12,742
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.48% 13.80% 12.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,296 6,175 7,835
Median daily rate £438 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% -2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £181 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £603
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 558 582
Median hourly rate £33.00 £21.51 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.40% +19.51% -2.04%
10th Percentile £13.18 £13.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.25 £53.00 £48.21
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.00 £17.41
% change year-on-year +55.00% +14.88% -8.37%

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 23 January 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 23 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for DNS in the UK

DNS
Top 17 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 23 January 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 -38 597 £450 +12.50% 309
UK excluding London -34 384 £413 +5.43% 244
London -6 237 £500 +25.00% 72
Work from Home -71 171 £490 +15.29% 37
South East +1 156 £430 +7.50% 60
South West +21 55 £393 -7.65% 19
Midlands -12 54 £350 +7.69% 47
Scotland +6 48 £513 +13.89% 6
North of England -51 44 £413 +13.01% 91
West Midlands -3 35 £375 +7.14% 27
North West -10 27 £331 -8.62% 63
East of England -2 24 £335 -16.25% 19
East Midlands +3 18 £215 -31.20% 20
Yorkshire -28 13 £425 +21.43% 17
North East -15 4 £400 -5.88% 11
Wales +7 2 £625 +56.25% 2
Northern Ireland +9 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 403 (56.21%) Active Directory
2 351 (48.95%) DHCP
3 350 (48.81%) Windows
4 311 (43.38%) Microsoft
5 262 (36.54%) Azure
6 246 (34.31%) VMware
7 230 (32.08%) Firewall
8 226 (31.52%) Linux
9 207 (28.87%) Security Cleared
10 182 (25.38%) VMware Infrastructure
11 175 (24.41%) Windows Server
12 153 (21.34%) Office 365
13 150 (20.92%) Cisco
14 145 (20.22%) SC Cleared
15 133 (18.55%) TCP/IP
16 131 (18.27%) PowerShell
17 118 (16.46%) VPN
18 114 (15.90%) DevOps
19 113 (15.76%) WAN
20 112 (15.62%) Windows 10
21 111 (15.48%) Python
22 109 (15.20%) Agile Software Development
23 108 (15.06%) Migration
24 103 (14.37%) Windows Server 2012
25 98 (13.67%) SCCM
25 98 (13.67%) Finance
26 95 (13.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 93 (12.97%) LAN
28 91 (12.69%) Terraform
29 89 (12.41%) AWS

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 69 (9.62%) SharePoint
2 67 (9.34%) IIS
3 65 (9.07%) MS Exchange
4 37 (5.16%) Apache
5 28 (3.91%) Skype for Business
6 23 (3.21%) Tomcat
7 21 (2.93%) Confluence
7 21 (2.93%) nginx
8 19 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2010
9 15 (2.09%) JBoss
10 13 (1.81%) OpenStack
10 13 (1.81%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.98%) CMS
12 6 (0.84%) NetWeaver
13 5 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2013
14 4 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 4 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 3 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 43 (6.00%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (3.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (3.07%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.56%) CATIA
6 2 (0.28%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (0.98%) Magento
2 2 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.14%) assyst
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.14%) Maximo
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.14%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 262 (36.54%) Azure
2 153 (21.34%) Office 365
3 89 (12.41%) AWS
4 64 (8.93%) IaaS
5 61 (8.51%) Azure Active Directory
6 60 (8.37%) PaaS
7 32 (4.46%) SaaS
8 29 (4.04%) GCP
9 23 (3.21%) Cloud Computing
10 22 (3.07%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 19 (2.65%) Serverless
12 18 (2.51%) OneDrive
13 16 (2.23%) GitHub
14 15 (2.09%) Amazon EC2
14 15 (2.09%) OpenShift
15 12 (1.67%) Power Platform
16 11 (1.53%) Azure Functions
17 10 (1.39%) AWS Lambda
18 9 (1.26%) Amazon S3
18 9 (1.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 351 (48.95%) DHCP
2 230 (32.08%) Firewall
3 133 (18.55%) TCP/IP
4 118 (16.46%) VPN
5 113 (15.76%) WAN
6 93 (12.97%) LAN
7 61 (8.51%) SAN
8 56 (7.81%) SSL
9 55 (7.67%) HTTP
10 54 (7.53%) Network Security
11 47 (6.56%) Kerberos
12 46 (6.42%) Wireless
13 45 (6.28%) VLAN
14 44 (6.14%) SMTP
14 44 (6.14%) X.500
15 43 (6.00%) Skype
16 42 (5.86%) Internet
16 42 (5.86%) MPLS
17 33 (4.60%) BGP
17 33 (4.60%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (12.13%) SQL Server
2 29 (4.04%) MySQL
3 22 (3.07%) PostgreSQL
4 20 (2.79%) Azure SQL Database
5 15 (2.09%) MongoDB
6 14 (1.95%) Cosmos DB
7 13 (1.81%) SQL Server 2012
8 12 (1.67%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
10 9 (1.26%) DB2
10 9 (1.26%) NoSQL
10 9 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
11 8 (1.12%) Power BI
12 7 (0.98%) Redis
13 6 (0.84%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.84%) SAP HANA
14 5 (0.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 5 (0.70%) Big Data
14 5 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
15 3 (0.42%) Bigtable
Development Applications
1 55 (7.67%) Jenkins
2 45 (6.28%) Git (software)
3 39 (5.44%) JIRA
4 20 (2.79%) Bitbucket
5 16 (2.23%) GitLab
6 10 (1.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 10 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
6 10 (1.39%) TeamCity
7 9 (1.26%) Visual Studio Team System
8 7 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
9 6 (0.84%) Maven
10 5 (0.70%) Artifactory
10 5 (0.70%) SonarQube
11 4 (0.56%) CircleCI
11 4 (0.56%) Selenium
11 4 (0.56%) Subversion
12 3 (0.42%) Burp Suite
12 3 (0.42%) Gatling
12 3 (0.42%) Gerrit
12 3 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 98 (13.67%) Finance
2 44 (6.14%) Public Sector
3 29 (4.04%) Telecoms
4 17 (2.37%) Banking
5 12 (1.67%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.39%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.98%) Legal
7 7 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
7 7 (0.98%) Retail
8 6 (0.84%) Advertising
8 6 (0.84%) Electronics
8 6 (0.84%) Front Office
8 6 (0.84%) Marketing
9 5 (0.70%) Automotive
9 5 (0.70%) Back Office
9 5 (0.70%) Law
10 4 (0.56%) Retail Finance
10 4 (0.56%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.42%) Military
12 2 (0.28%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 106 (14.78%) Architect
2 80 (11.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 68 (9.48%) Network Engineer
4 53 (7.39%) DevOps Engineer
5 50 (6.97%) Azure Engineer
6 46 (6.42%) Cloud Engineer
7 41 (5.72%) Consultant
8 40 (5.58%) Support Engineer
9 33 (4.60%) Administrator
10 27 (3.77%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 25 (3.49%) Active Directory Engineer
12 24 (3.35%) Developer
12 24 (3.35%) Linux Engineer
13 23 (3.21%) Analyst
14 22 (3.07%) Cloud Architect
14 22 (3.07%) Wintel Engineer
15 21 (2.93%) Systems Administrator
15 21 (2.93%) Windows Engineer
16 20 (2.79%) Azure DevOps
16 20 (2.79%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (9.34%) LDAP
2 39 (5.44%) Middleware
3 20 (2.79%) 802.1X
4 19 (2.65%) .NET
5 17 (2.37%) REST
6 15 (2.09%) Node.js
7 13 (1.81%) SOAP
7 13 (1.81%) Web Services
8 12 (1.67%) Elastic Stack
9 10 (1.39%) XML
10 9 (1.26%) AngularJS
10 9 (1.26%) HTML
10 9 (1.26%) LAMP
10 9 (1.26%) RESTful
11 8 (1.12%) Kafka
11 8 (1.12%) Oracle Fusion
12 7 (0.98%) OAuth
12 7 (0.98%) RabbitMQ
13 6 (0.84%) J2EE
13 6 (0.84%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 82 (11.44%) PKI
2 69 (9.62%) Replication
3 59 (8.23%) Data Centre
4 45 (6.28%) Analytical Skills
5 34 (4.74%) Management Information System
6 31 (4.32%) Clustering
7 29 (4.04%) Private Cloud
7 29 (4.04%) Public Cloud
8 22 (3.07%) Hybrid Cloud
9 21 (2.93%) EMC VNX
10 15 (2.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 13 (1.81%) CMDB
11 13 (1.81%) Video Conferencing
12 12 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (1.67%) Linux Command Line
13 9 (1.26%) Cloud Native
14 8 (1.12%) Self-Motivation
15 7 (0.98%) NHS
15 7 (0.98%) User Experience
16 6 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 350 (48.81%) Windows
2 226 (31.52%) Linux
3 175 (24.41%) Windows Server
4 112 (15.62%) Windows 10
5 103 (14.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 62 (8.65%) Windows Server 2016
7 54 (7.53%) Unix
8 44 (6.14%) Windows 7
9 43 (6.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 42 (5.86%) Windows Server 2008
11 32 (4.46%) Windows Server 2019
12 26 (3.63%) Windows XP
13 19 (2.65%) Solaris
14 13 (1.81%) CentOS
15 12 (1.67%) AIX
16 10 (1.39%) Ubuntu
16 10 (1.39%) Windows 8
17 9 (1.26%) Apple iOS
18 8 (1.12%) Mac OS
19 6 (0.84%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (15.90%) DevOps
2 109 (15.20%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (15.06%) Migration
4 95 (13.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 88 (12.27%) ITIL
6 80 (11.16%) Load Balancing
7 61 (8.51%) Problem-Solving
8 48 (6.69%) Change Management
9 47 (6.56%) Patch Management
10 41 (5.72%) Identity Management
11 40 (5.58%) Microservices
12 35 (4.88%) High Availability
13 31 (4.32%) Service Management
14 30 (4.18%) Project Delivery
15 27 (3.77%) Continuous Improvement
16 26 (3.63%) Continuous Integration
16 26 (3.63%) Kalman Filter
16 26 (3.63%) Service Delivery
17 25 (3.49%) Configuration Management
17 25 (3.49%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 131 (18.27%) PowerShell
2 111 (15.48%) Python
3 75 (10.46%) SQL
4 39 (5.44%) Perl
5 37 (5.16%) Bash Shell
6 28 (3.91%) Java
7 22 (3.07%) C
8 18 (2.51%) JavaScript
9 16 (2.23%) Shell Script
10 14 (1.95%) Ruby
11 13 (1.81%) VBScript
12 12 (1.67%) PHP
13 9 (1.26%) Go
14 8 (1.12%) TypeScript
15 7 (0.98%) Groovy
16 6 (0.84%) C#
16 6 (0.84%) C++
16 6 (0.84%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.84%) VB
17 4 (0.56%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 207 (28.87%) Security Cleared
2 145 (20.22%) SC Cleared
3 63 (8.79%) Cisco Certification
3 63 (8.79%) DV Cleared
4 55 (7.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 47 (6.56%) CCNA
6 43 (6.00%) Degree
7 38 (5.30%) CCNP
7 38 (5.30%) MCSE
8 18 (2.51%) Novell Certification
9 16 (2.23%) CCIE
10 14 (1.95%) Computer Science Degree
11 13 (1.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
13 10 (1.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 9 (1.26%) BPSS Clearance
15 8 (1.12%) CISSP
15 8 (1.12%) MCSA
16 7 (0.98%) A+ Certification
17 6 (0.84%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (5.16%) SLA
2 17 (2.37%) QA
3 11 (1.53%) GDPR
3 11 (1.53%) NCSC
4 10 (1.39%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.84%) COBIT
5 6 (0.84%) Government Security Classifications
6 4 (0.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 4 (0.56%) NIST
7 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.28%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.28%) NIST 800
8 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.14%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
System Software
1 403 (56.21%) Active Directory
2 182 (25.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (9.48%) VMware ESXi
4 60 (8.37%) vSphere
5 53 (7.39%) Hyper-V
6 50 (6.97%) Virtual Machines
7 47 (6.56%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 45 (6.28%) Docker
9 31 (4.32%) VMware NSX
10 21 (2.93%) NFS
11 18 (2.51%) Firmware
12 10 (1.39%) XenApp
13 9 (1.26%) VMFS
14 7 (0.98%) Virtual Servers
15 6 (0.84%) DFS Replication
15 6 (0.84%) XenDesktop
16 5 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
16 5 (0.70%) ProxySG
16 5 (0.70%) VMware Server
16 5 (0.70%) Xen
Systems Management
1 98 (13.67%) SCCM
2 91 (12.69%) Terraform
3 60 (8.37%) Kubernetes
4 52 (7.25%) Ansible
5 50 (6.97%) Microsoft Intune
6 39 (5.44%) vCenter Server
7 34 (4.74%) WSUS
8 30 (4.18%) Opscode Chef
9 28 (3.91%) Puppet
10 25 (3.49%) vRealize
11 23 (3.21%) Microsoft Clustering
12 19 (2.65%) IBM BigFix
12 19 (2.65%) Nessus
13 17 (2.37%) SCOM
13 17 (2.37%) Single Sign-On
14 14 (1.95%) Norton AntiVirus
15 12 (1.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 11 (1.53%) vMotion
17 10 (1.39%) Grafana
18 9 (1.26%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 311 (43.38%) Microsoft
2 246 (34.31%) VMware
3 150 (20.92%) Cisco
4 85 (11.85%) Citrix
5 64 (8.93%) Red Hat
6 63 (8.79%) HP
7 61 (8.51%) Palo Alto
8 51 (7.11%) Oracle
9 48 (6.69%) Dell
10 39 (5.44%) F5
11 34 (4.74%) CheckPoint
11 34 (4.74%) EMC
12 31 (4.32%) Juniper
13 30 (4.18%) Splunk
14 29 (4.04%) Infoblox
15 25 (3.49%) Symantec
16 24 (3.35%) Fortinet
16 24 (3.35%) ServiceNow
16 24 (3.35%) SolarWinds
17 22 (3.07%) Veeam