Period
to 21 January 2018

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 21 January 2018 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 157 106 124
Rank change year-on-year -51 +18 -13
Contract jobs citing DNS 1,702 2,148 2,053
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.72% 2.24% 1.90%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.93% 14.92% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,049 1,365 1,239
UK median daily rate £363 £375 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +2.04% +0.68%
10th Percentile £143 £213 £195
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -7.14% - +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 110 150
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £25.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.67% +12.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.47 £12.93
90th Percentile £42.63 £47.63 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.38 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -34.43% +26.19% +5.00%

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 13,163 14,395 15,077
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.33% 14.99% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,132 8,760 8,723
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £180 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 674 745 911
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.25 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year -15.56% +5.88% -5.56%

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 21 January 2018.

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 21 January 2018.

Contractor 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 21 January 2018. 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 -48 1,568 £365 -5.81% 614
UK excluding London -33 1,039 £325 -7.14% 450
London -69 633 £400 -5.88% 198
South East -9 386 £375 +7.14% 127
North of England -30 231 £325 -4.41% 129
Midlands +16 144 £280 -17.65% 71
North West +7 117 £333 -11.33% 69
South West +11 88 £319 +2.00% 36
Scotland -48 87 £375 +10.29% 23
East of England -49 85 £320 -8.57% 51
West Midlands +1 78 £270 -20.59% 38
Yorkshire -24 69 £419 -1.47% 45
East Midlands +26 66 £284 -14.02% 32
North East -24 45 £300 -7.69% 15
Wales +20 17 £350 -6.67% 13
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Northern Ireland -26 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 1,010 (59.34%) Windows
2 939 (55.17%) DHCP
3 922 (54.17%) Active Directory
4 674 (39.60%) Microsoft
5 569 (33.43%) TCP/IP
6 550 (32.31%) VMware
7 528 (31.02%) Windows Server
8 482 (28.32%) Linux
9 477 (28.03%) Firewall
10 405 (23.80%) Cisco
11 348 (20.45%) ITIL
12 338 (19.86%) Citrix
13 331 (19.45%) Windows Server 2012
14 329 (19.33%) VMware Infrastructure
15 323 (18.98%) Windows Server 2008
16 307 (18.04%) Amazon AWS
17 305 (17.92%) PowerShell
17 305 (17.92%) WAN
18 290 (17.04%) Office 365
19 284 (16.69%) Security Cleared
20 268 (15.75%) VPN
21 261 (15.33%) LAN
22 245 (14.39%) Windows 7
23 244 (14.34%) DevOps
24 241 (14.16%) SCCM
25 236 (13.87%) Data Centre
26 225 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
27 214 (12.57%) MS Exchange
28 205 (12.04%) Agile Software Development
29 203 (11.93%) Migration

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
1 214 (12.57%) MS Exchange
2 132 (7.76%) IIS
3 124 (7.29%) Apache
4 103 (6.05%) SharePoint
5 101 (5.93%) Tomcat
6 95 (5.58%) Skype for Business
7 74 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
8 62 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2013
9 49 (2.88%) nginx
10 44 (2.59%) JBoss
11 42 (2.47%) Confluence
12 41 (2.41%) Elasticsearch
12 41 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2007
13 27 (1.59%) WebLogic
14 26 (1.53%) WebSphere
15 18 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 18 (1.06%) OpenStack
16 16 (0.94%) Apache Spark
17 15 (0.88%) CMS
18 14 (0.82%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 176 (10.34%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.12%) MS Visio
3 17 (1.00%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.41%) HipChat
5 4 (0.24%) AutoCAD
5 4 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.059%) Revit
7 1 (0.059%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.35%) Teamcenter
2 5 (0.29%) SDL Web 8
3 4 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.18%) Eikon
5 2 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.12%) RMDS
5 2 (0.12%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.059%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.059%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 307 (18.04%) Amazon AWS
2 290 (17.04%) Office 365
3 225 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
4 58 (3.41%) IaaS
5 56 (3.29%) Amazon EC2
6 52 (3.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 43 (2.53%) Amazon ELB
8 36 (2.12%) PaaS
9 33 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
9 33 (1.94%) SaaS
10 29 (1.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 28 (1.65%) Route 53
12 27 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
13 25 (1.47%) Amazon S3
13 25 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
14 17 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
14 17 (1.00%) GitHub
15 16 (0.94%) G Suite
16 14 (0.82%) Heroku
17 13 (0.76%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 939 (55.17%) DHCP
2 569 (33.43%) TCP/IP
3 477 (28.03%) Firewall
4 305 (17.92%) WAN
5 268 (15.75%) VPN
6 261 (15.33%) LAN
7 183 (10.75%) SAN
8 166 (9.75%) SSL
9 143 (8.40%) HTTP
10 134 (7.87%) Internet
11 125 (7.34%) VLAN
12 112 (6.58%) IPsec
13 107 (6.29%) VoIP
14 100 (5.88%) Wireless
15 95 (5.58%) Network Security
16 94 (5.52%) MPLS
17 88 (5.17%) BGP
18 81 (4.76%) OSPF
19 75 (4.41%) FTP
20 67 (3.94%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (9.22%) SQL Server
2 61 (3.58%) Amazon RDS
2 61 (3.58%) PostgreSQL
3 51 (3.00%) MySQL
4 47 (2.76%) MongoDB
5 40 (2.35%) Relational Database
6 30 (1.76%) NoSQL
6 30 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 19 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
7 19 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
8 18 (1.06%) RDBMS
9 16 (0.94%) Big Data
10 14 (0.82%) Power BI
10 14 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
11 12 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
12 10 (0.59%) Hadoop
13 9 (0.53%) Parquet
14 8 (0.47%) Maltego
15 7 (0.41%) OLTP
15 7 (0.41%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 168 (9.87%) Git (software)
2 153 (8.99%) Jenkins
3 73 (4.29%) JIRA
4 70 (4.11%) Sonatype Nexus
5 49 (2.88%) Artifactory
6 31 (1.82%) Maven
7 28 (1.65%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (1.53%) Bitbucket
9 24 (1.41%) SonarQube
10 23 (1.35%) Ant
11 19 (1.12%) JUnit
11 19 (1.12%) Liquibase
11 19 (1.12%) Travis CI
12 14 (0.82%) Visual Studio
13 13 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
14 12 (0.71%) Gradle
15 11 (0.65%) GitLab
16 10 (0.59%) gulp
17 9 (0.53%) Geb
17 9 (0.53%) Vagrant
General
1 193 (11.34%) Finance
2 78 (4.58%) Banking
3 73 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 29 (1.70%) Manufacturing
5 22 (1.29%) Publishing
5 22 (1.29%) Retail
6 21 (1.23%) Legal
7 18 (1.06%) Investment Banking
8 17 (1.00%) Law
8 17 (1.00%) Marketing
9 15 (0.88%) Electronics
10 11 (0.65%) Advertising
10 11 (0.65%) Back Office
10 11 (0.65%) Billing
11 7 (0.41%) Local Government
12 6 (0.35%) French Language
13 5 (0.29%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.29%) German Language
13 5 (0.29%) Music Industry
13 5 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 177 (10.40%) Analyst
2 162 (9.52%) Network Engineer
3 154 (9.05%) DevOps Engineer
4 150 (8.81%) Support Engineer
5 143 (8.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 133 (7.81%) Architect
7 96 (5.64%) Administrator
8 95 (5.58%) Consultant
9 92 (5.41%) Desktop Support
10 78 (4.58%) Windows Engineer
11 73 (4.29%) 2nd Line Support
12 60 (3.53%) Support Analyst
13 59 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 55 (3.23%) Cloud Engineer
15 54 (3.17%) IT Support
16 53 (3.11%) Linux Engineer
17 52 (3.06%) Systems Engineer
18 51 (3.00%) Active Directory Engineer
19 50 (2.94%) Desktop Engineer
20 47 (2.76%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (6.93%) LDAP
2 99 (5.82%) Web Services
3 61 (3.58%) Elastic Stack
4 56 (3.29%) JSON
5 52 (3.06%) .NET
6 34 (2.00%) REST
7 33 (1.94%) CSS
8 30 (1.76%) 802.1X
8 30 (1.76%) Middleware
9 29 (1.70%) HTML
10 27 (1.59%) XML
11 26 (1.53%) YAML
12 25 (1.47%) J2EE
12 25 (1.47%) LAMP
13 24 (1.41%) Regular Expression
14 19 (1.12%) MCollective
15 17 (1.00%) HTML5
15 17 (1.00%) SOAP
16 16 (0.94%) LEMP Stack
17 15 (0.88%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 236 (13.87%) Data Centre
2 100 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 90 (5.29%) Clustering
4 86 (5.05%) Replication
5 82 (4.82%) PKI
6 70 (4.11%) Management Information System
7 51 (3.00%) Public Cloud
8 42 (2.47%) Computer Science
9 38 (2.23%) Blackberry
10 30 (1.76%) Linux Command Line
11 27 (1.59%) Hybrid Cloud
12 26 (1.53%) Private Cloud
13 24 (1.41%) Virtual Team
14 20 (1.18%) iPhone
14 20 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
15 17 (1.00%) Driving Licence
16 14 (0.82%) Client/Server
17 12 (0.71%) Fat Client
17 12 (0.71%) iPad
17 12 (0.71%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1,010 (59.34%) Windows
2 528 (31.02%) Windows Server
3 482 (28.32%) Linux
4 331 (19.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 323 (18.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 245 (14.39%) Windows 7
7 179 (10.52%) Windows 10
8 158 (9.28%) Unix
9 143 (8.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 138 (8.11%) Windows Server 2003
11 90 (5.29%) CentOS
12 67 (3.94%) Solaris
13 50 (2.94%) Windows 8
14 46 (2.70%) Windows XP
15 34 (2.00%) Apple iOS
16 28 (1.65%) AIX
17 27 (1.59%) Android
18 22 (1.29%) Ubuntu
19 20 (1.18%) SUSE
20 17 (1.00%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 348 (20.45%) ITIL
2 244 (14.34%) DevOps
3 205 (12.04%) Agile Software Development
4 203 (11.93%) Migration
5 191 (11.22%) Configuration Management
6 167 (9.81%) Load Balancing
7 110 (6.46%) Disaster Recovery
8 107 (6.29%) Open Source
9 94 (5.52%) Problem Management
10 92 (5.41%) Change Management
10 92 (5.41%) Incident Management
11 83 (4.88%) Continuous Integration
12 80 (4.70%) Service Delivery
13 64 (3.76%) High Availability
14 60 (3.53%) Project Management
15 59 (3.47%) Service Management
16 58 (3.41%) Kalman Filter
16 58 (3.41%) Patch Management
17 55 (3.23%) Root Cause Analysis
18 53 (3.11%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 305 (17.92%) PowerShell
2 189 (11.10%) Python
3 177 (10.40%) SQL
4 161 (9.46%) Bash Shell
5 132 (7.76%) Java
6 117 (6.87%) Perl
7 74 (4.35%) Ruby
8 39 (2.29%) JavaScript
9 38 (2.23%) Groovy
9 38 (2.23%) VBScript
10 35 (2.06%) C#
10 35 (2.06%) Shell Script
11 27 (1.59%) C
12 23 (1.35%) Go
12 23 (1.35%) Korn
13 21 (1.23%) PHP
14 15 (0.88%) C-shell
15 11 (0.65%) PL/SQL
16 10 (0.59%) Scala
17 9 (0.53%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 284 (16.69%) Security Cleared
2 201 (11.81%) SC Cleared
3 200 (11.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 125 (7.34%) Cisco Certification
5 117 (6.87%) MCSE
6 98 (5.76%) Degree
7 67 (3.94%) CCNP
8 63 (3.70%) CCNA
9 57 (3.35%) MCSA
10 55 (3.23%) DV Cleared
11 43 (2.53%) MCP
12 39 (2.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 37 (2.17%) MCDST
14 32 (1.88%) CCIE
14 32 (1.88%) MCITP
15 31 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
16 24 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
17 23 (1.35%) CISSP
18 21 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
18 21 (1.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (4.58%) SLA
2 27 (1.59%) QA
3 25 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 20 (1.18%) PCI DSS
5 15 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.41%) GDPR
7 4 (0.24%) GCP
7 4 (0.24%) PA-DSS
7 4 (0.24%) PMO
8 2 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.12%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.059%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.059%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 922 (54.17%) Active Directory
2 329 (19.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 169 (9.93%) Hyper-V
4 142 (8.34%) VMware ESXi
5 137 (8.05%) XenApp
6 116 (6.82%) Docker
7 94 (5.52%) vSphere
8 77 (4.52%) Microsoft App-V
8 77 (4.52%) Virtual Machines
9 66 (3.88%) XenDesktop
10 36 (2.12%) XenServer
11 35 (2.06%) NFS
12 33 (1.94%) Samba
13 30 (1.76%) DFS Replication
13 30 (1.76%) vCloud
14 27 (1.59%) Xen
15 23 (1.35%) Postfix
15 23 (1.35%) Squid
15 23 (1.35%) Terminal Services
16 19 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 241 (14.16%) SCCM
2 193 (11.34%) Puppet
3 162 (9.52%) Ansible
4 128 (7.52%) SCOM
5 87 (5.11%) Opscode Chef
6 68 (4.00%) Terraform
7 64 (3.76%) WSUS
8 63 (3.70%) Kubernetes
9 49 (2.88%) NetBackup
10 47 (2.76%) Nagios
11 44 (2.59%) McAfee ePO
12 43 (2.53%) Kibana
13 42 (2.47%) logstash
14 41 (2.41%) Backup Exec
15 37 (2.17%) ZABBIX
16 35 (2.06%) vCenter Server
17 31 (1.82%) Docker Swarm
18 27 (1.59%) Norton AntiVirus
19 25 (1.47%) AirWatch
20 24 (1.41%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 674 (39.60%) Microsoft
2 550 (32.31%) VMware
3 405 (23.80%) Cisco
4 338 (19.86%) Citrix
5 163 (9.58%) HP
6 133 (7.81%) Red Hat
7 110 (6.46%) Juniper
8 91 (5.35%) F5
9 90 (5.29%) CheckPoint
10 86 (5.05%) NetApp
10 86 (5.05%) Oracle
11 83 (4.88%) SolarWinds
12 75 (4.41%) McAfee
13 74 (4.35%) Dell
14 64 (3.76%) Symantec
15 62 (3.64%) Apple
16 55 (3.23%) Splunk
17 53 (3.11%) Ivanti
18 50 (2.94%) Google
19 48 (2.82%) Palo Alto