Period
to 24 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for DSL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited DSL over the 6 months to 24 November 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.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
UK
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 838 824 815
Rank change year-on-year -14 -9 -39
Contract jobs citing DSL 58 62 79
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.056% 0.059% 0.069%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.41% 0.38% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 33 49
UK median daily rate £475 £338 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +40.74% -0.74% +0.74%
10th Percentile £385 £175 £198
90th Percentile £560 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £344 £310
% change year-on-year +23.64% +10.89% +24.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £89.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -84.87% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £13.50 -

DSL 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 14116 16276 15916
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.70% 15.50% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 8591 9824 9211
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 741 834 1023
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.89 £48.26 £45.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

DSL
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing DSL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DSL in the UK

DSL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DSL.

Contractor daily rate trend for DSL in the UK

DSL
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DSL over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DSL in the UK

DSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DSL.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DSL in the UK

DSL
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DSL within the UK over the 6 months to 24 November 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 -13 55 £475 +38.18% 11
UK excluding London +31 31 £425 +23.64% 4
London -8 27 £519 +53.70% 7
Midlands +48 18 £425 +13.33%
East Midlands - 16 £425 -
South East -3 5 £400 +14.29% 1
North of England +49 2 £363 +31.82% 2
West Midlands +21 2 - -
East of England 0 2 £450 +38.46%
Wales - 2 £475 -
North East +63 1 £475 +72.73%
North West +27 1 £250 -37.50% 1
South West -10 1 - - 1
Scotland - 1 £375 -

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DSL 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 DSL.

1 39 (67.24%) Jenkins
2 35 (60.34%) Docker
2 35 (60.34%) Git (software)
3 32 (55.17%) DevOps
3 32 (55.17%) Linux
4 31 (53.45%) Bash Shell
5 21 (36.21%) Windows
6 20 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (34.48%) Microservices
7 19 (32.76%) Python
8 16 (27.59%) Analytical Skills
8 16 (27.59%) Windows 10
8 16 (27.59%) REST
8 16 (27.59%) Windows 7
9 15 (25.86%) Amazon AWS
9 15 (25.86%) Scrum
10 14 (24.14%) Kanban
10 14 (24.14%) Amazon EC2
10 14 (24.14%) Amazon S3
10 14 (24.14%) RESTful
10 14 (24.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 14 (24.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 14 (24.14%) Terraform
11 13 (22.41%) Puppet
11 13 (22.41%) Java
12 12 (20.69%) Configuration Management
12 12 (20.69%) Artifactory
12 12 (20.69%) Amazon RDS
12 12 (20.69%) Elastic Stack
12 12 (20.69%) Graphite

DSL
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 6 (10.34%) Confluence
2 2 (3.45%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (3.45%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.72%) CMS
3 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.72%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.72%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (25.86%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (24.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 14 (24.14%) Amazon EC2
2 14 (24.14%) Amazon S3
2 14 (24.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 2 (3.45%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 2 (3.45%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (3.45%) Office 365
3 2 (3.45%) Route 53
4 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.72%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.97%) HTTP
2 7 (12.07%) WAN
3 6 (10.34%) LAN
4 5 (8.62%) Internet
4 5 (8.62%) MPLS
4 5 (8.62%) TCP/IP
4 5 (8.62%) VoIP
4 5 (8.62%) VPN
5 4 (6.90%) ADSL
5 4 (6.90%) ATM
5 4 (6.90%) Ethernet
6 3 (5.17%) BGP
6 3 (5.17%) Broadband
6 3 (5.17%) EIGRP
6 3 (5.17%) OSPF
6 3 (5.17%) RIP
6 3 (5.17%) xDSL
7 2 (3.45%) SDH
7 2 (3.45%) Skype
7 2 (3.45%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (20.69%) Amazon RDS
2 11 (18.97%) Big Data
2 11 (18.97%) Hadoop
2 11 (18.97%) MySQL
3 10 (17.24%) HBase
4 6 (10.34%) CouchDB
4 6 (10.34%) NoSQL
5 2 (3.45%) MongoDB
5 2 (3.45%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.72%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 39 (67.24%) Jenkins
2 35 (60.34%) Git (software)
3 12 (20.69%) Artifactory
4 7 (12.07%) JIRA
5 6 (10.34%) Gradle
6 5 (8.62%) Cucumber
7 4 (6.90%) Selenium
8 3 (5.17%) SpecFlow
8 3 (5.17%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (3.45%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (1.72%) GitLab
10 1 (1.72%) Maven
10 1 (1.72%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.72%) Subversion
10 1 (1.72%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (12.07%) Telecoms
2 5 (8.62%) Banking
2 5 (8.62%) Finance
3 3 (5.17%) Back Office
4 1 (1.72%) Billing
4 1 (1.72%) Electronics
4 1 (1.72%) Front Office
4 1 (1.72%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.72%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 26 (44.83%) DevOps Engineer
2 13 (22.41%) Operations Engineer
3 12 (20.69%) Developer
4 9 (15.52%) Java Developer
5 6 (10.34%) AWS DevOps
5 6 (10.34%) AWS DevOps Engineer
5 6 (10.34%) AWS Engineer
6 5 (8.62%) Java Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Analyst
7 4 (6.90%) DevOps Developer
7 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Network Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Tester
9 2 (3.45%) Business Analyst
9 2 (3.45%) Linux Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Linux/Unix DevOps
9 2 (3.45%) Python Developer
9 2 (3.45%) Software Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Test Analyst
9 2 (3.45%) VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (27.59%) REST
2 14 (24.14%) RESTful
3 12 (20.69%) Elastic Stack
4 8 (13.79%) Spring
5 6 (10.34%) Flask
5 6 (10.34%) JSON
5 6 (10.34%) Spring Boot
6 4 (6.90%) Web Services
7 3 (5.17%) Gherkin
8 2 (3.45%) Spring Integration
8 2 (3.45%) Spring MVC
8 2 (3.45%) XML
9 1 (1.72%) .NET
9 1 (1.72%) FpML
9 1 (1.72%) Hibernate
9 1 (1.72%) Middleware
9 1 (1.72%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (27.59%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.62%) Semantic Web
3 2 (3.45%) Derivative
3 2 (3.45%) DTCC
3 2 (3.45%) Fixed Income
3 2 (3.45%) OTC Derivatives
4 1 (1.72%) ASIC
4 1 (1.72%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Licensing
4 1 (1.72%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.72%) Replication
4 1 (1.72%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 32 (55.17%) Linux
2 21 (36.21%) Windows
3 16 (27.59%) Windows 10
3 16 (27.59%) Windows 7
4 2 (3.45%) Unix
5 1 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (55.17%) DevOps
2 20 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (34.48%) Microservices
3 15 (25.86%) Scrum
4 14 (24.14%) Kanban
5 12 (20.69%) Configuration Management
5 12 (20.69%) Continuous Delivery
6 6 (10.34%) Migration
7 5 (8.62%) BDD
7 5 (8.62%) Test Automation
7 5 (8.62%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (5.17%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (5.17%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (5.17%) Functional Testing
8 3 (5.17%) SDLC
9 2 (3.45%) Multithreaded Programming
9 2 (3.45%) Multithreading
9 2 (3.45%) Scenario Testing
9 2 (3.45%) SQL Optimisation
9 2 (3.45%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 31 (53.45%) Bash Shell
2 19 (32.76%) Python
3 13 (22.41%) Java
4 9 (15.52%) SQL
5 2 (3.45%) Groovy
5 2 (3.45%) Perl
6 1 (1.72%) C#
6 1 (1.72%) C++
Qualifications
1 3 (5.17%) BC Cleared
1 3 (5.17%) BPSS Clearance
1 3 (5.17%) CCNA
1 3 (5.17%) CCNP
1 3 (5.17%) Cisco Certification
1 3 (5.17%) SC Cleared
1 3 (5.17%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.72%) ISEB
2 1 (1.72%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.17%) EMIR
2 1 (1.72%) MiFID
System Software
1 35 (60.34%) Docker
2 2 (3.45%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.72%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.72%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (24.14%) Terraform
2 13 (22.41%) Puppet
3 12 (20.69%) Graphite
4 3 (5.17%) Ansible
4 3 (5.17%) Prometheus
5 2 (3.45%) Grafana
5 2 (3.45%) Kibana
5 2 (3.45%) Marathon
5 2 (3.45%) Mesos
5 2 (3.45%) Rundeck
6 1 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.72%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.72%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (1.72%) vMotion
6 1 (1.72%) Xymon
Vendors
1 11 (18.97%) Oracle
2 10 (17.24%) Cloudera
3 6 (10.34%) Atlassian
4 4 (6.90%) Cisco
5 3 (5.17%) VMware
6 2 (3.45%) BroadSoft
6 2 (3.45%) Calypso
6 2 (3.45%) Dell
6 2 (3.45%) HP
6 2 (3.45%) Microsoft
6 2 (3.45%) Sybase
6 2 (3.45%) Thunderhead
7 1 (1.72%) Avaya
7 1 (1.72%) Citrix
7 1 (1.72%) Dell Compellent
7 1 (1.72%) EqualLogic
7 1 (1.72%) Juniper
7 1 (1.72%) NETGEAR
7 1 (1.72%) SAP
7 1 (1.72%) SonicWALL