Period
to 10 December 2018

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 10 December 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.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
UK
6 months to
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 773 841 826
Rank change year-on-year +68 -15 -1
Contract jobs citing DSL 109 58 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.057% 0.060%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.81% 0.42% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 29 33
UK median daily rate £550 £475 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.79% +35.71% -
10th Percentile £375 £408 £175
90th Percentile £625 £560 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £425 £350
% change year-on-year +23.53% +21.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 2
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £13.50 £89.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.74% -84.87% -
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.75 £27.23
90th Percentile £21.25 £14.25 £156.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £13.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year +40.74% - -

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 13,532 13,851 15,463
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.88% 13.52% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,179 8,515 9,422
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 650 705 790
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -16.67% +7.48%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.70 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £18.50 £24.40
% change year-on-year -2.39% -24.18% +19.02%

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 10 December 2018.

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 13 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 10 December 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 +4 89 £550 +15.79% 22
UK excluding London +28 86 £525 +23.53% 19
South East +7 33 £575 +43.75% 6
London +8 23 £550 +7.32% 4
Midlands -9 18 £425 - 2
Scotland -4 14 £400 +6.67%
West Midlands -8 11 £438 - 1
East of England -1 10 £563 +25.00% 1
East Midlands 0 7 £425 - 1
North of England -11 5 £332 -30.05% 9
North West - 5 £332 - 4
Northern Ireland - 4 - - 1
Wales -22 2 £441 -7.26%

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing DSL 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 DSL.

1 55 (50.46%) Jenkins
2 46 (42.20%) DevOps
3 42 (38.53%) Linux
4 41 (37.61%) Ansible
5 38 (34.86%) Docker
6 33 (30.28%) Groovy
7 32 (29.36%) Opscode Chef
8 31 (28.44%) Bash Shell
9 30 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
10 29 (26.61%) Git (software)
10 29 (26.61%) Amazon AWS
10 29 (26.61%) WAN
11 26 (23.85%) Windows
12 25 (22.94%) Kubernetes
13 24 (22.02%) Terraform
13 24 (22.02%) DNS
14 23 (21.10%) Python
15 22 (20.18%) Puppet
15 22 (20.18%) Problem-Solving
15 22 (20.18%) GitLab
16 20 (18.35%) Cloud Foundry
16 20 (18.35%) nginx
17 19 (17.43%) Firewall
18 18 (16.51%) Scrum
18 18 (16.51%) Internet
18 18 (16.51%) MPLS
18 18 (16.51%) VPN
18 18 (16.51%) Cisco
19 17 (15.60%) Sonatype Nexus
20 16 (14.68%) LAN

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 20 (18.35%) Cloud Foundry
1 20 (18.35%) nginx
2 9 (8.26%) Apache
3 8 (7.34%) Tomcat
4 3 (2.75%) Apache Spark
4 3 (2.75%) IIS
4 3 (2.75%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.92%) Confluence
5 1 (0.92%) JBoss
5 1 (0.92%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 29 (26.61%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (9.17%) OpenShift
3 9 (8.26%) Google Cloud Platform
3 9 (8.26%) Stackdriver
4 6 (5.50%) GitHub
5 5 (4.59%) Google App Engine
5 5 (4.59%) Google Compute Engine
6 2 (1.83%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.83%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (1.83%) Amazon EMR
6 2 (1.83%) Amazon Kinesis
6 2 (1.83%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.83%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (1.83%) PaaS
7 1 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.92%) IaaS
7 1 (0.92%) npm
7 1 (0.92%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.92%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 1 (0.92%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 29 (26.61%) WAN
2 24 (22.02%) DNS
3 19 (17.43%) Firewall
4 18 (16.51%) Internet
4 18 (16.51%) MPLS
4 18 (16.51%) VPN
5 16 (14.68%) LAN
6 13 (11.93%) BGP
6 13 (11.93%) OSPF
6 13 (11.93%) SSL
6 13 (11.93%) VoIP
7 12 (11.01%) EIGRP
7 12 (11.01%) HTTP
7 12 (11.01%) TCP/IP
8 11 (10.09%) Ethernet
8 11 (10.09%) SDH
8 11 (10.09%) SSH
9 10 (9.17%) 4G
9 10 (9.17%) ADSL
10 9 (8.26%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (13.76%) PostgreSQL
2 11 (10.09%) Redis
3 9 (8.26%) Oracle Database
3 9 (8.26%) Oracle Database 11g
4 6 (5.50%) Big Data
5 5 (4.59%) BigQuery
5 5 (4.59%) Parquet
6 3 (2.75%) SQL Server
7 2 (1.83%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.83%) MySQL
7 2 (1.83%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.83%) Talend Open Studio
8 1 (0.92%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 55 (50.46%) Jenkins
2 29 (26.61%) Git (software)
3 22 (20.18%) GitLab
4 17 (15.60%) Sonatype Nexus
5 13 (11.93%) Subversion
6 12 (11.01%) SonarQube
7 11 (10.09%) Maven
8 9 (8.26%) Artifactory
8 9 (8.26%) Bitbucket
8 9 (8.26%) JUnit
9 6 (5.50%) Gradle
10 5 (4.59%) Cucumber
11 3 (2.75%) git-flow
11 3 (2.75%) gulp
11 3 (2.75%) Selenium
11 3 (2.75%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (1.83%) JIRA
12 2 (1.83%) Protractor
13 1 (0.92%) Ant
13 1 (0.92%) SpecFlow
General
1 16 (14.68%) Finance
2 10 (9.17%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.67%) Billing
4 2 (1.83%) Games
4 2 (1.83%) Law
4 2 (1.83%) Legal
5 1 (0.92%) Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.92%) Front Office
5 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Retail
Job Titles
1 40 (36.70%) DevOps Engineer
2 19 (17.43%) Developer
3 14 (12.84%) Senior DevOps
3 14 (12.84%) Senior DevOps Engineer
4 9 (8.26%) Java Developer
4 9 (8.26%) Network Engineer
5 7 (6.42%) Cloud Engineer
6 6 (5.50%) Technical Engineer
7 5 (4.59%) Consultant
7 5 (4.59%) Python Engineer
8 4 (3.67%) Administrator
8 4 (3.67%) AWS DevOps
8 4 (3.67%) Linux Administrator
8 4 (3.67%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 4 (3.67%) Network Consultant
8 4 (3.67%) Network Security Consultant
8 4 (3.67%) Operations Engineer
8 4 (3.67%) Security Consultant
8 4 (3.67%) Systems Administrator
9 3 (2.75%) Talend Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.17%) Spring
1 10 (9.17%) YAML
2 9 (8.26%) Apache Camel
2 9 (8.26%) RabbitMQ
2 9 (8.26%) Spring Cloud
2 9 (8.26%) WebSockets
3 8 (7.34%) HTML
3 8 (7.34%) LDAP
4 7 (6.42%) Ajax
4 7 (6.42%) CGI
4 7 (6.42%) JSON
5 6 (5.50%) .NET
6 4 (3.67%) LAPP Stack
6 4 (3.67%) REST
7 3 (2.75%) ActiveMQ
7 3 (2.75%) Node.js
7 3 (2.75%) POJO
7 3 (2.75%) SOAP
7 3 (2.75%) Web Services
7 3 (2.75%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.42%) Media Streaming
1 7 (6.42%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (3.67%) Data Centre
2 4 (3.67%) Fintech
2 4 (3.67%) Mobile App
3 2 (1.83%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.92%) Derivative
4 1 (0.92%) Equities
4 1 (0.92%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 42 (38.53%) Linux
2 26 (23.85%) Windows
3 12 (11.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (7.34%) Solaris
5 7 (6.42%) Embedded Linux
6 4 (3.67%) Windows Server
7 3 (2.75%) CentOS
8 1 (0.92%) Android
8 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.92%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (42.20%) DevOps
2 30 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (20.18%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (16.51%) Scrum
5 16 (14.68%) Migration
6 14 (12.84%) Test Automation
7 11 (10.09%) Process Improvement
7 11 (10.09%) Test Strategy
8 9 (8.26%) Configuration Management
9 7 (6.42%) Collaborative Working
9 7 (6.42%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (6.42%) Creative Thinking
9 7 (6.42%) Defect Tracking
9 7 (6.42%) Innovative Thinking
9 7 (6.42%) Software Engineering
10 6 (5.50%) Kanban
10 6 (5.50%) Patch Management
10 6 (5.50%) Service Delivery
10 6 (5.50%) Virtual Environments
11 5 (4.59%) BPMN
Programming Languages
1 33 (30.28%) Groovy
2 31 (28.44%) Bash Shell
3 23 (21.10%) Python
4 16 (14.68%) Java
4 16 (14.68%) SQL
5 12 (11.01%) PowerShell
6 9 (8.26%) JavaScript
7 8 (7.34%) C++
8 7 (6.42%) C
8 7 (6.42%) Embedded C
9 4 (3.67%) Korn
10 1 (0.92%) Apex Code
10 1 (0.92%) C#
10 1 (0.92%) Perl
10 1 (0.92%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 15 (13.76%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (12.84%) CCNP
3 12 (11.01%) CCNA
3 12 (11.01%) Security Cleared
4 10 (9.17%) SC Cleared
5 6 (5.50%) BC Cleared
5 6 (5.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (4.59%) JNCIP
6 5 (4.59%) JNCIS
7 4 (3.67%) CCSA
7 4 (3.67%) CCSE
7 4 (3.67%) Check Point Certification
7 4 (3.67%) Degree
8 3 (2.75%) CCIP
9 2 (1.83%) HP APS
10 1 (0.92%) CCDP
10 1 (0.92%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.50%) SLA
2 4 (3.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (3.67%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.92%) MiFID
3 1 (0.92%) QA
System Software
1 38 (34.86%) Docker
2 6 (5.50%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (4.59%) Virtual Servers
3 5 (4.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.67%) Active Directory
5 3 (2.75%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.92%) Firmware
6 1 (0.92%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.92%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 41 (37.61%) Ansible
2 32 (29.36%) Opscode Chef
3 25 (22.94%) Kubernetes
4 24 (22.02%) Terraform
5 22 (20.18%) Puppet
6 11 (10.09%) Red Hat Satellite
7 8 (7.34%) Oracle ZFS
8 6 (5.50%) Prometheus
8 6 (5.50%) Xymon
9 5 (4.59%) Istio
10 2 (1.83%) Nagios
10 2 (1.83%) Packer
10 2 (1.83%) SCCM
10 2 (1.83%) Sysdig
11 1 (0.92%) Mesos
11 1 (0.92%) Salt
11 1 (0.92%) WSUS
Vendors
1 18 (16.51%) Cisco
2 12 (11.01%) Juniper
3 11 (10.09%) New Relic
3 11 (10.09%) Oracle
3 11 (10.09%) Red Hat
4 9 (8.26%) CheckPoint
4 9 (8.26%) Google
4 9 (8.26%) Microsoft
5 7 (6.42%) Rackspace
5 7 (6.42%) VMware
6 6 (5.50%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 6 (5.50%) Meraki
7 5 (4.59%) Nortel
8 4 (3.67%) Nokia
9 3 (2.75%) F5
9 3 (2.75%) Talend
10 2 (1.83%) Ciena
10 2 (1.83%) HP
10 2 (1.83%) Huawei
10 2 (1.83%) Zscaler