Period
to 22 July 2019

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 22 July 2019 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
22 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 787 811 812
Rank change year-on-year +24 +1 +38
Contract jobs citing DSL 57 104 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.062% 0.10% 0.053%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.48% 0.76% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 64 23
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% - +25.93%
10th Percentile £172 £327 £230
90th Percentile £613 £599 £558
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £388
% change year-on-year +17.65% +9.68% +14.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 5
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £13.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.63% - -68.60%
10th Percentile £15.35 £12.75 £12.60
90th Percentile £19.20 £18.13 £26.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £13.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year +29.63% - -68.60%

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 11,756 13,737 13,081
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.74% 13.29% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,225 8,448 7,856
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £203
90th Percentile £604 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +1.27% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 572 769 767
UK median hourly rate £22.68 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.40% +2.56% -22.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% +5.26% -24.00%

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 22 July 2019.

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 22 July 2019. 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 48 £500 +17.65% 24
UK excluding London -3 46 £500 +17.65% 21
South East +31 29 £575 +3.14% 6
London +46 11 £400 -3.03% 5
Wales +13 5 £475 -0.31%
North of England +20 3 £500 - 6
North West +14 3 £500 +26.65% 3
Midlands -2 3 £130 -69.41% 6
East Midlands +13 2 £130 -69.41% 4
Scotland +6 2 - - 1
East of England -1 2 £401 -27.05% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £465 -
West Midlands +3 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 22 July 2019, 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 29 (50.88%) Jenkins
2 27 (47.37%) DevOps
3 24 (42.11%) Groovy
4 23 (40.35%) Docker
5 22 (38.60%) Opscode Chef
5 22 (38.60%) Git (software)
6 21 (36.84%) Amazon AWS
6 21 (36.84%) WAN
6 21 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (36.84%) Ansible
7 20 (35.09%) LAN
8 19 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (31.58%) CCNP
9 18 (31.58%) MPLS
9 18 (31.58%) Kubernetes
10 17 (29.82%) Sonatype Nexus
10 17 (29.82%) BGP
10 17 (29.82%) Cisco
10 17 (29.82%) VPN
11 16 (28.07%) Python
11 16 (28.07%) Firewall
12 15 (26.32%) Juniper
13 14 (24.56%) Ethernet
13 14 (24.56%) Linux
13 14 (24.56%) Test Automation
13 14 (24.56%) Cloud Foundry
14 13 (22.81%) OSPF
14 13 (22.81%) Migration
15 12 (21.05%) Telecoms
15 12 (21.05%) Finance

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 14 (24.56%) Cloud Foundry
2 6 (10.53%) Apache Spark
3 5 (8.77%) IIS
4 4 (7.02%) nginx
5 3 (5.26%) GemFire
5 3 (5.26%) MQSeries
5 3 (5.26%) Tomcat
5 3 (5.26%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.75%) Apache
6 1 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.75%) MS Exchange
6 1 (1.75%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 21 (36.84%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (19.30%) GitHub
3 8 (14.04%) Amazon EC2
4 7 (12.28%) Amazon EMR
4 7 (12.28%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (10.53%) OpenShift
6 5 (8.77%) Amazon ELB
6 5 (8.77%) Amazon S3
6 5 (8.77%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (7.02%) Amazon Kinesis
7 4 (7.02%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (5.26%) Amazon ECS
8 3 (5.26%) Office 365
8 3 (5.26%) Serverless
9 2 (3.51%) SaaS
10 1 (1.75%) CloudFront
10 1 (1.75%) Google App Engine
10 1 (1.75%) Google Compute Engine
10 1 (1.75%) Route 53
10 1 (1.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 21 (36.84%) WAN
2 20 (35.09%) LAN
3 18 (31.58%) MPLS
4 17 (29.82%) BGP
4 17 (29.82%) VPN
5 16 (28.07%) Firewall
6 14 (24.56%) Ethernet
7 13 (22.81%) OSPF
8 12 (21.05%) Internet
9 11 (19.30%) xDSL
10 10 (17.54%) DNS
11 9 (15.79%) ADSL
11 9 (15.79%) EIGRP
11 9 (15.79%) RIP
11 9 (15.79%) TCP/IP
12 8 (14.04%) IPsec
12 8 (14.04%) TACACS
12 8 (14.04%) Wireless
13 7 (12.28%) Unified Communications
13 7 (12.28%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.04%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.53%) MariaDB
3 2 (3.51%) Big Data
3 2 (3.51%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.75%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.75%) MySQL
4 1 (1.75%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.75%) Redis
Development Applications
1 29 (50.88%) Jenkins
2 22 (38.60%) Git (software)
3 17 (29.82%) Sonatype Nexus
4 11 (19.30%) Selenium
5 7 (12.28%) Gradle
5 7 (12.28%) Subversion
6 5 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (8.77%) Vagrant
7 4 (7.02%) Cucumber
7 4 (7.02%) Protractor
8 3 (5.26%) Hamcrest
8 3 (5.26%) JIRA
8 3 (5.26%) JUnit
8 3 (5.26%) Liquibase
8 3 (5.26%) Mockito
8 3 (5.26%) SpecFlow
9 2 (3.51%) Eclipse
9 2 (3.51%) GitLab
9 2 (3.51%) Maven
10 1 (1.75%) gulp
General
1 12 (21.05%) Finance
1 12 (21.05%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.75%) Advertising
2 1 (1.75%) Billing
2 1 (1.75%) Electronics
2 1 (1.75%) Law
2 1 (1.75%) Military
Job Titles
1 24 (42.11%) DevOps Engineer
2 17 (29.82%) Network Engineer
3 9 (15.79%) Senior DevOps
3 9 (15.79%) Senior DevOps Engineer
4 6 (10.53%) Analyst
4 6 (10.53%) Developer
5 5 (8.77%) IP Network Engineer
5 5 (8.77%) Java Developer
6 4 (7.02%) Juniper Engineer
6 4 (7.02%) Network Security Engineer
6 4 (7.02%) Security Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Cisco Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) IP Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Network Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Support Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Windows DevOps Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
8 2 (3.51%) Network Infrastructure Analyst
8 2 (3.51%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.28%) AngularJS
2 6 (10.53%) Kafka
3 5 (8.77%) .NET
4 4 (7.02%) 802.1X
4 4 (7.02%) Middleware
4 4 (7.02%) RabbitMQ
4 4 (7.02%) WireMock
5 3 (5.26%) Gherkin
5 3 (5.26%) JMS
5 3 (5.26%) Lambda Expressions
5 3 (5.26%) LEMP Stack
5 3 (5.26%) MyBatis
5 3 (5.26%) RESTful
5 3 (5.26%) Spring
5 3 (5.26%) Spring Boot
5 3 (5.26%) Spring Integration
5 3 (5.26%) Swagger
6 1 (1.75%) CGI
6 1 (1.75%) HTML
6 1 (1.75%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.51%) CCTV
2 2 (3.51%) Data Centre
2 2 (3.51%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (3.51%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.51%) PKI
3 1 (1.75%) Blackberry
3 1 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (1.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 14 (24.56%) Linux
2 10 (17.54%) Windows
3 6 (10.53%) Unix
4 3 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (5.26%) Windows Server
4 3 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.51%) Check Point GAiA
6 1 (1.75%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (1.75%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (47.37%) DevOps
2 21 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (24.56%) Test Automation
4 13 (22.81%) Migration
5 7 (12.28%) Change Management
5 7 (12.28%) Service Delivery
6 6 (10.53%) Scrum
7 5 (8.77%) Communications Security
7 5 (8.77%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (8.77%) Infrastructure as Code
7 5 (8.77%) ITIL
7 5 (8.77%) Kanban
7 5 (8.77%) Network Management
7 5 (8.77%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (8.77%) Process Management
7 5 (8.77%) Scaled Agile Framework
7 5 (8.77%) SDLC
8 4 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 4 (7.02%) Workflow
9 3 (5.26%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 24 (42.11%) Groovy
2 16 (28.07%) Python
3 12 (21.05%) Java
4 8 (14.04%) Bash Shell
5 7 (12.28%) Shell Script
6 6 (10.53%) Korn
6 6 (10.53%) SQL
7 5 (8.77%) C#
7 5 (8.77%) Java 8
7 5 (8.77%) PowerShell
8 2 (3.51%) C
8 2 (3.51%) JavaScript
8 2 (3.51%) Perl
9 1 (1.75%) C++
9 1 (1.75%) Go
9 1 (1.75%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 19 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (31.58%) CCNP
3 11 (19.30%) CCNA
4 8 (14.04%) SC Cleared
4 8 (14.04%) Security Cleared
5 7 (12.28%) CCIP
6 6 (10.53%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (7.02%) BC Cleared
7 4 (7.02%) CCDP
7 4 (7.02%) CCIE
8 3 (5.26%) AWS Certification
9 2 (3.51%) JNCIE
9 2 (3.51%) JNCIP
10 1 (1.75%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (10.53%) QA
2 1 (1.75%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (40.35%) Docker
2 3 (5.26%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (3.51%) Active Directory
3 2 (3.51%) HDFS
3 2 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.75%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 1 (1.75%) Firmware
4 1 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.75%) VMware NSX
4 1 (1.75%) vSphere
4 1 (1.75%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 22 (38.60%) Opscode Chef
2 21 (36.84%) Ansible
3 18 (31.58%) Kubernetes
4 11 (19.30%) Terraform
5 4 (7.02%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (7.02%) Puppet
6 2 (3.51%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (3.51%) Cisco UCCX
6 2 (3.51%) SCCM
6 2 (3.51%) SolarWinds Orion
7 1 (1.75%) Backup Exec
7 1 (1.75%) Istio
7 1 (1.75%) Knative
7 1 (1.75%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 17 (29.82%) Cisco
2 15 (26.32%) Juniper
3 9 (15.79%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 6 (10.53%) CheckPoint
5 5 (8.77%) F5
5 5 (8.77%) Meraki
6 4 (7.02%) Microsoft
6 4 (7.02%) Oracle
6 4 (7.02%) SolarWinds
7 3 (5.26%) VMware
8 2 (3.51%) Aerohive Networks
8 2 (3.51%) Barracuda Networks
8 2 (3.51%) BT
8 2 (3.51%) Nortel
8 2 (3.51%) Palo Alto
8 2 (3.51%) Zscaler
9 1 (1.75%) Fortinet
9 1 (1.75%) Google
9 1 (1.75%) New Relic
9 1 (1.75%) Splunk