Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 778 805 857
Rank change year-on-year +27 +52 -79
Contract jobs citing DSL 110 57 51
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.060% 0.047%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.80% 0.44% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 28 29
UK median daily rate £425 £489 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.04% +44.81% -0.74%
10th Percentile £323 £243 £167
90th Percentile £600 £565 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £336
% change year-on-year +13.33% +11.52% +12.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 0
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.81% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 -
% change year-on-year +14.81% - -

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 13,745 13,022 16,885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.44% 13.61% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,418 7,830 10,230
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 767 744 810
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.36%
10th Percentile £12.22 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +20.38%

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 16 August 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 16 August 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
UK excluding London +42 92 £425 +13.33% 14
England -20 89 £425 -15.00% 18
Midlands +27 36 £425 - 3
East Midlands - 20 £425 - 1
Scotland -16 19 £400 +6.67% 2
London -23 18 £506 -1.22% 6
South East -9 16 £525 +40.00% 2
West Midlands -11 16 £500 - 2
East of England 0 10 £550 +22.22% 2
North of England -3 9 £500 +100.00% 5
North West -12 6 £395 +57.91% 2
Yorkshire - 3 £500 - 3
Wales -19 2 £477 -3.49%

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 52 (47.27%) Jenkins
2 41 (37.27%) DevOps
3 38 (34.55%) Linux
4 37 (33.64%) Git (software)
5 33 (30.00%) Windows
6 32 (29.09%) Bash Shell
7 28 (25.45%) Ansible
7 28 (25.45%) Docker
7 28 (25.45%) Cisco
8 26 (23.64%) Telecoms
9 24 (21.82%) WAN
10 21 (19.09%) Ethernet
10 21 (19.09%) MPLS
10 21 (19.09%) Opscode Chef
11 20 (18.18%) Internet
11 20 (18.18%) Juniper
11 20 (18.18%) Amazon AWS
12 19 (17.27%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (17.27%) VPN
13 17 (15.45%) LAN
13 17 (15.45%) Puppet
14 16 (14.55%) BGP
15 15 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (13.64%) Security Cleared
16 14 (12.73%) SC Cleared
16 14 (12.73%) Windows 7
16 14 (12.73%) CCNA
16 14 (12.73%) CCNP
16 14 (12.73%) Windows 10
16 14 (12.73%) Terraform

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 8 (7.27%) Cloud Foundry
1 8 (7.27%) Confluence
2 5 (4.55%) Apache
2 5 (4.55%) nginx
3 4 (3.64%) Apache Spark
3 4 (3.64%) IIS
3 4 (3.64%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.82%) OpenStack
4 2 (1.82%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.82%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.91%) JBoss
5 1 (0.91%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.91%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.91%) WordPress
Applications
1 10 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.91%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 20 (18.18%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.73%) npm
2 3 (2.73%) OpenShift
3 2 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (1.82%) Amazon S3
3 2 (1.82%) Office 365
3 2 (1.82%) Route 53
4 1 (0.91%) GitHub
4 1 (0.91%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.91%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (21.82%) WAN
2 21 (19.09%) Ethernet
2 21 (19.09%) MPLS
3 20 (18.18%) Internet
4 19 (17.27%) VPN
5 17 (15.45%) LAN
6 16 (14.55%) BGP
7 13 (11.82%) DNS
7 13 (11.82%) OSPF
8 11 (10.00%) ATM
8 11 (10.00%) Broadband
8 11 (10.00%) TCP/IP
9 10 (9.09%) ADSL
9 10 (9.09%) EIGRP
9 10 (9.09%) Firewall
9 10 (9.09%) VoIP
10 9 (8.18%) xDSL
11 8 (7.27%) SDH
11 8 (7.27%) SSL
11 8 (7.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.27%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (3.64%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.64%) Redis
2 4 (3.64%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.73%) Apache Hive
3 3 (2.73%) CouchDB
3 3 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.73%) Hadoop
3 3 (2.73%) HBase
3 3 (2.73%) NoSQL
3 3 (2.73%) Pentaho
3 3 (2.73%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.91%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 52 (47.27%) Jenkins
2 37 (33.64%) Git (software)
3 11 (10.00%) Bitbucket
4 9 (8.18%) JIRA
5 7 (6.36%) Cucumber
5 7 (6.36%) Gradle
5 7 (6.36%) Selenium
6 5 (4.55%) Maven
6 5 (4.55%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (3.64%) Appium
7 4 (3.64%) Artifactory
7 4 (3.64%) Eclipse
7 4 (3.64%) GitLab
7 4 (3.64%) IBM UrbanCode
7 4 (3.64%) Subversion
7 4 (3.64%) Zephyr
8 3 (2.73%) Ant
8 3 (2.73%) git-flow
9 2 (1.82%) JUnit
9 2 (1.82%) SonarQube
General
1 26 (23.64%) Telecoms
2 9 (8.18%) Finance
3 4 (3.64%) Billing
3 4 (3.64%) Retail
4 3 (2.73%) Banking
5 2 (1.82%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.91%) Front Office
6 1 (0.91%) Law
6 1 (0.91%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 36 (32.73%) DevOps Engineer
2 18 (16.36%) Network Engineer
3 12 (10.91%) Operations Engineer
4 11 (10.00%) Developer
5 7 (6.36%) Support Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Analyst
7 5 (4.55%) NOC Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Project Manager
7 5 (4.55%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Automation Tester
8 4 (3.64%) Business Analyst
8 4 (3.64%) Developer in Test
8 4 (3.64%) Senior DevOps
8 4 (3.64%) Senior DevOps Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Test Automation Developer
8 4 (3.64%) Tester
9 3 (2.73%) Administrator
9 3 (2.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (2.73%) Network Support Engineer
9 3 (2.73%) Telephony Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.27%) .NET
1 8 (7.27%) HTML
1 8 (7.27%) JSON
2 5 (4.55%) Ajax
2 5 (4.55%) CGI
2 5 (4.55%) Middleware
2 5 (4.55%) Spring Boot
3 4 (3.64%) Gherkin
3 4 (3.64%) LDAP
3 4 (3.64%) Spring
4 3 (2.73%) AngularJS
4 3 (2.73%) CSS
4 3 (2.73%) Flask
4 3 (2.73%) HTML5
4 3 (2.73%) JMS
4 3 (2.73%) Kafka
4 3 (2.73%) React
4 3 (2.73%) RESTful
4 3 (2.73%) Spring MVC
4 3 (2.73%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.55%) Media Streaming
2 5 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (3.64%) User Experience
4 3 (2.73%) Mobile Banking
4 3 (2.73%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.82%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.82%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.91%) CCTV
6 1 (0.91%) Derivative
6 1 (0.91%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.91%) Equities
6 1 (0.91%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.91%) Replication
6 1 (0.91%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 38 (34.55%) Linux
2 33 (30.00%) Windows
3 14 (12.73%) Windows 10
3 14 (12.73%) Windows 7
4 11 (10.00%) Solaris
5 9 (8.18%) Unix
6 7 (6.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (4.55%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (3.64%) Apple iOS
9 3 (2.73%) Windows Server
9 3 (2.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (1.82%) CentOS
11 1 (0.91%) Check Point GAiA
11 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (37.27%) DevOps
2 19 (17.27%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (11.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 13 (11.82%) Test Automation
4 11 (10.00%) Migration
5 10 (9.09%) Problem-Solving
6 9 (8.18%) Configuration Management
6 9 (8.18%) Scrum
7 8 (7.27%) Software Engineering
8 7 (6.36%) Project Management
8 7 (6.36%) TDD
8 7 (6.36%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (5.45%) Test Scripting
10 5 (4.55%) Collaborative Working
10 5 (4.55%) Continuous Delivery
10 5 (4.55%) Creative Thinking
10 5 (4.55%) Defect Tracking
10 5 (4.55%) Innovative Thinking
10 5 (4.55%) Process Improvement
11 4 (3.64%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 32 (29.09%) Bash Shell
2 12 (10.91%) Groovy
2 12 (10.91%) Java
2 12 (10.91%) PowerShell
3 10 (9.09%) JavaScript
4 8 (7.27%) Python
5 5 (4.55%) C
5 5 (4.55%) C++
5 5 (4.55%) Embedded C
6 3 (2.73%) HiveQL
6 3 (2.73%) Java 8
6 3 (2.73%) Scala
6 3 (2.73%) SQL
7 2 (1.82%) VB
7 2 (1.82%) VBA
8 1 (0.91%) C#
8 1 (0.91%) Perl
8 1 (0.91%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
1 15 (13.64%) Security Cleared
2 14 (12.73%) CCNA
2 14 (12.73%) CCNP
2 14 (12.73%) SC Cleared
3 7 (6.36%) BC Cleared
3 7 (6.36%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (2.73%) CCDP
4 3 (2.73%) CCIP
5 2 (1.82%) CCIE
5 2 (1.82%) JNCIA
5 2 (1.82%) JNCIP
5 2 (1.82%) JNCIS
6 1 (0.91%) CCSA
6 1 (0.91%) CCSE
6 1 (0.91%) Check Point Certification
6 1 (0.91%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.91%) GIAC
6 1 (0.91%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.91%) MiFID
1 1 (0.91%) QA
1 1 (0.91%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (25.45%) Docker
2 3 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.82%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.82%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.91%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.91%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.91%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (25.45%) Ansible
2 21 (19.09%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (15.45%) Puppet
4 14 (12.73%) Terraform
5 6 (5.45%) Red Hat Satellite
6 5 (4.55%) Kubernetes
7 4 (3.64%) Oracle ZFS
8 3 (2.73%) Prometheus
8 3 (2.73%) Xymon
9 2 (1.82%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (1.82%) Kibana
10 1 (0.91%) Consul
10 1 (0.91%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.91%) Mesos
10 1 (0.91%) Nagios
10 1 (0.91%) SCCM
10 1 (0.91%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 28 (25.45%) Cisco
2 20 (18.18%) Juniper
3 9 (8.18%) Brocade
3 9 (8.18%) Rackspace
4 7 (6.36%) Red Hat
5 4 (3.64%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 4 (3.64%) Atlassian
5 4 (3.64%) CheckPoint
5 4 (3.64%) VMware
6 3 (2.73%) Cloudera
6 3 (2.73%) Informatica
6 3 (2.73%) Microsoft
6 3 (2.73%) Nortel
6 3 (2.73%) Talend
7 2 (1.82%) Ciena
7 2 (1.82%) Ericsson
7 2 (1.82%) F5
7 2 (1.82%) Huawei
7 2 (1.82%) Nokia
7 2 (1.82%) Tandberg