Period
to 22 February 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 22 February 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
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 816 798 841
Rank change year-on-year -18 +43 -73
Contract jobs citing DSL 58 54 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.057% 0.056% 0.043%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.43% 0.38% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 28 25
UK median daily rate £425 £364 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.84% -3.00% +27.12%
10th Percentile £375 £169 £209
90th Percentile £538 £462 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £365 £450
% change year-on-year +16.44% -18.89% +63.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 3
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £13.50 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -68.60% +95.45%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.55 £41.50
90th Percentile £14.25 £140.85 £45.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £13.25 £43.00
% change year-on-year +1.89% -69.19% +186.67%

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 13,339 14,264 15,002
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.13% 14.86% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,237 8,694 8,797
UK median daily rate £401 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 699 760 816
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.30% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.03 £11.45 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £21.75
% change year-on-year -6.98% -1.15% -2.68%

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 February 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 22 February 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 +13 49 £425 +16.44% 16
England -30 43 £425 +25.93% 24
Midlands +27 23 £425 +30.77% 4
East Midlands - 18 £425 - 1
Scotland - 13 £400 - 1
London -68 8 £490 +60.00% 9
North of England +35 6 £525 +90.91% 5
West Midlands +3 5 - - 3
South East -13 5 £369 +9.26% 4
Yorkshire - 5 £525 - 4
North East +52 1 £475 +72.73%
Wales -6 1 - -
East of England -6 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 35 (60.34%) Jenkins
2 23 (39.66%) Git (software)
2 23 (39.66%) DevOps
2 23 (39.66%) Docker
3 20 (34.48%) Linux
4 19 (32.76%) Windows
4 19 (32.76%) Bash Shell
5 18 (31.03%) Windows 7
5 18 (31.03%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (31.03%) Windows 10
6 15 (25.86%) Java
7 13 (22.41%) JIRA
7 13 (22.41%) Test Automation
8 12 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
8 12 (20.69%) Test Scripting
8 12 (20.69%) Confluence
8 12 (20.69%) Scenario Testing
8 12 (20.69%) Selenium
9 11 (18.97%) Regression Testing
9 11 (18.97%) Retail
9 11 (18.97%) CRM
9 11 (18.97%) Eclipse
9 11 (18.97%) User Experience
9 11 (18.97%) Zephyr
9 11 (18.97%) Appium
9 11 (18.97%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (18.97%) Gherkin
9 11 (18.97%) Cucumber
9 11 (18.97%) Apple iOS
10 9 (15.52%) Oracle

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 12 (20.69%) Confluence
2 5 (8.62%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.72%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.72%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 1 (1.72%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.72%) Amazon S3
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.72%) Office 365
2 1 (1.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (15.52%) MPLS
2 7 (12.07%) BGP
2 7 (12.07%) Ethernet
2 7 (12.07%) VPN
2 7 (12.07%) WAN
3 6 (10.34%) OSPF
4 5 (8.62%) Internet
4 5 (8.62%) LAN
4 5 (8.62%) X.21
4 5 (8.62%) xDSL
5 4 (6.90%) ADSL
5 4 (6.90%) Firewall
5 4 (6.90%) IPsec
6 3 (5.17%) ATM
6 3 (5.17%) EIGRP
6 3 (5.17%) RIP
6 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
7 2 (3.45%) HTTP
7 2 (3.45%) SAN
7 2 (3.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.34%) Hadoop
1 6 (10.34%) HBase
2 5 (8.62%) Apache Hive
2 5 (8.62%) Big Data
2 5 (8.62%) Pentaho
3 1 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.72%) CouchDB
3 1 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.72%) MySQL
3 1 (1.72%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 35 (60.34%) Jenkins
2 23 (39.66%) Git (software)
3 13 (22.41%) JIRA
4 12 (20.69%) Selenium
5 11 (18.97%) Appium
5 11 (18.97%) Cucumber
5 11 (18.97%) Eclipse
5 11 (18.97%) Zephyr
6 2 (3.45%) Artifactory
6 2 (3.45%) IBM UrbanCode
6 2 (3.45%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (1.72%) Gradle
7 1 (1.72%) Maven
7 1 (1.72%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.72%) Subversion
7 1 (1.72%) Vagrant
General
1 11 (18.97%) Retail
2 5 (8.62%) Telecoms
3 4 (6.90%) Finance
3 4 (6.90%) Games
4 2 (3.45%) Banking
5 1 (1.72%) Electronics
5 1 (1.72%) Front Office
5 1 (1.72%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (31.03%) DevOps Engineer
2 15 (25.86%) Operations Engineer
3 12 (20.69%) Tester
4 11 (18.97%) Automation Tester
4 11 (18.97%) Network Engineer
5 7 (12.07%) Developer
6 5 (8.62%) Data Engineer
6 5 (8.62%) DevOps Developer
6 5 (8.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (8.62%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Big Data Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Hadoop Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Java Developer
8 3 (5.17%) Java Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Architect
9 2 (3.45%) Juniper Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Network Systems Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Network Technician
9 2 (3.45%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (3.45%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.97%) Gherkin
2 5 (8.62%) Kafka
2 5 (8.62%) Spark Streaming
3 3 (5.17%) RESTful
4 2 (3.45%) REST
4 2 (3.45%) Web Services
5 1 (1.72%) .NET
5 1 (1.72%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.72%) 802.1X
5 1 (1.72%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (1.72%) Flask
5 1 (1.72%) Hibernate
5 1 (1.72%) JSON
5 1 (1.72%) Middleware
5 1 (1.72%) SOAP
5 1 (1.72%) Spring
5 1 (1.72%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 18 (31.03%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (18.97%) User Experience
3 2 (3.45%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.72%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.72%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.72%) Replication
4 1 (1.72%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 20 (34.48%) Linux
2 19 (32.76%) Windows
3 18 (31.03%) Windows 10
3 18 (31.03%) Windows 7
4 11 (18.97%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (39.66%) DevOps
2 13 (22.41%) Test Automation
3 12 (20.69%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (20.69%) Scenario Testing
3 12 (20.69%) Test Scripting
4 11 (18.97%) CRM
4 11 (18.97%) Regression Testing
4 11 (18.97%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (12.07%) Network Management
6 5 (8.62%) ETL
6 5 (8.62%) MapReduce
7 3 (5.17%) Continuous Delivery
7 3 (5.17%) Microservices
7 3 (5.17%) Migration
7 3 (5.17%) Service Delivery
8 2 (3.45%) Presales
8 2 (3.45%) Scrum
8 2 (3.45%) SDLC
8 2 (3.45%) Technical Analysis
8 2 (3.45%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 19 (32.76%) Bash Shell
2 15 (25.86%) Java
3 5 (8.62%) HiveQL
4 4 (6.90%) Ruby
4 4 (6.90%) Scala
4 4 (6.90%) SQL
5 2 (3.45%) Groovy
5 2 (3.45%) Python
6 1 (1.72%) C#
6 1 (1.72%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.72%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (13.79%) SC Cleared
1 8 (13.79%) Security Cleared
2 7 (12.07%) CCNP
2 7 (12.07%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (6.90%) CCNA
4 2 (3.45%) BC Cleared
4 2 (3.45%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (3.45%) CCDP
4 2 (3.45%) CCIE
4 2 (3.45%) CCIP
5 1 (1.72%) GIAC
5 1 (1.72%) ISEB
5 1 (1.72%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.72%) QA
1 1 (1.72%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (39.66%) Docker
2 1 (1.72%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.72%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (5.17%) Ansible
2 2 (3.45%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (1.72%) Graphite
3 1 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.72%) Puppet
3 1 (1.72%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (15.52%) Oracle
2 8 (13.79%) Cisco
3 7 (12.07%) Juniper
4 5 (8.62%) Informatica
4 5 (8.62%) Talend
5 3 (5.17%) F5
6 2 (3.45%) CheckPoint
6 2 (3.45%) Cloudera
6 2 (3.45%) HP
6 2 (3.45%) Microsoft
6 2 (3.45%) Tandberg
7 1 (1.72%) Atlassian
7 1 (1.72%) BT
7 1 (1.72%) Citrix
7 1 (1.72%) Dell
7 1 (1.72%) EqualLogic
7 1 (1.72%) McAfee
7 1 (1.72%) Nortel
7 1 (1.72%) SolarWinds
7 1 (1.72%) VMware