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 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 577 618 577
Rank change year-on-year +41 -41  
Contract jobs citing DSL 23 22 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.041% 0.089%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.35% 0.28% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 8 35
Median daily rate £450 £375 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +26.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £242 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £575 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +45.83% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 1
Median hourly rate £13.25 £43.00 £170.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -69.18% -74.70%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.25 £43.00 -
% change year-on-year -69.18% -  

DSL is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6563 7989 7930
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.41% 14.76% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4035 4785 4336
Median daily rate £400 £383 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.57% +5.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 338 438
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

DSL
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing DSL as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +46 16 £450 - 6
London +37 7 £450 -21.73% 2
Wales - 6 £438 -
Berkshire +27 4 £550 +91.30%
South East +16 4 £550 +91.30%
Cardiff - 4 £438 -
South Wales - 4 £438 -
Bracknell +5 3 - -
West Midlands +19 1 - - 1
North West - 1 £250 - 1
Preston - 1 £250 -
Lancashire - 1 £250 -
West Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 19 (39.58%) WAN
2 18 (37.50%) Cisco
2 18 (37.50%) Telecoms
3 15 (31.25%) MPLS
4 14 (29.17%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (29.17%) Firewall
4 14 (29.17%) TCP/IP
4 14 (29.17%) LAN
4 14 (29.17%) Ethernet
5 13 (27.08%) IPsec
6 12 (25.00%) Juniper
6 12 (25.00%) OSPF
6 12 (25.00%) BGP
7 10 (20.83%) Migration
7 10 (20.83%) VoIP
7 10 (20.83%) DNS
7 10 (20.83%) Security Cleared
8 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
8 9 (18.75%) CCNP
8 9 (18.75%) CCNA
8 9 (18.75%) Linux
9 8 (16.67%) Java
9 8 (16.67%) ITIL
9 8 (16.67%) SSL
9 8 (16.67%) VPN
9 8 (16.67%) DHCP
9 8 (16.67%) Wireless
9 8 (16.67%) Internet
9 8 (16.67%) xDSL
10 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development

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 3 (6.25%) Apache
1 3 (6.25%) IIS
1 3 (6.25%) Jetty
1 3 (6.25%) Mongrel
1 3 (6.25%) nginx
1 3 (6.25%) Tomcat
1 3 (6.25%) WebSphere
2 1 (2.08%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle Coherence
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle HTTP Server
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (2.08%) SAS
2 1 (2.08%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (12.50%) Amazon EC2
1 6 (12.50%) Amazon S3
2 3 (6.25%) Google App Engine
2 3 (6.25%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (2.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (2.08%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 1 (2.08%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (2.08%) Office 365
3 1 (2.08%) Route 53
3 1 (2.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (39.58%) WAN
2 15 (31.25%) MPLS
3 14 (29.17%) Ethernet
3 14 (29.17%) Firewall
3 14 (29.17%) LAN
3 14 (29.17%) TCP/IP
4 13 (27.08%) IPsec
5 12 (25.00%) BGP
5 12 (25.00%) OSPF
6 10 (20.83%) DNS
6 10 (20.83%) VoIP
7 8 (16.67%) DHCP
7 8 (16.67%) Internet
7 8 (16.67%) SSL
7 8 (16.67%) VPN
7 8 (16.67%) Wireless
7 8 (16.67%) xDSL
8 6 (12.50%) PBX
8 6 (12.50%) SNMP
8 6 (12.50%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.17%) Blockchain
2 1 (2.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 1 (2.08%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (12.50%) Jenkins
2 5 (10.42%) Git (software)
3 3 (6.25%) Selenium
3 3 (6.25%) Travis CI
4 2 (4.17%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.08%) Cucumber
General
1 18 (37.50%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.25%) Finance
3 2 (4.17%) German Language
4 1 (2.08%) Electronics
4 1 (2.08%) Front Office
4 1 (2.08%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (29.17%) Network Engineer
2 6 (12.50%) Developer
3 4 (8.33%) Cisco Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) VoIP Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) WAN Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Cisco Project Manager
5 2 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 2 (4.17%) LAN Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) LAN/WAN Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Scala Developer
5 2 (4.17%) Senior Front-End Developer
5 2 (4.17%) Senior UI Developer
5 2 (4.17%) Senior UI/UX Developer
5 2 (4.17%) Senior UX Developer
5 2 (4.17%) UI Developer
5 2 (4.17%) UI/UX Developer
5 2 (4.17%) UX Developer
5 2 (4.17%) Wireless Product Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.33%) .NET
1 4 (8.33%) J2EE
2 3 (6.25%) 802.1X
2 3 (6.25%) Leaflet
2 3 (6.25%) Middleware
2 3 (6.25%) Servlets
3 2 (4.17%) AngularJS
3 2 (4.17%) CSS
3 2 (4.17%) D3.js
3 2 (4.17%) HTML
3 2 (4.17%) LESS
3 2 (4.17%) Node.js
3 2 (4.17%) React
3 2 (4.17%) Sass
4 1 (2.08%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.08%) Hibernate
4 1 (2.08%) Java EE
4 1 (2.08%) Laravel
4 1 (2.08%) Spring
4 1 (2.08%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.58%) Data Centre
2 6 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (8.33%) Fixed Income
4 3 (6.25%) CESG
4 3 (6.25%) Data Structures
4 3 (6.25%) Derivative
4 3 (6.25%) Grid Computing
5 2 (4.17%) Computer Science
5 2 (4.17%) Handset
5 2 (4.17%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 2 (4.17%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.17%) PKI
5 2 (4.17%) PMI
5 2 (4.17%) User Experience
6 1 (2.08%) ASIC
6 1 (2.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (2.08%) IPTV
6 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Licensing
6 1 (2.08%) Reference Data
6 1 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.75%) Linux
2 2 (4.17%) Windows
3 1 (2.08%) Unix
3 1 (2.08%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (20.83%) Migration
2 8 (16.67%) ITIL
3 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (14.58%) Change Management
4 6 (12.50%) DevOps
5 5 (10.42%) Network Management
5 5 (10.42%) Open Source
6 4 (8.33%) Configuration Management
6 4 (8.33%) Network Design
7 3 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (6.25%) Information Security
7 3 (6.25%) Load Balancing
7 3 (6.25%) Mentoring
7 3 (6.25%) Microservices
7 3 (6.25%) Performance Tuning
7 3 (6.25%) Project Management
7 3 (6.25%) SDLC
8 2 (4.17%) Front End Development
8 2 (4.17%) Server Hardening
8 2 (4.17%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.67%) Java
2 3 (6.25%) JavaScript
2 3 (6.25%) Scala
3 2 (4.17%) Perl
4 1 (2.08%) Python
4 1 (2.08%) SQL
4 1 (2.08%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 14 (29.17%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (20.83%) Security Cleared
3 9 (18.75%) CCNA
3 9 (18.75%) CCNP
3 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
4 3 (6.25%) Degree
4 3 (6.25%) DV Cleared
5 2 (4.17%) BC Cleared
5 2 (4.17%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (4.17%) CCDP
5 2 (4.17%) CCIE
5 2 (4.17%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.08%) CCDA
6 1 (2.08%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.42%) JSP 440
1 5 (10.42%) SLA
2 2 (4.17%) QA
3 1 (2.08%) EMIR
3 1 (2.08%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (6.25%) Xen
2 2 (4.17%) Firmware
2 2 (4.17%) NFS
3 1 (2.08%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.08%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (12.50%) Ansible
1 6 (12.50%) Terraform
2 5 (10.42%) Rundeck
3 4 (8.33%) Marathon
3 4 (8.33%) Mesos
3 4 (8.33%) Puppet
4 3 (6.25%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (4.17%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (2.08%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (2.08%) Fluentd
6 1 (2.08%) Grafana
6 1 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (2.08%) Kibana
6 1 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (2.08%) vMotion
Vendors
1 18 (37.50%) Cisco
2 12 (25.00%) Juniper
3 5 (10.42%) VMware
4 4 (8.33%) F5
4 4 (8.33%) Microsoft
5 3 (6.25%) BroadSoft
5 3 (6.25%) CheckPoint
5 3 (6.25%) Google
5 3 (6.25%) Oracle
6 2 (4.17%) Barracuda Networks
6 2 (4.17%) Citrix
6 2 (4.17%) Palo Alto
6 2 (4.17%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (4.17%) SolarWinds
7 1 (2.08%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (2.08%) Dell
7 1 (2.08%) EMC
7 1 (2.08%) Forcepoint
7 1 (2.08%) HP
7 1 (2.08%) Mitel