Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 755 799 836
Rank change year-on-year +44 +37 +4
Contract jobs citing DSL 52 101 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.063% 0.097% 0.053%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.46% 0.75% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 53 27
UK median daily rate £488 £525 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +10.53% +40.74%
10th Percentile £350 £367 £383
90th Percentile £588 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £525 £425
% change year-on-year -25.71% +23.53% +25.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 3
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74% -84.87%
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.50 £12.75
90th Percentile £19.38 £21.25 £14.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +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 11,272 13,543 13,991
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.55% 13.01% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,757 8,159 8,534
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £192 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 642 633 745
UK median hourly rate £24.38 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.88% +5.26% -19.15%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.13
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.50 £46.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.04
% change year-on-year +18.42% +5.32% -27.84%

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 21 November 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 12 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 21 November 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 +54 36 £400 -23.81% 25
UK excluding London +16 29 £390 -25.71% 18
South East +23 12 £575 - 6
London +83 11 £400 -27.27% 8
Midlands +36 6 £240 -43.53% 4
North of England +37 4 - - 3
West Midlands +35 4 £351 -19.89% 2
Scotland +16 4 - - 1
Yorkshire - 4 - - 3
East of England +24 2 £390 -30.67% 2
East Midlands +21 2 £130 -68.48% 2
South West - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 34 (65.38%) Jenkins
2 31 (59.62%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (57.69%) Groovy
3 30 (57.69%) Git (software)
4 27 (51.92%) Test Automation
5 22 (42.31%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (40.38%) Scala
6 21 (40.38%) TDD
6 21 (40.38%) Scrum
7 20 (38.46%) HTML
7 20 (38.46%) CSS
8 18 (34.62%) JSON
8 18 (34.62%) REST
8 18 (34.62%) Splunk
8 18 (34.62%) Kibana
8 18 (34.62%) Problem-Solving
9 17 (32.69%) Java 8
9 17 (32.69%) Play Framework
9 17 (32.69%) CSS3
9 17 (32.69%) HTML5
9 17 (32.69%) MongoDB
9 17 (32.69%) Ajax
10 16 (30.77%) VPN
10 16 (30.77%) Relational Database
11 15 (28.85%) Cisco
12 14 (26.92%) WAN
12 14 (26.92%) LAN
12 14 (26.92%) Firewall
12 14 (26.92%) Cisco Certification
12 14 (26.92%) BGP

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 5 (9.62%) Cloud Foundry
2 4 (7.69%) Confluence
3 2 (3.85%) Apache Spark
3 2 (3.85%) GemFire
3 2 (3.85%) nginx
3 2 (3.85%) Tomcat
3 2 (3.85%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 10 (19.23%) AWS
2 8 (15.38%) GitHub
3 7 (13.46%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (11.54%) Azure
5 5 (9.62%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (9.62%) Amazon ECS
6 3 (5.77%) AWS Fargate
6 3 (5.77%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (5.77%) BrowserStack
6 3 (5.77%) Serverless
7 2 (3.85%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (3.85%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (3.85%) Amazon Kinesis
7 2 (3.85%) Amazon S3
7 2 (3.85%) OpenShift
8 1 (1.92%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 16 (30.77%) VPN
2 14 (26.92%) BGP
2 14 (26.92%) Firewall
2 14 (26.92%) LAN
2 14 (26.92%) WAN
3 13 (25.00%) MPLS
4 10 (19.23%) DNS
5 9 (17.31%) Ethernet
5 9 (17.31%) SNMP
5 9 (17.31%) VoIP
6 8 (15.38%) EIGRP
6 8 (15.38%) Internet
6 8 (15.38%) IPsec
6 8 (15.38%) TCP/IP
7 7 (13.46%) ADSL
7 7 (13.46%) Network Security
7 7 (13.46%) OSPF
7 7 (13.46%) PPP
7 7 (13.46%) RIP
7 7 (13.46%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (32.69%) MongoDB
2 16 (30.77%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.85%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (3.85%) MariaDB
4 1 (1.92%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 34 (65.38%) Jenkins
2 30 (57.69%) Git (software)
3 8 (15.38%) Cucumber
4 7 (13.46%) Selenium
4 7 (13.46%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (9.62%) JIRA
6 4 (7.69%) Gatling
6 4 (7.69%) Gradle
6 4 (7.69%) WebDriver
7 3 (5.77%) CircleCI
7 3 (5.77%) Subversion
7 3 (5.77%) Vagrant
8 2 (3.85%) Liquibase
8 2 (3.85%) Protractor
9 1 (1.92%) GitLab
General
1 7 (13.46%) Telecoms
2 4 (7.69%) Finance
3 2 (3.85%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 21 (40.38%) Developer
2 17 (32.69%) Scala Developer
3 10 (19.23%) Network Engineer
4 9 (17.31%) Analyst
5 7 (13.46%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) IP Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) IP Network Engineer
7 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 4 (7.69%) Network Analyst
7 4 (7.69%) Network Infrastructure Analyst
8 3 (5.77%) Senior DevOps
8 3 (5.77%) Senior DevOps Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) AWS Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Network Support
9 2 (3.85%) Network Support Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Support Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) Support Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Test Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (38.46%) CSS
1 20 (38.46%) HTML
2 18 (34.62%) JSON
2 18 (34.62%) REST
3 17 (32.69%) Ajax
3 17 (32.69%) CSS3
3 17 (32.69%) HTML5
3 17 (32.69%) Play Framework
4 3 (5.77%) Node.js
5 2 (3.85%) 802.1X
5 2 (3.85%) AngularJS
5 2 (3.85%) Grails
5 2 (3.85%) Kafka
5 2 (3.85%) LEMP Stack
5 2 (3.85%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (3.85%) WireMock
6 1 (1.92%) JSON Schema
6 1 (1.92%) RESTful
6 1 (1.92%) Spring
6 1 (1.92%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.77%) Robotics
2 1 (1.92%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.92%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.62%) Linux
2 2 (3.85%) Check Point GAiA
2 2 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (59.62%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (51.92%) Test Automation
3 22 (42.31%) Continuous Integration
4 21 (40.38%) Scrum
4 21 (40.38%) TDD
5 18 (34.62%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (15.38%) DevOps
7 7 (13.46%) Change Management
7 7 (13.46%) Communications Security
7 7 (13.46%) Migration
7 7 (13.46%) Process Management
7 7 (13.46%) Service Delivery
8 6 (11.54%) Performance Testing
9 5 (9.62%) BDD
9 5 (9.62%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (9.62%) Network Management
10 4 (7.69%) Cybersecurity
10 4 (7.69%) Microservices
10 4 (7.69%) People Management
10 4 (7.69%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 30 (57.69%) Groovy
2 21 (40.38%) Scala
3 17 (32.69%) Java 8
4 7 (13.46%) Java
5 6 (11.54%) Python
6 3 (5.77%) Bash Shell
6 3 (5.77%) Shell Script
7 2 (3.85%) C
7 2 (3.85%) Korn
8 1 (1.92%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 14 (26.92%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (25.00%) CCNP
3 8 (15.38%) CCNA
3 8 (15.38%) SC Cleared
3 8 (15.38%) Security Cleared
4 7 (13.46%) BC Cleared
4 7 (13.46%) BPSS Clearance
4 7 (13.46%) CCDP
4 7 (13.46%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (13.46%) QA
System Software
1 12 (23.08%) Docker
2 1 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 18 (34.62%) Kibana
2 10 (19.23%) Ansible
3 9 (17.31%) Kubernetes
4 7 (13.46%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (13.46%) Terraform
5 3 (5.77%) Fluentd
5 3 (5.77%) Grafana
5 3 (5.77%) Packer
5 3 (5.77%) Prometheus
6 2 (3.85%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (3.85%) Cisco UCCX
6 2 (3.85%) Puppet
7 1 (1.92%) HP ALM
7 1 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (34.62%) Splunk
2 15 (28.85%) Cisco
3 9 (17.31%) Juniper
4 7 (13.46%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 6 (11.54%) CheckPoint
5 6 (11.54%) Meraki
6 3 (5.77%) BT
7 2 (3.85%) F5
7 2 (3.85%) Oracle
7 2 (3.85%) SolarWinds
8 1 (1.92%) HP