Period
to 18 June 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 18 June 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 762 791 844
Rank change year-on-year +29 +53 -61
Contract jobs citing DSL 106 41 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.045% 0.043%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.80% 0.32% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 18 22
UK median daily rate £425 £388 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +14.81% +3.85%
10th Percentile £327 £225 £150
90th Percentile £578 £536 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £388 £336
% change year-on-year +9.68% +15.24% +15.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £13.50 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -68.60% -73.78%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.58 £41.50
90th Percentile £16.20 £28.43 £45.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £13.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year - -68.60% -73.78%

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 13,284 12,621 16,032
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.35% 13.89% 15.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,167 7,652 9,618
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £206 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 727 753 734
UK median hourly rate £19.09 £20.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.55% -23.81% +22.09%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.43 £47.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -2.56% -29.09% +22.22%

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 18 June 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 18 June 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 +44 89 £425 +9.68% 13
England +6 81 £425 +41.67% 13
Midlands +29 38 £425 +54.55% 4
Scotland - 23 £400 - 1
West Midlands -1 21 £500 +81.82% 3
London -33 17 £381 -15.28% 2
East Midlands - 17 £425 - 1
North of England -5 14 £513 +105.00% 2
South East -4 9 £464 +23.67% 3
Yorkshire - 8 £525 - 1
North West -24 6 £395 +57.91% 1
East of England -1 3 - - 2
Wales -19 2 £513 +13.89% 1

For the 6 months to 18 June 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 51 (48.11%) Jenkins
2 33 (31.13%) DevOps
2 33 (31.13%) Git (software)
3 27 (25.47%) Windows
4 25 (23.58%) Linux
4 25 (23.58%) Bash Shell
5 23 (21.70%) Juniper
6 22 (20.75%) Cisco
6 22 (20.75%) Test Automation
6 22 (20.75%) Docker
7 21 (19.81%) Java
8 20 (18.87%) Telecoms
8 20 (18.87%) Agile Software Development
8 20 (18.87%) Ansible
9 19 (17.92%) JIRA
10 18 (16.98%) Selenium
10 18 (16.98%) User Acceptance Testing
10 18 (16.98%) Security Cleared
10 18 (16.98%) Confluence
10 18 (16.98%) MPLS
11 17 (16.04%) Ethernet
11 17 (16.04%) SC Cleared
11 17 (16.04%) Test Scripting
12 15 (14.15%) Retail
12 15 (14.15%) Cucumber
12 15 (14.15%) Apple iOS
12 15 (14.15%) Gherkin
12 15 (14.15%) CRM
12 15 (14.15%) Eclipse
12 15 (14.15%) Regression Testing

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 18 (16.98%) Confluence
2 8 (7.55%) Apache Spark
3 3 (2.83%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.89%) IIS
4 2 (1.89%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.89%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.94%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.94%) nginx
5 1 (0.94%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (9.43%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 14 (13.21%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.83%) npm
3 2 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (1.89%) Amazon S3
3 2 (1.89%) Office 365
3 2 (1.89%) Route 53
4 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.94%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (16.98%) MPLS
2 17 (16.04%) Ethernet
3 14 (13.21%) VPN
3 14 (13.21%) WAN
4 13 (12.26%) BGP
5 11 (10.38%) Internet
5 11 (10.38%) LAN
6 9 (8.49%) OSPF
6 9 (8.49%) X.21
7 8 (7.55%) TCP/IP
8 7 (6.60%) ATM
8 7 (6.60%) EIGRP
8 7 (6.60%) SSH
8 7 (6.60%) xDSL
9 6 (5.66%) ADSL
9 6 (5.66%) Firewall
9 6 (5.66%) IPsec
9 6 (5.66%) VPLS
10 5 (4.72%) Broadband
10 5 (4.72%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.55%) Apache Hive
1 8 (7.55%) Hadoop
1 8 (7.55%) HBase
1 8 (7.55%) Pentaho
2 4 (3.77%) Big Data
2 4 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.83%) CouchDB
3 3 (2.83%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.89%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.89%) Redis
4 2 (1.89%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 51 (48.11%) Jenkins
2 33 (31.13%) Git (software)
3 19 (17.92%) JIRA
4 18 (16.98%) Selenium
5 15 (14.15%) Appium
5 15 (14.15%) Cucumber
5 15 (14.15%) Eclipse
5 15 (14.15%) Zephyr
6 10 (9.43%) Bitbucket
7 7 (6.60%) Gradle
8 5 (4.72%) IBM UrbanCode
8 5 (4.72%) Maven
9 3 (2.83%) Ant
9 3 (2.83%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (2.83%) Vagrant
10 2 (1.89%) Jasmine
10 2 (1.89%) JUnit
10 2 (1.89%) Mocha
10 2 (1.89%) Spock
10 2 (1.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 20 (18.87%) Telecoms
2 15 (14.15%) Retail
3 8 (7.55%) Finance
4 5 (4.72%) Banking
5 4 (3.77%) Billing
5 4 (3.77%) Games
6 1 (0.94%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.94%) Front Office
6 1 (0.94%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.94%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 29 (27.36%) DevOps Engineer
2 21 (19.81%) Network Engineer
3 15 (14.15%) Automation Tester
3 15 (14.15%) Tester
4 11 (10.38%) Operations Engineer
5 10 (9.43%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 8 (7.55%) Data Engineer
6 8 (7.55%) Developer
6 8 (7.55%) Support Engineer
7 5 (4.72%) Analyst
7 5 (4.72%) Developer in Test
7 5 (4.72%) NOC Engineer
7 5 (4.72%) Test Automation Developer
8 4 (3.77%) Big Data Engineer
8 4 (3.77%) Business Analyst
8 4 (3.77%) Hadoop Engineer
8 4 (3.77%) Juniper Engineer
8 4 (3.77%) Network Support
8 4 (3.77%) Network Support Engineer
9 3 (2.83%) Network Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.15%) Gherkin
2 9 (8.49%) .NET
3 8 (7.55%) Kafka
3 8 (7.55%) Spark Streaming
4 5 (4.72%) Middleware
4 5 (4.72%) Spring Boot
5 3 (2.83%) AngularJS
5 3 (2.83%) CSS
5 3 (2.83%) CSS3
5 3 (2.83%) Flask
5 3 (2.83%) HTML
5 3 (2.83%) HTML5
5 3 (2.83%) JMS
5 3 (2.83%) JSON
5 3 (2.83%) React
5 3 (2.83%) REST
5 3 (2.83%) RESTful
5 3 (2.83%) Spring
5 3 (2.83%) Spring MVC
5 3 (2.83%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.15%) User Experience
2 12 (11.32%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.83%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.83%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.83%) Mobile Banking
3 3 (2.83%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (1.89%) SCADA
5 1 (0.94%) CCTV
5 1 (0.94%) Credit Risk
5 1 (0.94%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.94%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 27 (25.47%) Windows
2 25 (23.58%) Linux
3 15 (14.15%) Apple iOS
4 14 (13.21%) Windows 10
4 14 (13.21%) Windows 7
5 9 (8.49%) Unix
6 7 (6.60%) Solaris
7 3 (2.83%) Windows Server
7 3 (2.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (31.13%) DevOps
2 22 (20.75%) Test Automation
3 20 (18.87%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (16.98%) User Acceptance Testing
5 17 (16.04%) Test Scripting
6 15 (14.15%) CRM
6 15 (14.15%) Regression Testing
6 15 (14.15%) Scenario Testing
7 10 (9.43%) Network Management
8 8 (7.55%) ETL
8 8 (7.55%) MapReduce
8 8 (7.55%) Migration
9 7 (6.60%) TDD
10 6 (5.66%) Project Management
11 4 (3.77%) Configuration Management
11 4 (3.77%) Process Improvement
11 4 (3.77%) Refactoring
11 4 (3.77%) SDLC
11 4 (3.77%) Service Delivery
12 3 (2.83%) API Design
Programming Languages
1 25 (23.58%) Bash Shell
2 21 (19.81%) Java
3 11 (10.38%) PowerShell
4 8 (7.55%) Groovy
4 8 (7.55%) HiveQL
5 7 (6.60%) Scala
6 5 (4.72%) JavaScript
7 4 (3.77%) Python
7 4 (3.77%) Ruby
8 3 (2.83%) Java 8
8 3 (2.83%) SQL
9 2 (1.89%) C#
9 2 (1.89%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.89%) VB
9 2 (1.89%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (16.98%) Security Cleared
2 17 (16.04%) SC Cleared
3 11 (10.38%) CCNP
3 11 (10.38%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (9.43%) CCNA
5 4 (3.77%) BC Cleared
5 4 (3.77%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.89%) CCDP
6 2 (1.89%) CCIE
6 2 (1.89%) CCIP
6 2 (1.89%) GIAC
6 2 (1.89%) JNCIA
7 1 (0.94%) CCSA
7 1 (0.94%) CCSE
7 1 (0.94%) Check Point Certification
7 1 (0.94%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.94%) JNCIP
7 1 (0.94%) JNCIS
7 1 (0.94%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.89%) SLA
2 1 (0.94%) QA
System Software
1 22 (20.75%) Docker
2 2 (1.89%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.89%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.94%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.94%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (18.87%) Ansible
2 15 (14.15%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (11.32%) Puppet
4 11 (10.38%) Terraform
5 2 (1.89%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (1.89%) Kibana
6 1 (0.94%) Consul
6 1 (0.94%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.94%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.94%) Mesos
6 1 (0.94%) Nagios
6 1 (0.94%) SCCM
6 1 (0.94%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 23 (21.70%) Juniper
2 22 (20.75%) Cisco
3 9 (8.49%) Brocade
3 9 (8.49%) Rackspace
4 8 (7.55%) Informatica
4 8 (7.55%) Talend
5 5 (4.72%) Microsoft
6 4 (3.77%) Cloudera
7 3 (2.83%) Atlassian
7 3 (2.83%) VMware
8 2 (1.89%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.89%) F5
8 2 (1.89%) Tandberg
9 1 (0.94%) Blue Coat
9 1 (0.94%) Dell
9 1 (0.94%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.94%) Fujitsu
9 1 (0.94%) HP
9 1 (0.94%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.94%) SolarWinds