Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 794 832 846
Rank change year-on-year +38 +14 -27
Contract jobs citing DSL 92 48 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.089% 0.048% 0.056%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.68% 0.35% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 26 31
UK median daily rate £495 £489 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.28% +39.64% +2.94%
10th Percentile £304 £306 £175
90th Percentile £600 £560 £419
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £388 £350
% change year-on-year +16.13% +10.71% +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 2
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £13.50 £89.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.63% -84.87% +586.54%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £27.23
90th Percentile £19.50 £30.45 £156.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £13.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year +29.63% - -

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 13,568 13,529 16,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 13.61% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,164 8,258 10,017
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £218
90th Percentile £606 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 668 722 828
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.13 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.65% -18.62% +17.50%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.26 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% -22.00% +25.00%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 +43 81 £450 +16.13% 25
England +3 71 £520 +4.00% 30
Midlands +16 25 £425 - 7
South East +3 18 £575 +53.33% 7
West Midlands -6 17 £450 - 5
Scotland -9 16 £400 +6.67% 2
East of England +11 11 £563 +25.00%
London -22 11 £563 +8.43% 8
East Midlands - 8 £413 - 2
North West -14 6 £332 +32.91% 6
North of England -19 6 £332 +32.91% 8
Northern Ireland - 4 - - 1
Wales -18 1 £441 -10.78%

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 36 (39.13%) Jenkins
2 34 (36.96%) Linux
3 32 (34.78%) Ansible
4 28 (30.43%) DevOps
4 28 (30.43%) WAN
5 24 (26.09%) Amazon AWS
5 24 (26.09%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (25.00%) Docker
6 23 (25.00%) Windows
7 22 (23.91%) Git (software)
7 22 (23.91%) Bash Shell
7 22 (23.91%) Agile Software Development
8 21 (22.83%) Problem-Solving
8 21 (22.83%) Puppet
8 21 (22.83%) Cisco
9 20 (21.74%) DNS
10 19 (20.65%) Telecoms
11 16 (17.39%) MPLS
11 16 (17.39%) Ethernet
12 15 (16.30%) VPN
12 15 (16.30%) Internet
12 15 (16.30%) Scrum
12 15 (16.30%) GitLab
13 14 (15.22%) Terraform
13 14 (15.22%) Juniper
13 14 (15.22%) LAN
13 14 (15.22%) Java
14 13 (14.13%) SSL
14 13 (14.13%) Migration
15 12 (13.04%) Firewall

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 11 (11.96%) Cloud Foundry
2 9 (9.78%) Apache
2 9 (9.78%) nginx
3 8 (8.70%) Tomcat
4 3 (3.26%) IIS
4 3 (3.26%) OpenStack
5 2 (2.17%) Apache Spark
5 2 (2.17%) Confluence
6 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.09%) JBoss
6 1 (1.09%) MS Exchange
6 1 (1.09%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.09%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (7.61%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.09%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 24 (26.09%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (7.61%) OpenShift
3 2 (2.17%) GitHub
3 2 (2.17%) Office 365
3 2 (2.17%) PaaS
4 1 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.09%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (1.09%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (1.09%) Amazon Kinesis
4 1 (1.09%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (1.09%) IaaS
4 1 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.09%) npm
4 1 (1.09%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
4 1 (1.09%) Salesforce Service Cloud
4 1 (1.09%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 28 (30.43%) WAN
2 20 (21.74%) DNS
3 16 (17.39%) Ethernet
3 16 (17.39%) MPLS
4 15 (16.30%) Internet
4 15 (16.30%) VPN
5 14 (15.22%) LAN
6 13 (14.13%) SSL
7 12 (13.04%) ADSL
7 12 (13.04%) BGP
7 12 (13.04%) Firewall
8 11 (11.96%) Broadband
8 11 (11.96%) DHCP
8 11 (11.96%) TCP/IP
9 10 (10.87%) FTP
9 10 (10.87%) OSPF
9 10 (10.87%) RIP
10 9 (9.78%) EIGRP
10 9 (9.78%) VoIP
10 9 (9.78%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.87%) PostgreSQL
2 7 (7.61%) Oracle Database
2 7 (7.61%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (2.17%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.17%) Redis
3 2 (2.17%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.17%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.09%) Big Data
4 1 (1.09%) CouchDB
4 1 (1.09%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.09%) Talend Open Studio
Development Applications
1 36 (39.13%) Jenkins
2 22 (23.91%) Git (software)
3 15 (16.30%) GitLab
4 11 (11.96%) Bitbucket
5 10 (10.87%) Maven
6 9 (9.78%) Artifactory
7 7 (7.61%) JUnit
7 7 (7.61%) Sonatype Nexus
7 7 (7.61%) Subversion
8 6 (6.52%) SonarQube
9 4 (4.35%) Cucumber
9 4 (4.35%) Gradle
10 3 (3.26%) git-flow
10 3 (3.26%) JIRA
11 2 (2.17%) Ant
11 2 (2.17%) gulp
11 2 (2.17%) Selenium
11 2 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (1.09%) Mercurial
12 1 (1.09%) Protractor
General
1 19 (20.65%) Telecoms
2 7 (7.61%) Finance
3 2 (2.17%) Billing
4 1 (1.09%) Banking
4 1 (1.09%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.09%) Front Office
4 1 (1.09%) Games
4 1 (1.09%) Law
4 1 (1.09%) Legal
4 1 (1.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (23.91%) DevOps Engineer
2 17 (18.48%) Developer
3 11 (11.96%) Network Engineer
4 8 (8.70%) Java Developer
5 6 (6.52%) Senior DevOps
5 6 (6.52%) Senior DevOps Engineer
5 6 (6.52%) Technical Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Administrator
6 4 (4.35%) Analyst
6 4 (4.35%) Linux Administrator
6 4 (4.35%) Linux Systems Administrator
6 4 (4.35%) Operations Engineer
6 4 (4.35%) Systems Administrator
7 3 (3.26%) AWS DevOps
7 3 (3.26%) Project Manager
8 2 (2.17%) AWS DevOps Engineer
8 2 (2.17%) AWS Engineer
8 2 (2.17%) Business Analyst
8 2 (2.17%) Talend Developer
8 2 (2.17%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.78%) HTML
1 9 (9.78%) Spring
2 8 (8.70%) JSON
2 8 (8.70%) LDAP
2 8 (8.70%) YAML
3 7 (7.61%) .NET
3 7 (7.61%) Ajax
3 7 (7.61%) Apache Camel
3 7 (7.61%) CGI
3 7 (7.61%) Spring Cloud
4 4 (4.35%) LAPP Stack
4 4 (4.35%) REST
5 3 (3.26%) Web Services
6 2 (2.17%) 802.1X
6 2 (2.17%) ActiveMQ
6 2 (2.17%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.17%) HTML5
6 2 (2.17%) POJO
6 2 (2.17%) SOAP
6 2 (2.17%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.61%) Media Streaming
1 7 (7.61%) Self-Motivation
2 2 (2.17%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.09%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.09%) Derivative
3 1 (1.09%) Equities
3 1 (1.09%) Fixed Income
3 1 (1.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.09%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (1.09%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 34 (36.96%) Linux
2 23 (25.00%) Windows
3 11 (11.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 11 (11.96%) Solaris
4 7 (7.61%) Embedded Linux
5 5 (5.43%) Unix
6 3 (3.26%) CentOS
7 1 (1.09%) Android
7 1 (1.09%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.09%) Check Point GAiA
7 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (30.43%) DevOps
2 22 (23.91%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (22.83%) Problem-Solving
4 15 (16.30%) Scrum
5 13 (14.13%) Migration
6 10 (10.87%) Process Improvement
7 9 (9.78%) Test Strategy
8 8 (8.70%) Configuration Management
8 8 (8.70%) Software Engineering
8 8 (8.70%) Test Automation
9 7 (7.61%) Collaborative Working
9 7 (7.61%) Creative Thinking
9 7 (7.61%) Defect Tracking
9 7 (7.61%) Innovative Thinking
10 6 (6.52%) Kanban
10 6 (6.52%) Patch Management
10 6 (6.52%) Service Delivery
10 6 (6.52%) Virtual Environments
11 5 (5.43%) Open Source
12 4 (4.35%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 22 (23.91%) Bash Shell
2 14 (15.22%) Java
3 12 (13.04%) PowerShell
4 11 (11.96%) Groovy
4 11 (11.96%) Python
5 9 (9.78%) JavaScript
5 9 (9.78%) SQL
6 8 (8.70%) C++
7 7 (7.61%) C
7 7 (7.61%) Embedded C
8 1 (1.09%) Apex Code
8 1 (1.09%) Java 8
8 1 (1.09%) Korn
8 1 (1.09%) Perl
8 1 (1.09%) Ruby
8 1 (1.09%) Scala
Qualifications
1 12 (13.04%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (11.96%) CCNP
2 11 (11.96%) Security Cleared
3 9 (9.78%) CCNA
3 9 (9.78%) SC Cleared
4 7 (7.61%) BC Cleared
4 7 (7.61%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.17%) CCIP
5 2 (2.17%) HP APS
6 1 (1.09%) CCDP
6 1 (1.09%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.09%) JNCIP
6 1 (1.09%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.52%) SLA
2 1 (1.09%) MiFID
2 1 (1.09%) QA
System Software
1 23 (25.00%) Docker
2 6 (6.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.35%) Active Directory
4 3 (3.26%) VMware NSX
5 2 (2.17%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.09%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 32 (34.78%) Ansible
2 24 (26.09%) Opscode Chef
3 21 (22.83%) Puppet
4 14 (15.22%) Terraform
5 11 (11.96%) Red Hat Satellite
6 10 (10.87%) Kubernetes
7 8 (8.70%) Oracle ZFS
8 6 (6.52%) Prometheus
8 6 (6.52%) Xymon
9 1 (1.09%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 1 (1.09%) Mesos
9 1 (1.09%) Nagios
Vendors
1 21 (22.83%) Cisco
2 14 (15.22%) Juniper
3 11 (11.96%) Red Hat
4 10 (10.87%) Microsoft
5 9 (9.78%) Rackspace
5 9 (9.78%) VMware
6 8 (8.70%) Oracle
7 6 (6.52%) Meraki
8 5 (5.43%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 5 (5.43%) Brocade
8 5 (5.43%) CheckPoint
9 4 (4.35%) Nokia
9 4 (4.35%) Nortel
10 2 (2.17%) Atlassian
10 2 (2.17%) Ciena
10 2 (2.17%) Ericsson
10 2 (2.17%) HP
10 2 (2.17%) Huawei
10 2 (2.17%) Talend
11 1 (1.09%) AppDynamics