Period
to 10 August 2020

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 10 August 2020 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 512 797 787
Rank change year-on-year +285 -10 +14
Contract jobs citing DSL 38 53 110
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.058% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.81% 0.45% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 32 63
Median daily rate £525 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% +11.76% -13.04%
10th Percentile £313 £198 £325
90th Percentile £650 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £500 £425
% change year-on-year -12.00% +17.65% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 8
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% +12.90% +14.81%
10th Percentile £18.50 £16.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £25.80 £18.75 £19.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% +12.90% +14.81%

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 4,713 11,837 13,863
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.46% 12.90% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,688 7,233 8,501
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £395
% change year-on-year - +1.27% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 602 779
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.37% +18.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.93 £12.50 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £32.50 £22.68 £19.00
% change year-on-year +43.30% +19.37% +2.70%

DSL
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing DSL as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DSL in the UK

DSL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing DSL.

Daily rate trend for DSL in the UK

DSL
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing DSL over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for DSL in the UK

DSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing DSL.

Hourly rate trend for DSL in the UK

DSL
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing DSL over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram 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 10 August 2020. 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 +291 33 £550 +18.92% 2
UK excluding London +217 23 £440 -12.00% 1
South East +157 15 £457 -20.52%
London +218 13 £613 +53.13% 1
Scotland +82 3 - -
North of England +117 2 £263 -47.50%
Midlands +95 2 - -
Work from Home - 2 £438 -
North West +82 1 £263 -47.50%
Yorkshire +82 1 - -
East of England +81 1 £425 +5.92% 1
West Midlands +73 1 - -
East Midlands +59 1 - -

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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 14 (36.84%) LAN
1 14 (36.84%) WAN
1 14 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (31.58%) Firewall
2 12 (31.58%) VPN
2 12 (31.58%) DNS
2 12 (31.58%) Cisco
2 12 (31.58%) Jenkins
3 11 (28.95%) Kafka
3 11 (28.95%) MPLS
3 11 (28.95%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (28.95%) Juniper
3 11 (28.95%) BGP
3 11 (28.95%) CCNP
3 11 (28.95%) VoIP
3 11 (28.95%) Scrum
4 10 (26.32%) Groovy
4 10 (26.32%) Git (software)
4 10 (26.32%) SNMP
5 9 (23.68%) TCP/IP
5 9 (23.68%) AWS
5 9 (23.68%) Apache Cassandra
5 9 (23.68%) NoSQL
6 8 (21.05%) Ansible
6 8 (21.05%) DevOps
6 8 (21.05%) Java 8
6 8 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (21.05%) Internet
6 8 (21.05%) Java
6 8 (21.05%) Migration

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 4 (10.53%) Cloud Foundry
2 2 (5.26%) Apache Spark
2 2 (5.26%) GemFire
2 2 (5.26%) nginx
2 2 (5.26%) Tomcat
2 2 (5.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.63%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 9 (23.68%) AWS
2 7 (18.42%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (13.16%) Azure
4 4 (10.53%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (10.53%) Amazon ECS
4 4 (10.53%) Amazon ELB
4 4 (10.53%) Amazon EMR
4 4 (10.53%) Amazon S3
4 4 (10.53%) GitHub
5 2 (5.26%) Amazon Kinesis
5 2 (5.26%) Office 365
5 2 (5.26%) OpenShift
6 1 (2.63%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (36.84%) LAN
1 14 (36.84%) WAN
2 12 (31.58%) DNS
2 12 (31.58%) Firewall
2 12 (31.58%) VPN
3 11 (28.95%) BGP
3 11 (28.95%) MPLS
3 11 (28.95%) VoIP
4 10 (26.32%) SNMP
5 9 (23.68%) TCP/IP
6 8 (21.05%) Internet
7 7 (18.42%) ADSL
7 7 (18.42%) EIGRP
7 7 (18.42%) Ethernet
7 7 (18.42%) OSPF
7 7 (18.42%) RIP
7 7 (18.42%) Unified Communications
7 7 (18.42%) xDSL
8 6 (15.79%) IPsec
8 6 (15.79%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (23.68%) Apache Cassandra
1 9 (23.68%) NoSQL
2 4 (10.53%) MariaDB
2 4 (10.53%) MongoDB
2 4 (10.53%) Relational Database
3 2 (5.26%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (2.63%) Amazon QuickSight
4 1 (2.63%) Big Data
4 1 (2.63%) Scylla
Development Applications
1 12 (31.58%) Jenkins
2 10 (26.32%) Git (software)
3 4 (10.53%) Liquibase
3 4 (10.53%) Sonatype Nexus
4 3 (7.89%) Cucumber
5 2 (5.26%) Gradle
5 2 (5.26%) Protractor
5 2 (5.26%) Selenium
6 1 (2.63%) JIRA
6 1 (2.63%) Redmine
General
1 7 (18.42%) Finance
1 7 (18.42%) Telecoms
2 3 (7.89%) Public Sector
3 2 (5.26%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (31.58%) Network Engineer
2 9 (23.68%) Developer
3 8 (21.05%) DevOps Engineer
4 4 (10.53%) Scala Developer
4 4 (10.53%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Analyst
5 2 (5.26%) AWS DevOps
5 2 (5.26%) AWS DevOps Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) AWS Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Development Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) IP Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) IP Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Software Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Support Engineer
6 1 (2.63%) GUI Architect
6 1 (2.63%) Lead DevOps
6 1 (2.63%) Lead DevOps Engineer
6 1 (2.63%) Mobile Engineer
6 1 (2.63%) Senior DevOps
6 1 (2.63%) Senior Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (28.95%) Kafka
2 7 (18.42%) Apache Avro
3 4 (10.53%) Ajax
3 4 (10.53%) CSS
3 4 (10.53%) CSS3
3 4 (10.53%) HTML
3 4 (10.53%) HTML5
3 4 (10.53%) JSON
3 4 (10.53%) Play Framework
3 4 (10.53%) REST
4 3 (7.89%) Spring Boot
5 2 (5.26%) AngularJS
5 2 (5.26%) LEMP Stack
5 2 (5.26%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (5.26%) WireMock
6 1 (2.63%) Enzyme
6 1 (2.63%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (2.63%) Jest
6 1 (2.63%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.63%) Algorithms
2 1 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.63%) Derivative
2 1 (2.63%) EMC VNX
2 1 (2.63%) Equities
2 1 (2.63%) Equity Derivative
2 1 (2.63%) Fibre Optics
2 1 (2.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (2.63%) Freedom of Information
2 1 (2.63%) Hedge funds
2 1 (2.63%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.63%) Public Cloud
2 1 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (2.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.79%) Linux
2 4 (10.53%) Check Point GAiA
3 3 (7.89%) Windows
4 2 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (5.26%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.63%) Android
5 1 (2.63%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.63%) Windows 10
5 1 (2.63%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.63%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.63%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (28.95%) Scrum
3 8 (21.05%) DevOps
3 8 (21.05%) Migration
3 8 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
4 7 (18.42%) Change Management
4 7 (18.42%) Communications Security
4 7 (18.42%) Process Management
4 7 (18.42%) Service Delivery
5 6 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (13.16%) SDLC
6 5 (13.16%) Test Automation
7 4 (10.53%) Kanban
7 4 (10.53%) Scaled Agile Framework
7 4 (10.53%) TDD
8 3 (7.89%) Problem Management
9 2 (5.26%) Kalman Filter
9 2 (5.26%) Mentoring
9 2 (5.26%) Software Delivery
9 2 (5.26%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 10 (26.32%) Groovy
2 8 (21.05%) Java
2 8 (21.05%) Java 8
3 6 (15.79%) Python
3 6 (15.79%) Scala
4 4 (10.53%) Shell Script
5 3 (7.89%) Bash Shell
6 2 (5.26%) Korn
7 1 (2.63%) PHP
7 1 (2.63%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (28.95%) CCNP
1 11 (28.95%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (18.42%) BC Cleared
2 7 (18.42%) BPSS Clearance
2 7 (18.42%) CCIP
2 7 (18.42%) CCNA
2 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
2 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
3 6 (15.79%) CCDP
4 1 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (2.63%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (18.42%) QA
2 1 (2.63%) GDPR
2 1 (2.63%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (18.42%) Docker
2 2 (5.26%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.63%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.63%) Terminal Services
3 1 (2.63%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (2.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (21.05%) Ansible
2 7 (18.42%) Kubernetes
2 7 (18.42%) Terraform
3 5 (13.16%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (10.53%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (10.53%) Cisco UCCX
4 4 (10.53%) Kibana
5 1 (2.63%) MIMEsweeper
5 1 (2.63%) Puppet
5 1 (2.63%) SCCM
5 1 (2.63%) WSUS
Vendors
1 12 (31.58%) Cisco
2 11 (28.95%) Juniper
3 7 (18.42%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 5 (13.16%) Splunk
5 4 (10.53%) CheckPoint
5 4 (10.53%) F5
5 4 (10.53%) Meraki
5 4 (10.53%) SolarWinds
6 2 (5.26%) Microsoft
6 2 (5.26%) Oracle
6 2 (5.26%) VMware
7 1 (2.63%) Bloomberg
7 1 (2.63%) Citrix
7 1 (2.63%) EMC
7 1 (2.63%) FactSet
7 1 (2.63%) Forcepoint
7 1 (2.63%) Nortel
7 1 (2.63%) Reuters
7 1 (2.63%) Tableau