The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for DNS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited DNS over the 3 months to 28 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.

Domain Name System (DNS)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 89 98 91
Rank change year-on-year +9 -7  
Contract jobs citing DNS 26 31 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.17% 1.13% 1.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.75% 10.20% 9.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 7
Median daily rate £413 £350 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.85% -15.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £282 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £580 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year - +1.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 12
Median hourly rate £29.50 £20.25 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.67% -17.34%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.10 £13.45 £13.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.90 £24.95 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.43 £20.00 £24.38
% change year-on-year +17.12% -17.94%  

DNS 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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 297 304 367
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.36% 11.11% 14.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 139 174
Median daily rate £400 £400 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 43
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £26.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

DNS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for DNS in the West Midlands

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DNS in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for DNS in the West Midlands

DNS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DNS in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DNS in the West Midlands

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DNS in the West Midlands

DNS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DNS in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DNS in the West Midlands

DNS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DNS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 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
Birmingham -5 9 £413 +3.12% 6
Herefordshire - 8 £625 - 1
Shropshire +36 3 £420 -16.00% 1
Staffordshire - 3 £413 - 1
Worcestershire +1 2 - - 1
Coventry -1 1 £140 -74.54% 1
Solihull - 1 £425 - 1
DNS
England

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DNS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for DNS.

1 35 (49.30%) DHCP
2 34 (47.89%) Active Directory
3 33 (46.48%) Windows
4 28 (39.44%) Security Cleared
5 26 (36.62%) Firewall
6 24 (33.80%) TCP/IP
7 21 (29.58%) LAN
7 21 (29.58%) SC Cleared
8 20 (28.17%) Microsoft
9 19 (26.76%) WAN
10 18 (25.35%) VMware
11 16 (22.54%) LDAP
12 14 (19.72%) Linux
12 14 (19.72%) Windows Server
13 12 (16.90%) MS Office
13 12 (16.90%) VPN
13 12 (16.90%) Microsoft Azure
13 12 (16.90%) Office 365
14 11 (15.49%) Cisco
14 11 (15.49%) HTTP
14 11 (15.49%) Migration
15 10 (14.08%) SharePoint
15 10 (14.08%) SIEM
15 10 (14.08%) DevOps
15 10 (14.08%) Skype
15 10 (14.08%) Windows Server 2008
15 10 (14.08%) VMware Infrastructure
16 9 (12.68%) SCOM
16 9 (12.68%) Network Security
16 9 (12.68%) Windows Server 2012

DNS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 10 (14.08%) SharePoint
2 9 (12.68%) Skype for Business
3 6 (8.45%) IIS
4 4 (5.63%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (4.23%) MS Exchange
6 2 (2.82%) CMS
6 2 (2.82%) OpenStack
7 1 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 12 (16.90%) MS Office
2 2 (2.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.82%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (16.90%) Microsoft Azure
1 12 (16.90%) Office 365
2 7 (9.86%) OneDrive
3 6 (8.45%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (8.45%) Yammer
4 3 (4.23%) IaaS
5 2 (2.82%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (49.30%) DHCP
2 26 (36.62%) Firewall
3 24 (33.80%) TCP/IP
4 21 (29.58%) LAN
5 19 (26.76%) WAN
6 16 (22.54%) LDAP
7 12 (16.90%) VPN
8 11 (15.49%) HTTP
9 10 (14.08%) Skype
10 9 (12.68%) Kerberos
10 9 (12.68%) Network Security
11 8 (11.27%) Unified Communications
11 8 (11.27%) VoIP
12 6 (8.45%) PBX
13 5 (7.04%) BGP
13 5 (7.04%) OSPF
14 4 (5.63%) Cisco ASA
14 4 (5.63%) IPsec
14 4 (5.63%) SSH
14 4 (5.63%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.23%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.82%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 7 (9.86%) Apache Ivy
1 7 (9.86%) ClearCase
1 7 (9.86%) ClearQuest
1 7 (9.86%) Git (software)
1 7 (9.86%) Jenkins
1 7 (9.86%) JUnit
1 7 (9.86%) Selenium
1 7 (9.86%) Sonatype Nexus
1 7 (9.86%) Subversion
General
1 3 (4.23%) Finance
1 3 (4.23%) Telecoms
2 2 (2.82%) Legal
2 2 (2.82%) Retail
3 1 (1.41%) Electronics
3 1 (1.41%) Law
3 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.41%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (14.08%) Consultant
2 9 (12.68%) Analyst
3 7 (9.86%) Network Engineer
4 6 (8.45%) Architect
4 6 (8.45%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 6 (8.45%) Security Analyst
5 5 (7.04%) Active Directory Consultant
5 5 (7.04%) DevOps Specialist
6 4 (5.63%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (4.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (4.23%) Azure Architect
7 3 (4.23%) Azure Consultant
7 3 (4.23%) Firewall Engineer
7 3 (4.23%) Linux/Unix DevOps
7 3 (4.23%) Office 365 Architect
7 3 (4.23%) Office 365 Consultant
7 3 (4.23%) Office 365 Specialist
7 3 (4.23%) Project Manager
7 3 (4.23%) Support Engineer
8 2 (2.82%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.82%) JSON
1 2 (2.82%) REST
2 1 (1.41%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.41%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.27%) PKI
2 4 (5.63%) Client/Server
2 4 (5.63%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.63%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.23%) Clustering
3 3 (4.23%) Replication
3 3 (4.23%) Security Operations Centre
4 2 (2.82%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.82%) Cyber Attack
4 2 (2.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (2.82%) FMCG
4 2 (2.82%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.41%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.41%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (1.41%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.41%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 33 (46.48%) Windows
2 14 (19.72%) Linux
2 14 (19.72%) Windows Server
3 10 (14.08%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (12.68%) Windows 10
4 9 (12.68%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (11.27%) AIX
5 8 (11.27%) Unix
6 7 (9.86%) Apple iOS
7 5 (7.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (4.23%) Windows 7
9 2 (2.82%) Mac OS X
10 1 (1.41%) HPUX
10 1 (1.41%) Solaris
10 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (15.49%) Migration
2 10 (14.08%) DevOps
2 10 (14.08%) SIEM
3 9 (12.68%) Configuration Management
3 9 (12.68%) Continuous Delivery
4 8 (11.27%) Identity Management
4 8 (11.27%) Kalman Filter
5 7 (9.86%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (9.86%) Cybersecurity
6 6 (8.45%) Email Filtering
6 6 (8.45%) Patch Management
7 5 (7.04%) Information Security
8 4 (5.63%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (5.63%) Target Operating Model
8 4 (5.63%) Use Case
9 3 (4.23%) Network Design
9 3 (4.23%) Security Operations
9 3 (4.23%) Server Virtualisation
9 3 (4.23%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 4 (5.63%) PowerShell
2 3 (4.23%) SQL
3 1 (1.41%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.41%) Perl
3 1 (1.41%) Python
3 1 (1.41%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 28 (39.44%) Security Cleared
2 21 (29.58%) SC Cleared
3 8 (11.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (7.04%) DV Cleared
5 4 (5.63%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (5.63%) MCITP
6 3 (4.23%) CCNA
6 3 (4.23%) MCSE
6 3 (4.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (2.82%) CCNP
7 2 (2.82%) Degree
8 1 (1.41%) JNCIA
8 1 (1.41%) JNCIP
8 1 (1.41%) JNCIS
8 1 (1.41%) MCP
8 1 (1.41%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.82%) GDPR
1 2 (2.82%) PCI DSS
1 2 (2.82%) PMO
2 1 (1.41%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (47.89%) Active Directory
2 10 (14.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (9.86%) Hyper-V
4 5 (7.04%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (5.63%) XenApp
6 2 (2.82%) Docker
6 2 (2.82%) Firmware
6 2 (2.82%) VMware ESX
6 2 (2.82%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.82%) vSphere
7 1 (1.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (1.41%) DFS Replication
7 1 (1.41%) NFS
7 1 (1.41%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.41%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.41%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 9 (12.68%) Opscode Chef
1 9 (12.68%) Puppet
1 9 (12.68%) SCOM
2 7 (9.86%) Ansible
3 6 (8.45%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (8.45%) Nagios
4 3 (4.23%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 3 (4.23%) WSUS
5 2 (2.82%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (2.82%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (2.82%) SCCM
6 1 (1.41%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.41%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.41%) Nexpose
6 1 (1.41%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (1.41%) SCOrch
6 1 (1.41%) vMotion
Vendors
1 20 (28.17%) Microsoft
2 18 (25.35%) VMware
3 11 (15.49%) Cisco
4 7 (9.86%) Citrix
4 7 (9.86%) SolarWinds
5 6 (8.45%) Intel Security
5 6 (8.45%) Juniper
5 6 (8.45%) Palo Alto
6 5 (7.04%) F5
7 4 (5.63%) Red Hat
8 3 (4.23%) CheckPoint
8 3 (4.23%) Fortinet
8 3 (4.23%) NetApp
9 2 (2.82%) Apple
9 2 (2.82%) Dell
10 1 (1.41%) Brocade
10 1 (1.41%) EMC
10 1 (1.41%) Oracle
10 1 (1.41%) SAP
10 1 (1.41%) Sophos