The table below looks at the statistics for LAN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LAN over the 3 months to 3 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 95 130 104
Rank change year-on-year
+35 -26
Contract jobs citing LAN 1191 890 950
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.13% 1.68% 1.93%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.01% 12.28% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 695 493 474
Average daily rate
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£350 £340 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +1.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £308
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +5.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 75 98
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.60 £13.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £38.20 £42.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £17.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+21.73% -9.21%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7937 7246 6967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.21% 13.69% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 3937 3536
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 381 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% -28.00%

LAN
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LAN within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

LAN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

LAN
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing LAN within the UK.

LAN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

LAN
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LAN within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

LAN Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

LAN
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing LAN within the UK.

LAN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

LAN
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LAN within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

LAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

LAN
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN within the UK over the 3 months to 3 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +33 1122 £350 +2.94% 361
London +38 462 £350 -6.66% 113
South East +30 281 £375 +11.94% 92
City of London +14 119 £417 +11.06% 36
Berkshire +27 77 £386 +13.60% 18
Yorkshire +19 73 £250 -35.89% 30
North West +2 68 £356 +11.32% 33
West Midlands +14 67 £325 +13.04% 21
Hampshire +16 65 £381 +13.80% 13
East of England +9 63 £331 +32.50% 27
South West -12 61 £320 -1.53% 26
Manchester +14 36 £313 -17.76% 14
Surrey +4 33 £375 +50.00% 26
Buckinghamshire +16 32 £310 +7.82% 13
Scotland +4 32 £278 -16.08% 4
North Yorkshire +18 31 £250 -23.07% 5
East Midlands -7 31 £356 +5.55% 14
West Yorkshire -7 29 £249 -36.62% 21
Oxfordshire -12 29 £450 +22.44% 2
Birmingham +12 28 £323 +0.78% 7
Cambridgeshire +6 24 £275 +3.77% 8
Leeds -13 23 £200 -58.97% 18
Hertfordshire -9 19 £370 +49.64% 12
Bracknell +12 18 - - 1
Milton Keynes +7 18 £343 +1.48% 5
Wiltshire +4 18 £469 +35.94% 14
Reading 0 17 £338 - 8
Wales +15 16 £413 +34.14% 7
Cheshire -12 16 £450 -26.82% 14
North East -17 16 £347 -0.36% 2

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing LAN also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited LAN.

1 1999 (84.63%) WAN
2 1227 (51.95%) Cisco
3 981 (41.53%) Firewall
4 935 (39.59%) Windows
5 684 (28.96%) Cisco Certification
6 642 (27.18%) Active Directory
7 533 (22.57%) VPN
8 532 (22.52%) Microsoft
9 520 (22.02%) VMware
10 498 (21.08%) ITIL
11 420 (17.78%) CCNP
12 409 (17.32%) Data Centre
13 399 (16.89%) TCP/IP
14 383 (16.22%) DNS
15 380 (16.09%) Wireless
16 378 (16.00%) CheckPoint
17 370 (15.66%) MPLS
18 367 (15.54%) Juniper
19 364 (15.41%) CCNA
20 332 (14.06%) Finance
21 325 (13.76%) SAN
22 322 (13.63%) Windows Server 2008
23 321 (13.59%) Security Cleared
24 316 (13.38%) VMware Infrastructure
25 312 (13.21%) Citrix
26 289 (12.24%) BGP
27 277 (11.73%) MS Office
28 271 (11.47%) Linux
28 271 (11.47%) OSPF
29 269 (11.39%) DHCP

LAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing LAN also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited LAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 254 (10.75%) MS Exchange
2 124 (5.25%) Exchange Server 2010
3 88 (3.73%) SharePoint
4 78 (3.30%) Lync
5 68 (2.88%) IIS
6 54 (2.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 51 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2007
8 42 (1.78%) Apache
9 39 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
10 33 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2003
11 27 (1.14%) Tomcat
12 22 (0.93%) IBM Notes
13 19 (0.80%) WebSphere
14 17 (0.72%) Confluence
15 12 (0.51%) nginx
15 12 (0.51%) MediaWiki
16 11 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
17 10 (0.42%) CMS
18 9 (0.38%) Oracle Coherence
19 8 (0.34%) OpenStack
Applications
1 277 (11.73%) MS Office
2 227 (9.61%) MS Excel
3 80 (3.39%) MS Visio
4 34 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 25 (1.06%) MS Project
6 10 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.17%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.042%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.042%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 10 (0.42%) RMDS
2 4 (0.17%) Kondor+
2 4 (0.17%) Misys Midas
2 4 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.17%) IntelliMatch
3 3 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.085%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.085%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.042%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.042%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.042%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.042%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.042%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.042%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.042%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.042%) Line 500
5 1 (0.042%) Agresso
5 1 (0.042%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.042%) TeleForm
Cloud Services
1 57 (2.41%) Office 365
2 44 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
3 43 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
4 41 (1.74%) SaaS
5 24 (1.02%) PaaS
6 19 (0.80%) IaaS
7 17 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.30%) Google Apps
8 7 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.17%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.17%) Yammer
10 2 (0.085%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.085%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.042%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1999 (84.63%) WAN
2 981 (41.53%) Firewall
3 533 (22.57%) VPN
4 399 (16.89%) TCP/IP
5 383 (16.22%) DNS
6 380 (16.09%) Wireless
7 370 (15.66%) MPLS
8 325 (13.76%) SAN
9 289 (12.24%) BGP
10 271 (11.47%) OSPF
11 269 (11.39%) DHCP
12 259 (10.97%) Network Security
13 254 (10.75%) VoIP
14 253 (10.71%) Cisco ASA
15 234 (9.91%) VLAN
16 189 (8.00%) Internet
17 175 (7.41%) EIGRP
18 171 (7.24%) Cisco Nexus
19 162 (6.86%) SSL
20 160 (6.77%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (6.56%) SQL Server
2 36 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 23 (0.97%) SQL Server 2005
4 20 (0.85%) Oracle Database
4 20 (0.85%) Relational Database
5 15 (0.64%) MySQL
6 14 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
6 14 (0.59%) Hadoop
6 14 (0.59%) Big Data
7 13 (0.55%) MS Access
8 12 (0.51%) DB2
9 11 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 11 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
9 11 (0.47%) SQL Server 2012
10 9 (0.38%) HBase
11 7 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (0.25%) SAP Data Services
12 6 (0.25%) Oracle Exadata
13 5 (0.21%) BusinessObjects
13 5 (0.21%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 31 (1.31%) Jenkins
2 23 (0.97%) Hudson
3 17 (0.72%) Git (software)
3 17 (0.72%) JIRA
4 12 (0.51%) Subversion
4 12 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 8 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (0.30%) Gerrit
7 5 (0.21%) Maven
8 2 (0.085%) MSI
8 2 (0.085%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.085%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.042%) GCC
9 1 (0.042%) InstallShield
9 1 (0.042%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.042%) TeamCity
General
1 332 (14.06%) Finance
2 185 (7.83%) Telecoms
3 80 (3.39%) Banking
4 44 (1.86%) Manufacturing
5 32 (1.35%) Retail
6 31 (1.31%) Multimedia
7 28 (1.19%) Back Office
8 19 (0.80%) Investment Banking
9 18 (0.76%) Financial Institution
10 17 (0.72%) Local Government
11 16 (0.68%) Legal
12 14 (0.59%) French Language
13 13 (0.55%) Law
14 12 (0.51%) Billing
15 11 (0.47%) Advertising
16 9 (0.38%) German Language
17 7 (0.30%) Military
18 6 (0.25%) Automotive
18 6 (0.25%) Publishing
19 5 (0.21%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 571 (24.17%) Network Engineer
2 381 (16.13%) Analyst
3 250 (10.58%) Architect
4 167 (7.07%) Project Manager
5 152 (6.44%) Support Engineer
6 132 (5.59%) Support Analyst
7 124 (5.25%) Consultant
8 115 (4.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 112 (4.74%) Infrastructure Architect
10 94 (3.98%) Desktop Support
11 91 (3.85%) Network Analyst
12 88 (3.73%) Network Support
13 85 (3.60%) 2nd Line Support
14 81 (3.43%) Administrator
15 80 (3.39%) Service Analyst
16 79 (3.34%) Senior Network Engineer
17 77 (3.26%) Infrastructure Manager
18 75 (3.18%) Network Architect
19 74 (3.13%) Service Desk Analyst
20 69 (2.92%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (1.91%) Middleware
2 33 (1.40%) Web Services
3 19 (0.80%) HTML
4 18 (0.76%) XMPP
5 13 (0.55%) XML
6 12 (0.51%) .NET
7 11 (0.47%) CSS
8 10 (0.42%) Application Packaging
9 9 (0.38%) Rendezvous
9 9 (0.38%) XSLT
10 7 (0.30%) Java EE
10 7 (0.30%) Ultra Messaging
11 6 (0.25%) FIX Protocol
11 6 (0.25%) JSP
12 5 (0.21%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.21%) SAML
12 5 (0.21%) LAMP
13 4 (0.17%) Ajax
13 4 (0.17%) REST
14 3 (0.13%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 409 (17.32%) Data Centre
2 98 (4.15%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (3.64%) Blackberry
4 73 (3.09%) Video Conferencing
5 60 (2.54%) Management Information System
6 55 (2.33%) PKI
7 46 (1.95%) Thin Client
7 46 (1.95%) Fat Client
8 40 (1.69%) Replication
9 37 (1.57%) Clustering
10 31 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
11 23 (0.97%) IVR
12 22 (0.93%) Computer Science
13 21 (0.89%) iPhone
13 21 (0.89%) NHS
13 21 (0.89%) Public Cloud
14 20 (0.85%) Cryptography
15 18 (0.76%) Client/Server
15 18 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
16 17 (0.72%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 935 (39.59%) Windows
2 322 (13.63%) Windows Server 2008
3 271 (11.47%) Linux
4 258 (10.92%) Windows 7
5 251 (10.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 206 (8.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 149 (6.31%) UNIX
8 129 (5.46%) Windows XP
9 70 (2.96%) Windows 8
10 65 (2.75%) Solaris
11 36 (1.52%) Android
12 34 (1.44%) Mac OS X
13 31 (1.31%) Ubuntu
14 28 (1.19%) CentOS
15 26 (1.10%) AIX
16 25 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 24 (1.02%) Apple iOS
18 22 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
19 16 (0.68%) Oracle Linux
20 13 (0.55%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 498 (21.08%) ITIL
2 233 (9.86%) Migration
3 188 (7.96%) Project Management
4 171 (7.24%) Network Design
5 139 (5.88%) Service Management
6 137 (5.80%) PRINCE2
7 136 (5.76%) Network Management
8 125 (5.29%) Service Delivery
9 121 (5.12%) Disaster Recovery
10 107 (4.53%) Incident Management
11 100 (4.23%) Load Balancing
12 85 (3.60%) Stakeholder Management
13 80 (3.39%) Network Monitoring
14 78 (3.30%) Capacity Planning
15 75 (3.18%) Configuration Management
16 70 (2.96%) Change Management
17 62 (2.62%) Problem Management
18 60 (2.54%) Time Management
18 60 (2.54%) Business Continuity
19 56 (2.37%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 189 (8.00%) SQL
2 69 (2.92%) Perl
3 67 (2.84%) Python
4 53 (2.24%) PowerShell
5 48 (2.03%) Java
6 36 (1.52%) C
7 33 (1.40%) Bash Shell
7 33 (1.40%) Shell Script
8 30 (1.27%) PHP
9 25 (1.06%) Ruby
10 19 (0.80%) VB
11 16 (0.68%) C++
12 15 (0.64%) VBScript
13 14 (0.59%) JavaScript
14 9 (0.38%) VBA
14 9 (0.38%) Korn
15 8 (0.34%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.25%) C#
16 6 (0.25%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.13%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 684 (28.96%) Cisco Certification
2 420 (17.78%) CCNP
3 364 (15.41%) CCNA
4 321 (13.59%) Security Cleared
5 232 (9.82%) SC Cleared
6 203 (8.59%) Microsoft Certification
7 120 (5.08%) CCIE
8 119 (5.04%) MCSE
9 94 (3.98%) Degree
10 60 (2.54%) DV Cleared
11 58 (2.46%) CCDP
12 56 (2.37%) ITIL Certification
13 53 (2.24%) MCSA
14 44 (1.86%) MCP
15 43 (1.82%) CCIP
16 35 (1.48%) MCITP
16 35 (1.48%) CCSE
17 34 (1.44%) CCSA
18 32 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 31 (1.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (4.95%) SLA
2 48 (2.03%) QA
3 44 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 30 (1.27%) PCI DSS
5 21 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 17 (0.72%) JSP 440
7 14 (0.59%) COBIT
8 7 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
9 3 (0.13%) PMBOK
9 3 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.085%) BS7799
10 2 (0.085%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.042%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.042%) TickIT
11 1 (0.042%) ISO 14001
11 1 (0.042%) BS25999
System Software
1 642 (27.18%) Active Directory
2 316 (13.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 145 (6.14%) Hyper-V
4 118 (5.00%) vSphere
5 91 (3.85%) XenApp
6 58 (2.46%) VMware ESXi
7 48 (2.03%) VMware ESX
8 41 (1.74%) XenServer
9 33 (1.40%) vCloud
10 25 (1.06%) XenDesktop
11 24 (1.02%) ProxySG
11 24 (1.02%) Xen
12 23 (0.97%) Samba
13 22 (0.93%) Terminal Services
14 21 (0.89%) NLBS
15 20 (0.85%) NFS
15 20 (0.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 15 (0.64%) Postfix
17 14 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
17 14 (0.59%) Snort
Systems Management
1 109 (4.61%) SCCM
2 52 (2.20%) Cisco CUCM
3 45 (1.91%) Puppet
4 41 (1.74%) WSUS
5 26 (1.10%) ZABBIX
6 23 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
7 20 (0.85%) CA Spectrum
7 20 (0.85%) SCOM
7 20 (0.85%) NetBackup
8 18 (0.76%) FortiGate
8 18 (0.76%) Cisco Prime
9 17 (0.72%) Salt
10 16 (0.68%) Ansible
10 16 (0.68%) BladeLogic
10 16 (0.68%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 15 (0.64%) ARCserve
11 15 (0.64%) Backup Exec
11 15 (0.64%) vMotion
11 15 (0.64%) WhatsUp Gold
12 14 (0.59%) Control-M
Vendors
1 1227 (51.95%) Cisco
2 532 (22.52%) Microsoft
3 520 (22.02%) VMware
4 378 (16.00%) CheckPoint
5 367 (15.54%) Juniper
6 312 (13.21%) Citrix
7 213 (9.02%) HP
8 194 (8.21%) F5
9 131 (5.55%) Blue Coat
10 106 (4.49%) NetApp
11 103 (4.36%) Oracle
12 97 (4.11%) SolarWinds
13 80 (3.39%) McAfee
14 72 (3.05%) Dell
15 68 (2.88%) Avaya
16 67 (2.84%) IBM
17 54 (2.29%) EMC
18 50 (2.12%) CA
19 46 (1.95%) Aruba
20 45 (1.91%) Apple
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £450 to £500 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Comtecs
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 17 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 18 hours ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £140.00 - £170.00 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 per day + Contract
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + NEG
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Solvings Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Connectus
Rate: £360 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago