The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 114 92 92
Rank change year-on-year
-22 0
Contract jobs citing LAN 936 937 1155
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.71% 1.96% 1.91%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.20% 12.87% 12.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 504 434 561
Average daily rate £325 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £181 £165 £184
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £482 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £322 £315 £311
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 126 111
Average hourly rate £20.03 £16.13 £19.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.21% -18.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £115.00 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.06 £16.00 £20.13
% change year-on-year
+25.37% -20.49%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7090 7278 9282
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.99% 15.26% 15.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3751 3618 4325
Average daily rate £356 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.57% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 576 612
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.25 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.11% -16.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%

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 24 April 2014.

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 24 April 2014.

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 24 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -22 842 £336 +3.46% 114
London -25 315 £348 +4.90% 45
South East -17 207 £348 +18.80% 27
City of London +2 75 £325 -18.75% 15
North West +3 70 £275 -39.89% 8
West Midlands +3 69 £338 +48.35% 5
South West -6 69 £350 -12.50% 6
Berkshire -29 53 £331 +47.22% 6
Scotland +5 52 £223 -25.97% 2
Hampshire -15 50 £310 +2.47% 6
East of England -38 42 £285 +8.05% 9
Cheshire +6 35 £323 -33.16% 2
Surrey -8 30 £360 +6.27% 3
Chester +4 25 £325 -
East Midlands -26 25 £250 -33.33% 6
Yorkshire -28 25 £300 -15.49% 7
Buckinghamshire -7 24 £400 +25.49% 2
Gloucestershire +15 22 £350 -36.36% 2
Reading -18 21 £263 +11.70% 2
West Sussex +6 20 £400 -8.57% 4
Edinburgh -9 20 £138 -31.00% 1
Milton Keynes -5 19 £400 -15.78% 2
Wales -19 19 £195 +41.81% 2
Cambridgeshire -11 18 £190 -28.30% 1
Birmingham +4 17 £325 -29.72%
Manchester -11 17 £330 +35.38% 4
Shropshire +3 16 £250 -13.04% 1
South Wales -12 16 £180 +30.90% 2
Wiltshire -25 16 £263 -39.13% 3
Solihull +7 15 £300 +87.50%

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, 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 1463 (80.61%) WAN
2 824 (45.40%) Cisco
3 754 (41.54%) Windows
4 547 (30.14%) Firewall
5 467 (25.73%) Cisco Certification
6 460 (25.34%) Active Directory
7 453 (24.96%) Microsoft
8 398 (21.93%) TCP/IP
9 372 (20.50%) VMware
10 332 (18.29%) ITIL
11 311 (17.13%) VPN
12 300 (16.53%) Windows Server 2008
13 282 (15.54%) Security Cleared
14 266 (14.66%) CCNP
15 257 (14.16%) Wireless
16 254 (13.99%) Citrix
17 244 (13.44%) Windows Server 2003
18 243 (13.39%) CCNA
19 241 (13.28%) HP
19 241 (13.28%) MS Office
20 237 (13.06%) SC Cleared
21 234 (12.89%) DNS
22 229 (12.62%) SAN
23 224 (12.34%) MS Exchange
24 223 (12.29%) Finance
25 221 (12.18%) Telecoms
26 219 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
27 205 (11.29%) Windows 7
28 200 (11.02%) VoIP
28 200 (11.02%) CheckPoint

LAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, 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
1 224 (12.34%) MS Exchange
2 85 (4.68%) SharePoint
2 85 (4.68%) Exchange Server 2010
3 70 (3.86%) IIS
4 65 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2003
5 55 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2007
6 43 (2.37%) Lync
7 37 (2.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 28 (1.54%) IBM Notes
8 28 (1.54%) Apache
9 21 (1.16%) Tomcat
10 19 (1.05%) SharePoint 2010
11 17 (0.94%) WebSphere
12 15 (0.83%) WebLogic
13 11 (0.61%) Oracle HTTP Server
14 9 (0.50%) JOnAS
15 8 (0.44%) Oracle Coherence
16 7 (0.39%) CMS
16 7 (0.39%) IBM HTTP Server
16 7 (0.39%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 241 (13.28%) MS Office
2 180 (9.92%) MS Excel
3 52 (2.87%) MS Visio
4 32 (1.76%) MS Project
5 23 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
6 16 (0.88%) Acrobat
7 9 (0.50%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.17%) PaintShop Pro
10 2 (0.11%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.055%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 15 (0.83%) RMDS
2 10 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
5 5 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.22%) assyst
7 3 (0.17%) Summit
8 2 (0.11%) Eikon
9 1 (0.055%) Oracle General Ledger
9 1 (0.055%) 3000 Xtra
9 1 (0.055%) SAP CCM
9 1 (0.055%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 22 (1.21%) Office 365
2 20 (1.10%) PaaS
3 19 (1.05%) IaaS
4 11 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
7 5 (0.28%) SaaS
8 4 (0.22%) Google Apps
9 2 (0.11%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 1463 (80.61%) WAN
2 547 (30.14%) Firewall
3 398 (21.93%) TCP/IP
4 311 (17.13%) VPN
5 257 (14.16%) Wireless
6 234 (12.89%) DNS
7 229 (12.62%) SAN
8 200 (11.02%) VoIP
9 187 (10.30%) MPLS
10 167 (9.20%) Internet
10 167 (9.20%) Network Security
11 160 (8.82%) DHCP
12 159 (8.76%) BGP
13 149 (8.21%) OSPF
14 143 (7.88%) VLAN
15 99 (5.45%) Cisco IOS
16 97 (5.34%) EIGRP
17 93 (5.12%) Cisco ASA
18 91 (5.01%) WLAN
19 86 (4.74%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (7.71%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (1.10%) Big Data
4 19 (1.05%) DB2
5 18 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
6 16 (0.88%) Hadoop
6 16 (0.88%) Oracle Database
7 12 (0.66%) MySQL
8 11 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
9 9 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 8 (0.44%) HBase
11 7 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
11 7 (0.39%) Crystal Reports
11 7 (0.39%) Cognos Impromptu
11 7 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.28%) Relational Database
12 5 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (0.28%) QlikView
13 4 (0.22%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 22 (1.21%) Jenkins
2 15 (0.83%) JIRA
3 12 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (0.66%) ClearCase
4 11 (0.61%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 11 (0.61%) Maven
5 7 (0.39%) Oracle Forms
5 7 (0.39%) JUnit
5 7 (0.39%) Selenium
5 7 (0.39%) FitNesse
6 5 (0.28%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.28%) MSI
6 5 (0.28%) Subversion
6 5 (0.28%) Hudson
7 1 (0.055%) Redmine
7 1 (0.055%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.055%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.055%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.055%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.055%) Eclipse
General
1 223 (12.29%) Finance
2 221 (12.18%) Telecoms
3 74 (4.08%) Banking
4 31 (1.71%) Back Office
5 28 (1.54%) French Language
6 27 (1.49%) Retail
7 26 (1.43%) Manufacturing
8 25 (1.38%) Legal
9 21 (1.16%) Investment Banking
10 19 (1.05%) Local Government
11 18 (0.99%) Law
11 18 (0.99%) German Language
12 17 (0.94%) Financial Institution
13 14 (0.77%) Advertising
14 12 (0.66%) Marketing
15 10 (0.55%) Front Office
15 10 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
16 8 (0.44%) Electronics
16 8 (0.44%) Korean Language
16 8 (0.44%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 360 (19.83%) Network Engineer
2 242 (13.33%) Analyst
3 211 (11.63%) Architect
4 136 (7.49%) Consultant
5 125 (6.89%) Project Manager
6 120 (6.61%) Support Engineer
7 82 (4.52%) Support Analyst
8 71 (3.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 67 (3.69%) Infrastructure Architect
10 63 (3.47%) Desktop Support
11 58 (3.20%) Administrator
11 58 (3.20%) Cisco Engineer
12 55 (3.03%) 2nd Line Support
13 52 (2.87%) Network Analyst
14 51 (2.81%) Network Support
15 50 (2.75%) Solutions Architect
16 45 (2.48%) Technical Architect
16 45 (2.48%) Security Engineer
17 44 (2.42%) Network Architect
17 44 (2.42%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (2.70%) .NET
2 38 (2.09%) Middleware
3 28 (1.54%) HTML
4 26 (1.43%) JSP
5 24 (1.32%) Web Services
6 17 (0.94%) XML
7 14 (0.77%) Rendezvous
8 13 (0.72%) J2EE
9 11 (0.61%) XMPP
10 8 (0.44%) LAMP
10 8 (0.44%) XSLT
11 4 (0.22%) APPC
12 3 (0.17%) SOAP
13 2 (0.11%) CSS
13 2 (0.11%) ASP.NET
13 2 (0.11%) EDI
13 2 (0.11%) WSH
13 2 (0.11%) SAML
13 2 (0.11%) REST
13 2 (0.11%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 66 (3.64%) Clustering
2 61 (3.36%) Blackberry
3 57 (3.14%) Management Information System
4 52 (2.87%) Video Conferencing
5 42 (2.31%) Fat Client
5 42 (2.31%) Thin Client
6 24 (1.32%) Replication
7 20 (1.10%) NHS
7 20 (1.10%) PKI
8 17 (0.94%) Client/Server
9 16 (0.88%) Mainframe
9 16 (0.88%) Statistics
10 14 (0.77%) PMI
11 13 (0.72%) Open Source
12 12 (0.66%) IVR
13 11 (0.61%) e-Health
13 11 (0.61%) CCTV
13 11 (0.61%) Firmware
13 11 (0.61%) Computer Science
14 9 (0.50%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 754 (41.54%) Windows
2 300 (16.53%) Windows Server 2008
3 244 (13.44%) Windows Server 2003
4 205 (11.29%) Windows 7
5 181 (9.97%) Linux
6 178 (9.81%) Windows XP
7 156 (8.60%) UNIX
8 87 (4.79%) Windows Server 2012
9 76 (4.19%) Solaris
10 36 (1.98%) Windows 2000
11 34 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 31 (1.71%) Windows 8
13 29 (1.60%) AIX
13 29 (1.60%) Windows Vista
14 21 (1.16%) MVS
15 20 (1.10%) VME
15 20 (1.10%) Android
16 17 (0.94%) Mac OS X
17 14 (0.77%) HPUX
17 14 (0.77%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (18.29%) ITIL
2 167 (9.20%) Project Management
3 140 (7.71%) Migration
4 126 (6.94%) Disaster Recovery
5 115 (6.34%) PRINCE2
6 95 (5.23%) Service Management
7 93 (5.12%) Network Design
8 84 (4.63%) Service Delivery
9 82 (4.52%) Network Management
10 76 (4.19%) Change Management
11 67 (3.69%) Load Balancing
12 57 (3.14%) Stakeholder Management
13 54 (2.98%) Capacity Planning
14 46 (2.53%) Problem Management
15 42 (2.31%) Change Control
16 40 (2.20%) Network Monitoring
17 39 (2.15%) Risk Management
17 39 (2.15%) TOGAF
17 39 (2.15%) Incident Management
18 38 (2.09%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 194 (10.69%) SQL
2 49 (2.70%) PowerShell
3 46 (2.53%) C
4 40 (2.20%) Java
5 36 (1.98%) Perl
6 24 (1.32%) VB
7 16 (0.88%) Python
8 13 (0.72%) Shell Script
9 11 (0.61%) Bash Shell
9 11 (0.61%) PHP
10 8 (0.44%) VBScript
10 8 (0.44%) Tcl
11 7 (0.39%) Korn
11 7 (0.39%) JavaScript
12 6 (0.33%) Ruby
13 5 (0.28%) Bourne shell
14 4 (0.22%) COBOL
14 4 (0.22%) RPG
15 2 (0.11%) VBA
15 2 (0.11%) LINC
Qualifications
1 467 (25.73%) Cisco Certification
2 282 (15.54%) Security Cleared
3 266 (14.66%) CCNP
4 243 (13.39%) CCNA
5 237 (13.06%) SC Cleared
6 123 (6.78%) Microsoft Certification
7 93 (5.12%) Degree
8 91 (5.01%) MCSE
9 84 (4.63%) CCIE
10 49 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
11 39 (2.15%) CCDP
12 32 (1.76%) MCITP
13 25 (1.38%) MCSA
14 23 (1.27%) MCP
15 22 (1.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 19 (1.05%) PMI Certification
17 15 (0.83%) CISSP
17 15 (0.83%) BC Cleared
18 14 (0.77%) DV Cleared
18 14 (0.77%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (4.63%) SLA
2 22 (1.21%) QA
3 20 (1.10%) JSP 440
4 15 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (0.61%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.39%) ISO 9001
8 6 (0.33%) COBIT
9 3 (0.17%) GxP
9 3 (0.17%) ISO 14001
10 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.11%) HL7
11 1 (0.055%) TickIT
System Software
1 460 (25.34%) Active Directory
2 219 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (4.02%) vSphere
4 67 (3.69%) XenApp
5 64 (3.53%) Hyper-V
6 43 (2.37%) VMware ESX
7 31 (1.71%) VMware ESXi
8 24 (1.32%) XenDesktop
9 22 (1.21%) SRDF
10 21 (1.16%) NFS
11 20 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
12 15 (0.83%) ISA Server
12 15 (0.83%) XenServer
13 13 (0.72%) UAG
14 11 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 11 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
15 9 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (0.50%) KVM
16 8 (0.44%) Terminal Services
16 8 (0.44%) Samba
Systems Management
1 89 (4.90%) SCCM
2 45 (2.48%) Cisco CUCM
3 43 (2.37%) SCOM
4 29 (1.60%) NetBackup
5 28 (1.54%) Backup Exec
6 25 (1.38%) Norton AntiVirus
7 24 (1.32%) WSUS
8 14 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 14 (0.77%) CiscoWorks
9 13 (0.72%) BladeLogic
9 13 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
9 13 (0.72%) Cisco UCCX
10 12 (0.66%) OpenView
11 11 (0.61%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 11 (0.61%) ARCserve
12 10 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
13 8 (0.44%) Puppet
13 8 (0.44%) CA Spectrum
13 8 (0.44%) Cisco UCCE
14 7 (0.39%) DameWare
Vendors
1 824 (45.40%) Cisco
2 453 (24.96%) Microsoft
3 372 (20.50%) VMware
4 254 (13.99%) Citrix
5 241 (13.28%) HP
6 200 (11.02%) CheckPoint
7 160 (8.82%) Juniper
8 146 (8.04%) Oracle
9 92 (5.07%) Avaya
10 91 (5.01%) F5
11 83 (4.57%) IBM
12 66 (3.64%) NetApp
13 64 (3.53%) Blue Coat
14 60 (3.31%) Symantec
15 59 (3.25%) EMC
16 58 (3.20%) SolarWinds
17 56 (3.09%) McAfee
18 49 (2.70%) Riverbed
19 47 (2.59%) Red Hat
19 47 (2.59%) Nortel
London
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Rate: £400 per day £400 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
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Rate: £180 - £200 per day + Bonus plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £30195.00 - £33984.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £550 - £680 per day
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Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
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Leicestershire
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Hampshire
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Rate: £220 - £350.00 per day
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Rate: £425.00 - £460.00 per day
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