The table below looks at the statistics for the Network Specialist role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Network Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 30 September 2014 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Network Specialist
Rank 528 513 543
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +30
Contract jobs requiring a Network Specialist 76 74 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.097%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.15% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 46 22
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£375 £388 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +9.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £288 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £563 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £375 £280
% change year-on-year
-6.53% +33.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 11
Average hourly rate £40.00 £16.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+150.00% -44.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £15.79 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+153.32% -45.55%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52574 48917 53715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.65% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 32287 29427 30052
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2054 2082 2685
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Network Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Network Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Network Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Network Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Network Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Network Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Network Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2014.

Network Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Network Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Network Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Network Specialist
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 Network Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 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
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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 -19 71 £375 -3.22% 8
London +13 19 £407 -9.66%
South West -15 16 £356 +9.61% 1
Devon -5 14 £369 +13.46% 1
Exeter -8 12 £369 +13.46% 1
West Midlands -13 12 £625 +81.15% 1
City of London +32 6 £405 -19.00%
South East -17 6 £220 -39.31% 1
Yorkshire -14 4 £325 -16.12% 1
East of England -24 4 £375 -3.22% 2
Leeds +9 3 £325 -23.52% 1
West Yorkshire 0 3 £325 -25.71% 1
North West -11 3 £268 -2.72% 1
East Midlands +6 1 - - 1
York +3 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire 0 1 £401 +3.35%
Watford - 1 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £450 -
Essex - - - - 1
Wirral - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1
Guildford - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Dunstable - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Rugby - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -

Network Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Network Specialist in their job title 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 with Network Specialist in their job title.

1 73 (60.83%) Cisco
2 71 (59.17%) Firewall
3 54 (45.00%) Cisco Certification
4 50 (41.67%) CCNP
5 47 (39.17%) LAN
6 46 (38.33%) Network Security
7 42 (35.00%) WAN
8 39 (32.50%) ITIL
9 38 (31.67%) BGP
10 36 (30.00%) CheckPoint
11 32 (26.67%) OSPF
11 32 (26.67%) F5
12 31 (25.83%) Security Cleared
13 30 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
13 30 (25.00%) DNS
14 29 (24.17%) DHCP
14 29 (24.17%) MPLS
15 28 (23.33%) SC Cleared
16 25 (20.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 23 (19.17%) Cisco ASA
18 22 (18.33%) BIG-IP
18 22 (18.33%) Juniper
19 21 (17.50%) Blue Coat
20 20 (16.67%) Load Balancing
20 20 (16.67%) Network Architecture
21 18 (15.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
21 18 (15.00%) Fortinet
21 18 (15.00%) BMC
21 18 (15.00%) VPN
22 17 (14.17%) VMware

Network Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Network Specialist in their job title 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 with Network Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.67%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (0.83%) Lync
2 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.83%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (2.50%) MS Office
1 3 (2.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.67%) SaaS
2 1 (0.83%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 71 (59.17%) Firewall
2 47 (39.17%) LAN
3 46 (38.33%) Network Security
4 42 (35.00%) WAN
5 38 (31.67%) BGP
6 32 (26.67%) OSPF
7 30 (25.00%) DNS
7 30 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
8 29 (24.17%) MPLS
8 29 (24.17%) DHCP
9 25 (20.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 23 (19.17%) Cisco ASA
11 22 (18.33%) BIG-IP
12 18 (15.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 18 (15.00%) VPN
13 17 (14.17%) DMVPN
14 16 (13.33%) Cisco IOS
15 13 (10.83%) NetScreen
16 12 (10.00%) SSL
16 12 (10.00%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (1.67%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.83%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 12 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 9 (7.50%) Retail
3 7 (5.83%) Finance
3 7 (5.83%) Banking
4 6 (5.00%) Local Government
5 3 (2.50%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.67%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.67%) International Banking
6 2 (1.67%) German Language
7 1 (0.83%) Law
7 1 (0.83%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.50%) Middleware
2 8 (6.67%) CSS
3 1 (0.83%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.83%) Thin Client
1 13 (10.83%) Fat Client
2 10 (8.33%) Visualisation
2 10 (8.33%) User Experience
3 7 (5.83%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.50%) Social Media
4 3 (2.50%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.67%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.67%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.67%) Open Source
6 1 (0.83%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.83%) Replication
6 1 (0.83%) Neural Network
6 1 (0.83%) PKI
6 1 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 16 (13.33%) Linux
2 10 (8.33%) Windows
3 5 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (3.33%) Windows 7
4 4 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (3.33%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (1.67%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.67%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.83%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (32.50%) ITIL
2 20 (16.67%) Load Balancing
2 20 (16.67%) Network Architecture
3 17 (14.17%) Network Design
4 16 (13.33%) Network Management
5 14 (11.67%) Network Monitoring
6 13 (10.83%) E-Commerce
7 9 (7.50%) Project Management
7 9 (7.50%) High Availability
7 9 (7.50%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (5.00%) Validation
8 6 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (5.00%) Line Management
8 6 (5.00%) Mentoring
9 5 (4.17%) Configuration Management
10 3 (2.50%) Network Planning
10 3 (2.50%) Migration
10 3 (2.50%) Security Testing
10 3 (2.50%) Cyber Security
10 3 (2.50%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 7 (5.83%) C
2 4 (3.33%) Lisp
3 3 (2.50%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.67%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.83%) Java
5 1 (0.83%) R
Qualifications
1 54 (45.00%) Cisco Certification
2 50 (41.67%) CCNP
3 31 (25.83%) Security Cleared
4 28 (23.33%) SC Cleared
5 16 (13.33%) CCSE
5 16 (13.33%) CCNA
6 3 (2.50%) MCSE
6 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.50%) CISSP
7 2 (1.67%) CCSP
7 2 (1.67%) JNCIS
7 2 (1.67%) Degree
7 2 (1.67%) CCDP
8 1 (0.83%) CCIE
8 1 (0.83%) Check Point Certification
8 1 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.83%) CISM
8 1 (0.83%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.50%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.67%) COBIT
2 2 (1.67%) QA
3 1 (0.83%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 16 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 14 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.67%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.83%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.83%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 14 (11.67%) OPNET
2 5 (4.17%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (2.50%) SCVMM
3 3 (2.50%) BladeLogic
4 2 (1.67%) SCCM
4 2 (1.67%) SCOM
4 2 (1.67%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.83%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.83%) WhatsUp Gold
5 1 (0.83%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.83%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.83%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.83%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (0.83%) Legato
5 1 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 73 (60.83%) Cisco
2 36 (30.00%) CheckPoint
3 32 (26.67%) F5
4 22 (18.33%) Juniper
5 21 (17.50%) Blue Coat
6 18 (15.00%) Fortinet
6 18 (15.00%) BMC
7 17 (14.17%) VMware
8 15 (12.50%) HP
9 14 (11.67%) Citrix
10 13 (10.83%) Infoblox
10 13 (10.83%) Imperva
11 11 (9.17%) SolarWinds
12 10 (8.33%) Riverbed
13 9 (7.50%) Nokia
14 5 (4.17%) Microsoft
14 5 (4.17%) TippingPoint
15 4 (3.33%) SAP
16 2 (1.67%) Cognos
16 2 (1.67%) Siebel
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