The table below looks at the statistics for the Network Support 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 Support in their job title over the 3 months to 17 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Network Support
Rank 480 481 466
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Network Support 116 101 130
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.19% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.21% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 44 74
Average daily rate
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£300 £270 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £160 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £409 £339
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £270 £303
% change year-on-year
+20.37% -10.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 11
Average hourly rate £23.00 £17.23 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.52% -17.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.60 £14.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.65 £21.60 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £17.23 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+33.52% -17.97%

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
51582 48912 54385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.74% 92.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 31504 29191 30441
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2115 2659
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.47
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Network Support
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Network Support Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Network Support
Daily Rate Trend

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

Network Support Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Network Support
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Network Support within the UK over the 3 months to 17 September 2014.

Network Support Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Network Support
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Network Support Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Network Support
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Network Support within the UK over the 3 months to 17 September 2014.

Network Support Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Network Support
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 Support within the UK over the 3 months to 17 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 -8 107 £300 +13.20% 24
London +22 35 £269 -0.37% 10
South West -11 19 £350 +21.73% 3
City of London +34 18 £263 +20.68% 4
East of England -12 17 £338 +32.35% 2
South East -21 16 £290 +12.62% 3
West Midlands -19 8 £325 +14.03% 1
Hertfordshire -19 8 £318 - 1
Hampshire -6 7 £276 -21.07% 1
Yorkshire +6 6 £288 +105.35% 4
East Midlands +9 4 £210 -
Staffordshire +5 4 £325 +30.00%
Cambridgeshire +1 4 - -
West Yorkshire +3 3 - - 3
Berkshire 0 3 £225 - 1
Southampton -10 3 £340 -2.85%
South Yorkshire - 3 £288 -
Surrey -10 2 £308 +25.51% 1
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Somerset - 2 £230 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £325 -
Sheffield - 2 £281 -
Bedfordshire - 2 £300 - 1
Cambridge - 2 - -
Cheltenham - 2 £325 -
Bath - 2 £230 -
Bedford - 2 £300 -
Wiltshire - 2 £250 -
Nottinghamshire +14 1 - -
Reading +3 1 £225 +12.50% 1

Network Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Network Support 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 Support in their job title.

1 156 (66.38%) Cisco
2 116 (49.36%) Cisco Certification
3 105 (44.68%) Firewall
4 92 (39.15%) WAN
5 91 (38.72%) LAN
6 77 (32.77%) CCNP
7 71 (30.21%) Windows
8 63 (26.81%) CCNA
9 51 (21.70%) Microsoft
10 49 (20.85%) CheckPoint
11 45 (19.15%) ITIL
12 44 (18.72%) VPN
13 41 (17.45%) Security Cleared
14 38 (16.17%) MPLS
14 38 (16.17%) Wireless
15 37 (15.74%) VMware
15 37 (15.74%) SC Cleared
16 36 (15.32%) TCP/IP
17 35 (14.89%) VoIP
18 33 (14.04%) Juniper
18 33 (14.04%) Active Directory
18 33 (14.04%) Cisco Nexus
19 32 (13.62%) Windows 7
20 28 (11.91%) Cisco ASA
20 28 (11.91%) DNS
21 26 (11.06%) Telecoms
22 25 (10.64%) F5
23 21 (8.94%) VMware Infrastructure
23 21 (8.94%) Disaster Recovery
23 21 (8.94%) OSPF

Network Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Network Support 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 Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (4.68%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.70%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.70%) IIS
2 4 (1.70%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2000
5 1 (0.43%) CMS
Applications
1 19 (8.09%) MS Office
2 16 (6.81%) MS Excel
3 8 (3.40%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.85%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Summit
2 1 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.28%) Office 365
1 3 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.43%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 105 (44.68%) Firewall
2 92 (39.15%) WAN
3 91 (38.72%) LAN
4 44 (18.72%) VPN
5 38 (16.17%) MPLS
5 38 (16.17%) Wireless
6 36 (15.32%) TCP/IP
7 35 (14.89%) VoIP
8 33 (14.04%) Cisco Nexus
9 28 (11.91%) Cisco ASA
9 28 (11.91%) DNS
10 21 (8.94%) OSPF
11 20 (8.51%) Network Security
12 18 (7.66%) BGP
13 16 (6.81%) IP Telephony
14 14 (5.96%) Internet
14 14 (5.96%) SAN
15 13 (5.53%) EIGRP
15 13 (5.53%) DHCP
15 13 (5.53%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.55%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.85%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (0.85%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.43%) JIRA
General
1 26 (11.06%) Telecoms
2 17 (7.23%) Finance
3 16 (6.81%) Front Office
4 14 (5.96%) Back Office
5 4 (1.70%) Banking
5 4 (1.70%) Advertising
6 3 (1.28%) Retail
7 1 (0.43%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.43%) French Language
7 1 (0.43%) Marketing
7 1 (0.43%) Electronics
7 1 (0.43%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.40%) XMPP
2 4 (1.70%) CSS
3 2 (0.85%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.66%) Management Information System
2 16 (6.81%) Statistics
3 6 (2.55%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.13%) Blackberry
5 3 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (1.28%) Cryptography
6 2 (0.85%) Clustering
6 2 (0.85%) Taxonomies
6 2 (0.85%) PKI
6 2 (0.85%) NHS
6 2 (0.85%) Firmware
6 2 (0.85%) EqualLogic
7 1 (0.43%) Social Media
7 1 (0.43%) HP StorageWorks
7 1 (0.43%) New Media
7 1 (0.43%) CMDB
7 1 (0.43%) SecurID
7 1 (0.43%) e-Health
7 1 (0.43%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 71 (30.21%) Windows
2 32 (13.62%) Windows 7
3 18 (7.66%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (7.23%) Linux
5 11 (4.68%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (4.26%) Windows 8
7 8 (3.40%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (2.98%) Windows XP
9 6 (2.55%) UNIX
10 2 (0.85%) Solaris
10 2 (0.85%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (19.15%) ITIL
2 21 (8.94%) Disaster Recovery
3 19 (8.09%) Service Management
4 18 (7.66%) Change Management
5 17 (7.23%) Capacity Planning
5 17 (7.23%) Network Management
6 15 (6.38%) Service Delivery
6 15 (6.38%) Workflow
7 14 (5.96%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (5.11%) Network Design
8 12 (5.11%) Risk Analysis
9 11 (4.68%) Load Balancing
9 11 (4.68%) ITSM
10 10 (4.26%) Migration
10 10 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (4.26%) Network Monitoring
11 9 (3.83%) Performance Management
12 8 (3.40%) Fault Management
13 7 (2.98%) Problem Management
14 6 (2.55%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (1.70%) PowerShell
2 3 (1.28%) Shell Script
3 2 (0.85%) SQL
4 1 (0.43%) sed
4 1 (0.43%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.43%) Java
Qualifications
1 116 (49.36%) Cisco Certification
2 77 (32.77%) CCNP
3 63 (26.81%) CCNA
4 41 (17.45%) Security Cleared
5 37 (15.74%) SC Cleared
6 19 (8.09%) Microsoft Certification
7 17 (7.23%) MCP
8 14 (5.96%) CCIE
9 12 (5.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 10 (4.26%) Degree
10 10 (4.26%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (3.83%) CISSP
12 7 (2.98%) MCSA
12 7 (2.98%) CCSP
12 7 (2.98%) CCSA
13 6 (2.55%) MCSE
14 4 (1.70%) CCVP
14 4 (1.70%) CCSE
15 3 (1.28%) MCT
15 3 (1.28%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.23%) SLA
2 7 (2.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 5 (2.13%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.85%) QA
6 1 (0.43%) JSP 440
System Software
1 33 (14.04%) Active Directory
2 21 (8.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.83%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (1.70%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.28%) XenApp
6 3 (1.28%) vSphere
6 3 (1.28%) NFS
7 2 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.85%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.43%) UAG
8 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.43%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.43%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.43%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 16 (6.81%) Cisco CUCM
2 10 (4.26%) OPNET
3 7 (2.98%) SCOM
4 6 (2.55%) SCCM
5 5 (2.13%) Cisco UCCX
6 3 (1.28%) SCVMM
6 3 (1.28%) WSUS
7 2 (0.85%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.85%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.43%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.43%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.43%) Sysprep
8 1 (0.43%) WhatsUp Gold
8 1 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.43%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 156 (66.38%) Cisco
2 51 (21.70%) Microsoft
3 49 (20.85%) CheckPoint
4 37 (15.74%) VMware
5 33 (14.04%) Juniper
6 25 (10.64%) F5
7 17 (7.23%) McAfee
8 16 (6.81%) HP
9 13 (5.53%) SolarWinds
10 12 (5.11%) Blue Coat
11 9 (3.83%) Citrix
12 7 (2.98%) Websense
12 7 (2.98%) Mitel
13 6 (2.55%) Riverbed
14 5 (2.13%) Avaya
14 5 (2.13%) Fortinet
15 4 (1.70%) Brocade
15 4 (1.70%) Apple
15 4 (1.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
16 3 (1.28%) Trustwave
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