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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Network Support
Rank 454 499 472
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Network Support 137 89 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.18% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 47 48
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£275 £288 £238
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.34% +21.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £214 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £337 £380 £353
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £300 £238
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +26.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 10
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.90 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £112.50 £26.33 £90.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+77.77% -10.00%

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
50807 49213 43153
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.36% 92.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 30874 29577 24780
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2026 2213
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.70 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.76% -2.85%

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 31 March 2015.

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 31 March 2015.

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 31 March 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 +23 118 £275 -4.34% 44
London +19 45 £289 +3.12% 12
South East -17 36 £240 -12.72% 12
South West -2 14 £288 -11.53% 6
Scotland +4 13 £300 - 2
Wiltshire - 12 £330 - 4
City of London +19 10 £305 -12.23% 1
Hampshire -1 9 £240 -12.72% 1
Berkshire -8 9 £213 -24.77% 3
North West -10 9 £175 -21.34% 2
Manchester -3 8 £175 -22.22% 1
West Midlands -8 8 £263 -37.50% 4
Surrey +10 6 £260 - 2
Milton Keynes - 6 - -
Buckinghamshire - 6 - - 3
Swindon - 5 £350 - 2
Reading -3 4 - -
Edinburgh - 4 - - 1
East of England +5 3 - - 2
Slough +2 3 £213 - 1
Nottinghamshire - 3 - -
Nottingham - 3 - -
East Midlands - 3 - - 2
Telford -7 2 - - 1
Shropshire -10 2 - - 1
Southampton -12 2 £315 +14.54%
Reigate - 2 - -
Bath +6 1 £288 -
Cambridgeshire +2 1 - - 1
Cambridge 0 1 - -

Network Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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.

1 161 (63.64%) Cisco
2 132 (52.17%) Firewall
3 119 (47.04%) Cisco Certification
4 98 (38.74%) CCNA
5 92 (36.36%) WAN
6 89 (35.18%) LAN
7 74 (29.25%) Windows
8 61 (24.11%) CCNP
9 52 (20.55%) CheckPoint
9 52 (20.55%) ITIL
10 51 (20.16%) VPN
11 50 (19.76%) Juniper
12 42 (16.60%) Network Security
13 41 (16.21%) Network Monitoring
14 39 (15.42%) Cisco ASA
14 39 (15.42%) DNS
15 37 (14.62%) TCP/IP
16 36 (14.23%) SLA
16 36 (14.23%) Active Directory
17 34 (13.44%) MPLS
17 34 (13.44%) Linux
17 34 (13.44%) VLAN
18 32 (12.65%) VMware
18 32 (12.65%) Microsoft
19 31 (12.25%) Wireless
19 31 (12.25%) F5
20 30 (11.86%) BGP
21 29 (11.46%) Network Management
22 28 (11.07%) OSPF
22 28 (11.07%) Finance

Network Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 (4.35%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (1.19%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.40%) Lync
5 1 (0.40%) SAS
5 1 (0.40%) IIS
5 1 (0.40%) Apache
Applications
1 18 (7.11%) MS Excel
2 16 (6.32%) MS Office
3 10 (3.95%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.40%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.40%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 132 (52.17%) Firewall
2 92 (36.36%) WAN
3 89 (35.18%) LAN
4 51 (20.16%) VPN
5 42 (16.60%) Network Security
6 39 (15.42%) Cisco ASA
6 39 (15.42%) DNS
7 37 (14.62%) TCP/IP
8 34 (13.44%) MPLS
8 34 (13.44%) VLAN
9 31 (12.25%) Wireless
10 30 (11.86%) BGP
11 28 (11.07%) OSPF
12 27 (10.67%) VoIP
13 20 (7.91%) HSRP
14 18 (7.11%) IP Telephony
15 16 (6.32%) IPsec
16 14 (5.53%) Intrusion Detection
16 14 (5.53%) Cisco Nexus
16 14 (5.53%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.53%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (1.19%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.40%) OLAP
3 1 (0.40%) MS Access
3 1 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.40%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 28 (11.07%) Finance
2 18 (7.11%) Banking
3 14 (5.53%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.19%) Games
5 2 (0.79%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.79%) Back Office
6 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.40%) Retail
6 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.58%) CSS
2 1 (0.40%) WAP
2 1 (0.40%) OLE
2 1 (0.40%) Regular Expression
2 1 (0.40%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.30%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (2.77%) PKI
3 6 (2.37%) e-Health
3 6 (2.37%) CMDB
4 5 (1.98%) Management Information System
5 2 (0.79%) NHS
5 2 (0.79%) Thin Client
5 2 (0.79%) Blackberry
5 2 (0.79%) Fat Client
5 2 (0.79%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.79%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.40%) User Experience
6 1 (0.40%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (0.40%) CCTV
6 1 (0.40%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.40%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.40%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.40%) Replication
6 1 (0.40%) Clustering
6 1 (0.40%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 74 (29.25%) Windows
2 34 (13.44%) Linux
3 22 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 18 (7.11%) Windows 7
5 10 (3.95%) Windows 8
6 9 (3.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (3.16%) CentOS
8 7 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (1.98%) Windows XP
9 5 (1.98%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (1.58%) Solaris
11 3 (1.19%) UNIX
12 2 (0.79%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.40%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.40%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (20.55%) ITIL
2 41 (16.21%) Network Monitoring
3 29 (11.46%) Network Management
4 27 (10.67%) Network Design
5 16 (6.32%) Change Management
6 14 (5.53%) Service Delivery
7 13 (5.14%) ITIL V3
8 12 (4.74%) Configuration Management
8 12 (4.74%) Load Balancing
8 12 (4.74%) Network Load Balancing
8 12 (4.74%) Migration
9 9 (3.56%) Workflow
9 9 (3.56%) WAN Optimisation
9 9 (3.56%) Kalman Filter
10 8 (3.16%) Project Management
11 7 (2.77%) ISMS
11 7 (2.77%) Information Assurance
11 7 (2.77%) High Availability
12 6 (2.37%) Problem Management
13 5 (1.98%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (5.93%) SQL
2 5 (1.98%) VBA
3 4 (1.58%) PowerShell
4 2 (0.79%) C
5 1 (0.40%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 119 (47.04%) Cisco Certification
2 98 (38.74%) CCNA
3 61 (24.11%) CCNP
4 22 (8.70%) Security Cleared
5 19 (7.51%) SC Cleared
6 18 (7.11%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (4.74%) MCSA
8 11 (4.35%) A+ Certification
8 11 (4.35%) Network+ Certification
9 9 (3.56%) Degree
10 7 (2.77%) CCIE
11 5 (1.98%) MCSE
12 3 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (1.19%) MCITP
13 2 (0.79%) JNCIA
13 2 (0.79%) CCSE
14 1 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 1 (0.40%) JNCIP
14 1 (0.40%) MCTS
14 1 (0.40%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (14.23%) SLA
2 9 (3.56%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.40%) QA
4 1 (0.40%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 36 (14.23%) Active Directory
2 15 (5.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.37%) Firmware
4 5 (1.98%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.19%) VMware ESX
5 3 (1.19%) vSphere
6 2 (0.79%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.79%) ProxySG
6 2 (0.79%) Snort
6 2 (0.79%) Squid
7 1 (0.40%) XenApp
7 1 (0.40%) XenServer
7 1 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.40%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 9 (3.56%) FortiGate
2 6 (2.37%) CA Spectrum
3 5 (1.98%) WSUS
3 5 (1.98%) SCCM
4 4 (1.58%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (1.19%) Netcool
6 1 (0.40%) ARCserve
6 1 (0.40%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (0.40%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.40%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.40%) HP SIM
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.40%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 161 (63.64%) Cisco
2 52 (20.55%) CheckPoint
3 50 (19.76%) Juniper
4 32 (12.65%) Microsoft
4 32 (12.65%) VMware
5 31 (12.25%) F5
6 20 (7.91%) Blue Coat
7 17 (6.72%) HP
8 15 (5.93%) Remedy
9 13 (5.14%) McAfee
9 13 (5.14%) Avaya
10 11 (4.35%) Nortel
10 11 (4.35%) Citrix
11 10 (3.95%) Riverbed
12 9 (3.56%) SolarWinds
13 7 (2.77%) Infoblox
13 7 (2.77%) IBM
13 7 (2.77%) Oracle
13 7 (2.77%) Websense
14 6 (2.37%) CA
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