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 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Network Support
Rank 466 461 479
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Network Support 139 120 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.23% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.25% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 79 38
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£250 £315 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.63% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £220 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £392 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £240 £315 £263
% change year-on-year
-23.80% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 11
Average hourly rate £35.00 £15.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+133.33% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.80 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £121.00 £19.00 £90.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -40.00%

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
50225 48710 42844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.47% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 31072 30211 24612
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1971 1993 2105
Average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.52% -4.28%

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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 +8 124 £250 -20.63% 46
South East -5 33 £240 -26.15% 19
London +5 30 £296 -8.84% 8
South West +4 16 £281 -13.46%
West Midlands -7 13 £301 -28.33% 3
North West -14 13 £175 -21.34% 5
Manchester -5 11 £225 - 1
Wiltshire - 10 £288 -
Buckinghamshire 0 9 £200 -20.00% 7
Hampshire +8 8 £240 -26.15% 1
Milton Keynes +8 7 - -
East of England -9 7 £294 -2.08% 4
City of London -2 6 £293 -22.00% 2
Scotland -3 6 £278 -
Yorkshire -13 6 £154 -25.00% 5
East Midlands -7 5 £213 - 1
Berkshire -12 5 £280 -25.33% 4
Bristol +5 4 £250 -
Surrey +3 4 £260 - 3
Telford -4 4 - -
Shropshire -6 4 - -
West Yorkshire -11 4 - - 1
Leeds -14 4 - - 1
Edinburgh - 4 - -
Nottingham - 4 £256 -
Nottinghamshire - 4 £256 -
Oxfordshire - 3 £200 - 2
Norfolk - 3 £338 - 1
Staffordshire - 3 £313 -
Reading +2 2 - -

Network Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 (64.66%) Cisco
2 123 (49.40%) Firewall
3 116 (46.59%) Cisco Certification
4 92 (36.95%) CCNA
5 91 (36.55%) LAN
6 87 (34.94%) WAN
7 62 (24.90%) CCNP
8 57 (22.89%) Windows
9 54 (21.69%) ITIL
9 54 (21.69%) CheckPoint
10 49 (19.68%) Cisco ASA
11 47 (18.88%) Juniper
12 44 (17.67%) Network Security
13 43 (17.27%) VPN
14 41 (16.47%) Active Directory
15 37 (14.86%) Wireless
16 36 (14.46%) Microsoft
16 36 (14.46%) Network Management
17 35 (14.06%) Security Cleared
18 30 (12.05%) F5
19 29 (11.65%) VoIP
20 28 (11.24%) SLA
20 28 (11.24%) VMware
20 28 (11.24%) Network Monitoring
21 26 (10.44%) MPLS
22 24 (9.64%) DNS
22 24 (9.64%) Finance
22 24 (9.64%) Network Design
22 24 (9.64%) SC Cleared
23 23 (9.24%) Windows 7

Network Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 14 (5.62%) MS Exchange
2 6 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (0.80%) Lync
4 2 (0.80%) IIS
4 2 (0.80%) Apache
5 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.40%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.40%) SAS
Applications
1 16 (6.43%) MS Excel
2 10 (4.02%) MS Office
3 6 (2.41%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.40%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.80%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.40%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 123 (49.40%) Firewall
2 91 (36.55%) LAN
3 87 (34.94%) WAN
4 49 (19.68%) Cisco ASA
5 44 (17.67%) Network Security
6 43 (17.27%) VPN
7 37 (14.86%) Wireless
8 29 (11.65%) VoIP
9 26 (10.44%) MPLS
10 24 (9.64%) DNS
11 23 (9.24%) VLAN
12 21 (8.43%) Internet
12 21 (8.43%) Cisco Nexus
12 21 (8.43%) OSPF
13 18 (7.23%) SAN
13 18 (7.23%) TCP/IP
14 17 (6.83%) DHCP
15 16 (6.43%) IP Telephony
16 15 (6.02%) BGP
17 14 (5.62%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.01%) MS Access
3 3 (1.20%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.40%) OLAP
5 1 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.40%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.40%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (1.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 24 (9.64%) Finance
2 16 (6.43%) Banking
3 15 (6.02%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.20%) Retail
4 3 (1.20%) Games
5 2 (0.80%) Military
5 2 (0.80%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.80%) Back Office
6 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.81%) CSS
2 2 (0.80%) MFC
3 1 (0.40%) .NET
3 1 (0.40%) WAP
3 1 (0.40%) OLE
3 1 (0.40%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.43%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.21%) CMDB
4 6 (2.41%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.41%) e-Health
5 3 (1.20%) Thin Client
5 3 (1.20%) Fat Client
6 2 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (0.80%) NHS
6 2 (0.80%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.80%) Blackberry
6 2 (0.80%) Statistics
7 1 (0.40%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.40%) PKI
7 1 (0.40%) CCTV
7 1 (0.40%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.40%) Handset
7 1 (0.40%) VLE
7 1 (0.40%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.40%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 57 (22.89%) Windows
2 23 (9.24%) Windows 7
3 21 (8.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (6.02%) Linux
5 13 (5.22%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (3.61%) Windows 8
7 7 (2.81%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (2.01%) CentOS
8 5 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.61%) Windows XP
9 4 (1.61%) Solaris
10 3 (1.20%) UNIX
11 2 (0.80%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.40%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (21.69%) ITIL
2 36 (14.46%) Network Management
3 28 (11.24%) Network Monitoring
4 24 (9.64%) Network Design
5 16 (6.43%) Configuration Management
6 14 (5.62%) Load Balancing
7 13 (5.22%) ITIL V3
8 10 (4.02%) Kalman Filter
8 10 (4.02%) Service Delivery
8 10 (4.02%) Change Management
9 9 (3.61%) Migration
10 8 (3.21%) Service Management
10 8 (3.21%) Incident Management
11 7 (2.81%) Problem Management
11 7 (2.81%) Project Management
12 6 (2.41%) Workflow
12 6 (2.41%) Network Load Balancing
12 6 (2.41%) Root Cause Analysis
12 6 (2.41%) Mentoring
13 5 (2.01%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 16 (6.43%) SQL
2 4 (1.61%) VBA
2 4 (1.61%) PowerShell
3 2 (0.80%) C
4 1 (0.40%) Perl
4 1 (0.40%) Python
4 1 (0.40%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 116 (46.59%) Cisco Certification
2 92 (36.95%) CCNA
3 62 (24.90%) CCNP
4 35 (14.06%) Security Cleared
5 24 (9.64%) SC Cleared
6 15 (6.02%) Degree
6 15 (6.02%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (4.82%) MCSA
8 10 (4.02%) A+ Certification
8 10 (4.02%) Network+ Certification
9 9 (3.61%) CCIE
10 4 (1.61%) MCSE
11 2 (0.80%) HND
11 2 (0.80%) CCSE
11 2 (0.80%) JNCIA
11 2 (0.80%) MCTS
11 2 (0.80%) MCITP
11 2 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.40%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (11.24%) SLA
2 7 (2.81%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.80%) QA
System Software
1 41 (16.47%) Active Directory
2 17 (6.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.01%) Firmware
4 4 (1.61%) XenDesktop
4 4 (1.61%) vSphere
4 4 (1.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (1.20%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.20%) XenApp
6 2 (0.80%) VMware ESX
6 2 (0.80%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.40%) Snort
7 1 (0.40%) Squid
7 1 (0.40%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.40%) MetaFrame
7 1 (0.40%) XenServer
7 1 (0.40%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 9 (3.61%) FortiGate
2 6 (2.41%) CA Spectrum
2 6 (2.41%) Cisco Prime
2 6 (2.41%) SCCM
3 4 (1.61%) WSUS
3 4 (1.61%) AirWatch
4 3 (1.20%) CiscoWorks
4 3 (1.20%) Netcool
5 2 (0.80%) ARCserve
5 2 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco LMS
6 1 (0.40%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (0.40%) Nagios
6 1 (0.40%) Zenoss
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.40%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 161 (64.66%) Cisco
2 54 (21.69%) CheckPoint
3 47 (18.88%) Juniper
4 36 (14.46%) Microsoft
5 30 (12.05%) F5
6 28 (11.24%) VMware
7 18 (7.23%) Remedy
7 18 (7.23%) Blue Coat
8 17 (6.83%) SolarWinds
9 16 (6.43%) HP
9 16 (6.43%) Citrix
10 15 (6.02%) McAfee
11 10 (4.02%) IBM
12 8 (3.21%) Avaya
12 8 (3.21%) Websense
12 8 (3.21%) Fortinet
13 7 (2.81%) Oracle
13 7 (2.81%) Nortel
14 6 (2.41%) Infoblox
14 6 (2.41%) CA
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