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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Network Support
Rank 498 481 482
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Network Support 103 94 121
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.18% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.19% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 43 63
Average daily rate
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£288 £255 £240
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.74% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £160 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £348 £348
UK excluding London average daily rate £289 £255 £300
% change year-on-year
+13.23% -15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 12
Average hourly rate £23.00 £17.61 £16.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.58% +5.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.60 £15.00 £11.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.65 £26.10 £25.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £17.61 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+30.58% +5.14%

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
51170 49280 54602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.64% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 30980 29240 30617
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 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1968 2111 2700
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.08 £38.98 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.98%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 -24 92 £288 +12.74% 32
London +25 33 £272 -0.72% 9
East of England -8 17 £300 +17.64% 6
City of London +39 14 £263 +11.94% 3
South East -24 11 £290 +28.88% 9
West Midlands -11 9 £325 +18.18% 1
Hertfordshire -7 8 £318 - 2
Yorkshire +2 7 £275 +96.42% 3
South West -30 7 £250 -15.25% 2
Cambridgeshire -4 5 - - 1
Staffordshire +1 4 £325 +30.00%
Scotland -15 4 £270 -1.81% 1
Hampshire -18 4 £288 +53.33% 1
East Midlands +10 3 £210 -27.58%
South Yorkshire +8 3 £288 - 1
Cambridge - 3 - - 1
Wiltshire - 3 £250 -
Sheffield +12 2 £281 - 1
West Yorkshire 0 2 - - 1
Southampton -5 2 £340 - 1
Berkshire -5 2 - - 3
Surrey -7 2 £290 +18.36% 2
North West -7 2 £210 - 2
Swindon - 2 £250 -
Oxfordshire - 2 - - 2
Somerset - 2 £230 - 1
Bedfordshire - 2 £300 - 2
Essex - 2 - -
Bath - 2 £230 - 1
Bedford - 2 £300 - 2

Network Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 150 (65.79%) Cisco
2 106 (46.49%) Cisco Certification
3 100 (43.86%) Firewall
4 83 (36.40%) LAN
5 81 (35.53%) WAN
6 75 (32.89%) Windows
7 64 (28.07%) CCNP
8 63 (27.63%) CCNA
9 56 (24.56%) Microsoft
10 50 (21.93%) CheckPoint
11 46 (20.18%) ITIL
12 44 (19.30%) VPN
13 40 (17.54%) Wireless
14 39 (17.11%) VMware
15 38 (16.67%) Juniper
16 37 (16.23%) VoIP
17 35 (15.35%) Windows 7
18 33 (14.47%) Cisco ASA
19 31 (13.60%) MPLS
20 30 (13.16%) DNS
20 30 (13.16%) Active Directory
20 30 (13.16%) Security Cleared
21 29 (12.72%) Cisco Nexus
22 27 (11.84%) SC Cleared
23 25 (10.96%) Telecoms
24 24 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
24 24 (10.53%) F5
25 23 (10.09%) VMware Infrastructure
25 23 (10.09%) TCP/IP
26 22 (9.65%) Finance

Network Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (4.82%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.75%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.75%) IIS
3 3 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.44%) CMS
5 1 (0.44%) GroupWise
Applications
1 16 (7.02%) MS Office
1 16 (7.02%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.07%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.88%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.88%) Summit
2 1 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.19%) Office 365
2 3 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.44%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 100 (43.86%) Firewall
2 83 (36.40%) LAN
3 81 (35.53%) WAN
4 44 (19.30%) VPN
5 40 (17.54%) Wireless
6 37 (16.23%) VoIP
7 33 (14.47%) Cisco ASA
8 31 (13.60%) MPLS
9 30 (13.16%) DNS
10 29 (12.72%) Cisco Nexus
11 23 (10.09%) TCP/IP
12 18 (7.89%) Network Security
12 18 (7.89%) IP Telephony
13 16 (7.02%) BGP
14 15 (6.58%) SAN
15 14 (6.14%) Internet
15 14 (6.14%) EIGRP
16 13 (5.70%) OSPF
17 12 (5.26%) DHCP
17 12 (5.26%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.07%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (0.88%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2 (0.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (10.96%) Telecoms
2 22 (9.65%) Finance
2 22 (9.65%) Front Office
3 14 (6.14%) Back Office
4 5 (2.19%) Banking
5 4 (1.75%) Advertising
6 3 (1.32%) Retail
7 1 (0.44%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.44%) French Language
7 1 (0.44%) Marketing
7 1 (0.44%) Local Government
7 1 (0.44%) Electronics
7 1 (0.44%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.39%) XMPP
2 6 (2.63%) CSS
3 2 (0.88%) WAP
4 1 (0.44%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 15 (6.58%) Statistics
3 6 (2.63%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.19%) Blackberry
5 3 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (1.32%) Cryptography
6 2 (0.88%) NHS
6 2 (0.88%) Firmware
6 2 (0.88%) Clustering
6 2 (0.88%) PKI
6 2 (0.88%) Derivative
6 2 (0.88%) Taxonomies
6 2 (0.88%) EqualLogic
6 2 (0.88%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.44%) HP StorageWorks
7 1 (0.44%) New Media
7 1 (0.44%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.44%) CMDB
7 1 (0.44%) SecurID
7 1 (0.44%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 75 (32.89%) Windows
2 35 (15.35%) Windows 7
3 24 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (7.46%) Linux
5 16 (7.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 8 (3.51%) Windows 8
6 8 (3.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (3.07%) Windows XP
8 6 (2.63%) UNIX
9 5 (2.19%) Android
10 2 (0.88%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.88%) Solaris
11 1 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.44%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (20.18%) ITIL
2 20 (8.77%) Disaster Recovery
2 20 (8.77%) Service Management
3 19 (8.33%) Change Management
4 16 (7.02%) Capacity Planning
5 14 (6.14%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (5.26%) Load Balancing
6 12 (5.26%) Risk Analysis
7 11 (4.82%) Fault Management
7 11 (4.82%) Problem Management
7 11 (4.82%) ITSM
8 10 (4.39%) Service Delivery
8 10 (4.39%) Workflow
8 10 (4.39%) Migration
9 9 (3.95%) Configuration Management
10 8 (3.51%) Incident Management
10 8 (3.51%) Performance Management
11 7 (3.07%) Network Monitoring
11 7 (3.07%) Kalman Filter
12 6 (2.63%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 4 (1.75%) PowerShell
2 3 (1.32%) Shell Script
3 2 (0.88%) SQL
4 1 (0.44%) sed
4 1 (0.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 106 (46.49%) Cisco Certification
2 64 (28.07%) CCNP
3 63 (27.63%) CCNA
4 30 (13.16%) Security Cleared
5 27 (11.84%) SC Cleared
6 18 (7.89%) Microsoft Certification
7 16 (7.02%) MCP
8 12 (5.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 11 (4.82%) ITIL Certification
10 9 (3.95%) Degree
11 8 (3.51%) CCSP
12 7 (3.07%) CCSA
12 7 (3.07%) CCIE
13 6 (2.63%) MCSE
13 6 (2.63%) MCSA
14 4 (1.75%) CCSE
15 3 (1.32%) CCVP
15 3 (1.32%) CCDP
15 3 (1.32%) Check Point Certification
16 2 (0.88%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.70%) SLA
2 8 (3.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (1.75%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.88%) QA
6 1 (0.44%) JSP 440
System Software
1 30 (13.16%) Active Directory
2 23 (10.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.95%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.19%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.32%) vSphere
6 2 (0.88%) NFS
6 2 (0.88%) ProxySG
6 2 (0.88%) VMware ESX
6 2 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.88%) XenApp
7 1 (0.44%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.44%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.44%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.44%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 19 (8.33%) Cisco CUCM
2 11 (4.82%) OPNET
3 6 (2.63%) Cisco UCCX
3 6 (2.63%) SCOM
4 5 (2.19%) SCCM
5 3 (1.32%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.88%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.88%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.44%) WhatsUp Gold
7 1 (0.44%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.44%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.44%) CA Spectrum
7 1 (0.44%) WSUS
7 1 (0.44%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 150 (65.79%) Cisco
2 56 (24.56%) Microsoft
3 50 (21.93%) CheckPoint
4 39 (17.11%) VMware
5 38 (16.67%) Juniper
6 24 (10.53%) F5
7 20 (8.77%) McAfee
8 16 (7.02%) Blue Coat
9 15 (6.58%) SolarWinds
9 15 (6.58%) HP
10 10 (4.39%) Citrix
11 9 (3.95%) Mitel
11 9 (3.95%) Apple
12 8 (3.51%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 6 (2.63%) Avaya
13 6 (2.63%) Fortinet
14 5 (2.19%) Riverbed
14 5 (2.19%) Velocent
14 5 (2.19%) Websense
15 4 (1.75%) Crossbeam
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