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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Network Support
Rank 479 492 464
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Network Support 116 90 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.17% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.19% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 37 45
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£313 £250 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £138 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £358
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £238 £275
% change year-on-year
+26.31% -13.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 7
Average hourly rate £20.00 £27.50 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.27% +12.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.67 £20.00 £18.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £36.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £27.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
-20.90% +12.24%

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 -4 112 £313 +25.00% 29
London +50 61 £339 +27.83% 11
South East -18 19 £379 +37.72% 5
City of London +10 11 £315 -3.44% 3
South West -13 11 £235 +22.87% 2
East of England -25 9 £245 -2.00% 2
Surrey +2 8 £325 +18.18% 2
Hampshire -14 8 £395 +8.96%
East Midlands +7 6 £288 -
Hertfordshire -6 4 - - 1
Devon - 4 - - 1
North West -9 3 £325 +44.44% 1
West Midlands -29 3 £200 -47.19% 6
Bedfordshire - 3 £268 -
Nottinghamshire - 3 £300 -
Nottingham - 3 £300 -
Manchester -9 2 £231 - 1
Buckinghamshire -11 2 £245 -
Milton Keynes -12 2 £245 -
Wiltshire -12 2 £198 -4.81%
Dorset - 2 £215 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £313 -
Bournemouth - 2 £215 -
Telford -5 1 - -
Shropshire -6 1 - -
Birmingham -8 1 £200 - 1
Swindon -9 1 £160 -22.89%
Yorkshire -10 1 - - 2
Wales -24 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £305 -

Network Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 157 (66.24%) Cisco
2 130 (54.85%) Firewall
3 122 (51.48%) Cisco Certification
4 98 (41.35%) WAN
5 90 (37.97%) LAN
6 75 (31.65%) CCNP
6 75 (31.65%) CCNA
7 72 (30.38%) Windows
8 51 (21.52%) TCP/IP
9 49 (20.68%) CheckPoint
10 47 (19.83%) VPN
11 41 (17.30%) Juniper
12 38 (16.03%) BGP
13 37 (15.61%) OSPF
13 37 (15.61%) Active Directory
13 37 (15.61%) Security Cleared
14 36 (15.19%) DNS
14 36 (15.19%) MPLS
15 35 (14.77%) ITIL
15 35 (14.77%) Network Security
16 34 (14.35%) SC Cleared
16 34 (14.35%) Microsoft
17 31 (13.08%) Linux
18 29 (12.24%) F5
19 28 (11.81%) Network Management
19 28 (11.81%) Network Monitoring
19 28 (11.81%) VMware
19 28 (11.81%) VLAN
20 26 (10.97%) Cisco Nexus
20 26 (10.97%) Cisco ASA

Network Support
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 8 (3.38%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.69%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.27%) IIS
3 3 (1.27%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2000
5 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.42%) CMS
Applications
1 23 (9.70%) MS Excel
2 22 (9.28%) MS Office
3 10 (4.22%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.84%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.42%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 130 (54.85%) Firewall
2 98 (41.35%) WAN
3 90 (37.97%) LAN
4 51 (21.52%) TCP/IP
5 47 (19.83%) VPN
6 38 (16.03%) BGP
7 37 (15.61%) OSPF
8 36 (15.19%) DNS
8 36 (15.19%) MPLS
9 35 (14.77%) Network Security
10 28 (11.81%) VLAN
11 26 (10.97%) Cisco Nexus
11 26 (10.97%) Cisco ASA
12 25 (10.55%) Wireless
13 23 (9.70%) HSRP
13 23 (9.70%) VoIP
14 19 (8.02%) IPsec
15 18 (7.59%) HTTP
16 16 (6.75%) HTTPS
17 15 (6.33%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.80%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.42%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2 (0.84%) JIRA
General
1 21 (8.86%) Finance
2 15 (6.33%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.80%) Banking
4 2 (0.84%) Advertising
5 1 (0.42%) Military
5 1 (0.42%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.42%) WAP
1 1 (0.42%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 14 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.80%) PKI
3 7 (2.95%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.27%) e-Health
4 3 (1.27%) Blackberry
5 2 (0.84%) Cryptography
6 1 (0.42%) Statistics
6 1 (0.42%) CMDB
6 1 (0.42%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.42%) SecurID
6 1 (0.42%) CESG
6 1 (0.42%) Replication
6 1 (0.42%) Clustering
6 1 (0.42%) NHS
6 1 (0.42%) User Experience
6 1 (0.42%) EqualLogic
6 1 (0.42%) Social Media
6 1 (0.42%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.42%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 72 (30.38%) Windows
2 31 (13.08%) Linux
3 24 (10.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (5.49%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.80%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (3.80%) Windows 8
6 6 (2.53%) CentOS
6 6 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (2.11%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.42%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.42%) Solaris
8 1 (0.42%) UNIX
8 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (14.77%) ITIL
2 28 (11.81%) Network Management
2 28 (11.81%) Network Monitoring
3 19 (8.02%) Change Management
4 16 (6.75%) Service Delivery
4 16 (6.75%) Network Design
5 13 (5.49%) Workflow
6 11 (4.64%) High Availability
7 10 (4.22%) WAN Optimisation
7 10 (4.22%) Network Load Balancing
8 9 (3.80%) Migration
8 9 (3.80%) ISMS
8 9 (3.80%) Information Assurance
9 8 (3.38%) Kalman Filter
9 8 (3.38%) Load Balancing
10 7 (2.95%) Disaster Recovery
11 6 (2.53%) Performance Management
11 6 (2.53%) Capacity Planning
12 5 (2.11%) Requirements Analysis
12 5 (2.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (2.11%) PowerShell
2 2 (0.84%) Shell Script
2 2 (0.84%) SQL
3 1 (0.42%) T-SQL
3 1 (0.42%) VBScript
3 1 (0.42%) VBA
3 1 (0.42%) C
3 1 (0.42%) Java
3 1 (0.42%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 122 (51.48%) Cisco Certification
2 75 (31.65%) CCNP
2 75 (31.65%) CCNA
3 37 (15.61%) Security Cleared
4 34 (14.35%) SC Cleared
5 11 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (4.22%) CCIE
7 9 (3.80%) CISSP
8 6 (2.53%) MCSE
8 6 (2.53%) Degree
9 5 (2.11%) CCVP
9 5 (2.11%) MCSA
9 5 (2.11%) CCSP
10 4 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.69%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (1.27%) MCITP
11 3 (1.27%) JNCIP
11 3 (1.27%) CCSA
11 3 (1.27%) CCDP
12 2 (0.84%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (9.28%) SLA
2 7 (2.95%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.42%) QA
4 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.42%) JSP 440
System Software
1 37 (15.61%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.80%) Hyper-V
4 6 (2.53%) Firmware
5 5 (2.11%) vSphere
6 4 (1.69%) XenApp
6 4 (1.69%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.84%) UAG
8 2 (0.84%) NFS
8 2 (0.84%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.84%) Snort
8 2 (0.84%) Squid
9 1 (0.42%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.42%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (2.53%) FortiGate
1 6 (2.53%) WSUS
2 4 (1.69%) SCCM
2 4 (1.69%) SCOM
3 3 (1.27%) CA Spectrum
4 2 (0.84%) SCVMM
4 2 (0.84%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (0.84%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.42%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (0.42%) OPNET
5 1 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.42%) Netcool
5 1 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.42%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.42%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.42%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.42%) WhatsUp Gold
5 1 (0.42%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.42%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.42%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 157 (66.24%) Cisco
2 49 (20.68%) CheckPoint
3 41 (17.30%) Juniper
4 34 (14.35%) Microsoft
5 29 (12.24%) F5
6 28 (11.81%) VMware
7 23 (9.70%) HP
8 15 (6.33%) Riverbed
9 12 (5.06%) Blue Coat
10 11 (4.64%) Citrix
11 8 (3.38%) Avaya
11 8 (3.38%) Websense
12 5 (2.11%) Nortel
12 5 (2.11%) McAfee
13 4 (1.69%) Brocade
14 3 (1.27%) Mitel
14 3 (1.27%) Dell
14 3 (1.27%) CA
14 3 (1.27%) SolarWinds
14 3 (1.27%) ProCurve
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