Period
to 27 February 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for LAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LAN over the 6 months to 27 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Local Area Network (LAN)
UK > England
6 months to
27 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 187 144 160
Rank change year-on-year -43 +16 +12
Contract jobs citing LAN 539 1,145 1,647
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.41% 1.87% 1.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.15% 14.09% 14.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 444 808 1,121
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £163 £150 £163
90th Percentile £549 £540 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 60 79
Median hourly rate £24.31 £20.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.56% -13.04% +31.43%
10th Percentile £15.23 £13.33 £10.75
90th Percentile £64.50 £50.00 £59.20
UK median hourly rate £23.06 £20.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year +15.31% -2.44% +17.99%

LAN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 4,435 8,126 11,653
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.63% 13.26% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,806 5,080 7,241
Median daily rate £430 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% -2.35% +3.03%
10th Percentile £203 £181 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £443 £413 £425
% change year-on-year +7.27% -2.94% +5.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 431 493
Median hourly rate £26.43 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.15% +11.11% -7.79%
10th Percentile £12.88 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.00 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £32.50 £20.05 £18.00
% change year-on-year +62.07% +11.40% -5.26%

LAN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing LAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for LAN in England

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing LAN in England.

Daily rate trend for LAN in England

LAN
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing LAN in England over the 6 months to 27 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for LAN in England

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing LAN in England.

Hourly rate trend for LAN in England

LAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing LAN in England over the 6 months to 27 February 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for LAN in England

LAN
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN within the England region over the 6 months to 27 February 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -79 167 £425 +13.33% 51
South East +35 126 £363 -12.12% 56
Midlands -4 81 £298 -19.32% 50
North of England -17 75 £300 -7.69% 73
West Midlands +7 60 £299 -25.31% 33
North West +9 52 £363 -7.05% 36
South West +36 50 £350 +7.69% 37
East of England +5 37 £339 -19.76% 14
Yorkshire +3 21 £125 -61.54% 25
East Midlands -13 18 £120 -31.43% 17
North East +7 6 £120 -64.44% 12
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 27 February 2021, IT contractor jobs citing LAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for LAN.

1 467 (86.64%) WAN
2 271 (50.28%) Cisco
3 236 (43.78%) Firewall
4 161 (29.87%) Windows
5 141 (26.16%) Cisco Certification
6 137 (25.42%) Microsoft
6 137 (25.42%) VMware
7 131 (24.30%) Security Cleared
8 125 (23.19%) VPN
9 114 (21.15%) Active Directory
10 107 (19.85%) Azure
11 104 (19.29%) Wireless
12 95 (17.63%) Data Centre
13 94 (17.44%) CCNP
14 92 (17.07%) CCNA
15 88 (16.33%) DNS
16 87 (16.14%) TCP/IP
17 86 (15.96%) VMware Infrastructure
18 84 (15.58%) Microsoft 365
19 80 (14.84%) SC Cleared
19 80 (14.84%) Wi-Fi
20 75 (13.91%) Linux
21 72 (13.36%) Windows Server
22 69 (12.80%) DHCP
23 66 (12.24%) Finance
24 64 (11.87%) Telecoms
25 60 (11.13%) Juniper
26 59 (10.95%) ITIL
27 58 (10.76%) MPLS
28 57 (10.58%) Load Balancing

LAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 31 (5.75%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.64%) Skype for Business
3 13 (2.41%) WebSphere
4 8 (1.48%) Confluence
5 7 (1.30%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.93%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.74%) CMS
7 4 (0.74%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.74%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.56%) IIS
9 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.19%) nginx
9 1 (0.19%) Smallworld
9 1 (0.19%) WebLogic
Applications
1 52 (9.65%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (5.19%) MS Visio
3 21 (3.90%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.11%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.74%) CATIA
6 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.19%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 107 (19.85%) Azure
2 84 (15.58%) Microsoft 365
3 54 (10.02%) AWS
4 26 (4.82%) PaaS
5 23 (4.27%) IaaS
6 22 (4.08%) SaaS
7 17 (3.15%) GCP
8 14 (2.60%) OneDrive
9 13 (2.41%) Azure Active Directory
10 12 (2.23%) Cloud Computing
11 10 (1.86%) GitHub
12 9 (1.67%) Yammer
13 5 (0.93%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 5 (0.93%) Power Automate
14 4 (0.74%) OpenShift
15 3 (0.56%) Power Platform
16 2 (0.37%) Akamai
16 2 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
16 2 (0.37%) IBM Cloud
17 1 (0.19%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 467 (86.64%) WAN
2 236 (43.78%) Firewall
3 125 (23.19%) VPN
4 104 (19.29%) Wireless
5 88 (16.33%) DNS
6 87 (16.14%) TCP/IP
7 80 (14.84%) Wi-Fi
8 69 (12.80%) DHCP
9 58 (10.76%) MPLS
10 54 (10.02%) Cisco Nexus
10 54 (10.02%) VLAN
11 53 (9.83%) OSPF
12 50 (9.28%) BGP
13 49 (9.09%) Network Security
14 48 (8.91%) Cisco ASA
15 46 (8.53%) VoIP
16 43 (7.98%) WLAN
17 40 (7.42%) Internet
18 35 (6.49%) IPsec
19 33 (6.12%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (1.67%) DB2
2 9 (1.67%) MongoDB
3 7 (1.30%) NoSQL
3 7 (1.30%) SQL Server
4 4 (0.74%) Hadoop
4 4 (0.74%) HBase
5 3 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.56%) Power BI
6 2 (0.37%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.37%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.37%) Riak
7 1 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.19%) Big Data
7 1 (0.19%) GIS
7 1 (0.19%) Ingres
7 1 (0.19%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.19%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 41 (7.61%) JIRA
2 17 (3.15%) Jenkins
3 12 (2.23%) Git (software)
3 12 (2.23%) LoadRunner
4 9 (1.67%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (0.93%) Bitbucket Server
5 5 (0.93%) SonarQube
5 5 (0.93%) Subversion
6 3 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.37%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.37%) FishEye
7 2 (0.37%) JUnit
7 2 (0.37%) Maven
7 2 (0.37%) Selenium
7 2 (0.37%) TestNG
8 1 (0.19%) GitLab
8 1 (0.19%) TestDirector
General
1 66 (12.24%) Finance
2 64 (11.87%) Telecoms
3 52 (9.65%) Public Sector
4 18 (3.34%) Banking
5 12 (2.23%) Billing
6 11 (2.04%) Back Office
7 10 (1.86%) Legal
8 5 (0.93%) Financial Institution
8 5 (0.93%) Retail
9 4 (0.74%) Automotive
9 4 (0.74%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.56%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.56%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.56%) Police
11 2 (0.37%) Electronics
11 2 (0.37%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.19%) Local Government
12 1 (0.19%) Marketing
12 1 (0.19%) Military
Job Titles
1 138 (25.60%) Network Engineer
2 110 (20.41%) Architect
3 50 (9.28%) Network Architect
4 48 (8.91%) Analyst
5 33 (6.12%) Project Manager
5 33 (6.12%) Support Engineer
6 32 (5.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 23 (4.27%) Consultant
7 23 (4.27%) Infrastructure Manager
7 23 (4.27%) Senior Network Engineer
7 23 (4.27%) Solutions Architect
8 22 (4.08%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 16 (2.97%) Test Analyst
10 15 (2.78%) Infrastructure Architect
10 15 (2.78%) Network Support
11 14 (2.60%) 3rd Line Support
12 13 (2.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 13 (2.41%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
12 13 (2.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 13 (2.41%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.75%) 802.1X
2 15 (2.78%) JSON
3 9 (1.67%) WebSphere MQ
4 8 (1.48%) REST
4 8 (1.48%) SOAP
5 6 (1.11%) .NET
5 6 (1.11%) XML
6 4 (0.74%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.74%) Jinja
6 4 (0.74%) Middleware
6 4 (0.74%) Ruby on Rails
6 4 (0.74%) WebRTC
6 4 (0.74%) YAML
7 3 (0.56%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.56%) Node.js
7 3 (0.56%) XMPP
8 2 (0.37%) Java EE
8 2 (0.37%) SAML
8 2 (0.37%) Spring
8 2 (0.37%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 95 (17.63%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.64%) Video Conferencing
4 20 (3.71%) Management Information System
4 20 (3.71%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (2.97%) NHS
6 14 (2.60%) Public Cloud
7 13 (2.41%) Private Cloud
8 12 (2.23%) Greenfield Project
9 11 (2.04%) Hybrid Cloud
9 11 (2.04%) User Experience
10 10 (1.86%) Tandem
11 9 (1.67%) Clustering
12 8 (1.48%) Virtual Team
13 7 (1.30%) Driving Licence
13 7 (1.30%) Mobile App
14 6 (1.11%) Internet of Things
14 6 (1.11%) PKI
15 5 (0.93%) Cyber Kill Chain
16 4 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 161 (29.87%) Windows
2 75 (13.91%) Linux
3 72 (13.36%) Windows Server
4 57 (10.58%) Windows 10
5 23 (4.27%) Unix
6 20 (3.71%) Windows 7
6 20 (3.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 16 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (1.48%) Apple iOS
10 8 (1.48%) Mac OS
10 8 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (1.48%) Windows Server 2019
11 7 (1.30%) Solaris
12 6 (1.11%) Android
13 5 (0.93%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.74%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.56%) VMS
15 3 (0.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (10.95%) ITIL
2 57 (10.58%) Load Balancing
3 56 (10.39%) Migration
4 55 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
5 41 (7.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 37 (6.86%) Network Design
7 36 (6.68%) DevOps
8 35 (6.49%) Kalman Filter
9 34 (6.31%) Project Delivery
10 31 (5.75%) Problem-Solving
10 31 (5.75%) Project Management
11 29 (5.38%) Change Management
12 28 (5.19%) Web Filtering
13 25 (4.64%) Continuous Integration
14 24 (4.45%) Network Architecture
15 23 (4.27%) Network Management
15 23 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
15 23 (4.27%) TOGAF
16 22 (4.08%) Disaster Recovery
16 22 (4.08%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 26 (4.82%) Python
2 20 (3.71%) PowerShell
3 14 (2.60%) C
4 9 (1.67%) Java
4 9 (1.67%) SQL
5 6 (1.11%) C++
6 5 (0.93%) PHP
7 4 (0.74%) C#
7 4 (0.74%) MATLAB
8 3 (0.56%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.37%) Java 8
9 2 (0.37%) R
9 2 (0.37%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.19%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.19%) Perl
10 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 141 (26.16%) Cisco Certification
2 131 (24.30%) Security Cleared
3 94 (17.44%) CCNP
4 92 (17.07%) CCNA
5 80 (14.84%) SC Cleared
6 39 (7.24%) Microsoft Certification
7 38 (7.05%) CCIE
8 35 (6.49%) Degree
9 32 (5.94%) DV Cleared
10 17 (3.15%) MCSE
11 13 (2.41%) Computer Science Degree
12 12 (2.23%) MCSA
13 11 (2.04%) CCDP
13 11 (2.04%) CISSP
13 11 (2.04%) TOGAF Certification
14 9 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
15 8 (1.48%) CCDA
16 7 (1.30%) RHCA
17 5 (0.93%) CCSA
17 5 (0.93%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.23%) SLA
2 10 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (1.86%) QA
3 9 (1.67%) NIST
4 4 (0.74%) COBIT
4 4 (0.74%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.74%) PMO
5 2 (0.37%) GDPR
5 2 (0.37%) HL7
5 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.37%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.37%) SEPA
6 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.19%) NCSC
System Software
1 114 (21.15%) Active Directory
2 86 (15.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (5.57%) Hyper-V
4 23 (4.27%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (3.34%) VMware NSX
6 17 (3.15%) vSphere
7 12 (2.23%) Docker
7 12 (2.23%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (1.86%) KVM
9 8 (1.48%) Xen
10 6 (1.11%) ProxySG
10 6 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (0.93%) NFS
11 5 (0.93%) XenApp
12 4 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.74%) SRDF
13 3 (0.56%) XenDesktop
14 2 (0.37%) Firmware
14 2 (0.37%) vCloud
15 1 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 40 (7.42%) Ansible
2 31 (5.75%) SCCM
3 14 (2.60%) Cisco Prime
4 12 (2.23%) FortiGate
4 12 (2.23%) Kubernetes
5 11 (2.04%) NetBackup
6 10 (1.86%) Cisco CUCM
6 10 (1.86%) Nessus
7 7 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (1.30%) Puppet
7 7 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (1.30%) Terraform
8 6 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.93%) SolarWinds Orion
10 4 (0.74%) QRadar
11 3 (0.56%) EMC VPLEX
12 2 (0.37%) AirWatch
12 2 (0.37%) CSIRT
12 2 (0.37%) Salt
12 2 (0.37%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 271 (50.28%) Cisco
2 137 (25.42%) Microsoft
2 137 (25.42%) VMware
3 60 (11.13%) Juniper
4 56 (10.39%) F5
5 51 (9.46%) Palo Alto
6 50 (9.28%) CheckPoint
7 40 (7.42%) Meraki
8 38 (7.05%) Citrix
8 38 (7.05%) SolarWinds
9 36 (6.68%) Fortinet
10 23 (4.27%) Blue Coat
11 20 (3.71%) Aruba
12 18 (3.34%) HP
12 18 (3.34%) Oracle
13 16 (2.97%) Dell
13 16 (2.97%) EMC
14 13 (2.41%) 3PAR
14 13 (2.41%) Veeam
15 12 (2.23%) Zscaler