Period
to 9 May 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 9 May 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
9 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 191 130 164
Rank change year-on-year -61 +34 +12
Contract jobs citing LAN 609 906 1,465
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.37% 1.95% 1.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.15% 14.48% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 610 988
10th Percentile £196 £147 £170
25th Percentile £306 £213 £275
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £393
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% -4.46% +4.67%
75th Percentile £500 £488 £488
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 54 86
10th Percentile £12.98 £12.34 £10.75
25th Percentile £17.09 £16.21 £14.96
Median hourly rate £22.42 £19.00 £21.79
Median % change year-on-year +18.00% -12.81% +16.54%
75th Percentile £58.00 £30.00 £33.19
90th Percentile £65.54 £49.63 £57.05
UK median hourly rate £21.21 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +6.05% +8.11% +5.71%

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 5,012 6,257 10,556
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.27% 13.44% 12.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,246 3,878 6,691
10th Percentile £219 £181 £206
25th Percentile £340 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £425 £430
Median % change year-on-year +2.94% -1.16% +1.18%
75th Percentile £530 £527 £538
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 332 465
10th Percentile £12.53 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.50 £15.25 £14.28
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +4.00% -1.03%
75th Percentile £50.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +28.57% +10.53% +1.60%

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 9 May 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 9 May 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 9 May 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 -68 205 £415 +18.57% 59
South East +22 145 £424 -4.31% 51
North of England -15 85 £363 +11.54% 68
Midlands -14 83 £363 -3.33% 51
West Midlands -9 62 £363 -23.68% 21
North West +5 54 £365 +16.80% 39
South West +17 52 £363 +7.41% 25
Yorkshire -12 29 £325 +0.78% 21
East of England -35 27 £275 -38.89% 13
East Midlands -4 21 £363 +126.56% 30
North East +7 6 £120 -65.71% 8
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 9 May 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.

1 502 (82.43%) WAN
2 303 (49.75%) Cisco
3 260 (42.69%) Firewall
4 179 (29.39%) Windows
5 154 (25.29%) Cisco Certification
6 145 (23.81%) Microsoft
7 144 (23.65%) VMware
8 129 (21.18%) Data Centre
9 128 (21.02%) Active Directory
10 126 (20.69%) Security Cleared
11 124 (20.36%) Social Skills
12 122 (20.03%) VPN
13 112 (18.39%) Wireless
14 100 (16.42%) Azure
15 98 (16.09%) Microsoft 365
16 97 (15.93%) DNS
17 96 (15.76%) CCNA
18 94 (15.44%) VMware Infrastructure
19 90 (14.78%) TCP/IP
20 88 (14.45%) CCNP
21 81 (13.30%) Linux
22 80 (13.14%) SC Cleared
23 78 (12.81%) CheckPoint
24 72 (11.82%) ITIL
24 72 (11.82%) DHCP
25 69 (11.33%) Telecoms
25 69 (11.33%) Finance
26 67 (11.00%) Wi-Fi
26 67 (11.00%) Migration
27 66 (10.84%) VLAN

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 34 (5.58%) Skype for Business
2 32 (5.25%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.30%) Confluence
3 14 (2.30%) WebSphere
4 7 (1.15%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.82%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.82%) WebSphere Application Server
6 3 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.49%) IIS
7 2 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.33%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.16%) Apache
8 1 (0.16%) Drupal
8 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.16%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.16%) Smallworld
8 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 61 (10.02%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (6.08%) MS Visio
3 28 (4.60%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.15%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.16%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
Cloud Services
1 100 (16.42%) Azure
2 98 (16.09%) Microsoft 365
3 61 (10.02%) AWS
4 27 (4.43%) PaaS
5 23 (3.78%) SaaS
6 18 (2.96%) IaaS
7 17 (2.79%) GCP
7 17 (2.79%) OneDrive
8 11 (1.81%) Yammer
9 8 (1.31%) GitHub
10 6 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.49%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 3 (0.49%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.33%) Power Automate
12 2 (0.33%) Power Platform
12 2 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.16%) Datadog
13 1 (0.16%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 502 (82.43%) WAN
2 260 (42.69%) Firewall
3 122 (20.03%) VPN
4 112 (18.39%) Wireless
5 97 (15.93%) DNS
6 90 (14.78%) TCP/IP
7 72 (11.82%) DHCP
8 67 (11.00%) Wi-Fi
9 66 (10.84%) VLAN
10 64 (10.51%) Cisco Nexus
10 64 (10.51%) MPLS
11 60 (9.85%) WLAN
12 57 (9.36%) Cisco ASA
13 55 (9.03%) Network Security
14 54 (8.87%) BGP
15 53 (8.70%) OSPF
16 52 (8.54%) VoIP
17 51 (8.37%) Internet
18 41 (6.73%) SD-WAN
19 40 (6.57%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (2.96%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (1.81%) NoSQL
4 10 (1.64%) Relational Database
5 9 (1.48%) DB2
6 8 (1.31%) SQL Server 2014
7 7 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (1.15%) SQL Server 2016
8 6 (0.99%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.66%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.66%) HBase
10 3 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.33%) MySQL
11 2 (0.33%) Power BI
11 2 (0.33%) Riak
12 1 (0.16%) Big Data
12 1 (0.16%) Data Mining
12 1 (0.16%) GIS
12 1 (0.16%) Ingres
12 1 (0.16%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 42 (6.90%) JIRA
2 22 (3.61%) Jenkins
3 17 (2.79%) Sonatype Nexus
4 16 (2.63%) Git (software)
5 14 (2.30%) LoadRunner
6 12 (1.97%) Subversion
7 8 (1.31%) Cucumber
7 8 (1.31%) FishEye
7 8 (1.31%) JUnit
7 8 (1.31%) Maven
7 8 (1.31%) Selenium
7 8 (1.31%) TestNG
8 4 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (0.49%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.33%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.33%) Rational Team Concert
11 1 (0.16%) GitLab
11 1 (0.16%) MSI
11 1 (0.16%) TestDirector
General
1 124 (20.36%) Social Skills
2 69 (11.33%) Finance
2 69 (11.33%) Telecoms
3 60 (9.85%) Public Sector
4 29 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (2.63%) Banking
6 14 (2.30%) Back Office
7 13 (2.13%) Legal
7 13 (2.13%) Presentation Skills
8 10 (1.64%) Influencing Skills
8 10 (1.64%) Organisational Skills
9 7 (1.15%) Billing
9 7 (1.15%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.82%) Police
11 3 (0.49%) Electronics
11 3 (0.49%) Marketing
11 3 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.33%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.16%) French Language
13 1 (0.16%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 158 (25.94%) Network Engineer
2 118 (19.38%) Architect
3 62 (10.18%) Network Architect
4 55 (9.03%) Analyst
5 44 (7.22%) Project Manager
6 33 (5.42%) Support Engineer
7 31 (5.09%) Infrastructure Manager
8 30 (4.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 29 (4.76%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 27 (4.43%) Solutions Architect
11 24 (3.94%) Cisco Engineer
12 23 (3.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 23 (3.78%) Consultant
12 23 (3.78%) Senior Network Engineer
13 20 (3.28%) Infrastructure Architect
14 19 (3.12%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 18 (2.96%) Test Analyst
16 17 (2.79%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 16 (2.63%) Network Manager
18 15 (2.46%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (4.27%) 802.1X
2 19 (3.12%) JSON
3 14 (2.30%) XML
4 10 (1.64%) Node.js
5 9 (1.48%) AngularJS
5 9 (1.48%) WebSphere MQ
6 8 (1.31%) Akka
6 8 (1.31%) Java EE
6 8 (1.31%) Java EE 5
6 8 (1.31%) Spring
7 7 (1.15%) LDAP
8 6 (0.99%) REST
8 6 (0.99%) SOAP
9 5 (0.82%) Middleware
10 4 (0.66%) CGI
10 4 (0.66%) Jinja
10 4 (0.66%) SAML
11 3 (0.49%) Spine.js
11 3 (0.49%) XMPP
11 3 (0.49%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 129 (21.18%) Data Centre
2 31 (5.09%) Video Conferencing
3 26 (4.27%) Self-Motivation
4 15 (2.46%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.30%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (2.30%) NHS
6 13 (2.13%) Clustering
7 12 (1.97%) Hybrid Cloud
7 12 (1.97%) Tandem
8 11 (1.81%) Public Cloud
8 11 (1.81%) Replication
9 10 (1.64%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.64%) Private Cloud
10 9 (1.48%) PKI
10 9 (1.48%) User Experience
11 8 (1.31%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.31%) Virtual Team
12 7 (1.15%) Fibre Optics
13 5 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.82%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 179 (29.39%) Windows
2 81 (13.30%) Linux
3 66 (10.84%) Windows Server
4 54 (8.87%) Windows 10
5 31 (5.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 30 (4.93%) Windows Server 2016
7 17 (2.79%) Unix
8 13 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (1.97%) Windows 7
10 11 (1.81%) Windows Server 2003
10 11 (1.81%) Windows Server 2019
11 10 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (1.31%) Android
12 8 (1.31%) Apple iOS
12 8 (1.31%) Mac OS
13 5 (0.82%) Solaris
14 3 (0.49%) SUSE
14 3 (0.49%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.33%) CatOS
15 2 (0.33%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (11.82%) ITIL
2 67 (11.00%) Migration
3 61 (10.02%) Agile Software Development
4 52 (8.54%) Load Balancing
5 49 (8.05%) Project Management
6 45 (7.39%) Network Design
7 43 (7.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 41 (6.73%) Problem-Solving
9 33 (5.42%) Network Management
10 32 (5.25%) Project Delivery
11 30 (4.93%) Disaster Recovery
12 29 (4.76%) DevOps
12 29 (4.76%) Network Architecture
12 29 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
13 28 (4.60%) Kalman Filter
14 27 (4.43%) Cybersecurity
15 26 (4.27%) Validation
16 24 (3.94%) Continuous Integration
17 23 (3.78%) TOGAF
18 22 (3.61%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 30 (4.93%) PowerShell
2 23 (3.78%) Python
3 22 (3.61%) SQL
4 18 (2.96%) Java
5 14 (2.30%) C++
6 10 (1.64%) JavaScript
7 8 (1.31%) Java 8
7 8 (1.31%) TypeScript
8 7 (1.15%) R
9 5 (0.82%) C
10 4 (0.66%) C#
10 4 (0.66%) Perl
11 3 (0.49%) PHP
12 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.16%) Erlang
13 1 (0.16%) Ruby
13 1 (0.16%) Rust
13 1 (0.16%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 154 (25.29%) Cisco Certification
2 126 (20.69%) Security Cleared
3 96 (15.76%) CCNA
4 88 (14.45%) CCNP
5 80 (13.14%) SC Cleared
6 37 (6.08%) Degree
7 36 (5.91%) Microsoft Certification
8 34 (5.58%) CCIE
9 30 (4.93%) DV Cleared
10 15 (2.46%) TOGAF Certification
11 12 (1.97%) CCDP
12 11 (1.81%) Computer Science Degree
12 11 (1.81%) MCSE
13 10 (1.64%) CISSP
13 10 (1.64%) JNCIA
13 10 (1.64%) MCSA
14 9 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
14 9 (1.48%) CCSA
15 8 (1.31%) CCDA
15 8 (1.31%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.96%) SLA
2 11 (1.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (1.81%) QA
3 4 (0.66%) NIST
3 4 (0.66%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.66%) PMO
3 4 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.33%) GDPR
4 2 (0.33%) GRC
4 2 (0.33%) HL7
4 2 (0.33%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.33%) SEPA
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.16%) ISAE 3402
5 1 (0.16%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.16%) JTAG
5 1 (0.16%) NCSC
System Software
1 128 (21.02%) Active Directory
2 94 (15.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (5.91%) Hyper-V
4 22 (3.61%) VMware ESXi
5 17 (2.79%) VMware NSX
6 16 (2.63%) Docker
6 16 (2.63%) vSphere
7 13 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (1.48%) KVM
8 9 (1.48%) ProxySG
9 6 (0.99%) Firmware
9 6 (0.99%) NFS
9 6 (0.99%) Xen
9 6 (0.99%) XenApp
10 5 (0.82%) SRDF
10 5 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
11 4 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.49%) XenDesktop
13 2 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 37 (6.08%) SCCM
2 35 (5.75%) Ansible
3 14 (2.30%) Cisco CUCM
3 14 (2.30%) Cisco Prime
3 14 (2.30%) NetBackup
4 10 (1.64%) FortiGate
4 10 (1.64%) Kubernetes
5 8 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (1.31%) Puppet
5 8 (1.31%) SCOM
6 7 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.15%) SolarWinds Orion
6 7 (1.15%) Terraform
7 6 (0.99%) Nessus
7 6 (0.99%) SCSM
7 6 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.66%) WSUS
9 3 (0.49%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.49%) Cisco UCCX
10 2 (0.33%) vRealize
Vendors
1 303 (49.75%) Cisco
2 145 (23.81%) Microsoft
3 144 (23.65%) VMware
4 78 (12.81%) CheckPoint
5 64 (10.51%) F5
6 62 (10.18%) Juniper
7 50 (8.21%) Palo Alto
8 45 (7.39%) Citrix
9 44 (7.22%) Meraki
10 43 (7.06%) SolarWinds
11 41 (6.73%) Fortinet
12 28 (4.60%) Aruba
13 20 (3.28%) Blue Coat
14 18 (2.96%) Oracle
15 17 (2.79%) Dell
16 16 (2.63%) Riverbed
17 15 (2.46%) HP
17 15 (2.46%) Red Hat
18 13 (2.13%) EMC
18 13 (2.13%) IBM