Period
to 24 September 2020

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 24 September 2020 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
24 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 169 154 162
Rank change year-on-year -15 +8 -17
Contract jobs citing LAN 424 1,438 1,606
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.64% 1.78% 1.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.02% 13.50% 12.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 966 930
Median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £163 £183 £157
90th Percentile £575 £550 £588
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 82 110
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.91 £23.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.66% -13.71% +32.81%
10th Percentile £14.90 £14.05 £12.20
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £45.14
UK median hourly rate £28.25 £18.60 £20.65
% change year-on-year +51.88% -9.91% +4.37%

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 3,526 10,651 12,388
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.64% 13.15% 13.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,058 6,545 7,564
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +4.94%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £200
90th Percentile £628 £610 £613
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.35% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 197 519 641
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.25% +27.50% +10.50%
10th Percentile £14.17 £12.60 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.25 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.27% +37.50% +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 24 September 2020.

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 24 September 2020.

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 24 September 2020. 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 +4 136 £425 +6.25% 29
South East -1 80 £365 -8.75% 20
South West +68 60 £425 +13.33% 20
Midlands +37 55 £350 -3.45% 38
North of England -21 51 £375 +7.91% 64
East of England +33 42 £275 -35.29% 16
West Midlands +44 39 £373 -6.88% 26
North West -5 35 £400 -1.14% 31
East Midlands +20 15 £306 -7.20% 12
Yorkshire +14 13 £300 +11.11% 28
North East +13 3 £168 -44.17% 5
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 24 September 2020, 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.

1 335 (79.01%) WAN
2 183 (43.16%) Cisco
3 168 (39.62%) Firewall
4 115 (27.12%) Cisco Certification
5 113 (26.65%) Security Cleared
6 110 (25.94%) Windows
7 106 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 102 (24.06%) VPN
9 95 (22.41%) CCNP
10 79 (18.63%) TCP/IP
11 77 (18.16%) SC Cleared
12 67 (15.80%) Active Directory
13 65 (15.33%) VMware
14 63 (14.86%) Wireless
15 60 (14.15%) VoIP
15 60 (14.15%) Data Centre
16 58 (13.68%) OSPF
17 54 (12.74%) MPLS
18 53 (12.50%) BGP
18 53 (12.50%) CCNA
19 52 (12.26%) Linux
19 52 (12.26%) Azure
20 51 (12.03%) Telecoms
20 51 (12.03%) Public Sector
21 50 (11.79%) Network Security
22 48 (11.32%) DNS
23 46 (10.85%) Juniper
23 46 (10.85%) Internet
24 45 (10.61%) Office 365
25 44 (10.38%) VMware Infrastructure

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 15 (3.54%) MS Exchange
2 14 (3.30%) Skype for Business
3 7 (1.65%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.71%) CMS
6 3 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (0.71%) IIS
7 2 (0.47%) Confluence
7 2 (0.47%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 29 (6.84%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (3.07%) MS Visio
3 9 (2.12%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.47%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.24%) Notepad++
7 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 52 (12.26%) Azure
2 45 (10.61%) Office 365
3 25 (5.90%) AWS
4 16 (3.77%) PaaS
5 12 (2.83%) SaaS
6 8 (1.89%) GCP
7 6 (1.42%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (1.42%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 6 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.42%) IaaS
8 4 (0.94%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.47%) Power Automate
9 2 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.24%) Akamai
10 1 (0.24%) Dropbox
10 1 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.24%) GitHub
10 1 (0.24%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.24%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.24%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 335 (79.01%) WAN
2 168 (39.62%) Firewall
3 102 (24.06%) VPN
4 79 (18.63%) TCP/IP
5 63 (14.86%) Wireless
6 60 (14.15%) VoIP
7 58 (13.68%) OSPF
8 54 (12.74%) MPLS
9 53 (12.50%) BGP
10 50 (11.79%) Network Security
11 48 (11.32%) DNS
12 46 (10.85%) Internet
13 43 (10.14%) Wi-Fi
14 40 (9.43%) Ethernet
15 35 (8.25%) WLAN
16 34 (8.02%) EIGRP
17 33 (7.78%) SAN
18 31 (7.31%) VLAN
19 29 (6.84%) Cisco Nexus
20 28 (6.60%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.94%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (0.47%) Geospatial Data
2 2 (0.47%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.24%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.24%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.24%) Power BI
3 1 (0.24%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.24%) Snowflake Schema
3 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (2.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 10 (2.36%) JIRA
3 4 (0.94%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.47%) ClearCase
4 2 (0.47%) ClearQuest
4 2 (0.47%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.47%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.24%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.24%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 51 (12.03%) Public Sector
1 51 (12.03%) Telecoms
2 34 (8.02%) Finance
3 6 (1.42%) Manufacturing
4 5 (1.18%) Financial Institution
4 5 (1.18%) Marketing
4 5 (1.18%) Retail
5 4 (0.94%) Banking
5 4 (0.94%) Billing
6 3 (0.71%) Electronics
6 3 (0.71%) German Language
7 2 (0.47%) Advertising
7 2 (0.47%) French Language
7 2 (0.47%) Local Government
7 2 (0.47%) Military
7 2 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.24%) Front Office
8 1 (0.24%) Housing Association
8 1 (0.24%) Legal
8 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 129 (30.42%) Network Engineer
2 63 (14.86%) Architect
3 36 (8.49%) Network Architect
4 33 (7.78%) Support Engineer
5 30 (7.08%) Analyst
6 28 (6.60%) IT Engineer
7 19 (4.48%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 19 (4.48%) Desktop Engineer
8 18 (4.25%) Desktop Support
9 17 (4.01%) 2nd Line Support
10 16 (3.77%) Consultant
11 15 (3.54%) Cisco Engineer
11 15 (3.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 14 (3.30%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 14 (3.30%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 14 (3.30%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 14 (3.30%) Senior Network Engineer
13 13 (3.07%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
13 13 (3.07%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 13 (3.07%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.36%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.18%) Web Services
3 4 (0.94%) JSON
4 2 (0.47%) .NET
4 2 (0.47%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (0.47%) LDAP
4 2 (0.47%) Velocity
4 2 (0.47%) WebRTC
4 2 (0.47%) XML
5 1 (0.24%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.24%) HTML
5 1 (0.24%) Middleware
5 1 (0.24%) REST
5 1 (0.24%) SAML
5 1 (0.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 60 (14.15%) Data Centre
2 26 (6.13%) NHS
3 15 (3.54%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (3.07%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (3.07%) Video Conferencing
5 7 (1.65%) Management Information System
5 7 (1.65%) Tandem
6 6 (1.42%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.18%) CCTV
7 5 (1.18%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.18%) Driving Licence
7 5 (1.18%) Fibre Optics
8 4 (0.94%) Clustering
8 4 (0.94%) Private Cloud
8 4 (0.94%) Replication
9 3 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.71%) PKI
9 3 (0.71%) Smartphone
9 3 (0.71%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.47%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 110 (25.94%) Windows
2 52 (12.26%) Linux
3 29 (6.84%) Windows Server
4 22 (5.19%) Windows 10
5 20 (4.72%) Unix
6 16 (3.77%) Windows 7
7 11 (2.59%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (2.36%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (2.12%) Windows XP
10 8 (1.89%) Windows Server 2016
11 7 (1.65%) Ubuntu
12 6 (1.42%) Solaris
12 6 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (1.18%) AIX
14 4 (0.94%) Check Point GAiA
14 4 (0.94%) Debian
14 4 (0.94%) Fedora
14 4 (0.94%) NetWare
14 4 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.94%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (9.91%) ITIL
2 40 (9.43%) Migration
3 32 (7.55%) Network Design
4 28 (6.60%) Problem-Solving
4 28 (6.60%) Project Management
5 23 (5.42%) Agile Software Development
5 23 (5.42%) Cryptography
6 22 (5.19%) Network Virtualisation
7 21 (4.95%) Network Management
7 21 (4.95%) PRINCE2
8 20 (4.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 18 (4.25%) Service Delivery
10 16 (3.77%) Load Balancing
11 15 (3.54%) Stakeholder Management
12 13 (3.07%) Change Management
12 13 (3.07%) Programme Management
13 12 (2.83%) DevOps
13 12 (2.83%) Incident Management
13 12 (2.83%) Project Delivery
13 12 (2.83%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (5.90%) C
1 25 (5.90%) Python
2 14 (3.30%) Bash Shell
2 14 (3.30%) Shell Script
3 4 (0.94%) Perl
3 4 (0.94%) PowerShell
3 4 (0.94%) SQL
4 2 (0.47%) Lisp
4 2 (0.47%) VB
4 2 (0.47%) VBScript
5 1 (0.24%) C#
5 1 (0.24%) C++
5 1 (0.24%) Go
5 1 (0.24%) Java
5 1 (0.24%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.24%) Korn
Qualifications
1 115 (27.12%) Cisco Certification
2 113 (26.65%) Security Cleared
3 95 (22.41%) CCNP
4 77 (18.16%) SC Cleared
5 53 (12.50%) CCNA
6 41 (9.67%) CCIE
7 38 (8.96%) DV Cleared
8 24 (5.66%) CCDP
9 16 (3.77%) CCDA
9 16 (3.77%) Degree
10 15 (3.54%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (2.59%) MCSE
12 9 (2.12%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (2.12%) ECDL
13 8 (1.89%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 8 (1.89%) CISSP
14 6 (1.42%) BC Cleared
15 5 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (0.94%) CCIE Collaboration
17 3 (0.71%) RIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.36%) QA
2 7 (1.65%) SLA
3 4 (0.94%) NIST
4 3 (0.71%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.71%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.71%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.24%) FedRAMP
6 1 (0.24%) GDPR
6 1 (0.24%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 67 (15.80%) Active Directory
2 44 (10.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (5.42%) Hyper-V
4 20 (4.72%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (2.36%) VMware NSX
6 8 (1.89%) vSphere
7 5 (1.18%) XenApp
8 3 (0.71%) Docker
8 3 (0.71%) KVM
8 3 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.71%) Xen
9 2 (0.47%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.47%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.24%) Firmware
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.24%) Snort
10 1 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.24%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (6.13%) SCCM
2 10 (2.36%) Ansible
3 9 (2.12%) Microsoft Intune
4 7 (1.65%) Cisco CUCM
4 7 (1.65%) Cisco Prime
4 7 (1.65%) FortiGate
5 6 (1.42%) SCOM
6 5 (1.18%) WSUS
7 4 (0.94%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (0.94%) vCenter Server
8 3 (0.71%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.71%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (0.71%) Terraform
9 2 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.47%) QRadar
9 2 (0.47%) TrustSec
9 2 (0.47%) vRealize
Vendors
1 183 (43.16%) Cisco
2 106 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 65 (15.33%) VMware
4 46 (10.85%) Juniper
5 38 (8.96%) CheckPoint
6 37 (8.73%) SolarWinds
7 36 (8.49%) F5
8 28 (6.60%) Oracle
9 23 (5.42%) Dell
10 21 (4.95%) Meraki
10 21 (4.95%) Palo Alto
11 19 (4.48%) Citrix
12 16 (3.77%) Aruba
13 15 (3.54%) Splunk
14 13 (3.07%) HP
15 12 (2.83%) Avaya
15 12 (2.83%) Fortinet
15 12 (2.83%) Veeam
16 10 (2.36%) Blue Coat
17 8 (1.89%) Red Hat