Period
to 27 January 2020

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £380 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 27 January 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Network Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 126 186 187
Rank change year-on-year +60 +1 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,290 1,396 1,337
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.99% 1.55% 1.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.12% 1.64% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 878 917 826
England median daily rate £380 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £220 £252 £215
90th Percentile £538 £530 £488
UK median daily rate £388 £400 £365
% change year-on-year -3.13% +9.59% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 54 43
England median hourly rate £40.87 £33.20 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.11% +41.28% -7.84%
10th Percentile £16.33 £18.23 £14.85
90th Percentile £47.80 £58.64 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £41.75 £33.40 £26.25
% change year-on-year +24.99% +27.24% -11.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 60,960 85,016 87,197
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.82% 94.68% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 40,127 56,893 58,474
England median daily rate £463 £468 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,386 2,563 2,581
England median hourly rate £18.95 £18.70 £18.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.34% +1.91% -0.81%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.76
90th Percentile £51.25 £48.75 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%

Network Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Network Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Network Engineer in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Engineer in England over the 6 months to 27 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Network Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Engineer in England over the 6 months to 27 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
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 Network Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 27 January 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 +43 437 £400 -5.88% 95
South East +65 311 £400 +6.67% 86
North of England +22 175 £350 -6.67% 58
Midlands +28 148 £375 - 33
East of England +54 114 £314 -26.18% 29
West Midlands +35 112 £400 - 22
South West +9 98 £356 -2.36% 23
North West +15 97 £385 +2.67% 27
Yorkshire +20 57 £325 -9.72% 22
East Midlands +11 36 £313 -7.41% 11
North East +34 21 £270 - 9
Network Engineer
UK

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 January 2020, Network Engineer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Network Engineer in the job title.

1 936 (72.56%) Cisco
2 660 (51.16%) Firewall
3 643 (49.84%) Cisco Certification
4 474 (36.74%) CCNP
5 457 (35.43%) WAN
6 436 (33.80%) LAN
7 300 (23.26%) BGP
8 288 (22.33%) CCNA
9 280 (21.71%) VPN
10 276 (21.40%) Data Centre
11 275 (21.32%) Juniper
12 269 (20.85%) Wireless
13 256 (19.84%) Palo Alto
14 245 (18.99%) Cisco Nexus
14 245 (18.99%) CheckPoint
15 236 (18.29%) MPLS
15 236 (18.29%) OSPF
16 225 (17.44%) Security Cleared
17 223 (17.29%) Network Security
18 211 (16.36%) Cisco ASA
19 184 (14.26%) F5
20 165 (12.79%) TCP/IP
21 156 (12.09%) Finance
22 151 (11.71%) CCIE
23 147 (11.40%) SC Cleared
24 144 (11.16%) Migration
25 142 (11.01%) Network Design
26 140 (10.85%) DNS
27 128 (9.92%) Windows
28 122 (9.46%) ITIL

Network Engineer Skill Set
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 22 (1.71%) Skype for Business
2 17 (1.32%) MS Exchange
3 16 (1.24%) SharePoint
4 13 (1.01%) OpenStack
5 10 (0.78%) IIS
6 5 (0.39%) Apache
7 4 (0.31%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.31%) Confluence
7 4 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.23%) nginx
8 3 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.23%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.16%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.078%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.078%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 16 (1.24%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.85%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.078%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 77 (5.97%) Azure
2 75 (5.81%) AWS
3 21 (1.63%) Office 365
4 10 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (0.70%) SaaS
6 6 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (0.47%) IaaS
7 5 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (0.31%) AWS CodePipeline
8 4 (0.31%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 4 (0.31%) GCP
9 3 (0.23%) Akamai
10 1 (0.078%) GitHub
10 1 (0.078%) Microsoft Flow
10 1 (0.078%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.078%) PaaS
10 1 (0.078%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.078%) PowerApps
10 1 (0.078%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 660 (51.16%) Firewall
2 457 (35.43%) WAN
3 436 (33.80%) LAN
4 300 (23.26%) BGP
5 280 (21.71%) VPN
6 269 (20.85%) Wireless
7 245 (18.99%) Cisco Nexus
8 236 (18.29%) MPLS
8 236 (18.29%) OSPF
9 223 (17.29%) Network Security
10 211 (16.36%) Cisco ASA
11 165 (12.79%) TCP/IP
12 140 (10.85%) DNS
13 113 (8.76%) IPsec
13 113 (8.76%) VoIP
14 112 (8.68%) EIGRP
15 104 (8.06%) WLAN
16 99 (7.67%) Internet
17 94 (7.29%) Cisco IOS
18 88 (6.82%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (0.70%) MySQL
2 8 (0.62%) SQL Server
3 6 (0.47%) Big Data
4 5 (0.39%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.31%) Amazon Redshift
5 4 (0.31%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.31%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.23%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (0.23%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (0.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.078%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.078%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.078%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.078%) Redis
Development Applications
1 23 (1.78%) Sonatype Nexus
1 23 (1.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 11 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.39%) JIRA
4 4 (0.31%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.23%) GitLab
5 3 (0.23%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.23%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.078%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.078%) Selenium
General
1 156 (12.09%) Finance
2 104 (8.06%) Telecoms
3 59 (4.57%) Public Sector
4 44 (3.41%) Banking
5 23 (1.78%) Investment Banking
6 19 (1.47%) Front Office
7 18 (1.40%) Retail
8 9 (0.70%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.70%) Multimedia
9 8 (0.62%) Electronics
9 8 (0.62%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.62%) Games
10 7 (0.54%) French Language
11 6 (0.47%) German Language
11 6 (0.47%) Law
11 6 (0.47%) Marketing
11 6 (0.47%) Publishing
12 5 (0.39%) Legal
13 4 (0.31%) Back Office
13 4 (0.31%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (3.95%) 802.1X
2 10 (0.78%) Web Services
3 9 (0.70%) .NET
4 4 (0.31%) CSS
4 4 (0.31%) JSON
4 4 (0.31%) XML
5 3 (0.23%) HTML
5 3 (0.23%) Jinja
5 3 (0.23%) RESTful
5 3 (0.23%) X-Windows
6 2 (0.16%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (0.16%) Django
6 2 (0.16%) Middleware
6 2 (0.16%) Velocity
6 2 (0.16%) XMPP
7 1 (0.078%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.078%) JFC
7 1 (0.078%) LDAP
7 1 (0.078%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 276 (21.40%) Data Centre
2 33 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (2.40%) PKI
4 25 (1.94%) Management Information System
5 23 (1.78%) Self-Motivation
6 20 (1.55%) Public Cloud
7 15 (1.16%) NHS
8 13 (1.01%) Replication
9 12 (0.93%) Driving Licence
10 10 (0.78%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 10 (0.78%) Hedge funds
10 10 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
11 9 (0.70%) Fibre Optics
11 9 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (0.54%) Clustering
12 7 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (0.39%) Blackberry
13 5 (0.39%) CMDB
13 5 (0.39%) Social Media
14 4 (0.31%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 128 (9.92%) Windows
2 92 (7.13%) Linux
3 62 (4.81%) Windows Server
4 24 (1.86%) Unix
5 20 (1.55%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (0.78%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.54%) CentOS
9 7 (0.54%) Check Point GAiA
9 7 (0.54%) Windows 10
9 7 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.39%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.23%) SUSE
11 3 (0.23%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.16%) Debian
12 2 (0.16%) FreeBSD
12 2 (0.16%) Solaris
12 2 (0.16%) VMS
13 1 (0.078%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (11.16%) Migration
2 142 (11.01%) Network Design
3 122 (9.46%) ITIL
4 103 (7.98%) Change Management
5 92 (7.13%) Load Balancing
6 67 (5.19%) Network Management
7 58 (4.50%) Incident Management
8 57 (4.42%) Network Monitoring
9 56 (4.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 52 (4.03%) Problem-Solving
10 52 (4.03%) Service Delivery
11 48 (3.72%) Project Delivery
12 46 (3.57%) Problem Management
13 43 (3.33%) Root Cause Analysis
14 42 (3.26%) High Availability
15 37 (2.87%) Configuration Management
16 35 (2.71%) Service Management
17 34 (2.64%) Network Architecture
17 34 (2.64%) Project Management
18 31 (2.40%) Cryptography
Programming Languages
1 94 (7.29%) Python
2 39 (3.02%) Perl
3 32 (2.48%) SQL
4 26 (2.02%) PowerShell
5 16 (1.24%) C
6 10 (0.78%) Ruby
7 9 (0.70%) Bash Shell
8 8 (0.62%) Java
9 6 (0.47%) C++
10 5 (0.39%) C#
11 4 (0.31%) PHP
12 3 (0.23%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.23%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.16%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.16%) Tcl
13 2 (0.16%) VB
13 2 (0.16%) VB6
14 1 (0.078%) VBA
Qualifications
1 643 (49.84%) Cisco Certification
2 474 (36.74%) CCNP
3 288 (22.33%) CCNA
4 225 (17.44%) Security Cleared
5 151 (11.71%) CCIE
6 147 (11.40%) SC Cleared
7 56 (4.34%) DV Cleared
8 44 (3.41%) CCDP
8 44 (3.41%) Degree
9 37 (2.87%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 34 (2.64%) CCDA
11 19 (1.47%) CCIP
11 19 (1.47%) JNCIA
12 15 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
12 15 (1.16%) CCSE
13 14 (1.09%) JNCIP
14 13 (1.01%) CISSP
15 12 (0.93%) BC Cleared
15 12 (0.93%) CCENT
15 12 (0.93%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (4.11%) SLA
2 11 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.54%) QA
4 6 (0.47%) PMO
5 4 (0.31%) NIST
6 3 (0.23%) COBIT
6 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.16%) GDPR
7 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.16%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.078%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.078%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.078%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 66 (5.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 55 (4.26%) Active Directory
3 35 (2.71%) VMware NSX
4 17 (1.32%) Firmware
5 15 (1.16%) Hyper-V
6 13 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
6 13 (1.01%) vSphere
7 6 (0.47%) Docker
7 6 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.31%) KVM
8 4 (0.31%) ProxySG
8 4 (0.31%) VMware Server
8 4 (0.31%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.23%) Corosync
9 3 (0.23%) DRBD
9 3 (0.23%) FreeRADIUS
9 3 (0.23%) Postfix
9 3 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.16%) LXC
10 2 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 55 (4.26%) FortiGate
2 53 (4.11%) Ansible
3 46 (3.57%) Cisco Prime
4 35 (2.71%) Puppet
5 30 (2.33%) Nagios
6 22 (1.71%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (1.24%) Cacti
7 16 (1.24%) Cisco CUCM
8 15 (1.16%) NetMRI
8 15 (1.16%) Statseeker
8 15 (1.16%) vCenter Server
8 15 (1.16%) ZABBIX
9 13 (1.01%) SCCM
10 7 (0.54%) SCOM
11 6 (0.47%) HAProxy
11 6 (0.47%) Icinga
11 6 (0.47%) Iperf
11 6 (0.47%) Terraform
12 4 (0.31%) Cisco UCCX
12 4 (0.31%) Nessus
Vendors
1 936 (72.56%) Cisco
2 275 (21.32%) Juniper
3 256 (19.84%) Palo Alto
4 245 (18.99%) CheckPoint
5 184 (14.26%) F5
6 119 (9.22%) Fortinet
7 110 (8.53%) VMware
8 85 (6.59%) Aruba
9 81 (6.28%) SolarWinds
10 78 (6.05%) Microsoft
11 70 (5.43%) Meraki
12 51 (3.95%) HP
13 47 (3.64%) Citrix
14 45 (3.49%) Blue Coat
15 35 (2.71%) McAfee
16 34 (2.64%) Dell
17 24 (1.86%) Aerohive Networks
17 24 (1.86%) Riverbed
18 23 (1.78%) NetScout
18 23 (1.78%) Oracle