Period
to 22 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

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
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 142 127 187
Rank change year-on-year -15 +60 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 610 1,326 1,408
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.76% 2.01% 1.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.91% 2.14% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 954 962
Median daily rate £375 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £178 £225 £253
90th Percentile £500 £536 £536
UK median daily rate £375 £395 £400
% change year-on-year -5.06% -1.25% +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 46 56
Median hourly rate £40.00 £41.75 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.18% +26.50% +41.71%
10th Percentile £16.80 £16.63 £17.75
90th Percentile £64.50 £48.92 £57.73
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £41.37 £33.40
% change year-on-year -3.32% +23.87% +42.13%

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 32,018 62,009 86,501
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.41% 93.81% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,969 41,964 58,862
Median daily rate £475 £463 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% - +2.78%
10th Percentile £255 £250 £275
90th Percentile £656 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.44% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,173 2,243 2,484
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +2.86% -1.96%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.17 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.40 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +29.97% +2.86% -1.35%

Network Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Network Engineer in England over the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Network Engineer in England

Network Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Network Engineer in England over the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

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 22 January 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 -43 179 £450 +12.50% 37
South East -1 112 £354 -11.53% 57
North of England +34 100 £369 +5.36% 48
South West +73 86 £375 +5.22% 20
North West +28 64 £369 -4.22% 26
Midlands -9 63 £345 -8.00% 30
East of England +16 60 £265 -17.19% 12
West Midlands -11 42 £375 -6.25% 22
Yorkshire +25 28 £350 +8.53% 17
East Midlands +17 19 £182 -41.71% 8
North East +26 8 £425 +57.41% 5
Network Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, 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.

1 397 (65.08%) Cisco
2 340 (55.74%) Firewall
3 245 (40.16%) Cisco Certification
4 191 (31.31%) CCNP
5 166 (27.21%) WAN
6 162 (26.56%) Security Cleared
7 140 (22.95%) LAN
7 140 (22.95%) CCNA
8 120 (19.67%) SC Cleared
9 116 (19.02%) Network Security
10 109 (17.87%) Juniper
11 106 (17.38%) CheckPoint
12 104 (17.05%) BGP
13 99 (16.23%) Wireless
14 97 (15.90%) OSPF
14 97 (15.90%) F5
15 89 (14.59%) Palo Alto
16 83 (13.61%) VPN
17 80 (13.11%) Cisco Nexus
18 76 (12.46%) Cisco ASA
19 71 (11.64%) Finance
20 66 (10.82%) Data Centre
21 64 (10.49%) DNS
22 62 (10.16%) TCP/IP
23 61 (10.00%) Fortinet
24 58 (9.51%) VMware
24 58 (9.51%) Wi-Fi
25 54 (8.85%) Windows
25 54 (8.85%) Python
26 53 (8.69%) DHCP

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 8 (1.31%) Skype for Business
2 5 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.16%) Apache
3 1 (0.16%) CMS
3 1 (0.16%) Confluence
3 1 (0.16%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.16%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 15 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.80%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.31%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
1 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 42 (6.89%) Azure
2 21 (3.44%) AWS
3 9 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (1.31%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 6 (0.98%) Office 365
6 5 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (0.82%) GCP
6 5 (0.82%) IaaS
6 5 (0.82%) PaaS
6 5 (0.82%) SaaS
7 2 (0.33%) Firebase
7 2 (0.33%) GitHub
8 1 (0.16%) Amazon GuardDuty
8 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.16%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.16%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 340 (55.74%) Firewall
2 166 (27.21%) WAN
3 140 (22.95%) LAN
4 116 (19.02%) Network Security
5 104 (17.05%) BGP
6 99 (16.23%) Wireless
7 97 (15.90%) OSPF
8 83 (13.61%) VPN
9 80 (13.11%) Cisco Nexus
10 76 (12.46%) Cisco ASA
11 64 (10.49%) DNS
12 62 (10.16%) TCP/IP
13 58 (9.51%) Wi-Fi
14 53 (8.69%) DHCP
15 52 (8.52%) MPLS
16 50 (8.20%) VoIP
17 43 (7.05%) IPsec
18 42 (6.89%) EIGRP
19 37 (6.07%) VLAN
20 31 (5.08%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.33%) MySQL
1 2 (0.33%) Neo4j
1 2 (0.33%) NoSQL
1 2 (0.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.16%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.16%) MongoDB
2 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (2.30%) JIRA
2 10 (1.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 6 (0.98%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.82%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (0.49%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.16%) Ant
6 1 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.16%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.16%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.16%) Hudson
6 1 (0.16%) Redmine
6 1 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.16%) TestRail
6 1 (0.16%) Trac
General
1 71 (11.64%) Finance
2 40 (6.56%) Telecoms
3 33 (5.41%) Public Sector
4 24 (3.93%) Banking
5 12 (1.97%) Financial Institution
6 7 (1.15%) Local Government
7 6 (0.98%) Marketing
8 5 (0.82%) Electronics
8 5 (0.82%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.66%) Law
10 3 (0.49%) Advertising
10 3 (0.49%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.33%) Games
11 2 (0.33%) German Language
11 2 (0.33%) Legal
11 2 (0.33%) Police
11 2 (0.33%) Retail
12 1 (0.16%) Back Office
12 1 (0.16%) French Language
12 1 (0.16%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (3.44%) 802.1X
2 6 (0.98%) REST
3 3 (0.49%) Flask
3 3 (0.49%) Kafka
4 2 (0.33%) CORBA
4 2 (0.33%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (0.33%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 1 (0.16%) .NET
5 1 (0.16%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.16%) HTML
5 1 (0.16%) ModSecurity
5 1 (0.16%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 66 (10.82%) Data Centre
2 15 (2.46%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (2.46%) Management Information System
3 13 (2.13%) Driving Licence
4 11 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (1.48%) NHS
5 9 (1.48%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (1.31%) Handset
7 7 (1.15%) PKI
8 5 (0.82%) Blackberry
8 5 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (0.66%) Fibre Optics
10 3 (0.49%) Equities
10 3 (0.49%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.49%) User Experience
11 2 (0.33%) CCTV
11 2 (0.33%) e-Health
11 2 (0.33%) RSA SecurID
11 2 (0.33%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 54 (8.85%) Windows
2 48 (7.87%) Linux
3 24 (3.93%) Windows Server
4 10 (1.64%) Unix
5 8 (1.31%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.66%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (0.49%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.33%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.33%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.16%) Android
9 1 (0.16%) CentOS
9 1 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (8.36%) Load Balancing
2 47 (7.70%) Change Management
3 40 (6.56%) ITIL
4 35 (5.74%) Network Design
5 34 (5.57%) Migration
6 28 (4.59%) Network Monitoring
7 27 (4.43%) DevOps
8 23 (3.77%) Problem-Solving
9 22 (3.61%) Network Management
10 21 (3.44%) Project Delivery
10 21 (3.44%) Service Management
11 20 (3.28%) Agile Software Development
11 20 (3.28%) Cybersecurity
12 19 (3.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 18 (2.95%) Capacity Planning
13 18 (2.95%) Kalman Filter
14 17 (2.79%) Disaster Recovery
14 17 (2.79%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 16 (2.62%) Project Management
15 16 (2.62%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 54 (8.85%) Python
2 10 (1.64%) Java
2 10 (1.64%) Perl
3 9 (1.48%) Bash Shell
4 8 (1.31%) C
4 8 (1.31%) C#
5 6 (0.98%) SQL
6 4 (0.66%) PowerShell
7 3 (0.49%) AWK
7 3 (0.49%) PHP
7 3 (0.49%) R
7 3 (0.49%) Ruby
7 3 (0.49%) sed
7 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.33%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.16%) C++
9 1 (0.16%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 245 (40.16%) Cisco Certification
2 191 (31.31%) CCNP
3 162 (26.56%) Security Cleared
4 140 (22.95%) CCNA
5 120 (19.67%) SC Cleared
6 48 (7.87%) CCIE
7 42 (6.89%) DV Cleared
8 21 (3.44%) Degree
9 11 (1.80%) CCDA
9 11 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
10 9 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (1.48%) CCDP
11 7 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (0.98%) CCIP
12 6 (0.98%) CCSE
13 5 (0.82%) BC Cleared
13 5 (0.82%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 5 (0.82%) CCSA
13 5 (0.82%) JNCIA
14 4 (0.66%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.95%) SLA
2 5 (0.82%) QA
3 3 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.33%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.16%) NCSC
5 1 (0.16%) NIST
System Software
1 32 (5.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (3.28%) VMware NSX
3 17 (2.79%) Active Directory
4 8 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (1.15%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.98%) Firmware
7 4 (0.66%) ProxySG
8 3 (0.49%) Docker
8 3 (0.49%) Snort
8 3 (0.49%) Terminal Server
8 3 (0.49%) vSphere
9 2 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.16%) KVM
10 1 (0.16%) NFS
10 1 (0.16%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.16%) vCloud
10 1 (0.16%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.16%) XenApp
10 1 (0.16%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 43 (7.05%) Ansible
1 43 (7.05%) FortiGate
2 15 (2.46%) Cisco Prime
3 12 (1.97%) Terraform
4 9 (1.48%) Nessus
5 7 (1.15%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (0.98%) SCCM
6 6 (0.98%) SolarWinds Orion
7 5 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
7 5 (0.82%) Puppet
7 5 (0.82%) vCenter Server
8 4 (0.66%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.49%) ITRS Geneos
9 3 (0.49%) Suricata
9 3 (0.49%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 2 (0.33%) Iperf
10 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.33%) QRadar
10 2 (0.33%) Salt
Vendors
1 397 (65.08%) Cisco
2 109 (17.87%) Juniper
3 106 (17.38%) CheckPoint
4 97 (15.90%) F5
5 89 (14.59%) Palo Alto
6 61 (10.00%) Fortinet
7 58 (9.51%) VMware
8 37 (6.07%) SolarWinds
9 32 (5.25%) Microsoft
10 29 (4.75%) Arista
10 29 (4.75%) Aruba
11 27 (4.43%) Citrix
11 27 (4.43%) Dell
12 26 (4.26%) HP
13 25 (4.10%) Meraki
14 24 (3.93%) Extreme Networks
15 23 (3.77%) Blue Coat
16 14 (2.30%) Symantec
17 13 (2.13%) Avaya
18 12 (1.97%) Nokia