Period
to 27 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 27 July 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
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 215 131 156
Rank change year-on-year -84 +25 +35
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 715 632 1,548
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.26% 1.91% 1.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.35% 2.04% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 458 439 1,065
10th Percentile £229 £192 £213
25th Percentile £300 £300 £310
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £388 £400 £400
Median % change year-on-year -3.13% - -
75th Percentile £463 £475 £475
90th Percentile £530 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% -1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 23 66
10th Percentile £15.10 £16.25 £13.38
25th Percentile £18.50 £18.50 £21.25
Median hourly rate £39.50 £30.00 £34.20
Median % change year-on-year +31.67% -12.28% +48.70%
75th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £46.00
90th Percentile £59.00 £48.00 £49.95
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £34.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year +14.49% -17.86% +57.01%

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 52,905 31,003 79,580
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.10% 93.51% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,716 20,971 53,831
10th Percentile £300 £263 £275
25th Percentile £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £689 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £469
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.39% +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,715 1,026 2,447
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.58 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £42.90 £42.47 £43.75
90th Percentile £57.58 £52.50 £52.25
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%

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 27 July 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 27 July 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 27 July 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 -91 252 £413 -2.94% 69
South East -22 151 £398 +17.96% 61
North of England -48 106 £358 -4.67% 60
South West +26 76 £375 -11.76% 28
North West -25 66 £375 -6.13% 34
Midlands -71 57 £371 -13.22% 31
East of England -10 40 £350 +3.70% 11
West Midlands -67 36 £350 -25.13% 17
Yorkshire -35 28 £325 -7.14% 17
East Midlands -9 20 £367 +18.39% 14
North East +4 12 £313 -26.47% 9
Network Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 27 July 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.

1 451 (63.08%) Cisco
2 370 (51.75%) Firewall
3 274 (38.32%) Cisco Certification
4 217 (30.35%) WAN
5 191 (26.71%) LAN
6 186 (26.01%) CCNP
7 160 (22.38%) Security Cleared
8 133 (18.60%) CCNA
9 132 (18.46%) F5
10 129 (18.04%) CheckPoint
11 127 (17.76%) SC Cleared
12 124 (17.34%) Network Security
13 115 (16.08%) BGP
14 111 (15.52%) Wireless
14 111 (15.52%) Palo Alto
15 109 (15.24%) Data Centre
16 99 (13.85%) OSPF
17 98 (13.71%) Juniper
17 98 (13.71%) VPN
17 98 (13.71%) VMware
18 82 (11.47%) Cisco ASA
19 80 (11.19%) Social Skills
20 78 (10.91%) MPLS
20 78 (10.91%) Cisco Nexus
21 76 (10.63%) Azure
21 76 (10.63%) Windows
22 75 (10.49%) TCP/IP
23 74 (10.35%) Fortinet
24 73 (10.21%) DNS
25 70 (9.79%) Network Design

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 6 (0.84%) Confluence
1 6 (0.84%) MS Exchange
1 6 (0.84%) SharePoint
2 4 (0.56%) OpenStack
3 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (0.42%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.28%) CICS
4 2 (0.28%) CMS
4 2 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 26 (3.64%) MS Visio
2 21 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.40%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 76 (10.63%) Azure
2 35 (4.90%) AWS
3 24 (3.36%) Microsoft 365
4 16 (2.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 13 (1.82%) GCP
6 12 (1.68%) Akamai
7 9 (1.26%) IaaS
8 8 (1.12%) PaaS
9 6 (0.84%) SaaS
10 4 (0.56%) Azure Sentinel
10 4 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
11 3 (0.42%) SoftLayer
12 2 (0.28%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
13 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
13 1 (0.14%) Firebase
Communications & Networking
1 370 (51.75%) Firewall
2 217 (30.35%) WAN
3 191 (26.71%) LAN
4 124 (17.34%) Network Security
5 115 (16.08%) BGP
6 111 (15.52%) Wireless
7 99 (13.85%) OSPF
8 98 (13.71%) VPN
9 82 (11.47%) Cisco ASA
10 78 (10.91%) Cisco Nexus
10 78 (10.91%) MPLS
11 75 (10.49%) TCP/IP
12 73 (10.21%) DNS
13 65 (9.09%) VLAN
14 51 (7.13%) SD-WAN
14 51 (7.13%) Wi-Fi
15 46 (6.43%) VoIP
16 42 (5.87%) DHCP
17 40 (5.59%) WLAN
18 38 (5.31%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.28%) MySQL
1 2 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (0.28%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.14%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.14%) Big Data
2 1 (0.14%) HDInsight
2 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 13 (1.82%) Sonatype Nexus
2 12 (1.68%) JIRA
3 7 (0.98%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.28%) GitLab
6 2 (0.28%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.14%) GCC
7 1 (0.14%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.14%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (0.14%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 80 (11.19%) Social Skills
2 67 (9.37%) Telecoms
3 53 (7.41%) Finance
4 37 (5.17%) Public Sector
5 20 (2.80%) Banking
6 18 (2.52%) Analytical Skills
7 12 (1.68%) Documentation Skills
8 8 (1.12%) Retail
9 6 (0.84%) Law
9 6 (0.84%) Police
10 5 (0.70%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.70%) Legal
10 5 (0.70%) Local Government
10 5 (0.70%) Presentation Skills
11 4 (0.56%) Marketing
11 4 (0.56%) Organisational Skills
12 3 (0.42%) French Language
13 2 (0.28%) German Language
13 2 (0.28%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.94%) 802.1X
2 7 (0.98%) .NET
3 6 (0.84%) Web Services
4 4 (0.56%) JSON
4 4 (0.56%) Spine.js
5 3 (0.42%) Jinja
5 3 (0.42%) REST
5 3 (0.42%) XMPP
6 2 (0.28%) EDI
6 2 (0.28%) Express
6 2 (0.28%) Velocity
6 2 (0.28%) XML
7 1 (0.14%) COM
7 1 (0.14%) CSS
7 1 (0.14%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.14%) LDAP
7 1 (0.14%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 1 (0.14%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 109 (15.24%) Data Centre
2 19 (2.66%) Management Information System
3 16 (2.24%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (1.82%) Driving Licence
4 13 (1.82%) PKI
5 12 (1.68%) Public Cloud
6 9 (1.26%) Handset
7 8 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
8 7 (0.98%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (0.84%) Fibre Optics
10 5 (0.70%) CCTV
10 5 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (0.70%) iPad
11 4 (0.56%) BYOD
11 4 (0.56%) Clustering
12 3 (0.42%) Mainframe
12 3 (0.42%) Replication
13 2 (0.28%) Blackberry
13 2 (0.28%) NHS
13 2 (0.28%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 76 (10.63%) Windows
2 40 (5.59%) Linux
3 27 (3.78%) Windows Server
4 10 (1.40%) Unix
5 8 (1.12%) Windows XP
6 6 (0.84%) Data ONTAP
6 6 (0.84%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.56%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.42%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.28%) Android
10 2 (0.28%) Check Point GAiA
10 2 (0.28%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (0.28%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.28%) zOS
11 1 (0.14%) Solaris
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (9.79%) Network Design
2 58 (8.11%) ITIL
3 57 (7.97%) Migration
4 50 (6.99%) Network Management
5 49 (6.85%) Load Balancing
6 38 (5.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 33 (4.62%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (4.34%) Problem-Solving
9 30 (4.20%) DevOps
10 27 (3.78%) Network Architecture
10 27 (3.78%) Service Delivery
11 24 (3.36%) Change Management
11 24 (3.36%) Network Monitoring
12 22 (3.08%) Disaster Recovery
13 21 (2.94%) Computer Science
14 20 (2.80%) Cybersecurity
15 18 (2.52%) Validation
16 17 (2.38%) Change Control
16 17 (2.38%) Continuous Improvement
16 17 (2.38%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 48 (6.71%) Python
2 20 (2.80%) PowerShell
3 8 (1.12%) C#
4 5 (0.70%) Bash Shell
5 4 (0.56%) Go
5 4 (0.56%) Java
5 4 (0.56%) SQL
6 3 (0.42%) C
7 2 (0.28%) C++
7 2 (0.28%) Perl
7 2 (0.28%) Tcl
8 1 (0.14%) Scala
8 1 (0.14%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 274 (38.32%) Cisco Certification
2 186 (26.01%) CCNP
3 160 (22.38%) Security Cleared
4 133 (18.60%) CCNA
5 127 (17.76%) SC Cleared
6 45 (6.29%) CCIE
7 26 (3.64%) DV Cleared
8 25 (3.50%) Degree
9 12 (1.68%) JNCIP
10 11 (1.54%) CCSA
10 11 (1.54%) CCSE
11 10 (1.40%) JNCIA
12 8 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
12 8 (1.12%) JNCIS
12 8 (1.12%) Microsoft Certification
13 6 (0.84%) CCDP
13 6 (0.84%) CISSP
14 5 (0.70%) Chartered Engineer
14 5 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (5.87%) SLA
2 10 (1.40%) QA
3 6 (0.84%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.70%) GDPR
4 5 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.56%) GLBA
5 4 (0.56%) NIST
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.14%) COBIT
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) NCSC
7 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 58 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (3.64%) Active Directory
3 21 (2.94%) VMware NSX
4 14 (1.96%) ProxySG
4 14 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (1.68%) Firmware
5 12 (1.68%) vSphere
6 10 (1.40%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.28%) vCloud
8 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.14%) Docker
9 1 (0.14%) NFS
9 1 (0.14%) pfSense
9 1 (0.14%) Snort
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.14%) XenApp
9 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 48 (6.71%) Ansible
2 36 (5.03%) FortiGate
3 14 (1.96%) Terraform
4 13 (1.82%) Cisco CUCM
5 12 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (1.54%) Puppet
6 11 (1.54%) vCenter Server
7 10 (1.40%) Cisco Prime
8 8 (1.12%) Cisco UCCX
9 7 (0.98%) WSUS
10 6 (0.84%) SnapMirror
10 6 (0.84%) SnapVault
11 5 (0.70%) Nagios
11 5 (0.70%) SCCM
11 5 (0.70%) vRealize
12 4 (0.56%) HAProxy
13 3 (0.42%) Cisco CME
13 3 (0.42%) HP NNM
13 3 (0.42%) Kubernetes
13 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 451 (63.08%) Cisco
2 132 (18.46%) F5
3 129 (18.04%) CheckPoint
4 111 (15.52%) Palo Alto
5 98 (13.71%) Juniper
5 98 (13.71%) VMware
6 74 (10.35%) Fortinet
7 50 (6.99%) Meraki
8 48 (6.71%) Aruba
9 42 (5.87%) Microsoft
9 42 (5.87%) SolarWinds
10 41 (5.73%) HP
11 35 (4.90%) Citrix
12 27 (3.78%) Dell
13 25 (3.50%) Blue Coat
14 22 (3.08%) Zscaler
15 21 (2.94%) Infoblox
15 21 (2.94%) McAfee
16 20 (2.80%) Nokia
16 20 (2.80%) Riverbed