Period
to 28 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 28 October 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
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 214 136 129
Rank change year-on-year -78 -7 +62
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 872 542 1,535
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.28% 1.94% 1.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 2.10% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 554 375 1,057
10th Percentile £242 £168 £220
25th Percentile £313 £263 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -6.25%
75th Percentile £488 £450 £456
90th Percentile £575 £525 £525
UK median daily rate £419 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +11.80% - -4.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 18 55
10th Percentile £18.00 £22.50 £16.55
25th Percentile £21.56 £27.56 £29.19
Median hourly rate £38.65 £40.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year -3.38% -11.11% +80.00%
75th Percentile £51.20 £45.00 £47.24
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.50 £49.96
UK median hourly rate £33.18 £40.00 £43.25
% change year-on-year -17.05% -7.51% +58.72%

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 63,903 25,819 72,614
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.45% 92.60% 94.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,118 17,783 49,269
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £509 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.16% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,867 841 2,405
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.74 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.52 £22.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.27% +17.65% +6.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.15 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%

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 28 October 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 28 October 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 28 October 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 -62 328 £455 +1.11% 98
South East -42 158 £400 +23.08% 84
North of England -44 118 £400 - 77
South West -30 90 £350 -5.08% 22
Midlands -55 78 £325 -18.75% 50
North West -39 69 £400 - 41
East of England -41 53 £350 +13.82% 20
West Midlands -68 44 £375 -13.04% 29
Yorkshire -23 37 £288 +7.20% 29
East Midlands -20 34 £300 +20.00% 21
North East +5 12 £400 -5.88% 7
Network Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 538 (61.70%) Cisco
2 448 (51.38%) Firewall
3 338 (38.76%) Cisco Certification
4 246 (28.21%) WAN
5 241 (27.64%) CCNP
6 211 (24.20%) LAN
7 199 (22.82%) Security Cleared
8 176 (20.18%) BGP
9 166 (19.04%) Network Security
10 165 (18.92%) CCNA
11 158 (18.12%) SC Cleared
12 146 (16.74%) CheckPoint
13 143 (16.40%) VPN
14 138 (15.83%) Wireless
15 135 (15.48%) Palo Alto
16 133 (15.25%) MPLS
17 127 (14.56%) OSPF
18 123 (14.11%) Juniper
19 118 (13.53%) Data Centre
20 108 (12.39%) F5
21 107 (12.27%) VMware
22 99 (11.35%) Azure
23 97 (11.12%) Telecoms
23 97 (11.12%) Social Skills
24 95 (10.89%) Windows
25 94 (10.78%) DNS
26 90 (10.32%) Network Design
27 89 (10.21%) SD-WAN
28 88 (10.09%) ITIL
29 84 (9.63%) TCP/IP

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 7 (0.80%) Confluence
1 7 (0.80%) SharePoint
2 6 (0.69%) MS Exchange
3 4 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (0.46%) OpenStack
4 3 (0.34%) CMS
5 2 (0.23%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.11%) IIS
6 1 (0.11%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (2.18%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.61%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.11%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 99 (11.35%) Azure
2 61 (7.00%) AWS
3 21 (2.41%) Microsoft 365
4 20 (2.29%) GCP
5 14 (1.61%) IaaS
6 13 (1.49%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 12 (1.38%) PaaS
8 8 (0.92%) Akamai
9 6 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 5 (0.57%) SaaS
11 4 (0.46%) Azure Sentinel
11 4 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.46%) GitHub
11 4 (0.46%) IBM Cloud
11 4 (0.46%) SoftLayer
12 3 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.23%) AWS Direct Connect
14 1 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
14 1 (0.11%) GitHub Actions
14 1 (0.11%) Kong
Communications & Networking
1 448 (51.38%) Firewall
2 246 (28.21%) WAN
3 211 (24.20%) LAN
4 176 (20.18%) BGP
5 166 (19.04%) Network Security
6 143 (16.40%) VPN
7 138 (15.83%) Wireless
8 133 (15.25%) MPLS
9 127 (14.56%) OSPF
10 94 (10.78%) DNS
11 89 (10.21%) SD-WAN
12 84 (9.63%) TCP/IP
13 83 (9.52%) Cisco ASA
14 76 (8.72%) Cisco Nexus
15 65 (7.45%) Wi-Fi
16 60 (6.88%) VLAN
17 53 (6.08%) Internet
18 52 (5.96%) DHCP
19 49 (5.62%) IPsec
20 43 (4.93%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2017
2 2 (0.23%) Tableau
3 1 (0.11%) GIS
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.11%) SAP BW
3 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 18 (2.06%) Sonatype Nexus
2 6 (0.69%) JIRA
3 4 (0.46%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.34%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.23%) GitLab
5 2 (0.23%) Terragrunt
6 1 (0.11%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.11%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.11%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (0.11%) Subversion
6 1 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 97 (11.12%) Social Skills
1 97 (11.12%) Telecoms
2 62 (7.11%) Finance
3 57 (6.54%) Public Sector
4 30 (3.44%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (2.06%) Banking
6 12 (1.38%) Retail
7 11 (1.26%) Law
7 11 (1.26%) Organisational Skills
8 10 (1.15%) Local Government
9 9 (1.03%) Documentation Skills
10 7 (0.80%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.80%) Presentation Skills
11 6 (0.69%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.46%) Billing
12 4 (0.46%) Legal
12 4 (0.46%) Marketing
12 4 (0.46%) Police
13 3 (0.34%) French Language
13 3 (0.34%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.18%) 802.1X
2 17 (1.95%) .NET
3 7 (0.80%) JSON
4 6 (0.69%) XML
5 5 (0.57%) Spine.js
6 4 (0.46%) Jinja
6 4 (0.46%) XMPP
7 3 (0.34%) COM
7 3 (0.34%) LDAP
8 2 (0.23%) EDI
8 2 (0.23%) Middleware
8 2 (0.23%) PySpark
8 2 (0.23%) REST
9 1 (0.11%) ARM Templates
9 1 (0.11%) CSS
9 1 (0.11%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.11%) Regular Expression
9 1 (0.11%) SAP Basis
9 1 (0.11%) SOAP
9 1 (0.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 118 (13.53%) Data Centre
2 19 (2.18%) PKI
3 18 (2.06%) Management Information System
4 16 (1.83%) Data Protection Act
4 16 (1.83%) Public Cloud
5 15 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (1.26%) Linux Command Line
7 9 (1.03%) Driving Licence
7 9 (1.03%) Fibre Optics
7 9 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
8 8 (0.92%) CCTV
9 6 (0.69%) Blackberry
9 6 (0.69%) Handset
10 5 (0.57%) BYOD
10 5 (0.57%) Clustering
10 5 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.46%) iPad
11 4 (0.46%) User Experience
12 3 (0.34%) CMDB
12 3 (0.34%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 95 (10.89%) Windows
2 57 (6.54%) Linux
3 27 (3.10%) Windows Server
4 19 (2.18%) Windows XP
5 13 (1.49%) Unix
6 10 (1.15%) Windows Server 2016
7 9 (1.03%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.69%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.57%) Data ONTAP
9 5 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.46%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2019
12 2 (0.23%) Android
12 2 (0.23%) CentOS
12 2 (0.23%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.23%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.23%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.11%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (10.32%) Network Design
2 88 (10.09%) ITIL
3 77 (8.83%) Network Management
4 60 (6.88%) Migration
5 54 (6.19%) Load Balancing
6 52 (5.96%) Change Management
7 50 (5.73%) DevOps
8 46 (5.28%) Problem-Solving
9 39 (4.47%) Computer Science
10 37 (4.24%) Validation
11 35 (4.01%) Network Monitoring
12 33 (3.78%) Disaster Recovery
13 32 (3.67%) Agile Software Development
13 32 (3.67%) Network Virtualisation
14 31 (3.56%) Network Architecture
15 28 (3.21%) Project Management
16 26 (2.98%) Cybersecurity
16 26 (2.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 24 (2.75%) Service Delivery
18 23 (2.64%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (6.31%) Python
2 17 (1.95%) C#
3 16 (1.83%) PowerShell
4 6 (0.69%) R
4 6 (0.69%) SQL
5 5 (0.57%) C
6 3 (0.34%) Go
6 3 (0.34%) Perl
7 2 (0.23%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.23%) Ruby
7 2 (0.23%) Tcl
8 1 (0.11%) Java
8 1 (0.11%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.11%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 338 (38.76%) Cisco Certification
2 241 (27.64%) CCNP
3 199 (22.82%) Security Cleared
4 165 (18.92%) CCNA
5 158 (18.12%) SC Cleared
6 60 (6.88%) CCIE
7 42 (4.82%) Degree
8 31 (3.56%) DV Cleared
9 15 (1.72%) JNCIP
10 12 (1.38%) CISSP
11 10 (1.15%) CCDP
11 10 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
12 9 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (1.03%) MBCS
13 8 (0.92%) AWS Certification
13 8 (0.92%) CCSE
13 8 (0.92%) JNCIA
13 8 (0.92%) JNCIS
13 8 (0.92%) Microsoft Certification
13 8 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (5.28%) SLA
2 16 (1.83%) QA
3 11 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.92%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.80%) GDPR
6 5 (0.57%) GLBA
6 5 (0.57%) NIST
7 4 (0.46%) JSP 440
8 3 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.23%) PMO
9 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.11%) Accessibility
10 1 (0.11%) COBIT
10 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.11%) NCSC
10 1 (0.11%) RMADS
System Software
1 53 (6.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (3.78%) Active Directory
3 26 (2.98%) VMware NSX
4 15 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (1.61%) Hyper-V
6 13 (1.49%) vSphere
7 9 (1.03%) Firmware
8 4 (0.46%) ProxySG
8 4 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.34%) Docker
9 3 (0.34%) vCloud
10 2 (0.23%) KVM
11 1 (0.11%) LXC
11 1 (0.11%) NFS
11 1 (0.11%) pfSense
11 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.11%) XenApp
11 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 51 (5.85%) Ansible
2 40 (4.59%) FortiGate
3 20 (2.29%) Terraform
4 14 (1.61%) Cisco CUCM
4 14 (1.61%) vCenter Server
5 12 (1.38%) WSUS
6 11 (1.26%) Puppet
7 10 (1.15%) Cisco Prime
8 9 (1.03%) Nagios
8 9 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.80%) Cisco UCCX
9 7 (0.80%) SCCM
10 6 (0.69%) vRealize
11 5 (0.57%) Kubernetes
11 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (0.57%) SnapMirror
11 5 (0.57%) SnapVault
11 5 (0.57%) ZABBIX
12 4 (0.46%) WhatsUp Gold
13 3 (0.34%) Nessus
Vendors
1 538 (61.70%) Cisco
2 146 (16.74%) CheckPoint
3 135 (15.48%) Palo Alto
4 123 (14.11%) Juniper
5 108 (12.39%) F5
6 107 (12.27%) VMware
7 78 (8.94%) Fortinet
8 59 (6.77%) Aruba
9 56 (6.42%) Meraki
10 51 (5.85%) SolarWinds
11 44 (5.05%) HP
12 42 (4.82%) Microsoft
13 40 (4.59%) Citrix
14 37 (4.24%) Nokia
15 31 (3.56%) Dell
16 29 (3.33%) Splunk
17 22 (2.52%) Ruckus Wireless
18 21 (2.41%) Brocade
18 21 (2.41%) Zscaler
19 20 (2.29%) Infoblox