Period
to 6 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 6 April 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)
England > North West
6 months to
6 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 80 88 129
Rank change year-on-year +8 +41 -64
Contract jobs citing LAN 97 131 94
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 2.39% 2.33% 1.63%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.86% 20.63% 13.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 75 58
Median daily rate £375 £375 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.50% -10.88%
10th Percentile £146 £206 £113
90th Percentile £497 £500 £475
England median daily rate £375 £375 £365
% change year-on-year - +2.74% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 24
Median hourly rate £50.50 £25.67 £21.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +96.73% +18.29% +37.78%
10th Percentile £20.56 £22.58 £15.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £32.20 £33.75
England median hourly rate £19.75 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -10.23% +10.00% +9.59%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 543 635 716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.36% 11.28% 12.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 377 411
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £163 £206 £180
90th Percentile £575 £588 £600
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 35 80
Median hourly rate £33.00 £17.50 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.57% +1.45% +7.81%
10th Percentile £13.36 £13.00 £10.76
90th Percentile £53.00 £44.00 £43.80
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%

LAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing LAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for LAN in the North West

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing LAN in the North West.

Daily rate trend for LAN in the North West

LAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing LAN in the North West over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for LAN in the North West

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing LAN in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for LAN in the North West

LAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing LAN in the North West over the 6 months to 6 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for LAN in the North West

LAN
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN within the North West region over the 6 months to 6 April 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
Manchester +3 52 £400 - 25
Cheshire +28 22 £369 -7.81% 14
Lancashire +39 10 £158 -44.74% 2
Merseyside -6 6 £238 -32.38% 5
Cumbria -18 5 £495 +191.18% 4
LAN
England

For the 6 months to 6 April 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 North West region with a requirement for LAN.

1 74 (76.29%) WAN
2 47 (48.45%) Cisco
3 32 (32.99%) Windows
3 32 (32.99%) Wireless
4 29 (29.90%) Firewall
5 27 (27.84%) Security Cleared
5 27 (27.84%) Data Centre
6 25 (25.77%) Microsoft
6 25 (25.77%) Cisco Certification
7 23 (23.71%) Active Directory
8 22 (22.68%) WLAN
9 21 (21.65%) SC Cleared
10 19 (19.59%) CCNP
11 18 (18.56%) VMware
11 18 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
12 16 (16.49%) Azure
12 16 (16.49%) DNS
12 16 (16.49%) Windows Server
13 15 (15.46%) TCP/IP
13 15 (15.46%) MS Exchange
13 15 (15.46%) MPLS
13 15 (15.46%) Office 365
14 14 (14.43%) Hyper-V
14 14 (14.43%) Citrix
14 14 (14.43%) ITIL
15 13 (13.40%) DHCP
16 12 (12.37%) Migration
16 12 (12.37%) SQL Server
16 12 (12.37%) SCOM
17 11 (11.34%) Network Design

LAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (15.46%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (5.15%) Skype for Business
3 4 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (3.09%) IIS
5 2 (2.06%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 4 (4.12%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.09%) Line 500
2 1 (1.03%) assyst
2 1 (1.03%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (16.49%) Azure
2 15 (15.46%) Office 365
3 10 (10.31%) AWS
4 4 (4.12%) PaaS
4 4 (4.12%) SaaS
5 2 (2.06%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.03%) G Suite
6 1 (1.03%) GCP
6 1 (1.03%) Mimecast
6 1 (1.03%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 74 (76.29%) WAN
2 32 (32.99%) Wireless
3 29 (29.90%) Firewall
4 22 (22.68%) WLAN
5 16 (16.49%) DNS
6 15 (15.46%) MPLS
6 15 (15.46%) TCP/IP
7 13 (13.40%) DHCP
8 10 (10.31%) DMZ
8 10 (10.31%) Network Security
8 10 (10.31%) SAN
9 9 (9.28%) BGP
10 8 (8.25%) VPN
11 7 (7.22%) VoIP
11 7 (7.22%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (6.19%) Cisco ASA
12 6 (6.19%) Internet
12 6 (6.19%) IP Telephony
12 6 (6.19%) Unified Communications
13 5 (5.15%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.37%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.09%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (3.09%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (3.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.06%) JIRA
General
1 10 (10.31%) Public Sector
2 8 (8.25%) Banking
2 8 (8.25%) Finance
3 7 (7.22%) Local Government
4 4 (4.12%) Retail
4 4 (4.12%) Telecoms
5 3 (3.09%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.03%) Back Office
6 1 (1.03%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (1.03%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.03%) Housing Association
6 1 (1.03%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (28.87%) Network Engineer
2 13 (13.40%) Architect
3 9 (9.28%) Analyst
3 9 (9.28%) Network Architect
3 9 (9.28%) Security Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Cisco Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Infrastructure Manager
4 7 (7.22%) Project Manager
5 6 (6.19%) Delivery Project Manager
5 6 (6.19%) Infrastructure Delivery Manager
5 6 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (6.19%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 6 (6.19%) SC Cleared Project Manager
6 5 (5.15%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) IT Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) Network Security Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) Service Analyst
6 5 (5.15%) Service Desk Analyst
7 4 (4.12%) Storage Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.12%) Web Services
2 3 (3.09%) XML
3 2 (2.06%) ModSecurity
Miscellaneous
1 27 (27.84%) Data Centre
2 7 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.12%) CCTV
3 4 (4.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 4 (4.12%) Enterprise Storage
4 2 (2.06%) Clustering
4 2 (2.06%) Driving Licence
4 2 (2.06%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.06%) Replication
4 2 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.03%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.03%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.03%) iPad
5 1 (1.03%) iPhone
5 1 (1.03%) IVR
5 1 (1.03%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.03%) User Experience
5 1 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 32 (32.99%) Windows
2 16 (16.49%) Windows Server
3 9 (9.28%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (8.25%) Windows 10
5 6 (6.19%) Windows 7
6 3 (3.09%) Android
6 3 (3.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (3.09%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (2.06%) Windows NT
7 2 (2.06%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (2.06%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (1.03%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.03%) Linux
8 1 (1.03%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.03%) Unix
8 1 (1.03%) Windows 2000
8 1 (1.03%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.03%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (14.43%) ITIL
2 12 (12.37%) Migration
3 11 (11.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 11 (11.34%) Network Design
4 9 (9.28%) Problem-Solving
4 9 (9.28%) Project Delivery
4 9 (9.28%) Service Management
5 8 (8.25%) Disaster Recovery
5 8 (8.25%) Server Management
6 7 (7.22%) Load Balancing
6 7 (7.22%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (6.19%) PRINCE2
8 5 (5.15%) Change Management
8 5 (5.15%) Network Management
9 4 (4.12%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (4.12%) Incident Management
9 4 (4.12%) Operational Stability
9 4 (4.12%) Server Virtualisation
9 4 (4.12%) SIEM
9 4 (4.12%) Storage Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.28%) SQL
2 5 (5.15%) PowerShell
3 4 (4.12%) Python
4 1 (1.03%) VBA
Qualifications
1 27 (27.84%) Security Cleared
2 25 (25.77%) Cisco Certification
3 21 (21.65%) SC Cleared
4 19 (19.59%) CCNP
5 10 (10.31%) CCIE
5 10 (10.31%) CCNA
6 4 (4.12%) CCDP
7 3 (3.09%) BC Cleared
8 2 (2.06%) CCIE Data Center
8 2 (2.06%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 2 (2.06%) CCSE
8 2 (2.06%) Degree
8 2 (2.06%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.03%) ACSA
9 1 (1.03%) ACSP
9 1 (1.03%) HND
9 1 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (1.03%) MBA
9 1 (1.03%) MCSE
9 1 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.19%) PMO
2 4 (4.12%) BS7799
2 4 (4.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (2.06%) RMADS
3 2 (2.06%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (23.71%) Active Directory
2 18 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (14.43%) Hyper-V
4 8 (8.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 8 (8.25%) XenApp
5 3 (3.09%) VMware NSX
6 2 (2.06%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.03%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.03%) Firmware
7 1 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.03%) VMware Server
7 1 (1.03%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (12.37%) SCOM
2 8 (8.25%) FortiGate
2 8 (8.25%) SCCM
2 8 (8.25%) vRealize
3 4 (4.12%) SCOrch
4 3 (3.09%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (3.09%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (3.09%) NetBackup
5 2 (2.06%) WSUS
6 1 (1.03%) Amdocs OSS
6 1 (1.03%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.03%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (1.03%) Icinga
6 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (1.03%) Observium
6 1 (1.03%) PaperCut
6 1 (1.03%) Puppet
6 1 (1.03%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 47 (48.45%) Cisco
2 25 (25.77%) Microsoft
3 18 (18.56%) VMware
4 14 (14.43%) Citrix
5 11 (11.34%) Meraki
6 10 (10.31%) CheckPoint
6 10 (10.31%) F5
7 9 (9.28%) Palo Alto
8 7 (7.22%) Juniper
9 5 (5.15%) Aruba
9 5 (5.15%) SolarWinds
10 4 (4.12%) BT
10 4 (4.12%) Dell
10 4 (4.12%) EMC
10 4 (4.12%) EqualLogic
10 4 (4.12%) Fortinet
10 4 (4.12%) Ivanti
10 4 (4.12%) NetApp
10 4 (4.12%) Sophos
11 3 (3.09%) Sage