Period
to 18 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 18 September 2018 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)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 133 99 79
Rank change year-on-year -34 -20 +10
Contract jobs citing LAN 1,072 1,211 1,574
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.95% 2.33% 2.64%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.54% 15.02% 15.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 550 748 968
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £365 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.19% -2.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £155 £180 £206
90th Percentile £525 £488 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £370 £390
% change year-on-year +1.35% -5.13% +11.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 119 77
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.19 £20.12 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.61% -4.19% +10.53%
10th Percentile £12.20 £12.24 £12.55
90th Percentile £43.75 £44.60 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £20.32 £20.12 £21.00
% change year-on-year +1.01% -4.19% +15.07%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,917 8,064 10,083
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.39% 15.55% 16.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,361 4,601 5,895
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £198 £180 £213
90th Percentile £550 £538 £535
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 557 582 663
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.75 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +23.85%

LAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing LAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for LAN in the UK excluding London

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing LAN in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for LAN in the UK excluding London

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing LAN in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for LAN in the UK excluding London

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for LAN in the UK excluding London

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing LAN in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for LAN in the UK excluding London

LAN
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 September 2018. 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
South East -7 363 £400 +3.23% 98
North of England +8 265 £363 -3.33% 92
North West +32 170 £355 +1.52% 48
Midlands -53 140 £300 -20.00% 60
East of England -30 118 £350 -4.11% 51
South West -37 95 £323 +3.43% 48
West Midlands -75 78 £306 -20.97% 41
Yorkshire -36 64 £413 +15.79% 34
East Midlands +19 62 £300 +7.14% 19
Scotland -68 60 £300 -14.29% 27
North East -8 31 £318 -33.16% 10
Wales -17 23 £450 +55.17% 11
Northern Ireland +45 13 £275 - 1
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 18 September 2018, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for LAN.

1 864 (80.60%) WAN
2 536 (50.00%) Cisco
3 431 (40.21%) Firewall
4 339 (31.62%) Windows
5 330 (30.78%) Cisco Certification
6 254 (23.69%) Active Directory
7 251 (23.41%) Microsoft
8 231 (21.55%) ITIL
9 214 (19.96%) VMware
10 210 (19.59%) Security Cleared
11 205 (19.12%) CCNP
12 189 (17.63%) TCP/IP
12 189 (17.63%) VPN
13 188 (17.54%) CCNA
14 176 (16.42%) Data Centre
15 170 (15.86%) Juniper
16 167 (15.58%) Windows Server
17 159 (14.83%) DNS
18 156 (14.55%) Wireless
19 151 (14.09%) VMware Infrastructure
20 146 (13.62%) Network Security
21 145 (13.53%) SC Cleared
22 142 (13.25%) CheckPoint
23 141 (13.15%) MPLS
24 131 (12.22%) Telecoms
25 125 (11.66%) Migration
26 122 (11.38%) VoIP
27 119 (11.10%) Office 365
28 118 (11.01%) OSPF
29 116 (10.82%) Wi-Fi

LAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 83 (7.74%) MS Exchange
2 36 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 35 (3.26%) SharePoint
4 29 (2.71%) Skype for Business
5 26 (2.43%) IIS
6 21 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (1.03%) IBM Notes
8 10 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 9 (0.84%) Site Server
10 8 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
10 8 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (0.65%) Apache
12 6 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
12 6 (0.56%) OpenStack
12 6 (0.56%) Quickr
12 6 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.47%) WebSphere
14 4 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
15 3 (0.28%) Tomcat
16 2 (0.19%) JBoss
Applications
1 97 (9.05%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (3.17%) MS Visio
3 23 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.093%) Magento
3 1 (0.093%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 119 (11.10%) Office 365
2 99 (9.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (4.94%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (1.40%) IaaS
5 9 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.56%) G Suite
7 5 (0.47%) Akamai
7 5 (0.47%) PaaS
8 4 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (0.19%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.19%) SaaS
10 1 (0.093%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.093%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.093%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.093%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.093%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 864 (80.60%) WAN
2 431 (40.21%) Firewall
3 189 (17.63%) TCP/IP
3 189 (17.63%) VPN
4 159 (14.83%) DNS
5 156 (14.55%) Wireless
6 146 (13.62%) Network Security
7 141 (13.15%) MPLS
8 122 (11.38%) VoIP
9 118 (11.01%) OSPF
10 116 (10.82%) Wi-Fi
11 115 (10.73%) BGP
12 110 (10.26%) SAN
13 107 (9.98%) WLAN
14 99 (9.24%) VLAN
15 96 (8.96%) Cisco ASA
16 92 (8.58%) DHCP
17 80 (7.46%) Cisco Nexus
18 72 (6.72%) Internet
19 65 (6.06%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (5.60%) SQL Server
2 17 (1.59%) Oracle Database
3 15 (1.40%) Big Data
4 11 (1.03%) MySQL
4 11 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (0.37%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.28%) MariaDB
9 3 (0.28%) Redis
10 2 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.19%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.093%) Amazon RDS
11 1 (0.093%) DB2
11 1 (0.093%) Informix
11 1 (0.093%) MS Access
11 1 (0.093%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.093%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 15 (1.40%) Jenkins
2 9 (0.84%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 8 (0.75%) Git (software)
3 8 (0.75%) JIRA
4 6 (0.56%) JMeter
4 6 (0.56%) Subversion
5 5 (0.47%) LoadRunner
6 3 (0.28%) SilkTest
7 2 (0.19%) Hudson
7 2 (0.19%) MSI
7 2 (0.19%) Selenium
8 1 (0.093%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.093%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.093%) Mocha
8 1 (0.093%) NUnit
8 1 (0.093%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.093%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.093%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.093%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.093%) WebDriver
General
1 131 (12.22%) Telecoms
2 73 (6.81%) Finance
3 24 (2.24%) Retail
4 18 (1.68%) Banking
5 16 (1.49%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.21%) Law
6 13 (1.21%) Legal
7 9 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (0.75%) Back Office
9 5 (0.47%) Advertising
9 5 (0.47%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.28%) Games
10 3 (0.28%) Local Government
10 3 (0.28%) Marketing
10 3 (0.28%) Publishing
11 2 (0.19%) Automotive
11 2 (0.19%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.093%) Billing
12 1 (0.093%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 317 (29.57%) Network Engineer
2 139 (12.97%) Analyst
3 89 (8.30%) Architect
4 88 (8.21%) Support Engineer
5 78 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 65 (6.06%) Project Manager
7 58 (5.41%) Cisco Engineer
8 50 (4.66%) Senior Network Engineer
9 49 (4.57%) Consultant
9 49 (4.57%) Network Architect
10 45 (4.20%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 45 (4.20%) IT Support
11 42 (3.92%) Security Engineer
12 40 (3.73%) Desktop Support
12 40 (3.73%) Network Analyst
13 37 (3.45%) Network Security Engineer
14 34 (3.17%) 2nd Line Support
15 33 (3.08%) Network Support
16 32 (2.99%) IT Engineer
17 31 (2.89%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (2.33%) 802.1X
2 21 (1.96%) Middleware
3 14 (1.31%) Web Services
4 13 (1.21%) LDAP
5 9 (0.84%) HTML
6 7 (0.65%) .NET
6 7 (0.65%) LAMP
7 5 (0.47%) .NET Framework
7 5 (0.47%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (0.37%) CSS
8 4 (0.37%) Sensu
9 3 (0.28%) jQuery
9 3 (0.28%) Kafka
9 3 (0.28%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.19%) Ajax
10 2 (0.19%) OAuth
10 2 (0.19%) OpenID
10 2 (0.19%) Software Packaging
10 2 (0.19%) XACML
10 2 (0.19%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 176 (16.42%) Data Centre
2 50 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
3 28 (2.61%) Smartphone
4 24 (2.24%) Fat Client
4 24 (2.24%) Management Information System
4 24 (2.24%) Thin Client
5 22 (2.05%) NHS
6 20 (1.87%) Clustering
7 16 (1.49%) Driving Licence
7 16 (1.49%) PKI
7 16 (1.49%) Video Conferencing
8 14 (1.31%) Handset
9 13 (1.21%) Blackberry
9 13 (1.21%) Computer Science
9 13 (1.21%) iPhone
10 12 (1.12%) Replication
11 11 (1.03%) CMDB
12 8 (0.75%) Private Cloud
12 8 (0.75%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 339 (31.62%) Windows
2 167 (15.58%) Windows Server
3 87 (8.12%) Linux
3 87 (8.12%) Windows 7
4 76 (7.09%) Windows Server 2008
5 68 (6.34%) Windows 10
6 58 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 49 (4.57%) Unix
8 22 (2.05%) Windows 8
9 20 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (1.77%) Android
11 18 (1.68%) Solaris
12 11 (1.03%) Windows XP
13 10 (0.93%) Mac OS
14 8 (0.75%) Mac OS X
14 8 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (0.75%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 6 (0.56%) Apple iOS
16 5 (0.47%) AIX
16 5 (0.47%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (21.55%) ITIL
2 125 (11.66%) Migration
3 100 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 85 (7.93%) Project Management
5 80 (7.46%) Network Design
6 76 (7.09%) Service Management
7 73 (6.81%) Load Balancing
8 70 (6.53%) Network Management
9 65 (6.06%) Service Delivery
10 64 (5.97%) Problem-Solving
11 60 (5.60%) High Availability
12 54 (5.04%) Change Management
12 54 (5.04%) Disaster Recovery
13 45 (4.20%) Incident Management
14 42 (3.92%) Network Monitoring
15 39 (3.64%) Agile Software Development
16 38 (3.54%) Problem Management
17 37 (3.45%) Capacity Planning
18 36 (3.36%) Configuration Management
19 33 (3.08%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (6.34%) SQL
2 51 (4.76%) PowerShell
3 39 (3.64%) Python
4 19 (1.77%) C
4 19 (1.77%) Perl
5 13 (1.21%) Bash Shell
6 11 (1.03%) PHP
7 10 (0.93%) Java
8 5 (0.47%) C#
8 5 (0.47%) VB
8 5 (0.47%) VBScript
9 3 (0.28%) Korn
9 3 (0.28%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.28%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.19%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.19%) Lisp
10 2 (0.19%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.093%) C++
11 1 (0.093%) Lingo
11 1 (0.093%) R
Qualifications
1 330 (30.78%) Cisco Certification
2 210 (19.59%) Security Cleared
3 205 (19.12%) CCNP
4 188 (17.54%) CCNA
5 145 (13.53%) SC Cleared
6 52 (4.85%) DV Cleared
7 46 (4.29%) Degree
8 44 (4.10%) CCIE
9 36 (3.36%) Microsoft Certification
10 26 (2.43%) MCSE
11 22 (2.05%) ITIL Certification
12 21 (1.96%) CCDP
13 17 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
14 14 (1.31%) A+ Certification
15 13 (1.21%) MCSA
16 12 (1.12%) CCSA
17 11 (1.03%) BC Cleared
17 11 (1.03%) CCDE
17 11 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
17 11 (1.03%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (5.60%) SLA
2 25 (2.33%) QA
3 18 (1.68%) GDPR
4 9 (0.84%) JSP 440
5 7 (0.65%) PMO
6 6 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.56%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.28%) GMP
9 2 (0.19%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.19%) RMADS
9 2 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.093%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.093%) GxP
10 1 (0.093%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.093%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.093%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 254 (23.69%) Active Directory
2 151 (14.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (6.34%) Hyper-V
4 43 (4.01%) VMware ESXi
5 23 (2.15%) XenApp
6 18 (1.68%) vSphere
7 15 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
9 9 (0.84%) FreeRADIUS
9 9 (0.84%) Xen
10 8 (0.75%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.65%) ProxySG
11 7 (0.65%) VMware NSX
12 6 (0.56%) NFS
12 6 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.47%) Docker
13 5 (0.47%) KVM
14 4 (0.37%) BitLocker
15 3 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
15 3 (0.28%) Samba
Systems Management
1 88 (8.21%) SCCM
2 27 (2.52%) FortiGate
3 20 (1.87%) WSUS
4 19 (1.77%) Microsoft Clustering
5 17 (1.59%) Cisco Prime
5 17 (1.59%) SCOM
6 14 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
7 13 (1.21%) Cisco CUCM
7 13 (1.21%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (1.21%) vCenter Server
8 11 (1.03%) Ansible
9 9 (0.84%) Backup Exec
9 9 (0.84%) Puppet
10 8 (0.75%) Kibana
10 8 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (0.75%) OpenView
10 8 (0.75%) ZENworks
11 7 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
11 7 (0.65%) Opsview
11 7 (0.65%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 536 (50.00%) Cisco
2 251 (23.41%) Microsoft
3 214 (19.96%) VMware
4 170 (15.86%) Juniper
5 142 (13.25%) CheckPoint
6 106 (9.89%) HP
7 101 (9.42%) Citrix
8 90 (8.40%) F5
9 65 (6.06%) McAfee
10 55 (5.13%) Palo Alto
11 52 (4.85%) Aruba
12 50 (4.66%) Oracle
13 42 (3.92%) SolarWinds
14 40 (3.73%) NetApp
15 32 (2.99%) Fortinet
16 28 (2.61%) Brocade
17 26 (2.43%) Avaya
18 24 (2.24%) Meraki
19 21 (1.96%) Riverbed
19 21 (1.96%) Veeam