Period
to 14 December 2019

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 14 December 2019 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 109 121 114
Rank change year-on-year +12 -7 -34
Contract jobs citing LAN 978 1,174 1,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.25% 2.10% 2.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.37% 14.46% 14.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 609 678 668
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +2.86% -6.67%
10th Percentile £162 £155 £163
90th Percentile £538 £525 £499
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 79 105
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £20.65 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.39% +18.82% -8.85%
10th Percentile £14.20 £13.27 £12.50
90th Percentile £70.25 £43.90 £42.25
UK median hourly rate £20.05 £23.08 £17.49
% change year-on-year -13.10% +31.93% -12.55%

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 6,804 8,121 8,241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.66% 14.54% 15.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,843 4,514 4,769
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £184 £198 £163
90th Percentile £563 £550 £544
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 461 481 543
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -5.26% -20.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £44.93
UK median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +25.60% +5.26% -15.56%

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 14 December 2019.

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 14 December 2019.

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 14 December 2019. 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 +22 352 £400 +3.23% 131
North of England 0 232 £338 -3.57% 122
Midlands +70 152 £375 +7.14% 98
North West +4 141 £400 +9.22% 64
South West -1 96 £375 +7.14% 53
West Midlands +54 88 £400 +11.11% 62
East of England +11 80 £375 +15.38% 60
Yorkshire +34 73 £285 -21.52% 45
East Midlands +32 64 £350 +12.00% 36
Scotland +16 50 £338 +20.00% 13
North East -3 18 £270 -16.60% 13
Wales +29 14 £268 -40.56% 20
Northern Ireland -2 6 £192 - 1
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 14 December 2019, 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.

1 780 (79.75%) WAN
2 557 (56.95%) Cisco
3 456 (46.63%) Firewall
4 335 (34.25%) Windows
5 324 (33.13%) Cisco Certification
6 229 (23.42%) Data Centre
7 213 (21.78%) CCNP
8 212 (21.68%) Active Directory
9 206 (21.06%) Security Cleared
10 205 (20.96%) Microsoft
11 191 (19.53%) VPN
12 186 (19.02%) Wireless
13 184 (18.81%) CCNA
14 171 (17.48%) VMware
15 166 (16.97%) TCP/IP
16 165 (16.87%) ITIL
17 155 (15.85%) MPLS
18 154 (15.75%) Windows Server
19 153 (15.64%) DNS
20 141 (14.42%) BGP
21 132 (13.50%) Wi-Fi
22 127 (12.99%) CheckPoint
22 127 (12.99%) SC Cleared
22 127 (12.99%) Network Security
23 126 (12.88%) Cisco ASA
24 122 (12.47%) VoIP
25 121 (12.37%) Azure
26 119 (12.17%) Telecoms
27 116 (11.86%) Office 365
28 112 (11.45%) Juniper

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 69 (7.06%) MS Exchange
2 48 (4.91%) Skype for Business
3 42 (4.29%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (0.82%) OpenStack
6 5 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.41%) Kinematics
8 3 (0.31%) IIS
8 3 (0.31%) JBoss
9 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.20%) WordPress
10 1 (0.10%) Apache
10 1 (0.10%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.10%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.10%) WebSphere
Applications
1 72 (7.36%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (2.45%) MS Visio
3 21 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.41%) Simulink
6 4 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.31%) Magento
1 3 (0.31%) SystmOne
2 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.10%) Cognos Planning
3 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle HRMS
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payroll
3 1 (0.10%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 121 (12.37%) Azure
2 116 (11.86%) Office 365
3 70 (7.16%) AWS
4 22 (2.25%) IaaS
5 20 (2.04%) PaaS
6 19 (1.94%) SaaS
7 16 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (1.33%) OneDrive
9 9 (0.92%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 7 (0.72%) GCP
10 7 (0.72%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.31%) G Suite
12 3 (0.31%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.31%) Yammer
13 2 (0.20%) Azure Stack
13 2 (0.20%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.20%) SoftLayer
14 1 (0.10%) Dynamics 365
14 1 (0.10%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 780 (79.75%) WAN
2 456 (46.63%) Firewall
3 191 (19.53%) VPN
4 186 (19.02%) Wireless
5 166 (16.97%) TCP/IP
6 155 (15.85%) MPLS
7 153 (15.64%) DNS
8 141 (14.42%) BGP
9 132 (13.50%) Wi-Fi
10 127 (12.99%) Network Security
11 126 (12.88%) Cisco ASA
12 122 (12.47%) VoIP
13 111 (11.35%) OSPF
13 111 (11.35%) WLAN
14 107 (10.94%) DHCP
15 79 (8.08%) VLAN
16 70 (7.16%) Cisco Nexus
17 62 (6.34%) Internet
17 62 (6.34%) IPsec
18 53 (5.42%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (4.09%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.02%) Oracle Database
2 10 (1.02%) Relational Database
3 5 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.31%) MySQL
5 3 (0.31%) RDBMS
5 3 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.31%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (0.20%) Big Data
6 2 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.20%) DB2
6 2 (0.20%) Informix
6 2 (0.20%) MS Access
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Exadata
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.10%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.10%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 9 (0.92%) AdminStudio
1 9 (0.92%) InstallShield
1 9 (0.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.41%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.10%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.10%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.10%) JIRA
4 1 (0.10%) JMeter
4 1 (0.10%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.10%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.10%) TestRail
General
1 119 (12.17%) Telecoms
2 72 (7.36%) Public Sector
3 57 (5.83%) Finance
4 26 (2.66%) Retail
5 20 (2.04%) Banking
6 19 (1.94%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.33%) Publishing
8 12 (1.23%) Local Government
9 9 (0.92%) Back Office
10 5 (0.51%) Marketing
11 4 (0.41%) Advertising
11 4 (0.41%) Electronics
11 4 (0.41%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.41%) German Language
11 4 (0.41%) Law
11 4 (0.41%) Military
11 4 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.31%) Games
13 2 (0.20%) Legal
13 2 (0.20%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 347 (35.48%) Network Engineer
2 113 (11.55%) Architect
3 76 (7.77%) Support Engineer
4 70 (7.16%) Cisco Engineer
5 68 (6.95%) Analyst
6 67 (6.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 63 (6.44%) Network Architect
8 62 (6.34%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 39 (3.99%) 2nd Line Support
10 35 (3.58%) IT Support
10 35 (3.58%) Project Manager
11 33 (3.37%) Security Engineer
12 32 (3.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 31 (3.17%) 3rd Line Support
14 29 (2.97%) Consultant
14 29 (2.97%) Network Security Engineer
14 29 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
14 29 (2.97%) Support Analyst
15 26 (2.66%) Network Support
15 26 (2.66%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (2.35%) 802.1X
2 17 (1.74%) Web Services
3 8 (0.82%) Middleware
4 3 (0.31%) SOAP
5 2 (0.20%) HTML
5 2 (0.20%) J2EE
5 2 (0.20%) LAMP
5 2 (0.20%) LDAP
5 2 (0.20%) OLE
5 2 (0.20%) SailPoint
5 2 (0.20%) Velocity
5 2 (0.20%) XML
6 1 (0.10%) CSS
6 1 (0.10%) Java EE
6 1 (0.10%) JSON
6 1 (0.10%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.10%) WPF
6 1 (0.10%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 229 (23.42%) Data Centre
2 35 (3.58%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (2.97%) Management Information System
4 26 (2.66%) Video Conferencing
5 25 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (2.35%) Smartphone
7 22 (2.25%) Driving Licence
8 21 (2.15%) Private Cloud
9 19 (1.94%) NHS
10 17 (1.74%) Clustering
11 16 (1.64%) Public Cloud
12 13 (1.33%) Replication
12 13 (1.33%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 11 (1.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 10 (1.02%) Client/Server
15 9 (0.92%) PKI
16 8 (0.82%) CMDB
17 7 (0.72%) Fat Client
17 7 (0.72%) Thin Client
18 6 (0.61%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 335 (34.25%) Windows
2 154 (15.75%) Windows Server
3 99 (10.12%) Windows 10
4 85 (8.69%) Windows 7
5 76 (7.77%) Linux
6 60 (6.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 49 (5.01%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (2.86%) Unix
9 17 (1.74%) Android
9 17 (1.74%) Mac OS
10 16 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 13 (1.33%) CentOS
11 13 (1.33%) Solaris
12 7 (0.72%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.61%) Check Point GAiA
13 6 (0.61%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (0.51%) AIX
14 5 (0.51%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.41%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (16.87%) ITIL
2 101 (10.33%) Migration
3 97 (9.92%) Network Design
4 78 (7.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 78 (7.98%) Load Balancing
5 70 (7.16%) Problem-Solving
6 61 (6.24%) Project Delivery
7 60 (6.13%) Service Delivery
8 58 (5.93%) Disaster Recovery
9 53 (5.42%) Project Management
10 47 (4.81%) Incident Management
10 47 (4.81%) Service Management
11 44 (4.50%) Change Management
12 41 (4.19%) Agile Software Development
13 38 (3.89%) Stakeholder Management
14 34 (3.48%) Network Management
15 33 (3.37%) Network Architecture
16 30 (3.07%) Capacity Management
17 29 (2.97%) Asset Management
17 29 (2.97%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 39 (3.99%) PowerShell
1 39 (3.99%) SQL
2 34 (3.48%) Python
3 16 (1.64%) C
4 12 (1.23%) Perl
4 12 (1.23%) VB
5 9 (0.92%) Bash Shell
6 7 (0.72%) Java
7 4 (0.41%) Ada
7 4 (0.41%) MATLAB
8 2 (0.20%) C#
8 2 (0.20%) C++
8 2 (0.20%) Ruby
9 1 (0.10%) Groovy
9 1 (0.10%) Julia
9 1 (0.10%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.10%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 324 (33.13%) Cisco Certification
2 213 (21.78%) CCNP
3 206 (21.06%) Security Cleared
4 184 (18.81%) CCNA
5 127 (12.99%) SC Cleared
6 76 (7.77%) CCIE
7 53 (5.42%) DV Cleared
8 51 (5.21%) Degree
9 42 (4.29%) CCDP
10 29 (2.97%) Microsoft Certification
11 18 (1.84%) CCDA
12 15 (1.53%) CCSE
12 15 (1.53%) MCP
13 13 (1.33%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 13 (1.33%) MCSE
14 12 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 11 (1.12%) DBS Check
16 10 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
16 10 (1.02%) CCIP
16 10 (1.02%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (6.24%) SLA
2 15 (1.53%) PMO
3 13 (1.33%) QA
4 9 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.61%) COBIT
5 6 (0.61%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (0.51%) NCSC
7 4 (0.41%) GDPR
7 4 (0.41%) NIST
8 2 (0.20%) BS7799
8 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.20%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
System Software
1 212 (21.68%) Active Directory
2 105 (10.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (5.83%) Hyper-V
4 25 (2.56%) vSphere
5 18 (1.84%) Virtual Servers
6 13 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (1.23%) VMware NSX
8 11 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (1.02%) XenApp
10 9 (0.92%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.82%) vCloud
12 7 (0.72%) Docker
13 6 (0.61%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 6 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
14 5 (0.51%) ISA Server
15 4 (0.41%) XenDesktop
16 3 (0.31%) Ceph
16 3 (0.31%) Firmware
16 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 2 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 72 (7.36%) SCCM
2 48 (4.91%) FortiGate
3 29 (2.97%) Cisco Prime
4 27 (2.76%) WSUS
5 22 (2.25%) Microsoft Intune
6 20 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
7 16 (1.64%) Cisco CUCM
8 13 (1.33%) SCOM
9 12 (1.23%) Avamar
10 10 (1.02%) Nagios
11 9 (0.92%) ThinApp
12 8 (0.82%) Kubernetes
12 8 (0.82%) vCenter Server
13 6 (0.61%) PowerCLI
14 5 (0.51%) Ansible
14 5 (0.51%) WhatsUp Gold
15 4 (0.41%) ServiceCenter
16 3 (0.31%) AirWatch
16 3 (0.31%) Cisco UCCX
16 3 (0.31%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 557 (56.95%) Cisco
2 205 (20.96%) Microsoft
3 171 (17.48%) VMware
4 127 (12.99%) CheckPoint
5 112 (11.45%) Juniper
6 111 (11.35%) Palo Alto
7 101 (10.33%) F5
8 87 (8.90%) Citrix
9 73 (7.46%) Fortinet
10 58 (5.93%) HP
11 54 (5.52%) McAfee
11 54 (5.52%) SolarWinds
12 52 (5.32%) Meraki
13 45 (4.60%) Aruba
14 28 (2.86%) Riverbed
15 24 (2.45%) Symantec
16 22 (2.25%) Dell
16 22 (2.25%) Oracle
17 20 (2.04%) Veeam
18 17 (1.74%) Mitel