Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 119 135 79
Rank change year-on-year +16 -56 +8
Contract jobs citing LAN 1,099 1,007 1,442
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.11% 1.96% 2.73%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.49% 12.88% 16.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 657 558 954
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £339 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.27% -6.55% -3.33%
10th Percentile £158 £150 £201
90th Percentile £525 £500 £539
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 89 80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.38 £19.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.47% -8.85% +5.90%
10th Percentile £12.24 £12.50 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.50 £32.55 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £20.32 £17.38 £21.50
% change year-on-year +16.96% -19.19% +7.50%

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 7,587 7,820 8,679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.57% 15.23% 16.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,238 4,505 5,093
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £200 £160 £200
90th Percentile £563 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 444 516 573
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% -15.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.88 £11.33
90th Percentile £48.12 £43.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +0.27% -16.89% +2.27%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 20 January 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 +23 404 £388 +6.53% 107
North of England +57 278 £350 - 121
North West +51 167 £373 +6.43% 68
Midlands -43 123 £360 +2.86% 59
East of England -8 104 £345 -4.50% 43
South West -27 103 £300 - 49
Yorkshire +5 80 £350 -4.76% 40
West Midlands -56 78 £360 -4.00% 34
Scotland -11 62 £256 -24.63% 14
East Midlands +4 45 £325 +12.07% 25
North East +22 31 £311 +15.06% 13
Wales -23 23 £375 +115.83% 10
Northern Ireland +27 6 £300 - 4
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 838 (76.25%) WAN
2 541 (49.23%) Cisco
3 465 (42.31%) Firewall
4 432 (39.31%) Windows
5 314 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
6 307 (27.93%) Active Directory
7 257 (23.38%) Microsoft
8 225 (20.47%) CCNP
9 221 (20.11%) ITIL
10 218 (19.84%) TCP/IP
11 217 (19.75%) Security Cleared
12 215 (19.56%) VPN
13 212 (19.29%) Wireless
14 211 (19.20%) VMware
15 204 (18.56%) Windows Server
16 176 (16.01%) Data Centre
17 166 (15.10%) DNS
18 165 (15.01%) CCNA
19 161 (14.65%) Office 365
20 157 (14.29%) Juniper
20 157 (14.29%) OSPF
21 151 (13.74%) BGP
21 151 (13.74%) CheckPoint
21 151 (13.74%) SC Cleared
22 148 (13.47%) VoIP
23 137 (12.47%) MPLS
24 136 (12.37%) Microsoft Office
25 128 (11.65%) Wi-Fi
26 126 (11.46%) VMware Infrastructure
27 122 (11.10%) WLAN

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 64 (5.82%) MS Exchange
2 44 (4.00%) Skype for Business
3 37 (3.37%) SharePoint
4 22 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (1.55%) IIS
7 11 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (0.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 8 (0.73%) IBM Notes
8 8 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.45%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.36%) Apache Pig
11 4 (0.36%) IBM Domino
11 4 (0.36%) OpenStack
11 4 (0.36%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.27%) IBM Connections
12 3 (0.27%) MS Project Server
12 3 (0.27%) Quickr
Applications
1 136 (12.37%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.46%) MS Visio
3 19 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.091%) HipChat
6 1 (0.091%) Houdini
6 1 (0.091%) Maya
6 1 (0.091%) NUKE
6 1 (0.091%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.45%) thinkFolio
2 4 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.18%) Eikon
4 1 (0.091%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.091%) Sage 50
4 1 (0.091%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.091%) SAP GTS
4 1 (0.091%) SAP IBP
4 1 (0.091%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 161 (14.65%) Office 365
2 98 (8.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 60 (5.46%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (2.00%) IaaS
5 11 (1.00%) PaaS
6 10 (0.91%) OneDrive
7 9 (0.82%) SaaS
8 8 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (0.55%) G Suite
10 4 (0.36%) Akamai
10 4 (0.36%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 2 (0.18%) GitHub
11 2 (0.18%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.091%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.091%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.091%) IBM Blueworks
12 1 (0.091%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 838 (76.25%) WAN
2 465 (42.31%) Firewall
3 218 (19.84%) TCP/IP
4 215 (19.56%) VPN
5 212 (19.29%) Wireless
6 166 (15.10%) DNS
7 157 (14.29%) OSPF
8 151 (13.74%) BGP
9 148 (13.47%) VoIP
10 137 (12.47%) MPLS
11 128 (11.65%) Wi-Fi
12 122 (11.10%) WLAN
13 121 (11.01%) Cisco ASA
14 117 (10.65%) Network Security
15 108 (9.83%) SAN
16 96 (8.74%) DHCP
17 95 (8.64%) Cisco Nexus
18 82 (7.46%) VLAN
19 81 (7.37%) Internet
20 67 (6.10%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (3.91%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.46%) MySQL
3 14 (1.27%) Big Data
4 7 (0.64%) Hadoop
5 6 (0.55%) Oracle Database
5 6 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (0.45%) SQL Server 2016
7 4 (0.36%) Apache Hive
7 4 (0.36%) HBase
7 4 (0.36%) Mahout
7 4 (0.36%) MariaDB
7 4 (0.36%) NoSQL
7 4 (0.36%) Oracle Discoverer
7 4 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.36%) Sqoop
8 3 (0.27%) DB2
8 3 (0.27%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (0.82%) JIRA
2 8 (0.73%) Jenkins
2 8 (0.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 6 (0.55%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.36%) AdminStudio
4 4 (0.36%) InstallShield
5 3 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.27%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.27%) Visual Studio Code
6 1 (0.091%) Hudson
6 1 (0.091%) Mocha
6 1 (0.091%) Oracle Forms
General
1 93 (8.46%) Telecoms
2 83 (7.55%) Finance
3 29 (2.64%) Retail
4 27 (2.46%) Law
5 21 (1.91%) Banking
6 15 (1.36%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.64%) Advertising
8 6 (0.55%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.36%) Back Office
9 4 (0.36%) Games
9 4 (0.36%) Local Government
9 4 (0.36%) Mandarin Language
9 4 (0.36%) Publishing
10 3 (0.27%) Automotive
10 3 (0.27%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.27%) Legal
10 3 (0.27%) Marketing
10 3 (0.27%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.18%) Front Office
11 2 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 324 (29.48%) Network Engineer
2 118 (10.74%) Analyst
3 101 (9.19%) Architect
4 91 (8.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 88 (8.01%) Support Engineer
6 56 (5.10%) Network Architect
7 54 (4.91%) Cisco Engineer
8 51 (4.64%) Project Manager
9 47 (4.28%) Consultant
9 47 (4.28%) IT Support
10 45 (4.09%) Desktop Support
11 42 (3.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 42 (3.82%) Security Engineer
12 35 (3.18%) Senior Network Engineer
13 33 (3.00%) IT Engineer
13 33 (3.00%) Network Security Engineer
14 30 (2.73%) Support Analyst
15 29 (2.64%) 2nd Line Support
15 29 (2.64%) Desktop Engineer
16 26 (2.37%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.18%) 802.1X
1 24 (2.18%) Middleware
2 19 (1.73%) HTML
3 12 (1.09%) Web Services
4 10 (0.91%) CGI
5 9 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
6 7 (0.64%) CSS
6 7 (0.64%) REST
7 4 (0.36%) .NET
7 4 (0.36%) jQuery
7 4 (0.36%) React
7 4 (0.36%) XML
8 3 (0.27%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.27%) LDAP
8 3 (0.27%) Redux
8 3 (0.27%) SailPoint
8 3 (0.27%) Software Packaging
8 3 (0.27%) XMPP
8 3 (0.27%) XSLT
9 2 (0.18%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 176 (16.01%) Data Centre
2 52 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (3.82%) Management Information System
4 30 (2.73%) Self-Motivation
5 29 (2.64%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (2.27%) Public Cloud
7 22 (2.00%) Mobile App
7 22 (2.00%) Private Cloud
8 20 (1.82%) Smartphone
9 19 (1.73%) Driving Licence
10 17 (1.55%) Blackberry
10 17 (1.55%) NHS
11 16 (1.46%) iPhone
12 14 (1.27%) Handset
13 13 (1.18%) Client/Server
14 11 (1.00%) Clustering
14 11 (1.00%) Replication
15 10 (0.91%) CCTV
15 10 (0.91%) FMCG
16 9 (0.82%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 432 (39.31%) Windows
2 204 (18.56%) Windows Server
3 115 (10.46%) Linux
4 101 (9.19%) Windows 7
5 99 (9.01%) Windows 10
6 72 (6.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 68 (6.19%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (3.64%) Unix
9 36 (3.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 26 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (1.91%) Android
12 18 (1.64%) Windows 8
13 16 (1.46%) Mac OS X
14 11 (1.00%) Apple iOS
14 11 (1.00%) Windows XP
15 10 (0.91%) CentOS
15 10 (0.91%) Solaris
16 5 (0.45%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 5 (0.45%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.36%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (20.11%) ITIL
2 112 (10.19%) Migration
3 108 (9.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 94 (8.55%) Load Balancing
5 82 (7.46%) Network Design
6 78 (7.10%) Project Management
7 76 (6.92%) Problem-Solving
8 70 (6.37%) Network Monitoring
9 65 (5.91%) Network Management
10 63 (5.73%) Change Management
11 59 (5.37%) Service Management
12 54 (4.91%) Service Delivery
13 48 (4.37%) Agile Software Development
14 43 (3.91%) Disaster Recovery
15 39 (3.55%) Information Security
16 38 (3.46%) High Availability
17 34 (3.09%) Network Architecture
18 33 (3.00%) Stakeholder Management
19 32 (2.91%) Incident Management
20 31 (2.82%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 54 (4.91%) SQL
2 44 (4.00%) Python
3 38 (3.46%) PowerShell
4 31 (2.82%) Perl
5 19 (1.73%) VB
6 18 (1.64%) Java
7 15 (1.36%) C
8 10 (0.91%) Shell Script
9 8 (0.73%) Bash Shell
10 7 (0.64%) PHP
11 5 (0.45%) JavaScript
12 4 (0.36%) C++
12 4 (0.36%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.27%) VBScript
14 2 (0.18%) JCL
14 2 (0.18%) Korn
14 2 (0.18%) REXX
Qualifications
1 314 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
2 225 (20.47%) CCNP
3 217 (19.75%) Security Cleared
4 165 (15.01%) CCNA
5 151 (13.74%) SC Cleared
6 62 (5.64%) Microsoft Certification
7 57 (5.19%) DV Cleared
8 54 (4.91%) Degree
9 49 (4.46%) MCSE
10 40 (3.64%) CCIE
11 25 (2.27%) MCSA
12 22 (2.00%) CCDP
13 21 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
14 20 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
15 18 (1.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 17 (1.55%) MCP
17 15 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
18 14 (1.27%) MCDST
19 13 (1.18%) JNCIS
20 12 (1.09%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (5.73%) SLA
2 16 (1.46%) QA
3 12 (1.09%) GDPR
4 7 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.55%) PMO
5 6 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 3 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.27%) Government Security Classifications
7 3 (0.27%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.18%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.091%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.091%) FISMA
9 1 (0.091%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.091%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.091%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 307 (27.93%) Active Directory
2 126 (11.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (4.28%) Hyper-V
4 35 (3.18%) vSphere
5 30 (2.73%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (1.46%) Virtual Desktop
7 14 (1.27%) XenApp
8 13 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (1.09%) FreeRADIUS
9 12 (1.09%) NFS
10 11 (1.00%) ProxySG
10 11 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (0.91%) Firmware
12 8 (0.73%) Docker
12 8 (0.73%) KVM
12 8 (0.73%) Samba
12 8 (0.73%) VMware NSX
12 8 (0.73%) XenDesktop
13 7 (0.64%) Xen
14 6 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 94 (8.55%) SCCM
2 32 (2.91%) Cisco Prime
3 17 (1.55%) FortiGate
4 15 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
5 13 (1.18%) Ansible
6 10 (0.91%) Puppet
6 10 (0.91%) SCOM
7 9 (0.82%) WSUS
8 8 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
8 8 (0.73%) Nagios
9 7 (0.64%) Cisco CUCM
9 7 (0.64%) Microsoft Intune
9 7 (0.64%) OpenView
9 7 (0.64%) QRadar
10 6 (0.55%) Cacti
10 6 (0.55%) Kibana
10 6 (0.55%) ZENworks
11 5 (0.45%) CA Spectrum
11 5 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (0.45%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 541 (49.23%) Cisco
2 257 (23.38%) Microsoft
3 211 (19.20%) VMware
4 157 (14.29%) Juniper
5 151 (13.74%) CheckPoint
6 104 (9.46%) Citrix
7 99 (9.01%) F5
8 90 (8.19%) HP
9 70 (6.37%) Palo Alto
10 65 (5.91%) Aruba
11 52 (4.73%) Oracle
12 49 (4.46%) McAfee
13 47 (4.28%) SolarWinds
14 44 (4.00%) NetApp
15 39 (3.55%) Fortinet
16 37 (3.37%) Meraki
17 32 (2.91%) Red Hat
18 31 (2.82%) Apple
18 31 (2.82%) Avaya
19 28 (2.55%) Riverbed