Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 146 91 83
Rank change year-on-year -55 -8 +8
Contract jobs citing LAN 913 1,212 1,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.73% 2.47% 2.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.12% 15.74% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 783 859
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £370 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.11% +2.07% +3.57%
10th Percentile £156 £193 £200
90th Percentile £510 £525 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £385
% change year-on-year - -2.60% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 113 105
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.41% -13.95% +2.38%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.70 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.13 £44.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £19.25 £21.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% -10.47% +8.86%

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 7,536 7,702 10,041
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.28% 15.70% 16.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,267 4,419 5,662
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £214
90th Percentile £550 £538 £530
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 540 599 598
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -30.91% +22.22%
10th Percentile £12.12 £10.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £19.02 £20.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year -4.93% -23.81% +22.09%

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 19 June 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 19 June 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 19 June 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 -34 311 £400 - 85
North of England -60 178 £325 -16.13% 109
Midlands -47 136 £325 -13.33% 59
North West -19 115 £339 -5.90% 76
East of England -14 101 £363 +7.81% 28
South West -14 101 £325 +4.00% 27
West Midlands -55 85 £325 -18.75% 33
Scotland -74 61 £263 -19.23% 10
Yorkshire -39 50 £281 -29.69% 25
East Midlands +3 49 £313 +4.33% 26
Wales -9 25 £350 +16.67% 9
North East -51 13 £275 -34.52% 8
Northern Ireland +17 4 £275 - 1
LAN
UK

For the 6 months to 19 June 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.

1 742 (81.27%) WAN
2 467 (51.15%) Cisco
3 343 (37.57%) Firewall
4 304 (33.30%) Windows
5 276 (30.23%) Cisco Certification
6 236 (25.85%) Active Directory
7 219 (23.99%) Microsoft
8 203 (22.23%) VMware
9 191 (20.92%) ITIL
10 175 (19.17%) Data Centre
11 174 (19.06%) Security Cleared
12 166 (18.18%) CCNP
13 162 (17.74%) CCNA
13 162 (17.74%) VPN
14 161 (17.63%) Windows Server
15 144 (15.77%) DNS
16 142 (15.55%) VMware Infrastructure
17 131 (14.35%) Migration
18 130 (14.24%) TCP/IP
19 128 (14.02%) Wireless
20 124 (13.58%) Juniper
21 118 (12.92%) MPLS
22 113 (12.38%) Network Security
23 111 (12.16%) SC Cleared
24 107 (11.72%) Office 365
25 106 (11.61%) VoIP
26 105 (11.50%) Windows Server 2008
27 104 (11.39%) VLAN
28 103 (11.28%) MS Exchange
29 101 (11.06%) Telecoms

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
1 103 (11.28%) MS Exchange
2 53 (5.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 49 (5.37%) Skype for Business
4 40 (4.38%) IIS
5 26 (2.85%) SharePoint
6 23 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2013
7 13 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (0.66%) Apache
9 6 (0.66%) Site Server
10 5 (0.55%) JBoss
10 5 (0.55%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (0.44%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2000
12 3 (0.33%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
13 2 (0.22%) Exchange Server 5.5
13 2 (0.22%) Quickr
13 2 (0.22%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 73 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.42%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.44%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.22%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.22%) PaintShop Pro
Business Applications
1 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.11%) Magento
1 1 (0.11%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 107 (11.72%) Office 365
2 94 (10.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (5.15%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (1.20%) IaaS
5 7 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
6 6 (0.66%) PaaS
7 5 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.55%) G Suite
7 5 (0.55%) OneDrive
7 5 (0.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (0.44%) Akamai
9 3 (0.33%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.33%) SaaS
10 2 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.22%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.11%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 742 (81.27%) WAN
2 343 (37.57%) Firewall
3 162 (17.74%) VPN
4 144 (15.77%) DNS
5 130 (14.24%) TCP/IP
6 128 (14.02%) Wireless
7 118 (12.92%) MPLS
8 113 (12.38%) Network Security
9 106 (11.61%) VoIP
10 104 (11.39%) VLAN
11 100 (10.95%) SAN
12 94 (10.30%) Wi-Fi
13 90 (9.86%) DHCP
14 87 (9.53%) Cisco ASA
15 80 (8.76%) BGP
16 77 (8.43%) Cisco Nexus
17 71 (7.78%) OSPF
17 71 (7.78%) WLAN
18 61 (6.68%) Internet
19 57 (6.24%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (7.01%) SQL Server
2 9 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (0.55%) MySQL
3 5 (0.55%) Oracle Database
3 5 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (0.44%) Big Data
5 3 (0.33%) BigQuery
5 3 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (0.33%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.22%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.11%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.11%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.11%) Ingres
7 1 (0.11%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.11%) MS Access
7 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (1.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 8 (0.88%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.77%) Subversion
4 6 (0.66%) JMeter
5 5 (0.55%) JIRA
5 5 (0.55%) LoadRunner
6 3 (0.33%) Hudson
6 3 (0.33%) Selenium
6 3 (0.33%) SilkTest
7 2 (0.22%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.22%) MSI
7 2 (0.22%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.22%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.11%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.11%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.11%) NUnit
8 1 (0.11%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 101 (11.06%) Telecoms
2 50 (5.48%) Finance
3 23 (2.52%) Retail
4 16 (1.75%) Legal
5 14 (1.53%) Back Office
6 10 (1.10%) Banking
7 9 (0.99%) Local Government
8 8 (0.88%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.44%) Advertising
11 3 (0.33%) Marketing
12 2 (0.22%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.22%) Automotive
12 2 (0.22%) Games
12 2 (0.22%) Publishing
13 1 (0.11%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.11%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.11%) Law
13 1 (0.11%) Military
13 1 (0.11%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 241 (26.40%) Network Engineer
2 108 (11.83%) Analyst
3 107 (11.72%) Architect
4 80 (8.76%) Support Engineer
5 70 (7.67%) Project Manager
6 61 (6.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 53 (5.81%) Network Architect
8 40 (4.38%) Cisco Engineer
9 39 (4.27%) Senior Network Engineer
10 37 (4.05%) 2nd Line Support
11 33 (3.61%) Consultant
11 33 (3.61%) IT Support
12 31 (3.40%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 31 (3.40%) Desktop Support
12 31 (3.40%) Security Engineer
12 31 (3.40%) Support Analyst
13 30 (3.29%) Network Analyst
14 29 (3.18%) IT Engineer
15 28 (3.07%) Infrastructure Manager
16 26 (2.85%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.53%) LDAP
2 12 (1.31%) 802.1X
2 12 (1.31%) Web Services
3 8 (0.88%) LAMP
3 8 (0.88%) Middleware
4 6 (0.66%) MAPI
5 3 (0.33%) .NET
5 3 (0.33%) HTML
5 3 (0.33%) WAP
6 2 (0.22%) JAAS
6 2 (0.22%) OAuth
6 2 (0.22%) OpenID
6 2 (0.22%) SAML
6 2 (0.22%) SOAP
6 2 (0.22%) Web Services Management
6 2 (0.22%) XACML
6 2 (0.22%) XML
7 1 (0.11%) JSON
7 1 (0.11%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.11%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 175 (19.17%) Data Centre
2 51 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (3.72%) Management Information System
4 26 (2.85%) NHS
5 24 (2.63%) Clustering
6 23 (2.52%) PKI
7 22 (2.41%) Blackberry
7 22 (2.41%) Smartphone
8 14 (1.53%) Driving Licence
9 12 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
10 11 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
11 9 (0.99%) CMDB
11 9 (0.99%) Public Cloud
12 8 (0.88%) Replication
13 7 (0.77%) Fat Client
13 7 (0.77%) Private Cloud
13 7 (0.77%) Thin Client
14 6 (0.66%) Virtual Team
15 5 (0.55%) iPhone
15 5 (0.55%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 304 (33.30%) Windows
2 161 (17.63%) Windows Server
3 105 (11.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 81 (8.87%) Windows 7
5 69 (7.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 61 (6.68%) Linux
7 57 (6.24%) Unix
8 42 (4.60%) Windows 10
9 39 (4.27%) Windows Server 2003
10 28 (3.07%) Windows 8
11 22 (2.41%) Windows XP
12 21 (2.30%) Solaris
13 13 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (1.10%) Mac OS
15 9 (0.99%) Android
16 7 (0.77%) Apple iOS
17 6 (0.66%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.66%) Windows 2000 Server
18 5 (0.55%) AIX
18 5 (0.55%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (20.92%) ITIL
2 131 (14.35%) Migration
3 71 (7.78%) Network Design
4 70 (7.67%) Project Management
5 58 (6.35%) Problem-Solving
6 57 (6.24%) Change Management
7 52 (5.70%) Load Balancing
7 52 (5.70%) Service Delivery
8 51 (5.59%) Service Management
9 49 (5.37%) Disaster Recovery
10 47 (5.15%) Network Management
11 46 (5.04%) High Availability
11 46 (5.04%) Stakeholder Management
12 39 (4.27%) Incident Management
13 38 (4.16%) Configuration Management
13 38 (4.16%) PRINCE2
14 36 (3.94%) Capacity Planning
15 33 (3.61%) Problem Management
16 32 (3.50%) SIEM
17 31 (3.40%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 59 (6.46%) SQL
2 55 (6.02%) PowerShell
3 37 (4.05%) Python
4 18 (1.97%) C
5 16 (1.75%) Perl
6 12 (1.31%) Bash Shell
7 10 (1.10%) Java
8 8 (0.88%) VBScript
9 7 (0.77%) Shell Script
10 6 (0.66%) C#
10 6 (0.66%) VBA
11 4 (0.44%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.33%) PHP
12 3 (0.33%) R
13 2 (0.22%) Lisp
13 2 (0.22%) Ruby
14 1 (0.11%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.11%) Korn
14 1 (0.11%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 276 (30.23%) Cisco Certification
2 174 (19.06%) Security Cleared
3 166 (18.18%) CCNP
4 162 (17.74%) CCNA
5 111 (12.16%) SC Cleared
6 54 (5.91%) DV Cleared
7 49 (5.37%) Microsoft Certification
8 42 (4.60%) Degree
9 33 (3.61%) CCIE
10 30 (3.29%) CCDP
11 25 (2.74%) ITIL Certification
12 23 (2.52%) MCSE
13 21 (2.30%) MCSA
14 19 (2.08%) MCP
15 15 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
15 15 (1.64%) CISSP
16 14 (1.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 13 (1.42%) CCSA
18 12 (1.31%) JNCIS
19 11 (1.20%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (6.02%) SLA
2 22 (2.41%) GDPR
3 9 (0.99%) PMO
3 9 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 7 (0.77%) QA
5 6 (0.66%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.22%) GMP
7 2 (0.22%) GxP
7 2 (0.22%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.22%) RMADS
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.11%) JSP 440
System Software
1 236 (25.85%) Active Directory
2 142 (15.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (6.68%) Hyper-V
4 45 (4.93%) VMware ESXi
5 32 (3.50%) XenApp
6 19 (2.08%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (1.53%) VMware NSX
8 13 (1.42%) vSphere
9 10 (1.10%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (0.77%) Firmware
11 5 (0.55%) Samba
11 5 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.55%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 4 (0.44%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.33%) Forefront TMG
13 3 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.33%) UAG
13 3 (0.33%) VirtualBox
13 3 (0.33%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 87 (9.53%) SCCM
2 23 (2.52%) FortiGate
3 20 (2.19%) Cisco Prime
3 20 (2.19%) WSUS
4 18 (1.97%) Cisco CUCM
5 17 (1.86%) SCOM
6 14 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
7 13 (1.42%) Microsoft Intune
8 12 (1.31%) Norton AntiVirus
9 10 (1.10%) Opsview
9 10 (1.10%) vCenter Server
10 9 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
11 8 (0.88%) Ansible
12 7 (0.77%) Puppet
13 6 (0.66%) Cacti
14 5 (0.55%) Cisco UCCX
14 5 (0.55%) NetBackup
14 5 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
14 5 (0.55%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 5 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 467 (51.15%) Cisco
2 219 (23.99%) Microsoft
3 203 (22.23%) VMware
4 124 (13.58%) Juniper
5 95 (10.41%) Citrix
6 93 (10.19%) HP
7 76 (8.32%) CheckPoint
8 43 (4.71%) F5
9 36 (3.94%) Aruba
10 35 (3.83%) SolarWinds
11 33 (3.61%) Palo Alto
12 31 (3.40%) Oracle
13 29 (3.18%) McAfee
14 25 (2.74%) Brocade
15 24 (2.63%) Fortinet
15 24 (2.63%) Symantec
16 20 (2.19%) NetApp
17 17 (1.86%) Avaya
17 17 (1.86%) Dell
17 17 (1.86%) Google