Period
to 18 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Network Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 18 December 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Network Specialist
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 621 561 586
Rank change year-on-year -60 +25 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Network Specialist 57 88 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.10% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.17% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 39 43
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -8.05% +19.59%
10th Percentile £310 £283 £314
90th Percentile £515 £500 £587
UK median daily rate £428 £407 £425
% change year-on-year +5.15% -4.22% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 0
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £32.85 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.78% - -
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £32.85 £37.50
% change year-on-year +21.78% -12.41% +7.65%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 52,966 50,973 52,581
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.84% 95.05% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,721 31,362 32,404
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.63% +6.00%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £220
90th Percentile £575 £563 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,357 2,262 2,639
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.76 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.44% +1.46% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.57 £10.30
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £45.77
UK median hourly rate £18.53 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -0.91% +3.89% -

Network Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Network Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Network Specialist in the UK excluding London

Network Specialist
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 Network Specialist in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Network Specialist in the UK excluding London

Network Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Network Specialist in the UK excluding London

Network Specialist
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 Network Specialist in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Network Specialist in the UK excluding London

Network Specialist
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 Network Specialist within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 December 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 -27 16 £439 -5.03% 4
North of England -12 10 £380 -24.00% 3
South West -21 10 £425 +21.43% 3
Scotland -11 7 £350 -9.09% 1
Midlands -15 6 £375 +7.14% 1
West Midlands -36 6 £375 +7.14% 1
North West -6 5 £450 -10.00%
North East -5 4 £321 -19.74% 2
East of England -17 4 £110 -67.79%
Northern Ireland - 3 - -
Yorkshire -10 1 - - 1
Wales -28 1 £500 -
Network Specialist
UK

Network Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 18 December 2018, Network Specialist contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Network Specialist in the job title.

1 43 (75.44%) Cisco
2 35 (61.40%) Firewall
3 29 (50.88%) WAN
4 27 (47.37%) LAN
5 25 (43.86%) Cisco Certification
6 23 (40.35%) Juniper
7 22 (38.60%) CCNP
8 19 (33.33%) Wireless
9 18 (31.58%) Network Management
10 17 (29.82%) Network Security
10 17 (29.82%) BGP
11 15 (26.32%) MPLS
12 14 (24.56%) Security Cleared
12 14 (24.56%) F5
13 13 (22.81%) Cisco Nexus
13 13 (22.81%) OSPF
13 13 (22.81%) CCNA
13 13 (22.81%) ITIL
14 12 (21.05%) CheckPoint
14 12 (21.05%) Cisco ASA
15 11 (19.30%) Data Centre
16 10 (17.54%) Aruba
16 10 (17.54%) VPN
17 9 (15.79%) SLA
17 9 (15.79%) VLAN
18 8 (14.04%) SC Cleared
18 8 (14.04%) DV Cleared
18 8 (14.04%) Service Delivery
18 8 (14.04%) TCP/IP
18 8 (14.04%) Windows

Network Specialist Skill Set
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 1 (1.75%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.75%) IaaS
1 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.75%) Office 365
1 1 (1.75%) PaaS
1 1 (1.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (61.40%) Firewall
2 29 (50.88%) WAN
3 27 (47.37%) LAN
4 19 (33.33%) Wireless
5 17 (29.82%) BGP
5 17 (29.82%) Network Security
6 15 (26.32%) MPLS
7 13 (22.81%) Cisco Nexus
7 13 (22.81%) OSPF
8 12 (21.05%) Cisco ASA
9 10 (17.54%) VPN
10 9 (15.79%) VLAN
11 8 (14.04%) Internet
11 8 (14.04%) TCP/IP
12 6 (10.53%) Cisco Wireless
12 6 (10.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 6 (10.53%) VoIP
12 6 (10.53%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (8.77%) BIG-IP
13 5 (8.77%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.75%) MySQL
1 1 (1.75%) RDBMS
1 1 (1.75%) Relational Database
General
1 3 (5.26%) Finance
2 2 (3.51%) Military
3 1 (1.75%) Financial Institution
3 1 (1.75%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.75%) Retail
3 1 (1.75%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.02%) CSS
2 1 (1.75%) CGI
2 1 (1.75%) HTML
2 1 (1.75%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (19.30%) Data Centre
2 4 (7.02%) Management Information System
3 3 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.75%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 8 (14.04%) Windows
2 5 (8.77%) Windows Server
3 3 (5.26%) Linux
4 1 (1.75%) CentOS
4 1 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.75%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (31.58%) Network Management
2 13 (22.81%) ITIL
3 8 (14.04%) Service Delivery
3 8 (14.04%) Service Management
4 7 (12.28%) Continuous Improvement
4 7 (12.28%) ITIL V3
4 7 (12.28%) Network Monitoring
5 5 (8.77%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (7.02%) Change Management
6 4 (7.02%) Load Balancing
6 4 (7.02%) Virtual Environments
7 3 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (5.26%) Change Control
7 3 (5.26%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (5.26%) Incident Management
7 3 (5.26%) Statistics
7 3 (5.26%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (5.26%) Validation
8 2 (3.51%) Decision-Making
8 2 (3.51%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.26%) Python
2 2 (3.51%) C
2 2 (3.51%) Perl
3 1 (1.75%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.75%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.75%) VB
Qualifications
1 25 (43.86%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (38.60%) CCNP
3 14 (24.56%) Security Cleared
4 13 (22.81%) CCNA
5 8 (14.04%) DV Cleared
5 8 (14.04%) SC Cleared
6 5 (8.77%) CCIE
7 3 (5.26%) CCDP
8 2 (3.51%) A+ Certification
8 2 (3.51%) Degree
8 2 (3.51%) HNC
8 2 (3.51%) JNCIA
8 2 (3.51%) JNCIE
8 2 (3.51%) JNCIP
8 2 (3.51%) JNCIS
9 1 (1.75%) ACSA
9 1 (1.75%) ACSP
9 1 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (1.75%) MBA
9 1 (1.75%) SNIA Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (15.79%) SLA
2 1 (1.75%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.75%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.75%) Government Security Classifications
2 1 (1.75%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (8.77%) Firmware
1 5 (8.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (7.02%) Hyper-V
3 3 (5.26%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.75%) KVM
4 1 (1.75%) NFS
4 1 (1.75%) Samba
4 1 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.75%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (8.77%) Cisco Prime
2 3 (5.26%) Icinga
3 2 (3.51%) Cisco UCCX
3 2 (3.51%) FortiGate
3 2 (3.51%) SCCM
4 1 (1.75%) Puppet
4 1 (1.75%) Terraform
4 1 (1.75%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.75%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 43 (75.44%) Cisco
2 23 (40.35%) Juniper
3 14 (24.56%) F5
4 12 (21.05%) CheckPoint
5 10 (17.54%) Aruba
6 8 (14.04%) Palo Alto
7 7 (12.28%) HP
8 6 (10.53%) Aerohive Networks
9 5 (8.77%) VMware
10 4 (7.02%) Blue Coat
10 4 (7.02%) SolarWinds
11 3 (5.26%) Microsoft
11 3 (5.26%) ProCurve
12 2 (3.51%) Brocade
12 2 (3.51%) Citrix
12 2 (3.51%) Extreme Networks
12 2 (3.51%) Forcepoint
12 2 (3.51%) Fortinet
12 2 (3.51%) Meraki
13 1 (1.75%) ForeScout