Period
to 20 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CCNP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 September 2021 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.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
UK
6 months to
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 417 238 246
Rank change year-on-year -179 +8 +51
Contract jobs citing CCNP 427 316 995
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 1.08% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.90% 4.23% 5.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 215 664
10th Percentile £278 £285 £263
25th Percentile £346 £375 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £438 £420
Median % change year-on-year -2.86% +4.17% +1.82%
75th Percentile £500 £500 £500
90th Percentile £575 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 13 23
10th Percentile £18.75 £18.65 £16.25
25th Percentile £21.56 £19.25 £18.50
Median hourly rate £41.35 £22.50 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +83.76% -25.00% +49.89%
75th Percentile £52.06 £34.50 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.72 £40.00 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +13.49%

CCNP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 14,744 7,470 17,349
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.64% 25.62% 19.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,558 5,008 10,951
10th Percentile £313 £294 £263
25th Percentile £409 £390 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £600 £573 £569
90th Percentile £679 £638 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £451 £440
% change year-on-year +5.32% +2.50% +6.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 677 274 773
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.93 £13.75
25th Percentile £16.25 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £39.18
Median % change year-on-year +4.40% -19.31% +74.11%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.52 £64.50 £58.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £31.39 £40.00
% change year-on-year +1.94% -21.53% +74.44%

CCNP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CCNP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing CCNP.

Daily rate trend for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing CCNP over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing CCNP.

Hourly rate trend for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing CCNP over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CCNP within the UK over the 6 months to 20 September 2021. 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
England -193 348 £425 -5.56% 138
UK excluding London -103 257 £400 -5.88% 106
Work from Home -213 105 £450 +5.88% 26
London -203 98 £469 +4.17% 40
South East -44 87 £420 +12.00% 25
North of England -58 55 £475 +18.75% 24
South West -37 51 £350 -17.65% 15
North West -51 29 £400 - 21
Midlands -105 24 £306 -42.76% 20
Scotland -74 19 £374 +15.00% 4
Yorkshire -38 17 £505 +26.25% 2
East of England -42 17 £375 +23.76% 14
East Midlands -31 14 £313 -34.21% 8
West Midlands -94 10 £300 -44.70% 12
North East -9 9 £550 +15.79% 1
Wales -21 5 £538 +82.20% 4

For the 6 months to 20 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing CCNP 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 with a requirement for CCNP.

1 427 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
2 344 (80.56%) Cisco
3 225 (52.69%) Firewall
4 152 (35.60%) CCNA
5 142 (33.26%) LAN
6 141 (33.02%) WAN
7 106 (24.82%) Security Cleared
8 97 (22.72%) BGP
9 88 (20.61%) Data Centre
10 87 (20.37%) Wireless
11 84 (19.67%) SC Cleared
12 81 (18.97%) OSPF
12 81 (18.97%) CCIE
13 78 (18.27%) VMware
14 77 (18.03%) Juniper
15 76 (17.80%) Network Security
16 74 (17.33%) MPLS
16 74 (17.33%) VPN
17 72 (16.86%) Palo Alto
18 71 (16.63%) Cisco Nexus
19 65 (15.22%) Social Skills
20 61 (14.29%) Azure
21 60 (14.05%) F5
21 60 (14.05%) Network Design
22 57 (13.35%) Cisco ASA
22 57 (13.35%) SD-WAN
23 55 (12.88%) CheckPoint
24 54 (12.65%) ITIL
24 54 (12.65%) Telecoms
25 51 (11.94%) DNS

CCNP
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 7 (1.64%) SharePoint
2 4 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (0.94%) MS Exchange
2 4 (0.94%) Skype for Business
3 2 (0.47%) CMS
3 2 (0.47%) IIS
3 2 (0.47%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.23%) Confluence
4 1 (0.23%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (4.45%) MS Visio
2 15 (3.51%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 61 (14.29%) Azure
2 44 (10.30%) AWS
3 12 (2.81%) Microsoft 365
4 8 (1.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 7 (1.64%) GCP
6 5 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (0.94%) Azure Sentinel
7 4 (0.94%) IaaS
7 4 (0.94%) SaaS
8 3 (0.70%) Akamai
8 3 (0.70%) IBM Cloud
9 2 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.23%) AWS Direct Connect
10 1 (0.23%) AWS KMS
10 1 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.23%) Catchpoint
10 1 (0.23%) MinIO
10 1 (0.23%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 225 (52.69%) Firewall
2 142 (33.26%) LAN
3 141 (33.02%) WAN
4 97 (22.72%) BGP
5 87 (20.37%) Wireless
6 81 (18.97%) OSPF
7 76 (17.80%) Network Security
8 74 (17.33%) MPLS
8 74 (17.33%) VPN
9 71 (16.63%) Cisco Nexus
10 57 (13.35%) Cisco ASA
10 57 (13.35%) SD-WAN
11 51 (11.94%) DNS
12 49 (11.48%) VoIP
13 47 (11.01%) Wi-Fi
14 43 (10.07%) TCP/IP
15 41 (9.60%) DHCP
16 38 (8.90%) Internet
17 37 (8.67%) EIGRP
18 30 (7.03%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.17%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.94%) MySQL
2 4 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (0.94%) SQL Server 2017
3 2 (0.47%) Informix
3 2 (0.47%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.23%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 13 (3.04%) Sonatype Nexus
2 4 (0.94%) JIRA
3 3 (0.70%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.70%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (0.70%) StarTeam
4 2 (0.47%) GitLab
4 2 (0.47%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.23%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 65 (15.22%) Social Skills
2 54 (12.65%) Telecoms
3 26 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (5.39%) Finance
5 17 (3.98%) Public Sector
6 14 (3.28%) Presentation Skills
7 8 (1.87%) Banking
8 5 (1.17%) Documentation Skills
8 5 (1.17%) Influencing Skills
8 5 (1.17%) Organisational Skills
9 4 (0.94%) Local Government
10 3 (0.70%) French Language
10 3 (0.70%) Italian Language
10 3 (0.70%) Marketing
10 3 (0.70%) Military
11 2 (0.47%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.47%) Electronics
11 2 (0.47%) Police
12 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 240 (56.21%) Network Engineer
2 55 (12.88%) Cisco Engineer
3 46 (10.77%) Senior Network Engineer
4 45 (10.54%) Architect
5 44 (10.30%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 32 (7.49%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 30 (7.03%) Consultant
7 30 (7.03%) Security Engineer
8 28 (6.56%) Network Security Engineer
9 26 (6.09%) Network Architect
10 24 (5.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 20 (4.68%) Design Engineer
12 16 (3.75%) Senior Cisco Engineer
12 16 (3.75%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
13 14 (3.28%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
13 14 (3.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 13 (3.04%) Network Consultant
15 12 (2.81%) Voice Engineer
16 10 (2.34%) Support Engineer
17 9 (2.11%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (3.75%) 802.1X
2 7 (1.64%) XMPP
3 3 (0.70%) Oracle Fusion
3 3 (0.70%) Spine.js
4 2 (0.47%) EDI
5 1 (0.23%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.23%) ExaBGP
5 1 (0.23%) LDAP
5 1 (0.23%) Middleware
5 1 (0.23%) Velocity
5 1 (0.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 88 (20.61%) Data Centre
2 18 (4.22%) Public Cloud
3 13 (3.04%) Hybrid Cloud
3 13 (3.04%) Management Information System
4 12 (2.81%) Fibre Optics
5 10 (2.34%) Driving Licence
6 9 (2.11%) Data Protection Act
7 7 (1.64%) Handset
7 7 (1.64%) PKI
8 6 (1.41%) CCTV
8 6 (1.41%) Cloud Native
8 6 (1.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (1.17%) NHS
9 5 (1.17%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 4 (0.94%) BYOD
10 4 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.70%) EMC VMAX
11 3 (0.70%) EMC VNX
11 3 (0.70%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.70%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 37 (8.67%) Windows
2 34 (7.96%) Linux
3 19 (4.45%) Windows Server
4 12 (2.81%) Unix
5 10 (2.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (1.64%) Windows Server 2016
7 4 (0.94%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.94%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (0.70%) SUSE
8 3 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.47%) CentOS
9 2 (0.47%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.47%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.23%) Android
10 1 (0.23%) Solaris
10 1 (0.23%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (14.05%) Network Design
2 54 (12.65%) ITIL
3 47 (11.01%) Migration
4 38 (8.90%) Load Balancing
5 33 (7.73%) Computer Science
5 33 (7.73%) Network Management
6 32 (7.49%) Problem-Solving
7 27 (6.32%) Change Management
8 23 (5.39%) Project Management
9 22 (5.15%) Agile Software Development
10 19 (4.45%) Information Security
11 17 (3.98%) Network Monitoring
12 16 (3.75%) Capacity Planning
12 16 (3.75%) Cybersecurity
12 16 (3.75%) Disaster Recovery
12 16 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 16 (3.75%) Network Architecture
12 16 (3.75%) Project Delivery
13 15 (3.51%) Infrastructure as Code
13 15 (3.51%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 47 (11.01%) Python
2 7 (1.64%) PowerShell
2 7 (1.64%) SQL
3 6 (1.41%) C
4 3 (0.70%) Bash Shell
5 2 (0.47%) PHP
5 2 (0.47%) Tcl
6 1 (0.23%) Java
Qualifications
1 427 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
2 152 (35.60%) CCNA
3 106 (24.82%) Security Cleared
4 84 (19.67%) SC Cleared
5 81 (18.97%) CCIE
6 39 (9.13%) Degree
7 33 (7.73%) CISSP
8 29 (6.79%) CCDP
9 24 (5.62%) JNCIP
10 20 (4.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 19 (4.45%) JNCIS
12 12 (2.81%) CISM
12 12 (2.81%) JNCIA
13 11 (2.58%) DV Cleared
14 10 (2.34%) CCSP
14 10 (2.34%) MCSE
14 10 (2.34%) Microsoft Certification
15 9 (2.11%) CCDA
15 9 (2.11%) CCSA
15 9 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (4.45%) SLA
2 16 (3.75%) QA
3 7 (1.64%) PMO
4 3 (0.70%) HIPAA
4 3 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.47%) COBIT
5 2 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.47%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.47%) NIST
5 2 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.47%) RMADS
6 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 42 (9.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (5.15%) VMware NSX
3 16 (3.75%) Active Directory
3 16 (3.75%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (3.51%) vSphere
5 10 (2.34%) Firmware
6 4 (0.94%) ProxySG
7 3 (0.70%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.47%) KVM
8 2 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.23%) Sendmail
9 1 (0.23%) XenApp
9 1 (0.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 36 (8.43%) Ansible
2 15 (3.51%) Cisco CUCM
2 15 (3.51%) FortiGate
3 13 (3.04%) Cisco UCCX
4 12 (2.81%) Terraform
4 12 (2.81%) vCenter Server
5 10 (2.34%) Cisco Prime
6 7 (1.64%) Cisco UCCE
7 5 (1.17%) Nagios
8 4 (0.94%) Nessus
8 4 (0.94%) SCCM
8 4 (0.94%) Stealthwatch
8 4 (0.94%) vRealize
9 3 (0.70%) Grafana
9 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.70%) Netcool
9 3 (0.70%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.70%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.47%) Nmap
10 2 (0.47%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 344 (80.56%) Cisco
2 78 (18.27%) VMware
3 77 (18.03%) Juniper
4 72 (16.86%) Palo Alto
5 60 (14.05%) F5
6 55 (12.88%) CheckPoint
7 39 (9.13%) Fortinet
8 37 (8.67%) Meraki
9 33 (7.73%) Microsoft
10 32 (7.49%) Aruba
11 23 (5.39%) SolarWinds
12 18 (4.22%) Dell
13 16 (3.75%) Citrix
14 15 (3.51%) Ruckus Wireless
15 14 (3.28%) Infoblox
16 13 (3.04%) Brocade
17 11 (2.58%) HP
18 10 (2.34%) Riverbed
19 9 (2.11%) Avaya
19 9 (2.11%) McAfee